Verratti Vows To Remain At PSG

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Marco Verratti is insisting he wants to remain at PSG, despite his agent stating otherwise earlier this week.

The Italian midfielder has won four ligue 1 titles with the capital club, but is yet to taste European success, as PSG can’t seem to make it past the quarterfinals.

Verratti has been on the radar of United, Barcelona, Chelsea and Juventus, and representative Donato Di Campli stated he must “make up his mind: does he want to earn a lot without winning anything or lift trophies and become a champion?”

But Verratti says there is still progress to be made, telling RMC: “Paris has an important project and I think I will stay at PSG next season.”

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Police In Ogun Confirms Death Of Man Brutalised By Soldiers

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The Ogun State Police Command has confirmed the death of a man, Adeola Oyekan, brutalised by soldiers of 174 Battalion in Ikorodu, Lagos.

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The Public Relations Officer, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi, also promised the family of the deceased that all the perpetrators would be brought to book.

He said: “The Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has directed that the landlady and the son should be arrested.

“Through that, the son will be able to identify the soldiers.”

Oyekan, it was learnt, died on Friday from injuries sustained when he was assaulted by soldiers from 174 Battalion Ikorodu.

Meanwhile, his wife, Glory Fagbayide, has demanded immediate arrest of the soldiers.

Fagbayide told The Punch earlier today that: “I want justice. The four soldiers that beat my husband, our landlady and his son must all end up in jail. My husband and I just married September 2016.”

Other sources also said Oyekan was rushed to the Pillars Hospital, Ogijo, where he gave up the ghost.

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Oyekan’s case is coming two weeks after some soldiers of the 174 Battalion allegedly brutalised a woman, Ruth Orji.

Orji’s case has been taken to court.

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Buhari’s Health: Gloating Is Of No Value – Femi Adesina

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Buhari’s Health: Gloating Is Of No Value – Femi Adesina

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I learnt an enduring lesson on the day General Sani Abacha died. It was June 8, 1998, and death had laid its icy hands on the maximum ruler, and the sceptre had fallen from the grip of the king. I was deputy editor of National Concord, the newspaper owned by Basorun M.K.O Abiola, the man Abacha not only inveigled out of his mandate as democratically elected President, but whom he had also locked up in a military gulag for five years.

Mr. Dele Alake, who was to become Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Lagos State for eight years, was editor, but he had travelled on the fateful day. So, the lot fell on me to produce the newspaper, as the deputy editor. Dr. (Mrs) Doyin Abiola was Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief.

Naturally, on a great news day like that, an editor would leave his office, and be on the shop floor, ensuring that the newspaper was swiftly produced. Time was of the essence, if you would partake in the harvest of sales the next day. So, I was in the computer room downstairs, editing the news stories as they were typed at the speed of light. It was there that Dr Abiola met me, as she prepared to go home about 7 p.m. She said something that both baffled and amazed me:

“Editor, no gloating. We have every reason to rejoice that Abacha is dead, but no gloating. Just present the news as professionally as possible. Don’t gloat!”

I thanked her, and she left. Her instruction continued to ring in my ears, and was followed to the letter. Those who read National Concord the next day would recall that there was no sense of triumphalism, no newsman’s orgasm of any kind, in the treatment of the story. Just professionally done. “Don’t gloat!”

Did Doyin Abiola have reasons to instruct her newspaper to preen and gloat about Abacha’s death? Every. He had given the impression that he would take over power, and hand over to Abiola, who had won the June 12, 1993, presidential election, which the military annulled. Instead, he locked the man up in solitary confinement. Doyin did not see her husband for five years.

Also, Abacha had shut down Concord Press for about two years, causing the company grave economic afflictions. Under him, Kudirat Abiola, one of Doyin’s mates, had been murdered, shot down in the streets, allegedly on the orders of the state. And many more evil deeds. Dr. Doyin Abiola had every cause to waltz, and do a jig, at the death of Sani Abacha. But she did not. She even told her editor: “Don’t gloat!” I never forgot, and will never forget that lesson. It is human, and it is also divine.

Between January 19 and March 10, of this year, President Muhammadu Buhari was away in London, first on a routine holiday where he would do normal medical check-ups, and then, it became a medical vacation, in which he had to ask for an indeterminate number of days. Yes, who is he or she that never falls sick, let that person cast the first stone. As the president frankly confessed on his return, he had never been that sick in his life. Human, just human. Presidents, kings, queens, potentates, wealthy people, are also human; aren’t they? They itch as well, and scratch as hard. Sickness, not only death, is often a leveler among all mortals; young, old, poor, rich, dull, brilliant, ugly, beautiful, everybody.

And we know what attended the president’s medical sojourn from certain quarters in the country. Wild news. Hate news. Rumour. Evil thinking. Even, gloating. They did all kinds of photoshops, and spewed all kinds of evil stories. They passed round outright wickedness on WhatsApp, and those of us who debunked their evil tales became enemies. They tried to tag us with all kind of labels, saying we were liars and deceivers. But wise was the man who said: “The truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it, but there it is.” Or our own Professor Tam David-West, in his book, Philosophical Essays, also said: “Truth like the cork cannot sink. It cannot be sunk. It always floats.”

When President Buhari spoke with me on phone from London on February 25, I was elated, and issued a press statement, detailing our conversation. Many Nigerians, good people from a great nation, who could get hold of my phone number, called. They would ask if truly we had spoken. Once I confirmed, they broke into tears of joy, crying like babies. They brought tears to my eyes many times. Till this son of hate, a purveyor of evil and tragedy, called. He identified himself as Jude (I decide to withhold his other name for now). He said: “Mr Adesina, you claim to have spoken with President Buhari. When are you going to stop this political deceit? How can you speak with a man who is long dead, and you are deceiving the public that he’s still alive?”

I didn’t argue with the man (though I was tempted to call him sonofagun, the son of a gun). I held my peace, let him finish his orgy of evil, and calmly cut off the phone. Doomsday prophets. Evil thinkers. Peddlers of mischief.

Then, on March 10, the president returned. Ecstasy and pure rapture from good Nigerians, who had been praying and supplicating unto God. Mai Gaskiya was back. The honest man had returned. Ramrod straight, man of integrity. He had been spared by God, and restored to us. Oh, glory!

Did you listen to that short speech that President Buhari read on his return? Did you listen to his off the cuff remarks? Was there any gloating? None. Did he rub it in on those who had peddled evil news, fake news, hate news? No. That is maturity. That is how to be the father of a country. And I remembered Dr. Doyin Abiola: “Don’t gloat!”

Do you know what some other people would have done in the same circumstance? They would have taken evil minded people to the cleaners. But not President Buhari. They would have made snide remarks about peddlers of hate news, calling fire and brimstone to fall upon them. But not our president. He would have been justified if he did so. The Good Book says, “He that digs a pit shall fall into it. He that rolls a stone, a stone will roll back at him. He that breaks the hedge, a serpent shall bite him.” So, President Buhari would have been justified, if he gave evil people some jabs. But he did not. What a heart!

Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.

How did that Jude Somebody feel when the president returned? He even bears Jude, a Christian name. How embarrassing! But he was full of bile, in the gall and throes of bitterness. May God forgive him. Amen.

With President Buhari’s health saga, some truths have been brought to bold relief once again. Anybody can be sick. Big or small man. A man of power, or a man of no consequence. Let us therefore be conscious of our mortality at all times. I can testify, from my many private discussions with him, that President Buhari is a man keenly aware of his own mortality at all times. A worthy example to follow.

Another lesson. Life and death are the sole preserves of God Almighty. Despite all those concoctions and contraptions, fake pictures, false stories on WhatsApp, mendacious newspaper reports, President Buhari came back alive. Who says anything that God has not said? There are many devices in the heart of man, but it is the counsel of God that shall stand. The counsel of God has prevailed concerning Nigeria, and concerning our president. Let us learn the eternal truth. No matter the devices in the heart of man, the counsel of God stands. It is not me that says so. It is straight from the Good Book.

Since March 10, when President Buhari returned, purveyors of evil have disappeared. Vanished! Utterly transmuted, like Brother Jero, in that work by Wole Soyinka. Even on social media, where they had held sway for many weeks, they evaporated. Like a beaten dog, they had their tails between their feet, and ran for cover. But should we rejoice? “Don’t gloat!”

There is nothing we have, that we did not receive from above. So, why boast? Why gloat? Rather, we should be thankful to God. The president has thanked millions of people who prayed. And they continue to pray. Olorun da Baba si fun wa. God, please, spare Baba for us. Let him take us to the Promised Land. A land that is secure, free completely of Boko Haram, flowing with milk and honey. A land where corrupt people get their just desserts, ending behind bars. A land where human life has value, where wanton killings stop, where justice and equity covers the space, like the waters cover the sea. A land where mischief makers repent, and turn to God.

Where is that Jude Somebody? I kept his number. I feel like calling him, saying “Son of a gun, how now?” But I shouldn’t do it. And I won’t do it. Because I remember Dr Abiola’s instruction: “Don’t gloat!”

Femi Adesina is Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari.

This piece was written by Femi Adesina. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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Tragedy As 4 School Principals Die In Delta Road Accident

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It was a black Friday in the Education sector in Delta State as a bus conveying secondary school principals who were traveling for an all-important education meeting was involved in a ghastly motor accident.

It is understood that at least four of the principals died on the spot while nine others are currently battling for their lives.

It was gathered that the principals were travelling to Kwale in Ndokwa West Local Government Area of the state when the 18-seater bus that they were in from Oghara to the venue of the meeting lost one its tyres which resulted in the accident.

The teachers had just left their take-off point barely 15 minutes when the accident occurred along the Oghara-Mosogar section of the Benin-Effurun-Warri road.

While it remains unclear how many of the teachers were in the vehicle, it was learnt that the majority of the principals were women.

This disclosure was made to newsmen by the State Commissioner for Basic & Secondary Education, Mr Chiedu Ebie, who conveyed the meeting.

Ebie, who immediately visited the scene of the accident and the hospitals where the victims were taken to, described the incident as most unfortunate and regrettable.

Delta Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, is also said to be saddened by the development.

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NLC Speaks Tough As Governor Ishaku Bans Taraba Workers From Protesting

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Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State may be in for a showdown with the State labour unions after placing a ban on protests and demonstrations by workers of the state on Saturday, March 25, 2017.

The Deputy Chief Press Secretary, Mr Illiya Bekyu, had earlier today made the announcement in Jalingo, on behalf of the governor.

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However, in a swift reaction, the Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress  (NLC), Taraba Chapter, Mr Peter Gambo, described the governor’s directive as a mere threat.

Gambo said workers in the state would not be intimidated by the governor’s statement.

He said: “To avert any form of protest in the state, the government must endeavour to settle all salary arrears  meant for public servants.

“This is the only way the organised labour can desist from embarking on peaceful demonstrations.”

The governor had said any group or individuals that wanted to protest must seek government approval before embarking on such exercise.

The ban is coming barely four days after primary school teachers in the state protested the non-payment of their salaries, now running into eight months.

The teachers were joined in the protest by their pupils.

“I want to state here that individuals or groups wanting to embark on any form of demonstration in the state without government approval are warned to desist forthwith or face the full wrath of the law.”

“The state government is particularly warning parents and some individuals who want to use little children as shield during demonstrations in pressing for whatever demands to refrain from such act or be prosecuted,” he warned.

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Naira Increases In Value As Surplus Dollars Hit Nigeria Market

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The Nigerian currency Naira further increased in value as the country’s money market was hit with surplus Dollars, thereby jolting financial speculators.

Naira Now Trades At ₦380/$ From ₦525/$ ‘A Month Ago’ As CBN Pumps Another $100M

NAN reports that the foreign exchange market closed on Friday without selling off all the foreign currency released by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The CBN had released fresh 100 million dollars at the interbank market to meet customers’ demands, but the dealers were only able to pick about 81.35 million dollars, leaving surplus.

Speaking on the development, Mr Isaac Okorafor, the Acting Director, Corporate Communications, CBN, attributed the inability of authorised dealers to pick up the entire offer of the CBN to increasing dollar supply.

In a statement, he said another reason was the current sense of apprehension among dealers who anticipate a further crash in the rate of the dollar.

He reiterated the determination of the Bank to sustain its current interventions in the market.

“Those who doubt the capacity of the Bank to sustain the intervention in the FOREX market are beginning to have a change of mind,” he said.

The Naira has continued to sustain its ride against major currencies, especially the United States dollar, since CBN consistently pumped in more dollars.

The dollar exchanged at about N380 in Abuja, and N385 to N390 in Lagos.

At the Bureau De Change (BDC) window, the Naira was sold at N399 to the dollar, while the pound sterling and the Euro were sold at N500 and N400.

The Nigerian currency appreciated at the interbank market, closing at N307 to the dollar.

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Zaki Biam Crisis: 13 Persons Feared Dead In Reprisal Attack

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The crisis in Zaki Biam has taken a new dimension as thirteen persons were feared dead after gunmen, in reprisal, attacked Tse Chia  Mbarstev ward near Kasaa in Zaki Biam Local Government Area of Benue State between Friday and Saturday.

The attack comes just five days after some gunmen invaded Zaki Biam town, destroying the International Yam market and killing over 50 persons.

Sources from the village said that some gunmen invaded the community around 1am on Friday and set ablaze four buildings while another set of gunmen were said to have embarked on a reprisal attack on Saturday setting houses ablaze killing about ten persons.

The source said, “Around 1am on Friday some gunmen entered our village and set ablaze four buildings, one of the buildings belongs to a family of three who were burnt to ashes.

“In a reprisal attack, a gang of gunmen stormed the area and shot at people, killing about ten persons and injuring several others.”

“As am talking to you now, the village has been deserted.”

Confirming the incident, the Benue State Police Public Relations’ Officer, ASP Moses Moses  Yamu, said that three persons were killed while describing it as a reprisal attack.

He said: “What happened is that youths from Zaki Biam mobilised themselves and went on a reprisal attack in the area. They burnt down the house of one of the drivers of the gunmen who attacked Zaki Biam last Tuesday.

“Four flats were burnt and three persons were killed. I want to urge the youths not to take the law into their hands but allow law enforcement agencies do their job.”

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Low: Germany Wants To Qualify Without Dropping Points

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Joachim Low has charged his men to qualify for the world cup, without dripping points in the qualifiers.

Germany are currently top of Group C with 12 points and have scored 16 goals without conceding, in their bid to qualify for the World Cup 2018.

Germany won 1-0 against England and Low is hoping they can build on that performance when they play Azerbaijan.

Low said: “Our objective is clear. We want to secure qualification for the World Cup without dropping any points.

“Every player is fit. The only doubt is Mesut Ozil. We’ll wait until after our last training session to decide on him.”

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Lloris On Mbappe: His Performances Has Generated A Lot Of Noise

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France captain Hugo Lloris has praised Kylian Mbappe for not letting the buzz his performances has generated get to his head.

The 18-year-old forward has already scored 19 goals for Monaco this season and has garnered interest from a number of clubs.

Mbappe is now on the precipice of making his first international debut with France and Lloris is pleased with his character.

“He is being talked about everywhere, even in England,” the Tottenham goalkeeper said.

“His performances made a lot of noise, but I find him quite detached and serene in relation to all of that.

“He shows great maturity at his young age. It is true that what he does in Monaco is quite impressive. It’s a good sign for the future.

“If he continues to work and get involved for the team, he has all the qualities to make a great career.”

Such have been his displays, Mbappe has been linked with the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Chelsea.

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Lloris On Mbappe: His Performances Has Generated A Lot Of Noise

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France captain Hugo Lloris has praised Kylian Mbappe for not letting the buzz his performances has generated get to his head.

The 18-year-old forward has already scored 19 goals for Monaco this season and has garnered interest from a number of clubs.

Mbappe is now on the precipice of making his first international debut with France and Lloris is pleased with his character.

“He is being talked about everywhere, even in England,” the Tottenham goalkeeper said.

“His performances made a lot of noise, but I find him quite detached and serene in relation to all of that.

“He shows great maturity at his young age. It is true that what he does in Monaco is quite impressive. It’s a good sign for the future.

“If he continues to work and get involved for the team, he has all the qualities to make a great career.”

Such have been his displays, Mbappe has been linked with the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Chelsea.

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Marquinhos Wants To Remain At PSG

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Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos has expressed his desire to stay on and extend his contract in France.

The centre-back has attracted interests from Barcelona and Manchester United, but that doesn’t seem to tempt the Brazilian.

The 22-year-old Marquinhos has made over 200 club appearances and is one of the most sought after defender in the world, but he doesn’t seem interested in leaving Paris.

He told Foot-Sur: “We’ve begun new contract talks and we need some time to reach an agreement.

“It’s not only up to me but my contract here runs until 2019 and from my point of view everything is pretty clear, I want to stay at PSG.”

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Marquinhos Wants To Remain At PSG

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Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos has expressed his desire to stay on and extend his contract in France.

The centre-back has attracted interests from Barcelona and Manchester United, but that doesn’t seem to tempt the Brazilian.

The 22-year-old Marquinhos has made over 200 club appearances and is one of the most sought after defender in the world, but he doesn’t seem interested in leaving Paris.

He told Foot-Sur: “We’ve begun new contract talks and we need some time to reach an agreement.

“It’s not only up to me but my contract here runs until 2019 and from my point of view everything is pretty clear, I want to stay at PSG.”

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Benzema Warns Mbappe Against Leaving Monaco Too Soon

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Karim Benzema sees Kylian Mbappe as a phenomenon, but has warned against him leaving Monaco so early in his career.

Benzema is familiar with this situation, as he was a young star with Lyon, before leaving for Spain.

Mbappe has been a revelation for Monaco and is being courted by top clubs in Europe, with Madrid and United among the clubs interested in his signature.

Benzema told RMC: “I’ve been told he is a phenomenon, a very good player.

“Honestly, I still haven’t seen him. He’s a young player.

“Football is really hard, especially at big clubs. I arrived at Madrid at 21. I had already done a lot of things at Lyon, but when I got here I got a slap in the face.

“My first year was too difficult. You’re far from your family, it’s not the same. Those who are next to you are there to take your place. It’s very difficult.

“But from what people have said, he’s a very good player, and I hope he’ll have a great career, little by little.

“I think you mustn’t leave too soon. Things go well, but the day when it goes less well, that’s the problem.

“He’s 18, how do you handle it when it doesn’t go as well, when people don’t speak as well about you, when you’re put under pressure?”

Mbappe, who finds himself in the latest France senior squad, has netted 17 times in 29 appearances for Monaco this season.

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Benzema Warns Mbappe Against Leaving Monaco Too Soon

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Karim Benzema sees Kylian Mbappe as a phenomenon, but has warned against him leaving Monaco so early in his career.

Benzema is familiar with this situation, as he was a young star with Lyon, before leaving for Spain.

Mbappe has been a revelation for Monaco and is being courted by top clubs in Europe, with Madrid and United among the clubs interested in his signature.

Benzema told RMC: “I’ve been told he is a phenomenon, a very good player.

“Honestly, I still haven’t seen him. He’s a young player.

“Football is really hard, especially at big clubs. I arrived at Madrid at 21. I had already done a lot of things at Lyon, but when I got here I got a slap in the face.

“My first year was too difficult. You’re far from your family, it’s not the same. Those who are next to you are there to take your place. It’s very difficult.

“But from what people have said, he’s a very good player, and I hope he’ll have a great career, little by little.

“I think you mustn’t leave too soon. Things go well, but the day when it goes less well, that’s the problem.

“He’s 18, how do you handle it when it doesn’t go as well, when people don’t speak as well about you, when you’re put under pressure?”

Mbappe, who finds himself in the latest France senior squad, has netted 17 times in 29 appearances for Monaco this season.

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Berlusconi: Donnarumma Not Leaving Milan

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Silvio Berlusconi, AC Milan president has stated matter of factly that teenage goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is not for sale.

The Italian is a product of the academy at AC Milan and is the number one shot stopper for Montella’s side.

Donnarumma’s form has seen him courted by top European clubs, with reports claiming City are prepared to pay £130 million for his signature.

He told La Verita: “Gigio is one of Milan’s jewels.

“He’s a gorgeous product of our youth system, he feels strong attachment in his heart to the jersey and the Rossoneri colours. For us he’s completely off the market.”

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Nigeria Vs Burkina Faso Friendly Match Cancelled

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There are very strong indications that Nigeria’s Super Eagles second international friendly against Burkina Faso in London has been cancelled.

The game, which was fixed for Monday night at the same venue where the Eagles played Senegal on Thursday, was called off, after seven players in the Burkinabe contingent failed to secure entry visas into the United Kingdom.

This is after the other players “are able to enter the UK.”

Speaking on the development, the Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, Barrister Chris Green told thenff.com in London:

“We regret to announce that the second friendly match we had scheduled for the Super Eagles as part of preparations for the remaining matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying series and the beginning of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification race would no longer take place on Monday, 27th March 2017.

“The match in question is called off due to no fault of either the organisers or the Nigeria Football Federation. We will announce further plans for the Super Eagles’ preparation for these two important qualifying campaigns in due course.”

The Burkinabe Football Federation on Friday, 24th March 2017 by 7 pm UK time telephoned the match organisers to say some of their players and officials were unable to secure entry visas into the United Kingdom and therefore would not be able to honour the match.

NFF President and CAF Executive Committee member, Amaju Pinnick was unhappy with the development but stated that the objectives of satisfying the technical team’s desire of squaring up against tough, physical African opposition and fostering team bonding and organisation were achieved.

“The Technical Adviser (Gernot Rohr) wanted to play very physical African teams, as part of the preparations for the World Cup qualifying matches against Cameroon, and we duly fulfilled that with the arrangements we made for Senegal and Burkina Faso.

“Unfortunately, some of the Burkinabe players could not secure entry visas into the UK. It is nobody’s fault. Our joy is that we were able to play Senegal and got a fair result with a depleted squad, and also the objectives of team bonding, team building, team discipline and further imparting the Technical Adviser’s philosophy to the group have been well served.

“The Technical Adviser has also been able to look at a few more options, and our strength-in-depth is looking very good.”

With the development, there are reports that Nigerian officials are scampering to get an emergency replacement match to test the Eagles on Monday night.

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President Buhari To Visit Sambisa Forest On Monday

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President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to declare open this year’s Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship in Sambisa forest in Borno.

David Ahmadu, the Chief of Training and Operations, Nigerian Army headquarters, disclosed this at a news conference on the championship in Maiduguri on Friday.

Mr. Ahmadu, a major general, said the event was slated for March 27 to 31 at the former stronghold of the terrorist Boko Haram sect.

He said the championship was part of the training activities of the Nigerian Army aimed at sharpening the marksmanship of its personnel.

“The Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship otherwise known as NASAC is part of the training activities scheduled for 2017.

“It is a championship among the formations of the Nigerian Army, the objective of the event is to sharpen the marksmanship skills of the army personnel,’’ Mr. Ahmadu said.

He said, “All formations of the Nigerian Army will be competing with the best carting away the prestigious Chief of Army Staff trophy.’’

Mr. Ahmadu said the championship was aimed at consolidating on the total defeat and routing out of Boko Haram terrorists from their operational headquarters in camp zero in Sambisa forest.

“Furthermore, the championship will also mark the commencement of the ongoing plan to move speedily and make the Sambisa forest general area safe for habitation.

“It is also to make the place an area for the Nigerian Army training activities,’’ he said.

Mr. Ahmadu said: “To this end provisions had already been made for the reopening of more roads, construction of culverts and bridges by army engineers to facilitate easy movement to the general area.

“There is no gainsaying that the championship is set to another epoch making event that will further emphasise the Nigerian Army efforts and resolve in meeting its constitutional role of defending the territorial integrity of the nation,’’ he said.

(NAN)

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Dickson Akoh: Peace Corps Commandant Still In Police Custody Six Days After “Arrest”

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Six days after he was arrested by the police, the national commandant of the Nigerian Peace Corps, Dickson Akoh, is still being held at the custody of the police.

Last Sunday, Akoh was apprehended after he turned himself in at the FCT command headquarters, saying he learnt the police were looking for him.

Police Detains Peace Corps Commandant, Dickson Akoh

It is understood that the 43-year-old man, who was detained at a facility run by the police special anti-robbery squad in Abuja the evening of his arrest, had not been released since then.

Yesterday evening, the police told Premium Times that they charged Mr. Akoh to court earlier in the week, although the claim was contrary to what sources close to the commandant said.

“We arraigned him at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday,” FCT police spokesman, Anjuguri Manzah, said.

Mr. Manzah declined further questions on the matter, including whether the police procured a court order to continue holding Mr. Akoh in detention beyond the legally-allowed 48 hours.

DSS Arrests Peace Corps Commandant, Dickson Akoh, 40 Other Members

However, two other sources close to Mr. Akoh claimed that the police did not arraign the commandant.

The sources said the police tried to arraign him before Gabriel Kolawole of the Abuja Division, but the judge declined to entertain the case immediately.

“Justice Kolawole asked them to come back on March 28 for the case,” one of the sources said.

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VIDEO: Ycee Freestyles To Mr Eazi’s Leg Over, Set to Host 3 Hour Show on BBC Radio1Xtra

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Tinny Entertainment’s Nigerian hip-hop superstar  Ycee is set to host BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Destination Africa show sitting in for the world famous DJ Edu this Sunday in the U.K. The Jagaban rapper whose international profile continues to rise after a recent successful tour of the UK prepares for the release of his highly anticipated first official project an E.P titled “The First Wave” on the 7th of April. The Sony Africa backed project has been billed as a game changer for both the rap and pop music industries on the continent boasting of putting Nigerian rappers firmly on the world map .
 
Ycee who once appeared as a special guest on the radio show with the Afro-boss Dj Edu where he delivered a blazing freestyle to Mr. Eazi’s “Leg Over” now returns to the UK as host of the three hour long live programme. Ycee will be playing his selection of the biggest tracks on the continent sharing his thoughts on the various scenes including the state of Nigerian rap industry ultimately entertaining the UK radio listeners with his wit and charm. 
 
Set your timers for Sunday 26th of March from 10pm GMT live on BBC Radio 1xtra as Ycee takes over the “Destination Africa” show. Watch Ycee’s freestyle to “Leg Over” below!

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Ycee To Host BBC Radio 1xtra’s “Destination Africa” Show, Drops Hot Mr Eazi’s “leg Over” Freestyle

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Tinny Entertainment’s Nigerian hip-hop superstar Ycee is set to host BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Destination Africa show sitting in for the world famous DJ Edu this Sunday in the U.K. The Jagaban rapper whose international profile continues to rise after a recent successful tour of the UK prepares for the release of his highly anticipated first official project an E.P titled “The First Wave” on the 7th of April. The Sony Africa backed project has been billed as a game changer for both the rap and pop music industries on the continent boasting of putting Nigerian rappers firmly on the world map .

Ycee who once appeared as a special guest on the radio show with the Afro-boss Dj Edu where he delivered a blazing freestyle to Mr. Eazi’s “Leg Over” now returns to the UK as host of the three hour long live programme. Ycee will be playing his selection of the biggest tracks on the continent sharing his thoughts on the various scenes including the state of Nigerian rap industry ultimately entertaining the UK radio listeners with his wit and charm.

Set your timers for Sunday 26th of March from 10pm GMT live on BBC Radio 1xtra as Ycee takes over the “Destination Africa” show.

Watch Ycee’s freestyle to “Leg Over” below!

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Barcelona Fined €19,000 By Uefa For Pitch Invasion After Incredible PSG Comeback

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UEFA have fined Barcelona €19,000 for the pitch invasion by supporters which occurred following their Champions League comeback victory over Paris Saint-Germain at the Camp Nou.

The fine was also issued for the “improper conduct” of Barcelona’s players, with five bookings picked up by Luis Enrique’s men during the game.

No team in UEFA club competition history had ever previously overcome a 4-0 first-leg deficit.

Sergi Roberto’s decisive stoppage-time goal sparked wild celebrations in the Nou Camp, with some supporters entering the field of play after the final whistle.

St-Etienne, Manchester United’s Europa League round of 32 opponents, have also been fined €50,000 (£43,083) after supporters set off fireworks at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

The Ligue 1 side were defeated 1-0 in the second leg, with Jose Mourinho’s United progressing to the last-16 with a  4-0 aggregate win.

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Report: Atletico Striker Kevin Gameiro Recieves Offer From China

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Atletico forward Kevin Gameiro has received a lucrative offer from China, reports Marca.

Gameiro moved to Atleti last summer after the Spanish club failed to re-sign Diego Costa from Chelsea.

The France international has had a mixed first season at Atleti and could be on the move again at the end of the season.

The former Sevilla man has received a lucrative offer from China and he has informed Atleti officials of the offer so that they can assess it.

Gameiro, who is under contract until 2020, could earn up to €20m a season in China.

This week Kevin Gameiro spoke with ‘El Canal del Fútbo’ on Canal+ about many things such as his French teammate Antoine Griezmann, and the possibility of leaving Atletico Madrid at the end of the season.

the last subject they spoke about was whether Gameiro would leave Atletico for Marseille. The 29-year-old replied that, “it would be very complicated. I played at PSG and I feel like a Parisian. It is very complicated to go to a club like Marseille.”

He also added that he is very happy in LaLiga at present where he hopes to retire, “I feel very good here and I hope to finish my career in Spain.”

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Gianfranco Zola Explains Why Koby Arthur Won’t Be Offered New Birmingham Contract

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Gianfranco Zola has explained the reasoning behind Birmingham’s decision not to offer Koby Arthur a new contract

The club have announced that the 21-year old, along with Noe Baba and Josh Tibbetts, will be allowed to leave the Club at the end of the season when his contract expires.

“He is one of those players who has been doing better but we believe that it is going to be difficult to be in our team,” explained Gianfranco Zola.

“We prefer that he goes and finds a better place where he can play.  Sometimes it happens even with good players, [Omar] Bogle, he was here he was released and then he went to a lower league, he has done very well then he came back to the same league.

“We think that it is better for the players to give them the possibility to find a better environment where he can have a little bit more space.  We believe that he won’t have the space necessary to improve [here] as simple as that.” 

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Real Madrid President Florentino Perez Wants Karim Benzema To Stay At The Club

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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez wants striker Karim Benzema to stay at the club for the foreseeable future.

Benzema, who joined Madrid from Lyon in 2009, has over two years left on his current deal at the Bernabeu.

Club president Perez is a big fan of the Frenchman and wants him to stay in the Spanish capital for many years to come.

“Karim [Benzema]? For me he is the best No.9 in the world,” he toldRadio Montecarlo. “He plays very well and it’s difficult to find a player like him.”

When asked about a new contract for the forward, he replied: “At this moment, for me he is going to stay here forever.

“But now we do not speak of this. If it’s up to me, I am sure that he is going to stay here all his life.”

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Sergi Roberto Backs Assistant Coach Juan Carlos Unzue To Succeed Luis Enrique

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Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto has backed assistant coach Juan Carlos Unzue to succeed out-going boss Luis Enrique at the end of the season.

Luis Enrique has announced he will leave his post at the end of the season, although the club have not yet decided his replacement.

Unzue, who has worked alongside Luis Enrique at the Camp Nou, is reportedly on Barca’s managerial shortlist and Roberto believes he would make an excellent successor.

“If he continues it would be a way of continuing with the philosophy of the club,” he told TV3.

“We have a very good relationship with him. Although he is more focused on the strategy, he always guides us and advises us, I think that he would be a great coach for us.”

After the improbable comeback against Paris Saint-Germain, Sergi Roberto admitted the Catalans are confident about their chances in the top European competition.

“Winning another Champions League would be very exciting, there is no doubt about it.

“I wouldn’t say it is a priority for us, but it would mean a lot to win it after the comeback.”

Lastly, the converted midfielder briefly discussed the Blaugrana’s next opponent – Juventus.

“As your typical Italian side, they are a stout defensive team,” he concluded.

“Moreover, their attacking players are incredibly skilled, so we know that advancing to the semi-final will be far from easy.”

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