Mikel Motivated To Beat Cameroon

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John Obi Mikel is hoping to qualify for the World Cup in Russia, as he aims for a win against Cameroon.

Super Eagles are top of the qualifying group, as they are unbeaten in two matches played so far.

John Obi Mikel insists the Super Eagles are focused on the match against Cameroon, as it is a step towards qualification.

“There is always a motivation going to the World Cup. World Cup is the best tournament in the world and everyone wants to be there,” he told media.

“I think for most of the players here, it’s going to be their World Cup and we are ready to make sure that Nigeria qualify.

“I know the players know what is at stake in the game on Friday and also the return leg. We started this race in Zambia and the players know the task ahead.”

He added: “ We want to go to the World Cup; it’s as simple as that. And there are no easy ways of doing that; we have to win the games.

“We have to make sure that we are undeterred, focused and play well. A win is a win if we can get a win on Friday, it doesn’t matter how we play.”

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Tottenham Confirm Foyth Signing

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Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of young defender Juan Foyth, the club has confirmed.

Tottenham have been chasing the 19-year-old all summer and have finally worked out a deal, even though PSG entered the race for his signature.

Juan Foyth signed a five-year deal and is the newest face at Tottenham linking up with his compatriot, Pochettino.

“We are delighted to announce the signing of Juan Foyth from Estudiantes,” the club, who declined to disclose the fee for the teenager, said in a statement.

“The 19-year-old defender has signed a contract with the Club until 2022.

“Having established himself in Estudiantes’ first team, Juan has represented Argentina at Under-20 level 12 times and was a key member of their 2017 FIFA Under-20 World Cup and 2017 Under-20 South American Championship squads.”

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18 Year-Old Becomes First Millionaire In The McVitie’s Digestive 125th Anniversary Promotion

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In celebration of the 125th anniversary of its famously loved McVitie’s Digestive biscuits in Nigeria, the McVitie’s Digestive is running a national consumer promotion to reward its consumers with cash and airtime.

The cash prizes up for grabs are N1 million to be won by a total of 3 consumers; N500,000 which will be won by 6 consumers, and N200,000 to be won by a total of 15 consumers throughout the duration of the promotion. In addition, a total of 45,000 consumers would win airtime in different denominations of N100, N200, and N500.

Recently, 18 year old Emmanuel Abiodun Akinyemi, who lives in Lagos, became the first winner of the N1 million grand prize. Emmanuel, who together with his father, visited McVitie’s offices in Lagos to collect his prize, was full of excitement. He narrated the story of how he got to win the first McVitie’s Digestive 125th anniversary promotion grand prize.

Emmanuel’s father had given him money to go shopping for provisions for the family. Inclusive in the items he purchased was McVitie’s Digestive biscuits, which he claims are his favourite brand of biscuits. On getting home and seeing the special promotion packaging with the “Buy, Scratch & Win” invitation, he decided to scratch the promo sticker and text the code to the 55332 short code, hoping for a chance to win one of the prizes. A few days later, he received a call from the McVitie’s brand team, confirming him as the first winner of the promotion’s N1 million grand prize.  To verify it was true, Emmanuel’s father insisted on going with him to the McVitie’s offices in Ikeja, Lagos for the prize presentations.

Following the prize presentations, Emmanuel expressed his sincere gratitude to McVitie’s saying,

“I want to thank McVitie’s very much for changing my life today.  I am completely honored to be one of the winners. I never expected this to happen to me. Now I finally have the money I need to attend a University and help my family financially. I owe this all to my favourite McVitie’s biscuits.”

The famous McVitie’s brand is owned by global snacking company pladis. It’s Managing Director, Nigeria, Mr. Kwame Wiafe, who presented Emmanuel Akinyemi with his cheque, commented on the Company’s reason for running the promotion. He said,

“Having been in the country since 1980, McVitie’s has become a household name in Nigeria. The fact that the much-loved Digestive is 125 years this year, has presented us with the unique opportunity of doing something special for our loyal fans by offering them a fair chance to win any of the promotion’s prizes, airtime and cash. Seeing the smile we have put on Emmanuel’s face today, gives us the confidence that we are achieving our goal.”

Besides, Emmanuel Abiodun Akinyemi, seven other McVitie’s fans from different locations across Nigeria, also walked home with cash prizes. Ezinne Obioha who lives in Lagos and Ugomma Ukaovasi from Abia, both won the N500,000 cash prize each. The N200,000 cash prizes were won by five people – Kehinde Adeboboye, Oluwanisola Adebisi, Terkimbi Audu, Funmilayo Taiwo, and Alex Akpeze.

To participate in the McVitie’s Digestive 125th anniversary promotion, and stand the chance to win any of the cash prizes and gifts, all consumers need to do is:

  • Buy any of the McVitie’s Digestive 125th Anniversary promotional packs which are available in the 40g, 104g, 208g and 302g sizes,
  • Scratch the foil on the white label to reveal the unique promo code, and
  • Text the code on the pack to the SMS short code “55332.”

The promotion which started on 1st of July, 2017 is scheduled to run for three months, till 30th Sep, 2017.

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JAMB And Cut-Off Marks: Nigeria’s Need For Better Educational Value

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JAMB And Cut-Off Marks: Nigeria’s Need For Better Educational Value, By Omotayo Fakinlede

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JAMB is in the news again! Many people are talking about its cut off marks! As usual, when it comes to important developmental issues such as the education of our children for a competitive global economy, we ask the wrong questions. And as we do so, our answers are bound to be in error, no matter how smart we are!

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

 

Up until the late seventies, there were no cut off marks. Admissions were made using the GCE/HSC results or via own entrance exams by each university. At that time, students were admitted directly and there was no JAMB. The spaces were limited, and each university used its own judgment to decide on the best way to fill those spaces. Things were not perfect but many of the people admitted were proud of their achievements. For the others, it was “Try Again Next Year”!

JAMB Defends Low Cut-Off Marks

We pretend that things have changed fundamentally now that we have an Admissions and Matriculations Board. I have deliberately avoided the superfluous “Joint” in the name of the institution that is presently making the news. For it to merit the name “Joint”, there will have to be the input and agreement of the collaborating institutions with its processes. Right now, it behaves like an extraordinary body issuing orders from above! The government should make up its mind: Does it want an Independent Admissions Body (IAB); or An Extraordinary Admissions and Matriculating Board (EAMS)? It is our country and we can decide what we want. But whatever you call it, can JAMB’s pronouncements really improve the chances of admissions to the universities?

Many people seem to think so. The reality, unfortunately, is that JAMB is essentially powerless in admitting more students to the universities despite all its pronouncements! The situation that existed in the seventies still exists today. The only real difference is that we have an extra bureaucracy to pay for! By the JAMB law, a student cannot get into a Nigerian University without the JAMB examination. The irony is that the same SSCE results that will not gain you admission in Nigeria can get you admitted to university in several countries overseas! Is there something we know about the magic of JAMB that is unknown elsewhere?

Who admits to the universities? Whether your ward will get admission to the university is determined largely by the admission spaces available. In competitive courses such as Medicine and Law, setting the cut-off marks does not increase the number admitted to any university. In a particular year, a certain university set the mark of 260 points cumulative between the JAMB results and the university “screening” for admission into the Law programme. Parents whose wards scored, say 250, thought they had a realistic hope of admission. Unknown to them, the number of candidates scoring between 260 and 250 was as many as two hundred! Which was close to the entire number of spaces available. That was a time when the cut-off point was at 200. Now tell me, what effect will the lowering of the cut off marks have on this situation? Some programmes are simply oversubscribed and we can only change the pain by expanding facilities, so as to increase the available spaces. Merely lowering cut-off points by JAMB can only exacerbate the suffering of parents in the following possible ways:

1. It will force the universities to invite more applicants for “screening”;

2. These additional students would not have increased chances of getting into the universities;

3. The same government that has claimed to be protecting parents from a multiplicity of fees will eventually make the same students pay again for more candidates when there has not been any increase in the admission spaces;

4. In many cases these students will travel to the screening centers on damaged roads. Avoidable journeys ought not be encouraged on these roads to avoid risks to these young lives!

At the end of the day, the same old constraints of spaces available will eventually dictate who is admitted. We are back again at the same point after all the hot air!

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

The proper arm of government to assist in improving the chances of your children’s admission into universities is certainly NOT JAMB. Take the University of Lagos College of Medicine. In its nearly 55 years of existence, why is it not able to double its admission quota of roughly 300 students into the medical programmes? The main bottle neck is at the teaching hospital facilities which have not seen any serious expansion in more than two decades. The Federal and State Ministries of Health can change the situation if they consider it a priority. They can deliberately expand the facilities at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and ask the university to increase the staff strength at the College of Medicine. Even a state ministry of health can approach the Hospital and university authorities and have an arrangement that can increase the admission into these programmes by removing the bottleneck preventing expansions. Law admissions are restricted not just by the capacity of getting lecturers to teach and adequate facilities in the universities but also by the quota set by the facilities in the law schools where the completion of the legal training takes place. In Engineering, most of the universities are unable to provide proper laboratories and even the effort of accrediting programmes fall far below what will give our children competitive engineering training in the global economy.

So much for the so-called professional programmes. The total number of students in Nigerian universities with a population of more than 170 million is about the same as Canada, with less than a quarter of the population. No matter what JAMB declares, that will not change anything apart from giving parents false hopes that their children can fail woefully in JAMB and still get into a university.

The infrastructural deficit in most Nigerian universities creates environments that do not support learning. And Nigerians will not take anything less than attend universities. Nobody wants their children to attend trade and vocational schools, despite the reality that gone are the days when university degrees provided immediate employments in mostly government jobs. The Government-owned Yaba Trade Centre of old, for example, has now become a tie-wearing institution that looks more like an overcrowded grammar school! Yet we go to Togo, Ghana and other neighbouring countries to get tilers, masons and carpenters when we need to do the work well.

The present high-octane exchanges on JAMB and its cut-off marks will not change anything for good. I am not calling for a scrapping of JAMB, it can still become a useful institution when it lives up to its name of a “Joint” Admissions and Matriculations Body. In that role, it may be taught to understand that setting cut-off marks should be done with the responsibility of giving specific value to society. Why should the admission cut-off be 120? Why not 50? Why not 250? What is the logic? What value is accruing to society by setting a cut-off mark? If the examination it sets is appropriate for the level of students for whom they are set, why opt for failing grades? What makes it impossible for the Nigerian youth to pass exams in their own country and culture? Why can JAMB not operate quietly like other examining bodies that simply release the scores and leave universities that have learnt to respect those scores alone to take their decisions? How come most universities have little faith in JAMB?

In the United States, if a university wants to ascertain your competency in English, they don’t waste their time conducting an exam; they simply ask for your TOEFL scores. Bodies that conduct GRE, SAT, GMAT etc. are independent of governments and yet, they earn legitimacy and trust by simply conducting exams and releasing the results of same to institutions that want them. These results don’t have the short shelve lives of the JAMB results that become void each year. Is it not time for Nigeria to rethink its educational policies for the sake of future generations? The people in power take enough from the coffers to give themselves alternatives in foreign lands. Nigerians that don’t have access to such alternatives need to call their rulers to account.

Omotayo Fakinlede is a professor of Systems Engineering at the University of Lagos.

This piece was written by Omotayo Fakinlede. 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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JAMB And Cut-Off Marks: Nigeria’s Need For Better Educational Value

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JAMB And Cut-Off Marks: Nigeria’s Need For Better Educational Value, By Omotayo Fakinlede

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JAMB is in the news again! Many people are talking about its cut off marks! As usual, when it comes to important developmental issues such as the education of our children for a competitive global economy, we ask the wrong questions. And as we do so, our answers are bound to be in error, no matter how smart we are!

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

 

Up until the late seventies, there were no cut off marks. Admissions were made using the GCE/HSC results or via own entrance exams by each university. At that time, students were admitted directly and there was no JAMB. The spaces were limited, and each university used its own judgment to decide on the best way to fill those spaces. Things were not perfect but many of the people admitted were proud of their achievements. For the others, it was “Try Again Next Year”!

JAMB Defends Low Cut-Off Marks

We pretend that things have changed fundamentally now that we have an Admissions and Matriculations Board. I have deliberately avoided the superfluous “Joint” in the name of the institution that is presently making the news. For it to merit the name “Joint”, there will have to be the input and agreement of the collaborating institutions with its processes. Right now, it behaves like an extraordinary body issuing orders from above! The government should make up its mind: Does it want an Independent Admissions Body (IAB); or An Extraordinary Admissions and Matriculating Board (EAMS)? It is our country and we can decide what we want. But whatever you call it, can JAMB’s pronouncements really improve the chances of admissions to the universities?

Many people seem to think so. The reality, unfortunately, is that JAMB is essentially powerless in admitting more students to the universities despite all its pronouncements! The situation that existed in the seventies still exists today. The only real difference is that we have an extra bureaucracy to pay for! By the JAMB law, a student cannot get into a Nigerian University without the JAMB examination. The irony is that the same SSCE results that will not gain you admission in Nigeria can get you admitted to university in several countries overseas! Is there something we know about the magic of JAMB that is unknown elsewhere?

Who admits to the universities? Whether your ward will get admission to the university is determined largely by the admission spaces available. In competitive courses such as Medicine and Law, setting the cut-off marks does not increase the number admitted to any university. In a particular year, a certain university set the mark of 260 points cumulative between the JAMB results and the university “screening” for admission into the Law programme. Parents whose wards scored, say 250, thought they had a realistic hope of admission. Unknown to them, the number of candidates scoring between 260 and 250 was as many as two hundred! Which was close to the entire number of spaces available. That was a time when the cut-off point was at 200. Now tell me, what effect will the lowering of the cut off marks have on this situation? Some programmes are simply oversubscribed and we can only change the pain by expanding facilities, so as to increase the available spaces. Merely lowering cut-off points by JAMB can only exacerbate the suffering of parents in the following possible ways:

1. It will force the universities to invite more applicants for “screening”;

2. These additional students would not have increased chances of getting into the universities;

3. The same government that has claimed to be protecting parents from a multiplicity of fees will eventually make the same students pay again for more candidates when there has not been any increase in the admission spaces;

4. In many cases these students will travel to the screening centers on damaged roads. Avoidable journeys ought not be encouraged on these roads to avoid risks to these young lives!

At the end of the day, the same old constraints of spaces available will eventually dictate who is admitted. We are back again at the same point after all the hot air!

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

The proper arm of government to assist in improving the chances of your children’s admission into universities is certainly NOT JAMB. Take the University of Lagos College of Medicine. In its nearly 55 years of existence, why is it not able to double its admission quota of roughly 300 students into the medical programmes? The main bottle neck is at the teaching hospital facilities which have not seen any serious expansion in more than two decades. The Federal and State Ministries of Health can change the situation if they consider it a priority. They can deliberately expand the facilities at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and ask the university to increase the staff strength at the College of Medicine. Even a state ministry of health can approach the Hospital and university authorities and have an arrangement that can increase the admission into these programmes by removing the bottleneck preventing expansions. Law admissions are restricted not just by the capacity of getting lecturers to teach and adequate facilities in the universities but also by the quota set by the facilities in the law schools where the completion of the legal training takes place. In Engineering, most of the universities are unable to provide proper laboratories and even the effort of accrediting programmes fall far below what will give our children competitive engineering training in the global economy.

So much for the so-called professional programmes. The total number of students in Nigerian universities with a population of more than 170 million is about the same as Canada, with less than a quarter of the population. No matter what JAMB declares, that will not change anything apart from giving parents false hopes that their children can fail woefully in JAMB and still get into a university.

The infrastructural deficit in most Nigerian universities creates environments that do not support learning. And Nigerians will not take anything less than attend universities. Nobody wants their children to attend trade and vocational schools, despite the reality that gone are the days when university degrees provided immediate employments in mostly government jobs. The Government-owned Yaba Trade Centre of old, for example, has now become a tie-wearing institution that looks more like an overcrowded grammar school! Yet we go to Togo, Ghana and other neighbouring countries to get tilers, masons and carpenters when we need to do the work well.

The present high-octane exchanges on JAMB and its cut-off marks will not change anything for good. I am not calling for a scrapping of JAMB, it can still become a useful institution when it lives up to its name of a “Joint” Admissions and Matriculations Body. In that role, it may be taught to understand that setting cut-off marks should be done with the responsibility of giving specific value to society. Why should the admission cut-off be 120? Why not 50? Why not 250? What is the logic? What value is accruing to society by setting a cut-off mark? If the examination it sets is appropriate for the level of students for whom they are set, why opt for failing grades? What makes it impossible for the Nigerian youth to pass exams in their own country and culture? Why can JAMB not operate quietly like other examining bodies that simply release the scores and leave universities that have learnt to respect those scores alone to take their decisions? How come most universities have little faith in JAMB?

In the United States, if a university wants to ascertain your competency in English, they don’t waste their time conducting an exam; they simply ask for your TOEFL scores. Bodies that conduct GRE, SAT, GMAT etc. are independent of governments and yet, they earn legitimacy and trust by simply conducting exams and releasing the results of same to institutions that want them. These results don’t have the short shelve lives of the JAMB results that become void each year. Is it not time for Nigeria to rethink its educational policies for the sake of future generations? The people in power take enough from the coffers to give themselves alternatives in foreign lands. Nigerians that don’t have access to such alternatives need to call their rulers to account.

Omotayo Fakinlede is a professor of Systems Engineering at the University of Lagos.

This piece was written by Omotayo Fakinlede. 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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Nigerian Army Still Looking For Boko Haram Kingpin Shekau After 40-Day Ultimatum

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The camouflaged-clad combatants of the Nigerian Army are yet to capture “dead or alive” the elusive leader of a notorious Islamic death cult Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, 40 days after it gave an ultimatum.

On July 21, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, had given the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maiduguri, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, a 40-day ultimatum to capture Shekau “dead or alive”.

Army Chief Buratai Gives Soldiers 40 Days To Capture Shekau “Dead Or Alive”

A statement issued by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, quoted Buratai as saying that Attahiru should “employ all arsenal at the disposal of the Theatre Command to smoke out Shekau wherever he is hiding in Nigeria.”

The statement read in full: “Today, Friday 21st July, 2017,  the chief of army staff, Nigerian army, lieutenant general Tukur Yusufu Buratai, has directed the theatre commander, operation lafiya dole, major general Ibrahim Attahiru, to capture Abubakar Shekau, the so-called and self-styled leader of Boko Haram terrorists group, dead or alive.”

“The theatre commander has further been directed to do so within 40 days.

“He is to employ all arsenal at the disposal of the theatre command to smoke out Shekau wherever he is hiding in Nigeria.

“The general public is please requested to also assist and volunteer information that would lead to the accomplishment of this task.”

Reports that the elusive terrorists’ leader had been killed in different operations have been rebuffed as he continued to churn out audio and video clips on the activities of the sect.

As of today, August 30, the ultimatum has elapsed while Shekau is nowhere to be found.

Rather than capture the most wanted man in Nigeria, what followed the ultimatum were series of suicide attacks and bombings in the north-eastern region of the country.

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Get Familiar: Loose Kaynon Ft. TMXO x Yung L – 5 Alive

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Loose Kaynon, the newly elected CBN Vice President is back after a 4 year long hiatus with a vibe that is fresh, raw and unmatched by anything on the airwaves right now. He features TMXO and Yung L on his new single – ‘5 Alive’.

‘5 Alive’ is a feel good reggaeton tinged afro-pop song that expresses the singers’ diverse descriptions of a sexy woman across diverse genres of music.

“5 Alive” was produced, mixed and mastered by Chopstix and is out now on all major digital music platforms.

DOWNLOAD

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Sarkodie Embarks on Groundbreaking ‘Highest’ UK Press Tour

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After an exclusive album listening and video screening session for his hugely anticipated fifth studio album Highest, produced mainly by longtime collaborator Jayso, in his home country Ghana on August 18, award-winning African rap icon Sarkodie took the album, which will be released on September 8 via Sarkcess Music and marketed/distributed by Dice Recordings, to the UK for a groundbreaking press tour and first of its kind from an African artist, from August 22 to August 25. After the release of Highest, Sarkodie will also be announcing dates for a forthcoming UK tour!

Kicking off his UK press tour by agreeing a distribution deal with Dice Recordings/Sony Music, the biggest UK tastemakers could not get enough of Sarkodie, with the likes of NoiseyShazamMTVBBC 1XtraCapital Xtra, and Hunger Magazine among others, all wanting a piece of one of Africa’s biggest and best rappers. The UK press tour culminated with a private album listening session for select UK tastemakers, and an oversubscribed press day, where Sarkodie talked more in depth about the highly anticipated and forthcoming Highest album.

Watch highlights from the Sarkodie ‘Highest’ UK press tour below

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Buhari Presides Over FEC Meeting, Announces Cash Gifts Of N1m Each To D’Tigress Players

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday announced cash gifts of N1 million each for members of the national female basketball team, D’Tigress.

The team on Sunday made Nigeria proud after it won the 2017 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket tournament in Mali – defeating the Senegal team 65-48 in the final – and then qualified for the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Spain.

The president also gave the team’s officials N500,000 each.

Buhari made the announcement at the commencement of the weekly federal executive council (FEC) meeting today, the first he would attend since he returned from his medical leave in the UK.

Apparently elated by the development, the team captain, Aisha Mohammed, said the cash reward from the president would encourage them to win gold next year in Spain.

Also speaking, the President of Nigeria Basketball Federation, Musa Ahmadu Kida, attributed the success of the team to the democratic process that has returned to the federation.

Kida further expressed optimism that the team could achieve the same success when they go to Spain.

It is understood that apart from the over 100 days for which President Buhari was out of Nigeria for health treatment, ‎the president had missed five consecutive meetings, two of which were cancelled.

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West Brom Sign Gibbs From Arsenal

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West Brom have finalised the signing of Arsenal defender , Kieran Gibbs , for a fee in the ballpark of £7 million.

The 27-year-old defender has played for Arsenal since he was 14 and has played 230 games under Wenger.

Gibbs was on the brink of joining Watford, after losing his starting berth due to injury, but joined West Brom after talks with Watford fell through.

“We’ve now got a deal which I think is right for the club and I’m really pleased to add a player of this quality and experience to our group,” said West Brom boss Tony Pulis.

“Kieran’s a good age and has made over 200 appearances for Arsenal, represented his country and has Premier League and Champions League experience.

“To add these qualities to our squad is exactly what we’re looking for.”

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30 Workers Arrested In Imo State For N650m Pension Fraud

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Thirty workers of the Imo State Pension Board have been arrested by operatives of Department of State Services (DSS) for pension fraud to the sum of N650m.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Sam Onwuemeodo, who made the disclosure known, said suspects were nabbed after an investigation showed that 92 cheques were used to perpetrate the fraud.

According to him, the cheques were written in the names of people who were not pensioners.

He said, “About 30 pension board workers have been handed over to personnel of the Department of State Services over monumental fraud through pension cheques amounting to N650m. The cheques in question are 92, with some of them containing N10m and above.

“Most of the fake cheques were written in the names of people who are not pensioners or who do not exist, while some were written in the names of existing pensioners, who have three cheques or more. Only one have the actual amount the pensioner ought to have as his pension. The fake cheques have amounts from N10m and above.”

Meanwhile, the governor’s spokesperson said the government had on Monday began to pay the pensioners 100 per cent of their outstanding pension arrears, with pensioners from eight local government areas, including Nkwerre, Ideato South, Njaba, Nwangele, Isu, Obowo, Onuimo and Orsu, being paid.

Onwuemeodo further disclosed that the government now prefers to pay directly to the pensioners following the discovery of the “mind-boggling fraud” in the pension cheques.

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Evans: Billionaire Kidnapper Pleads Guilty To Two Charges In Court

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Billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and kidnapping before a judge of the Ikeja High Court.

 

Evans alongside five of his other accomplices were arraigned before the court on two counts bordering on conspiracy and kidnapping.

Evans: Notorious Kidnap Kingpin Leads Police To Detention Camps, “Where He Kept His Victims”

The judge ordered that all the male defendants be remanded at Kirikiri Maximum Prison while the female defendant, who pleaded not guilty to all the charges, be kept at the Kirikiri Female Prison.

The judge further adjourned the case till October 19.

Yesterday, a Lagos Division of the Federal High Court adjourned till September 5 to hear arguments from Evan’s lawyer and police lawyers on why he should not deliver judgment on the fundamental rights application brought by Evans.

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

Justice Abdulaziz Anka had initially fixed Tuesday to deliver judgment on the suit but a lawyer to the Inspector General of Police and the Nigeria Police Force, David Igbodo – who appeared for the first time since the hearing began – said he had filed a counter affidavit before the court.

“It will be an injustice for judgment to be delivered without hearing our own side,” Mr. Igbodo, Commissioner of Police (Legal Section), said.

360nobs earlier gathered that Evans may be sentenced to death or get life imprisonment after the Lagos state Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode signed into law, the state kidnapping prohibition bill, 2016 which prescribes life imprisonment or death penalty for the offence of Kidnapping and forceful extortion in Lagos State.

Literally, the bill – which was passed by the Lagos State House of Assembly on January 5 – provides death penalty for kidnappers whose victims die in their custody, and life imprisonment for the act of kidnapping.

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

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

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Hargreaves: Liverpool Are Almost Title Winners

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Owen Hargreaves, a former Manchester United midfielder believes Liverpool are rightful contenders for the title.

Liverpool have bounced back from their opening day draw to beat Palace 1-0 and dismantle Arsenal at home 4-0.

Arsenal were thrashed at Anfield, with Salah, Firmino and Mane getting on the score sheet and Hargreaves sees them as contenders.

He told SportBild: “Liverpool are close to it [being title winners]. The development since Klopp took over in October 2015 is similar to his time in Dortmund. There he won the Bundesliga title in his third year.

“The Premier League is very hard to win. You have to be a bit lucky too. But you also make your own luck. And Klopp works very hard with his players.”

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Osinbajo Inaugurates 60,000 Metric Tonnes Fertiliser Plant In Edo

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The Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday inaugurated the reactivated Edo Fertiliser Plant and Chemical Company Limited in Auchi, Etsako West Local Government, after 14 years of abandonment.

The plant, said to have the capacity to produce about 60,000 metric tonnes of fertilizer in a year, was revived through a public, private venture about 14 years after it was abandoned.

A statement issued from the Government House, Benin City, Edo State, said Mr. Osinbajo was accompanied to the ceremony in the state by the Ministers of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, and Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah.

Speaking at the ceremony, the vice president said that the Federal Government was committed to creating enabling environment for private investors to do business in the country.

Osinbajo emphasised the need to involve the private sector to ensure accelerated development of the country’s infrastructure and industries.

“The Buhari administration takes private enterprise very seriously; we believe that government resources cannot bring about the rapid roll-out we need especially in the area of infrastructure and industrial development.

“It is the private sector that can do so. We are, therefore, committed to making it easy for businessmen to invest anyway in Nigeria.”

He said that this was why the present administration set up the Presidential Enabling Business Council.

The vice president called for the involvement of state and local governments in ensuring that private businesses thrived in the country in order to create employment opportunities.

He commended the Edo government for partnering with the private sector to develop the state and for keying into the federal government’s economic diversification initiative.

“Let me again commend the Edo state government for this partnership with Walcot which is already well known for agro-processing,” he added.

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2019 Election: PDP Woos Dangote For Presidency

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There are strong indications that the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has started making overtures to billionaire business man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, to come and contest for the presidential election on its platform ahead of the 2019 general election.

Daily Times quoted a top source in the PDP as saying that the party, in a determined effort to win the 2019 election, has already sent emissary to the billionaire businessman, who is from Kano state.

The source further said that the decision to reach out to Dangote with a view to wooing him to come and contest for the presidential election on the platform of the PDP, was part of the decisions reached by members of a think tank committee put together by the immediate past President of the country, Dr. Jonathan Goodluck.

The source said: “I can confidently tell you that the PDP has made overtures to Alhaji Aliko Dangote to come and fly the presidential flag of our party for the 2019 presidential election.

“So many things were taken into consideration before the party arrived at this decision. Alhaji Dangote has the clout, the pedigree, the name, the followership and above all the financial war chest to match any presidential candidate that the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) or any other party may be bringing forward in 2019”.

It was also gathered that aside from President Muhammadu Buhari, who Dangote was said to have spent personal money running into about N37 billion in 2015 to help in realising the presidential ambition, the billionaire had also equally made a lot on financial contributions to the emergence of other past presidents in the country.

Another source within the party said: “If Dangote can make financial contributions to ensure the emergence of other past Presidents in the country in the past, don’t you think he will be willing and ready to spend any amount to realise his own presidential ambition if he accepts the overture from the PDP?

“This is one of the reasons why the PDP made the overtures to him (Dangote) and we sincerely hope and pray that he accepts it. If he does, the journey to the Aso Rock presidential villa for the PDP in 2019 would have been made less stressful and less thorny”.

Meanwhile, a source close to Dangote, when contacted by the online outlet, said that his principal is not interested in politics, adding that the PDP should look elsewhere for its candidate.

The source, who pleaded for anonymity, said: “The attempt to woo him will fail because Dangote is not interested in politics. He is a businessman to the core and what you just asked me to react to is a distraction.

“The PDP should go and look elsewhere for its candidate for 2019 as Dangote is committed to his core vision and desire to invest and create jobs to the people”.

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Coleman: Madrid Boos Do Not Affect Bale

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Wales boss, Seamus Coleman insists Gareth Bale is unfazed and unaffected by the boos from the Real Madrid fans.

The Wales forward was heavily criticised by the home fans in the 2-2 draw against Valencia, as Asensio played hero.

Bale is currently preparing for Wales World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Moldova and Coleman believes he can handle the club pressure.

“This latest episode won’t faze him at all,” Coleman said on Tuesday. “People wondered how he would handle it when he went to Real Madrid [in 2013] because you are like a film star there, but he absolutely cruised through it.

“He’s answered all the critics. He’s matured in the last four or five years and come through it with flying colours.”

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Policemen Brutalise Lady For Tattooing Her Body

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A Nigerian woman has accused some policemen of the Rivers State Police Command of brutalising her for having tattoos on her body.

The woman, who is identified as Chioma Pius, claimed she was assaulted on Monday while travelling in a cab from Bayelsa to Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Pius, who is now demanding for Justice, said she was stopped by the policemen at Elebrada Junction, Emohua, Rivers State, adding that after introducing herself to the policemen, the head of the patrol team accused her of being rude.

Policemen Brutalise Lady For Tattooing Her BodyShe wrote on her Facebook page:

“Today was a horrible day. I experienced the worst day in my life. Today I was brutalized by police officers. This happened at emohua axis of river state. At the highway leading to bayelsa. My crime was that I tattooed my body. In this modern age. A police officer asked me to step down from the taxi I was traveling with from bayelsa to portharcourt. I asked to know why and he asked again so I got out of the car and then he asked to know who I was and what I did.

I gladly introduced myself after which i had a big smile on my face and my phone rang but I couldn’t answer and then he said I should I identify myself to his superior which i found funny and I was just looking at the guy when he said I should get detained. That I don’t have manners and that am a cultist, prostitute, armrobber, there is no disgusting name this men didn’t call me and all this time I was just laughing and telling them am not entering their mobile cell. They seized my phones so I couldn’t record them.

They searched my purse And when they couldn’t find any money they got more angry And said that I don’t even have money And am showing myself And before I know if one of the officers grabbed me by my trousers and pushed me to the van and the other guy slapped me and punched me repeatedly. I was asking why they are beating me up and their boss used his gun to hit me on my thighs, went away came back with cane And was flogging me And calling me names. And pushed me into their cell. During the struggle I lost my ring and while this was happening they were collecting money from highway drivers and letting them through without searching them. This guys are animals. They touched the wrong one.They will not go unpunished. They sent away my taxi driver. Passer by were watching it couldn’t do anything.

I will not be humiliated for no reason. This police officers are not here to protect us but only to hurt innocent ones but its enough what’s wrong with one tattooing their body. Please share and repost.”

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Pulisic: Hard To See Dembele Go

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Christian Pulisic says it is hard to see Ousmane Dembele leave the club, but he is happy he followed his dream.

Ousmane Dembele completed a move to Barcelona for an initial fee of €105 million, which inclusive of add-ons will make him the second most expensive player.

Pulisic shared the stadium with the France international winger last season with Dortmund.

“He was a good friend of mine. It’s always tough when you see a good player leave. It’s not easy,” Pulisic said.

“I think it was a dream of his to play for Barcelona and I’m not going to be unhappy for him. I’m definitely happy and I’m excited to see what he can do in his future, but like I said, it’s not always fun losing one of your best players.”

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Pulisic: Hard To See Dembele Go

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Christian Pulisic says it is hard to see Ousmane Dembele leave the club, but he is happy he followed his dream.

Ousmane Dembele completed a move to Barcelona for an initial fee of €105 million, which inclusive of add-ons will make him the second most expensive player.

Pulisic shared the stadium with the France international winger last season with Dortmund.

“He was a good friend of mine. It’s always tough when you see a good player leave. It’s not easy,” Pulisic said.

“I think it was a dream of his to play for Barcelona and I’m not going to be unhappy for him. I’m definitely happy and I’m excited to see what he can do in his future, but like I said, it’s not always fun losing one of your best players.”

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Henderson: England Wants To Be Number One

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Jordan Henderson says the sole aim of the three lions of England is to become the number one team in the world.

England are on course to qualify for the Russia 2018 World Cup. However, they have the habit of qualifying for competitions and then underperforming.

But Henderson insists they are ready to improve on that record in the coming years.

“As a team, that is what we want to achieve: to get to the World Cup, first and foremost, and then when we get there we want to do well,”
said the Liverpool captain. “We will definitely think about it but at the end of the day, you have got to do the business in the next few games that we play to qualify.

“We have spoken together as a squad and the target is to be the number one team in the world, however long it takes, we don’t know. It is down to us as a team how far we want to go and how far we want to push ourselves.

“Hopefully we can do that sooner rather than later. I know it is going to take time, but I feel as though we have a great set of lads, a great set of players, a lot of talent, a lot of hard work goes into it.

“At the same time, we have not performed in the last few tournaments I have been to, definitely, and a lot more before that. We need to change something.

“First and foremost, we have to get there and make sure we are there. Then the mentality has to change and we need to go and be better than we have been. Obviously, we know the Euros was not good enough and the World Cup was disappointing. It is a big challenge but one I feel we are ready for.”

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#DSTvThanks: Stay Connected. Get Rewarded

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Vazquez: Asensio Can Win Ballon d’Or

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Lucks Vazquez believes Real Madrid teammate, Marco Asensio is a spectacular player and will win the ballon d’or one day.

Asensio has been in spectacular form so far this season , scoring four goals in five games, including the brace in the draw against Valencia.

The Spain international forward has been called up to the squad alongside Vazquez to Lopetegui’s squad.

“He is spectacular,” Vazquez told Cadena SER about Asensio.

“He is at a very high level and still has to grow. We hope to enjoy him a lot. He is very humble and takes everything with ease.

“It’s soon to say about the Ballon d’Or, but I think so.”

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