Crystal Palace Confirm Signing Of Former Liverpool Goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri

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Crystal Palace have confirmed the signing of former Liverpool goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri on a contract until the end of the season.

The 35-year-old had been available on a free transfer following his release from Brazilian side Fluminense at the end of 2017.

Diego Cavalieri underwent a trial before officially penning a contract with Palace, where he will once again link-up with Eagles boss Roy Hodgson, who worked with the stopper at Liverpool.

“I am very happy to be here and have been training with the guys for some time now,” Cavalieri told Palace’s official website.

“The atmosphere in the dressing room has been really good and they have received me very well so we can talk a lot and get to know everyone. I am very happy with this opportunity.”

He will provide back-up for Wayne Hennessey while Julian Speroni is out with a knee injury. He has three caps for Brazil.

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Modric Charged With Perjury In Zdravko Mamic Trial

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Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric has been charged with perjury relating to the tax fraud trial of former Dinamo Zagreb director, Zdravko Mamic.

The Croatia international was alleged to have given a false testimony in 2017, when officials were investigating his transfer to Tottenham in 2008.

Mamic and three others have been charged with corruption, as they took cut from player sales that subsequently cost Dinamo and the state.

An important part of Modric’s contract was when he signed an annex to his Dinamo contract, stating a 50-50 split on transfer fee he will later generate.

According to prosecutors, Modric stated he signed the annex in 2015, a testimony he changed later on saying he signed it in 2004.

The attorney’s office insist Modric was warned by the judge in June “that he was obliged to tell the truth and that giving false testimony is a criminal offence” upon bringing the charge against him on Friday.

However, the Croatian Football Association (HNS) is “deeply convinced” of Modric’s innocence and “stands firmly” with the captain of the senior national team.

Their statement read: “The Croatian Football Association always and consistently supports the principle of presumption of innocence and considers every person innocent until proven otherwise.

“In a specific procedure, HNS is deeply convinced of the correctness of Luka Modric’s testimony before the court in Osijek, and especially because of Modric’s behaviour since his first appearance for the Croatian U-15 team in March 2001 to date.

“In almost 20 years, Modric has shown himself as a character… who is extremely responsible in his relationship with team-mates, obligations to the national team and the Croatian state, whose play in the national team and clubs has played a significant role in the sporting world.

“Thanks to his immaculate sports career and behaviour in the team, in 2016 he became the captain… and in international clubs he was confirmed as the most successful Croatian football player in history.

“Because of all this, the Croatian Football Association stands firmly with its captain of the team and believes that this process will confirm his innocence, as well as the unfoundedness of this indictment.

“We are also convinced that, thanks to Modric’s unbeatable character, this process will not have a negative impact on the performance of the national team… at the FIFA World Cup in Russia.”

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The 2018 African Fencing Championship Continues This Weekend!

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The 2018 African Fencing Championship Continues This Weekend!

The 8th Cadet and Junior African Fencing Championship which kicked off on Thursday, 1st March 2018 continues this weekend!

This is the first international fencing tournament in Nigeria which has been officially endorsed by Lagos state.

His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode along with several dignitaries including Russia’s world richest man and FIE President, Alisher Usmanov will grace the occasion.

It promises to be a spectacular event as it would open vistas of opportunity to the tourism industry and provide new avenues for sports journalists, entrepreneurs and social media influencers to explore.

Date: Thursday, 1st of March – Tuesday, 6th of March 2018

Time: 8.00am – 7.00pm daily

Venue: Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.

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Conte Wants More From Morata And Barkley

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Antonio Conte has challenged Alvaro Morata and Ross Barkley to show their worth to the club.

Morata joined Chelsea in the summer and impressed in the opening months, with 10 goals in the league, however, he has not found the net since boxing day.

Barkley joined in January and has not had many opportunities to prove himself, with hamstring injury proving to be a problem.

“He has to work and to recover the best form after an injury in his back,” Conte told reporters ahead of Sunday’s trip to face league leaders Manchester City.

“He has to work and have patience and we must have patience. But the only way is to work.”

“Ross Barkley, in this week he trained with us. Now he has recovered from his injury and he will come with us for Manchester City,” the Italian added.

“Then I don’t know if I decide to find a place on the bench for him or in the stand for another week.”

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Aisha Wakil: Mama Boko Haram Breaks Silence On Whereabouts Of 110 Abducted Dapchi Girls (VIDEO)

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As the Nigerian government extended to neighbouring countries the search for the 110 schoolgirls abducted last week in Dapchi, Yobe State, a human rights activist, Aisha Wakil, claimed a Boko Haram faction had contacted her to confirm it has the girls.

Aisha Wakil, who is also known as Mama Boko Haram, was a member of the Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges Committee in the northern region, set up during the President Goodluck Jonathan era.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the activist said the Barnawi faction of Boko Haram contacted her on Thursday.

She added that the abductors confirmed to her that the girls were safe, healthy and in good condition.

In an interview with PRNigeria earlier this week, Ms. Wakil had called on the abductors to release the girls to enable them to be reunited with their families.

Ms. Wakil, who is said to have communication links with Boko Haram and is respected by some leaders of the sect, declared that she was ready to sacrifice her life to rescue the girls.

Ms. Wakil said: “They are even the ones that called me, and said Mama we heard what you have said and told me that they are with the girls and they are going to release them.

“I begged of them and said please let this not be another 1,000-plus days of Chibok girls, and they laughed and said no.

“I asked them where I can come and stay with them (girls) for two days, but they did not say anything.

“I can assure Nigerians that so far they are with my son Habib and his friends; Habib is a nice guy, he is very nice boy. He will not harm them, he will not touch them, and he will not kill them.

 

“He is going to listen to us, and so far he indicated interest that he loves peace. And I love them for that and believe what they said on this.

“They will definitely give us the girls. All I am begging Nigerians is to calm down, be prayerful, everything will be over in God grace”.

NAN reports that the activist had at various times participated and played key roles in negotiations between the military authorities and Boko Haram insurgents’ commanders, which facilitated the release of numerous abductees from terrorists’ captivity.

In a statement today, the federal government announced it has stepped up the search for the 110 girls to the neighbouring countries.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said top military and security officials on Thursday travelled to the North-east to add more urgency to the search, which has now been extended beyond the North-east theatre.

The officials include the nation’s top military officer and Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas; Chief of Army Staff; Tukur Buratai and the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura.

They joined the Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar, who had earlier relocated to the North-east, as well as the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, who has also visited the theatre.

The federal government had earlier released the names and other details of the 110 girls who have yet to be accounted for, following the attack on the GGSTC, Dapchi, Yobe State, on February 19, 2018.

The panel set up by the federal government to unravel the circumstances surrounding the abduction of the girls was inaugurated on Thursday by the NSA.

Watch video below courtesy NAN:

(NAN)

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Aisha Wakil: Mama Boko Haram Breaks Silence On Whereabouts Of 110 Abducted Dapchi Girls (VIDEO)

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As the Nigerian government extended to neighbouring countries the search for the 110 schoolgirls abducted last week in Dapchi, Yobe State, a human rights activist, Aisha Wakil, claimed a Boko Haram faction had contacted her to confirm it has the girls.

Aisha Wakil, who is also known as Mama Boko Haram, was a member of the Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges Committee in the northern region, set up during the President Goodluck Jonathan era.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the activist said the Barnawi faction of Boko Haram contacted her on Thursday.

She added that the abductors confirmed to her that the girls were safe, healthy and in good condition.

In an interview with PRNigeria earlier this week, Ms. Wakil had called on the abductors to release the girls to enable them to be reunited with their families.

Ms. Wakil, who is said to have communication links with Boko Haram and is respected by some leaders of the sect, declared that she was ready to sacrifice her life to rescue the girls.

Ms. Wakil said: “They are even the ones that called me, and said Mama we heard what you have said and told me that they are with the girls and they are going to release them.

“I begged of them and said please let this not be another 1,000-plus days of Chibok girls, and they laughed and said no.

“I asked them where I can come and stay with them (girls) for two days, but they did not say anything.

“I can assure Nigerians that so far they are with my son Habib and his friends; Habib is a nice guy, he is very nice boy. He will not harm them, he will not touch them, and he will not kill them.

 

“He is going to listen to us, and so far he indicated interest that he loves peace. And I love them for that and believe what they said on this.

“They will definitely give us the girls. All I am begging Nigerians is to calm down, be prayerful, everything will be over in God grace”.

NAN reports that the activist had at various times participated and played key roles in negotiations between the military authorities and Boko Haram insurgents’ commanders, which facilitated the release of numerous abductees from terrorists’ captivity.

In a statement today, the federal government announced it has stepped up the search for the 110 girls to the neighbouring countries.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said top military and security officials on Thursday travelled to the North-east to add more urgency to the search, which has now been extended beyond the North-east theatre.

The officials include the nation’s top military officer and Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas; Chief of Army Staff; Tukur Buratai and the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura.

They joined the Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar, who had earlier relocated to the North-east, as well as the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, who has also visited the theatre.

The federal government had earlier released the names and other details of the 110 girls who have yet to be accounted for, following the attack on the GGSTC, Dapchi, Yobe State, on February 19, 2018.

The panel set up by the federal government to unravel the circumstances surrounding the abduction of the girls was inaugurated on Thursday by the NSA.

Watch video below courtesy NAN:

(NAN)

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

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Tottenham are ready to offer Heung-Min Son a new contract as he approaches the final two years of his current deal.
Roy Hodgson says he is open to the possibility of signing a contract extension but insists he is for now only focused on keeping Crystal Palace up.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Jose Mourinho has all but confirmed Zlatan Ibrahimovic will leave Manchester United at the end of the season.
Jose Mourinho has praised Scott McTominay’s parents for their influence on the Manchester United youngster even though he has never met them.

LIVERPOOL ECHO
Jurgen Klopp and Mohamed Salah have been nominated for Premier League awards.
Yesterday’s headline in L’Equipe read ‘Liverpool loves Mario Lemina’, as the Merseyside club were linked with the Southampton midfielder.
In-form Roberto Firmino has claimed he is enjoying the best run of his Liverpool career to date.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic believes the Cottagers will face stiff competition for Aleksandar Mitrovic this summer – if they decide to make a permanent bid for the Newcastle United striker.

SUNDERLAND ECHO
Jack Rodwell remains on the fringes at Sunderland and is not part of Chris Coleman’s survival plans.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Sam Johnstone has revealed he is in the dark over his future at Aston Villa, but insists he is focused solely on gaining promotion to the Premier League.

EXPRESS & STAR
Alan Pardew admits he may not last another defeat on the eve of his crunch game with Watford.
Romain Saiss is confident Wolves will bounce back this weekend – after a difficult week of training in the snow.

THE SENTINEL
Saido Berahino has been told a few home truths about his fitness levels as manager Paul Lambert desperately tries to knock him into shape in time for the final push.

THE DAILY ECHO
Alex McCarthy has urged Southampton to thrive under the pressure of their Premier League relegation scrap.

LEICESTER MERCURY
Leicester could face competition from West Ham, Everton and Arsenal if they wish to pursue West Brom defender Jonny Evans in the summer – but they could get him at a cut-price deal.

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360Recommends: ObiE Iyoha – Karats

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Inspired by a recent trip to Nigeria, Michigan rapper ObiE Iyoha shares his brand new afrobeats-infused single “Karats”.

“Can a N*gga live, get it how you live’ are the first words you hear and that’s because this song is one of personal growth for myself in becoming a mouthpiece for my boys back home in Edo State Nigeria. I’ve recently had family deported for all sorts of reasons, back to harsher living conditions just trying to survive, so I was really talking to my bro on this one. I personally hit a low point in 2016, so my older brother and I traveled back to Nigeria where I got to reconnect with myself in the broader sense of who I truly am. – Obie Iyoha

“Karats” serves as the lead single from Obie’s forthcoming sophomore album, Pink Moon.

 

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MUSIC: EmmaOhMaGod – Life is Easy

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Comedian EmmaOhMaGod (Real name Emmanuel Edunjobi) has taken another step towards being the next big artiste in the Nigerian Entertainment scene. The multi-talented media personality who combines being a comedian, actor, producer and musician so well jumps on an Olaitan dada production to deliver a heart feeling masterpiece “Life is Easy”

The humor merchant who in 2017 asides from featuring in the biggest movies that hit the cinema like The wedding party and Accidental spy Dropped some songs and video amongst which is Baba Loke which made a lot of tongues wag with its amazing video quality. Life is Easy is another inspirational feel good song that has a message with it on how to live and enjoy life no matter the situation and circumstance. Download, enjoy and share ; it’s the first step to having a easy life. follow the hashtag #EmmaOMGLifeisEasy.

DOWNLOAD via iTunes

 

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Harry Redknapp Believes It’s Time For Arsene Wenger To Quit Arsenal

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Harry Redknapp has urged Arsene Wenger to step down from his position at Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger has come under increasing pressure after losing three games in a week, including the Carabao Cup Final to Manchester City – the same team they lost to on Thursday night.

Calls for Wenger to leave have only increased as a result, but the former Tottenham boss admitted the situation the Frenchman finds himself in is ‘sad’.

“I think he has been fantastic; he’s had a great career at Arsenal. It’s sad; he’s been a great manager for Arsenal, won so many trophies,” Redknapp told talkSPORT.

“To see him finish like this, I think it’s time. He’d get a great last couple of months to the season, the fans would be great towards him and he’d go away with great pride in what he’s done with what he’s achieved over the years and they can prepare for next year.

“The club needs, and I hate to say it because I hate to see any manager lose his job and he’s been a top manager, but the time has come for a change.”

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Pep Guardiola Expects Arsene Wenger To Make The Right Decision On His Future At Arsenal

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Pep Guardiola has claimed that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger knows how to ‘handle his situation’ at the club.

Twice in the space of five days, Manchester City have recorded 3-0 wins over the Gunners, the second of which took place in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night.

Wenger is coming under increasing pressure to end his time with the North London outfit, but Guardiola has suggested that his counterpart will come to “the right decision” for both himself and the club.

The 47-year-old is quoted by Sky Sports News as saying: “He knows my admiration for him. We play, we fight many, many times in Barcelona, a lot of times in Bayern Munich, a lot of times here in Premier League. A lot of times.

“I can understand the situation. I know all the managers can be in that situation. He knows, he handles that situation. He has a lot of experience.

“He knows the club, he knows the Premier League, he knows his players. And I’m sure he’s going to take the right decision, for the club, for him, for the players, for everybody.”

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Everton Manager Sam Allardyce Suprised By Sack Speculations

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Everton manager Sam Allardyce has admitted that he is “surprised” by rumours saying he’ll be sacked

Everton are on a lacklustre run of form – particularly away from home, having won just once on the road all season – and reports suggest that the club’s hierarchy is already considering another change of management.

“At the moment we’re in a very good position and I’m slightly surprised by the speculation. We’re not good enough away from home but we’re good enough at home,” Allardyce said during his press conference ahead of this weekend’s trip to Burnley.

“On where we started down in the bottom end with everyone talking about relegation to where we are now, Burnley’s magnificent season means that if we beat them we’re level on points with them on Saturday.

“All the other speculation will go on, it happens.

“The away form is a long-standing problem, it’s not something that has arrived with my tenure. It’s not something that we or I particularly want, but it is a long-standing problem. It’s been there for a while and my job is to sort the away results out.”

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Frank Lampard Set To Be Offered First-team Coaching Job At Chelsea

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Chelsea are very interested in adding club legend Frank Lampard to its first-team coaching staff.

According to The Sun, Chelsea hierarchy is eager to add the former England international to their backroom setup, with a view to him eventually managing the first team.

Frank Lampard has spent the past 18 months studying for his Uefa ‘A’ coaching licence and is said to be keen to enter management at the earliest opportunity.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is reportedly impressed with the former midfielder’s progress as an aspiring coach and could make him an employment offer as soon as next season.

Antonio Conte is expected to move on in the summer and the club will look to integrate Lampard, who won three Premier League titles at Chelsea, into a new coaching set up.

Luis Enrique is one of the favourites to replace Conte at Stamford Bridge and Lampard has recently turned down managerial approaches from lower league clubs.

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Jose Mourinho Unsure If Marouane Fellaini Will Sign A New Contract With Manchester United

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Jose Mourinho has revealed that midfielder Marouane Fellaini will return from injury “in a couple of weeks”

However Jose Mourinho is still unsure whether the midfielder will sign a new contract with the club

Fellaini has not player for Manchester United since the end of January, when he aggravated a knee problem as a late substitute against Tottenham Hotspur.

The Belgium international will see his current deal with the 20-time English champions expire this summer, meanwhile, and he continues to be linked with a move away from Old Trafford.

Mourinho has tipped Fellaini to return to the field later this month, although the 30-year-old’s future is still unclear.

“He’s still a young player, his injury had a little surgery, but a minor surgery, and he will be back to play again in a couple of weeks,” Mourinho told reporters.

“If we proceed in the Champions League beyond Sevilla, I think he will be ready for a hypothetical quarter-final. He will be ready for a hypothetical FA Cup semi-final. He will be ready for the last couple of months of our Premier League fight.

“Is he going to stay or leave? I don’t know. I don’t know. I want him to stay, the club wants him to stay. The process, the negotiations, the numbers, the distances between the offer and what he wants – I really don’t know how things are going.”

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Dark Skinned Video Vixen Calls Out Tekno Over Rejection At His Video Shoot

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A Nigerian Video Vixen and model identified as Debee has called out Tekno after the singer rejected her on set at his video shoot.

Debee took to her Instagram page to share what she described as her worst experience on set at Tekno’s “Your Love” video shoot. According to her, the singer rejected her for close up shots because she is dark skinned and opt for a light skinned model.

The model who later walked out of the set went further to advise dark skinned ladies not to resort to bleaching due to descrimination and segregation from certain individuals.

See Her Post Below;

I had the worst experience today as a darkskin model, I woke up at 4am, got to Oregun on the mainland at 8am, and waited for the director @paul_gambit whom i respect a lot. Anyways to cut the story short, after all my stress, Tekno arrived on set, it was time to shoot with him. Tekno refused to use me as the main model for his #yourlovethevideo shoot cause i’m dark skin. Later he settled for me doing the full shots so a light skin model can do the closeup shots with him. But i walked out on him and his set. Dark skin women are beautiful and precious, we don’t settle for less and we don’t get to be an option, we are the option. Black girls please love your skin and never feel bad about rejection, If a Tekno rejects you, Look up to a Wizkid, Wizkid inspires me everyday to love my skin with his videos and how much he appreciates black women… @instablog9ja

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Wenger: Arsenal Can Still Get Something

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Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger believes his side can still get something out of this season.

Manchester City thrashed Arsenal on Thursday, winning 3-0 the same margin they beat Gunners in the Carabao Cup.

When asked if the season can still be salvaged, he replied: “Yes. We want to focus on the next game and continue to put in the effort we put in tonight,” he told Sky Sports.

 

“We played twice against certainly the best side in the country at the moment and that was of course difficult for us because we didn’t have a good performance in the first game.

 

 

“But we have quality and we want to show that.”

“We must stay together but it’s very difficult,” he said.

 

“You come up by the stairs and go down by the lift. That’s what is confidence. That’s the level you have to show to play for Arsenal.

 

“When your confidence is low the first thing that goes is the fluidity and movement – the spontaneous side of the game. You could see that tonight. I don’t deny City’s quality but we’re going through a difficult patch. That’s part of football. We must stay united inside and focus on the next game and put the effort it.”

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“I Am Not A Fan Of Daddy Freeze” – Mr. 2Kay Declares

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In a recent Interview with HipTV, Nigerian Singer, Mr 2Kay has declared that he is not among the fans of controversial OAP, Daddy Freeze.

The singer made this statement while speaking on the controversial issue of tithing in Church. According to Mr 2Kay, he cannot be a fan of someone who is an anti-tithing crusader.

Watch Video Below;

“I’m not a fan of @daddyfreeze, I’m against him”- @mr.2kay

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NNPC GMD Reveals That Nigeria Is Now World’s Largest Petrol Importer

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The Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, has revealed that Nigeria is the only member country in the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) that imports petrol and is currently the largest importer of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in the world.

Baru stated this on Thursday at the 2018 Oloibiri Lecture Series (OLEF) while responding to questions from delegates.

Speaking via the NNPC’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Upstream, Alhaji Bello Rabiu, the GMD said the country had reached such import level because the refineries had not worked to their maximum capacity.

The OLEF, organised annually by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Nigeria Council, in commemoration of the first oil well drilled in Nigeria at Oloibiri in Bayelsa State in 1956, brings together key industry players to chart the right path for the oil sector.

Daily Trust quoted the NNPC GMD as saying: “As we speak today, Nigeria is the only OPEC country that imports petrol and we are the largest importer of PMS in the world.”

“We actually import one million tonnes of PMS every month into a country that produces oil and gas and has refinery. It is a shameful thing, it doesn’t make sense and that is what we are trying to address.”

He said the refineries have not been operating at maximum capacity, but that the NNPC was working to address these challenges with the imminent announcement of investors who would bring in funding for the repair of the plants.

“Upgrades of our refineries from the current name plate capacity of 445,000 barrels of crude oil per day (bpd) to at least 1million bpd is the focus. Discussions with relevant investors and financiers are ongoing. The expectation is that the refineries will be fully back on stream by December 2019,” he said.

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Boko Haram Kills 4 UN Aid Workers, Abducts One In Borno

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No fewer than four UN aid workers were killed in a Thursday night attack coordinated by Boko Haram insurgents at Rann community in Kala Balge Local Government of Borno State.

A female aid worker was also missing while one other sustained injuries in the attack.

Samantha Newport, Head of Communications, UNICEF Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), confirmed the incident to News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Maidguri.

Newport said two of the deceased were personnel of UN client organisation, International Organisation of Migration ( IOM), deployed in Rann as camp managers.

She added that others killed were a medical doctor working as consultant with UNICEF and an aid worker with International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) affiliate organisation.

The UNICEF communications head said a female nurse was abducted, while another female aid worker was injured in the attack.

She explained that all the deceased personnel were Nigerians, adding that the world body

would soon issue a statement on the incident.

Meanwhile, competent sources in Rann told NAN that the insurgents attacked the town at about 7pm on Thursday.

The source added that the insurgents, moving on gun trucks and motorcycles, infiltrated the town and attacked a military base and a displaced persons’ camp.

Military authorities have yet to comment on the incident.

(NAN)

 

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Ederson Reveals How He Stopped Aubameyang

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Manchester City goalie, Ederson has revealed the secret to how he stopped Aubameyang’s penalty.

The Cityzens took a 3-0 lead into the break, but Arsenal got a penalty in the second half which was saved by Ederson.

And the Brazil international has credited the backroom staff.

“We study the shooters of the opponents – the team, the goalkeeping coach and the other goalkeepers,” he told City’s official website.

“It helps us a lot when it comes to make the decision at the right time.”

“We knew how important this game was,” he said. “We needed the win.

“We entered the game really focused. We controlled and dominated and got a positive result. We deserved to win.

“It’s our third win of the season against Arsenal, which is very good for us.”

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Why Can’t Buhari Address The Nation?

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Why Can’t Buhari Address The Nation? – Abimbola Adelakun

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Since the first and only time President Muhammadu Buhari faced the nation during the presidential media chat, he has been more or less aloof. Except for some official occasions, and a random interview or address with a foreign medium in the past, he has mostly hidden inside the safety of Aso Rock. Now and then, his aides speak to the nation on his behalf through their shoddy press releases, but that is as far as it goes. At the rate at which we are going, Buhari will eventually qualify for the most aloof President in the history of Nigeria.

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

Now, there has been a lot of violence in the land and Nigerians’ anger at the seeming lack of control by the security is palpable. Should Buhari not be addressing the nation on the state of things? One of his committed followers, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, recently hinted that Buhari would address Nigerians – eventually – but only to announce his plans for his second term in office. In other words, Buhari will speak to Nigerians, at his own time, and only over an issue that concerns him. The things that are causing Nigerians’ angst will probably be incidental to the great speech he plans to make to announce his ambition.

There is a lot going wrong in Nigeria, and most of them are far more important issues than Buhari’s electoral future. Monday last week, suspected ISIS-affiliated Boko Haram militants abducted over 100 schoolgirls from the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College in Dapchi. For the second time, these schoolgirls were the target of raging marauders who seem to have a thing for girls who attend schools. It makes one’s head spin how the Chibok incident has been repeated within a mere four years. The déjà vu is startling; almost as if Nigeria did not learn a thing from the prior incident. Whatever that happens – the outright lies, the half-truths and the head-spinning incompetence – it is all politics to the occupant of Aso Rock Villa. God forbid they need a third strike to learn. The way and manner both previous and present governments responded to the mass abduction make for a whole course in crisis mismanagement. One day, historians will cite Presidents Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari for all the wrong reasons of administrative incompetence.

The incoherent and foggy accounts of the incident are troublesome. Why can’t President Buhari address the nation on these issues to at least reassure us that something is being done to save the girls? The 2018 reaction, so far, is almost no different from the one of 2014 under President Jonathan who confronted Chibok with lethargy until the foreign media and their hyperfocus on Nigeria at the time pushed him to action.

Then, there was his wife, the former First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, who turned the pain and trauma of the victims’ families into a cheap Nollywood stunt. Barely after the display of “motherly concern” that drove her to summon those involved in the incident, she turned the dogs loose on those who were campaigning on behalf of the girls. And on another side were the group of deniers who insisted that Chibok never happened, that it was all just a ploy to make Jonathan’s government look bad. Never mind that neither Jonathan nor his wife nor the Nigerian army ever contested the veracity of the incident, yet their inveterate support for Jonathan’s government made them insist they knew Oso more than the mother of Oso.

I still wonder how the conspiracy theorists manage to accord so much coordination to the Nigerian government that they would pull off such a scam with almost 300 families and not a single person in the whole of Chibok has come out to debunk the story. We are talking of a government who, with all the personnel at their behest, could not even pull off the national budget heist successfully. But somehow, they managed to recruit almost 600 crisis actors and get them to lie about an abduction for four years?

When Chibok happened, consistently APC yielded maximum capital out of the incident, crying at the top of their voices that the government of the day was incompetent, and that they could do better if given a chance. Their raucous noise over the politics that attended the Chibok girls’ abduction almost drowned the suffering of the victims. Till now, more than half of the girls are still not back home.

Today, and now, there is Dapchi. The location and time have changed but the story remains the same. Just like Chibok, the mass abduction of Dapchi has all the inglorious footprints of Chibok: there has been confusion over the actual number of the victims, the government has lied that they have been rescued, the press has been prevented from interviewing the parents of the girls and, snafu, history repeats itself.

Rather than a thoughtful and empathic response, it is all just games. Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, declared that the latest abduction was the ploy of Boko Haram to embarrass the Buhari government. To him, the only victim here is the President who is safely ensconced in Aso Rock. Not the poor girls and their families who did not ask for this. One would be generous to think that Mohammed is merely narcissist, I think he is also obtuse and hypocritical. When they were the opposition government, that kind of comment was exactly what he would have mined into immense political capital.

Now that the Dapchi incident has happened, it is time to be more realistic about the nature of Boko Haram attacks. First, the Nigerian Army needs to stop, perpetually, denying the operational existence of the Abubakar Shekau’s and Abu Musab Al-Barnawi’s factions of Boko Haram. If they are not killing Shekau, they are chasing Al-Barnawi. If they are not breaking up Sambisa forest and clearing it of all insurgents, they are busy declaring victory. Yet, the guys will soon show up in another video to mock their efforts. The sooner the Nigerian Army stopped playing childish games with Boko Haram, the better for everyone. This way, we can ask the needful questions of what it will take to finally defeat Boko Haram.

School abductions are more likely now. Every terrorist group craves publicity and they come up with spectacular attacks like this one to yield the maximum effect. Those that abducted the Chibok girls probably had no clue that that single event would yield them global publicity and turn Shekau into an international figure of notoriety. After he must have seen how much purchase he got from the media sensation around the abductions, and the money he made from negotiating with the girls, they also saw an opportunity. The Dapchi attack is well-timed, close enough to elections to make Buhari panic about the negative publicity and be corralled to do their bidding. There is a need for a security architecture around the schools, particularly the ones in the problem areas. We need to see the government addressing the precarity of life and existence in the attack-prone zones. Mr. President, over to you. What is the plan? What is your government going to do?

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

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4 Pregnant Women, 140 Other Nigerians Repatriated From Libya

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No fewer than 144 Nigerians, which included four pregnant women, were on Thursday repatriated from Libya with the assistance of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the returnees arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at 10.30 pm.

They returned aboard a chartered Airbus 320 with registration number LZ-MDI operated by VIA Airways.

The returnees comprised 54 adult females — four of whom were pregnant — and seven female children as well as 79 adult males and four male children.

The South West Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Suleiman Yakubu, received the returnees on behalf of Federal Government.

Also on hand to receive them were officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) , the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) , Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Police.

The returnees were each given £100 to settle down in Nigeria, while some state governments assisted them with transport back home.

Telecommunications company, Airtel, in collaboration with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora and Foreign Affairs, also gave the returnees free mobile phone handsets and SIM cards to facilitate their reintegration.

In 2017, 6,806 Nigerians were brought back from Libya with the efforts of the IOM and EU.

The Nigerians had been stranded in the volatile North African country enroute Europe, with many being subjected to abuse.

(NAN)

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Melaye Arraigned For False Information On Assassination Attempt, Granted N100,000 Bail

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The Federal Government on Thursday arraigned the Kogi West Senator Dino Melaye before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja on two counts of giving false information about an assassination attempt on his life to the Police in April 2017.

The Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, represented by Shuaibu Labaran, accused Melaye of falsely incriminating the Chief of Staff to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, Mr Edward Onoja David, in the said assassination attempt.

The prosecution counsel stated that he was served two applications dated January 22 and filed on January 30 by the police, which were accompanied by an affidavit of completion of investigation.

Mr. Labaran said he then filed a five-paragraph counter-affidavit which was deposed by Godwin Odubo, a litigation officer in the office of Director of Prosecution in Kogi State.

He asked for two clear dates to enable him present his witnesses for the trial.

“The witnesses are not ready because we have an expatriate (among them) and there are certain diplomatic process to be taken,” he said.

Melaye, who pleaded not guilty to the two counts filed against him, was accompanied to the FCT High Court in Maitama by at least 10 senators.

On his part, Rickey Tarfa, counsel to Melaye, informed of his application for bail.

“In line with section 35, 36 (5) of the 1999 constitution as amended and section 158, 163 of the ACJA act, this application is on the admittance for bail,” Tarfa said.

The judge granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N100,000, with one surety.

Justice Goodluck ruled that the surety to be provided by the senator must be a federal civil servant of at least Grade Level 14 in any federal parastatal or establishment, who must also provide proof to be a resident of the Federal Capital Territory.

The matter was subsequently adjourned to May 16 and 17 for commencement of trial.

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#BBNaija 2018 Day 32: Housemates Out To Form A Winning Alliance

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The #bbnaija Housemates are taking this week’s Task more seriously than any that they had faced previously and the obvious reason for this is the big prizes. Perhaps as a way of emerging winner, some of the #bbnaija housemates are out for a secret alliance as a way of making their chances of winning better.

The “Roc Da Mat” challenge has been a contentious one from the get go. Firstly, there were issues with Teddy A and Nina not wanting to participate because of the unfair nature with which the other #bbnaija Housemates were addressing the Task.

With only six mats and 7 pairs, there was bound to be some altercations and head butting, especially aince things are becoming extremely strategic with the pairs forming alliances.

The pairs of Angel and Ahneeka (Gelah) and Miracle and Anto (Mito) have decided to join forces and sabotage the other pairs in their attempt at getting points in the challenge.

Anto and Miracle, Ahneeka and Angel have deciphered that Alex is the weak link in the Tolex pair. Their plan is to get Ahneeka to distract Tobi and Angel to distract Alex so that they do not get any points in the challenge. Even though it seems harsh, but that is what the #bbnaija game is about.

Since the forming of the secret alliance, the anxiety in the #bbnaija house is incontrovertible and the other Housemates seem to have noticed. Teddy A strategically sent BamBam and Rico Swavey into the make shift congregation to find out exactly what was happening.

It appears that his ice worked, because the pair of Bambam and Rico Swavey are fully in the secret alliance as they are both slinging their secrets.

The ‘ROC da mat’ challenge Task is bringing out the true competitors in all of the #bbnaija housemates, as we wait with bated breath to see who comes out top.

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#BBNaija 2018 Day 32: The Complications Between Miracle And Anto

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Anto and Miracle’s pairing which has been nicknamed ‘Mito’ has been an interesting and surprising one in the #bbnaija house and it has been going from strength to strength, following their first partnerships as Head of House.

At the beginning, the pairing seemed quite odd from Biggie, considering that almost the entire #bbnaija House had accused Miracle of enjoying being silently selfish. Perhaps the reason why other #bbnaija housemates felt this way was due to Miracle’s conspicuous muteness, for it seemed that the only person he freely engaged with was Nina.

Other than talking to Nina, it is quite easy to count the number of times Miracle had spoken about anything in the #bbnaija house.

To a lot of keen followers of #bbnaija, Biggie’s pairing of Mito created a rift in the first official couple of the House Mina (Nina and Miracle). This assumption proved itself to be true for Miracle and Nina suddenly started bickering around, although they always remained within eye contact distance from each other.

For instance, during the infamous Planned Parenthood week, when as the new Head of House, Miracle abandoned Anto to go help Nina look after her baby doll. Nonetheless, Anto didn’t seem to be offended by Miracle’s attitude as she lived up to her role of second command in charge during their Head of House rule.

Previously paired with Lolu under the ‘Loto’ nickname, while Anto kept herself together, it is Lolu who seemed to suffer the most from being reshuffled and stuck with Cee-C of all the #bbnaija Housemates.

Therefore it came as no surprise that he was the one who initiated a kiss with Anto, but she kept all her cool, and never flinched.

Given how Anto and Miracle have taken up to each other, how well they are rolling together and how synched their Roc Da Mat moves are, one cannot help but agree that Biggie’s reshuffle undeniably sparked things up in the #bbnaija Double Wahala House.

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