360Recommends: Immaculate Dache – Obiyekum

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Immaculate Dache releases “Obiyekum”; her first single off her new label Dache Entertainment, and is now available on all digital music services.

Produced by the extremely talented Tee-Y-Mix; ‘Obiyekum‘ also comes with a lyric video, and is her 2nd release in 2017, following the romantic sweet-sounding “Love Affair”.

“As an artist, when I create music that I connect with deeply, it brings me a sense of excitement that words can’t describe” said Miss Dache. “That’s how I feel about “Obiyekum” and the projects I’m working on and I can’t wait to share them with everyone.”

The stunning and soulful vocal sensation, Immaculate Patience Edache; whose stage name used to be Immaculate had announced earlier last week that going forward, she would go by the name “Immaculate Dache” which loosely translates to the “Purest Voice of the People”.

Enjoy “Obiyekum” by Immaculate Dache below.

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President Buhari, Please Breakup the Unholy Trinity

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President Buhari, Please Breakup the Unholy Trinity, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

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Dear President Buhari, I am happy you came back to Nigeria alive. I am sure you have had some time to do a lot of introspection about life, power and privilege. While in London, fighting to stay alive, you must have had more than enough time to reckon with your mortality. On arrival, you saw how your convoy was blocked by adulating followers who have invested the hope of a better, brighter and greater Nigeria in you. The people love you because you are the first Nigerian president who declared a full scale war against corruption in the polity. Those ordinary Nigerians who welcomed you, believe in you as a man of character and integrity. They wish you well and want you to succeed. I write you this open letter because I am disturbed by what has happened in your administration in the last two years and how those you trusted, weaponised your illness. While you were away, your vice president was largely on a regimented maintenence programme; he was trying so hard not to ruffle political feathers as he navigated a political field full of booby traps and landmines.

This piece was written by Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

Sir, we did not vote for all the people you have surrounded yourself with. We voted for you, and whatever becomes of your administration will be your legacy. It is you who will face the harsh evaluation of history, as everyone else will only get some mention as actors. The last two years since you became Nigeria’s president has been full of fits and starts. Yes! It is true you inherited a mess. But, you have made a lot of mistakes too. You sure know by now that integrity and good intentions are not enough to govern. The people you appointed to positions have been your biggest missteps so far. Competence matters in managing any enterprise and most importantly a nation. You cannot value loyalty over competence and expect good results. It is called cronyism. Now that you have been given another chance at living, and granted a new lease of life, you need to reevaluate and do things differently. Like you, Nigeria needs a new lease of life and I call on you to give it one. You have the mandate and the bona-fides to get it done. Your cabinet needs to be rejigged. For you to succeed, you need to send your nephew, Mallam Mamman Daura back home. You need a new chief of staff, a new director for Department of State Services (DSS) and a new attorney-general.

Mallam Abba Kyari has portrayed you as a president lacking in critical thinking skills, a man easily manipulated by his kith and kin for political mischief or for a set agenda. A chief of staff is supposed to be serious minded, with the skills to bring discipline and order to the presidency. The presidency as an institution is suceptible to an underlay of the chaos occasioned by events and competing personalities and interests. The position of chief of staff requires a person who can stand up to the president without getting in the way. Someone strong yet willing to take marching orders. Your chief of staff is none of these. Abba Kyari is more interested in the “chief” part of his position than in the “staff”. He presides like a chief and acts like he owns the presidency. He has forgottten he is a staff. He is manipulating you for his own gain. He is a commentary of failure!

Sir, Mamman Daura holds no official position in your government but he shows us everyday that he rules over you. His avuncular presence around you is suffocating. It is in your own interest to keep him away from Aso Rock, where he does a lot of harm. You will recall many of us objected to your pick to head the Department of State Services (DSS). The DSS has become Mamman’s DSS. How did that happen under your nose, sir? It happened because you have demonstrated, time and again, that you favour your kin even if their actions are detrimental to you. If I may ask, what has happened to Dasuki’s case? Air Commodore Mohammed Umar may have diverted money, but he it was who gave you all you needed to know about Dasuki and the arms money. Where is he now? Who framed him up? Is the fact that Daura’s sister, being Dasuki’s wife, not getting in the way of the investigations? Is Daura not protecting his in-law? Your nephew, Mamman, orchestrated the DSS report on Magu after trying unsuccessfully to get Magu under his control. How is it that you can’t draw boundaries that he must not cross? Did we elect Daura? Where was he when we were campaigning for you? These are people who felt your 2015 run was yet another fruitless run, until you won. Why are you indulging them?

It seemed to me that you want to be above the fray or be seen to be above the fray. Sorry sir, you must be in the fray. If you don’t, history will not be kind to you. Those with whom you are playing politics have no scrupples. Last year when you were on leave, the Senate used that opportunity to transmit a letter to your office requesting the confirmation of Magu. Why did they transmit the letter when they knew you were on leave and at a time when the Senate president was in legal jeopardy? With the help of Lawal Daura, a report from the DSS indicted Magu of living in a mansion paid for by Commondore Muhammed Umar. He was also said alleged to have flown First Class to London and Saudi Arabia in company of Umar. Magu was not confirmed on the basis of the DSS report. Sir, that DSS action dealt a near fatal blow to your anti-corruption drive. Functionally, the DSS is a unit under the Executive. How could you have sent Magu for confirmation if you were aware of that report? If you were not aware, what does that say about insubordination within the chain of command? Has he any right to send any report to the legislature without your approval? Was the report deviced to show the world that your anti-corruption czar is corrupt? Why did you refuse to reprimand Lawal Daura for his egregious overreach and abuse of office? You asked your attorney-general to investigate the case against Magu, after he was exonerated, the same report was brought up again by your appointee. What does that tell you sir? How can your appointee be colluding with the Senate to block your nominee on whose table their case files are?

Lawal Daura is not a powerful person. He is as powerful as you make him. Ita Ekpeyong dealt with him mercilessly before. Ekpeyong retired him as a director. Within the DSS, Daura was not a regarded as a particularly intelligent officer. He was known for being an abrasive, irreverent, vengeful, unforgiving and arrogant man. You gave him relevance with the aid of his mentor, Mamman. The impression we have is that they have our president caged! My dear president, I call on you to disavow cronyism, act decisively against the saboteurs within your government, get rid of those who do not share your vision, save your name and begin to cement your legacy. Nothing should scare you at this age. The Unholy Trinity of Mamman Daura, Abba Kyari and Lawal Daura is not good for your administration. You can fire them today and nothing will happen. Same goes for the lesser evil – your attorney-general. He is a serpent!

Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú a farmer, youth advocate and political analyst writes this weekly column, “Bamidele Upfront” for PREMIUM TIMES. Follow me on Twitter @olufunmilayo

This piece was written by Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú. 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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Two Good to Be True: Ibejii Drops Two Albums in One Day

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Ibejii, the eclectic and enigmatic Nigerian music artiste, hit the music scene with his debut and sophomore albums, GreenWhiteDope001 and GreenWhiteDope002.

Ibejii Drops Two Albums in One Day

LTR: GreenWhiteDope001, GreenWhiteDope002

These releases follow his late 2016 release of the smash hit single, Ayanfe, from the album, GreenWhiteDope 001 – a song that blew the roof off the Nigerian wedding party scene and continues to attract attention for its sweet vibe and sensuality.

Find out more about Ibejii and his music at www.ibejii.com.

You can also follow him on Instagram and Twitter @ibejiimusic and find his music and feature length video releases on Facebook, YouTube and on his website at www.ibejii.com.

GreenWhiteDope001 and GreenWhiteDope002 are available for listening and download on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify, and Deezer using the following links:

http://smarturl.it/IbejiiGWD1GreenWhiteDope001

http://smarturl.it/IbejiiGWD2GreenWhiteDope002

 

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NCC: Nigeria Is 3rd In Global Internet Crimes Behind UK, US

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has revealed that the country currently ranks third globally in cyber or internet crimes behind the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

NCC’s Chief Executive Officer, Umar Danbatta, said this on Tuesday at the ongoing 2017 Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Lagos.

According to him, during the conference theme, ‘African Business: Penetrating through Institution Building’, Nigeria with 91.6 million of internet users is placed only behind the United Kingdom and the United States.‎

Danbatta, at a breakout session with the sub-theme: ‘The Business of Cyber Law, Internet Policy and Privacy Rights’ moderated by Augustine Alegeh, a former NBA President, said:

“About N127 billion was the estimated loss to cybercrime in Nigeria in 2015; Nigeria ranks third in global internet crimes behind the UK and US

“A critical factor militating against Africa’s economic resurgence is the weakness of its institutions.

“Nigeria ranks 169 out of 199 on the World Bank’s ease of doing business rankings; we are in a middle of a revolution and the rise of what we call the networked society.

“The NCC stipulates the laws of engagement that will make the cyberspace safe and ensure the confidence as well as the safety of the cyberspace.”

At the event, he added: “There are benefits and risks of the use of cyberspace and both has to be properly managed.”

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NCC: Nigeria Is 3rd In Global Internet Crimes Behind UK, US

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has revealed that the country currently ranks third globally in cyber or internet crimes behind the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

NCC’s Chief Executive Officer, Umar Danbatta, said this on Tuesday at the ongoing 2017 Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Lagos.

According to him, during the conference theme, ‘African Business: Penetrating through Institution Building’, Nigeria with 91.6 million of internet users is placed only behind the United Kingdom and the United States.‎

Danbatta, at a breakout session with the sub-theme: ‘The Business of Cyber Law, Internet Policy and Privacy Rights’ moderated by Augustine Alegeh, a former NBA President, said:

“About N127 billion was the estimated loss to cybercrime in Nigeria in 2015; Nigeria ranks third in global internet crimes behind the UK and US

“A critical factor militating against Africa’s economic resurgence is the weakness of its institutions.

“Nigeria ranks 169 out of 199 on the World Bank’s ease of doing business rankings; we are in a middle of a revolution and the rise of what we call the networked society.

“The NCC stipulates the laws of engagement that will make the cyberspace safe and ensure the confidence as well as the safety of the cyberspace.”

At the event, he added: “There are benefits and risks of the use of cyberspace and both has to be properly managed.”

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ASUU Strike: Union Holds Crucial Meeting Today To Consider FG’s Offer

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There are strong indications that the various university branches of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will hold a crucial meeting today across the country over the ongoing strike.

Premium Times is reporting that the lectures of the union will during the meeting consider the latest offer(s) by the federal government – whether to accept it or not.

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Speaking on the development, a top member of ASUU, who sought anonymity, said that all the branches are expected to submit their respective reports to the national body who will take a final decision.

The source, while stating that the branch leaders have been warned not to speak to newsmen on the strike, added that they have been given three options by the national body to choose from at their deliberations, which are: to continue with the strike action, suspend the action or, ‘positively review the federal government proposal.’

ASUU, an umbrella body of all university lecturers in the country, is currently on strike over the federal government’s failure to fulfil its 2009/2013 agreement with the union.

The union embarked on the strike on August 13 over issues of poor funding, welfare of its members and the failure of the federal government to honour aspects of past agreements it had with its members.

Even after the meeting it held with the union – which 360nobs learnt had it a snag – the federal government revealed that the ongoing strike action by the union may be called off “within the next one week”.

To further compound the already complicated situation, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) on Monday said it will today meet with the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) and the Non-Academic Technicians (NAT), in Abuja to decide on whether to join the ongoing industrial action or not.

Meanwhile, there are also reports that the University of Ibadan (UI) has terminated the first semester, shifting activities left in the semester, especially examination, to second semester due to the strike.

It was gathered that the institution said whatever was left in first semester examination will hold in second semester, to bridge the time wasted.

Students mostly affected by the decision, it was learnt, were those under the institution’s Open Distance Learning, ODL, centre.

The centre, in a statement signed by its communication officer, Dayo Olajide, said that a separate time table would be designed for the outstanding papers.

He said: “All outstanding 2016/2017 first semester examinations would concluded a week before commencement of second semester examination.

“Apparently, the basis for this new arrangement is to save learners the hassle of coming down to complete examinations whenever the strike is called off.’’

Also, the United Labour Congress (ULC) has threatened to join the industrial action, if the federal government failed to meet the demands of the lecturers within two weeks.

Addressing the press after its Central Working Committee meeting in Lagos on Tuesday, the leadership of the union also demanded the immediate payment of all the salary arrears of Nigerian workers at all levels of government.

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ASUU Strike: Union Holds Crucial Meeting Today To Consider FG’s Offer

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There are strong indications that the various university branches of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will hold a crucial meeting today across the country over the ongoing strike.

Premium Times is reporting that the lectures of the union will during the meeting consider the latest offer(s) by the federal government – whether to accept it or not.

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Speaking on the development, a top member of ASUU, who sought anonymity, said that all the branches are expected to submit their respective reports to the national body who will take a final decision.

The source, while stating that the branch leaders have been warned not to speak to newsmen on the strike, added that they have been given three options by the national body to choose from at their deliberations, which are: to continue with the strike action, suspend the action or, ‘positively review the federal government proposal.’

ASUU, an umbrella body of all university lecturers in the country, is currently on strike over the federal government’s failure to fulfil its 2009/2013 agreement with the union.

The union embarked on the strike on August 13 over issues of poor funding, welfare of its members and the failure of the federal government to honour aspects of past agreements it had with its members.

Even after the meeting it held with the union – which 360nobs learnt had it a snag – the federal government revealed that the ongoing strike action by the union may be called off “within the next one week”.

To further compound the already complicated situation, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) on Monday said it will today meet with the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) and the Non-Academic Technicians (NAT), in Abuja to decide on whether to join the ongoing industrial action or not.

Meanwhile, there are also reports that the University of Ibadan (UI) has terminated the first semester, shifting activities left in the semester, especially examination, to second semester due to the strike.

It was gathered that the institution said whatever was left in first semester examination will hold in second semester, to bridge the time wasted.

Students mostly affected by the decision, it was learnt, were those under the institution’s Open Distance Learning, ODL, centre.

The centre, in a statement signed by its communication officer, Dayo Olajide, said that a separate time table would be designed for the outstanding papers.

He said: “All outstanding 2016/2017 first semester examinations would concluded a week before commencement of second semester examination.

“Apparently, the basis for this new arrangement is to save learners the hassle of coming down to complete examinations whenever the strike is called off.’’

Also, the United Labour Congress (ULC) has threatened to join the industrial action, if the federal government failed to meet the demands of the lecturers within two weeks.

Addressing the press after its Central Working Committee meeting in Lagos on Tuesday, the leadership of the union also demanded the immediate payment of all the salary arrears of Nigerian workers at all levels of government.

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‘Saudis Need 120,000 Heads Of Goat/Sheep Per Week From Nigeria’ – CBN Governor

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The citizens of Saudi Arabia may need up to 120,000 heads of frozen goat/sheep per week from Nigeria, those were the words of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele.

Daily Trust quoted the governor of the apex bank as saying this while delivering the keynote lecture titled ‘The Dilemma of Monetary Policy During a Recession: Potential Options for Nigeria’, at the 2017 Annual General Conference of  the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) holding in Lagos.

Emefiele was said to have proffered the option while speaking on how the country can make money using non-oil exports.

The CBN governor said: “From preliminary analyses of global trade trends and discussions with potential trade partners, it is now increasingly evident that Nigeria can benefit significantly from tapping into the market for certain goods, which are in high demand.”

“For example, the demand for Halal meat and sesame across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries is huge. In fact, we have credible information that the Saudis may need up to 120,000 heads of frozen goat/sheep per week from Nigeria.”

It is understood that Saudi Arabia ranks the first in importing live sheep and goats, with about 45.02 per cent from the world imports for this product going to the Arab sovereign state in Western Asia.

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‘Saudis Need 120,000 Heads Of Goat/Sheep Per Week From Nigeria’ – CBN Governor

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The citizens of Saudi Arabia may need up to 120,000 heads of frozen goat/sheep per week from Nigeria, those were the words of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele.

Daily Trust quoted the governor of the apex bank as saying this while delivering the keynote lecture titled ‘The Dilemma of Monetary Policy During a Recession: Potential Options for Nigeria’, at the 2017 Annual General Conference of  the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) holding in Lagos.

Emefiele was said to have proffered the option while speaking on how the country can make money using non-oil exports.

The CBN governor said: “From preliminary analyses of global trade trends and discussions with potential trade partners, it is now increasingly evident that Nigeria can benefit significantly from tapping into the market for certain goods, which are in high demand.”

“For example, the demand for Halal meat and sesame across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries is huge. In fact, we have credible information that the Saudis may need up to 120,000 heads of frozen goat/sheep per week from Nigeria.”

It is understood that Saudi Arabia ranks the first in importing live sheep and goats, with about 45.02 per cent from the world imports for this product going to the Arab sovereign state in Western Asia.

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Nigeria Approves Whistle-blowing Policy Against Human Traffickers

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The Federal government of Nigeria has approved a whistle-blowing policy for the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), with the aim to fight against human traffickers in the country.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, conveyed the approval to the Director General of the NATIP, Julie Okah-Donli, a statement signed by the Head of Public Relations, Josiah Emerole, said.

The statement said whistleblowing had become necessary to encourage people to provide useful information to NAPIT without fear of the consequence.

Emerole further explained that whistleblowing had been on top of Okah-Donli’s programme since she assumed office in April 2017.

According to him, the policy was based on the knowledge that human trafficking had not been effectively tackled because those who have information about it never report to NAPTIP and other relevant agencies.

“The approval is contained in a letter dated 7th August, 2017, and addressed to the Director-General of NAPTIP.

“The Director (Solicitors Department) Z. S Adevanju, conveyed the approval on behalf of the Hon. Attorney-General and Minister of Justice to Okah-Donli.

“It stated that the approval was given based on the fact that the request by NAPTIP for the inclusion of Human Trafficking cases in the whistle blowing policy of the present administration was not in conflict with any extant law,” the statement read in part.

With the latest development, people can now give verifiable information on any case of human trafficking including assets of human traffickers for possible confiscation through legal proceedings to NAPTIP.

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2017 Recruitment: Nigerian Navy Publishes Names Of Successful Candidates | See Full List, More Details

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The Nigerian Navy on Tuesday published the list of successful candidates in the aptitude test that was held nationwide on August 12, 2017.

In a statement issued yesterday, the spokesperson of the Navy, Suleman Dahun, said that “successful candidates are to report at the Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Ojo, Navy Town, Lagos for the final selection interview which is scheduled to hold from Friday 25 August 2017 to Saturday 14 September 2017.”

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Mr. Dahun, a captain, said that the candidates are to come along with the original copies of their credentials, sporting kits and writing materials for the exercise.

“Meanwhile, candidates are advised against patronising online fraudsters who use fake Facebook accounts bearing names and pictures of serving senior naval officers to extort money from innocent candidates for the purpose of the recruitment exercise,” Mr. Dahun said.

The candidates are also advised to check online at www.joinnigerianavy.com for scheduled dates for the final interview for each of the states in the country.

The statement as published on the official website of the Nigerian Navy reads:

The candidates whose names appear below were successful at the Nigerian Navy 2017 Recruitment Aptitude Test held on 12 August 2017. The candidates are to attend an interview at the Nigerian Navy Secondary Ojo, Lagos from Friday 25 August to Saturday 15 September 2017. The interview will include a screening exercise, verification of credentials/certificates, medical and physical tests. Candidates are to come along with the following items:

a. Original and photocopies of their credentials

b. Writing materials.

c. Two pairs of navy blue shorts and 2 white (unmarked) T Shirts.

d. A pair of canvas/trainer and stockings.

e. Bed sheets and pillow cases.

f. Set of cutlery.

g. Four recent passport sized photographs.

The candidates are to attend in the following order of their States of origin:

a. Batch A: Friday 25 August to Thursday 31 August 2017.

  1. Anambra
  2. Bayelsa
  3. Delta
  4. Ebonyi
  5. Edo
  6. Ekiti
  7. Kwara
  8. Lagos
  9. Ogun
  10. Ondo
  11. Osun
  12. Oyo

 

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b. Batch B: Friday 1 September to Thursday 7 September 2017.

  1. Abia
  2. Akwa Ibom
  3. Benue
  4. Cross River
  5. Enugu
  6. FCT
  7. Imo
  8. Kaduna
  9. Kogi
  10. Nasarawa
  11. Niger
  12. Rivers

c. Batch C: Friday 8 September to Thursday 14 September 2017.

  1. Adamawa
  2. Bauchi
  3.  Borno
  4. Gombe
  5. Jigawa
  6. Kano
  7. Katsina
  8. Kebbi
  9. Plateau
  10. Sokoto
  11. Taraba
  12. Yobe
  13. Zamfara.

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Football Papers : All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Morning

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  • Manchester United and Tottenham are two possible destinations for in-demand Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay.
  • Jose Mourinho has told his Manchester United players to do the double this season.
  • West Brom boss Tony Pulis is ready to pull off a £30m double swoop for Tottenham pair Kevin Wimmer and Vincent Janssen.
  • Diego Costa’s firebrand personality could earn him a move to Marseille.
  • Slaven Bilic ripped into record-buy Marko Arnautovic over his red card shame at Southampton.
  • Bournemouth are ready to up their offer for unsettled Leicester winger Demarai Gray.
  • Everton have made a £27.5m move for Benfica striker Raul Jimenez, but the Portuguese side are holding out for £46m.
  • Inter are ready to sell Antonio Candreva and are looking to replace him with former Liverpool playmaker Suso, who impressed for city rivals Milan last season.
  • Huddersfield are set to make a move for £3m-rated Sochaux defender Mickael Alphonse.
  • Liverpool are looking at Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic after being unable to prise Naby Keita away from RB Leipzig.
  • Arsene Wenger has the full backing of Arsenal’s board in his stance on ensuring Alexis Sanchez stays at the club this season.
  • Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is regularly in contact with Zinedine Zidane about a move to Real Madrid.
  • Sir Geoff Hurst has told Gareth Southgate to ignore calls for Wayne Rooney’s return to the England fold and instead call time on the striker’s international career.
  • Arsene Wenger will give Jack Wilshere another chance at Arsenal despite his sending off while playing for their U23 side on Monday.
  • Chelsea are planning a shock bid for Leicester and England striker Jamie Vardy.
  • Ben Gibson is subject of a transfer scramble with the Middlesbrough defender facing a possible deadline day choice between Leicester City and Manchester City.
  • Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater could be on his way to Chelsea if the Blues come up with £30m for the England international.
  • Antonio Conte is also keen on bringing Inter Milan midfielder Antonio Candreva to Stamford Bridge – he is available for £25m.
  • Bournemouth and Crystal Palace are tracking Aston Villa’s teenage winger Andre Green.
  • Manchester City teenager Jadon Sancho could be on the way to north London, with Tottenham planning a £3m bid for the exciting 17-year-old.
  • Liverpool are still weighing up the future of Ryan Kent after the winger hinted he was on his way to Germany’s Bundesliga on loan.
  • Birmingham City are keen to make Chelsea midfielder Jeremie Boga their fourth loan signing of the week.
  • Jose Mourinho has placed more trust in his Manchester United stars by allowing them to stay at home before games at Old Trafford.
  • Middlesbrough have rejected a £9m offer from Lille for winger Adama Traore.
  • Huddersfield Town are set to sign highly-rated Nurnberg playmaker Abdelhamid Sabiri in David Wagner’s 10th summer transfer.
  • Burnley are closing in on a £9m deal for Lorient forward Abdul Majeed Waris.
  • Former Norwich captain Sebastien Bassong is training with Birmingham with a view to securing a permanent deal.
  • Philippe Coutinho is ready to hold clear-the-air talks with Jurgen Klopp and return to the fold at Liverpool, with his agent said to be furious at Barcelona’s request he send an email asking to leave.
  • Liverpool are readying a bid for Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes after being unable to secure the services of Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk.
  • Arsenal will make a move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema if Alexis Sanchez leaves the club.
  • Leeds United are on the trail of NEC Nijmegen striker Jay-Roy Grot.
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  • Crystal Palace are set to make a £15m offer to bring former Nottingham Forest winger Oliver Burke back to England from RB Leipzig.
  • Palace boss Frank de Boer is also keen on signing Roma goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski and Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi.
  • Gareth Southgate still holds reservations about Wayne Rooney and is leaning towards excluding the Everton striker from his latest England squ

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UN: Boko Haram Sent 83 Child Bombers To Wreak Havoc In Nigeria Since January 2017

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has expressed concerns over the rate at which militants of nefarious Islamic group Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria have sent out 83 child bombers against Nigerian targets this year.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the UN agency said the number is four times as many child suicide bombers used in all of 2016.

It also revealed that out of the 83 children deployed by the Islamic death cult, 55 were girls, mostly under 15 years old and 27 were boys. One was a baby strapped to a girl.

It is understood that only nineteen children were used all through last year.

The prominent agency also said that it was “extremely concerned about an appalling increase in the cruel and calculated use of children, especially girls, as ‘human bombs’ in northeast Nigeria. The use of children in this way is an atrocity”.

UNICEF Press statement

Abuja, Geneva, 22 August 2017 – UNICEF is extremely concerned about an appalling increase in the cruel and calculated use of children, especially girls, as ‘human bombs’ in northeast Nigeria. Children have been used repeatedly in this way over the last few years and so far this year, the number of children used is already four times higher than it was for all of last year.

Since 1 January 2017, 83 children have been used as ‘human bombs’; 55 were girls, most often under 15 years old; 27 were boys, and one was a baby strapped to a girl. The sex of the baby used in the explosion was impossible to determine.

The use of children in this way is an atrocity. Children used as ‘human bombs’ are, above all, victims, not perpetrators.The armed group commonly known as Boko Haram has sometimes, but not always, claimed responsibility for these attacks, which target the civilian population.

The use of children in such attacks has had a further impact of creating suspicion and fear of children who have been released, rescued or escaped from Boko Haram. As a result, many children who have managed to get away from captivity face rejection when they try to reintegrate into their communities, compounding their suffering.

All of this is taking place in the context of a massive displacement and malnutrition crisis – a combination that is also deadly for children.

There are 1.7 million people displaced by the insurgency in the northeast, 85 per cent of them in Borno State, where most of these attacks take place.

Northeast Nigeria is one of four countries and regions facing the spectre of famine, with up to 450,000 children at risk of severe acute malnutrition this year.

UNICEF is providing psychosocial support for children who have been held by Boko Haram and is also working with families and communities to foster the acceptance of children when they return. This includes providing social and economic reintegration support to the children and their families.

UNICEF also supports reconciliation activities in northeast Nigeria, led by respected community and religious leaders, including influential women, to help promote tolerance, acceptance and reintegration.

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IPOB Slams Buhari For Rejecting Biafra, Accuses Him Of Backing W’Sahara Secessionist Agitation

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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari, calling Nigeria’s paramount ruler a hypocrite.

The name-calling came after the pro-Biafra group accused the president of supporting Western Sahara agitation to break away from Morocco and the self-determination demand of Palestinians but his rejection of Igbo demand to secede from Nigeria, The Punch reports.

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IPOB’s attack also came less than 24 hours after his nationwide broadcast on Monday morning, where he said that in his meeting with Ojukwu in 2003 that the late Igbo sage had said he ( Ojukwu) would want Nigeria to remain indivisible.

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Read full statement below:

PRESS STATEMENT  | 22 – 08 – 2017

We the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and it’s leadership worldwide under the command and leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu the prophet of our time, wish to bring to the attention of Nigerians and the world at large, the unfounded statement credited to the Nigeria president Major General Muhammdu Buhari during his latest comical nationwide broadcast about discussions he had with the late Biafran leader General Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu in 2003 at his home town in Daura Katsina State Nigeria about Nigeria remaining one.

Major General Muhammadu Buhari claimed in his robotic 3 minute broadcast that the late Biafran General and war leader Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu gave him assurances that Nigeria must remain one indivisible entity. In Buhari’s view, his unverified, unsubstantiable discussions with Ojukwu in his Daura village means that we Indigenous People of Biafra cannot demand for our inalienable right under the principles of self determination in order to seek our exit from the fraudulent British manufactured colony we know today as Nigeria. Interestingly enough, there is a well circulated video of President Buhari addressing the 70th of the United Nations General Assembly in New York where he stated unequivocally that no nation, no matter how small, can be denied the right to self determination. Buhari in his characteristic hypocrisy failed to mention the fact that he is a staunch campaigner for self determination for Palestine and Western Sahara. This same Buhari is the major financier and backer of Western Sahara campaign to break away from Morocco.

The question that must be answered is why is it possible for Buhari to champion the cause of self determination for Muslims in Israel and Morocco but not so for Biafrans who are Judeo-Christians in the British created Nigeria? During his uninspiring nationwide broadcast littered with dictatorial proclamations, the only take away point in the entire turgid show of shame is that Nigeria must remain one. Primarily because the dominant corrupt Hausa-Fulani Islamic cabal which he represents, do not want to lose their stranglehold on the finances of Nigeria. His hypocritical threat to deal with IPOB members who are legitimately going about their self determination efforts without recourse to arms, is indicative of his natural hatred towards Christians and indigenous ethnicities that make up Biafra. It is unfortunate that some people in this mere geographical expression called Nigeria are yet to understand that Biafra is an issue that is bigger than any man.

We find it laughable that Major General Muhammadu Buhari will embark on the futile journey of deceiving the general public about his brief encounter with Ojukwu in 2003.

President Muhammadu Buhari and other government functionaries, especially politicians, should stop deceiving themselves about the true nature of the raging Biafra agitation because they cannot provide any incontrovertible proof or verifiable evidence where the agreement was made between Buhari and Chief Emeka Ojukwu to keep Nigeria one.

The current Biafra restoration project piloted by IPOB is unstoppable.

COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB

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Tecno Mobile To Sponsor 3 Kids To Manchester City Football Club For A 5-Day Football Clinic

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I read a piece recently, describing TECNO Mobile as the most customer centric brand in Africa, and they recently won an award as the PAN African Mobile Phone Brand of the year, in the just concluded Titans of the Tech Awards.

Tecno Blue Squad

From the Light up Ikeja project, to the Give A Child A Future (Children’s Day) initiative, to the numerous giveaways enjoyed by Millions of Nigerians every month, this time TECNO Mobile is focusing on ‘lighting up the dreams of the kids’, especially the football lovers.

Kids within the ages of 12 and 15 participated in the TECNO Blue Squad online challenge and football clinical that was held on the 16th day of August, at the Federal College of Education, Akoka, Lagos. Three (3) kids have be chosen to represent Nigeria to join a 5 days’ clinic in Manchester City Football Club. The names of the three kids are Coutroupis Angelo Oluwaseun, Adoji Avniel Ojima Ojo, Babarinde Boluwatife Ayomidipupo. 

I understand that Manchester City Football Club has been chosen thanks to TECNO Mobile’s partnership with the impressive football club.

Coaches have been called upon, and the stage is set for the kids to battle it out in Manchester City Football club. 16 Kids from Africa will be embarking on a trip to UK on the 24th of August, 2017 where they will be taught the rudiment of modern football. As they say, may the best man win.

It is quite encouraging that TECNO Mobile is supporting the dream of African kids talented in football to become international stars. It is however certain that the giant brand is not only targeting those who can buy their phone, but Nigerians in general. Big ups to you!

 

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JAMB Releases 2017/2018 Cut-Off Marks For Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges Of Education

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Tuesday released the new cut-off marks for admission into higher institutions of learning in the country for the 2017/2018 academic session.

At a policy meeting held with the heads of institutions and other education regulatory bodies in Abuja, the examination body approved 120 as the minimum mark for degree-awarding institutions as unanimously agreed by stakeholders.

While the apex exam body fixed the minimum cut off marks for admissions into universities in Nigeria at 120, polytechnics and colleges of education were pegged at 100, while that of innovative enterprising institutes was pegged at 110.

Institutions are, however, at liberty to raise their cut off marks for admission above the minimum set by JAMB.

It is understood that the meeting at the National Judicial Institute, Abuja, had in attendance vice chancellors, Rectors, Provosts and Registrars of tertiary institutions.

In the meeting, JAMB further said that admissions into public degree awarding institutions for the 2017 UTME examination will end on January 15, 2018 while for private institutions, it ends on January 31, 2018.

Also, decisions on first choice candidates by universities will end on October 15, and second choice candidates will end on December 15; after which the remaining students will be available in the market place for other institutions till the January closing dates.

The Registrar of JAMB, Ishaq Oloyede, said a Central Admission Processing System, CAPS, will be used to streamline admission processes among institutions, as it addresses challenges associated with the former approach.

The registrar further said that Institutions could conduct dual mode system which involves both manual and the newly introduced CAPS.

He urged the heads of the various tertiary institutions to set their modalities for admissions exercises as it was not the board’s responsibility, adding that no candidate without O’ Level prerequisite would be offered admission.

“JAMB has a Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) to aid you on the admission exercises,” he said.

“CAPS will not replace admission processes of institutions. It will enable institutions to simply communicate with JAMB in a more dynamic and timely manner.

“It will also allow for flexible cut-off marks and candidates are allowed to make their choice of institution and course.”

The registrar, however, appealed to heads of institutions not to charge more than N2,000 for admissions’ processes.

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Osinbajo Reveals That FG May Adopt Selective Minimum Wage Increase

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has revealed that the Federal Government may consider increasing workers’ remuneration package, especially bonuses of certain government agencies, instead of increasing wages nationwide.

This was contained in a transcript made available to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Vice President, Laolu Akande.

In the transcript, the Vice-President was quoted to have made this known during a session titled, ‘Conversation with the Vice-President’ at the 2017 Nigerian Bar Association National Conference held in Lagos on Monday.

Osinbajo said though the issue of better pay for workers was a good suggestion, the government was “in a bind of sorts.”

The VP lamented that the moment, the government was spending 70 per cent of its revenues on remuneration and overheads, leaving less than 30 per cent for capital expenditure.

He said while it was correct that the country needed a more efficient civil service that would be paid more, there was also the need to increase revenues.

His words: “Sometimes, it is a chicken and egg situation because in order to increase revenues, we need to increase remuneration.

“I think that what we are probably going to end up doing is what we have done with some of the parastatals; in other words, identifying certain government services that must be remunerated differently in order to increase efficiency. One of the revenue generating agencies, for instance, is the Federal Inland Revenue Service.

“Improving remuneration, especially bonuses, would do a lot of good. That we saw happen in Lagos with the Lagos Inland Revenue Service, where because there were bonuses, there was improvement in revenue and reform. People were able to do better, even in our judicial system. Because we paid better; we remunerated better, people were able to improve.”

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