N11.8m Bribe: EFCC Drags CCT Chairman Danladi Umar To Court

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday filed fresh charges of fraud against the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar.

It is understood that the anti-graft agency is dragging Umar to the Federal High Court, Abuja over alleged N11.8 million bribe.

The case was filed by the EFCC’s prosecuting counsel, Festus Keyamo with the Charge No: CR/109/18.

Mr. Keyamo is accusing Mr. Umar of collecting N10 million from Rasheed Taiwo, a former Customs official, who was facing false assets declaration charges before the Code of Conduct Tribunal sometimes in 2012.

The prosecution also accused Mr. Umar of receiving N1.8 million of the N10 million bribe sum through one of his personal assistants, Gambo Abdullahi.

The EFCC is slamming the two-count charge against him.

The first count charge read: “That you, Danladi Yakubu  Umar, being the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal and presiding over a case with Charge No. CCT/ABJ/03/12, involving one Rasheed Owolabi Taiwo, sometime in 2012, in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did ask for the sum of N10,000,000.00  from the said Rasheed Owolabi Taiwo, for a favour to be afterwards shown to him in relation to the pending Charge (No. CCT/ABJ/03/12) in discharge of your official duties and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 12(1)(a) & (b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2003.”

The second count charge read: “That you, Danladi Yakubu Umar, being the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal and presiding over a case with Charge No. CCT/ABJ/03/12, involving one Rasheed Owolabi Taiwo, sometime in 2012, in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did receive the sum of N1,800,000.00  from the said Rasheed Owolabi Taiwo, through your Personal Assistant by name Alhaji Gambo Abdullahi, for a favour to be afterwards shown to him in relation to the pending Charge (No. CCT/ABJ/03/12) in discharge of your official duties and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 12(1)(a) & (b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2003.”

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N11.8m Bribe: EFCC Drags CCT Chairman Danladi Umar To Court

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday filed fresh charges of fraud against the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar.

It is understood that the anti-graft agency is dragging Umar to the Federal High Court, Abuja over alleged N11.8 million bribe.

The case was filed by the EFCC’s prosecuting counsel, Festus Keyamo with the Charge No: CR/109/18.

Mr. Keyamo is accusing Mr. Umar of collecting N10 million from Rasheed Taiwo, a former Customs official, who was facing false assets declaration charges before the Code of Conduct Tribunal sometimes in 2012.

The prosecution also accused Mr. Umar of receiving N1.8 million of the N10 million bribe sum through one of his personal assistants, Gambo Abdullahi.

The EFCC is slamming the two-count charge against him.

The first count charge read: “That you, Danladi Yakubu  Umar, being the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal and presiding over a case with Charge No. CCT/ABJ/03/12, involving one Rasheed Owolabi Taiwo, sometime in 2012, in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did ask for the sum of N10,000,000.00  from the said Rasheed Owolabi Taiwo, for a favour to be afterwards shown to him in relation to the pending Charge (No. CCT/ABJ/03/12) in discharge of your official duties and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 12(1)(a) & (b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2003.”

The second count charge read: “That you, Danladi Yakubu Umar, being the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal and presiding over a case with Charge No. CCT/ABJ/03/12, involving one Rasheed Owolabi Taiwo, sometime in 2012, in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did receive the sum of N1,800,000.00  from the said Rasheed Owolabi Taiwo, through your Personal Assistant by name Alhaji Gambo Abdullahi, for a favour to be afterwards shown to him in relation to the pending Charge (No. CCT/ABJ/03/12) in discharge of your official duties and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 12(1)(a) & (b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2003.”

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Mourinho: United Fighting For Second

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Manchester United must do everything possible to finish second, insists Jose Mourinho.

The Red Devils are 15 points behind city rivals, Manchester City after 25 games and are just three points ahead of Liverpool and Chelsea.

Guardiola’s men have only lost one match and drawn two this season, while United has four defeats and five draws.

“We need points to be the first of the last,” he told reporters.

 

“We have to try to finish second, we are in this position all season, we were first for a few weeks and then we were always second.

“The fight is open for second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth but is practically closed for the first.”

“We’re doing better than last season and it’s very important for us to do better than last season,” he added.

“We are trying to win something this season, and if not, we will try to be stronger for next season.”

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#BBNaija 2018 Day 4: Housemates lose 75℅ of Their Wager!

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The #bbnaija Housemates are beginning to acclimatise with the rules of big brother, even as they lost 75 percent of their BB Naira shopping allowance.

At the beginning of the week Big Brother gave the #bbnaija Housemates a Task on self-expression and the bright-eyed, optimistic Housemates Wagered 75 percent of their BB Naira shopping allowance. The unfortunate thing is that they didn’t even get a chance to do the Task Presentation, even as they lost 75 percent of their BB Naira shopping allowance.

It appeared the housemates failed to follow the rules of biggie either because they forgot that there are both spoken and unspoken rules or simply because they didn’t want to.

Big Brother has made the rules very clear, but the #bbnaija Housemates seems to have been acting like they’re at a holiday resort, going out of their way to break them. This perhaps prompted biggie to discipline them in a painful manner.

Some of the rules big brother made the #bbnaija housemates know they have broken include not speaking purely in English and Pidgin English, failing to adhere to the microphone rules and taking their time to go to the Diary Room.

Others include, coming into the Diary Room without their tops on
Living in a dirty house and failing to listen to the Ninjas.

Perhaps as a result of this, the A-team confessed in their Diary Sessions that they had a leadership problem and that they had subsequently compiled a last minute presentation. Many team members also complained about Khloe’s ‘dictatorship’ leading style, telling Biggie that they would have kicked her out if they could.

Khloe on her part however felt te group were misunderstanding her, as she wanted them to work however first and deal with other things later. Khloe seems to truly understand herself and stands firm on the fact that she is a straight shooter, but how will this serve her in the #bbnaija house?
Also, with things being a game of pairs, how will Khloe’s actions affect her partner K.Brule’s?

The Black Knights on their part all seemed to be well prepared in the lead up to the Task Presentation, but appeared in the Arena in mis-matched apparel. Some members were dressed in the colours of the came A-team and this made biggie disappointed the more.

After losing their wager, Vandora emphasized that they need to be accountable to each other, and that they must help each other for things to work out.

Only time will tell if the #bbnaija 2018 Housemates will change their wild ways, work together and adhere to Big Brother’s rules, if not, harsher punishments maybe in the books for them causing double wahala, don’t you think?

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#BBNaija 2018 Day 4: Love And Heartbreaks Are Brewing

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As expected in the #bbnaija house, some of the housemates are beginning to get cozy with each other and love and heartbreaks may be in the offing.

The duo of Miracle and Nina made history in seaaon three of #bbnaija by giving us the first kiss in the Double Wahala House. While there is no denying the fact that it apeared scripted when the two locked lips in a steamy shower, there is no denying the fact that the kiss was one for the books.

There has however being some measure of controversy surrounding the way the kiss ended, where it seems as though Miracle was pulling away.

While there has not been a second kiss in the #bbnaija house from the two housmates, we are left wondering whether the two are having a break or there is some trouble looming.

If you would recall, Nina had spoekn at length in her profile video about her love for her boyfriend. She had even made it known that due to the love she had for her boyfriend outside the #bbnaija house, she would never kiss anyone in the House unless it was an instruction from Biggie himself.

We have all seen how that ended. Nina in an emotional Diary Session spoke to Big Brother at length about how her boyfriend is probably feeling in regard to her relationship with Miracle and how she will now try to exercise self-control.

Moreover, It appears as if guilt is slowly settling in for the duo. After pulling away from the steamy kiss, it seems miracle is looking for an exit if his actions are anything to go by.

On the other side, the team of Bambam and Rico Swavey are both walking around the #bbnaija house miserably ,as they appear to be the Big Brother example of crossed communication.

BamBam jad made it known that if she had prior knowledge that she was choosing a partner for the duration of the game, she would have definitely chosen Rico Swavey with whom she shares a connection. Rico Swavey on the other hand appears to be hurt that the one person he had a connection with didn’t choose him.

How will this simple misunderstanding affect their budding relationship or will they be able to talk, make up, and walk the path to being in a relationship?

Anto and Lolu appear to jave chosekn each other, especially given the fact that they relate intellectually. It however seems there may be more to their partnership.

Big Brother explored the “other part” of their relationship in their Diary Sessions and both of them seemed to blush when asked about the other. The usually calm Lolu could be seen acting like a nervous school boy with a crush.

#BBnaija Double Wahala is beginning to live up to expectations by serving viewers with romance, intrigues and entertainment. We are waiting to see which of these couples will blossom into a full relationship as the day goes by.

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Hot Shots! B-T-S Photos From Seyi Shay’s Trending Video for “Bia”

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Fiery diva Seyi Shay currently scorching the cyberspace with the music video for her hit single “Bia”.

The Lussh produced afro-pop smash with heavy latin influence; was treated to a lush video from Clarence Peters, which literally broke the internet on arrival.

Now you can go behind-the-scenes of the shoot, as photos from the set has surfaced.

Watch the “Bia” music video and view more photos below;







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We No Fight Again! 26 Boko Haram Fighters Surrender To Nigerian Military

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No less than twenty-six fighters of dreaded Boko Haram group have surrendered to the military authorities in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.

Channels Television reports that the ‘repentant’ terrorists were paraded on Friday, February 2, in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, after being quizzed by the military.

It was gathered that they surrendered last week and turned over arms and ammunition including RPGs, after which they were taken to Maiduguri for deradicalizsation.

The news comes barely a few days after the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, wrote a strong worded poem to Abubakar Shekau, the elusive leader of the dreaded, Islamic death cult, requesting him to either surrender his arms and embrace peace or face perdition.

The friendly warning comes on a day that the Nigerian Army said its troops destroyed Boko Haram’s tactical ground, Camp Zero, in the ongoing clearance operation to dislodge remnants of Boko Haram insurgents in Sambisa Forest.

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FG Evacuates Another Batch Of 465 Nigerians Stranded In Libya

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The fourth batch of 465 Nigerian returnees from Libya have arrived in Port Harcourt, Mr. Martins Ejike, South-South Zonal Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency, has said.

Ejike, who received the returnees on Friday, told newsmen that the people arrived at Port Harcourt International Airport at about 12.25 a.m. on board Max Air.

Ejike said that the evacuation of Nigerians stranded in Lybia had been a huge success in spite of some challenges in Lybia during the negotiations for their return.

He said that the Federal Government had put every mechanism in place to fast-track the evacuation of the returnees.

The coordinator said that every process needed for the evacuation was taking place step by step.

He expressed joy over the response of states in picking up their indigenes at the evacuation centre after a complaint by NEMA of dissatisfaction over states not collecting their indigenes on time.

“I am happy that the last set of returnees at the centre were all taken back to their various states on January 15,” he said.

He said the agency would contact state governors for prompt evacuation of the returnees from the Port Harcourt centre.

Also, Mr. Muhammad Dahiru, the Public Relations Officer of Max Air, said that the evacuation of the returnees from Libya was hitch-free.

“Actually, we did not have any security challenges in Lybia.

“We landed in Lybia about 7.30 and spent only one hour and 30 minutes before we took off from there back to Nigeria,” Dahiru said.

He said that so far, 1,955 returnees had been brought back to Nigeria by Max Air out of  3,138 expected to be brought back to Nigeria through Max Air.

“I can assure you that we can bring all the returnees back to Nigeria within 48 hours if we are invited to come and carry them,’’ Dahiru said.

Osita John, one of the returnees, thanked the Federal Government for rescuing them and fulfilling its promise of bringing Nigerians home.

John described his experience in Lybia as horrible and unforgettable and advised Nigerian youths still nursing the idea of travelling out of the country illegally to drop it.

John called on Federal Government to continue with the evacuation to save many youths still in different prisons in Lybia.

“There is no place like home but I beg our leaders to make Nigeria a better place for us, the youth, to live,” he said.

The Federal Government has identified 5,000 Nigerians currently trapped in Libyan detention camps.

NAN

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BREAKING: Buhari Renames Federal University Ebonyi After Alex Ekwueme

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The President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has renamed the Federal University, Ndufu-Ikwo, Ebonyi State to Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ebonyi State.

The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbanjo, made the announcement on Friday during the burial service of the former late, Dr Alex Ekwueme at St John, The Divine Church, Oko, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

He said this was in honour of Ekwueme’s contributions to nation building.

Ekwueme had died in a UK hospital after a brief illness in November 2017.

While paying tributes to the late former Vice President, Osinbajo described him as a rare gem who always upheld the principles of personal sacrifice and service to humanity.

He said: “We celebrate Alex Ekwueme because he practiced the eternal principles that set men and women apart from their peers, whether they are poor or rich, famous or unknown; the principles of personal sacrifice for others, service to those who cannot offer a reward, the courage of one’s convictions, bravery in the face of terror”.

It is understood that family, friends, and other top government officials were present at the event which is ongoing in his hometown in Oko, Anambra State.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Mrs Patience, as well as former Vice President Namadi Sambo are among those present at the event.

State governors in attendance include Willie Obiano (Anambra), Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), and Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos) among others.

Details later…

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#BBNaija 2018 Day 4: Aftermath of The Tears, Feelings And Emotions

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As the days the housemates spend in the #bbnaija house slowly goes by, some of the housemates are beginning to fall and talk about each other.

Day 3 and day 4 saw the #bbnaija housemates preparing for the tasks big brother had assigned to them to keep them busy. Once they commenced the tasks, the housemates could be seen chatting away about lots of different and interesting topics.

The duo of Bambam and Tobi had a long chat about relationships and Leo spoke about how it felt to be brought up by a single mother. Leo also made it known that he understands how difficult it is being a woman and wished that every man better appreciates the efforts and struggles of the women in their lives.

Cee-C on her part talked about how her demeanour sometimes gives people a wrong perception of her, and that she has been doing all she can to work on being a better person.

Teddy A and Angel on their part spent their day in the #bbnaija house playing music, with Teddy A singing to Angel’s guitar playing.

Meanwhile, Nina broke down and was inconsolable as she eventually admitted to Bitto that she was falling for the pilot cum model, Miracle. It is looking like miracle will break a number of hearts in the #bbnaija house this season.

Dee-One on his part spent much of day 3 and 4 making the girls laugh. He also made it known that he was scared of being Evicted, and that was pretty much how all the #bbnaija housemates feel.

While it seems like early days, none of the housemates seems to be bowing to any pressure by big brother yet. It os left to be seen how things change when biggie decides to switch things up as the days go by.

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VIDEO: Attitude – Today

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Giving his fans something to look forward to with the release of dapper photos earlier in the week, Achievas Entertainment recording artiste ‘ATTITUDE’ releases his highly anticipated single, ‘TODAY’, just in time for the season of love.

Femi Leye delivers melodious guitar riffs on the Egar Boi produced track, which sheds light on the young artiste’s versatility, in his sound and looks.

The video was shot and directed by Unlimited LA in Osun, Ondo and Ekiti states in Nigeria.

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VIDEO: Attitude – Today

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Giving his fans something to look forward to with the release of dapper photos earlier in the week, Achievas Entertainment recording artiste ‘ATTITUDE’ releases his highly anticipated single, ‘TODAY’, just in time for the season of love.

Femi Leye delivers melodious guitar riffs on the Egar Boi produced track, which sheds light on the young artiste’s versatility, in his sound and looks.

The video was shot and directed by Unlimited LA in Osun, Ondo and Ekiti states in Nigeria.

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Reggae In Nigeria, Blues In Ethiopia

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Reggae In Nigeria, Blues In Ethiopia, By Louis Odion

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Hip-hop musician Harrisong, it was, who grafted the slang into the national lexicon two years ago with his hit, “Reggae and Blues”. Invoking the protest word “reggae” as metaphor for war and “blues” for peace, he’s is the musing about the desirability of making up after falling out.

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

“After the reggae,” he croons, “Play the blues.”

Bearing this in mind, the casual beholder will likely interpret media photographs of President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) and General Olusegun Obasanjo locked in a bear-hug weekend in faraway Addis Ababa as making up, even when the skyline back home was still smouldering from the cataclysm caused a few days earlier by the latter’s “letter-bomb”.

Euphemistically entitled, “The Way Out: A Clarion Call for Coalition of Nigeria Movement”, the 13-paged document is his latest offering in what is now easily acknowledged as a chequered career as a busybody. Nothing perhaps readily bespeaks that overarching hyperactivity of his than the tautology in the very title of the composition.

For heaven’s sake, after “coalition”, what is “movement” for?

What’s more, as if by some telepathy, this Baba would surface in Addis Ababa bedecked in a garment made of turquoise blue, just like PMB.

But it is all what it is – a make-believe or “photo trick”, if you like. Reading rapprochement to it by any stretch of imagination will be a colossal error indeed. Considering the certainty that the invitations to the African Union event predated OBJ’s epistolary equivalent of a nuclear bombardment, the duo could therefore only be said to have lived up to their professional billing as battle-hardened Generals.

Non-attendance by either of them after the “letter-bomb” would have meant losing the first round in the psychological warfare programmed to follow.

Of course, OBJ’s predilection for physical eruption and hell-raising when provoked is now well known. His quarry may appear withdrawn and fragile, but experience already cautions that the way a cat walks at leisure is different when pursuing a prey.
OBJ himself once gave what would seem the deepest insight into PMB’s mental make-up. (That was before the now historic 2015 general polls when both Generals found themselves collaborating to oust Goodluck Jonathan from power).

Fielding questions on why PDP hierarchs appeared to dread the prospects of a Buhari presidency then, the Ota chicken farmer quipped that it was because of his reputation “as a hard man. Those who found themselves in an encounter with him in the past as head of state ended up either in jail or grave.”

So, from PMB’s transparently plastic smile and OBJ’s affectation of a bonhomie before media cameras at the AU gallery last weekend, no psychoanalytic skill was indeed required to recognise the two old gladiators sizing each other up on a foreign soil, with the one that cast the first stone probably undertaking additionally a close reece to assess the impact of the first cut.

It will therefore seem only prudent to put the nation on notice for a long-drawn slugfest between the bull and the slow poison in the times ahead.

Meanwhile, today, as is now customary, we shall, in exercise of our poetic license, press the still button on otherwise nagging public issues and proceed to attend to a slew of words and phrases that have treacherously crept into the national conversation lately, which the uninitiated needs to better comprehend.

Lice: If anything truly deserves to be celebrated on account of OBJ’s epistle, it surely is the lice, hitherto dismissed as despicable, good-for-nothing, blood-sucking creatures. OBJ copiously cited it as the reason why no man’s fingernails are ever completely ridden of blood-stain, until the parasite had been totally banished. By its adoption as metaphor for continued leadership deficits in the land, lice is now more or less another word for the iniquities of incompetence, impunity, bigotry and the “condonation of evil” in high places.

Such phenomenal transformation of status!

Nepotistic Court: In his classic, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, French novelist Victor Hugo unveils the “Court of Miracles” crawling with the treachery of mendicants, who feign infirmities to solicit alms by day but miraculously get healed by nightfall to savour their loot.

But with OBJ’s epistle, we learnt there is also a “nepotistic court” presently deployed in the land to create the illusion of grandeur around the Presidency.

For clarity, the latest mutant simply describes the new incest of power where a p,resident is so chronically suspicious of all and sundry that he decides to fortify his inner circle with only blood relations ranging from his uncle, cousins, nephews and nieces. They, in turn, constitute a cabal seeking to put a gloss on the monstrosity of state capture. The king may truly be abstemious in appetite, they on their own chose to fatten on the spoils.

Finish: The Italians gave another variant as “finito”. It describes the state of completion or finality. We would learn another variation of this from no other than our defence minister, Mansur Dan-Ali. Rising from an emergency meeting of the National Security Council in Abuja, after emphasising – if not justifying – that denying the herders “the right of way” on grazing routes that have been delineated since the nation’s independence, is at the root of the ongoing deadly clashes in Benue, Taraba and elsewhere, he ended by saying “finish” (actually pronouncing “pinish” due understandably to a peculiar condition described in linguistics as the “mother tongue interference”). The new word of power to convey immutability.

Colony: Until the British imperialists annexed the coastal city of Lagos in August 1861 and declared it their colony, we in this corner of the globe probably scarcely conceived of the word “colony” beyond being the synonym for the family of beavers. Of course, that illustrious member of the rodent family, native to North America is credited with near human intelligence.

It was only after the initially stated “commercial partnership” had transformed years later to the complete British domination of the local people that the latter learnt to associate “colony” with pain and exploitation.

Now, one-and-a-half centuries later, evolution seemed to have entered a golden phase in the animal kingdom. Thanks to the uncommon ingenuity of Agric Minister Audu Ogbeh in the face of the pervasive and seemingly intractable herder/farmer violence, it is now the turn of cows to exercise dominion over the earth in this part of the world by having communities forfeiting land to them directly and having such officially demarcated as “cow colony”. So, the real big news is that, by this singular gesture, cattle of Nigerian ancestry have been catapulted to the zenith in the order of precedence adopted in the animal world.

Cow: More and more derivatives are surely coming from cow as the animal increasingly gain visibility in national conversation. Apart from being a rich source of protein, the species, we are beginning to realise, also lends itself to describe human circumstances. We already know that “to cow” is to intimidate others. When you add suffix of “ard”, you have coward.

Now, in a burst of linguistic craftsmanship, some mischief-makers have stretched the word further to birth “cow-mander-in-chief”. A respondent was even more impish in a post just sent to me electronically. He tweaked “herd” to “herd of state”.

Well, as a law-abiding citizen conversant with the letters and spirit of the new “cow-mand” (sorry, command) given security agents to hunt down online peddlers of hate, I thought I should share these as something they may wish to immediately adopt as tip-off, well not completely ruling out the possibility of a reward for the “whistle-blower” here.

Disclaimer: First, it was BUA’s Isyaku Rabiu. Followed by svelte Ayo Obe in the spate of disclaimers against the fledgling political pressure group named the National Intervention Movement. By weekend, Aiteo’s Benedict Peters had also dissociated himself from OBJ’s CN.

In denying membership of the group, the significant thing is that neither Rabiu nor Obe faulted the democratic values the NIM espouses as counterpoise to the perceived inadequacies of the existing political parties. As for the two tycoons among them, the easy conjecture is that they took the step obviously for economic reasons. Not many will readily offer themselves to be thrown under a moving bus that a sitting government represents and be run over.

Indeed, the discerning saw the gale of disclaimers coming once an unwieldy list began to circulate. Many could accept genuine patriots like Femi Falana, Olisa Agbakoba, Donald Duke, Akin Osuntokun and Issa Aremu. But not the inclusion of some known political hustlers and double agents on the list. Obviously, the unspoken message for the truly committed volunteers among them is this: In seeking to set a new template for leadership selection and recruitment for the nation at large, NIM itself should not fail the first crucial test – setting very high ethical standards for its own membership. Only then will it inspire public confidence and command respect.

Louis Odion is a Fellow of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (FNGE).

This piece was written by Louis Odion. 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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Reggae In Nigeria, Blues In Ethiopia

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Reggae In Nigeria, Blues In Ethiopia, By Louis Odion

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Hip-hop musician Harrisong, it was, who grafted the slang into the national lexicon two years ago with his hit, “Reggae and Blues”. Invoking the protest word “reggae” as metaphor for war and “blues” for peace, he’s is the musing about the desirability of making up after falling out.

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

“After the reggae,” he croons, “Play the blues.”

Bearing this in mind, the casual beholder will likely interpret media photographs of President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) and General Olusegun Obasanjo locked in a bear-hug weekend in faraway Addis Ababa as making up, even when the skyline back home was still smouldering from the cataclysm caused a few days earlier by the latter’s “letter-bomb”.

Euphemistically entitled, “The Way Out: A Clarion Call for Coalition of Nigeria Movement”, the 13-paged document is his latest offering in what is now easily acknowledged as a chequered career as a busybody. Nothing perhaps readily bespeaks that overarching hyperactivity of his than the tautology in the very title of the composition.

For heaven’s sake, after “coalition”, what is “movement” for?

What’s more, as if by some telepathy, this Baba would surface in Addis Ababa bedecked in a garment made of turquoise blue, just like PMB.

But it is all what it is – a make-believe or “photo trick”, if you like. Reading rapprochement to it by any stretch of imagination will be a colossal error indeed. Considering the certainty that the invitations to the African Union event predated OBJ’s epistolary equivalent of a nuclear bombardment, the duo could therefore only be said to have lived up to their professional billing as battle-hardened Generals.

Non-attendance by either of them after the “letter-bomb” would have meant losing the first round in the psychological warfare programmed to follow.

Of course, OBJ’s predilection for physical eruption and hell-raising when provoked is now well known. His quarry may appear withdrawn and fragile, but experience already cautions that the way a cat walks at leisure is different when pursuing a prey.
OBJ himself once gave what would seem the deepest insight into PMB’s mental make-up. (That was before the now historic 2015 general polls when both Generals found themselves collaborating to oust Goodluck Jonathan from power).

Fielding questions on why PDP hierarchs appeared to dread the prospects of a Buhari presidency then, the Ota chicken farmer quipped that it was because of his reputation “as a hard man. Those who found themselves in an encounter with him in the past as head of state ended up either in jail or grave.”

So, from PMB’s transparently plastic smile and OBJ’s affectation of a bonhomie before media cameras at the AU gallery last weekend, no psychoanalytic skill was indeed required to recognise the two old gladiators sizing each other up on a foreign soil, with the one that cast the first stone probably undertaking additionally a close reece to assess the impact of the first cut.

It will therefore seem only prudent to put the nation on notice for a long-drawn slugfest between the bull and the slow poison in the times ahead.

Meanwhile, today, as is now customary, we shall, in exercise of our poetic license, press the still button on otherwise nagging public issues and proceed to attend to a slew of words and phrases that have treacherously crept into the national conversation lately, which the uninitiated needs to better comprehend.

Lice: If anything truly deserves to be celebrated on account of OBJ’s epistle, it surely is the lice, hitherto dismissed as despicable, good-for-nothing, blood-sucking creatures. OBJ copiously cited it as the reason why no man’s fingernails are ever completely ridden of blood-stain, until the parasite had been totally banished. By its adoption as metaphor for continued leadership deficits in the land, lice is now more or less another word for the iniquities of incompetence, impunity, bigotry and the “condonation of evil” in high places.

Such phenomenal transformation of status!

Nepotistic Court: In his classic, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, French novelist Victor Hugo unveils the “Court of Miracles” crawling with the treachery of mendicants, who feign infirmities to solicit alms by day but miraculously get healed by nightfall to savour their loot.

But with OBJ’s epistle, we learnt there is also a “nepotistic court” presently deployed in the land to create the illusion of grandeur around the Presidency.

For clarity, the latest mutant simply describes the new incest of power where a p,resident is so chronically suspicious of all and sundry that he decides to fortify his inner circle with only blood relations ranging from his uncle, cousins, nephews and nieces. They, in turn, constitute a cabal seeking to put a gloss on the monstrosity of state capture. The king may truly be abstemious in appetite, they on their own chose to fatten on the spoils.

Finish: The Italians gave another variant as “finito”. It describes the state of completion or finality. We would learn another variation of this from no other than our defence minister, Mansur Dan-Ali. Rising from an emergency meeting of the National Security Council in Abuja, after emphasising – if not justifying – that denying the herders “the right of way” on grazing routes that have been delineated since the nation’s independence, is at the root of the ongoing deadly clashes in Benue, Taraba and elsewhere, he ended by saying “finish” (actually pronouncing “pinish” due understandably to a peculiar condition described in linguistics as the “mother tongue interference”). The new word of power to convey immutability.

Colony: Until the British imperialists annexed the coastal city of Lagos in August 1861 and declared it their colony, we in this corner of the globe probably scarcely conceived of the word “colony” beyond being the synonym for the family of beavers. Of course, that illustrious member of the rodent family, native to North America is credited with near human intelligence.

It was only after the initially stated “commercial partnership” had transformed years later to the complete British domination of the local people that the latter learnt to associate “colony” with pain and exploitation.

Now, one-and-a-half centuries later, evolution seemed to have entered a golden phase in the animal kingdom. Thanks to the uncommon ingenuity of Agric Minister Audu Ogbeh in the face of the pervasive and seemingly intractable herder/farmer violence, it is now the turn of cows to exercise dominion over the earth in this part of the world by having communities forfeiting land to them directly and having such officially demarcated as “cow colony”. So, the real big news is that, by this singular gesture, cattle of Nigerian ancestry have been catapulted to the zenith in the order of precedence adopted in the animal world.

Cow: More and more derivatives are surely coming from cow as the animal increasingly gain visibility in national conversation. Apart from being a rich source of protein, the species, we are beginning to realise, also lends itself to describe human circumstances. We already know that “to cow” is to intimidate others. When you add suffix of “ard”, you have coward.

Now, in a burst of linguistic craftsmanship, some mischief-makers have stretched the word further to birth “cow-mander-in-chief”. A respondent was even more impish in a post just sent to me electronically. He tweaked “herd” to “herd of state”.

Well, as a law-abiding citizen conversant with the letters and spirit of the new “cow-mand” (sorry, command) given security agents to hunt down online peddlers of hate, I thought I should share these as something they may wish to immediately adopt as tip-off, well not completely ruling out the possibility of a reward for the “whistle-blower” here.

Disclaimer: First, it was BUA’s Isyaku Rabiu. Followed by svelte Ayo Obe in the spate of disclaimers against the fledgling political pressure group named the National Intervention Movement. By weekend, Aiteo’s Benedict Peters had also dissociated himself from OBJ’s CN.

In denying membership of the group, the significant thing is that neither Rabiu nor Obe faulted the democratic values the NIM espouses as counterpoise to the perceived inadequacies of the existing political parties. As for the two tycoons among them, the easy conjecture is that they took the step obviously for economic reasons. Not many will readily offer themselves to be thrown under a moving bus that a sitting government represents and be run over.

Indeed, the discerning saw the gale of disclaimers coming once an unwieldy list began to circulate. Many could accept genuine patriots like Femi Falana, Olisa Agbakoba, Donald Duke, Akin Osuntokun and Issa Aremu. But not the inclusion of some known political hustlers and double agents on the list. Obviously, the unspoken message for the truly committed volunteers among them is this: In seeking to set a new template for leadership selection and recruitment for the nation at large, NIM itself should not fail the first crucial test – setting very high ethical standards for its own membership. Only then will it inspire public confidence and command respect.

Louis Odion is a Fellow of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (FNGE).

This piece was written by Louis Odion. 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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Religious Groups Ban Rihanna From Senegal Visit Over Alleged ‘Illumanati’ Membership

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About 32 Religious groups have come against Rihanna’s visit to Senegal for Charity fund raising towards girls’ education in the country.

The award winning international singer is due to appear alongside French President, Emmanuel Macron at a high-level summit in Senegal today but some religious groups have declared her persona non-grata.

A group known as ‘No To Freemasonry And Homosexuality’ is protesting her visit claiming that she’s a member of the ‘Illuminati’.

Rihanna will be visiting the West African nation in her role as an ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). The organization aims to help fund the teaching of millions of children and young people in developing countries.

However, Senegal’s interior minister has been quoted as saying he will ensure the safety of all conference attendees.

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“I Am Happy Nigerians Are Accepting Alternative Sound Now” – Ric Hassani (WATCH VIDEO)

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Nigeian Singer, Ric Hassani in a brief chat with HipTV has expressed his delight towards the growing penetration of alternative music in the Nigerian music industry.

The singer who is among the new breed of fast rising artistes with good delivery of alternative sound could not hold the joy in his heart as he declared that he is happy Nigerians are now accepting him and his alternative genre of music.

Watch video below;

“Alternative sound is accepted now”- @richassani

A post shared by HipTv (@officialhiptv) on Feb 1, 2018 at 6:53am PST

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Lagosians Imprisoned For 5 Months For Illegal Dumping Of Refuse

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No less than 33 residents of Lagos State were on Thursday brought before the Samuel Ilorin Magistrate’s Court, Ogba and subsequently sentenced to different terms of imprisonment and community service for violating the state Environmental Sanitation Laws 2017.

It was gathered that the offenders were arrested by operatives of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) on Tuesday, January 30, around Ikeja, Iyana-Ipaja, Mushin and Iyana-Isolo areas, among others, for illegal street trading, indiscriminate dumping of refuse and illegal crossing of the highways.

The Magistrate, Ogundare Olayiwola, was said to have sentenced each of the accused on one count of indiscriminate dumping of refuse to five months’ imprisonment, with an option of N20,000 fine.

“Those arraigned on one count of illegal street trading were sentenced to five months’ imprisonment, with an option of N20,000 fine.

“Those on one count of illegal crossing of highways were sentenced to five hours’ community service, with an option of N10,000 fine,” the Head of the Public Affairs Unit, LAGESC, Alabi Rahmat, added in a statement.

In the statement, the Executive Secretary, LAGESC, Mrs. Idowu Mohammed, stressed that the agency would not relent in arresting environmental defaulters in line with the state government policy of sanitising the environment.

She, however, appealed to Lagosians to always obey the laws of the state in their own interest.

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El-Rufai Announces 32.5% Salary Increase For Kaduna Teachers

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The Nasir El-rufai government of Kaduna State on Thursday said it had increased the salary of public school teachers by 32.5 per cent.

The state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Ja’afaru Sani, said at a news conference in Kaduna that 27.5 per cent salary increase would be added to all teachers while five per cent would be incentive for teachers posted to rural areas.

According to him, while headteachers would be entitled to three-bedroom accommodation, other teachers would have two-bedrooms flats in addition to motorcycles to ease their transportation challenges to schools.

According to him, the measure becomes necessary to retain qualified and professional teachers in rural areas.

“Currently, we have more teachers in urban areas than we have in rural areas because the salary package is the same and so whenever teachers are posted to rural schools they redeploy to urban centres.’’

Mr. Sani said the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) would post the first batch of 10,000 newly recruited teachers to primary schools within the next two weeks.

He assured of the state government’s resolve to ensure quality and standard in teaching and learning in schools across the state.

“The El-Rufa’i led-administration strongly believes that only access to affordable and quality education will ensure social mobility for children of the poor.

“Only quality education will equip them with the needed skills to be creative, inventive and be part of the social movement towards development and self-fulfilment,” Mr. Sani said.

 The commissioner maintained that the state public schools would no longer be dumping ground for those seeking employment through political patronage.

On the replacement of the sacked 22,000 teachers, NAN quoted him as saying that selection of the first batch of 10,000 teachers for posting across the 23 local government areas was in the final stage.

 

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Chamberlain: I Will Break Okolie’s Glass Jaw

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Isaac Chamberlain is eager to face Lawrence Okolie on Saturday, as he plans to break his glass jaw.

The rival cruiserweight duo are putting their unbeaten record on the line at The O2 in a fight expected to spark.

Chamberlain, however feels he has the right experience to take out his London rival.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the Brixton man said: “This will be an emphatic fight and don’t be surprised if I totally dominate.

 

“As Kell Brook would say, ‘he’s weak around the whiskers’, he’s got some glass in his jaw, I’m going to test that glass and it will fall like sugar.

“He talks too much and has started to believe his own hype. That’s the situation. He’s such a beast and vicious puncher, but he couldn’t stop Blaise Mendouo at York Hall.

 

“I’ve been in with big hitters, I’ve sparred Deontay Wilder, Olexsandr Usyk and Mike Perez. I went to these camps to test myself and see where I stand.

“We have our game plan, the talking is nearly over, he could talk forever, I’m not about that, I’m locked in and ready to roll.

 

“He hasn’t been in the trenches before and that’s when I charge up. When we are tired, I will get through. I know how to handle myself when I’m really fatigued.

“I use everything as motivation, motivation is like a shower, and you need it every day. I’m so consistent with what I’m doing, the motivation has become a habit. I’m obsessed with my drive to succeed and better myself.”

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NUT: Nigerian Teachers Threaten Strike Action Over Unpaid Salary Arrears

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The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has threatened to embark on strike action if defaulting state governors failed to clear salary arrears of its members.

The national president of the union, Michael Olukoya, gave this warning in Abuja on Thursday, at the solemn assembly organised by the union.

Mr. Olukoya listed the states owing salary arrears to include Abia, Bayelsa, Benue, Ekiti, Kwara, Ondo, Taraba, Delta, Kaduna, Osun, Nasarawa, Oyo and Kogi.

“The leadership of the NUT wishes to again express our displeasure over continued nonpayment of salaries and allowances of primary and secondary school teachers in several states across the country.

“In spite of our earlier call on all defaulting states to pay up the backlogs of salaries and allowances owed teachers to galvanise effective academic activities in our schools.

“We shall embark on strike on two things and on two occasions, one is on non-payment of salaries and two is the decay in the laboratories in schools.

“Abia owes five months for primary and seven months for secondary, Bayelsa owes seven and half months for primary and three months for secondary schools.

“Ekiti: primary nine months, secondary five months, Kwara: primary two months, Ondo: primary four months, Taraba: primary six months and Kogi: primary owed 25 months.

“Delta primary owes two months, Kaduna: primary and secondary five months, Osun: primary and secondary owed 28 months (half salaries).

“Others are Nasarawa: primary owed 26 months (half salaries) and Oyo owes one month in both its primary and secondary schools.

“We call on the affected state governments to clear the salary arrears and ensure regular payment of the salaries of teachers without further delay,’’ he said.

Mr. Olukoya said, though Benue owed teachers’ arrears, the union would not allow its members in the state to join the upcoming industrial action.

“So the needful will be done to our members in the state, we need to identify with them as a result of that.

“They will not join the nationwide strike until their case is debated on at the national level.

“We hereby express our dismay over this show of impunity and lack of respect for the rule of law.

“We call on the government of Kaduna State to rescind its decision and seek closer ties with relevant bodies and stakeholders and work towards amicable resolution of the issues,’’ he said.

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Okolie To Chamberlain: Face Reality

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Lawrence Okolie has promised to knock Isaac Chamberlain back to reality when they face on Saturday.

The pair had to be separated at their final press conference, as they made threats they intend to carry out in the ring.

Chamberlain is desperate to secure a win and will do so at any cost, and Okolie has promised to expose the Londoner’s weaknesses at The O2.

“It’s all about believing in myself,” said Okolie. “Isaac has got people like [trainer] Ted [Bami] lying to him. He’s got strength and conditioning lying to him, he’s got friends around him that aren’t really his friends, lying to him.

 

 

“Over all of that time, building him up to the point where you look at reality and then you have to look at just make believe.

 

“The reality is Isaac and Ted talking about power, stoppages, so on and so forth. I actually look back and I watch Isaac’s fights and I watch the reality standing in front of me, and I think his strategy to stop people is the same every single time.

“The problem with Isaac and Ted is that they are planning on winning this fight on what I don’t do well. It’s not Isaac’s so good, it’s Lawrence is going to get tired late, or Lawrence is going to make this mistake or that mistake.

 

“If Isaac’s got power, we will find out. If I’ve got power, we’ll find out and we’ll see who is going to be able to take whose shots and who isn’t.”

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Borno Releases N1bn For Payment Of Workers’ Gratuities, Allowances

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The Governor Kashim Shettima-led government of Borno State has approved the release of N1 billion for payment of gratuity of retired civil servants in the state.

The Head of Service (HoS), Alhaji Yerima Saleh, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Maiduguri, the state capital, on Thursday, February 1, 2018.

He said: “I am pleased to inform you that, His Excellency, Hon. Kashim Shettima, the Executive Governor of Borno State, has just approved N1 billion for payment of gratuity to retired civil servants, permanent secretaries and judges as well as arrears of leave transport grant for serving workers.

“This is in addition to the N2 billion approved in 2017, in continuation of payment of allowances to retired and serving members of the state civil service.”

The HoS reiterated the commitment of the government to provide an enabling working environment and improve workers’ welfare.

He called on the workers to reciprocate the gesture and be dedicated to duty.

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Surrender Now! Buratai Writes Boko Haram Leader Shekau A Strong Worded Poem

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has issued a strong worded poem to the elusive leader of the dreaded Boko Haram group to either surrender his arms and embrace peace or face perdition.

In the poem titled “End of the Road,” and posted on his Facebook account on Wendesday, January 31, the COAS expressed satisfaction that most of the foot soldiers of the sect have either been crushed or escaped leaving the acclaimed leader without defense.

Buratai further expressed confidence that the era of preaching fake ideology to gullible citizens who became radicalized to take up arms against the nation is over.

He assured that peace will return and the country will return to its place of honour.

Read poem below:

‘End Of The Road’
“It’s time to surrender
The deceit is over
Fake ideology preached no more
Surrender before the patient birds
Hovering above you ready to land

Easy prey you are today Shekau
Your foot guards perished
Your foolish pawns escaped
Abandoned you to your follies and perils

Victorious troops celebrate
The pride of the Nation
Never again for peace to elude
Our land of honour to rise greater than before.”

The friendly warning comes on a day that the Nigerian Army said its troops destroyed Boko Haram’s tactical ground, Camp Zero, in the ongoing clearance operation to dislodge remnants of Boko Haram insurgents in Sambisa Forest.

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“Taraba Will Be Attacked In 10 Days” – Gov Ishaku Raises Alarm

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Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State has raised that alarm that there is a plan to attack the state in the next 10 days.

The governor said this in Jalingo, the state capital, on Thursday when he received members of the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (NWCPDP), who paid him a sympathy visit on the death of a member of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Hosea Ibi.

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The governor told the PDP delegation, which was led by the National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, that peace had become a scarce commodity in the state.

He said, “When I assumed office, I asked my people to give me peace and that I would give development in return. Peace is elusive in Taraba, but we have development. Here I am as a governor with a crown, but without a sword.

“You call police and security agencies for help, they will tell you they need to clear from Abuja before acting. Before you know it, you have lost 100 people.

“When you call for help, the help takes ages to come. We need to restructure the security architecture of this country. You take one step forward as the governor, the almighty Federal Government takes you back 10 miles.

“The police we have can’t help themselves. In 10 days’ time, we will be attacked. Helicopters dropped arms here at night for hoodlums.

“We will talk because if the Federal Government cannot help us, let those who can help us come to our aid.

“Our farmers cannot travel at night with their goods to neighbouring states to sell again. God gave us good land, but we lack common sense.

“I’m talking now since writing has not produced the desired results. Some of these things are not meant to be said, but we will henceforth be talking.”

“We buried 63 people at Lau, the same day that Benue State buried 73 of its people. We are in trouble in this country.

“If our voices are not heard in Abuja, they can be heard in Kano, Niger Republic, United States of America and other places.”

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Suarez Warns Against Complacency In Copa Del Rey

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Luis Suarez believes the Copa del Rey semifinal tie against Valencia, is far from over, despite going into the second leg with a win.

Barcelona hold a 1-0 advantage over their rivals, with Messi providing the assist for Suarez.

The Catalans dominated the fixture, but struggled to break down the packed defense of Valencia, spark of brilliance from Messi in the 67th minute made the difference.

“It’s a minimal advantage that we have because there are 90 minutes left,” Suarez told reporters.

“Valencia at home are always stronger and even more so in a Copa semi-final.”

“What doesn’t leave us calm is that they didn’t cause us problems, this is important, it shows they respect us,” the Uruguay international added.

“We had chances despite the little space we had, they had chances although they didn’t go in.”

 

Suarez has now scored 12 goals in his past 10 matches in all competitions and he added: “It’s always important to help the team, today with another goal and we hope to continue like this.”

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