EFCC Releases CEO of Innoson, Innocent Chukwuma, On Bail

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has released Nnewi, Anambra-State born Industrialist, Chief Innocent Chukwuma on bail.

The business man who runs a local auto assembly plant was arrested on Tuesday December 19, 2017 at his Enugu residence, following his refusal to respond to invitations by the Commission, after initially being granted administrative bail by the Commission, while his surety could also not be found.

Unfortunately the industrialist resisted arrest and stirred controversy by bringing six truck-loads of thugs to block the entrance to his Plot W1, Industrial Layout, Abakaliki Road, Emeni, Enugu, home.

This was after he initially misled the Police Command by informing them that his home had been invaded by armed robbers and kidnappers despite the fact that operatives of the Commission duly identified themselves to policemen guarding his home.

His unruly thugs encircled and manhandled operatives of the Commission who had gone to effect the arrest.

Consequently, a distress call was sent to the Commission’s Enugu Office for reinforcement.

In all of this, the Commission’s operatives acted with decorum and civility. No one was manhandled or assaulted by the EFCC team, and not a single shot was fired, despite the provocation.

Chief Chukwuma and his brother, Charles Chukwuma (who is still at large), are being investigated by the Insurance and Capital Market Fraud Section of the Commission’s office in Lagos over matters bordering on N1, 478, 366, 859.66 fraud and forgery.

The industrialist, among other infractions, allegedly used forged documents to secure tax waivers.

Wilson Uwujaren

Head, Media & Publicity

20th December, 2017

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Swansea City Sack Manager Paul Clement

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Paul Clement has been sacked as Swansea City manager, with the club rooted to the bottom of the Premier League.

Paul Clement saved Swansea from the drop last season after taking up his post in January when the club were in the relegation zone but has presided over a series of poor results this campaign.

“To change the manager, especially at only the halfway point of the season, is the last thing we wanted to do as a club,” said Swansea City chairman, Huw Jenkins, in an official statement. “We had three different manager last season and as a result we all wanted to give Paul as much time as possible to turn things around.

“But we felt we couldn’t leave it any longer and needed to make a change to give us the best chance of an uplift and a turnaround in fortunes with the club bottom of the Premier League. Paul has been at the club for 12 months and what he achieved in the second half of last season to keep us in the top flight was a tremendous feat. For that, and his effort and commitment this season, it goes without saying that the club thanks him for his work, together with Nigel [Gibbs] and Karl [Halabi].

“I have had an excellent working relationship with Paul and we are all, including the owners, surprised and disappointed it hasn’t worked out this season. We wish Paul every success in his career going forward.’’

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Swansea City Sack Manager Paul Clement

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Paul Clement has been sacked as Swansea City manager, with the club rooted to the bottom of the Premier League.

Paul Clement saved Swansea from the drop last season after taking up his post in January when the club were in the relegation zone but has presided over a series of poor results this campaign.

“To change the manager, especially at only the halfway point of the season, is the last thing we wanted to do as a club,” said Swansea City chairman, Huw Jenkins, in an official statement. “We had three different manager last season and as a result we all wanted to give Paul as much time as possible to turn things around.

“But we felt we couldn’t leave it any longer and needed to make a change to give us the best chance of an uplift and a turnaround in fortunes with the club bottom of the Premier League. Paul has been at the club for 12 months and what he achieved in the second half of last season to keep us in the top flight was a tremendous feat. For that, and his effort and commitment this season, it goes without saying that the club thanks him for his work, together with Nigel [Gibbs] and Karl [Halabi].

“I have had an excellent working relationship with Paul and we are all, including the owners, surprised and disappointed it hasn’t worked out this season. We wish Paul every success in his career going forward.’’

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20 Boko Haram Fighters Killed, 17 Others Captured In Lake Chad Basin

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The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said its troops had killed 20 Boko Haram insurgents in a clearance operation in the Lake Chad Basin.

Timothy Antigha, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 8 Division, made the disclosure in a statement in Maiduguri.

Mr. Antigha said that the troops captured 17 insurgents, rescued 100 people, recovered vehicles and ammunition.

He said the six soldiers that sustained injuries in the operation were referred to military medical facility for treatment.

He said the operations were conducted in the past two weeks in Islands in Lake Chad region to crush Boko Haram insurgents inhabiting the islands.

“In continuation of Operation DEEP PUNCH 2, designed to smoke out Boko Haram terrorists inhabiting remote Islands in Lake Chad basin lying within Nigerian territory, troops of 8 Division, Nigerian Army, on Operation LAFIYA DOLE, supported by soldiers of the Armed Forces Strike Group have inflicted heavy casualties on Boko Haram terrorists.

“The operation which commenced about two weeks ago preceded by coordinated air and artillery bombardments of islands and localities occupied by terrorists.

“The insurgents sneak into Magumeri, Kauram and other locations to loot property, attack security personnel and villagers.

“Islands and villages cleared so far include: Arena Chiki, Chikun Gudu, Arena Waje, Sa’ada and Juwe.”

Mr. Antigha disclosed that the rescued civilians included 100 elderly men, women and children. He added that preliminary investigation revealed that most of the rescued persons were held hostage and forced to work in the farms.

The army spokesman listed the ammunition recovered to include one Mercedes Benz Truck; two gun trucks, two pick up vans, one Anti – Aircraft machine gun, five AK-47 riffles, three Fabrique Nationals (FN) Riffles, two G3 Riffles and one Pump Action Riffle.

Others are: one Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) tube, two bombs, two Very High Frequency (VHF) Radios and one Night Vision Goggle.

The troops also recovered 55 rounds of 5.56 X 45 mm ammunition, 5 Bangalore Torpedo, Two 120mm Mortar Bombs, and 1000 rounds of 7.62 mm Ball Metal Link ammunition.

Other ammunition included 55 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, 108 rounds of 12.7mm ammunition, two memory cards, two hydraulic jacks and a 1.5 amp battery.

NAN.

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President Buhari Swears In 7 New Permanent Secretaries

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday presided over the swearing in proceedings for seven newly appointed permanent secretaries to office.

The seven new permanent secretaries were inaugurated inside the Council Chambers of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja before the weekly cabinet meeting began.

The seven permanent secretaries were part of the 22 directors who were recently appointed permanent secretaries by the president.

Only 15 of the 22 were sworn in earlier in August when the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, was Acting President.

Their inauguration was delayed because they can only resume after permanent secretaries representing their states have retired.

Those inaugurated on Wednesday were Mustapha Sulaiman (Kano), Adekunle Olusegun Adeyemi (Oyo), Mrs. Ekaro Chukwumogwu (Rivers), Adedayo Apata (Ekiti), Abdulkadri Muazu (Kaduna), Osuji Ndubusi (Imo) and Bitrus Nabasu (Plateau).

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“Fresh PDP” Emerges | Splinter Group Opens Secretariat In Abuja

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Some aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have resolved to announce the emergence of a parallel PDP known as “Fresh PDP.”

The group – made up of five men – on Wednesday “opened” a new secretariat for the main opposition party, at Asokoro District of Abuja.

The five men are Prince Obi Nwosu, Alhaji Hassan Adamu, Chief Olusola Akindele, Chief Godwin Duru and Franklyne Edede.

It is understood that the group faulted the development on the emergence of the Prince Uche Secondus’ led National Working Committee (NWC) at the December 9 national convention.

The group, led by Emmanuel Nwosu, is calling for the nullification of the party’s convention held on December 9 at the Eagle Square in Abuja.

Briefing newsmen at the party’s secretariat located at Tito Broz street, off Jimmy Carter street, Asokoro, Nwosu said the process leading to the emergence of the Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee was fraught with illegality and abuse of electoral process.

The slogan of the new group is Fresh PDP… PDP First

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

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Chelsea’s pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey is set to fall short in January with the German club standing firm on their desire to keep the 20-year-old.
David Luiz could return from injury in time for Chelsea’s January 3 clash against Arsenal – the club the Brazilian has been linked with in recent weeks.
West Ham will challenge Everton for the signature of Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi in the January transfer window.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Manchester City goalkeeper Angus Gunn, currently on loan at Norwich City, admits he has not discussed his long-term future at the Etihad.
Inter manager Luciano Spalletti has refused to discuss the rumours linking the club with Manchester United defender Daley Blind.

LIVERPOOL ECHO
Paulinho admits he would love his Brazilian compatriot Philippe Coutinho to leave Liverpool and join him at Barcelona.
Everton loanee Henry Onyekuru “always lets himself down”, according to Anderlecht coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck in the wake of their 5-0 loss to Club Brugge.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Stefano Sturaro’s agent has revealed his client could leave Juventus in January, with Newcastle among those said to be interested.
Rafael Benitez’s position as Newcastle boss reportedly remains safe and is a key part of Amanda Staveley’s interest in the club as takeover talks rumble on.

SUNDERLAND ECHO
Tommy Robson admits he was frustrated at being frozen out at Sunderland after completing his move to Falkirk.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Kevin Toner has left Aston Villa to join Scottish outfit St Patrick’s Athletic on a two-year deal.
The prospect of Birmingham City target Aden Flint leaving Bristol City for another Championship club would be a “sideways step” for the defender, according to manager Lee Johnson.
West Brom will target Ben Gibson if the club lose reported Manchester City and Arsenal target Jonny Evans in January.

THE SENTINEL
Kurt Zouma has rejected the idea of a potential move back to St Etienne in January, according to reports in France.

THE DAILY ECHO
Maya Yoshida has urged his Southampton team-mates not to bring “any negativity” to the club having taken one win in the last nine Premier League games.

HULL DAILY MAIL
Hull City could make an approach for Ryan Kent if Liverpool recall the winger from his season-long loan at Freiburg.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH
Burnley defender Charlie Taylor admits it is difficult not to think about Europe with the club flying high in the Premier League.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST
Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock will make an experienced midfielder his number one target next month.
Tammy Abraham says Swansea City owe Paul Clement a performance as the uncertainty regarding the coach’s future continues to circulate.

NOTTINGHAM POST
Nottingham Forest will reportedly make a new bid for Bronby goalkeeper Frederik Ronnow in January.

EVENING GAZETTE
The news of Ryan Kent’s potential availability in January has also put Middlesbrough on alert.

THE BOLTON NEWS
Bolton chairman Ken Anderson has warned his players he will not hesitate to offload them if they do not give their all for the club.

BLACKPOOL GAZETTE
The chairman of the Blackpool Supporters’ Trust has called on the Oystons to “see sense” and hand the club over to Valeri Beloko.

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Fayose Heads To Court, Wants Ekiti Share Of $1Billion For Fight Against ‘Hunger Haram’

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Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has filed a suit before a federal high court in Abuja, challenging the decision of his colleagues to approve $1 billion for the fight against insurgency.

Governors of the 36 states had last week approved the withdrawal of $1billion from the Excess Crude Account for the ongoing fight against Boko Haram insurgents in the North-east.

The planned expenditure was made public by the chairman of Governors Forum, Abdulaziz Yari, who said all the state governors had agreed to release the money to the Federal Government.

Boko Haram: Nigeria’s VP Offers Clarification On “Controversial” $1Billion Fund

However, Fayose swiftly dissociated himself from those who agreed, even as he also accused President Muhammadu Buhari of intending to warehouse the money for his reelection bid in 2019.

The governor also told reporters on Tuesday that Ekiti should be given its own share of the $1 billion for its fight against “hunger haram”.

His words: “I’m not in support of $1 billion and will never be in support of it. In my state, we have agreed to go to court to contest this. It is our legitimate right, all accruals to the federation must be shared by the three tiers of government and for me to get justice I have to go to court.”

“I filed the case in court as early as 12 noon today. I have options and I have said it expressly, I have gone to court… I have taken appropriate steps because the money belongs to Ekiti people not to any other use.”

“I did not attend the meeting where the issue was discussed, even if I was part of the meeting I would have made it expressly clear that I will not support it. Every state has its own peculiarities in terms of security. Ekiti state has Hunger Haram… hunger is everywhere. Whatever is in that money, for me we should share it, let everybody go and solve his own problem. I have challenges and they should give me my money. It is Ekiti money.”

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“I WIll Beat You Up” – Majek Fashek’s Manager Threatens Daddy Freeze (Watch Video)

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As Veteran Reggae artiste, Majek Fashek featured live on stage at the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, Coza Christmas Carol, controversial OAP, Daddy Freeze has questioned the Church and the organizers of the carol on their decision to feature, the secular reggae singer on the altar.

According to Daddy Freeze, it made no sense for a secular artist to perform in such gathering as Christian altars are supposed to be sacrosanct.

On his Instagram page he wrote;

“I am still searching for the sense in this. I am a huge Majek fan, but do I want to see him perform in a church?

“How did we get here?

“Maybe I’m wrong, but I thought christian altars are supposed to be sacrosanct…

“Can a secular musician like Majek perform in a mosque? Have you ever seen an artiste like Majek perform in a Buddhist or Hindu temple? Can Majek perform inside the Okija shrine? or the soppona or ayelala shrine?

“If other religions value their altars and keep them sacred, is it out of place to suggest we do the same?

“We need to start asking ourselves these questions and we need to start asking them now!”

Meanwhile, Majek Fashek’s manager, has spoken against Daddy Freeze’s comment on the artiste Church affair while declaring that Majek Fashek’s music are spiritual. He further threatened to beat up the self-acclaimed leader of the #FreeTheSheeple movement the next time he mention Majek Fashek’s name on his social media rants.

In his words,

“I will beat you up if you up if you ever mentioned Majek Fashek’s name on social media again” he threatened

Watch Video Below;

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Tekno, Sarz, Cobhams Asuquo, DJ Spinall Won In The Successfully Concluded The Beatz Awards 2017

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The organizers of The Beatz Awards never fail to give their guests a swell time not minding the nature of Awards.

Top faces of the entertainment industry in attendance include Praiz Adejo, Melvin Oduah, Uriel Oputa, Ejiro Okurame, Mojisola Oyetayo aka Mama Ajasco, Voice Nigeria season 2 Acts: Michael Meme, Olla, Jdezz, Naya, and a host of others.

Starting off the night was a surprise video from Lasisi Elenu, his intro was just off the hook.

Bagging the most awards for the night was creative producer Cobhams Asuquo with three awards. Selebobo won Best Afro Beat producer, Tekno won the award for best Afro Pop Producer with DJ Cuppy and DJ Spinall winning Best Female and Male DJ categories respectively.

See The List Of Winners Below:

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR 2017

COBHAMS ASUQUO

 

BEST AFRO POP PRODUCER 2017

TEKNO

 

BEST AFRO BEAT PRODUCER 2017

SELEBOBO

 

BEST AFRO R&B PRODUCER 2017

DJ ALTIMS

 

BEST AFRO HIP-HOP PRODUCER 2017

SARZ

 

BEST AFRO HIGHLIFE PRODUCER 2017

SEYIKEYZ

 

BEST AFRO ROCK PRODUCER 2017

JOHNNY DRILLE

 

BEST AFRO SOUL PRODUCER 2017

COBHAMS ASUQUO

 

BEST AFRO DANCEHALL PRODUCER

2017

DR AMIR

 

BEST AFRO JAZZ PRODUCER 2017

COBHAMS ASUQUO

 

 

BEST AFRO GOSPEL PRODUCER 2017

SMJ

 

BEST MIXING & MASTERING ENGINEER 2017

OLAITAN DADA

 

 

BEST MUSIC VIDEO DIRECTOR 2017

CLARENCE PETER

 

BEST CHOREOGRAPHER 2017

KAFFY

 

BEST SONG WRITER 2017

SIMI

 

NEW DISCOVERY PRODUCER 2017

KILLERTUNES

 

BEST DJ MALE 2017

DJ SPINALL

 

BEST DJ FEMALE 2017

DJ CUPPY

 

BEST ENTERTAINMENT TV STATION AWARD (TERRESTRIAL) 2017

STV

 

BEST ENTERTAINMENT TV STATION AWARD (CABLE) 2017

SOUNDCITY TV

 

BEST LIVE BAND 2017

SHUGA BAND

 

BEST RECORD LABEL 2017

MAVIN RECORDS

 

BEST BLOG 2017

BELLANAIJA

 

BEST ONLINE MUSIC PLATFORM 2017

TOOXCLUSIVE

 

BEST RADIO STATION 2017

SOUNDCITY RADIO 98.5

 

BEST OAP 2017

MOET ABEBE

 

ARTIST MANAGER 2017

TAIYE ALIU

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The Beatz Award 2017: Simi, Cobhams Asuquo, Selebobo Win Big (See Full List Of Winners)

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It all happened at the Muson Centre, Onikan Lagos on the 16th of December, 2017 where the third edition of the prestigious Beatz Awards was held with many entertainment industry big names including Praiz, Uriel, Mojisola Oyetayo (Mama Ajasco), Melvin Oduah and others in attendance.

Among the winners of the night were the likes of Simi, Tekno, Selebobo, Cobhams Asuquo among others. While Simi took home the award for the best songwriter, Selebobo won the Best Afro Beat Producer of the year 2017.

Meanhwile, Cobhams Asuquo emerged as the biggest winner of the night as he bagged 3 awards which includes, Producer Of The Year, The Best Afro-Soul Producer and The Best Afro-Jazz Producer.

See Full List Of Winners Below;

Producer Of The Year 2017 – Cobhams Asuquo

Best Afro Pop Producer 2017 – Tekno

Best Afro Beat Producer 2017 – Selebobo

Best Afro R&B Producer 2017 – DJ Altims

Best Afro Hip-Hop Producer 2017 – Sarz

Best Afro Highlife Producer 2017 – Seyikeyz

Best Afro Rock Producer 2017 – Johnny Drille

Best Afro Soul Producer 2017 – Cobhams Asuquo

Best Afro Dancehall Producer 2017 – Dr Amir

Best Afro Jazz Producer 2017 – Cobhams Asuquo

Best Afro Gospel Producer 2017 – Smj

Best Mixing & Mastering Engineer 2017 – Olaitan Dada

Best Music Video Director 2017 – Clarence Peters

Best Choreographer 2017 – Kaffy

Best Song Writer 2017 – Simi

New Discovery Producer 2017 – Killertunes

Best DJ Male 2017 – DJ Spinall

Best DJ Female 2017 – DJ Cuppy

Best Entertainment TV Station Award (Terrestrial) 2017 – STV

Best Entertainment TV Station Award (Cable) 2017 – Soundcity TV

Best Live Band 2017 – Shuga Band

Best Record Label 2017 – Mavin Records

Best Radio Station 2017 – Soundcity Radio 98.5

Best OAP 2017 – Moet Abebe

Artist Manager 2017 – Taiye Aliu

 

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Sabatini: Inter Will Keep United Target Joao Mario

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Inter director, Walter Sabatini has dented Manchester United’s hopes of signing Joao Mario, insisting they will hold on to him.

The Portugal international midfielder has been dropped from Spalletti’s starting XI, fuelling rumours of an exit.

United and Paris Saint Germain have been credited with interest in Joao Mario, but Sabatini insists there is no selling the 24-year-old.

“As with all those who have to earn their place at the World Cup, Joao has some issues with the lack of playing time,” he told Sky Sport.

“We don’t want to lose him, so he and Luciano Spalletti will find common ground and they’ll work out what to do.

“He is our player and we want to keep him.”

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“The Police Force Needs Deep Reform And Sensitization” – Praiz Speaks On Recent Encounter With SARS Operatives

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Following the reports that Nigeria Singer, Praiz was picked up by officials of Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS on Lekki-Epe expressway yesterday, the artiste has taken to his Instagram page to release a statement he referred to as an unofficial statement about the issue.

The singer who acknowledged the validity of the news wrote on IG;

“Anyone that truly knows me well knows i am an easy going , non problematic, happy and co -operative individual.

Well, I’m not here to talk about myself. I am here to address issues that happens in our society everyday.

We live in a society where the government has failed us whether we like it or not. No jobs, fuel scarcity , SARS , Asuu Strike , Nupeng Strike , Name it….. it’s endless .. HARDSHIP… ENDLESS HARDSHIP ….

Today I had an encounter that a lot of people go through everyday. People who are heading home after a failed interview, people going home after a night shift , people on their way to get their daily bread but get harassed by people who are the force because of reasons best known to them or maybe because u are a young boy wearing a gold chain or have a beard .

Though I won’t deny the existence of great people in the police force that are ready to listen , I still stand by my opinion which is popular amongst the youth and more #ENDSARS
Today I learnt that the police force needs deep reform and sensitization.

This is not my official statement… my official statement will be out soon
Lastly I will like to thank @aleeygiwa , Mr Etim Godwin from J command for stepping in… #EndSars #NoBePhysicalSomething”

See his Post Below;

Anyone that truly knows me well knows i am an easy going , non problematic, happy and co -operative individual. Well, I’m not here to talk about myself. I am here to address issues that happens in our society everyday. We live in a society where the government has failed us whether we like it or not. No jobs, fuel scarcity , SARS , Asuu Strike , Nupeng Strike , Name it….. it’s endless .. HARDSHIP… ENDLESS HARDSHIP …. Today I had an encounter that a lot of people go through everyday. People who are heading home after a failed interview, people going home after a night shift , people on their way to get their daily bread but get harassed by people who are the force because of reasons best known to them or maybe because u are a young boy wearing a gold chain or have a beard . Though I won’t deny the existence of great people in the police force that are ready to listen , I still stand by my opinion which is popular amongst the youth and more #ENDSARS Today I learnt that the police force needs deep reform and sensitization. This is not my official statement… my official statement will be out soon Lastly I will like to thank @aleeygiwa , Mr Etim Godwin from J command for stepping in… #EndSars #NoBePhysicalSomething

A post shared by PRAIZ (@officialpraiz) on Dec 19, 2017 at 12:07pm PST

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Paulinho Wants Coutinho At Barcelona

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Paulinho has stated how much he would love to play alongside Philippe Coutinho at Barcelona, with the Catalans still interested in signing him.

Coutinho was being courted in the off season, with Liverpool rebuffing a number of offers from Barcelona.

The Brazil international midfielder has since returned to the Liverpool squad, but Barcelona’s interest has not waned.

Asked about his compatriot coming to join him at Barca, Paulinho told Mundo Deportivo : “I’ve already talked a few times about the Coutinho question.

“Everyone expects the great players to come to Barcelona, ​​we have a very strong group of great players, without Coutinho people are doing a great job.

“On Coutinho it is not necessary to say much, he is a great player who has been making a difference in his team, in the Brazilian team. He is young but with experience in Europe.

“I want him to come, I think it would be a great contract for Barca. It would be a great happiness for me, because we would have another great player and another Brazilian.”

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Jack Wilshere Speaks About His Future At Arsenal

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Jack Wilshere has opened up about his Arsenal future.

Jack Wilshere is out of contract at the end of the season and boss Arsene Wenger is still not convinced he should earn a new deal with the club.

“I said before I was even playing in the Premier League this is where I want to be. This is where I see myself in the future.

“Whether I will be or whether things sort themselves out we’ll see in the next couple of weeks.

“But I definitely want to be here, I’m enjoying my football and I love playing in the Premier League now and I want to help Arsenal get to where they should be.We just have to sort things out and I’m sure that will happen in the next couple of weeks and it will be sorted.

“The biggest thing for any footballer, and even more so for me because of the games missed in the past, is that you are playing. Apart from that, there’s small things to sort out but as long as I’m playing then I’m happy. I’ve missed too much football and I just want to be playing really.”

“If after January it turns out like that, of course I want to be here. We just have to sort a few things out, and I’m pretty sure it can all be sorted.”

Wilshere only made his first Premier League start of the season last week in the goalless draw against West Ham, and kept his place in the side for the win over Newcastle.

But when Aaron Ramsey returns from his hamstring injury there are still doubts whether Wilshere will keep his place or drop back down to the bench.

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Stoke City Ready To Spend To Improve Squad In January

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Stoke are looking to boost their squad in the January transfer window, according to chairman Peter Coates.

Stoke sit just outside the Premier League relegation zone in 17th and manager Mark Hughes is under increasing pressure to get some positive results and steer his team away from relegation danger.

“It is our intention to improve the squad during the January window. We will definitely try and strengthen,” Coates told Stoke Sentinel, with the club having won just one of their last eight games.

Striker Saido Berahino was Stoke’s most significant recruitment last January but the 24-year-old has scored just once in eight league appearances this campaign.

Stoke host West Brom, who are winless in 16 league games and sit second bottom in the league, on Saturday.

‘Confidence comes from winning,’ Coates added.

‘It is up to the management, the coaches and the players to get out there and do it. They have got to deliver.

‘They know that and I think they are capable of doing it, yes.

‘It’s a huge game (against West Brom), there’s no getting away from that. It is one we need to win.’

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Napoli Interested In Signing Manchester United’s Matteo Darmian

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Napoli are interested in Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian

The Italy international’s contract at Old Trafford runs until 2020, but he has apparently expressed an interest in leaving United.

We understand talks are set to begin between the two clubs, though it remains to be seen whether it would be regarding a loan or permanent move.

he Italian club are looking to sign a new right-back in January, but they have given up trying to secure the services of Sime Vrsaljko from Atletico Madrid.

Matteo Darmian has lost his place in the first team at Old Trafford to Antonio Valencia and he is ready to leave after making just four Premier League appearances this season.

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Manchester United Youngster Kieran O’Hara Gets Rewarded With New Contract

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Goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara has signed a new contract at Manchester United which ties him down to the club until 2020.

The 21-year-old has featured regularly for the reserves this season, while he has also represented the Republic of Ireland at U21 level.

“Since I joined United, it has been everything I expected it to be,” he told manutd.com. “The club gives you all the guidance that you need from experienced coaches to improve every single day.

“But I know that the hard work has just started and that I need to continue to listen and give everything in training and the matches we have coming up. I know I’m at the right place to continue my development as a young player and I’m thrilled to have signed a new contract.”

Kieran O’Hara has already had a taste of first-team action making five appearances for Morecambe in League Two last year.

Local boy O’Hara has forced his way in the Republic of Ireland Under-21 set up and his progress has been rewarded with a new contract until 2020.

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Kach – Dino | Reactions Trail Senator Melaye’s Appearance In Music Video (Watch)

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Dino Melaye, the Senator representing Kogi West, may have ventured into Nigeria’s music industry, as he recently made an appearance in a new music video by hip-hop act, Uche Kachikwu, better known by his stage name as Kach.

Kach, who is the second son of Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, released a music video titled “Dino” – where he lavished praise on the lifestyle of the serving senator, who is presumably Nigeria’s most controversial politician.

With “LEGEND” written on his T-shirt, Melaye can be seen in the music video, which also featured a lavish display of cash, jewellery, fast cars and endowed women.

At various points in the video, the senator can be seen dancing alongside the artiste as chants of ‘Dino’ comes from time to time.

“Balling every day like Ronaldinho. Money spending no aristo. Dino, Dino, Dino Melaye,” sings the artist Kach, while talking on a phone that is actually a stack of cash, then lounging on a bed with gold chains around his neck and a woman massaging his shoulders, and finally throwing money out of a Rolls-Royce.

It was learnt that the song was allegedly financed by the serving senator and shot in his house.

Watch video below:

Meanwhile, scores of Nigerians have taken to social media to offer their opinions as many are left unsure whether the senator was actually flaunting his wealth or being ironic and particularly insensitive about the “modus operandi” of a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

See tweets below:

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Guinness And Thierry Henry Hosts Made Of Black Individuals At ‘The Black Pass”

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Guinness, alongside Football Icon Thierry Henry celebrated individuals Made of Black at its exclusive ‘Black Pass’ event which held at The Renaissance Hotel, Ikeja on December 18th 2017.

The ‘Black Pass’ event was especially put together to celebrate people that have achieved success in their fields of endeavor and are ‘Made of Black’; individuals who are exceptional, creative, bold, authentic, and inspiring.

Made of Black reflects a movement being created by a new generation of Africans whose boldness cannot be contained and who are fueling a progressive, new spirit of Africa.

Guinness also embodies this mind set. It is an iconic beer that has the darkest liquid, but the brightest flavours. A beer that has lived in the hearts and minds of millions in Africa and across the world for over 250 years but has always had the authenticity, boldness and vision to do things differently.

Guest at the event Included Adesua Etomi, Banky W, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Captain Demuren, Toolz , Peter Rufai and other notable individuals. Guests enjoyed special performances by Godwin Strings, 2 face Idibia and Simi who taught the football Icon a few Yoruba words.

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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France

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Antero Henriquez has continued his war of words with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. The La Liga champions are interested in signing Neymar and Perez even took time on the day Cristiano Ronaldo won his fifth Ballon d’Or to talk about the world’s most expensive player. Henriquez had something to say on the matter: “Talking about a player from another club on the day Ronaldo wins his fifth Ballon d’Or isn’t very nice for your player.” (Le Parisien)

Valencia have reached an agreement to sign Arsenal transfer target Goncalo Guedes. The Paris Saint-Germain winger is on loan at the Mestalla and has really rediscovered his Benfica form. The Ligue 1 leaders need to sell players in order to meet the Financial Fair Play guidelines. (L’Equipe)

Paris Saint-Germain want to bring Lassana Diarra to the club. The former Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid star is plying his trade in the Arabian Gulf League with Al Jazira having joined them in April. The Ligue 1 juggernauts want to bring in an experienced midfielder and feel as though the French international fits the bill. (Paris United)

Spain

Atletico Madrid have reported Barcelona to FIFA for their pursuit of Manchester United transfer target Antoine Griezmann. Those at the Wanda Metropolitano believe the La Liga leaders are trying to destabilise their challenge, with Atletico sitting just six points behind Barcelona. The French forward only signed a new deal with the club in the summer to extend his stay until 2022 unless his release clause is paid in full. (Marca)

Chinese club Chongqing Dangdai Lifan are not interested in signing Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta as they believe he is not good enough to play in the Chinese Super League. (Marca)

Real Madrid are set to pay Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s €20million release clause in January and want to confirm the 23-year-old’s signing in the first week of the new year. Recent reports had suggested the shot-stopper was a transfer target for both Arsenal and Chelsea. (AS)

Jan Oblak, a Paris Saint-Germain transfer target, is considered to be irreplaceable by Diego Simeone and the Atletico Madrid manager has asked those in charge not to sell his No.1 any time soon, no matter what bid is placed. (AS)

Germany

Schalke are up to second in the Bundesliga, two points clear of third placed RB Leipzig, and are also into the DFB Cup quarter-finals after a 1-0 win over Koln. Everything is looking up under new manager Domenico Tedesco once again. The Italian was appointed in the summer on an initial two-year deal but it’s been revealed that his contract with the club will be extended to 2021 if he gets the club back into the Champions League. (SportBild)

VfB Stuttgart are looking to bring in Monaco attacker Guido Carrillo during the winter window as they look to bolster their options going forward in an attempt to steer clear of a relegation battle. (Kicker)

Italy

Inter Milan, who suffered their first loss of the season last weekend, are looking to tie down star players Mauro Icardi and Milan Skriniar. The latter only joined the club in the summer but his form is already making him a Barcelona transfer target. The Catalans are in the market for defensive upgrades and the former Sampdoria player would be ideal.

The Italian club want to extend his stay at the San Siro until 2023 and are prepared to give him a hefty pay rise. Icardi has caught the eye of Real Madrid and Inter are determined to have their Argentine hitman sign a new deal with the club which sees his release clause rise to €130million. If he does leave then they’re well compensated for it. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

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Jamila Malafa: Nigerian Navy Gets First Northern Female General

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Nigerian Navy Captain Jamila Malafa was on Monday decorated with her promoted rank of Commodore, equivalent with army rank of Brigadier General, making her the first female of Northern extraction to become a one-star general.

Speaking on her historical elevation at a colourful ceremony at the naval headquarters in the capital, Abuja, the Chief of Policy and Plans (COPP), Rear Admiral Henry Babalola, said it is a thing of pride to attained the rank of Commodore in the Navy, adding that there are a few women that have achieved such height.

He said Malafa’s success was as a result of training exposures afforded her by the Nigerian Navy.

Babalola also expressed hope that her historical elevation will serve as an inspiration to women in the folk of the armed forces and ensure that there is no limit to the heights they can achieve in their chosen careers.

Speaking with newsmen at the event, Malafa, who comes from Adamawa, a landlocked state in north-eastern Nigeria, said:

“I am the first female of northern extraction to be promoted to the rank of a General in the Nigerian Navy.”

“The promotion will inspire me to be more loyal and dedicated in my duties to the Navy and Nigeria.”

Commodore Jamila Malafa was born in 1965 in Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa state.

She joined the Nigerian Navy in 1988 and was Commissioned as midshipman in 1990.

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Bristol City Manager Lee Johnson Buys 220,000 Naira Bottle Of Wine For Jose Mourinho

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Bristol City manager Lee Johnson has joked that he hopes to entice Jose Mourinho into a post-game chat with a £450 bottle of wine flown in from Portugal.

Bristol City welcome Manchester United to Ashton Gate in the EFL Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday night.

Lee Johnson admits to being a big fan of Mourinho, who has won this trophy three times with former club Chelsea, and hopes that he can ‘pick the brain’ of the Special One come full time.

Asked about a potential chat, the 36-year-old told BBC Sport: “I hope so. I spent £450 on a bottle of wine! I have had to raid my little girl’s piggy bank. It is being flown in especially from Portugal.

“We have done the due diligence and realised Jose likes this particular bottle that has to be poured by an expert. So hopefully he’ll come in and have a little chat with me and I’ll try to pick his brain for five or 10 minutes.

“He’s absolutely at the top of his game, with world-class managerial qualities. Any young coaches like myself of course naturally try and emulate coaches like that.

“Jose’s right up there – I’ve read all his books, I’ve watched any session that’s possible to watch, I’ve studied his interviews. He was a player at the same sort of level that I played and hopefully one day I’ll be managing at the top level with Bristol City.”

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Ayew Disappointed With West Ham Cup Exit

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Andre Ayew has revealed his disappointment at West Ham’s cup exit, after a 1-0 loss to Arsenal.

Danny Welbeck scored the only goal of the night, as Arsenal qualified for the semifinals.

Ayew made his 18th appearance for West Ham this season, but was disappointed they could not make the fans happy.

“We’re quite disappointed to be out of the cup because I think we could have gone a step further,” Ayew told West Ham United Website.

“The fans were unbelievable. My friends, they sent me a message afterwards saying West Ham fans are on fire!

“I’m disappointed we couldn’t make them happy like we did at Wembley, but we want to thank them for coming and for their support. We’re going to keep running and playing and trying to give them a better football to make them happy.”

“Arsenal had more possession and played the game, but we defended well and they didn’t really have any clear, clear chances. I think they got the one where they scored but in the second half, there was no clear chance.

 

“We didn’t manage to play our game or come out with the ball on the ground from the back, but there are things that are positive but also negative things we need to work on to be better in the league.

“We’re going to use this game to become better and work and be better for Saturday because that’s what important at the moment.

“I think we have players who have the desire, players who want to run and play for the Club. We are getting better and better. We lose maybe 1-0 at the Emirates, with young lads also playing, it’s good for them, it’s good for the Club, for the future.

“Like I said, I’m disappointed because I’m a competitor and I always want to go further, but I think we can learn a lot from this and we can become a better squad and hopefully we can get good results before the end of the year.”

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Andreas Christensen Can Emulate John Terry- Antonio Conte

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Antonio Conte believes Andreas Christensen has the ability to replicate the achievements of John Terry at Chelsea.

Christensen, who spent last season on-loan at Borussia Monchengladbach, has become a permanent fixture under the former Italy manager this season, helping his side secure nine clean sheets in 21 appearances.

“I wish Christensen to have the same career as John. I think he has the right characteristics to play for this club for many years, to become an important player for this team, for this club,” Conte said.

“Christensen is maybe the best surprise from the start of this season, despite his young age.

“He’s been the best surprise for me, for the club, for his team-mates, for the fans. Every time I decided to give him the opportunity to play, he played with an amazing performance. These performances convinced me that Christensen has to play with regularity.”

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