Emerson Palmieri Believes He’s Now Ready To Make His Chelsea Debut

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Chelsea’s newest signing Emerson Palmieri has revealed that he is determined to make an impression in English football

Chelsea’s manager Antonio Conte has brought Emerson Palmieri to Stamford Bridge to provide competition for Marcos Alonso, and the Brazilian-born player is likely to be eased into action having spent a long period on the sidelines with a serious knee injury.

However, after playing a part in training and featuring in two matchday squads with the Premier League outfit, Palmieri has suggested that he feels ready to make his debut.

The 23-year-old told the club’s matchday programme: “Physically, I feel great. “The injury is now in the past.

“They were six difficult months for me but what is important is right now and I feel good. I couldn’t feel better so I only have in mind the idea of training with my team and helping us achieve success.

“I came here because this is a great club with a great history. English football is something I have been watching since I was 15 years old. It’s a really beautiful game over here and it’s going to be even more beautiful to play it. I’m coming here with great expectations.”

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Emerson Palmieri Believes He’s Now Ready To Make His Chelsea Debut

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Chelsea’s newest signing Emerson Palmieri has revealed that he is determined to make an impression in English football

Chelsea’s manager Antonio Conte has brought Emerson Palmieri to Stamford Bridge to provide competition for Marcos Alonso, and the Brazilian-born player is likely to be eased into action having spent a long period on the sidelines with a serious knee injury.

However, after playing a part in training and featuring in two matchday squads with the Premier League outfit, Palmieri has suggested that he feels ready to make his debut.

The 23-year-old told the club’s matchday programme: “Physically, I feel great. “The injury is now in the past.

“They were six difficult months for me but what is important is right now and I feel good. I couldn’t feel better so I only have in mind the idea of training with my team and helping us achieve success.

“I came here because this is a great club with a great history. English football is something I have been watching since I was 15 years old. It’s a really beautiful game over here and it’s going to be even more beautiful to play it. I’m coming here with great expectations.”

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Alexandre Lacazette Ruled Out For Up To Six Weeks After Undergoing Knee Operation

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Alexandre Lacazette has been ruled out for four to six weeks after undergoing a minor procedure on his knee

Arsenal said on Tuesday that Lacazette “had an arthroscopy on his left knee in London” and that he “will now undergo a period of rehabilitation.”

Alexandre Lacazette had been expected to start in both legs of the round-of-32 Europa League tie against Ostersund.

Lacazette has lost his Premier League starting place to new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but the former Borussia Dortmund forward is cup tied in the Europa League.

Lacazette’s absence leaves Danny Welbeck as Arsene Wenger’s only real option up front after the club sold Olivier Giroud to Chelsea in January.

Arsenal play at the Swedish side on Thursday with the return leg at the Emirates a week later.

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Alexandre Lacazette Ruled Out For Up To Six Weeks After Undergoing Knee Operation

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Alexandre Lacazette has been ruled out for four to six weeks after undergoing a minor procedure on his knee

Arsenal said on Tuesday that Lacazette “had an arthroscopy on his left knee in London” and that he “will now undergo a period of rehabilitation.”

Alexandre Lacazette had been expected to start in both legs of the round-of-32 Europa League tie against Ostersund.

Lacazette has lost his Premier League starting place to new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but the former Borussia Dortmund forward is cup tied in the Europa League.

Lacazette’s absence leaves Danny Welbeck as Arsene Wenger’s only real option up front after the club sold Olivier Giroud to Chelsea in January.

Arsenal play at the Swedish side on Thursday with the return leg at the Emirates a week later.

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Former Real Madrid Midfielder Guti Reveals He’d Love To Coach The Club In The Future

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Former Real Madrid midfielder Guti has backed Zinedine Zidane to remain as manager of the Spanish giants no matter what happens against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, but added that he would not turn the job down if offered it.

Guti, the club’s under-18s coach, scored 77 goals for Madrid between 1995 and 2010, winning five La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues, and his U18s completed a domestic treble in his first season in charge last year.

He told Marca that failures earlier in the season meant Zidane would be under pressure should his side go out of the Champions League.

“This is Madrid’s last bullet [for this season], but I hope this is not Zidane’s final [year],” he said.

“We must not forget what he has done. Zidane must continue.”

Guti said it would be difficult to say no if club president Florentino Perez asked him to step up, adding: “How would I not want to coach Real Madrid some day?

“If Florentino offered me the first team I would say yes, I am ready.”

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Former Real Madrid Midfielder Guti Reveals He’d Love To Coach The Club In The Future

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Former Real Madrid midfielder Guti has backed Zinedine Zidane to remain as manager of the Spanish giants no matter what happens against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, but added that he would not turn the job down if offered it.

Guti, the club’s under-18s coach, scored 77 goals for Madrid between 1995 and 2010, winning five La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues, and his U18s completed a domestic treble in his first season in charge last year.

He told Marca that failures earlier in the season meant Zidane would be under pressure should his side go out of the Champions League.

“This is Madrid’s last bullet [for this season], but I hope this is not Zidane’s final [year],” he said.

“We must not forget what he has done. Zidane must continue.”

Guti said it would be difficult to say no if club president Florentino Perez asked him to step up, adding: “How would I not want to coach Real Madrid some day?

“If Florentino offered me the first team I would say yes, I am ready.”

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Man Sentenced To Death For Killing Wife Who Allegedly Infected Him With HIV

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A High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos has sentenced one Katungi Phillips to death for stabbing his wife, Justina James, to death for allegedly infecting him with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

During court sitting today, Justice Raliatu Adebiyi, sentenced Phillips after finding him guilty of murder.

“The prosecution was able to prove by cogent circumstantial evidence that the defendant intended to kill the deceased.

“I hereby find the defendant guilty of the murder of Justina James.

“In view of the mandatory sentence for murder in Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011, the defendant, Katungi Phillips is hereby sentenced to death, may the Lord have mercy on his soul,” Adebiyi said.

In her judgment, the judge also rejected Phillips defence of provocation.

Adebiyi said that the multiple stab wounds inflicted on Justina by Phillips were excessive in comparison to the single stab wound the convict sustained.

She said that based on the evidence before her, the defence of provocation was not plausible and that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt

According to the prosecution led by Mrs. O. R Ahmed-Muili, the convict committed the offence at 3.21 a.m. on July 26, 2014, at his residence at Pako House, Oniru, Lagos.

Ahmed-Muili said that the convict, who had been married to Justina for two-years, stabbed her with a kitchen knife after discovering that she had allegedly infected him with HIV.

“After discovering that she had allegedly infected him with the virus, the deceased threatened to leave him for another man.

“He stabbed his wife with a kitchen knife during the ensuing argument and he also attempted suicide by stabbing himself in the abdomen with the knife,” she said.

The police had arraigned Phillips on February 8, 2016.

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Man Sentenced To Death For Killing Wife Who Allegedly Infected Him With HIV

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A High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos has sentenced one Katungi Phillips to death for stabbing his wife, Justina James, to death for allegedly infecting him with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

During court sitting today, Justice Raliatu Adebiyi, sentenced Phillips after finding him guilty of murder.

“The prosecution was able to prove by cogent circumstantial evidence that the defendant intended to kill the deceased.

“I hereby find the defendant guilty of the murder of Justina James.

“In view of the mandatory sentence for murder in Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011, the defendant, Katungi Phillips is hereby sentenced to death, may the Lord have mercy on his soul,” Adebiyi said.

In her judgment, the judge also rejected Phillips defence of provocation.

Adebiyi said that the multiple stab wounds inflicted on Justina by Phillips were excessive in comparison to the single stab wound the convict sustained.

She said that based on the evidence before her, the defence of provocation was not plausible and that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt

According to the prosecution led by Mrs. O. R Ahmed-Muili, the convict committed the offence at 3.21 a.m. on July 26, 2014, at his residence at Pako House, Oniru, Lagos.

Ahmed-Muili said that the convict, who had been married to Justina for two-years, stabbed her with a kitchen knife after discovering that she had allegedly infected him with HIV.

“After discovering that she had allegedly infected him with the virus, the deceased threatened to leave him for another man.

“He stabbed his wife with a kitchen knife during the ensuing argument and he also attempted suicide by stabbing himself in the abdomen with the knife,” she said.

The police had arraigned Phillips on February 8, 2016.

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Johnathan Viera Speaks On Why He Is Set To Leave Las Palmas For Beijing Guoan

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La Liga strugglers Las Palmas look set to lose influential captain Jonathan Viera who has received a lucrative offer from China.

CSL outfit Beijing Guoan are reportedly offering Las Palmas €20m (£17.8m) for the 28-year-old.

“I’m sincerely torn because I can’t say no to the offer they have made me, it’s an offer that will set all of my family up for life so naturally I’ve got a lot on my mind,” locally born forward Johnathan Viera told a news conference on Tuesday.

“On the other hand the team’s predicament breaks my heart but these things happen. But the team existed before me and if I leave, the world isn’t going to end.”

When asked if he would consider himself a mercenary, he replied: “You can say many words.

There are many people who would do it, nobody will doubt how I feel about this team and the money I have lost many times for playing on the team.

“If there is someone who thinks I am a mercenary I cannot go there, but the people who know me know that I am here losing a lot of money, and I could be in other places earning more.”

Viera indicated there have been other offers on the table, but that this one was different.

“When the other offer came, I sat down and I thought it was not fair because it was not a lot of money,” he added.

“But this one is different, apart from fixing my life for me too at the club, it can do many things with the money.

“My team-mates love me a lot, and the truth is that it would be a shame for me to leave.

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Johnathan Viera Speaks On Why He Is Set To Leave Las Palmas For Beijing Guoan

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La Liga strugglers Las Palmas look set to lose influential captain Jonathan Viera who has received a lucrative offer from China.

CSL outfit Beijing Guoan are reportedly offering Las Palmas €20m (£17.8m) for the 28-year-old.

“I’m sincerely torn because I can’t say no to the offer they have made me, it’s an offer that will set all of my family up for life so naturally I’ve got a lot on my mind,” locally born forward Johnathan Viera told a news conference on Tuesday.

“On the other hand the team’s predicament breaks my heart but these things happen. But the team existed before me and if I leave, the world isn’t going to end.”

When asked if he would consider himself a mercenary, he replied: “You can say many words.

There are many people who would do it, nobody will doubt how I feel about this team and the money I have lost many times for playing on the team.

“If there is someone who thinks I am a mercenary I cannot go there, but the people who know me know that I am here losing a lot of money, and I could be in other places earning more.”

Viera indicated there have been other offers on the table, but that this one was different.

“When the other offer came, I sat down and I thought it was not fair because it was not a lot of money,” he added.

“But this one is different, apart from fixing my life for me too at the club, it can do many things with the money.

“My team-mates love me a lot, and the truth is that it would be a shame for me to leave.

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“I Can’t Marry A Man Who Earns Less Than N200k” – Toby Grey (WATCH VIDEO)

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‘Konibaje’ crooner, Tobiloba Mariam Adeyemi popularly known as Toby Grey has given a hint about the financial status of a man she will like to spend the rest of her life with.

In an interview with BroadwayTV, Tob Grey stated that she cannot end up in marriage with a man that earns less than N200,000 monthly.

The singer who claimed not to be materialistic said;

“If we are going to end up getting married, then that’s not good enough, I’m so sorry, I’m not materialistic but this is just reality, it’s the fact, I mean if we are going to have like 10 kids your 200,000 won’t cut it, so no! Except you have other businesses” she said.

Watch Video Below;

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“I Can’t Marry A Man Who Earns Less Than N200k” – Toby Grey (WATCH VIDEO)

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‘Konibaje’ crooner, Tobiloba Mariam Adeyemi popularly known as Toby Grey has given a hint about the financial status of a man she will like to spend the rest of her life with.

In an interview with BroadwayTV, Tob Grey stated that she cannot end up in marriage with a man that earns less than N200,000 monthly.

The singer who claimed not to be materialistic said;

“If we are going to end up getting married, then that’s not good enough, I’m so sorry, I’m not materialistic but this is just reality, it’s the fact, I mean if we are going to have like 10 kids your 200,000 won’t cut it, so no! Except you have other businesses” she said.

Watch Video Below;

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Bolton Interested In Signing Free Agent Victor Anichebe

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Former Everton, West Brom and Sunderland striker Victor Anichebe is attracting interest from Bolton Wanderers, according to the Birmingham Mail.

Victor Anichebe is out of contract having had a short stint at Beijing Enterprises in the Chinese Super League, but is now available on a free transfer.

Anichebe has never played in England’s second tier having spent the entirety of his career in the Premier League prior to Sunderland’s relegation at the end of the 2016/17 season.

The 29-year-old Nigerian International could give Bolton a physical presence in attack and, at his best, he could bully defenders in the Championship and get the best out of the gifted technical players around him like Zach Clough and Sammy Ameobi.

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Bolton Interested In Signing Free Agent Victor Anichebe

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Former Everton, West Brom and Sunderland striker Victor Anichebe is attracting interest from Bolton Wanderers, according to the Birmingham Mail.

Victor Anichebe is out of contract having had a short stint at Beijing Enterprises in the Chinese Super League, but is now available on a free transfer.

Anichebe has never played in England’s second tier having spent the entirety of his career in the Premier League prior to Sunderland’s relegation at the end of the 2016/17 season.

The 29-year-old Nigerian International could give Bolton a physical presence in attack and, at his best, he could bully defenders in the Championship and get the best out of the gifted technical players around him like Zach Clough and Sammy Ameobi.

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Okorocha Restores 5 Work Days In Imo, ‘Anoints’ Son-In-Law To Succeed Him

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Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has restored the five workdays (Monday- Friday) in the state.

Towards the end of last year, the governor had directed the state civil servants to use Thursdays and Fridays to go to farm, tackle economic challenges, and solve their social obligations.

However, Nigerian Guardian reports that Okorocha hinged the reversal of the policy on Nigeria exiting economic recession.

“This is because there is no recession. I hereby direct that the workers work full in the working days,” he added.

Also, the Governor said due to the various mechanisms introduced to plug leakages; the monthly pension bill had reduced from N1.4billion to N900million.

 

  • Okorocha ‘anoints’ son-in-law to succeed him

On Monday, Governor Okorocha anointed his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, to succeed him as governor of the state in 2019.

The governor stated this at a meeting with members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Owerri Municipal Council Area, who visited him at the Government House in Owerri.

The governor said he would support the governorship ambition of Mr. Nwosu, who is currently his Chief of Staff and married to the governor’s first daughter, Uloma.

His words: “Uche Nwosu is hardworking and never gets tired. He is a very humble young man. Not proud or arrogant. So, power won’t enter his head. Despite the position he occupies you can’t see him quarreling with anybody or maltreating anybody.

“He does not segregate against anybody whether from Orlu or Owerri or Okigwe zone. He relates with people enviously. I have checked him in and out, I have not found him wanting.

“What the state wants is Imo governor and not Owerri Zone or Orlu Zone or Okigwe Zone governor. Zoning does not put food on the table of anybody. The young man is a team player, who does not use his office to molest anybody. He has the qualities of a good leader. If he says he will run for governor, I will support him.

“Obviously it might be as a result of these qualities that most people are talking about Uche Nwosu for governor everywhere even when he has not declared for the governorship. It might also be the reason for the endorsements he is getting from all quarters. You see, you don’t hide a good product. And the joy of every leader is to have a worthy successor. You don’t mind political opportunists. We have done very well as a government and we should be concerned about what happens to the achievements after.

“I am not from Owerri zone, but my administration has done more projects in Owerri zone and Owerri Municipal in particular more than al the administrations before me had done put together. We need Imo governor and not a zonal governor. I have done in Okigwe zone what the man from the zone could not do for them. The records are there.”

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Okorocha Restores 5 Work Days In Imo, ‘Anoints’ Son-In-Law To Succeed Him

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Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has restored the five workdays (Monday- Friday) in the state.

Towards the end of last year, the governor had directed the state civil servants to use Thursdays and Fridays to go to farm, tackle economic challenges, and solve their social obligations.

However, Nigerian Guardian reports that Okorocha hinged the reversal of the policy on Nigeria exiting economic recession.

“This is because there is no recession. I hereby direct that the workers work full in the working days,” he added.

Also, the Governor said due to the various mechanisms introduced to plug leakages; the monthly pension bill had reduced from N1.4billion to N900million.

 

  • Okorocha ‘anoints’ son-in-law to succeed him

On Monday, Governor Okorocha anointed his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, to succeed him as governor of the state in 2019.

The governor stated this at a meeting with members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Owerri Municipal Council Area, who visited him at the Government House in Owerri.

The governor said he would support the governorship ambition of Mr. Nwosu, who is currently his Chief of Staff and married to the governor’s first daughter, Uloma.

His words: “Uche Nwosu is hardworking and never gets tired. He is a very humble young man. Not proud or arrogant. So, power won’t enter his head. Despite the position he occupies you can’t see him quarreling with anybody or maltreating anybody.

“He does not segregate against anybody whether from Orlu or Owerri or Okigwe zone. He relates with people enviously. I have checked him in and out, I have not found him wanting.

“What the state wants is Imo governor and not Owerri Zone or Orlu Zone or Okigwe Zone governor. Zoning does not put food on the table of anybody. The young man is a team player, who does not use his office to molest anybody. He has the qualities of a good leader. If he says he will run for governor, I will support him.

“Obviously it might be as a result of these qualities that most people are talking about Uche Nwosu for governor everywhere even when he has not declared for the governorship. It might also be the reason for the endorsements he is getting from all quarters. You see, you don’t hide a good product. And the joy of every leader is to have a worthy successor. You don’t mind political opportunists. We have done very well as a government and we should be concerned about what happens to the achievements after.

“I am not from Owerri zone, but my administration has done more projects in Owerri zone and Owerri Municipal in particular more than al the administrations before me had done put together. We need Imo governor and not a zonal governor. I have done in Okigwe zone what the man from the zone could not do for them. The records are there.”

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

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MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Manchester United are monitoring Toby Alderweireld’s situation at Tottenham as the defender continues to stall on a new contract.
However, according to some reports, Manchester City and Chelsea are keeping a close eye on Alderweireld’s situation at Tottenham.

LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Olivier Giroud insists he has no regrets about leaving Arsenal for Chelsea after helping his new club get back to winning ways on Monday.
Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic has revealed he turned down both Arsenal and Tottenham prior to joining the Italian giants.

LIVERPOOL ECHO
Loris Karius believes Virgil van Dijk will provide an injection of steel to Liverpool’s Champions League challenge.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL
John Terry will make a decision on his future in May as Aston Villa bid to return to the Premier League.
Krystian Bielik wants to re-join Birmingham City next season as he bids to make a fresh career start.

EXPRESS AND STAR
No action will be taken after Diogo Jota appeared to be struck by an opponent during Saturday’s match against QPR, the FA has announced.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST
Cardiff City have been linked with a move for Wigan Athletic defender Donervon Daniels.

NOTTINGHAM POST
Arsenal youngster Krystian Bielik says injury scuppered a possible loan move to Nottingham Forest last summer.

EVENING TIMES
James Tavernier looks set to hand Rangers a major boost by committing his long-term future to Ibrox.

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JAMB Announces Closure Of Registration For 2018 UTME | Exam Starts On March 9

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced the closure of registration for the 2018 unified tertiary matriculation examination (UTME).

The spokesman of the board, Fabian Benjamin, made the announcement in a statement issued on Tuesday.

2018 UTME: JAMB Announces New Dates For Exam

In the statement, Benjamin said candidates who paid and obtained pins but have not been able to register have 24 hours to complete their registration.

His words: “The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) wishes to inform the general public that the sale of 2018 UTME application is closed.”

“However, the public is urged to note that all candidates who paid and obtained pins and could not unsuccessfully register at the close of sale are allowed to quickly within 24 hours complete their registration as no complaints would be entertained afterwards.

“For purposes of emphasis, this applies to only candidates who had initiated registration processes and have paid and procured the registration epins but could not register at the close of sales.

“Take note that candidates are not to generate any profile code for the purpose of 2018 UTME registration as doing so would have no effect and a waste of time and resources.”

The statement said over 1.6 million candidates applied within the three months that registration was open.

“The board commenced the sale of the 2018 UTME registration on the 6th of December 2017 and was to close on the 6th of February, 2018 but extended to 11th of February, 2018,” it said.

“At the close of pin vending a total of 1,662,818 candidates paid and obtained the epins while 1,650,547 had successfully registered for the 2018 UTME. The difference are the numbers outstanding who have not registered but are holding the epins and are now allowed to register within 24 hours.”

Bear in mind that the 2018 UTME will begin on March 9 and end on March 17.

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To NatGeo: A Story Idea On Nigerian Animals – Reuben Abati

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To NatGeo: A Story Idea On Nigerian Animals, By Reuben Abati

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Dear Editor, NatGeo,

I am a great fan of your magazine, National Geographic, and your sister platform, National Geo Wild, and your coverage of natural history, particularly the behaviour of animals in the wild. I must commend you and your team for the high level of commitment, attentiveness to details and professionalism consistently and habitually displayed in your various reports, both in the print and the broadcast forms. As a journalist of many years standing myself, I will like to suggest to you and your various channels, a story idea that you may probably find interesting, for professional reasons and for reasons of corporate social responsibility. Kindly pardon my presumptuousness in this regard, but I crave your understanding. Knowing how busy your schedule is likely to be, I will try to be quick and as specific as possible.

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

This is about my country, Nigeria, a land of over 900,000 sq. kilometres, with a rich biodiversity and ecosystem, and definitely the largest market for both human and natural resources in Africa. Since May 2015, when a new government took over power at the centre in our country, I have observed a curious and intriguing change in the behaviour of animals in Nigeria, suggestive of a certain transmutation, or perhaps transformation within the animal ecosystem, resulting in patterns of behaviour and interactions that may be of interest to your readers and viewers.

JAMB Suspends Worker Who Said Snake Swallowed N36Million In Its Markudi Office

The most recent incident in this regard and the trigger for this letter is the current news in Nigeria about how a snake, described as a mysterious snake, has reportedly swallowed a sum of N36 million ($100,000) belonging to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). JAMB is the national regulatory body in charge of admissions into tertiary institutions, very much like the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) in the United Kingdom. This incident occurred, we are told, in the process of the attempt by JAMB to audit the accounts of its zonal headquarters. In Makurdi, one Ms. Philomena Chieshe, who has now been suspended, allegedly could not account for the said N36 million, being part-proceeds from the sale of forms for students seeking university admissions. When interrogated, she reportedly said her maid had confessed to the missing money having been taken by a mystery snake.

As a media channel that reports animal behaviour, this must be of great interest to you. I don’t know whether this happens in other parts of the world, but here in Nigeria, we now seem to have a variety of snakes that are attracted by the smell of raw cash, and which feed on vaults and bags of money. A documentary on this new variety of snakes, and a proper documentation of the genus and peculiarities would be good for filming. What exactly does the smell of national currency do to snakes? How nutritious is paper currency to snakes? The JAMB Registrar, Professor Isi-aq Oloyede, who has turned JAMB, for the first time in its existence, into a revenue generating body by plugging all loopholes within the system, and without increasing any fees, is insisting that this is a case of corruption and that he will get to the root of it. The professor probably may not understand the way of snakes and the new variety in Nigeria. He is a good man and I like him. I wouldn’t want him to be bitten by snakes.

Your investigative intervention should assist him. Your experts and investigators can deploy the tools of science and investigative journalism to seek out these snakes and catch them in action, and document for your numerous patrons, this new scientific development. Right now in Nigeria, we are preparing for the general elections scheduled for 2019. We need information and knowledge because if the Makurdi snake gets away with the N36 million, the same snake and its family could return in 2019 to swallow ballot boxes and papers, and thus compromise Nigerian democracy.

I am, however, tempted to believe that the snakes in Makurdi may have become quite audacious, in reaction to a recent declaration, under this same political administration, by a high-ranking state official, that he bought two houses in Dubai from the sale of snakes! Are snakes vengeful? Is this nemesis? Do they resent being sold for profit? Do snakes have the capacity to feel and settle scores? Could the sale of snakes, with the profit of houses in the UAE by a senior official, have motivated some snakes in Benue State to swallow money meant for the national treasury? What does the process of swallowing, and the digesting of money by snakes entail? Many young Nigerians and I believe other persons across the world will learn a lot from this.

I therefore hope you will consider this a very urgent subject for your consideration and editorial intervention. Sir, the truth is that animals all over Nigeria are growing and becoming wild. They have no respect anymore for Nigeria’s constituted authority. We could wake up one of these days to hear that elephants have invaded the Central Bank of Nigeria, and swallowed all the bank’s vaults, leaving the entire country impoverished. The way things are, nobody will be surprised. I am sure you would not want that to happen, considering Nigeria’s strategic importance and population. If that were to happen, neither Africa nor the West would be able to handle the natural and humanitarian crisis that would ensue. And if that were to happen, I am sure you will not want to miss the story.

I made the point that Nigeria has become such a wild zoo where the animals no longer respect constituted authority, and where there seems to be a conflict of roles between animals and human beings. Let me elaborate a little. Every year, Nigeria holds what is called Armed Forces Remembrance Day on January 15. One of the highlights of the event is the release of pigeons by the president at the end of the ceremony, to symbolise the release of peace upon the land. I became really worried about the Nigerian animal kingdom when in the last three years, the pigeons released by the president simply refused to fly. Government officials shouted at the pigeons to fly. Some waved their hands and even tried sign language. Some professional sycophants flapped their arms like birds to guide the pigeons. But no way! The pigeons just jumped onto the floor and behaved as if they were having an evening-time promenade.

When you focus on birds on NatGeo Wild, the birds are shown flying. What’s going on here then? Why are some birds in Nigeria refusing to fly? The president of Nigeria is the most powerful man in the land. When he asks human beings to jump, they actually do more than jump; they make an effort to somersault. But birds, common birds, are defying presidential orders. What kind of birds are these? A deaf and dumb specie? Or are they resisting being used as symbols of peace? Is it possible that birds have witchcraft? – because since those birds refused to fly, Nigeria has not known peace.

I began to suspect that something was indeed terribly wrong with the animal kingdom in Nigeria when sometime in 2017 rats invaded the president of Nigeria’s office! These criminal rats chased the president out of his office for more than a month. They tore the furniture in his office apart, littered the place with their droppings and disrupted presidential work. I am not making this up. The Nigerian Presidency issued an official statement to this effect. Your publication and the Nat Geo Wild Channel missed the story, quite unfortunately. But you have a second chance. You can do a good story, investigating the furniture-eating rats in Nigeria’s Presidential Villa. The president has since returned to his office, but what if the fangled-teeth rats are still around the place? What else will they eat? Having eaten up the president’s furniture without consequences, or implications, they may most certainly, just decide to munch the country’s security vote and foreign reserves! This then, is a matter of national security. If your cameras can just unmask these disrespectful rats, that will be the story of the decade.

I believe you will also get good stories and footages from covering the story of cows in Nigeria. I must tell you, cows have become far more important in my country today than human beings. Whereas many Nigerians have become homeless and defenceless, cows have bodyguards wielding AK-47 guns, bodyguards who insist that the life of cattle is more important than that of human beings. In your experience, you may have heard about cattle ranches and modern ways of processing cattle, but in Nigeria’s animal kingdom, there has been much talk about creating colonies for cattle in Nigeria: as in plans to take land from human beings and give to cattle! Many governors in the country have resisted this, even the president has said that he has no constitutional powers to seize anybody’s land, but one young governor, the one in Kogi State, has donated 15,000 hectares of his people’s land, as cattle colony. This must make a good story for your National Geo Wild Channel. Why would any state governor prefer cattle to human beings? What kind of behaviour is that? What is it really that attracts human beings to animals?

My knowledge of the Bible tells me that the battle between herdsmen and farmers is an old, original battle. Of the two sons of our father Adam, and our mother, Eve, one was a farmer – Cain, the other was a herdsman – Abel. Cain killed Abel. Since then, the world has not known peace. Their descendants have been at each other’s throats for as long as antiquity. I sincerely hope that it is not this original battle of vengeance that is now being re-enacted in Nigeria today over the battle of the cows and the farmlands. Herdsmen are killing farmers and vice versa, and many of us are scared. Some people are even now saying they will create a Third Force to put an end to the drift. But nobody is sure of what tomorrow will bring. You have expert photographers and cameramen; they should be able to tease out the finest strands of this story.

Should you decide to take on this story, and do a documentary on how Nigeria has been turned into a wild zoo, within three years, I must advise that your reporters and experts should also be prepared for the shock of hearing some prominent Nigerians making references to animals all the time. One of our more outspoken senators, who should be a good interview subject, about ten months ago, actually told Nigerians that the seat of power, that is the Presidency of Nigeria, had been taken over by hyenas, wolves, and jackals in the absence of the lion-king. He also drew attention to a mortal combat between crocodiles and fishes. This remains a great puzzle.

The wife of the president would later reply that the hyenas and jackals would soon be expelled from the Kingdom. I am not sure this has happened, and I do not intend to go near the place to find out the truth. I can tell you why in a private conversation. But the other day, a prominent government official, a professor of Law, who should know what he is talking about, but who has been sounding like one of the hyenas the senator complained about, gave a lecture in which he himself complained about how Nigeria has become an animal kingdom! This same professor not too long ago, also announced that the ruling party of which he is a member, is led by “rogue-elephants.”

I have a confession to make. I worked in government until recently but I am frightened by the manner in which wild animals are now all over the place. When public officials talk, they see animals. When events occur, they blame animals. When things get missing, animals creep into the future. Fela, the musician once warned us about animals but I didn’t take him serious. As a responsible media house, interested in the life and times of animals in the wild, please hurry up and investigate how Nigeria has become a country of snakes, fishes, hyenas, crocodiles, cows, lions, wolves and jackals in just three years! Your audience will be supremely enriched by the effort.

I also assure you that there are many knowledgeable persons on ground who can assist you to do a good story or a series of excellent reports. Incidentally, we have a former president who once wrote a book titled, This Animal Called Man, and who is a famous chicken farmer to boot. We have another former president, who has a Ph.D in Zoology and was once described as a fisherman. We also have a sitting president who, before becoming president a second time, owned 150 cattle (I don’t know how many he has now) and who is a life patron of the herdsmen association of Nigeria. We even have a Nobel Prize winner, who enjoys hunting in the forest of a thousand animals. And you have me here, waiting, expectantly, who can serve as your consultant (my charges are modest) – as you write the story of how Nigeria, suddenly, before our very eyes, became a country of wild animals.

Thank you very much for your time and attention. Please don’t delay until rogue elephants swallow the Central Bank or wolves eat up the NNPC – our treasure trove. Best regards.

Reuben Abati, a former presidential spokesperson, writes from Lagos.

This piece was written by Reuben Abati. 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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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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GERMANY

Once Antoine Griezmann leaves Atletico Madrid, the Spanish club will move for RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner to replace the France international. Griezmann is subject of Barcelona transfer rumours. (Bild)

Former Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi is being targeted by Borussia Dortmund to strengthen their squad in the summer. Valued at €15m by Real Sociedad, he is seen as a cheaper alternative to Manchester United transfer target Fabinho and Leander Dendoncker. BVB are still chasing Liverpool’s Emre Can too. (Bild)

It is unlikely both Arturo Vidal and Leon Goretzka will play together at Bayern Munich. Although the Chilean midfielder wants to stay, the German league leaders are willing to sell the Chelsea transfer target, with his contract up in 2019. (Bild)

SPAIN

Spain’s Prime Minister and Real Madrid fan Mariano Rajoy does not want to see Neymar arrive at the Bernabeu. “I wouldn’t like to see Neymar in the white shirt,” he said. “I don’t know about [Kylian Mbappe] but Bale, Benzema and Cristiano were great, and within a few months, people are doubting them. We should have a bit more perspective. I believe in them.” (Marca)

Former Real Madrid midfielder Guti hopes Zinedine Zidane won’t be sacked as the club’s manager. “I hope there is sanity and that it isn’t Zidane’s last chance,” he said. However, he has admitted it would be a dream to one day coach Los Blancos. (Marca)

Classed as the weakest member of the BBC, the Real Madrid fans have turned on Karim Benzema and do not understand why Zidane still places faith in him. With two league goals in 16 appearances, the belief is, if picked, he needs to perform against Paris Saint-Germain, or it could be the last straw. (AS)

Lyon striker Mariano Diaz says it would be a dream to return to the Bernabeu and is backing his former club to progress against French rivals Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Mariano joined Lyon for €8m in the summer and has 14 goals in 24 games for OL this season. (Mundo Deportivo)

ITALY

Flamengo teenager Lincoln has emerged as a Milan transfer target. The 17-year-old is a Brazil youth international and is believed to have a €30m release clause. The price tag has not put the Italian side off and sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli is keeping close watch on his progress. (Calciomercato)

Lazio are keen on Gent defender Samuel Gigot in the summer. The French centre-back is regarded as one of the best in his position in Belgium and the 24-year-old could be a possible replacement for Stefan de Vrij. (Corriere dello Sport)

FRANCE

Marseille face a possible issue with Financial Fair Play in the summer. The club has exceeded the €30m deficit over the past three seasons. It is thought to be within €10m, but enough to cause concern. The club hopes to show UEFA their plan of investment and avoid any heavy sanctions, which could range from a fine to being banned from European competition. (L’Equipe)

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Alvaro Morata Believes Chelsea Will Find It Impossible To Stop Lionel Messi

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Alvaro Morata has claimed that his Chelsea teammates will find it impossible to stop Barcelona star Lionel Messi in their Champions League last-16 clash.

Chelsea will take on Barcelona in the first leg of the showdown at Stamford Bridge on February 20.

Messi, who has won five Ballon d’Or awards, has had a miserable time against Chelsea in the past having failed to score on eight occasions.

Morata, though, thinks that things could be different when the two clubs go head to head next week.

“Messi can’t be stopped,” the Spaniard told Movistar+. “If we can get a good result here, we have to play a defensive game with spaces and try to bother them as much as possible.”

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Hull City Midfielder Ryan Mason Retires From Football On Advice From Neurosurgeons After Suffering Head Injury

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Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason has announced his retirement after fracturing his skull in January 2017.

Ryan Mason who is only just 26-year-old collided heads with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill in a game at Stamford Bridge and has not played since.

“I can confirm that following specialist medical advice I am having to retire from playing professional football,” Mason said in a statement released on Tuesday. “I have worked tirelessly in order to be able to return to the pitch.

“Unfortunately, having taken expert medical advice I now have no option but to retire due to the risks involved given the nature of my injury. I am and always will be eternally grateful for the incredible network of people around me who have helped me to recover from what was a life-threatening injury in January 2017.”

Mason joined Tottenham Hotspur as a trainee and made his Spurs debut against Dutch club NEC Nijmegen in a UEFA Cup tie in November 2008.

Mason joined Hull in August 2016 for a fee believed to be around £13 million and made 20 appearances and scored twice for the club.

“Ryan has sought the guidance of numerous world renowned neurologists and neurosurgeons who have all advised that a return to competitive football is not advised,” the Championship club said in a statement.

“Ryan would like to put on record his thanks to all at the club who have aided his recovery to this point and he his is indebted to them for their support and compassion over the past 12 months.”

Mason, in his statement, thanked the Hull medical team for helping him recover from the injury, which he told talkSPORT in October required 14 metal plates and 42 stitches in his skull.

“I would like to thank everyone at Hull City, especially the doc, Mark Waller, and all of the medical team for helping me to recover,” Mason said.

“I’m retiring from the game with my head held high having done everything in my power over these past 13 months to have given myself every opportunity to return to the pitch.”

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Olympiakos Have Three Points Deducted After Fan Violence In The League

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Greece side, Olympiakos are planning an appeal after the club were docked three points by a court on Monday and ordered to play two home league games behind closed doors following fan violence at a recent match.

The court also announced Olympiakos would be fined €90,000. None of the punishments will be immediately implemented, pending the appeal.

On Feb. 4, several dozen supporters — some holding flares and pieces of wood — ran on to the pitch and clashed with riot police at Olympiakos’ Karaiskakis stadium after rival AEK Athens scored two late goals to secure a 2-1 victory.

Police responded with tear gas.

Olympiakos have dominated the league for two decades but are third in the standings this season with 43 points, which could drop to 40.

AEK have 47 points and PAOK are on 46.

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Manchester City Have No Weakness, Claims Basel Manager Raphael Wicky

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Basel manager Raphael Wicky has claimed that his team face a tough test against Manchester City in the Champions League because their opponent as “no weaknesses”.

Basel managed to overcome City’s neighbours Manchester United in a 1-0 victory in the group stage.

Now, in the last-16 stage, they go head to head with a Pep Guardiola team that have lost just twice in all competitions this season.

“They are many factors, but I think the team has no weaknesses, they show that every three days in all competitions,” The Mirror quotes Wicky as saying.

“They are a very flexible team and are able to react very well to the opposition. We don’t have to talk about the quality of the opponents or the coach.

“Pep Guardiola’s way of football, his philosophy, he developed [at Barcelona], then Bayern Munich and you can see that now at Manchester City.”

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Arsene Wenger Finds It Difficult To Spend Big On Defenders- Thierry Henry

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Thierry Henry believes that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger finds it “difficult” to justify spending big transfer fees on defenders.

Arsenal were rumoured to have parted with around £60m to sign Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January, but they failed to address their defensive issues.

Henry has speculated that Wenger is happy to flash the cash when it comes to attacking players, but has a different approach to signing defenders.

“It seems like people always say that he does not want to spend big,” the Frenchman said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football. “He will always think that some of the players are not worth the price that you put on a table.

“But it is a new era, you have to put at least, if you want someone good, £60m, £70m, whatever the position is. I think he finds that really difficult.

“He does it easy for a striker, or a creative player, but for defenders, he probably thinks ‘that might be a lot’. We are obviously speculating, but it is a weird one that is difficult to pinpoint, because in some games they can show us that they can do it.”

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