Zidane: I Have The Real Madrid DNA

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Zinedine Zidane has stated he has the Real Madrid DNA and says the club is his life, as he prepares for the UCL final.

Real Madrid are aiming for a double and to become the first team to successfully defend the UCL title.

Zidane is not too concerned about his contract situation, but is only focused on winning the UCL.

“I have one more year on my contract but that doesn’t mean anything,” Zidane told reporters on Tuesday. “I want to be at this club but it depends on what you do on the field.

“I think the club is happy with what we’re doing and I’m only interested in that. The future: Saturday and nothing else.

“I have the Real Madrid DNA, that’s for sure. It’s my home. Everyone has always been very affectionate towards me and I have always defended the values of this club.

“I’ve experienced spectacular things with this club as a player, assistant coach and head coach. I’ll always be a Real Madrid fan because the club is my life.

“I’m enjoying this moment because I know that one day it will end. I’m on top of my job and we’re close to doing something extraordinary, but I’m not thinking about of leaving an important mark in the history of the club. We work hard and that’s the spirit of this team.”

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Zidane: Isco And Bale Can Play Together

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Zinedine Zidane would not confirm whether Isco or Bale will feature against Juventus, but hinted at both starting.

Isco has been in exceptional form this season, but could lose his spot, following Bale’s return from injury.

The welshman is eager to play in the final, as it is being played in his hometown of Cardiff.

“It is a difficult decision. I have 23 players and I can only pick 11. Some players who have had an extraordinary year might not make the starting XI, this is the hardest thing for me,” Zidane said at a news conference on Tuesday.

“It is only normal there is a debate about whether Isco or Bale will start because they are both great players.

“We are happy that Bale has recovered and is with the team again. Bale is hugely motivated to play because the final is in Cardiff. But all the players will be motivated.

“Isco and Bale can play together. They have done so a number of times this season. They are both in good form heading into the final, although Bale has played fewer minutes.

“We all know what Isco can do and how he has performed in the last few months. He deserves to play in the final, but so do all the others. They all deserve to play, but they cannot all play.”

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Toure Offered New Manchester City Contract

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Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has no intention of saying goodbye to Yaya Toure just yet.

Toure has a contract that will expire this summer and is yet to be offered a new contract by the club.

However, that looks to be in the works, as Al Mubarak believes the midfielder still has a lot to offer the club.

Al Mubarak told ManCityTV: “Yaya has shown us this year again and again how he can contribute to this team.

“Yaya is one of the players that over the last six years has been instrumental to the success of this club.

“This year has been another year in which he has shown us on the pitch the type of player he is, the type of personality he is, and how he continues to be a player who can give to the is team and to our organisation.

“Pep, as you have seen obviously this year, has a lot of trust and confidence in him. So Yaya I hope will be with us and continue his journey with us.”

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Woods Issues Apology After DUI Arrest

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Tiger Woods has issued an apology, after he was arrested on Monday for driving under the influence, the golfer was asleep when he was arrested.

The former world no 1 golfer was arrested at 7:18am and released at 10:50am after agreeing to cooperate with future legal proceedings.

Woods has now issued a statement of apology, insisting alcohol was not involved, but fell asleep due to prescribed medications.

Woods’ statement read: “I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions.

“I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.

“I didn’t realise the mix of medications had affected me so strongly. I would like to apologise with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself too.

“I will do everything in my power to make sure this never happens again.”

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Ronaldo Has A Feeling Real Madrid Will Win UCL

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Cristiano Ronaldo believes Real Madrid will emerge victorious in the UCL final against Juventus come June 3.

Madrid are hoping to end a beautiful season, in which they won the La Liga, by successfully defending their UCL trophy.

Ronaldo who scored six goals in their last two Champions League matches, is quite confident of victory.

“On the day of the game there is going to be a lot of nerves and I prefer not to think much about the final,” Ronaldo told Real Madrid TV. “Too much humility isn’t good, we have to prove our character and who is the best.

“They are an excellent team but so are we, I have the feeling that we are going to play a great game and we are going to win.”

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

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  • PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi, who Manchester United were looking at last summer, could leave the Parc des Princes, according to reports.
  • England manager Gareth Southgate has told Wayne Rooney he will only save his Three Lions career if he is playing regularly for a club side next season.
  • Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has promised to sign the best players in the world this summer.
  • And the City chairman has also confirmed that Sergio Aguero will be staying at the Etihad next season.


  • Chelsea striker Diego Costa is prioritising a place in Spain’s World Cup squad as he ponders his future at Stamford Bridge this summer.
  • Gary Cahill has told Chelsea’s rivals that they will have no problem luring top players to Stamford Bridge next season.
  • Midfielder Moussa Sissoko does not want Spurs to block a move away from White Hart Lane this summer.


  • Liverpool have joined the race for Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy, says L’Equipe.
  • The Reds are also set to win the race to sign out-of-contract Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke for £3m this summer.
  • Everton want to land former Watford loanee M’Baye Niang after the Frenchman revealed he would not be joining the Hornets on a permanent deal next season.


  • Newcastle are interested in Porto left-back Miguel Layun, according to reports in Portugal.


  • Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom is a contender to replace David Moyes as Sunderland manager.


  • Aston Villa are lining up an end-of-season move for defender Alex Bruce, who was recently released by Hull and is also son of manager Steve.


  • Midfielder Oriol Romeu says Southampton must “accept” that more star players could leave the south coast club this summer.


  • Burnley boss Sean Dyche claims his phone will always be on this summer as he tries to add to his squad at Turf Moor.
  • Tony Mowbray has revealed there are “critical” areas of the side that Blackburn must look to strengthen this summer.


  • Bournemouth midfielder Dan Gosling says he felt “hard done by” at times last season, but the player also admits he is keen to stay at the club next season.


  • Craig Shakespeare is adamant midfielder Matty James will be given more chances to feature for the Leicester first team next season.


  • Cardiff City are insistent coach Neil Warnock will not be joining Sunderland, despite recent reports linking the Bluebirds boss with the vacant managerial role at the Stadium of Light.


  • Bristol City are interested in signing Fulham ‘keeper Marcus Bettinelli this summer.


  • Sporting Lisbon winger Hadi Sacko may be about to join Leeds on a permanent deal after playing for the Championship club on loan last season.


  • On-loan Huddersfield Town midfielder Aaron Mooy says he does not know where he will be playing next season, with Derby having been linked with a move for the Man City player.


  • Garry Monk and Nigel Pearson are the two favourites to become the next Middlesbrough manager.


  • Bolton boss Phil Parkinson is lining up moves for out-of-contract Bradford right-backs Tony McMahon and Stephen Darby.


  • Bolton and Millwall have joined Sheffield United in the race to sign Southend midfielder Ryan Leonard.

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Victor Orta Appointed Director Of Football At Leeds United

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Victor Orta has joined Leeds as their new director of football, joining from Middlesbrough and is the latest move from new owner Andrea Radrizzani to freshen up the club.

Former Real Madrid strategist Ivan Bravo has joined in an executive role and Angus Kinnear is the new managing director, moving from West Ham.

All Radrizzani – who bought out Massimo Cellino’s 50 per cent share last week – needs now is a manager.

Victor Orta said: “I am excited by the opportunity to become director of football at a great club like Leeds.

“Once I had met with Andrea Radrizzani and spoke to him about his plans to take the club forward, I knew that this was the right move for me and I am confident that we can achieve great things in the coming years.”

Chairman Radrizzani added: “I am delighted to welcome Victor to Elland Road. I have been impressed by his knowledge of the game, his extensive scouting network and his desire to help us achieve our objective of getting Leeds back to the Premier League.”

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AC Milan Manager Vincenzo Montella Extends Contract Until 2019

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AC Milan coach Vincenzo Montella has renewed his contract until 2019, the club have announced.

The former striker led the club to sixth place in Serie A this season, securing a place in the Europa League qualifiers.

Montella joined AC Milan a year ago from Sampdoria, replacing Cristian Brocchi, who had been promoted from youth team coach on an interim basis following Sinisa Mihajlovic’s sacking.

“I’m delighted to continue as Milan coach,” Montella said on the club’s official website. “I reaffirm my enthusiasm for this adventure and thank you for the faith shown in me.”

Milan’s sporting director Marco Fassone added: “It’s a very important moment for us and I think also our fans. We’ve reached an agreement which we, the club, are happy with, after the splendid results from this year, a complicated transitional year.”

In addition to finishing sixth in Serie A, Milan beat Juventus to win the Italian Supercoppa in December.

In a statement, Milan highlighted Montella’s impressive first half of the season, when they recorded 39 points, and added: “After a positive season managing a great group, the Club and Vincenzo Montella are ready to continue working together, renewing the contract of the Red and Black manager.

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£30m Flop Moussa Sissoko Tells Tottenham He Wants To Quit The Club

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Moussa Sissoko does not want Spurs to block a move away from White Hart Lane this summer.

The midfielder joined Tottenham last summer from Newcastle but has found game time hard to come by under Mauricio Pochettino, with Marseille thought to be interested.

France manager Didier Deschamps has also reportedly told Sissoko that he needs more regular matches to be considered for the 2018 World Cup squad.

As a result he has admitted he is desperate to leave Spurs as they prepare to move to Wembley and confirmed he will sit down with his agent and Pochettino to discuss his future.

“We’ll talk with my agent to make the best decision. My goal is to do the 2018 World Cup,” Moussa Sissoko told L’Equipe.

“If I revisit a season like this and even if the coach likes me, it makes sense to not do it.

“I fell from high. Even though I never thought I would play all the games, I was not expecting such a low playing time. It was the worst season of my career when collectively it was certainly the best – it’s weird.

“I will talk to the coach. It usually gives good advice. He knows me very well, his opinion will count. I wish there was better communication.

“What I want most of all is that everything be clear. If the coach no longer counts on me, he thinks that the players who are there are better, he should say so.

I want an honest discussion about what they intend to do, their future with me. From there, everything will be clearer in my head.”

The 27-year-old, who failed to register a single goal for Spurs, also revealed that he had a falling out with Pochettino in November when he was dropped from the squad altogether but insisted the pair settle the matter.

“It was not because of my performance on the field,” he added. “There was a misunderstanding between us, it settled.

“The club finished second, so maybe it was not wrong, but, personally, I was hoping better. We can not go back. Who can say how it would have happened if I had gone elsewhere?

“Today, I am disappointed because I aspired to better but I am not dejected. I was not expecting such a low playing time.”

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Liverpool Agree Terms To Sign Chelsea’s Striker Dominic Solanke

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Liverpool have agreed terms to sign Dominic Solanke, who will officially join the club on July 1.

The 19-year-old striker will join Liverpool from Chelsea when his contract with the West London club expires at the end of June.

He spent last season at Stamford Bridge as he tried to force his way into the starting XI after spending the 2015/16 campaign at Dutch outfit Vitesse Arnhem.

Dominic Solanke has agreed terms with the Anfield club after refusing to sign a contract extension at Stamford Bridge amid concern over a lack of first-team opportunities. Solanke’s current deal expires this summer but, as he is younger than 24, Liverpool will have to pay Chelsea a compensation fee to be decided by a tribunal. The fee is expected to be in the region of £2m-£3m.

“Liverpool FC have agreed personal terms with Dominic Solanke to sign the England youth international this summer,” read a statement on the club’s official website. “The 19-year-old striker will complete the transfer to the Reds on July 1, 2017, upon the expiry of his contract with his current club, Chelsea.”

Solanke has also represented England at every age level from U16 to U21 and is currently in South Korea for the U20 World Cup, where he has so far featured in all three games and scored once to help England into the knockout stages.


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Cardiff City Complete SIgning Of Neil Etheridge And Nathaniel Mendez-Laing

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Cardiff City have announced the signings of Neil Etheridge and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing from Walsall and Rochdale respectively. 

The duo will officially join the club on July 1 after the expiration of theri current deals. Goalkeeper Etheridge has over fifty international appearances for the Philippines while winger Mendez-Laing made over 70 appearances during his time at Rochdale

Etheridge has also previously played for Bristol Rovers, Crewe Alexandra, Charlton Athletic and Oldham Athletic.

He has been Walsall’s number one for the past two seasons, making 94 appearances.

“We haven’t had a big goalkeeper, and this lad is 6″2,” said Warnock.

“He’s always come out on top when we’re talking about goalkeepers and we’re delighted that he’s agreed to sign.

After starting out his career with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Mendez-Laing has enjoyed loan spells at Peterborough United and Sheffield United, before later joining the Posh on a permanent basis.

He has since made over seventy appearances for League One side, Rochdale, scoring 10 goals last season in League One for Dale.

“I’ve watched him this season in particular and you get hunches about players, as a manager,” added Warnock. “I just feel that he can contribute a lot to us next season.

“I think he’ll be a very good squad player and it’s up to him to get into the first-team and make the position his own. He’s only a young lad still, but he’s got explosive pace and a lot to prove and I think it’s the right place for him. I think the fans will enjoy watching him.”

Warnock added: “We’ve been working hard since the season ended and we’re hoping to continue with further exciting announcements in the coming months.”

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Naira Remains Stable As FX Reserves Shed $493.7million In 3 Weeks

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The naira remained stabled at about 375 to 380 per United State dollar at the parallel market, as the country’s foreign exchange reserves shed a total of $493.72 million in the past 21 days.

Nigeria’s Economy Bleeds As CBN Pursues Elusive Naira Stability

TheCable reports that based on data issued from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the country’s reserves swung from $30,988,403,724 on May 4, 2017 to $30,494,680,050 as at the close of business on Thursday May 25, 2017.

It is also understood that within the same period, the CBN made numerous interventions in the foreign exchange market to keep the naira stable at about 375 to 380 per dollar at the parallel market.

At the current figures for the month of May, Nigeria’s reserves stays at its best in nearly 16 months, following a gradual depletion in 2016, one of the most difficult economic years for Nigeria in nearly three decades.

Speaking after the last meeting of the monetary policy committee, the governor of the apex bank, Godwin Emefiele, said that the bank’s forex policy actions have bolstered activities in the market, and brought an inflow of nearly $1.1 billion in four weeks via a single window.

How Naira Fared Against Dollar On Parallel Market (May 24)

He added that the bank will remain vigorous and intense in its current forex policy.

“I have said it and I will repeat myself that the interventions will be more vigorous and intense, to underscore the fact that we are determined to ensure that the Nigerian economy recovers, by making sure that foreign exchange is being made available to all sectors of the Nigerian economy to conduct their businesses,” the CBN governor had said.

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Kylian Mbappe Reveals He Dreamt About Real Madrid Manager Zinedine Zidane

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Kylian Mbappe has admitted he used to dream about Zinedine Zidane amid speculation he could soon find himself playing under the French legend at Real Madrid. 

“The player made me dream, and still does when I see certain videos,” said Mbappe when asked about his fellow Frenchman.

The 18-year-old has been strongly linked with a switch to Real Madrid and Man City, with L’Equipe reporting on Tuesday that both have submitted offers in the region of 120m Euros (£104m).

But Mbappe said of his future: “I am focused on the national team above all. There is an awful lot of time ahead to think about all that. There are three important matches coming up, I will take stock after.

“Why would I play less? [If he moved away from Monaco]. I will have the time to think about all that, but no, I am not afraid of leaving.”

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AC Milan Complete Signing Of Villarreal Defender Mateo Musacchio

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AC Milan have completed the signing of Villarreal defender Mateo Musacchio.

The 26-year-old Argentina international has signed a four-year deal to keep him at the San Siro until 2021.

Musacchio joined Villarreal from River Plate in 2009 and scored seven goals in 187 La Liga appearances, captaining the Yellow Submarine last season.

As noted in a statement on Milan’s official website, the centre-back went on to captain the Spanish outfit and made a total of 249 appearances for the team.

Musacchio has also represented Argentina on six occasions, most recently against Bolivia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The Rossoneri announced the following:

Mateo Musacchio is a new AC Milan player. After undergoing his medicals on Monday, at the Clinica La Madonnina, the former Villarreal centre-back today was at Milanello Sports Centre and then at Casa Milan where he signed a contract until 30 June 2021.

AC Milan announces to have signed from Villarreal CF the player Mateo Musacchio, who has signed a contract until 30 June 2021.

The Argentine recently underwent his medical, which turned out to be successful.

He is the first official signing of the SES era. He’s made 30 appearances all season, playing convincingly for Villareal and even making two assists.

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Leicester City Don’t Have Any Interest In Selling Riyad Mahrez Unless…

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Leicester City do not want to, and will not, sell Riyad Mahrez unless a bidding club is prepared to pay a “substantial” fee for the player.

We understand there is no buyout clause in the four-year contract that Mahrez signed last summer. There have been no bids for Mahrez since this season ended, and Leicester received no bids last summer or in January for him either.

Mahrez Wants To Leave Leicester

However, reports suggest that Arsenal are monitoring the situation, and 360Nobs understands Arsene Wenger is an admirer of the French-Algerian winger.

The club are yet to comment but the feeling inside the King Power is that for any bid to be acceptable, it would have to reflect Mahrez’s standing as PFA Player of the Year, Ballon d’Or nominee, Premier League winner and Champions League player.

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Chelsea Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic Completes Bournemouth Switch

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Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has today signed for Bournemouth and will officially join the club on July 1 for a fee of around £15m.

He began his career at Portsmouth and enjoyed a brief loan spell with the Cherries in 2007, making eight appearances before returning to Fratton Park.

Asmir Begovic made his name at Stoke before joining Chelsea in 2015 and has 56 caps for Bosnia and Herzegovina, featuring at the 2014 World Cup.

Begovic made 17 league starts in two seasons at Stamford Bridge – but just two as Chelsea won the league.

“I am coming into an important part of my career,” he said.

Begovic, who joined Chelsea on a four-year deal from Stoke City in July 2015, added: “I want to show people what I am capable of.

“Being part of a title-winning team at Chelsea was amazing but I felt now was the right time to move on because I want to be playing regular football.”

Bournemouth secured a third successive season in the Premier League after finishing ninth in the table.

“Asmir is an outstanding goalkeeper who has proved himself capable of performing at the highest level over a number of years,” said Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe.

“He is a leader as well and exactly the kind of character you want in the team.”

“Asmir will provide great competition to the excellent group of goalkeepers we already have here and his experience will prove invaluable in the dressing room and on the pitch.

“I look forward to him being a very important player here for years to come.”

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Fayose Calls For Buhari’s Resignation, Says “He’s Incapacitated”

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Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has called on ailing President Muhammadu Buhari, to resign if he truly loves Nigeria, adding that “we can’t keep waiting for an incapacitated president.” 

Speaking to pressmen in Lagos on Tuesday, Fayose said the president’s ill-health has not allowed him to effectively discharge his constitutional duties.

He said being an “avowed corruption fighter”, Buhari is now under moral burden to save Nigeria from “needless stagnation” arising from his heath challenges.

Appraising the two years of the Buhari administration, Fayose said the All Progressives Congress (APC) government had failed to deliver on its promises.

The governor said fighting corruption was not limited to ‎discovering large sums of money here and there, but doing the right thing at the right time.

Mr. Fayose argued that quitting office when necessary was also an indication of being morally upright.

‎ “So far, the APC-led federal government has been a government of misadventure and Nigerians are worse for it,” he said.

“They say they are fighting corruption but are shielding corrupt elements within their fold. Members of the opposition defect to the APC for protection‎. Fighting corruption is more than discovering huge sums of money all over the place, with nobody being traced to be the owners, moral corruption too is bad.”

‎”He can do us the great help by resigning. Not resigning bothers on his integrity.‎ His absence allows others to suppress and oppress others and that means he is allowing others ‎ to suppress their fellow human beings.‎ There are many governments in one and they are clueless.‎ We need an active president going by our numerous challenges.”

“How long will Nigerians wait for an incapacitated president‎? We cannot wait again for somebody to hold us to ransom.‎ I don’t have any bad blood against Buhari; Osinbajo has no powers without the president. He owes us the duty to tell us the state ‎of his health.”

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360Hawt: Sammie Okposo Ft. Nelson Jonathan – Oghene Doh

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Today 30th of May is the Birthday of Multiple Award winning international artist – Sammie Okposo. In the spirit of this celebration, The Wellu Wellu Master is giving out the previously released song “Oghene Doh” for free download to the world in appreciation for all that God has done.

Oghene Doh which translates ‘’God, Thank You’’ features American gospel music minister Jonathan Nelson.

Sammie Okposo’s singles Ome Mma featuring Ntokozo Mbambo and his version of Tope Alabi’ssong Oluwa E’tobi featuring Kike Mudiaga, are still available on the Minstrels app, iTunes, Spiricoco and other song selling platforms worldwide.

Go get yours now. Each song download cost NGN100 (Naira) or $1.

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Woman Charged To Court For Locking Housemaid In Toilet For 20 Days

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A 34-year-old woman was on Tuesday charged at the Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State for locking up her 14-year-old housemaid in a toilet for 20 days.

The suspect, Oyinyen Chuks, a trader, who resides at 19, Ojo St., Shasha, a suburb of Lagos, is facing a four-count charge bordering on assault.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Raphael Donny, told the court that the offences were committed between May 2 and May 22 at the residence of the accused.

The prosecutor further stated that the accused alleged that the housemaid stole her money and beat her mercilessly.

He said: “The accused locked the girl inside her toilet, fed her once and didn’t allow her to take a bath or change her clothes for those weeks in bondage.”

“It was one of the neighbours who could not bear the torment anymore that informed the police”.

Donny said that following the report, the police visited the house and found the girl in the condition.

“Hence, the accused was arrested while the girl was taken to the hospital for treatment”, he said.

The offences, he said, contravened Sections 171, 207, 245 and 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

She, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against her.

In her ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Mrs Davies Abegunde, granted the accused N1million bail with two sureties in like sum.

The judge also ordered the accused to pay N200,000 into the Court Registrar ‘s account as part of the bail conditions.

She adjourned the case until June 21 for mention.

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Get Familiar: Terry Apala – Feel Me

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Terry Apala, the new school Fuji King is back with another hit. Just a few days after dropping “That’s Wassup” with award winning producer Sess Beats, he’s back with “Feel Me”, a pop banger produced by SynX.

The upbeat production coupled with Apala’s signature Fuji vocals makes “Feel Me” a sure winner.



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JUST IN: Senate Finally Passes President Buhari’s Anti-Corruption Bill

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The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday passed an executive bill proposed to enlist international assistance in the country’s efforts to fight against corruption.

The corruption or criminal related matters include money laundering, asset acquisition from proceeds of corruption and other forms of illicit financial flows.

The proposed law, Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Between Nigeria and Other Foreign Countries, SB 224, 2017, was read for the third time and subsequently passed by the Senate on Tuesday.

The passage came after the presentation of the joint report on the bill by the Senate committees on foreign affairs, chaired by Monsurat Sunmonu (APC-Oyo); judiciary, human rights and legal matters, chaired by David Umaru (APC-Niger) and anti-corruption, chaired by Chukwuma Utazi, PDP-Enugu.

On January 27, 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari had forwarded the bill and another one on Money Laundering Prevention and Prohibition, to the Senate, before it was finally passed by the lawmakers on Tuesday.

The bill seeks to get relevant international assistance in cases of money laundering and provide framework for “other countries to assist in provision of and obtaining of evidence, making of arrangements for persons to give evidence”.

“The bill also hopes to elicit international assistance in criminal investigations, recovery, forfeiture or confiscation of property in respect of offences.

“The restraining of dealings in property or the freezing of asset that may be recovered, forfeited or confiscated in respect of offences.

“The execution of request for search and seizure, the location and identification of witnesses and suspects,” Mr. Buhari wrote to the Senate in January 2016.

There is no report yet on the second one, Money Laundering Prevention and Prohibition Bill, sent same day as the one on mutual legal assistance.

Following the approval of the bill by the Senate, a similar ratification is expected from the House of Representatives before the bill can be forwarded to the president for assent.

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Mars And Barzini: Lifestyle Meets Colours (Photos)

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Mars And Barzini: Lifestyle Meets Colours

Afro Groove Poster boys – Mars and Barzini team up with Tobbinator of TCD Photography and Mag Payne for their first official promotional photo shoot.

According to Barzini; “We wanted visuals that would reflect our growth and current state of mind’ – and our coming of age.

It has not been easy but we will never settle for less” added Mars.

DOWNLOAD: MUSIC: Mars Ft. Barzini – Oluwa Nagode

Their debut single ‘Oluwa Nagode’ enjoyed massive airplay and got some viral attention while their sophomore single is fast becoming and online and radio favourite in West Africa.

The duo have just finished shooting the video to their sophomore single ‘Colours’ and are currently on a national tour.

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In Niger: Governor Bello Appoints 17 New Perm Secs., Retires 16 In Massive Shake-Up

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Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State on Tuesday retired 16 Permanent Secretaries and appointed 17 new ones in a move to overhaul the state civil service.

A statement by Jide Orintunsin, Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the governor, said the governor also directed the permanent secretaries to proceed on immediate retirement leave.

He said eight serving permanent secretaries would be retained while two others, who have been acting had their appointments confirmed.

“The governor also approved the appointment of 17 new Permanent Secretaries into the state civil service for efficiency of the service.

“The ongoing exercise and changes in the civil service is to allow for the emergence of a new crop of leadership, reinvigorate the service and entrench equity and fairness.

“The creation of three additional ministries and employment of 250 graduates into the state’s civil service is part of efforts to harness the potentials of the workforce and enhance efficiency in service delivery,’’ he said.

The governor’s aide listed the new ministries to include; the Ministry of Forestry and Animal Resources, Ministry of Solid Minerals Development and Ministry of Culture and Tourism, bringing the number of ministries in the state to 18 from 15.

“The creation of the new ministries is to enable us as government harness our full potential in the state.

“I have also directed the State Civil Service Commission to immediately recruit 250 graduates from the 25 Local Government Areas into the state civil service.

“In addition, I have also approved the appointment of 17 new Permanent Secretaries based on merit and with immediate effect,” he said.

Mr. Orintunsin said that the state public service has been intensely exposed to damaging partisanship and external influences, adding that such practice had compromised their integrity and created negative perceptions. (NAN)

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Senate Suspends Port Harcourt Refinery Concession To Agip, Oando

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The Senate on Tuesday called on the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to suspend the planned concession of the Port Harcourt refinery to Agip and Oando – a move that was aimed to allow for the repairs and the operation of the facility.

The senators also resolved to constitute an ad hoc committee to probe the concession.

According to the lawmakers, the process should be suspended pending transparency of the process.

The upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly took the decisions after considering a motion sponsored by Sabo Mohammed, senator representing Jigawa south.

While moving the motion, Mohammed said: “The federal government recently entered into an agreement with Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), a subsidiary of ENI, an Italian oil giant to construct a $15 billion refinery in the Niger Delta region, a deal which also includes investment by Agip in a power plant with the Italian company assisting Nigeria in the repairs of the Port Harcourt refinery.

“The minister of state for petroleum resources stated that the agreement was part of a broader federal government plan to increase capacity for local production and consumption of petroleum products with the aim of ending fuel importation in Nigeria by 2019.

“While the resolve by the federal government to increase local refining capacity is laudable and should be applauded by all Nigerians, the observance of corporate governance principles and the country’s extant laws must be followed to the letter.”

He added that it was not also clear when Oando became part of the deal.

He continued: “The confusion became obvious following the disclosure on May 11, 2017, by the chief executive officer of Oando Plc on the floor of the Nigeria Stock Exchange that the group had received approval of the Federal Government to repair, operate and maintain the Port Harcourt Refinery Company with their partner Agip.”

“This development would have been wonderful because it would mean an end to importation of refined products by the year 2020, but many questions are begging for answers, such as is it Agip/ENI or Oando Plc that is taking over Port Harcourt Refinery?

“Was there the observance of the privatisation law as regards due diligence, selection from preferred bidders before ceding of the Port Harcourt Refinery to Agip/Oando?”

The Minister of Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, had on May 9 announced that the Nigerian Agip Oil Company, a subsidiary of the Italian oil giant, Eni, had committed to repairing the Port Harcourt refinery, as part of a $15 billion investment that includes building a 150 thousand barrels per day refinery and a power plant.

The plan was aimed at strengthening Nigeria’s drive to end fuel importation by 2019, Mr. Kachikwu said.

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“Aguero Is Not Leaving City”

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Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Manchester City chairman, insists the club will not be selling Sergio Aguero.

Debate over Aguero’s future at Manchester City intensified since the arrival of Gabriel Jesus in January.

And with Guardiola expected to strengthen his squad in the summer, many believes the Argentine will be sold, but Al Mubarak has refuted such claims.

When asked if Aguero is staying, Al Mubarak said: “Absolutely. There’s never been a doubt about that. I’ve read a lot of the speculation on this and it’s ridiculous.

“Sergio Aguero is one of the best players in the world. We are a team that aspires to win every competition we compete in.

“Having Sergio Aguero as part of the squad is an absolute must. It has never been in doubt.”

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