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Osun Election: I felt ridiculed contesting against 'Adeleke the dancer' - Governor Oyetola
Gboyega Oyetola, governor of Osun state, says he felt ridiculed contesting against Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in last year’s governorship election in the state.
Adeleke got into politics after the death of Isiaka, his elder brother. He replaced Isiaka as representative of Osun west senatorial district and was referred to as “dancing senator”, especially on social media, because of his skills.
Many videos of Adeleke dancing surfaced on the internet after he joined politics.
Speaking while receiving the leadership of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) led by Yemi Farounbi, a professor, Oyetola hinted that Adeleke ought to have been screened out of the race.
He said the lack of control in Nigeria’s electoral system gave his PDP opponent the opportunity to run against him.
“The country’s electoral system is weak, especially regarding the screening of candidates which gave room for somebody like Ademola Adeleke to contest for governorship seat of the state,” he said.
“Sometimes when I sit down and realise that I was actually contesting with Adeleke, who is best at dancing, I felt ridiculed, very ridiculed. It would have been a tragedy for our state if the whole thing had turned the other way round.
“Anybody that is seriously concerned about the development of the state would at least be interested in whoever is going to pilot the affairs of the state.
“One wonders why the country’s electoral laws would have allowed that guy to even contest in the first instance. We don’t have control. Even in the north where we believe they’re disadvantaged in terms of education, they put in the best always. See whoever goes for any political office in the North is always the best of their stuck.”
Farounbi said he visited the governor over his victory at the supreme court. Adeleke lost his bid to unseat Oyetola through the court.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 9:59 pm
BREAKING: Nigeria wins AFCON bronze medal for the 8th time
The Super Eagles on Wednesday defeated Tunisia 1-0 in the third-place match of the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
In what is officially the country's eight bronze medal in the history of the Africa Cup of Nations, Nigerian striker, Odion Ighalo's 3rd minute strike ensured that Nigeria left Egypt on a high.
Francis Uzoho was preferred in goal ahead of Daniel Akpeyi, thus, making his first appearance in the competition, while Ola Aina replacing Chidozie Awaziem who was suspended for the game after accumulating two yellow cards. Odion Ighalo retained his position upfront along with Samuel Chukwueze and Ahmed Musa.
Tunisia coach Alain Giresse replaced injured goalkeeper Mouez Hassen with Moez Ben Cherifia and Youssef Msakni who suffered a muscle strain in their semi-final defeat to Senegal with Anice Badri. Nassim Hnid, Ferjani Sassi and Ghaylene Chaalali were also handed starting roles.
The Super Eagles got off to a flying start in hot sunny weather with Ighalo opening the scoring with only three minutes into the encounter after pouncing on a loose ball in the area. The striker stamped home the ball with his left foot for his fifth goal in the competition.
The Carthage Eagles had a chance to respond to Nigeria’s goal almost immediately after Ola Aina fouled Wahbi Khazri but the Saint-Etienne forward’s effort was blocked.
Nigeria almost got the second goal when Ighalo squared the ball into the area but Yassine Meriah was at hand to clear it to safety.
Tunisia went close to scoring the equaliser when Sassi shrugged off Wilfred Ndidi before launching a long-range shot but the effort went an inch of the target.
Carthage Eagles continued to push for a chance to level the game but were frustrated by the Super Eagles' water-tight defence.
Ndidi had an opportunity to increase Nigeria's lead after calmly collecting the ball in midfield but he blazed his effort wide of the target.
Tunisia made their first change in the 44th minute with Firas Chaouat replacing Taha Yassine Khenissi and moments before the half-time break, Ighalo was forced off after suffering an injury.
Sporting Charleroi striker Victor Osimhen replaced the Shanghai Greenland Shenhua forward in the 46th minute after the restart of the game.
The Carthage Eagles got close to equalising when Khazri played Chaouat through on goal but the CS Sfaxien man somehow managed to miss the target.
Giresse introduced Naim Sliti for Badri before replacing Hnid with Rami Bedoui as the North Africans continued to push for an equaliser.
Chukwueze had a chance to score the second goal for the Super Eagles but the forward's curling long-range effort was brilliantly finger-tipped by goalkeeper Cherifia for a corner-kick.
Tunisia looked brighter towards the closing stages of the game but the Super Eagles did enough to hold on to their lead and claim the victory.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 9:54 pm
Buhari changes official portrait
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, approved a new portrait for public use.
This was made known by Bashir Ahmad, his aide on New Media on his verified Twitter handle.
He tweeted, “President @MBuhari has approved a new official portrait for display in all public offices, buildings and for other legitimate purposes.
“All ministries, departments, agencies of government, Sub-National Entities, businesses and the public are enjoined to obtain soft copy of the portrait.”
See tweet below:
President @MBuhari has approved a new official portrait for display in all public offices, buildings and for other legitimate purposes. pic.twitter.com/pTKmyTaXa5— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) July 17, 2019
Posted: July 17, 2019, 9:42 pm
AFCON 2019 leading scorers
Africa Cup of Nations 2019 leading goalscorers after third place playoff in Egypt on Wednesday:
5: Ighalo (NGR)
3: Mahrez, Ounas (both ALG), Bakambu (COD), Mane (SEN)
2: Elmohamady, Salah (both EGY), Kodjia, Zaha (both CIV), Andriamahitsinoro (MAD), J. Ayew (GHA), Bahoken (CMR), Belaili (ALG), En-Nesyri (MAR), Msakni (TUN), Okwi (UGA), Olunga (KEN), Pote (BEN), Yattara (GUI), Zungu (RSA)
Posted: July 17, 2019, 9:39 pm
Nigeria's Samuel Chukwueze nominated among the best young players in the world
Super Eagles winger, Samuel Chukwueze, has been included in a 80-man shortlist for the 2019 Golden Boy award.
The Golden Boy is an award run by Italian sports daily Tuttosport and handed out to a young footballer playing in Europe, adjudged to have been the most impressive during a calendar year.
All nominees must be under the age of 21 and play in a European nation’s top tier.
Chukwueze has been one of Nigeria’s best players at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and before that, was imperious for his LaLiga side, Villarreal in the 2018/2019 season.
The long list also contains names like Matthijs de Ligt who is moving to Juventus from Ajax
Posted: July 17, 2019, 9:34 pm
Buhari to Herdsmen: Remain where you are, ignore NEF’s order
President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a message to Fulani herdsmen urging them to ignore the recent call by the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) asking them to leave the Southern part of Nigeria.
This was contained in a statement signed on Wednesday by Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.
Buhari questioned the intentions of the NEF and the other so-called leaders in delving into issues with unsolicited, ill-intentioned advice.
The statement added, “All citizens of Nigeria are free to move and live within any part of the country they please, whether or not they are originally from there.
“In line with our country’s constitution, the government of Nigeria and the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari will protect citizens of Nigeria wherever they find themselves.
“No one has the right to ask anyone or group to depart from any part of the country, whether north, south, east or west,” the President said.
“They have no one’s authority to make such pronouncements.
“The polarising role of the Northern Elders Forum and all those other groups dabbling into issues of security to score cheap political points has for long been a sore point in Nigeria’s body polity.
“They should not be allowed to mislead anyone, least of all the Fulani herders.
“The Buhari administration is fully devoted to finding a lasting solution to the herder-farmer clashes in different parts of Nigeria- one that would be acceptable to all the parties involved.”
The President, therefore, called on all Nigerians to help keep the peace in the country.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 8:05 pm
Suspected herdsmen hijack 18-seater bus, kill Naval Warrant Officer; kidnap 17 others in Edo
A Naval Warrant Officer, Felix Aknabi, has been shot dead by suspected herdsmen, who allegedly kidnapped 18 passengers traveling from Akwa-Ibom State to Lagos en route Edo State on Tuesday.
Reports say the men of the Edo State Police Command had swung into action on receiving the information and rescued the other 17 passengers.
It was gathered that the four herdsmen, all armed with sophisticated weapons, opened fire on the 18-seater bus along the high way.
Sources said the gunmen finally intercepted the 18-seater bus between Ekiadolor and Ovia River Bridge in Ovai North East Local Government Area and carted away with passengers’ valuables.
The kidnappers selected eight of the passengers and matched them into the bush, leaving the other ten behind possibly to tell the story.
As the kidnappers were taking the victims to their camp in Ovia forest, Warrant Officer Felix Akanbi, who could not walk as fast as others was shot and killed by the herdsmen.
It was learnt that on receiving the information, the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the Ekiadolor police division mobilised his men after the kidnappers in a bid to rescue the victims.
After combing the bush for over two hours, the police rescued the seven victims alive and recovered the body of Akanbi.
Confirming, report, the Edo State Police Public Relation Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor DSP said the police were combing the bush in search of the kidnappers, adding that warrant Officer Akanbi was very close to his retirement before his untimely death.
He promised that the police would do everything possible to fish out the kidnappers.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 7:56 pm
APC finally reacts to killing of Afenifere leader’s daughter
The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has finally reacted to the murder of Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Chief Rueben Fasoranti, Afenifere leader, by yet to be identified gunmen.
The party also urged Nigerians to be wary of partisan individuals making inciting comments.
APC said some leaders were spreading hate and intolerance over the current insecurity in the country.
The ruling party called on leaders to be temperate in their language and actions, chiding some individuals it said formally occupied elective positions but failed to tackle many of the criminalities facing the country today.
APC’s statement was signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, and made available to reporters in Abuja on Wednesday.
The statement added, “The APC notes public concerns over cases of violent crimes recorded in some parts of the country, particularly in the recent and unfortunate killing of Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Chief Rueben Fasoranti, Afenifere leader.
“Losing a loved one is never easy to come to terms with, particularly in such unfortunate circumstance. We join the President Muhamadu Buhari administration and all peace-loving Nigerians in extending condolences to the family of the late Funke Olakunrin on the sad and painful loss.
“However, the APC is disturbed by recent reckless and provocative statements ascribed to some leaders and interests in the country. Inciting actions and rhetoric are counterproductive and dangerous particularly in a multi-ethnic country such as ours.
“Terrorism, kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery and other crimes must be condemned by all. There is nothing like an Isoko, Gwari or Awori robber because criminality has no tribe in the eyes of the law.
“We must remind ourselves that many of the recorded genocides all over the world started through unchecked prejudices and systematic profiling of racial, political and cultural groups. God forbid our dear country descends into such savagery.
“We reject the notion of a Nigeria where any ethnic group is unwelcome in any part of the country. Every Nigerian must be free to live and work in safety anywhere in the country. Our leaders have an important duty to be temperate in their language and actions.
“We must be wary of partisan individuals, many of whom formerly occupied elective positions but failed to tackle many of the criminalities we face today. We must be wary of these leaders who now play to the gallery to incite, spread hate and intolerance in the country. Their interventions are not patriotic but in pursuance of their political and selfish interests.
“The APC urges the President Buhari administration, the National Assembly, our religious, traditional, political leaders and indeed all well-meaning Nigerians not to be distracted by these unpatriotic antics.
“We may not agree on some issues in our national life, but we must continue to explore all peaceful and legitimate avenues to tackle our challenges and find amicable common ground to our disputation. Finally, we also call on relevant security agencies to intensify ongoing effort to rid the country of crime, particularly the violent type.”
Posted: July 17, 2019, 7:50 pm
#BBNaija: Tacha rains insults on Frodd for wanting to share bathroom with her (VIDEO)
There was another drama in the Big Brother Naija house this morning as Tacha and Frodd got engaged in a fight.
It all started when Frodd and the other guys tried to go into the bathroom to shower but were stopped by Tacha who didn’t want to share the bathroom with anyone.
This didn’t go down well with the guys as they all called out Tacha for being selfish.
Frodd took it further as he continued to blast Tacha for her insistence.
Tacha who didn’t take the response lightly blasted Frodd, calling him ‘stupid’ for trying to talk about violence.
“You are very stupid for talking about violence.
“How dare you talk about violence with me?.
“You just want to talk so every other person would notice you,” she said.
However, Sir Dee was able to calm Frodd down while Tacha returned to the bathroom.
Tacha who was still angry over the statement came out of the shower, continued insulting Frodd.
Frodd done with the argument didn’t reply Tacha as he calmly minded his business.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 7:48 pm
Osinbajo leaves Nigeria to UK for son's graduation
Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo has travelled to the UK, to attend the graduation of his son, Fiyinfoluwa.
This was disclosed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande.
“VP Osinbajo is in the UK attending his son’s graduation today. He returns to Abuja tomorrow,” Akande tweeted on Wednesday.
He, however, did not state the name of the institution attended by the vice-president’s son.
Osinbajo has three children: two daughters, Kiki and Kanyinsola and a son, Fiyinfoluwa.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 7:39 pm
Tunisia vs Nigeria: Gernot Rohr names strong XI (Full list)
Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr has unveiled his starting line-up against Tunisia.
Nigeria comes up against for the Africa Cup of Nations third place play-off at the Al Salam Stadium, Cairo on Wednesday evening.
Rohr has handed Deportivo La Coruña goalkeeper Francis Uzoho an Africa Cup of Nations debut.
Kenneth Omeruo and William Troost-Ekong line-up as the central defenders with Jamilu Collins occupying the left fullback positions.
Chidozie Awaziem’s suspension has opened the door for Torino’s Ola Aina to return to the starting XI.
Oghenekaro Etebo and Wilfred Ndidi start in front of the defence and Arsenal star Alex Iwobi will play in an advanced midfield position.
In the frontline, wingers Samuel Chukwueze and Ahmed Musa will feature either side of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations leading scorer Odion Ighalo.
Nigeria Starting XI Vs Tunisia : Uzoho; Aina, Omeruo, Troost-Ekong, Collins; Ndidi, Etebo, Iwobi; Chukwueze, Ighalo, Musa
Posted: July 17, 2019, 5:41 pm
Neymar in shocking move to Man United
Paris Saints-Germain superstar, Neymar could leave the club for Manchester United this summer after the French Ligue 1 champions offered Manchester United the chance to sign him.
According to Mundo Deportivo, PSG are eager to sell the Brazilian international for £200million and have given the opportunity to Man United, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus to sign the forward.
PSG sporting director, Leonardo recently admitted that the club is prepared to sell Neymar after the Brazil forward failed to report for pre-season training.
He said: “PSG affirms that the player Neymar Jr was not present at the time and place required, without prior authorisation from the club.
“PSG regrets this situation and will take appropriate action.”
Meanwhile, Inter Milan have agreed to meet Manchester United’s asking price of £75million for striker, Romelu Lukaku as reported by The Sun.
Lukaku has already revealed his intention to leave the club for Inter Milan this summer.
Asked if a decision had been made, Lukaku responded earlier this week: “You guys will know something next week.”
Recall that Inter made an official approach to Man United for Lukaku last week, with sporting director Piero Ausilio jetting into London.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 5:38 pm
No time is too long to report rape, s3xual assault
A Professor of Health Education, Bidemi Idowu says no time is too long or stale to report rape or s3xual abuse, as long as there is actually a case to answer.
Idowu said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of delivering the 69th Inaugural Lecture of the Lagos State University (LASU).
The theme of the lecture was; S3xuality: The Savour, the Caution, the Pleasure.
According to her, most girls or women who were just coming out after 10 to 20 years to report a case of abuse might just be doing so because they were then in an era of not reporting such.
“People are now coming out to report rape or sexual assault because they were not enlightened to do so during their era and have a case to prove.
“However, there may not be a case of having to prosecute the perpetrator because there may not be evidence but at least, the culprit has been exposed,” she said.
Idowu noted that most girls or women have been abused at a time or the other in a lifetime but there might not be a penetration.
The professor said rape could be termed `fantasy’ because for some individuals, their minds were already so perverted that they did not derive pleasure except they rape or are raped.
“This, however, is not a common phenomenon,” she noted.
According to her, about 35 percent of women who were raped as minors were also raped as adults, compared to 14 percent of women without an early rape history.
It was noted that 28 percent of male rape victims were first raped when they were 10 years old.
Idowu identified the forms of sexual assault that were usually termed as rape include kissing of a s3xual nature, touching the other person’s breast, thigh, buttocks, penis, vulva or anus, masturbation of the victim by the perpetrator.
She mentioned also, oral-genital contact, including Cunnilingus, penetration either through the vaginal or anus with a penis, finger or other objects, Exhibitionism and Frottage.
Idowu encouraged rape victims not to relent in exposing the perpetrators even if they ended up not getting justice, as this would expose the culprit and also serve as a deterrent to others.
She advised that the Counselling unit of universities should be expanded beyond career and academic matters to include issues encompassing family issue and s3xuality.
The Professor advised that the issue of s3xuality should be made priority among staff and students in the university, as it did not concern only rape but was all-encompassing.
According to him, this was an exceptional way to develop life skills in students.
Idowu also urged government agents to be bold enough to implement laws passed by past government on child abuse to checkmate the spread of the menace.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 4:14 pm
Open up on salaries of Nigeria’s judiciary workers – Ahmed Lawan begs CJN Tanko
The Senate President, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, has advised the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Ibrahim Mohammed, to open up on the low salaries and allowances paid judicial workers in Nigeria so that the anomaly can be collectively addressed by both arms of government.
In his remarks to end the screening of Justice Mohammed by Senators in Abuja on Wednesday, he pointed out that corruption in the judiciary cannot be tackled with the current ridiculous salaries and allowances paid Judiciary workers in the country.
Lawan decried the low salaries currently earned by judiciary workers, saying that the CJN should engage lawmakers on discussion with a view to ameliorating the situation.
According to him, “Let me thank you for coming to answer questions on reasons you should be confirmed as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.
“Let me on behalf of my distinguished colleagues tell you that the Senate is primed to work with the judiciary. I was not expecting you to disclose salaries and allowances of the Judicial staff, but I was equally not too pleased with low salaries and packages.
“The salary is so low and actually you are not supposed to keep it to yourself, we are supposed to discuss it.”
“If we are asking our judges to live above board, the judiciary is supposed to be redirected, so you should open up to the legislature so that we can solve the problem collectively.
“You also complained about accommodation for additional judges, probably in your first line charge, this Senate would look at that and I thank you once again,” the Senate President said.
Earlier in his address, Justice Tanko highlighted the challenge of corruption in the judiciary, urging legislators to intervene. He was however silent on the salaries and allowances of judiciary staff.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 4:07 pm
Proscribe MACBAN, arrest Miyetti Allah leaders now – Ohanaeze, Yoruba, Ijaw youths tell Buhari
The leadership of three indigenous youth groups from the major geopolitical zones the Southern Nigeria Wednesday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately proscribe the Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), as well as order the arrest of the MACBAN leadership.
This was contained in a statement signed by Aremo Oladotun Hassan, President, Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide; Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, President-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide and Barr. Pereotubo Oweilaemi, President, Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide.
Recall that former president Olusegun Obasanjo had in letter addressed to President Buhari, and released by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, on Monday, expressed worry over high level of insecurity in the country.
But in the press release made available to DAILY POST, the leadership of the groups said the indigenous youths organisations in the Southwest, South-south and Southeast geo-political zones of Nigeria and in the Diaspora can no longer tolerate the killings and threats from herdsmen in the said zones.
The statement reads: “We have watched keenly most of the controversial activities of MACBAN recently as it have directly and indirectly led to mass murder and Genocidal Ethnic Cleansing against innocent Nigerians through allegedly perceived agents: dreaded militia Herdsmen arm, with attendant daily mass killings in our various communities across the nation, especially the recent wake of crises, killings, kidnapping and community invasion by their armed bandits elements, under the aegis of Fulani Herdsmen terrorist group, despite the allegedly N100 billion Naira recently tangled by the Federal Government to pacify this dreaded group as a frontal measure to win the terrorism war. Unfortunately this singular stride has further increased our woes and agony unabated till date.
“The rude provocative call for Chief Obasanjo’s arrest is a ploy of Myetti Allah to derail Nigeria’s governance system to total anarchy, a semblance of Venezuelan and Rwandan genocidal ethnic cleansing agenda.
“Furthermore, it is an open invitation to put more hardship on the already helpless and suffocated citizenry, plagued in the world headquarters of poverty.
“However, we implore the Federal Government to desist from any attempt to arrest Obasanjo but to show conspicuous appreciation to the former president for courage to speak the truth to power.
“Similarly, the impunity move by the Myetti Allah is aimed at setting the nation ablaze, with attraction of grave consequences not limited thereto: political and economic sanctions from world super powers. We observed with keen interest the concurrent evil bedevilling the Nigerian state as a premeditated agenda to cause war and civil unrest in Nigeria.
“We are completely worried and compelled to react against the MACBAN for not calling for arrest of bandits and armed Herdsmen in the North, having continuously unleashed terror from Benue, Taraba, Osun, Enugu,Oyo, Ebonyi Ogun, Abia,Ekiti, Anambra and Ondo States without no fundamental arrest, not until recently on the Late Funke Olakunri’s killers arrest of suspects, though information is discreet and shoddy.
“However, we shall hold MACBAN accountable for this crimes, precipitating our move to equally file a legal action and petition against them both to our National Courts and the United Nations for championing ethnic cleansing agenda.
“Hence, precipitating the Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide and Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, other South South Youth leaders under the Southern Nigeria Assembly to urgently call for a National (Youth)Dialogue Summit of selected youth leaders from all ethnic nationalities in Nigeria and other critical stakeholders, and the process of delegates invitation is on ahead of 30th September to 1st October, 2019 slated for Lagos, details will be out soon.
“Based on this premise, the National Dialogue shall serve as a means of urgently nipping in the bud and proffering immediate panacea to the hydra headed monsters called Armed Bandits/Killer Herdsmen on our various death points: intra-city and interstates highways, as well as addressing and setting the tone for a robust dialogue on other needful necessities; restructuring and new people’s constitution, economic integration and development, infrastructures, education, food security, youth and women empowerments, peace and security to mention a few,” they stated.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 4:05 pm
IPOB talks tough over Arewa youths’ 30-day ultimatum
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has declared that states in the South-East of Nigeria will not budge over the 30-day ultimatum handed to them by the Coalition of Northern Youths over the Federal Government’s suspension of the controversial Ruga programme.
The separatist group, in a press release signed by its publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, vowed not to yield to the demand for land for the implementation of the Ruga settlement programme in the South-East.
“IPOB will support ranching business but in your own private land not forcing people to release their ancestral land to anybody or Fulani people.
“IPOB is a peaceful movement and must remain so but cannot allow anybody to trample on us by forcing our people to release their ancestral land to them. We are aware that cattle business remains personal business in Nigeria and cannot change today.
“We advise federal government of Nigeria and those behind this evil plan to retrace their steps before it spills over, claims more innocent lives and becomes uncontrollable,” the statement read.
Powerful pointed out that communities’ ancestral lands were gifts from God, handed over to them to dwell, which must not be taken over under any guise by the government or an ethnic group.
“We challenge Fulani Islamists terrorists including their Arewa youths to do their worst after the expiration of the so-called 30 days ultimatum as was widely reported in every national and international media.
“We are anxiously and eagerly waiting for them in whatever shape they may want it,” IPOB averred.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 4:01 pm
Sterling hits brace as Man City hammer West Ham in China
Record Manchester City signing Rodri made his debut and Raheem Sterling scored twice as the Premier League champions came from behind to beat West Ham United 4-1 on Wednesday in China.
West Ham took the lead with a Mark Noble penalty before City levelled through David Silva, then Lukas Nmecha scored from the spot to give Pep Guardiola’s side the half-time lead.
England international Sterling, who enjoyed his best season last year for club and country, scored a brace in the second half as West Ham’s defence went AWOL in Nanjing.
Guardiola fielded a mixture of first-team regulars and reserves with Silva leading the side and Kevin De Bruyne, who missed most of last season injured, a second-half substitute.
He was joined after the break by German winger Leroy Sane, who has been linked with a big-money move to Bayern Munich.
Spanish international midfielder Rodri joined City earlier this month on a five-year deal from Atletico Madrid.
The 23-year-old officially became a City player a day after the La Liga club revealed the 70-million-euro ($78.5 million) release clause in his contract had been triggered.
City’s arrival in China for the Premier League Asia Trophy had been delayed by two days because of an “administrative issue”.
But if it bothered the English champions it did not show, Sterling, sealing a handsome City win with composed finishes on the hour and then again soon after.
In the other match in the exhibition tournament, the scale of the task facing new head coach Steve Bruce was laid bare as Newcastle United were thrashed 4-0 by Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Bruce, whose appointment was confirmed just hours before kick-off, will jet over to take charge of Newcastle’s next friendly, against West Ham, in Shanghai on Saturday.
It was only a low-key friendly, but the heavy defeat to Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves in Nanjing was more evidence that Newcastle is likely to be battling relegation this season.
Man City faces Wolves in the final.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 3:27 pm
Pogba shines as Man United thrash Leeds
Paul Pogba shined as an under-pressure Manchester United stepped up their pre-season campaign with a 4-0 thrashing of old rivals Leeds on Wednesday.
United had faced criticism after an unconvincing 2-0 victory over a depleted Perth Glory on the weekend.
In a much-needed tonic, the Red Devils clinically dismantled Leeds, who have high hopes of returning to the English Premier League for the first time since 2004.
Pogba, who has been linked with a move to Juventus and Real Madrid, starred in United’s dominant first-half and was part of a pretty chain of passing to set up 17-year-old Mason Greenwood’s first senior goal in the seventh minute.
Moments later, a powerful strike from the French midfielder was well saved by goalkeeper Kiko Casilla.
But it was only a matter of time before United broke through with a moment of magic in the 27th minute from Marcus Rashford, a livewire in the first half.
After a wondrous dribble past the lead-foot defence, the 21-year-old expertly tapped it past Casilla.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer changed his entire lineup at half-time in a repeat of Saturday’s match against Perth.
United continued to dictate, with Phil Jones scoring a thumping header from a corner kick in the 51st minute.
Anthony Martial rounded out a spectacular performance in the 68th minute by converting a penalty after Tahith Chong was taken down in the box.
The first clash in eight years between the one-time bitter enemies fizzled out, but a near-capacity Perth Stadium crowd of 55,000 underlined the rivalry’s stature.
Romelu Lukaku was once again absent fuelling speculation he had been dropped from the squad amid reports he was close to securing a move to Inter Milan.
United said the Belgian suffered a knock at training.
Illness kept out goalkeeper David de Gea, who is reportedly close to signing a new five-year deal with United in excess of £350,000 ($435,000) a week.
United will have further pre-season games against Inter Milan in Singapore on July 20 and Tottenham in Shanghai on July 25, while Leeds will head to Sydney to face Western Sydney Wanderers.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 3:09 pm
CAF adopts one-leg final for Champions League
Ahmad Ahmad, president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), says the continent’s Champions League will now be a one-leg affair held at a neutral ground.
The president made the announcement at the CAF’s congress at the Marriot hotel in Cairo on Wednesday.
The change in format came on the back of a problem encountered during the 2018/19 second leg match in Tunisia, where Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca walked out during the game against Esperance Tunis due to the absence of VAR.
Gianni Infantino, FIFA’s president was in attendance at the congress. Since the inception of the CAF, the Champions League has always been a two legged affair.
The winner of the 2018/2019 season is yet to be determined as the case was taken to Court of Arbitration for Sports after Esperance lodged an appeal against CAF replay decisions.
More to follow…
Posted: July 17, 2019, 3:05 pm
Drug kingpin El Chapo Guzman jailed for life
The Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been given life jail in the United States.
A federal judge in Brooklyn handed down the sentence Wednesday, five months after Guzman’s conviction in an epic drug-trafficking case.
The 62-year-old drug lord, who had been protected in Mexico by an army of gangsters and an elaborate corruption operation, was brought to the U.S. to stand trial after he twice escaped from Mexican prisons.
Before he was sentenced, Guzman, complained about the conditions of his confinement and told the judge he was denied a fair trial. He said U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan failed to thoroughly investigate claims of juror misconduct.
“My case was stained and you denied me a fair trial when the whole world was watching,” Guzman said in court through an interpreter. “When I was extradited to the United States, I expected to have a fair trial, but what happened was exactly the opposite.”
The harsh sentence was pre-ordained. The guilty verdict in February at Guzman’s 11-week trial triggered a mandatory sentence of life without parole.
The evidence showed that under Guzman’s orders, the Sinaloa cartel was responsible for smuggling mountains of cocaine and other drugs into the United States during his 25-year reign, prosecutors said in court papers re-capping the trial. They also said his “army of sicarios” was under orders to kidnap, torture and murder anyone who got in his way.
The defence argued he was framed by other traffickers who became government witnesses so they could get breaks in their own cases.
Guzman has been largely cut off from the outside world since his extradition in 2017 and his remarks in the courtroom Wednesday could be the last time the public hears from him. Guzman thanked his family for giving him “the strength to bare this torture that I have been under for the past 30 months.”
Posted: July 17, 2019, 3:03 pm
Justice Tanko admits judiciary under him is corrupt, requests senate intervention
The Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed has explained that Nigeria’s Judicial arm of government headed by him has been infested with corrupt elements.
Reacting to questions when grilled by Senators for his confirmation as the Chief Justice of Nigeria on Wednesday, he revealed that judiciary under his watch has challenges of corrupt judges.
He argued that corruption persists in Nigeria as a result of lack of stiff punishment of offenders, saying that the legislature should intervene with the review of laws.
“I always say that Nigeria judiciary is part and parcel of Nigeria and I am not surprised seeing some judges being corrupt but must be treated same way other corrupt elements are treated.”
Recalling his experiences when he was a magistrate in Bauchi years back, he noted that corruption in the judiciary began when indigenous judges took over adjudication in courts.
“I was a magistrate in Bauchi then, but by the time I finished law school, went to NYSC and came back and then we had a White man as our boss, there was no corruption. Later, when we had a black man we started having problems.”
Tanko urged the legislators to review Nigeria’s criminal law.
“Left for me, there is a need to look at our criminal laws again with a view to dealing with corruption in the society.
“Some criminals are couching on loopholes in our laws and I want to urge the legislators to amend laws to sanitize the society.
“In the 50s and 60s up to 70s, you cannot open your door and sleep with your eyes closed.
Speaking on the independence of the judiciary, he said, some governors posed a huge challenge to the independence of the state judiciary, adding that the legislature should tie all loopholes that are inherent in the nation’s judiciary.
“Some governors deny monthly allocation to the judiciary while they take care of their political appointees.
“It is in my view that it’s only the legislature that can put things right in Nigeria.”
Posted: July 17, 2019, 3:02 pm
Fani-Kayode reacts to call for herdsmen to leave Southern Nigeria
A former Aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has reacted to the call by the Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) for herdsmen to leave the Southern part of Nigeria.
The Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) has urged Fulani herders to leave Southern part of the country if the safety of their lives and property are not guaranteed.
The Chairman of the forum, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, who said this at a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday, said that there was a move by some troublesome elements to engage herders with violence in the Southern part of the country.
“We have heard in the few hours ago that some violence had already started to manifest in some sections of the country against the herdsmen.
“But then, if there is no certainty that their safety is guaranteed by the authorities that are immediately around them or by the authorities that have responsibility for the overall security of all Nigerians wherever they reside, we are certainly worried about their wellbeing.
“If it is indeed true that their safety is not guaranteed in the places where they are residing, we would rather have them back into areas where there safety is guaranteed, and they should be coming back as much as possible to the North,” Abdullahi said.
Reacting, Fani-Kayode, in a tweet on Wednesday, commended NEF for the call, adding that it will help to restore peace, unity and national cohesion in Nigeria.
He tweeted: “I welcome the call by the NEF and the NCG for the Fulani herdsmen to leave the south.
“This will help restore peace, unity and national cohesion. They should leave the Middle Belt as well, renounce violence, stop the killings, stop the terror and turn in their deadly weapons.”
Posted: July 17, 2019, 2:59 pm
Amaechi will always fail in his machination against Rivers – Wike
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has declared that even if the former Governor of the state, Rotimi Amaechi is allowed to choose all the panels to handle political cases involving the state, he will continue to fail.
He also stated that all the gang up against Rivers State will continue to fail because God would always defend the state.
He spoke at the Government House Port Harcourt Chapel of Everlasting Grace during a Thanksgiving Service on the Supreme Court judgment that declared him qualified to contest the 2019 Rivers State Governorship Election.
He said: “If you know what Amaechi has been doing, then you will know that God is with us. He wants to constitute all panels. They should allow him to appoint all panels, but he will fail. God will continue to do it for us. We have faith in God. All the gang up against us will fail. Please continue to support and pray for Rivers State.”
He said since 2015, Amaechi had been working round the clock to disrupt the democratic process in Rivers State. He said Amaechi had continued to fail because God is with the state and Rivers people believed in his leadership.
“Amaechi has done everything possible to make sure that we don’t remain here. But nobody can play God. In 2015, we won elections and they did everything to destabilise the state. They said that we won in 2015 because of Jonathan. They nullified almost all the State Assembly and National Assembly elections. We had several rerun elections and Rivers people voted overwhelmingly for the PDP.
“In 2019, we witnessed when the Former Minister of Transportation sang war songs in the presence of the President. People became afraid. The Presidential and National Assembly elections came and we won all the seats. We were not in power at the Federal level. We didn’t have security agencies, but we won. Then it came to the Governorship election, they used money and security services against us, but we won,” he said.
Wike said that he had no fear despite the evil machinations of the former Rivers State Governor and his cohorts, because God was on the side of Rivers State.
He said: “You have lost, you have lost. All you need to do is to prepare for the next elections. If the governorship election is conducted two million times in Rivers State, PDP will continue to win.”
Wike regretted that despite extending an Olive Branch to all political opponents, they had continued unnecessary political battles that would not benefit the state, adding that this was the time for all political divides unite for the development of the state, noting that there was no reason why any Rivers leader should de-market the state.
According to Wike, the immediate past Rivers State Commissioner of Police was transferred out of the State because he refused to write a false security report declaring the state unsafe to host the election Tribunal.
“They told the Commissioner of Police to write a security report that here is not safe for the Tribunal. But he refused and they transferred him.
“The Former Minister of Transportation said Rivers State is not safe, but he celebrated his birthday here. The letter Former President Olusegun Obasanjo wrote was not because of Rivers State. But Amaechi is saying Rivers State is not safe.
“All the companies are drilling oil and Nigeria is making money from Rivers State. So Rivers State is safe. I am here and I am here. It is the way God wants it. I will stay here till 2023, then another person will come. Don’t continue to paint Rivers State black”, he said.
He said that since the commencement of his second term, his administration had faced several political and legal challenges, aimed at derailing it. He said he is thanking God for ensuring that he always won, despite the strength of his opponents.
Governor Wike narrated how Achinike Nwobodo, an aide of Amaechi filed the suit at the Federal High Court and lost in 2018, only for him to return in 2019 to file the same eligibility suit, with another person as the plaintiff, while he (Nwobodo) served as counsel.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 2:56 pm
Court fixes date to hear El-Zakzaky’s application to travel abroad
A Kaduna State High Court will on Thursday hear the application of the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zazaky and wife, Zeenat, seeking to travel to India for medical attention.
The IMN leader is standing trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly and disruption of public peace among other charges.
The State Director of Public Prosecution, Mr Dari Bayero, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Kaduna that the case would resume on Thursday.
Bayero said the IMN leader, who is standing trial before the state High Court, brought the application seeking the court’s permission to travel outside the country.
According to the official, the IMN leader and his wife had applied to be granted permission to travel to Metanta Hospital, New Delhi, India and return to Nigeria for continuation of the trial as soon as they are discharged.
Bayero said that Justice D.H Khobo would preside over the hearing on the application on July 18.
NAN recalls that Justice Gideon Kurada, who was handling the case, on April 25 adjourned the trial of the IMN leader indefinitely.
The indefinite adjournment was to enable the judge serve on the panel of the Presidential and National Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal in Yobe.
Femi Falana (SAN), the lead counsel to the defendants had told newsmen after the adjournment that his clients, El-Zakzaky and wife Zeenat, were in dire need of medical attention, the reason why they could not appear in court at the time.
Falana had said that his clients had not been given adequate medical care since their detention on Dec. 14, 2015.
Before the indefinite adjournment, the court had on Tuesday, Jan. 22, ordered the Kaduna State Government to avail the IMN leader and his wife Zeenat, access to medical care.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 2:50 pm
Reps give Gov. Obaseki seven-day ultimatum, threaten take over of Assembly
The House of Representatives has asked the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, to issue a fresh proclamation to convene the 9th House of Assembly in the state.
The House issued a seven-day ultimatum to the governor to carry out the order or risk the House taking over the Assembly.
The House had set up an ad hoc committee headed by the AbdulRasak Namdas to investigate issues surrounding the crisis rocking the assembly. The report of the committee was submitted Wednesday and it was adopted by the committee of the whole chaired by Ahmed Wase.
Speaking to the report, Namdas disclosed that the Governor of the state issued the proclamation two days after the House had already been sworn in.
The House therefore resolved as follow: “That the Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, in the interest of peaceful coexistence of the State, should issue a fresh Proclamation within One (1) week in line with Section 105(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of. Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) stating the date, time and venue and publish in any National Daily and Television Station;
“That all actions taken by the 9th Assembly Members should be declared null and void pending proper inauguration;
“That all Members of the Edo State House of Assembly, both those who have been , inaugurated and those who have not been inaugurated should dissolve their factions in the interest of peace and stability of the House with the view to moving the State forward;
“That the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Director General (DG), Department of State Services should shut down the Edo State House of Assembly and provide adequate security to allay further fears of intimidation and threat as alleged by Members-elect;
“That where recommendations (1) (ii) and (tit) above fail, the National Assembly should invoke the Provisions of Section 11(4) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) to take over the State House of Assembly until the situation normalizes.”
The decision of the committee of the whole was subsequently adopted by the House.
Posted: July 17, 2019, 2:50 pm