360Recommends: KaySo – Your Type No Dey

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KaySo has been making beats for a decade, producing hits for some of Ghana’s most talented artists, ranging from the most commercially successful (Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Becca, Ice Prince from Nigeria) to the most critically hyped (Wanlov the Kubolor, Wiyaala, Dex Kwasi, Ayat).

At the height of his craft, Kayso has decided to focus on his own music, unleashing Your Type No Dey:

 

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50Kg Bag Of Rice To “Soon” Sell For N6,000 In Nigeria

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In the next few months, a 50kg bag of rice would be sold at the rate of N6000, says the National President of Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria, Aminu Goronyo, on Wednesday.

Goronyo made this known during a meeting between rice farmers, processors and the minister of agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja.

According to him, the anticipated crash in prices is due to wet season bumper harvest by farmers.

He added that operators have resolved to reduce the price of a 50kg bag of rice, which is currently priced within the range of N15,000 to N17,000, to N13,000.

“This is just the beginning. The actual price will still come down because we are expecting a bumper harvest this year; we have sat down with the millers and agreed that we will work together for the interest of Nigerians.”

“At one time, people were buying a bag of rice at the cost of N18,000 but they are now buying it at between N13,000 and N15,000. The price is coming down.

“In the next few months, God willing, the price of a 50kg bag will come down to N6,000. It is achievable, it will be a reality,’’ he said.

On his own part, Mohammed Abubakar, chairman, Rice Processors Association of Nigeria (RIPAN), said the associations had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to slash the prices of both paddy and processed rice.

“We have agreed at N110,000 per tonne of paddy. In the market, rice will come around N13,000 to N13,500 per 50kg bag,” he said.

“Before now, we were buying paddy at N140,000 and N150,000 per tonne and we are selling our products at N16,000 per 50kg bag.

“If this MoU works, we hope to sell a bag of rice at N13, 000 to N13, 500, depending on where you are in the country.”

Ogbeh lauded the associations for their decision to slash the price of locally produced rice.

The minister, who noted that the biggest challenge facing rice farmers in the country was smuggling, said the move would aid efforts to stamp out rice smuggling into the country.

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Hummels Backs Klopp To Turn It Around At Liverpool

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Mats Hummels is quite confident, his former manager , Jurgen Klopp can help Liverpool out of their poor start to the season.

Liverpool opened the campaign with a draw against Watford and followed that with a four-game winning streak.

But unfortunately, they have only being able to muster one win out of seven games in all competitions. They are currently seven points behind the summit.

Nevertheless, Hummels who worked with Klopp for seven years at Dortmund, has faith in the German’s abilities to lead Liverpool out of the rut it is in.

“I’m following Jurgen Klopp really closely because of the seven years we had when he coached me at Borussia Dortmund,” he told Sky Sports News.

“I was really happy when he had a good start this year, but right now it looks a little tough for him and the club.

“But he and the team will get out of this situation, it’s not too bad but it’s not as good as they wanted it to be.”

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Senate Probes NNPC GMD Baru Over Kachikwu’s Allegations

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The Senate on Wednesday set up a panel to investigate the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, over allegations made against him in a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu.

It is understood that the panel will also investigate the policy introduced by the NNPC Trading Limited, a subsidiary of the corporation, among other issues.

In a petition to the president on August 30 but sighted by the public yesterday, Kachikwu had alleged that Baru was sidelining him and the NNPC board from important decisions affecting the corporation.

Kachikwu had also accused Baru of insubordination, claiming he awarded contracts without due process.

“The Board of NNPC which you appointed and, which has met every month since its inauguration and, which by the statutes of NNPC is meant to review these planned appointments and postings, was never briefed. Members of the Board learnt of these appointments from the pages of social media and the Press Release of NNPC,” the minister had said.

However, earlier today, the lawmakers of the upper chamber while considering a motion on ‘allegations of corruption against NNPC trading: time to conduct a holistic investigation’, resolved to probe the allegations after Kabir Marafa drew the attention of the lawmakers to them.

“Mr President, distinguished colleagues, the media has been awash with memo raised by the Minister of State for Petroleum, accusing the NNPC GMD, and it would be right for the upper chamber to wade in,” Marafa said.

Responding to this, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki constituted a committee to investigate activities of the NNPC and report back to the Senate.

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Nigeria Still Sitting On Its Hands: Electric Vehicles As A Threat To Oil

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Nigeria Still Sitting On Its Hands: Electric Vehicles As A Threat To Oil, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

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As the world shifts gear into electric cars, abandoning the fossil fuel burning internal combustion engine, Nigeria continues to play Ostrich, preferring the conundrum of stupidity to sense and sensibility. Instead of investing massively in the vast farmlands of the north and encouraging the production of finished value added products, the federal government is pumping billions of naira annually into drilling for elusive oil deposits in the Chad Basin. Instead of kicking real economic diversification in, the government is playing poker with the lives of a bugeoning youth population with no prospects.

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

The 2020s promises to be the decade of the Electric Vehicles (EVs). The shift to electric cars has begun. It is noticeable in America and China and its widespread adoption is only a matter of years – a few years. When this happens, it will be a world making a big shift because buying the kind of cars we drive now will no longer make sense. Automobile companies will also no longer make what people won’t buy. A year ago, the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) predicted that 46 million EVs would be in use by the year 2040. A few weeks ago, it raised its EV fleet prediction to 266 million. That is a five hundred percent increase over last year’s estimate. Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF)’s July report expects electric cars to reduce oil demand by 8 million barrels by 2040. That is more than the current production of Iran and Iraq combined.

If Nigeria wants to look beyond consumers of oil for direction, Saudi Arabia is a good example. Saudi Aramco, Saudi’s well managed equivalent of our own prostrate Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) plans to raise $100 billion dollars from its initial public offering (IPO) by selling about five percent of its holding in 2018. With the offering, Aramco IPO will the biggest ever in the world with its entire valuation at $1.6-$2trillion. A significant portion of money from the sale will go into funding education, transportation, renewable energy and plug the deficit. Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest producer of oil and natural gas, with better infrastructure, better investment in people and processes has taken electric vehicles seriously as a long-term threat. Nigeria has not. What will Nigeria do as oil demand stagnates in the decades ahead due to increasing demand for cleaner energy and the growing popularity of EVs?

By 2030, the gradual extinction of the internal combustion engine will begin, due to a growing electric vehicle fleet, that will prove disruptive to gasoline demand with tremendous impact on crude oil prices. There are three signs fueling the belief in EVs as the future of automobiles. One, the cost of bringing the technology to market continues to declined remarkably. Batteries are five times cheaper than they use to be five years ago, along with innovations leading to increased capacity. Two, the two biggest automobile markets, China and the United States, have witnessed a big surge in investment and installation of charging infrastructure, as well as in other major developed countries around the world. Three, there is a compelling economic case to be made for EVs. The cost of the technology is being driven down more and more due to research and investment by more automotive companies. Even at today’s oil prices, EVs have lower operating costs than internal combustion engine vehicles. Very soon, EVs will have price parity with gasoline driven automobiles. The top buyers of our crude oil, United States, India and China are aggressively pursuing the development of its EV industry, with China leading the way. In 2016, 507,000 EVs and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles were sold in China, a 53 percent increase from 2015. The United States saw a 36 percent increase, resulting in the sale of 157,130 vehicles. Europe sold 222,200 EVs and PHEVs. A 14 percent increase from the prior year. If this figures does not alarm Nigeria, what will?

The projections are showing EVs adoption will likely mimic the same speed with which smartphones penetrated the mobile phone markets. It will be fast and deep, ending years of reliance on fossil fuel. What is Nigeria’s plan for life after oil?

Nigeria has a lot to fear and a lot of catching up to do. We have to take the threat seriously, instead of our usual, perrenial nonchalance. 2030 is only 12 years away! I urge President Buhari to assemble a world class team as an economic imperative, to help chart our path to meaningful diversification by investing in value added agriculture, mining, education, transport infrastructure and technology. The work on curbing corruption must persist, the judiciary must uphold the rule of law and plugging of leaks must continue and be institutionalised. Without frantic and concerted efforts, significant political and civil turbulence will happen as the struggle to diversify the economies heightens. For self-preservation, the overindulgent National Assembly must look to cutting its bloated salary and institutionalise far reaching reforms.

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

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

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Haye Unsure Of Bellew’s Motivation For A Rematch

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David Haye does not believe Tony Bellew has the same desire he had back when they fought in March.

The heavyweight rivals held a press conference for the first time after their first fight in March, which the Hayemaker lost.

Haye insists there will be no war of words or bad blood between them ahead of their December 17 fight, but has also questioned his desire.

He told Sky Sports News: “We are tough guys and we are willing to put it on the line again and he’s doing it again yet he is a multi-millionaire now after the first fight, so is he going to have the same desire going into this rematch than he had for the first one?

“The first time around he said it to anyone that would listen, that his motivation was about securing the future of his family – like I did a few years ago.

“He has finally done that now, so he is going back into the ring, but what is his motivation?

“Well, he says he’s got a screw loose, well anybody who has a screw loose doesn’t know he’s got a screw loose.”

“I don’t know what his desire is. He says he doesn’t like boxing, he doesn’t like training, but I do, I love it.”

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Haye Says , Bellew Robbed Him Back In March

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David Haye has stated that Tony Bellew’s win over him is like a robber robbing a bank, a notion the Merseysider has dismissed.

Haye said Bellew’s victory is like that of a robber trying to secure a fortune for his family and will exert revenge come December 17.

“People rob banks to secure their family,” Haye said on Wednesday. “Would you go back to rob that same bank again? Is your hatred so bad for the clerk behind the desk that you need to do it again?

“Bellew’s motivations were clear – he wanted to secure his family. He’s a multi-millionaire – welcome to a very small club of British boxers who don’t have to box, they are comfortable. I ask myself: what are his motivations going into the second fight?

“I didn’t believe I’d get this opportunity again. I didn’t think it would happen. Tony, for some reason, wants to do it again.

“My motivations are for revenge, I want to be the best heavyweight in the world. He doesn’t want to fight Anthony Joshua or Deontay Wilder because he isn’t big enough. So why go back into the lion’s den?”

Bellew, who won via 11th-round stoppage at The O2 in the first fight after Haye sustained an Achilles injury, reacted dismissively.

“I can’t believe the analogy he has used,” Bellew said. “I didn’t rob a bank – I got in a boxing ring and punched you senseless.

“I fight because, believe it or not, I enjoy fighting. I’ve got a screw loose. I don’t enjoy the 14 weeks build-up or losing loads of weight but, on fight night, I love it. I love punching you in the face and I love getting punched in the face.

“I know in my heart that he still doesn’t rate me. I understand David had an injury and showed immense bravery. I knew he wasn’t going to quit. What shocked him, that I already knew, is that I was going to take him into deep waters.

“David fell apart because I made him. Pressure. When he caught me clean he got the shock of a lifetime.”

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Bellew Promises To Send Haye Into Retirement

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Tony Bellew believes David Haye’s warm approach towards him is all an act and has promised to send him into retirement, when they face in December.

The Bomber will face the Hayemaker for the second time , after he thrashed the two-weight boxer earlier in the year.

Haye insists he has a newfound respect for the Merseysider, who beat him back in March in the 11th round, but Bellew does not agree with him

“I don’t believe he respects me at all,” Bellew told Sky Sports News. “This is an act, what he’s doing now. He’s doing a great job to be fair. He has said in the past he wants to be an actor, so he’s just done a fantastic job on the stage. He’s got my applause.

“He doesn’t rate me as a fighter, I know. He actually slipped up halfway through there. He said he didn’t underestimate me last time, so if he didn’t underestimate me last time – he said I was the worst world champion ever. He said he was going to drill me to the floor within a couple of rounds.”

“He will have nowhere to go after losing to me,” said the former WBC cruiserweight champion. “He might reinvent himself again. He might even give something like wrestling a go, because he is a fantastic promoter of fights.

“He knows how to push a fight, but in regards to boxing, I will finish him on December 17.”

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Pique Promises Not To Leave Spain Squad

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Gerard Pique has stated in another press conference, that he will not be retiring from the Spain squad.

The Barcelona defender had offered to quit the Spain team last weekend, after the Catalan referendum was bodied with violence. He was booed at an open training of the La Roja squad.

A picture of me at the Camp Nou has been defaced by graffiti and Pique has decided not to give up and let his critics win.

“I’ve considered retiring as it would be easier for my teammates, but that would be a victory for those whistling,” he said.

“Those whistling? There are many more who oppose their actions than those who carry them out, I am sure of it.

“I’d take everyone whistling me out to dinner, talk to them and then they wouldn’t whistle me anymore.”

Pique has also spoken eloquently regarding the situation in Catalonia, insisting that it his bigger than himself.

“Should Catalonia be independent? That’s the million dollar question, and I cannot answer,” he added.

“No matter what I answer I will lose half of the people. My sons are Catalans, Spanish, Colombians and Lebanese. Countries are irrelevant.

“There’s a political problem and we either find a solution through dialogue and talking or things will get worse.

“I don’t want to go out of the national team through the back door…the easy route.”

He added:”Spain and Catalonia like a father with the son who wants to leave home. If you talk to him maybe he won’t.

“The most important thing is respect and dialogue. We have to try and understand each other.

“It’s difficult to understand whats happening with Catalonia if you don’t go there. The TV channels only show what they want.

“This is bigger than me. This is about a part of Spain who wants to leave. This is about millions of people who want to vote.

“My opinion now is irrelevant. What matter is politicians doing their job and solving this by talking.”

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Pique Promises Not To Leave Spain Squad

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Gerard Pique has stated in another press conference, that he will not be retiring from the Spain squad.

The Barcelona defender had offered to quit the Spain team last weekend, after the Catalan referendum was bodied with violence. He was booed at an open training of the La Roja squad.

A picture of me at the Camp Nou has been defaced by graffiti and Pique has decided not to give up and let his critics win.

“I’ve considered retiring as it would be easier for my teammates, but that would be a victory for those whistling,” he said.

“Those whistling? There are many more who oppose their actions than those who carry them out, I am sure of it.

“I’d take everyone whistling me out to dinner, talk to them and then they wouldn’t whistle me anymore.”

Pique has also spoken eloquently regarding the situation in Catalonia, insisting that it his bigger than himself.

“Should Catalonia be independent? That’s the million dollar question, and I cannot answer,” he added.

“No matter what I answer I will lose half of the people. My sons are Catalans, Spanish, Colombians and Lebanese. Countries are irrelevant.

“There’s a political problem and we either find a solution through dialogue and talking or things will get worse.

“I don’t want to go out of the national team through the back door…the easy route.”

He added:”Spain and Catalonia like a father with the son who wants to leave home. If you talk to him maybe he won’t.

“The most important thing is respect and dialogue. We have to try and understand each other.

“It’s difficult to understand whats happening with Catalonia if you don’t go there. The TV channels only show what they want.

“This is bigger than me. This is about a part of Spain who wants to leave. This is about millions of people who want to vote.

“My opinion now is irrelevant. What matter is politicians doing their job and solving this by talking.”

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N23bn Bribe: 205 Officials In Trouble As EFCC Beams Searchlight On INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has beamed its searchlight on the commission, as it is currently probing its officials in 20 states for allegedly receiving bribe during the 2015 elections.

The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said that the anti-graft agency was already probing 205 of its officials for allegedly receiving part of the N23bn reportedly disbursed by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani-Alison Madueke.

INEC Warns Politicians Against “Illegal” Campaigning Ahead Of 2019 Election

It is understood that the money was purportedly doled out to the INEC officials in a desperate bid to compromise results of the 2015 polls.

Speaking during a quarterly consultative meeting with journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, Yakubu said he would continue to cooperate with the anti-graft agency.

He added that the South-South geopolitical zone recorded the highest number of people who took part in the Continuous Voter Registration between the months of April and September 2017.

Yakubu said the last report given to him by the EFCC involved 16 states, adding that the EFCC was already probing INEC officials in 20 other states

He said, “I want to say that this is the first time in the history of our elections that in one fell swoop, 205 officials were disciplined based on the interim report we received from the EFCC covering 16 states.

“Under the terms and conditions of service what we can do is to interdict them which means placing them on half salary and suspending them from work until their innocence or guilt is established. The last report covered 16 states and only last week I heard they had started prosecuting them.

“However, after receiving the report, we had a discussion with the EFCC and told them that for the outstanding 20 states, they should not submit any interim report to INEC but just prosecute them.

“Once they are taken to court, we activate the provisions of the terms and conditions of service. Whatever we need to do we will do even if it means getting rid of everybody in the commission and recruiting afresh for the purpose of the 2019 elections. We are committed to doing so.”

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N23bn Bribe: 205 Officials In Trouble As EFCC Beams Searchlight On INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has beamed its searchlight on the commission, as it is currently probing its officials in 20 states for allegedly receiving bribe during the 2015 elections.

The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said that the anti-graft agency was already probing 205 of its officials for allegedly receiving part of the N23bn reportedly disbursed by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani-Alison Madueke.

INEC Warns Politicians Against “Illegal” Campaigning Ahead Of 2019 Election

It is understood that the money was purportedly doled out to the INEC officials in a desperate bid to compromise results of the 2015 polls.

Speaking during a quarterly consultative meeting with journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, Yakubu said he would continue to cooperate with the anti-graft agency.

He added that the South-South geopolitical zone recorded the highest number of people who took part in the Continuous Voter Registration between the months of April and September 2017.

Yakubu said the last report given to him by the EFCC involved 16 states, adding that the EFCC was already probing INEC officials in 20 other states

He said, “I want to say that this is the first time in the history of our elections that in one fell swoop, 205 officials were disciplined based on the interim report we received from the EFCC covering 16 states.

“Under the terms and conditions of service what we can do is to interdict them which means placing them on half salary and suspending them from work until their innocence or guilt is established. The last report covered 16 states and only last week I heard they had started prosecuting them.

“However, after receiving the report, we had a discussion with the EFCC and told them that for the outstanding 20 states, they should not submit any interim report to INEC but just prosecute them.

“Once they are taken to court, we activate the provisions of the terms and conditions of service. Whatever we need to do we will do even if it means getting rid of everybody in the commission and recruiting afresh for the purpose of the 2019 elections. We are committed to doing so.”

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Criticism As US Votes Against UN Resolution Condemning Death Penalty For LGBT People

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The US government under President Donald Trump has come under criticism for joining the likes of Iraq and Saudia Arabia to vote against a UN resolution condemning the death penalty for LGBT people.

Human rights advocates and LGBT activists have condemned the US government as it became one of just 13 countries, including China, to refuse to condemn the “imposition of the death penalty as a sanction for specific forms of conduct, such as apostasy, blasphemy, adultery and consensual same-sex relations”.

Last week, the United Nations Human Rights Council approved a resolution condemning the use of the death penalty in a discriminatory manner such as consensual same-sex relations.

Along with 13 other nations, the United States voted against it.

Instead, the U.S. sided with allies such as Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Qatar, Japan and the United Arab Emirates. Bangladesh, China and India and voted against the measure, which still passed along a 27-13 margin.

“The resolution asked countries that have not yet abolished the death penalty to ensure that it is not ‘applied arbitrarily or in a discriminatory manner’ and that it is not applied against persons with mental or intellectual disabilities and persons below 18 years of age at the time of the commission of the crime, as well as pregnant women,” according to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association (ILGA).

The resolution does not outlaw the use of the death penalty. Instead, it merely condemns its use in cases of “apostasy, blasphemy and adultery” an other similar instances.

“It is unconscionable to think that there are hundreds of millions of people living in States where somebody may be executed simply because of whom they love” Renato Sabbadini, Executive Director of ILGA said. “This is a monumental moment where the international community has publicly highlighted that these horrific laws simply must end.”

On his part, Ty Cobb, director of Human Rights Campaign Global, said in a statement:

“Ambassador Haley has failed the LGBTQ community by not standing up against the barbaric use of the death penalty to punish individuals in same-sex relationships.

“While the UN Human Rights Council took this crucially important step, the Trump/Pence administration failed to show leadership on the world stage by not championing this critical measure. This administration’s blatant disregard for human rights and LGBTQ lives around the world is beyond disgraceful.”

Reacting to the criticisms, U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said during a press briefing yesterday that the much of the reporting on the United States’ position on the resolution had been misleading, and that despite appearances the U.S. “unequivocally condemns” the application of the death penalty to homosexuality, adultery, and religious offenses.

There are currently six countries where the death penalty is used for people in same-sex relationships: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia. This number rises to eight if the Isis-occupied territories of Iraq and Syria are included.

The full text of the U.N. resolution, which, in fact, calls upon all states that have not already abolished the death penalty to consider doing so, is here.

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Boko Haram Suspect Confesses – “We Planned To Strike Ondo Before My Arrest”

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A recently arrested member of the dreaded Boko Haram sect has confessed that the insurgent group was planning to carry out attacks in Ondo state before he was arrested in Akoko south-east local government area of the state.

The suspect, Mohammed Bashir, made this known on Tuesday, while he was being paraded at the state command’s headquarters in Igbatoro, Akure, by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Gbenga Adeyanju.

Speaking to pressmen in Hausa language, Bashir, who described himself as an “officer in Boko Haram,” said “killing means nothing to us”.

He added that some powerful people supplied them with arms and ammunition which they used for their various attacks.

His words: “I am an officer in Boko Haram, I was arrested by the police when I wanted to go and eat. Other members of the gang and I have been meeting in the bush on how to carry out attacks on Ondo State. I left the meeting to go and eat when the police arrested me.”

“Killing means nothing to us. I have once killed two people with gun. I killed one man and a boy; we just kill people at will.

“We kill people because we believe that those practising western education are evil doers and we must kill them.”

Meanwhile, the police commissioner of the state said the suspect would soon be handed over to the Nigerian Army for further action, adding that they were working to ensure the arrest of other Boko Haram members that may be in the state.

 “If they (Boko Haram) remain in this state, we will get them; it is our work, we know how to get them,” he said.

Bashir’s arrest comes less than a week after the capture of Idris Ibrahim Babawo, a top Boko Haram commander, while trying to evade arrest.

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Batshuayi Ready To Capitalise On Morata Injury

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Michy Batshayi is prepared to capitalise on the injury sustained by Alvaro Morata and intends to impress in his absence.

The Spain international striker sustained a hamstring injury in the 1-0 loss to Manchester City and is expected to be out for over a month.

Batshuayi has been a fringe player since his arrival at Chelsea, but is prepared to stake a claim in the absence of Morata.

“It sounds strange to say, but someone’s bad luck is sometimes the happiness of the other,” he told Sky Sports News.

“I know that I will have more playing opportunities in the coming weeks. It’s up to me to show that I’m capable. I know Conte has confidence in me. Otherwise, he would have let me leave.

“It’s a chance for me. If I’m called on, I want to be ready and efficient. I have to stay really focused.

“I’ve already started games at Chelsea and played well. I’m an efficient striker, but I’m not a joker.”

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Landlord Gives Lai Mohammed’s Ministry “Quit Notice” Over Alleged Failure To Pay 2 Years Rent

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Following a directive from the property owner, the Federal Ministry of Information, under the supervision of Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has been given a one-week notice to vacate its Abia State Division office over its alleged failure to pay rent for two years.

The Punch reports that the landlord of the property, through his lawyer, Mr. Adizua Okoroafor, served the quit notice to the ministry on August 31, 2017.

According to a copy of the quit notice, which was made public on Tuesday, the landlord maintained that the ministry must pack out of the three-bedroomed apartment on September 11, 2017.

The quit notice, it was learnt, was backed by an order of the Umuahia North Magistrates’ Court, which authorised the landlord or his assignee to approach the court to seek an order to eject the ministry.

An official of the ministry, who confirmed the receipt of the quit notice on the condition of anonymity, said the rent of the office complex had not been paid since the current Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, took over the running of the ministry.

The source said: “Since Alhaji Lai Mohammed was appointed as the Minister of Information and Culture, he has not taken the welfare of the Ministry of Information seriously. He is using the money of the Ministry of Information to run the Ministry of Culture, but Culture is under Information.

“We have never seen such a situation where a minister will hide in the Ministry of Culture and abandon the Ministry of Information and that is why we are having this issue of non-payment of our rent. Our rent has not been paid for over two years and we are suffering it now.

“We don’t even know what comes next. Our landlord has threatened to eject us any moment from now, and he started a court action against us.

“Our staff members have been advised to take their personal belongings from the office because we may come to work one morning and find out that the office has been locked up.”

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Nigerian Judge Withdraws From Trial Of 8 Boko Haram Suspects

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The Federal High Court in Abuja Judge, John Tsoho, on Tuesday, withdrew himself from the trial of eight Boko Haram terror suspects standing trial in his court.

The judge announced his decision to “recuse himself” from the trial at the resumed trial of the suspects yesterday at the court in the Federal Capital Territory.

It is understood that the withdrawal followed an application by Abu Musab Al-Barnawi and seven others asking that their case be transferred from his court on the grounds of alleged bias.

Al-Barnawi, who was a spokesman for the terrorist group, and the seven other suspects are facing trial at the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court for the alleged murder of five foreigners who were abducted from a construction site in Kebbi State in 2011.

The defendants were also accused of alleged culpability in the murder of seven other foreigners in Borno State.

The seven foreigners were allegedly abducted from another construction site in Bauchi State in February 2013, and taken to the Sambisa forest, as spelt out by the charge.

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Lacazette: I Never Wanted To Join PSG

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Arsenal forward, Alexandre Lacazette says he rejected the chance to play for Paris Saint-Germain, so he could join Arsenal.

The France international striker became Arsenal’s most expensive signing, joining from Lyon in July for a reported fee of £52.7 million.

Lacazette who has netted four goals in seven Premier League appearances, says he could have stayed in France and played for PSG.

“We talked to PSG but I knew it was not where I wanted to go. In France, I would only play for Lyon,” Lacazette told RMC Sport.

“PSG could have helped me progress because of the big players they have but I wanted to play in another league.”

“I believe in the title, whether in the Premier League or in the Europa League,” Lacazette added.

“We have a big group, everyone gets along, it’s not always the best that wins.”

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Ex-Director General, Others Jailed For 40 Years For Corruption

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A former Director-General of the Ibadan-based Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Benjamin Ogunmodede, was on Tuesday sentenced to 40 years in jail for corruption.

A Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State convicted and sentenced Ogunmodede, a professor of agriculture, to 40 years’ imprisonment without an option of fine for mismanaging funds meant for the payment of salaries and execution of projects in the school.

Also sentenced along Ogunmodede were two others, Zackeus Tejumola and Adenekan Clement, former Chief Accountant and a staff with the research institute respectively.

While the DG and the Chief Accountant were sentenced to 40 years imprisonment, the staff was sentenced to four years in jail.

“Ogunbodede and Tejumola are therefore sentenced to 40 years imprisonment each for their roles for counts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15 and 16,” the judge, Justice Ayo Emmanuel said, adding that the sentences will, however, run concurrently and are without the option of fine.

The trio had been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2011 on 16 counts bordering on conspiracy, unlawful conversion and stealing of school subvention, among others.

They were accused of diverting N177m out of a subvention of N600m released by the Federal Government for the school. The sum (N177m) was said to have been spent without due process.

In their defence, the convicts claimed that a huge part of the amount was used to bribe members of House of Representatives and some workers of the Federal Ministry of Finance who facilitated the release of the fund for the research institute.

But Justice Emmanuel ruled that Ogunmodede and others were clearly guilty of the charges preferred against them.

He said bribery and money laundering were illegal and had been prohibited in the country, adding that they were punishable under the law.

The judge said the sentence would serve as a deterrent to public office holders who are contemplating on mismanaging public funds.

“We must have it in our mind that the primary reason for sentencing a guilty person is to serve as a deterrent to those with such similar criminal tendencies and for rehabilitation of the accused. The two reasons are sociological in nature,” he added.

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Cannavaro: Milan And Inter Need Time

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One time Italy international, Fabio Cannavaro believes his former club Inter and Milan need time before they can challenge for honours in the Serie A.

The San Siro clubs have both played a backseat role to Juventus, who are looking to win a seventh straight scudetto.

An influx of clash from Chinese owners has helped both Inter and Milan acquire top players in the off season, with Inter level on points with Juve, while the Rossoneri sit in seventh on the table.

However, Cannavaro believes ththe fans need to exercise patience a day is confident the clubs will get better with time.

“They have financial resources and they will always be fighting for the biggest objectives,” Tianjin Quanjian head coach Cannavaro told Premium Sport.

“But it will need time in order for them to organise themselves.

“Napoli, for example, have arrived at their level after 10-12 years.”

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Army To Conduct “Operation Crocodile Smile II” In Edo, Delta And Ondo States

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The Nigerian Army, 4 Brigade, in Benin has said that it had already concluded plans to conduct a training code named, “Crocodile Smile II’’ in Edo, Delta and Ondo states.

This disclosure was made on Tuesday in a statement by Capt. Mohammed Maidawa, Assistant Director, Army Public Relations in Benin, who added that the exercise was in line with the Nigerian Army Training Directive.

Maidawa said that the exercise, scheduled to take place from Oct. 7 to Oct. 28, would be in the Brigade area of responsibility in the three states.

He said that troops of the headquarters of the Brigade and its units in the three states would participate in the exercise.

The assistant director said that the exercise would afford troops the opportunity to train effectively on various aspects of operational proficiency in land and riverine operations.

He also said, “Crocodile Smile II’’ was meant to sharpen the combat skills of the troops in the Nigerian Army operational capability.

The assistant director urged the general public not to panic on sighting movement of troops and heavy equipment.

According to him, it is a routine exercise undertaken by the Brigade as captured by the Nigerian Army Directive in 2017.

NAN quoted Maidawa as saying that the exercise would commence with some civil-military activities, including medical outreach, environmental sanitation and donation of educational materials to schools.

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Kroos Glad To Have Switched Bayern For Madrid

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Real Madrid midfielder, Toni Kroos has stated he does not regret his decision to quit Bayern Munich for Madrid.

The Germany international left his boyhood club of Bayern Munich three years ago to join La Liga giants , Real Madrid.

Kroos has become a force to reckon with at the Los Blancos, winning the La Liga and back-to-back UCL trophies.

“My change of team was correct, in fact, from my point of view there is no doubt about it,” Kroos said in an interview with the German Football Association (DFB).

“Clearly, if you go abroad to a top club, it means one more step in your development.

“Carlo Ancelotti wanted me in Madrid, and had bet on me.”

On his one season with former Bayern head coach Pep Guardiola in Bavaria before moving to the Spanish capital, Kroos added: “I wouldn’t undervalue my year under Pep Guardiola because I think I made a big step forward in that year.

“I look at my career in phases: Jupp [Heynckes] was the most important coach in the early stages of my career, both at Leverkusen [during a loan spell] and then in Munich as well.

“Pep Guardiola saw me as a central player in his system, which my style of play fit into perfectly.”

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JAMB: Reps Resolves To Probe New Cut-Off Marks

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The House of Representatives has directed the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services to investigate the circumstances that led to the reduction in the cut-off marks required for admissions of candidates into tertiary institutions, by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

This is just as the committee was given four weeks to report back to the House for further legislative action.

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

The resolution followed a motion by Hassan Saleh (Benue-APC) on the “Need to Investigate the Reduction in the Cut-off Marks for Admissions into Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria’’ at plenary on Tuesday.

JAMB Defends Low Cut-Off Marks

While moving the motion, Mr. Saleh expressed concern that the new policy was bound to lower the standard and quality of education from the tertiary institutions.

He said: “on August 22, the Registrar of the JAMB, the heads of tertiary institutions and other stakeholders held a policy meeting on plans and modalities for the conduct of admissions into tertiary institutions for the 2017/2018 academic session.

“After the said meeting, the Registrar of JAMB, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, announced that a minimum of 120 marks in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) would be required for placement of candidates into the Universities, while 100 marks would be required for placement into Polytechnics or Colleges of Education.”

He further stated that “despite the fact that more than 500,000 candidates scored above 200 marks which represents 50 per cent of the total mark, the JAMB still went ahead to announce a 120 cut-off mark which represents only 30 per cent of the total examination mark of 400, while 100 marks stipulated for polytechnics and colleges of education representing only 25 per cent of the total mark.”

According to him, many candidates who perform poorly in Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UMTE) can secure admission through nepotism, bribery and corruption while many other candidates who perform excellently can be denied admission.

In his contribution, Ahmed Pategi (Kwara-APC) disagreed with the motion, saying that the decision taken by JAMB was in order.

Other lawmakers supported the motion and called for a reversal of the policy, saying universities were supposed to be centres of excellence for learning, hence the need to always admit the best candidates.

The lawmakers also accused JAMB of buckling under pressure from privately owned universities, many of whom were seeking to increase the number of yearly admissions into their schools.

At the end of the debate, members passed the motion in a majority voice vote.

The Committee on Tertiary Education was directed to look into the matter and report back to the House within four weeks.

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Coleman: Wales Can Do Without Bale

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Wales manager, Chris Coleman is insisting his side can cope with the absence of its star forward, Gareth Bale.

The world cup hopefuls will be without the Real Madrid forward for their last two qualifiers, due to a calf injury.

Wales are currently second on the table, four points behind Serbia and a point ahead of Ireland, as they’re holding on to a playoff spot.

Coleman, however, remains upbeat heading into Friday’s trip to Georgia.

“We are in good shape,” Coleman said. “It is all to play for.

“We have always been a little half a step behind, but we have injuries this campaign which we never had last campaign [for Euro 2016]. But you don’t get there with ones and twos, it is about everybody.

“This campaign we haven’t always had Bale, Aaron Ramsey or Joe Allen. They are obviously three super-special players and we haven’t always had them, but the lads who have come in have been absolutely magnificent.”

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Kachikwu Writes Buhari; Accuses NNPC GMD Baru Of Insubordination

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The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has written a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari, in which he accused the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, of acts ranging from alleged illegal practices to insubordination.

In the letter, titled ‘Re: Matters of insubordination and lack of adherence to due process by the GMD NNPC – Dr. Baru,’ written on August 30, 2017, with reference number HMS/MPR/001/VOL.1/100, Mr. Kachikwu said he found it pertinent to call the attention of the president to his misgivings because they’re capable of hindering progress in the country’s petroleum sector or even reverse recorded strides.

The minister further alleged that the NNPC boss had repeatedly sidelined and disrespected the board of the national oil firm, which is chaired by the minister of state.

In the letter, which was made available to the public on Tuesday, the minister said:

“Mr. President, yesterday (August 29, 2017) like many other Nigerians, l resumed work and confronted with many publications of massive changes within the NNPC.

“Like the previous reorganisations and ‘repostings’ done since Dr. Baru resumed as GMD, I was never given the opportunity before the announcements to discuss these appointments. This is so despite being the Minister of State, Petroleum, and Chairman, NNPC Board.

“The board of NNPC, which you appointed and which has met every month since its inauguration, and which, by the NNPC, is meant to review these planned appointments and postings, was never briefed. Members of the board learnt of these appointments from the pages of social media and the press release of NNPC.”

The minister also stated that in anticipation of vacancies that would arise from retiring senior executives of the NNPC, he wrote to the GMD a letter requesting that they both have prior review of the proposed appointments.

“Not only did he (Baru) not give my letter the courtesy of a reply, he proceeded to announce the appointments without consultation on board concurrence.

“Mr. President, please note that there is a board service committee, whose function is to review potential appointments and termination of senior staff prior to implementation. This committee was also not consulted,” Kachikwu said in his letter.

Read letter below:

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