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Saka set to undergo scan on muscular injury
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Saka set to undergo scan on muscular injury

Bukayo Saka is set to undergo a scan on a "muscular" injury after limping off during Arsenal's 2-0 victory over Newcastle on Saturday. Saka gave Arsenal the lead after 56 minutes but was forced off eight minutes later, after going down and pointing to his left thigh. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta provided limited details on Saka during his post-match press conference, but the 20-year-old's participation in Thursday's clash with Manchester United now appears uncertain. "It was an action where he said that he felt something," Arteta said. "He wasn't comfortable to continue and we'll have to assess him tomorrow and probably scan him and see if there's an injury there."
Power is never handed over on a platter – Osinbajo tells youths
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Power is never handed over on a platter – Osinbajo tells youths

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has told Youths to get involved in politics and not expect power to be handed over to them on a platter. The Vice President who was represented at a two-day retreat for young lawmakers in Lagos on Monday October 4, by the Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (Senate) to President Muhammadu Buhari, Babajide Omoworare, said the not-too-young-to-run movement would be defeated if the youths fail to contest for elective positions. Osinbajo said; “In preparation for 2023 general elections, we must realise that greater participation of our youths should not be mere rhetoric. “Power is never handed over on a platter. If you don’t bid, you can’t win. We must also register to vote. “The whole essence is to ensure that youths get involved i...
Update: N’Golo Kante Rests Positive for Covid and will Miss Games against Juventus and Southampton
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Update: N’Golo Kante Rests Positive for Covid and will Miss Games against Juventus and Southampton

Chelsea midfielder, N'Golo Kante has tested positive for Covid-19 and has gone into self-isolation. Manager Thomas Tuchel confirmed news and said Kante must "quarantine and follow the government protocols." Tuchel said Kante was not at training on Tuesday as Chelsea prepared for their Champions League Group H match against Juventus on Wednesday. The 30-year-old will also miss Saturday's Premier League clash with Southampton and his participation in France's Nations League clash with Belgium on October 7 could also be in doubt. Tuchel said Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount and Reece James will also be unavailable against Juventus. After confirming Kante's diagnosis, Tuchel took questions on whether footballers should get vaccinated and...
Tokyo Olympics: Nigeria’s Participation Ends after final loss
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Tokyo Olympics: Nigeria’s Participation Ends after final loss

Team Nigeria have ended their participation at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. This follows Adijat Idris’ loss to Ukraine’s Oksana Livach on Friday in the women’s freestyle 50kg event of the wrestling competition. Idris was completely overwhelmed by her technically superior opponent in the round of 16 match. Livach recorded five technical points of two each in the fight which did not go beyond the first period. This loss by Idris brought to an end Team Nigeria’s competitive involvement in the Tokyo Olympics which ends on Sunday. Team Nigeria will fly back with only two medals: one silver and one bronze. Ese Brume won the country’s first medal, clinching bronze in the long jump, while Blessing Obodururu clinched a silver medal in the women’s freestyle 68...
Transgender Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard announces her Retirement after Making history 
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Transgender Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard announces her Retirement after Making history 

Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has announced she will retire after making Olympics history as the first openly transgender woman to compete in the Games. The 43-year-old, who transitioned in 2012, competed in the 87kg+ category but failed to record a single valid 'snatch' lift in Tokyo. She crashed out of the Olympics after making history as the first trans woman to compete in a solo event. She overbalanced on her opening weight of 120kg, taking the bar behind her shoulders. Hubbard's second effort of 125kg was ruled invalid on a majority decision by the referees. The third attempt was almost a repeat of the first, ruling Hubbard out of medal contention. Her participation also sparked a firestorm of debate about transgender participation in women’s sport. The 'intens...
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Tokyo Olympics: Only two Nigerian Athletes left in relay after 10 are Disqualified

Nigeria’s participation in the women’s 4x100m and mixed 4x400m relays at the ongoing Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan is up in the air. The country now has only two athletes listed for each race by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). On Wednesday, Nigeria had 10 of its representatives disqualified. They were said to have failed to meet the minimum testing requirements under Rule 15 of the Anti-Doping Rules for ‘Category A’ federations. One of the major requirement of Rule 15 is that “an athlete from a ‘Category A’ country must undergo at least three no-notice out-of-competition tests (urine and blood) conducted not longer than 3 weeks interval apart in the 10 months before a major event. Track and field competition at Tokyo 2020 begins on Friday (July 30)....
Man City Receive €11.2m as Jadon Sancho seals Man Utd move
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Man City Receive €11.2m as Jadon Sancho seals Man Utd move

  Jadon Sancho’s former club, Manchester City, will be paid 15% of the profit Borussia Dortmund have made after his transfer to Manchester United was confirmed on Friday, ESPN reports. The amount City will get is expected to be around €11.2m ($13.17m). Sancho leaves Dortmund after making 137 appearances and scoring 50 goals in four years in Germany. He has signed a five-year deal with United, which includes the option of a further 12 months, the club confirmed. Borussia Dortmund had previously confirmed the agreement, stating on July 1 that the transfer fee is “fixed” at €85 million ($99.98m). United also confirmed that the deal had been initially agreed to, subject to a medical after England’s participation at Euro 2020.
Tokyo Olympics: Guinea pulls out of Games over ‘Resurgence of COVID variants’
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Tokyo Olympics: Guinea pulls out of Games over ‘Resurgence of COVID variants’

Guinea has pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics, citing a "resurgence of COVID variants". Guinean Minister of Sports Sanoussy Bantama Sow announced the pullout of five athletes of the country. "Due to the resurgence of COVID-19 variants, the Government, concerned with preserving the health of Guinean athletes, has decided with regret to cancel Guinea's participation in the Tokyo Olympics," Sow was quoted as saying by insidethegames.com. Wrestler Fatoumata Yarie Camara, judoka Mamadou Samba Bah, swimmers Fatoumata Lamarana Toure and Mamadou Tahirou Bah and sprinter Aissata Deen Conte were due to compete for the west African nation at the Olympics. Guinea is not the first country to withdraw from the Games. North Korea had announced in April that it would not attend Tokyo 2020 du...
Ogun PDP Boycotts Saturday LG Poll
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Ogun PDP Boycotts Saturday LG Poll

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has withdrawn from the July 24 council polls in Ogun State. Chairman of the party in Ogun, Hon Sikirulai Ogundele made the announcement on Thursday July 22, barely 24 hours to the election. Ogundele who had earlier dragged Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) to court for dealing with a faction loyal to the late Buruji Kashamu of the PDP in the State, urged aspirants and members of the party to remain calm as the withdrawal was sequel to Ogun State High Court's judgement on a case between him and OGSIEC. The statement read; “Sequel to the judgement of the Ogun State High Court, Isabo in suit no M/55/2021 between Sikirulai Ogundele VS OGSIEC, affirming the CONSENT JUDGEMENT of the Federal High Court, Abuja as delivered on 22nd...
Arsenal, Inter Milan pull out of Florida Cup
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Arsenal, Inter Milan pull out of Florida Cup

  Inter Milan have pulled out of the Florida Cup due to take place this pre-season. This follows Arsenal’s withdrawal on Tuesday. Arsenal announced they would not be flying to America for the tournament due to “a small number of positive COVID tests” at the club. Today, Inter have released a statement confirming they would also be pulling out of the event. It read: “FC Internazionale Milano announce that they will not be travelling to the USA for the Florida Cup due to the current risks involved in international travel as a result of the spread of the pandemic, risks that have already caused Arsenal F.C. to withdraw from participation.” Inter were scheduled to face Arsenal on Sunday and then potentially face the winner of Everton’s match against Millonarios on Ju...
Injury forces Berrettini out of Tokyo Olympics
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Injury forces Berrettini out of Tokyo Olympics

Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini has been forced to pull out of the Tokyo Olympics with a muscle strain, the Italian Olympic Committee announced on Sunday. World number eight Berrettini picked up the injury in London where he became the first Italian to reach a Wimbledon singles final, losing in four sets to Novak Djokovic. Berrettini was forced “to renounce participation in the Olympic Games, due to the after-effects of a muscle injury, an unwelcome legacy of his historic exploit at Wimbledon,” CONI said. The 25-year-old was spearheading an Italian team of Fabio Fognini, Lorenzo Sonego, Lorenzo Musetti in the men’s tennis and Sara Errani, Jasmine Paolini and Camila Giorgi in the women. “Matteo got this muscle trouble when he crashed during the Wimbledon semi-final,” hi...
Warren Buffett resigns from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
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Warren Buffett resigns from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The announcement comes weeks after Bill and Melinda Gates announced that they were divorcing after 27 years of marriage but would continue to jointly run the foundation. The foundation is one of the largest charitable foundations in the world. Gates was formerly the world’s richest person and his fortune is estimated at well over $100 billion. “For years I have been a trustee – an inactive trustee at that – of only one recipient of my funds, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMG). I am now resigning from that post, just as I have done at all corporate boards other than Berkshire’s,” Buffett said in a prepared statement Wednesday. “The CEO of BMG is Mark Suzman, an outstanding recent selection who has my full support. My goals are 100% in sync with those of the foundation,...
Carl Nassib Coming Out is ‘a Force for Good’ – NBA Trailblazer John Amaechi
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Carl Nassib Coming Out is ‘a Force for Good’ – NBA Trailblazer John Amaechi

A professional football player has come out as gay and is taking a stance by donating money to an LGBTQ organization focused on preventing teen suicides. Carl Nassib is a defensive end for the Las Vegas Raiders and in a video statement, he announced he was gay. “I just want to take a quick moment to say that I’m gay, I’ve been meaning to do this for awhile now but I finally feel comfortable enough to get it off my chest,” Nassib said in the video on Monday. It’s caused many in Orlando’s LGBTQ leadership to applaud Nassib for his bravery in coming out. Many see this as an opportunity for a positive role model to make a difference on and off the field. ”Young kids that identify as LGBTQ can now have a role model in professional sports,” George Wallace with the LGBTQ Center Orla...
Barcelona president, Laporta refuses to apologize to UEFA over Super League
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Barcelona president, Laporta refuses to apologize to UEFA over Super League

  Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, has said they will not apologize to UEFA over the failed European Super League. According to him, the Spanish club wants to control their own destiny. Barca members were to vote on participation in the breakaway competition at the club’s general assembly on Sunday. But Laporta, who insists the plans are still alive, said that would not be necessary as the proposed format no longer exists. “We spoke with the clubs [involved] and said we liked [the proposals], but that we needed them to accept that our members would have to approve entry at the next assembly,” Laporta said as he explained the reasoning for signing up. “It was logical to have that vote before June 30. But now, as the format doesn’t exist, I won’t ask you to vote....
AC Milan Eye Three Chelsea Players
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AC Milan Eye Three Chelsea Players

AC Milan are preparing a triple transfer raid on Chelsea ahead of next season, by signing Olivier Giroud, Hakim Ziyech and Fikayo Tomori, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. Although the Serie A club finished trophyless last season, they qualified for the Champions League for the first time since 2013/2014. They are now planning to bolster their playing squad ahead of their participation in Europe’s top club competition. Out of those three bids, Tomori would be the easiest to wrap up, as the defender enjoyed a successful loan spell with the Rossoneri, having joined in the January transfer window. Milan have the option to buy him for £25million and that looks likely to now be a formality. Ziyech was one of Chelsea’s major signings last summer but the Moroccan has endured a...
Man Utd Legend, Rooney names best Midfielder in the world
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Man Utd Legend, Rooney names best Midfielder in the world

  Manchester United legend, Wayne Rooney, has named Chelsea midfielder, N’Golo Kante, as the best midfielder in the world. Rooney said this ahead of Kante’s participation in this summer’s Euro 2020, which kicks off on June 11. The former England striker believes Kante has the characteristics of both former Manchester City midfielder, Yaya Toure, and former Chelsea star, Claude Makelele. Kante played a key role for Chelsea in their Champions League victory over Manchester City last month as Thomas Tuchel and his men secured the title a second time in the club’s history. “Kante does everything: breaks up play but then plays in tight areas and starts off the attack,” Rooney told The Times. “You used to see it with Yaya Toure, how he would get the ball and burst forw...
Constitution Review: CAN seeks ban of under 18 marriages in Nigeria
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Constitution Review: CAN seeks ban of under 18 marriages in Nigeria

The Christian Association of Nigeria in its presentation at the ongoing constitution review in the country, sought for ban of under 18 marriages in the country. CAN President, Olasupo Ayokunle who was represented by the Ondo State CAN Chairman, John Oladapo at a public hearing organized by the House of Representatives Special Committee On The Review Of The Constitution in Akure, Ondo State capital, advocated that 18 years should be the minimum age for marriage in the country. The Christian group which lamented that the girl-child has been exposed to series of indecent tradition in some parts of the country, also sought for rights of females to contest or seek for appointments based on equal opportunities. The group said; “It should be made a law that anybody below the age o...
Simon Cowell Cancels ‘X Factor Israel’ Appearance
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Simon Cowell Cancels ‘X Factor Israel’ Appearance

Simon Cowell has canceled his scheduled appearance as a judge on the upcoming season of “X Factor Israel.” The veteran producer and reality TV judge, had signed a deal to serve as one of the judges on next season of the Israeli musical reality show which is slated to begin filming this summer. Over the weekend, Reshet, the Israeli company that produces X Factor locally confirmed Cowell canceled without elaborating on the reasons for his decision. A Reshet representative however told Variety that members of Cowell’s staff had reached out with “legitimate concerns” over his participation in the show after the recent violence between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, but that at the time he had made no final decision. Rumors of Cowell pulling out of the show began last week in the wake o...
D’banj Leads Nigeria to Motorsport Championships
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D’banj Leads Nigeria to Motorsport Championships

Nigerian artiste, Oladipo Daniel Oyebanjo, popularly known as D’banj, was on Friday unveiled as Captain of the Racing Nigeria Motorsport Team. This is in preparation for the Federation International de l’ Automobile (FIA) World Championships in October. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that D’banj was unveiled at a ceremony in Abuja attended by motorsport personalities like Alhaji Mahdi Mohammed, the Deputy Governor of Zamfara. Ishaku Bamaiyi, President of, Automobile and Touring Club of Nigeria (ATCN), said the unveiling was the first step towards preparing the country’s representatives for the world championships scheduled for Marseille, France. “The first FIA Motorsport Games held in Rome, Italy, in 2019, saw the participation of about 46 countries in the champio...
We Deeply Regret – Abramovich Sends Open Letter to Chelsea Supporters Over Failed ESL Plan
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We Deeply Regret – Abramovich Sends Open Letter to Chelsea Supporters Over Failed ESL Plan

  Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, has sent an open letter to the club’s supporters over the failed European Super League, ESL, plan. Abramovich admitted that Chelsea’s hierarchy ‘deeply regrets’ agreeing to join the European Super League, adding that the Blues supporters should have been consulted over the plans to move away from the current UEFA competitions. Recall that Thomas Tuchel’s side was one of the top six Premier League clubs to pull away from the European Super League. Chelsea fans gathered outside Stamford Bridge to protest against the west London club participation in the European Super League. The letter read in part: “The Owner and Board of Chelsea FC would like to address Chelsea supporters about the events which have taken place over the past few d...
VANDREZZER FC BIDS NNL FAREWELL
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VANDREZZER FC BIDS NNL FAREWELL

The Management of Vandrezzer Football Club of Lagos has decided to withdraw from further participation from all activities of the Nigeria National League with immediate effect. The decision becomes imperative in view of the fact that the Management and Board of the Nigeria National League as presently constituted has demonstrated enough resolve and communicated same to us in clear terms that our club, with its transformation agenda is not in any way needed in the NNL league. Recall that in our bid to reposition the league and open it up to become visible enough to be able to generate revenue in accordance with global best practices; we requested and received a written approval from the hierarchy of the Nigeria National League an approval to stream live, all our games home and awa...
Northern Ireland Women Qualify for Euro 2022
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Northern Ireland Women Qualify for Euro 2022

Marissa Callaghan and Nadene Caldwell confirmed Northern Ireland's qualification for UEFA Women's Euro 2022 as they beat Ukraine 2-0 in the second leg of their play-off. Skipper Callaghan's 55th-minute strike gave her side the lead at Seaview in Belfast before substitute Caldwell added a second deep into stoppage time to make it 4-1 on aggregate and ensure the nation's first ever participation at a finals tournament. Kenny Shiels' side, who won 2-1 in Kovalivka on Friday, started brightly and threatened from a series of early set-pieces which repeatedly put goalkeeper Kateryna Samson under pressure. However, as Ukraine's wide midfielders Olha Boychenko and Olha Ovdiychuk started to make an impression they were served with a reminder that their job was far from done...
Niger State Government Directs Schools to Reopen on Monday
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Niger State Government Directs Schools to Reopen on Monday

The Niger state government has directed public schools in the state which were shut down following the abduction of 27 students from the Government Science College, Kagara, Niger state on February 10, to reopen on Monday March 29. The state commissioner for education, Hannatu Salihu said schools with day students will resume on March 29, while boarding secondary schools in urban areas will reopen on April 6. Schools in the state were also directed to immediately form a formidable Security team, comprising of School Officials, Security Personnel, PTA, SBMC and Vigilante with active community participation to allow for strong security presence in and around the Schools. She said; “All public day secondary schools are to reopen on Monday, March 29, 2021. All boarding secondary s...
Man Utd in Striker Crisis Ahead of Leicester City Clash
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Man Utd in Striker Crisis Ahead of Leicester City Clash

  Manchester United could play their FA Cup quarter-final against Leicester City without strikers Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani, according to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Rashford was replaced at halftime during the Europa League clash with AC Milan on Thursday after he felt a “little twinge”. Martial and Cavani did not even make the travelling squad. Martial is recovering from a knock to his hip, while Cavani’s participation would depend on his progress. Solskjaer has said Rashford was “most unlikely” to recover for Sunday’s trip “Edinson has worked really hard and joined in training sessions. Towards the end he needs to top it up to feel 100 per cent ready for the game and hasn’t really got there yet,” Solskjaer told reporters. “It’s d...
Alvarez called up by Mexico but USMNT still holds hope for allegiance switch
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Alvarez called up by Mexico but USMNT still holds hope for allegiance switch

The 18-year-old will not become officially tied to El Tri despite his participation in upcoming senior friendlies LA Galaxy rising star Efrain Alvarez has received a senior call from Mexico for two friendlies later this month amid a battle for his national team allegiance. The midfielder, who spent time training in USMNT camp in 2020, has been courted intensely by the North American rivals to set up a choice that could feel like "hell on and off the field". Alvarez, 18, might raise speculation about his long-term thinking by playing for El Tri in exhibitions against Costa Rica and Wales, but the USMNT still remains in the picture for him.
Paul Gascoigne on I’m a Celebrity Italy: Full details & how to watch
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Paul Gascoigne on I’m a Celebrity Italy: Full details & how to watch

The former England footballer is set to return to your television screen, but not on a football pitch - as he is set to start on I'm a Celebrity Italy Paul Gascoigne has had quite a life both on and off the pitch, and he is about to add being a contestant on 'I'm a Celebrity' Italy to his portfolio. Here's what you need to know about Gascoigne's upcoming appearance on the television series and more. What is happening? Former England international and sports personality Gascoigne is now set to head into the Italian version of 'I'm a Celebrity' - titled 'Isola dei Famosi' (Island of the Famous) - as part of his next career move. The show is not related or affiliated to the UK version, which has overseen its fair share of football industry contestants such as Harry Redknapp and Reb...
Lagos Judicial Panel Resumes Sitting Without Rinuola and Adegboruwa
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Lagos Judicial Panel Resumes Sitting Without Rinuola and Adegboruwa

The Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution for victims of SARS and other related matters resumed its sitting today without two of its members, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ebunolu Adegboruwa and youth representative on the panel, Rinuola Oduala. Recall that while Adegboruwa said last weekend that he was considering his continued participation at the panel following the dehumanisation of the protesters by security operatives on Saturday February 13, Rinuola announced that she will be quitting the panel which gave a nod to the "reopening of Lekki toll gate when justice is yet to be served". With the absence of the two, seven other members of the panel sat to listen to 10 petitions listed for hearing today February 16.
#OccupyLekkiTollGate: We condemn any act of brutality on the part of the police, the Commissioner of Police will be asked to give account of what happened – LASG
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#OccupyLekkiTollGate: We condemn any act of brutality on the part of the police, the Commissioner of Police will be asked to give account of what happened – LASG

The Lagos State Government has said that the state Commissioner of Police will be asked to give an account of what happened at Lekki Toll Gate, venue for the planned #OccupyLekkiTollGate protests on February 13. The State Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo said this while reacting to reports of some of the arrested protesters being dehumanized and assaulted by the police. Onigbanjo who cited breach of COVID-19 protocols and fear that the exercise could go out of hand as part of the offences of those arrested in an interview on Channels Television, maintained that government has no problem with residents exercising their fundamental rights to freedom of expression or participation in peaceful protests. He added that if the action of the protesters is seen to result in...
#EndSARS: Iyabo Ojo Alleges Threat From Government Over Participation In Protest
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#EndSARS: Iyabo Ojo Alleges Threat From Government Over Participation In Protest

Nollywood actress Iyabo Ojo has alleged she is being threatened by the government for joining the #EndSARS protest against police brutality and the now-defunct controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). MCI reports that the mother of two in a social media post on Wednesday shared a picture of herself, saying she woke up to a message from a friend that her name was being mentioned in government circles. “So this morning I wake up to a message from a friend in the media, he said someone sent this to him,” she wrote. “Now, if you are close to Iyabo Ojo, advise her to calm down. Smart celebrities who have brains don’t take on governments ooo. I was somewhere and her name was mentioned.” Iyabo had been a supporter of the #EndSARS campaign, joining the protest in Lagos. She ha...
Tennis stars, Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric Test Positive for COVID-19
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Tennis stars, Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric Test Positive for COVID-19

Two tennis stars have tested positive for Coronavirus after their participation in Novak Djokovic's Adria Tour. Former world No 3 and Bulgarian star, Grigor Dimitrov first revealed on Sunday that he tested positive for the virus just moments before world No 1 Novak Djokovic was due to take on Andrey Rublev in the final of the Adria Tour exhibition series in Croatia. The final clash was cancelled as those involved were asked to get tested.   Announcing his positive test, Dimitrov wrote on Instagram: 'Hi Everyone-I want to reach out and let my fans and friends know that I tested positive back in Monaco for Covid-19. I want to make sure anyone who has been in contact with me during these past days gets tested and takes the necessary precautions. I am so sorry for any harm I ...
Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua’s Fight May Never Hold – Promoter, Bob Arum
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Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua’s Fight May Never Hold – Promoter, Bob Arum

Tyson Fury’s promoter, Bob Arum, has insisted that a heavyweight unification fight between his client and Anthony Joshua cannot hold because Joshua will lose his next contest against Kubrat Pulev. RUSH HOUR SPORT recalls that Fury and Joshua are both on course for a unification fight after their next contests against Deontay Wilder and Kubrat Pulev, respectively. But Arum doubts Fury will ever fight Joshua, who he expects to lose to Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday, June 20. “Fury-Joshua is never going to happen,” Arum told The Times. “Pulev is going to knock Joshua out, so why would I talk to his promoter, Eddie, who I love dearly, about a Joshua-Fury fight? “I think Pulev wins, and then I negotiate with myself to do a Pulev-Fury fight. “Let us make...
Manchester United Ready To SELL David De Gea In Summer Transfer Window
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Manchester United Ready To SELL David De Gea In Summer Transfer Window

Manchester United are ready to sell Goalkeeper David De Gea In the summer transfer window. The 29-year-old has struggled for form after a shocking start to the new season in 2019. De Gea would be happy to return to La Liga in Spain, but a transfer to PSG or Juventus looks very possible. In 209, Manchester United extended De Gea's contract at Old Trafford 2023 after the club realised they could lose him for free. The Red Devils are closely monitoring Dean Henderson, who is currently on loan at Sheffield United and has helped the club to being 7th in the league. The 22-year-old has help Sheffield in the European football spots with Arsenal far behind in the race for Champions League football next season. Manchester United also have Sergio Romero, who is regarded as the be...
Arsenal Confirm Five Key Players will Miss Olympiacos Clash
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Arsenal Confirm Five Key Players will Miss Olympiacos Clash

Arsenal has confirmed that the Gunners will be without five key players when they take on Olympiacos in tonight’s UEFA Europa League round of 32 first-leg tie at the Karaiskakis Stadium due to injuries, illness and personal reasons. Mikel Arteta’s men head to the game following a 4-0 victory over Newcastle United in the Premier League in their last encounter. “Calum Chambers (Left knee): ruptured anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee during Arsenal’s clash with Chelsea last December. Successful surgery completed. Rehabilitation process expected to take between six to nine months,” Arsenal wrote on their official website on Wednesday. “Mesut Ozil: will not take part in Olympiacos clash due to personal reasons. “Cedric Soares (Left knee): Progressing well with gym wo...
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Son of Uganda Counterintelligence Chief Sentenced to 32 Years in Prison for the Brutal Murder of his 22-year-old Girlfriend

Brian Bagyenda, the son a retired military officer Colonel Frank Kaka Bagyenda has been sentenced to 32 years in jail for the murder of his girlfriend, Enid Twijukye after he saw text messages she exchanged with another man. Colonel Bagyenda, is a retired military officer in the Uganda People's Defence Forces and current Director General of the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) Uganda government's counter intelligence agency responsible for providing national security intelligence to Uganda's policy makers. Bagyenda, a pharmacist was on Monday, February 17, 2020, convicted of murder by Justice Moses Kazibwe of the High Court in Kampala alongside his accomplices Innocent Bainomugisha, a-24-year-old cleaner and Vincent Rwahwire, a 28-year-old casual worker. Enid Twijukye,...
Italy Ready to Invest in Nigeria’s Agricultural Sector
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Italy Ready to Invest in Nigeria’s Agricultural Sector

Mr Alessandro Gerbino, Trade Commissioner,  Italian Trade Agency (ITA), on Saturday said the Italian government was ready to invest in Nigeria’s agricultural sector. Gerbino said this at an investment dinner in Abuja. According to him, investing in the agricultural sector will be part of Italy’s effort to strengthen trade relations with Nigeria. He said that as Italy was known for the transformation of raw materials, the Agency would focus on the agricultural sector in dealing with Nigeria. “Our priorities are agro-industrial and food processing pieces of machinery, packaging, storage and everything from the field to the supermarket. “Italy is famous for being able to certify a perfect combination of technology that goes from the source to the consumer at the highest per...
Nigeria to Bar Imported Ships from 2022
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Nigeria to Bar Imported Ships from 2022

The Federal Government has commenced the process of placing a ban on importation of certain categories of vessels into Nigeria by 2022 as part of efforts to encourage local participation in shipbuilding. The Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside, who disclosed this to journalists in Lagos, urged Nigerians firms to look into various financing options and go into a joint venture on areas that they are lacking capacity. He said the agency is vigorously pursuing the Cabotage Waiver Cessation Plan, and its currently engaging welders, aluminum and production firms among others to prepare them for their roles in vessel building. He said the agency is currently collaborating with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitorin...
INEC Restricts Military Participation In Bayelsa, Kogi Gov Elections To Patrol
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INEC Restricts Military Participation In Bayelsa, Kogi Gov Elections To Patrol

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday said that the military would not be involved at the polling boot security, except on the invitation of the lead security agency, the Nigeria Police. Consequently, said the commission, the military would only patrol as a standby force in case of trouble beyond the control of the internal security forces. The commission clarified that the Nigeria Navy and the Nigeria Air Force have been selected for a special duty of airlifting sensitive electoral materials and protection of the INEC staff in Bayelsa State, but ruled out their presence of the Nigeria army completely within the polling areas. INEC said that the Nigeria Police shall be in charge of all security issues during the two elections on November 16. The pos...
African Union  Suspends Sudan
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African Union Suspends Sudan

African Union (AU) on Thursday suspended Sudan as its member. The announcement followed an emergency meeting by the AU in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, after the violent dispersal of a protest camp in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, began on Monday, Al Jazeera reports. The AU’s Peace and Security Department disclosed this in a post on its official Twitter page on Thursday. The post reads: “ The AU Peace and Security Council has with immediate effect suspended the participation of the Republic of Sudan in all AU activities until the effective establishment of a Civilian-led Transitional Authority “As the only way to allow Sudan to exit from the current crisis, participation in all AU activities would be suspended with immediate effect.” At l...
Two Manchester United Midfielders Left out of Squad to Play Barcelona
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Two Manchester United Midfielders Left out of Squad to Play Barcelona

Manchester United players arrived at the Lowry Hotel on the eve of the Champions League showdown with Barcelona without midfield duo Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic, the UK Mirror reports. The pair have been first choice for much of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign so far, operating alongside Paul Pogba in his preferred central trio. But the Norwegian admitted on Tuesday, as he ran through his list of injured players, that the participation of both players against the Spanish champions was in question. “We still hope maybe that Nemanja Matic can be ready. Ander Herrera probably out,” Solskjaer said. It looks increasingly likely that Scott McTominay and Fred, will be called upon against Ernesto Valverde’s men.
Adamawa supplementary election: APC makes u-turn, accepts to participate in rerun
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Adamawa supplementary election: APC makes u-turn, accepts to participate in rerun

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Adamawa State has called on its supporters in the state to get prepared and participate in the governorship supplementary election slated for Thursday. Alhaji Ahmed Lawal, State Organising Secretary of the party, gave the directive on Wednesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola. Lawal said that the party reviewed its earlier decision to boycott the poll and had resolved to fully participate in the poll. He, however, said that in spite of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC)’s refusal to heed their call for a re-schedule, the APC would still win the election. He appealed to the APC family and supporters not to be deterred by INEC’s action, but to go out en mass to vote for the candidate of the party. “H...
Airlines Stall in Tackling Climate Change – investor group
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Airlines Stall in Tackling Climate Change – investor group

Airlines are doing too little in the fight against global warming, a study funded by investors with $13 trillion of assets under management said on Tuesday. Faith Ward, Co-Chair of the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI), on behalf of the British Environment Agency Pension Fund, said in Oslo. The sector accounts for two per cent of world greenhouse gas emissions and should do more to manage risks of climate change, the TPI said in a review of 20 of the world’s biggest listed airlines. It rated Delta, Lufthansa, United Airlines and ANA Holdings as the best performers at managing the business risks and opportunities of climate change. But all could do more. “Investors have a clear message to the aviation sector: When it comes to carbon performance they must be in it for th...
US Congratulates President Buhari, Nigerians
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US Congratulates President Buhari, Nigerians

The United States Government has congratulated Nigeria on a successful presidential election that held last Saturday and also congratulated President Buhari on his re-election. The US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, in a letter titled ‘Nigerian Election Results’, sent to President Buhari, praised Nigerians who participated peacefully in the election. The US government also condemed the violence that characterised the elections in some parts of the country. The statement in part reads “We note the assessments of international and domestic observer missions affirming the overall credibility of the election, despite localized violence and irregularities. We also congratulate all the other candidates for their peaceful participation in the electoral process. We call on all Niger...
JYEI Urges Nigerians to Vote Responsibly
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JYEI Urges Nigerians to Vote Responsibly

Jeunesse Youth Empowerment Initiative (JYEI), a Lagos-based Non-Governmental Organisation has called on Nigerians, especially the youth, to “vote responsibly and bear in mind that the individual Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) was a Trust vested in its holder by fellow citizens.” In a statement released in Lagos by its Communications Lead, Ms. Victorine Nyamsi, JYEI said: “The PVC remains a trust that should be used responsibly by every voting adult as the consequences of its use affect all Nigerians, not just the individual voter alone. Therefore, every holder is an important stakeholder whose conduct should not be underestimated.” According to the statement, it was surprising that despite an overwhelming number of people, especially young people who actively engage political issues ...
Appeal Court Grants Second Stay of Execution Against Delisting Rivers APC Candidates From Elections
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Appeal Court Grants Second Stay of Execution Against Delisting Rivers APC Candidates From Elections

However, the same Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt Wednesday granted another order of stay of execution on the judgment of the Federal High Court barring INEC from listing candidates of the APC in Rivers State on the ballot in the coming general election. The stay of execution this time was given in the case between the PDP and APC. The three-man panel Appeal Court led by Justice Ali Gumel said the decision yesterday was informed by urgency of the matter, just as it rejected the application by Ferdinand Obi (SAN), counsel to the PDP, asking the judges to recuse themselves from the matter. The court insisted it would continue to hear the case since the President of the Court of Appeal was yet to respond to same request on discontinuity in a letter written by the PDP on ...
Premier Skills Training Course Returns to Nigeria
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Premier Skills Training Course Returns to Nigeria

The Premier Skills programme, that uses football as a tool to develop a brighter future for young people around the world, returns to Lagos and Kano this month. *Graham Robinson, Premier Skills UK Coach Educators The Coach Educator training programme, jointly organised by the British Council, Premier League and Lagos State Football Association, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Kano State Football Association, Kano State Sports Commission and the Kano State Ministry of Education, runs between January 28 to February 1, 2019. The five-day intensive course to be led by Premier Skills UK Coach Educators, Graham Robinson and Paul Hughes, will deliver a combination of classroom-based lessons and on-pitch technical sessions. 15 participants from the two states will take part in a Tr...
South-East U18 Athletics Championships: Onyedum-Estate Promises More Incentives
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South-East U18 Athletics Championships: Onyedum-Estate Promises More Incentives

In a bid to encourage a huge turn-out for the 2019 South-East U18 Athletics Championships billed for this month, major sponsor, Patrick Onyedum-Esate has made plans to pamper the participating athletes and officials. *Chiamaka Egbochinam, discovered at the South-East championships Hon. Onyedum-Estate who is the South-East representative on the board of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria disclosed that he was determined to boost the morale of the athletes in this catch them young programme. “I wasn’t impressed by the level of participation last season. We have examined why some the of the States  even those who are very close by failed to attend. We are looking at providing transportation and accommodation subsidy so that there wouldn’t be any excuse to avoid the championships...
Neymar To Miss Man Utd Tie After Being Ruled Out For 10weeks
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Neymar To Miss Man Utd Tie After Being Ruled Out For 10weeks

Neymar will miss both legs of Paris Saint-Germain’s upcoming Champions League last-16 tie against Manchester United after the French club confirmed on Tuesday that the world’s most expensive player would be out for 10 weeks with a metatarsal injury. However, Neymar will not undergo an operation, with PSG saying the Brazilian had instead agreed on “a conservative treatment” that could see him return in time for the Champions League quarter-finals in April should they qualify. “After detailed analysis by specialists, a consensus was reached of conservative treatment of Neymar’s injury to the fifth right metatarsal,” the French champions said. “Informed of this recommendation, Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian international striker agreed with this protocol. As a result, Neymar is ex...
Cameroon’s AFCON 2019 Runs into a Hitch
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Cameroon’s AFCON 2019 Runs into a Hitch

The Comoros Football Federation (FFC) has lodged a case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over Cameroon’s participation at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. A post on social media from the General Manager of the Comoros team, Ben Amir Saadi, confirmed the move. The Comoros believe that Cameroon should be excluded from the 2019 finals after having the hosting rights for the tournament withdrawn from them. Comoros are in the same qualifying group as Cameroon, whom they face in March. The FFC claims that CAF has failed to implement its own regulations concerning the action to be taken. CAF rules (Article 92.3) state that if a nation withdraws from hosting or has the rights taken away one year before the finals, ‘a fine of five hundred thousand (500,000) U.S. dollars...
Nigeria Police Force Speaks On Its Plan Towards Free, Credible Election
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Nigeria Police Force Speaks On Its Plan Towards Free, Credible Election

Ahead of the forthcoming general elections, the Nigeria Police has assured Nigerians of their full participation during elections. The force revealed this in a statement that was signed by its Spokesman, Frank Mba, on Wednesday. The Nigeria Police force stated that it would operate according to the laws and constitution of the country in the forthcoming elections. Mba promised that the force will be apolitical and neutral in the supervision of the exercise. “In the forthcoming General Election, we are assuring Nigerians that the Police will be apolitical and neutral. “Our loyalty is to the constitution, laws of the federation and the people of Nigeria. “We will provide a level playing field for all, whether politician, activist or CSO “We are ve...
Championing Youth Leadership, Empowerment
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Championing Youth Leadership, Empowerment

Sunday Ehigiator writes that the Youth Leadership Series of Stanbic IBTC was patterned as a platform of engagement where knowledge and experience are shared among the youths, and mentorship and guidance are provided As part of its youth-centricity, Stanbic IBTC has over the years courted and supported the youth segment through exposure, sponsorships and financial support. It established the Stanbic IBTC Blue (Innovation) Lab in Yaba, Lagos, last year to support techpreneurs and financial technology firms, and to collaborate, empower and partner with startups in promoting technological development. A similar thinking underscored the group’s yearly sponsorship of the social media week, and the Higher Institution Football League started last year. The Stanbic IBTC Business...

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