Death Toll Hits 500 In Sierra Leone Disaster | 810 Persons Still Missing

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The death toll from the flood and mudslide disaster that struck Sierra Leone’s capital in mid-August now exceeds 500 and 810 people are listed as missing, the government said Thursday.

“The death toll has risen slightly above 500,” Vice President Victor Bockarie Foh said at a ceremony to receive relief supplies provided by Japan.

Separately, government spokesman Abdulai Bayratay said 810 people were listed as missing, a figure that concurs with estimates by NGOs in the past few days.

READ MORE: 312 Feared Dead As Mudslides, Flooding Sweep Through Sierra Leone City

The city of Freetown — capital of one of the world’s poorest countries — was struck by devastating floods and a mudslide on the night of August 13-14.

The previous toll, given by the city’s central morgue, stood at 499 dead, 156 of them children.

Vandy Rogers, a senior official with the country’s national emergency services, said the number of people who had been “directly affected” by the disaster was around 6,000.

On Tuesday, the authorities warned tourists and locals against swimming in Freetown’s waters after 60 bodies washed up.

Baratay said soldiers, supported by forensic experts from Spain, would continue to search for those missing, “as most families want bodies of their loved ones (to) be evacuated and given a dignified burial.”

The location of the mudslide would later be turned into a memorial, he said.

The disaster was preceded by torrential rain that saturated the soil and left vulnerable slopes liable to collapse, the interim head of the Sierra Leone Institution of Geoscientists, Solomon Tucker, said.

(AFP)

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Northern Youth Coalition Withdraws “October 1” Quit Notice To Igbos

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The Coalition of Northern Groups, under the banner of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, has withdrawn the quit notice it gave to Igbo residents living in the northern part of the country – to leave before October 1.

The withdrawal of the quit notice was announced on Thursday evening by the leaders of the group at a press conference at the Transcorp hotel in Abuja.

The announcement came after a meeting between the group members and the Governor of Borno State, who is also the Chairman of Northern Governors’ Forum, Mallam Ibrahim Shetima and a former Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Kabiru Gaya.

In June this year, the groups issued the quit notice, warning Igbos to leave the region before October 1.

They claimed that their demand was in response to secessionist stance of some pro-Biafran groups, like Nnamdi Kanu’s IPOB.

Details later..

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

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LIVERPOOL ECHO
Liverpool are considering making a move for Bayern Munich forward Renato Sanches, say reports in Germany.

Unsettled Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho may go public with his wish to join Barcelona, with the player weighing up whether to speak about his unhappiness at being denied the chance to move to the Nou Camp, according to the Catalan press.

Everton will battle with Newcastle United for the signature of Sampdoria midfielder Dennis Praet, say reports in the British media.

LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Out-of-favour Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen will be allowed to leave White Hart Lane in this transfer window.However, Spurs do not want Lazio’s Keita Balde to replace the Dutchman.

Aston Villa are well placed to sign unwanted West Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass on a season-long loan deal.

West Ham will switch their focus to Sunderland’s Didier Ndong after becoming frustrated in their attempts to sign Sporting midfielder William Carvalho.

Davinson Sanchez says he is ready to make a “big contribution” to Tottenham after becoming the north London club’s record signing.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Real Sociedad winger Adnan Januzaj has criticised former Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal over his treatment while at Old Trafford.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is targeting Man Utd’s clash against Tottenham in October to make his comeback.

Lionel Messi, who has been linked with a move to Manchester City, is reportedly set to hold talks with Barcelona chief Josep Maria Bartomeu in Monaco over extending his deal at the Nou Camp.

City have also reportedly made a €20m bid for Espanyol defender Aaron Martin.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Ex-Sunderland left-back Micky Gray thinks boss Rafa Benitez could leave Newcastle United.

Out-of-favour Newcastle forward Aleksandar Mitrovic is wanted by Hellas Verona, say reports in Italy.

Meanwhile, the Magpies are eyeing up a move for Inter forward Stevan Jovetic, although the player is understood to favour a move to La Liga instead.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

West Ham are pondering a move for Sunderland midfielder Didier Ndong.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Birmingham have reportedly joined the race for Lorient frontman Abdul Majeed Waris.

Blues boss Harry Redknapp has also confirmed he “would love” to bring out-of-favour Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on loan to St Andrew’s.

West Brom are set to challenge Stoke for the signature of Wolfsburg defensive midfielder Joshua Guilavogui, according to reports.

EXPRESS AND STAR

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce thinks Robert Snodgrass will add a dimension to his side’s attacking play if they sign the player on a season-long loan deal.

STOKE SENTINEL

Stoke are weighing up a swoop for Wolfsburg holding midfielder Joshua Guilavogui.

THE DAILY ECHO

One-time Southampton striker Kevin Davies has called for an end to the “unsavoury” Virgil van Dijk saga at St Mary’s.

HULL DAILY MAIL

Leonid Slutsky has confirmed Hull are close to bringing a striker to the KCOM.

BOURNEMOUTH ECHO

Bournemouth are interested in signing Leicester midfielder Demarai Gray.

LEICESTER MERCURY

Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare says he still wants to sign “one or two” more players before the window shuts, with a central defender believed to be the Foxes’ number one priority.

Meanwhile, the Foxes manager has also revealed the club are readying themselves for late offers for both playmaker Riyad Mahrez and midfielder Danny Drinkwater.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

PSV Eindhoven right-back Santiago Arias, who has been linked with a move to Swansea City, says it is time to leave the Eredivisie club.

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock wants to sign a midfielder before the window slams shut on August 31.

GET WEST LONDON

A decision on the future of Ostersund attacker Saman Ghoddos, who QPR are hoping to sign, is expected to be made after the Swedish club’s Europa League play-off tie on Thursday night.

DERBY TELEGRAPH

Derby County have been linked with a move for Brighton & Hove Albion striker Tomer Hemed.

THE ARGUS
Brighton have secured international clearance for record signing Jose Izquierdo.

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UEFA Champions League Draws :Tottenham Square Up With Real Madrid While Manchester United Get Easy Group

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Champions League Winners Real Madrid will face Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham following the draw ceremony in Monaco on Thursday.

Madrid Rivals Barcelona did were drawn against Juventus, Olympiakos, Sporting CP in Group D.

Manchester United received a simpler task after being draw with Benfica, FC Basel and CSKA Moscow in Group A, while Manchester City will face Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Feyenoord in in Group F.

Defending Champions of England Chelsea come up against, Atletico Madrid, Roma and Azerbaijan team Qarabag

Teams were drawn into eight groups of four. Clubs from the same national association — as well as Russian and Ukrainian clubs — could not be drawn together.

Group A: Benfica, Manchester United, FC Basel, CSKA Moscow.

Group B: Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Anderlecht, Celtic.

Group C: Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Roma, FK Qarabag.

Group D: Juventus, Barcelona, Olympiakos, Sporting CP.

Group E: Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, Liverpool, NK Maribor.

Group F: Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City, Napoli, Feyenoord.

Group G: Monaco, FC Porto, Besiktas, RB Leipzig.

Group H: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham, APOEL Nicosia.

The first group games will be played on Sept. 12-13.

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UEFA Champions League Draws :Tottenham Square Up With Real Madrid While Manchester United Get Easy Group

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Champions League Winners Real Madrid will face Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham following the draw ceremony in Monaco on Thursday.

Madrid Rivals Barcelona did were drawn against Juventus, Olympiakos, Sporting CP in Group D.

Manchester United received a simpler task after being draw with Benfica, FC Basel and CSKA Moscow in Group A, while Manchester City will face Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Feyenoord in in Group F.

Defending Champions of England Chelsea come up against, Atletico Madrid, Roma and Azerbaijan team Qarabag

Teams were drawn into eight groups of four. Clubs from the same national association — as well as Russian and Ukrainian clubs — could not be drawn together.

Group A: Benfica, Manchester United, FC Basel, CSKA Moscow.

Group B: Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Anderlecht, Celtic.

Group C: Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Roma, FK Qarabag.

Group D: Juventus, Barcelona, Olympiakos, Sporting CP.

Group E: Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, Liverpool, NK Maribor.

Group F: Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City, Napoli, Feyenoord.

Group G: Monaco, FC Porto, Besiktas, RB Leipzig.

Group H: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham, APOEL Nicosia.

The first group games will be played on Sept. 12-13.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Named UEFA Player Of The Year

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been named as the UEFA Player of the Year after he helped Real Madrid win the Champions League for a second successive time last season.

Cristiano Ronaldo was shortlisted along with Gianluigi Buffon and Lionel Messi for the award, which was created in 2011.

Ronaldo’s outstanding performances helped Los Blancos to become the first club to retain the Champions League trophy.

He scored five goals in the quarterfinal victory over Bayern Munich, with a hat trick in the second leg at the Bernabeu.

Another treble followed in the first leg of the semifinal against Atletico Madrid, and two more goals came in the final success over Juventus.

Barcelona’s Messi scored 54 goals for his club, but they had only the Spanish Super Cup and the Copa del Rey to show for their efforts.

Buffon, 39, was the losing goalkeeper as Madrid beat Juventus in the Champions League final in Cardiff, but helped his club to an Italian Double.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Named UEFA Player Of The Year

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been named as the UEFA Player of the Year after he helped Real Madrid win the Champions League for a second successive time last season.

Cristiano Ronaldo was shortlisted along with Gianluigi Buffon and Lionel Messi for the award, which was created in 2011.

Ronaldo’s outstanding performances helped Los Blancos to become the first club to retain the Champions League trophy.

He scored five goals in the quarterfinal victory over Bayern Munich, with a hat trick in the second leg at the Bernabeu.

Another treble followed in the first leg of the semifinal against Atletico Madrid, and two more goals came in the final success over Juventus.

Barcelona’s Messi scored 54 goals for his club, but they had only the Spanish Super Cup and the Copa del Rey to show for their efforts.

Buffon, 39, was the losing goalkeeper as Madrid beat Juventus in the Champions League final in Cardiff, but helped his club to an Italian Double.

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I Didn’t Choose My Profession, Fashion Chose Me – Jane Michael

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The Belfry Africa’s weekly convened conversational series ‘The Ask Series’ this Wednesday was indeed a thrilling one as The Waterside Ikoyi hosted Fashion Entrepreneur and Celebrity Stylist Jane Michael Ekanem. The Guest who is internationally recognized in the fashion industry took her audience through her career journey and the challenges faced in the Styling profession.

During the engrossing conversation, Jane said, “I didn’t choose my profession, fashion chose me.” “I didn’t do fashion because I wanted to be a celebrity stylist, my work spoke for me,” she added.  Responding to how she gets fashion designers to give her their designs for a job/client, she said “As a stylist I have learnt to build the trust of fashion designers in me by first investing in their business; I used this important key to open doors for me that I can ask some fashion designers for their newest pieces and they will give me because that trust has been built over the years plus I invested in their work.”

Talking about how she charges her clients, Jane Michael said, “There is no specific charge; you just need to understand the client you are working with, know what you are gaining from the job and your miscellaneous before you give a fee.”  While advising upcoming fashion stylists, she said, “Patience is key to this fashion and styling profession because you will be rejected severally but patience will take you to that height you seek for.”

During the event, two pieces from Jane Michael Collection’s were won by 2 attendees at the event, Chris, and Ruki. OAP Bola Sonala popularly known as “Genie” of Smooth FM Lagos also played a beautiful host in this edition.

As usual, the attendees enjoyed the opportunity to ask questions, network and enjoy the unique ambiance of The Waterside Ikoyi.







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I Didn’t Choose My Profession, Fashion Chose Me – Jane Michael

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The Belfry Africa’s weekly convened conversational series ‘The Ask Series’ this Wednesday was indeed a thrilling one as The Waterside Ikoyi hosted Fashion Entrepreneur and Celebrity Stylist Jane Michael Ekanem. The Guest who is internationally recognized in the fashion industry took her audience through her career journey and the challenges faced in the Styling profession.

During the engrossing conversation, Jane said, “I didn’t choose my profession, fashion chose me.” “I didn’t do fashion because I wanted to be a celebrity stylist, my work spoke for me,” she added.  Responding to how she gets fashion designers to give her their designs for a job/client, she said “As a stylist I have learnt to build the trust of fashion designers in me by first investing in their business; I used this important key to open doors for me that I can ask some fashion designers for their newest pieces and they will give me because that trust has been built over the years plus I invested in their work.”

Talking about how she charges her clients, Jane Michael said, “There is no specific charge; you just need to understand the client you are working with, know what you are gaining from the job and your miscellaneous before you give a fee.”  While advising upcoming fashion stylists, she said, “Patience is key to this fashion and styling profession because you will be rejected severally but patience will take you to that height you seek for.”

During the event, two pieces from Jane Michael Collection’s were won by 2 attendees at the event, Chris, and Ruki. OAP Bola Sonala popularly known as “Genie” of Smooth FM Lagos also played a beautiful host in this edition.

As usual, the attendees enjoyed the opportunity to ask questions, network and enjoy the unique ambiance of The Waterside Ikoyi.







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Ibrahimovic: Other Teams Wanted Ibracadabra

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has claimed that there was interest from other clubs, but he always knew he wanted to return to the Old Trafford.

The veteran striker’s future was on hold for a while, but it was confirmed on Thursday that he will be at United for another year.

Ibrahimovic missed the closing stages of last season with a cruciate ligament injury, but was still in high demand.

“We had a couple of teams reaching out and wanted ‘Ibracadabra’ in their team but I had such a great year with United,” he told ESPN.

“We had a great season — we won three trophies, fantastic guys, a coach that I know from before. My family were happy.

“It’s not always about the sporting thing. I’m in a situation I have to think 360 degrees around me. Happiness has no value.”

“I think the team’s much stronger this season. Obviously we lost Rooney, a legend for the club, but we signed three new players and they’ll make the team stronger,” he said.

“Signing Romelu Lukaku makes us even stronger. He brings different attributes as a striker than me or Marcus Rashford. He’s a powerful guy.”

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Ibrahimovic: Other Teams Wanted Ibracadabra

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has claimed that there was interest from other clubs, but he always knew he wanted to return to the Old Trafford.

The veteran striker’s future was on hold for a while, but it was confirmed on Thursday that he will be at United for another year.

Ibrahimovic missed the closing stages of last season with a cruciate ligament injury, but was still in high demand.

“We had a couple of teams reaching out and wanted ‘Ibracadabra’ in their team but I had such a great year with United,” he told ESPN.

“We had a great season — we won three trophies, fantastic guys, a coach that I know from before. My family were happy.

“It’s not always about the sporting thing. I’m in a situation I have to think 360 degrees around me. Happiness has no value.”

“I think the team’s much stronger this season. Obviously we lost Rooney, a legend for the club, but we signed three new players and they’ll make the team stronger,” he said.

“Signing Romelu Lukaku makes us even stronger. He brings different attributes as a striker than me or Marcus Rashford. He’s a powerful guy.”

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Southgate: I Have Huge Respect For Rooney

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England manager Gareth Southgate still retains a certain level of respect for Wayne Rooney, as the forward announced his retirement.

Rooney announced his decision to retire from international football on Wednesday. He retires as the highest goal scorer with 53 goals and most appearances for an outfield player with 119.

Southgate said the Everton striker informed him of his decision when he contacted him about playing against Malta and Slovakia.

“I called him to firm up the meeting and he said he appreciated me calling, but he’d been thinking long and hard and was going to announce his international retirement,” said England boss Southgate.

“We talked for another 30 minutes and I totally understand his decision. He has a sense of loyalty to Everton and has a fresh opportunity there. I thought there was a role for him to play in the squad, but I understand his decision.

“I’m not sure what else you have to do to become a legend. I congratulate him on a fantastic international career.
“We’re good at judging our players harshly. Rooney’s done everything but win a trophy with England. By that token only the guys from 1966 can be elevated to that level.

“I’ve got huge respect for him. I was fortunate to play with him and manage him. He’s been a pleasure to work with and I’m sure there’ll be a role for him to play in the future.

“We’ve had recent squads without him so we’re used to that. We’ve named a lot of younger players, looking to the future, but I could see the value in having older players in there – like Jermain Defoe, for example. We’ve got exciting players coming through.”

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Southgate: I Have Huge Respect For Rooney

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England manager Gareth Southgate still retains a certain level of respect for Wayne Rooney, as the forward announced his retirement.

Rooney announced his decision to retire from international football on Wednesday. He retires as the highest goal scorer with 53 goals and most appearances for an outfield player with 119.

Southgate said the Everton striker informed him of his decision when he contacted him about playing against Malta and Slovakia.

“I called him to firm up the meeting and he said he appreciated me calling, but he’d been thinking long and hard and was going to announce his international retirement,” said England boss Southgate.

“We talked for another 30 minutes and I totally understand his decision. He has a sense of loyalty to Everton and has a fresh opportunity there. I thought there was a role for him to play in the squad, but I understand his decision.

“I’m not sure what else you have to do to become a legend. I congratulate him on a fantastic international career.
“We’re good at judging our players harshly. Rooney’s done everything but win a trophy with England. By that token only the guys from 1966 can be elevated to that level.

“I’ve got huge respect for him. I was fortunate to play with him and manage him. He’s been a pleasure to work with and I’m sure there’ll be a role for him to play in the future.

“We’ve had recent squads without him so we’re used to that. We’ve named a lot of younger players, looking to the future, but I could see the value in having older players in there – like Jermain Defoe, for example. We’ve got exciting players coming through.”

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Ibrahimovic Signs One Year Contract With United

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been reunited with Manchester United, after the club confirmed the veteran forward has signed a one-year deal with the club.

The decorated striker played 46 matches for the Red Devils last season, but his season ended abruptly with anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Ibrahimovic, 35, was a floater afterwards, with his contract at United already expired. Reports kept linking him with a move the MLS, nothing materialised from there.

The Swede scored 28 goals for United last season and still did not feel accomplished, he has been handed a second chance in the PL with his previous employers United.

“I am back to finish what I started,” he told the club’s official website. “It was always mine and the club’s intention for me to stay.

“I cannot wait to get back out on that Old Trafford pitch, but I also know that I have to take my time to make sure that I am ready. I have been working hard and will continue to do so to make sure I am in the best possible condition for my return to the pitch.”

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Daily Roundup : Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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SPAIN

With Schalke unwilling to lose Liverpool target Leon Goretzka on a free transfer next summer, they have offered the player to Barcelona. The German side would rather cash in on their star midfielder by selling him to a non-rival now than losing him to domestic giants Bayern Munich on a free next year. (Mundo Deportivo)

FRANCE

While Barcelona continue to chase the signatures of Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho to bolster their attack, they are also considering a move for Willian. The Catalan side are in touch with the Brazilian creator, who is currently behind Eden Hazard and Pedro in the Chelsea pecking order. (France Football)

Malaga are in advanced stages of negotiations to sign Clement Grenier from Lyon. The French midfielder, who spent last season on loan at Roma, could join the La Liga outfit for a €4m fee. (L’Equipe)

Former Newcastle United striker Luuk de Jong could be on his way to Bordeaux. The French club have submitted a bid of €6m for the player, who has hit 67 goals in all competitions for PSV Eindhoven over the past three seasons. (L’Equipe)

ITALY

Juventus continue to be linked with Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman. Despite having added Blaise Matuidi recently, the Serie A titleholders have reportedly made a €40million bid for the Dutchman, who has a release clause of €45m. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

AC Milan are interested in making Rafinha their last major signing of the summer. The Italians have already completed deals for the likes of Leonardo Bonucci and Lucas Biglia, but the Barcelona midfielder could be their next target. The Brazilian wants first team football ahead of next summer’s World Cup. (Calciomercato)

Paris Saint-Germain have made an offer of €7m for Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina. However, the Italian side have already rebuffed interest in the Spaniard this summer and are unwilling to sell. (Gianluca di Marzio)

GERMANY

Juventus are considering a move for Schalke’s Benedikt Howedes as they look to strengthen their defence. They could offer the 29-year-old a three-year deal worth €4million per year. However, the Italian champions could face competition from Liverpool for the player’s signature. (Kicker)

Emre Mor has hired Bektas Demirkas, the man behind Hakan Calhanoglu’s move to AC Milan, as his new agent. However, reports suggest Mor won’t be joining the Italian giants. The Everton transfer target recently saw a move to Inter Milan break down. (Kicker)

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Biafra: Ojukwu’s Son Confirms Buhari’s Meeting With Father

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Mr Emeka Ojukwu (Jr), the first son of late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, has vindicated President Muhammadu Buhari on his claim that the duo had a conversation on the unity and indivisibility of Nigeria.

Ojukwu, who confirmed this while speaking with newsmen on Wednesday in Awka Anambra State, stated that Buhari’s position that he (Buhari) and his late father had a meeting was not a falsehood.

He further denied granting any media interview or posting any massage on social media to disclaim Buhari’s discussions with his father.

He said: “My late father actually held the said meeting with Buhari before his demise and all that Buhari said in his nationwide broadcast were true.

“It has been brought to my attention that there is an article making the rounds on social media attributed to me refuting the remarks of Mr. President concerning his relationship and discussions with my late father.

“Let me state the following categorically; firstly, that I made no such comments to anybody, and secondly that I am aware that His Excellency’s comments were indeed factual’’.

He also said he has observed a disturbing trend in the social media whereby fake news is attributed to him on the social media.

His words: “I don’t know who is behind this report attributed to me and what their motivation might be, any time I feel to comment on any matter, I do so publicly and not via some anonymous email’’.

Ojukwu Jr. urged members of the public to discountenance the stories in the social media or any media platform whatsoever credited to him.

On Monday, the president had in his nationwide broadcast made reference to the meeting he had with the late warlord.

“In 2003 after I joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and stayed as my guest in my hometown Daura. Over two days we discussed in great depth till late into the night and analyzed the problems of Nigeria. We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one and united.

“Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood,’’ Buhari had said.

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Arsenal Wenger Not Expecting Bids For Shkodran Mustafi

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he does not expect any bids for defender Shkodran Mustafi before the transfer window closes on Aug 31.

Inter Milan are reportedly interested in signing the Germany international.

“No I do not expect (any offers for Mustafi),” he said in his press conference.

“It is difficult for me to speak about any individual cases because we are now in the final seven days of the transfer market and it is always very difficult to predict what will happen there.

“And you have to make quick and sharp decisions and you cannot plan that and come out in a press conference with how you will respond to any solicitation.”

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Huddersfield Sign Defender Florent Hadergjonaj From Ingolstadt

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Huddersfield Town have signed Swiss international Florent Hadergjonaj on a season-long loan from Bundesliga 2 side FC Ingolstadt.

The 23-year-old right-back who has Europa League experience with BSC Young Boys and earned their player of the year award in 2014/15, will wear the number 33 shirt at Town.

Hadergjonaj becomes Town’s eleventh signing this summer, following midfielder Abdelhamid Sabiri from 2.Bundesliga side 1.FC Nurnberg.

The Terriers have the option of signing the defender permanently at the end of the season.

Hadergjonaj made his Switzerland debut this year despite being part of an Ingolstadt side that suffered relegation from the Bundesliga last season.

He is expected to act as back-up to Terriers skipper Tommy Smith.

And Hadergjonaj, 23, says he wanted to come to the Prem after watching pal Xherdan Shaqiri in action for the Potters.

He said: “My best friend Xherdan Shaqiri plays for Stoke City and for me I watch many games of Stoke and other games.

“It was a very quick transfer. (Head of football operations )David Moss called me and I didn’t think too much about it and said yes.

“It’s a dream to play for this club in the Premier League

Huddersfield coach David Wagner told his club’s official website: “It was important in this window that we found a real competitor for the right-back position, and in Florent Hadergjonaj we have exactly the right player.

“Florent is one of the most exciting young right-backs in Germany and is a footballer who I believe will fit our system and style of play very well.

“I have met with him and he is a good character — he is eager to show he can play in the Premier League despite a lot of interest from some top clubs in Germany.”

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We No Fight Again! 68 Boko Haram Militants Surrender In Borno

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No less than 68 Boko Haram insurgents have surrendered to troops in Borno in the last three weeks, the Nigerian Army said on Thursday, August 24, 2017.

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

Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director Public Relations, Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole, made this known in a statement released in Maiduguri, the state capital

According to him, the military had intensified campaign through coordinated air and land offensive against the insurgents.

He said: “Air and artillery bombardments were backed by long range patrols and ambushes targeted at preventing fleeing Boko Haram insurgents from escaping and also denying them access to logistics supply.”

Nwachukwu said that the sustained operations had brought the insurgents to the brink of defeat thereby forcing many of them to surrender.

“In their testimonies, the insurgents revealed that most of their enclaves are untenable which made life unbearable for them.

“The relentless offensive forced many of them to surrender to the troops.

“Those who surrendered are currently undergoing rehabilitation and deradicalisation process under the Federal Government’s Safe Corridor operation.

“Undoubtedly, the ongoing operations by troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE are yielding results by putting enormous pressure on the insurgents.

“Evidently, this led to the recent plea by one of the factional group leaders calling for international support”.

The command’s spokesman also called on Boko Haram insurgents to renounce their heinous acts and surrender, reiterating the commitment of the Nigerian Army to guarantee their safety and well-being.

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Makelele Tells Kante To Slow Down

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Claude Makelele says Chelsea midfield enforcer, N’golo Kante can move to the next level if he knows when to play at full throttle and when to slow down.

The 26-year-old France international played a key role in helping Chelsea win the trophy last season, just a year after helping Leicester win it.

Makelele, however, believes the addition of Champions League football will help Kante change his method of play and adapt.

“He is a good player. It is difficult to find some who loves running for everything like him,” Makelele told Goal . “He plays for his partners. He is unbelievable. He is also clever and very serious. Around him, he has good people to help him to be a great player.

“It might be difficult for him when he gets older. He can’t run like that for 90 minutes. I think he will one day need to change the way he plays. He could use his intelligence even more, be selective about his runs.

“If you want to play every four days in the Premier League, FA Cup and the Champions League, he might need to change he much he runs a little. However, Chelsea signed him to play the way that he plays with his running. So that’s the problem.

“It is important for him to understand to conserve his energy. He is still young, when he is older, he will understand how to change the way that he plays.”

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2nd Week Winners of #MySunlight #BestofBothWorlds Challenge Revealed

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Sunlight 2in1 detergent has revealed the three lucky winners from week 2 of the ongoing Instagram Video Challenge. They are @chukwu_kizito, @oyediran_ope and @abamz14.

The challenge is still up and you have a chance to participate and win N50,000 worth of shopping vouchers.

Here is what you need to do:

  • Act a one minute video of how you enjoy two different things together that give you the same benefit.
  • Show a pack of Sunlight 2 in 1 detergent in the video (this earns you more points)
  • Follow @Sunlight_nigeria on Instagram.
  • Upload your video on Instagram with #MySunlight #BestofBothWorlds.

Join the challenge now. Who knows, you might be among next week’s lucky winners of N50,000 shopping voucher. We will be happy to have you up here.

To get inspiration, you can also join the #BestofBothWorlds conversation on the radio. Just tune into Coal City FM Enugu (Mon. Wed and Fri. 9:15 am – 10:15 am); Rhythm FM Jos (Mon. Wed 8:30am – 9:30am and Fri. 10:15am – 11:15am); KSMC FM Kaduna (Mon. Wed and Fri. 9:45am – 10:45am) and Quest FM Warri (Wed and Fri. 8:30am – 9:30am).

Always remember, Sunlight 2in1 detergent represents the detergent that gives the #BestofBothWorlds. Its attributes of pleasant fragrance and sensational cleaning power is all you need when you think “Laundry”

Watch the creative videos posted by the winners from week two:

 

 

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Arsene Wenger Still Wants Alexis Sanchez To Remain At Arsenal

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed he wants Alexis Sanchez to stay at the club beyond the end of his current deal.

The Chile forward’s contract runs out next summer, with the player having so far refused to extend his stay in the capital.

“I want Alex to stay at the club and be one of the bug players of the future at this club,” Wenger said in his press conference today.
“He is one of the players the team has to be built around in the future.

“Personally I want him to commit to the club and be one of the carriers of the values of our team.”

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PSG Tried To Scupper Barcelona’s Jean Michael Seri’s Transfer

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PSG tried to scupper Barcelona’s attempts to sign Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, according to the player’s representative.

Barca were close to securing a deal to sign the Ivory Coast midfielder before surprisingly ending their interest in the 26-year-old.

Franklin Mala, Seri’s agent, says PSG got involved in the situation before Barca opted to pull the plug on the deal.

“PSG called Nice three days ago to try and screw Barca over,” he is quoted as saying in Sport.

“Now PSG are putting pressure on the club to take the player. It’s crazy. They just want to do it to f— Barca.”

PSG and Barcelona have been at odds with each other throughout the summer, first over Barca’s failed move for Marco Verratti and then Neymar’s world-record move from the Camp Nou to the French capital.

Speaking earlier this week, Seri said: ‘We’ll see about my future, but I don’t believe this was my last game for Nice. If it happens with Barcelona, that’s good, otherwise I am happy in Nice.’

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Afriff, Ford Foundation Send 20 On Scholarship As Access Bank, Air France, Others Support Scheme

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The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) is set to send another set of film students on scholarship – this time, to CineFabrique, a film school in Lyon, France.

The scholarship is the third in the series, whereby 20 students are selected from the 200 that participated in the AFRIFF Talent Development Workshops annually for further training abroad. The talent workshop is an intrinsic part of the festival programmes that has held sway for seven years.

Unveiling the next set of beneficiaries at a press conference attended by representatives of partner institutions – Ford Foundation and Alliance Francaise on Wednesday, AFRIFF Founder/CEO, Ms Chioma Ude said all is set for the 20 students selected from last year’s workshop to embark on the training – a six-week summer course in the French city.

The initiative, she said, provides beginners and intermediate courses for young people in their choice areas of filmmaking.

Shedding light on this, Mr. Paul Nwulu, Program Officer at Ford Foundation said the scholarship scheme, meant to advance the aspirations of these burgeoning talents, is an intensive hands-on training camp on various aspects of filmmaking.

LR Mrs Emmanuelle Ravot, Deputy Director and Director of Studies at Alliance Francaise, Mr Paul Nwule Program Officer Ford Foundation and Ms Chioma Ude CEO AFRIFF at the press conference

“What we have done for the last two years was to use the AFRIFF to select young filmmakers who went to Montana State University in the U.S. to do an extensive course on documentary filmmaking, focusing on social justice documentaries. And that focus was because that is what Ford Foundation is interested in. We are looking at issues that make the lives of human beings better, so, the young people went there to learn these issues.”

He said Ford Foundation will only cater for 10 of the students who are females because the previous editions had more male participation, adding that his institutions is also concerned with advancing the career of women.

“One of the things that make this year unique is that we actually asked AFRIFF to focus on young women to tell these stories and why we did that is because we looked at the data for the first two years, we trained about 36 young people over the first two years and women were ‘marginalized’ in that process. We had less than half of women and we felt like, if we look at our society today, women are the most ‘marginalized’ groups in our society. Even though they make half the population of this country, they are nowhere in our parliament in this country; we have less than five percent of women there. Also, look at governor’s appointed positions; we have a lot less women than any other country in the region.”

The last two seasons had Ford Foundation bankrolling the scholarship at the prestigious Montana State University, United States. Nwulu said the Foundation is encouraged to support AFRIFF on the scholarship because feedback from previous efforts has been laudable.

“This year, we have decided to move the location from Montana to Lyon, France to give a different type of experience, and for Ford Foundation, one of the reasons why we decided to partner AFRIFF is because, if you look at very viable partners that are dealing in the space of storytelling, AFRIFF is one of them, with their film festival and their engagement in trying to get African stories out to a global audience. We could not ask for a better partner to work with.”

As a prerequisite to the six-week summer course in France, the students from the 2016 AFRIFF class will be exposed to a requisite French language tutorial at the popular Alliance Française in Lagos.

According to Mrs Emmanuelle Ravot, Deputy Director/Director of Studies at Alliance Francaise, the French lesson is expected to prepare the students in the areas of French courtesies and cultural background, even though the students will be taught filmmaking in English language.

After the course, they are expected to be taken on a tour of Paris and its beautiful sites, including France 24 where plans are on to make them go through brief internship.

Ude said the scholarship is one in a series of other talent development initiatives of the seven-year-old festival, adding that the skill acquisition and youth development initiative was designed to use filmmaking as an authentic vehicle for youth empowerment.

“AFRIFF’s vision is to raise awareness about African cinema, its vast potential and the tremendous socio-economic impact of creative professionals in Africa. The first four years of the festival were strategically intended to build the AFRIFF brand and gain the brand notoriety that has now earned us partnership with global brands like Access Bank, Air France, Ford Foundation, Relativity Media, British Council and Alliance Francaise among others,” she said.

The beneficiaries include 18 Nigerians – Linda Omena Sodje, Adejumoke Aderounmu, Tosin Adeyemi, Hannah Babatunde, Jennifer Eneanya, Olubunmi Ajiboye, Lois Burutu, Cynthia Okoroafor, Olaniran Adedapo Aisida, Marvellous Michael, Bolaji Adelakun, Moyo Shomade, Chisom Ifeakandu, Ekene Nwonye, Ngozi Emmanuel, Obodoakor Emelie, Demola Adedoyin, Vivian Ubochi, and two Ghanaians – Joseph Otsiman and Richard Ofoe.

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Mrs Emmanuelle Ravot of Alliance Francaise with some of the female students

The beneficiaries expressed great excitement, just as they talked about their expectations.
“I am excited to be a part of it, I am glad I am a beneficiary of the scholarship. I am glad I sent in my submission and I got picked,” said Tosin Adeyemi, a female film student from Edo State.
On her expectations, Adeyemi said, “I expect to learn a lot, I expect to come back a better person with more knowledge about my craft and how well to go improving on myself. I expect to improve from 20 to 80 percent.

On his part, Ekene Nwonye from Delta State cannot wait to make a difference in Nollywood.
He said: “I believe this is a great idea that will help build the film industry in many ways; in the sense that we go there to get the knowledge and then we comeback to change the movie industry.”

Continuing, Nwonye said, “I don’t want to expect too much, I just want to focus on the learning and gain the knowledge. But I expect a lot of fun while learning. You know this is film production, so it should be fun.”

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Dangote Signs $450m Sugar Production MoU With Niger State, To Establish “N200bn” University In Abuja

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The President and founder of Dangote Foundation, Aliko Dangote, on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Niger State Government for the establishment of a state-of-the art and fully integrated sugar complex worth $450 million (about N166 billion).

It is understood that Dangote signed on behalf of his group, while Governor Abubakar Sani Bello signed for Niger State.

In his address after signing the MoU, Dangote said on completion, the project will generate over 15,000 jobs in the State and boost its economic fortune.

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He said it will see the company producing raw sugarcane on 16,000 hectares of land at Lavun Local Government through an out-grower scheme.

Dangote further said that the integrated sugar project in Niger State would also include the establishment of integrated sugar mills, generate power, produce molasses, ethanol fuel, biomass and produce animal feeds.

He also revealed that the integrated sugar mills would have the capacity to produce 160,000MT of raw sugar.

The Nigerian billionaire and Africa’s richest man has also set aside N200 billion to establish a world-class university in Abuja, with the proposal since sent to the National Universities Commission, NUC.

A former Executive Secretary of the NUC, Julius Okojie, who is the chairman of the technical team for the establishment of the university, said the foundation intends to drive technology and research in stimulating economic growth.

In a publication issued by the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, the team, accompanied by the Chief Executive Officer, CEO of the foundation, Zouera Yousouffou, disclosed that Mr. Dangote’s desire was to float a unique university of technology with all the necessary infrastructure and best faculty members from across the globe.

Mrs. Yousouffou said the foundation was ready to make the dream a reality with the sum of N200 billion already earmarked for the project.

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