Borussia Dortmund’s Match Against Monaco Called Off After Explosion Rocks Dortmund Bus

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Borussia Dortmund’s game against Monaco at home, has been called off after an explosion rocked the BVB team bus en route to the signal iduna park.

Marc Bartra is the only player to have sustained an injury from the blast, as the defender suffered a cut on his hand.

“Following tonight’s incident involving the Borussia Dortmund team bus,” UEFA stated, “the Champions League match between Borussia Dortmund and Monaco has been postponed until tomorrow [17:45 UK time].

“This decision was made after a meeting held at the Westfalenstadion between UEFA, representatives of the two clubs and local authorities.”

Police in Germany have confirmed that three explosions hit the Dortmund bus.

“In the build-up to the Champions League match between BVB and Monaco there was an explosion in the vicinity of the BVB bus shortly after 19:00,” an official statement reads.

“The scene of the incident is Wittbraucker Strasse / Schirrmannweg in Dortmund-Hochsten.

“To our knowledge the windows of the bus are cracked – fully or partly – and one person was injured.

“What kind of explosion it was and where exactly something has detonated is not clear at the moment.”

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Micheal Carrick Admits He Won’t Be Able To Fulfill Promise Of Playing For Boyhood Club Newcastle

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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick says he will likely retire from football when he leaves Old Trafford, ruling out a switch to his boyhood club Newcastle.

“No, I think that’s (playing for Newcastle) passed now,” he told MOTD magazine. “When I was a kid I was supporting Newcastle, I dreamt one day I would do but I count myself very fortunate to have played for Manchester United for so long.

“It’s just one of those things where you can’t have everything. If and when I finish here (Manchester United), that will probably be it I think.”

‘I am not getting ahead of myself,’ he continued, ‘I have been here for so long and I have enjoyed it, I will not be playing for another club in England that is for sure.

‘We will see what happens, I have not really got any plans past this season, I am just enjoying how it is at the minute.’

CARRICK’S CAREER

1999-2004: West Ham

—> 1999: Swindon (loan)

—> 2000: Birmingham (loan)

2004-2006: Tottenham

2006-present: Manchester United

Carrick has been at Manchester United since 2006, having previously spent time in London with West Ham and Tottenham.

Having won five Premier League titles and the Champions League over 446 appearances for United, he will certainly be finishing with an impressive trophy cabinet.

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West Ham Want Fulham Manager Slavisa Jokanovic If They Decide To Sack Slaven Bilic

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West Ham will target Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic if they choose to replace Slaven Bilic this summer.

360nobs understands that West Ham’s board have been increasingly impressed by the Serb’s ability to promote young talent from Fulham’s academy into the first team.

West Ham have been linked with a host of other managers in recent weeks, including Rafa Benitez and Roberto Mancini, but we understand Jokanovic is the one West Ham have pinpointed, if they choose to replace Bilic at the end of this campaign.

Bilic has come under criticism recently as West Ham fail to build on last year’s seventh-placed finish, although the loss of form and subsequent departure of star player Dimitri Payet haven’t helped.

Their narrow victory over fellow strugglers Swansea on Saturday was the Hammers’ first in seven games and eased any relegation fears, they are 14th in the table and eight points ahead of the Swans.

Jokanovic’s Fulham, meanwhile, currently sit one place and two points behind Sheffield Wednesday in the race for the Championship play-offs, after beating Ipswich Town 3-1 on Saturday.

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Football Headlines: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Rumors This Evening

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MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

  • Antoine Griezmann’s Atletico Madrid team-mate Filipe Luis expects the France international to stay at the club this summer.

LONDON EVENING STANDARD

  • Tensions are growing between Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis as a decision over the Frenchman’s future continues to drag on.
  • Fenerbahce want to beat PSV Eindhoven to the signing of Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel in the summer.
  • Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye insists he is focused on ensuring his CV is not blighted by relegation rather than where his future might lie next summer.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

  • Michael Carrick admits he “dreamt” of playing for Newcastle United when he was young, but says the moment for him to sign for the Magpies has passed.
  • Sunderland loanee Jeremain Lens wants to make his loan stay at Turkish side Fenerbahce permanent this summer.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

  • Sunderland U23 striker Carl Lawson could be set for a switch across the North East, with relegation rivals Middlesbrough handing him a trial.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

  • Aston Villa owner Tony Xia says striker Jonathan Kodjia is not for sale.
  • Former Birmingham City striker Mikael Forssell has joined Finnish Veikkausliiga outfit HIFK.
  • Gianfranco Zola is hoping to bring Krystian Bielik back to Birmingham City next season.

LEICESTER MERCURY

  • Former Leicester City fans’ favourite Anthony Knockaert has insisted he has “no regrets” about leaving the club before they became Premier League champions.

HULL DAILY MAIL

  • Hull could trigger a 12-month contract extension to try and keep head coach Marco Silva at the KCOM Stadium next season.

NOTTINGHAM POST

  • Nottingham Forest are reportedly expected to sign at least one Tottenham youngster on loan next season.

WEST LONDON SPORT

  • Chelsea youngster Tammy Abraham says he is determined to finish his loan spell at Bristol City on a high before his next step on the road to being the “big star” he believes he can become.

EVENING TIMES

  • Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says he will not put Celtic’s finances at risk to buy the best players possible.

WATFORD OBSERVER

  • Watford trialist and Arsenal youth product Tyrell Robinson is close to a permanent deal with the Hornets, his agent has told the Watford Observer.

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VIDEO: Martel B – Feel Alright ft. Sean Focus

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British Nigerian R&B/Pop artist Martel B is proud to present the brand new music video for his latest single ‘Feel Alright’ featuring Sean Focus. Shot and directed by Kevin Hudson, who has previously worked with Krept & Konan, Wretch 32, Chip and Devlin among others, the video for ‘Feel Alright’ has been premiered exclusively via Link Up TV.

Championed by the likes of Complex UK, MTV Wrap Up, GRM Daily, MOBO Awards, and several leading African music tastemakers, Martel B has gained notoriety over the years, for previous singles such as ‘Badda Dan Dem (Remix)’ featuring Mr. Bigz, Frisco and Young Spray, and ‘Take You Home’, as well as his 2014 debut EP Limited Edition.

Serving as the lead single from Martel B’s forthcoming sophomore EP, ‘Feel Alright’ is an infectious R&B opus with lush afrobeats and dancehall sensibilities, which highlights Martel’s vocal dexterities and catchy flow. The Kevin Hudson-directed video brings the record further to life, with its storytelling portrayal of carefree black love between Martel B and his leading lady.

 

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Janelle Monáe Approves A Sex Strike For Women

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Multiple Grammy nominated artiste, Janelle Monáe has said she’s in support of withholding Sex as a form of protest for women’s rights.

In an interview for the May issue for Marie Claire magazine, the singer-songwriter and actress discussed empowerment, breaking down gender norms and why a sex strike might be necessary. She said..

“People have to start respecting the vagina. Until every man is fighting for our rights, we should consider stopping having sex. I love men. But evil men? I will not tolerate that. You don’t deserve to be in my presence. If you’re going to own this world and this is how you’re going to rule this world, I am not going to contribute anymore until you change it. We have to realize our power and our magic. Because I am all about black-girl magic, even though I’m standing with all women. But this year? This year, I am so carefree black girl.”

The Hidden Figures actress also discussed why it’s so important to push back on gender stereotypes.
“It is important for women to be [in control], especially when gender norms and conformity are pushed upon us,” Monáe said. “Women automatically are told that this is how you should look. This is how you should get a man. This is how you should get a woman. You need to fit into all these boxes to be accepted. I don’t subscribe to that way of thinking.” 
 

 

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Janelle Monáe Approves A Sex Strike For Women

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Multiple Grammy nominated artiste, Janelle Monáe has said she’s in support of withholding Sex as a form of protest for women’s rights.

In an interview for the May issue for Marie Claire magazine, the singer-songwriter and actress discussed empowerment, breaking down gender norms and why a sex strike might be necessary. She said..

“People have to start respecting the vagina. Until every man is fighting for our rights, we should consider stopping having sex. I love men. But evil men? I will not tolerate that. You don’t deserve to be in my presence. If you’re going to own this world and this is how you’re going to rule this world, I am not going to contribute anymore until you change it. We have to realize our power and our magic. Because I am all about black-girl magic, even though I’m standing with all women. But this year? This year, I am so carefree black girl.”

The Hidden Figures actress also discussed why it’s so important to push back on gender stereotypes.
“It is important for women to be [in control], especially when gender norms and conformity are pushed upon us,” Monáe said. “Women automatically are told that this is how you should look. This is how you should get a man. This is how you should get a woman. You need to fit into all these boxes to be accepted. I don’t subscribe to that way of thinking.” 
 

 

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Kroos Looking Forward To Bayern Visit

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Toni Kroos says he has only happy memories of his time at Bayern Munich and is looking forward to playing them in the champions league.

The Germany international joined the Bundesliga giants at the age of 16 and played over 200 matches, before leaving the club in 2014.

Bayern Munich will host Real Madrid in the first leg of the champions league quarterfinals at the Allianz Arena, and Kroos is looking forward to his first return back to his old stomping ground.

“I had to leave home for the first time when I joined Bayern, it was my first time alone,” Kroos told the official UEFA website.

“And it is not just about making it as a professional, but also off the pitch. I had to organise myself as well and that is a tough task for a 16-year-old.

“But I think I did really well in both respects, sporting and personal. I broke through to the first team relatively quickly in Munich.

“That was where I played my first games as a professional. And then, after my 18-month loan to [Bayer] Leverkusen, I played a lot [more].

“I won plenty of titles, I played with fantastic players and I worked with top coaches, so I have really good memories from my time at Bayern. After all, Bayern was a special period in my career.

“I try to stay up to date with how the team is getting on, although that can be difficult sometimes, as we have a lot of games here and I dedicate a lot of time to my private life, too.

“There are still a lot of players there who I played with a lot and others that I still play with for the national team, so I am still in touch with them. Some of them I know off the pitch, players I have known for a long time.”

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Kroos Looking Forward To Bayern Visit

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Toni Kroos says he has only happy memories of his time at Bayern Munich and is looking forward to playing them in the champions league.

The Germany international joined the Bundesliga giants at the age of 16 and played over 200 matches, before leaving the club in 2014.

Bayern Munich will host Real Madrid in the first leg of the champions league quarterfinals at the Allianz Arena, and Kroos is looking forward to his first return back to his old stomping ground.

“I had to leave home for the first time when I joined Bayern, it was my first time alone,” Kroos told the official UEFA website.

“And it is not just about making it as a professional, but also off the pitch. I had to organise myself as well and that is a tough task for a 16-year-old.

“But I think I did really well in both respects, sporting and personal. I broke through to the first team relatively quickly in Munich.

“That was where I played my first games as a professional. And then, after my 18-month loan to [Bayer] Leverkusen, I played a lot [more].

“I won plenty of titles, I played with fantastic players and I worked with top coaches, so I have really good memories from my time at Bayern. After all, Bayern was a special period in my career.

“I try to stay up to date with how the team is getting on, although that can be difficult sometimes, as we have a lot of games here and I dedicate a lot of time to my private life, too.

“There are still a lot of players there who I played with a lot and others that I still play with for the national team, so I am still in touch with them. Some of them I know off the pitch, players I have known for a long time.”

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5 Days Of Easter Giveaway!! TECNO Weh Don Sah!! #5DaysEasterGiveaway

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It’s a season of love, a season to give, and a season to recalibrate your thoughts! On quiet days without festivities, the giant Chinese brand is known to always give out goodies, only that this time; it’s for FIVE DAYS! #5DaysEasterGiveaway.

The Rules for the Easter Promotion includes the following:

  • Walk into a TECNO selected retail store nearest to you.
  • Experience the Camon CX by taking a selfie with the Camon CX and post it online on Facebook; Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #5DaysEasterGiveaway to win instant gift items.
  • Now that’s not all! When in fact you buy the TECNO Camon CX you get a raffle ticket that qualifies you for TWO DRAWS; the first draw to win FIVE 30,000 Naira worth of gift vouchers and the final draw to win a HIGH-POWERED MARVEL DRONE!!!
  • Smart Ambassadors are also encouraged to take a selfie with the Customers and Post online on social media using the hashtag #5DaysEasterGiveaway.
  • Smart Ambassadors whose retail store sold the Camon CX to any of the Five (5) winners of the draw, will be rewarded with a 10,000 Naira worth of gift voucher each.
  • The Promo Runs from the 13th – 17th April 2017.
  • Transsion Staff, Partners and Suppliers are not qualified to participate in this promo.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.

The recently launched TECNO Camon CX has been on a high demand; looks like TECNO is definitely doing something right!

TECNO

#5DaysEasterGiveaway

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5 Days Of Easter Giveaway!! TECNO Weh Don Sah!! #5DaysEasterGiveaway

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It’s a season of love, a season to give, and a season to recalibrate your thoughts! On quiet days without festivities, the giant Chinese brand is known to always give out goodies, only that this time; it’s for FIVE DAYS! #5DaysEasterGiveaway.

The Rules for the Easter Promotion includes the following:

  • Walk into a TECNO selected retail store nearest to you.
  • Experience the Camon CX by taking a selfie with the Camon CX and post it online on Facebook; Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #5DaysEasterGiveaway to win instant gift items.
  • Now that’s not all! When in fact you buy the TECNO Camon CX you get a raffle ticket that qualifies you for TWO DRAWS; the first draw to win FIVE 30,000 Naira worth of gift vouchers and the final draw to win a HIGH-POWERED MARVEL DRONE!!!
  • Smart Ambassadors are also encouraged to take a selfie with the Customers and Post online on social media using the hashtag #5DaysEasterGiveaway.
  • Smart Ambassadors whose retail store sold the Camon CX to any of the Five (5) winners of the draw, will be rewarded with a 10,000 Naira worth of gift voucher each.
  • The Promo Runs from the 13th – 17th April 2017.
  • Transsion Staff, Partners and Suppliers are not qualified to participate in this promo.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.

The recently launched TECNO Camon CX has been on a high demand; looks like TECNO is definitely doing something right!

TECNO

#5DaysEasterGiveaway

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S Two Media Presents ‘Fast and Loose’ With Veteran Actor Bimbo Manuel

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As Lagos State turns 50 this season, the city of Lagos will play host to a series of events to celebrate the golden jubilee.

One such event is ‘Wakaa the Musical’ by Bolanle Austen-Peters which returns to the Lagos stage this April after making history last year as the first Nigerian musical to showcase in London.

Who better than the one of the stars of the musical, a Lagosian himself, Bimbo Manuel to talk Lagos of course?

In “Fast and Loose”, Nigerian actor, producer, scriptwriter, Bimbo Manuel talked about Lagos, theatre and the essence of being proudly Nigerian. In a set of quick-fire questions, the veteran actor was his ever-effervescent self with witty answers and that infectious laughter.

Watch Bimbo Manuel in Fast & Loose below

An indigene of Lagos, Manuel began his television career in 1985 as a broadcaster at Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation (OGBC) after graduating from the University of Port Harcourt with a degree in Theater Arts. He later moved to Ogun State Television (OGTV) before commencing his acting career in 1986.

He made a name for himself in the ‘90s, featuring in some of the best soap operas, including ‘Village Headmaster’, ‘Ripples’ by Zeb Ejiro, and ‘Checkmate’ by Amaka Igwe.

At the advent of Nollywood, Bimbo Manuel was also part of the pioneering acts, featuring in majors like ‘Hostages’, ‘Raging Storm’, ‘Kingmaker’ and an almost endless list of others.

This April, Bimbo Manuel will take up his role as the “fantastically corrupt” governor Otunba Sagay in ‘Wakaa the Musical’ on 8 April, 2017.

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S Two Media Presents ‘Fast and Loose’ With Veteran Actor Bimbo Manuel

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As Lagos State turns 50 this season, the city of Lagos will play host to a series of events to celebrate the golden jubilee.

One such event is ‘Wakaa the Musical’ by Bolanle Austen-Peters which returns to the Lagos stage this April after making history last year as the first Nigerian musical to showcase in London.

Who better than the one of the stars of the musical, a Lagosian himself, Bimbo Manuel to talk Lagos of course?

In “Fast and Loose”, Nigerian actor, producer, scriptwriter, Bimbo Manuel talked about Lagos, theatre and the essence of being proudly Nigerian. In a set of quick-fire questions, the veteran actor was his ever-effervescent self with witty answers and that infectious laughter.

Watch Bimbo Manuel in Fast & Loose below

An indigene of Lagos, Manuel began his television career in 1985 as a broadcaster at Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation (OGBC) after graduating from the University of Port Harcourt with a degree in Theater Arts. He later moved to Ogun State Television (OGTV) before commencing his acting career in 1986.

He made a name for himself in the ‘90s, featuring in some of the best soap operas, including ‘Village Headmaster’, ‘Ripples’ by Zeb Ejiro, and ‘Checkmate’ by Amaka Igwe.

At the advent of Nollywood, Bimbo Manuel was also part of the pioneering acts, featuring in majors like ‘Hostages’, ‘Raging Storm’, ‘Kingmaker’ and an almost endless list of others.

This April, Bimbo Manuel will take up his role as the “fantastically corrupt” governor Otunba Sagay in ‘Wakaa the Musical’ on 8 April, 2017.

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El-Rufai Accepts Dogara’s Challenge, Gives Details Of Kaduna Security Vote And His Salary

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In a direct response to the challenge posed to him by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Monday published details of his state’s budget.

The publication also included his official security votes and monthly salary which reflects a gross pay of N555,926.74 and take home pay of N470,521.74.

His unprecedented action came on the back of a challenge poised to him by Dogara, who recently dared the Kaduna state executive to publish details of his state’s expenses, following earlier admonition by the governor that the National Assembly should relax the water-tight secrecy around its budget.

The duo had clashed on Friday on issues of accountability while speaking at the end of a retreat for the management of the National Assembly in Kaduna.

El-Rufai had in his remarks during the occasion, asked the National Assembly to make its budget public for the sake of accountability.

However, in his comments, Dogara had challenged state governors to make public how they spend their security votes and local government funds.

The governor in a statement in Kaduna yesterday said he operates a transparent government, adding that there was nothing to hide about his expenditure.

In a statement signed on his behalf by Samuel Aruwan, spokesman to the governor, El-Rufai said:

Our attention has been drawn to a challenge by Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives, calling on Kaduna State to make public its Security Votes and Local Government expenditure. This challenge was thrown as a response to Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s request to the National Assembly (NASS) to provide further details on the opaque N115 billion (One Hundred and Fifteen Billion Naira) 2016 NASS budget. Malam Nasir El-Rufai welcomes this challenge as a necessary step to improve and strengthen our democracy and would like to respond as follows:

  1. The budgets of all state governments in Nigeria are detailed out and presented at least under the headings of:
    1. personnel cost
    2. overhead, and
    3. capital expenditure

This is unlike the budget of the National Assembly which is a single line item of over N100 billion that divulges zero information or details. NASS can at least break down its own single line budget into the hundreds of line items that are detailed in every state government budget in Nigeria. It is disingenuous to respond to every request for transparency by casting aspersions.

2. On our part, the Kaduna State government has consistently made public all its budget details. In 2016, in an unprecedented step, the State published not only its own budget, but also that of all the 23 Local Government Councils online on the www.openkaduna.com.ng website. The Local Government budgets provide details of the recurrent and capital spending of every single LG in a transparent manner. The proposed 2017 LG Budgets, currently before the State Assembly, are also already online on the same website, and on www.kdsg.gov.ng. Approved State Budgets 2016-2017 can be found on http://openkaduna.com.ng/Budget/approved-budget. We invite the Right Honourable Speaker to download and peruse at his pleasure.

3. As regards Kaduna State Security Votes, once again, if the Honourable Speaker had run an online search he would have discovered the details of our spending priorities on security as a State Government. As our Kaduna Comprehensive Security Architecture (KADCoSA) outlines, the State is directing security spending on four pillars; Justice, Technology, Community Engagement and Support to Security Agencies. The 2017 budget details specific amounts:

  • N1.5bn (one and half billion naira) for the Procurement & Installation of CCTV Cameras for Monitoring and Surveillance towards Reducing Criminal Activities within the Metropolis.
  • N193m (one hundred and ninety-three million naira) for Procurement of Geo-position Interceptor and location of GSM UMTS System to Check the Trends and Intercept/locate kidnappers’ GSM calls.
  • N265m (two hundred and sixty-five million naira) for the Procurement of Drones/Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to identify locations of armed bandits in our Forest Reserves across the state and the Establishment of a Forensic Laboratory to assist in determining substantial evidence in cases that otherwise proved difficult in the past.
  • In addition, N2.6bn (two billion and six hundred million naira) is allocated in 2017 to support the network of federal Security Agencies in Kaduna with communications, logistics and materiel.

4. Details of actual spending in 2015 for security and indeed every line item in the State budgets are also publicly available via the annual report of the Accountant-General accessible on www.kdsg.gov.ng.

5. The 2015 accounts of the Kaduna State Government have been audited, and the audit summary published in major newspapers and on the state website on 21st June 2016. The Accountant-General’s report for 2016 has been finalized and its audit is ongoing and will be published as usual. The audited state government accounts can also be found on http://openkaduna.com.ng/Budget/audited.

6. The Kaduna State government will continue to remain transparent and open in all its finances. That is what we have promised to all our people and that is what our party, the APC and our President stand for. Malam Nasir El-Rufai is today making publicly available his pay-slip as Governor of Kaduna State. In February 2017, the Kaduna State Government paid the Governor a net salary of N470,521.74, with the following details:

Income Deductions
Basic Salary N185,308.75
Hardship Allowance N370,617.50
Gross Pay N555,926.25
PAYE N85,404.51
Total Deduction N85,401.51
Net Pay N470,521.74

7. The amount may appear puny but it reflects what the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission approved as the salary and allowances of every State Governor adjusted to reflect provision in-kind of accommodation and transportation.

8. Governor Nasir El-Rufai would like to reiterate his call for the NASS leadership to do the same and disclose the details of the National Assembly budget, and the salaries and allowances of its leadership.

9. The call to #OpenNASS is not a personal one. It is one which the leadership of the National Assembly owes to all Nigerians. It is therefore disingenuous for the Speaker to use State Government budgets as the excuse for the opacity of the NASS budget. In 2016, the NASS budget for its 469 members was larger than the capital budget of Kaduna State, with close to 10 million inhabitants. It is also larger than the entire budget of several Nigerian States. Indeed, over the past ten years from 2008, the NASS as an institution has cost the country over a trillion naira without any detail on how this amount was allocated and spent.

10. There is no state government in Nigeria with a budget nearly as opaque as that of NASS. In March 2016, this National Assembly, led by its Chairman, promised to provide a detailed breakdown of the National Assembly budget. Nigerians are waiting.

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El-Rufai Accepts Dogara’s Challenge, Gives Details Of Kaduna Security Vote And His Salary

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In a direct response to the challenge posed to him by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Monday published details of his state’s budget.

The publication also included his official security votes and monthly salary which reflects a gross pay of N555,926.74 and take home pay of N470,521.74.

His unprecedented action came on the back of a challenge poised to him by Dogara, who recently dared the Kaduna state executive to publish details of his state’s expenses, following earlier admonition by the governor that the National Assembly should relax the water-tight secrecy around its budget.

The duo had clashed on Friday on issues of accountability while speaking at the end of a retreat for the management of the National Assembly in Kaduna.

El-Rufai had in his remarks during the occasion, asked the National Assembly to make its budget public for the sake of accountability.

However, in his comments, Dogara had challenged state governors to make public how they spend their security votes and local government funds.

The governor in a statement in Kaduna yesterday said he operates a transparent government, adding that there was nothing to hide about his expenditure.

In a statement signed on his behalf by Samuel Aruwan, spokesman to the governor, El-Rufai said:

Our attention has been drawn to a challenge by Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives, calling on Kaduna State to make public its Security Votes and Local Government expenditure. This challenge was thrown as a response to Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s request to the National Assembly (NASS) to provide further details on the opaque N115 billion (One Hundred and Fifteen Billion Naira) 2016 NASS budget. Malam Nasir El-Rufai welcomes this challenge as a necessary step to improve and strengthen our democracy and would like to respond as follows:

  1. The budgets of all state governments in Nigeria are detailed out and presented at least under the headings of:
    1. personnel cost
    2. overhead, and
    3. capital expenditure

This is unlike the budget of the National Assembly which is a single line item of over N100 billion that divulges zero information or details. NASS can at least break down its own single line budget into the hundreds of line items that are detailed in every state government budget in Nigeria. It is disingenuous to respond to every request for transparency by casting aspersions.

2. On our part, the Kaduna State government has consistently made public all its budget details. In 2016, in an unprecedented step, the State published not only its own budget, but also that of all the 23 Local Government Councils online on the www.openkaduna.com.ng website. The Local Government budgets provide details of the recurrent and capital spending of every single LG in a transparent manner. The proposed 2017 LG Budgets, currently before the State Assembly, are also already online on the same website, and on www.kdsg.gov.ng. Approved State Budgets 2016-2017 can be found on http://openkaduna.com.ng/Budget/approved-budget. We invite the Right Honourable Speaker to download and peruse at his pleasure.

3. As regards Kaduna State Security Votes, once again, if the Honourable Speaker had run an online search he would have discovered the details of our spending priorities on security as a State Government. As our Kaduna Comprehensive Security Architecture (KADCoSA) outlines, the State is directing security spending on four pillars; Justice, Technology, Community Engagement and Support to Security Agencies. The 2017 budget details specific amounts:

  • N1.5bn (one and half billion naira) for the Procurement & Installation of CCTV Cameras for Monitoring and Surveillance towards Reducing Criminal Activities within the Metropolis.
  • N193m (one hundred and ninety-three million naira) for Procurement of Geo-position Interceptor and location of GSM UMTS System to Check the Trends and Intercept/locate kidnappers’ GSM calls.
  • N265m (two hundred and sixty-five million naira) for the Procurement of Drones/Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to identify locations of armed bandits in our Forest Reserves across the state and the Establishment of a Forensic Laboratory to assist in determining substantial evidence in cases that otherwise proved difficult in the past.
  • In addition, N2.6bn (two billion and six hundred million naira) is allocated in 2017 to support the network of federal Security Agencies in Kaduna with communications, logistics and materiel.

4. Details of actual spending in 2015 for security and indeed every line item in the State budgets are also publicly available via the annual report of the Accountant-General accessible on www.kdsg.gov.ng.

5. The 2015 accounts of the Kaduna State Government have been audited, and the audit summary published in major newspapers and on the state website on 21st June 2016. The Accountant-General’s report for 2016 has been finalized and its audit is ongoing and will be published as usual. The audited state government accounts can also be found on http://openkaduna.com.ng/Budget/audited.

6. The Kaduna State government will continue to remain transparent and open in all its finances. That is what we have promised to all our people and that is what our party, the APC and our President stand for. Malam Nasir El-Rufai is today making publicly available his pay-slip as Governor of Kaduna State. In February 2017, the Kaduna State Government paid the Governor a net salary of N470,521.74, with the following details:

Income Deductions
Basic Salary N185,308.75
Hardship Allowance N370,617.50
Gross Pay N555,926.25
PAYE N85,404.51
Total Deduction N85,401.51
Net Pay N470,521.74

7. The amount may appear puny but it reflects what the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission approved as the salary and allowances of every State Governor adjusted to reflect provision in-kind of accommodation and transportation.

8. Governor Nasir El-Rufai would like to reiterate his call for the NASS leadership to do the same and disclose the details of the National Assembly budget, and the salaries and allowances of its leadership.

9. The call to #OpenNASS is not a personal one. It is one which the leadership of the National Assembly owes to all Nigerians. It is therefore disingenuous for the Speaker to use State Government budgets as the excuse for the opacity of the NASS budget. In 2016, the NASS budget for its 469 members was larger than the capital budget of Kaduna State, with close to 10 million inhabitants. It is also larger than the entire budget of several Nigerian States. Indeed, over the past ten years from 2008, the NASS as an institution has cost the country over a trillion naira without any detail on how this amount was allocated and spent.

10. There is no state government in Nigeria with a budget nearly as opaque as that of NASS. In March 2016, this National Assembly, led by its Chairman, promised to provide a detailed breakdown of the National Assembly budget. Nigerians are waiting.

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Wenger: We Must Respond Quickly

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Arsene Wenger would not comment on his future after the loss to Crystal Palace, but insists he wants to put things right.

Arsenal lost 3-0 to Crystal Palace away, and pressure mounting on on the French manager to decide on his future has continue to increase.

Wenger would not comment on his future, insisting his focus is the team and they must act fast.

“I think it would be inconvenient to speak about me tonight, it’s more painful to lose the game like the way we lost this one,” he said.

“I want the fans to support the team. I think they are extremely disappointed and I can understand that because we all are. It is understandable that they are disappointed.”

“I’m disappointed and determined to put things right,” Wenger said.

“Tonight the worry is not me, it’s the fact that we lost a big game and when you lose a big game it’s a big worry.

“It’s a difficult defeat, but on top of that it has consequences on our chances to be in the top four.

“I have managed over a thousand games for Arsenal Football Club and we are not used to that and it’s a big worry. We have to respond very quickly and not accept it.”

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Wenger: We Must Respond Quickly

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Arsene Wenger would not comment on his future after the loss to Crystal Palace, but insists he wants to put things right.

Arsenal lost 3-0 to Crystal Palace away, and pressure mounting on on the French manager to decide on his future has continue to increase.

Wenger would not comment on his future, insisting his focus is the team and they must act fast.

“I think it would be inconvenient to speak about me tonight, it’s more painful to lose the game like the way we lost this one,” he said.

“I want the fans to support the team. I think they are extremely disappointed and I can understand that because we all are. It is understandable that they are disappointed.”

“I’m disappointed and determined to put things right,” Wenger said.

“Tonight the worry is not me, it’s the fact that we lost a big game and when you lose a big game it’s a big worry.

“It’s a difficult defeat, but on top of that it has consequences on our chances to be in the top four.

“I have managed over a thousand games for Arsenal Football Club and we are not used to that and it’s a big worry. We have to respond very quickly and not accept it.”

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Filipe Luis: Griezmann Will Stay At Atletico

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Filipe Luis is quite confident Atletico teammate Antoine Griezmann will not be leaving the club anytime soon.

The France star has been constantly linked with a move away from the Vicente Calderón this year, after scoring another 23 goals in all competitions so far this season.

But Luis is confident Griezmann, who has a contract that expires in 2021 will not leave the club.

“We do not have to say anything, everyone is sure [Griezmann] will stay,” he said.

“Week in, week out he gets better, the man is a genius and I can see why he is being linked with winning the Ballon d’Or.”

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Filipe Luis: Griezmann Will Stay At Atletico

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Filipe Luis is quite confident Atletico teammate Antoine Griezmann will not be leaving the club anytime soon.

The France star has been constantly linked with a move away from the Vicente Calderón this year, after scoring another 23 goals in all competitions so far this season.

But Luis is confident Griezmann, who has a contract that expires in 2021 will not leave the club.

“We do not have to say anything, everyone is sure [Griezmann] will stay,” he said.

“Week in, week out he gets better, the man is a genius and I can see why he is being linked with winning the Ballon d’Or.”

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57 Boko Haram Fighters Killed In Niger

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Security forces in Niger have said that it killed 57 members of Nigeria’s notorious group Boko Haram who raided a village in the southeastern Diffa region overnight.

The defence ministry, in a statement, on Monday, said that about 15 soldiers and two civilians were wounded during the attack by heavily armed men in Gueskerou village, which is around 30 km (22 miles) northeast of Diffa town.

“Among the enemy there were 57 terrorists killed, a Toyota pick-up recovered along with a 60 mm mortar, two RPG 7s (rocket propelled grenade launchers), five machine guns, 20 AK-47s and a lot of ammunition,” Reuters quoted the ministry as saying in the statement.

However, the report could not be independently confirmed.

This is coming at a time when the President Donald Trump led government is pushing forward with plans to sell up to a dozen aircraft to Nigeria’s air force for the fight against the extremist group Boko Haram.

Sources who are aware of the development have said that the deal could be worth up to $600 million (about N184 billion).

Boko Haram has killed 15,000 people and displaced more than two million during a seven-year insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic state in Nigeria.

A regional force that includes troops from Niger has retaken much of its territory in the last two years.

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57 Boko Haram Fighters Killed In Niger

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Security forces in Niger have said that it killed 57 members of Nigeria’s notorious group Boko Haram who raided a village in the southeastern Diffa region overnight.

The defence ministry, in a statement, on Monday, said that about 15 soldiers and two civilians were wounded during the attack by heavily armed men in Gueskerou village, which is around 30 km (22 miles) northeast of Diffa town.

“Among the enemy there were 57 terrorists killed, a Toyota pick-up recovered along with a 60 mm mortar, two RPG 7s (rocket propelled grenade launchers), five machine guns, 20 AK-47s and a lot of ammunition,” Reuters quoted the ministry as saying in the statement.

However, the report could not be independently confirmed.

This is coming at a time when the President Donald Trump led government is pushing forward with plans to sell up to a dozen aircraft to Nigeria’s air force for the fight against the extremist group Boko Haram.

Sources who are aware of the development have said that the deal could be worth up to $600 million (about N184 billion).

Boko Haram has killed 15,000 people and displaced more than two million during a seven-year insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic state in Nigeria.

A regional force that includes troops from Niger has retaken much of its territory in the last two years.

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Kano Govt Arrests 489 Persons For Street Begging

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The Kano State Hisbah Board said it had arrested 489 beggars in February and March for allegedly violating the law banning street begging in the state.

Malam Musa Tsangaya, Head of the Anti-begging Unit of the board, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano that 192 of those arrested were children while 228 were adults.

“Our men arrested the street beggars around France Road, Dangi Junction, Lugard Road, Murtala Mohammed Way and Magwan Junction violating the law banning street begging in Kano metropolis.

“Out of the 489 beggars, 314 were adults, both male and female, while 175 were children who engaged in begging by the road side and in the premises of major businesses,” Tsangaya said.

He stated that 300 of the arrested beggars hailed from Kano city, while 237 were from Jigawa, Katsina and Kaduna.

According to him, the remaining nine are from Cameroon and Niger Republic.

NAN quoted Tsangaya as saying that some of them had been charged to court, while four of them suffer mental disorder.

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Kano Govt Arrests 489 Persons For Street Begging

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The Kano State Hisbah Board said it had arrested 489 beggars in February and March for allegedly violating the law banning street begging in the state.

Malam Musa Tsangaya, Head of the Anti-begging Unit of the board, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano that 192 of those arrested were children while 228 were adults.

“Our men arrested the street beggars around France Road, Dangi Junction, Lugard Road, Murtala Mohammed Way and Magwan Junction violating the law banning street begging in Kano metropolis.

“Out of the 489 beggars, 314 were adults, both male and female, while 175 were children who engaged in begging by the road side and in the premises of major businesses,” Tsangaya said.

He stated that 300 of the arrested beggars hailed from Kano city, while 237 were from Jigawa, Katsina and Kaduna.

According to him, the remaining nine are from Cameroon and Niger Republic.

NAN quoted Tsangaya as saying that some of them had been charged to court, while four of them suffer mental disorder.

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Bale: Ancelotti Has Made Bayern A Tough Team To Beat

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Gareth Bale has said Carlo Ancelotti being in charge of Bayern, has made them a tougher team to beat.

Ancelotti won Madrid’s 10th champions league in 2014 and he’s aiming to win the European honour against his former club.

“If you look at the past three Bayern managers each of them has introduced something a bit different without their approach affecting the success of the team,” Bale says of Ancelotti and his predecessors Pep Guardiola and Jupp Heynckes.

“Ancelotti has probably made them a bit harder to beat but they are still deadly going forward. He’s a great manager so you expect him to make an impact and be successful wherever he goes.”

“It’ll obviously be a huge game as they are such a dangerous and well-established team,” he says. “With the first leg being in Munich we really need to try score an away goal and defend well, so that we can make the most of the second leg being at the Bernabeu.”

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How Fire Engulfed FAAN Headquarters In Lagos

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The headquarters of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos was engulfed by fire in the early hours of today, April 11, 2017.

Newsmen who were at the scene of the incident reported that the conflagration, which sent huge smoke spiraling into the air, crippled activities and forced traffic gridlock at the link road between General Aviation Terminal and the international wing of the airport, from Ikeja –Agege Motorway.

“From that reception down to the Public Affairs Department area is finished. That is what I saw,” said an official of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) who witnessed the fire incident.

NAN quoted an official of National Union of Air Transport Employees, NUATE, identified as Frank, as saying that the Audit unit of FAAN was heavily affected by the fire.

This is just as other eyewitnesses also said that the fire affected some offices including the Communications and Engineering Departments.

A source at the FAAN fire service told newsmen that the incident, which occurred around 7a.m., was caused by an electrical fault.

The Lagos Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni and other top police officers were on ground to maintain law and order.

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