Guardiola: City Should Have Won

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Pep Guardiola felt his side should have gotten a win against Middlesbrough, as they face a race to qualify for the Champions League.

Manchester City came from behind twice to secure a 2-2 draw away, with Aguero equalising from the spot, before Gabriel Jesus headed in another equaliser in the 85th minute.

Guardiola explained the reason he fielded two strikers, so as to free up De Bruyne in the midfield.

“We put together Sergio and Gabriel up front,” said Guardiola. “Normally we play with one striker but I didn’t want to put Kevin De Bruyne in the role as a holding midfielder. I prefer to have him free to connect with our full-backs, and to have two strikers in the box.

“We deserved to win, definitely. In the second half we made absolutely everything. They crossed the [half-way] line twice.

“In the first 20 minutes of the first half they created chances, but in the second half we were much better.”

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Joshua: Fans Want To See Me Face Fury

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Anthony Joshua is itching to face undefeated Brit Tyson Fury, after he beat Wladimir Klitschko to add the WBA and IBO belts to his IBF belt.

Joshua overcame a sixth round knockdown to knockdown Klitschko in the 11th round of their Wembley showdown.

The Brit, who has now won all 19 of his professional bouts called out Fury and is certain that’s what the fans want to see.

He told SSN HQ: “I do [think that is the fight the British public wants to see] and that’s why I mentioned it because it’s not as if I’m calling out someone random or drawing attention to someone random.

“I have heard and seen people talking and it seems like it is heading in that direction.

“I just like to entertain and if that’s a fight that will bring entertainment to the sport again, I would love to be involved in another dust-up but this time it would be two Brits coming together.”

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Conte: Chelsea Stayed Calm In Everton Win

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Antonio Conte was pleased in the manner with which Chelsea won their match against Everton, lauding them for keeping their calm.

Chelsea’s 3-0 win against Everton kept them on the brink of winning another title, with matches against West Brom, Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Watford still left to play.

Chelsea’s closes rivals, Tottenham have a much tougher calendar and Conte was very pleased with the win over Everton, as Chelsea had to wait till the 66th minute to get their first goal.

“In this type of game it’s easy to lose your head, lose your balance,” Conte told Sky Sports. “For this reason at half-time I told them to be calm and to stay in the game.

“We had a lot of patience for the right moment to hit, and we deserved the win. We scored an amazing goal with Pedro, then the second and third, but it was not so easy.

“This gives us lots of confidence. Now it is important to prepare the final rush. If in the next game against Middlesbrough you don’t win you lose this victory. We must look step by step.”

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Mourinho Happy With Team Despite Draw

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Jose Mourinho says he is really happy with his squad despite their 1-1 draw against Swansea, but is unhappy with his growing injury list.

Wayne Rooney opened the scoring from the penalty spot, before Sigurdsson cancelled it out with a well taken free kick.

Shaw and Bailly couldn’t finish the match due to injuries sustained, joining Ibrahimovic, Rojo, Smalling and Jones on United’s growing list, to the disappointment of Mourinho.

He said: “If I analyse the performance I will obviously find weakness in our performance, that is obvious and it is not difficult to find that.

“But I cannot do that. I cannot isolate from the context and the context is the boys gave everything they can.

“If I had more fresh players I would change. It was easy to see Ashley Young and Jesse Lingard were above the others in terms of freshness, sharpness. It was easy to see that and it was easy to see many players in trouble.

“But we don’t have others, that’s the problem.

“The second half was our best period. We had control, we had chances to score the second goal and probably relax and kill the game and then they scored a beautiful free-kick.

“We lose two points, but I’m very happy with the players. Very happy. I cannot demand anything more from them.

“I am more than happy.”

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Police Arrest Man Who Supplies Fuel, Food To Boko Haram Insurgents

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The Borno State Police Command on Sunday disclosed that it had arrested a driver, Modu Mustapha, suspected to be purchasing fuel and food items for Boko Haram insurgents.

Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Maiduguri, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Damian Chukwu, said that the suspect was arrested after a tip-off by members of the public.

“The police have received information that one Modu Mustapha of Jumptilo village was a terrorists’ collaborator, who buys fuel and food for them, at Alagarno and other hideout.

“The police descended on the suspect, who has confessed to the crime,’’ he said.

The CP alleged that the driver usually fetched firewood in the bush, from where he was suspected to have met the terrorists.

“He said that he had been buying things for the insurgent group.

“We recovered N10, 000 from the suspect, which the terrorists gave him to buy bicycle spare parts for them,” he said.

The commissioner said the suspect also named 15 other firewood vehicle drivers, who engaged in similar crime.

According to him, the police are yet to establish the motive of the driver buying things for the insurgents.

“We have not been able to establish his reasons for buying things for them, whether he is under the influence of spell, coerced into doing it, or doing it willingly as their collaborator,” said Mr. Chukwu

The police commissioner said that because of the nature of the alleged crime, it would be transferred to the military for further action.

 

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The SSS Employment Scandal And Disadvantages Of Ethnic Chauvinism

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The SSS Employment Scandal And Disadvantages Of Ethnic Chauvinism, By ‘Tope Oriola

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The recent and extremely controversial employment exercise of the SSS is generating ripples across the country. A report by PREMIUM TIMES (also published by Sahara Reporters) indicates that while Katsina State had 51 persons among those employed, all the South-East states had a combined total of 44 persons. Such preferential treatment of a particular group of people is not new in Nigeria.

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

The reinstatement to the Army of Major General Ahmadu Mohammed, who was implicated in the killings of over 600 civilians during the campaign against Boko Haram terrorists, is one recent example. General Mohammed was reportedly retired in 2014 for reasons unconnected to the killings, according to a Amnesty International report. Yet, he was surreptitiously brought back to the military in early 2016, during a period in which several officers had been dismissed, demoted or jailed for lesser offences.

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Not all Northerners benefit from or will ever benefit from these sorts of lopsidedness. I was in class with multiple senior police officers in a graduate programme many years ago. One was an assistant police commissioner, a Northern Christian, who claimed to have been marginalised because of his religion. His juniors had become police commissioners and had been heading state police commands, while he was consistently overlooked. That’s not to suggest that only Northern Muslims benefit from such arrangements, rather it is to show the multi-layered regimen of extra-legal factors being used in preferential schemes.

I will not argue that these practices should stop. In fact, those implementing them via their zero sum thinking should feel free to continue the practices. As a concerned Nigerian, my aim is simply to highlight the implications of such practices.

Besides further undermining Nigeria’s elusive unity, these practices will continue to favour a relatively small number of people at the detriment of the North. Such practices will not contribute to the development of the North, but will succeed in undermining whatever progress is being made. “How”? You may ask.

A friend once narrated how he went to a hospital in Abuja to check an ear infection (he could not afford to go to London given the delicate nature of ear infection therapy in Nigeria). The doctor on duty was a man from the North. The patient refused to be checked by the doctor. He left the consultation room and went to a matron who was from the South, explaining to her that he was afraid of having his ears checked by the doctor whose competence he was unsure of. His concerns were that the doctor might have graduated from a university in the North, where he was certain that the standards were not high. The matron assured the patient that the doctor was indeed trained in a Northern Nigeria university but was one of the best doctors in the hospital. I was mortified by the story but had no counter-points to issues around JAMB cut off point.

Perception is a major organising principle in the world of humans. How many people ask a doctor for his or her credentials before being examined? Have you ever boarded a plane and proceeded to the cockpit to ask for the pilot’s license? This story accentuates one of the consequences of the hiring practices in the SSS, Nigeria Prison Service, the military and the public sector in Nigeria. Such practices make other Nigerians to a priori and unfairly question the competence of professionals from Northern Nigeria. They may be viewed as products of a quota system with adulterated standards and therefore undeserving of whatever they have accomplished. But that is the more obvious part.

The more serious consequence is that over time, Northern Nigerians may begin to question the competence of fellow northerners. When and where the stakes are truly high (take brain surgery, for instance), northerners may view professionals from the North as somehow not up to the task. Those “connections” and ethnic solidarities have their benefits but their long-term effect is self-doubt.

For instance, Northern parents may prefer Southern teachers; patients in the North may feel more comfortable with and adjudge Southern health professionals as better trained and more knowledgeable; mechanics from the South may be deemed more competent than their Northern counterparts and a Northern chief executive may prefer to hire a Southerner for jobs that are demanding. My point is that these practices will damage the psyche of the North in the long run.

These hiring practices will not solve the problems in the North. The beneficiaries will never be secure in themselves and will never know how good they are without the benefits of nationality and religion. Such practices will encourage indolence and foster the sense that hard work does not pay. Other parts of the country will begin with the assumption that they have to over-perform (e.g. on JAMB) and may in fact work harder as the cut off points are higher in Southern states.

Over time, such persons will simply make Nigeria a stepping stone and over-perform, especially internationally. They will view Nigerian government agencies as elegantly set up for mediocre persons, who cannot compete unless they indicate their states of origin or religion on application forms.

I met the chair of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Police Affairs in 2016. The House was in the process of considering a request from the Nigeria Police Force to use electro-magnetic disruption technologies such as Taser CEWs. As part of a research team that had published fairly extensively on the issue in Canada, I wanted to offer my expert opinion on the matter. The chair was from one of the Northern states. The young woman who was his office manager was from the South-East. This made for a fascinating observation at the National Assembly as the representative’s constituents thronged to his office and the office manager professionally handled all kinds of situations. What I deduced was that when it mattered, the politician went for competence over and above ethnic sentiments.

Finally, self-doubt is a hefty price to pay especially when it becomes a group phenomenon. Those carrying out these practices must recognise the long-term psychological impact of what they are doing.

‘Tope Oriola is professor of criminology at the University of Alberta, Canada. Twitter: @topeoriola

This article was written by Tope Oriola. 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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Klitschko Wants Joshua Rematch

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Wladimir Klitschko is interested in activating the rematch clause in the contract against Joshua and try one more time to regain his belts.

The former unified heavyweight champion looked set for victory after he knocked down Joshua in the sixth round, after he was knocked down in the fifth.

In the aftermath of the sensational fight , Klitschko confirmed the clause in the contract and is eager to try for the IBF and WBA ‘super’ title.

“At the end of the year, we have a mega fight. Winner takes all, considered the best man on the planet.

“I’m very comfortable over here. I love coming over here. Every time I come over here I get much love, so if I had to come over here, I would come with open arms, without hesitation.”

“I don’t mind fighting him again, if he wants the rematch,” Joshua said at his post-fight press conference. “Big respect to Wladimir for challenging the young lions of the division.

“It’s up to him, I don’t mind. As long as Rob (McCracken, Joshua’s trainer) thinks it is good I’m good to go.”

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Sule Lamido: Police Arrest Former Governor Of Jigawa State

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The immediate past governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, has been arrested today by police in Kano state.

Premium Times gathered that the former governor was arrested for allegedly inciting his supporters to stop the conduct of the local government elections organised by the current administration of Governor Muhammad Badaru.

While the council elections are fixed for July 1, he was was arrested at his Sharada Kano home.

It is understood that he was whisked away to the Zone One Command of the Nigeria Police in Kano where he is still being held as at the time of filing this report on Sunday afternoon.

It was gathered that at the Zone One Command, about six vehicles of the former governor filled with his aides who waited patiently for the release of their principal, can be sighted.

Details later…

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IDP Camps In Borno Will Not Be Shut On May 29 – NEMA

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has stated that the planned closure of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Borno by May 29 was no longer feasible.

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Speaking with newsmen in Maiduguri, the state capital, on Sunday, Mr Muhammad Kanar, the NEMA North East Coordinator, said that IDPs whose communities had been liberated were, however, free to return home voluntarily.

He said: “Actually, Gov. Kashim Shettima arrived at the May 29 date for closure of all IDP camps based on his conviction that things will go on as they started from last year.

“It was Shettima’s hope and the hope of every disaster management expert for the camps to close early so people can return to their normal life.”

The coordinator added that the governor was motivated by the gallant efforts of the military in liberating many communities in a short period.

He continued: “Stakeholders were amazed by the speed our gallant soldiers achieved a lot within a few weeks in the fight against insurgency.

“They were able to recapture all the 22 Local Government Areas from the Boko Haram and liberated so many communities within and outside the areas.

“These gave hope and focus that by May 29 government will be able to return IDPs back home.”

“But now it seems that closing the camps is not possible by the set date. We have to re-plan again.

“By May 29, any IDP wishing to go back to his place can go, so long as the place is safe enough.”

Kanar said that the hope of returning all IDPs back home was not totally lost.

“Up till today the hope is still there, if we can get the place safe, secured those willing to go back can still return.

“Right now we have satellite camps in all liberated LGAs, where IDPs living in Maiduguri can stay pending when they can move to their communities.

“If you do not want to stay in Maiduguri, you can go there. Many houses have been rehabilitated and normalcy restored in many LGA headquarters,” he said.

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Nigeria Considers Further Review Of Petrol Pricing Template

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has said it would further review its pricing template for petrol.

The review is with the aim of removing several multi-layered charges and costs that affect the pump price of petrol at service stations across the country, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, said on Saturday.

He added that the government would continue to work with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to find ways of providing subsidised foreign exchange interventions for oil marketers in the country.

In a podcast he shared on his social media accounts, Kachikwu said, at the moment, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was importing almost all the petrol used in the country, a responsibility he stated the corporation was undertaking at a huge cost.

The minister added that marketers in the country were no longer importing petroleum products because of the unfavourable business fundamentals which had been influenced by the rising prices of crude oil.

He said: “Downstream continues to be an area that has numerous challenges, that is why throwing ideas on them will continue to be something that any minister or chief executive of NNPC will continue to focus on.”

“The environment has since changed, when we did all these, pricing for crude was more in the $25 to $30 per barrel, today it is in excess of $54, which is fantastic because it means that our revenue stream is improving.

“But, it is a twin window, whenever the price of crude goes up, obviously the price of refined petrol goes up and we begin to have systemic challenge in terms of the pricing on the local base, so that gap has begun to return and today what you find is that the NNPC continues to import massively on behalf of the Federal Government. It has gone back to about 90-95 per cent for the whole country and therefore its books are absorbing some of the cost implications of this.”

“The second is that once this happens the marketers begin to shift backwards, participation by individual marketers to help us continue the normal business and marketing cycle that should be what you expect is no longer existing. Most of them are not importing.”

On plans to stem the development, Kachikwu said: “One of the things we are doing is that we are looking at our existing templating position, and what we are doing with that is first addressing some of the soft end of things that affect pricing.

“We are removing too many multi-layered charges on importation, we are working with the ministry of transport to reduce those to what was initially approve by the president, and as such, we should take away a good chunk of the expenses. We are working to see how the CBN can provide us with a fairly subsidised FX for products priced in dollars.”

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Wilder Wants Joshua In Unification Fight

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Deontay Wilder has called for a unification bout against Anthony Joshua, after the Nigerian born boxer won in sensational fashion at Wembley.

Joshua added the WBA ‘super’ title to his IBF belt , after he beat Klitschko inside the distance in their world title fight.

WBC champion, Wilder watched the fight from the ringside and would like to face Joshua, in a bid to unify the division.

“Like I said before, it’s all about unification now,” he told Sky Sports. “I want to do my thing and go get those other belts.

“At the end of the year, we have a mega fight. Winner takes all, considered the best man on the planet.

“I’m very comfortable over here. I love coming over here. Every time I come over here I get much love, so if I had to come over here, I would come with open arms, without hesitation.”

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Wilder Wants Joshua In Unification Fight

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Deontay Wilder has called for a unification bout against Anthony Joshua, after the Nigerian born boxer won in sensational fashion at Wembley.

Joshua added the WBA ‘super’ title to his IBF belt , after he beat Klitschko inside the distance in their world title fight.

WBC champion, Wilder watched the fight from the ringside and would like to face Joshua, in a bid to unify the division.

“Like I said before, it’s all about unification now,” he told Sky Sports. “I want to do my thing and go get those other belts.

“At the end of the year, we have a mega fight. Winner takes all, considered the best man on the planet.

“I’m very comfortable over here. I love coming over here. Every time I come over here I get much love, so if I had to come over here, I would come with open arms, without hesitation.”

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Joshua: I Intend To Keep Improving

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Anthony Joshua believes character was the key to his win over Klitschko and has warned the heavyweight division, he’ll continue to improve.

The Olympic gold medalist stormed to a 19th straight professional win on Saturday at Wembley, but had to overcome a knockdown to win the game.

Klitschko was knocked down in the fifth round and replied with a knockdown of his own in the sixth round.

“This is boxing – I’m only going to improve,” Joshua – who not only retained his IBF title but also won the WBA ‘super’ belt too – told Sky Sports Box Office.

“Sometimes you can be a phenomenal boxer but this sport is about character. When you go to the trenches, that’s when you find out who you really are.

“In this small little ring there’s nowhere to hide. As I said from the get-go, it will be a boxing classic and the best man will win. There’s no complications with boxing – anyone can do this.

“I came out and I won – that’s how far I had to dig. I didn’t go into a 12-round slug-fest and struggle to beat Klitschko. I came back and fought my heart out.”

Joshua also paid tribute to his fallen opponent and says he is a role model for the boxing world.

“As boxing states, you leave your ego at the door and respect your opponent, so a massive shout-out to Wladimir Klitschko for taking part,” the Englishman added during his post-fight interview.

“I’m not going to say too much in case he wants to come back and fight me again, but in terms of the boxing Hall of Fame and the boxing arena, he’s a role model in and out of the ring.

“I’ve got nothing but love and respect for anyone who steps inside the ring.

“I’m a little bit emotional now because I know I’ve got doubters who think I can’t do this and I can’t do that. But I dig deep.”

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Joshua: I Intend To Keep Improving

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Anthony Joshua believes character was the key to his win over Klitschko and has warned the heavyweight division, he’ll continue to improve.

The Olympic gold medalist stormed to a 19th straight professional win on Saturday at Wembley, but had to overcome a knockdown to win the game.

Klitschko was knocked down in the fifth round and replied with a knockdown of his own in the sixth round.

“This is boxing – I’m only going to improve,” Joshua – who not only retained his IBF title but also won the WBA ‘super’ belt too – told Sky Sports Box Office.

“Sometimes you can be a phenomenal boxer but this sport is about character. When you go to the trenches, that’s when you find out who you really are.

“In this small little ring there’s nowhere to hide. As I said from the get-go, it will be a boxing classic and the best man will win. There’s no complications with boxing – anyone can do this.

“I came out and I won – that’s how far I had to dig. I didn’t go into a 12-round slug-fest and struggle to beat Klitschko. I came back and fought my heart out.”

Joshua also paid tribute to his fallen opponent and says he is a role model for the boxing world.

“As boxing states, you leave your ego at the door and respect your opponent, so a massive shout-out to Wladimir Klitschko for taking part,” the Englishman added during his post-fight interview.

“I’m not going to say too much in case he wants to come back and fight me again, but in terms of the boxing Hall of Fame and the boxing arena, he’s a role model in and out of the ring.

“I’ve got nothing but love and respect for anyone who steps inside the ring.

“I’m a little bit emotional now because I know I’ve got doubters who think I can’t do this and I can’t do that. But I dig deep.”

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In Bayelsa: Teachers Threaten Strike Over 10 Months Salary Arrears

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The Bayelsa chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) on Sunday threatened to commence a three-day warning strike from May 2, over unpaid nine-and-a-half months salary backlog.

The NUT, in a communique signed by its Chairman, Kala-Ama Tonpre, and Secretary, Johnson Hector, said the union took the decision after its Executive Council meeting held on Saturday in Yenagoa.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the NUT in Bayelsa had embarked on a strike which shut public schools in Bayelsa for six weeks at the beginning of the 2016/2017 academic session in September 2016 over unpaid salaries.

The union said it also resolved that the state government should urgently pay the salaries it owed primary school teachers to bring them at par with other civil servants in the state.

The NUT also called on the government to take over the funding and management of primary education without attaching conditions to it.

The union further asked the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and the Post Primary Schools Board to implement the 2013 and 2015 promotions and to conduct the 2016 exercise without delay.

It appealed to the government to involve other banks in the payment of secondary school teachers’ salaries instead of giving the mandate to only the Sterling Bank.

The union also urged the government to take care of the cost of bank transaction to reduce excess deductions on its members’ accounts.

The NUT implored the government to fill vacancies created by retired and deceased teachers by employing qualified personnel and government should also begin the payment of N18,000 minimum wage arrears to teachers.

(NAN)

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Bellew: Joshua Is King

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Tony Bellew has hailed Anthony Joshua as the “king of the boxing world” after his sensational win against Klitschko on Saturday.

Joshua knocked out Klitschko in the 11th round at Wembley, to add the WBA ‘super’ title to his IBF belt.

The undefeated Brit suffered the first knockdown of his career in the sixth round, but retained his belt in front of 90,000 fans.

“He is the best heavyweight in the world, make no bones about that. Absolutely no question,” he told Sky Sports.

“He is the number one, he has no questions to answers. He is no longer the king of British boxing, he is the king of the boxing world.

“I did say in the build-up that when he gets caught by hard, clean shot, it could be a problem, but he answered that by being put on the floor.

“Yes, it took him three rounds to get over it but we have just learnt that when the going gets tough, Joshua gets going.”

“Klitschko stole rounds, very cleverly and Anthony played the game a bit,” he said.

“But ultimately he ticked all the boxes and proved all the doubters wrong. Even I had doubts about him once it’s gone past four, but I am so happy I got it wrong.”

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Alba: The Dream Is To Play At Barcelona For A Long Time

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Spanish defender, Jordi Alba says he wants to remain at Barcelona despite uncertainty about his future.

The defender has lost his spot in the starting XI under Enrique and has been continually linked with a move to United.

Enrique’s switch to a three-man defence has seen Alba dropped out of the squad, but the spaniard is keen on remaining in the squad.

“It’s clear that, the more I play, the better,” the Spaniard told reporters. “My dream has always been to play here and stay at Barcelona for a long time.

“We haven’t spoken about it, but a footballer always wants to play and I have not played as much as I’ve wanted to.

“I don’t want to look for excuses but at least I’m currently getting game time and I want to win La Liga and the Copa del Rey.”

“Sometimes these situations all happen over your head,” he continued. “Not playing was unusual for me, but it matures you and makes you value things more.

“The change of system influenced things a lot. Whether I like it or not, I have to accept it.”

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Thiago Motta: PSG Are The Most Ambitious In Europe

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Thiago Motta says Paris Saint Germain are not the best team in Europe, but they are the most ambitious in Europe.

Since QSI took over the French club in 2011, the Ligue 1 giants have dominated the French league, but have not enjoyed European success.

However, Thiago Motta believes they will attain the level their owners want of them in no time.

“Today we can all agree that PSG’s not the greatest club in Europe, but it is the most ambitious,” the Italy international, 34, told TF1. “One day, it will be among the best two or three clubs in the world.”

Even finishing top of Ligue 1 is far from certain, with the destination of the title out of the reigning champions’ hands with four matches of the campaign remaining and a tough trip to Nice slated for Sunday night.

“We have to treat every match like a final,” Motta added. “That’s again the case against Nice.

“I hope that we’ll finish the season with the two titles we can still win: the league and the Coupe de France.”

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Joshua Knocks Out Klitschko To Win Wembley Showdown

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Anthony Joshua overcame a knockdown to knockout Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round and win at Wembley.

The Ukrainian boxer looked set to end Joshua’s unbeaten run when he floored him in the sixth round, but the British boxer came back with a flurry of punches in the 11th round to see off the 41-year-old.

The 27-year-old held on to his IBF belt and also claimed the WBA ‘super’ belt at Wembley in front of 90,000 spectators.

Joshua took a lot of heavy punches and dealt some of his own, as he floored Klitschko in the fifth round. The former heavyweight champion shook it off.

Klitschko let out a flurry of punches in the sixth and stalked the IBF champion, until he floored him.

Joshua was fighting the longest fight of his career. He landed two big right hands in the ninth round , but he got hit with a heavy right from Klitschko in the 10th.

Joshua came into the 11th round looking to end the fight with a knockout, and his uppercut floored Klitschko.

Joshua ruthlessly finished off his dazed foe, flooring him again with more savage shots, and referee David Fields signalled the finish to spark scenes of relieved celebration.

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Ancelotti: I’m Very Lucky

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Carlo Ancelotti has praised his family at Bayern Munich and says he is a lucky man, after winning the Bundesliga.

Their closest rivals, RB Leipzig’s earlier draw gave the Bavarians an opening to secure the title.

Ancelotti’s men won 6-0 away at Wolfsburg, with Alaba, Lewandowski, Robben, Muller and Kimmich all on the score sheet.

“I’m really happy. I’m lucky to be at this fantastic club with brilliant players and fans,” the Italian said.

“I have such strong support from [Karl-Heinz] Rummenigge and all at the club. That is so important for a manager. I’m very lucky.

“I feel that this club is a family and I am in this family.

“The motivation was really high today. Of course the last two weeks were difficult but we used it as motivation. We can really enjoy this moment.

“We can do better. We could have been luckier in some situations in the Champions League and Pokal. We can learn from this and be better next season.”

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FG To Establish Satellite Industrial Centres Across Nigeria’s 6 Geo-Political Zones

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The Federal Government has said it will establish satellite industrial centres across the six geo-political zones of the country after the passage of the 2017 budget, so as to fast-track its plan on the diversification of the nation’s economy.

The establishment of the industrial centres, which will be anchored by the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA), is expected to commence immediately after the passage of the 2017 budget.

Speaking with newsmen in Lagos, the new Managing Director, NEPZA, Mr. Emmanuel Jime, said the establishment of the centres would serve as a catalyst towards the diversification of the economy and the promotion of backward integration.

He said: “The present administration’s desire is for the economy to fully diversify and this is the reason why the President has ordered the creation of the satellite industrial centres in the six geo-political zones across the country.

“And for this to happen, NEPZA has been given the directive to anchor this and this will take effect as soon as the budget is passed.”

Jime who took over the affairs of NEPZA last week said the agency would do everything to put the country in the right direction through manufacturing for domestic market and export.

“As we know that NEPZA is a creation of Act 63 of 1992, with the mandate to license, regulate and monitor free zones in Nigeria, our plan now is to focus on the generation of employment, technology transfer and skill acquisition. Also, we will do everything to attract more foreign direct investment through aggressive marketing,” he said.

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That NIA’s Black-Budget And The Mysterious Whistle-blower

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That NIA’s Black-Budget and the Mysterious Whistle-blower, By Yushau A. Shuaib

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Preparatory to the daring and merciless military operations against Boko Haram members, top officers of security and intelligence agencies were in Lagos and Abuja, towards the end of 2014, to interact with critical stakeholders that matter in shaping public perception and opinions. The then president of Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), Mr. Femi Adesina was part of the audience.

This article was written by Yushau A. Shuaib. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

The interactive sessions involved the display of video clips of the horrific atrocities of Boko Haram terrorists against humanity. Gory scenes of the brutal executions of captured intelligence officers who were accused of spying on the terrorist group were shown. The officers and their informants were cruelly dismembered, buried or burnt alive by the dare devil insurgents.

One of the heart-aching videos was that of a captured female intelligence operative who was “daggered” into pieces before she could start pleading for her life. A few months after, through some miraculous strategies of operation against the terrorists, positive images emerged of the gallantry of the Nigerian troops. PRNigeria released some of the declassified videos on the storming of Sambisa Forest by the special forces and intelligence operatives from the air and on the ground. The original video showed hijab-dressed female intelligence operatives, guiding women and children away from the air raid to a safe military zone.

There were also reported cases of captured men dressed in women’s attire by the Nigerian troops, who were later discovered to be security operatives assigned to spy on the terrorists’ enclaves. Strangely enough, between January and May 2015, when Sambo Dasuki was the National Security Adviser, over two dozen occupied towns were successfully recovered and liberated from Boko Haram. The towns were: Abadam, Askira, Baga, Bama, Bara, Buni Yadi, Damboa, Dikwa, Gamboru-Ngala, Goniri, Gujba, Gulag, Gulani, Gwoza, Hong, Kala Balge, Konduga, Kukawa, Marte, Madagali, Michika, Monguno, Mubi, Vimtim, among other communities.

Meanwhile, while the military and security agencies took credit for all the counter-terrorism campaigns, most of the high-profile terrorists arrested, especially at the borders and across the borders, were facilitated by the intelligence service. The service also facilitated the participation of reluctant neighbours in the Multi-National Joint Taskforce (MNJTF) and other special forces for the success of operations.

Recently too, when 21 Chibok girls were freed by Boko Haram in October 2016, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo publicly disclosed that there was no exchange of detained members of the Boko Haram sect for the girls. The Information Minister, Lai Mohammed also strongly denied the report that the Nigerian government paid a robust ransom for their release. Since no one knows what influenced the ‘Father Christmas’ gesture of Boko Haram leaders in releasing the girls, which even took a section of the military by surprise, it is purely exceptional intelligence operations.

I have deliberately avoided mentioning any of Nigeria’s secret organisations involved in the above operations. The recent exposure of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) to disrepute after the discovery of a cash haul in an Ikoyi Apartment is a sad commentary on one of the most organised and respected intelligence organisations in Africa. Not only has the scandal damaged the integrity of the agency, it has further exposed the Nigeria’s intelligence community to global ridicule.

It is necessary to point out that in security circles, a black budget is allocated for classified and other covert operations of a nation, which can be expended under different covers and through different channels, including the funding of NGOs, cultural groups, religious organisations, corporations, private firms and, on numerous occasions, through direct cash transactions that can not be traced ordinarily. Consciously and unconsciously, patriotic and innocent citizens have supported or carried out intelligence activities without being identified with the secret service.

The instrument relating to the establishment, structure and duties of the National Intelligence Agency, especially under the National Security Agencies Act 1986 (Cap 278LFN), clearly states that “The accounts of the National Intelligence Agency shall not be subject to external audit but the Director General shall by first week of March each year, render to the President… certificate showing the total expended during the preceding period and…under which the expenditure was made and copy the National Security Adviser.”

Similarly, there are repeated keywords/phrases in NIA’s mandates, which include: National Security, National Interest, employing covert sources, using the cover of government or private concerns; conduct espionage, covert operations, and counter intelligence activities.

Even though there are declared staff who are authorised to disclose their identities, most intelligence operatives are undeclared and barred from disclosing their identities but only to close family members and associates. While some live in opulence for covert assignments, others act beggarly and pretend to be poor in sensitive terrains.

The intelligence agencies allow other sister agencies to take the credit for successful operations. Most of the arrest of terrorists’ commanders, especially at the borders and across the borders, were facilitated by the intelligence service.

The scandal over the N15 billion recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos is quite embarrassing because the director general of the NIA, Ambassador Ayo Oke has claimed that the fund belongs to the agency.

The incident is coming at a period of intense inter-agency rivalry, in which security agencies were allegedly reported to be behind the leakages of classified and confidential information to smear their perceived oppositions within the same government.

The above scenario is again playing out here. Now that NIA has laid claim to the amount found in the Ikoyi apartment, does it mean the Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) was misled? Is the mysterious whistle-blower a character in the inter-agency rivalry? Or is it another counter-intelligence by another foreign secret service against Nigeria?

In a December 2016’s article I wrote, Magu’s EFCC: Between Suspects and Victims, I warned that “President Buhari should ensure that the brewing inter-agency conflict among critical institutions should be urgently addressed. For instance, if the EFCC should attempt to retaliate against the report of DSS, the result will not only be dirty but likely to compromise national security.”

While the EFCC publicised the discovery, it has totally failed to disclose the owner. Even the vibrant spokesperson of EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren had to put off his mobile phone for almost 72 hours during the fracas.

With all fingers pointing to the fact that the money belongs to NIA, the burden of proof is on the mysterious whistle-blower. Could the whistle-blower have acted on behalf of an agency engaged in the rivalry or was it as major counter-intelligence operation by foreign interests to expose and embarrass our intelligence network?

There are many ways of removing public officers but such attempts should not be done by rubbishing the integrity of the public institutions they represent, especially in Nigeria’s security architecture.

I strongly believe that at this critical period and with the unabated inter-agency rivalries in existence, alongside the incidence of leakages of classified information by some agencies of government, the current National Security Adviser, General Babagana Monguno should be wary of these developments. Though a gentleman, he needs to be more pragmatic, charismatic, assertive and decisive in dealing with erring agencies.

Yushau A. Shuaib is publisher of PRNigeria; www.YAShuaib.com; yashuaib@yahoo.com.

This article was written by Yushau A. Shuaib. 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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Jonathan Reacts To Olusegun Adeniyi’s Book | Says “Against The Run Of Play” Contains Distorted Claims

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The immediate past president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has reacted to ‘Against the Run of Play’, a book which chronicles events leading to result of the 2015 presidential election, written by Olusegun Adeniyi, media aide to late president Umaru Yar’adua.

In a flurry of tweets on his verified Twitter account (@GEJonathan) on Saturday, the former president averred that he would give a personal account of the events leading to his defeat in the 2015 presidential election soon.

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He said the accounts of what transpired in the election, as rendered by some respondents in the book, were false and inaccurate.

“I have just read Segun Adeniyi’s new book, ‘Against the Run of Play’ which has so far enjoyed tremendous reviews in the media,” Mr. Jonathan tweeted.

“My take on it is that the book as presented contains many distorted claims on the 2015 Presidential election by many of the respondents.

“There will obviously be more books like that on this subject by concerned Nigerians.

“However, I believe that at the right time, the main characters in the elections including myself will come out with a true account of what transpired either in major interviews or books.”

In the same book, a National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, was said to have accused Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, of being responsible for his failure to run in the 2015 presidential election as running mate to President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Moyes: I’m Very Disappointed

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David Moyes has ranked Sunderland’s exit from the premier league, as his worst day in football, but would not discuss his future.

A late goal from Josh King, which was the only goal of the match , sealed the fate of the black cats, who has spent majority of the season in the bottom three.

Moyes would not blame anybody for the defeat and was also mute about his future at the club.

“To think about it and talk about it now is just too quick,” Moyes said. “They’re questions for a week or two down the line – I’m not sure it’s for now. I’d like to make sure we get Sunderland back in the Premier League.

“I’m really disappointed. This is my worst day in football. I feel for the supporters. They put their heart and cash into the team and my thoughts are mainly with them.

“It’s a collective thing from top to bottom – it’s wrong to blame any individual. Clubs are much stronger than any one individual.

“I know what a Premier League team looks like, a Premier League squad looks like, and we have looked short of that bit of quality.”

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JAMB: 1.5 Million Candidates Register For 2017 UTME

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The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said it had so far registered 1.5 million candidates for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) across the country.

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This disclosure was made by the Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, in an interview with pressmen on Saturday at side line of activities marking the pre-JAMB mock examinations.

Oloyede said, “So far, it has even been better than our expectation, it was a mock, the intention was to test the technology and it proved to be perfect.

“I think from what we are seeing, we are more than ready for the main examination.

“At least 90 percent of the examination centres have reported positively, there has been proper downloading and preparation; even after the exam, we had uploaded responses of 80 per cent.

“We have done it to show that what works elsewhere across the world should work in Nigeria; we believe we can do it efficiently; we will continue to do our best.

“We have registered over 1.5 million candidates in less than five weeks; we believe that the reality we have put in place is good enough.’’

Oloyede said that 633 centres were used to conduct the mock examination for 153, 000 candidates across the country.

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