“We Knew God Was With Us,” Says Messi After Win Over Nigeria

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Argentina’s defender Marcos Rojo (lower) celebrates his goal with Argentina’s forward Lionel Messi during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Nigeria and Argentina.

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A relieved Lionel Messi believes Argentina deserve their place in the last 16 of the World Cup after being saved by Marcos Rojo’s late winner against Nigeria as they avoided an embarrassing group-stage exit.

Messi opened the scoring in Saint Petersburg with his first goal of the tournament, but Victor Moses’s early second-half penalty made it another nervous night in Russia for the five-time world player of the year and under-fire coach Jorge Sampaoli before Rojo’s late intervention.

“It is marvellous to have won it in this manner. It is a deserved joy,” Messi said in quotes published by Argentina’s official Twitter account.

“We knew God was with us and wasn’t going to let us go out.

“I thank all the fans that are here, for all their sacrifice and to all those in Argentina that were always with us. The shirt of the national team is above all else.”

Argentina will need a vast improvement if they are to progress any further as they face highly fancied France in the last 16 on Saturday.

AFP

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The Oscars Invite Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Femi Odugbemi And More To Join Academy Voting Members

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science behind the prestigious Oscars awards has invited 928 new members into the fold.

Last year’s awards show was notoriously famous for the #OscarsSoWhite movement which criticized the Academy for its overwhelmingly white male membership. About 49% of the 928 new members invited to join the academy are women, with 38% being people of colour.

Legendary Nigerian actress Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and Film Producer, Femi Odugbemi are among the diverse Oscars invitees. Other Nigerian representatives include Wunmi Mosaku and movie director Ngozi Onwurah.

The Oscars had been accused of being ‘too white’ in previous years and less accommodating to other races. Other notable invitees include Jada Pinkett Smith, Amy Schumer, Tiffany Haddish, Dave Chappelle, Daniel Kaluuya and Sarah Silverman.

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Nigeria Vs Argentina: Super Eagles Crash Out Of 2018 World Cup

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria crashed out of the 2018 World Cup after the team lost 1-2 to Argentina on Tuesday night.

Marcos Rojo was Argentina’s unlikely hero as his stunning late winner secured a win that keeps Lionel Messi’s side in the World Cup.

Messi had scored at the 14th minute with a clinical finish while Victor Moses scored the country’s equaliser via a penalty.

But a goal by the Manchester United defender ensured Argentina qualified for the round of 16.

Details soon..

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Nigeria Vs Argentina: Super Eagles Crash Out Of 2018 World Cup

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria crashed out of the 2018 World Cup after the team lost 1-2 to Argentina on Tuesday night.

Marcos Rojo was Argentina’s unlikely hero as his stunning late winner secured a win that keeps Lionel Messi’s side in the World Cup.

Messi had scored at the 14th minute with a clinical finish while Victor Moses scored the country’s equaliser via a penalty.

But a goal by the Manchester United defender ensured Argentina qualified for the round of 16.

Details soon..

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Nigeria Vs Argentina: Super Eagles’ Starting XI And All You Need To Know

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria will tonight go into the last group D match against Argentina fully aware that they would be meeting a desperate team fighting for survival.

Argentina, who are last on the Group D table, know that only a win against Nigeria will take them to the next round of the competition but a defeat means that the world’s acclaimed best player, Lionel Messi, will not win the one trophy remaining to complete his crown-laden chest.

The Super Eagles, on the other hand, need a draw or an outright win, to take them into the knockout stages.

Reports from the camp have it that the Head coach of the Super Eagles might stick with the same team that defeated Iceland 2-0 in their last game for tonight clash except for any last-minute changes of plan.

It is likely that the trio of Kelechi Iheanacho, Tyronne Ebuehi and Ahmed Musa will return to the starting lineup for that match, while Odion Ighalo, Shehu Abdullahi and Alex Iwobi will be dropped.

The change in line-up paid off for the coach in the last game against Iceland as Musa netted the two goals that boosted Nigeria’s chance of progressing into the round of 16.

Those to likely start for Nigeria against Argentina are: Uzoho, Balogun, Ekong, Ebuehi, Idowu, Ndidi, Etebo, Mikel, Musa, Iheanacho, Moses.

Kick-off is 7pm Nigerian time.

Rohr says no mercy for Messi

Rohr also acknowledged that a defeat tomorrow would end Argentina’s Lionel Messi’s World Cup career without the trophy, adding that the Eagles are not bothered with the fate of the FC Barcelona star.

He said, “In football there is no mercy. We are not thinking about Messi, whether it is his last World Cup or not. We are not here to watch him play. We are professionals in football and everybody wants to win. So, we cannot start feeling pity for Messi at our cost. I think he is very fit and we have to be aware of him.”

Argentina pressure

Argentina’s struggles in Russia come after their pre-tournament preparations were wrecked by controversy and poor form, coupled with a reliance on a top-heavy, limited squad.

The Argentine federation was even moved to confirm that coach Jorge Sampaoli would continue for the final group game amid rumours of a rift between players and coach.

“We have to make our goal five games to reach the final. Tomorrow will be the first final,” said the defiant coach on the eve of the game in Saint Petersburg.

“No matter who plays tomorrow will have the obligation to give until the last bead of sweat so that Argentina will go through.”

Euro 2016 heroes Iceland can still dream of progress to the knockout rounds but they must beat Croatia and hope the other result goes their way.

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“We are very full of confidence after our win against Iceland and very prepared to get a good result against Argentina,” Iwobi told media in Saint Petersburg.

“We believe we can do well and can assure Nigerian fans that we will put up a good fight against Argentina.

“I don’t know if I will play or not because I couldn’t get enough time against Iceland but the most important thing is for us is to get the result. I don’t mind if I play or not as long as we beat Argentina.”

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Ghana’s President Bans Ministers, State Officials From Foreign Travels

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Ghana’s president, Nana Akufo-Addo has banned all ministers, deputy ministers, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) and heads of government agencies from foreign travels.

The memo from the presidency said the ban was temporary, BBC reports.

The memo, which was signed by the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Opare said the minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor-Botchwey is exempted from the directive.

The reason behind the temporary ban remains unclear but it is believed that continual travel by government officials was disrupting its domestic work.

Ghana’s President Bans Ministers, State Officials From Foreign TravelsIt reads: “The President of the Republic has directed that, all foreign travels by Hon. Ministers, Deputy Ministers, MMDCEs and Heads of Government Agencies be temporarily suspended with immediate effect. Guidelines in respect of future foreign travels aimed at minimizing disruption to Government’s domestic work will be communicated to you shortly.

The last time a similar travel restriction from government officials was imposed was in December 2015 under the John Mahama government where he banned public officials from first-class air travel as part of efforts to cut wasteful spending.

Some officials in government have had the cause to complain about incessant travels of some appointees who in most cases are unable to justify why they travelled outside the country.

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Kenyan Man Jailed For Killing 1,000 Cats

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A Kenyan man who admitted to killing and selling cat meat to samosa vendors within Nakuru Town has been sentenced to three years in prison for trading in the feline meat.

It is understood that the suspect James Kimani pleaded guilty to killing cats and selling the meat to unsuspecting customers, and was sentenced to three years in jail.

It was also gathered that the accused, who had sold over 1,000 cats to samosa vendors and a hotel in Nakuru since 2012, was almost lynched by a mob on Sunday.

Kimani, who was forced to carry the dead cat to court on Monday, was saved by the police from the irate mob that sought to lynch him when they found him skinning the animal, before he confessed to have skinned and sold over 1,000 cats.

Principal Magistrate Bernard Mararo sentenced James Kimani after he pleaded guilty to the charges.

“The accused is sentenced by his own plea. He is to serve two years on the first count with a Sh200,000 fine and on the second count a fine of Sh50,000 or an imprisonment of one year,” ruled Mararo.

In the first count, he was accused of willingly slaughtering a cat for the purpose of human consumption in Nakuru Town.

In the second count, he was charged with slaughtering the animal in an undesignated open place contrary to section 2 of the Meat Control Act.

In admitting the offence, Kimani pleaded for leniency claiming that he had been offered a job to deliver the cat meat at a higher price.

“I was not aware it was wrong to slaughter the cats in an open ground,” he said adding that he could have done his business in the forest.

According to the Meat Control Act, it is dangerous to eat uninspected meat and meat from animals not prescribed to be food animals.

But while cat meat is considered unacceptable and a taboo in Kenya, it is a delicious meal in some countries.

Cats are regularly eaten in parts of West Africa, also in China, Vietnam and Korea.

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LASU Student “On Suicide Mission” Jumps Into Lagos Lagoon (WATCH VIDEO)

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An undergraduate of the Lagos State University (LASU), Kingsley Gabriel, on Monday, June 25, jumped into the Lagos lagoon, barely a few weeks after a woman was alleged to have jumped into the lagoon.

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It was gathered that the student jumped from Falomo Bridge into the lagoon at about 11:00a.m. leaving no reason for his action.

The General Manager, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), Mr. Damilola Emmanuel, who confirmed the incident, lamented that the suicidal act was becoming rampant and worrisome on Lagos waterways.

Emmanuel also disclosed that the LASU student was quickly rescued from drowning by LASWA rescue officials who responded swiftly to the incident, jumping into the lagoon to prevent him from drowning.

An official of LASWA hinted that after his rescue, Gabriel was taken to the Falomo Police Station, for onward interrogation.

It was not clear why Gabriel decided to end his life by jumping from the Falomo Bridge into the water, even as efforts to interview the student proved abortive.

Below is a video that shows how Gabriel being rescued:

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Miyetti Allah Reveals Plateau Killings Were Retaliatory | “We Lost 300 Cows”

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In the wake of the mass carnage that left over 100 people dead in Plateau State, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has said the killings were an act of retaliation over the loss of cows in recent times.

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Dozens were killed on Saturday night after suspected herdsmen attacked many villages in Riyom, Barkin Ladi and Jos South local government areas of the state.

Consequently, the state government imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in parts of the state, amid growing tensions between locals and migrant herdsmen community.

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Residents have since blamed the attacks on Fulani herdsmen, a group represented by the Miyetti Allah.

But in a statement issued on Monday, the chairman the north central chapter of MACBAN, Danladi Ciroma, blamed the killings on the fact that herdsmen in the state had lost about 300 cows in the weeks.

He further accused the communities of hiding cattle rustlers among them as well as frustrating peace efforts of the state government.

“These attacks are retaliatory. As much as I don’t support the killing of human being, the truth must be told that those who carried out the attacks must be on revenge mission,” Ciroma said.

“There have been recent reports of cow rustling and destruction of farms between Berom farmers and Fulani herdsmen. The people carrying out these criminal activities are well-known to the communities but the communities are hiding them.

“Fulani herdsmen have lost about 300 cows in the last few weeks — 94 cows were rustled by armed Berom youth in Fan village, another 36 cows were killed by Berom youth. In addition to that, 174 cattle were rustled and the criminals disappeared with them to Mangu [Local Government].

“Since these cows were not found, no one should expect peace in the areas. Even soldiers that went after the criminals to recover the rustled cows were shot by the armed rustlers and eventually escaped with all the cows.

“The government of Governor Lalong has done a lot to restore peace, but the criminal elements hiding among their people are the ones frustrating these peace efforts.”

He urged security agencies to be fair to all parties, saying they should neglect any report presented by the Fulani “because such report can lead to attacks and deaths if not properly handled”.

“Criminals thrive a lot in Berom communities, but when the Fulani, who are always victims of their crime, react with attacks, they blame the government,” he added.

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Buhari Reveals Why He Will Not Go To Jail After His Government

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President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that he will not go to jail at the end of his administration because he has integrity and he is honest.

The Nigerian president, who made this known on Monday when he received a delegation of the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria at Aso Rock in Abuja, also disclosed that he would have gone to jail after his previous appointments if not for his integrity and honesty.

A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, quoted Buhari as saying that he had no regrets being a person of honesty and integrity.

He also said he does not care about who gets contract as long as the project is well-executed and within reasonable price.

The statement reads in part: “I am satisfied with what I am. I am happy I have kept myself and people close to me from benefiting from government contracts.

“I have been in many places, including [Ministry of] Petroleum. I would have gone to jail if I had taken an oil well. For integrity and honesty, I have no regrets. By this, I have contributed to my social safety. I won’t go to jail.

“You cannot accuse me of stealing. I have appointed ministers and they are in charge. I appeal to their integrity. When they come here [Federal Executive Council chambers], we ensure they follow the due process. If I owned an oil well, I would have gone to jail.”

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“This Woman Threw Her 12-Day-Old Baby Into Pit Latrine In Ogun”

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The personnel of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested a 21-year-old woman, Amudalat Taiwo, for allegedly throwing her 12-day-old baby into a pit latrine.

She was arrested following a complaint lodged at the police station by her landlord, one Oshunshina Olawale.

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According to the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Ogun State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, Amudalat’s landlord had reported on Monday that one of his tenants at 28, Isheri Street, Ilaro, Yewa South local government, went to the toilet on the early morning of last Wednesday, 20th of June, where the tenant heard the cry cry of a baby.

“Her arrest followed a complaint from her landlord, one Oshunshina Olawale, who reported that one of his tenants at No. 28 Isheri Street, Ilaro woke up early in the morning of 20/06/18 and went to the toilet to ease herself only to be hearing the crying of a baby inside the pit toilet,” he stated.

Following the strength of the complaint, the DPO in charge of Ilaro Divisional Police Headquarters, CSP Opebiyi Sunday, led detectives to the scene where the latrine was broken and the baby was rescued out of the pit.

More findings revealed that the baby was birthed by Taiwo, who was promptly arrested.

“On interrogation, she claimed that she was an orphan and married to one Taiwo Owolabi, who had already married another woman with five children. She stated further that the husband was not taking care of her and the baby.

“And since she has no means of catering for the newly-born baby, she decided to do away with her.

“The said husband had been arrested for failure to provide necessary support while the case has been transferred to Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department on the order of the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, for further investigation and possible prosecution of the suspects,” the PPRO stated.

Meanwhile, the baby is in a stable condition at the Stella Obasanjo Motherless Babies Home, Abeokuta.

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