490 Nigerians Return From Libya

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About 490 Nigerians have returned from Libya on Sunday, January 7, 2017.

It is understood that the returnees are part of the first batch of over 3,000 persons that are expected to be evacuated to the country over a period of time.

FG Identifies 2,778 Nigerians In Libya Detention Camps

The returnees arrived the Port Harcourt International Airport on Sunday with the aid of officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and displaced persons.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said this is the first time the Federal Government will be sending such a strong delegation to any country to canvass for the release of Nigerians held in what he described as “inhuman conditions.”

Over the past weeks, several batches of migrants have been voluntarily assisted back home after their failed attempts to cross over to Europe through Libya.

Another 5,000 Nigerians Trapped In Libyan Detention Camps

On the back of news of slave trading and the brutal experiences of some migrants, which is sparking global criticism, the government subsequently promised to do all it can to ensure that all Nigerian (illegal) migrants are brought back to the country.

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Project 35: Masterkraft To Embark On Journey To The Forest To Make 35 Beats From Sounds Of Animals

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Popular Nigerian Producer, Masterkraft has recently unveiled his new project tagged “Project 35” to kick-start the new year.

Apparently, the multi-talented producer is planning to embark on a music journey no one has ever tried before as he will be travelling to a nearby forest to make beats from sounds of animals.

Masterkraft took to his Instagram page to announce this new project and stated that his new project will be nature inspired as he will be spending time close to the forest for inspiration.

He further explained that the “Project 35” will involve production of 5 beats in a day for a week and at the end of the week, he would be coming out of the forest with 35 “mad” beats.

 

See his post below;

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Lagos To London: Watch Full Documentary Of Wizkid’s Royal Albert Hall Iconic Concert By Boiler Room

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Boiler Room has released a documentary of Wizkid’s historic International Journey from the the streets of Lagos to the Royal Albert Hall Stage in London where he became the first African Act to sell out a show at the iconic hall.

The 16-minutes documentary captures scenes of Wizkid’s live performance in London, a quick interview with the Starboy and shout out to his mass of fans who helped him achieve the landmark of filling up the Royal Albert Hall.

The documentary contains clips from his Royal Albert Hall performance, his Felabration performance as well as his interview with Boiler Room.

Directed by Ramone Anderson and video credits to: Boiler Room TV.

Watch Full Video Below;

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Italy

Pep Guardiola will not give up on trying to tempt Giorgio Chiellini to the Etihad. The Juventus defender is seen as an alternative to Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti, who is also a Manchester City transfer target. (Tuttosport)

Juventus forward Paulo Dybala could be out for a month with a hamstring injury and may miss the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Tottenham Hotspur. The Argentine was sprinting against Cagliari when he pulled up and was in tears as he left the pitch. (Tuttosport)

Inter boss Luciano Spalletti has urged the club’s directors to buy players in a heated discussion after the draw with Fiorentina. The Nerazzuri have not won in their last seven games across all competitions and Spalletti believes the squad is too thin to qualify for the Champions League. (Corriere della Sera)

Inter technical director Walter Sabatini has flown out to China to convince owners Suning Group to spend some money in January. Their main transfer target is Javier Pastore, although they are also looking at Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Gerard Deulofeu and Ramires. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)

Spain

Philippe Coutinho was so desperate to sign for Barcelona that he paid €10m (£8.9m) of the potential €160m (£141.8m) Liverpool could receive for his transfer. (Mundo Deportivo)

Barcelona’s signing of Coutinho has ruined Real Madrid president Florentino Perez’s plans to unite the Brazil international with his compatriot Neymar at the Bernabeu after next summer’s World Cup. (Sport)

With Coutinho’s move to Barcelona confirmed, next through the door at the Nou Camp will be Palmeiras centre-back Yerry Mina, who will be presented to the media on Wednesday. (Mundo Deportivo)

A move to Real Madrid for Athletic Bilbao keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has been put on hold until the summer, despite the 23-year-old undergoing a medical with the Spanish champions. Manager Zinedine Zidane does not want a new ‘keeper in January as he is worried of upsetting the balance in the dressing room. (Marca)

Getafe are looking for replacements in goal before allowing Crystal Palace transfer target Vicente Guaita to leave. The 30-year-old has six months left on his contract and a buyout clause of €8m (£7m), but the Eagles only want to pay half of that. The La Liga side want Real Madrid’s No 2 Kiko Casilla, but that may be complicated by Zidane’s reluctance to sign a new goalkeeper in January. (AS)

Jese is set to cut his loan spell short at Stoke City to join hometown side Las Palmas on a temporary deal from Paris Saint-Germain. The forward wants to return to Spain to be with his son Nyan, who was born prematurely and has a number of medical conditions. (AS)

Germany

Bayern Munich are not willing to let Chelsea transfer target Arturo Vidal leave in January. (Bild)

Schalke want Chelsea’s forgotten man Baba Rahman to return on loan, but they want to clarify his fitness before making an official bid. (Bild)

Mkhitaryan is unlikely to leave Manchester United in January, with the Premier League side wanting at least €40m (£35.4m) for the Armenia international, a fee which has put off many suitors. (Sport Bild)

Portugal

Olivier Giroud is a Besiktas transfer target with the Turkish giants looking for reinforcements up front after selling Cenk Tosun to Everton. (A Bola)

France

Former Sunderland midfielder Yann M’Vila is set to leave Rubin Kazan due to their financial troubles, with Saint-Etienne interested in the 27-year-old. (L’Equipe)

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Liverpool Offer £50 Voucher For Fans Who Bought Philippe Coutinho Shirts

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The first thing Liverpool have decided to do after pocketing £142 million from selling Philippe Coutinho is put a little money back in the pockets of some fans.

In the wake of Philippe Coutinho’s departure to Barcelona on Saturday, his former club said they would offer a £50 voucher to those who invested in this season’s shirt with the Brazilians’s name and number on the back.

A Liverpool statement said: “The offer — which applies to all shirts purchased in official club outlets and via the official LFC website — follows today’s announcement that Coutinho will join FC Barcelona and reflects the exceptional circumstances behind the player’s departure.”

At £50 a pop, Liverpool would need to accept 2,840,000 shirts to equal their windfall from the Coutinho sale.

The voucher will be enough to buy a new Liverpool shirt without a name and number on the back, which only seems appropriate.

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Brad Pitt Bid $120,000 To Watch An Episode Of Game Of Thrones With Emilia Clarke

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During a silent auction at Sean Penn’s annual gala for Haiti in Los Angeles on Saturday, Brad Pitt offered to pay $120,000 to watch an episode of “Game of Thrones” with star of the show, Emilia Clarke.

During the charity gala, the auctioneer announced the opportunity to watch an episode with the Khaleesi, who was in attendance. The auction to watch the episode with Clarke started at $20,000, but the race quickly escalated.

Brad had initially bid $80,000 before upping his offer to $90,000. When another ‘Game of Thrones’ star, Kit Harington – who had been seated at a separate table to Emilia offered to sit in on the episode viewing, the 54-year-old actor raised his bid to $120,000. In the end, he was outbid by another attendee who ended the auction at $160,000.

The charity event to benefit the J/P HRO & Disaster Relief Organizations was hosted by Penn, CAA’s Bryan Lourd and Sean and Alexandra Parker. Other A-List celebrities in attendance were Lena Dunham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Segel, Connie Britton, Patricia Arquette, Mark Burnett and Leonardo DiCaprio, who was honored for his work combating climate change.

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Arsene Wenger Reveals Admiration For Former Nottingham Forest Manager Brian Clough

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Arsene Wenger has revealed that he was an admirer of former Nottingham Forest manager Brian Clough when starting out as a manager

Brain Clough, who took charge of Nottingham Forest in 1975, claimed the first division title immediately after being promoted, while he also won two successive European Cups with the club

Arsenal meet Forest in the FA Cup on Sunday, and Wenger has hailed Clough as an influence on his own managerial career.

“Of course, Clough was one of the ­managers I used to look at when I was a young manager,” the Frenchman told The Mirror. “I looked at all the big managers who were successful.

“I spent time you would not ­believe going to see how managers worked, travelling in my car at night and watching the training in the morning, then going back home again.

“Today, everything is ­available, it’s easier. You go on the internet and you have every exercise of every single club. But at that time you had to look and it was a rarity to see – Brian Clough was like a guy on another planet.

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Liverpool Have To Strengthen Squad After Losing Philippe Coutinho To Barcelona

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Former Liverpool player Ray Houghton has said that the club must strengthen if they are to progress as a team following the transfer of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.

Philippe Coutinho’s £142m move, which came on Saturday is the biggest involving a British club and has left a hole in Liverpool’s attack, according to Houghton.

Coutinho, who scored 12 times in 20 appearances in the current campaign prior to his move to Spain, netted his last goal for the club in a 5-0 win over Swansea City.

“Over the years Liverpool have had Ian Rush, Kenny Dalglish, Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez – and it’s the same thing,” Houghton told talkSPORT. “‘Oh we’ll never replace them.’ You can; of course you can.

“There’s different ways and means of doing it. It’ll be up to the others to start chipping in with more goals and more assists. But Liverpool are looking to build a squad, not only to get into the top four, but to win the league.

“And to do that there are other positions they have to strengthen. I think they need a top quality goalkeeper, another centre-half and probably another central midfield player as well.”

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Former Miss Nigeria, Pamela Peter-Vigboro Lessi Loses Dad In Fatal Accident

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Death never pierces the heart so much as when it takes someone we love; leaving the heart they held with their passing; the New Year hasn’t started on a beautiful note for Miss Nigeria 2015 Pamela Peter-Vigboro Leesi as she is in no celebrating mood, tragedy struck in the family after she lost her father on Thursday 4th January 2018 in a fatal car crash, in River state.

The accident happened in Rivers state, her father and brother were said to have been in the car that was ran into by a trailer. The accident left her brother, Teddy badly injured. Teddy is currently receiving treatment in the hospital and thankfully responding to treatments. Her father unfortunately, died at the spot.

It is a sad moment for the 39th Miss Nigeria and her family at the moment as she mourns the death of their father and hopes for a quick recovery of her younger brother Teddy.

Our heartfelt condolence, prayer and thought are with the family.

May his soul rest in peace.

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Matuidi Claims Racist Abuse In Cagliari

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Juventus midfielder, Blaise Matuidi has claimed he was racially abused by Cagliari fans in Juve’s 1-0 win on Saturday.

The Frenchman took to his official Facebook page and revealed he was a subject of racist chants by unspecified individuals.

This is the second time in 10 days that Matuidi has been on the receiving end of such chants, with Verona hit with a €20, 000 fine and partial stadium ban for the same treatment in their 3-1 loss on December 30.

“Today I experienced racism during the match,” he wrote. “Weak people try to intimidate with hate. I am not a hater and can only be sorry for those who set bad examples.

“Football is a way to spread equality, passion and inspiration and this is what I am here for. Peace.”

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Olympiakos Agree Deal To Re-sign Kevin Mirrallas From Everton

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Kevin Mirrallas has agreed to join Olympiakos on loan till the end of the season.

Everton will receive a loan fee, but the Greek club have no option to buy at the end of the term.

Personal terms have been agreed and the Belgian is due to arrive in Athens today.

Mirallas, who was also wanted by Galatasaray , has not featured in a matchday squad since the arrival of Sam Allardyce in November

Mirallas helped Olympiakos win the Greek title in 2011 and 2012 with 34 goals in 71 games in his first spell.

He has 59 caps for Belgium and will hope to be part of their squad for this summer’s World Cup.

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Report: Arsenal Showing Interest In Barcelona Striker Jose Arnaiz

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Arsenal are monitoring Barcelona forward Jose Arnaiz, reports AS.

Jose Arnaiz , 22, joined Barcelona from Real Valladolid in a €3.4m (£30.1m) deal last summer and has predominantly featured for their reserve side Barca B.

However, he has netted three goals in three appearances for Ernesto Valverde’s first team and has a €20m (£17.7m) buyout clause until 2020 and a €40m (£35.5m) buyout clause for the remainder of his contract until 2022.

Predominantly a left winger, Arnaiz has also operated in a more central role behind the striker and occasionally plays on the right flank.

Along with Arsenal, it is believed that Manchester United and Bayern Munich are also keeping tabs on the starlet.

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David Silva Given Permission To Return To Spain

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Pep Guardiola has confirmed that midfielder David Silva will return to Spain to help tend to his premature son.

David Silva revealed earlier this week that his recent absence from the Man City first team was down to concerns over his newborn child’s health after he arrived prematurely and is now fighting for his life.

He wrote: “I want to thank all of you for the love and good wishes received in the last few weeks, special thanks to my teammates, the manager and all at the club for understanding my situation.

Also I want to share with you the birth of my son Mato, who was born extremely preterm and is fighting day by day with the help of the medical team.”

The Spaniard flew back to England to start Tuesday’s match against Watford and this afternoon’s FA Cup third round victory over Burnley, but he will now return to his home country once again.

Guardiola has stressed that Silva has been granted permission to miss as many games as he needs while dealing with the situation, and he is now a major doubt for Tuesday night’s EFL Cup semi-final first leg against Bristol City.

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David Silva Given Permission To Return To Spain

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Pep Guardiola has confirmed that midfielder David Silva will return to Spain to help tend to his premature son.

David Silva revealed earlier this week that his recent absence from the Man City first team was down to concerns over his newborn child’s health after he arrived prematurely and is now fighting for his life.

He wrote: “I want to thank all of you for the love and good wishes received in the last few weeks, special thanks to my teammates, the manager and all at the club for understanding my situation.

Also I want to share with you the birth of my son Mato, who was born extremely preterm and is fighting day by day with the help of the medical team.”

The Spaniard flew back to England to start Tuesday’s match against Watford and this afternoon’s FA Cup third round victory over Burnley, but he will now return to his home country once again.

Guardiola has stressed that Silva has been granted permission to miss as many games as he needs while dealing with the situation, and he is now a major doubt for Tuesday night’s EFL Cup semi-final first leg against Bristol City.

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Claude Puel Wants To Keep Riyad Mahrez And Islam Slimani But Admits Ahmed Musa Could Leave

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Claude Puel wants to keep Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani at Leicester City but has admitted Ahmed Musa could leave in January.

“This period is always a difficult period with speculation about different players,” Puel said. “I am happy with ‘Slim’. We have a lot of strikers and offensive players and we need to have good balance to give them game time.

“I am happy with him [Mahrez] and I think he is enjoying his football. He is happy to play with this team. He has good results with assists and goals in recent games. I think it is important he keeps this focus and concentration until the end of the season.

One player who could be on the way out of the King Power Stadium is Nigeria international Ahmed Musa, who failed to earn even a place on the bench against Fleetwood, despite Puel resting a number of starters.

“We will see [about Musa]. Perhaps it could be a possibility. We will see with the player and the opportunity for the club also. I need to have discussions about some players.”

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Claude Puel Wants To Keep Riyad Mahrez And Islam Slimani But Admits Ahmed Musa Could Leave

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Claude Puel wants to keep Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani at Leicester City but has admitted Ahmed Musa could leave in January.

“This period is always a difficult period with speculation about different players,” Puel said. “I am happy with ‘Slim’. We have a lot of strikers and offensive players and we need to have good balance to give them game time.

“I am happy with him [Mahrez] and I think he is enjoying his football. He is happy to play with this team. He has good results with assists and goals in recent games. I think it is important he keeps this focus and concentration until the end of the season.

One player who could be on the way out of the King Power Stadium is Nigeria international Ahmed Musa, who failed to earn even a place on the bench against Fleetwood, despite Puel resting a number of starters.

“We will see [about Musa]. Perhaps it could be a possibility. We will see with the player and the opportunity for the club also. I need to have discussions about some players.”

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Antonio Conte Slams Jose Mourinho, Calls Him “A Little Man”

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Antonio Conte has hit back at Jose Mourinho, branding the Manchester United manager a “little man” as the war of words between the pair continues to escalate.

Jose Mourinho has clashed with Antonio Conte in the past and seemingly reignited the feud when he appeared to label Conte a “clown” for his actions on the touchline.

Conte responded by suggesting that Mourinho might have “senile dementia”, leading Mourinho to reference a match-fixing accusation which Conte was eventually cleared of during his time in charge of Serie B side Siena eight years ago.

The Italian believes that Mourinho’s comments prove that he is a “little man”, and insists that he is looking forward to settling their differences when Chelsea and United next meet.

“I think it’s difficult to answer this type of comment because when a person, their target is to offend and insult another person, [it means] you’re a little man,” Conte told reporters.

“We all know him very well. But it’s always the same. This is his way. It’s not a surprise for him. I think he’s a little man. Life goes on. I’m not worried about him. There is a good opportunity when we play against Manchester United for me and him to clarify [the issues] in a room.

“When you tell something, you must take the responsibility. If you try to speak and then keep the situation general you must have a big personality, big balls, to tell this.”

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Antonio Conte Slams Jose Mourinho, Calls Him “A Little Man”

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Antonio Conte has hit back at Jose Mourinho, branding the Manchester United manager a “little man” as the war of words between the pair continues to escalate.

Jose Mourinho has clashed with Antonio Conte in the past and seemingly reignited the feud when he appeared to label Conte a “clown” for his actions on the touchline.

Conte responded by suggesting that Mourinho might have “senile dementia”, leading Mourinho to reference a match-fixing accusation which Conte was eventually cleared of during his time in charge of Serie B side Siena eight years ago.

The Italian believes that Mourinho’s comments prove that he is a “little man”, and insists that he is looking forward to settling their differences when Chelsea and United next meet.

“I think it’s difficult to answer this type of comment because when a person, their target is to offend and insult another person, [it means] you’re a little man,” Conte told reporters.

“We all know him very well. But it’s always the same. This is his way. It’s not a surprise for him. I think he’s a little man. Life goes on. I’m not worried about him. There is a good opportunity when we play against Manchester United for me and him to clarify [the issues] in a room.

“When you tell something, you must take the responsibility. If you try to speak and then keep the situation general you must have a big personality, big balls, to tell this.”

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Southampton Interested In Walcott

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Mauricio Pellegrino has made Southampton’s interest in Theo Walcott public, as they look to re-sign the winger.

The Saints are looking to spend the fee acquired from the record sale of Virgil van Dijk, whom they sold to Liverpool for £75 million.

Pellegrino knows the state of the transfer window, but hopes to acquire Walcott this month.

“I have been talking about him,” he said, per Sky Sports.

“He is a good player, but I don’t know with the negotiations, with the market, I imagine that this type of player would have a lot of possibility. For us, it’s not easy.

“Hopefully we can bring somebody that can help us be stronger. This is our target now. We know the market is difficult, but we are working on that.”

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Southampton Interested In Walcott

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Mauricio Pellegrino has made Southampton’s interest in Theo Walcott public, as they look to re-sign the winger.

The Saints are looking to spend the fee acquired from the record sale of Virgil van Dijk, whom they sold to Liverpool for £75 million.

Pellegrino knows the state of the transfer window, but hopes to acquire Walcott this month.

“I have been talking about him,” he said, per Sky Sports.

“He is a good player, but I don’t know with the negotiations, with the market, I imagine that this type of player would have a lot of possibility. For us, it’s not easy.

“Hopefully we can bring somebody that can help us be stronger. This is our target now. We know the market is difficult, but we are working on that.”

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‘Bitcoin Banned By Islam’: Egypt’s Top Islamic Cleric Issues Fatwa Against Cryptocurrency

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Egypt’s Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam has declared that the trading of the digital currency Bitcoin is unlawful; thus, issuing a sternly worded fatwa (religious edict) that trading with the cryptocurrency can lead its users to “fraud, betrayal and ignorance” and could be used by terrorists.

Allam also said that terrorist and criminal groups can abuse the crypto-currency to fund their illicit activities such as moving drugs and weapons, Daily Mail reports.

Egypt's grand mufti Shawqi Allam (pictured) has declared the trading of the digital currency bitcoin unlawful - issuing a fatwa and calling it forbidden in Islam. (Reuters)

Egypt’s grand mufti Shawqi Allam (pictured) has declared the trading of the digital currency bitcoin unlawful – issuing a fatwa and calling it forbidden in Islam. (Reuters)

Egypt’s Grand Mufti is the highest official of Islamic law in Egypt and the one who issues legal opinions, fatwas and interpretations of Islamic jurisprudence.

The theological leader said in a published ruling that Bitcoin – launched in 2009 and based on a peer-to-peer payment system – poses ‘high risks to individuals and states.’

Suggesting his decision to declare a fatwa was based on discussions with economic experts, he concluded bitcoin is not permissible as it undermines the state – a central feature in Islamic sharia.

Minting and issuing currency is an ‘absolute right’ of monetary institutions and ‘one of the most specific functions of the state,’ said the country’s official interpreter of Islamic law.

“This currency is used directly to fund terrorists,” Ashour told Egypt Today, adding that its usage could cause major damage to the country’s economy.

“It has no set rules, which is considered as a contract annulment in Islam, that is why it is forbidden,” the counsellor said.

Last month, a team of Australian researchers found that nearly half of bitcoin trades they tracked over the past decade were used for illegal activities.

“Bitcoin is like all other currencies so what are the reasons that have suddenly made it so unlawful” said Atef Al Khateeb, a Cairo based Bitcoin trader who has set up a Facebook group to discuss the finer points of crypto-currencies and to help other new traders understand how to invest their money.

“It’s all commerce in the end, you win some, you lose some. Even the Prophet Muhammed was a trader”, he told Quartz.

The stateless digital currency has grown this week on the back of early Facebook investor, Peter Thiel’s bet rising in its price to over $15,000 after its bubble burst late last year with a sharp drop of 30% over six straight days.

There are no reliable figures on the number of bitcoin users in Egypt as its first bitcoin exchange only went live in August.

Bitcoin has been booming in other African countries such as Nigeria and Zimbabweowing to bypassing capital controls and weak foreign exchange markets.

Bitcoin is a virtual currency created from computer code.

It and other virtual currencies use blockchain, which records transactions that are updated in real time on an online ledger and maintained by a network of computers.

Its value surged as high as $19,500 in December from around $1,000 last January, but has slipped back after a series of warnings from governments and analysts about the risk and volatility associated with cryptocurrencies.

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Final-Year Student, 10 Others Killed By Herdsmen In Fresh Benue Attacks

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The Benue State Police Command has confirmed on Saturday that 10 people have again been killed in a fresh attack by the Fulani herdsmen in the troubled Logo Local Government Area of the State.

Speaking through its spokesman, ASP Moses Yamu, in a statement, said that a report was received from the area at about 7.30am on Saturday that suspected herdsmen entered Tse Akombo village in Mbamiage district ward and killed 10 persons.

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It is understood that the armed nomads attacked the agrarian community in the early hours of Saturday and hacked the deceased to death in their homes.

The fresh attack is coming barely six days after the herdsmen attacked five communities in Guma and Logo local government areas of the state and killed over 50 persons.

In a similar tragedy, it was reported that a final-year student, Peter Aboh, was one of the victims of the Fulani herdsmen attacks in Benue State, on Friday and Saturday.


Final-year student killed by herdsmen (Facebook/Chukwudi Iwuchukwu)

A certain Chukwudi Iwuchukwu posted an obituary on Facebook with two photographs: one with the young man’s image and the caption ‘Rest well – Ogbu Aboh Peter (Uncle P): 1990-2017’ and another showing a white coffin with women who appeared as mourners, standing close by.

In the post, Iwuchukwu said, “Peter Aboh was a final-year student of Microbiology at the Federal University, Lafia in Nasarawa State. He was due to graduate in eight months, before Fulani herdsmen gruesomely murdered him in his home in Utonkon in Ado LGA (Benue).”

Meanwhile, the State Governor, who is aware of the incident, has called for more deployment of security personnel in the state.

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Oil Marketers Give Conditions To Allow Sale Of Petrol At N145 Per Litre

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Oil marketers in Nigeria have given the federal government the conditions that will allow the sale of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as petrol, to remain at N145 per litre.

According to the oil marketers, the cost of petrol in the pricing template that is currently being reviewed will be determined by the rate of foreign exchange.

Nigeria May Consider Increasing Petrol Price To N180 Per Litre

The marketers added that petrol will only be imported if the rate of forex is suitable enough to encourage the importation of the commodity, despite the ongoing review of template by the Federal Government.

The Nigerian government had on Friday announced that it had commenced a review of the pricing template for petrol and insisted that the commodity would sell at N145 per litre.

But on Saturday, the oil marketers said the Federal Government could retain the cost of petrol at N145/litre after reviewing the pricing template, but outlined the conditions that will make this feasible for importers of petrol.

Speaking with The Punch, the National Vice President, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Abubakar Maigandi, disclosed that it was possible to review the pricing template for PMS and retain the cost of the commodity at N145/litre.

He said, “Yes, anything government says it wants to do on this issue can be considered possible because the minister had already outlined three conditions.

“The first condition has to do with regulation and the next is for the NNPC to sell at a given rate to marketers who will now add their margins, while the third is through forex (foreign exchange).

“So if the government can give forex to marketers, then automatically marketers can be able to sell at the rate of N145/litre.

“So whether the template is reviewed or not, one major factor is the issue of forex. Currently, the dollar is about N365 and if the government can make it available to marketers at a rate of about N250, then marketers will be able to sell the product at the rate of N145/litre when they import.”

“We hope that in the next 18 months our refineries will be in order, because that is what the minister said recently and he (Kachikwu) also said we are expecting other refineries to come on stream, like the Dangote refinery, as well as other modular refineries.

“But the truth is that as it is now, marketers cannot import petrol because of the cost of the commodity in the international market and the high forex rate.

“So we are expecting government to tell which of the listed conditions it will adopt so that this fuel crisis will end once and for all.”

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Herdsmen: Licensed To Kill

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Herdsmen: Licensed To Kill, By Adekoya Boladale

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Elnathan John, author of the best-selling work of fiction Born On A Tuesday, once said that the greatest disservice anyone can do to himself as a Nigerian is to be poor. He is right; the survival kit in Nigeria is not filled with patriotism, truthfulness and being forthright. You don’t have to be peace-loving or enthusiastic about development, no matter what you do, just don’t be poor!

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

But if providence has not ‘smiled’ on you yet and your hustle, no matter how legal or illegal it is, has not paid off, try as much as possible to build a formidable network with those in the corridors of power, especially if you do not reside in the city but in remote villages in Benue, Kaduna, Taraba, Adamawa, and so on. Failure to do this is equal to a death sentence that one you might not escape from.

If you have the right network, you and your colleagues can go to any village and farm, ransack the entire area, rape the occupants, machete the residents, butcher toddlers, kill pregnant women and slice open the fetus, chop-off the heads of the children and burn their houses for daring to chase your cows from their farms. After all, there is nothing bad in cows – who are God’s superior creature to men, wandering across other people’s farm and eating up the vegetables, lettuces, yam, maize and tomatoes they toil day and night to plant. Cows are frictional mammals whose movements are guided only by divine. They are superior to human beings. After all, was it not said that God created animals before humans?

If you and your friends find favour in the sight of the divine and you are able to land the president as your grand patron, that’s a jackpot! Rejoice for you have been observing your ‘salat’ diligently and it’s time for a reward.

Having the president as a grand patron comes with lots of perks. You become untouchable, literarily. No matter what you do, no matter who you do them to, no matter where and how you do them, no individual born of man or woman can hold you accountable. When some says the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police Force, the Nigerian Armed Forces and the State Security Service are the most brutal across the country, don’t say a word, just smile. Deep down inside you, you know the activities of Boko Haram are merely soft in nature and by your estimate, you know strapping kids with suicide bombs and laying landmines for soldiers do not measure up to the casualties you can record during a single farm attack of yours.

Let the villagers keep shouting and the communities continue staging protests upon protest, writing letters and petitions, you are assured that your grand patron will fling them all out and look away. Grand patrons are bonded by esprit de corps, they see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil of their protégés. In fact, when protests are becoming too much, you can count on the grand patron to order the police to open fire on the noisy ones disturbing the peace of the society.

Forget all the talks about ill-equipped security forces, by your closeness with the grand patron, you have access to the best of guns and firearms money can buy. Oh yes! You need the weapons, in case some of your victims are proving too difficult to kill (I don’t understand why people won’t just be civil enough to comport themselves rightly when being machetted), and in case some overzealous police officers try to disobey direct orders from above, the AK-47 riffle comes in handy.

But remember the relationship between you and your grand patron is symbiotic in nature; whilst you count on him to turn the blind eye while you massacre your albatrosses, you must be there for him when he needs you to win a election or re-election. While you are having a field day burning down houses and dancing to the helpless cries and agonies of your victims, remember to keep your voter’s card closely and not to lose it. Your grand patron needs it and you can’t afford to fail him.

Don’t be like the foolish ones who started feeling too powerful after helping him into office. Remember your grand patron is a very powerful person; learn from the Shiites. You don’t want to see the anger of your grand patron. If he gets angry, a tap on the chest of a General is enough to wipe out your entire generations. Don’t be unfortunate!

Adekoya Boladale, a public affairs analyst, is on Twitter @adekoyabee

This piece was written by Adekoya Boladale. 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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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Morning

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  • Real Madrid have been told it will cost a mind-boggling £300m to sign Harry Kane.
  • Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could cut short his latest contract and move into the boardroom in the summer and is eyeing Mikel Arteta as his hand-picked successor.
  • Arsene Wenger will let Alexis Sanchez move to Manchester City for £35m this month – providing he can sign Riyad Mahrez to replace him.
  • Jose Mourinho will make a stunning move to grab Mesut Ozil from Arsenal this month.
  • Manchester United will have competition from the Chinese Super League if Real Madrid sell Gareth Bale.
  • Sam Allardyce is targeting a £50m double swoop this month – with Swansea defender Alfie Mawson and Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure on his radar.
  • Newcastle’s Rafa Benitez is still waiting to learn his winter window transfer budget as he chases Liverpool striker Danny Ings.
  • Eden Hazard is set to snub a move to Real Madrid and sign a deal that will make him the highest paid player in the Premier League.
  • Inter Milan have pocketed a nice Christmas bonus from Philippe Coutinho’s big-money transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona.
  • Manchester City want Harry Maguire from Leicester and are ready to make an incredible £50m bid.
  • West Ham are ready to offer £25m for Swansea centre-half Alfie Mawson.
  • Sam Allardyce needs another new striker – and has Diafra Sakho and Moussa Dembele on his wish-list.
  • Crystal Palace are weighing up a shock move for Watford’s Italian striker Stefano Okaka.
  • Rangers hope to win the race for Fleetwood’s flying striker Devante Cole.
  • Aston Villa target Nick Powell will sign a new deal at Wigan and stay on – if their long-running takeover goes through.
  • Neil Warnock is eyeing Lewis Grabban for Cardiff’s faltering promotion push.
  • Bolton are demanding £4m for kid keeper Jake Turner – to the surprise of Everton and Manchester United.
  • Sheffield United are closing on a deal for Wolves’ Wales international midfielder Lee Evans.
  • Newcastle are exploring a loan deal for PSG goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.
  • Manchester United and Arsenal have joined the £30m battle for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazil star Fred.

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