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Church, Islamic, Political Leaders Want TB Joshua Banned In Israel, Reject His Crusade

Sahara Reporters - Fri, 2019-06-21 15:47

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Churches, Islamic clerics and political groups in Nazareth, the largest city in the northern district of Israel, have joined forces against a two-day crusade being planned by Nigerian preacher, TB Joshua, at Mount Precipice.

The churches and Islamic leaders want Joshua banned from preaching in Israel and called for the cancellation of the planned crusade, Israeli’s popular newspaper, Haaretz, reports on Thursday.

According to the newspaper, church officials meeting in Nazareth several days ago urged residents to boycott the event and clerics to avoid any mention of it in their sermons.

“We beg you not to play in the hands of those organizing this type of festival which is an affront to the principles of Christianity, and our national identity, and deals a blow to the social fabric of a city like Nazareth,” the churches were quoted as saying.

Haaretz reports that the church officials quoted text from the New Testament about how believers must be cautious about false messiahs who try to convince people they’re performing miracles.

Most of the churches in Nazareth have reportedly signed their support for the statement – all but the Roman Catholic Church, which has avoided taking a clear stand.

Joshua, arguably one of the most popular TV figures in Africa and Latin America, is set to hold two events at a Christian site in the city.

Joshua is the founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations, a Christian organization that runs the Emmanuel TV television station from Lagos, which has a YouTube channel with 1.5 million subscribers.  Arguably one of the most popular figures on television across Africa and Latin America, Joshua has 3.5 million followers on Facebook.

T.B. Joshua, a controversial pastor whose sermon has drawn criticisms, is famous for performing miracles in his Lagos church attended by thousands every week. His visit to Israel is supported by Nazareth Mayor Ali Sallam, but many in the city oppose it, some of them alleging that the pastor has ties to far-right Israelis.   

He has visited Israel in the past and written of forging a covenant with God to start his ministry, as well as hinting a couple of years ago of considering relocation to Israel.

Thousands participate in his prayer sessions and exorcism rituals. Many video clips have been released on social media in recent days announcing the "rock-star" pastor’s visit.

In response to a query from Haaretz, Father Emil Shopany of the Catholic Church said there’s no reason not to host such a visit and that he, as opposed to others, will support the mayor’s position. He said Nazareth is an open city and that you cannot stop a religious man from abroad who decides to visit from holding prayers like thousands of pilgrims do.

But even members of Sallam’s coalition have criticized the visit. Haj Samir Sa’adi, a city councilor, has expressed his opposition to Joshua’s visit in a letter and has urged its cancellation.

“The planned visit by the person called T.B. Joshua to the city of the Annunciation is a challenge to the Christian faith in the city of Jesus’s boyhood and the Nazareth of ancient history, which does not need such a stain as this in which a false prophet exploits Mount Precipice to disseminate his lies,” he wrote.

Muslims from Nazareth and elsewhere have joined Sa’adi’s protests, among them the council of muftis, which has urged that the event be cancelled: “This is an event that would offend believers of all ethnic groups and religions and should be seen as a red line for faith in religious values. Therefore we call upon those who are behind the event to see to its immediate cancellation,” their statement said.

Among politicians, the event is also seen as volatile, and calls have been issued on social media to block the main roads to Mount Precipice. The Hadash and Youth for Change parties in the city council have demanded a meeting about the decision to invite the pastor to hold an event at a city installation against the wishes of the majority of residents.

“We have asked to take an in-depth look at this issue, at why a city like Nazareth would receive such a person who is denied entry to many countries on grounds of criminal suspicions and given his links to the extreme right in Israel,” they wrote. “What's more, the man is known to have grown wealthy in a way that has raised many questions and therefore we view such a visit as an illegitimate step which contaminates the city and its historic heritage, and we absolutely reject the mayor’s claims that such an event would bring $1 million to the city and would see such a sum were it to actually materialize as an illegitimate contribution that would contaminate the city.”

The mayor has not responded to appeals by Haaretz for comment.

Police are meanwhile preparing for an expected crowd of 15,000 people at the event.

Joshua visited Israel two years ago, hosted by ZAKA founder Yehuda Meshi Zahav. Meshi Zahav has also visited Joshua in Nigeria. During his visit, Joshua met with Idan Greenbaum, the Jordan Valley regional council head.

Channel 12 reported at the time that Joshua had said he plans to move his operations to Israel and that he said that six out of 10 foreigners visiting Nigeria attend exorcism rites at Joshua’s church. Greenbaum said a number of ideas were raised in their meeting to contribute to tourism in the Jordan Valley and Sea of Galilee area, but these ideas have not yet been carried out. But Greenbaum said that Joshua’s visit had received wide media coverage in his country and attracted tourism to Israel and the Jordan Valley.


Haaretz reports that a statement released ahead of Joshua’s visit says this would be his first event in the Middle East, that it would have a positive impact on the local economy, and that he has visited Israel many times and met with leading officials including Tourism Minister Yariv Levin, Communications Minister Ayoub Kara and Chief Rabbi David Lau. 

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Nigerian Government Directs Schools To Teach History From September

Sahara Reporters - Fri, 2019-06-21 15:43

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Nigerian secondary school students ICIR Nigeria

The Federal Government has directed all primary and secondary schools across the country to immediately implement the teaching of history as a standalone subject from the next academic calendar.

Mr. Sonny Echono, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education made this known on Friday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

The federal government on June 18 promised the return history to school curriculum while ensuring that all primary school teachers are trained to deliver digital literacy.

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo had declared at the launch of Education for Justice Programme that government had kick-started implementation in 12 primary and secondary schools across the six geo-political zones and instructional classes have also commenced.

According to Echono, the directive had already been given and it is automatic that all the schools should implement simultaneously.

“By the next academic calendar, history will be taught as a standalone subject. It is with immediate implementation. So, definitely for the next academic year everybody will fall in line because we already articulated the curriculum and the examination should be done along those lines,” he said.

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Over 14,000 Nigerians Evacuated From Libya, Niger, Mali –National Emergency Agency

Sahara Reporters - Fri, 2019-06-21 15:30

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has put the total number of Nigerians who voluntarily returned home under the Assisted Voluntary Returnees Programme (AVRP) which began in April 2017 to 14,036.

The Nigerians, who were stranded in Libya, Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ireland, France, Gambia, Austria, Poland, Morocco and Liberia returned home by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU).

The Coordinator of NEMA in Lagos, Idris Muhammed, stated this while receiving a new batch of 137 Nigerians who returned from Libya on Thursday.

Muhammad said out of the total 14,036 returnees repatriated so far, 12,457 were brought back from Libya.

He said: “The analysis on the total number that has been brought back indicates that 465 males and 408 females amongst those brought back had psychosocial related needs.

“Also, 454 males and 618 females are having various degrees of medical needs. The analysis further indicates that there were 61 males and 61 females, unaccompanied minors who had been reunited with their relations.

“There are 37 pregnant women brought back so far in the course of the exercise.”

The 137 new returnees were brought back in a chartered Al Buraq airline with registration number MVTBRQ189/20.5A- WAC, landing at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at 8:20 pm on Thursday night.

The returnees comprised of 94 male adults, three male children and three male infants as well as 34 female adults, a young girl and two female infants.

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ALERT: Boko Haram To Carry Out More Deadly Attacks In Borno Communities

Sahara Reporters - Fri, 2019-06-21 14:16

Lt. Col. Azubuike, killed during one of Boko Haram attacks

There are strong indications that the Boko Haram terrorist group might attack four communities in Borno very soon.

The communities highlighted for major attacks by Boko Haram and Islamic State (IS) in West Africa are Damasak, Mallam Fatori, Magumeri, Gubio.

The alert has come a few days after a series of attacks by the terrorist group in Borno, including an attack on a Nigerian military base in Gajiram that led to the death of five soldiers.

One of the attacks by the Boko Haram sect led to the killing of Lt Col Azuibuke among other casualties.

A source confirmed to SaharaReporters that following the attacks by the group at Kareto Village in Mobbar Local Government Area, the terrorist group moved to Fuchimiram Village and are likely to remain in the community.

Lt. Col. Azubuike, killed during one of Boko Haram attacks

“BHTs/ISWAP elements attacked troops of 158Bn location at Kareto Village, Mobbar LGA of Borno State. 

“Attack was not repelled and troops at the location were dislodged. 

“However, BHTs later relocated to Fuchimiram Village which is 6Km West of Kareto and the terrorist elements are likely still in the location.”

SaharaReporters could confirm that the attacks would not stop as the insurgent groups are desperate in their killings.

SaharaReporters gathered that an urgent call had been made to the Nigerian military to immediately move in to engage the terrorist groups.

“There is urgent need to info all units in the axes covering  Damasak, Mallam Fatori, Magumeri, Gubio to be on high alert as the BHTs are emboldened to launch more attacks during the rainy season.

“NAF could conduct ISR scans for possible airstrikes on Fuchimiram and other locations where terrorist elements are hibernating,” the source said.

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Buhari Vs Atiku: We Have Evidence INEC Procured, Installed, Deployed Servers In 36 States, Two Groups Claim

Sahara Reporters - Fri, 2019-06-21 14:07

A joint committee of information technology and legal experts has claimed to have incontrovertible evidence about Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) servers, installed in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The groups, Deservation and Pukka Initiative, made the revelation in Yola, Thursday night, showing a document, that detailed how and when INEC server was allegedly installed and put to use.

Dr. Sani Adamu, who spoke for the two groups, said, "Apart from the incontrovertible facts our IT and legal teams have in their possession, and ready to bring to the attention of the tribunal, I wish to present to you another evidence obtainable by FoI."

Quoting the INEC chairman, Prof. Yakub Mahmood, Adamu stated the electoral body's chairman had publicly declared that "we are pioneering and deploying in 2019 general elections, a new platform for the electronic Collation and transmission of results of the 2019 elections".

He, therefore, decried alleged moves by INEC to deny the availability of the server, stressing that the action is grave, just as it is a looming national disaster.

Countering the electoral umpire's claims, Adamu referred to "INEC's 2017-2021 strategic programme of action  document, page 5, serial number 1.4 and key action, titled 'improve ICT operational deployment and utilization, including activities SN 1.4.1 to SN 1.4.57", saying these series of activities "have captured all the essence of the server deployment by INEC".

He insisted that all of the activities underscored the approval for a server and its subsequent implementation between the first quarter of 2017 and the fourth quarter of 2018.

"Specifically, based on activities SN 1.4.57 in the strategic programme of action 2017-2021, the INEC leadership have received the approval for the transmission of electronic results to the collation centres.

"In the same vein, SN 1.4.16 indicates that INEC has received the approval to procure servers for the 36 states and the FCT in the second quarter of 2017 and completed in the second quarter of 2018.

"For the avoidance of doubt, I wish to tender a copy of the 2017-2021 strategic programme of action document, which dealt with issues of ICT including servers, card readers and the electronic transmission of election results," he claimed.

He called on all Nigerians to join the campaign for INEC to own up and do the needful. "Because we are in a situation similar to the June 12 of Moshood Abiola," he added.

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Federal Government, State Governors To Reconcile Excess Crude Account, NNPC Remittance, Reconstitute NEC Committee

Sahara Reporters - Fri, 2019-06-21 12:58

The National Economic Council has reconstituted an ad hoc committee to reconcile the Excess Crude Account, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s remittance, and related issues.

Governor Ahmadu Fintri of Adamawa State made the announcement when he briefed journalists covering the State House alongside governors Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo (State) and Willie Obiano of Anambra (State) at the end of the council meeting which was presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

He gave the members of the committee to include the governors of Kaduna, Edo, Jigawa and Ebonyi states.

According to him, the committee is expected to meet with relevant federal government officials for the reconciliation.

He further disclosed that the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Finance updated the council on the balance of the excess crude account as of June 19, 2019, which he said was $144 million.

“Also update on the Stabilization Fund Account was presented to the council and as of today, the balance at the stabilization account stood at N17.67 billion.

“Update on the Natural Resources Development Fund stood as of today June 19, 2019, is N77.73 billion,” he added. In his contribution, Akeredolu stated that President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated the council and charged the members to promote projects that would ensure speedy economic growth and development across the country.

“Mr. President in his inaugural speech charged the council among others to pay particular attention to the issue of security, agriculture, education, and health.

“Mr. President charged the council to bring forward key resolutions that would move the country forward and enhance better security in the nation. He told the governors that the federal government would assist the states to access foreign assistance for basic education.

“Buhari implored the states to find ways to improve economic conditions of the poor, take agriculture and health seriously in order to better the lots of the citizens,” he said.

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Jesus Supports Abortion –Madonna Says As She Pushes For Change In Catholic Church's Position

Sahara Reporters - Fri, 2019-06-21 12:58

Pop superstar Madonna says Jesus supports women having abortions and wants to change the Catholic Church’s position on the issue.

During an interview with Australian talk show host Andrew Denton on "Interview" Tuesday, Madonna, who has a Catholic background, revealed what she would like to discuss with Pope Francis if she had the opportunity to talk to the pontiff.

"Let's talk about Jesus' point of view about women. Let's talk about it," Madonna said on the TV show, hoping to change the church's stance on abortion.

"And don't you think Jesus would agree that a woman has the right to choose what to do with her body?" she asked.

The Christian Post reports that Madonna was raised Catholic and although she was later excommunicated from the church, she told Rolling Stone magazine in 2015 that she regularly uses Christian imagery because of her strong connection to Catholicism.

The music icon has had a long history of ruffling feathers in the Christian community. Her 1989 video for "Like a Prayer" was openly condemned by the Vatican for its disrespectful scenes in the church.

Later on in her career, another of Madonna's songs, titled "Holy Water," was condemned for comparing her bodily fluids to holy water used by Catholics to bless themselves. Her "Rebel Heart Tour" also got the singer into some trouble as some of her songs were banned from being performed for being "religiously insensitive."

Madonna presumes that Jesus supports women “choosing” to abort their unborn babies, and suggests in her new single "God Control" that the Creator opposes people having the right to own guns.

In a sneak peek of her upcoming “God Control” music video released on Tuesday, Madonna declared: “Guns need to be made illegal.”

The clip starts off with the artist admitting that writing songs about “the downfall of humanity” gets her down. “Where does a girl go? She goes to the disco,” Madonna continued.

“Every day they have a kind of victory/Blood of innocence, spread everywhere/They say that we need love/But we need more than this/We lost God control,” the 60-year-old sings on her new album Madame X.

“I tried to bring the world of disco and freedom, and having that joy silenced by a small thing made of metal that can end someone’s life,” Madonna says over a clip of a man with a gun firing rounds into the club.

“Guns need to be made illegal.” The teaser video shows clips of the singer lying on the ground after being shot dead in a nightclub along with others. Some have speculated that Madonna is referencing the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting of 2016, where an ISIS sympathizer shot 49 people dead.

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18 Islamic State Terrorists Killed In Joint Operation With American Troops In Niger

Sahara Reporters - Fri, 2019-06-21 12:53

Eighteen members of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara were killed in a joint operation by US, French and Niger troops near Niger's border with Mali, the defence ministry said Tuesday.

The June 8-18 operation took place in the northern border region of Tongo "targeting a gang of ISGS terrorists implicated in an ambush on May 14," in which 28 Nigerien soldiers were killed, it said.

"The toll on the enemy side is: 18 terrorists neutralised, five terrorists, of whom three are Nigerien, taken prisoner."

There were "no human or material losses" during the operation, which was codenamed ACONIT, it said.

"Important material was recovered including equipment belonging to the Niger armed forces which were taken by the attackers after the ambush," the statement said.

In October 2017, the ISGS claimed responsibility for a raid which killed four US soldiers and five Nigerien troops in the same region, a mere 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the Malian border.

That ambush claimed the largest number of American lives in combat anywhere in sub-Saharan Africa since the "Black Hawk Down" incident in Somalia in 1993.

On June 8, a US army vehicle hit a landmine near the town of Ouallam, about 100 kilometres north of the capital Niamey, but there were no casualties, AFP reports.

The area is near a major training camp where Nigerien soldiers are trained to serve in a UN peacekeeping mission in Mali.

Late Tuesday, gunmen attacked a police station on the northern edge of the Niger capital Niamey, killing two policemen.

Niger is one of a number of poor, fragile countries in the Sahel region that have been hit by a jihadist revolt.

The United States has a big base for drones in the northern city of Agadez and Niger recently gave the Americans permission to arm their drones.

The French also have a military base near Niamey airport and another at Madama in the north. Various insurgent groups operate in the country's west and north, and Nigeria's Boko Haram is present in its southeast.

The country is part of the so-called G5 Sahel group set up to manage a coordinated response to the jihadist insurgency.

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Confusion As Bauchi Assembly Gets Two Speakers, One For PDP, One For APC

Sahara Reporters - Fri, 2019-06-21 11:42

The Bauchi State House of Assembly has produced two speakers, one from the Peoples Democratic Party, and another from the All Progressives.

It was reported that 11 out of 31 lawmakers of the assembly had arrived the complex by 7 am and elected Abubakar Suleiman as the speaker of the house.

Suleiman is a member representing Ningi Central Constituency and a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Danlami Kawule a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) representing Zungur/Galambi was also elected as the deputy speaker by the same group of lawmakers.

However, in a turn of events, another set of lawmakers, 18 of them, conducted a parallel election in front of the assembly complex about 11 am since they were not allowed into the legislative chamber.

The members could not gain access into the chamber as it was locked so they decided to hold a parallel election outside the complex.

The members stood in front of the statue of the mace symbol and elected Kawuwa Damina as the speaker of the state house of assembly.

Damina is a former speaker in the state’s eighth assembly and a member of the APC. He was returned in the parallel election through a voice vote.

The ninth assembly inauguration was earlier scheduled to hold 10 am but the 11 members came early as 6 am to elect a speaker and went ahead with the inauguration.

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Our Governorship Nomination Form Now Sells For N20 Million, Not N5 Million –PDP Tells Aspiring Governors

Sahara Reporters - Fri, 2019-06-21 11:19

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has jacked up the fee the party charges for its governorship nomination form to N20 million.

Prior to the new fee, the PDP governorship nomination form was sold for N5 million.

The decision was made on Thursday at its 86th emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting which held at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.

This new fee has come ahead of the November 16 governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states.

The former ruling party blamed the hike in the fee on rising costs of printing and logistics.

The spokesperson for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, told journalists that the proceeds from the sales of forms to aspirants will help the party to cover the cost of conducting free and fair primaries for contestants.

Ologbondiyan further noted that the party had set up an investigation panel to probe what happened at the National Assembly leadership elections where some members of the PDP allegedly voted against the party’s preferred candidates.

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Money Laundering: Goodluck Jonathan Gave Me N400 Million Not Dasuki, Metuh Tells Court

Sahara Reporters - Fri, 2019-06-21 11:07

Olisa Metuh In Court

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The former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Olisa Metuh, has told the Federal High Court in Abuja that the N400 million project fund for which he is standing trial was paid to him by former President Goodluck Jonathan and not the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, as alleged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Mr. Metuh informed the court that the money which led to his arraignment by the EFCC on money laundering charges was paid to him by the former president to execute some national assignment for the federal government.

Giving evidence on behalf of his company, Dextra Investment Ltd, which is the second defendant in the suit and the account where the N400m was paid into, the ex-spokesperson for the PDP told Justice Okon Abang that he could not consider the money for the act of any unlawful purpose because it came from Jonathan.

Metuh recalled that he held a meeting with the then president where various issues and challenges facing the country were discussed; adding that former President Jonathan promised and made the N400m available to him to carry out the national assignment.

He stressed that the money could not have been for an unlawful purpose because he was helping and contributing to stabilizing the then government because President Jonathan was elected on the PDP platform.

Metuh specifically, according to ChannelsTV, dismissed allegations that the money was channelled to him through Dasuki. “I did not receive any money from Colonel Sambo Dasuki.

“As I am talking on oath before this court now, I can say categorically that Dasuki has not been interrogated, charged or convicted for any act relating to me and my company.

“The N400 million was paid into my account by the then-president and I did not conceal or disguise the money and it was not transferred out of the jurisdiction,” Metuh stated.

He urged the court to take a look at the list of disbursement carried out in cash and in the cheque. Mr. Metuh also dismissed the insinuation that the N400 million was meant to fund the PDP, adding that at the period, the PDP was rich to the tune of N33 billion, with N12 billion generated from sales of nomination forms and N21 billion raked in from fundraising.

Further cross-examination has been adjourned until June 24, 25 and 26.

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Group D: AFCON 2019 Group Preview

Sahara Reporters - Fri, 2019-06-21 11:00

The 32nd edition of the Total African Cup of Nations, which will kick-off on the 21st of June has a total of six groups; A, B, C, D, E, and F. The SaharaReporters Sport team brings you group review and what to expect from each team.

The fourth group in the tournament for the 32nd edition of the Total African Cup of Nations, Group D, have Ivory Coast, Morocco, Namibia and South Africa.

Ivory Coast 

Ivory Coast won the AFCON twice winning with penalties against Ghana in 1992 and another victory was recorded in the final in 2015 against Cameroon. They were, however, eliminated at the group stage at AFCON 2017. See Also Sports Group A: AFCON 2019 Group Review 0 Comments 1 Week Ago

Currently ranked 62 in FIFA World ranking, The Elephants will begin their action campaign against Zambia on the 26th of June 2019 in the AFCON.  

Ivory Coast has produced several notable players who have played in Europe, including Didier Drogba, Yaya Touré, Emmanuel Eboué, Wilfried Bony, Seydou Doumbia, Gervinho, Eric Bailly, Serge Aurier, Nicolas Pépé, Maxwel Cornet, Wilfried Zaha, Ibrahim Sangaré, Salomon Kalou and Kolo Touré.

Ibrahim Kamara a former legend for Ivory Coast will be managing the team in the 32nd AFCON in Egypt. The team would be leaning on the brilliance of Wilfried Zaha, Gradel, Bony and Aurier to help them scale through.

Full Squad

Goalkeepers: Sylvain Gbohouo (TP Mazembe), Ali Badra (Free State Stars), Tape Ira (FC San Pedro)

Defenders: Serge Aurier (Tottenham), Wilfried Kanon (ADO The Hague), Wonlo Coulibaly (ASEC Mimosas), Ismaël Traoré (Angers), Mamadou Bagayoko (Red Star), Cheikh Comara (Wydad Casablanca), Souleyman Bamba (Rennes)

Midfielders: Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Mainz), Geoffrey Serey Dié (Neuchâtel Xamax), Jean-Michaël Seri (Fulham), Victorian Angban (Metz), Franck Kessié (Milan) , Ibrahim Sangaré (Toulouse)

Strikers: Max-Alain Gradel (Toulouse), Nicolas Pépé (Lille), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace), Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa), Roger Assalé (Young Boys Bern), Maxwel Cornet (Lyon), Wilfried Bony (Without a club).


The Atlas Lion, as they are nicknamed, first won the competition in 1976 and finished as Runner-up in 2004.

The Morrocan team, who could not make it past the Quarter-Finals at AFCON 2017, would be hoping to re-awaken their old glory and bring fresh memories of what the team displayed in the 80s.

The team is currently ranked 47 in the FIFA world ranking, with Herve Renard managing the team in the 32nd Total African Cup of Nations. 

Full Squad

Goalkeepers: Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti(Wydad Athletic Club), Bono(Girona), Munir(Malaga), Anas Zniti(Raja Club Athletic)   

Defenders: Achraf Hakimi(Borussia Dortmund), Manuel Da Costa(Al Ittihad), Noussair Mazraoui(Ajax), Medhi Benatia(Al Duhail), Abdelkarim Baadi(Hassania Agadir), Yunis Abdelhamid(Al Ittihad)  

Midfilders:Romain Saïss((Wolverhampton), Mbark Boussoufa(Al-Shabab), Younès Belhanda(Galatasaray), Youssef Aït Bennasser(Saint-Etienne), Karim El Ahmadi(Al-Ittihad), Fayçal Fajr(Caen), Sofiane Boufal(Celta Vigo), Mehdi Bourabia(Sassuolo), Nabil Dirar(Fenerbahce), Hakim Ziyech(Ajax), Nordin Amrabat(Al-Nassr)   See Also Sports Group B: AFCON 2019 Group Review 0 Comments 1 Week Ago

Forwards: Khalid Boutaïb(Zamalek), Oussama Idrissi(AZ Alkmaar), Youssef En-Nesyri(CD Leganes)  


The Namibian team is currently ranked 113 on the FIFA world ranking and has never won the AFCON since the inception of this tournament. 

Ricardo Mannetti is the Namibian manager leading the Namibian squad to the Pharaoh’s Arena. 

Namibia is playing their next match on the 23rd of June against Morocco in Africa Cup of Nations. 

Full Squad  

Goalkeepers: Maximilian Mbaeva(Lamontville Golden Arrows), Lloyd Junior Kazapua(Maccabi FC Johannesburg), and Ratanda Mbazuvara (Namibia)

Defenders: Denzil Haoseb(Highlands Park), Ryan Nyambe(Blackburn Rovers), Dynamo Fredericks(No Team), Ivan Kamberipa(No team), Charles Hambira(Baroka), Riaan Hanamub(No Team), Larry Horaeb(No Team)  

Midfilders: Annanias Gebhardt (Baroka), Deon Hotto(Bidvest Wits), Willy Stephanus(No Team), Manfred Starke(Carl Zeiss Jena), Marcel Papama(No Team), Ronald Ketjijere(No Team), Isaskar Gurirab(No Team)  

Forwards: Benson Shilongo(Ismaily), Peter Shalulile(Highlands Park), Petrus Shitembi(No Team), Joslin Kamatuka(No Team), Absalom Limbondi(No Team), Itamunua Keimuine(No Team)  

South Africa 

South Africa is currently ranked 72 according to the FIFA world ranking.  

The South African team has only won the AFCON once beating Tunisia with two goals to nil in 1996 at the South African soil.

In 1998, the were the runner up, losing to Egypt conceding two goals and scored non.  

The South African Team is managed by Stuart Baxter, and will play against Ivory Coast on the 24th of June 2019 in the Africa Cup of Nations. See Also Sports Group C: AFCON 2019 Group Preview 0 Comments 1 Week Ago

Full Squad  

Goalkeepers: Ronwen Williams (Supersport United), Darren Keet(Bidvest Wits), Bruce Bvuma(Kaizer Chiefs) 

Defenders: Thulani Hlatshwayo (Bidvest Wits), Sifiso Hlanti(Bidvest Wits), Thamsanqa Mkhize(Cape Town City), Buhle Mkhwanazi(Bidvest Wits), Innocent Maela(Orlando Pirates), Daniel Cardoso(Kaizer Chiefs), Ramahlwe Mphahlele(Kaizer Chiefs)  

Midfilders: Hlompho Kekana (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thembinkosi Lorch (Orlando Pirates), Thulani Serero(Vitesse), Themba Zwane(Mamelodi Sundowns), Tiyani Mabunda(Maelodi Sundowns), Kamohelo Mokotjo(Brentford), Bongani Zungu(Amiens SC), Dean Furman(Supersport United), Sibusiso Vilakazi(Mamelodi Sundowns)  

Forwards: Percy Tau (Union Saint-Gilloise), Lebohang Maboe(Mamelodi Sundowns), Lebo Mothiba(RC Stasbourg Alsace), Lars Veldwijk (Sparta Rotterdam)

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Wanted In United States: Court Adjourns Kashamu’s Fresh Extradition Suit

Sahara Reporters - Fri, 2019-06-21 10:55

A fresh suit instituted by Senator Buruji Kashamu against the federal government seeking to stop his extradition to the United States of America for trial in an alleged case of drug trafficking in the US has been adjourned until June 27, 2019, by a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Justice Okon Abang who was billed to adjudicate on the matter fixed June 27 as fresh hearing date following the absence of the attorney-general of the Federation or his legal representation in court.

The suit is one of the three new cases instituted by the Senator who is praying for an order of the court to prohibit the federal government from giving effect to the extradition request of the American government on him.

According to ChannelsTV, when the matter came up on Thursday, counsel to Kashamu, Mr. John Olusola Odubela, informed the judge that the matter which borders on the fundamental human right of the lawmaker was for hearing and that he was surprised that the AGF was not in court and was not represented by a lawyer.

However, counsel to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Mr. Pius Gande, told the court that the case was transferred from Justice Ahmed Mohammed to the new court and that the AGF was not notified of the transfer and was not issued with a hearing notice.

The NDLEA lawyer submitted that the bottom line of the absence of the AGF was that he was not aware that the matter had been slated for hearing on Thursday.

On the part of the NDLEA, Gande submitted that he became aware of the transfer of the case to Justice Abang during one of his visits to the court, adding that his presence was out of respect for the court and not that he was issued with hearing notice as required by law.

“The issue of hearing notice is fundamental and must not be toyed with. We want this matter to be expeditiously heard on its merit so that we can arrive at a just conclusion and as it is now, it is in the best interest of justice that the AGF be allowed to come in through the issuance of hearing notice and if he fails, the matter can go on in his absence.

In his ruling Justice Abang who claimed to have adjourned the case three times in his chamber due to the volume of work in his court cross-checked the record of the proceeding and discovered that the AGF was not notified of the transfer of the case to him and hearing notice not issued to his office.

The judge agreed with Mr. Gande that the hearing notice is a fundamental issue and subsequently adjourned the matter until June 27 for hearing.

The judge further said that no court of the law will proceed with any matter until all the parties have been duly served with hearing notice adding that any court that proceeds without hearing notice to parties is embarking on a nullity

Senator Kashamu had sued the AGF and the NDLEA for the enforcement of his fundamental rights, praying the court to stop the two respondents from extraditing him to the US for illicit drugs-related offences.

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Hope Democratic Party Seeks Cancellation Of Nigeria’s 2019 Presidential Election

Sahara Reporters - Fri, 2019-06-21 10:45

The presidential election petitions tribunal has adjourned the pre-trial hearing of a petition filed by the Hope Democratic Party (HDP), seeking the cancellation of the February 23 presidential election.

At the resumed hearing, chairman of the tribunal, Muhammed Garba, drew the attention of the petitioners to a motion filed on behalf of the party seeking to change its counsel.

The tribunal asked the party and its presidential candidate, Mr. Ambrose Oworu, to respond to the application filed by a factional chairman of the party, Mr. Roland Tambra, ChannelsTV reports.

However, counsel to HDP and its presidential candidate, Mr. Oliver Eyo, informed the tribunal that whoever filed the motion is a ‘meddlesome interloper’ who had nothing before the court.

In a short bench ruling, Justice Garba adjourned the case until June 25 for further hearing.

HDP had earlier argued that the postponement of the election from February 16 to 23 had no backing of any law as no cogent and verifiable reason required by law was advanced for the postponement.

It prayed for an order compelling INEC to produce at the tribunal notice of election, original timetable for February 16, the press statement of February 16 as well as minutes of the meeting where the decision to postpone the February 16, presidential election was held.

The party had complained that they were validly nominated for the 2019 general elections but were unlawfully excluded from the said elections by INEC by de-listing their names and party logo from the ballot papers.

Another complaint of the petitioners was that the electoral body placed a false version of their registered party logo on the ballot papers for elections which cost them the chances of realizing their political ambition in the 2019 polls.

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Sanwo-Olu Sacks Bank-Anthony, Boss Of Lagos State Sports Commission

Sahara Reporters - Fri, 2019-06-21 10:18

Babatunde Bank-Anthony

Babatunde Bank-Anthony

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has sacked Babatunde Bank-Anthony, Director-General of the Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC).

On Thursday, the Director of Public Affairs, Titi Oshodi, in a statement said Sanwo-Olu also approved the appointment of Mr. Oluwatoyin Bolowotan as the new director-general of the commission.

“Hakeem Muri Okunola, the Head of Service, says the appointment is in line with ongoing re-organization of the state public service for efficient service delivery.

“The appointment is with immediate effect,” she said.

Bolowotan is said to be an astute sports administrator and founder of Bolowotan FC.

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PDP Wants Votes Recount In Kaduna Governorship Election, Takes El-Rufai To Appeal Court

Sahara Reporters - Fri, 2019-06-21 10:10

The Court of Appeal in Kaduna has fixed Thursday, June 27 to hear the appeal of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seeking for votes recount in the March 9 governorship election in Kaduna State.

Mr. Elisha Kurah (SAN) lead counsel to PDP and its governorship candidate, Isa Ashiru, made the disclosure on Thursday, shortly after the sitting of the governorship election tribunal in Kaduna.

The tribunal had on May 28, struck out the petitioners’ motion seeking for a recount of votes cast in the governorship elections in the state, for lack of merit.

Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Ibrahim Bako, who ruled on the motion, said the tribunal had a timeline of only 180 days within which to complete its assignment.

Bako had said that the tribunal would not accommodate the motion seeking for the recount of votes.

He had also refused the application for amendment of the motion seeking to narrow the votes recount exercise to only 12 local government areas, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The PDP and Ashiru had on May 25, applied to amend the motion to restrict vote recounts to only Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Igabi, Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Zaria, Sabon Gari, Makarfi, Kudan, Kubau, Soba and Ikara local government areas mostly won by the APC.

However, Kurah said the petitioners’ appeal would be coming up for hearing on Thursday, June 27 at the Federal Court of Appeal.

The Counsel said that the petitioners would put a strong submission for the appeal to scale through.

On the ongoing trial before the tribunal, Kurah said the petitioners would prune their witnesses from the 685 they earlier assembled as the 47 witnesses they had so far presented before the Tribunal had covered most of the issues they had raised in their petition.

The Justice Ibrahim Bako-led tribunal had admitted 15 witnesses on Thursday apart from the 32 who testified on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The witnesses were mostly PDP agents and returning officers from Zaria and Kaduna North LGs who accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of failure to conduct elections in those areas.

Meanwhile, the tribunal has adjourned until Friday, to take more witnesses from the petitioners and also rule on the application for adjournment to enable the team of counsel to get some rest.

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EFCC Arrests 27 'Yahoo Boys' In Abeokuta

Sahara Reporters - Fri, 2019-06-21 02:10

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested 27 suspected fraudsters for alleged involvement in internet crime.

The suspects were arrested on Thursday, June 13 and Friday, June 14, 2019, in Abeokuta, Ogun state following the series of intelligence gathered on the activities of suspected ‘Yahoo Boys’ in their hide-out.

The suspects are Shotayo Ahmed, Ogunlami Adetokunbo, Joshua Awoyemi, Sadiq Adeola, Olusoga Sadiq, Olalekan Savage, Arinze Princewill, Ojelabi Adewale, Ibrahim Habib, Kadejo Sola, Osho Omotolani, Adeosun Adeyemi, Sobiye Oluwafemi and Temitope Opaogun.

Others are Ademuyiwa Korede,, Azeez Sodiq, Iyedudu Benjamin, Ayeleso Joseph, Akintayo Toluwalope, Ale Olugbenga Abraham, Adebanjo Ayodeji, Ayodeji Yemi, Idris Ayandiran, Shittu Sadiq, Alayo Odunayo and Ayinde Olawale, Wusu Damilare.

Items recovered from the suspects include seven cars, 25 phones, and 10 laptops.

The suspects will soon be charged to court as soon as investigations are completed, according to the EFCC. 

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Insecurity: Nigerian Army Begins Production Of Weapons, Tactical Vehicles

Sahara Reporters - Fri, 2019-06-21 02:04

The Nigerian Army says light tactical vehicles and other weapons being locally produced by its company, Nigerian Army Vehicle Manufacturing Company (NAVMC), will help in addressing Nigeria’s internal security challenges.

The NAVMC was inaugurated in April this year.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, stated this in an interview with journalists on Thursday after he toured production lines in the company located at Rigachikun in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna state.

Buratai disclosed that the first set of the indigenous “light tactical vehicles’’ produced by the company would be exhibited on July 6.

He said that NAVMC was collaborating with Defence Industry Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) in the production of the vehicles.

The army chief, however, noted that since the ’60s, there had not been a serious effort at producing military equipment locally.

“The Nigeria defence complex, DICON, will soon be turned around for good.

“This is a very good development and we are keeping to timeline. We are working on mass production of the vehicles.

“The vehicles will help us in curtailing the insecurity in the country. I know everybody is concerned about the insecurity.

“But unfortunately, over the years, since the ’60s, we have not made any serious headway in defence production and local defence production.

“I think if this one – defence complex – takes off as we envisage; we will be good for the nation,’’ he said.

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Boko Haram Releases Corps Member Kidnapped As "Sign Of Goodwill" To Borno State Government

Sahara Reporters - Thu, 2019-06-20 23:54

A corps member, Halima Uwani Umar, in January 2019 kidnapped by Boko Haram in the North-east, has been freed, says the Borno State government.

"The insurgents released Ms. Umar as a sign of goodwill to commit to a new process of resolving the conflicts in the region. The state government, the military, the DSS played vital roles in deploying professional field experience and strategic cover for the process. 

"The state government shall continually bring the media up to speed as may be necessary," a statement today by the government explained. 

“We, as a government, are committed to working with the Federal organs of security as well as non-governmental organizations and well-meaning citizens to pursue with vigour the safe return of captives, displaced persons and vulnerable population of our great state.”

Her freedom, the government pointed out, came as a result of a joint coordinated engagement involving key stakeholders.

“It is an outcome,” said the statement, “of a preliminary level negotiation involving the state government, the Kalthium Foundation for Peace, a non-governmental organization with intermediatory negotiation with the leadership of the terror group handled by a prominent investigative journalist with critical access.”

The state government stated that the step was in line with its desire to work with strategic partners to open lines of communication with the insurgents as a means of freeing several non-combatant captives of the terror groups.

It said: “The strategic interventionist team was empaneled to use every necessary tools and good spirited individuals to engage the insurgents in non-combatant ways as a means of de-escalation framework that will eventually result in freeing more captives and safe return of displaced persons in the state.

“The state government shall continually bring the media up to speed as may be necessary.” 

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I've Performed Over 500 Surgeries, No Death Recorded -Fake Nigerian Doctor

Sahara Reporters - Thu, 2019-06-20 23:18

Ibrahim Mustapha, a fake doctor and principal medical officer of Cottage hospital, Fufore in Adamawa state, has been arrested by the Department of State Services for killing patients in the cause of his fake practice. 

He is said to have performed over 500 surgical operations causing the death of about 46 patients from January to May 2019.

Parading the fake doctor in Yola on Thursday, DSS Director in the state, Bola Olori, said the DSS has, "effected the arrest of one Ibrahim Mustapha, who operated illegally as a PMO in Fufore Cottage hospital, Fufore local government area of Adamawa state".

Mr. Olori said a preliminary investigation revealed that Mustapha holds National Board of Technical Education (NBTE) certificate, an equivalent of Senior Secondary School certificate or High School.

The fake surgeon confessed to forging MBBS credentials according to the DSS but denied causing the death of any patient throughout his career until his arrest.

"Yes, I've forged the documents as stated by the DSS boss and also done both major and minor surgical operations, including caesarian section, altogether more than 500 surgeries without causing the death of any of my patients as claimed."

But the DSS said, "He perfected the illicit act in Gombe where he worked as a ward attendant in several clinics. He was aided by a practicing doctor who gave him sample copies of his NECO results, MBBS of Bayero University Kano, NYSC Discharge certificate and Medical and Dental Council if Nigeria, annual registration license.

"The suspect subsequently gained employment into the Adamawa state Hospital Management Board in October 2015 as a doctor and rose to the post of PMO, serving at both the Cottage hospital Mayo-Belwa and Fufore."

Mustapha ran out of luck when he attended visa interview as a potential medical team member for the 2019 hajj operations.

He was exposed by a man who knew him in Gombe as a ward attendant in an undisclosed clinic.

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