Mikel Arteta ‘Agrees Deal’ To Become New Arsenal Manager

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A report is currently making the rounds on the internet that Mikel Arteta has agreed in principle to replace Arsene Wenger and become the new manager at Arsenal.

The Mirror quoted the report as saying that Arsenal are set to unveil Arteta as their new manager after he reached an agreement to succeed Wenger.

Arteta, who spent five years at the Emirates as a player, emerged as the top candidate to replace Wenger after Massimiliano Allegri reiterated his commitment to Juventus.

While no contract has yet been signed, the announcement of Arteta’s return to the Emirates Stadium will be made in the coming days.

The Spaniard is currently assistant coach to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City and played a huge part in guiding them to their record-shattering Premier League title success this season.

It is believed that Arteta is highly regarded by Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis, who believes a younger coach will slot into a modern European football structure, complemented by head of recruitment Sven Mislintat and new head of football relations Raul Sanllehi.

Goal reports that he has agreed a deal in principle to become the next manager of Arsenal, with the announcement of his return set to be made in the coming days.

On Thursday, Wenger said Arteta had ‘all the qualities’ needed to succeed as Gunners boss.

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NNPC Records $1.6 Billion Loss In January 2018 – N547bn Losses In Three Years

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has recorded a loss of $1.6 billion at the end of January, culminating in a total loss of N546.63 billion in the past three years.

The state oil company of Africa’s biggest producer is bleeding money as a statement released on its website – the corporation’s unaudited financial operations reports – showed that the Corporation reported losses of N267.14 billion, N197.49 billion and N82 billion in 2015, 2016 and 2017, respectively, was in contrast to its budgets that showed operating surpluses of N466.94 billion, N334.04 billion and N601.15 billion for the three years under review.

In spite of this, analysts of the Ecobank Transnational Inc. have predicted that the apex oil firm will probably register another loss in 2018, as its refineries and fuel-retailing arm fail to generate profit.

It is understood that the NNPC is paying at least N60 on every litre of petrol brought into the country, a payment it defines as “under recovery”.

Its refineries combined to produce only 10 per cent or 1.05 billion of the 14.96 billion littres of petrol consumed in the country last year.

Most of that importation was done by the corporation, who then sold at a loss of N145. Worse still, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) temporarily halted shipment of Nigeria’s favoured crude grade — Bonny Light. It declared Force Majeure — inability to continue with a contract due to a fault in the Nembe Creek Trunkline, which is used to move petroleum to the Bonny export terminal.

The Trans Niger Pipeline is also used to move crude to the terminal. Operators of the pipeline, Iteo E and P, say they noticed a drop in pressure an decided to shot down the pipeline.

“We are suspecting sabotage but it is too early to conclude as investigation is still ongoing,” an official of the company told Thisday. While the Nembe Trunkline got shot in Eastern Niger Delta, the Trans Forcados Pipeline in the Western part, was also sealed off.

The shutdown of TFP causes a loss of 250,000 bpd. While Nigeria’s oil company continues to endure losses, the oil firms in Norway, Saudi Arabia and Mexico, are enjoying the dividend of higher oil prices.

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Murder Suspects Claim Saraki, Kwara Gov ‘Ordered Them To Kill Kwara Indigenes’

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The murder suspects arrested by the Kwara State Police Command in Ilorin have named the Senate President, Mr. Bukola Saraki and Kwara State governor, Mr. Abdulfattah Ahmed, as two of the men who ordered them to kill many Kwara State indigenes in Nigeria and abroad, says Sahara Reporters.

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The suspects, who were paraded last week and have been transferred to Abuja for further investigation, mentioned the Senate President and Mr. Ahmed in the confessional statements made to the Police, the news outlet learned.

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According to the statements made to the Police, the suspects said they have been on the payroll of the Kwara State Government and Mandate Office of Mr. Saraki.

The leader of the killer squad, the son of Salihu Woru the self-appointed spokesman of Magajis in Ilorin Emirate, is placed on salary Grade Level 16, while his colleagues are on Levels 10 to 15.

The suspects, SaharaReporters gathered, also admitted that they were being paid from the Office of the Senate President. Mr. Saraki, the suspects told the Police, gave them Toyota Corolla cars a few months ago as a way of securing the loyalty ahead of the 2019 elections.

On the list of people marked for execution before the election, they said, are two men, both named Mustapha; Kayode Oyin, Yinka Aluko, Baba Rex, and one Ogunlowo.

A Police source told SaharaReporters that bank statements retrieved from the suspects indicated that they received money on a monthly basis from Mr. Saraki and the Kwara State government. This, added the source, has ensured that most of them have healthy bank balances running into millions of naira.

Following their confession, the Senate President and Mr. Ahmed attempted to pressure the Kwara State Police Commissioner, Mr. Aminu Pai Saleh, using Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mr. Jimoh Mumini, who is said to be very corrupt.

Mr. Pai Saleh was said to have been offered money, which he rejected. Mr. Mumini has been critical of the transfer of the suspects to Abuja, saying that the state government has successfully prosecuted cultists and killers at the State High Court under the penal code.

The Senate President and Mr. Ahmed may soon be invited by the Police. Both men have accused the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, of planning to frame them for murder.

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How To Defeat Buhari In 2019

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The former Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Olusegun Adeniyi, has disclosed that only a united opposition can defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

Adeniyi, a journalist and best-selling author, stated this on Thursday during the review of his book, ‘Against the run of play’, at the Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy.

His words: “You need a cohesive opposition to defeat an incumbent. Right now, if you are asked who would be the next candidate, you can tout many names but you are not sure.”

“I don’t expect anything different in the 2019 elections. I expect that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will perform better than it did in 2015.

“I also expect that whoever wants to be president, either the incumbent or challenger, should challenge the process and at the end of the day, we will see what happens.

“The challenge for the opposition is that they have to get their acts together. I keep saying that by the end of 2012 for instance, we already knew who was going to challenge Jonathan in 2015. You can’t say the same thing today.

“And for me, there are only two political parties right now; there may be others in the future, but now, it’s either APC or PDP. All these Red Card, Third Force, and all those things… are helping the incumbent because the incumbent has the support base. It is the opposition that is being divided along all these lines.”

“Yes, the call by the opposition parties on the people to get their PVCs can play a part, but what I think basically is that Buhari’s biggest challenger today is ‘go and get your PVC’. That is not a candidate. Yes, People will get their PVCs but who are they voting for? ”

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Death Toll In Ebola Outbreak Rises To 25 In DR Congo

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The number of confirmed Ebola cases in Congo has risen from three to 14, according to the Central African country’s Health Ministry.

“In total since the start of the epidemic, there have been 45 cases of hemorrhagic fever, including 10 suspected cases, 21 probable cases, and 14 confirmed cases,” the ministry said in a statement on Friday.

The ministry said just one person had been confirmed dead from the virus, but 25 people are suspected to have died from it.

Earlier Thursday, the ministry had only three confirmed cases, one of which – the first in a major urban area – had prompted an urgent World Health Organisation meeting for Friday to decide what measures should be taken, including the possible declaration of a public health emergency.

Ebola is a highly infectious virus that can cause fever and bleeding.

The death rate runs as high as 90 per cent, but the lethal risk can be reduced significantly if patients are quickly isolated and if they receive fluids.

Earlier this week, more than 5,000 Ebola vaccines arrived in Congo as part of the UN’s efforts to stem the outbreak.

Similarly, the European Commission has released around 1.6 million euros (1.9 million dollars) to help tackle an Ebola outbreak in Congo, as well as organising flights to transport emergency staff and equipment to the affected areas.

Of that, 1.5 million euros will provide logistics support to the WHO and 130,000 euros will help the Congolese Red Cross perform life-saving interventions.

“All must be done to isolate the Ebola cases, especially since there has been a case in Mbandaka city,” said EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner, Christos Stylianides.

The EU is also ready to deploy its pool of voluntary specialists and medical assets, and its Copernicus satellite will provide emergency mapping services to help reach affected areas, a statement says. (dpa/NAN)

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Commotion In PH As Soldiers Invade Police Station In Search Of Killer Cop

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There was commotion in Port Harcourt on Thursday morning as some irate soldiers invaded and ransacked a police station following the killing of one of their colleagues by policemen.

It is understood that the incident which took place at the police station located along Aba George Road caused pandemonium while there was traffic gridlock in the area for several hours.

It was gathered that the murdered soldier, who lodged in a hotel at Elioparanwo area of Port Harcourt, had stepped out of the hotel on mufti with his rifle.

While he attempted to board a tricycle, some policemen in a patrol van accosted him and opened fire, allegedly mistaking him to be a miscreant. 

Nigerian Guardian reports that shortly after the shooting of the soldier, his colleagues who were still in the hotel were notified and they quickly alerted others in Port Harcourt.

Within a few minutes, scores of soldiers stormed the Ada George Police Station and barricaded the area to demand for the particularly trigger happy policeman who slain their colleague.

Some policemen who may have anticipated a reprisal attack were said to have absconded from the station before the arrival of the teeming soldiers.

Meanwhile, Rivers State Police spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Nnamdi Omoni, said that normalcy had been restored in the area.

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Lagos Court Bars Ikoyi Registry From Conducting Marriages

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The Lagos State Government has secured a court injunction restraining the Federal Government’s owned Registry in Ikoyi from conducting marriages.

It is understood that the Lagos high court ruled that marriages conducted by the Federal Registry, Ikoyi, Lagos are not legally binding.

Justice Chuka Austine Obiozor, who issued an order restraining the registry from conducting marriages, said it was unconstitutional for the federal government to perform the duties of state and local governments.

The judgement, delivered on Suit No: FHC/L/CS/1760/16 said marriage registries in the local government and local council development areas of Lagos State are the authentic and legally-binding government divisions established to carry out such functions.

Speaking during a press conference on Thursday, the Lagos State Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Muslim Folami, said the judgement would be communicated to all stakeholders, including embassies.

He said the decision of the court is supreme and it is legally binding on all.

He added that all marriages conducted and registered in any of the 20 local governments and 37 local council development areas are valid and in accordance with the Marriage Act.

According to him, the judgement will put a stop to the perception of superiority of Ikoyi Marriage Registry over the local government registries.

“We are going to use every available platform in the five divisions across the state to sensitise our people and inform them about this latest development; From Epe to Ikorodu, Badagry, Ikeja and Lagos Island,” he said.

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Nigerian Govt Orders NAFDAC To Return To Ports

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Nigeria’s Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has ordered the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to return to the ports with immediate effect.

The order is coming less than three weeks after the NAFDAC Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, partly ascribed the drug abuse among youths to the unlawful importation of certain banned substances.

The agency said it received the notice on Wednesday via a letter from the office of the vice-president, as part of the presidential enabling business environment council (PEBEC) reforms.

It also said the order to return to the ports was to effectively control the importation of unregulated products, falsified and substandard drugs, unwholesome foods, narcotic drugs and hazardous chemical substances and foods.

“NAFDAC in collaboration with relevant ministries, departments and agencies and with the active support of the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), the presidential enabling business environment council, and the ministry of transport, has been returned to the seaports and borders to effectively control importation of unregulated products, falsified and substandard drugs, unwholesome foods, narcotic drugs and hazardous chemical substances and foods,” the statement read.

“NAFDAC received the notice on May 16, 2018, in a letter dated March 29, 2018, from the office of the Vice-President, as part of the PEBEC reforms.”

Adeyeye had said recently that thousands of Nigerians had died as a result of falsified and substandard medicines.

She had further stated that many were ill, most likely due to unwholesome foods, drugs and abuse of narcotics and controlled substances, such as codeine, tramadol and pentazocine.

“These are partly due to the exclusion of NAFDAC from our ports since 2011. The recent documentary on codeine abuse brought more attention to the issue,” she had said.

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Court Orders ‘Striking’ JOHESU Members To Resume Work Within 24Hours

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The National Industrial Court, Abuja, on Thursday ordered striking members of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) to suspend its on-going strike and resume duties across the nation within 24 hours.

Justice Babatunde Adejumo gave the order after listening to the submissions of Mr. Okere Nnamdi in an ex-parte motion filed by a non-governmental organisation.

The NGO, Incorporated Trustees of Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International, in the motion prayed the court to order the workers to resume work and go back to negotiation table.

Adejumo, who is also the President of NICN, ordered the ministers of Health, Labour and Employment, among others, to immediately set up a committee to address issues raised by labour.

The judge ordered that the parties should arrive at an acceptable and amicable solutions in the interest of Nigerians who are bearing the brunt of the strike action.

The judge also ordered the President and Vice President of JOHESU to attend the negotiations.

He said that the negotiations should take into consideration the provisions of the National Salaries, Income and Wages Act.

Joined as respondents in the suit are the President and Vice President of JOHESU, and National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission.

News Agency of Nigeria recalls that JOHESU commenced strike on April 17 to demand for upward adjustment of CONHESS salary scale, and employment of additional health professionals.

Other demands are implementation of court judgments and upward review of retirement age from 60 to 65 years.

The matter was adjourned until June 4 for hearing of motion on notice and originating summons.

NAN

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Manchester United Top Premier League Revenue Table For 2017-18 (See Full List)

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Manchester United have topped the Premier League revenue table with £149,767,145 which is £300,000 more than title winners Manchester City.

The money is said to be the revenue received from the Premier League during the 2017-18 campaign.

Sky Sports reports that while United’s total revenue came in at £149,767,145, just over £300,000 more than title winners Manchester City, while bottom side West Brom also received the least revenue, albeit still securing £94,666,492.

It was gathered each club received the same lump sum of just over £80.4m from the Premier League’s domestic and international television deals, plus their central commercial revenues.

But the differences came from the facility fees and merit payments, based on how many times each team was shown on television and their final position in the table.

Below is the full Premier League 2017-18 revenue table:

Revenue in £
Manchester United 149,767,145
Manchester City 149,438,654
Liverpool 145,904,609
Tottenham Hotspur 144,446,238
Arsenal 142,042,073
Chelsea 141,713,582
Everton 128,010,622
Newcastle United 123,018,207
Burnley 119,772,976
Leicester City 118,170,198
West Ham United 116,094,523
Crystal Palace 114,307,662
Bournemouth 111,246,515
Brighton & Hove Albion 107,712,470
Southampton 107,239,572
Watford 106,254,100
Huddersfield Town 102,391,564
Stoke City 98,857,518
Swansea City 98,529,028
West Bromwich Albion 94,666,492

Based on reports, the English Premier League football generates an estimated £3.3bn per year in taxes for the UK Government, a figure based on end-of-year 2016-17 figures.

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#WorldCupWith360nobs: Martial, Lacazette Left Out Of France Squad

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Manchester United forward Anthony Martial and Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette have been left out of the France squad for this year’s World Cup in Russia.

While Paul Pogba, Hugo Lloris and Antoine Griezmann headlined France’s 2018 World Cup squad, Martial, Lacazette were named on Didier Deschamps’ standby list, failing to make a 23-man squad that includes Olivier Giroud among seven forward options.

Also on the standby list are Mamadou Sakho, Moussa Sissoko and Kurt Zouma.

Marseille midfielder Dimitri Payet also misses out.

The former West Ham player, 31, went off injured during the Europa League final defeat by Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, although he was also not included in manager’s previous squad.

Manchester City full-back Benjamin Mendy is one of five Premier League players included, having only returned to action in April after nearly seven months out with a knee injury.

“It’s always difficult. I was confronted with choices between a lot of players with a lot of quality. I know I can’t make all the players happy,” Deschamps said before announcing his 23-man squad on national television.

“Just as I did two and four years ago, I have made a list of 23 players for a major tournament to build a group that is best-suited to go as far as possible. There are some players who won’t play much or not at all, but they will be active, they’ll be important for the squad too.”

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Guardiola Signs New Deal Worth £60million To Remain At Man City Until 2021

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Pep Guardiola signed a new deal to remain as Man City coach until 2021 on Thursday after a record-breaking season which saw the club run away with the Premier League title.

Guardiola masterminded an historic campaign as City became the first side in English football history to achieve 100 points in a top-flight campaign, adding the title to their League Cup triumph.

The Mirror reports that Guardiola, who was on £15m-a-year under his original deal, has now seen that figure rocket to near £20m-a-year – £60million in total.

The 47-year-old claimed his strong relationship with City’s vibrant young side had convinced him to extend his stay at the Etihad Stadium.

“I am so happy and excited. It’s a pleasure to be able to work here,” Guardiola said.

“I enjoy working with our players every day and we will try to do our best together in the coming years.

“As a manager, you have to feel good to be with the players –- and I feel good.”

Guardiola had one season left on his City deal before signing the new two-year extension.

If he completes the whole length of his new contract, Guardiola will have spent five years at City, longer than his time in charge of Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

The Spaniard left Barcelona after four seasons as manager to take a sabbatical and spent three years at Bayern before joining City in 2016.

Throughout the second half of the season, Guardiola had said he did not intend to discuss his future until the summer.

But City’s Abu Dhabi-based owners have given the green light to the improved terms within four days of City’s last game of the season — a 1-0 win at Southampton that took them to the 100-point milestone.

City scored 106 goals and claimed 32 wins, both Premier League records, with the only frustration their Champions League quarter-final exit against Liverpool.

City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak saluted Guardiola’s ability to unify his squad of rising young talents and established stars.

“In his two seasons with us, he has fostered an incredible spirit within the squad and significantly contributed to our progress both on and off the field,” he said.

“In doing so he has embodied the passion and commitment we all have for the club.

“I am very much looking forward to the continued impact of his work and to fulfilling our shared ambitions in the coming seasons.”

 

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