December 16, 2017

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*N516bn Paris refund: Labour teams up with EFCC, ICPC on probe *Igbo: Southern leaders demand withdrawal of quit notice

*N516bn Paris refund: Labour teams up with EFCC, ICPC on probe *Igbo: Southern leaders demand withdrawal of quit notice

SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE FOR JUNE 19, 2017

 

N516bn Paris refund: Labour teams up with EFCC, ICPC on probe

The Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress have written to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission to probe the states, which defaulted in the first tranche of the N516bn Paris Club loan refund.

The TUC President, Bobboi Kaigama, and the NLC General Secretary, Peter Ozo-Eson, confirmed this to The PUNCH on Thursday, adding that the partnership between Labour and the anti-graft agencies would equally be important in the utilisation of the second tranche of the refund. Read more

Igbo: Southern leaders demand withdrawal of quit notice

Some leaders of the South-West, South-East and South-South met in Lagos on Sunday over the ultimatum issued by a coalition of northern youth groups to the Igbo to vacate the 19 northern states on or before October 1, 2017.

The southern leaders demanded the immediate withdrawal of the ultimatum just as they berated the Federal Government for not employing the country’s constitution in addressing the inciting position of the northern groups. Read more

Nigeria needs an energetic president, says Bakare

Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly has blamed the political terrain of Nigeria for the choice of an elderly president.

The former vice-presidential candidate of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, who spoke during a press conference after his Sunday morning sermon titled, ‘The birth pangs of a new Nigeria,’ noted that France’s recent election of 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron as president was indicative of a global paradigm shift. Read more

Senate rules out funding political parties from public treasury

All the 45 registered political parties may seek funding from private sources as the Senate has foreclosed re-introducing funding them from public treasury. Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, yesterday said government abandoned the practice of dishing out subventions for political parties because it was abused.

A statement by Ekweremadu’s media adviser, Uche Anichikwu, yesterday in Abuja said the Deputy President of the Senate spoke when the Inter-Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC) visited him at the weekend. Read more

Masari vows to recover N58bn allegedly diverted funds

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari yesterday vowed to recover over N58.5 billion allegedly diverted under his successor Alhaji Ibrahim Shehu Shema’s administration no matter how long it took.

He said this when members of the state Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up to investigate the loss of state funds and property presented its final report to him in Katsina. Read more

Aides silent on Buhari’s recovery, date of return

There were sealed lips and frowned faces, coupled with unwelcoming body language at Abuja House, the official residence of the Nigerian ambassador to the court of St. James’s, about the recovery and return date of President Muhammadu Buhari, when The Guardian visited for an update on the nation’s number one citizen on Saturday afternoon.

“Can you please leave. Stop pressing that buzzer, please. We don’t have information that you are coming, and if you want any appointment with the President, go to the High Commission,” one security staff said before signing off from his duty post at 3:00pm. Read more

Delta lawmakers approve N1 billion loan request

The Delta State House of Assembly at the weekend approved the state government’s request for a N1 billion loan to enable it access the Universal Basic Education Fund.

The loan would be used for the 50 per cent counterpart contribution of the state government required to access the N2 billion provided by the Federal Government for the development of Basic Education in the country. Read more

Ishaku condemns cattle breeders’ protest against grazing bill

Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State has condemned last week’s anti-grazing bill’s protest by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria.

A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Sylvanus Y. Giwa, described the protest as “baseless, meaningless and a calculated attempt to sabotage the present administration.” Read more

38 Compulsorily Retired Army Officers Seek Buhari’s Intervention

President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to constitute an impartial panel to review the cases of the 38 serving military officers compulsorily retired by the Army High Command for their alleged partisanship in the 2015 general election as well as involvement in defence contracts scam on the grounds that some of them were not only unfairly treated but that the exercise failed to follow due process. Read more

APC, PDP Don’t Mean Well for Nigerians, Says ADP

One of the newly-registered political parties, the Action Democratic Party (ADP), has said it will work very hard and mobilise Nigerians against the All Progressives Congress (APC) with the hope of becoming the ruling party in the 2019 general election. It also said the ruling party, the APC and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are destroying the principles of democracy in the country and do not mean well for Nigeria.

The National Chairman of the party, Mr. Yusuf Yabagi Sani, stated this in Abuja while addressing a press conference at the party’s national secretariat after its National Executive Committee’s (NEC) meeting. Read more

Lawyers urge trial of hate speech authors

Igbo lawyers have expressed “shock” over the statement credited to 16 Northern groups asking Ndigbo to vacate the North, demanding immediate arrest and prosecution of the ring-leaders of the groups.

In a statement by its President, Chief Chuks Ikokwu, the lawyers under the aegis of Otu Oka-Iwu (Law Society) asked the Federal Government to “take urgent steps to unmask the persons behind those faceless groups as well as their sponsors.” Read more

Osinbajo wades into domestic airlines’ crisis

Nigeria’s Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has waded into the crisis plaguing the domestic airlines with a firm commitment to resuscitate the industry and position it as a hub for the African continent. Osibanjo had over the weekend called for a close door meeting in his office at the Presidential Villa with CEOs of the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON).
At the meeting it was learnt that the Vice President had expressed his displeasure that in spite of the country’s huge potential with a natural God given geographic location at the centre of Africa (4.30hrs to most parts of Africa); with most of its airports at approximately sea level, being the sixth largest producer of crude oil (JetA1), a human population of 190 million, and skilled manpower, yet Nigeria is not a hub for aviation activities on the African continent. Read more

Dangote, Flour Mills to reconstruct Apapa Wharf Road with N4.3bn

Succour will soon come to the Apapa Wharf road users as Federal Government handed over the troubled road to Dangote and Flour Mills for concrete overlay reconstruction which is expected to gulp N4.3billion.
This was the outcome of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed at the weekend in Lagos by the Federal Government with the two companies to repair the road. The construction of the road will be handled by AGDangote, a subsidiary of Dangote Industries Limited.
Speaking at the event, the Honorary Adviser to the President/Chief Executive of Dangote Group, Mr. Joseph Makoju said Dangote Group is moved by the deplorable state of the road which informed the need to look for partners to effect repairs and salvage the road. Read more

THISDAY, LASUTH, 104 Others Nominated for Healthcare Excellence Award

THISDAY Newspapers, the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Sokoto State Ultra Modern Trauma Centre and 103 other institutions and individuals have been nominated for the 2017 Nigeria Healthcare Excellence Award (NHEA).

The winners, who the organisers said have contributed to the country’s health sector in various capacities between June 2016 to May 2017, would be announced at a grand ballroom ceremony on June 23, 2017 at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. Read more

Osinbajo Tells Church to Reject Treasury Looters

The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has said people who loot the public treasury or their organisations are doing so out of greed, and not because of any political objective of keeping a war chest for the future.

Osinbajo made the remark yesterday at the celebration of Father’s Day at Aso Villa Chapel, during which he also challenged the church to teach the lessons of honesty and integrity. Read more

Ignore Agitation for Disintegration, NGE Tells Nigerians

The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) at the weekend asked Nigerians to ignore those agitating for the dismemberment of the country and go about their businesses without fear or hindrance.

Rather than focusing on sectional agitation springing up in different parts of the country, the guild urged Nigerians to team up with the leaders to reposition Nigeria for present and future generations. Read more

APC Leaders Shun Atiku’s Presidential Campaign Parley in Enugu

The group led by the party’s Deputy Chairman, Adolphus Ude, is said to be working round the clock to ensure that they take control of party structures in the state. They were however disappointed at the poor turn out at the meeting despite using the name of the Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama.

Among those who did not attend the meeting are the National Vice Chairman, South-east, Emma Eneukwu, Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, immediate past Governor of Enugu State, Sullivan Chime and Chief Gbazuagu Nweke Gbazuagu. Read more

Plant compound ‘much more effective’ than traditional anti-HIV drug

Justicia gendarussa, also known as the “willow-leaved Justicia,” has been shown to have significantly stronger antiretroviral properties than the common anti-Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) drug, Azidothymidine (AZT).

Azidothymidine, the first drug that was approved in the fight against AIDS in the 1980s, is still a main component in the medication mix commonly prescribed to HIV patients today. But new research may have found a plant-derived chemical compound that is much more effective than azidothymidine. Read more

Enugu APC sanctions five members

As part of measures to instill discipline among its members, the Enugu State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has slammed a one-year suspension on five of its members, including the 2011 governorship candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Valentine Nnadozie, over alleged anti party activities and deliberate violation of the party’s constitution.

Others sanctioned include Ejike Ugwu from Igboetiti council area, Okenwa Onyekachi, Uzo -Uwani LGA, Rev. Jonas Onuora, Nkanu East and Elija Ngene, Enugu South council. Read more

Cross River and resurgence of opposition politics

Preparations for the 2019 elections in Cross River State are taking different shapes and dimensions as the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) are set for a keen contest that may reenact robust rivalry that the state was known for at the inception of the current democratic dispensation.

When Nigeria returned to democratic rule in 1999, the PDP had a very strong opponent in the defunct All Peoples Party (APP), a platform that has now transformed, through mergers with others, into the APC. Read more

APC, PDP disagree over Akeredolu’s performance 100 days after

Two weeks after Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State celebrated his 100 days in office, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused his administration of poor performance.

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The member representing Okitipupa/Irele Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mike Omogbehin specifically accused the governor of poor performance and encouraging malpractices at the state primary elections. Read more

Bakare warns ‘power mongers’ on Buhari’s health

The running-mate of President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2011 presidential elections and General Overseer, Latter Rain Church, Pastor Tunde Bakare has warned those planning to take advantage of the state of health of the president to plunge the country into unwarranted crisis, to desist or be ready to face the wrath of God.

The cleric, while speaking in Lagos yesterday on the state of the nation in a message titled: ‘The Birth Pangs of a New Nigeria,’ also warned against military incursion into politics, saying, “Although, I have vowed to stop agitations but if for whatever reason the military tried to return to power, I will mobilize people across the length and breadth of the country to resist them. Look at what the military did to Nigeria, how it bastardised it? There is no way we can tolerate military incursion into politics again.” Read more

Sheath Your Swords, Aro Advises Kogi Political Gladiators

Former House of Representatives member representing Yagba Constituency, Hon. Aro Bamidele Samuel, at the weekend urged political gladiators in Kogi State to create an enabling environment that would engender development of the people rather than stoking the political crisis in the state.

Aro who stated this at an interactive session with a select group of journalists in Abuja, said the feud among the political actors in the state cannot help development. Read more

Umahi to Churches: Don’t Join the Bandwagon of Hate Speeches

Governor of Ebony State, Mr. David   Umahi, has called on churches not to join the bandwagon of those spreading hate speeches across the country.

Umahi, at the  2017 Father’s Day celebration by the Christ Embassy in Abakaliki yesterday, pointed out that hate speeches were capable of igniting war in the country. Read more

House Okays Reinstatement of Abolished Civil Service Tenure Policy 

The House of Representatives has condemned the June 20, 2016 abolition of the civil service tenure policy by the federal government, urging for its reinstatement.

The lawmakers on a resolution, further mandated the Committee on Public Service Matters to ensure compliance and report back within four weeks for further legislative action. Read more

Lawmaker: Nigeria, Donors Need More Than $15bn to Revamp Lake Chad

The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Climate Change, Hon. Samuel Onuigbo, has said that Nigeria and concerned countries would require more than the stipulated $15 billion to rehabilitate the receding Lake Chad.

Onuigbo, who doubles as the Vice-President of Globe Nigeria, also hinted that the much-awaited Climate Change Bill would be passed into law before the end of the year. Read more

Police Arrest Suspect for Shooting Cop, Gang Rivals

The Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command yesterday arrested one Nurudeen Kazeem, for not just shooting members of a rival gang, but also a police officer attached to the police squad.

The cop who was deployed to the RRS squad patrolling the LASU– Igando area, was shot by Kazeem after he was prevented from dispossessing a delivery man of some expensive phones. Read more

Kidnappers Terrorising Commuters on Kaduna-Abuja Road Arrested

Six notorious kidnappers that have been terrorising  the Kaduna- Abuja Expressway  have been arrested by the

Kaduna  State internal security outfit, ‘Operation Yaki.’ The suspects were said to be responsible for the spades of kidnappings along the Kaduna-Abuja highway in recent times. Read more

Akwa Ibom Speaker: Why We Are Not Fighting Emmanuel

The Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon. Onofiok Luke, has given reasons why the state lawmakers are not at war or fighting Governor Udom Emmanuel even with some perceived administrative lapses,  saying the position is for the state to achieve peace, progress and political stability.

“The assembly also gives the executive a free hand to operate without trying to query some administrative decisions which the governor might be forced to take in the ordinary course of governance without recourse to the lawmakers.” Read more

Ayade bags TELL Magazine Governor of the Year Award

Barely two months after clinching The Vanguard Governor of The Year Award, Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, again yesterday won the the Tell Magazine Governor of The year 2016.

Speaking while presenting the award in Lagos, Editor-in-Chief of TELL Magazine, Mr. Nosa Igiebor, said the award to Ayade was well deserved.  Read more

CBN and high interest rates 1.3m teachers

The high interest rates charged by banks and other financial institutions have become an albatross for businesses and the Nigerian economy. The Senate, therefore, spoke the mind of many Nigerians, last week, when it said the rates had become a “yoke too hard to bear” for any real sector business and economic growth. We cannot agree more with the Senate’s position and its charge to the Central Bank of Nigeria to intervene to save the economy.

At a roundtable between the Senate and interest groups in the financial and business sectors in Abuja, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, called for a downward review of interest rates. He frowned at the insistence of the apex bank to keep the lending rate, otherwise known as the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR), unchanged for the seventh consecutive time at 14 percent. Read more

Nigerian cyber hackers steal $3bn in 2016

Nigerian hackers and cyber criminals are being accused of masterminding a grand theft of information and money running into billions of dollars, worldwide.
According to experts, the Nigerians are able to carry out the heist by sending phishing emails to commercial organisations and industrial enterprises, which they later steal dry.
The FBI estimates that these phishing attacks have cost companies over $3 billion as the number of affected companies exceeds 22,143. Read more

Adeosun: FG Committed to Infrastructure Devt, Economic Diversification

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun has restated the federal government’s commitment to infrastructure development and economic diversification, saying about N200billion was invested on roads in 2016.

Speaking at the third Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) & Bloomberg Chief Executive Officer Roundtable in Lagos, Adeosun explained that the N200 billion, which was an increased from the N90 billion spent in 2015, was out of the N1.2 trillion earmarked for capital projects to ensure ease of doing business. Read more

Survey: Only 20% of Family Businesses Have Succession Plan

Only about 20 per cent of family businesses in Nigeria have plan for leadership succession and a minuscule three per cent have a laid down strategy for wealth transfer, a report by KPMG Nigeria has revealed.

But the report pointed out that clearly defined structures for leadership succession and wealth transfer are essential building blocks for sustainable family businesses. Read more

NBC Names Six States as Model for Digital Switch Over

The Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission, Mallam Is’haq Modibbo Kawu, has said that Nigeria will adopt phased implementation of switch over from analogue to digital broadcasting (Digital Switch Over) (DSO), beginning with six states.

The confirmation came few days after the Minister of Information, Mr. Lai Muhammed, dropped the hint, while playing host to the Niger’s Minister of Communication, Koubra Abdoulaye  that Nigeria would switch over from analogue to DSO in six states across the six geo-political zones within the next one month. Read more

FAAN Lists Agencies to Interface with Passengers at Airports

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has listed the six agencies approved to interface with passengers at the country’s airports henceforth.

In a public notice issued at the weekend, FAAN informed airlines, passengers and the general public of the new development. Read more

Business and Taxes: Being on the right side of the law

As a small business owner, you are saddled with many roles. You are the marketer, HR manager, salesperson and day-to-day administrator. The list is endless. With all the things that require your attention, sometimes, the last thing on your mind is your taxes. Though most small business owners are aware of the importance of paying taxes, they are often overwhelmed by the amount of time it takes to deal with it, and they wait until the last minute to deal with it – often when the tax authorities come calling, which could result in fines. Read more

Recession: Shareholders kick as Julius Berger declares zero dividend for 2016

Shareholders of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc at the weekend openly registered their discontent at its 47th annual general meeting of the company that ended in Abuja weekend, on hearing of the huge loss the company recorded in the financial year that ended December 31, 2016.
Their fears were confirmed when the Chairman of the company, Mr. Mutiu Sumonu announced that their investment in the company yielded zero profit in form of dividends in the 2016 financial . Read more

Ecuador to Partner Nigeria on Trade Expansion

The Ambassador of Ecuador to Nigeria, Leopoldo Rovayo Verdesoto has pledged his commitment to boosting trade between Nigeria and his country with a view to improving the economic benefits of both countries.

He stated his when he led a delegation of embassy staff to the Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture (PHCCIMA). Read more

N516bn Paris refund: Labour teams up with EFCC, ICPC on probe

The Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress have written to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission to probe the states, which defaulted in the first tranche of the N516bn Paris Club loan refund.

The TUC President, Bobboi Kaigama, and the NLC General Secretary, Peter Ozo-Eson, confirmed this to The PUNCH on Thursday, adding that the partnership between Labour and the anti-graft agencies would equally be important in the utilisation of the second tranche of the refund. Read more

CBN and high interest rates 1.3m teachers

The high interest rates charged by banks and other financial institutions have become an albatross for businesses and the Nigerian economy. The Senate, therefore, spoke the mind of many Nigerians, last week, when it said the rates had become a “yoke too hard to bear” for any real sector business and economic growth. We cannot agree more with the Senate’s position and its charge to the Central Bank of Nigeria to intervene to save the economy.

At a roundtable between the Senate and interest groups in the financial and business sectors in Abuja, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, called for a downward review of interest rates. He frowned at the insistence of the apex bank to keep the lending rate, otherwise known as the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR), unchanged for the seventh consecutive time at 14 percent. Read more

Promoting banking, serving humanity

Banking is not all about profitability. It should be done with human face and recognition that the communities where the business is conducted should be direct beneficiaries of the gains that come with banking.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation and Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) agree that banking can only thrive in an environment where Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and commitment to the communities where the business is done are given a priority. Read more

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2017 Budget: Why poor funding’ll rob Nigerians of recovery gains

AS Nigerians expect the Federal Government to hit the ground running with the 2017 budget signed into law by the execu- tive after nearly six months of presentation, there is widespread apprehension that poor allocation to the critical sectors of the economy may hinder its implementation. This comes as development and budget experts have expressed concern that power and transport sectors where much government’s attention should have been directed, only got poor allocation.

For power, expected to serve as tonic for revitalising the economy, Mr. Ayodele Oni, Partner, Bloomfield Law Practice, said the N69.96 billion allocation to the sector in the 2017 budget remained grossly inadequate considering the fact that it requires more funding to meet the target of an all-out electrification of the country.  Read more

Frontier basins need govt incentives to blossom –Adesanya, NAPE boss

NIGERIA’S inability to grow its reserves above 37 billion barrels has been hinged on its failure to engage in aggressive exploration to discover new oil fields.

President of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE), Mr. Abiodun Adesanya, in an interview at the recently concluded Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, Texas, told Daily Sun that the over 10 years shortfall in Joint Venture (JV) funding was responsible for the stagna- tion of oil reserves at its current level of 37 billion barrels.

Adesanya noted that whenever there is a shortfall in JV counterpart funding from the Federal Government, the area that takes the first hit is exploration. Read more

N’Delta Youths Kick against Non-inclusion of Indigenes in P’Harcourt Refinery Concession

The nation’s oil production which peaked to about 2.2 billion barrels per day and increased in revenue generation for the country is now being threatened as a Niger Delta youth group at the weekend threatened to disrupt the oil exploration activities in the region over an alleged exclusion of indigenes in the concessioning of refineries by the federal government. Read more

Nigerians should show more interest in NLNG – Official

Nigerians should show more interest in the affairs and operation of the Nigeria LNG in view of the company’s positive impact on the country’s economy, its general manager, external relations, Kudo Eresia-Eke, has said.

Mr. Eresia-Eke, who said this during a visit to the corporate headquarters of PREMIUM TIMES in Abuja on Wednesday, said the contributions of the NLNG to the Nigerian economy, in terms of payments of dividends and taxes, were too significant to ignore. Read more

NPFL…NPFL…NPFL…: Plateau Utd Maintains Lead Despite Slip in Umuahia

Plateau United lost 1-2 at the death to Abia Warriors in a dramatic Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) contest in Umuahia yesterday evening but still stays top of the log.

Shedrack Asiegbu had put the hosts in front in the 11th minute with a superb strike but they were pegged back by the leaders who snatched an 80th-minute equaliser through Hamzat Owolabi. Read more

Omeruo Receives Good News From Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte On First Team Chances

Chelsea Nigerian defender Kenneth Omeruo has been told to resume for pre season training later in the month with the senior team of the club by coach Antonio Conte‎.

Omeruo extended his contract with Chelsea before heading out on loan last season to Alanyaspor with an agreement that he will be offered a spot in their pre season squad before the start of next season.

The player confirmed yesterday in Lagos, that he will resume with the team but will need assurances from coach Antonio Conte about his chances with the first team before deciding if he is staying or not. Read more

NPFL: Kano Pillars whip visiting MFM FC 3-1

Kano Pillars Football Club on Sunday defeated visiting MFM FC of Lagos 3-1 in a 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Match Day 25 fixture in Kano.‎ Newsmen report that the match was played behind closed doors following the sanction on the hosts by the League Management Company (LMC) for crowd disturbances. Read more

Recession: Shareholders kick as Julius Berger declares zero dividend for 2016

Shareholders of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc at the weekend openly registered their discontent at its 47th annual general meeting of the company that ended in Abuja weekend, on hearing of the huge loss the company recorded in the financial year that ended December 31, 2016.
Their fears were confirmed when the Chairman of the company, Mr. Mutiu Sumonu announced that their investment in the company yielded zero profit in form of dividends in the 2016 financial. Read more

Duke Udi set to replace Eguavoen at Sunshine

Sunshine Stars are reportedly  on the verge of   signing Osun United coach Duke Udi  as  their new  manager.

The post became vacant following the sudden resignation of former Super Eagles coach Austine Eguavoen recently. Read more

Arsenal Want Nigerian Whizkid To Play For United States, Feyenoord Grooming 

The race for the services of  the highly-rated Lateef Omidiji is not over as the United States Soccer Federation and the Royal Dutch Football Association remain interested in the Feyenoord striker despite the Nigerian Federation approaching the player and his entourage.

The 13-year-old sensation is being targeted by Nigeria and the United States to represent them in the 2019 Fifa U17 World Cup, and it can be revealed that Arsenal and Eredivisie champions Feyenoord will advise him before he decides where his international future lies Read more

TRANSFER NEWS: REAL MADRID, BARCELONA AND PSG IN THREE-WAY TUSSLE FOR PAULO DYBALA

Paulo Dybala’s exploits during his two seasons with Juventus has seen him become a subject of immense transfer speculation with Real Madrid, Barcelona and PSG interested.

There has been lot of noise surrounding the future of Juventus and Argentine starlet Paulo Dybala, especially after enjoying yet another stellar season with the Old Lady. According to Don Balon, Real Madrid, Barcelona and PSG are set to wage a three-way battle for the €100 million-rated striker. Read more

Cristiano Ronaldo may want Man United return, but Old Trafford chiefs strike a note of pessimism – reports

Cristiano Ronaldo is keen to seal a return to Manchester United this summer, according the latest reports emerging from the Portuguese superstar’s camp.

While Ronaldo’s management team would not go on the record to confirm their client has set his heart on a move back to United, widespread reports suggest the Portuguese superstar is keen to re-join the club he left in a world record £80m deal in 2009. Read more

In Chelsea’s Transfer Strategy, The Same Mistakes As Last Year Are Apparent

With only a few days left until the start of the new season, Chelsea’s defensive situation looks less than ideal. It was a huge area of weakness in a season that many could not have predicted. A unit that has often been one of Chelsea’s strongest started to looks its age over the course of a troubling campaign. Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill particularly struggled to add solidity to Chelsea’s right hand side after Kurt Zouma’s injury. John Terry’s renaissance waned and even the reliability of Cesar Azpilicueta disappeared Read more

Arsenal Transfer News: Latest Rumours on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Olivier Giroud

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will reportedly tell Arsenal he is ready to quit the club this summer, rather than sign a new contract. The versatile England international could generate interest from Premier League trio LiverpoolManchester City and champions Chelsea.

A report from Jonathan Northcroft of the Sunday Times has revealed how Oxlade-Chamberlain “has been weighing up his future while on holiday and his inclination is that a move would be best if he is to deliver on his rich potential.” http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2716389-arsenal-transfer-news-latest-rumours-on-alex-oxlade-chamberlain-olivier-giroud

At least 26 hurt after China Eastern Airlines flight hits turbulence

At least 26 people were injured when a China Eastern Airlines flight from Paris to the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming hit turbulence on Sunday, state news agency Xinhua reported.

Passengers onboard flight MU774 suffered injuries such as fractures when strong turbulence caused them to hit the overhead lockers and be hit by falling baggage, Xinhua said late on Sunday. At least four people were in a serious condition, it said. Read more

China issues security alert in Laos after national shot dead

China’s embassy in Laos has issued a safety warning to its citizens there after a Chinese national was shot dead in the country’s Xaysomboun province.

Chinese workers have increasingly come under attack as companies expand abroad as part of President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road plan to build infrastructure with the rest of Asia and beyond, often in politically unstable places. Read more

What we know so far about van hitting pedestrians near London mosque

  • A van has driven into a crowd of worshippers after they left a mosque in north London in what police described as a “major incident”.
  • Police have confirmed a number of casualties after the collision which happened at about 12.20am on Monday. Witnesses reported seeing up to 10 injured.
  • Police have not said whether this was a deliberate attack or a terrorist attack but counter-terrorism police are at the scene. Read more

Forget the EU, post-Brexit Britain should look to China

Today the UK starts the long and tempestuous process of negotiating its exit from the EU and working on a future trade agreement.

But however these talks go (and at the moment, the omens are not promising), post-Brexit Britain will need to aggressively find new partners or strengthen existing ones in order to fill the economic void that will be created from leaving the EU. Read more

Israel vs. the United Nations: the Nikki Haley doctrine

The United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, seems to be championing a single cause: Israel.

When Haley speaks about Israel, her language is not merely emotive nor tailored to fit the need of a specific occasion.  Rather, her words are resolute, consistent and are matched by a clear plan of action. Read more

Vietnam rights report highlights beatings, intimidation against critics

Vietnamese human rights bloggers and activists are being beaten and intimidated, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Monday, as it urged the Communist government to end attacks and hold those responsible accountable.

The New York-based rights group described 36 incidents in which unknown men in civilian clothes beat rights campaigners and bloggers between January 2015 and April 2017, often resulting in serious injuries. Read more

North Korea claims diplomats ‘mugged’ by US officials at NY airport
NORTH Korea accused US authorities on Sunday of “mugging” its diplomats at the John F. Kennedy airport in New York, forcibly confiscating a diplomatic package which it said raised questions about the city as the seat of the United Nations.

The North’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said a delegation of the North returning from a UN conference on the rights of persons with disabilities “was literally mugged” at the John F. Kennedy airport in “an illegal and heinous act of provocation.” Read more

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