Liverpool Signs Salah From Roma

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Liverpool have bolstered their attack ahead of the 2017-18 season, by signing Mohamed Salah from Roma.

Liverpool signed him for £36 million, a fee which could increase by £7 million with add-ons, making him a record signing for the club.

Salah who signed a five-year contract, will be earning £90,000-a-week and will take the no. 11 shirt from Firmino, with the Brazilian taking the no. 9 shirt.

The Egypt international has played for Chelsea in the EPL, before moving to Fiorentina and Roma on loan.

Roma made it permanent and it paid dividends, as he scored 19 goals and assisted 12 last season.

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Di Maria Hails Cavani As One Of The Best Strikers In The World

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Angel Di Maria believes his PSG teammate, Cavani is one of the best strikers on the planet, after a fruitful 2016/17 season.

Cavani played on the wing for PSG when Ibrahimovic was at the club, but since his departure, he has been moved to the central role.

The Uruguay international did not disappoint, as he scored 49 goals in 50 appearances in all competitions.

“Edi is an impressive player,” Di Maria told the official PSG website.

“His movement is great, he knows how to get away from his marker and he always pops up in the right place in the area. He always tries to anticipate what his marker will do.

“He has had an incredible season. He lived up to the expectations after he moved to the centre of the pitch. He showed that he is one of the best strikers on the planet.”

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Barcelona To Release Jeremy Mathieu

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Reports have it that Barcelona are set to release defender Jeremy Mathieu, despite having a year left on his contract.

The veteran defender will turn 34 this year, and could only manage 16 appearances for Barcelona in all competitions, scoring only one goal.

Injury plagued his season with Barcelona, with muscular, ankle and Achilles problems reducing his game time significantly.

Mathieu spent the last two seasons with Barcelona and the former France international is expected to join Sporting CP.

Over the course of his career, he has won the Champions League, two Liga crowns and the Copa del Rey on three occasions.

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Dortmund: Barcelona Have Made No Negotiations For Dembele

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Dortmund sporting director, Michael Zorc insists the club is not in negotiations with Barcelona over the sale of Ousmane Dembele.

Dembele scored six goals and assisted a further 12, in his first season with Dortmund and is contracted till 2021.

Reports have it the France youngster has agreed a five-year deal with Barcelona, and an agreement between the clubs is left.

However, Zorc has denied such talks, insisting Dembele is not leaving the club.

“Ousmane Dembele has a long-term contract and he is in our plans. There are no negotiations. Ous will play for BVB next season,” Zorc told Funke-Mediengruppe.

Dembele revealed this month that Barca made contact with him prior to his move to Dortmund in 2016.

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N650M Fraud: Ex-Minister Olajumoke Akinjide Remanded In EFCC Custody

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The Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo state capital, on Thursday remanded a former Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory, Olajumoke Akinjide, and Olanrewaju Otiti, in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged N650 million fraud.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, Sen. Ayoade Adeseun, as well as Akinjide and Otiti were arraigned on a 12-count amended charge bordering on conspiracy, unlawful conversion and stealing of N650m in the build-up to the 2015 general elections.

At the resumed hearing of the matter, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, the prosecution counsel, informed the court that the commission had amended the charge against the accused persons and prayed that the amended charge be read.

But the defence counsel objected to the amendments and reading of any charge to their clients.

Mr Bolaji Ayorinde, Mr Michael Lana and Mr Adeniyi Isola, all defence counsel, argued that no charge had ever been read to their clients before, adding that there was therefore no cause for any amendment.

The defence counsel also submitted that it was an irregularity on the part of the prosecution to be amending charges that were not known to be existing.

The judge, however, overruled them directing that the charge sheet be read to them.

The two accused persons present in court—Akinjide and Otiti– pleaded not guilty to the 12- count charge.

The presiding judge Justice Joyce Abdulmaleek adjourned the case till July 6 to hear their bail application.

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Lagos Ranked 29th, Abuja 59th In Most Expensive Cities Globally

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Lagos and Abuja ranked 29th and 59th respectively as the most expensive cities to live in a 2017 global cost of living survey.

The 23rd Cost of Living Survey carried out by Mercer, the world’s largest human resource consulting firm, found that African, Asian, and European cities dominated the 2017 list of most expensive locations for working abroad.

According to the survey, Lagos ranked 13th while Abuja ranked 20th in 2016.

The capital city of Angola, Luanda, however, ranked first globally moving up from second place and taking over from Hong Kong as the world’s most expensive city.

The survey attributed the cost of goods and security as factors that determined the cost of living in Luanda.

Other African cities that ranked high reflected high living costs and prices of goods for expatriate employees.

They include Victoria, Seychelles in the 14th position, N’djamena, Chad in the 16th position and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo ranked 18th.

The least expensive African cities include Gaborone, Botswana in the 196th position; Cape Town, South Africa ranking 199th and Blantyre, Malawi ranking 205th.

Windhoek, Namibia ranked 206 while Tunis, Tunisia ranked 209 and was found to be the least expensive country globally.

In Europe, three cities remained in the top 10 list of most expensive cities for expatriates, which included Zurich, Geneva, and Bern which ranked fourth, seventh and 10th respectively.

Moscow ranked 14th and London ranked 30th position and the German cities of Munich, Frankfurt, and Berlin dropped significantly ranking 98, 117 and 120 respectively.

Also, five of the top 10 expensive cities in the ranking were in Asia; Hong Kong ranked second and was found to be the most expensive city in the region as a result of its currency pegged to the US dollar, which drove up the cost of accommodations locally.

Others are Tokyo, Singapore, Seoul, and Shanghai which ranked third, fifth, sixth and eighth respectively.

Ms Nathalie Constantin-Métral, Principal at Mercer responsible for compiling the survey ranking, explained that the majority of Chinese cities fell in the ranking due to the weakening of the Chinese yuan against the U.S. dollar.

In India, Mumbai ranked 57, moving up 25 places due to its rapid economic growth, inflation on the goods and services basket and a stable currency against the U.S. Dollar.

New Delhi and Chennai ranked 99 and 135 respectively.

In the Middle East, Tel Aviv ranked 17 and continues to be the most expensive city for expatriates followed by Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh ranking 20, 23 and 52 respectively.

Jeddah ranked 117, Muscat ranked 92 and Doha ranked 81 and are among the least expensive cities in the region.

The survey found that cities in the U.S. were the most expensive locations in the Americas.

New York City ranked ninth as the costliest city; San Francisco ranked 22nd and Los Angeles 24th.

Constantin-Métral said, “Overall, U.S. cities either remained stable in the ranking or have slightly increased due to the movement of the U.S. dollar against the majority of currencies worldwide.

The Canadian city of Vancouver ranked 107, overtaking Toronto which ranked 119, to become the most expensive Canadian city in the ranking. Ottawa was found to be the least expensive city in Canada ranking 152.

“The Canadian dollar has appreciated in value triggering the major jumps in this year’s ranking,” explained Constantin-Métral.

Mercer’s 23rd annual Cost of Living Survey finds that factors like the instability of housing markets and inflation for goods and services contribute to the overall cost of doing business in today’s global environment.

The survey is designed to help multinational companies and governments determine compensation allowances for their expatriate employees.

(NAN)

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Nigeria To Commence Exportation Of Yam To Europe, U.S From June 29

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Nigeria will on June 29, export 72 tonnes of yam to Europe and the United States of America (USA), the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said on Thursday, June 22, 2017.

A statement issued by Dr Olukayode Oyeleye, the Special Assistant to the minister (Media), in Abuja on Thursday, quoted Ogbeh as saying this at a meeting with members of the Committee on Nigeria Yam Export Programme.

The minister said the flag off of the yam export would be done at the Apapa Port and would be exported in three containers at 24 tonnes each.

He added that one container will be exported to the United Kingdom while the other two will be taken to the U.S.

The minister also pleaded with the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) to reduce inspection charges on export produce to encourage more exporters and enable the country become competitive in the export market.

“To make yam competitive, we will work on the packages and the right types of trucks to be used for transportation of the produce.

“Oil and gas cannot employ millions of people just like agriculture so, we must work hard to move from oil to earning foreign exchange from agriculture,’’ he said.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the committee, Prof. Simon Irtwange, said they were working with the Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) to commence the process of the export.

An exporter, Mrs Elizabeth Nwankwo, the Chief Executive Officer of Oklan Best Limited, said the move would help to rebrand the image of the nation and acceptability of the country’s produce at the international market.

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Eid-El-Fitr: Nigeria Declares Monday, Tuesday As Public Holiday

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Monday, June 26 and Tuesday, June 27 as Public Holiday to mark Eid-el-Fitr.

Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau made the announcement on behalf of the Federal Government on Thursday in Abuja.

‎He‎ enjoined all Muslim faithful and Nigerians to use the occasion of the celebration for sober reflection and pray for peace, unity and progress of the nation in its march to nationhood.

Dambazau urged all Nigerians to shun hate speeches and divisive tendencies and join hands with the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to build a peaceful, strong and united Nigeria.

He assured of a Nigeria, ‎which guarantees fundamental freedoms, including the right of residence in any part of the country, as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

‎The minister reaffirmed the determination of the Federal Government to protect all lives and property of Nigerians.

‎He warned hoodlums not to test the will of the administration.

The minister said the government has the capability to deploy security agencies to deal with any individual or group that may threaten the corporate existence of the nation, as well as the peaceful co-existence of the people.

He ‎further assured Nigerians of government’s resolve to be just and fair to all.

‎NAN quoted the minister as wishing Nigerians a peaceful and rewarding celebration.

 

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Arewa, Biafra, And Oduduwa: The Bitter Truth

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Arewa, Biafra, And Oduduwa: The Bitter Truth, By Kenneth Amaeshi

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By default, every Nigerian tends to be of one religious faith or the other. It is difficult to find a professed atheist in Nigeria. The God talk is everywhere and in public spaces – workplace, marketplace, government corridors, et cetera. It is convenient and fair to assume that there is no room for atheism in the country. But do Nigerians truly believe in God or pretend to do so? Is Godlessness the new religion in town?

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

The preponderance of religion and God talk often makes it easy for certain things to be taken for granted. One thing that suffers this preponderance is the right of the other not to be burdened by the onslaught of religion. Most people of faith tend to assume that everyone is religious. In this false consciousness, everyone is compulsorily assimilated into this worldview. Although often an inadvertent behaviour, it can be argued that it is both selfish and self-centric. A characteristic common amongst smokers in public spaces. In drawing in smoke from cigarettes, they also, literarily, suck in those around them, puff the smoke into the air, and care less about who it falls on.

Nonetheless, belief in God can be expressed in many ways. Some are idealistic, others are practical. On one hand, “idealists” often tend to separate their everyday life from the ideals of their beliefs. In this case, heaven and earth are as far apart as they can be. As such, it is easy to profess one thing and do another. They take consolation in our common humanity of imperfection and sometimes leverage that as a justification for the incoherence between belief and actions. On the other hand, “practicalists” tend to see God in everything they do. In this case, heaven and earth are mysteriously interwoven and experienced jointly in everyday experiences. Such approaches to belief find easy expressions in macro-policies and everyday micro-routines at home and on the street.

Approach to belief can be a defining element of a society or an epoch. For example, the protestant ethics of the 15th and 16th centuries, which largely shaped contemporary capitalism, is a practical approach to religion devoid of the idealism of its time. It was largely influenced by existentialism and the needs and demands of existence – e.g. poverty, insecurity, diseases, wars, et cetera. It treated salvation, not only as an eschatological phenomenon – i.e. something to be encountered after death – but as one to be worked out and realised in its everydayness. Hence the focus on hard work, diligence, self-discipline, thrift, savings culture, calculated investments, peace, pursuit of profits, and all the other things upon which market capitalism thrives today, as an economic system.

These protestant ethics also informed political ideologies. Today, in Europe for instance, political parties on both the right and left are reflections of some belief systems, which could be linked to protestant ethics. it is not surprising that the Conservatives on the right of politics think the market system is the solution to almost everything, while those on the left of politics (e.g. the UK Labour party and or the Liberal Democrats) tend to prioritise people and the government over markets. They also privilege common ownership over private ownership of public infrastructure.

Adherence to the rule of law, peace, and order is also a manifestation of the protestant ethics approach to belief. It coincided with the rise of humanism and supports the increasing recognition of human and animal rights in contemporary legal discourses and regimes.

Protestant ethics, as a form of practical spirituality, also finds expressions in everyday routine activities at the micro-level to make the world a better place for all. It promoted the quest for enlightenment, evidenced in the growth of literacy and science. It promoted self-discipline and conformity to established norms and institutions aligned to the quest for a good society. Truth, as authentic existence, is emphasised, and the sense of responsibility (both at the individual and public levels) is orchestrated from cradle to grave.

Although Christianity is declining in Europe, whatever order is seen in Europe today, is to a large extent based on this approach to belief. Beyond Europe, there seems to be a positive correlation between national development and authenticity of religious beliefs.

Coming back to the Nigerian society, the country seems to thrive on dichotomous expressions of idealism, which require one to separate personal religious beliefs from personal actions. This separation thesis enables Nigerians to disassociate their everyday life practices from the ideals of their religious beliefs. Even if one is able to find a minority resonance between personal beliefs and micro-level actions, one is left wondering why these beliefs are yet to rigorously find expressions in macro policies and institutional arrangements. It leaves one, also, wondering the place of religion in the Nigerian society.

A worrying trend, if one may say so, is the seeming positive correlation between the rise of religious consciousness and societal depravity in Nigeria. Why religious consciousness is not easily translating to societal benefits remains a disturbing puzzle to be unravelled – a narrative very much missing in the current regional agitations across the country.

This trend leaves one wondering if Nigeria has inadvertently slipped into the practice of godless religion and belief system, which permits a schizophrenic approach to life and living, where professed belief doesn’t necessarily need to match everyday practices and decisions. This can be seen everywhere – from the workplace, through the marketplace, to public governance. One can, therefore, argue that this is a manifestation of inauthenticity masquerading as God belief. In other words, realising and recognising this godlessness as what it is may do Nigerians more good than a false consciousness.

The argument can further be stretched to suggest that atheism is far better than godless religion. Atheism, at least, allows a space for authenticity, which godless religion cannot permit. Authenticity is truth, as coherence between belief and action. The practice of godless religion is inherently inauthentic and this inauthenticity continues to permeate the Nigerian society as godless religion continues to grow and capture everything along its way. Nigerians should be concerned about this trend if they truly believe in God.

Otherwise, inauthenticity offers a different lens to appreciate the reality of Nigeria and Nigerians. It points to the challenges of insincerity expressed through selfishness, corruption, disorderliness, and many other unpatriotic acts, which have continued to undermine the foundation of Nigeria.

Like any other belief system, inauthenticity is a personal choice as much as the zeal to overcome it. So, whether you are Arewa, Biafra, or Oduduwa, put your belief in God into meaningful practice and be the change you want to see in Nigeria!

Kenneth Amaeshi writes from Abuja, Nigeria. He tweets @kenamaeshi

This article was written by Kenneth Amaeshi. 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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Nigeria Issues 7-Day Ultimatum To Truck Drivers, Others To Vacate Apapa Roads

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The Nigerian Government has directed truck drivers blocking roads in Apapa to vacate within seven days to enable the reconstruction work on Wharf Road to start.

The federal government also ordered telecommunication service providers and other operators to relocate their service cables on the Right of Way (RoW) of the project for work to begin.

ALSO READ: Nigeria Loses N140bn To Apapa Road Traffic On Weekly Basis – Dangote

The directives were given by the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr Godwin Eke, during a meeting with stakeholders at the ministry’s office complex in Lagos.

After speaking extensively with stakeholders, Eke directed the tankers to immediately vacate the roads while service providers were to quickly relocate their cables from the RoW.

“We need to do something urgently to ensure smooth running of the project.

“When the project starts, we will not be able to wait for companies to relocate utility services;  so I am appealing to all stakeholders to act fast in the interest of us all.

“Leave the roads so that this contractor, AG Dangote Construction Company Ltd,  can begin excavation on site,’’ he said.

Stakeholders present at the meeting included representatives of telecommunication service providers, Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), transport unions, port operators, shippers unions and AG Dangote Construction Company Ltd, the construction company handling the project.

Nigeria To Spend N100 Billion To Fix Apapa Road

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8 Nigerian Universities To Get Uninterrupted Power Supply, Including UNILAG, OAU

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Following a Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Rural Electrification Agency, eight Federal Universities are set to enjoy uninterrupted power supply from off grid captive power plants.

The Universities involved include Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in Bauchi, Bayero University in Kano, Usman Danfodiyo University in Sokoto, Federal University of Agriculture in Makurdi, Nnamdi Azikwe University in Awka, University of Lagos in Akoka, Federal University of Petroleum Resources in Effurun and the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile Ife. The Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital in Ile Ife was also included in the MoU.

The MoU signed by the universities and the REA comes under the Federal Government’s first phase of Energizing Education Programme, EEP, which targets nine institutions, and the projects will be completed in 2018. Seven of the nine planned power plants (10.5MW out of a total of 26.56MW) will be fueled by solar energy, in line with the Federal Government’s energy–mix policy.

According to the REA, the programme aims to provide uninterrupted power supply for 37 Federal Universities and seven Teaching Hospitals in the country through the utilisation of off-grid captive power plants in a bid to resolve power challenges in institutions of higher learning, and also to add value to staff and students’ performance and productivity.

Speaking after the MoU was signed, the Head of Special Projects for the REA, Mrs Anita Otubu, said government has resolved to ensure federal universities and other institutions are on par or ahead of others across the world. “The Federal Government is keen on ensuring that its universities are at par with their international counterparts and recognises access to power as an essential commodity to achieve this.” She said.

Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof Abubakar Rasheed, expressed gratitude over the initiative by the government. “We must on behalf of NUC express our gratitude to REA, the Acting President and the Honorable Minister of Power, Works and Housing for this initiative”, Rasheed said.

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CBN Resists ‘Hostile’ Takeover Of Etisalat Nigeria, Orders 13 Banks To Maintain Status Quo

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The leadership of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Wednesday ordered the consortium of 13 banks involved in Etisalat Nigeria’s $1.2 billion loan to suspend further action on the indebtedness, including taking over ownership or management of the company.

ALSO READ: Access Bank, Others Take Over Etisalat Nigeria Over N541 Billion Debt

This is just as the apex bank warned that it would resist any move by the lenders to take over the network operator without its express approval, in a meeting held between CBN officials and the CEOs of the 13 banks on Wednesday in Abuja.

Vanguard Newspaper reports that the directive came directly from the CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, who spoke to the banks’ Chief Executives via phone while they were meeting to discuss the next move in resolving the debt saga.

Speaking to the newspaper, an industry source who had knowledge of the meeting, said the banks wanted to clear the misconception that they wanted to take-over the ownership and management of Etisalat.

“That is not the objectives of the bank. They are not interested and they are not taking over Etisalat. They did not request for the transfer of the shares of UAE’s Etisalat shares to United Capital. All they are pushing for is repayment of the loans. Don’t forget that the money does not belong to the banks but to their depositors.”

Another reliable central bank source, who spoke to THISDAY on Wednesday, said the Board of the CBN would not support any “hostile takeover” of the telecoms company due to its indebtedness to the banks.

The CBN source said: “Just like the NCC has warned that Etisalat’s licence is not transferable, the leadership of the CBN from all indications will not allow any hostile takeover without its approval.

“They (the banks) cannot do that by just taking a decision like that. Etisalat is not transferring any licence to any consortium of banks. We are going to resolve it amicably. The CBN and NCC are working towards resolving it amicably.”

It is understood that a consortium of 13 Nigerian lenders led by Access Bank Plc had moved to make good an earlier threat to take over Etisalat on Thursday, following its inability to meet the payment terms on a $1.2 billion loan that it took in 2013 for network upgrade and expansion.

The banks comprising Access Bank, Zenith Bank Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, FirstBank Limited, Fidelity Bank Plc, First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Stanbic IBTC, EcoBank, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc and Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, among others, had said they would take over Etisalat’s operations through its legal representative, United Capital Trustees.

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Single Mother Of Four Dupes Facebook Lover Of N5M

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A Nigerian woman has been arrested in Lagos for allegedly swindling her Facebook lover of money and properties valued at about N5m.

The 33-year-old single mother of four, Aishat Akintunde, who resides in Lagos, was able to dupe France-based Ayobami Adeniyi, after she promised to marry him and also help him purchase a filling station in Nigeria.

The suspect was initially arrested for selling an unregistered Renault bus with properties inside value at about N2.5m for just N1m, PM News said.

Trouble started for the suspect when the DCP in charge of Federal SARS, Lagos, Ibrahim Kaoje dispatched a team led by DSP Olaniyi Festus to Sango Ota area of Ogun State to arrest a suspected female smuggler and bring her to the station following the tip off that she sold out an unregistered Renault bus with properties inside value at about N2.5 million for just N1 million.

However, in the course of investigation, Akintunde alleged that she was not a smuggler and that her France-based Facebook lover shipped the bus for her to sell.

To confirm the veracity of her claims, the police contacted the shipper of the bus who later turned out to be Ayobami Adeniyi.

Adeniyi reportedly told the police on the phone to arrest the woman and keep her in detention that he was on his way to Nigeria.

Upon his arrival at the police station, after he landed Nigeria, Adeniyi told the officers in charge that they met on Facebook in November 2016, where Akintunde told him that she was a divorcee.

He said: “I am a Nigerian from Oyo State and based in France. I met the suspect Akintude on Facebook in November 2016. And in the cause of our discussion, the suspect told me that she was a divorcee and that if I was ready for a relationship I should send her money to rent an accommodation and I sent the sum of N100, 000 to her because I was desperately in need of a wife from Yoruba land.

“In February 2017, the suspect told me that her mother was a big time oil dealer in Nigeria managing three filing stations. She later told me that her mother was about to sell off one of the filing stations for N4 million and she advised me to purchase the station so that any time I returned to Nigeria to settle down with her, I would have investment to fall back on. She sent three pictures of the three filing station to me to convince me.

“I accepted her advice thinking that she was a honest woman who would be a good house wife. Before I started investing in the filing station, I requested to speak with her mother to confirm her claims and her mother equally confirmed through phone call that she was an oil dealer operating three filing stations in Nigeria and that she was about to sell one of the station for N4 million.

“Following her mother’s confirmation, I told the suspect to open an account in her name for me to be transferring money into it till the N4 million was completed to pay for the filing station. I transferred the sum of N750,000, N650,000, 250,000 and N200, 000 into her account. I equally sold my Peugeot car in Nigeria for N1 million and remitted the money into her account.

“I also shipped a Renault bus with properties inside valued about N2.5 million to her to sell and pay for the filing station. But I was surprised to hear that she did not buy any filing station, but instead converted all my money to her personal use and plunged me into dept.

“I am now appealing to the Nigerian Police to help me recover my money from the suspects.”

In her defence, Akintude allegedly admitted receiving only the sum of N1.5 million cash from the complainant and not N5 million which he was claiming and a bus which she sold for N1 million and used the process to buy an uncompleted building at Ijoko area of Sango Ota, Ogun State.

According to the Police the matter is still under investigation, and the suspect will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.

 

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Thibaut Courtois Stalling On New Chelsea Deal

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Thibaut Courtois is making Chelsea sweat in his summer stand-off over a new contract with the Blues now ready to offer him £10m a year.

The Belgium international was due to agree fresh terms with the Blues this summer to extend his deal beyond its current 2019 end date.

Thibaut Courtois is said to have constantly stalled talks and is instead waiting until the last minute before committing, however, as he first wants to see how much international teammate Romelu Lukaku is paid should he join from Everton.

Everton striker Lukaku can expect to trouser around £200,000 a week if his £80million return to Stamford Bridge goes through.

While playmaker Hazard — already on £200,000 a week — will be in line for a significant increase on that £10m-a-year basic if he gets a new deal.

Courtois has won two Premier League titles and one League Cup since replacing Petr Cech as Chelsea’s first-choice keeper in 2014.

Courtois has two seasons left on his current £80,000-a-week terms.

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34 Nigerians Deported From 6 European Countries Over Immigration Offences

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At least thirty-four Nigerians deported from six European countries for immigration-related offences arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Thursday.

NAN reports that the deportees, who arrived at 6.30a.m, were sent back home from Switzerland, Germany, Iceland, Austria, Belgium and Hungary.

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The deportees, who comprised 32 males and two females, were brought back in a chartered Airblue Panorama aircraft.

Confirming the development, the spokesman of the Lagos Airport Police Command, DSP Joseph Alabi, said “this morning, we received 34 Nigerians who were brought back from Europe. They were made up of 32 males and two females. ”

He said all the deportees were alleged to have committed immigration-related offences in their host countries.

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

Also on ground to receive them were officials the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

The deportees were profiled by immigration authorities and were allowed to depart to their various destinations.

In April, about 90 Nigerians were deported from nine European countries – Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Luxembourg, Austria, Belgium, Spain and Hungary – for committing similar offences.

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Julian Brandt Set To Join Bayern Munich In 2018

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Liverpool are set to miss out on the signing of Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt, who is said to have agreed a move to Bayern Munich.

It has previously been suggested that both clubs were keen on the 21-year-old, who has emerged as one of the top prospects in German football since breaking into Leverkusen’s first team.

Liverpool were allegedly willing to spend big on Julian Brandt but according to German outlet TZ, he has opted to remain in his homeland.

It has been claimed that Bayern were keen to secure his services for the upcoming campaign but with Brandt keen on earning a place in Germany’s squad for the World Cup, an agreement is in place for him to remain at his current club for another 12 months.

“For me it is the chance to get out of this whole swamp full of negative things,” said Brandt when talking to TZ in regards to the transfer rumours. During the Confederations Cup, the midfielder wants to “gain self-confidence through good games and good performances”.

Brandt has had a frustrating season this year, especially since the sacking of former manager Roger Schmidt, despite putting on the Leverkusen shirt 40 times in all competitions. The 21-year-old admitted that he was glad Joachim Löw picked the winger to take part in the Confederations Cup this summer.

“I was responsible for the fact that the season did not go as well as desired.” Brandt admitted. The winger enjoyed a terrific start to the season, earning a lot of plaudits around Europe.

Julian Brandt has scored 20 goals in 128 appearances for Leverkusen, while he has won eight caps for his national team.

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Frank de Boer Reportedly Offered Crystal Palace Job

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Frank de Boer has reportedly been offered the managerial position at Crystal Palace.

Since the resignation of Sam Allardyce, Palace chairman Steve Parish has taken his time while assessing potential replacements for the former England chief, but it now appears that a final decision has been made.

According to The Mirror, Parish has opted to give De Boer the opportunity to sign a deal at Selhurst Park.

The Dutchman has been out of work since a 14-game spell with Inter Milan, but he made his name at Ajax where he won four successive Eredivisie titles between 2010 and 2013.

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Gianluigi Donnarumma Will Be At AC Milan Next Season- AC Milan CEO Marco Fassone

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AC Milan CEO Marco Fassone insists Gianluigi Donnarumma will stay at the club next season despite a contract despite.

The goalkeeper, who last week confirmed he would not be renewing his contract, has been linked with a move to Juventus, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid in the European press.

“Donnarumma is staying here,” Fassone told Milan TV. “Without doubt he will stay and next year he will be free to make a decision.

“If anyone wants him they will have to pay his price. We do not need someone to come and offer us £15m or £20m.

“Donnarumma is worth far more than that. We are open to offers. We will look at them all but our project is clear. Donnarumma stays.”

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Juventus Interested In Manchester United’s Matteo Darmian

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Juventus are interested in signing Manchester United right back Matteo Darmian.

Matteo Darmian played 18 times for United in the Premier League last season and started the Europa League final victory against Ajax at left back.

Juventus are looking for a right back after deciding to let Dani Alves leave this summer. Manchester City are in talks to sign Alves.

As well as Darmian, Juventus are looking at other players who can play at right-back including Danilo and Fabinho from Real Madrid and Monaco respectively.

United signed Darmian from Torino for £12.7m two year ago.

Mourinho is believed to be ready to let one or two defenders leave the club this summer having signed Victor Lindelof from Benfica, but the former Chelsea boss is reluctant to lose Darmian at this stage.

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Nigeria To Become World’s 3rd Most Populous Country By 2050 – UN

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A report released by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs has indicated that Nigeria is projected to be the world’s third most populous country by the year 2050.

The report, titled ‘World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision’, said with such development, Nigeria would overtake the United States in terms of population just as world population would reach 9.8 billion people.

The report said “by 2050, the third most populous country will be Nigeria, which currently ranks seventh, and which is poised to replace the United States.

“Among the 10 largest countries of the world, one is in Africa (Nigeria).

“Amongst these, Nigeria’s population, currently the seventh largest in the world, is growing the most rapidly.

“Consequently, the population of Nigeria is projected to surpass that of the United States shortly before 2050, at which point it would become the third largest country in the world.

“In 2050, the populations in six of the 10 largest countries are expected to exceed 300 million: China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and United States of America (in alphabetical order).

“Africa, which has the youngest age distribution of any region, is projected to experience a rapid ageing of its population, the report noted.

“Although the African population will remain relatively young for several more decades, the percentage of its population aged 60 or over is expected to rise from five per cent in 2017 to around nine per cent in 2050, and then to nearly 20 per cent by the end of the century.”

In addition, the birth rates in African countries are likely to “at least double” by 2050, according to the report.

That trend came in spite of lower fertility rates in nearly all regions of the world, including in Africa, where rates fell from 5.1 births per woman up to 2005 to 4.7 births in the five years following.

In terms of other population trends depicted in the report, the population of India, which currently ranks as the second most populous country with 1.3 billion inhabitants, will surpass China’s 1.4 billion citizens, by 2024.

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Kidnap kingpin Evans May Get Death Penalty, Life Imprisonment As Ambode Signs Bill To Law

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Kidnap kingpin Evans May Get Death Penalty, Life Imprisonment As Ambode Signs Bill To Law

The recently arrested kidnap kingpin, Chukwudubem Onwuamadike, a.k.a. Evans may likely get a life imprisonment or death penalty sentence.

This is after the Lagos state Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode signed into law, the state kidnapping prohibition bill, 2016 which prescribes Life Imprisonment or death penalty for the offence of Kidnapping and forceful extortion in Lagos State.

Literally, the law provides death penalty for kidnappers whose victims die in their custody, and life imprisonment for the act of kidnapping.

The bill was passed by the Lagos State House of Assembly on January 5.

Speaking on it, the governor said that the law was enacted to address key issues bordering on security.

He said that kidnapping had become a major threat to the safety of residents and, therefore, required decisive action by the government.

“This law imposes a penalty of life imprisonment for kidnapping for ransom.

“The law stipulates that, where a victim dies in the course of kidnapping, the suspect is liable on conviction to death.

“Security is of utmost importance to our administration, and we are confident that this law will serve as a deterrent to anybody, who may desire to engage in this wicked act within the boundaries of Lagos State.

“Our justice system will be required to execute this law in absolute and make sure that any criminal caught faces the full wrath of the law,” he said.

Based on this, it is very likely that Evans, a billionaire kidnap kingpin, who had successfully coordinated and masterminded several high profile kidnappings and armed robberies within Lagos, Anambra and Enugu States, may get a life imprisonment or death penalty sentence.

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University Shut Down As Ondo Confirms Five Cases Of Lassa Fever

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A university in Ondo State has been shut down after five fresh cases of Lassa Fever were confirmed on Wednesday. 

A report had emerged three weeks ago that a student of Achievers University, Owo, was infected with the disease and hospitalised at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Owo.

This led to tension in Owo town – which has the higher cases leading to the closure of Achievers University – after it was learnt that 2 persons contracted the fever in Akoko South West council and three in Owo council areas of the state.

Speaking on the development, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Tunji Ibiyemi, while addressing pressmen at the campus, refuted allegations that there were multiple cases, insisting that the institution only recorded one case.

He, however, noted that the victim, who must have contracted it from her residence off campus, had been treated at the FMC in Owo and should be discharged soon.

Due to the confirmed case, Ibiyemi said the management had declared a three-week break, making it mandatory for students to present certificates of medical fitness from a recognized government institution on resumption.

He said: “The Management of Achievers University, Owo takes the overall well-being of its staff and students seriously. Nothing is, therefore, spared to ensure this. Apart from the University health centre, which is empowered to cater for the health of students and staff promptly, the University has a memorandum of understanding with the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo, to which staff and students are referred when the need arises.”

“For a fact, a student of the University reported at the University health centre for treatment. However, she was not responding to treatment, and as usual, had to be referred to the FMC, where she was diagnosed of having Lassa fever symptoms. She has since stabilised, and will be discharged anytime soon.

“Investigation carried out by the University revealed that the affected student must have contracted the disease from outside the university premises as none of her roommates and friends, who have been screened, developed symptoms of the ailment.

“So, what we have in the university is an isolated case of Lassa fever, not an outbreak as being rumoured.”

He said to allay the fears of the parents who had heard the rumour and had been calling the university to ascertain its veracity, the school’s management had decided to give the students a three-week mid-semester break as from June 20.

“This will afford the agitated parents to see their children and rest assured that they are safe and sound.”

“The break will also enable the university to carry out necessary precaution measures before the students resume on Sunday, 9th July, 2017,” the VC added.

Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Taiye Oni, has lamented that the outbreak of the disease came at an unexpected time.

“This is not the usual time it occurs in Ondo State. It usually occurs during the dry season and limited to Owo and Ose,” he said.

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PHOTOS: Banky W, Adesua Etomi, Falz, TeeBillz And More Grace The 10 Days In Suncity Premiere

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The premiere of AY Makun’s highly anticipated new movie , 10 Days In Suncity premiered over the weekend at the Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos.

Check out photos from the premiere below

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All pictures were taken by Anazia Richy E.

We get to see more of AY’s Akpos character in 10 Days in Suncity, which hits cinemas on June 23, 2017 and stars A-list celebrities like Mercy Johnson, RMD, Adesua Etomi,  2Face Idibia, Faithia Balogun and more.

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Actor/Singer ‘Sani Danja’ Addresses Rumor of Soldier Arrest

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With recent Rumors going round about the arrest of The KannyWood Superstar/Music Recording artiste – Sani danja, Here he cleared all doubt about him not being arrested and the Photo which was shared with the caption of “The star was arrested because he was caught with human heads by the Soldier men”.

The said photo is a behind the scene shoot of a movie “Behind The Wheels”, a Movie which is scheduled to be released few days from now.

Follow on Ig:- @officialsanidanja, Twitter:- @sanidanja

Checkout the video below and share your thoughts.

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Monaco Sign Mboula For €3 Million

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Monaco have completed the signing of Barcelona youth prospect, Jordi Mboula, paying his release clause of €3 million.

The Spanish forward rejected the chance to extend his contract with Barcelona, by signing a five-year deal with Monaco.

Mboula, who is in search of first team football, will become an integral part of Leonardo Jardim’s squad.

“Jordi Mboula has shown very good things with the youth teams of FC Barcelona and AS Monaco offers him an ideal environment to continue his progress,” Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev said after the deal was confirmed on Wednesday.

“As we have done with players such as Bernardo Silva, Fabinho and Tiemoue Bakayoko, we will help him grow in our team.”

Spain youth international Mboula becomes Monaco’s fifth signing of the transfer window, following the arrivals of Youri Tielemans, Soualiho Meite, Jordy Gaspar and Diego Benaglio.

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