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Premier League approves Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle
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Premier League approves Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle

The £300m takeover of Newcastle United has officially been completed, with a Saudi-led consortium ending Mike Ashley's 14-year ownership of the club. The Premier League confirmed the takeover in a statement on Thursday, saying it had received "legally binding assurances" that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will not control Newcastle United. The investment group is led by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) and also comprises of PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media. Newcastle's new owners are expected to replace Steve Bruce as head coach, but no decision has yet been made on when this might happen. The consortium does not want to make any knee-jerk decisions, but it is understood one of the priorities is deciding who will take over in the dugout at St James' Park moving ...
Lingard rejects new Man United contract
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Lingard rejects new Man United contract

Manchester United forward, Jesse Lingard, has rejected a new contract at the club, according to ESPN. Lingard is seeking assurances about his first team prospects this season. The 28-year-old is into the last months of his current deal and has been offered an extension. However, Lingard has turned down United’s initial approach and is keen to ensure he will get the opportunity to play regularly before making a decision about his future. If a new contract is not agreed with United, he will be able to leave as a free agent at the end of the season. Lingard will also be able to negotiate with clubs outside England from January. The England international is determined to find regular football in order to keep his place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead...
Ronaldo’s arrival at Man Utd is bad news for Van de Beek – Albers
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Ronaldo’s arrival at Man Utd is bad news for Van de Beek – Albers

Guido Albers, the agent of Manchester United midfielder, Donny van de Beek, has admitted that Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival is bad news for his client. Ronaldo has returned to United for a second stint following three seasons with Juventus. But it appears that not everybody is overjoyed to see the 36-year-old back at the club. Van de Beek could see his playing time reduced even more, despite receiving assurances he would feature in 2021/2022. “Cristiano arrived on Friday which we knew was bad news for us. “Pogba plays on the left, and with Cristiano’s arrival it means another extra player in midfield, with Pogba moving away from the left,” Albers told Ziggo Sport. United take on Newcastle in their first Premier League game after the international week. ...
Suspected Ritualist Cuts off 7-year-old boy’s hand in Kwara
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Suspected Ritualist Cuts off 7-year-old boy’s hand in Kwara

A suspected ritualist has cut off the hand of a 7-year-old boy identified as Usman Abubakar, in Pategi town, Pategi local government area of Kwara State. It was gathered that the unknown person has reportedly three young male Quranic (Alimanjiri) students to a bush at about 10:30 pm, on Monday, June 21 and cut off Abubakar's right hand. The children are said to be Quranic students of one Mallam Aliu Adamu School in Pategi town. Spokesperson of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in the state, Babawale Afolabi, who confirmed the incident on Tuesday June 22 said the suspect fled with the hand he cut off. "The victim narrated how one man came to the town and lured him and two other Alimajiris to enter a car with the assurances that he was taking them to a place ...
I want some clarity!’ – Maitland-Niles ready to ‘kiss Arsenal goodbye’ if not given assurances over his future
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I want some clarity!’ – Maitland-Niles ready to ‘kiss Arsenal goodbye’ if not given assurances over his future

The 23-year-old has just completed a loan spell at West Brom and does not know if he'll feature in Mikel Arteta's plans for the 2021-22 season Ainsley Maitland-Niles has insisted he's ready to "kiss Arsenal goodbye" if he is not given assurances over regular playing time. Maitland-Niles rose through the youth ranks at Emirates Stadium before graduating to the senior squad in 2014, and has since appeared in 121 games for the Gunners. However, the decision was taken to send the 23-year-old out on loan to West Brom in the second half of the 2020-21 campaign after he fell out of favour under Mikel Arteta, and he is now open to leaving the club on a permanent basis.
President Buhari calls late Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru’s Wife and other Victims Spouses
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President Buhari calls late Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru’s Wife and other Victims Spouses

President Buhari has described Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru, the late Chief of Army Staff as an outstanding soldier and an institution builder, who fought valiantly for Nigeria until he breathed his last. In a telephone conversation on Sunday evening May 23 with Mrs. Fati Ibrahim Attahiru, the wife of the late COAS and the spouses of the other deceased officers through her, President Buhari hailed the sacrifices of the military men who lost their lives and the Armed Forces in general, saying that Nigerians will continue to appreciate and support the fearlessness with which our courageous soldiers are confronting the threats facing the nation. A statement released by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehum said the President gave the grieving spouses assurances that the nation wil...
EPL: Man Utd Could have Three Points Deducted after Liverpool clash is Cancelled
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EPL: Man Utd Could have Three Points Deducted after Liverpool clash is Cancelled

  Manchester United are facing a points deduction, as Premier League and FA rules contradict one another on postponements, the UK Mirror reports. The Red Devils were set to play Liverpool by 4.30pm this Sunday, but the match was cancelled after shocking scenes at Old Trafford. Over 200 supporters invaded the pitch after attacking policemen outside the stadium. With no assurances over safety regarding driving the team bus to the stadium, for United or Liverpool, a decision was made to call the game off. The Premier League have begun an investigation into the incident and are questioning how over 200 fans got into the stadium. According to the FA’s rulebook in section 8.3.4, it states that United could be found to have been at fault for the match not going ahead and ...
Buhari Approves Appointment of 18 Judges for Appeal Court
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Buhari Approves Appointment of 18 Judges for Appeal Court

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of 18 new justices for the court of appeal. The new justices had been recommended to the President in March by the National Judicial Council (NJC) chaired by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Ibrahim Muhammad. Ibrahim Gambari, chief of staff to the president conveyed news of the approval in a letter addressed to the Chief Justice of Nigeria. It read; “l am pleased to advise you that, pursuant to section 237 & Section 238 of the 1999 Constitution, his excellency, Mr President has approved the appointment of the following jurists as Justices of the court of appeal, subject to their official seniority at the bench. “Kindly advise the newly appointed Justices of the Court of Appeal accordingly and, also, extend to thei...
Man Utd vs AC Milan: Bruno Fernandes ‘refusing’ to sign new Man Utd contract
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Man Utd vs AC Milan: Bruno Fernandes ‘refusing’ to sign new Man Utd contract

Bruno Fernandes is refusing to put pen to paper on a new five-year contract at Manchester United, unless he is given assurances about future transfer plans, the UK Sun reports. Fernandes has become one of United’s most important players since joining from Sporting Lisbon in January 2019. The Portugal international has scored 35 goals and provided 21 assists in 63 appearances in all competitions. Fernandes, 26, signed a five-and-a-half year deal worth £100,000-a-week when he joined United and he has been offered a new five-year contract which would see his wages increase to £200,000-a-week. However, it is believed that Fernandes wants to know how the club plans to continue making progress before he commits. United will continue their hunt for silverware this Thursday, whe...
Cavani Takes Decision to Leave Man United for Boca Juniors
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Cavani Takes Decision to Leave Man United for Boca Juniors

  Manchester United striker, Edinson Cavani, wants to leave the club after just a season at Old Trafford, according to the Argentine outlet, Ole. Cavani wants to return to South America to fulfil a boyhood dream by seeing his career at Boca Juniors this summer. The former Napoli star has asked Boca Juniors who his team-mates would be next season and asked for assurances that they could make signings to challenge for the Copa Libertadores title. The Uruguayan is willing to take a huge cut on his £210,000-a-week wages to ensure the move goes smoothly. Cavani will demand a three-year contract worth the equivalent of what he would earn at Man United in a single season. Recall that Boca Juniors have shown interest in signing Cavani in the past, with the report previou...
They must tell the truth’ – Coutinho agent slams Barca for secretly planning Neymar swap
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They must tell the truth’ – Coutinho agent slams Barca for secretly planning Neymar swap

Kia Joorabchian claims he has received assurances his client won't be sold this summer while learning that some in the club want to move him on Barcelona must come clean with Philippe Coutinho over his future, according to his agent Kia Joorabchian, who claims the club have promised the Brazilian will remain at Camp Nou while secretly trying to include him in a deal for Neymar. The 27-year-old attacker has struggled to live up to expectations since his £100 million ($126m) transfer from Liverpool in January 2018. Coutinho himself has admitted that he had an underwhelming first full campaign at Camp Nou that yielded just five La Liga goals and two assists.
NWF seeks concession as ministry agrees to sponsor team
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NWF seeks concession as ministry agrees to sponsor team

The Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) says it will plead with the organisers of the 2019 African Senior Wrestling Championships in Tunisia to give it a special concession to register its players for the championship, which the country is the defending champion. The NWF could not meet Tuesday’s deadline for registration of wrestlers, as it could not get the funds for the exercise. But following assurances yesterday by the Ministry of Sports that it would sponsor the team, the body said it would seek the organisers’ permission to register its 20 athletes for the competition slated for Hammamet later this month. Speaking on the latest development, NWF President, Daniel Igali said, “I spoke with the Permanent Secretary of the Sports Ministry (Adesola Olusola) and he made a verbal commit...
2019 Election Postponement: President Buhari Speaks
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2019 Election Postponement: President Buhari Speaks

President Muhammadu Buhari has spoken on the 2019 election postponement, which was announced earlier today. Nigerians across the country had been anticipating the kick off of the 2019 presidential election, which was scheduled to hold today, before it was postponed to 23rd February 2019. STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT BUHARI ON THE POSTPONEMENT OF GENERAL ELECTIONS BY INEC I am deeply disappointed that despite the long notice given and our preparations both locally and internationally, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) postponed the Presidential and National Assembly elections within hours of its commencement. Many Nigerians have traveled to various locations to exercise their right to vote, and international observers are gathered. ...
Popular Herbalist Reveals Winner Of Presidential Election After Consulting ‘Ancestors’
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Popular Herbalist Reveals Winner Of Presidential Election After Consulting ‘Ancestors’

A herbalist identified as Alhaji Olarinoye Opeyemi Mudashiru has predicted the winner of the 2019 presidential elections in Nigeria scheduled for Saturday. He stated that he revealed the expected winner after consulting the ‘ancestors’ on who will emerge winner of Saturday’s presidential elections. Mudashiru submitted that President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress will defeat Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party on Saturday. In a statement on Thursday, the Otunba Isegun of Osun State added that Buhari would beat his closest rival, Atiku with at least two million votes. According to him, “I, the Otunba Isegun of Osun State from Inisha in Odo-Otin Local Government area of the State, hereby use this medium to assure our Preside...
Atiku makes way back to Nigeria, after failure to secure U.S assurance not to get arrested
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Atiku makes way back to Nigeria, after failure to secure U.S assurance not to get arrested

Atiku Abubakar, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election, is said to have quickly made his way back to Nigeria from the U.K, were he had hoped to secure assurances from the US Department of Justice, that he wouldn’t be arrested, when he enters the United States. Earlier on Saturday evening, online news platform, TheCable in an exclusive report, claimed that Atiku, through former President Olusegun Obasanjo, had been issued a US visa. The former vice President was said to have travelled to U.K, with hopes to enter into the United States from there. However, according to a group, Initiative To Save Democracy, Atiku, who has never travelled to America in 13 years, had on Thursday travelled to the UK, upon getting an American Visa to proceed to the country, from the...
Obasanjo’s Son Joins Buhari Campaign Organization
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Obasanjo’s Son Joins Buhari Campaign Organization

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s son, Olujonwo, has joined the Buhari Campaign Organization days after his father publicly declared his support for PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.  Festus Keyamo who shared a photo with Obasanjo’s son, wrote on Twitter; ”Obasanjo Joins Buhari’s Campaign Team: From Left – Alhaji Nasiru Danu (The Dan Amarna of Dutse & Director of Logistics, PMB Campaign Organisation), Olujonwo Obansanjo (son of OBJ) and my humble self as we officially received OBJ’s son at d PMB Campaign Headquarters today in Abuja Olujonwo had recently declared his support for the re-election bid of Buhari. A statement by Keyamo had quoted Olajuwon as saying; “Dear Sir, please find attached a statement of my public declaration and support for the 2019 second ter...
FG Releases N460b For Capital Budget
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FG Releases N460b For Capital Budget

The Federal Ministry of Finance has released a total of N460 billion for the execution of various capital projects captured in the 2018 Budget. President Buhari signed the 2018 Budget into Law Wednesday June 20, 2018 at the State House, Abuja. The Minister of Finance, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, disclosed this in a joint interview with the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udoma Udoma, on the sidelines of the on-going International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Annual Meetings in Bali, Indonesia. She also gave indications that Nigerian government’s shareholding in the African Export -Import Bank (Afrexim) would be increased to regain the nation’s leading position in the continental bank. Fielding questions on capital releases, Sen. Udoma said, “The amount of capital...
Chinese Consortium To Begin Work On 3050MW Mambilla Power Project In 2019 – Presidency
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Chinese Consortium To Begin Work On 3050MW Mambilla Power Project In 2019 – Presidency

President Buhari has received assurances from the Joint Venture Partners assigned to construct the 3050 Megawatts Mambilla Hydro-electric Power Plant, that all processes leading to the start of work would soon be completed to pave way for the commencement of the project early next year.   At a meeting on Thursday in Beijing with Professor Lyu Ze Xiang, the President of CGCC, the construction company, President Buhari asked to be briefed on time lines for the commencement of work, following his highly successful meeting with the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping.   The Nigerian President, who likened the Mambilla to China’s Three Gorges Dam, said given the significance of the project to Nigeria’s socio-economic development, there was a need for its speedy completion. “I ...
How Nigerian Oil And Gas Sector Performed In 2017
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How Nigerian Oil And Gas Sector Performed In 2017

Crude oil, being the major source of foreign exchange for the survival of the economy, recorded marginal increase amid uncertainties surrounding global economy.   In this report, Oil and Gas Republic Publication provided an insight on the challenges Nigeria faced in the oil and gas sector during 2017.   Introduction   Just as it was in the year 2016, Nigerians experienced the latter part of year 2017 with acute fuel scarcity. The reason for the fuel scarcity remains the same: lack of capacity of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to handle products importation, storage and distribution.   Introduction of price modulation mid 2016 was seen as a partial deregulation of the downstream sector. This has later proven to be false because t...
Nigeria’s Vaccine Production Centre Remains Comatose Despite Govt Assurances
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Nigeria’s Vaccine Production Centre Remains Comatose Despite Govt Assurances

Months after the Federal Government announced plans to restart local vaccine production at the Federal Vaccine Production Laboratory, Yaba, Lagos, nothing significant has changed at the facility, a PREMIUM TIMES investigation has revealed.   The Yaba Vaccine Production Laboratory located at no 1, University Road, Yaba, Lagos is currently under lock and PREMIUM TIMES could not gain access to the compound.   The vaccine production centre was active for about six decades, between 1940 and 1991, producing large quantities of vaccines against smallpox, rabies, yellow fever for not only Nigeria, but neighbouring countries like Cameroon, Central Africa and a few other countries in Africa.   It was closed in 1991 by the federal government which said it wanted to rea...

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