King Tonto: Tonto Dikeh Announces Change Of Name

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King Tonto: Tonto Dikeh Announces Change Of Name

Prominent Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh has officially announced the change of her name to ‘King Tonto’.

The actress, whose surname remains Dikeh, wants to be addressed as King-Tonto.

Tonto, who is yet to provide reasons for the change, posted a picture of her voter’s card on her Instagram page reflecting her new name.

King Tonto: Tonto Dikeh Announces Change Of NameShe wrote: “Officially changed my name to King Tonto that feels good. “Bear with me while I opt for greatness, King Tonto.”

The development is coming several months after she separated from her husband Olakunle Churchill.

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Chelsea Legend John Terry Pays Farewell Tribute To Sacked Manager Antonio Conte

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Former Chelsea captain and Legend John Terry has paid tribute to Antonio Conte after the Italian was sacked today

Antonio Conte’s three-year deal was cut short on Thursday with former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri set to succeed him.

The Italian won the Premier League title in his first season, but that initial success was soured by an off-the-field power struggle over the club’s transfer policy.

Relations soured between Conte and the board, and performances were soon affected.

Chelsea were unable to defend their title, finishing fifth in the table and missing out on Champions League.

Chelsea’s FA Cup triumph over Manchester United would prove to be his final match in charge.

John Terry took to Instagram to pay tribute to his old boss.

Attached to a picture of himself and Conte celebrating their title success, he wrote: “Thank you boss. Great man, great manager.”

“I wish you every success in the future.”

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Mikel Merino Completes Transfer From Newcastle To Real Sociedad

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Newcastle midfielder Mikel Merino has completed a permanent move to La Liga side Real Socieded.

Mikel Merino joined Newcastle last season on an initial loan deal from Borussia Dortmund, before the club signed him on a permanent basis in October 2017.

Merino made 25 appearances in all competitions for the Magpies, scoring once and assisting on one other goal.

Speaking after being unveiled as Real’s new star, the former Newcastle midfielder said: “I am very happy and very happy to play in a club that I love and one that I have followed since I was a child.

“It’s very close to Osasuna.

“I am delighted to be here and looking forward to playing the ball.

“It’s a very nice project, with the change of the stadium and everything is good with the group.

“The fans here have spoken so well to me and being back to being close to home is important.

“I am feeling integrated.

“All of them have been important factors and I think I have made a good decision.”

Real Sociedad finished 12th in the table last season and are looking to climb La Liga.

“We can improve and aspire to higher levels.

“I hope it’s a beautiful season.”

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Riyad Mahrez Targeting UEFA Champions League Title With Manchester City

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Riyad Mahrez says that winning the Champions League was one the main reasons he joined Manchester City from Leicester.

Speaking at his official unveiling as a City player after his £60m move, the Algerian said that the club want to build on their Premier League success and challenge for honours in Europe.

“It’s a club who wants to win this type of trophy. The Champions League is for big clubs and Manchester City are a big club,” he said.

“They have everything to try to win the Champions League. It is a goal. Last season they lost in the quarter-final and I know they have the ambition to go further the next season.

“That’s why I’m here, why I made the decision to come here, because I want to be part of this.”

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West Ham’s Andy Carroll And Winston Reid To Have Surgery, Now Ruled Out For Three Months

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West Ham have confirmed that Andy Carroll and Winston Reid will be sidelined for three months due to ankle and knee injuries respectively.

Both players will require surgery on the problems and will miss the opening stages of the season as a result, returning home early from the club’s pre-season training camp in Switzerland.

Unconfirmed reports on Twitter have suggested that the injuries were as a result of both players returning home drunk after curfew and subsequently trying to climb into their hotel room via a balcony, with Carroll allegedly falling and rupturing his ACL.

“We are obviously very sad to hear that Andy and Winston have suffered setbacks. This is a big blow for them and us, but we hope to see them back in action as soon as possible,” manager Manuel Pellegrini told the club’s official website.

“It does mean that we have lost two players in key areas, though, and we’ll continue to work hard with the owners to make further additions to strengthen the playing squad, beyond the five new signings already confirmed.”

West Ham’s new head of medical Richard Collinge added: “Andy played and scored in Sunday’s match but is still reporting some discomfort in his ankle and further scans have revealed that he requires some minor surgery to provide more strength and stability to the area.

“Winston has been suffering some swelling around the knee, following the injury that he sustained at Swansea last season, and he too is in need of explorative surgery to clean up the area. We have decided that this is the best course of action to ensure that both players have a chance of returning to full fitness as soon as possible.”

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Gareth Bale Set To Hold Talks With Real Madrid’s New Manager Julen Lopetegui Next Week

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Gareth Bale’s future at Real Madrid will become clearer next week as he holds his first face-to-face talks with new coach Julen Lopetegui.

The majority of Real’s players return to training next week – with Bale keen to know what role he will have in Lopetegui’s plans as he prepares for his first La Liga campaign at the Bernabeu.

It is understood that Gareth Bale’s representatives are also due to travel to Madrid in the next fortnight, for talks with club president Florentino Perez, to discuss the Welsh international’s future in La Liga.

Madrid have been linked with summer moves for Neymar, Mbappe and Eden Hazard. However, they may well be unwilling to lose Bale following the departure of Ronaldo to Juventus.

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Check Out The Full List Of Nominees For The 2018 Emmy Awards

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It’s time to celebrate the greatness that is television content as the Emmys on Thursday announced the nominations for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.

The Emmys focus their recognition exclusively on television, with the major awards divided into separate categories for comedy and drama.

Check out the complete list of nominees below

  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Ed Harris, Westworld
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Claire Foy, The Crown
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Keri Russell, The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld

  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Ted Danson, The Good Place
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Bill Hader, Barry
William H. Macy, Shameless

  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Allison Janney, Mom
Issa Rae, Insecure
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

  • Outstanding Comedy Series

Atlanta
Barry
Black-ish
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Glow
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

  • Outstanding Drama Series

The Americans
The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This Is Us
Westworld

  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose
Jeff Daniels, The Looming Tower
John Legend, Jesus Christ Superstar
Jesse Plemons, U.S.S. Callister

  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Jessica Biel, The Sinner
Laura Dern, The Tale
Michelle Dockery, Godless
Edie Falco, Law & Order SVU True Crime: The Menendez Murders
Regina King, Seven Seconds
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Cult

  • Outstanding Limited Series

The Alienist
American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace
Genius: Picasso
Godless
Patrick Melrose

  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Ann Down, The Handmaid’s Tale
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Vanessa Kirby, The Crowd
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale

  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Joseph Fiennes, The Handmaid’s Tale
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Matt Smith, The Crown

  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Zazie Beetz, Atlanta
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Aidy Bryant, Saturday Night Live
Betty Gilpin, GLOW
Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Laurie Metcalf, Roseanne
Megan Mullally, Will & Grace

  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Louie Anderson, Baskets
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Brian Tyree Henry, Atlanta
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live
Henry Winkler, Barry

  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Sara Bareilles, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
Penélope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Judith Light, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Meritt Wever, Godless
Letitia Wright, Black Mirror: “Black Museum”

  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Jeff Daniels, Godless
Brandon Victor Dixon, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
John Leguizamo, Waco
Ricky Martin, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Edgar Ramirez, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Michael Stuhlbarg, The Looming Tower
Finn Wittrock, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

  • Outstanding Limited Series

The Alienist
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Genius: Picasso
Godless
Patrick Melrose

  • Structured Reality Program

Antiques Roadshow
Fixer Upper
Lip Sync Battle
Queer Eye
Shark Tank
Who Do You Think You Are?

The 2018 Emmy Awards show will hold on Monday, September 17.

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Chelsea “Fires” Antonio Conte With Maurizio Sarri Set To Take Over

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Chelsea Have Wielded The Big Stick On Antonio Conte

Chelsea have sacked Antonio Conte after two increasingly fractious years in charge with fellow Italian Maurizio Sarri set to be appointed as their new manager imminently.

The former Italian player, who claimed the Premier League title and an FA Cup in his two seasons at the club, had been anticipating the axe to fall all summer but, with Chelsea’s negotiations over the compensation due to Napoli to secure Sarri having proved complicated, he had returned to his office at Cobham last weekend.

Conte had refused to walk away unless the final year of his three-year contract was paid up in full.

He still has a year to run on a £9m-a-season deal, renegotiated last summer in the wake of the league championship triumph, and will be due a hefty payoff.

But a compensation agreement was finally reached on Thursday with Sarri set to be announced as his replacement shortly.

It is believed that Sarri will be joined by former Blues striker and club legend Gianfranco Zola who is set to join as part of a new-look backroom team.

Sarri is expected to be in charge of Chelsea’s pre-season training camp in Australia.

Chelsea are also close to signing Napoli midfielder Jorginho, who played under Sarri at Empoli and the Naples.

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Third Mainland Bridge To Be Shut On July 27 – Closure Will Be For 27 Months

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Third Mainland Bridge To Be Shut On July 27 – Closure Will Be For 27 Months

The Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Mr Adedamola Kuti, on Wednesday in Lagos said that the emergency rehabilitation/maintenance of the Third Mainland Bridge project would begin on July 27.

Third Mainland Bridge To Be Closed On Thursday For Repairs

Kuti, who said this at a stakeholders’ meeting at the Ministry of Works office in Lagos, disclosed that the repair works on the bridge would be staggered over a period of 27 months and would be handled by Borini Prono Construction Company.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was convened by the ministry for stakeholders to brainstorm on effective traffic diversion and management to prevent gridlocks during the period.

Some of the stakeholders at the event include: NUPENG, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO), Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and the police.

He said that the bridge would be totally shut to traffic on the first three days for the contractor to carry out various tests on it.

He said that subsequent closures would be on partial basis.

“A Dynamic Test on Bridge Expansion Joints on Third Mainland Bridge is to be carried out between Friday, July 27, 2018 and Sunday, July 29, 2018 and it has been done in such a way that it will have minimum impact on road users.

“Consequently, the Third Mainland Bridge will be closed to traffic by 12.00 midnight of Thursday 26th July, 2018 and be opened by 12.00 midnight Sunday 29th July, 2018.

“Alternative routes will be plied during this period and traffic control will be in place to direct and help traffic movement.

“We regret any inconvenience this might cause road users as this closure is inevitable,’’ he said.

He appealed for the patience of road users and promised that all alternative routes would be repaired to make them smooth for easy access.

Also, the Lagos State Sector Commander of the Federal Roads Safety Corps, (FRSC), Mr Hyginus Omeje, appealed to motorists to use mass transportation facilities during repair works on the Third Mainland Bridge.

Omeje told journalists that the vehicular occupancy ratio in Lagos was 1:1 which meant that there was an average of one driver per vehicle that plied the road hence, the usual heavy traffic.

He said that all the traffic regulatory and law enforcement agencies at the event were going to work in synergy to prevent gridlock.

“Instead of everybody coming out with their vehicles within this period, can we do the park-and-ride option which we have been advocating to really help us to ease off traffic in Lagos,’’ he said.

He also appealed to the media to increase its awareness campaign on the dangers of drivers of articulated vehicles parking on the roads and bridges.

They should change their attitudes toward indiscriminate parking of trucks on the roads and bridges, Omeje said.

NAN

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“Naija Don Cast” – Wizkid Reacts To Reports Of Fayose’s Collapse Due To Tear Gas Allegedly Fired By Police

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Singer, Ayo Balogun widely known as Wizkid has reacted to the news of Governor Fayose being tear gased during a campaign rally at Government house Ekiti.

The Governor after the incident shared a video on twitter asking Nigerians to hold Inspector General of Police accountable if anything happens to him.

Wizkid who is currently out of the country for an event reacted to the series of photos and videos from the incident with a question on what is happening to the Governor.

See his reactions below:-

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Barcelona Announce The Signing Of Sevilla Defender Clement Lenglet

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Barcelona revealed they have completed the signing of Clement Lenglet from Sevilla on a five-year contract.

Barcelona have completed a deal to sign highly rated French defender Clement Lenglet from Sevilla for €35.9million, with the player set to sign a five-year contract.

Lenglet, 23, had long been identified as a target for Barca, with reports linking them with a move for much of the 2017-18 season.

The defender made the switch to Spain in January 2017, leaving Nancy – for whom he was captain – and seamlessly fitting into Jorge Sampaoli’s team.

He becomes the fifth centre-back in Barca’s first-team squad, but Thomas Vermaelen, Samuel Umtiti and Yerry Mina have all been the subjects of transfer speculation.

Lenglet, a former France under-21 international, becomes Barca’s second signing of the summer following confirmation last week that Gremio midfielder Arthur Melo will also join the club this month.

Lenglet’s buy out clause at Barca will be valued at €300m.

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2face Idibia Accompanies VP, Yemi Osinbajo On Visit To Hollywood

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Legendary Nigerian singer, 2face Idibia was in company of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo during a working visit to the Hollywood in United States.

The Vice President had 2face Idibia, Mo Abudu and other popular entertainers on his entourage to the U.S in a bid to foster a creative and business relationship between the Nollywood and Hollywood.

According to Osinbajo, the visit was an “interactive investment forum with institutions and individuals in Hollywood. Creativity and talent abound in Nigeria and we are open for business. I met with reps from Universal studios, Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, IMAX, Disney and a host of others.”

Some of the other persons on the VP’s entourage to Hollywood included Terra Kulture founder, Bolanle Austen-Peters; Managing Director of Nigeria Film Corporation, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, Executive Director of Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Segun Awolowo, Executive Director of Bank of Industry, Tony Adeniji and Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters, Dr. Dipeolu.

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Dangote Says He Needs A New Wife – Speaks On His ‘Crazy’ $12bn Project

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Dangote Says He Needs A New Wife – Speaks On His ‘Crazy’ $12bn Project

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has revealed that at 61, he is not getting any younger and is willing to take a new wife.

Speaking with David Piling in a Financial Times interview, Lunch with FT, monitored by TheCable, the multi-billionaire, also talked about his busy schedules, ambition to buy Arsenal Football club and his huge $12 billion refinery, which he said once completed, will make Nigeria, for the first time in her history become Africa’s biggest exporter of petroleum products.

On the need for a new wife, the founder of Dangote Group, who is twice divorced and has three daughters, revealed that his schedule is inhibiting romance, adding that he is on the lookout for a new bride.

He however adds a caveat: “I’m not getting younger. Sixty years is no joke. But it doesn’t make sense to go out and get somebody if you don’t have the time. Right now, things are really, really very busy, because we have the refinery, we have the petrochemicals, we have the fertiliser, we have the gas pipeline.”

The Africa’s richest man also told Pilling that he tries to fast at least once a week, adding that, “it helps to clean your system”.

He said his busy schedule sees him take over 100 calls per day.

About his mails, he said: “You try to be polite and reply but they come back to you with a longer email, not minding that here is a very, very busy person”.

“Look Aliko, the world is not going to fall apart if you don’t answer your phone,” Dangote says of his advise from Tony Blair, ex-UK Prime Minister.

He expressed confidence that once his $12 billion refinery is done, “for the first time in history, Nigeria will be the largest exporter of petroleum products in Africa”.

On Arsenal, Dangote declared:

“I love Arsenal and I will definitely go for it,” he told FT, adding that the club should be worth about $2bn.”

The businessman further hinted that he would rebuild the team if he took over.

“When I buy it, I have to bring it up to the expectations of our supporters. Once I have finished with that headache (refinery project) I will take on football,” he added.

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How Naira Fared Against Dollar (July 11)

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How Naira Fared Against Dollar (July 11)

The Nigerian currency Naira on Wednesday, July 11, appreciated marginally against the United States’ Dollar at the parallel market in Lagos, exchanging at N358.50 to the dollar.

It is understood that the local currency was 10 kobo stronger than N358.60 to the dollar traded on Tuesday, July 10, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N478 and N417.5, respectively.

Nigerian Banks Suspend ATM Cash Withdrawal Abroad

At the Bureau De Change (BDC) window, the Naira closed at N360 to the dollar, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N478 and N417.5, respectively.

Trading at the investors’ window saw the Naira close at N361.87 with a daily turnover of 168.74 million dollars, while the naira closed at N305.75 at the CBN window.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that traders expressed optimism that the naira might appreciate further at the market as the CBN continues to boost liquidity.

Bear in mind that the country’s apex bank on Tuesday injected $210 million into the inter-bank Foreign Exchange market to meet customers’ requests in various segments of the market.

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Nigeria To Unveil Logo, Name Of New National Airline On July 18 In UK

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Nigeria To Unveil Logo, Name Of New National Airline On July 18 In UK

Following plans to establish its proposed national carrier, the federal government has said it will on July 18, unveil the logo and name of the airline, at the Farnborough Air Show in the United Kingdom.

This is just as the minister of state for aviation, Hadi Sirika said the proposed national airline for Nigeria would be unveiled before the end of the year.

The Minister also added that by December 19, the first five aircrafts of the airline would be delivered.

Sirika, a former pilot, gave the assurance while receiving the outline business case certificate of compliance for the establishment of the airline from Chidi Izuwah, director-general, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC).

The minister said the presentation of the certificate was a testament on how far the project had gone.

It is understood that the proposed airline will gulp $8.8 million preliminary cost and $300 million as take-off cost.

“The federal government is not fully funding the airline as it has adopted midwifing it via the option of a public private partnership, to deliver a national carrier that would stand the test of time and be world class in operation and management. The airline will make profit in three years after operations.”

“We will make the investments and follow the business plan through private sector management.

“We intend to get a 30 aircraft market in five years. But we will begin with five aircraft on the day of lunch. It was not clear whether an order has been made for the aircraft, but the minister in May met a team from Boeing in Abuja.

“At Farnborough International Public Airshow coming July 18, 2018 in London, we will unveil the name, logo, colour scheme, the structure and the type of airplane about the national carrier.

“We will also place the order for the aircraft at the event,” he said.

Sirika explained that the government would step in to cover the funding gap at the onset and ease out thereafter.

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Buhari Signs Into Law The Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) Bill

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Buhari Signs Into Law The Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) Bill

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, July 11, signed the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) Bill into law.

Speaking with newsmen in the State House, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, said NFIU was the Nigerian arm of the global Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs), which he said, was hitherto domiciled in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as an autonomous unit operating in the African region.

According to him, the NFIU has the duty to ensure a country’s compliance with international standards on matters bordering on money laundering and terrorism financing.

It is also mandated to check suspicious transactions.

Enang, who added that the unit, which also had the responsibility to receive, request, analyse, and disseminate financial intelligence to relevant agencies, would henceforth be domiciled in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

He continued: “The Act creates NFIU to be domiciled in the Central Bank but to work autonomously and independently. The Act is intended to allow this agency to collate and disseminate financial intelligence to security agencies, intelligent agencies and other agencies which are entitled to receive it.

“And what they collate is for instance transfers of money where money comes from, where it goes and other suspicious transactions including transaction relating to terrorism financing.

“What the law also does is to amend the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act, the Money Laundering Prohibition Act and the Terrorism Prevention Act so that all these functions of financial intelligence which were performed by each of these agencies or which allowed the provision of money for illegal purposes or laundering would now be handled by the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit independently.

“And when they collate it they make it available to enforcement and enforcing institutions and that is the essence of the Act and it is available for every person, it has now become law.”

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Man Sentenced To Death In Akwa Ibom

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Man Sentenced To Death By Hanging For Murder In Akwa Ibom

A certain man from Akwa Ibom State has been sentenced to death by hanging on the order of the State High Court, sitting in Eket, for killing his neighbor over N80,000.

The presiding judge, Justice Nsemeke Daniel, on Wednesday passed the death sentence on the accused, Okon Ebenge, from Akpautong in the Esit Eket Local Government Area, for conspiring with his son, Akaninyene, to kill his 37-year-old neighbor, Eteyen Ekong, when he demanded the refund of N80,000.

Ekong, a native of Ntak Inyang in Esit Eket, was said to have given the convict N80,000 in 2013 to construct a container shade for his business.

It was however gathered that the convict did not construct the container and refused to refund the money to Ebenge, prompting the deceased to go to Ebenge’s house for his money on January 10, 2016, where he was beaten to death by the convict and his son, who escaped.

In his judgment, Justice Daniel said:

“The law is trite that when any person aids the commission of an offence by being at the scene not as an onlooker but with the purpose of assisting any other person in committing the offence; he is equally guilty of the offence as a principal.”

He ruled that the death of the deceased was accelerated by the convict who prevented sympathisers from taking the deceased to a hospital while he was still breathing even though unconscious.

“In my view, the specific act of using a machete to chase away people from entering his compound to rescue the victim was a manifestation of his intention to ensure that the man was dead,” Daniel said.

The judge sentenced Ebenge to death for murder on count one, while on count two, he was sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment.

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$322m Abacha Loot: Osinbajo Explains How Beneficiaries Would Be Paid

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$322m Abacha Loot: Osinbajo Explains How Beneficiaries Would Be Paid

The Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, has clarified the method in which the beneficiaries of the direct cash transfer from the $322m recovered Abacha loot would be paid.

The clarification was made on Wednesday at the launching of the Monitoring of Recovered Assets through Transparency and Accountability project.

The launching was part of the ‘Roundtable of the African Union Champion on Anti-Corruption’ to commemorate 1st African Day of Anti-Corruption.

The event was co-organised by the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, and the African Union, with the theme, “Enhancing Domestic Resources for Sustainable Development Goals by Improved Asset Recovery and Asset Return.”

Speaking on behalf of the VP, the Special Adviser to the President on Social Protection, Maryam Uwais, assured that the cash transfer programme would be monitored to ensure transparency of the process.

She said monitors would visit the individual households that have been identified through “deliberate targeting.”

Uwais quoted the VP as saying: “By the end of this year, we should have a register of the entire country.

“This register is where all our beneficiaries will be mined from. There is a number for each of the beneficiaries, and we’ll have pictures captured.

“When we started, three banks offered to support us with the biometrics. By the time they started going to the locations they realised it was costly for them.

“So they backed out. Now, we’re working through agents to ensure we pay at the last mile, because if a person is on this register, and is actually deserving of this our N 5, 000, many of them cannot travel for long distances.

“Many of them need the money so we don’t want them spending money going to look for their money. So we’re using the agents. We’re working to see that their biometrics are captured.

“It’s more than just financial inclusion . It’s also social inclusion. It’s important for planning that every state is aware of where these people are located.

“We’re also collating data on access roads to these communities, nearest primary schools, secondary schools, healthcare centres, connectivity issues.

“There is a huge conversation on how to ensure that we’re able to make payment by virtual wallet, because a lot of our women on pay days are visible when they go to collect their money and we need to protect them.”

The money is part of the loot stashed in Switzerland by the late former Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha.

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Newcastle Confirm Loan Signing Of Chelsea Winger Kenedy

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Newcastle United have confirmed that Kenedy will return to the club on loan from Chelsea until the end of the 2018/19 season.

Kenedy shone during his first loan spell with Newcastle during the second half of the 2017/18 season, scoring two goals and assisting on two others as he helped Newcastle achieve a 10th-place finish in the league.

The 22-year-old has joined the rest of the Newcastle squad for the club’s pre-season training camp in Ireland this week.

Speaking to nufc.co.uk, Kenedy revealed his joy that manager Rafa Benitez wanted to work with him again.

“I am so happy with this interest from Rafa Benítez, that he came back for me,” said Kenedy. “I want to keep it going, the work that I did here before, for the new season.

“I have received many, many messages on social media from the fans. They made me feel appreciated, so I wanted to come here in this new season and give everything on the pitch.”

Manager Benítez added: “I’m really pleased to have Kenedy back with us. I’m sure every fan will be happy with this signing.

Hopefully he can keep playing at the same level that he reached with us last season. I wish him all the best for his time here.”

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Ex-NYSC Director Explains Why Kemi Adeosun’s ‘Exemption Certificate’ Is Fake

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Ex-NYSC director Explains Why Kemi Adeosun’s ‘exemption certificate’ is fake

A retired Director of Mobilisation at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Anthony Ani, has given reasons why the purported ‘Certificate of Exemption’ owned by Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, is not genuine and “wouldn’t have emanated from the NYSC”. 

REVEALED: How Nigeria’s Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun “Skipped NYSC, Forged Exemption Certificate”

The finance minister was alleged to have skipped the mandatory NYSC year and went ahead to procure a certificate to cover her tracks.

More Trouble For Kemi Adeosun As NYSC Probes Her Exemption Certificate

While she is yet to respond to the allegations since they became public last weekend, Ani, who appeared on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, said the certificate had footprints of a fake NYSC certificate.

He insisted that there was no way NYSC would issue Certificate of Exemption to anyone who graduated before 30 years.

“You don’t apply for either NYSC certificate or NYSC certificate of national service or certificate of exemption, you present yourself for mobilisation. The system will determine whether you are to be exempted or you are not to be exempted,” Ani said.

Replying another question, he insisted that “[by] the NYSC procedure, you don’t apply for exemption and expect a certificate. You make yourself available [for mobilisation], when you are mobilised, those who are to be exempted are exempted and those who are to be deployed are deployed.”

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Fulham Complete Signing Of Jean Michael Seri From Nice

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Fulham have completed the signing Jean Michael Seri from French club, Nice.

Chelsea and Arsenal were among a host of clubs across Europe who had been monitoring the Ivory Coast midfielder, but Fulham have won the race for the 26-year-old.

Napoli, Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla had also been linked with Jean Michael Seri but the player has been in London this week and finalised his move on Thursday, signing a four-year deal with an option for a further 12 months.

Fulham owner Tony Khan said: “He’s been at the very top of our target list for a long time. This is a big day for Fulham. We’re ecstatic that Jean-Michael is joining our squad as we return home to the Premier League.”

Fulham coach Slavisa Jokanovic is also hoping to bring in Southampton’s Matt Targett and Newcastle’s Aleksandar Mitrovic on permanent deals.

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

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  • Nabil Fekir has made clear to Lyon’s owner he still wants a move to Liverpool.
  • Liverpool face competition from Lazio for Stoke winger Xherdan Shaqiri.
  • Everton are trying to push through a £21m deal for Barcelona’s Colombia defender Yerry Mina.
  • Sporting Lisbon have filed paperwork with FIFA calling for Wolves to pay them £48m for goalkeeper Rui Patricio.
  • Chelsea believe bringing in Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri will persuade Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Willian to stay.
  • Nottingham Forest starlet Matthew Bondswell has rejected Manchester United and Liverpool to join RB Leipzig.
  • Jose Mourinho has booked his Manchester United squad in for double sessions this week at the start of a brutal pre-season training regime.
  • Fulham’s shock swoop for Jean-Michael Seri could be completed in the next 24 hours.
  • Southampton are willing to fund the bulk of Fraser Forster’s £65,000-a-week wages to loan out the former England ‘keeper.
  • Bournemouth have been warned they will not land Leganes defender Diego Rico for less than his £17.5m release clause.
  • West Ham have been granted a work permit for Felipe Anderson as they prepare to smash their transfer record in a deal worth in the region of £40m.
  • Hugo Lloris believes France have developed into a “complete” team as the World Cup finalists hit back at Belgium jibes that they are an “anti-football” side.
  • Crystal Palace are weighing up a £15m bid for Michail Antonio as they consider the sale of Andros Townsend to Newcastle.
  • Claude Puel is ready to make a renewed £10m bid for Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts after Riyad Mahrez’s £60m club-record sale.
  • Rangers could make a move for Iran’s World Cup roly-poly throw-in taker Milad Mohammadi.
  • Steven Caulker is fighting for his future at Dundee after being sent home from their Portuguese training camp.
  • Neil Lennon has blasted the SFA for robbing him of Scotland U21 star Ryan Porteous.

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PDP To Embark On Nationwide Protest Following Attack On Governor Ayo Fayose

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The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has directed its state executive committee members, leaders and stakeholders to march peacefully to the police commands in all states of the federation.

According to the party, the peaceful protest was in respect to “the police brutality” that occurred on Wednesday at the Ekiti State government house, which led to Governor Ayo Fayose allegedly being manhandled by the Police.

In a statement issued by the PDP National Organising Secretary, Colonel Austin Akobundu (retd) on Wednesday , the party asked all state chapters to deliver a protest letter to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris through their respective Commissioners of Police.

“The National Working Committee (NWC) has directed that all state chairmen mobilize former NWC Members, Board of Trustees, BoT Members, former Governors, all State Exco Members, Exco members of the party at all levels and stakeholders with our teaming supporters, to embark on peaceful procession to the State Police Command in their respective States to protest the police brutality that happened today (yesterday) in Ekiti State.

“The protest march must begin by 10 a.m. simultaneously across the nation. All State Chapters are to deliver a protest letter to the Inspector General Of Police through the Commissioner of Police,” the statement read.

 

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