Buhari Departs Nigeria For New York

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Buhari Departs Nigeria For New York

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, September 23, accompanied by his wife, Aisha Buhari, departed Abuja, Nigeria for New York to participate in the 73rd Session of United Nations (UN) General Assembly (UNGA73), which officially opened on September 18, 2018.

The theme for this year’s session is: “Making the United Nations relevant to all People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.”

The highpoint of Buhari’s participation will be his address on Tuesday to the General Assembly on the opening day of the debate.

The President’s presentation of Nigeria’s National Statement is expected to reaffirm the nation’s commitment to international peace and security; sustainable socio-economic development; disarmament and de-nuclearisation; youth and women empowerment; climate change; rule of law and human rights, among others.

He is also expected to canvass international support for the fight against corruption; the return of illicit assets; counter-terrorism and insurgency, among others.

A statement by Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, yesterday, said the President and his wife, Aisha, will also attend a welcome reception hosted by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres and his spouse, for Heads of State and Governments and their spouses.

The Nigerian delegation is expected to attend the Mandela Peace Summit, which is a high-level meeting on Global Peace in honour of the centenary birth of the late South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Nelson Mandela.

President Buhari will be accompanied by Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah; Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma; and the Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibrin.

Others on the presidential entourage include: the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd); Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar; Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service, Mohammad Babandede; and the Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.

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76 Cases Reported As Monkeypox Raids 15 States In Nigeria

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76 Cases Reported As Monkeypox Raids 15 States In Nigeria

About 76 cases of monkeypox is reported in 2018, 37 have been confirmed with one probable and two deaths in 15 states, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said.

Nigerian Takes Monkeypox To UK – Britain Records First Ever Case Of The Disease

Nigerian Guardian quoted the agency as saying that the affected states are Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Enugu, Imo, Lagos, Nasarawa, Oyo, Abia, Anambra, Plateau and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

Its latest situation report on the disease released on September 20, showed that Rivers with 34 cases, Bayelsa (20) and Cross River (9) have the highest number of confirmed cases since the beginning of the outbreak.

The report also identified a cluster of six suspected cases with epidemiological link to a United Kingdom (UK) case in Rivers.

The Public Health England (PHE) had reported two cases of monkey pox to the NCDC, which were confirmed in the UK on September 7 and 11, 2018 on people with recent travel history to Nigeria.

Speaking on the development, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, had said case investigations and contact tracing were ongoing in the UK and Nigeria, adding that the NCDC is collaborating with the PHE to investigate and strengthen further control measures on the two cases so far confirmed in the UK.

According to the report, the disease affects more males with 79 per cent of confirmed cases and that the most affected age group is 21- 40 years with median age of 31.

A breakdown of the figures showed nine new cases with two confirmed; 115 confirmed cases reported from September 2017; four probable cases from September 2017; seven deaths and 17 states with at least one confirmed case including FCT.

Monkey pox is a viral disease that produces pox lesions on the skin and is closely related to smallpox, but is not nearly as deadly as smallpox.

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3 Months After Ras Kimono’s Death, His Wife Passes Away

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3 Months After Ras Kimono’s Death, His Wife Passes Away

About three months after Reggae singer, Ras Kimono, was confirmed dead, his wife Efe Okedi, is reported to have passed away.

It is understood that Okedi’s death was similar to Kimono’s.

According to Channels Television, Efe, who died in the early hours of Sunday in her Magodo-Isheri home in Lagos, was said to have attended a family function on Saturday.

It was reported that she started complaining of ill health and was rushed to the hospital.

She reportedly died on the way to get medical attention.

Okedi, who was Kimono’s manager and a member of his band while he was alive, was the third wife of the music legend.

The head, Copyright Society of Nigeria, Chibueze Okereke, also confirmed her demise to Premium Times.

“We are so shocked to receive the news of Efe’s death this morning (Sunday). I was told that she attended a function yesterday and displayed no signs of ill health. She got home and after a while complained she was feeling funny. Sadly, she passed on before she could be rushed to the hospital. Efe and Ras Kimono were soul mates-it was impossible to see Kimono without seeing Efe by his side. She managed Kimono’s band and was an artiste turned artiste manager,” he noted.

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Osun State To Know Its New Governor On Thursday

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INEC Reveals New Date For Osun Governorship Election Rerun

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced Thursday, September 27, as the new date for a rerun after Saturday’s inconclusive Osun State governorship election.

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ademola Adeleke, had polled 254,699 ahead of Isiaka Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who had 254,345 votes.

Here’s Why INEC Declared Osun Governorship Election Inconclusive

Joseph Afuwape, INEC’s returning officer, had said since the total number of cancelled votes, 3,498, exceeds the difference between the two leading parties (353), it was impossible for any party to be declared as winner.

Afuwape announced that the rerun would take place in Orogun local government area, Ife north and Ife south.

Thursday’s supplementary contest will be a straight battle between Adeleke and Oyetola, as the rerun will hold only in the seven polling units where results were cancelled.

His words: “There was problem of ballot box snatching at unit 001 in Orolu local government and 393 votes were cancelled.”

“At unit 004 of the same LGA, there was also snatching of ballot box, 387 were cancelled. Area 9, unit 003, there were 167 registered voters. So, for Orolu LGA where there was cancellation, we had 947 registered voters.”

“At Ife south LGA, there was also cancellation of election due to the problem of card reader malfunctioning, at that unit 010 there were 502 registered voters.”

“At Oyere 2, Ife north, we also had cancelled election; 51 people were accredited but there were 200 votes that were cast, with that, there was cancellation due to irregularities, over voting, number of registered voters at that Unit 02 was 535.”

“Osogbo unit 017, there was a case of abscondment by the presiding officer, to this effect, election there was cancelled. Number of registered voters 884.”

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Shittu, Adeosun And The NYSC

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Shittu, Adeosun And The NYSC, By Festus Adedayo

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From the look of things, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) may kick-start the redemption in public service integrity that Nigerians have always craved for. Beginning with the whistle blown by the highly-respected news media, PREMIUM TIMES, on the dud NYSC certificate of former minister of finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun and the latest revelation about the failure to undergo the compulsory one-year national service by the minister of communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, a purifying revolution may have begun with the NYSC certificate as a flag-off.

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

Forgive this very harsh submission: We lack a sense of shame in Nigeria. We are a people who traded off our ability to be ashamed a very long time ago. As a student of history, I will draw the graph of this shamelessness from the time of the military strike of 1966. Ostensibly because they belonged to a feared and dreaded class, the military that came into power held the civil populace with great disdain. It was not accountable to the “bloody civilians” and went on a binge with public money. The rise of public administration and the discovery of oil and natural gas are two major events which many analysts attribute to sudden increment in the level of corruption at that time in the life of the country and the gradual death of integrity that assailed it. There was so much petro dollars accruable to Nigeria during the post-war era than she could manage properly. Military Generals owned secret accounts in Chase bank, Midland Bank, among sundry other offshore accounts. By the time they left government in 1979, sleaze and corruption were their bequeathals to the incoming civilian government.

With free petro dollars, the individual hand, which the Yoruba figuratively refer to as his saviour from lack and poverty, became literally useless. Farmers began a migration from rural areas to the urban centre in pursuit of the petro dollars they said could be plucked freely on the streets of the city; armed robbers were on the increase, prompting the military to begin their execution at the bar beach; forgery and stealing of public funds assumed ascendant position, down till today when individual Nigerians walk on the streets with trinkets made of the most well-fed army of maggots on their necks.

Prior to the 1966 putsch, an accusation of certificate forgery or impersonation of a certificate holder was enough for the accused to commit suicide. I remember the libel case instituted against the Tribune newspapers by Dr. Okechekwu Ikejiani, who by then was an ally of Nnamdi Azikiwe and a former chairman of the Ibadan University College. The Tribune had culled a letter-to-the-editor opinion piece earlier published in the Daily Service of October 13, 1951. In the letter, the writer, one Aina Adetokun, writing from Ekotedo, Ibadan, had castigated Ikejiani thus: “In fairness to Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, baring one or two occasions in which he collected public money without rendering any accounts, he has been trying to make an honest living. He is on the whole earning his keep. One of the things that vitiate Dr. Azikiwe’s leadership is the type of noisy and dishonest colleagues who proclaim him ‘god of Africa’. And who are these disciples? One Dr. Okechukwu Ikejiani, former Chairman of the Ibadan University College, returned to Nigeria about three years ago with a lot of fanfare. He claimed to have obtained a doctorate degree in medicine. It was later proved that the degree was a fake. Consequently the quack expert was kicked out of the University.”

Irked by this report, which he viewed as “ethnic consciousness and reproductive symbolism” Ikejiani had asked the newspaper for retraction or else, he would file a libel suit against it. A rebuttal it published on June 19, 1952 would not pacify Ikejiani. It ran thus: “With reference to a publication by a contributor in the Daily Service of the 13th October 1951, culled and published by this newspaper on 15th October, 1951 wherein Dr. Ikejiani was reported to have claimed falsely that he obtained a doctorate degree in MEDICINE, readers should please note that Dr. Ikejiani did have the degree of M.D. from Toronto. What he falsely claimed was a doctorate degree in SCIENCE. The error is regretted. Editor.”

Apparently dissatisfied with this ‘apology’, Ikejiani sued the Tribune at the Supreme Court of Nigeria, the Ibadan Judicial Division, under Mr. Justice Miles Abbott. Judgment was given on September 12, 1952 and the court held that Dr. Ikejiani had been disparaged by the article. He was awarded “the sum of 750 pounds in damages and 10 pounds for costs, plus 30 pounds for disbursements.”

The military putsch gradually took off such sense of shame. Hard work became very unpopular. Just like in Osun State where a person who had a single F9 result in his school leaving certificate rose to the topmost level of seeking the gubernatorial slot, studying hard or working hard has lost its shine. Prostitutes tendering the flesh of military big epaulettes acquired more money than the civil servant. Circumventing or short-circuiting the route to success became rampant. Forgers reigned and society looked the other way. Oluwole – the code name for forgery – assumed a life-long dimension. Fathers dragged their kids to where they would falsify results and miracle centres – the euphemism for locations of results forgery – rose in leaps and bounds.

The minister of communications, Shittu, is the most recent in this collapse of values mirrored by the elite. PREMIUM TIMES‘ investigation proved that he did not participate in the NYSC scheme, even though he graduated from the then University of Ife at age 25. In his defence, Shittu claimed that he deliberately dodged participation in the youth service, having been elected into the Oyo State House of Assembly in 1979. He claimed that, a stint at the parliament approximates service to the country. In its reaction however, the NYSC stated that political office is not equivalent to the one year compulsory youth service. Earlier, Adeosun, the ex-minister of finance, had been accused of forging her NYSC certificate and in the thick of condemnations, resigned her appointment. Her alibi was that upon her arrival in Nigeria, she had delegated the process of acquisition of an exemption certificate. If you have ever fallen into the hands of visa, passport or vehicle registration racketeers, the plausibility of her claim would ring a bell.

My take is that Adeosun’s resignation is a great development for our country. I have heard so many economic strides she was said to have brought to Nigeria on account of her brilliant financial wizardry as minister. But the integrity of fatherland in the eyes of a watchful world was at stake. And her integrity as well. The fact that Shittu’s claim is alien to the NYSC Act makes it necessary that he should also tow the path of honour of the Adeosun kind. Already, there is an underground crusade in Nigeria to do things right, certificate-wise.

The Adeosun example has woken Nigerians up to the need not to delegate such consequential assignments. NYSC, as it is currently structured, is hostile to a faithful service to fatherland. It is an interregnum before the stark reality of unemployment hits the new graduate, which should not be. Children of the rich dodge the service and certificates are brought to them at home. Those who serve barely scoop any lesson from it that is within the projection of the framers of the scheme. The case of singer, Davido, who reportedly arrived the orientation camp with trousers rolled up and para-military officials looking the other way and who, the next day, was in America to honour a musical engagement, in defiance of the stipulated time for being at the orientation camp, is a good example. Children of government officials who school abroad should be asked where their children performed the mandatory youth service. Where, for instance, did President Muhammadu Buhari’s children, whom we were told graduated recently, do their NYSC service? Who were their colleagues?

We can bring sanity to public service integrity by making the one-year NYSC indeed mandatory. The way to do this is to ferret for more public officials in government – local, states and federal – who have run foul of the NYSC Act. Making public examples of them would be enough deterrent and a wake-up call to all to return to the path of rectitude.

Festus Adedayo is an Ibadan-based journalist.

This piece was written by Festus Adedayo. 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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Flood Kills 101 Persons Across Nigeria

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Flood Kills 101 Persons Across Nigeria

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Saturday declared that the number of casualties arising from severe flooding in about 12 states across the country has risen to 101.

The Director-General, NEMA, Mustapha Maihaja, disclosed that the rise in the number of casualties was despite the intensified effort put in by the agency in conjunction with other agencies of government, as well as parastatals in the affected states.

Maihaja, who made this known when he spoke with newsmen during an interview in his office in Abuja, also stated that the flooding this year may grow higher than what was experienced in 2012.

He explained that in 2012, the flood level rose to a high of 12.84 metres, precisely on September 29, and stressed that on September 21 this year, the level had already got to 11.21m

He said, “Expectedly, at the rate which it is rising, on September 29 this year, it will be more than 12.84m. As at yesterday (Friday) it was 11.21m, just a few meters less than 12.84m. So if it continues, we could reach 12.84m before September 29.”

When reminded that in 2012, the casualty figure was high, Maihaja immediately replied:

“We have already reached over 100 (casualties) now and it was 363 in 2012. It is 101 now as against the 70 that was reported on Friday.”

He, however stated that the agency was adequately funded to currently handle the situation, adding that NEMA was working hard to manage the situation.

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Here’s Why INEC Declared Osun Governorship Election Inconclusive

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Here’s Why INEC Declared Osun Governorship Election Inconclusive

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) some hours ago declared the Osun State governorship election “inconclusive.”

The declaration was made by Joseph Fuwape, the presiding officer of the election at the INEC headquarters in Osun.

According to him, the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Ademola Adeleke, got 254,699 votes while Isiaka Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress had 254,345 votes.

Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic Party polled 128,049 votes to place a distant third.

Fuwape went on to declare the election inconclusive due to the fact that the difference between the two leading parties was 353 votes while the number of cancelled votes was 3,5498.

 “Unfortunately as the returning officer, it’s not possible to declare anybody as the clear winner of the election on the first ballot,” Mr Fuwape, Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, said.

He explained that the total registered voters in the five polling units where elections were cancelled is 3,498 votes.

Since that figure was higher than the difference between the votes of the leading candidates, a re-run election had to be conducted, the INEC chief explained.

“I, Joseph Adeola Fuwape, hereby, declare this election inconclusive,” he said.

In that case, rerun will hold in areas where elections are cancelled.

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The Group Managing Director, of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr Maikanti Baru, has urged oil workers to halt their planned strike over a labour dispute involving Chevron Nigeria Limited management and the staff.

The unions are National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN).

Baru made the appeal in a statement by NNPC’s Group Public Affairs Manager, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, in Abuja on Sunday.

The GMD, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, said he had directed the management to work with other stakeholders to resolve the issues raised by the leadership of the unions.

He appealed to the unions not to do anything that would disrupt the industrial harmony that had pervaded the sector.

The group managing director expressed fears that the gains of the recent past in the sector, if care was not taken, could be frittered away inadvertently.

He, however, expressed optimism that the current dispute would be settled amicably.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the unions had recently called on the National Assembly to intervene in the brewing impasse between CNL and its staff in Nigeria

The unions further urged the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, the NNPC and the Department of State Services to also intervene.

The disagreements borders on the company’s disclosure that the contracts with all its manpower services providers would expire by the end of October 2018.

Consequently, NUPENG and PENGASSAN, last week Wednesday, put their members on red alert.

Meanwhile, the NNPC has allayed concerns of petroleum product consumers over possible hiccups in supply in parts of the country due to the workers’ ultimatum.

It gave the assurance that the corporation had adequate storage of petroleum products across the country to take care of the national demand.



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Varane: Madrid Cannot Win 5-0 Every Week

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Raphael Varane has stated that Real Madrid cannot always win ga!es easily every week.

Los Blancos struggled to a 1-0 win over Espanyol, thanks to a first half strike from Marco Asensio.

Lopetegui rested Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Marcelo for the clash and Varane says winning cannot come easy every week.

“We’re not going to win 5-0 every game,” the France defender said to beIN SPORTS .

“We’re going to sweat and we need everyone, we’re going to give everything to get the title.

“We have the ball, but it’s hard to hurt the opponent. We created danger but not as much as in other games. The result is very good.

“They are a team that has many weapons and that presses well. We played as a team.”

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Kovacic Hails Hazard For Playing With Defenders

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Mateo Kovacic has stated he has been impressed with Eden Hazard so far, more so that he plays with defenders.

The Belgium international has impressed in the early stages of the season, with no World Cup blues hanging over his head.

Hazard has netted five goals already this season and Kovacic has backed him to do more and improve for the club.

Kovacic, who joined Chelsea on loan from Real Madrid over the summer, told BBC Sport’s Football Focus: “For me he has everything, but the thing that has impressed me the most is that they tackle him so much and he is always on his feet.

“England is a really tough league, the toughest in the world for me, and he just plays with the defenders. He’s an incredible player but also a nice team-mate, a nice guy, and I have really enjoyed the time playing with him.

“When I came here I didn’t realise he was so good. He is one of the best players I have played with. The stuff he is doing is amazing; he is helping the team a lot and I hope he will continue like that, or do even better because I think he can do better for sure.”

Kovacic believes there is more to come from an in-form side, with their next outing set to see them take in a London derby date with West Ham.

“‘It’s important to keep winning. We need to have this mentality to try to win every game, and for now I think we are doing very well,” added a loan star that has impressed in England.

“Everybody can see Chelsea are trying to play attacking football, football that the fans like to watch, so I think we will have a good season this year.

“We can improve a lot because we have great potential, but the team is doing great and that is the most important thing for now.”

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Keita Balde: Winning Difficult Games Is Inter’s Specialty

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Keita Balde has hailed Inter Milan’s ability to win difficult games, after they fought to secure a 1-0 win over Sampdoria.

The Nerazzurri had two goals from Nainggolan and Asamoah ruled out by VAR, before Brozovic scored the winner in added time.

This is Inter’s second consecutive win, following the come from behind win over Tottenham. And Balde believes his new squad are adept at winning difficult games.

And the Monaco loanee, who, again, came on from the bench at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, has hailed the team’s drive.

“We showed that we know how to win difficult games like this one, we were full of enthusiasm after the victory against Tottenham but we knew that this game would be tough,” Keita told club website.

“We are happy with the result, and those who came onto the pitch during the match also made a contribution.”

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Courtois Ball Control Not A Source Of Worry For Lopetegui

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Julen Lopetegui says he is not losing sleep over Thibaut Courtois footwork ability or the lack of it.

The former Chelsea goalkeeper resumed duties between the sticks, after Navas was the man against Roma in midweek.

The Belgium international went largely untested in the narrow 1-0 win and Courtois inability to use the ball at his feet was discussed in the aftermath.

And asked about Courtois’ ability on the ball after Madrid’s narrow win, Lopetegui suggested it is a matter of practice for the former Chelsea goalkeeper.

“He has conditions to be able to do it, he does it and surely he will improve more,” Lopetegui told a news conference.

“I would not dwell on a problem that does not exist. He has a good command of the ball, a good kick.

“When a start does not work out sometimes it’s not the goalkeeper’s fault.”

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Spalletti Hails Inter’s Over The Edge Nature

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Luciano Spalletti has hailed Inter Milan for their over the edge nature, which played a role in their 1-0 win over Sampdoria.

Brozovic scored for the struggling Inter in the 94th minute, after VAR had earlier disallowed Nainggolan and Asamoah’s strike.

In scenes reminiscent of their win over Tottenham, Brozovic got the final say much to the joy of Spalletti, who was sent off for his overzealous jubilation.

“This way of winning shows the character of this team, which keeps fighting for every ball and stays in the game,” he told DAZN .

“It might mean taking a few risks, but we are Inter and we must always live on the edge to get a victory.

“Seeing this passion gives me greater strength to go forward and I’m glad that element is here rather than the tactics, as those will come with time.

“We took this issue of character to each and every player individually to make sure it was absorbed the right way.”

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel is already at odds with sporting director Antero Henrique just a few months into his reign at the Parc des Princes. The former Borussia Dortmund manager is unhappy at not being backed in the transfer market this summer after the Ligue 1 champions failed to bring in a midfielder. It has meant the German tactician has had to use Marquinhos, naturally a centre-back, as part of his midfield set-up alongside Adrien Rabiot. (Le Parisien)

PSG are set to ramp up their efforts to keep midfielder Rabiot at the club. The Barcelona and Liverpool transfer target is out of contract at the end of the season and has so far resisted the chance to extend his stay in the French capital.

Barcelona are keen to get revenge on the Ligue 1 club after what happened with Neymar and prying one of their biggest talents away on a free transfer goes a long way to doing just that. However, Henrique is set to sit down with the France international over the coming weeks to offer him an improved deal in the hope he will put pen to paper. (Le10Sport)


Barcelona are looking to bolster their midfield options, despite the arrival of Arturo Vidal in the summer. The La Liga leaders sent members of their recruitment team across Europe during the Champions League matches to keep tabs on Paul Pogba, Schalke midfielders Suat Serdar, Amine Harit and Nabil Bentaleb, Tottenham transfer target Frenkie de Jong and Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot. (Sport)

The La Liga champions are also interested in adding another Brazilian to their ranks. They have been keeping a close eye on Pedrinho, a forward likened to former Barca playmaker Ronaldinho. The Corinthians star has a €50m release clause and is being courted by the likes of Ajax and Shakhtar Donetsk. (Goal)

Julen Lopetegui is ready to rotate his Real Madrid side now that the Champions League has kicked off and the games will be coming thick and fast. The former Spain boss is set to restore Thibaut Courtois between the sticks while bringing in summer signing Alvaro Odriozola at right-back. Dani Ceballos could return to the starting XI in midfield while Vinicius Junior has been included in the matchday squad to face Espanyol. (Marca)


Inter Milan are looking to tie striker Mauro Icardi down to a long-term deal at the San Siro. The Argentine netted a stunning strike against Tottenham on Tuesday evening as the Serie A club came from behind to pick up an important three points on their return to the Champions League. A Real Madrid transfer target, Icardi now looks set to sign a new deal which would see him earn an extra €1.5m per season. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

One of the hottest properties of the summer, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is going to commit his future to Lazio by penning a new deal with the club. Furthermore, it will not include a release clause meaning the Rome-based club are under no obligation to sell the Serbian powerhouse. Manchester United will have to part with a world-record fee to sign a player they have been linked with for the best part of two years. (Corriere dello Sport)

AC Milan are prepared to make Adrien Rabiot one of the highest paid players at the club. Leonardo, the one-time sporting director at PSG, is now fronting up the transfers at the San Siro and is using his personal connection with the French midfielder to sell him on the idea of joining him in Milan. (Calciomercato)


Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac has revealed why James Rodriguez is not starting for him. The Colombian has struggled for game time this term and Kovac made clear why: “Forwards he can do everything anyway. Backwards – he works every day in training. But he is a great footballer! He is doing well.” (SportBild)

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VIDEO: Mayorkun Escapes Death – Accusing Finger Pointed At Yabatech Students

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Mayorkun Escapes Death – Accusing Finger Pointed At Yabatech Students

DMW‘s pop superstar, Mayorkun has escaped death on Friday night after his convoy was mobbed by some unknown persons who many claim to be students of the Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) shortly after he performed at the school premises.

The self acclaimed “Mayor of Lagos” had on Friday, September 21, visited his Twitter account to announce that he will be performing at the vicinity of the school.

However, in a recently released video clip, which was made available online by the singer – and has gone viral – it is understood that the singer and a group of his guys narrowly escaped being killed by the said students who crowded their vehicles in Lagos.

In the footage, the award winning singer can be heard lamenting as the windscreens of some of his exotic cars were badly damaged.

In another clip, the singer can be heard saying he had already settled the fans with some money. It appears however that his benevolent act was not enough as the mob forcefully did what they had to do to get his attention.

Below are some tweets on the incident.

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Anthony Joshua Defeats Alexander Povetkin To Retain World Heavyweight Titles

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Anthony Joshua Defeats Alexander Povetkin To Retain World Heavyweight Titles

Britain’s Anthony Joshua retained his world heavyweight titles by inflicting the first stoppage defeat of Alexander Povetkin’s professional career with a ruthless seventh-round finish at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

A previously close contest turned in Joshua’s favour decisively when he sent the Russian crashing to the canvas with a straight right hand and left hook.

Povetkin gamely beat the count but Joshua piled in before referee Steve Gray stopped the contest at one minute and 59 seconds of the seventh round.

Victory saw Joshua extend his unbeaten professional record to 22 wins from 22 fights, with 21 knockouts, in front of a raucous home crowd.

“Povetkin is a very tough challenger and he proved it tonight,” Joshua told Sky Sports.

“I realised he was strong to the head but weak to the body.

“I got my knockout streak back, I found my right hand again.”

Joshua was putting his International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organisation belts on the line against 39-year-old Russian challenger Povetkin.

This fight was the latest in a line of professional heavyweight title bouts, featuring the likes of Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and George Foreman, between two former Olympic champions, with Joshua having won gold in front of his home crowd at the 2012 London Games — eight years after Povetkin stood atop the podium in Athens.

Joshua, 28, had a significant height and reach advantage of several inches over Povetkin.

Friday’s weigh-in also confirmed a significant size difference, with Joshua tipping the scales at 17 stone 8 pounds (111.5 kilogrammes) compared to Povetkin’s 15st 12lbs.

This fight saw Joshua returning to the scene of arguably his greatest triumph, an 11th-round stoppage of former champion Wladimir Klitschko last year.

Klitschko was the only man to have previously inflicted a blemish on Povetkin’s now 36-fight record, with a points win back in 2013.

Joshua, born in nearby Watford but based in London, had been taken the distance for the first time as a professional in his last title defence — a unanimous points victory over New Zealand’s Joseph Parker in Cardiff in March.

The undercard of that fight saw Povetkin serve notice of his formidable punching power with a sickening knockout of Britain’s David Price.

Povetkin, who in 2016 was given an indefinite ban from boxing after testing positive for the banned substance meldonium that was later cut to a year, had insisted in the build-up he was a far stronger fighter than the one beaten by Klitschko.

Povetkin pressure
And the first round ended with Povetkin, stooping low, rocking Joshua with a right uppercut that drew blood from the champion’s nose.

Joshua, who said Thursday that “my well is deep, my heart can definitely go through hell and back”, was certainly being tested in the opening exchanges, although he did start to respond with some single-punch jabs.

And come the fourth round, Povetkin had a significant cut above the left eye.

Nevertheless, at the end of the sixth he was still in the contest only for Joshua to seal victory barely two minutes later.

But whether this win takes Joshua any closer to a fight with World Boxing Council heavyweight title-holder Deontay Wilder, who next fights Britain’s former world champion Tyson Fury on December 1, remains to be seen.

“My number one would be Wilder,” said Joshua, whose promoter Eddie Hearn has already booked Wembley for April 13, when asked about his next opponent.

“May the champion bring himself here and have a good old fashioned dust-up.

“All I want to fight is serious challengers. If Dillian (Whyte) wants to fight here he is also more than welcome.”

Joshua beat compatriot Whyte with a seventh-round knockout in December 2015 — his last fight before becoming a world champion for the first time

Whyte, who was among an estimated 80,000 crowd at Wembley, said of Joshua’s latest victory: “He was patient and took his time, he was jabbing to the body and then brought the right into play which caught Povetkin by surprise.

“Hopefully, it’s me next, I’m here and ready to fight.”


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