JAMB Orders All Institutions In Nigeria To End 2017 Admissions By January 25

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Thursday issued a directive to all tertiary institutions in the country to end their 2017 admission by January 25.

The Board’s Head of Media, Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

Mr. Benjamin said the board’s decision came after a meeting where all issues and ones bordering on the admission process were taken into consideration.

2018 UTME: JAMB Announces New Dates For Exam

He said it was resolved that the academic calendar must be adhered to.

According to him, the directive becomes necessary as the board intends to meet up with the academic calendar as earlier agreed.

“By implication, candidates who have gained admissions into various institutions and are yet to register or do not have admissions by January 25 should begin to make preparations for the 2018 UTME.

“The public must also note that the UTME results are valid for only one year and not three years as widely speculated.

“If changes are made on the validity, I assure you the board would communicate appropriately to the public.”

It will be recalled that the board had recently said that the UTME examinations would take place between March 9 and 17, while the mock exams would take place in the first week of February.

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Nigerian Pastors As 2019 Opposition Party

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Nigerian Pastors As 2019 Opposition Party – Abimbola Adelakun

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When the news broke that men of the Department of State Services had supposedly attempted to arrest Prophet Isa El-buba, the General Overseer and President of Ebomi Ministry, my first thought was that the present administration had scored another own goal. Lately, the prophet gave a fiery sermon against President Muhammadu Buhari where he alluded that transcendental forces are arraigned against the President for his many shortcomings. Christians in Nigeria, he urged, need to match the spiritual forces aligned against the President by getting their Permanent Voter Cards and doing the needful at the forthcoming 2019 polls. It was a rather stirring sermon, full of head-nodding references to the failures and hypocrisies of the Buhari administration, and how the nation will be imperilled if he wins a second term. While some folks took El-buba as a vessel through which God is warning the nation not to trade her destiny for another leader that merely glitters on the surface, the more cynical listener recalls that the same El-buba prophesied that former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan would defeat Buhari in 2015. If he is back on the block ahead of 2019 and is prophesying against the same Buhari, then his prophecies might just be a continuation of the 2015 elections by other means.

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

Regardless of the speculations about the political undertones of his prophesies, whichever agency of government that reportedly laid a siege to his house and perhaps attempted to arrest him has helpfully (!) increased the handwriting of ordinance against the President. They gave his opponents and his traducers one more joker to wield against his candidature. Any show of aggression on the part of the state, in the light of Buhari’s persistent poor human rights record yields the plot to the aggrieved mob cataloguing the autocratic sins of President Buhari. Prophet El-buba might not be the most popular pastor in Nigeria right now, but, his story might be about to change, no thanks to overzealous agents who have handed him a narrative of King Ahab vs. Prophet Elijah persecution. By making the prophet a victim of their excesses, they gave people the yarn to be spun against them in various churches in the coming months. If I could look into the future, the question I want to be answered is what good the pastoral crusade against the current administration will do other than the mere possibility of switching the All Progressives Congress with another party of equally clueless johns?The Buhari administration has, no doubt, made governance a questionable enterprise. Its lethargic reaction to urgent national issues, provincial leanings on religious and ethnic lines cum shoddy treatments of opponents – real and perceived – have all angered Nigerians to the point that the times seem right for the pastors to stand in the gap, don the toga of Martin Luther, and drive a reformation of the polity. This Pentecostal power push against the political establishment began about a year ago when Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God urged members of the church to become more politically active. He reportedly told church members – to everyone else’ hearing – that come 2019, they would reprove the Federal Government’s poking nose into their business by using their PVC to vote the candidate who would safeguard their righteous interests.

In recent times, as the issue of the Fulani herdsmen and the massacres they perpetrate in communities around Nigeria reach an unbearable crescendo, more men of the cloth are coming out to speak against the slaughter of innocents and the rather lukewarm response of Buhari’s administration to the violence. Among the most vociferous voices are Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly, Bishop David Oyedepo of the Winners’ Chapel, Pastor Paul Eneche of Dunamis International Gospel Centre, and also Apostle Johnson Suleman of Omega Fire Ministry. The frequent acts of wanton violence by Fulani herdsmen have made their prophetic campaigns an urgent task and even a necessity.

By challenging the administration frontally, they take the space of civil society activists, who, until the last administration, were a strident voice against the massacres perpetrated by Boko Haram. The transcript of Bishop Oyedepo’s message on the Fulani herdsmen is telling in this respect. He interweaved both political and theological arguments to make a not-so-subtle case against the government. Only a simpleton would read his latest speech about Fulani herdsmen and wave it aside as insignificant. It is a precursor to how religion would be actively politicised for next year’s elections. Also, one should not assume that the Muslim political establishment would simply sit back and watch their own being swept off by the force of Pentecostal power. They will actively mobilise to fight back to protect their supposed turf from Christian crusaders.

Religion and religious identity, are, of course not the sole determining factors in the coming elections. There are many other contributing factors to electoral victories but religion cannot be played down especially now that it is anchored to a popular grievance. Neither can the outcome of the electioneering be considered a given based simply on which side of the divide the religious establishment chose to stake their claim. Jonathan, for instance, was the unofficial candidate of the Nigerian clergy in 2015 and he actively wooed their support for his candidature while his opponent was left to make do with the pastoral support of the like of Rev Father Mbaka and Pastor Sunday Adelaja.

Jonathan’s dalliance with pastors, considering their immense cultural influence, should have made him a shoo-in candidate but he still lost to a Muslim who had to get a Christian deputy to prove to Nigerians he would not Islamise the country. Buhari’s victory at the polls not only proved the limit of the Pentecostal vatic influence, it also showed that the ground beneath their feet shifted without them knowing. Regardless of the outsized influence of the pastors, they found that as of 2015, people were tired of a leader whose weakness at combating the evils that combat the state – terrorism, corruption, and all forms of dysfunctionality – also symbolised the effeteness of the state. By the time the election drew near, Nigerians were practically begging for a “strong” leader and Buhari was able to synchronise himself to that image. Ironically, almost three years after, the so-called strong candidate has only made the country weaker.

For 2019, pastors probably would not stop at a subtle endorsement of a candidate but actively stake their reputation on the candidature of Buhari’s opponent. We should therefore be concerned whether their concerted political efforts towards 2019 would not merely result in the removal of a clueless candidate who would be replaced with another pseud. No effort is worthwhile if it merely mobilises people to the polls with the spectres of “Islamisation,” “northernisation” and “Fulani herdsmenisation” hanging over their imagination. Nigeria needs more.

While the outcry against Buhari is largely based on his lackadaisical body language, we should not make the mistake that the resident evil that needs to be exorcised in 2019 is merely personified in him. Whatever his failings as a leader and as a human being in the Fulani herdsmen crisis, what we should not lose sight of is the fact that orgies of violence  – either ethnic or religious based – are a recurring decimal in Nigerian culture and history. At different times, leaders have reacted to the acts of violence with varying levels of sensitivity and matching brutality. Those who are going to use the altar of God as a bully pulpit to mobilise against the present administration should please be reminded that there should be a bigger agenda than “anything but Buhari.” We urgently need more than an electoral process that swaps jaded and visionless politicians with the ones who have long dreamt the last of their dreams. The country needs new leaders, a new team, and new names of people who can run an economy efficiently and productively. That should be our end goal, not merely kicking out a moral coward.This piece was written by Abimbola Adelakun.

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“Alternative Music Is Growing Fast In Nigeria” – Dare Art Alade (WATCH VIDEO)

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Nigerian singer and vocalist, Dare Art Alade has revealed that the alternative music is now becoming more acceptable in Nigeria when compared to what is obtainable in the past.

In an interview with HIPTV, Dare Alade pointed out that the relentless efforts of other alternative singers like Adekunle Gold, Simi, Bez and himself has made the genre fast becoming more acceptable in Nigeria.

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I feel people listen to alternative music- @dareydarey

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“Alternative Music Is Growing Fast In Nigeria” – Dare Art Alade (WATCH VIDEO)

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Nigerian singer and vocalist, Dare Art Alade has revealed that the alternative music is now becoming more acceptable in Nigeria when compared to what is obtainable in the past.

In an interview with HIPTV, Dare Alade pointed out that the relentless efforts of other alternative singers like Adekunle Gold, Simi, Bez and himself has made the genre fast becoming more acceptable in Nigeria.

Watch Video Below;

I feel people listen to alternative music- @dareydarey

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“Leaving YBNL Has Helped Me Grow” – Lilkesh

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Former YBNL star, Lilkesh who left the label some months ago has revealed that parting ways with Olamide’s record label to establish his own label, YAGI has contributed so much to his growth as an individual and as an artiste.

In an interview with Saturday Beats;

“I was not scared when I took the step to leave Olamide’s record label”, he said. “I am never scared; I just knew it was the right move, so I was never scared. So far, I think the steps have helped me more as a person and as a brand. For one, I am a better person mentally and right now, I am not an instrument for the growth of someone’s business. Instead, I am instrumental to my own growth”.

While appreciating the support and motivation from fans, Lilkesh further stated that he has been able to prove to prove his worth as brilliant artiste by releasing numerous hits after YBNL exit.

“Looking at the financial side as well, it was a good step. I cannot say I would reap what I have sown immediately, but every move I make now is to ensure I have a brighter future. I am doing all this for the future. When I announced that I left Olamide’s record label, some people were skeptical, but I proved them wrong by releasing hit songs. To me, there was no option of failure; it was a win-win situation. That was my strength and my fans have been so amazing in motivating me. Thanks to my fans. With little effort, the results have always been amazing”.

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“Leaving YBNL Has Helped Me Grow” – Lilkesh

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Former YBNL star, Lilkesh who left the label some months ago has revealed that parting ways with Olamide’s record label to establish his own label, YAGI has contributed so much to his growth as an individual and as an artiste.

In an interview with Saturday Beats;

“I was not scared when I took the step to leave Olamide’s record label”, he said. “I am never scared; I just knew it was the right move, so I was never scared. So far, I think the steps have helped me more as a person and as a brand. For one, I am a better person mentally and right now, I am not an instrument for the growth of someone’s business. Instead, I am instrumental to my own growth”.

While appreciating the support and motivation from fans, Lilkesh further stated that he has been able to prove to prove his worth as brilliant artiste by releasing numerous hits after YBNL exit.

“Looking at the financial side as well, it was a good step. I cannot say I would reap what I have sown immediately, but every move I make now is to ensure I have a brighter future. I am doing all this for the future. When I announced that I left Olamide’s record label, some people were skeptical, but I proved them wrong by releasing hit songs. To me, there was no option of failure; it was a win-win situation. That was my strength and my fans have been so amazing in motivating me. Thanks to my fans. With little effort, the results have always been amazing”.

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Wenger: Arsenal Still Having Talks With Wilshere

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Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger says the club is still keen on holding onto Jack Wilshere, and are already discussing contract renewal.

The England international, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil all have contracts that will expire in the summer.

Sanchez is looking to join Manchester United, in a move that sees Mkhitaryan join Arsenal. And Wenger insists Wilshere and Ozil are staying.

And if Arsenal get their wish, Wilshere, 26, will also be staying put for some time.

“We know what we want. We want him to stay,” the coach told reporters on Thursday.

“After that we have to find a financial agreement with Jack that is good for him. That’s what we’re trying to do.”

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360NoBS Film Review – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

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In the 1995 Robin Williams vehicle Jumanji, a young man finds a strange board game at a construction site. It is 1969. He invites a friend to play and upon rolling the dice, is sucked, physically into the game. Terrified, his friend flees the house. The young man, Alan Parrish, is never seen again.

Twenty six years later, two siblings move into the former Parrish house and resume playing the game after they stumble onto it. With every step that they play, they awaken all sorts of monstrous and wondrous creatures, bringing the game to life in different terrifying, yet thrilling ways.

Because the year is 2017 and there is no original idea anymore when it comes to making films, the Hollywood suits have decided to greenlight a remake, titled, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Where the original worked with Williams as the biggest draw, these days, it takes more than that one superstar to drag bums to seats. And so Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black are recruited – alongside the relatively unknown Karen Gillan, plus a surprise appearance by dreamboat, Nick Jonas- to help sell this product.

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Four high school students are shuffled off to detention after they are caught in a range of offences; from plagiarism to talking back rudely at teachers. While sorting out the materials for recycling in the school’s basement store, they find a 90’s style video game version of Jumanji. They plug and after selecting their characters, are instantly vacuumed into the weird, tropical world of Jumanji, a jungle not-quite-paradise that has rampaging rhinoceroses, deadly mosquitoes and a bad tempered villain (Bobby Cannavale) in frantic search of an orb like object.

It goes without saying that the heroes are trapped in the game and the only way out is to keep playing till the end. To further complicate things, the kids have each morphed into grown up versions represented by their avatars. Geeky Spencer is now the musclebound Dr Smolder Bravestone, (Dwayne Johnson) the official leader of the pack. Young jock Fridge is demoted to the physical form of Kevin Hart, the zoologist and trusted sidekick to Dr Bravestone. Narcissistic Bethany is transformed into male cryptographer, Shelly Oberon (Jack Black) while introverted Martha becomes the bombshell dance fighter, Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan).

The foursome spend some time struggling with their new bodies- cue in the Kevin Hart punchlines and the body jokes- before they are chased along by bike riding henchmen. As the video game genius, it is up to Spencer to figure out why a lot of the stuff happens and the significance.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle isn’t a sequel as much as it is a resurrection of an old property with the high hopes of kick starting a franchise. That is the surest way to profits these days and with the success of projects like this at the box office, more of them are going to be greenlit, leaving little room for original content.

But it is difficult to quarrel with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle as it is from start to finish, a thrilling, hilarious ride through today’s world with both timely and tried and true gag reels. It does not aim to reinvent any wheel. In the film’s messaging, teenagers are still difficult, they still need guidance, true love can save everyone, as can common sense, and bad guys must not go unpunished.

Director Jake Kasdan goes for pretty pictures and exotic backdrops, competent set pieces and easy laughs. The chemistry between the four adult leads is crackling and the entire thing is packaged for holiday audiences, and for a potential sequel where the studio can get it. The making of the film may sound just a bit cynical, but the finished product is a thrilling fun ride. Just do not overthink anything you see on screen.

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360NoBs Film review: The Bridge

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Lasun Ray has made a career out of producing and directing Yoruba film titles such as Ejika and Asiri Owo.

As the son of iconic filmmaker, Adeyemi ‘Ade Love’ Afolayan, director, Kunle, comes from that same line of indigenous filmmakers. Before he made the ultimate crossover with The Figurine (Araromire)- shot in English and Yoruba-, Kunle Afolayan had cut his teeth in the Yoruba sector of the industry, acting and directing films like Irapada.

It makes sense that The Bridge is the project to bring both men together in 2017. Lasun Ray who conceptualized the story, probably imagined it as a high concept affair, beyond the modest means of his limitations, sticks to producing responsibilities. Afolayan on the other hand is presently in the director-for-hire stage of his career, having made four films of his own between 2009 and 2016.

Coming off a three picture deal with television giants Africa Magic that has had him swing wildly between comedy (Omugwo), and drama (Roti, The Tribunal), Afolayan rounded up 2017 with The Bridge.

It is easy to see why Afolayan would be attracted to this project.

At its heart, The Bridge is a love story, a sub-genre in which Afolayan clearly has had experience making. See his 2012 romantic comedy, Phone Swap, about a boy, a girl, and a phone swap. But beyond that, The Bridge is also a meditation on the ways that human beings create conflicts for themselves all in service to traditions that have pre-dated them.

This is a theme that has shown itself consistently in Afolayan’s work. Irapada was about one educated person’s struggles with an ancient custom. The Figurine tested the limits of credibility and swung a pendulum between fate and faith. October 1 subtly placed the blame for Africa’s stunted growth on the doorsteps of the colonialists. In the film’s jaundiced estimation, the motherland was a virginal landscape until the big bad colonialists came with a bag of sins containing homosexuality, rape and murder.

The Bridge presents a familiar challenge. A young, handsome pilot in training, Obadare (Demola Adedoyin) who happens to be the crown prince of Shapati, a Western village still steeped in ancient tradition despite the elements of modernity sprouting up around. Obadare is in love with Stella Maxwell, played by singer Chidinma who makes a convincing debut big screen appearance.

Stella is an Igbo medical doctor practicing in Ilorin, Kwara state, where she meets and falls in love with Obadare. Her father, Dominic (Zack Orji) is a domineering figure who has his own plans for how his only child should live out the rest of her life. Naturally, they do not include Obadare, or any person born of his tribe.

The lovers make several unsuccessful attempts to convince their parents to warm up to their romance. They then take matters into their hands and things quickly escalate, in ways no one foresaw, leading to tragic consequences for everyone concerned.

The Bridge isn’t peak Afolayan, so anyone holding out hope for a return to form for the director might as well perish them now. Having said that, the story carries a lot of promise and with more thorough input, could have been considered a worthy accompanying document to The Figurine. Instead, it falls into territory that isn’t so prestigious, perhaps an inferior knock off, containing elements that have decorated the director’s best work.

There is a sense of mystery that pervades the film but the director and his writer, Sola Dada, are not able to convincingly break down the film in such a way that it works as a thriller. Despite solid performances by the cast who do well enough with the material that is handed to them, The Bridge isn’t able to rise above Nollywood melodrama. The story fails to explore in detail the complicity of the supernatural in the affairs of man and the film suffers heavily for this cop out.

Technically, the film is sound and the name Afolayan should ideally attract a certain level of quality control to a project. However by the end, things get sloppy, especially with the scene where a coffin is being dug up from the grave. It gets worse with the unnecessary emoting and obvious dialogue that makes up the film’s final act.

This quest for some sort of audience pleasing ending is ill advised and makes it near impossible taking The Bridge seriously.

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BREAKING: Ebonyi State Shuts Down Schools For 7 Days Over Lassa Fever Outbreak

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The Ebonyi State Government on Thursday announced the immediate closure of all public and private schools cross the state for 7 days.

The closure was deemed necessary following the outbreak of Lassa fever in the state which had so far claimed 3 lives with several others admitted in the hospital. The State Government has already released N7 million as part of containment measures against the outbreak of the disease in the state.
Governor David Umahi announced this while speaking to reporters over the outbreak of the virus at the Government House, Abakaliki. He explained that the money was to enable the state government source for experts who would fully activate the virology centre and embark on contact tracing in the state.

He also expressed sadness over the condition of the virology centre which was handed over to the Federal government in 2016, emphasizing that the State Government was ready to spend more funds to ensure that it becomes fully operational.

He added that his government had incorporated representatives of the Nigeria Medical Association into a Lassa fever committee set up to help in the monitoring of cases in areas where dead victims received treatment and care.

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BREAKING: Ebonyi State Shuts Down Schools For 7 Days Over Lassa Fever Outbreak

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The Ebonyi State Government on Thursday announced the immediate closure of all public and private schools cross the state for 7 days.

The closure was deemed necessary following the outbreak of Lassa fever in the state which had so far claimed 3 lives with several others admitted in the hospital. The State Government has already released N7 million as part of containment measures against the outbreak of the disease in the state.
Governor David Umahi announced this while speaking to reporters over the outbreak of the virus at the Government House, Abakaliki. He explained that the money was to enable the state government source for experts who would fully activate the virology centre and embark on contact tracing in the state.

He also expressed sadness over the condition of the virology centre which was handed over to the Federal government in 2016, emphasizing that the State Government was ready to spend more funds to ensure that it becomes fully operational.

He added that his government had incorporated representatives of the Nigeria Medical Association into a Lassa fever committee set up to help in the monitoring of cases in areas where dead victims received treatment and care.

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Bus Conductor Allegedly Shot Dead By Customs Officers In Lagos

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A bus conductor, identified as Toheeb Olayiwola, was shot dead in Abule Egba area of Lagos on Wednesday, allegedly by customs officers chasing a bus loaded with smuggled bags of rice.

An eyewitness, Ahmed Ogundairo, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the victim was in the bus with registration number LND685XJ coming from Sango and headed toward Lagos.

Mr. Ogundairo said that customs men accosted the bus at Abule Egba and started shooting sporadically which resulted to the victim’s death.

“The commercial bus, which was loaded with bags of rice, was en-route Mushin from Sango when the customs stopped the bus and started shooting.

“My friend was inside the bus to assist in offloading the rice but he was shot dead when he tried to escape from the scene.

“The bus was hired to deliver the rice to Mushin,’’ he said.

Another eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told NAN that the victim was not a smuggler but a transporter with a commercial bus.

A policeman from Oke-Odo Division, who was at the scene of the accident, said that no official statement could be made until the arrival of the Divisional Police Officer.

He said that the incident occurred at about 6.30 a.m.

NAN reports that there was no customs official at the scene to give an account of the incident but LASTMA officials were seen controlling vehicular traffic.

Angry youths who protested the killing set bonfire under the bridge while the corpse of the victim was at the scene at 7.30 a.m. when NAN correspondent left the area.

The Customs Public Relations Officer, Federal Operations, Ikeja, Jerry Attah, said the unit received a report of the incident from its patrol team.

Mr. Attah said that the team trailed a vehicle loaded with smuggled rice to Abule-Egba, a suburb of Lagos.

He said the customs men were mobbed by the smugglers who prevented the officers from carrying out their duties.

Mr. Attach later released a statement claiming nobody was killed in the incident.

“On January 17, 2018 (today), at about 05.30hrs, operatives of the Federal Operations Unit, acting on a tip-off, traced one LT Bus Loaded with unspecified bags of smuggled foreign parboiled rice from Sango Area and eventually stopped it at Abule Egba.

“Before he was finally halted at Abule Egba, the driver started shouting and making inciting comments that attracted mob action against the officers with different dangerous weapons such as broken bottles, stones and cutlasses.

“Obviously, he had driven to where he could get his associates to help attack the Customs Officers.

“Given support of the mob, he resisted lawful arrest and the other armed operatives fired shots in the air to disperse the raging mob but to no avail.

 “As a responsible organisation, the officers retracted back to avoid any casualty.

“We appreciate and thank God that no life was lost as at the time of the confrontation, even though two of our officers sustained injuries.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the fact that a smuggler has evaded scrutiny either by following unapproved route or compromising any officer does not guarantee that the smuggled item will not be seized anywhere it is found by patrol officers whose duty is to ensure compliance.’’

NAN

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Super Eagles To Play England, 4 Other Matches Before World Cup | Rohr’s Contract Extended

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Wednesday announced its 2018 FIFA World Cup program for the Super Eagles, revealing venues and dates for five pre-World Cup friendly matches.

The NFF also revealed its plan for kit launch, camping programmes and venues, the team base camp, sponsors’ event and how the team will travel during the World Cup finals proper.

The program was unveiled by NFF President Amaju Pinnick at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island.

According to the him, the Eagles will play Poland, Serbia, Democratic Republic of Congo, England, Czech Republic and a yet-to-be-named South American team on the way to the World Cup finals in Russia.

The NFF President also disclosed that on February 7, kit sponsors, NIKE will in London unveil the official kit the Eagles will use at the World Cup finals, while a Sponsors/Partners event will hold also in London hours after the friendly with England’s Three Lions at Wembley on 2nd June.

The team’s first phase camping will hold in Abuja or Uyo between 22nd and 30th May, while the second phase camping will hold at a health resort in Austria 3rd – 11th June.

 The close camp at the Eagles’ official World Cup team base camp is at Yessentuki, Stavropol Territory in Russia’s southern region, starting 11th June.

The three-time Africa Cup of Nations champions have been drawn in Group D at the finals in Russia, alongside Argentina, Croatia and Iceland.

Here are the friendlies that have been confirmed below:

Poland vs Nigeria – Mar 23 (Poland)

Nigeria vs Serbia – Mar 27 (UK)

Nigeria vs DRC – May 25 (Nigeria)

England vs Nigeria – Jun 2 (UK)

Nigeria vs Czech – Jun 6 (Austria)

  • NFF Extends Rohr’s Contract For Two Years

Meanwhile, the NFF yesterday signed a two –year contract extension with Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr.

NFF 1st Vice President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, explained that Rohr, initially taken on board in July 2016, deserved the extension after qualifying the Super Eagles for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, even with a match to spare.

 “He has done a very good job and when someone does a good job, he gets a reward. We are proud to have taken Mr. Rohr on board and we are delighted to be signing this contract extension with him.”

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Silva: PSG Boos Did Not Affect Neymar

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Thiago Silva insists Neymar was not affected by the boos of the PSG fans in the 8-0 win over Dijon.

The Brazil international scored four and assisted two goals in the encounter, but his performance was overshadowed by another spat with Cavani.

The Uruguayan needed one goal to break Ibrahimovic’s record, but Neymar opted to play the penalty after sealing his hat trick, a play that did not go down well with the fans.

Silva insisted the Brazilian was unaffected by the reaction to his decision to take the penalty.

“No, I do not think he was angry when he left,” Silva told Canal+.

“There was some of the supporters against him, but the most important thing is the final score and the win.

“And for Edi, the record will come. He scores all the time, there are still a lot of games to play this year, he will beat all records.”

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Silva: PSG Boos Did Not Affect Neymar

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Thiago Silva insists Neymar was not affected by the boos of the PSG fans in the 8-0 win over Dijon.

The Brazil international scored four and assisted two goals in the encounter, but his performance was overshadowed by another spat with Cavani.

The Uruguayan needed one goal to break Ibrahimovic’s record, but Neymar opted to play the penalty after sealing his hat trick, a play that did not go down well with the fans.

Silva insisted the Brazilian was unaffected by the reaction to his decision to take the penalty.

“No, I do not think he was angry when he left,” Silva told Canal+.

“There was some of the supporters against him, but the most important thing is the final score and the win.

“And for Edi, the record will come. He scores all the time, there are still a lot of games to play this year, he will beat all records.”

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Silva:PSG Boos Did Not Affect Neymar

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Thiago Silva insists Neymar was not affected by the boos of the PSG fans in the 8-0 win over Dijon.

The Brazil international scored four and assisted two goals in the encounter, but his performance was overshadowed by another spat with Cavani.

The Uruguayan needed one goal to break Ibrahimovic’s record, but Neymar opted to play the penalty after sealing his hat trick, a play that did not go down well with the fans.

Silva insisted the Brazilian was unaffected by the reaction to his decision to take the penalty.

“No, I do not think he was angry when he left,” Silva told Canal+.

“There was some of the supporters against him, but the most important thing is the final score and the win.

“And for Edi, the record will come. He scores all the time, there are still a lot of games to play this year, he will beat all records.”

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Access Bank Approves Paternity Leave For All Male Employees

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Access Bank has urged male employees to take advantage of an enhanced parental leave policy that extends paid benefits to all mothers and fathers.

The paternal leave takes effect as from this month, January 2018.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the bank said the policy would foster an inclusive workplace.

It added that the policy also offers paid leave to all new parents at the bank, including mothers and fathers, as well as adoptive and surrogate parents.

In the statement, the prominent bank also said that the new policy offers one week fully paid paternity leave to male employees and allows them to care for their offspring and spend some quality time with the new addition to their family while supporting the new mother who needs the break.

Also included in the new policy is a surrogacy or adoptive leave with full pay for three calendar months for female employees of the bank.

“These benefits supplement the 12 weeks of paid leave Access Bank currently provides to birth mothers.”

The Punch quoted Bolaji Agbede, the Head, Group Human Resources, who signed the statement, as saying that the policy also complemented the bank’s existing health and flexible workplace benefits, which supported work-life balance.

Agbede was quoted to have said that paid parental leave allows parents to truly bond with their new child, balance their work schedule and help reduce conflict with parental obligations.

She said, “Studies have shown that fathers who take paternity leave are more likely to take an active role in child care tasks and will continue to play this role long after the period of leave has ended.

“It is important for the new father to take time off, regardless of family structure. This new policy is an evidence of the bank’s support to employees during this wonderful but challenging time in their lives.”

“Furthermore, a pregnant employee who has been in the bank’s employment for 12 consecutive months also has the option of six calendar months’ maternity leave with two-thirds of full month pay, while the surrogacy or adoptive leave period is three calendar months with full pay or six calendar months leave with two-thirds of full month pay.”

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Niger Delta Avengers Threatens To Resume ‘Deadly’ Attacks On Oil Facilities, Demands Restructuring

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The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) has on Wednesday announced its plan to resume deadly attacks on oil installations and facilities in Nigeria’s oil-rich region.

The spokesperson of the militant group, Murdoch Agbinibo, in a statement, which was published on the group’s website, said the round of attacks will be the “most deadly and will be targeting the deep sea operations of the multinationals.”

The statement also bore the apocalyptic headline “Happy doomed year, Nigeria”, an indication of the NDA’s fury.

Calling for the restructuring of Nigeria, the group said their plan to attack oil facilities in the oil-rich region of the country is due to killings and division happening in some parts of the country.

Read full statement below as published on its website.

The high command of the Niger Delta Avengers wishes all Niger Deltans a happy New Year as we admonish the Nigerian Government to brace up for the doom we have finished all arrangement to unleash on the oil sector in a few days time.

This round of attacks will be the most deadly and will be targeting the deep sea operations of the multinationals which include Bonga Platform, Agbami, EA Field, Britania-U Field, Akpo Field; amongst others littered across the deep waters of the Niger Delta region. As for the Egina FPSO, we are advising the operators to let it stay where ever it is right now as we are tracking it’s movement. We mean it when we say they (the oil installations) shall dance to the sound of the fury of the Niger Delta Avengers. Good a thing the ocean is wide enough to accommodate as many wreck as possible.

On the 15th of January 2018, being the 62nd historic remembrance day of the 1956 discovery of commercial oil by Shell Darcy in the now forgotten and dejected Oloibiri Community in the Niger Delta; the high command of the ND Avengers summoned a meeting of all our operatives from across the Niger Delta to review the progress of our operations so far and deliberate on the planned actions for the future.

It was agreed in that meeting that the killings and division presently playing out in Nigeria along divergent grounds makes this the perfect time to restructure this country.

While promising a brutal outpour of our wrath, which shall shake the coffers of the failed Nigerian nation, our demand unambiguously is for the government to “RESTRUCTURE THIS COUNTRY”.

On the 3rd of November 2017 we promised to reactivate “operation red economy” but as usual some overzealous and over patriotic elders intervened and appealed as they have done twice before then for us to avail them some more time to attend to the demands of the Niger Delta as championed by the Niger Delta Avengers.

That we have not achieved any meaningful results despite the opportunities we have availed the Niger Delta elders means that they are either irresponsible or the Nigerian government is not sincere with them as it is their trade in stock.

Because of the above, we have resolved not to listen to the Niger Delta elders as we unravel our New year package to the failed Nigerian state this time around.

We wish to state in plain terms that anybody against restructuring is an enemy of this country and particularly an enemy of the Niger Delta Avengers; and we shall not rest until such enemies are defeated by the Niger Delta People who earnestly seek to control our own resources.

We want to control our resources and directly use them to better our lot instead of been enslaved and made to beg before crumbs are released in a dress rehearsal-like manner to intervention agencies that are ineffective at addressing our challenges. While 1 Billion Dollars from the excess crude account is been released to fight a Boko Haram in the North; successive government acts blind to the very bold array of challenges our region from which this wealth is generated is facing; as they (the Nigerian Government) derives pleasure in sending their unprofessional and weak military to invade our communities and subject our already sick and suffering people to more hardship and poverty.

Only a few days ago the Nigerian Army released 244 members of the murderous Boko Haram sect to Borno state government while thousands of innocent Niger Delta youths continue to suffer in various prisons across the country for no just cause.

It is on the above premise that we are demanding the immediate release of all Niger Deltans Activists and Freedom Fighters that are held captive by the Nigeria Armed Forces.

The extrajudicial cold blooded murder of Kareowei and 20 members of his gang by the Nigerian Army after deceiving them with Amnesty offer is very unprofessional; yes they were common criminals who brought pain to our own people but going ahead to murder them after reaching an agreement with them and making them to surrendered to the army is a clear pointer to the insincerity of the Nigerian Government at handling issues that concern the Niger Delta; just like the Nigerian Government daily deceive the international community of how professional the multinationals are carrying out their operations and how vast they have developed our lands; when the reverse is actually the case on ground.

Let the Kareowei issue be a lesson to all freedom fighters across the Niger Delta never to fall for the antics of the insincere Nigerian Government; put the fear of death aside and fight till the last drop of blood whenever you are engaged in a gun duel with the Nigeria Army as it is this same path we have chosen to glory. Again, the Niger Delta Avengers wish Nigeria a doomed 2018; courtesy the skilled hands of our fierce and smooth operatives across the Niger Delta.

 

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Conte Slams VAR For Costing Chelsea

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Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte has slammed the referee for his officiating in the match against Norwich. As Willian was denied a penalty in the first half of extra time, and was also handed a yellow card.

The Blues struggled against the Canaries, with Lewis cancelling out Batshuayi’s opener, and Chelsea failed to score in extra time, however, two red cards for Pedro and Morata played a role.

Chelsea won on penalties, winning 5-3, with Hazard scoring the winning goal, however, Conte was unhappy with VAR.

“I think that we need to improve if we want to use this new system,” Conte said at Stamford Bridge. “Today, in this game, there is a situation very clear with Willian at the start of the first period of extra-time. I think the situation was very clear. I watched it and this is a penalty. Very clear.

“But this is not because I’m not happy with a referee’s decision. The referee took quickly a decision to book Willian. That means you don’t have doubt. If you do this quickly, it means you don’t have doubt.

 

“Instead, I repeat, if we want to improve – it’s only to try and improve the system – we have to wait to check with the person who is watching the game and then, if this person is sure 100 per cent that it is simulation, go and book Willian. Instead, I think the person watching the game, at least you must have a doubt.

“There is a kick to Willian and he should call the referee and tell him. Maybe it’s a penalty, for me. In Italy, before to arrive to use this new system, they tried, tried, tried… But if you want to try quickly this new system, then you have to find the best solution.

“For me, this is not the right solution if the referee doesn’t refer a doubtful decision. The final decision stays with the referee on the pitch, not the one watching the game. But it’s only because we want to try and use this new system, and this is my opinion to help the referee use this new system.

“We have been using it in Italy for six months, and you can reduce a lot the referee’s mistakes. But you must be sure, 100%. And, despite this, there is another person checking the situation.

“If the person checking the situation calls you and says it’s a penalty, you say you made a mistake, take back the yellow card and give the penalty. I think we have to find the right solution to try to help the referee.”

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SounCity MVP Awards: Kiddominant Apologizes To SoundCity Following Twitter Rants

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Popular Nigerian music producer, Kiddominant has tendered a lengthy apology to Sound City over his Twitter rant in the aftermath of Sound City MVP Awards.

The award which was held last weekend saw Kiddominant, the producer behind Davido’s hit single “FALL” lost the Best Producer Of The Year Award To Young John.

Kiddominant who was not happy at the result of the award took to twitter to drop series of tweets to blast organizers of the award.

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However, the producer has offered apologies to organizers of SoundCity MVP awards for his angry outburst and also congratulate all winners at the award.

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Walcott: I Joined Everton Because Of Rooney

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Theo Walcott has revealed that his decision to join Everton, was largely influenced by Wayne Rooney.

The England international winger, confirmed he had joined the Merseyside club on Wednesday.

Walcott will link up with former international teammate, Wayne Rooney, who convinced him to make the switch.

“I had numerous chats with Wayne and that was one massive factor which really tempted me to come to Everton,” Walcott told evertontv.

“He told me it was a great place to play football and a club that is on the up. Those are the reasons I came here.

“This is a club with great history. The fans are brilliant, they are always passionate … and I used to find it very tough playing here.

“You want to be part of something and Wayne feels Everton are really going to improve.”

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Marotta: Juve Doing Everything To Get Emre Can

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Juventus’ General Director, Giuseppe Marotta says the club is trying everything possible to sign Emre Can from Liverpool.

The Germany international midfielder will be out of a contract at the end of the season, and Juventus looks like a preferred destination.

Marotta has now confirmed the Serie A’s club interest in Can, saying they want to sign him no matter what.

“Emre Can is a player whose contract is running down, so it allows us to approach him for negotiations and that is the course we have taken,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia on Wednesday.

“I can’t say if he could sign a new contract with Liverpool, but I can say we will try all we can to get the player.

“Obviously, we have to respect what the player wants.”

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12 Killed, Scores Injured In Maiduguri Suicide Bombing

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No less than 12 persons were killed on Wednesday after a suicide bomb exploded around Muna Garage area of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, officials have said.

The spokesperson of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Abdulkadir Ibrahim, in a statement issued, disclosed that the explosion occurred at about 5:05 p.m.,

He said: “Emergency Response Team (ERT) from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Borno State Emergency Management Agency (BOSEMA) and Red Cross have responded to a suicide bombing incident which occurred around Muna Garage along Mafa Dikwa road in Maiduguri Borno state.

“The Team has responded to 65 injured people who were given first aid and transported to hospitals while 10 others lost their lives.

“Preliminary reports indicate that four female suicide bombers were responsible for the blast.”

However, the Borno State Police Command said at least 12 persons were killed and 48 others injured on in the attack.

The police also gave a different narrative on the attackers.

The Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, said a male suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at a crowded market killing himself and 10 other persons.

“One other suicide bomber out of panic detonated explosive and blew himself alone into pieces,” he said.

The Commissioner of Police also said the wounded persons were evacuated to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.

Wednesday’s attack is the first suicide bomb attack in Maiduguri in 2018.

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