Mercy Johnson-Okojie And Husband Attend Sierra Leone Presidential Inauguration

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Prominent Nigerian actress and media personality, Mercy Johnson-Okojie and her husband Prince Odi Okojie were special guests at the recently held presidential inauguration in the Republic of Sierra Leone.

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The beautiful actress, who couldn’t hide her excitement at meeting the newly elected leader of the country took to her social media accounts where she posted a number of photos from the event.

“Meeting with the President Federal Republic of Sierra Leone Rtd Brig Gen Julius Maada-Bio, First Lady of Gambia Fatoumatta Bah-Barrow, First Lady Sierra Leone, Fatima Maada-Bio, Prince Odianosen Okojie (AKA Hubby) and myself,” she captioned one of the photos.

The inauguration also had the vice president of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo and first lady of Gambia, Fatoumatta Barrow in attendance.

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Mercy Johnson-Okojie And Husband Attend Sierra Leone Presidential Inauguration

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Prominent Nigerian actress and media personality, Mercy Johnson-Okojie and her husband Prince Odi Okojie were special guests at the recently held presidential inauguration in the Republic of Sierra Leone.

Mercy Johnson Speaks On Divorce Rumours

The beautiful actress, who couldn’t hide her excitement at meeting the newly elected leader of the country took to her social media accounts where she posted a number of photos from the event.

“Meeting with the President Federal Republic of Sierra Leone Rtd Brig Gen Julius Maada-Bio, First Lady of Gambia Fatoumatta Bah-Barrow, First Lady Sierra Leone, Fatima Maada-Bio, Prince Odianosen Okojie (AKA Hubby) and myself,” she captioned one of the photos.

The inauguration also had the vice president of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo and first lady of Gambia, Fatoumatta Barrow in attendance.

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#WorldCupWith360nobs:Brazil Name 23-man Squad For The World Cup

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Brazil have named their 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as manager Tite aims to lead the Selecao to glory for the sixth time.

Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred has been included in the squad along with his team-mate in Ukraine, Taison, the 30-year-old striker

Neymar has been recovering from right foot surgery in March, and Brazil Football Confederation doctors believe he will be fit to train next week in Teresopolis, where preparations will begin, and play on June 3 in a friendly against Croatia in Liverpool.

Brazil doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said at a news conference in Rio de Janeiro he examined Neymar on the weekend and the results were positive.

“This is the final stage of his recovery, he will be able to go to training sessions soon, and will play the friendlies,” Lasmar said.

The coach said several positions in his starting lineup were open, including up front.

“At first, Gabriel Jesus is our starter. But Roberto Firmino will fight for that position in top form,” Tite said. “The challenge is open on the right back, but Danilo has some advantage now because he has performed well recently.”

“Coutinho can play in the middle and in the flanks, he is versatile,” Tite said. “Sometimes preparation gives you elements that you didn’t have, and force you to change your mind.”

Tite said Brazil was one of the favorites for the title, but refused to name other candidates.

The Brazil squad will convene in the capital on 21 May before travelling to London a week later, basing themselves at Tottenham’s training centre before friendlies with Croatia at Anfield on 3 June and Austria in Vienna on 10 June. They are expected to arrive in Russia on 11 June before their opener against Switzerland on 17 June.

Brazil squad

Alisson, Ederson, Cassio; Danilo, Fagner, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marquinhos, Pedro Geromel, Marcelo, Filipe Luis; Casemiro, Paulinho, Fernandinho, Renato Augusto, Coutinho, Fred, Willian; Neymar, Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus, Douglas Costa, Taison.

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How I Contributed To The Menace Of ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ In Nigeria – The Confession Of Eldee (A MUST READ)

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Following the ongoing talks about a societal vice common in Nigeria called “Yahoo-Yahoo” in which young Nigerians extort huge some of money mostly from innocent foreigners using the internet, ace Nigerian rapper, Eldee has admitted to his contribution towards the menace of cyber-crime in the country.

Just recently, the issue of cyber-crime became a topic discussion among Nigerians after the Economic Financial Crime Commission EFCC raided a club in Lagos to arrest suspected perpetrators of cyber-crime.

According to Eldee who recounted his experience with an interviewer on a red carpet some years back, he pointed out that he had contributed to the growing proliferation of “Yahoo Boys” in Nigeria with his song “Big Boy” which seemed to promote materialism.

Eldee Said;

One day in 2010 while doing a red carpet interview, an interviewer asked me: “I listened to your song big boy, while I do like and enjoy the song, don’t you think the lyrics are a little misleading? I mean you’re glorifying a materialistic lifestyle…”

She contd…”How do you reconcile that with some of your previous more socially conscious music?” Without thinking deeply about what she said, I immediately responded that I wrote the song to motivate young people to be successful.

I added that I don’t understand why anyone would try to suggest a negative meaning to this amazing song that is doing so well at inspiring young people to be everything they can be.

We didn’t have time to talk any further because we had to move along quickly and do another interview and but I noticed as we walked away from that she looked disappointed.

I didn’t think much of it at the time. I mean, she fell right into the category of the “haters” I was describing on the song, so I just moved on.

There was a part of what she said though, that stayed with me and continued to echo in my head. It was the part where she asked how I was able to reconcile “big boy” with some of my previous more socially conscious music.

A few years before, I had released another successful record titled “I go yan”. I go yan is a socially conscious song that tackles the shortcomings of African leaders.

When you place those two records side by side, the contrast is evident. The more I thought about what that interviewer said to me on the red carpet that day, the more clarity I had about the contradiction.

How can I care so much about the plight of my people and at the same time promote oppression and materialism? I struggled with it for a while but I eventually developed a coping mechanism that helped me get past the feeling of guilt.

My coping mechanism was that in the expression of art, it is ok to have to contradict positions from time to time so I thought it ok to one day feel like Bob Marley and another day feel like Diddy.

Even the late great Tupac Shakur made records that if placed side by side are contradictory. Compare “Dear mama” to “Hit em up” for example, same artist, different emotions. That was how I coped with my own contradiction.

Truth is, people who are close to me know that I’m more of a Bob Marley than a Diddy. In my natural state, I’m more socially conscious than flashy. Much of my music doesn’t give off that vibe though, primarily because a lot of my music was made to cater to my audience.

We have a society that today finds justification for corruption, armed robbery and fraud…because it doesn’t matter anymore how you get it, just get it, and for no other reason than to flaunt it.

I made the song “big boy” and unwittingly contributed to the decay…I know better today

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#WorldCupWith360nobs:Argentina Announce Preliminary 35-man Squad For The World Cup

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Argentina have announced their 35-man preliminary squad for the 2018 World Cup.

Head Coach Jorge Sampaoli has included the likes of Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala (both Juventus), Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan), and Sergio Aguero (Manchester City).

Meanwhile, Everton centre-back Ramiro Funes Mori is also in the group, along with wonderkid Lautaro Martinez, which must be whittled down to 23 by June 4, with the tournament starting on June 14.

A knee injury kept Aguero out of Manchester City’s last six games of the Premier League season, but it is expected he will be fully fit for the tournament.

Zenit midfielder Matias Kranevitter has missed out on a place in the 35-man group, while there is no sign of veteran Carlos Tevez.

You can see the 35-man Argentina squad below…

Franco Armani (River Plate), Willy Caballero (Chelsea), Nahuel Guzman (Tigres UANL), Sergio Romero (Manchester United); Marcos Acuna (Sporting CP), Cristian Ansaldi (Torino), Federico Fazio (Roma), Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton), Javier Mascherano (Hebei China Fortune), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), German Pezzella (Fiorentina), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax); Ever Banega (Sevilla), Rodrigo Battaglia (Sporting CP), Lucas Biglia (AC Milan), Ricardo Centurion (Racing), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham), Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Germain), Maximiliano Meza (Independiente), Leandro Paredes (Zenit), Cristian Pavon (Boca), Enzo Perez (River Plate), Pablo Perez (Boca Juniors), Guido Pizarro (Sevilla); Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Mauro Icardi (Inter), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus), Lautaro Martinez (Racing), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Diego Perotti (Roma).

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

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Maurizio Sarri is due to meet Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis this week amid suggestions the manager, who is on Chelsea’s shortlist, will quit at the end of the season.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed he signed for Arsenal in the belief Arsene Wenger would stay on as manager “for years”.
Mauricio Pochettino wants Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to waste no time in allowing unwanted players to leave the club this summer.
David Moyes is waiting for the opportunity to convince West Ham he remains the right man to take the club forward.
Crystal Palace are confident they can keep their best players this summer and avoid another relegation scrap next season.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Manchester United face competition from Paris Saint-Germain for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred.

LIVERPOOL ECHO
West Ham boss David Moyes admitted he has been surprised by the Everton fans’ reaction to Sam Allardyce’s reign in the role he once held for 11 years – but refused to condemn the “fantastic” Blues fans.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Rafa Benitez has ruled out a return to Napoli – and has revealed Newcastle United are the “only club” he is talking to at the moment.
Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Shay Given insists Newcastle would be “crazy” not to sign goalkeeper Martin Dubravka on a permanent basis.

SUNDERLAND ECHO
Stewart Donald is hoping for a quick resolution to his Sunderland takeover after positive dialogue with the EFL.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL
James McArthur, the Crystal Palace midfielder who has been linked with a move to Aston Villa this summer, has hinted that he is set to remain where he is after the season finished.

EXPRESS & STAR
Grzegorz Krychowiak has confirmed that he is leaving Albion now his loan spell has ended – and in his farewell message he gave his backing to caretaker boss Darren Moore for the permanent job.

THE SENTINEL
Stoke City are unlikely to make a decision on manager Paul Lambert in the very near future, The Sentinel understands.

THE DAILY ECHO
Mark Hughes says he would “love the opportunity” to manage Saints on a permanent basis. Hughes is in pole position to land the role after coming in for the final eight league games of the season and steering the club to Premier League safety.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH
Scott Arfield can’t wait to work with his ‘hero’ Steven Gerrard after completing his move to Rangers.

BOURNEMOUTH ECHO
Boss Eddie Howe saw Cherries bring down the curtain on another rollercoaster Premier League campaign before insisting his team could hit greater heights next season.

LEICESTER MERCURY
Leicester City manager Claude Puel admits he doesn’t know if Riyad Mahrez has played his last game for the club.
Manchester City retain an interest in Mahrez despite reportedly eyeing a £50m summer move for Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha. The Mercury understands Leicester and Man City have remained in contact over a potential deal since the proposed January transfer for the Algerian broke down.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST
Roque Mesa has reiterated his desire to stay with Sevilla next season following Swansea City’s relegation from the Premier League.

WEST LONDON SPORT
Fulham, Brentford and QPR are all interested in Hibernian midfielder Dylan McGeouch.

NOTTINGHAM POST
Nottingham Forest could face competition from Aston Villa when it comes to their interest in Lewis Grabban.

THE BOLTON NEWS
David Wheater has urged the Wanderers hierarchy to keep faith with Phil Parkinson next season.

BLACKPOOL GAZETTE
Departing Blackpool defender Andy Taylor says this season has been the most difficult of his career.

READING POST
Chief executive Ron Gourlay insists Reading’s owners are fully committed to the club despite not speaking out during their first year in charge.
Paul Clement says signing players for Reading will be far from straightforward this summer.

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#WorldCupWith360nobs: Nigerian Coach Announces 30-Man Provisional Squad For Russia 2018

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The Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, on Monday, May 14, announced his 30-man provisional squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The list includes Captain Mikel John Obi, goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, defenders Abdullahi Shehu, Elderson Echiejile and Leon Balogun, as well as midfielders Ogenyi Onazi and Oghenekaro Etebo and forwards Ahmed Musa and Victor Moses.

The list also includes Spain –based goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, defenders William Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo and Olaoluwa Aina, midfielders Wilfred Ndidi, Joel Obi and John Ogu and forwards Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon and Alex Iwobi.

All invited players have been told to report at the Le Meridien Hotel and Golf Resort, Uyo on Monday, 21st May. 

Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba FC); Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain); Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United)

Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Tyronne Ebuehi (Ado Den Haag, The Netherlands); Olaoluwa Aina (Hull City, England); Elderson Echiejile (Cercle Brugge KSV, Belgium); Brian Idowu (Amkar Perm, Russia); Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France); William Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa FC, Turkey); Stephen Eze (Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Bulgaria)

Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda, China); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (UD Las Palmas, Spain); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Joel Obi (Torino FC, Italy); Mikel Agu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Nwankwo Simeon (Crotone FC, Italy); Junior Lokosa (Kano Pillars)

Nigeria is expected to face Croatia in their first group match at the 2018 World Cup at the Kaliningrad Stadium on Saturday, June 16, before games against Iceland (Volgograd, 22nd June) and Argentina (Saint Petersburg 26th June) in Group D.

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Gunmen Kill Airman During Attack On Nigerian Air Force Helipad In Bayelsa

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The headquarters of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Monday said that its helicopter landing site, Helipad, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, was attacked by unknown gunmen on Sunday, May 13, 2018.

Although the NAF personnel on duty were able to repel the attack, an airman paid the supreme sacrifice in the process, said a statement issued by the NAF’s Director of Public Relations, Olatokunbo Adesanya.

It was gathered that the attack appears to be a resuscitation of the deadly confrontations in the resource-rich Niger Delta, which has seen a lull in recent years.

The statement reads: “In the early hours of Sunday, 13 May 2018, a group of unknown gunmen attacked the guard post at Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Helipad at Igbodene in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

“Although the NAF personnel on duty were able to repel the attack, an airman paid the supreme sacrifice in the process.

“The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has immediately ordered an investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident.”

The federal government has been battling militants in the Niger Delta for many years. The militants have been fighting to have greater share of resources in the area.

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VIDEO: Massive Crowd Welcomes Buhari As He Flags Off N9.4bn Irrigation Rehabilitation Project In Jigawa

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Residents of Jigawa state on Monday came out in their multitude to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently on a two-day official visit to the state to flag off the project for the rehabilitation of Hadejia Valley Irrigation Scheme (HVIS) in Auyo Local Government Area of Jigawa.

It was gathered that the project will be executed under the Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMING) programme, which is supported by the World Bank.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Federal Government is collaborating with the World Bank for the implementation of the “Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMING) project”.

The TRIMING project is a federal government’s special intervention for sustainable development of irrigated agriculture in Nigeria, being a major tool for reducing poverty and promoting shared prosperity.

“The project was awarded to CGC-YSEJ Joint Ventures in 2018 to implement the rehabilitation of exiting gravity Irrigation area of about 5,346 hectares and expansion of about 778 hectares, including rehabilitation of barrage.’’

The contract is in the sum of N9.4 billion with a completion period of three years.

The project would entail the rehabilitation of Hadejia Barrage and Head works with 26.2 km embankment and storage capacity of 11.4 million cubic meter.

It will also include the rehabilitation of feeder canal and North Main Canal of about 30 km total length and the expansion of South Main Canal of 32.8 km total length with 25 sectors.

It is understood that the project was first awarded in the early 1980s, but was abandoned due to poor funding.

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Rory McIlroy Tops List Of UK’s Richest Sports Stars ‘Under 30’ – Anthony Joshua Ranked Fifth | See List

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Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy has been named the UK’s wealthiest sports star aged 30 or under by the Sunday Times Rich List, despite not winning any major golf tournaments last year.

The 29-year-old Irish golfer overtook Sir Andy Murray (£83m) and Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale (£74m), after signing a string of sponsorship deals including a $100m (£74m) 10-year contract to wear Nike clothing and a $100m agreement to use TaylorMade’s clubs, bags and balls for a decade. 

29-year-old Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is fourth on the list while Boxer Anthony Joshua, 28, is fifth after earning £20m in the past year.

The list includes both those from the UK and those based in the UK.

The 17 sportsmen on the list, including four Manchester United players, are worth a combined £615m.

The full Sunday Times Rich List, which is in its 30th year, was revealed on Sunday, 13 May.

See list of UK’s richest young sports stars below:

Rank Name Sport 2018 wealth Wealth increase
1 Rory McIlroy Golf £110m Up £28m
2 Sir Andy Murray Tennis £83m Up £6m
3 Gareth Bale Football £74m Up £20m
4 Sergio Aguero Football £48m Up £8m
5 Anthony Joshua Boxing £35m Up £20m
6 Eden Hazard Football £32m Up £7m
7 Mesut Ozil Football £28m Up £5m
8 Theo Walcott Football £26m Up £4m
9 Paul Pogba Football £25m Up £10m
10 Juan Mata Football £24m Up £4m
11 Willian Football £23m Up £4m
12 Alexis Sanchez Football £21m Up £5m
13 Daniel Sturridge Football £19m Up £3m
14 David De Gea Football £18m New entry
15 Andy Carroll Football £17m Up £2m
16= Kevin De Bruyne Football £16m New entry
16= Pedro Football £16m New entry

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Federer Dethrones Nadal As Number One – Djokovic Drops Out Of Top 15 | See Top 20

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Rafael Nadal’s surprise quarter-final exit at the Madrid Masters has seen the Spaniard replaced as world number one by Roger Federer in the latest ATP rankings published on Monday.

Federer returns to the top spot despite not having played since March.

Former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic slipped six places to 18th after his second round defeat in Madrid, his lowest ranking since October 2006.

Madrid winner Alexander Zverev remains in third, but the man he beat in Sunday’s final, Dominic Thiem, dropped a place to eighth despite knocking out Nadal on his way to facing Zverev.

Thiem saw off Kevin Anderson in the semi-finals and it is the South African who inherits his seventh spot, the 31-year-old’s highest ever ranking.

The highest mover in the men’s charts is Madrid semi-finalist Denis Shapovalov with the Russian teenager jumping 14 rungs to a best ever 29th.

ATP rankings as of May 14

1. Roger Federer (SUI) 8,670 pts (+1)

2. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 7,950 (-1)

3. Alexander Zverev (GER) 6,015

4. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 4,870

5. Marin Cilic (CRO) 4,770

6. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) 4,540

7. Kevin Anderson (RSA) 3,660 (+1)

8. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 3,545 (-1)

9. John Isner (USA) 3,305

10. David Goffin (BEL) 2,930

11. Pablo Carreno (ESP) 2,280

12. Sam Querrey (USA) 2,220 (+1)

13. Roberto Bautista (ESP) 2,210 (+1)

14. Jack Sock (USA) 2,155 (+1)

15. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 2,130 (+1)

16. Lucas Pouille (FRA) 1,995 (+2)

17. Tomas Berdych (CZE) 1,980

18. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 1,905 (-6)

19. Kyle Edmund (ENG) 1,905 (+3)

20. Hyeon Chung (KOR) 1,807 (+1)

AFP

 

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Federer Dethrones Nadal As Number One – Djokovic Drops Out Of Top 15 | See Top 20

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Rafael Nadal’s surprise quarter-final exit at the Madrid Masters has seen the Spaniard replaced as world number one by Roger Federer in the latest ATP rankings published on Monday.

Federer returns to the top spot despite not having played since March.

Former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic slipped six places to 18th after his second round defeat in Madrid, his lowest ranking since October 2006.

Madrid winner Alexander Zverev remains in third, but the man he beat in Sunday’s final, Dominic Thiem, dropped a place to eighth despite knocking out Nadal on his way to facing Zverev.

Thiem saw off Kevin Anderson in the semi-finals and it is the South African who inherits his seventh spot, the 31-year-old’s highest ever ranking.

The highest mover in the men’s charts is Madrid semi-finalist Denis Shapovalov with the Russian teenager jumping 14 rungs to a best ever 29th.

ATP rankings as of May 14

1. Roger Federer (SUI) 8,670 pts (+1)

2. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 7,950 (-1)

3. Alexander Zverev (GER) 6,015

4. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 4,870

5. Marin Cilic (CRO) 4,770

6. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) 4,540

7. Kevin Anderson (RSA) 3,660 (+1)

8. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 3,545 (-1)

9. John Isner (USA) 3,305

10. David Goffin (BEL) 2,930

11. Pablo Carreno (ESP) 2,280

12. Sam Querrey (USA) 2,220 (+1)

13. Roberto Bautista (ESP) 2,210 (+1)

14. Jack Sock (USA) 2,155 (+1)

15. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 2,130 (+1)

16. Lucas Pouille (FRA) 1,995 (+2)

17. Tomas Berdych (CZE) 1,980

18. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 1,905 (-6)

19. Kyle Edmund (ENG) 1,905 (+3)

20. Hyeon Chung (KOR) 1,807 (+1)

AFP

 

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Codeine Ban: NAFDAC Reopens Emzor Pharmaceutical Firm

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has given Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited the approval to reopen.

The liquid firm also stated that it had submitted to the police information about its absconded worker that was featured in the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) documentary, “Sweet sweet codeine”.

Sweet Codeine, Bitter Responses, And Our Sour Problems!

These statements were made by the firm’s Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Stella Okoli, while speaking during the reopening of Emzor Pharmaceuticals Liquid factory yesterday in Lagos.

The doctor however lamented that one of its products – Emzolyn with Codeine, a therapeutic product, made for the relief of a specific illness – has been turned into a substance of abuse.

Codeine Ban: NAFDAC Wields Big Stick On Emzor, 2 Others

She added that the menace of drug abuse is a national concern and everybody should be concerned, adding that all hands should be on deck to arrest the situation.

How Codeine Is Creating A Generation Of Addicts In Nigeria

Dr. Okoli further said her company, Emzor, would seek to make relevant and impactful contributions to the multi-agency discussions on the way forward, especially from the limited depiction of rehabilitation efforts represented in the BBC programme.

“As a parent and especially a mother, I am deeply saddened by the problem of drug abuse and its damaging effect on our children and youths. We follow good manufacturing practice (GMP) here at Emzor, and NAFDAC officials from the investigation and enforcement directorate, conducted an inspection of our factory and were given full access to all the records they requested.  We are happy to announce that after carrying out all necessary due diligence, NAFDAC has now reopened the factory,” said. Okoli.

Also speaking, the Director-General Duties, Human Resources and Finance, Mrs. Uzoma Ezeoke said the company has built trust among its consumers across the country, and continent based on proper internal regulatory, and professional certifications for manufacturing, and human resources.

“Every site we operate has GMP certificate issued and every product meets required specifications. The spate of drug abuse is really worrisome. It is a social ill. Many substances are being abused and everybody has a role to play. It is unfortunate that Emzor is in the spectacle among the three companies in the documentary,” said Mrs, Ezeoke.

Mrs Ezeoke affirmed that all sanctions issued by NAFDAC have been adhered to and it is gladdening that the Liquid factory has been reopened.

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Codeine Ban: NAFDAC Reopens Emzor Pharmaceutical Firm

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has given Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited the approval to reopen.

The liquid firm also stated that it had submitted to the police information about its absconded worker that was featured in the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) documentary, “Sweet sweet codeine”.

Sweet Codeine, Bitter Responses, And Our Sour Problems!

These statements were made by the firm’s Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Stella Okoli, while speaking during the reopening of Emzor Pharmaceuticals Liquid factory yesterday in Lagos.

The doctor however lamented that one of its products – Emzolyn with Codeine, a therapeutic product, made for the relief of a specific illness – has been turned into a substance of abuse.

Codeine Ban: NAFDAC Wields Big Stick On Emzor, 2 Others

She added that the menace of drug abuse is a national concern and everybody should be concerned, adding that all hands should be on deck to arrest the situation.

How Codeine Is Creating A Generation Of Addicts In Nigeria

Dr. Okoli further said her company, Emzor, would seek to make relevant and impactful contributions to the multi-agency discussions on the way forward, especially from the limited depiction of rehabilitation efforts represented in the BBC programme.

“As a parent and especially a mother, I am deeply saddened by the problem of drug abuse and its damaging effect on our children and youths. We follow good manufacturing practice (GMP) here at Emzor, and NAFDAC officials from the investigation and enforcement directorate, conducted an inspection of our factory and were given full access to all the records they requested.  We are happy to announce that after carrying out all necessary due diligence, NAFDAC has now reopened the factory,” said. Okoli.

Also speaking, the Director-General Duties, Human Resources and Finance, Mrs. Uzoma Ezeoke said the company has built trust among its consumers across the country, and continent based on proper internal regulatory, and professional certifications for manufacturing, and human resources.

“Every site we operate has GMP certificate issued and every product meets required specifications. The spate of drug abuse is really worrisome. It is a social ill. Many substances are being abused and everybody has a role to play. It is unfortunate that Emzor is in the spectacle among the three companies in the documentary,” said Mrs, Ezeoke.

Mrs Ezeoke affirmed that all sanctions issued by NAFDAC have been adhered to and it is gladdening that the Liquid factory has been reopened.

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Davido Set To Drop An Album

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Superstar Nigerian singer, Davido has taken to twitter to announce the coming his album.

Davido who recently trashed his “Son Of Mercy” EP released under Sony Music EP is set to drop an album this year. The title of the album is yet to be unveiled as at the time compiling this report.

It is believed that Davido’s album is coming at the right time as the “IF” crooner has been blessing the Industry with back-to-back hits since his break away from Sony Music.

See His Tweet Below;

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TECNO Celebrates Man City Premier League Title Winning in Grand Style

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TECNO Mobile, Manchester City Football Club’s Official Tablet and Handset Partner, was part of the glorious moment and Celebration of 2017/18 Premier League Title Winning on 6th May at Etihad Stadium with Manchester City Football Club and its other global partners.

(From left to right)-Stephen HA, Managing Director and GM of TECNO Mobile, George Zhu, Founder, Chairman of the Board and President, TRANSSION, Arif Chowdhury, Group Vice President, TRANSSION

Mr. Arif Chowdhury, Group Vice President, TRANSSION said: “I am very pleased and honoured to be invited to join the celebration of the title winning and hard work of this amazing team. Today, a world-class team and world-renowned brands gather to experience the spirit of sports, exchange the ways of business, and celebrate the ambition to win.”

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George Zhu, Founder, Chairman of the Board and President, TRANSSION

The Club launched its global partnership with TECNO Mobile at the City Football Academy on Wednesday 30th of November, 2016. TECNO is a premier mobile brand of TRANSSION and TRANSSION is committed to emerging markets across over 50 countries covering Africa, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. In 2017, the total shipments of TRANSSION mobile phones across the world achieved approximately 130 million for just one single year.

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George Zhu and Arif Chowdhury with Pep Guardiola

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Arif Chowdhury with Sergio Aguero

Already established as Africa’s leading mobile phone brand, TECNO also enjoys presence in over 40 emerging markets, where City’s fan base continues to grow and this deal will continue to see both brands partner on marketing and advertising campaigns around the world.

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Mr.Stephen HA with Kevin De Bruyne

“With a history of business relationships in elite sport, TECNO is delighted to partner with City, a club who they feel shares similar values.” said TECNO Mobile General Manager, Stephen Ha. ”Providing our consumers with an unparalleled mobile experience is a top priority for TECNO Mobile and we share many similarities with Manchester City when we look at their commitment to delivering a premium match day and digital experience for their fans.” added Stephen.

 

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“I Owe You Till Fade” – Small Doctor Sends Emotional Mother’s Day Message To His Mum

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Nigerian star singer, Small Doctor shared the most emotional mother’s day message to his mother.

The singer went emotional on his Instagram page to express his love for his mother whom he fondly referred to as “Iya Teacher” saying he would love to have a daughter like his mum.

Small Doctor who recounted how he ruined his mum’s multi-million naira business out of negligence, gave her sleepless nights, and also a tough time while growing up.

He wrote:

I Ruined Your Multi Million Naira Business Out Of Negligence, I Was Out Of The House To Sleep Under Bridges (Due To Reasons Best Known To We Both), You Always Come To Check On Me At School, I Gave You Sleepless Nights, I Couldn’t Remember How Many Times You Beat And Cried Telling Me To Stop Hawking Sachet Waters / Conductor / Bike Rider That Your Friends Do See Me And They Make Jest Of You (But Man Must Chop), You Faced All The Challenges Alone, You Paid Our School Fees With Your Salary Leaving You With The Penny You Earn From Extra Coaching, Kai I Remember That Accident I Had On Bike 😢. I Gave You A Tough Time (I Know😢) .Happy Mothers Day Obinrin Bi Okunrin (iya TEACHER❤❤❤). I Know You Are Not The Type That Wants To Be Publicized But Your Account Will Apologize For This On My Behalf💯, How I See This Picture Sef I No Know And If My Aunty Gets To Show You This Cos I Know Say She No Fit See And Keep Quiet😂, I Just Want You To Know You Raised A CHAMPION💪🏿… Let’s Build More Schools💃🏿. Momma I Just Needed To Do This (Mi O Ni Se Be Mo🏃🏾)iyanu MASHELE SOONEST✍🏿✅ I OWE YOU TILL FADE✅✅✅ I Want To Give Birth To You As My DAUGHTER🙏🏿 HAPPY MOTHERS DAY.

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2018 WASSCE: WAEC Commences Registration For Private Candidates | See Details

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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has announced that it will soon conduct the second series of the West African Senior School certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates.

This disclosure was made in a statement issued on Sunday by the spokesperson of the council, Demianus Ojijeogu.

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According to the statement, registration starts on May 14 and ends July 6, 2018.

The statement also said the registration procedure has been designed to accommodate biometric features that will be used for validation at the examination centre.

“After obtaining the registration pin, candidates should log on to www.waeconline.org,” it said.

“Walk –in candidates, who wish to write the examination after the close of entries may be accommodated provided they register less than 24 hours to the scheduled time of the paper they intend to write . The walk-in candidates fee is 25000 only.”

The statement added that special needs’ candidates will also register online but “they must state clearly their disabilities: blind, low vision, spastic, speech etc.

“Candidates must conclude registration within two weeks of first access to the website during registration period.”

Candidates are expected to pay a registration fee of N13,950 and a commission of N500 to banks and accredited agents.

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Lagos Begins Free Health Services Tomorrow

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The Lagos State Government has announced that its yearly free medical expedition programme tagged: “The Eko Health Mission” will kick off tomorrow, May 15, 2018.

The mission of the state government is to offer free treatment for common ailments as well as screening for hypertension, diabetes, eye care and provision of eye glasses, dental care, family planning services, HIV counselling and testing, among others.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, said the Eko Health Mission programme would hold between May 15 and August 31, 2018 and it would hold in selected local councils and local council development areas of the state.

 According to Idris, the medical mission team will be visiting selected councils and local development areas for three days each starting at Ajeromi Local Council Secretariat on Tuesday to Thursday, May 15 -17, 2018; Iba Local Council Development Secretariat on Tuesday to Thursday, May 22-24, 2018 and Apapa-Ignamu Local Council Secretariat on Wednesday to Friday, May 30 to June 1, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. daily.“Other councils and local development areas to be visited include Oriade, Lagos-Mainland, Lekki, Ejigbo, Ikoyi-Obalende, Ikosi-Isheri, Ikosi-Ejinrin and Agbado-Oke-Odo,” he said.

The commissioner said the free health mission was embarked upon to serve as alternative source to increasing access to healthcare delivery, especially to the people at the grassroots.

Idris, who reiterated the commitment of the state government to the well-being of the residents, urged all residents of Lagos, especially of areas to be visited, to take advantage of the programme and benefit from expert care for common ailments and other free health services, noting that the medical teams providing these services are competent professionals committed to ensuring that the mandate of the state government is fully realised.

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NNPC Appoints Mele Kyari As OPEC Representative

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Sunday, May 13, announced the appointment of  Group General Manager (GGM), Mallam Mele Kyari, as Nigeria’s National representative at the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

The apex oil firm took to its Twitter handle @nnpcgroup to announce the news.

Kyari is the GGM in Crude Oil Marketing Division at NNPC.

His appointment was made by Nigeria’s Head of Delegation to the OPEC Conference and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu.

Mr Kachikwu, who is also the Chairman of NNPC Board, said the position required Mr Kyari’s deep experience to lead Nigeria’s team to the OPEC Economic Commission Board (ECB) which precedes the bi-annual meetings of the OPEC ministerial conference.

The ECB has the responsibility to review the global crude oil markets as well as makes inputs from the perspectives of the individual member countries.

Nigeria, a leading member of the group, has continued to grow in influence and status in recent times.

A former Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mohammed Barkindo, is the incumbent secretary general and head of the OPEC Secretariat.

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Meet Robbers Who Steal From Ogun Prostitutes, Sell To Lagos Prostitutes

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The men of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a gang of robbers for allegedly stealing phones from prostitutes in Ogun State and selling the valuables to their counterparts in Lagos.

The two suspects, Semiu Obanla, 35, and David Edet, 32, both married with children, were apprehended in a hotel at Abule Egba, Lagos, after a stolen phone was tracked to where they lodged.

The duo owned up to the crime in their confessional statements to the police.

According to Obanla: “David and I met at a site in Ikorodu where we worked as casual workers before extending the working relationship to friendship. Aside from working at construction sites, I also work at the Idi-Iroko border where I assist smugglers.

“Sometime in February 2018, I reconnected with David. I invited him to work at the border after his attempt to raise money through yahoo-yahoo (Internet fraud) failed.

“We agreed to start stealing phones and valuables from our lovers and prostitutes because we usually visit brothels daily for sexual pleasure after work.

“That night, after drinking at a bar in the Atan area of Ogun State, Edet and I proceeded to negotiate with prostitutes for sexual pleasure. Before approaching them, we planned to steal their valuables.

“The plan was successful. We had two unsuspecting prostitutes who believed we were good customers, but didn’t know our motives. We agreed for N5,000 for a night for each of the prostitutes. We paid N3,000 for lodging overnight at a nearby motel, which we used regularly.”

He added that around 3am, Edet sneaked into his room and stole his (Obanla) phone and that of the sex worker in order not to raise any suspicion.

The suspect said they sold the phone to another sex worker in Abule Egba, Lagos, for N20,000 and shared the proceeds.

Obanla said sometime in April, he met a lady on a bus while travelling with his accomplice from Atan to Idi-Iroko, Ogun State.

“I spoke to the lady and invited her to our regular drinking bar.

“As usual, Edet and I planned how to steal the lady’s mobile phone and flee the scene. When the lady arrived at the bar where we were waiting for her, Edet  and I sat separately to avoid being seen together.

“I purposely used the lady’s phone till the battery was low. I offered to help her charge the phone inside the bar. She agreed and released it to me.

“I kept the phone in my pocket and walked out to tell her that I was helping her to charge it. I then pretended I was receiving calls and stepped outside the bar from where I fled on a motorcycle and Edet followed me.

“We proceeded to the Abule Egba brothel to sell the phone as usual. We sold the phone to a sex worker. It was there that RRS officers tracked the phone to us and arrested us,” he said.

Confirming the development, the police said they recovered two phones from the suspects.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, said the men had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.

Lagosians were also cautioned to be cautious of criminals who pretend to be helpers, adding that the command would continue to hound criminals in the state.

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossip This Morning

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  • PSG will attempt to make Paul Pogba their marquee signing this summer if they lose Neymar to Real Madrid.
  • Gary Cahill has claimed Chelsea lost 3-0 to Newcastle because the players had “one eye” on the FA Cup final.
  • Arsene Wenger has insisted that Herbert Chapman is Arsenal’s greatest manager – ahead of himself.
  • Everton are facing a tug-of-war over their No 1 managerial target Marco Silva.
  • David Wagner refused to give any assurances over his future as Huddersfield manager.
  • Wilfried Zaha handed Roy Hodgson a major boost by insisting he has no intention of leaving Crystal Palace this summer.
  • Arsene Wenger does not believe he is ready to manage against Arsenal yet, having taken charge of the club for the final time on Sunday.
  • Incoming Rangers boss Steven Gerrard watched Celtic lift the Premiership trophy then warned them their days of easy title wins are over.
  • Lewis Morgan is set to cap a superb season with a Scotland call up for the transatlantic trek to Peru and Mexico.

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Jose Mourinho Unsure Of Anthony Martial Injury Return Date

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed tha Anthony Martial is suffering from a knee injury that puts his FA Cup final participation in doubt.

Anthony Martial was due to start Man United’s meeting with Watford on Sunday, six days ahead of the Wembley showdown against Chelsea.

Martial was absent from the matchday squad after picking up an injury in training on Friday, however, and is now in a race against time to return to fitness for next weekend.

Mourinho is expected to have Romelu Lukaku back for the match, though, following a two-week spell on the sidelines since damaging his ankle against Arsenal.

“[Martial’s injured]. He was injured in Friday’s training session, yesterday couldn’t train,” Mourinho told reporters. “He had treatment in the morning at the training round and he stayed away.

“I don’t know [when he will return]. I know that Romelu will be back for Tuesday because he’s in the last week [of rehabilitation] and we have to see but Anthony I have no more.”

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World Cup 2018 Referee Fahad Al-Mirdasi Under Investigation By Saudi FA

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Referee, Fahad Al-Mirdasi selected for the World Cup is being investigated by Saudi Arabian authorities, the nation’s football association has said.

Fahad Al-Mirdasi, one of 36 referees chosen by FIFA for Russia, was replaced by English whistler Mark Clattenberg for the King’s Cup final between Al-Ittihad and Al-Faisaly on Sunday.

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation said on its Twitter account that Al-Mirdasi was under “administrative investigation” but did not specify the nature of the probe.

Al-Mirdasi was selected for last year’s Confederations Cup in Russia, a warmup for the June 14-July 15 World Cup.

He oversaw the third-place game between Mexico and Portugal where two penalties were awarded, two players were sent off in extra time and Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio was also dismissed.

Al Mirdasi was also a referee at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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