Oxlade-Chamberlain: I Never Feared Penalty After Moses Went Down

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed he never feared he had committed a foul and given away a penalty when Victor Moses went down in the box during the FA Cup final.

Moses was shown a second yellow card and given his marching orders, after diving in the box as he attempted to break away from the English player.

Despite calls for a penalty, Oxlade-Chamberlain was certain he had pulled out of the challenge early enough to avoid a foul.

“I didn’t fear the worst, not at all,” he told Arsenal’s website.

“I think obviously when he went inside there was a moment when I sort of went to go for the ball, and then I thought he might just be a little bit ahead of me so I decided to pull out and not go for it.

“So as soon as Moses went down I was fully confident that I was nowhere near him and that the referee should have seen that so my heart didn’t really go in my mouth.

“I didn’t realise he was on a yellow so when [the sending off] happened that was more of a surprise for me.

“But I knew I didn’t go anywhere near him and obviously it helped us to victory in the end.”

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Bartra Feared He Would Not Play Again After Bus Attack

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Marc Bartra has revealed he feared for his career after the bomb attack on the team bus, that delayed their UCL match against Monaco.

The defender was the only player injured in the explosion that wrecked the bus and had to had surgery on his right wrist.

However, Bartra returned to action against Werder Bremen and he stated he thought the incident would force him into early retirement.

“When the attack happened, I thought I would never be able to play again,” Bartra told Kicker after Dortmund’s DFB-Pokal final win against Eintracht Frankfurt.

“I could not move in the first five or 10 minutes and I could not hear anything.

“When the doctor told me after the surgery that everything was going well and I was going to be able to play again in a month, that was indescribable and the most beautiful news.

“I feel stronger today than ever before. I was very sad that such a thing could happen – it was a few damn difficult weeks – but now we can all enjoy this victory.”

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NYSC To Start Posting Corps Members To Farms For Primary Assignment

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has said that it would soon commence the posting of corps members to farms as Place of Primary Assignment (PPA).  

The Director General, NYSC, Suleiman Kazaure, said this on Monday in an interview with journalists during his official visit to the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Sagamu, Ogun State.

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He said that the move to deploy corps members in farms was in line with the agricultural development programme of the NYSC.

According to him, the NYSC has concluded preparations to begin the posting at the conclusion of the three-week orientation exercise.

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He said that Bauchi, Oyo, Kebbi and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, had been earmarked for the pilot phase.

“It should interest you to know that the NYSC will soon begin its agricultural development scheme where corps members will be posted to farms for their primary assignments.

“Already the NYSC has acquired active farmlands across the nation’s geopolitical zones with four already fully operational in Kwali, Bauchi, Oyo and Kebbi.

“After this orientation programme for the Batch ‘A’ corps members, we will begin posting some of them to these farms as a pilot phase.

“Though we are starting with four states for now, we will integrate the other states as time goes, the project is ongoing,” Mr. Kazaure said.

The NYSC boss had tasked the corps members not to seek white-collar jobs which were non-existent but rather develop their potentials for entrepreneurship excellence.

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#DemocracyDay: Akpabio Mocks APC | ‘’If It Is Not Panadol, It Can’t Be The Same As Panadol”

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The Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has mocked the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government, saying that it has failed to deliver on the basic needs of Nigerians in the last two years.

While blaming the ruling party’s alleged failure on the “lack of experience and technical-know-how to administer the country,” the two-term governor of Akwa Ibom State said, ‘’If it is not Panadol, it can’t be the same as Panadol.”

“I believed that if it were PDP–between 2015 and 2017, we would have made more significant progress,” he added, while speaking in an exclusive interview today with THISDAY in Abuja.

He said rather than focus on how to fulfil its campaign promises to the Nigerian people, the ruling party spent two years blaming PDP for its failure to perform.

He said: “A lot of plans have been outlined but, not much has actually been seen in terms of progress and delivering of campaign promises; most of the campaign promises have actually not been met.”

“But from a politician’s point of views, I am just imagining that probably, we could have handled the recession better, if it were PDP and that is how I looked at it.”

Speaking on why the ruling party failed to fulfil its campaign promises, the PDP chieftain accused the government of lacking focus and experience; and it kept blaming the so-called mess created and left behind by the PDP for its inability to perform.

‘’But they can’t say that; before you go into government you must do a critical analysis of what you intend to do. You can’t go and promise free education when you are not sure of whether you are ready’’, Senator Akpabio added.

‘’Before you make promises to the people you must have done not just the detailed analysis of the economic situation of the government, but a review of the economic policies of the government. So, if they say they underestimated the mess created or left behind by the PDP that means they, on their own part, were not prepared for governance.’’

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Review: Moving Forward EP Vol 1 – Sean Tizzle

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The debut disc of Sean Tizzle, The Journey is one of those rare finds, a first timer’s pop record that played like a hits factory but managed to secure serious critical acclaim due to the quality of the recordings. His dynamic union with D’Tunes sizzled with intensity and managed to sidestep some of the usual missteps of the first album (Excess length, indiscipline, too many fillers).

The relationship with D’Tunes did not survive the red hot superstardom that followed, and went the way of Sean Tizzle’s earlier flirtation with Sound Sultan. He has struggled since then to connect to the zeitgeist as easily as he used to.

Replacing D’Tunes is Blaq Jerzee who produced all but one of the seven tracks that make up the EP. The outlier, Roll Up (ft. Iceberg Slim) produced by Mr Kamera has Tizzle adopting that coarse croak that has worked out so well, vocal wise for Davido on a mid-tempo beat that rides and falls with the rhythms of its instrumentation. Speaking of, Davido stops by for an uninspired, if pleasant objectification of the female anatomy titled, Dide.

The opener, Thank You is exactly what you would expect from the title and returns all gratitude to the creator for successes recorded so far. Blaq Jerzee seems to have been influenced by Tizzle’s earlier work and dices a busy recording that incorporates Tizzle’s fine vocal work into a pot that updates old school highlife with pleasant sounding live instrumentation powered by drums, and strings that can interest today’s youth.

Arawa Ni recalls those heady earlier days when Tizzle was prince of the block and instantly heads for the dance floor amidst a throbbing mix of drums, flutes and percussion notes. It is awesome stuff that solidifies Tizzles strong suits and charts a course for his ultimate future as an artiste, when the pop charts have no more use for his style of music.

Sean Tizzle is famous for quitting Twitter after a series of ignorant tweets landed him in hot water. He seems to have learnt his lesson and sticks to the telephone to pass his message of infatuation to his lover on the reggae tinged, Telephone Man.

Latin Lover with its Afro-Caribbean leaning is a dud that is more striking considering the brevity and limited time span of this record. Thankfully Alhaji Abass closes the entire affair and brings to the fore once again, what is becoming the go-to Sean Tizzle sound.

There is still work to be done on the song writing level and Mr Tizzle definitely needs to be inspired beyond trite like, You carry pass Nicki Minaj. Kiss Daniel and DJ Coublon may have taken the acute skill of recording live instrumentation to the next level, but if there is any artiste that proved such a formula was workable, it is Sean Tizzle.

Indeed that is ultimately what saves the EP from instantly forgettable status but Sean Tizzle needs to develop a persona and character that can back up his production efforts. Lest he be stuck in reverse.

Album Name: Moving Forward
Artist: Sean Tizzle
Year: 2016
Tracks: 8

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Abubakar Momoh: Renowned Professor And DG Of INEC Institute Passes On

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A prominent Nigerian civil society leader and director general of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s Electoral Institute, Abubakar Momoh, has passed on.

According to his associates, Mr. Momoh, a professor, who sat on the board of several non-governmental organisations, died in the early hours of Monday.

Confirming the development on his Facebook page, his associate and lawyer, Abdul Mahmoud, said:

“It’s true, I have just spoken to his brother-in-law.”

It is understood that Momoh died in Abuja and is expected to be buried in Auchi, Edo State later today, according to Islamic rites.

Until his death, Mr. Abubakar was the dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Lagos State University, LASU.

“Mr. Abubakar obtained PhD in political theory and began his lecturing career in 1988,” his profile published by the African Leadership Centre, says.

He has served on various boards and scientific committees including those of the Centre for Democracy and Development, and Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa.

Abubakar has also been a researcher and lecturer at many universities across the world, including being visiting research fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland; fellow, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden.

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Nigeria Threatens To Shut Land Borders If Rice Smuggling Continues

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The Federal Government has threatened to shut down some land borders if the smuggling of rice continues from neighbouring countries.

This declaration was made by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, on Monday in Abuja, while speaking to newsmen on some of the Federal Government’s achievements in the agriculture sector in the last two years.

Ogbeh said the decision became necessary to encourage local rice farmers and to enable the country achieve self-sufficiency in rice by 2018.

He said: “We believe they are determined to sabotage the efforts that we are making to guarantee self sufficiency in rice and to save foreign exchange which we don’t have.”

“They insist on bringing in rice through the land borders, avoiding the duties and the levies we put on them and they are definitely bent on sabotaging our efforts and we are getting increasingly unhappy with them.”

“And I must say that very soon, if they persist, we will take very nasty measures against them.”

“We will like to advise our neighbours who believe that the ECOWAS Treaty means that Nigeria is a volunteer nation for economic suicide.”

“We have no such plans — destroying our own economy to make any neighbour happy.”

“The ECOWAS Treaty number two does not suggest that any country can be an avenue of smuggling foreign goods not produced in that country for dumping in his neighbour’s territory.”

“If they insist, I do not think that government is far away from considering permanently closing certain borders very near us and when we do, nothing will make us change our minds on the issue, ECOWAS Treaty or not.’’

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

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  • Ander Herrera will snub any approach from Barcelona to lure him to the Nou Camp from Manchester United.
  • Manchester United will face competition from Arsenal and Chelsea in the race for Andrea Belotti, according to reports.
  • Jonny Evans was “made to play for Manchester United” and it was a huge surprise when the club let him go, according to former team-mate Phil Bardsley.


  • John Terry has called on Chelsea “act fast” in the transfer window this summer as the club looks to build on their title-winning success.
  • Frank Lampard has praised Mauricio Pochettino’s methods at Tottenham as the former Chelsea player looks to move into management.
  • Eden Hazard has joked that a new contract could prevent Chelsea signing Romelu Lukaku this summer.
  • New West Ham signing Pablo Zabaleta has urged the club to adopt a new mentality in their quest to win a first major trophy since 1980.


  • Morgan Schneiderlin admits that his January move to Everton has helped put a smile back on his face.
  • Chelsea striker Diego Costa has welcomed the prospect of Romelu Lukaku joining him at Stamford Bridge.


  • Newcastle United will be offered the opportunity to sign Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia this summer.
  • Sunderland target Derek McInnes says it would ‘take something special’ for him to leave Aberdeen.


  • Jordan Pickford is in high demand this summer with West Ham United the latest club to be strongly linked with a move for the Sunderland goalkeeper.
  • Italian giants AC Milan and Lazio are reported to be weighing up moves for £6m-rated Sunderland striker Fabio Borini.


  • Birmingham City boss Harry Redknapp is reportedly lining up a raid on former club Queens Park Rangers with Conor Washington said to be on his radar.
  • West Brom have been named among a host of fellow Premier League clubs who are said to have watched Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic at Hampden Park on Saturday.


  • Defender Gareth McAuley has backed Tony Pulis to remain as Albion head coach despite reports surfacing he is considering his future.


  • Lee Grant insists he has now got his head around the body blow of being dropped in favour of Jack Butland towards the end of the season.
  • Port Vale’s longest-serving player, Adam Yates, is hopeful of agreeing a new contract to keep him at the club for a ninth season.


  • Southampton are being linked with AZ Alkmaar’s 23-year-old left-back Ridgeciano Haps.


  • Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray says decisions over incomings and outgoings at the club will lie with him.


  • Eddie Howe is convinced Jordon Ibe will fulfil his potential with Cherries but admits the winger is finding his club-record price tag “difficult” to handle.


  • Ron-Robert Zieler is in high demand with a host of clubs looking to offer the Leicester City goalkeeper a return to the Bundesliga.
  • Manchester United have reportedly put Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel on a two-man transfer shortlist.
  • Leicester City’s Tom Lawrence has reportedly been made a top target by Newcastle as they look to strengthen for their Premier League challenge.
  • Leicester City are reportedly in talks to sign the former Barcelona and Juventus centre-half Martin Caceres.


  • Pajtim Kasami looks set to leave Olympiakos following his unsuccessful loan spell at Nottingham Forest.


  • Daniel Farke and Stuart Webber are on the same page when it comes to Norwich City raiding the German transfer market this summer for new recruits.


  • Swansea City have been tracking Eibar midfielder Dani Garcia.


  • Portsmouth boss Paul Cook is looking increasingly likely to become the new Wigan Athletic manager.


  • Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom insists it would take a huge job to lure him away from the club.
  • Charlton Athletic and Southend have been warned to expect further bids for Ricky Holmes and Ryan Leonard as Chris Wilder presses ahead with his summer recruitment drive.


  • Huddersfield Town’s Chelsea loanee Izzy Brown will discuss his future with his agent after Monday’s Championship play-off final.


  • Bristol City have reportedly made a bid for Swindon Town midfielder Yaser Kasim.
  • City have also been linked with Premier League striker and former Bristol Rovers loanee Oliver McBurnie as speculation continues around who might replace Tammy Abraham in the Robins side.


  • Rangers have been told they will not get Motherwell duo Louis Moult and Ben Heneghan on the cheap this summer.
  • Brendan Rodgers is believed to be keen on taking Aberdeen winger Jonny Hayes to Celtic Park this summer.

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Inter Milan Confirm Manchester United Interest In Signing Ivan Perisic

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Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio has confirmed that Man Utd are interested in Ivan Perisic.

Ivan Perisic, 28, has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer, with Sky Sports claiming United are in talks with Inter over signing the Croatia international.

“[United] haven’t made us an official offer for Perisic but their interest is there,” he told Premier Sport. “We want to improve Inter and this is why we do not have any sellable or un-sellable players as of now.

“We know that we already have many important players within our roster like Perisic and before we decide to sell him, we have to think about what’s best for Inter.

“For me we have an as good squad or maybe even a better squad than most of the teams who finished ahead of us. We don’t need all that much, we will certainly make some moves but we will first have to see what our new coach will want.”

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Roma Manger Luciano Spalletti Relaxed About His Future

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Roma Head coach Luciano Spalletti is relaxed about his future at Roma despite facing a fan backlash over his treatment of departing club great Francesco Totti.

The head coach faced a chorus of boos when his name was read out before Totti’s last match in a Roma shirt, Sunday’s 3-2 Serie A victory over Genoa at the Stadio Olimpico.

Spalletti left 40-year-old Totti out of his first team for most of the season as a younger forward line plundered the best part of the 90 goals that secured an impressive second-placed finish for Roma.

Inter Milan are reportedly keen to offer Spalletti a new challenge at the San Siro but the former Zenit St Petersburg boss is still weighing up his options in the Eternal City.

Spalletti told Gazzetta dello Sport: “When you train a team like Roma you have to always be focused on securing victories.

“Sometimes second place is not acceptable, but I think this has been a great achievement.

“I am going to have an end-of-season meeting with the board and after we’ve talked I’ll make my position clear. We will do it as soon as possible, because it’s right that you all know what’s happening.”

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Gianluigi Donnarumma Must Decide On His Future, Says AC Milan CEO Marco Fassone

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AC Milan CEO Marco Fassone says the club must come up with a “plan B” in case Gianluigi Donnarumma leaves as he continues to be linked with a move elsewhere.

Marco  Fassone does not want the issue to drag on all summer, though, and he has told the 18-year-old goalkeeper, who has been linked with some of Europe’s top clubs, that he must make up his mind quickly.

“Donnarumma is a cornerstone, a pillar, a foundation for next season and we told him this the first time we met for talks,” Fassone told Mediaset. “We’ve been telling him that now for 45 days. I can see in his eyes that light, that willingness to stay and do great things with this Milan, but what we cannot do is wait.

“We need to give [coach Vincenzo] Montella his squad for next season on July 3. Our time is more pressing than [Donnarumma’s agent Mino] Raiola’s. We need to know if we have a goalkeeper, if we don’t have him or if we have him with his contract expiring. There hasn’t been any meeting yet.

“As you can easily imagine, no club would leave a goalkeeper like Donnarumma in the stands, but we cannot have a goalkeeper at Milan whose contract is expiring. But I’m confident. We need to have a plan B in case things don’t go the way we hope, but I am convinced that our offer and our plans for him are good. If the answer were still to be negative, then we would have to accept it and activate plan B.”

Fassone also said that the club intend to build their future around coach Montella.

“Things are working really well with Vincenzo,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “He’s a great technician on the field. He’s our coach and certainly he’ll be our coach next year. I’m convinced he will be the coach who leads us to the top again.”


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John Terry Hoping To Become A ‘Top-Level’ Football Manager

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Chelsea legend John Terry says he has not yet decided whether he will retire from playing this summer, but says his long-term aim is to become a top-level manager.

“Hopefully one day I’ll be back here [at Wembley] as a manager, that’s kind of the ambition. It has been difficult for me actually as a player because I’ve been looking to do coaching for the last year,” he said after Saturday’s FA Cup final loss to Arsenal.

“But, if I do stop or if I do carry on playing, I will press on in that [coaching] regardless. I do want to be a manager.

“I think I’ve got too much to give and I’ve learned too much not to pass that on, whether that’s initially to a younger generation or eventually at this level. Listen, this is the target – being here, managing a top side.”

John Terry was an unused substitute in Saturday’s 2-1 FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal at Wembley.

He has made 717 appearances for Chelsea and is a five-time Premier League title winner with the London club.

He has also won the Champions League and Europa League, as well as five FA Cups and three League Cups.

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Arsene Wenger Believes He Deserves A New Contract After FA Cup Win

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Arsene Wenger says Saturday’s FA Cup final win over Chelsea proves that he is worthy of a new contract at Arsenal.

Asked if he would be preparing a presentation ahead of a board meeting on Tuesday, Wenger said: “The best presentation is to watch the game [against Chelsea].

“I’ve played until the end of my contract, which is today basically. I think I have shown you that I have exactly the same commitment.”

“For me, the contract does not have special meaning but, because of the debate, maybe I should have sorted that out earlier.”

And Arsene Wenger says he drilled into his players that succeeding against Chelsea was more important than what his own future holds.

“I just told them to focus on what is important, our future, the future of the club, whether I stay or not,” he added.

“The players play for their future, for their next season.

“I love my job and I love to win. I love to build, I love to get people going and I love what I do.

“I invite you to live with me one day and one thing you cannot question is my commitment.”

Wenger criticised those fans who had called for his exit during matches in the latter part of the season, but said he does not have to hold it against them in the long run.

“I am a forgiving man,” he said. “You cannot be in this job (if you are not forgiving).

“This job is basically trusting human beings. If you cannot forgive, you cannot trust.

“The only bit of advice I have for young coaches – if you have a tendency to be paranoid, don’t do this job.

“I meet many Arsenal fans who are absolutely fantastic. It was maybe one per cent. Ninety-nine per cent of our fans are absolutely fantastic. We play for the 99.9 per cent.

“That’s why I said it’s not about popularity, it’s about consequence.

“It’s the board who has to decide who will lead the club in the future. It’s for me afterwards to decide, if they want me, whether it’s yes or no.”

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Gerard Deulofeu Thanks AC Milan For ‘Amazing’ Loan Period As He Ponders Barcelona Return

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Although rumours continue that Gerard Deulofeu will move to AC Milan permanently after a loan spell from Everton, he has taken to Instagram to thank the Serie A club after the season ended over the weekend. 

He says: “The season is over. I have only thankful words for AC Milan. I was happy and I got the support and love of both my colleagues and my fans. Thank you for your heart.”

Barcelona have an option to re-sign Gerard Deulofeu for 12 million euros and Robert Fernandez has already said the club are keen on paying the clause to bring him back from Everton.

But as with all transfers, there are three parties involved: Barça, Everton and Deulofeu. The Blaugrana can’t complete a deal until there is an agreement with the player.

In other circumstances, Deulofeu would have no doubts and his desire to success at Camp Nou is huge. He joined the club as a nine-year-old and was tipped as one of the biggest stars in La Masia.

But Gerard, 23, doesn’t want to bore himself on the bench and is aware that to have minutes in a team which features Neymar, Suarez and Messi may be complicated.

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Ernesto Valverde Set To Replace Luis Enrique As Barcelona Manager

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Barcelona are set to name their new coach on Monday evening, with Ernesto Valverde widely expected to take charge.

President Josep Maria Bartomeu said last week the club would announce Luis Enrique’s successor on May 29, and the Catalan giants have called a press conference for 1900 local time.

The club have not announced what the conference, held by Bartomeu, will include, but it takes place following a board meeting and should see the Catalan giants’ new coach unveiled.

Valverde has been the reported front-runner for the job for some time and he last week stepped down as Athletic Bilbao boss.

The 53-year-old is a former Barca player, helping the club win the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup (1989) and Copa del Rey (1990) during two years at the Nou Camp under Johan Cruyff, while a 15-year coaching career has included spells at Espanyol, Olympiacos, Villarreal and Valencia.

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I Thought About Moving On From Bayern Munich- Kingsley Coman

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Kingsley Coman has admitted that he considered leaving Bayern Munich after a difficult season under Carlo Ancelotti, although he is expected to join the club permanently after a two year loan spell from Juventus. 

“It was a complicated year for me. I thought about leaving Bayern,” he told German publication Kicker.

“It is very difficult to win a place in the team and get regular first-team action once the coach has found his starting eleven, in particular here at Bayern due to the stiff competition for places.

“But Bayern gave me the feeling they count on me on the long term, including next season. They told me to keep working hard and then things will work out.

With Ribery, 34, and Arjen Robben, 33, both approaching the twilight of their careers, Coman is seen as a natural successor to one of the two wingers with Douglas Costa also likely to become a key player in years to come.

Before agreeing to sign permanently until 2020, Coman said he had sought assurances from Bayern’s board about his future at the club.

“They gave me the feeling they have faith in me, both long-term and next season too. They said I should keep working hard and things would sort themselves out,” he said.

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Joe Hart Confirms He Will Not Be Returning To Torino

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Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart has paid a fond farewell to Torino on Instagram following the conclusion of his loan spell.

Joe Hart also confirmed that he will not be returning to Torino after spending a season on loan at the Serie A club.

The England International has conceded a staggering 62 goals in just 36 games.

He ended his spell by letting in another three yesterday in a 5-3 win against Sassuolo, leaving the Granata with a ninth place league finish.

Hart said to ESPN: “I really enjoyed it. I’m not going to come back, but I had a good time.”

Hart took to Instagram on Monday to thank the Torino fans, alongside pictures taken after his final game for the club.

He wrote: ‘Thank you Torino…. I am so proud to have played for your special football club. The way you have treated me and my family is something that we will never forget.

‘I will forever support Torino for the rest of my days. I have met so many special people and this has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I will come back to see you all one day so it is bye for now, enjoy an amazing summer’.

Grazie Torino, sono orgoglioso di aver giocato per la tua Grande Squadra. Non dimenticherò mai il modo in cui avete accolto me e la mia famiglia. Sarò un tifoso del Torino per sempre, per il resto dei miei giorni. Ho incontrato tante persone veramente speciali e questa è stata una delle più splendide esperienze della mia vita. Per adesso è solo un arrivederci, perché tornerò per vedervi ed incontrarvi tutti. Vi auguro una estate eccezionale,  mi mancherete! #forzatoro #kaammoonnnn Thank you Torino…. I am so proud to have played for your special football club. The way you have treated me and my family is something that we will never forget. I will forever support Torino for the rest of my days. I have met so many special people and this has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I will come back to see you all one day so it is bye for now, enjoy an amazing summer #❤️Manchester

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Marc-Andre Ter Stegen Agrees New Barcelona Contract, Buyout Clause Now €180m

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Marc-Andre Ter Stegen has signed a new deal with Barcelona, the club have announced, and committed his future to the La Liga club 30 June 2022.

The goalkeeper has won nine trophies with Barca in three seasons and has a buy-out clause of 180m Euros. He will officially sign the new contract at lunchtime tomorrow.

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, 25, had two years left on his previous deal but had made it clear that he was keen to prolong his stay.

And in a statement issued on Monday, the club said: “FC Barcelona have reached an agreement with the player Marc-Andre ter Stegen to extend and improve his contract until 30 June 2022.

“His buyout clause now stands at €180 million, and his new contract will be signed on Tuesday.”

Barca paid €12m to sign ter Stegen from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2014, but it is only this season that he has become the club’s outright first choice goalkeeper.

In his first two campaigns he was backup to Claudio Bravo in La Liga, but played in both the Champions League and the Copa del Rey.

This season, following Bravo’s move to Manchester City, he has been a regular in both La Liga and the Champions League, making 46 appearances.

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Gospel Artist “Testimony” Set to Release New Single “My God”

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Testimony (Kathryn Suwa) is a Nigerian female Gospel artist with a strength in worship. She was part of a duo (YAHIL) with her sister for eight years singing and recording inspirational and uplifting songs.Together, they made it to the finals of the maiden edition of Peak

Together, they made it to the finals of the maiden edition of Peak Talent Show in 2009 where they lost to Yemi Alade. On her own, she has also participated in other competitions including Glo X-Factor in 2013.

Testimony has been using her gift to minister in fellowships and churches where she has worshipped since 2004. She currently ministers in the Father’s Heart Assembly, Kuje – Abuja, where she worships. She recently recorded a single titled “My GOD” produced by Dr. Simmy and mixed/mastered by MX of Code Black, both of whom she connected with through 2 Duk; her manager and promoter. The release date is June 1, 2017 on major Nigerian music websites.The song promises to help hurting and discouraged listeners find strength in God to overcome

The song promises to help hurting and discouraged listeners find strength in God to overcome their current situations; this is what it has done for her. Through her songs, she believes her listeners will receive hope, peace and comfort from God and have an unforgettable worship experience.



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#DemocracyDay: Dear President Buhari, You Have Broken Our Hearts,

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#DemocracyDay: Dear President Buhari, You Have Broken Our Hearts, By Chude Jideonwo

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Two years ago to this day, you brought me to tears.

You were in our nation’s capital, being inaugurated as the first Nigerian in our nation’s history to win the presidency from an opposition party. I was far away, in Lagos; but I had a cherished privilege: to be the one to publish the very first tweet on your account as president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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And as my colleague, Oluwatobi Soyombo watched, I threw my head back on the chair, and I began to weep.

I couldn’t help myself. This moment was too big, was too strong; was too much.

They were tears of joy. But they were also tears of relief, personal and collective. Personal relief from the fear of the consequences of my decision – after having readied myself for four years of repercussion for supporting so publicly a man who was hardly likely to win; collective relief that we would not be facing four more years of the triumphal leadership of the corrupt and the reprobate; relief that we had just dodged a bullet.

Barely six months before, I had never met you, never stayed in the same space with you, didn’t even believe in you. The one thing I knew was that, for this young man, it was anybody but Goodluck Jonathan. But then you filled me with such hope, because you appeared to finally carry on your shoulders the burdens of an exhausted, furious generation.

I was as furious as anyone. Actually, I was more furious than most. Furious enough to burn bridges, risk backlash, annoy friends and family; to cross the divide to vote and work passionately for a man I had voted for reluctantly, even bitterly, only four years before.

It was like a miracle. I never believed this was going to happen. I never believed an opposition leader could win an election in our country; I never believed that citizens could make this change happen in my lifetime.

It was so hard to believe that I continued to argue with my team, right up to time that the incumbent president conceded. Our data already projected your win, but I refused to be seduced, memories of Karl Rove making a fool of himself on Fox News over a quixotic Mitt Romney win in 2012 haunting me. “Push all the votes from the South-East and the South-South to Jonathan’s column,” I said to my colleague Joachim MacEbong. “Assume Buhari gets zero votes there. What we have now is too deceptive. An opposition candidate can’t win with such a margin.”

I couldn’t believe it, until it happened. Some days, even now, I wake up and I almost still can’t believe it.

From 2010, when I became active in civic spaces, this had been the dream: to have a citizen-led movement that could put the fear of God into the political establishment.

I had spent days on the streets, in protest, at risk to life and business. I had sat in countless meetings and strategy sessions. I had spent millions of my own money invested in this vision. I had spent time in private and group prayer, shouting in pain, sobbing in frustration, crying out for all of this to not be for nothing, to be for some intervention, for some sign from God that our country would be better, even in our lifetimes. I didn’t believe it could be that dramatic, I didn’t believe it could come to pass.

But it did. And when it did, it was enough to overturn my theology of God’s agenda for politics. Because it certainly felt like an answer to our prayers. It certainly felt like divine intervention. It absolutely felt like the heavens had heard Nigeria’s heart cry. It had to be. This was a miracle. You were a miracle. You were a change, desperately sought. A change, desperately won.

But it wasn’t really about you, Mr. President. This was never about you.

You were a symbol of our aspiration, you were an expression of a democratic ideal: that the citizen is the most powerful force in any democracy. You were a symbol that we mattered, that our voices mattered. That if we organised, we could defeat powerful forces. That if we came together, nothing was truly beyond our grasp, no possibility beyond the reach of a determined population. That we, truly, are the ones that we have been waiting for.

For me, after 10 years of nation building aspirations and five years of activist engagement, you presented the unique opportunity for all to come together. For the networks, and the platforms and the reputation and the skills and the creativity that I had to come to a head, to join the effort to make change happen. And there were many Nigerians who took that risk also, because we saw a ray of sunlight.

We thought this was worth the risk. This had to be worth the risk.

The many people who worked incredibly hard to get you into office, but then stayed aside and asked for no benefit in return, thought it was worth that risk. It was the reason I said no to an offer to join this administration in its first two years; same as many people that I know. We couldn’t dare corrupt this one sacrifice – this gift – with the appearance of self-interest.

But it’s not just about those who can afford to keep their distance. It’s more about the many whom your inchoate policies hurt the most – the people you told us you were running for.

Remember that woman who wrapped up her entire savings and donated to your campaign? Do you remember her, sir?

What would you say to her, if you saw her today?

I write this today because I don’t know what happens next.

I don’t know if you are well, or how well you are. You haven’t treated us, your citizens, your voters, with the respect of telling us what ails you, how it ails you and how it affects your ability to do your job. Instead you treat us with the scorn and contempt that Aso Rock seems to breed – the contempt of silence.

Look at the nation you left behind, as you duck for cover in the United Kingdom: Healthcare so shabby even you can’t rely on it for your own well being. Schools still exactly in the state in which you met them 24 months ago. An economy in shambles. An anti-corruption fight running around in circles. A nation fragmented, with the one time since the 1960s in which Biafra has become a dominant narrative – courtesy of tone-deaf ethnic-coloured politics. Businesses attacked by a combination of violent tax authorities and ham-fisted fiscal policies, which seem to punish citizens for the failings of past governments and inadequacies of this one. Indeed, the anecdotal stories of businesses folded up, investments dried up, jobs lost and dreams shattered have become the defining testimony of your leadership.

You have taken the hopes and the dreams and the faith that we invested in you, and you have shattered them into many tiny pieces.

Is this fair? Is this right? Is this why you ran? Is this what those four attempts were about? Is this the plan you had? Is this the vision you shared? Is this what this was all about – just being president?

It is easy for us to hide under the shadow of your acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, who makes it easy to prove citizens right, that we made the proper choice to vote for change and to upset the old system in 2015. It is convenient to turn to him as justification for our wisdom.

But the truth is that, for me, it isn’t. You are the man with the mandate. You are the man with the ultimate responsibility.

To be honest, there is no regret in voting for you. Even if everything failed, even if your acting president had been a failure, there would be no regret in voting for you.

We had a choice between the devil and the deep blue sea. As it turns out, we chose the deep blue sea.

If that time came again, I would make no other choice, even with everything I know now. With everything I have, and everything I believe and everything I hold dear, I am passionate about the fact that, despite the disappointment you have presented to us, voting what you represented for president was a crucial step in re-making Nigeria, in the long term.

I just wish you had made it easier, with your performance, with visionary leadership, with actions and decisions, to justify that choice. I wish we could point to the short term, as well as the long term as the vindication of that choice. I wish you had risen up to the occasion, Mr. President.

Yes, you care for Nigeria. I know that. Or at least I think I do. But that doesn’t matter. It’s neither here nor there. Love is not just something you say, love is something you do. And there is no evidence, today, of your love.

We didn’t vote for you to try your best; we didn’t vote for you to complain to no end, no. We voted for you to make change happen.

And no matter what your remaining rabid supporters, either blinded still by anger at Dr. Jonathan, blinded by the comfort of denial or blinded by proximity to power, say, this is the truth: we are disappointed in you. This is not the change we voted for.

Of course, there is still a year to make it happen before the politicking fully kicks in, but not today.

Instead, disappointment, shame, sadness – that has become your legacy.

And it breaks my heart sir.

It breaks so many hearts, home and abroad. Those who believed passionately in you. Those who didn’t believe but decided to give you a chance. Those who couldn’t bring themselves to vote for you but still celebrated the possibility of change. Those who rolled the dice and hoped for the best.

Your performance, your failings, the ineptitude, it has severely broken their hearts. It has severely broken my heart.

I sincerely hope, in your quiet moments of truth, that it breaks your heart too.

Chude Jideonwo is co-founder and managing partner of RED.

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15,000 PDP Members Defect To APC In Kogi State

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At least 15,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Omala local government area of Kogi State.

Speaking while receiving the defectors at Abejukolo, the headquarters of the local government, the State acting Governor, Simon Achuba, assured them of equal treatment as the APC was working to make sure their welfare is made a priority.

He described the APC as a party that would reposition the State for growth and development, urging those who are yet to make up their minds in joining APC to do so now before it is late.

Achuba, while commending the decampees formally for joining the APC, admonished them to join hands and contribute their quota in the task of building a virile state.

The acting Governor, described the PDP as a sinking ship, saying the APC would provide for the new members a platform to actualise their dreams and aspiration.

The administrator of Omala local government area, Ibrahim Aboh, said the decamping of the members to APC was influenced by efforts to have a platform to quicken the pace of development of the area.

He said at least 15, 000 members of the PDP had added to the fold of the party in the area, describing the area now as completely an APC domain.

Aboh however appealed to the new entrants to be discipline within the party as erring members would be sanctioned.

Also, the leader of the decampees, John Kadiri, a two time special adviser, one time vice chairman of Omala LGA, said their conviction to join the APC was borne out of the need to join the fold of the progressives, as recent development efforts points to the fact that the past administration in the state failed in meeting the yearning and aspiration of the people.

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Police Arrests Father And His Children For Lynching Passer-By Who Urinated Near Residence

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The Police Command in Abuja has arrested a man, his children and other family members for allegedly lynching a 60-year-old man who urinated close to their residence.

The victim, Pius Inaiwe, was said to have been killed by the suspects for passing urine in their compound in Jiwa, a community in the Abuja Municipal Area Council.

The Punch reports that the victim went into a coma after he was assaulted by the suspects.

Inaiwe was subsequently rushed to a private hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival by the medical doctors.

It is understood that the incident, which occurred last Thursday, was met with outrage and uproar in the community as some irate youths attempted to attack the suspects involved in the assault on the deceased.

Local media, Northern City News, was quoted to have said that it took the intervention of the Divisional Police Officer, Gwagwa Police Station, and some other prominent persons in the area to stop the youths from attacking the suspects involved in Inaiwe’s killing.

Speaking on the incident on Sunday, the FCT Police Public Relations Officer, Perry Usen, said at least six suspects were in custody in connection with the incident.

“I can confirm to you that we have six suspects in custody in connection with the incident. A man and his family members, including his children were arrested for allegedly lynching a 60-year-old man because he urinated near their compound. Investigation is ongoing to know the level of their involvement in the crime,” he said.

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Nigeria’s Economy Bleeds As CBN Pursues Elusive Naira Stability

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Nigeria’s Economy Bleeds As CBN Pursues Elusive Naira Stability – Oyetunji Abioye

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Nigeria, the biggest economy in Africa, is down on its knees following the sharp drop in the prices of crude oil, the country’s major foreign exchange earner.

Since June 2014 when the prices of oil fell from about $110 per barrel to the current average of $50/barrel, the fortunes of the world’s fifth largest exporter of oil has nosedived sharply.

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

With a major fall in economic growth from a six per cent average to the current negative position, jump in inflation from nine per cent to 17 per cent, and severe weakening of the naira from 150/dollar to 305/dollar on the official market and 380/dollar on the parallel market, the economy is believed to be on a life support.

This, according to experts, is evident in the massive job losses, factory closures, biting inflation, loss of consumer and investor confidence, erosion of disposable income and general lull in economic activities.

To save the import-dependent economy from collapse and huge shock caused by the sudden drop in crude oil prices, the Central Bank of Nigeria has implemented several foreign exchange management policies targeted at the demand and supply of forex.

The CBN’s forex management measures have created multiple exchange rates currently put at five in number.

The multiple exchange rates have led to subsidies and economic distortions with forex round-dripping becoming the order of the day in the nation’s financial system.

While the economy continues to bleed with gruelling hardship for about 170 million Nigerians, economic experts and analysts believe the worst is not yet over, arguing that the country has yet to put in place formidable policies that will take her out of the woods.

Key fiscal and monetary reforms are required but top economists say the journey must begin with the scrapping of the multiple exchange rates to pave way for a single exchange rate regime as well as real and effective exchange rate.

A former Governor of the CBN, Prof. Charles Soludo, believes that to get the country out of the current economic dilemma, policymakers must stop the current multiple exchange rates regime.

According to him, the CBN must achieve a unified market-determined exchange rate by eliminating the current multiple exchange rates as a matter of urgency.

Specifically, Soludo states that policymakers must scrap the current multiple exchange rates regime and reduce the wide spread between the official and parallel market naira exchange rates to a maximum of three to five per cent.

The currency currently has about five exchange rates, according to analysts.

Soludo points out that the CBN’s official exchange rate of N306 to the dollar has become redundant, describing it as an instrument for rent seekers and arbitrary allocation of scarce foreign exchange in the country.

He says, “With regards to exchange rate, I can see quite some changes in the last few weeks. I think some steps are beginning to be taken, but it is still quite a long way to go to get to a stable and predictable level that eliminates the premium among the multiplicity of exchange rates.

“Nigeria must get out of multiple exchange rates and we must eliminate the premium and get back on track at a competitive exchange rate regime. The uncertainty that is created by that is so enormous; and with oil price rising and with the increase in oil earnings, this is the time to take bold steps and do the needful.”

However, economic experts say that whichever way the regulator wants to achieve this convergence (either around the lower band of N305/dollar, mid-point band of N320/dollar or around the upper band of around N360/dollar), the country has a huge price to pay.

According to them, achieving convergence around the official rate of N305/dollar will take a long time as the CBN does not currently possess the stock of forex to push the parallel market rate from the current N380/dollar to the official rate level of N305/dollar.

Conversely, the experts argue that to achieve rate convergence at the upper limit of say N360/dollar, the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) may go up significantly from the current N145 per litre.

According to them, oil marketers currently access forex from the CBN at N305/dollar.

Any attempt to achieve rate convergence around the upper limit of around N360/dollar will force oil marketers to increase the pump price of petroleum products.

This, experts say, will have severe inflationary pressure on the economy, causing general increase in the prices of several goods and services.

The central bank must determine what it intends to achieve.

The Managing Director, Cowry Assets Management Limited, Mr. Johnson Chuwku, says, “The choices are left with the monetary authority (the CBN) to determine whether they want to achieve rate convergence at the lower band or at the upper band.

“If you want to achieve rate convergence at the upper limit, it will affect petrol price. If it has to be at the lower limit of say N305/dollar, and this cannot happen overnight.”

A currency analyst at Ecobank Nigeria, Mr. Kunle Ezun, notes that fuel importation constitutes 33 per cent of the country’s import bill and, as such, the pump price of petrol will have to go up if the CBN seeks to achieve rate convergence and a single exchange rate regime around the upper limit of say N360/dollar.

The alternative, he says, is for the central bank to continue to manage the situation until 2019 when the country hopes to stop fuel importation.

The Managing Director, Afrinvest Securities, Mr. Ayodeji Ebo, says achieving a rate convergence and single exchange rate will have to be a gradual process that will take time.

He submits that the Nigerian economy cannot afford to face the distortion or inflationary shock that may arise from unifying the exchange rate and achieving rate convergence around the upper limit of say N360/dollar.

Ebo says, “I don’t think we need any major shock or pressure now. The opportunity cost of converging the rates, especially for oil marketers, will be too high for the country. We don’t have the revenue to subsidise fuel import and increasing the pump price will trigger inflation and related chaos.

“As the country progresses, rate convergence will be a gradual thing and it will be achieved when there is stability in the forex market.”

In the meantime, what the CBN needs to do, according to the Afrinvest expert, is to continue to allow market forces and transparency to prevail at the newly created ‘Investors & Exporters FX Window’.

Ebo believes this will attract more foreign portfolio investors to bring in forex into the economy.

He adds, “The CBN says about $1bn worth of transactions have been done on the newly created I&E FX window in the last one month. Out of that amount, the CBN contributed only $300m (30 per cent). That is good. It means if they allow transparency there, the foreign investors who have left the country will start coming in again.”

But economists are not sure if this measure only will get the country back to the point where large amount of forex will come to boost the external reserves and confidence will be restored such that JP Morgan and Barclays will bring Nigeria back to their global bond indexes.

JP Morgan and Barclays had in 2015 removed Nigeria from their global bond indexes when confidence was lost in the interbank forex market.

Chukwu believes that before foreign investors will come into the country with their forex in droves, Nigeria must achieve three things, namely rate convergence, favourable investment-friendly policies and absolute confidence in the country’s fundamentals.

He suggests that the way forward is for the CBN to seek to achieve rate convergence around N320/ dollar or N325/dollar. He believes this will make the inflationary shock and pressure on the economy to reduce.

The country, Chukwu says, needs to achieve rate convergence one way or the other.

Corroborating this view, a professor of Economics at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Sherriffdeen Tella, says the apex bank needs to come up with a strategic plan to navigate the country out of the multiple exchange rates regime as soon as possible.

He believes the CBN’s research department needs to use the data at its disposal to deal with speculators and achieve rate convergence and a single exchange rate regime.

Soludo also states that the general price level has adjusted and that it is time for the CBN to achieve rate convergence and eliminate multiple exchange rates.

Stressing the need for a unified market-determined exchange rate, the former CBN governor explains, “The general price level has already adjusted because that’s the primary price indicator in the market. The prices that people hear, i.e. the exchange rate that people talk about is the parallel market rate. Anybody who says it is irrelevant is not discussing Nigeria as an economy. The official one is like the time when you had the price control regime.

“Even those who had accessed forex at the official rate, when they are fixing their prices, they are fixing their prices in comparison with the imported ones, which are taking signals from the parallel market rate. So the general price level has adjusted there. The official exchange rate is redundant; it is just for rent and for arbitrary allocations.”

Meanwhile, an economist, Mr. Bismarck Rewane, has predicted that the naira’s real and effective exchange rate may occur between 360/dollar and 375/dollar.

This, he forecasts, may happen in the second half of this year, considering the recent policy measures introduced by the central bank.

He says, “With the current oil price, the movement of the currency towards the real and effective exchange rate is necessary and it will happen at about N360/dollar and N375/$. What will happen at this rate is that the amount, volume and frequency of interventions required to support the currency will reduce, and investors will bring in their money because of the good rate they will be getting.

“And this will be a true exchange rate. When will this happen? I think it will happen sooner than we expect, but definitely in 2017; most likely in the second half of 2017.”

Rewane, who is the Managing Director of Financial Derivatives Limited, a research and investment advisory firm, links the recent appreciation in the naira to sharp increase in oil revenue, increase in the amount of dollars supplied to the market by the CBN, and the improving structure of the market.

The CBN has also said recent forex policy measures, including the creation of the ‘Investors & Exporters FX Window’, have made the naira to appreciate on the parallel market from an all-time-high of 520/dollar to 379/dollar.

It says this is expected to lead to a near convergence of the official and parallel market exchange rates.

The Managing Director, SCM, an investment advisory firm, Mr. Sewa Wusu, says the CBN needs to be commended for its recent measures that have led to the appreciation of the naira.

However, he states that this does not rule out the need for a single exchange rate regime, arguing that multiple exchange rates create distortions, including round-tripping.

How and when the CBN will achieve this remains unknown.

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

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Court Bans LGs In Nigeria From Conducting Marriages, Declares Certificates Illegal

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has barred local government areas from conducting marriages across the country.

In a judgment delivered, the court held that the Local Government Unified Marriage Certificate was unknown to law and therefore unconstitutional, null and void.

A Certified True Copy of the judgment by Justice I. O. Harrison of Court 37, General Civil Division of the Lagos Judicial Division, dated May 15, 2017, in suit no LD/1343 GCM/2016, was obtained by The Punch on Sunday in Abuja.

The plaintiff, Olamide Babalola, representing himself and other recipients of modified marriage certificates from the local governments, had dragged the Ikeja Local Government and Registered Trustees of Association of Local Governments of Nigeria before the court over the modified marriage certificate issued by the first and second defendants.

The plaintiff had sought a declaration that the first defendant did not have the powers to issue modified or customised marriage certificates different from the one provided in Form E under Section 24 of the Marriage Act Laws of Federation of Nigeria, 1990.

The plaintiff also prayed for a declaration that the second defendant’s Local Government Unified Marriage Certificate was unknown to law and unconstitutional.

Babalola also sought a perpetual injunction restraining the defendants, their agents, officers, employees and representatives from further issuing modified or altered marriage certificates apart from the form as provided under Form E (1st schedule) and Section 24 of the Marriage Act, LFN, 1990.

In her judgment, Harrison held that the first defendant did not have the powers to issue modified or customised marriage certificates different from the one provided in Form E under section 24 of the Marriage Act.

Her words: “The court thus orders as follows: declaration that the second defendant’s ‘Local Government Unified Marriage Certificate’ is unknown to our law, unconstitutional, null and void.”

“A perpetual injunction, restraining the defendants their agents, officers, employees and representatives from further issuing modified or altered marriage certificates apart from the form as provided under Form E (1st schedule) and Section 24 of the Marriage Act, LFN, 1990.”

“A perpetual injunction, restraining the second defendant, their agents , officers, employees and representatives from further issuing Modified Local Government Unified Marriage Certificates.”

Citing Imunze vs Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2014 LPELR 22354 ( SC) and Onochie vs Odogwu, 2006 Nigeria Weekly Law Report, (Part 975) 65, Harrison stated that while registration of marriage is regulated by local government being under the concurrent list, formation of marriage is under the exclusive list within the domain of the Federal Government regulated by the Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs – item 6 of 2nd schedule of 1999 constitution.

The judge pointed out that a marriage had been declared invalid by the Supreme Court on the grounds that it was not in line with Form E as provided by the Marriage Act.

“It is thus trite that the local and state government cannot make separate arrangements outside that provided for in the Marriage Act, that is Form E,” Harrison ruled.

The court however added that the marriages conducted by local governments and issued with the certificates, which are not in conformity with Form E, “will by virtue of Section 34 of the Marriage Act be regarded as good and valid in law to all intents and purposes.”

It “believes that there should be a re – issuance of the proper certificate to all persons in possession of the ‘invalid’ certificates.”

The judgment read in part, “ The court will further consequentially order that all such modified marriage certificates issued by the first and second defendants be surrendered to the appropriate local government where the marriage was conducted and appropriate certificate , in line with Form E, should be reissued to the claimants herein and all other concerned persons.”

The judge said the second defendant and its branches issued their own form known as the Local Government Unified Marriage Certificate , which was also issued to the claimant by the first defendant.

Following the judgment, the Federal Government has written to the various embassies in the country not to recognise marriages conducted by local governments.

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Nnamdi Kanu Defiles Court Order, Addresses Pro-Biafra Crowd (Watch Video)

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Despite court orders, the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, was seen addressing a crowd of supporters – numbering more than 10 – in his father’s compound in Abia State.

Footage of the incident, which has since gone viral on social media, appeared to have violated some of the conditions set by Justice Binta Nyako when she granted Mr. Kanu bail in April.

IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu Meets Bail Conditions

The embattled IPOB leader, who is facing charges of treasonable felony at the Federal High Court in Abuja, has been at the centre of the call for an independent Biafra republic from the Nigerian state.

While attending to an application seeking for his bail in April, Justice Nyako listed 12 conditions, including an order for Mr. Kanu to avoid being seen in a crowd of more than ten people.

The court also instructed that Mr. Kanu desist from granting interviews or engaging in any form of rallies as part of his conditions for bail.

However, in the 13 minutes video, which was made public on Sunday, Mr. Kanu can be seen speaking to a congregation of Biafran supporters on the occasion of the Shabbat, a Jewish religious programme.

“Not minding what is happening, we remain IPOB, is that correct? (Crowd respond in chants of affirmation for Mr. Kanu’s question). We are unstoppable.  This congregation here is very special to me. This is the very first observance of Shabbat in this very family. My joy knows no bounds because in prison I used to dream about this; I used to dream about keeping the Shabbat,” he said.

The IPOB leader also made reference to the call by his organisation for Ibos and supporters of Biafra to shut down their business operations on May 30, a call that has been condemned by the police.

“On the 30th of May, we will shut this very place down and prepare for Biafra. The choice is theirs, if they will give us a date for the referendum. And if they fail to do that there will be no election in the south east forever and ever,” he said.

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