Buhari Approves Additional N35 billion For Niger Delta Amnesty Programme

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved an additional N35 billion for the Niger Delta Amnesty Programme to enable it fulfill its mandate.

Although the government approved N20 billion for the Programme in the 2016 budget, President Buhari has now raised the budget to N55 billion with a recent release of N30 billion.

There is also a planned release of an additional N5 billion later.

At the moment, the Amnesty Office has paid up all former militants the backlog of their stipends up to the end of 2016.

The release of the additional funds is coming after presidential level interactive engagements in the Niger Delta, where the Buhari administration enunciated a New Vision for the oil-producing areas based on the presentation made by the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, to the President when he received leaders and stakeholders from the region last November.

Subsequently, the President asked his deputy, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, to embark on a tour of the region.

This saw Osinbajo visiting all States in the region.

Besides the monthly payment of between N65, 000 and N66,000 to the former militants, the funds would also finance reintegration activities, including payment of tuition fees for Niger Delta students who are in post-secondary institutions at home and abroad, payment of in-training and hazard allowances and vocational training costs.

There are also empowerment schemes, self-employment support funds, including provision of equipment by the Amnesty Office.

Equally, the funds would also support the training of pilots, aviation engineers, technicians, and motor vehicles mechanics from the oil-producing communities.

The Buhari administration has reassured the Niger Delta communities of its unalloyed commitment to a faithful implementation of its promises made during the visits by the Vice President to different oil-producing communities

Other promises made during the visits are currently at different stages of effective implementation, including the opening of the Maritime University, integration of illegal refiners under the concept of new Modular refineries, resumption of all abandoned construction projects in the region, the Ogoni Clean-up, and several others.

On Friday, President Buhari ordered the Maritime University be opened before the end of the year.

The Vice-President heads an inter-ministerial group consisting of all relevant ministries, departments and agencies, MDAs, relevant state governments that meets regularly to drive the different initiatives and ensure effective implementation.

NAN

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26 Feared Dead, 11 Wounded In Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Crash

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At least 26 people died in the Saturday morning motor accident that occurred at the Ibadan end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the Oyo State Police Command said.

Confirming the tragedy, the command’s public relations officer, Kunle Ajisebutu, said 11 others including three children sustained severe injuries.

Mr. Ajisebutu said witnesses reported that two commercial buses had a head-on-collision with the vehicles immediately bursting into flames claiming 26 lives.

“Corpses of the dead have been deposited at Adeoyo General Hospital, Yemetu, while the injured were taken to the Ibadan Central Hospital, and the University College Hospital, (UCH) Ibadan for medical attention.

“Police investigation has begun.

“The victims were evacuated by a combined team of police men from the Toll Gate Police Division and men of the FRSC.

“The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, visited the scene immediately,” he said.

A witness had earlier said that more than 36 people were feared dead following the accident at a Quarry site at Km 96, on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

However, another eyewitness disclosed that all the passengers in the two buses were burnt beyond recognition.

“Only a baby escaped death because the father of the child threw him out through the window of the bus,’’ the witness told the News Agency of Nigeria,” the source who was not named said.

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Boko Haram: Nigeria Secures Release Of 82 More Chibok Girls

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Nigeria has secured the release of 82 more Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants more than three years ago, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

NAN quoted top sources in the government as saying that the girls were released today after negotiation with the militants.

‘They are now at Banki, a border town and will be flown to Abuja on Sunday”, a government source told NAN Saturday night.

“The story is authentic’, added the source.

The Bring Back Our Girls(#BBOG) Campaigners in a statement Saturday night also hinted about the release of the girls, although they said they were awaiting official confirmation.

“We have been made aware of the yet-to-be-confirmed news that a number of our missing 195 Chibok girls in captivity have been released through negotiation”, said Sesugh Akume, spokesperson for BBOG.

“It would be recalled that in October last year when the 21 were released, the Federal Government, specifically the Presidency said that 83 more were ‘on their way’.

“We await official confirmation from the Federal Government and a release of their names. We shall go to work to confirm the news to verify its authenticity, and communicate same to the public.

“Our hopes and expectations are high as we look forward to this news being true and confirmed”.

While Sahara Reports said 80 were released, and were at Banki town in Borno State awaiting airlift, Premium Times quoted the Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, who took part in previous talks to free the girls, as saying on Saturday that he was aware that “about 85 per cent negotiations had been completed last night”.

 

“Although I did not participate in the negotiations, but, I am fully in the know of what was going on,” Mr. Sani said.

Meanwhile, Vanguard is reporting that officials in the presidency are still trying to confirm the release of 82 Chibok girls.

Over 200 girls were kidnapped at Chibok Girls Secondary School on 14 April 2014, to the shock of many Nigerians and the international community.

The Buhari administration since it came into office on 29 May 2015, has been working towards freeing all the girls still in captivity.

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Whyte: I Will Knock Out Parker

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Dillian Whyte is very eager to face WBO belt holder Joseph Parker, and is very certain of a victory.

Whyte returns to the ring against Mariusz Bach come June 3, after his narrow win against Chisora.

However, Dillian only wants to fight Joseph Parker, as he wants a shot at the title.

“If I fight Joseph Parker I believe I will knock him out and become the WBO champion,” Whyte told Sky Sports.

“I say that from my heart and from deep in my soul. I honestly believe that. I will knock Joseph Parker out and become WBO champion. I don’t see anything there that worries me at all. Nothing.

“Joseph Parker is a big fish in a small pond. He has said he wants to come to the UK and make a name for himself so I think I’m the perfect fight for him.”

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Parker Beats Cojanu On Points

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Joseph Parker defended his WBO heavyweight title for the first time in a unanimous points win over Razvan Cojanu in Auckland.

Parker could not send a message to other boxers in the heavyweight division, as he could not really hurt the Romanian boxer.

Cojanu took the fight at short notice, after Hughie Fury pulled out and did not really hurt the unbeaten New Zealander .

Parker won unanimously, with the judges scoring the fight 119-108, 117-110, 117-110 in his favour.

“What a fight,” said Parker afterwards. “I guess you can all see why we bring Razvan into camp with us.

“We look for the best, to prepare for the fights we have.

“I’d like to thank Razvan for coming down and putting on a great fight. I’d like to thank you all for coming out and supporting us, throughout my career so far.”

“I have done my best to keep my fights here in New Zealand, I guess it is now time for us to move overseas,” he added.

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15 Feared Dead As Farmers, Herdsmen Clash In Taraba

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At least 15 persons have been feared dead while several others sustained various degrees of injuries after a violent clash erupted between farmers and cattle rearers in Ussa and Takum Council areas of Taraba.

The incident was confirmed by Alhaji Sahabi Mahmoud, the state Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in Taraba and Mr David Misal (ASP), the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state Police Command.

However, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that while Sahabi said at least 15 of his members have been killed and buried in Takum on Friday, Misal said that the police could only confirm five deaths as at the time of filing this report.

Speaking with NAN in Jalingo on Saturday, Sahabi expressed fear that more corpses of his members might be in the bush as more than 150 of them were still missing.

He claimed that hundreds of livestock belonging to the herdsmen were wandering in bush as their owners could not be traced.

He called on the security agencies and the state government to come to the aid of hundreds of other cattle breeders, who he said were trapped in the forests of Ussa and Takum to get out alive with their animals.

Meanwhile, the PPRO told NAN in Jalingo on Saturday that the Commissioner of Police, Mr Yakubu Babas has relocated to Takum to ensure that the crisis was brought under control.

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Guardiola Wants United To Win Europa League

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is hoping their rivals, Manchester United win the Europa League.

Manchester City have strengthened their hold in the top four after a 5-0 win over Crystal Palace , sending them into third ahead of Liverpool on goal difference.

United face Arsenal on Sunday and are four points behind City in fifth, but their commitment in the Europa League, will see Mourinho tinker with the lineup.

And Pep Guardiola is hoping his rival during their time in the La Liga, wins the Europa League.

“We have four teams fighting for two places,” he told a post-match news conference.

“Hopefully United can focus on the Europa League and next season we shall see five English teams in Europe which would be amazing.”

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Luiz: I’ve Grown As A Player

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David Luiz says he has returned to Chelsea from PSG, as a much better player and can read the game better now.

Chelsea are on the precipice of winning the EPL in Luiz’s first season back at the club he left in 2014 for France.

The centre back was named in the PFA Team of the Year and he says he continues to learn under Conte.

Asked if he had matured, Luis said: “You have to, and also as a person. I think the experience gives you many things, and yes, as a person and a footballer, you have to if you want to learn. If you are open every day.

“I read more of the game now, I can understand more of the game, it is a different pressure now with the big games. Many, many things. I think if you want to improve, you need to think you are a better player than you were.

“I’ve worked with six, seven, eight coaches, they have improved my game, different leagues and different countries.”

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Spain

Lionel Messi has rejected Barcelona’s opening contract offer, understood to be between €30-35m-per-season. The 29-year-old’s current deal expires in June 2018, and talks between the Catalan club and the striker’s father and agent, Jorge, has been ongoing for months. However, an agreement is expected to thrashed out over the coming weeks and announced in the summer. (AS)

Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe leads the list of Real Madrid transfer targets this summer. The Ligue 1 leaders want to keep their 24-goal striker but the 18-year-old and his representatives want to hold talks with Los Blancos about becoming the next galactico. (Marca)

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed that Atletico Madrid have been talking to the Ligue 1 club over the potential signing of Arsenal target Alexandre Lacazettefor over two years now. “Atletico have been talking to Lyon about Lacazette for two years now.” (Marca)

Germany

Germany manager Joachim Low is said to have received a €25m-per-year offer to take over the Chinese national team. (SportBild)

Borussia Dortmund managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke has spoken about the Paris Saint-Germain transfer rumours linking them with a move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: “I know nothing concrete, I know everything from the media.” (SportBild)

Italy

AC Milan want one of Alvaro Morata or Nikola Kalinic. Vincenzo Montella’s men may have trouble beating the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Juventus to the signature of the Real Madrid man but the Fiorentina hitman is free to leave this summer. This puts Milan in a favourable position to land the 29-year-old as they look to replace Carlos Bacca. (Calciomercato)

Manchester City are targeting Juventus full-back Alex Sandro this summer. Pep Guardiola is prepared to pay as much as €70m for a player many consider to be the best in his position in the world. The Turin side already have contingency plans for his departure in place in the form of Roma left-back Emerson Palmieri. (TuttoSport)

Inter Milan are lining up Luciano Spalletti as their new manager. The current Roma manager is leaving the capital club in the summer due to the arrival of Sporting Director Monchi and could jump straight in at San Siro. He would be the only one arriving from Rome with I Nerazzurri interested in Kostas Manolas and Radja Nainggolan.(Calciomercato)

France

AC Milan and Barcelona are going to battle it out this summer over one-time Liverpool transfer target Kasper Dolberg. The 19-year-old, who has 15 goals in the Eredivisie and five in the Europa League, put in yet another eye-catching performance in the 4-1 semi-final win over Lyon on Thursday. (Le10 Sport

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Kelechi Iheanacho Urged To Quit Manchester City This Summer

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Kelechi Iheanacho has been told to leave Manchester City after being restricted to a bit-part role at the club.

The Nigerian striker was a regular at the start of the season and hit four goals in mid-October, but has fallen down the pecking order.

Speaking to Completesportnigeria, Iheanacho’s advisor Olumide Olowu has said Pep Guardiola has offered more minutes to Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus.

“Guardiola seems to have his own players that he wants to play and you can’t expect a young player with huge potential to be wasting away on the bench,” he said.

“I’m not speaking for Iheanacho, but as someone who is involved in advising him, I don’t think he has been treated fairly by Guardiola and I think his career will be better elsewhere.”

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Chelsea’s Midfielder Mario Pasalic Would Like To Remain At AC Milan- Agent

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Mario Pasalic has said he is desperate to move from Chelsea, according to Italian outlet Calciomercato. The Croatian midfielder, who has won two caps for his country, is currently on loan at AC Milan – his third club since he signed for the Blues back in 2014.

His agent Marko Naletic said: “Marco is really happy at Milan, he wants to stay. That’s what he thinks, but it depends on many factors.

“It’s fundamental that he plays, that he be taken into consideration.”

Pasalic has been one of the Blues’ more impressive loans, managing to get regular football at Elche, Monaco and now Milan in the three seasons since he joined Chelsea.

He has particularly impressed in Italy this season, and Milan are apparently keen to keep him next year.

While another year developing in a good side would be appealing for Chelsea, they have to worry about his contract. The Croatian’s deal runs out at the end of next season, and if they can’t get him to sign a new one, they may be forced to sell him this summer while they can still get money for the talented 22 year old.

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Fury Looking At July For Ring Return

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Tyson Fury is set to return to action in the ring come July, as he is interested in fighting Joshua.

Fury last fought in his win against Klitschko in September 2015, while Joshua’s last fight is a victory against Klitschko on April 29.

The suspended Brit, who is shedding the extra weight in Spain, says he doesn’t need a warm up fight before facing Joshua , insisting he will beat the IBF and WBA belt holder with one hand tied behind his back.

“I’m out here for the foreseeable future, running, doing circuits, padwork, sparring,” said Fury, who told www.britishboxers.co.uk that a match-up with Joshua had been pencilled in for April 2018.

“I’ll be back on the July 8 Copper Box show headlined by Billy Joe Saunders. I’ll have a few comeback fights, two or three, while I’m waiting for Joshua.

“There’s no money in anybody else, I want ‘Mr Muscles’.”

“I can be the best Tyson Fury again,” Fury added.

“It didn’t slip away – I just couldn’t be bothered no more.

“But now there’s 30million involved. I was a shadow of my former glory, but now I’m on my way back. With me and Joshua, one looks the part, one is the part.”

Fury is not that impressed with Joshua’s victory against Klitschko.

“My win over [Klitschko] was a lot better, a better boxing display,” he said.

“He never hit me, but he hit AJ with a million punches and nearly knocked him out. He definitely did expose him.

“I hope [promoter] Eddie Hearn protects Joshua, because the first decent man he fights who’s not 41 beats him.

“Deontay Wilder, Joseph Parker, any one of these would beat him.”

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I Never Told Alvaro Morata To Join Atletico Madrid- Diego Simeone

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Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has addressed a rumour that he asked Alvaro Morata to cross the Madrid divide.

Spanish TV show Jugones replayed a clip from Tuesday’s 3-0 Champions League semifinal first leg loss to Real Madrid that showed Simeone covering his mouth while saying something to Chelsea and Manchester United target Morata as the two passed each other near the sideline

I did not say that to [Morata],” he said. “I just made a joke as he passed by.”

Atletico’s loss at the Bernabeu make it very likely they will exit Europe’s top competition to their neighbours for a fourth successive year, even ahead of the return game at the Vicente Calderon next Wednesday.

Simeone’s future is also up in the air with persistent reports suggesting that his time in the Spanish capital is up.

Atleti are 10 points behind Real and Barcelona in la Liga and a 3-0 defeat in the latest derby left their Champions League bid in tatters.

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Stoke City Boss Mark Hughes Not Ruling Out Move For John Terry

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Stoke boss Mark Hughes is not ruling out the club trying to sign John Terry this summer, but has emphasised he expects there will be “a lot of interest” in the veteran defender.

The 36-year-old Chelsea captain is leaving the Blues when his contract expires at the end of the season.

When asked about Stoke possibly making a move for the former England skipper, Hughes – a Chelsea player when Terry was in the club’s youth ranks – said: “John’s going to move somewhere, he’s an outstanding player and he’s someone I know very well.

“I think there will be a lot of interest in John Terry.

“Whether or not we’d be able to present anything to John that would make him think, I don’t know – I’ve not had that conversation.

“I spoke briefly with him after the Chelsea game (Stoke’s 4-2 loss at Stamford Bridge on New Year’s Eve) and had a laugh and a joke about things, about where his future lies.”

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PSG Want Atletico Madrid Manager Diego Simeone As Next Coach

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PSG have emerged as candidates to secure the services of Atletico boss Diego Simeone, reports Premium Sport.

Inter, one of Simeone’s former clubs, have long been in pursuit of the Argentinian, but they are cooling their interest due to PSG’s emergence on the scene.

Some senior PSG figures are not happy with current boss Unai Emery, who is in his first season at the club, and that has prompted their interest in Simeone.

Meanwhile, Simeone, who has been in charge of Atleti since 2011, reportedly believes his time at the Spanish capital club is drawing to a close, even more so in the wake of their 3-0 Champions League semi-final first-leg defeat to local rivals Real Madrid.

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Manchester City Preparing €70m for Juventus Defender Alex Sandro

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Man City are preparing a €70m offer for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, according to reports in Tuttosport.

The Turin-based sports daily says that while the Serie A champions are desperate to keep hold of the 26-year-old Brazil international, it will be down to the player if he leaves the club this summer.

Sandro is contracted to the Old Lady until the end of June 2020.

According to Tuttosport, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is a huge fan of Alex Sandro and the club is prepared to shell out €60m plus numerous bonuses that would add on another €10m.

He has also been linked with Antonio Conte’s Chelsea, this season providing two goals and five assists in 38 competitive appearances.

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VIDEO: Yong Flo – Haut les Mains

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On Point Entertainment presents its forefront soldier Yong Flo in yet another chart-topper “Haut les Mains”.

The club banger comes victory song is a special tribute to Cameroon’s Indomitable lions whose victory is an epitome of happiness and unity among Cameroonians home and abroad and also a true story of the “UNDERDOG”. It is produced by Willbeatz.

Yong Flo is a Cameroonian artist based in Detroit, Michigan in the United States of America. He has so far worked with home-based and international acclaimed artists of the likes of Tzy Panchak, Orezi, Eddy Kenzo, Librator among others.

He is also the C.E.O of ON POINT ENT. Yong Flo is presently in the studio with Kimbo and Detox Camer rude boy crafting out new melodies for his audience.

For now, take a deep breath while you listen and watch “Haut les Mains”.

Enjoy!

 

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Naira Reacts As CBN Boosts Forex Supply With $389 Million

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The retail segment of the interbank forex market received a huge boost on Friday after the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) intervened with a total of $388.66 million sold to authorised dealers in that sector of the market.

Yesterday’s figures were the results of the bids submitted by dealers since Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

How Nigeria’s Naira Fared Against Dollar On Parallel Market

Speaking in confirmation of the numbers, the Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department at the CBN, Isaac Okorafor, said that $87.885 was for spot sales, while $300.8 million was sold as forwards.

Okorafor also said that the forwards were sold into three tenors of 30, 45 and 60 days respectively. According to him, the Bank sold $100.95 as 30-day forwards; $110.48 million as 45-day forwards and $99.37 as 60-day forwards.

While also confirming that the Bank continued with its intervention in the Bureau de Change (BDC) segment of the market to meet the needs of low-end users, the spokesman said the Bank remained resolute in ensuring that it supplies enough forex to genuine customers and in the process sustain liquidity in the market.

Okorafor, with this development, expressed hope that the CBN would inch even much closer to its objective of convergence of the rates in the interbank and BDC segments.

However, the naira depreciated to N391 to the dollar on Friday at the parallel market, as against the N390 it closed on Thursday.

This is just as the pound sterling and Euro exchanged at N495 and N420, respectively at the segment.

At the BDC, the local currency was sold at N362 to the dollar, while the pound sterling and Euro closed at N495 and N420, respectively.

Forex: CBN Bars 15 Nigerian Banks From SME Sales Window

Trading at the interbank market saw the naira closing at N305.70 to the dollar.

The naira, however, depreciated at the new investors and exports window as it closed at N383.19, weaker than N382.19, its opening rate.

Currency traders in Lagos said that the offer of 20,000 dollars to each of the BDCs on Wednesday helped to stabilise the naira.

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“F.O.G. Clothings” Presents the “Lagos” Collection

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F.O.G. Clothings which stands for Favour of God Clothings is a new brand which caters for everyone’s fashion needs. It deals with a range of smart casuals such as tee-shirts sweatshirts, hoodies, crop tops and the likes. The wears are of special beauty and rare. excellence. The first release was themed “Lagos” and F.O.G. has shown to have unique style up its sleeve and is surely a brand to be reckoned with.The material is of high quality which makes it a very comfortable.

 





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Buffon: Juventus Lost A Star In Morata

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Gianluigi Buffon has conceded that Juventus lost a star in Alvaro Morata, who left for Real Madrid.

The Spain international joined Juventus in 2014 and scored 15 goals in his first season, as he won the serie A and Coppa Italia.

He was linked with a move to Chelsea, but ended up returning to Madrid, where he has scored 18 goals in all competitions.

Buffon admits he misses Morata, who he has great affection for as a player and a person.

“Alvaro had negative thoughts in his last period at Juve,” Buffon told Real Madrid TV.

“We talked a bit about it because he I was sorry for him. He was a guy I loved a lot and wanted to help him, to give him security. He deserved the help of a companion and I have great affection for him.

“His move to Real for me it was a disappointment because we lost a great talent of an age that would allow him to mature and finally to devote himself .

“He could be the best man for Juventus.”

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‘Self-Acclaimed’ Pastor Arrested With Human Skull, Charms In Ibadan

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The Oyo State Police Command on Friday paraded a self-acclaimed pastor, Alimi Isaiah, over unlawful possession of a dry human skull, a buffalo horn and charms.

The 55-year-old man, who claims to be the founder of the C&S Idapomimo Zion, located at Alagbado, Lagos, was arrested by operatives of the Federal Highway patrol of the Oyo State Police command during a routine stop and search.

It is understood that the suspect, who was dressed in long white robe, was caught around 10:30 pm on Thursday on his way to another branch of the church at Imini, through Ijaiye in Afijio Local Government of Oyo State.

While being paraded alongside other suspected criminals at the Oyo State Police Headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan, yesterday, by the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Abiodun Odude, the suspect confessed that all the items including gun powder, one Nissan Primera car with registration number APP 379 EP and other charms were found on him.

When questioned why he had the human skull and charms in his possession, Alimi Isaiah said:

“Some residents of Imini at Ijaiye, Oyo State begged me to help them check incessant robbery attacks in the area, which forced seven villages to be deserted. When they came to me, I went to one old man, who advised me to get  a human skull and other items  that would be buried in  the  area to keep the robbers away. My church is at Alagbado area of Lagos. All I wanted to do was just to bury these items.”

He continued: “My dad is a juju man (herbalist). I was going to Ijaiye when some policemen stopped me. They searched my bag and found this sheet of paper which contains my spiritual notes on how to use charms. They were reading it and I told them they had no right to be reading my notes. It was then they said they would take me to their station. My reaction prompted them to search other items in my bag. Then, all these items were discovered.”

The suspect, when asked the relationship between his title as a pastor and charms and skull found on him, said he actually wanted to use the skull and the charms to help his clients.

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Nigeria Announces Dissolution Of Sports Federations Board

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The federal government on Friday announced the dissolution of boards of National Sports Federations in preparation for the election of new board members.

The announcement was made on behalf of the government by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Nneka Anibeze.

Dalung directed all Secretaries of the federation to take charge of their various Federations during the election process.

He said the dissolution which was one of the milestones of the existing State of Emergency in the Sector was to ensure the credibility of the upcoming electoral process.

Election into the federations has also been extended to June 13.

He said some Federations have started seeking a six month tenure extension.

The statement read: “In line with the Olympic Charter, all National Sports Federations are to serve for a period of 4 years.

“The federations were inaugurated in May 2013, and by tradition, federations are dissolved after every Olympic Games. Therefore, their tenure has now come to an end.

“To ensure a level playing ground and free and fair elections, where everyone will be given equal opportunity, the National Sports Federations are hereby dissolved from May 5.

“Secretaries are to take charge and run the affairs of their various federations during the process of the elections.

“The election date has also been extended to June 13, while every other programme for the electoral process will be adjusted to fit into the new election date.

“Further announcement on the new time table will be released in due course.”

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Ajaokuta Steel Company To Provide 500,000 Jobs For Nigerians

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The leadership of the Ajaokuta Steel Company has said that it will provide 500,000 upstream and downstream employments as soon as its first phase becomes operational.

The Sole Administrator of the company, Mr Isah Onobere, who made this known while speaking to newsmen on Friday, added that the first phase of the plant would also provide direct employment for 10,000 technical staff when inaugurated.

Onobere further said the first phase had been completed, adding that it was envisaged to produce 1.3 million tonnes of liquid steel per annum.

He said that it would cost 400 million dollars to complete Ajaokuta steel, which had reached 98 per cent completion.

According to him, two billion dollars is needed for infrastructure rehabilitation and operational cost.

He said that government had begun to commit resources for the maintenance and preservation of the equipment and facilities of the plant recently and called for improved efforts.

Onobere further disclosed that the federal government is considering the report on various options on the way forward for the completion of the project.

These options he said include outright sales, concessioning and joint venture of Ajaokuta steel.

He, however, denied rumour about the company equipment being obsolete, adding that the company, would stand test of time, adding that all its equipment were functioning appropriately.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that former President Alhaji Shehu Shagari laid the foundation of Ajaokuta in 1980 and within four years, it attained was 84 per cent completion.

 

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NNPC Cautions Nigerians To Disregard Any Recruitment Notice

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The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has reiterated its caution to Nigerians to disregard any announcement of recruitment or invitation to its interview.

The disclaimer was made in a statement by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr Ndu Ughamadu, in Abuja on Friday.

Update on NNPC 2017 recruitment 

According to him, the announcement is the third in recent times coming from recurrent fraudulent vacancy claims on various social media platforms purporting to have emanated from the corporation.

He said: “We are constrained to announce, once again, that NNPC is not recruiting at the moment.

”Members of the public are, therefore, advised to disregard any vacancy announcement on any online or social media platform as they are the handiwork of fraudsters intent on fleecing innocent Nigerians.”

He said the syndicate’s method of operation included deployment of various means, ranging from text messages to forged letters inviting gullible job seekers for non-existing job interviews, to extort money from them.

”To this end, we wish to once again appeal to members of the public, particularly unsuspecting applicants, to be wary of fraudulent vacancy announcements or invitations for job interviews at the NNPC Towers.

”Anyone who entertains such invitations or deals with peddlers of such invitation does so at his or
her own risk,’’ the spokesperson reiterated.

Ughamadu advised anyone contacted for the purpose, other than through advertisement duly placed by the Corporation in national newspapers, should report such invitations to relevant law enforcement agencies

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EFCC Reveals Real Owner Of Famed Ikoyi Flat

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has revealed the owner of the now famous flat where $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23, 218,000 was discovered in Ikoyi, Lagos State.

Following thorough investigation, the commission has named Mrs. Folashade Oke, the wife of the suspended Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ayo Oke as the owner of Flat 7B, No. 13, Osborne Road, Osborne Towers.

According to the EFCC, Mrs. Oke made a cash payment of $1.658m for the purchase of the flat between August 25 and September 3, 2015. The property was purchased in the name of a company, Chobe Ventures Limited, where she and her son, Master Ayodele Oke Junior, were directors. Payment for the purchase of the flat was said to have been made to one Fine and Country Limited.

The EFCC report stated that Mrs. Oke made the cash payment in tranches of $700,000, $650,000 and $353,700 to a Bureau de Change company, Sulah Petroleum and Gas Limited, which later converted the sums into N360,000,000 and subsequently paid it to Fine and Country Limited for the purchase of the property.

The EFCC on Friday tendered the receipt issued by Fine and Country Limited to Chobe Ventures Limited as an exhibit before the Federal High Court in Lagos, where it is seeking an order of final forfeiture of the recovered money to the FG. In an affidavit filed before the court, a Detective Inspector with the EFCC, Mohammed Chiroma, stated that “Chobe Ventures Limited is not into any business but was merely incorporated to retain proceeds of suspected unlawful activities of Mrs. Folashade Oke.”

While urging the presiding judge, Justice Muslim Hassan, to order the permanent forfeiture of the funds to the FG, Oyedepo argued that the fact that Flat 7B, Osborne Towers was purchased in a criminal manner, made the N13bn recovered therein “extremely suspicious to be proceeds of unlawful acts.”

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