‘Nigeria Sitting On Time Bomb’ As Report Claims 6,000 ISIS Fighters May Join Forces With Boko Haram

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There is trouble for Nigeria as the African Union (AU) alerted some days back that over 6,000 Africans who fought for the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria and Iraq could soon be returning to the continent.

Nigerian Troops Capture 220 Boko Haram Insurgents

Last week, Smail Chergui, the AU’s commissioner for peace and security, said African nations would need to work closely with each other and share intelligence to counter returning militants.

“There are reports of 6 000 African fighters among the 30 000 foreign elements who joined this terrorist group in the Middle East,” Chergui told a meeting in Algiers, according to the Algeria Press Service news agency.

“The return of these elements to Africa poses a serious threat to our national security and stability and requires specific treatment and intense co-operation between African countries,” he said.

In the same vein, security experts have warned that Nigeria is sitting on a time bomb, adding that the returning fighters pose a major security threat to the country, as they are likely to join forces with Boko Haram, an affiliate of ISIS.

The Punch quoted the analysts as saying that if the Federal Government failed to quickly install security measures to counter the potential threat, insurgency could increase in the country.

Boko Haram: Shekau Loses Grounds To Al-Barnawi In Battle Of Supremacy

On the back of fears arising on the migration of the fighters, a security expert, Mr. John Enweliku, called on the Federal Government to quickly deploy troops in the borders so as to ensure the safety of Nigerians.

He said, “Nigeria is sitting on a time bomb with this development. Boko Haram alone has caused lots of trouble and we have yet to fully overcome them. Should the returning fighters join the sect, there would be more trouble.

“It calls for great worry because of the problem we’re already facing with Boko Haram. The returning fighters would likely join Boko Haram. All the security agencies, as well as the AU and ECOWAS, have to start doing something about the development. Troops must be deployed in the borders because Nigeria’s borders are very porous.

“Most of the returning fighters could disguise as farmers or others; they might not even be carrying arms, so there should be intense security measures put in place.”

On his own part, but in corroboration, a United Kingdom-trained criminologist and Chairman of Puma Eye Security Services, Pedro Ayandokun, told the news outlet on Friday that there was a high likelihood that most of the 6,000 returning fighters were coming to Nigeria, where Boko Haram operates.

He said, “I would refer to the development as an invasion and it is a security threat mainly to  Nigerians because as the fighters are returning, they would likely join their ‘brothers,’ that is, Boko Haram terrorists.

“They are coming to wreak havoc. Nigeria is definitely sitting on a time bomb; the fighters are our enemies and we have to be security conscious.

“The government needs to move fast in deploying troops in the borders, where the fighters are likely to come in through. The most appropriate thing to do is for the AU and the Economic Community of West African States to convene a regional security meeting to find a solution to the potential threat.”

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‘Nigeria Sitting On Time Bomb’ As Report Claims 6,000 ISIS Fighters May Join Forces With Boko Haram

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There is trouble for Nigeria as the African Union (AU) alerted some days back that over 6,000 Africans who fought for the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria and Iraq could soon be returning to the continent.

Nigerian Troops Capture 220 Boko Haram Insurgents

Last week, Smail Chergui, the AU’s commissioner for peace and security, said African nations would need to work closely with each other and share intelligence to counter returning militants.

“There are reports of 6 000 African fighters among the 30 000 foreign elements who joined this terrorist group in the Middle East,” Chergui told a meeting in Algiers, according to the Algeria Press Service news agency.

“The return of these elements to Africa poses a serious threat to our national security and stability and requires specific treatment and intense co-operation between African countries,” he said.

In the same vein, security experts have warned that Nigeria is sitting on a time bomb, adding that the returning fighters pose a major security threat to the country, as they are likely to join forces with Boko Haram, an affiliate of ISIS.

The Punch quoted the analysts as saying that if the Federal Government failed to quickly install security measures to counter the potential threat, insurgency could increase in the country.

Boko Haram: Shekau Loses Grounds To Al-Barnawi In Battle Of Supremacy

On the back of fears arising on the migration of the fighters, a security expert, Mr. John Enweliku, called on the Federal Government to quickly deploy troops in the borders so as to ensure the safety of Nigerians.

He said, “Nigeria is sitting on a time bomb with this development. Boko Haram alone has caused lots of trouble and we have yet to fully overcome them. Should the returning fighters join the sect, there would be more trouble.

“It calls for great worry because of the problem we’re already facing with Boko Haram. The returning fighters would likely join Boko Haram. All the security agencies, as well as the AU and ECOWAS, have to start doing something about the development. Troops must be deployed in the borders because Nigeria’s borders are very porous.

“Most of the returning fighters could disguise as farmers or others; they might not even be carrying arms, so there should be intense security measures put in place.”

On his own part, but in corroboration, a United Kingdom-trained criminologist and Chairman of Puma Eye Security Services, Pedro Ayandokun, told the news outlet on Friday that there was a high likelihood that most of the 6,000 returning fighters were coming to Nigeria, where Boko Haram operates.

He said, “I would refer to the development as an invasion and it is a security threat mainly to  Nigerians because as the fighters are returning, they would likely join their ‘brothers,’ that is, Boko Haram terrorists.

“They are coming to wreak havoc. Nigeria is definitely sitting on a time bomb; the fighters are our enemies and we have to be security conscious.

“The government needs to move fast in deploying troops in the borders, where the fighters are likely to come in through. The most appropriate thing to do is for the AU and the Economic Community of West African States to convene a regional security meeting to find a solution to the potential threat.”

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Neymar Snr And Florentino Perez Dine Together

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Neymar’s move to Real Madrid could be more plausible than initially thought, after his dad reportedly met President Florentino Perez for dinner to discuss a potential £220m deal.

The PSG star is six months into his £600,000-a-week deal but is already believed to be unsettled in the French capital. According to Diario Gol his father Neymar Sr spoke to Perez on a potential deal, which would break the world record-fee.

‘Neymar Sr promised the President of the Real that he would put as much pressure as possible on Nasser Al- Khelaifi to let his son escape this summer,’ Diario Gol wrote.

‘You have my word,’ Neymar Sr said according to the reports.

Real are allegedly prepared to pay as much as €250m (£220.49m) in order to sign the 25-year-old, who has scored 15 goals in 18 appearances since moving to the Parc des Princes.

The report also suggests that there is an understanding that a move may not take place until 2019, despite Neymar said to be keen to wrap up the transfer in the summer.

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Spain

Zinedine Zidane has called Real Madrid transfer target Mo Salah a “great player” who is continuously improving. The Egyptian has starred since moving to Liverpool from Roma in the summer and that has led to reports Real are considering a big-money move for the 25-year-old. (Marca)

Diego Maradona says he urged Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to sign Kylian Mbappe before the youngster moved from Monaco to PSG. However, the Argentine legend claims Perez said: “But you know I have Cristiano.’” (AS)

Barcelona have made Villarreal midfielder Rodrigo Hernández a key target for next summer’s transfer window, but face competition from Atletico Madrid. The 21-year-old midfielder has started all 15 of Villarreal’s La Liga fixtures this season and currently has a €20m buyout clause in his contract. (AS)

Real Madrid are considering rivalling Barcelona in the race to sign Gremio starlet Arthur. The midfielder has a €50m release clause and has already been pictured wearing a Barca shirt. (Marca)

Barcelona will look to complete a January deal for Palmeiras centre-back Yerry Mina if Javier Mascherano seals a move to Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune. (Mundo Deportivo)

Andres Iniesta has been offered several lucrative contracts to leave Barcelona for China but the Barca skipper has turned them all down. (Mundo Deportivo)

Italy

Liverpool and Tottenham have been told to stump up £53m to sign Fiorentina star Federico Chiesa. The 20-year-old has impressed this season for the Viola this season, scoring four goals and assisting three in 16 appearances. (La Stampa)

Napoli have offered €20m for Atletico Madrid defender and supposed Liverpool transfer target Sime Vrsaljko. The bid is expected to be turned down by Atleti who will hold out for €25m. (Rai Sport)

Milan are prepared to offer Lucas Biglia to Fiorentina in January as part of a deal for Milan Badelj. Biglia has struggled since his €17m move to Milan from Lazio in the summer and the Rossoneri are prepared to cut their losses and give him up as part of a move for Croatian international Badelj. (La Nazione)

Juventus full-back Alex Sandro remains on Chelsea and Manchester City January wishlists and the Old Lady could replace him with Roma’s Emerson Palmieri. A €20m offer is reportedly enough to seal Palmieri’s signing. (La Stampa)

Bologna are weighing up a January move for out-of-favour Napoli midfielder Marko Rog. The Croatian has made just four starts since joining the club for €13m from Dinamo Zagreb in August 2016 and could be moved on next month. (Resta del Carlino)

Germany

Dietmar Hopp, who is the majority owner of Hoffenheim, says highly-coveted coach Julian Nagelsmann will see out his contract with the club.

The 30-year-old coach is wanted by both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, but Hopp says: “Julian knows that we insist the contract we have with him is fulfilled. He will stay in Hoffenheim until June 30, 2019.” (Kicker)

France

Arsenal are hoping to beat Real Madrid and Barcelona to the signing of Lyon star Nabil Fekir in January, and are willing to let the forward remain at the Ligue 1 side until the summer. (Le Foot)

Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich are keeping tabs on Marseille star – and former Newcastle United flop – Florian Thauvin. The winger has starred since his return to Ligue 1 and has nine goals and 11 assists in just 25 games this season. (L’Equipe)

Portugal

Joao Mario, a reported Arsenal transfer target, is more likely to complete a January switch to PSG or Valencia. The versatile Inter Milan midfielder hasn’t been a regular this season and wants guaranteed first-team football to secure his place in the Portugal side ahead of the World Cup. (A Bola)

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Tottenham Will Try To “Kill” Manchester City – Mauricio Pochettino

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that his team will try to “kill” Manchester City when the two sides face-off in Saturday’s late kickoff.

Manchester City are on a high having smashed the Premier League record for most consecutive victories with a 4-0 thumping over Swansea City in midweek.

The North-West outfit have won 15 on the trot, and Tottenham will attempt to end that positive run by searching for their third victory on the bounce following a four-game winless spell in the top flight.

Pochettino has likened the “aura” around City to the atmosphere of his camp last season when Spurs tried to beat Chelsea to the league title, but in the end finished second.

“I agree with you in terms of the aura,” FourFourTwo quotes the Argentine coach as saying. “For us, we felt the same last season at White Hart Lane – that something special happened around the team.

“I think it was a player a week or two ago that said, ‘Wow, I remember last season, we always start 1-0 up at White Hart Lane because something special was happening’.

“And for the opponent, it was tough to play against us, but now, of course, City are doing fantastic. But, we’re going there to fight, to kill them and try to win.”

Fourth-placed Tottenham sit 18 points adrift of leaders City.

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Naby Keita To Moving To Liverpool In January – Jurgen Klopp

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Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Naby Keita will not be joining the club from RB Leipzig in January.

An agreement is in place for Naby Keita to move to Anfield next summer, but rumours were circulating that the 22-year-old’s deal could be fast-tracked.

When asked if the Guinea international will move to the Merseyside outfit earlier than planned, Klopp told reporters: “No. He is a player of Leipzig. How do we deal with this? I thought we don’t speak about transfers.

“There is an agreement with the club that he will come in June or July to Liverpool. There is nothing else to say about that. We really don’t think about it because of all the things Leipzig have said.

“They said they do not have to sell any player [early]. Why should they do something like that? So no, we don’t think about it.”

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Ahmed Hegazi Very Happy To Stay At West Brom – Agent

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Ahmed Hegazi’s agent says the defender is happy at West Bromwich Albion after Alan Pardew confirmed the club are in talks to make his loan move permanent.

West Brom boss Pardew revealed on Friday that the club are ready to make Hegazi’s loan from Egyptian side Al Ahly permanent after impressing since his arrival at the Hawthorns.

Ahmed Hegazi is on a season-long loan from Al Ahly, and included in the deal is an option to buy him for £4.5 million, which West Brom are ready to activate when the transfer window reopens next month

Pardew has been impressed by Hegazi since taking over from Tony Pulis at West Brom and he hopes the club can secure his signature on a permanent basis.

“We’re pretty much down the road on that one,” said Pardew. “I can’t confirm anything but if we can then we’ll do that.

He’s been brilliant for me. I’ve only been here for three games but he’s been terrific.

“He has fantastic attributes as a centre-half and I think he’s learning.”

Hegazi put in a man-of-the-match performance in the goalless draw at Liverpool in midweek and the centre-back’s displays for West Brom in the first half of the season have caught the attention of other Premier League clubs who are hoping to steal him from under the noses of the Baggies.

Hegazi’s representative, Christian Emile, has confirmed the defender is enjoying life at West Brom amid the reported interest from elsewhere and hailed West Brom for taking the opportunity of signing Hegazi on loan in the first place.

“Ahmed has been the bargain of the season and full credit must go to West Brom and their scouting staff,” Emile told ESPN FC. “Naturally there will be speculation following his excellent performances but the player is happy where he is.

“There is a saying: ‘Those who don’t take risk, don’t drink the champagne,’ well West Brom ventured into a new market and are now drinking from the best bottle!”

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Olamide Finally Reveals Relationship With Lilkesh And Adekunle Gold After Their YBNL Exit

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YBNL Boss, Olamide has finally spoken about his relationship with former signee, Lilkesh and Adekunle Gold after their departure from his record label.

In an interview with Saturday beats, Olamide revealed that there was no form of enmity whatsover among them while referring to the former YBNL stars as brothers.

In his words;

“I feel everyone is entitled to their opinion; I am just living my own dream. It is not about Adekunle Gold or Lil Keshi not being on my label but maintaining a good relationship with them.

We have a good relationship as we are brothers, so it is not just about business. Definitely, they would be at my show,” he said.

Speaking on his show, OLIC 4 which is to hold at Teslim Balogun Stadium, the singer expressed his excitement about the venue and of course he is optimistic that his fans would fill up the 25,000-seat stadium.

He said,

“My people love me and they are always my people. The kind of relationship that I have with my people is genuine, it is not based on hype because it is very real and organic.

I am very sure that everyone who identifies with what is real will come out on that day. I am very excited because this is something I have been dreaming about for over three years”.

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Olamide Finally Reveals Relationship With Lilkesh And Adekunle Gold After Their YBNL Exit

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YBNL Boss, Olamide has finally spoken about his relationship with former signee, Lilkesh and Adekunle Gold after their departure from his record label.

In an interview with Saturday beats, Olamide revealed that there was no form of enmity whatsover among them while referring to the former YBNL stars as brothers.

In his words;

“I feel everyone is entitled to their opinion; I am just living my own dream. It is not about Adekunle Gold or Lil Keshi not being on my label but maintaining a good relationship with them.

We have a good relationship as we are brothers, so it is not just about business. Definitely, they would be at my show,” he said.

Speaking on his show, OLIC 4 which is to hold at Teslim Balogun Stadium, the singer expressed his excitement about the venue and of course he is optimistic that his fans would fill up the 25,000-seat stadium.

He said,

“My people love me and they are always my people. The kind of relationship that I have with my people is genuine, it is not based on hype because it is very real and organic.

I am very sure that everyone who identifies with what is real will come out on that day. I am very excited because this is something I have been dreaming about for over three years”.

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PENGASSAN: Fuel Crisis Looms As Oil Workers Begin Strike On Monday

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Oil workers under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) are set to embark on an indefinite strike as from Monday, December 18, 2017.

The industrial action is coming on the back of a stalemate in the peace meeting the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dr Emmanuel Kachikwu, brokered between the union and Neconde Energy Limited.

PENGASSAN and Neconde have been embroiled in crisis over allegation of anti-worker practices.

PENGASSAN had earlier issued a 72-hour ultimatum to the government to intervene over allegations of anti-workers practices perpetrated against some of its members in Neconde Energy Limited, an indigenous oil company.

The umbrella body of senior workers in the oil and gas industry had accused the management of Neconde Energy of wrongful termination of the employment of some of its workers who belong to PENGASSAN.

Sequel to the ultimatum, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, had offered to broker a truce between the union and Neconde Energy Limited.

However, it was learnt that the peace meeting ended in a stalemate without a positive resolution of the crisis.

In a release signed by PENGASSAN Public Relation Office, Fortune Obi, and made available to newsmen on Friday, the union said it would embark on industrial action on Monday.

Obi said: “Following the failure of the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, to settle the rift between this body (PENGASSAN) and Neconde, the management of PENGASSAN has agreed to start the strike on Monday night (December 18th, 2017).

“Prior to the strike, PENGASSAN will hold an emergency Central Working  Committee (CWC) meeting on Monday morning, which will be followed with announcement of strike on the night of Monday.’’

The union said it has put its workers across the country on standby for the strike, adding that nothing whatsoever would stop the body from starting the strike by midnight on Monday.

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PENGASSAN: Fuel Crisis Looms As Oil Workers Begin Strike On Monday

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Oil workers under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) are set to embark on an indefinite strike as from Monday, December 18, 2017.

The industrial action is coming on the back of a stalemate in the peace meeting the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dr Emmanuel Kachikwu, brokered between the union and Neconde Energy Limited.

PENGASSAN and Neconde have been embroiled in crisis over allegation of anti-worker practices.

PENGASSAN had earlier issued a 72-hour ultimatum to the government to intervene over allegations of anti-workers practices perpetrated against some of its members in Neconde Energy Limited, an indigenous oil company.

The umbrella body of senior workers in the oil and gas industry had accused the management of Neconde Energy of wrongful termination of the employment of some of its workers who belong to PENGASSAN.

Sequel to the ultimatum, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, had offered to broker a truce between the union and Neconde Energy Limited.

However, it was learnt that the peace meeting ended in a stalemate without a positive resolution of the crisis.

In a release signed by PENGASSAN Public Relation Office, Fortune Obi, and made available to newsmen on Friday, the union said it would embark on industrial action on Monday.

Obi said: “Following the failure of the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, to settle the rift between this body (PENGASSAN) and Neconde, the management of PENGASSAN has agreed to start the strike on Monday night (December 18th, 2017).

“Prior to the strike, PENGASSAN will hold an emergency Central Working  Committee (CWC) meeting on Monday morning, which will be followed with announcement of strike on the night of Monday.’’

The union said it has put its workers across the country on standby for the strike, adding that nothing whatsoever would stop the body from starting the strike by midnight on Monday.

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See Full List Of Nominees For 2017 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival

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The nominees list for the prestigious SoundCity MVP Awards has been announced. The award which has been scheduled to hold on the 12th January, 2018 at Eko Convention Centre of Eko Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos have the likes of Wizkid, Davido, Olamide in competition for the Best Male MVP category.

Meanwhile, Tiwa Savage, Simi, Niniola, Vanessa Mdee will be competing for the Best Female MVP Award. The likes of Shatta Wale, Sarkodie, Diamond Platnumz, AKA and other artistes also occupy the nominee list in different categories.

See Full List Below;

BEST MALE MVP

Davido (NG)
Runtown (NG)
Diamond Platnumz (TZ)
Sarkodie (GH)
Navio (UG)
2face Idibia (NG)
Wizkid (NG)
Shatta Wale (GH)
Olamide (NG)

BEST FEMALE MVP

Tiwa Savage (NG)
Simi (NG)
Niniola (NG)
Yemi Alade (NG)
Bucie (SA)
Babes Wodumo (SA)
Becca (GH)
Seyi Shay (NG)
Vanessa Mdee (TZ)

BEST NEW ACT

Maleek Berry (NG)
Mayorkun (NG)
Dice Ailes (NG)
Small Doctor (NG)
Nadia Nakai (SA)
Aslay (TZ)

BEST POP

Kiss Daniel (NG)
Tiwa Savage (NG)
Simi (NG)
Davido (NG)
Maleek Berry (NG)
Niniola (NG)
Wande Coal (NG)
Reekado Banks (NG)

BEST HIP HOP

M.I. Abaga (NG)
Sarkodie (GH)
Cassper Nyovest (GH)
Olamide (NG)
Nasty C (NG)
Falz (NG)
Kwesta (SA)
AKA (SA)

BEST COLLABORATION

Particular – Major Lazer ft Patoranking, Ice Prince, Jidenna & Nasty C (NG)
Ma Lo – Tiwa Savage ft Wizkid (NG)
Tonite – R2bees ft Wizkid (GH)
Ma Girl – Toofan ft Patoranking (TG)
Akanamali – Sun-EL Musician ft Samthing Soweto (SA)
Painkiller – Sarkodie ft Runtown (GH)
Booty Language – Skales ft Sarkodie (NG)
Juice – Ycee ft Maleek Berry (NG)
Love Again – C4 Pedro ft Sauti Sol (AG)
Iskaba – Wande Coal ft DJ Tunez (NG)
Don’t Forget To Pray – AKA ft Anatii (SA)
Na Wash – Becca ft Patoranking (GH)
Telli Person – Timaya ft Phyno & Olamide (NG)

DIGITAL ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Davido (NG)
Wizkid (NG)
Cassper Nyovest (SA)
AKA (SA)
Vanessa Mdee (TZ)
Yemi Alade (NG)
Shatta Wale (GH)

BEST GROUP/DUO

Sauti Sol (KE)
Toofan (TG)
Mafikizolo (SA)
Mi Casa (SA)
Destruction Boys (SA)
VVIP (GH)
R2bees (GH)
Navy Kenzo (TZ)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Ma Lo – Tiwa Savage ft Wizkid (NG)
You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Life – M.I. Abaga (NG)
Closer – Wizkid ft Drake (NG)
UoK – Nasty C (SA)
10 Fingers – AKA & Anatii (SA)
Whole Thing – Frank Casino & Riky Rick (SA)
Been Calling – Maleek Berry (NG)
Kololo – Banky W (NG)
Aall Hail – Khuli Chana (SA)
If – Davido (NG)

SONG OF THE YEAR

Penalty – Small Doctor (NG)
Wo – Olamide (NG)
Gaga Shuffle – 2face Idibia (NG)
If – Davido (NG)
Mad Over You – Runtown (NG)
Come Closer – Wizkid ft Drake (NG)
Joromi – Simi (NG)
Seduce Me – Alikiba (TZ)
Gobisoqolo – Bhizer ft Busiswa, SC Gorna, Bhepepe (SA)
Akanamali – Sun-EL Musician (SA)
Leg Over – Mr Eazi (NG)

VIEWERS’ CHOICE

Wo – Olamide (NG)
If – Davido (NG)
Mad Over You – Runtown (NG)
Living Things – 9ice (NG)
Yeba – Kiss Daniel (NG)
Iskaba – Wande Coal (NG)
Tonight – Nonso Amadi (NG)
Gaga Shuffle – 2face Idibia (NG)

LISTENERS’ CHOICE

Wo – Olamide (NG)
Gaga Shuffle – 2face Idibia (NG)
UoK – Nasty C (NG)
Gobisiqolo – Bhizer ft Busiswa, SC Gorna, Bhepepe (SA)
Mad Over You – Runtown (NG)
Maradona – Niniola (NG)
Yolo Yolo – Seyi Shay (NG)
If – Davido (NG)

AFRICAN PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Maleek Berry (NG)
Kiddominant (NG)
DJ Maphorisa (SA)
Masterkraft (NG)
Julz (GH, UK)
Young John (NG)

AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Sarkodie (GH)
Cassper Nyovest (SA)
Davido (NG)
Wizkid (NG)
Tiwa Savage (NG)
Shatta Wale (GH)

 

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See Full List Of Nominees For 2017 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival

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The nominees list for the prestigious SoundCity MVP Awards has been announced. The award which has been scheduled to hold on the 12th January, 2018 at Eko Convention Centre of Eko Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos have the likes of Wizkid, Davido, Olamide in competition for the Best Male MVP category.

Meanwhile, Tiwa Savage, Simi, Niniola, Vanessa Mdee will be competing for the Best Female MVP Award. The likes of Shatta Wale, Sarkodie, Diamond Platnumz, AKA and other artistes also occupy the nominee list in different categories.

See Full List Below;

BEST MALE MVP

Davido (NG)
Runtown (NG)
Diamond Platnumz (TZ)
Sarkodie (GH)
Navio (UG)
2face Idibia (NG)
Wizkid (NG)
Shatta Wale (GH)
Olamide (NG)

BEST FEMALE MVP

Tiwa Savage (NG)
Simi (NG)
Niniola (NG)
Yemi Alade (NG)
Bucie (SA)
Babes Wodumo (SA)
Becca (GH)
Seyi Shay (NG)
Vanessa Mdee (TZ)

BEST NEW ACT

Maleek Berry (NG)
Mayorkun (NG)
Dice Ailes (NG)
Small Doctor (NG)
Nadia Nakai (SA)
Aslay (TZ)

BEST POP

Kiss Daniel (NG)
Tiwa Savage (NG)
Simi (NG)
Davido (NG)
Maleek Berry (NG)
Niniola (NG)
Wande Coal (NG)
Reekado Banks (NG)

BEST HIP HOP

M.I. Abaga (NG)
Sarkodie (GH)
Cassper Nyovest (GH)
Olamide (NG)
Nasty C (NG)
Falz (NG)
Kwesta (SA)
AKA (SA)

BEST COLLABORATION

Particular – Major Lazer ft Patoranking, Ice Prince, Jidenna & Nasty C (NG)
Ma Lo – Tiwa Savage ft Wizkid (NG)
Tonite – R2bees ft Wizkid (GH)
Ma Girl – Toofan ft Patoranking (TG)
Akanamali – Sun-EL Musician ft Samthing Soweto (SA)
Painkiller – Sarkodie ft Runtown (GH)
Booty Language – Skales ft Sarkodie (NG)
Juice – Ycee ft Maleek Berry (NG)
Love Again – C4 Pedro ft Sauti Sol (AG)
Iskaba – Wande Coal ft DJ Tunez (NG)
Don’t Forget To Pray – AKA ft Anatii (SA)
Na Wash – Becca ft Patoranking (GH)
Telli Person – Timaya ft Phyno & Olamide (NG)

DIGITAL ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Davido (NG)
Wizkid (NG)
Cassper Nyovest (SA)
AKA (SA)
Vanessa Mdee (TZ)
Yemi Alade (NG)
Shatta Wale (GH)

BEST GROUP/DUO

Sauti Sol (KE)
Toofan (TG)
Mafikizolo (SA)
Mi Casa (SA)
Destruction Boys (SA)
VVIP (GH)
R2bees (GH)
Navy Kenzo (TZ)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Ma Lo – Tiwa Savage ft Wizkid (NG)
You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Life – M.I. Abaga (NG)
Closer – Wizkid ft Drake (NG)
UoK – Nasty C (SA)
10 Fingers – AKA & Anatii (SA)
Whole Thing – Frank Casino & Riky Rick (SA)
Been Calling – Maleek Berry (NG)
Kololo – Banky W (NG)
Aall Hail – Khuli Chana (SA)
If – Davido (NG)

SONG OF THE YEAR

Penalty – Small Doctor (NG)
Wo – Olamide (NG)
Gaga Shuffle – 2face Idibia (NG)
If – Davido (NG)
Mad Over You – Runtown (NG)
Come Closer – Wizkid ft Drake (NG)
Joromi – Simi (NG)
Seduce Me – Alikiba (TZ)
Gobisoqolo – Bhizer ft Busiswa, SC Gorna, Bhepepe (SA)
Akanamali – Sun-EL Musician (SA)
Leg Over – Mr Eazi (NG)

VIEWERS’ CHOICE

Wo – Olamide (NG)
If – Davido (NG)
Mad Over You – Runtown (NG)
Living Things – 9ice (NG)
Yeba – Kiss Daniel (NG)
Iskaba – Wande Coal (NG)
Tonight – Nonso Amadi (NG)
Gaga Shuffle – 2face Idibia (NG)

LISTENERS’ CHOICE

Wo – Olamide (NG)
Gaga Shuffle – 2face Idibia (NG)
UoK – Nasty C (NG)
Gobisiqolo – Bhizer ft Busiswa, SC Gorna, Bhepepe (SA)
Mad Over You – Runtown (NG)
Maradona – Niniola (NG)
Yolo Yolo – Seyi Shay (NG)
If – Davido (NG)

AFRICAN PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Maleek Berry (NG)
Kiddominant (NG)
DJ Maphorisa (SA)
Masterkraft (NG)
Julz (GH, UK)
Young John (NG)

AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Sarkodie (GH)
Cassper Nyovest (SA)
Davido (NG)
Wizkid (NG)
Tiwa Savage (NG)
Shatta Wale (GH)

 

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Crystal Palace Looking To Sign Monaco’s Guido Carrillo To Aid Goal Scoring Crisis

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Crystal Palace are targeting Monaco’s Guido Carrillo to solve their striker shortage, according to the Press Association.

An injury to the Belgian earlier this season led to Hodgson starting wingers Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend in an unorthodox front two, and while the 27-year-old is again fit, he is struggling to score.

PA understands an approach has already been made for Guido Carrillo, 26, who has impressed for Ligue 1 champions Monaco following Kylian Mbappe’s departure to Paris St Germain.

Following a challenging start to the season the Argentinian has scored five goals in Monaco’s past nine games, and is considered the solution Palace require at a time when a further winger, Bakary Sako, is also being used as a striker.

Hodgson has remained supportive of Benteke, while also warning him Palace “cannot afford to carry anyone”, and discussing his hopes for January, said: “We have only got one recognised centre-forward in Chrstian Benteke. Bakary Sako was signed as a winger.

“We have only got two goalkeepers in the club, which I don’t think is anywhere near enough for Premier League football. We saw what happened when Wayne Hennessey had a back spasm the other day at West Brom.

“In central midfield we don’t have enough cover, and with Luka Milivojevic out we find ourselves shorter there.

“Those are the positions we would like to strengthen and cover.”

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Mauro Icardi Very Happy At Inter Milan, Says His Wife Wanda Nara

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Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi would choose to spend the rest of his career at the San Siro, according to his wife and agent Wanda Nara.

Icardi, who is Inter’s captain, has established himself as one of the most feared strikers in Europe and has subsequently caught the eye at Real Madrid.

Nara, who represents the Argentinian, insists she is unaware of any interest from Madrid and says the striker would love to see out his career at Inter.

“Mauro’s heart and those of our children are nerazzurro (Inter). We hope to be at Inter always, it depends on the club. I do not know anything about Real Madrid, I am not saying either yes nor no. If it was up to Mauro he would stay at Inter all his life, but it depends on other things,” she said on the TV programme Verissimo.

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Las Palmas In For Stoke City’s Jese Rodriguez

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Las Palmas have been offered the chance to sign Stoke City loanee Jese Rodriguez, according to sources in Spain.

The 24-year-old joined Stoke on a season-long loan from PSG in the summer but has made only seven league starts for Mark Hughes’ side.

He is currently in Gran Canaria, with Stoke’s permission, for family reasons and wants to re-join his former club Las Palmas, who are based on the Spanish island.

Las Palmas, according to udlaspalmas.net, have been offered the chance to sign the forward on loan next month. This would mean terminating his loan deal with Stoke and having to negotiate a new loan agreement with PSG.

Marca reports that the LaLiga club are on the hunt for a new winger, although they have not yet responded to Jese’s camp.

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Nigerian Troops Capture 220 Boko Haram Insurgents

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The Nigerian Army has disclosed that its troops had captured 220 Boko Haram insurgents in various clearance operations in the northeast region.

The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, on Friday, December 15, 2017.

According to him, the troops  captured 167 insurgents after raiding their enclaves in Lake Chad Basin while 53 others were captured in northern parts of Borno State.

He disclosed that troops also extricated 67 women and 173 children, who were family members of the insurgents.

Nwachukwu said that the troops have intensified offensive to clear remnants of the insurgents in the region, noting that the operation has yielded positive results.

“Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have intensified offensive on Boko Haram enclaves in the Island around Lake Chad.

“The offensive which commenced about two weeks ago with coordinated air and artillery bombardments on Boko Haram enclaves is yielding positive results, as several insurgents have been killed while 167 fleeing insurgents have been captured by troops.

“Troops also extricated and profiled 67 women and 173 children who revealed during profiling exercise that they are family members of the insurgents who fled the troops’ offensive,” he said.

Nwachukwu explained that arrangements were ongoing to handover the women and children to authorities of  Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps,  after completing preliminary investigations.

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Nigerian Troops Capture 220 Boko Haram Insurgents

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The Nigerian Army has disclosed that its troops had captured 220 Boko Haram insurgents in various clearance operations in the northeast region.

The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, on Friday, December 15, 2017.

According to him, the troops  captured 167 insurgents after raiding their enclaves in Lake Chad Basin while 53 others were captured in northern parts of Borno State.

He disclosed that troops also extricated 67 women and 173 children, who were family members of the insurgents.

Nwachukwu said that the troops have intensified offensive to clear remnants of the insurgents in the region, noting that the operation has yielded positive results.

“Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have intensified offensive on Boko Haram enclaves in the Island around Lake Chad.

“The offensive which commenced about two weeks ago with coordinated air and artillery bombardments on Boko Haram enclaves is yielding positive results, as several insurgents have been killed while 167 fleeing insurgents have been captured by troops.

“Troops also extricated and profiled 67 women and 173 children who revealed during profiling exercise that they are family members of the insurgents who fled the troops’ offensive,” he said.

Nwachukwu explained that arrangements were ongoing to handover the women and children to authorities of  Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps,  after completing preliminary investigations.

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Zidane Lauds Salah As A Great Player

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Zinedine Zidane has lauded Mohamed Salah as a great player, following his exploits this season with Liverpool.

The Egypt international has impressed with Liverpool, repaying their faith in him, as the most expensive player at the club.

Madrid did not reinforce their attack in the off season, and have been credited with an interest in Salah.

And, asked by an Egyptian journalist at the Club World Cup about the 25-year-old, Zidane said: “Salah is a great player, [he has] shown that at Roma, now Liverpool.

“He is still young, improving all the time. I don’t talk much about other players, but he is a player I rate a lot.”

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

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  • Chelsea are lining up a sensational player-plus-cash deal for the £80m-rated Monaco star Thomas Lemar and are willing to put Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi into the deal.
  • Arsenal could lose eight players next summer as Arsene Wenger braces himself for his biggest-ever squad shake-up.
  • Zinedine Zidane has talked up a potential Real Madrid move for Mohamed Salah after admitting that the Liverpool star is a player he “rates a lot”.
  • Jose Mourinho has been hit with another ban – after being told he cannot serve his players their traditional Christmas lunch.
  • Mousa Dembele has denied reports he has found £1m worth of hidden treasure in his new hotel.
  • Diego Maradona has warned Cristiano Ronaldo over his ‘greatest ever’ claims as the Real Madrid star is told to pull his socks up.
  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan is heading to the Manchester United exit after a bust-up with boss Jose Mourinho.
  • Barcelona have reportedly been told to pay £127m for Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho – but negotiations are still ongoing.
  • West Ham are prepared to cash in on Domingos Quina, with Liverpool leading the chase to land the starlet.
  • Newcastle United’s players have scrapped their Christmas party after suffering seven defeats in the last eight games.
  • Mauricio Pochettino vowed Spurs will pump up the volume and party if they stun runaway leaders Manchester City.
  • Arsene Wenger admits he has found the Premier League tougher over the last few years – as most teams want to park the bus.
  • Jose Mourinho says he will allow any unhappy player to leave Manchester United for the right price in next month’s transfer window, news that will spark speculation over the futures of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Luke Shaw.
  • Everton manager Sam Allardyce says his healthy relationship with Steve Walsh, the club’s director of football, can ensure the transfer structure yields more productive results at Goodison Park.
  • Crystal Palace are exploring selling the naming rights to Selhurst Park to help fund the proposed £100m redevelopment of the main stand.
  • Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey want Carl Robinson, the Vancouver Whitecaps coach, to replace Chris Coleman as Wales manager.

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Guardiola: City Cannot Go Unbeaten

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Pep Guardiola insists that Manchester City’s stunning start to the Premier League cannot be sustained.

Manchester City set a new record of 15 consecutive victories in the Premier League, opening a 11 points lead at the summit.

The Etihad Stadium outfit will face Tottenham on Saturday, and will hope to continue their umbeaten run.

But the City boss is adamant they will not be able to match Arsenal’s famous ‘Invincibles’ of 2003-04.

“That is not going to happen,” Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference.

“That belongs to Arsene Wenger and his amazing Arsenal in 2004. We are going to lose games.

“Today is completely different with the intensity and a lot of games. Now, [our run] is an exception. It is not normal what we have done.

“We are so happy and we are going to fight to maintain it as long as possible. But people, teams lose games and that is going to happen.”

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Klopp: We Are All Fighting For Second

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Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has given up entirely on the title, as he believes they are all fighting for second place.

Manchester City have stormed to the top of the league, winning 16 out of their 17 games and drawing just one, scoring 52 goals so far.

Klopp believes they cannot chase the Etihad club, who are 11 points clear at the top of the table.

“This season nobody is really fighting any more for the title. I don’t think United are,” the German told UK newspapers ahead of his team’s trip to Bournemouth on Sunday.

“We will all try to come as close as possible but if City doesn’t have any drop then they will probably win it so does that mean all the others have to stop?

“To be the best of the rest could be a fantastic target. So it is to try to have the best position in the table which for us for the last – I don’t know how many years – is probably third or second.”

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Burna Boy Arrested, Interrogated And Detained | To Appear In Court On Monday (Photo)

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The Lagos State Police Command on Friday confirmed the arrest of a prominent Nigerian singer, Damini Ogulu alias Burna Boy, who was accused by a colleague, Mr. 2Kay of being behind his attack some months back.

In November, the state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, had declared Burna Boy wanted after parading his manager and some of the suspects who allegedly fleeced and beat up 2Kay inside his room at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island.

The gang leader of the suspected robbers, Tunmise Omotore, had also confessed on how they disguised as room service to rob Mr. 2kay at Eko Hotel and Suites on the instruction of Burba Boy’s Road Manager, Joel Kantiock.

Burna Boy Arrested, Interrogated And Detained | To Appear In Court On Monday

Burna Boy Arrested, Interrogated And Detained | To Appear In Court On Monday

However, it is understood that the singer on Friday submitted himself to the Lagos State Police Command.

According to a statement by the command’s spokesman, Chike Oti, a Superintendent of Police (SP), Burna Boy turned himself in at about 5:00 p.m. on Friday.

Oti said: “He was subsequently arrested, interrogated and detained and would have his day in court on Monday, December 18.”

After the interrogation, Edgal was quoted to have said that the State Police Command has zero tolerance for all forms of crime and would not hesitate to prosecute anyone found culpable in any criminal offence perpetrated in the State.

“There would be no sacred cows. This Command is poised to ensure that every resident can feel safe wherever they are and carry out their businesses without fear or favour. Anyone, therefore, found to be involved in this case would be made to face the law to clear his or her name or face prosecution,” the statement quoted Imohimi as saying.

Burna Boy earlier reaction:

The embattled Nigerian singer had earlier today reacted to allegations that he was behind the robbery of his colleague, Mr. 2kay.

After a deafening silence which has lasted over two months, Burna Boy, via his Twitter page, says he will “reveal the truth” and face the allegations.

He wrote: “I’ve tried to remain silent because as you all know, plenty talk no dey full basket. But today we go use bucket pack am.

“Lies and politics have surrounded my name this past few weeks but today you will hear THE TRUTH & I will start from the truth behind the SHOW “Postponement.”

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Burna Boy Arrested, Interrogated And Detained | To Appear In Court On Monday (Photo)

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The Lagos State Police Command on Friday confirmed the arrest of a prominent Nigerian singer, Damini Ogulu alias Burna Boy, who was accused by a colleague, Mr. 2Kay of being behind his attack some months back.

In November, the state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, had declared Burna Boy wanted after parading his manager and some of the suspects who allegedly fleeced and beat up 2Kay inside his room at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island.

The gang leader of the suspected robbers, Tunmise Omotore, had also confessed on how they disguised as room service to rob Mr. 2kay at Eko Hotel and Suites on the instruction of Burba Boy’s Road Manager, Joel Kantiock.

Burna Boy Arrested, Interrogated And Detained | To Appear In Court On Monday

Burna Boy Arrested, Interrogated And Detained | To Appear In Court On Monday

However, it is understood that the singer on Friday submitted himself to the Lagos State Police Command.

According to a statement by the command’s spokesman, Chike Oti, a Superintendent of Police (SP), Burna Boy turned himself in at about 5:00 p.m. on Friday.

Oti said: “He was subsequently arrested, interrogated and detained and would have his day in court on Monday, December 18.”

After the interrogation, Edgal was quoted to have said that the State Police Command has zero tolerance for all forms of crime and would not hesitate to prosecute anyone found culpable in any criminal offence perpetrated in the State.

“There would be no sacred cows. This Command is poised to ensure that every resident can feel safe wherever they are and carry out their businesses without fear or favour. Anyone, therefore, found to be involved in this case would be made to face the law to clear his or her name or face prosecution,” the statement quoted Imohimi as saying.

Burna Boy earlier reaction:

The embattled Nigerian singer had earlier today reacted to allegations that he was behind the robbery of his colleague, Mr. 2kay.

After a deafening silence which has lasted over two months, Burna Boy, via his Twitter page, says he will “reveal the truth” and face the allegations.

He wrote: “I’ve tried to remain silent because as you all know, plenty talk no dey full basket. But today we go use bucket pack am.

“Lies and politics have surrounded my name this past few weeks but today you will hear THE TRUTH & I will start from the truth behind the SHOW “Postponement.”

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Burna Boy Arrested, Interrogated And Detained | To Appear In Court On Monday (Photo)

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The Lagos State Police Command on Friday confirmed the arrest of a prominent Nigerian singer, Damini Ogulu alias Burna Boy, who was accused by a colleague, Mr. 2Kay of being behind his attack some months back.

In November, the state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, had declared Burna Boy wanted after parading his manager and some of the suspects who allegedly fleeced and beat up 2Kay inside his room at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island.

The gang leader of the suspected robbers, Tunmise Omotore, had also confessed on how they disguised as room service to rob Mr. 2kay at Eko Hotel and Suites on the instruction of Burba Boy’s Road Manager, Joel Kantiock.

Burna Boy Arrested, Interrogated And Detained | To Appear In Court On Monday

Burna Boy Arrested, Interrogated And Detained | To Appear In Court On Monday

However, it is understood that the singer on Friday submitted himself to the Lagos State Police Command.

According to a statement by the command’s spokesman, Chike Oti, a Superintendent of Police (SP), Burna Boy turned himself in at about 5:00 p.m. on Friday.

Oti said: “He was subsequently arrested, interrogated and detained and would have his day in court on Monday, December 18.”

After the interrogation, Edgal was quoted to have said that the State Police Command has zero tolerance for all forms of crime and would not hesitate to prosecute anyone found culpable in any criminal offence perpetrated in the State.

“There would be no sacred cows. This Command is poised to ensure that every resident can feel safe wherever they are and carry out their businesses without fear or favour. Anyone, therefore, found to be involved in this case would be made to face the law to clear his or her name or face prosecution,” the statement quoted Imohimi as saying.

Burna Boy earlier reaction:

The embattled Nigerian singer had earlier today reacted to allegations that he was behind the robbery of his colleague, Mr. 2kay.

After a deafening silence which has lasted over two months, Burna Boy, via his Twitter page, says he will “reveal the truth” and face the allegations.

He wrote: “I’ve tried to remain silent because as you all know, plenty talk no dey full basket. But today we go use bucket pack am.

“Lies and politics have surrounded my name this past few weeks but today you will hear THE TRUTH & I will start from the truth behind the SHOW “Postponement.”

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