Manchester United Win Europa League

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Manchester United were crowned Europa League champions after beating Ajax 2-0 at Stockholm.

Paul Pogba opened the scoring in the 18th minute, when his shot deflected off of Sanchez.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan added the second in the 48th minute with a close effort. The win means United have qualified for the Champions League.

United were outplayed by a young inexperienced Ajax team, but the win brings more recompense to the city of Manchester, after they were rocked by a bomb attack.

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Mertesacker: Wenger’s Uncertainty Not An Excuse

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Per Mertesacker believes the uncertainty surrounding Arsene Wenger’s future should not affect the team.

The Arsenal team missed out on the champions league, after finishing fifth on the table.

Wenger feels his uncertainty affected the team, but Mertesacker disagrees with the manager.

“I think we players, we did not care too much what happens to the manager next year,” said the centre-back.

“You cannot let yourself down or find excuses about the environment or the manager’s future. We are lucky to have him here.

“This is not my approach and not the team’s approach.

“I think we have to look at ourselves in the mirror and see what’s next for us.”

Wenger is expected to make an announcement over his future after this weekend’s FA Cup final against Chelsea.

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Terry Doesn’t Care About Criticism Surrounding His Farewell

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John Terry insists he could care less about the criticism, after he arranged his own substitution in the match against Sunderland.

Terry was brought off in the match, in the 26th minute, the same number on his shirt and has been criticised by rival fans and pundits for arranging his substitution.

However, the veteran defender does not care about the criticism and only cares about the Chelsea supporters.

“I could not care less, I promise you,” Terry told reporters.

“All I care about is celebrating with my Chelsea fans. Me and them have a wonderful rapport and have done for 22 years. Nothing that people write or say can ever get in the way of that.

“If that is the way I want to go out, that is the way I go out because I have been here 22 years, I have won so many trophies, so if I wanted to play one minute and come off, I would have done.

“I wanted to play 26 minutes because the shirt number means a lot to me and the supporters so, as long as they are happy – and I was over the moon with the reception – I promise you I could not care less.”

Terry added: “It was an unbelievable send-off from the supporters to help me to celebrate 22 years at the club. I am very grateful to them, and it was something I will never forget. It was so emotional after the game, I was in bits.”

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Spain

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is ready to offer Antoine Griezmann a bumper deal to convince him to move to England. The French international could be offered €14m (£12m) a year – around £230,000 a week. (Marca)

Alvaro Morata, a known target for Chelsea and Manchester United, is moving closer to a deal with AC Milan. The Italian giants are looking to rebuild for the future and the 24-year-old Spaniard – who speaks Italian – sees them as the best place to gain first-team football. (Marca)

Real Madrid are ready to rival Atletico Madrid for the signing of Real Betis midfielder Dani Ceballos. The 20-year-old has been linked with Manchester City in the past, but Pep Guardiola is thought to have dropped his interest. Real hope he could follow in the footsteps of Marco Asensio and make a first-team impact. (AS)

Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu, on loan at AC Milan, has said he wants to talk to expected new Barcelona boss, Ernesto Valverde, before deciding whether or not to return to the Catalan club in the summer. (Mundo Deportivo)

Italy

Juventus will set about ambitious transfer plans after the UEFA Champions League final. Former Manchester United transfer target Renato Sanches is on their hitlist but they dream of landing either Andres Iniesta or Paris Saint-Germain’s Angel Di Maria. (Corriere dello Sport)

Inter Milan are set to confirm Luciano Spalletti as their new coach and he already has drawn up a wishlist. Spalletti wants to keep Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozović and then target his former player Antonio Rudiger, also linked with Chelsea in the past. (Corriere dello Sport)

As well as making contact with Monaco over the possibility of signing Real Madrid target Kylian Mbappé, Juventus have Tiemoué Bakayoko – wanted by Chelsea – Fabinho, a target for Manchester City, and Thomas Lemar – linked with Arsenal – in their sights. (Tuttosport)

Germany

Former Arsenal target, midfielder Leon Goretzka, has apparently agreed to swap Schalke for Bayern Munich this summer. The 22-year-old has picked up five goals and five assists this season and is out of contract in 2018. (Sport Bild)

France

Diego Simeone recently admitted that ‘several clubs are interested in the best goalkeeper in the world.’ It is believed that Paris Saint-Germain are very interested in paying Atletico Madrid around €60m for Jan Oblak’s services. (Le10Sport)

After a successful spell on loan at Marseille, Swansea City striker Bafetimbi Gomis is receiving interest from Turkish side Galatasaray. The Istanbul club are ready to offer him around £1m a year. (L’Equipe)

Portugal

A long-time target for Tottenham Hotspur, it is believed that RB Leipzig have made a €15m bid for Portuguese winger Bruma, playing at Galatasaray. After qualifying for the Champions League, the German club are looking to strengthen and have offered the player a contract worth €6m a year. (O Jogo)

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35 Nigerians Deported From UK Over Immigration Offences

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The authorities of the United Kingdom (UK) have deported 35 Nigerians for committing immigration-related offences in the country.

It is understood that the deportees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos at about 5.50 a.m on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

Comprising 30 males and five females, the deportees were brought back aboard a chartered Titanic Airways aircraft with registration Number: G-POWO.

This development was confirmed by the spokesman of the Lagos Airport Police Command, DSP Joseph Alabi.

The deportees were received by officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and the Police.

Also on ground to receive them were officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.

The deportees were profiled by the immigration authorities and were each given a stipend to facilitate their transportation to their respective states.

It would be recalled that the British authorities had on March 31 deported 23 Nigerians for similar reasons.

In April, German government deported to Nigeria an alleged Islamic extremist, an ISIS suspect, deemed dangerous by authorities.

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Frankfurt Send Guillermo Varela Back To Manchester United For ‘Misconduct’ Over Tattoo

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Manchester United defender Guillermo Varela has been suspended by loan club Eintracht Frankfurt after defying orders to get a tattoo that has ruled him out of the German Cup final.

Varela, who joined the Bundesliga club last summer, had been in line to feature against Borussia Dortmund in Saturday’s showdown.

But the 24-year-old has been axed for what sporting director Fredi Bobic described as “grossly negligent behaviour” after undergoing a procedure to get a tattoo that now needs treatment.

When Varela got a tattoo on Monday against club coach Niko Kovac’s orders, and it led to an inflammation, the defender’s hopes of playing the cup final and getting a permanent contract or signing another loan deal ended.

“His behaviour was reckless and hurts the team,” sporting executive Fredi Bobic said in a statement on the club’s official website. “Guillermo’s path at Eintracht ends here. The club can’t put up with a player acting against the coach’s and doctors’ instructions.

“We were already considering extending his loan. But that’s naturally no longer an issue. Guillermo will be suspended with immediate effect.”

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Crystal Palace Join List Of Clubs Interested In Marco Silva

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Watford and Crystal Palace are amongst four Premier League clubs who are on standby today waiting to hear if Marco Silva is to leave Hull City.

Marco Silva has returned from trips to Portugal and Switzerland to discuss his future with Hull chairman Ehab Allam in the next few hours. Porto,who parted company with manager Nuno Espirito Santo on Monday, are also interested in the Hull head coach.

Palace joined the list of the Premier League’s manager-less clubs yesterday and chairman Steve Parish is known to be a big fan of Silva and the type of football he has played on Humberside.

Silva has a release clause in his contract which would allow him to leave Hull following their relegation from the Premier League.

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The Biggest Game Of The Tournament Lived Up To The Hype #CBLAfrica

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It was touted as potentially the biggest game of the tournament since the tournament tipped off  and on Saturday evening, we were blessed.

The 3-0 Eko Kings went up against the 2-0 Yaounde Giants, both teams unbeaten in the tournament so far, both playing the best basketball and both possessing 2 of the top 3 point guards in the Continental Basketball League. It was to be a battle of the elite.

Coming into the game, the Yaounde Giants had gone through the other two Lagos based teams, blowing out the Lagos Warriors by 38 points and defeating the Lagos City Stars by 8 points but they would have known they would have to play at their best possible level to get past the Eko Kings who had easily defeated the Lagos Warriors, the Abidjan Raiders and the Izobe Libreville Dragons by 16, 10 and 9 points respectively.

The game started and you would have been forgiven for thinking it’ll be a shootout with threes flying in from all corners of the court given the capabilities of both teams set of players, instead, we witnessed top quality defence from both teams most notably the Eko Kings. The Kings absolutely shut down the star Giants point guard, Lanerryl Esters in the first half. Everytime he had the ball in his hands, he had no space to breathe. Kings coach Bakare Ayo had a plan and it worked perfectly.

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Lanerryl Esters didn’t have the best first half but he got better in the second half.

The Kings were probably helped by the fact that the supporting cast of the Yaounde Giants couldn’t hit their shots either. Giants star forward, Ian Carter started the game playing Centre, I don’t know if this was a move by the coach to stretch the floor but it wasn’t working because Carter as well was surprisingly cold all game. Carter finished the game with 9 points, 8 of which came in the second half of the game.

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Ian Carter had his worst shooting game in the tournament with just 9 points

Thierry Bogmis chipped in with 13 points and Kome Arnold, who i feel was one of the best players in the game finished with 15 points. Esters finally found his form and his confidence in the second half as he finished the game with 22 points, 19 of which came in the second half sadly it wasn’t enough.

The Eko Kings played possibly their best game yet against their toughest opponent yet. First of all, Mark Hill is so good, I watched the game live with a couple of friends and immediately he stepped on the court, someone said “When did Isaiah Thomas tart playing for the Kings”. After the first quarter, i could see the similarities.

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Mark Hill was sensational

He was the star of the game and his 29 points was a major factor in the win. Unlike the Giants, the Kings and Hill got capable from his teammates as Tom Bush Wamukota and Thomas George hit 23 and 20 points respectively.

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Wamukota had a big game for the Kings

Also, Mohammed Ewida came up with a big defensive game for the Kings, he might have scored just 2 points but he owned the boards on both ends of the court, his defensive work was massive in the win. At some point he was in a 3 against 1 fast break situation and he won that battle against 3 Giants.

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Mohammed Ewida was a defensive juggernaut

It was a great game and it ended 83 – 76 in favor of the Eko Kings who are now 4-0. The Continental Basketball League is in Yaounde now and will be back in Lagos for All Star weekend which starts on Saturday. I expect to see most of these players in the All Star Teams when the teams are announced as well as the dunk contest.

If you’ve been missing the games at #CBLAfrica , you can still make up with this weekend.

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Everton Preparing Second Bid For QPR’s Teenager Josh Bowler

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Everton are preparing a second bid for QPR teenager Josh Bowler after their initial £3m offer was turned down, According to SSNHQ.

The West London club rejected Everton’s initial bid yesterday with payment schedules thought to be the major sticking point. Bowler attracted an initial offer of £1.5m, with the rest of the fee due in add-ons.

The 18-year-old midfielder, who signed his first professional contract in February this year, made his debut for Rangers in the 4-0 defeat at Norwich on the final day of the Championship season. He joined the club in 2013 after being released by Fulham.

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‘Thanks For Letting Me Know!’ : Alex Bruce Didn’t Find Out He Was Released Via Hull City Twitter

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Alex Bruce will be released by Hull when his contract expires at the end of June, the club have announced, while Shaun Maloney has been offered a new contract. 

Six players will also return to their parents clubs following a season on loan at the KCOM Stadium: Omar Elabdellaoui, Lazar Markovic, Dieumerci Mbokani, Oumar Niasse, Alfred N’Diaye and Andrea Ranocchia.

… But Hull City defender Alex Bruce saw the funny side after the club confirmed his departure via Twitter, responding: “Thanks for letting me know!”

While the tweet suggests Bruce found out he was being released via Twitter, an earlier tweet confirms he already knew he was departing the KCOM Stadium.

One fan asked on May 20: “Alex will you be back at Hull or don’t you know?”

Bruce replied: “No I won’t be mate, my time at Hull is up when my contract finishes in a few weeks.”

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

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NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

  • Newcastle United are interested in signing Andros Townsend this summer – six months after coming close to bringing him back to Tyneside in January.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

  • Antoine Griezmann has given the clearest indication he could join Manchester United – even if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.
  • Kelechi Iheanacho expects to be a Manchester City player when next season kicks off.
  • Manchester City are ready to sign Alexis Sanchez and Kyle Walker in a £100m double swoop.

LONDON EVENING STANDARD

  • Martin Keown has claimed Alexis Sanchez as “difficult to manage” and “very demanding” at Arsenal.
  • Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian have played down their interest in recruiting Chelsea striker Diego Costa this summer, insisting they do not want be forced into making “overpriced signings”.
  • Emmanuel Petit believes his former club Arsenal are “in danger of having a loser image” after their recent struggles.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

  • Ronald Koeman will have his mobile phone “close to me” during his post-season holiday as he plots a busy summer transfer window.
  • Joel Robles admits his Everton future is “not very clear” and he has “doubts”.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

  • Tony Pulis reckons James Morrison has not been unsettled by a shortage of starts in the latter stages of the season.
  • Harry Redknapp has revealed Kevin Bond will be his No 2 at Birmingham City next season.

EXPRESS & STAR

  • Fosun are planning to speak to Portuguese boss Nuno Espirito Santo, it is believed, as the Wolves managerial search hots up.
  • Tony Pulis has admitted Albion may have to spend big this summer just to stand still in next season’s Premier League.

THE DAILY ECHO

  • Wayne Shaw will be calling on some of his old Saints buddies to help him make a success of his new role at AFC Totton.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

  • Tony Mowbray is confident he will be able to keep the core of his current Blackburn Rovers squad together to launch an immediate push for promotion.
  • Adam Henley is attracting interest from clubs in the Championship and MLS after being released by Rovers.

LEICESTER MERCURY

  • Leicester City’s players will respect the owners’ decision over the future of manager Craig Shakespeare, defender Danny Simpson has said.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

  • Galatasaray are ready to hand Bafetimbi Gomis his chance of a permanent Swansea City exit – with the Liberty club unlikely to stand in his way.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

  • Andrea Radrizzani has completed his takeover of Leeds United, ending Massimo Cellino’s association with the Elland Road club.

NOTTINGHAM POST

  • Notts County are fighting to sign Jorge Grant on a permanent deal from Nottingham Forest who have offered the talented midfielder a new three-year contract.

THE STAR

  • A decision on the future of Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal could be made shortly.

BOURNEMOUTH ECHO

  • Harry Redknapp – the man who launched Jermain Defoe’s career – believes the prolific striker would be a perfect fit for the Cherries.

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Recruitment Of 10,000 Personnel: First Batch Of Police Recruits Complete Training

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The first batch of policemen recruited under the 10,000 mass recruitment ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari has passed out of the Police College, Ikeja, Lagos.

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The Commandant of the College, Boniface Onyeabor, said on Wednesday that 123 Cadet Inspectors and 52 recruits had completed their training.

“The first batch of police personnel belonging to the specialist units passed out from the college on May 19.

“They will be on two-week vacation before they resume at their different state commands,’’ the commandant said.

Onyeabor, a Commissioner of Police, said about 1,300 general duty policemen would also complete training at the college between September and December.

“When they finish training, the recruits would be given attestation, service register and appointment letters by the Police Service Commission,’’ he said.

The commandant said the recruits would be the “new face of the force’’ as they had been trained to fit into modern day policing.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted him as saying that  the new police personnel were trained to have respect human rights, shun corruption, indiscipline and all forms of professional misconduct.

President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the recruitment of 10,000 additional police men for effective policing of the country.

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The Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, also recently said that the Nigeria Police Force have concluded arrangements to recruit 30,000 personnel annually.

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Health Minister Breaks Silence On Why Buhari Could Not Be Treated in Nigeria

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Prof. Isaac Folorunso Adewole, the Minister of Health, has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari could not be treated in Nigeria because of the long existing bond between him and his foreign doctors.

The minister’s remark on the president’s health was brought to light on Tuesday during an exclusive interview with THISDAY in Abuja.

Adewole, while breaking the silence on the development, also assured Nigerians and the international community that there is no cause for alarm over the president’s health.

“One thing we must realise is that health is a complex issue. There’s what we call patient-doctor relationship; there is also a bond between the patient and the doctor and these are things we can’t play with,” Adewole, who is a professor of surgery, said.

“I used to have patients in Ibadan and they still call me, and say ‘we will like to see you’. Then I have to say no to them because I’m no longer available and ask, ‘why can’t you see somebody else?’ But many of them are reluctant to do so. That’s the complex thing about health.

“We should give him (Buhari) that choice. What we really wish is for Mr. President to be well and hearty.”

“However, this is also a complex country, so I am not too happy about some of the insinuations, because we should pray for our leaders. We should continue to pray for him.”

Still addressing the concern among many Nigerians and the international community over the president’s continuing absence because of his health, the minister said:

“There is no cause for alarm,” describing Buhari as an unusual man.”

“He (Buhari) came back and told us that he was ill and that he was treated. When we have that type of leader, I think we can go to sleep.”

Buhari is currently in the United Kingdom seeking medical treatment for an undisclosed ailment – a trip, which is his third in the past year solely for medical reasons.

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360Hawt: ArtQuake ft. Small Doctor x Q-Dot – Gara Gan (prod. Young Jonn)

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After taking a short break, Veteran Afro-Pop duo – ArtQuake returns with a brand new street-themed tune, enlisting the services of Street Kings – Small Doctor and Q-Dot on this one dubbed “Gara Gan”

Produced by the wicked one – Young Jonn, “Gara Gan” further proves the musical prowess and street ingenuity of ArtQuake as they combine beautifully with Small Doctor and Q-Dot in delivering a tune of great quality.

Artquake continues to deliver stellar material, consistently adding to their decade-long catalogue of street anthem music.

Follow on Social Media: @ArtQuakestyle @iam_smalldoctor @Qdot_alagbe @Youngjonn

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Nigeria’s Economy Records Second Worst Investment Inflow In 10 Years – NBS

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A report is saying that Nigeria’s economy has recorded its second worst investment inflow in 10 years, with the country attracting a total investment of $908.27m in the first quarter of the 2017 fiscal period.

This disclosure was confirmed by the capital importation report, which was released on Wednesday by the National Bureau of Statistics.

According to a copy of the report, which was made available to The Punch Newspaper, by the Statistician-General of the Federation/Chief Executive, NBS, Dr. Yemi Kale, the $908.27m investment figure, when compared to the $1.55bn which the economy attracted in the fourth quarter of 2016, represents a huge decline of $640.61m or 41.36 per cent.

Details later…

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Evander Holyfield Donates Health Equipment Worth $3m To Lagos State

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Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday received five-time world cruiserweight and heavyweight boxing champion, Evander Holyfield at the State House, Ikeja.

Governir Ambode explained how he was personally proud of the achievements of the legend during his boxing career, describing him as a great role model and the greatest living boxer of all time.

Holyfield, who is going to get in the ring with former Lagos State Governor and National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at an exhibition boxing match, is in Lagos as part of activities marking the Golden Jubilee anniversary of the State, and to also give back to the society through his foundation. Ambode, who described the visit of the boxing legend to Lagos as historic, said there was no better way to showcase sports as catalyst for growth than the collaboration of such an icon as Holyfield.

“This is exciting and historic moment for us coming at a time Lagos is celebrating the 50 years of its establishment and we want to say a big thank you to Holyfield for collaborating with us to put this as part of events marking the Golden Jubilee anniversary of Lagos State. We believe strongly that in all sectors that we have tried to celebrate Lagos, this is one momentous topic that we really mean to celebrate. As a government, we have always wanted to use sports as a way of driving our economy and there is no way we can showcase sports as the catalyst for economic growth than bringing somebody who is a champion; a revered person and for him to use his God given talent and resources to promote sports in our State,” Governor Ambode said.

Governor Ambode also pledged to partner with the Evander Holyfield foundation to help nurture young stars and future boxers as well as the issues relating to promotion of health and wellbeing of the people.

The champion also announced the donation of $3million worth of health equipment to Lagos State Government, a gesture which Governor Ambode commended and urged other sports legends and individuals to emulate.

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Get Familiar: Godwin Tom – 30

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Talent Manager and Music Business Consultant, Godwin Tom turns 30 today!

Do wish him a happy birthday on @GodwinTom on facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Godwin has worked with or managed artists such as MI, Wizkid, Ice Prince, Waje, Show Dem Camp and many others. He is currently the manager for Wande Coal, Beverly Naya, Yung6ix and Jumbo. But before management, Godwin Tom was a rapper and he has decided to mark his 30th birthday with a rap song recorded by recording rap artist, AQ.

30 was recorded on a 9th Wonder Beat originally recorded by Phonte on his solo Album “Charity Starts at Home”.


 
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Kano State Police Have Arrested 96 Suspected Rapists In Just 2 Months

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The Kano State Police Command, on Tuesday said it had arrested a total of 96 suspected rapists in the state between April and now.

Public Relations Officer for the Command, DSP Magaji Majiya, told reporters in Kano that 77 of the suspects had been charged to court, while another eight cases were under investigation. He added that the ages of the suspects fell between 23 to 75.

“It is disheartening to note that from April to date we have recorded 85  incidents  of rape and other related offences. A total number of 96 suspects were arrested and 77 cases have already been charged to court for prosecution”.

DSP Majiya expressed his worry that indecency and unnatural offences have been on the increase in the state. He said the Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Yusuf, has made it a priority to ensure that all such cases were thoroughly  investigated and prosecuted.

He went on to assure the public that the police would continue to apprehend all suspects involved in crimes. The PPRO urged parents and guardians to monitor the movement and behavior of their children, so as to keep them away from criminal activities.

Majiya also appealed to religious leaders to collaborate with the command in sensitizing  the youth on the need to shun evil acts. Also, he added that traditional rulers, community leaders and other well meaning residents of the state should join hands with security agencies to fight crime in their communities.

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Manchester United’s Angel Gomes Can Be As Good As Andres Iniesta- Paul McGuinness

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Former Manchester United youth coach Paul McGuinness has claimed that Angel Gomes has got the potential to become a world-class talent.

Angel Gomes,16, was given his first-team bow at the weekend, being brought on in place of Wayne Rooney for the final two minutes of the Red Devils’ 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

It was a just reward for Gomes, who scored 12 goals in 21 appearances for the club’s Under-18s team this season, as he became the first player born in the 21st century to play in the Premier League.

Ex-academy chief McGuinness spent 23 years managing United’s age-grade sides and believes that Gomes has the qualities required to reach the very top.

“He’s a real talent,” Sky Sports News quotes him as saying. “If he was Brazilian, people would be raving about him and, if he was six inches taller, people would be going mad.

“I suppose that’s our country. People doubt players if they’re short in stature but no-one is doubting Andres Iniesta or David Silva. He’s got the potential to be that type of player and, in England, you just don’t get many players like that.

“If you play him with better players, he’ll get better himself and create chances for them. You don’t want to build him up too soon but I’m sure they’ll handle all that at United.”

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Marcus Rashford To Get £10,000 Salary Hike At Manchester United

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Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford will  be rewarded with an increase of £10,000 a week on his current salary,according to reports

Marcus Rashford,19,  has grown into a regular underJose Mourinho in recent weeks, filling in through the middle due to the long-term absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Rashford signed a new deal at Old Trafford last summer and, according to The Sun, he will see his wages steadily increase across the remaining three years of those terms.

A source is quoted by the tabloid as saying: “He is set to get the boost after a solid season, the young lad has made some real progress. He’s found goals hard to come by but has been told clearly he will continue to rise up the wage ladder here.

“He has the increased wages throughout his deal here. There was a worry he’d get too much, too soon. The lad is not on much as people think at present. He has come along and he’s going to be rewarded for that.”

Rashford, who has 11 goals in 52 appearances for the Red Devils this season, is said to earn around £30,000 a week before bonuses are factored in.

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Gabriel Paulista Ruled Out For Up To Eight Weeks

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Arsene Wenger has confirmed that defender Gabriel Paulista will be out of action for six to eight weeks with a serious knee injury.

Gabriel Paulista  was expected to miss this Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea after suffering the problem during last weekend’s 3-1 victory over Everton on the final day of the season.

Now, though, it seems that the Brazilian is in danger of missing the start of pre-season as scans have discovered that he damaged his medial knee ligament.

It is a blow for Arsenal, who are already without defender Laurent Koscielny after his red card was upheld by the Football Association, meaning that he will serve a three-match ban.

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Filip Lesniak Tottenham’s Future Still Unclear

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Tottenham will take one last look at Filip Lesniak on the post-season trip to Hong Kong before considering whether to offer him a new contract.

Lesniak, 21, sees his current deal expire this summer and we understand Tottenham have yet to indicate a desire to agree an extension.

Several Championship clubs are interested in signing Lesniak on a Bosman free transfer this summer, as well as top-flight clubs in his native Slovakia, Czech Republic, Russia and Greece.

Lesniak, who is the grandson of Slovakia’s national team head coach Jan Kozak, joined Spurs’ academy from FC Kosice in January 2012.

Speaking to Aktuality this week, the youngster confirmed he had no idea yet if he would be remaining at Tottenham beyond the summer. He stated:

“Still I do not know what will happen. Nothing, we have not yet addressed.

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Arsenal Open Talks For Nigerian Striker Henry Onyekuru

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360nobs can reveal  talks between Arsenal and Henry Onyekuru representatives about a £6.8m transfer are progressing well.

The Nigerian striker is hopeful that a deal can be done soon. He is currently in Corsica at Nigeria’s training camp after receiving his first international call-up.

He is the top scorer in Belgium and plays for KAS Eupen.

Henry Onyekuru has scored 24 goals this season and claimed nine assists, including six goals in his last four games to earmark him as one of the more exciting young talents in Europe.

The likes of Everton, Southampton West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace have all shown an interest in Onyekuru, but Arsenal are hoping to steal a march on their Premier League rivals for the skilful attacker by opening talks with KAS Eupen over a possible deal for the teenager.

Onyekuru’s agents, Mercato Sports, confirmed to ESPN FC that a number of clubs have been chasing the forward and that they will hold talks with interested parties to see what is the best option for him.

“There have been a lot of clubs from all over Europe wanting to sign Henry and we will speak to them as we have to make sure we make the right decision for him and his career,” a Mercato Sports representative said.

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‘The Class Of 1966 Are Still Running Nigeria With Buhari’ – Pat Utomi

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Professor Pat Utomi speaking about how the Nigerian economy has been managed by successive governments has stated that the “class of 1966” are still running the country with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Professor Utomi said that there was the need to get rid of more politicians and instead replace them with statesmen, people who can think outside party politics. “The central thing driving us should be Nigeria, the future, the children, productivity and growth. These are realities and should happen, but they are not happening.

“What happened in Nigeria is that the culture of the class of 1966 was primarily anti-intellectual. Maybe, they did not think through it as a policy, but they forced Nigeria’s brightest minds to live the town”, Utomi told The Guardian.

Buhari is part of the class of 1966. Is Obasanjo still around? Yes. What about TY Danjuma, Ibrahim Babangida? They are still around? Nigeria is still in their hands, and the worst part is that they have created cronies. What is required is a full understanding of what went wrong with Nigeria so that we can begin to correct it. Ignorance was a critical part of the problem.That is why we have the duty to educate.”

“The mistakes with the savings of excess crude earnings alone are so glaring that I think people everywhere should understand our problem. But we just chose not to understand that more than anything, we should educate the Nigerian people about why leaderships is an intellectual activity. We need to think.”

“This class also managed to demonize thinking so much that when you are thoughtful in Nigeria, people will say it is theory. Nigerians should have gone beyond this to believe that thinking is something that doesn’t work. Everywhere in the world, when leaders gather, they are looking for thinkers to be around them. But in Nigeria, we chase them away. As in popular culture, people in the street say, grammar. That is one of the cultural damages”, he said.

Speaking about claims from the Government about the country moving out of recession, he said

“See, this obsession with certain statistical numbers over incomplete understanding of people’s serious situation, I believe, is part of our problem. What is recession?

“Decline in growth, quarter over the quarter and so we are in this technical thing called a recession. If you manage to begin to grow the economy, say you have one quarter of positive growth and another quarter of positive growth, how much has that really changed the life of the average citizen out there? That is why for me, one of the best ways to look at history is the way offered by one of the great sociologists of the 20th century, Wright Mills.”

“He argues in his famous ‘the sociological imagination’ that you do not understand history until you get to that intersection point of statistics where some people died in the pursuit of personal troubles and until you understand a family that has managed to borrow, cheat, steal to put six children through university and all of them are unemployed.”

“Until you can understand their circumstance, you don’t understand history and it means you don’t understand whether recession is over in terms of statistical numbers or not. So, playing this game in terms of recession is totally meaningless to me.”

“I really don’t care whether we are in recession or we are not in recession, what I care about is the quality of life of Abubakar, Rasheed, Chukwuemeka, that is what really matters and it has not escaped mystery yet. Was it not Goodluck Jonathan who said that Nigeria was thriving? After all, it was the fastest growing Jet market in the world? That is a layman’s language in describing the thriving growth of an economy.”

“The measure of distribution of income in our country is a disaster, the country where many people cannot eat one good meal a day and a number of people are buying private jet, which is ill gotten wealth. If they worked for it, you will see the jobs created by their enterprise, but they have private jets in reserve and don’t have people in their employ. These are the kinds of people that need invitation to come and explain themselves”

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Presidency Speaks On ‘Rumoured’ Coup Plot

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The Presidency has urged Nigerians to ignore the media reports on Coup plot, saying it should not be stretched beyond what the military authorities had said.

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, stated this at a media chat with State House correspondents to mark two years of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration on Tuesday in Abuja.

Nigerian Army Warns Officers, Soldiers To Steer Clear Of Politics

According to him, what the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Burutai, said about the issue was a “routine warning that goes to military officers.’’

He said: “The Army has spoken and let us take that position. What the Chief of Army Staff said was a routine warning that goes to military officers, don’t hobnob with politicians and the army has explained the position.

“Let’s take that position and not stretch it beyond what the military has said because they are the ones that can give us the definitive position and they have spoken on it.’’

The presidential spokesman also debunked the assertion that the ruling party had failed in fulfilling its political obligations and promises to the electorate in view of the reported hardships being experienced by a cross section of Nigerians.

He maintained that it was unfair to assess the performance of the Buhari’s administration within its first two years.

He continued: “People can always express their opinions, there is liberty on that but you don’t have a scientific survey that has given you the percentage of people that believed that the APC has failed.

“The second point is that, when a government via a party is voted into office, it is voted for a four year term under our own democratic arrangement.

“When you have spent two years which is like a midterm, the first half of a game, you don’t then determined that it has succeeded or it has failed.

“No. You can be accused of being atomistic using a small part to determine the whole. You can’t write the report card of this administration when it is just hitting the half way mark, that will not be fair.

“This administration will take Nigeria far beyond how it met it. So if anybody says APC has failed just tell them is too early in the day because is a four year-term and this is just two years. You don’t reach definitive conclusions in two years.’’

The presidential aide addressed the correspondents alongside the Senior Special Assistants to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu and Laolu Akande (Office of the Vice-President).

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