24 Placed Under Surveillance As Lassa Fever Kills 3 In Delta

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The Delta State Government has placed about 24 persons under surveillance while three other persons have died from the dreaded Lassa fever since the latest outbreak of the disease was first reported in the state on January 26, 2018.

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The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mordi Ononye, who made this known in Asaba at the weekend, disclosed that two out of the three fatal cases of the disease were brought to the hospital in Asaba from the neighboring Anambra State.

The health commissioner further revealed that Delta State has recorded seven confirmed cases while 24 persons have been placed under medical surveillance.

Some of the cases were referred from Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba  to Institute of Lassa Fever in Irrua, Edo State, he said, adding that the first patient had been treated and discharged.

While noting that active case search and contact tracing was ongoing, the commissioner advised members of the public not to panic but to report any suspected cases to the appropriate health authorities.

“As an immediate response to the outbreak, the Ministry of Health, through its rapid response team, has been coordinating the state response to contain the spread of the disease, just as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Abuja, has been contacted and presently collaborating with the state in this regard,” he said.

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Bernardo Silva Will Be A Manchester City Player As Long As I’m Manager- Pep Guardiola

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Pep Guardiola has declared Bernardo Silva will remain a Manchester City player as long as he is the manager.

Pep Guardiola was full of praise for the Portugal international’s professionalism, even though he has had to wait for his chances in this exceptional City team.

He’s a young guy, he’s a guy in the locker room who we are so happy to have here.

“He’ll stay a long time, while I’m here he will not move on, he will stay with me,” the City boss is quoted by the Manchester Evening News.

I haven’t seen him sad, even for one day – always in a good mood, and you cannot imagine how important that is.

“When he didn’t play too much, you cannot imagine how important he is in the locker room and he’s this kind of guy, his mood is always in the right place.”

Bernardo started the last six games – and is in line for another start in the FA Cup fifth round tie at Wigan.

He has also taken part in 39 out of City’s 41 games this season, more than anyone else in the squad.

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Why Non-Academic Staff Strike In Universities May Hinder 2018 UTME – JAMB

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There are strong indications that the ongoing strike action embarked upon by Non-Academic Staff of Federal Universities in Nigeria might have negative effects on the conduct of the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The Head of Media and Public Relations of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Dr Fabian Benjamin, hinted this in a statement he issued on Sunday, February 18, 2018.

2018 UTME: JAMB Announces Date For Mock Examination

Benjamin said the non-teaching staff of universities were key stakeholders in this year’s UTME and the ongoing strike may upset the mock UTME scheduled for February 26.

He said: “We are still hopeful that an amicable resolution of the crisis would be reached before the date of the examination.”

“The unions are our critical stakeholders and their absence would be felt if the issue is not resolved before Monday February 26.”

”We had prayed and work tirelessly to ensure that the strike was called off hence our continued shifting of the dates for the examination.”

Benjamin had earlier clarified that while the board would not take sides and respects the decision of the non-teaching staff, it would however go ahead with the examination as scheduled.

“The attention of the board has been drawn to the release by NAN on the board’s mock examination slated for February 26, 2018 where I was quoted to have said the board will go on with the mock examination irrespective of the on going strike by the non academic unions of universities nation wide.

“First, the board wants to appreciate the unions for the support it has given the board in the successes  of previous examinations and sympathized with the unions over the present predicaments,” Benjamin stated.

The non-teaching staff union comprise of three main unions including: Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non Academic Staff Union of Associated Institutions (NASU) and the National Association Academic Technologists (NAAT).

They have been on strike since December 2017.

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Leicester City’s Leonardo Ulloa Wants Permanent Move To Brighton

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Leicester striker Leonardo Ulloa says he wants to turn his loan deal at Brighton into a permanent move.

Leonardo Ulloa re-joined the Seagulls in January and is loan with the club until the end of the season.

“I want to stay here for a long time but we will see what happens,” he told The Argus. “Leicester was a very nice time for me, it was wonderful in my career but now I have to look forward and here I feel different.

“I want to stay here. We will see what happens, where we are (at the end of the season) and then we’ll make the decision.”

Ulloa scored his first goal since his return at the weekend as he netted in Brighton’s 3-1 win over Coventry in the FA Cup – the first time he has found the net in 14 months.

“I feel different here,” said Ulloa, when asked if he feels at home at Brighton. “I feel happy, when I wear this t-shirt it’s different.

“I love the people here and we have a different relationship.”

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Sampdoria Confirm AC Milan’s Interest In Defender, Ivan Strinic

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Sampdoria director Daniele Prade has confirmed that left-back Ivan Strinic, who will be out on contract in June, is on AC Milan’s radar.

“I can confirm that Milan asked for authorisation to speak to the player,” Prade is quoted by RMC Sport.

“He is an exemplary professional, he signed a contract for these 10 months and we knew what the conditions were.”

It is perhaps no coincidence that Ivan Strinic has been dropped to the bench since these reports emerged.

“We are not precluding anything, he will be a professional with us until June 30. We’ll talk to the player and see what he decides.”

The 30-year-old Croatia international joined Sampdoria from Napoli in August 2017 for €2m.

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Danny Ings Reveals Why He Didn’t Leave Liverpool In January

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Danny Ings was linked with a January loan move from Liverpool following a string of injury problems but the 25-year-old has revealed neither he nor manager Jurgen Klopp was keen on his Anfield exit.

Danny Ings is yet to start a game since returning from his latest injury in December, managing just six substitute appearances in all competitions, but says he remains determined to win back a regular spot.

“After that long period out and all the hard work I didn’t want to give up. It’s such a great club and a great team, it’s all I wanted to be part of,” he told the club’s official website.

“Going into the back end of the season now, I know that if I work hard enough I can get some more minutes and try to contribute to the team as much as I can. I’m looking forward to it.”

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Awo, Please Help, Nigeria Is Crumbling!

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Awo, Please Help, Nigeria Is Crumbling! By Tunde Odesola

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Dear Awo,

Good morning, Asiwaju omo Oduduwa. I’m sure a letter from an unknown fledgling like me is the least of your expectations in your celestial abode. I think a letter from Alhaji Lateef Jakande, the Baba Kekere himself, would’ve been a more plausible expectation. Why has Baba Kekere not written you? I guess the level of the rot in this terrain called Nigeria has benumbed the elderly into shock just as marginalised youths have been depraved to neigh and watch as the ship of state sinks gradually. Going by your deeds while on this side of existentialism, I’m sure you now reside in the land where habitants never grow old. Baba Kekere is old, sir, and so are the remainder of your lieutenants like Chief Ayo Fasanmi, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Chief Bisi Akande, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, and others who have been disunited since you transited into glory 31 years ago. Even Baba Fasanmi disclosed to me some time ago that he doesn’t know what to tell you when he eventually joins you in the afterlife. He told me he’s not happy that the house that you left in their care was in a shambles.

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

Papa, this letter is not in commemoration of your death – having joined the saints on May 9, 1987. Rather, it is a celebration of your birth – as you would’ve been 109 on March 6, this year. I wrote this letter on February 17, my own birthday, for two reasons. One, I’ve never written a letter to heaven before, so I don’t know how the postal service works over there. Daddy, postal service in Nigeria now, like all other public services, is chaotic. This is why I decided to write more than two weeks before your posthumous birthday, hoping that the letter would survive all terrestrial delays and extraterrestrial checks, and arrive safely at your abode. Two, it’s my tradition to sequester myself on my birthday and embark on personal reflections. My personal reflection gave birth to this letter, sir.

 As I don’t want to be accused by Nigeria’s band of religious hypocrites of practising necromancy, a sin for which King Saul was punished in the Bible, I fasted and prayed, seeking the face of the Lord over whether to write or not. When a sign of approval came from God in form of the first rain of the year, I put pen to paper.

 Let me begin by asking of Mama HID, how’s she? How’re your sons, uncle Segun and uncle Oluwole? You must’ve learnt how Chief Bola Ige was murdered in his Ibadan home. Yes, he was killed like a dog while serving as the Honourable Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation. Suspects arrested in connection with the murder have all been discharged and acquitted. Daddy, while responding to my letter, please, get the great Cicero to tell you the names of those who killed him; I would be eternally grateful if you would allow me break the news to Nigerians! I’m going to abide by any condition you give to publish the list of killers. But if you feel the news would be trivialised as Nigerians trivialised the N36m snake at the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board – in their quest to gain votes in 2019 – then I could have it to myself.

As a distinguished journalist yourself, sir, you can really help in stamping out hired killings in Nigeria if you can get Dele Giwa, Funsho Williams, Obi Wali, Marshal Harry, Aminosari Dikibo, Igwe and Abigail Barnabas, Odunayo Olagbaju, Ayo Daramola, Godwin Agbroko, Abayomi Ogundeji, Lai Balogun, Bisoye Tejuosho, Suliat Adedeji, Olu Omotehinwa, Babatunde Elegbede, Francis Nwankwo, Bagauda Kalto, Dipo Dina etc to tell you those who killed them. Ha! It would be the news of the century. I can imagine the headlines: “Awo speaks from great beyond, names Ige’s killers!” “Exposed: Nigeria’s high-profile killers!” “I will cleanse Nigeria, Awo vows!” “I saw it coming – Pastor Kilimanjaro”. Nigerians will give anything to know the evil man who killed Giwa with a genius bomb.

 What about Chief Ladoke Akintola, and his beautiful wife, Faderera, who hailed from Igbajo? My regards to Chief Anthony Enahoro, Venerable Emmanuel Alayande, Sir Olaniwun Ajayi, Prof Sam Aluko, Chief Akin Omoboriwo, Chief SM Afolabi, Chief Alfred Rewane, Chief Sam Mbakwe, Prof Ambrose Alli, Chief Bisi Onabanjo, Chief Busari Adelakun and others.

Papa, mama firmly held the fort in your absence. She must’ve told you what politicians turned your name into. They’ve turned your invaluable name into a ruthless tool to prey on the masses. No politician attained power in the South-West without dropping your name. Even those who called themselves conservatives and fought you to the death, now claim they’re your disciples, to gain relevance. Awo, blood sucking vampires are now wearing your cap and glasses, raising their hands in the air and sticking out their leprous fingers not in your victory sign but in vile mockery of democracy. Awo, your political children and the people who twice truncated your ambition to rule Nigeria are now dancing ‘Shoki’ to the psychedelic beat of corruption. They lack your essence. They’ve ruined ALL your legacies. They’ve pooh-poohed on the last vestiges of your well-thought-out policies, which made the South-West tower above the North and the South-East. You provided free quality education at all levels for the children of kings and slaves; they’ve debased this and fully brought back private schools, fit only for the rich. They budget money for your type of free, qualitative healthcare, but they run abroad to treat goose pimples. The most beautiful university in Africa, which you built in Ile Ife, cannot even source water to flush its toilets. Bed bugs chased students out of the hostels recently. The first television station in Africa that you built is debased. The industrial estates you built in Ilupeju, Ogba, Ikeja and Apapa have gone to the dogs. Nobody goes to your Liberty Stadium to watch Shooting Stars anymore. Our youths now watch foreign leagues.

Baba, do you remember Owo? Yes, Owo – the place of birth of your truthful disciple, Pa Adekunle Ajasin. Sir, do you remember you formed the Action Group in Owo in 1951? I was there as a reporter in 2001 to cover the golden jubilee of the creation of your illustrious party. The Alliance for Democracy governors including Chief Adebayo Adefarati (Ondo); Asiwaju Bola Tinubu (Lagos); Olusegun Osoba (Ogun); Adebisi Akande (Osun), Lam Adesina (Oyo), and Niyi Adebayo (Ekiti) decided to go back to the now dingy, unkempt hall opposite the palace of the Olowo, where the AG was formed. Security report advised that the anniversary be postponed because there was tension in the land. The palace and the state government were at war. Adefarati won’t be cowed, the meeting must hold, he vowed. I saw several armed youths on balconies and rooftops in the palace bearing brand-new AK-47 rifles with bullets as garlands, across the road. They interrupted the AG anniversary with booming gunshots. When the reunion jubilee ended, the governors sped to Ajasin’s house to greet his widow, Babafunke. And we, gentlemen of the press, riding inside a bus not so swift, were ambushed by some irate residents, who smashed our vehicle and unleashed mayhem. Hate has become a more daring monster nationwide now.

 Muhammadu ibn Buhari is our president now. No, he didn’t plan another coup. He defeated a clueless fisherman who stumbled on power and never knew what to make of it but loot. How’s Nigeria faring? Well, petrol is still being imported, and it’s scarce and costly. You must’ve been seeing the endless ghosts of Nigerians killed daily by Boko Haram and herdsmen. Unemployment is growing. No power supply. Highways remain deathtraps. The woe list is endless. Is there any way you can help, sir?

 I await your reply.

 Happy birthday, sir!

Up Awo!

This piece was written by Tunde Odesola. 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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Klopp Proud Of Liverpool’s Squad Depth

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Jurgen Klopp has stated that the current Liverpool squad is the best he has worked with.

The German manager was with Dortmund, winning the Bundesliga title and the UCL final.

However, Klopp sees the squad at Liverpool, as the best he has worked with, and is happy with the squad depth.

He told the club’s official website on those at his disposal: “It’s really hard in the moment to make the squad.

“Wow, I’ve never had a situation like that with the quality of the players not being in the squad.

“They all have made really big steps. Dom Solanke was not in the squad but is in outstanding shape at the moment. Ragnar Klavan, unbelievable. Ben Woodburn makes steps and is really close to everything.

“It’s difficult, it’s getting more and more difficult, but that’s good for us of course.”

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Orezi Launches His New Music Company, Ghen Ghen Music

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Singer, Orezi has unveiled his newly established record company named Gehn Gehn Music. The record company aimed at changing the business of music in Nigeria.

According to Orezi who have enjoyed substantial growth and relevance due to his pace of consistency in the music industry, his newly launched record company will be a veritable platform to create better opportunities for upcoming artistes in Nigeria.

“This company is for me and every upcoming artiste out there, Gehn Gehn Music will be signing artistes in the nearest future”.

Meanwhile, the singer has appreciated his former record label, Sprisal Entertainment and Culbeed Music for their roles in moulding his music career to a successful one.

”Thanks to Sprisal Entertainment and Culbeed Music which helped in shaping me over the years to who I am today”.

Orezi has succeeded in carving a niche for himself in the music indstry with a successful career run of almost a decade. He has won many national awards and it is expected that his new music business venture will be a step to the top for him.

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

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MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Pep Guardiola has declared Bernardo Silva will remain a Manchester City player as long as he is the manager.
Eden Hazard will leave Chelsea when he wants to but admits “at the moment I’m good where I am” after previously being linked with a move to Manchester United.

LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Arsene Wenger has revealed that he once invited Pep Guardiola to his home when the now Manchester City manager was keen on a move to Arsenal as a player.
Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez has pronounced himself happy with Tottenham’s management of Toby Alderweireld.
Lucas Moura believes he can write a new chapter in Tottenham’s history by leading them to their first Champions League title.

LIVERPOOL ECHO
Prolific Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah has revealed how Jurgen Klopp’s tactical expertise has helped get the best out of him this season.
Duncan Ferguson is predicting “big things” for new Everton striker Cenk Tosun, after watching the Turkish centre-forward knocking in goals for fun on the Blues’ mid-season break in Dubai.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Danny Ings has revealed his will to repay Liverpool’s faith and support through his prolonged injury lay-off was key in his decision to stay at Anfield.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Wolves striker Joe Mason is the target of Colorado Rapids – who have only just signed Jack Price last January.

EXPRESS & STAR
West Brom’s infamous ‘Cab Four’ are unlikely to face any court action in Spain after the case was shelved by a magistrate.

HULL DAILY MAIL
Abel Hernandez has confirmed he will return to action with Hull’s U23s on Monday.

BOURNEMOUTH ECHO
Eddie Howe has described Nathan Ake “a model of consistency” after the defender’s recent performances.

LEICESTER MERCURY
Leicester have taken another look at two reported January targets – Benfica right-back Andre Almeida and winger Rafa Silva – according to reports.

DERBY TELEGRAPH
Bristol City ace Josh Brownhill has been linked with a summer move to Championship rivals Leeds United.

THE ARGUS
Leonardo Ulloa insists helping Brighton stay in the Premier League will mean more to him than winning the title with Leicester.

HUDDERSFIELD EXAMINER
Huddersfield winger Sean Scannell could be set for an international move – swapping allegiances from the Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland.

EVENING TIMES
Graeme Murty insists he is relaxed about the future of striker Alfredo Morelos after renewed speculation over a potential switch to China.

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Deco: Barcelona Clash Will Not Decide Conte’s Future

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Former Chelsea and Barcelona star, Deco does not think the result of the UCL tie will decide Conte’s future.

Chelsea have failed to defend their title, sitting in fourth and 19 points behind Manchester City.

And Chelsea have a tough encounter in the UCL last-16 against Barcelona.

And Deco does not think Abrahimovic will sack Conte if Chelsea fails to qualify.

“I’m not in the daily routine of Chelsea, Chelsea nowadays is a big club and all big clubs have the pressure of [needing] victories, even being in England, where managers tend to stay longer,” he told Omnisport .

“But Chelsea’s history is not the same of other English teams, of course this will be a challenge. To be defeated by Barcelona won’t be a disaster. Of course, Chelsea wants to get through, but I don’t think their manager’s work will be evaluated by this. That’s a problem [for] them and they know what to do.”

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EFCC Rejects Mrs Jonathan’s Settlement Offer

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has rejected a plea made by Mrs Patience Dame Jonathan, the wife to a former president of Nigeria, to settle out of court the brewing dispute over the strange payment of $11,489,069.03 into her domiciliary accounts.

Consequently, the premier anti-graft agency is requesting that the former First Lady come before a court by entering into a plea bargain in line with the laws of the land.

The Nation reports that the agency said it would only accept a plea bargain in which the court is carried along.

In a January 30, 2018 letter, titled “Proposal for out-of-Court Settlement of all cases related to Dame (Mrs.) Ibifaka Patience Jonathan,” Mrs Jonathan had through her counsel Chief Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), told the EFCC of her intention to settle the matter.

However, a source, who spoke in confidence, said: “We have considered the January 30, 2018 letter by Dame (Mrs.) Ibifaka Patience Jonathan; we are of the opinion that  her  offer of out-of-court settlement is strange and confounding as if there is a dispute between her and the EFCC.

“We are certainly rejecting the offer from the ex-First Lady because the EFCC does not engage in such a deal.

“But we prefer the ex-First Lady approaching a court for plea bargain in line with the relevant laws if she is ready to settle all issues. The terms of the plea bargain will be open to all parties before the court.

“I think she should emulate other high profile suspects who went to the court for plea bargain. We are ready to apply the laws in the interest of justice for all. We won’t oppose plea bargain.”

The source said the EFCC would soon make its position known to Mrs Jonathan counsel.

“As an officer in the Temple of Justice, we know that the respected Senior Advocate of Nigeria(SAN) will guide the ex-First Lady accordingly,” he said.

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2018 Budget: Ugwuanyi Signs N103.5bn Into Law In Enugu | Reinstates 207 Sacked Staff

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Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Monday, February 19, signed the 2018 budget of N103.5 billion into law.

During the signing of the document in Enugu, the governor reiterated the commitment of his administration to deliver good governance and harness the potential in the state.

Governor Ugwuanyi also expressed his commitment to ensuring the full and prompt implementation of the budget.

The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr. Edward Ubosi, had previously said that the legislators had after wide consultation and robust debate jerked up the budget estimate.

Ubosi said that the increase became necessary in order to accommodate the various road projects in the state that needed urgent attention.

He said that the budget was realistic and accommodated the pressing needs of the state.

The speaker said that the 2018 budget reduced external and internal borrowings of the state by 60 per cent and would not drag the state into any form of indebtedness.

Ubosi said that the gains of the 2018 budget had demonstrated that the State Board of Internal Revenue was up to its responsibilities.

“We are happy with the way the revenue board is working to reduce stress from the government but they should not put hardship on our people,” he said.

He commended the governor for the prudent management of the state’s resources.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the governor had on December 28, 2017, presented a budget estimate of N98.5 billion to the state assembly.

The budget was passed on February 12.

 

  • Ugwuanyi reinstates 207 sacked executive assistants in Enugu

Meanwhile, the governor has reinstated 207 executive assistants in Enugu north senatorial district sacked last week over non performance and negligence of duty.

Ugwuanyi threaded with pity and announced the reinstatement of the 207 executive assistants with stern warning to all the EAs in the state to live up to expectations in their various duty post to avoid attracting the wrath government.

Their reinstatement was announced in a meeting he held with all the executive assistants on Sunday at the state government house in Enugu.

The governor charged the EAs to go to their various electoral wards and revalidate the ongoing voters registration exercise at the Independent national electoral commission ( INEC), adding that government would not hesitate to release it’s sledge hammer on anyone that reneges’ on his civic responsibility.

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Stan Kroenke’s Son, Josh Kroenke Heads To Arsenal For Three Months

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Josh Kroenke, the son of Arsenal’s majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, is spending three months in London to immerse himself in how the club is run.

Josh Kroenke has been living in London for the last three weeks and is “getting closer to the club and immersing himself in all things Arsenal,” a club source said.

Both Stan Kroenke and his son Josh are members of the Arsenal board but have been criticised by fans in the past for not spending enough time around the club

Kroenke Jr is president and governor of the Denver Nuggets basketball team and Colorado Avalanche ice hockey team.

And he supposedly brings expertise in the growing area of e-sports, which some clubs have already begun to invest in.

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In Lagos: Ambode Abolishes Cash Payment In Revenue Collection

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday paid his Land Use Charge, with an announcement that the State Government will no longer accept cash payment in revenue collection effective from March 1, 2018.

Speaking shortly after paying at Opebi branch of Guaranty Trust Bank in the presence of top management staff of the bank, Governor Ambode said the measure was aimed at improving on service delivery to residents of the State and as well block all revenue leakages.

He said the transaction process in revenue collection has now been made easy for the people who, according to the Governor, can now pay every day, any time and online.

“In order to ensure that the government improves on the quality of service delivery to our people, effective from 1st March, 2018, no payment or taxes will be made by cash henceforth across the State.

“Tax payers should be able to pay all legitimate bills through all payment channels at their own time and convenience. The transaction process is now going to be every day, anytime and no weekends.

“We should be able to pay our taxes from any bank, any branch using webpay, paypoint and USSD, thereby encouraging mobile money without any contact with government officials. I repeat, every kobo counts; do not pay into wrong hands anymore,” Governor Ambode said.

He said in partnership with Interswitch Limited, all the multi-layer platforms would henceforth be deployed and used by all government Ministries, Agencies, Parastatals, Associated Companies and Units.

While explaining the rationale behind his decision to lead the payment of Land Use Charge, Governor Ambode said the State Government could not preach and promise prosperity without leading by example, just as he urged residents and all taxable adults to be faithful to their civic obligations.   

He said: “Today, what we are doing is to back up our talk with our work. The State Government cannot be promising prosperity in the future without investing in the future. I have just invested my quota by paying my Land Use Charge and I ask all residents and citizens to join me by courageously making a decision for prosperity and pay all their due taxes.

“Just as I paid, instantly, I received my receipt as evidence of payment which shows that every kobo I have invested is going directly to the Lagos State Government account.

“Lagosians, with your full support, there is evidence that every kobo paid in taxes has been productively utilized in infrastructural renewal and development of this State in the last two and half years.

“It is my hope that we have gained your trust and confidence to move this State forward. For every one kobo you pay as taxes, we will give greater value and comfort to all citizens without anyone left behind.”

Besides, the Governor directed all the Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the State to adjust their collection machineries to also eliminate all leakages.

“Finally, I appeal to all taxable adults to be patriotic in this crusade. That flyover or health centre is built from your taxes and contributions. The facility provided is for everybody irrespective of tribe, religion or creed. Let us show the rest of Nigerians what it is to be a proud Lagosian. Perform your civic duties, it is the right thing to do,” he said.

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Martinez: Batshuayi Was Ready At Chelsea

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Belgium manager, Roberto Martinez believes Michy Batshuayi was always ready at Chelsea.

Batshuayi has enjoyed a beautiful start to life at Germany, and is in contention for World Cup selection.

The Belgium international was given regular game time in Germany, something he was denied at Chelsea.

Belgium boss Martinez told talkSPORT of a timely switch for Batshuayi: “To play at a World Cup is a unique moment in your career, so you have to be able to play and perform at club level in order to be in that squad.

“For Michy Batshuayi, it’s not about staying in the Premier League, it’s about finding a club where you can have a big role and you can feel you have an influence in the team.

“Michy was always ready at Chelsea, but the competition was really strong in that number nine role.

“He has gone to Borussia Dortmund and as a striker you need to score that first goal as quickly as you can, he scored two in his debut.

“You can see he is happy, free and sometimes a move in the winter window gives you that.

“For Michy, it’s given him a very strong opportunity to be in the World Cup squad because of the environment he’s found.”

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Marouane Fellaini Reportedly Agrees To Five-year Contract With Galatasaray

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Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has reportedly agreed to join Turkish club Galatasaray on a five-year deal.

Marouane Fellaini’s current contract at Old Trafford expires at the end of the season, and the Belgian international has reportedly decided to leave the club this summer in search of more regular first-team football.

Turkish newspaper Aksam reports that Fellaini is closer to confirming his exit following talks with Galatasaray.

Representatives of the former Everton midfielder are understood to have met with Galatasaray last month and have now agreed terms over a contract which would keep Fellaini at the club until 2023.

Fellaini is currently sidelined with a knee injury and has required surgery to fix the problem.

Earlier this month, Mourinho urged the midfielder to sign a new deal before he received a full diagnosis of his injury.

‘I told him yesterday: “Sign the contract and shut up,”‘ said the United manager.

‘I told him: “Don’t gamble too much. Sign the contract before you know the extent of the injury.”‘

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Arsenal Sign Biggest-ever Shirt Sponsorship Deal With Emirates

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Arsenal have extended their shirt sponsorship deal with Emirates until 2024.

Emirates have been Arsenal’s shirt sponsor since 2006 and the current deal runs until 2019. The latest five-year extension “is the largest sponsorship deal ever signed by the club,” Arsenal said in a statement.

It will definitely exceed the £150 million five-year deal they signed with Puma in 2014.

“Our shirt partnership is the longest running in the Premier League and one of the longest relationships in world sport,” Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said. “Emirates is a great partner for Arsenal — a world-class brand with a truly global reach. The airline plays a significant role in our ambitions to extend our influence and following around the world. The new deal, extending our shirt partnership until 2024, underlines how much both organisations value and benefit from the relationship.”

Emirates have also held the naming rights for Arsenal’s stadium since it opened in 2006, a deal which has already been extended until 2028.

“Arsenal’s strong appeal and influence around the globe, combined with their ambitions as a club, make them an ideal partner for Emirates, with values that reflect ours as a brand,” Emirates president Sir Tim Clark said.

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Kano Pillars Defender Chinedu Udoji Dies Aged 28

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Kano Pillars defender Chinedu Udoji has passed away after being involved in a car crash

“Chinedu Udoji was involved in a car accident yesterday after visiting his former team mates at Enyimba,” Pillars announced on their official Twitter handle on Monday. “This tragic accident happened along Club Road in Kano.

“Our deepest condolences to his family, friends, fans, and football lovers all across the country.”

Chinedu Udoji, 28, captained Enyimba to the Nigeria Professional Football League title in 2015 and the Federation Cup in 2014

He eventually signed for Kano Pillars in 2016

Udoji is survived by a wife and two children.

“The demise of Kano Pillars defender Chinedu Udoji comes as a rude shock to us this morning,” wrote the Nigeria Football Federation on their official Twitter handle. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and club.

“May his soul rest in peace.”

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Kano Pillars Defender Chinedu Udoji Dies Aged 28

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Kano Pillars defender Chinedu Udoji has passed away after being involved in a car crash

“Chinedu Udoji was involved in a car accident yesterday after visiting his former team mates at Enyimba,” Pillars announced on their official Twitter handle on Monday. “This tragic accident happened along Club Road in Kano.

“Our deepest condolences to his family, friends, fans, and football lovers all across the country.”

Chinedu Udoji, 28, captained Enyimba to the Nigeria Professional Football League title in 2015 and the Federation Cup in 2014

He eventually signed for Kano Pillars in 2016

Udoji is survived by a wife and two children.

“The demise of Kano Pillars defender Chinedu Udoji comes as a rude shock to us this morning,” wrote the Nigeria Football Federation on their official Twitter handle. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and club.

“May his soul rest in peace.”

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Paul Scholes Reveals How Phil Jones Made Paul Pogba Leave Manchester United In 2012

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Paul Scholes revealed that Phil Jones played a major role in ending Paul Pogba’s first stint at Old Trafford.

In chat with BT Sports Jake Humphreys following United’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield, he spoke about his sensational return to the sport in 2012.

As well as revealing that Gareth Bale and Moussa Dembele played a role in his own demise, Scholes pinpointed the moment that led to Pogba leaving the club for Juventus in 2012.

“The team were struggling a bit and had no central midfield players,” he said.

“I think Phil Jones and Fabio were playing there against Blackburn at Old Trafford.

Funnily enough, that was the end of Pogba that night because he thought he should be playing centre midfield instead of those two.

“Whereas, as it happened, he was playing in the reserve team and wasn’t doing well enough there to warrant that.

“So I went to [Warren] Joyce (the reserve team coach) and said I was thinking about coming back.”

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Paul Scholes Reveals How Phil Jones Made Paul Pogba Leave Manchester United In 2012

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Paul Scholes revealed that Phil Jones played a major role in ending Paul Pogba’s first stint at Old Trafford.

In chat with BT Sports Jake Humphreys following United’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield, he spoke about his sensational return to the sport in 2012.

As well as revealing that Gareth Bale and Moussa Dembele played a role in his own demise, Scholes pinpointed the moment that led to Pogba leaving the club for Juventus in 2012.

“The team were struggling a bit and had no central midfield players,” he said.

“I think Phil Jones and Fabio were playing there against Blackburn at Old Trafford.

Funnily enough, that was the end of Pogba that night because he thought he should be playing centre midfield instead of those two.

“Whereas, as it happened, he was playing in the reserve team and wasn’t doing well enough there to warrant that.

“So I went to [Warren] Joyce (the reserve team coach) and said I was thinking about coming back.”

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Paul Pogba Returns To Training At Manchester United

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Paul Pogba has returned to training after missing Saturday’s FA Cup win over Huddersfield Town due to illness.

Paul Pogba was a late withdrawal for the trip to the John Smith’s Stadium, declaring himself too sick to play on the morning of the game.

The 24-year-old was part of a session with other senior players who did not play a full game at Huddersfield including Matteo Darmian, Eric Bailly, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial.

Pogba is now expected to be available for Wednesday night’s Champions League clash with Sevilla

The players who started the FA Cup fifth-round tie took part in recovery sessions with just three days to prepare for the Champions League round of 16 first leg clash with Sevilla on Wednesday.

Ander Herrera, Marcus Rashford and Antonio Valencia also missed the win over Huddersfield through injury but Mourinho says he believes they have “a chance” of featuring against Sevilla.

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Paul Pogba Returns To Training At Manchester United

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Paul Pogba has returned to training after missing Saturday’s FA Cup win over Huddersfield Town due to illness.

Paul Pogba was a late withdrawal for the trip to the John Smith’s Stadium, declaring himself too sick to play on the morning of the game.

The 24-year-old was part of a session with other senior players who did not play a full game at Huddersfield including Matteo Darmian, Eric Bailly, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial.

Pogba is now expected to be available for Wednesday night’s Champions League clash with Sevilla

The players who started the FA Cup fifth-round tie took part in recovery sessions with just three days to prepare for the Champions League round of 16 first leg clash with Sevilla on Wednesday.

Ander Herrera, Marcus Rashford and Antonio Valencia also missed the win over Huddersfield through injury but Mourinho says he believes they have “a chance” of featuring against Sevilla.

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Pep Guardiola Confirms Claudio Bravo Will Start EFL Cup Final Vs Arsenal

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Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Claudio Bravo will start in goal for the EFL Cup final against Arsenal on Sunday.

Claudio Bravo lost his place this season to new signing Ederson but has featured seven times in cup competitions for the Citizens this term.

Guardiola told reporters, however, that he wants to reward Bravo for his performances in the cup so far this season, particularly for his penalty saves against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the last-16 stage.

“We are in the Carabao Cup Final thanks to him, so he is going to play,” the Spaniard said. “I cannot forget what happened against Wolves. All the top clubs need two good keepers. You cannot survive with just one. He might be injured or suspended.

“I know it’s not easy but [Bravo] has been perfect and training good, because he knows he always has to be ready.”

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