Amaju Pinnick Wins Election, Retains Position As NFF President

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Amaju Pinnick Wins Election, Retains Position As NFF President

Amaju Pinnick has become the first person to win a second consecutive four-year term as president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), after he beat off challenges from former president Aminu Maigari, Taiwo Ogunjobi and Chinedu Okoye.

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The 44-year-old Nigerian, the first vice president of the Confederation of African Football, on Thursday secured 34 votes from the 44 available in a first round of voting.

Alhaji Aminu Magari got eight votes; Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi got two votes while Chinedu Okoye did not have any vote.

“Amaju Pinnick re-elected NFF President. He scored a total of 34 votes, Maigari 8 votes, Ogunjobi 2 votes, and Okoye 0 votes,” NFF confirmed his victory in a tweet.

In all, 44 delegates from states football federation and other bodies including coaches, referees associations and players unions, participated in the election which took place in Katsina State.

The chairman of the Electoral committee for the election, Muhammed Katu announced the results.

FIFA representatives, Luca Piazza and Solomon Mudege were among football chiefs who witnessed the election.

Elections into the offices of first Vice President, Chairman of Chairmen and other members of the NFF board were still in progress as of the time of filing this report.

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2.7 Million Nigerian Women Engage In Abortion This Year

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2.7 Million Nigerian Women Engage In Abortion This Year

A Public Health Scientist, Suzanne Bell on Thursday said the abortion rate by women of reproductive age in Nigeria has risen between 1.8 and 2.7 million.

Mrs Bell, who made the disclosure at a dissemination exercise of the Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA 2020) in Abuja, said that the rise was as a result of unintended pregnancies.

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The event with the theme, “Measuring Performance, Informing Policy and Empowering Communities’’ was a collaboration of the Centre for Research Evaluation, Resources and Development ( CRERD) and the Bayero University, Kano.

According to Mrs Bell, majority of these abortions were considered unsafe, hence the need for increased awareness and access to family planning, to protect the lives of women.

“In 2018, PMA 2020 conducted a survey to produce updated and expanded estimates of abortion-related indicators.

“The survey results provided new insights into the characteristics of women who have abortions and the pathways leading to abortion within or outside the healthcare system.

“In Nigeria, most public tertiary facilities provided post abortion care (92 per cent) and safe abortion services to save a woman’s life (81 per cent); lower level public facilities and private facilities were much less likely to do so.

“In 2017, the annual incidence of likely abortions in Nigeria was 41.8 per cent per 1000 women aged, 15 to 49, which is nearly 1.8 million abortions.

“When including information related to the experience of respondents closest confidants, the rate of likely abortions in Nigeria rose to 2.7 million.’’

Mrs Bell said women living in rural areas, women with no education and women who are poor were the most likely to have had the least safe abortion.

She further said six out of 10 abortions were considered least safe and 11 per cent of women experienced complications for which they sought post abortion care at a health facility.

Earlier, Elizabeth Omoluabi, Principal Investigator, PMA2020, said one out of every four children were unintended, giving rise to some of the abortions committed by women.

Mrs Omoluabi, therefore, called for the empowerment of women to have family planning before marriage in order to reduce the abortion rate.

“The 2018 survey conducted revealed that there has been steady rise in family planning due to awareness on its need.

“19 per cent of Nigerian women are now using modern contraceptives as shown by the survey.

“In our survey, we used three instruments which include household, female respondent and service delivery point questionnaire to carry our survey.

“The impact of quality data in planning is important and hence the data will help us to plan to save the lives of Nigerian women.’’

She added that the PMA2020 in its survey was able to use innovative mobile technology to support rapid- turn around surveys to monitor key indicators for family planning.

Also, Ghaji Bello, Director- General, National Population Commission (NPopC) pledged the continuous support of the commission toward the country’s family planning data.

The PMA2020 is implemented by local universities and research organisations in 11 countries.

PMA2020 Nigeria is led by the (CRERD) and Bayero University, Kano, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health.

The survey has been carried out in the states of Lagos, Kano, Kaduna, Rivers, Nasarawa, Anambra and Taraba.

(NAN)

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Disney Confirm Marvel’s Kevin Feige Will Handle The X-Men Franchise

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In amazing news for all fans of the X-Men franchise, Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that the X-Men movies will fall directly under the supervision of Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige.

This announcement might confirm that the X-Men will indeed become a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Iger said, “It only makes sense. I want to be careful here because of what’s been communicated to the Fox folks, but I think they know. It only makes sense for Marvel to be supervised by one entity. There shouldn’t be two Marvels.”

For those who don’t know yet, after a couple months of negotiations, Disney finally approved a $71.3 billion deal to acquire most of Fox’s properties including the cinematic licensing for the X-Men and Fantastic Four with the complete acquisition to be finalized by summer 2019.

When asked if the acquisition means Fox’s Deadpool would be joining the Avengers, Iger added that “Kevin’s got a lot of ideas, I’m not suggesting that’s one of them. But who knows?”

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Ogbanje Nigeria Air Was A Hustle For The Boys

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Ogbanje Nigeria Air Was A Hustle For The Boys – Fredrick Nwabufo

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Nigeria Air was still-birthed because it was never meant to reach parturition in the first place. It was a grand scam. A cash-out for the boys; though I fell for it.

This piece was written by Fredrick Nwabufo. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

When Hadi Siriki, minister of aviation, displayed a nondescript logo announcing that Nigeria Air would launch in December, I became seized by national fervour. In my rapture, I praised the government and the minister for attempting to revive the “national pride”.

A week later, when I had fed myself enough information on the hoax, I became crestfallen. I stopped commenting on the illusion. But I was too ashamed to pillory my earlier effusive outpourings.

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It became evident to me that the Nigeria Air dream was a hustle for the boys. Yes. How do you explain the outsourcing of the logo design of the scam airline to a briefcase company in Bahrain for $600,000 while there is an abundance of super-creative graphic designers in Nigeria? How do you explain the “unveiling” of the ogbanje airline in the UK with millions of naira spent on accessories, flight tickets, hotels, souvenirs and publicity?

The fact is, millionaires have emerged from this scam, just as some “fast” persons became millionaires from the Forex volatility snag of 2015. Some group of highly-connected people, their cronies, families, concubines and side-chicks have all ate “nkwobi” and drank Ciroc from this heist. Yes, there are people who benefit from government’s confusion.

I have accepted my fate of being a dupe; a victim of government’s grand scam. But next time, I will be very careful in expending my credibility on the government’s projects or plans.

However, I must say the government took a sagacious decision in terminating the project before a shameful turn-out. The project was just one of ego; there was no commercial outline to it. It was already doomed to fail.

But this makes me wonder the cognitive stuff of the thinkers in the government. Was the project not thought through in the first place? Were assessments of its viability not made initially? Was it all for show and propaganda?

This is a downer for the government; a self-incurred one.

Seriously, it raises doubts about the government’s other projects and plans. Are they ogbanje projects too?

There should be a limit to government’s trickery and propaganda.

Fredrick is a media personality.

He can be reached on Facebook: Fredrick Nwabufo, Twitter: @FredrickNwabufo

This piece was written by Fredrick Nwabufo. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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John Stones Frustrated By Manchester City’s Champions League Defeat To Lyon

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John Stones has described Manchester City’s 2-1 home defeat to Lyon in the Champions League as “disappointing” and “frustrating”.

With manager Pep Guardiola banned from the touchline City slumped to their first defeat of the season.

First-half goals from Maxwel Cornet and Nabil Fekir was enough to be the difference as the visitors picked up a famous victory, but Stones was eager to quickly turn his focus to the future and insists that there is still plenty of time to make up for the shock result.

“Really disappointing. To concede two goals like we did is very frustrating. We came in at half-time a bit deflated. We picked ourselves up and played a better second half but it was frustrating,” Stones told BT Sport.

“It is the first game. Still early days. We put pressure on ourselves. There is no outside pressure. We know our strengths and weaknesses. We go again in the next game. There are still a lot to play and we should be positive about that.”

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Yet To Be Offered A New Deal : Petr Cech Admits He’s Playing For His Future At Arsenal

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Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has admitted he is playing for his club future with the Gunners yet to offer him a contract extension.

Cech, 36, has less than 12 months on his existing deal with Arsenal and now faces competition following the signing of Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen for £19.2million in the summer.

However, Petr Cech has started all five Premier League games this season, with Unai Emery keen to give him a chance to prove he can play out from the back

Asked whether he was any clearer where he would be playing next season, Cech said: “I’m in the last year of the contract so I guess it depends on my performances, the way I play and the way I stay fit throughout the season. Then we’ll see what happens next.”

Bernd Leno is expected to start Arsenal’s opening Europa League game when Vorskla Poltava visit Emirates Stadium and Cech insisted he is relishing the challenge posed by a rival team-mate 10 years his junior.

“When you bring players in you do that to improve the squad and to make it competitive and Bernd is here, trains every day and tries to get his spot which keeps everyone in the goalkeeping group on their toes including me, obviously,” said Cech.

“I have to work hard not only to make sure the manager picks me for the weekend but as well that he sticks with me.

“The goalkeeper situation is complicated as only one can play so the competition is bigger and at the moment I’ve been playing and I try to do my best and hope the manager is happy with my performances. I’ve always had great goalkeepers — David Ospina was great as was Carlo Cudicini and Hilario — behind me who pushed me all my career so I have to make sure I’m ready.

“In sport this is the way it goes — you always have someone waiting for your failure so they can jump in and you have to find a way to keep your spot.”

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Baba Rahman Refusing To Give Up On His Chelsea Dreams

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Baba Rahman is refusing to give up on his dream of breaking into the Chelsea Tam despite not playing for them for over two years.

Chelsea signed Baba Rahman from Augsberg for £21.7m in August 2015, but he struggled to make an impact at the club

The Ghanaian started just 19 games for the Blues before joining Bundesliga club Schalke on loan in 2016 only to suffer a serious knee injury which kept him out of the game for 12 months.

He agreed another loan deal with Schalke in January to take him through to the end of this season, but 24-year-old is confident his Chelsea career isn’t over.

He said: “You can never say where football will guide you to. Maybe I stay for the next 10 years at Schalke but I can also imagine playing for Chelsea again.

As one of the best clubs in the world, Chelsea gives many players the chance to make their dreams come true and become better footballers.

“The club gives talented players a chance to prove themselves. At Schalke, I am now regularly in front of 60,000 spectators on the pitch, which makes me incredibly good in my development.”

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Europa League Now Very Tough But Chelsea Can Win It – David Luiz

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Chelsea defender David Luiz has warned his team-mates not to underestimate any of their Europa League opponents.

Chelsea have won their opening five Premier League matches of the season under new manager Maurizio Sarri and will kick-off their campaign tonight against PAOK Salonika and are one of the favourites for outright glory.

However, Luiz, who did not travel to Greece because Blues boss Maurizio Sarri wanted to rest him, has told his team-mates it will not be easy to lift the trophy and secure an immediate return to the Champions League.

He said: “Many people don’t understand how hard it is to win this competition. The level is great. It’s not going to be easy to play.

It’s not going to be easy to play on a Thursday. It’s not going to be easy because of how far we have to travel but also because of the quality of the teams. I know because I have played in the Europa League more than once — I also played in it with Benfica.

“It’s not what everyone says about it [not being a good standard]. It is never easy to win a competition like this.”

The Brazilian international adamant Chelsea cannot afford to be picky on which tournament to win this season saying. “It is important to win the trophy,” said the Brazilian, who won the Europa League with the Blues in 2013. “Some talk about how winning it is a route back into the Champions League but, for me, it’s about lifting a trophy.”

Luiz added: “We have an amazing squad, everyone has the quality to play. It doesn’t matter who the 11 are on the pitch, Chelsea will always be at a great level to win games.”

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UEFA Wait On Referee’s Report Before Deciding Length Of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Champions League Ban

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UEFA will now wait to receive the referee’s report before deciding whether or not to extend Cristiano Ronaldo’s suspension after red card against Valencia in the Champions League.

Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off after half an hour of Juventus’ 2-0 win away to Valencia after appearing to put his hand on the head of defender Jeison Murillo.

He has received an automatic one-match ban which cannot be appealed but Uefa’s disciplinary panel could extend it depending on the contents of the report sent to them.

If the ban was extended, any appeal from Juventus would have to be heard before match day three, when Ronaldo had hoped to face his old club Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Portuguese international left the pitch in tears after German referee Felix Brych decided to send him off.

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WATCH: Davido Lights Up Adeleke’s Campaign Rallies, Wears PDP Agbada

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Davido Lights Up Adeleke’s Campaign Rallies, Wears PDP Agbada

With barely less than 48 hours to the commencement of the Osun State governorship election, popular Nigerian singer, David Adeleke, better known as Davido, has remained the star attraction during his uncle, Ademola Adeleke’s campaign, leaving his trail in every parts of the state in the last few days.

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The singer – who appears more focused on party politics and getting his uncle elected as governor of his home state of Osun – has been visiting some well-known towns in the state in the last few days alongside his record label mates to solicit votes for the candidate popularly known as the ‘dancing senator’.

Mr. Adeleke is vying to be governor of Osun State under the Peoples Democratic Party.

At the Osogbo, Iwo, llesha, Ede leg of the rally, a mammoth crowd struggled to catch a glimpse of him. The turnout at all the campaign venues can be likened to a sold-out concert.

The music star was also seen donning a PDP regalia and he sure looks dapper in the Agbada.

He wrote: “Osogbo Mega rally today !! @ademolaadeleke_01 victory awaits You and the Beautiful People of the state of Osun!         ⭐  ❤.”

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Wizkid’s Babymama Explodes! Drags Singer To Mud On Instagram Over Their Son

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Wizkid’s Babymama Explodes! Drags Singer To Mud On Instagram Over Their Son

It is a Thursday morning and multiple award-winning singer, Aydoeji Balogun, better known as Wizkid, takes center stage on social media after his first babymama, Ogudu Oluwanishola, revealed some never seen before chat messages she had with him on Instagram.

The young lady who appears to be in her 20s took to her Instagram page on Wednesday, September 19, to share private chat messages she had with him in her attempt to explain some of the things the singer has done to her and their son, Boluwatife.

Shola also revealed that it became necessary for her to bare the private chat messages to the public just to debunk the claims that she is just after the singer’s money.

In one of the screenshots of their chats, Oluwanishola talked about how Wizkid is always begged, forced by family members to pay for his child’s school fees.

‘…You only cared for yourself alone and how the public perceived you. As long as the public saw you as good, then why do you have to perform your fatherly duties? … Even the starboy chain you claimed you got for him, didn’t you collect it back? Social media daddy. Always quick to go to do that which portrayed you as a good dad to the public instead of showing us actual real love…’, she slammed in one of the chats.

While we allow you all (readers) to be the judge and jury over the chat conversations between Sola and Wizkid with respect to the upkeep of their son, kindly visit her Instagram page to read more from her screenshots.

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Ahmed Musa Scores Hat-Trick For New Club

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Ahmed Musa Scores Hat-Trick For New Club

Super Eagles of Nigeria star, Ahmed Musa, on Wednesday scored a hat-trick for his new Saudi Arabian club, Al Nassr, who defeated their hosts Al-Qadisiyah 3-O in a league game.

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The Nigerian international, who had previously fired blanks in their opening two games of the season, broke the deadlock after benefitting from Abderrazak Hamdallah’s assist in the 21st minute before doubling the lead four minutes before the interval.

Musa completed his hat-trick in the 66th minute, after he was teed up by Moroccan playmaker Nordin Ambarat.

The former Leicester player took to his Twitter handle moments after the match, to express his delight.

“First hat-trick for @alnassr!!! Thanks to my teammates and the supports for all the love!” he tweeted.

Al Nassr have now won all three games in the Saudi Professional League this season and sit at the top of the standings with nine points.

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Following the victory, the Knights of Najd are unmoved at the summit of top-flight table with nine points from three games.

Al Nassr host Al Taawon at the King Fahd Stadium for their next league fixture on September 24.

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Ahmed Musa Scores Hat-Trick For New Club

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Ahmed Musa Scores Hat-Trick For New Club

Super Eagles of Nigeria star, Ahmed Musa, on Wednesday scored a hat-trick for his new Saudi Arabian club, Al Nassr, who defeated their hosts Al-Qadisiyah 3-O in a league game.

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The Nigerian international, who had previously fired blanks in their opening two games of the season, broke the deadlock after benefitting from Abderrazak Hamdallah’s assist in the 21st minute before doubling the lead four minutes before the interval.

Musa completed his hat-trick in the 66th minute, after he was teed up by Moroccan playmaker Nordin Ambarat.

The former Leicester player took to his Twitter handle moments after the match, to express his delight.

“First hat-trick for @alnassr!!! Thanks to my teammates and the supports for all the love!” he tweeted.

Al Nassr have now won all three games in the Saudi Professional League this season and sit at the top of the standings with nine points.

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Following the victory, the Knights of Najd are unmoved at the summit of top-flight table with nine points from three games.

Al Nassr host Al Taawon at the King Fahd Stadium for their next league fixture on September 24.

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Rafael: I’ve Not Lost At City

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Rafael da Silva has boasted that he does not lose games at Manchester City, after Lyon won 2-1 in England.

Nabil Fekir and Maxwell Cornet scored in the first half and withstood a late onslaught from the host, after Bernardo Silva pulled one back halfway through the second half.

And Rafael, who has played in right back for Manchester United earlier in his career said he does not lose at City.

“Everybody knows I’m a United supporter. To come here to win at City – I’ve never lost here – is very good for me,” he told reporters.

“We know that if we play together we have a chance against any team. We have quality players, as you saw. We just need to play like this more often and results will come.

“I don’t know if they underestimated us. We played well. We had more chances to score goals.

“Maybe they thought… we are not very good in Ligue 1, you know. We’re not playing very good football.

“Maybe they looked at the videos and said ‘well, they don’t have good confidence’. I think we played really well.”

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Rafael: I’ve Not Lost At City

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Rafael da Silva has boasted that he does not lose games at Manchester City, after Lyon won 2-1 in England.

Nabil Fekir and Maxwell Cornet scored in the first half and withstood a late onslaught from the host, after Bernardo Silva pulled one back halfway through the second half.

And Rafael, who has played in right back for Manchester United earlier in his career said he does not lose at City.

“Everybody knows I’m a United supporter. To come here to win at City – I’ve never lost here – is very good for me,” he told reporters.

“We know that if we play together we have a chance against any team. We have quality players, as you saw. We just need to play like this more often and results will come.

“I don’t know if they underestimated us. We played well. We had more chances to score goals.

“Maybe they thought… we are not very good in Ligue 1, you know. We’re not playing very good football.

“Maybe they looked at the videos and said ‘well, they don’t have good confidence’. I think we played really well.”

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Buratai Orders Arrest Of Arms Bearers In Plateau, Calls Boko Haram BASTARDS

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Buratai Orders Arrest Of Arms Bearers In Plateau, Calls Boko Haram BASTARDS

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has ordered officers and men of the Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) Sector 9 in Riyom Local Council of Plateau State to arrest anyone in possession of arms.

While speaking with the soldiers during a special defence security exercise at Sector 6 Unit, the COAS also cautioned the troops against downplaying security issues in the state.

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Nigerian Guardian reports that the military chief also directed that the blockade of highways by miscreants should not be tolerated, urging the soldiers to employ their professional skills in fishing out criminal elements within the communities.

Also, in a post on his Facebook page, he wrote:

THE TURNING POINT

Just leaving Maiduguri after a week of fruitful adventure round Northern Borno.

Congratulations Mr President, Commander-in-Chief, Muhammadu Buhari

Congratulations our gallant troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE

Congratulations Nigerian Armed Forces.

Congratulations to all Nigerians

Great job done by the gallant troops of 145 Bn Damasak.

The Boko Haram Terrorists suffered a decisive defeat on 11 September 2018.

This date marks the real turning point in our counter insurgency operation.

The Nigerian Army is in full control of the Theatre of Operation.

The criminal Boko Haram lick your wounds. Your sponsors, sympathisers and collaborators in the guise of social media journalists will all join you in licking.

Bastards!

Nigeria is greater than you all.

Long Live Federal Republic of Nigeria!!!

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Buratai Orders Arrest Of Arms Bearers In Plateau, Calls Boko Haram BASTARDS

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Buratai Orders Arrest Of Arms Bearers In Plateau, Calls Boko Haram BASTARDS

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has ordered officers and men of the Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) Sector 9 in Riyom Local Council of Plateau State to arrest anyone in possession of arms.

While speaking with the soldiers during a special defence security exercise at Sector 6 Unit, the COAS also cautioned the troops against downplaying security issues in the state.

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Nigerian Guardian reports that the military chief also directed that the blockade of highways by miscreants should not be tolerated, urging the soldiers to employ their professional skills in fishing out criminal elements within the communities.

Also, in a post on his Facebook page, he wrote:

THE TURNING POINT

Just leaving Maiduguri after a week of fruitful adventure round Northern Borno.

Congratulations Mr President, Commander-in-Chief, Muhammadu Buhari

Congratulations our gallant troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE

Congratulations Nigerian Armed Forces.

Congratulations to all Nigerians

Great job done by the gallant troops of 145 Bn Damasak.

The Boko Haram Terrorists suffered a decisive defeat on 11 September 2018.

This date marks the real turning point in our counter insurgency operation.

The Nigerian Army is in full control of the Theatre of Operation.

The criminal Boko Haram lick your wounds. Your sponsors, sympathisers and collaborators in the guise of social media journalists will all join you in licking.

Bastards!

Nigeria is greater than you all.

Long Live Federal Republic of Nigeria!!!

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Mourinho: Dalot Can Play At Man United For A Decade

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Jose Mourinho has hailed Manchester United debutant, Diogo Dalot for his performance against Young Boys.

The Portuguese right back impressed in attack and defence, in the 3-0 thumping of Young Boys.

The 19-year-old Dalot joined United from Porto in the off-season and played his first game on Wednesday.

“I want to be also nice to Luke [Shaw] because I think both play at the same level,” Mourinho told reporters. “I think Diogo and Shaw, they played very, very, well.

“Our danger came from both, both of them. They had fantastic movement, they had depth, they had crosses, they had assists. They were involved in the most dangerous actions and they defended also well. So I think both of them, they were very, very good.

“But of course Luke is here for a few years, he’s playing since the beginning of the season and for Diogo first match for the club after a knee surgery. I think very good, solid performance.

“I think everyone could see the potential and everyone could see that he’s a 19-year-old player who has more than 10 years to play for Manchester United.”

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Mourinho: Dalot Can Play At Man United For A Decade

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Jose Mourinho has hailed Manchester United debutant, Diogo Dalot for his performance against Young Boys.

The Portuguese right back impressed in attack and defence, in the 3-0 thumping of Young Boys.

The 19-year-old Dalot joined United from Porto in the off-season and played his first game on Wednesday.

“I want to be also nice to Luke [Shaw] because I think both play at the same level,” Mourinho told reporters. “I think Diogo and Shaw, they played very, very, well.

“Our danger came from both, both of them. They had fantastic movement, they had depth, they had crosses, they had assists. They were involved in the most dangerous actions and they defended also well. So I think both of them, they were very, very good.

“But of course Luke is here for a few years, he’s playing since the beginning of the season and for Diogo first match for the club after a knee surgery. I think very good, solid performance.

“I think everyone could see the potential and everyone could see that he’s a 19-year-old player who has more than 10 years to play for Manchester United.”

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Pjanic: Ronaldo’s Red Card Is Odd

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Juventus midfielder, Mirajlem Pjanic has described Cristiano Ronaldo’s red card as absurd.

The five-time ballon d’or winner was sent off early in the first half, following a collision with defender Jeison Murillo.

In his first game for Juventus in the UCL, Ronaldo was sent off as Pjanic netted two penalties to see Juve to the win.

“Football is a strange game. We could have been 4-0 up after the opening period, then came that absurd sending off,” Pjanic said, via the club’s website.

“It was like the Lyon game [in 2016]. We dug deep and found the spirit we needed to take us all the way to the final.

“That’s what we need to do again.”

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Pjanic: Ronaldo’s Red Card Is Odd

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Juventus midfielder, Mirajlem Pjanic has described Cristiano Ronaldo’s red card as absurd.

The five-time ballon d’or winner was sent off early in the first half, following a collision with defender Jeison Murillo.

In his first game for Juventus in the UCL, Ronaldo was sent off as Pjanic netted two penalties to see Juve to the win.

“Football is a strange game. We could have been 4-0 up after the opening period, then came that absurd sending off,” Pjanic said, via the club’s website.

“It was like the Lyon game [in 2016]. We dug deep and found the spirit we needed to take us all the way to the final.

“That’s what we need to do again.”

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Conflicting Reports Emerge On Ambode, Tinubu Rift

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Conflicting Reports Emerge On Ambode, Tinubu Rift

Conflicting reports have emerged today over the alleged rift between the current Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, and a former Governor of the state, Bola Tinubu, over the latter’s refusal to espouse the former’s second term bid.

Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has been in the news in the past few days because of an alleged rift over the second term bid of Ambode.

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Although he too has consistently denied it, Ambode’s relationship with Tinubu is strained, culminating in the latter’s decision to back Jide Sanwo-Olu for the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship ticket.

Sanwo-Olu came into reckoning in Lagos politics after he obtained the state governorship form last Tuesday and immediately got the backing of the Mandate Movement in the Lagos APC.

While the Mandate Movement is led by Tinubu, who was Ambode’s political godfather, it is understood that the chairmen of the 57 councils had also declared support for Sanwo-Olu.

Tinubu had refused to back Ambode’s second term ambition despite pleas by notable people in the state and the country.

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It was gathered that Ambode’s wife, Bolanle had on Monday tried to save her husband’s job when she met with Tinubu in Osun State and tried to pacify him to change his mind. The meeting did not yield positive result.

The Punch reports that both the state and national leaders of the party met on Wednesday and mounted pressure on the Lagos governor to accept the decision of the state party leaders.

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It was gathered that Ambode, however, told them that he would prefer to go ahead with the direct primary option of the party in the state.

A source was quoted to have said: “Ambode was told to step down and forget his second term ambition. He was told to publicly endorse Sanwo-Olu as his successor. He was promised a ministerial appointment after the APC might have won the presidential election. He was even told to pick a ministry of his choice.

“But Ambode seemed not to be pleased with the directives of the leaders as he declined the ministerial dangle. He also told them to allow the APC primary process to continue as planned. For now, the meeting is still continuing and there is no compromise in sight.”

However sources informed Nigerian Guardian that Tinubu, out of respect for former governors of Osun and Ogun States, Chief Bisi Akande and Aremo Segun Osoba, promised to let pass his grouse.

But with a condition: his political loyalists in Lagos, who have made up their minds that Ambode must go, must be consulted.

It was also learnt that the two advocates then led the incumbent to Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola, who is perhaps the closest loyalist of Tinubu.

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On the advice of the former governors, Ambode was said to have prostrated pleadingly, while the Osun governor expressed his grudges and those of Lagos party members. He also explained why the members insisted they wanted Ambode out.

The news outlet further quoted sources as saying that during a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC governors,  Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu led the plea with Tinubu.

“It is not in the culture of Hausa people to prostrate. What we normally do is express respect to our elders or leaders by saying Ranka Dade. But today, I am going to break that protocol,” he reportedly said, and prostrated.

Unable to hold his emotions, the national leader burst into tears, at which point, Buhari stood up, moved closer to Tinubu, and implored him to give Ambode a second chance.

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Consequently, Tinubu called for a meeting of the Governors Advisory Council (GAC) to hold yesterday, the outcome of which would determine the incumbent’s fate.

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Conflicting Reports Emerge On Ambode, Tinubu Rift

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Conflicting Reports Emerge On Ambode, Tinubu Rift

Conflicting reports have emerged today over the alleged rift between the current Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, and a former Governor of the state, Bola Tinubu, over the latter’s refusal to espouse the former’s second term bid.

Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has been in the news in the past few days because of an alleged rift over the second term bid of Ambode.

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Although he too has consistently denied it, Ambode’s relationship with Tinubu is strained, culminating in the latter’s decision to back Jide Sanwo-Olu for the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship ticket.

Sanwo-Olu came into reckoning in Lagos politics after he obtained the state governorship form last Tuesday and immediately got the backing of the Mandate Movement in the Lagos APC.

While the Mandate Movement is led by Tinubu, who was Ambode’s political godfather, it is understood that the chairmen of the 57 councils had also declared support for Sanwo-Olu.

Tinubu had refused to back Ambode’s second term ambition despite pleas by notable people in the state and the country.

Buhari Makes Last-Minute Moves To Save Ambode From Tinubu

It was gathered that Ambode’s wife, Bolanle had on Monday tried to save her husband’s job when she met with Tinubu in Osun State and tried to pacify him to change his mind. The meeting did not yield positive result.

The Punch reports that both the state and national leaders of the party met on Wednesday and mounted pressure on the Lagos governor to accept the decision of the state party leaders.

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It was gathered that Ambode, however, told them that he would prefer to go ahead with the direct primary option of the party in the state.

A source was quoted to have said: “Ambode was told to step down and forget his second term ambition. He was told to publicly endorse Sanwo-Olu as his successor. He was promised a ministerial appointment after the APC might have won the presidential election. He was even told to pick a ministry of his choice.

“But Ambode seemed not to be pleased with the directives of the leaders as he declined the ministerial dangle. He also told them to allow the APC primary process to continue as planned. For now, the meeting is still continuing and there is no compromise in sight.”

However sources informed Nigerian Guardian that Tinubu, out of respect for former governors of Osun and Ogun States, Chief Bisi Akande and Aremo Segun Osoba, promised to let pass his grouse.

But with a condition: his political loyalists in Lagos, who have made up their minds that Ambode must go, must be consulted.

It was also learnt that the two advocates then led the incumbent to Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola, who is perhaps the closest loyalist of Tinubu.

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On the advice of the former governors, Ambode was said to have prostrated pleadingly, while the Osun governor expressed his grudges and those of Lagos party members. He also explained why the members insisted they wanted Ambode out.

The news outlet further quoted sources as saying that during a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC governors,  Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu led the plea with Tinubu.

“It is not in the culture of Hausa people to prostrate. What we normally do is express respect to our elders or leaders by saying Ranka Dade. But today, I am going to break that protocol,” he reportedly said, and prostrated.

Unable to hold his emotions, the national leader burst into tears, at which point, Buhari stood up, moved closer to Tinubu, and implored him to give Ambode a second chance.

WATCH: Drama As Ambode Rushes To Tinubu For Photos At Jim Ovia’s Book Launch

Consequently, Tinubu called for a meeting of the Governors Advisory Council (GAC) to hold yesterday, the outcome of which would determine the incumbent’s fate.

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VIDEO: Guardiola Consoles Crying Daughter As Lyon Humble Manchester City In Etihad

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Guardiola Consoles Crying Daughter As Lyon Humble Manchester City In Etihad

Suspended Manchester City Boss, Pep Guardiola, who had to watch on in horror from the stands as City’s Champions League campaign got off to the worst possible start in a 2-1 home defeat by Lyon on Wednesday, was also spotted consoling his devastated daughter Valentina Guardiola at the end of the shocking defeat to the French side.

Guardiola was serving a touchline ban for being sent-off in last season’s quarter-final exit to Liverpool and the competition favourites failed to live up to their billing.

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Maxwel Cornet and Nabil Fekir fired Lyon into a 2-0 half-time lead and despite Bernardo Silva pulling a goal back, City slumped to their first defeat of the season.

A decade into their stewardship, winning the Champions League for the first time may remain the holy grail for City’s Abu Dhabi owners.

But it seems City’s fans still need to be convinced with plenty of empty seats dotted around the Etihad and the Champions League anthem again booed before kick-off.

That flat atmosphere transferred into City’s first-half display as Guardiola could only sit and watch a performance riddled with uncharacteristic basic errors from the Premier League champions.

The City manager, who was clearly frustrated as his side surrendered two goals after poor defensive errors from Fabian Delph and Fernandinho, was also in the right place at the right time to comfort his young daughter who appears inconsolable.

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Cameras in the moments after the full-time whistle captured Guardiola and his family rushing towards the exit — but the manager had to stop and comfort his daughter.

The young girl could be seen crying and clearly upset after the defeat.

Watch video below:

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

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  • Wolves defender Conor Coady could be in line for an England call-up after impressing for the Premier League new boys in the first weeks of the season.
  • James Milner has revealed he was never allowed to wear red clothes when he was a child because his father – a Leeds fan – hated Manchester United.
  • Per Mertesacker says the Arsenal players are to blame for Arsene Wenger’s departure as the club’s manager.
  • Arsenal’s new head of football Raul Sanllehi wants to make Ever Banega his first signing, with the midfielder reported to have an £18m release clause.
  • Shaun Wright-Phillips’ teenage son D’Margio was drafted in to train with the Manchester City first team as they prepared to face Lyon.
  • Cardiff have been forced to return nearly 30 percent of this season’s kit to manufacturers adidas because of a design flaw that meant it kept tearing.
  • Celtic have revealed pre-tax profits of £17m for their double treble-winning campaign, as well as revenues of £101.6m.
  • Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is set to hold contract talks with Graeme Shinnie, with the skipper’s deal expiring at the end of the season.
  • Christophe Berra says it is too early to consider Hearts as title contenders, despite their five-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
  • Barcelona are set to ditch stripes for the first time in their history next season and adopt a chequered pattern on their home shirt.
  • Arsenal staff expect Stan Kroenke’s son Josh to take a more active role at the club following chief executive Ivan Gazidis’s decision to move to AC Milan.
  • Celtic’s preparations for their Europa League clash with Rosenborg have been hit by Storm Ali, which forced them to train indoors.

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