Crisis As Police Seals Off APC Headquarters In Ekiti

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The crisis rocking the Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) after Saturday’s inconclusive primary took a different dimension on Monday as police have sealed the party’s secretariat.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that protesters, who claimed to be sympathetic to the aspiration of the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, had besieged the secretariat on the Ajilosun- Ikere road where they announced the removal of the state executives led by Chief Jide Awe.

NAN reports that the protesters also announced the immediate formation of a pro-Fayemi caretaker committee.

Armed policemen, however, arrived the secretariat shortly and drove everyone out before sealing off the party secretariat.

The protesters said they were at the secretariat to register their disapproval over the conduct of the members of the State Working Committee.

The protesters, who brandished placards with various inscriptions, also passed vote of no confidence on Awe and the party’s spokesman, Taiwo Olatunbosun, alleging that they were supporting a particular aspirant.

Relying on Article 21 (7) of the party’s constitution, the protesters disbanded the SWC and set up a Caretaker Committee headed by the APC Chairman in Ise/Orun Local Government Area, Mr Michael Egunjobi.

The protesters also laced the gate of the party with fetish materials made from palm oil and egg.

Awe, who was said to have narrowly escaped assault by the irate party members, was ferried to safety from the secretariat by mobile policemen.

As at the time of filing this report, police vans were still stationed at the secretariat which was under lock and key.

Meanwhile, no fewer than 27 aspirants have rejected the position canvassed by the National Working Committee of the party that the botched primary would continue from where it ended on Saturday.

Some of the aspirants led by former Gov.  Segun Oni on Monday met at a location in Ado Ekiti and rejected the position of the NWC that the committee which conducted the primary should return and complete the exercise.

The aspirants, who were reacting to a statement credited to the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, said that the ballot cast on Saturday in five local governments before the violence erupted had been rendered invalid.

Among those present at the forum, apart from Oni, were Sen. Babafemi Ojudu, Opeyemi Bamidele, Bimbo Daramola, Sen. Ayo Arise, Sen. Gbenga Aluko, Kola Alabi, Muyiwa Olumilua, Dr Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, Debo Ranti Ajayi and Dr Bayo Orire.

The spokesperson for the group, Yaya-Kolade, said the fact that the votes were not counted, collated and announced at the venue, had rendered the process invalid.

She declared that the 27 aspirants would not accept attempts to validate unverified results of the few delegates that had cast their votes on Saturday neither would they accept the Tanko Al-Makura-led committee again as umpire. 

NAN

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Canada Moves To Curb Illegal Migration From Nigeria

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Canada is trying to curb the number of asylum seekers from Nigeria who are flooding into Canada via the United States, officials said Monday, May.

AFP reports that about 2,500 migrants, mostly Nigerian nationals, entered Canada illegally in April, bringing the total so far this year to more than 7,300.

They crossed on foot along a forest trail from New York state to Quebec province, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen told a news conference. He will travel to Nigeria in the coming days to press the issue.

At Ottawa’s request, US authorities have also recently tightened their visa rules for Nigerians to try to prevent tourists from flying to the US and then hopping across the border to file Canadian refugee claims.

An average of 70-80 migrants per day have been making the trip of late, said Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.

Nearly 21,000 border jumpers were intercepted by federal police in 2017 and allowed to file a refugee claim.

“Just over 90 percent of irregular migrants do not meet our criteria (for asylum) and they will have to leave Canada,” Garneau said, adding that 200 currently face imminent deportation after their refugee claims were rejected.

The first arrivals in 2016 were mostly Haitians who faced repatriation at the end of US temporary special protections granted after storms battered their desperately poor island nation.

But the wave expanded last year to also include Djiboutian, Eritrean, Nigerian, Pakistani, Sudanese, Syrian, Turkish and Yemeni nationals, among others.

The border jumping started with the election of US President Donald Trump, who promised to expel more than 11 million undocumented migrants.

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Alleged Kano Underage Voters: INEC Is Not Culpable

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Alleged Kano Underage Voters: INEC Is Not Culpable, By Mahmood Yakubu

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Following the Kano State Local Government election held on 10th February 2018, there were several reports in the media, particularly the social media, alleging that underaged persons voted in the election. Both explicit and implicit in some of these reports was the suggestion that since the National Register of Voters compiled by INEC was used in the election, the alleged problem of underaged voting in the Kano Local Government election is linked to a prevalence of underaged registrants in the National Register of Voters.

I must note that till date, not a single formal complaint on this matter has been received by the Commission. Rather, some stakeholders, including a political party, have taken to the media to criticize INEC and in some cases to impugn the integrity of the National Register of Voters. Concerned that some of the claims being made about the Register could create doubts in the minds of citizens about INEC’s preparations for the forthcoming general elections, the Commission on 21st February 2018 set up an investigation panel into the allegations that underaged persons voted in the Kano State Local Government election, using the Register of Voters given to the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) by INEC, as prescribed by law.

For the avoidance of doubt, let me emphasize first, that INEC was not in any way involved in organizing the Kano State Local Government election beyond the legal requirement that the register of voters compiled by INEC should be used in all Local Government elections nationwide. The conduct of that election was entirely the responsibility of KANSIEC. Secondly, let me also emphasize that the investigative committee was not established to inquire into the general conduct of the Kano State Local Government election or to inquire into the organization or challenges of KANSIEC. Indeed, INEC has no legal remit to do so. Rather, as the Terms of Reference of the Committee show, its role was strictly to inquire into claims linking the register of voters compiled by INEC and the alleged incidents of underaged voting in the election.

The investigative committee had National Commissioner Engineer Abubakar Nahuche as Chairman, another National Commissioner Barrister May Agbamuche-Mbu, two Resident Electoral Commissioners (Barristers Mike Igini and Kassim Geidam) as well as some Directors and staff of the Commission, who are experts in ICT, as members. It has since submitted its Report. The Commission has carefully considered the report and accepted its findings and recommendations. Based on its Terms of Reference, there are four key points in the findings and recommendations of the Committee, which may be summarised as follows:

i. Kano State Independent Electoral Commission requested for and received from INEC the Kano State Register of Voters for the election. The Register was produced for use for the elections. However, the Register was only sighted in a few polling units. In other words, the Register was not used in most of the polling units. In fact, accreditation using the Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) largely did not take place.

ii. Given that the Register was substantially not used to accredit voters before voting, it is logical to conclude that if underaged voting occurred in the election, it was not due to any presence of underaged registrants on the Register of Voters. However, after examining some of the images in circulation, the Committee found that they have been available long before the Kano Local Government Elections. The few images and video clips from Kano show no accreditation of voters or any relationship with the Register of Voters.

iii. There is need and ample room for collaboration between INEC and all stakeholders to continue to update and improve the National Register of Voters to eliminate all ineligible registrants from it, including dead persons, aliens and underaged registrants.

iv. INEC should work with the State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs) to ensure continuous improvements in the quality of all elections conducted in Nigeria.

Since the central interest of the Commission and Nigerians in this remains the National Register of Voters because it is the bedrock of the 2019 general elections, let me share with you a few facts about the current register of voters.

Essentially, the present register of voters is the one compiled by the last Commission in 2011. Recall that before 2011, the register of voters was full of errors including strange entries like Mike Tyson, incorrect entries and misplaced records. Although the pre-2011 register was supposed to contain the fingerprints of registrants, the last Commission found that most of the fingerprints were missing or of very poor quality. Also, there were integration issues and a lot of data were lost because they were collected using incompatible platforms. In addition, there were multiple registrations, as there was minimal attempt to remove multiple entries from the register. These were some of the problems that the last Commission tried to solve by embarking on fresh registration of voters in 2011.

Since the 2011 general elections, the Commission has been updating this register in accordance with the law along three lines: (i) addition of new registrants from the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR); (ii) more stringent running of the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) to identify multiple registrants and remove them; and (iii) updating incomplete records such as entries with incomplete fingerprints and wrongly spelt names among others. These became particularly important with the introduction of the PVC and Smart Card Reader (SCR). For this reason, records without fingerprints had to be updated, otherwise, the concerned voters will not be able to vote using the PVC and SCR. As a result of these updates and clean up, a final register of 68,833,476 was used for the 2015 general elections.

Consequently, this Commission believes that it inherited a register that:

i. Meets a high standard of biometric registration. In fact, many other countries have subsequently learnt from INEC in handling their own registers. For instance, during the recent Presidential election in Liberia, the country’s National Electoral Commission (NEC), through the United Nations, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC), which I currently chair, requested the services of INEC staff to sort out issues with their register. Their work has been highly commended by these organisations and the diplomatic community for contributing to the success of the Liberian election;

ii. Contains 68.8 million valid entries, easily the largest single database of Nigerians in existence;

iii. Supports fingerprint matching for authentication of voters during elections using the SCR;

iv. Supports the introduction of machine readable, chip-based PVC; and

v. Ensures continuous updating through the Continuous Voter Registration, as prescribed by law.

Under the present INEC, only 432,233 new registrants have been added to our national Voter Register. This represents 0.9 percent increase on the Register used for the 2015 general elections. These additions came essentially from the CVR carried out in 2015 and 2016 in States where we conducted off-season Governorship elections namely Bayelsa, Kogi, Edo and Ondo as well as the FTC Area Council elections. From April 2017 when we commenced the CVR to December of the same year, some 3,981,502 new registrants were recorded, including figures from Anambra State Governorship election held in November 2017. This figure represents the first major additions to the Register since this Commission came on board. Even so, except for the 190,767 new registrants added to the voter register in Anambra State, the new registrants are just about to be added to the national Register.

It is important to remind us that this National Register of Voters has been used to conduct the 2011 and 2015 general elections, as well as several re-run, off-season and by-elections. Most of these elections have not only been adjudged to meet international standards but have also produced varied outcomes for different political parties at different times. Indeed, the Register used in the Kano Local Government election of 10th February 2018 was the one compiled in 2011, updated in 2014 and used for the 2015 general elections. This Commission did not add a single name to the voter register. As with all elections, some political parties have won and some have lost using the same Register. In fact, many constituencies have changed from one political party to another between elections on the basis of the same Register. Therefore, for anyone to suggest that the same register, on the basis of which political parties have won and lost elections at different times, is suddenly unreliable is curious to say the least.

Let me reiterate that this Commission is convinced that we now have a dependable register, even if it is not perfect. We believe that it is a huge national asset, easily the largest database of Nigerians in existence today containing over 70 million entries of names, addresses, photographs, ten fingerprints, telephone numbers etc. I implore all Nigerians to see the value of this national asset and work with the Commission to continue to improve it. Considering that there are few if any perfect voters roll anywhere, we can continue to work together with stakeholders and indeed all citizens to ensure that all ineligible registrants and entries are removed from the register and that eligible voters who have not registered take advantage of the ongoing CVR.

Let me also share with you what we have been doing and what we plan to do as a Commission to continue to update the register and remove ineligible entries from it.

First, we have made registration more continuous than ever before, starting from April 2017. We regularly display the provisional register after each CVR exercise for claims and objections, as required by law. This usually lasts between 5 and 14 days. We appeal to Nigerians to always use the opportunity of this display to alert the Commission about ineligible registrants, including underaged persons and aliens, as well as incorrect details of registrants.

Second, also as required by law, we have consistently given political parties copies of the register for each year and ahead of general elections as well as Governorship off-season elections. Only recently, on 28th February 2018, we gave each of the 68 political parties a copy of the register containing names of the 3.9 million new voters registered in 2017. We urged them to use the register not only to reach out to voters, but also to check whether there are ineligible persons on the list and draw the attention of the Commission to them. Unfortunately, since this Commission was inaugurated in 2015, there has not been a single report from any political party of ineligible voters on the Register.

Third, we have been working with the Nigerian Immigration Service to eliminate aliens from the Register by confiscating PVCs from aliens who are not entitled to vote, thereby identifying them for removal from the Register. Furthermore, the Immigration Service has promised to post their officials to registration centres during CVR to check the incidence of alien registrants.

Fourth, we intend through our Registration Area Officers (RAOs) to engage communities in all our 8,809 Registration Areas or Wards on a continuous basis to identify deceased persons and other ineligible registrants for removal from the Register. We have developed a RAOs Log Book specifically for this engagement. We appeal to Nigerians to cooperate with them in identifying ineligible registrants for removal.

Fifth, we intend to include major civil society groups and the media in the publication of the Register of Voters in the future. Section 20 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) provides that the Register be published 30 days before a general election. In addition to political parties, we intend to include other categories of stakeholders by making available copies of the register to them. Of course, this is without prejudice to the right of every Nigerian to apply for and receive the Register on the payment of the necessary fees as enshrined in the Electoral Act. We hope that CSOs and the media will also join in identifying ineligible registrants for removal.

Sixth, after the ongoing CVR, which as the law provides will end not later than 60 days to the forthcoming general elections on 16th February 2019 – please note that the law says not later than 60 days, which means that the CVR must end on or before the 60th day to the election – we intend to display not only the provisional register, but the entire Register at all the Registration Areas/Wards across the country. This again will provide a good opportunity for all citizens to interrogate the Register and identify ineligible registrants, including underaged persons, for removal.

Finally, the Commission notes the recommendation of the Nahuche Committee that collaboration between INEC and SIECs is necessary to improve the quality of elections in Nigeria, including Local Government elections. In fact, INEC has forged a longstanding relationship with the Forum of State Independent Electoral Commissions of Nigeria (FORSIECON), the umbrella body of SIECs. We shall continue to collaborate with FORSIECON towards establishing robust pathways to improving the quality of all elections conducted in Nigeria. Some of the ideas already mooted include drafting of a model law establishing SIECs to bring them in line with the Electoral Act and global best practices, as well as the development of voluntary “Guiding Principles for the Conduct of Free, Fair and Credible Elections in Nigeria” to which we expect all 37 Election Management Bodies in Nigeria to accede.

Ironically there has been a silver lining in the cloud of allegations of underaged voting in the Kano State Local Government elections. It is providing the Commission an opportunity to take another look at the Register and to engage with stakeholders on how to continue to update and improve it, particularly through the removal of ineligible registrants. As we have consistently promised Nigerians, as a Commission, we shall continue to be open to criticisms, accept shortcomings and take bold corrective steps whenever necessary. All we ask is for Nigerians to see election and the processes related to it, not as the business of INEC alone, but as a collective national project.

Mahmood Yakubu is the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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#360TVSeries: The Resident Renewed For Season 2

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Freshman medical drama “The Resident” has been renewed for a sophomore season.

This marks the fourth freshman Fox drama to get a Season 2 renewal, joining 9-1-1, The Gifted and The Orville, for one of the largest groups of first-year dramas to make it to Year Two at the network

“[Executive producers] Amy [Holden Jones], Todd [Harthan] and all the producers on ‘The Resident’ set out to create a medical show that viewers haven’t seen before — to peel back the curtain and reveal the truth of what happens, both good and bad, behind the scenes at hospitals across the country. Clearly, they’ve succeeded,” FOX Entertainment president Michael Thorn says in a statement.

“The Resident” stars Matt Czuchry, Emily VanCamp, Manish Dayal, Moran Atias, Merrin Dungey, Shaunette Renee Wilson, Melina Kanakaredes and Bruce Greenwood, and hails from executive producers Todd Harthan, Amy Holden Jones, Rob Corn, Antoine Fuqua, David Boorstein, Oly Obst and Phillip Noyce.

The Resident will close out its first season on May 14.

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#360TVSeries: The Resident Renewed For Season 2

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Freshman medical drama “The Resident” has been renewed for a sophomore season.

This marks the fourth freshman Fox drama to get a Season 2 renewal, joining 9-1-1, The Gifted and The Orville, for one of the largest groups of first-year dramas to make it to Year Two at the network

“[Executive producers] Amy [Holden Jones], Todd [Harthan] and all the producers on ‘The Resident’ set out to create a medical show that viewers haven’t seen before — to peel back the curtain and reveal the truth of what happens, both good and bad, behind the scenes at hospitals across the country. Clearly, they’ve succeeded,” FOX Entertainment president Michael Thorn says in a statement.

“The Resident” stars Matt Czuchry, Emily VanCamp, Manish Dayal, Moran Atias, Merrin Dungey, Shaunette Renee Wilson, Melina Kanakaredes and Bruce Greenwood, and hails from executive producers Todd Harthan, Amy Holden Jones, Rob Corn, Antoine Fuqua, David Boorstein, Oly Obst and Phillip Noyce.

The Resident will close out its first season on May 14.

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Crystal Palace Manager Roy Hodgson Confirms Interest In Signing Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek Permanently

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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that the club are interested in signing Ruben Loftus-Cheek on a permanent basis from Chelsea

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is currently on loan at Selhurst Park from Chelsea and has made 23 Premier League appearances so far this season – more than he managed in his previous three campaigns with Chelsea combined.

Loftus-Cheek’s form during that time was enough to earn him a maiden England cap, and Hodgson is hopeful that Palace would be among the front-runners for his signature if Chelsea are willing to sell.

“He’s a fantastic player and of course we’d love to keep him. We’d love to bring him back but the bottom line is he was loaned to us for a season,” Hodgson told reporters.

“At the end of the season, the plan from Chelsea was that he would go back to them so I guess we’ll have to wait and see what their thinking is.

“If they make him available in any way then, of course, we’ll be right there trying to get to the front of the queue with our hands up but it’s totally out of our hands. Chelsea will decide.”

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Crystal Palace Manager Roy Hodgson Confirms Interest In Signing Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek Permanently

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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that the club are interested in signing Ruben Loftus-Cheek on a permanent basis from Chelsea

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is currently on loan at Selhurst Park from Chelsea and has made 23 Premier League appearances so far this season – more than he managed in his previous three campaigns with Chelsea combined.

Loftus-Cheek’s form during that time was enough to earn him a maiden England cap, and Hodgson is hopeful that Palace would be among the front-runners for his signature if Chelsea are willing to sell.

“He’s a fantastic player and of course we’d love to keep him. We’d love to bring him back but the bottom line is he was loaned to us for a season,” Hodgson told reporters.

“At the end of the season, the plan from Chelsea was that he would go back to them so I guess we’ll have to wait and see what their thinking is.

“If they make him available in any way then, of course, we’ll be right there trying to get to the front of the queue with our hands up but it’s totally out of our hands. Chelsea will decide.”

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Everton Manager Sam Allardyce Unhappy With Lack Of Support From The Club’s Board

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Everton manager Sam Allardyce has admitted that he would have liked to have had more support from the club’s board.

Sam Allardyce has steered Everton away from the relegation zone and into the top half of the Premier League table during his tenure, but the supporters have grown increasingly frustrated with the team’s playing style.

Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Southampton – which saw Everton nick a point at the death – was greeted with boos by the home fans, and Allardyce admitted that the board’s lack of support has only served to fuel the speculation over his future.

“It would have helped yes, but I can’t control the board, I can’t control what they say. They are my bosses, so I can’t be dictating and telling them what they should or should not do obviously, but that has fuelled more speculation. I think results speak for themselves personally. You know, at the end of the day it is where it is,” he told reporters.

“Sometimes it feels rather sad, and certainly the players feel rather sad, that they don’t seem to be getting any credit for what they are doing. If you sit in the dressing room it feels like ‘we’ve won, but it’s another crap performance.’ Everybody says it is a crap performance, and every is saying we are not doing this or that, when as a matter of fact they are doing it better than everybody else below them.

“It’s the players who go on the field and perform and you try to get the most out of them you can. I think we’ve done our best to get the most out of them we can and results have proven that. If you look at where they were and look at the results and look at performances before I came and you see the improvement and the consistency, and the level of performance we have done since, then it’s been an improvement on a consistent basis.

“You can be disappointed in one game, but you look at the overall scenario and overall success we’ve gained, then you know, it means we’ve gone in the right direction. And we will all try to build and get better.”

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Everton Manager Sam Allardyce Unhappy With Lack Of Support From The Club’s Board

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Everton manager Sam Allardyce has admitted that he would have liked to have had more support from the club’s board.

Sam Allardyce has steered Everton away from the relegation zone and into the top half of the Premier League table during his tenure, but the supporters have grown increasingly frustrated with the team’s playing style.

Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Southampton – which saw Everton nick a point at the death – was greeted with boos by the home fans, and Allardyce admitted that the board’s lack of support has only served to fuel the speculation over his future.

“It would have helped yes, but I can’t control the board, I can’t control what they say. They are my bosses, so I can’t be dictating and telling them what they should or should not do obviously, but that has fuelled more speculation. I think results speak for themselves personally. You know, at the end of the day it is where it is,” he told reporters.

“Sometimes it feels rather sad, and certainly the players feel rather sad, that they don’t seem to be getting any credit for what they are doing. If you sit in the dressing room it feels like ‘we’ve won, but it’s another crap performance.’ Everybody says it is a crap performance, and every is saying we are not doing this or that, when as a matter of fact they are doing it better than everybody else below them.

“It’s the players who go on the field and perform and you try to get the most out of them you can. I think we’ve done our best to get the most out of them we can and results have proven that. If you look at where they were and look at the results and look at performances before I came and you see the improvement and the consistency, and the level of performance we have done since, then it’s been an improvement on a consistent basis.

“You can be disappointed in one game, but you look at the overall scenario and overall success we’ve gained, then you know, it means we’ve gone in the right direction. And we will all try to build and get better.”

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Frank Ribery Signs New One-year Bayern Munich Contract Extension

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Franck Ribery has extended his Bayern Munich contract until summer 2019, the club have announced.

Franck Ribery, Bayern’s longest-serving player, joined from Marseille in 2007 and will play for the club for a 12th season.

“I’m very happy to play another year at this great club,” Ribery said in a statement. “By now, Munich has become a home for me and my family and I am very proud that I’ll be wearing a Bayern shirt next season.”

Ribery’s previous deal had been due to expire at the end of the season but it had been widely expected that an extension would be agreed.

He has played in 247 Bundesliga games, scoring 80 goals, and is the only foreign player to win the league eight times, joining club legends Oliver Kahn, Philipp Lahm, Mehmet Scholl and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

“We are delighted that Franck is staying on,” Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said. “Franck has shown this season once again in the Bundesliga, Champions League and DFB Pokal his great quality and the outstanding performances he is capable of. Furthermore, he is one of our fans’ favourites.”

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Frank Ribery Signs New One-year Bayern Munich Contract Extension

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Franck Ribery has extended his Bayern Munich contract until summer 2019, the club have announced.

Franck Ribery, Bayern’s longest-serving player, joined from Marseille in 2007 and will play for the club for a 12th season.

“I’m very happy to play another year at this great club,” Ribery said in a statement. “By now, Munich has become a home for me and my family and I am very proud that I’ll be wearing a Bayern shirt next season.”

Ribery’s previous deal had been due to expire at the end of the season but it had been widely expected that an extension would be agreed.

He has played in 247 Bundesliga games, scoring 80 goals, and is the only foreign player to win the league eight times, joining club legends Oliver Kahn, Philipp Lahm, Mehmet Scholl and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

“We are delighted that Franck is staying on,” Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said. “Franck has shown this season once again in the Bundesliga, Champions League and DFB Pokal his great quality and the outstanding performances he is capable of. Furthermore, he is one of our fans’ favourites.”

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Vincent Kompany ‘More Hungry Than Ever’ After Premier League Title Win With Manchester City

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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has revealed that he still holds a strong desire to win as many trophies as possible with the club.

During the current campaign, Manchester City have won the Premier League and EFL Cup, with Kompany now winning eight trophies since moving to the Etihad Stadium in 2008.

However, the club captain has said that he is “more hungry than ever” to achieve success with the North-West giants, as well as help bring through youger players into the first team.

The 32-year-old told CityTV: “I wanted to be a part of this very, very special team. I’m truly so happy.

“I’m more hungry than ever to do well in this team and to be able to just help them, help the young guys improve, help the team be better.”

Vincent Kompany was injured for the draw against Huddersfield on Sunday, when City missed the opportunity to break Premier League records for the most wins, goals and points.

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Vincent Kompany ‘More Hungry Than Ever’ After Premier League Title Win With Manchester City

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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has revealed that he still holds a strong desire to win as many trophies as possible with the club.

During the current campaign, Manchester City have won the Premier League and EFL Cup, with Kompany now winning eight trophies since moving to the Etihad Stadium in 2008.

However, the club captain has said that he is “more hungry than ever” to achieve success with the North-West giants, as well as help bring through youger players into the first team.

The 32-year-old told CityTV: “I wanted to be a part of this very, very special team. I’m truly so happy.

“I’m more hungry than ever to do well in this team and to be able to just help them, help the young guys improve, help the team be better.”

Vincent Kompany was injured for the draw against Huddersfield on Sunday, when City missed the opportunity to break Premier League records for the most wins, goals and points.

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Ruben Neves Keen To Continue At Wolves Despite Interest From Manchester United And Liverpool

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Ruben Neves has revealed that he is looking forward to playing for Wolves in the Premier League next season.

Ruben Neves’ displays and his knack of scoring spectacular goals have reportedly brought him to the attention of Liverpool and Manchester United and a host of other high-profile clubs.

“I came here to help the club and the club has helped me as well,” Neves said during the club’s open-top bus celebration.

“I think we achieved all our goals, as an individual and as a team. It is normal as big clubs see our work, not just me but all the boys, but I am really happy here.

“I want to stay here and I want to enjoy the Premier League with this fantastic club.”

Having joined from Porto for £15.8million last summer, Neves established himself as the key creative force during Wolves’ dominant campaign.

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Rangers Chairman Dave King Discuss How Much Transfer Budget Steven Gerrard Will Get

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New Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has not been given a precise figure for a transfer pot which will be available to himself and director of football Mark Allen, says club chairman Dave King.

“We have given the commitment that we will continue to invest in the squad and we will be a net investor,” King said. “We will provide additional net funds.

“He will sit down with Mark and determine that. We don’t put figures on that because we can’t.

“It depends on how many players Steven wants to keep. We haven’t even discussed it. Right now we don’t have a player plan.”

Dave King gave a personal promise to increase his investment.

“I have to do that, I have already done that, in advance of next season,” he said. “Because we continue to run at a deficit, deliberately, we have to satisfy the licensing authorities, the SFA, UEFA, that you have sufficient funds to fund your deficit.

“So we have had to give cash guarantees in advance of next season. So whether we raised money in a rights issue or not, we are in for the money, I am in for the money, I am underpinning the cash. The club is fully funded for next season.”

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Brendan Rodgers Would Bring Winning Mentality To Arsenal – Kevin Campbell

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Brendan Rodgers’ winning mentality at Celtic makes him a strong candidate to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, according to Kevin Campbell.

“I wouldn’t turn my nose up at Brendan Rodgers. I know a lot of Arsenal fans wouldn’t want Rodgers in, but he has learned from his mistakes at Liverpool,” Campbell told Premier League Daily.

“He has gone on to Celtic and done fantastic with them. Now he knows how to win. I don’t think he would be a bad appointment if he was brought in.”

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is the current favourite for the Arsenal job, and Campbell backed the Italian to sort out their defensive problems.

Asked who would be the right coach to replace Wenger, Campbell said: “I think Allegri. He’s someone who knows defensive football as well as attacking. His teams are very good when they lose the ball. I think he’s favourite.

“I like Luis Enrique too, but apparently there might be issues over wages.”

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Oladips, Marvis, John Networq To Headline May Edition Of The Basement Gig

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The Basement Gig, a monthly music concert that showcases the finest new and emerging music acts, will hold its next edition on May 24th, 2018 at Alba Lounge Victoria Island, Lagos.
This month’s event is set to be headlined by Oladips, Marvis, John Networq, Oz and Street Billionaires.
The event which comes with awesome surprises every month is hosted by Kemi Smallzz and Sheye Banks, with music by the official Basement Gig DJ, DjSix7even. Recent editions of The Basement Gig have seen performances from the likes of M.I Abaga, Terry Apala, Dapo Tuburna, Ckay, Wavy The Creator, Saeon Moruda, and Idyl to mention a few.
The Basement Gig is an initiative of The Zone Agency and supported by Zebra Stripes Networks and MTV Base.

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Arsenal Managerial Transfer Target Massimiliano Allegri Set For Talks Over Juventus Future

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Arsenal target Massimiliano Allegri is set to have talks with Juventus about his future at the club, once the Serie A campaign comes to an end.

Juventus are six points clear at the top of the table with only two games to play. They need a point at Roma next Sunday to win their seventh successive title.

Massimiliano Allegri is one of the names on Arsenal’s shortlist of candidates to replace Arsene Wenger, as the club look set to begin a new era under fresh leadership.

Juventus want Allegri to stay but they would not stand in his way if he told them he wanted to leave and seek a new challenge.

Allegri has one year left on his Juventus contract, and has been linked with a series of European clubs.

Arsenal have also looked at former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique, who knows Head of Football Relations Raul Sanllehi, although the Spaniard’s wage demands are exceptionally high at around £15m a year.

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Yemi Alade Wraps European Leg Of “Black Magic Tour” With Historic Concert In Netherlands

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Fresh off winning the award for “Best Performer” at the 2018 edition of the Headies Awards, Africa’s supreme diva Yemi Alade and her Ova Sabi band stormed Amsterdam, Netherlands to wrap up the European leg of her “Black Magic Tour”.
 
The tour which has seen the powerhouse sell out venues in London, France, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Spain, Finland, Belgium and more came to a historic end as Alade treated fans who filled up the halls of the iconic Melkweg, with a mind-blowing performance. As expected the set which lasted 1 hour and 45 minutes boasted live music from the Effyzzie Music star’s extensive catalog.
 
Yemi Alade will also embark on an African and United States of America leg of the “Black Magic Tour” in the near future.
Check out hot shots from the event below!

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Daily Roundup: All The Latest Football News Across Europe

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France

Lyon have agreed to sell Nabil Fekir to Liverpool when the transfer window opens in a deal reported to worth be in the region of €70m (£61.7m) with add-ons included. Former Reds boss Gerard Houllier, who acts as an advisor to Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas, is said to have been instrumental in the deal. (RMC Sport)

However, following on from Lyon’s 3-0 victory over Troyes, Aulas poured cold water over claims Fekir would be moving when the season comes to an end: “No contact with Liverpool today. I am surprised by this news. There is no agreement in Nabil’s contract that provides for a departure. Simply, when he signed professional, I told his agent – with whom we have excellent relations and who is someone very reasoned – that the day that Nabil would like to leave, as I did with Alexandre Lacazette, Corentin Tolisso or Karim (Benzema) he could come to see me.” (Le10Sport)

Paris Saint-Germain wanted to bring Ryan Sessegnon to the French capital, but the Fulham wonderkid prefers a move to Tottenham Hotspur. Mauricio Pochettino’s men had been linked with a move for Layvin Kurzawa but have shelved those plans in favour of signing the 17-year-old. (Le10Sport)

PSG want to tie Liverpool transfer target Adrien Rabiot down to a long-term contract, with his current one expiring in 2019. But the 23-year-old is holding off on continuing talks until Unai Emery’s successor has been named and the future plans have been discussed. (L’Equipe)

Spain

Real Madrid refused to give double winners Barcelona a guard of honour. Instead, the staff from those at the Nou Camp applauded the players off of the pitch after the 2-2 draw after Gerard Pique organised it. Playing in front of their home fans for the first time since winning the Copa del Rey, Pique grabbed a microphone to explain the situation to the crowd: “As they didn’t want to give us a guard of honour, I ask our staff to do it and we’ll do it like that.” (Marca)

Sergio Ramos sparked controversy by having digs at both Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. The Real Madrid centre-back did not kick the ball out of play when the Uruguayan was down injured. Afterwards, he revealed why: “Knowing Luis Suarez, I made clear that we wouldn’t put the ball out of play.”

The Spain international then turned his attention to Messi, claiming the Barcelona No 10 influenced the referee at half-time. “Messi put pressure on the referee in the tunnel at half-time,” he explained in his post-match interview. “I don’t know if there were cameras, and I don’t know if he would have made other decisions in the second half.” (AS)

Ernesto Valverde left Andre Gomes out of his El Clasico squad, fuelling rumours suggesting the Barcelona midfielder could be leaving in the summer. The Tottenham Hotspur transfer target, who has a contract until 2021, was left out of the Copa del Rey final squad and hasn’t gained the trust of the Barca boss. (Sport)

Germany

RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed that he held talks with Bayern Munich over the job opening at the Allianz Arena following on from Jupp Heynckes revealing he would not be continuing on after this season. However, the 50-year-old Austrian rejected those advances. (ZDF)

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How Naira Fared Against Dollar (May 7)

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Nigerian currency Naira on Monday, May 7, weakened marginally against the United States Dollar at the parallel market in Lagos, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

The local currency lost one point to exchange at N361.7, weaker than N361.6 on Friday, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N502 and N430, respectively.

At the Bureau De Change window, the naira traded at N362 to the dollar, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro exchanged at N502and N430, respectively.

Trading at the investors’ window saw the naira close at N360. 91, while the CBN window recorded N305.75 to the dollar.

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#BBNaija’s Tobi Reveals Why A Relationship With Alex Won’t Work Now

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Big Brother Naija 2018 finalist Tobi Bakre was the guest on Channels ‘Rubbin Minds’ where he has said he does not see a relationship with Alex working at the moment.

Speaking with BBN host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu on Channels ‘Rubbing Minds,’ Tobi said there is a lot of pressure from fans for them to start a relationship but it is not the goal for him at the moment.

He, however, said he likes her and would be there for her as a friend.

Tobi said “People have put pressure on Tolex, we are friends, the photoshoot of us is just from pressure. Yea, we like each other but in the outside world, its a different ball game.

“Of course friendship will remain but at the same time, now we are open to a new world, new opportunities we have to hustle

“For me personally, there is no love when my bank account is not smiling. My emotions are zero when I’m not where I am supposed to be.

“There are a lot of people to meet in this circle, so you can’t put pressure or put all your eggs in one basket.

“I have a whole lot of things to focus on and she also has to accomplish a lot.

“I will be there for her when she needs my help or advise but when it comes to a relationship that is not the goal right now.

“I like her but in the course of my journey who knows what will happen.

“The way she is right now, a relationship will not work, I need her to establish herself, go out there.”

Speaking on his relationship with CeeC, and why they had issues, Tobi simply said when he discovered their relationship wasn’t working, he had to move on.

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Nigeria Saves N200 Billion By Eliminating Ghost Workers – Osinbajo

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Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the Federal Government has saved more than N200 billion after it eliminated ghost workers from the federal civil service.

According to a tweet posted on the verified Twitter handle of the Nigerian government today, Osinbajo said this during his keynote address at the on-going Open Government Week, which started on Monday (today).

The VP said the government had put in place the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit, which helps to keep a check on the federal payroll and pensions.

See the tweet below:

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Nigeria Saves N200 Billion By Eliminating Ghost Workers – Osinbajo

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Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the Federal Government has saved more than N200 billion after it eliminated ghost workers from the federal civil service.

According to a tweet posted on the verified Twitter handle of the Nigerian government today, Osinbajo said this during his keynote address at the on-going Open Government Week, which started on Monday (today).

The VP said the government had put in place the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit, which helps to keep a check on the federal payroll and pensions.

See the tweet below:

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Despite Apology, Nigerians Attack Comedian Ebiye For Insulting Aramide

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Following her emergence as the winner of the Best Alternative Song at the 12th edition of the annual awards show, Headies, which took place on Saturday, May 5, Comedian Victor Ebiye took to his social media account to state that Aramide ‘probably’ must have had a sexual relationship with the organisers for the award as she didn’t derserve it.

Aramide was announced winner of the award for her song “Fun Mi Lowo Mi” featuring Sound Sultan and Koker.

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An obviously disgruntled Ebiye shared a photo on his Snapchat of the singer accepting the award with the caption:

Ebiye Shades Aramide
Ebiye Shades Aramide

“She can’t even believe it, lol she prolly f***ed for the award. #Headies”

Ebiye says Aramide must have had a sexual relationship with someone to have emerged the winner at Headies awards

His comment triggered a backlash on social media, as he was called out by men and women alike, who defended Aramide, at a time when men have been accused of verbally trolling and physically and sexually assaulting women.

Realising the extent of his blunder, Ebiye took to social media to apologise for his post, pleading for forgiveness.

He wrote: “I made a distasteful joke about @aramidemusic last night at the headies. I am embarrassed by my comments and I am profusely sorry. Aramide is a hardworking artist who deserves every recognition she gets by merit. I sincerely apologize and pledge that such will not repeat itself again.
I pledge to control my words in the future as things said and written cannot be taken back. ❤

Aramide at the 2018 Headies on Saturday won the Best Alternative Song award for her song “Fun Mi Lowo Mi” featuring Sound Sultan and Koker.
Aramide at the 2018 Headies on Saturday won the Best Alternative Song award for her song “Fun Mi Lowo Mi” featuring Sound Sultan and Koker.

Despite his apology, some apparently cheesed off Nigerians still took to Twitter to vent their anger at him.

See tweets below:

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