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Lampard As Chelsea Boss 'Looks Like It's Going To Happen' -Uncle

mar, 2019-06-18 00:34


Frank Lampard becoming Chelsea manager "looks like it's going to happen", says his uncle Harry Redknapp.

Derby boss Lampard, 40, is the favourite to replace Maurizio Sarri after the Italian left Stamford Bridge to take charge of Juventus.

Lampard led the Rams to the Championship play-off final last season - his first year in management.

"If Chelsea comes calling, it's a difficult one for him to turn down," Redknapp told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"In my personal opinion, he'll be the manager of Chelsea.

"It looks to me like it's going to happen."

Redknapp - who managed teams including Portsmouth, Southampton, West Ham, Tottenham, and QPR - revealed he had personally told Derby chairman Mel Morris to hire Lampard, who he says "wasn't even on the radar".

If Lampard was to return to Stamford Bridge, where he won three Premier League titles and the Champions League as a player, Redknapp says there would be little pressure on him.

"It's a no-lose situation unless he finishes outside the top six. Anything in the top six would be ok, but the Champions League would be a good season," he said.

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BREAKING: Governor Ishaku Imposes Curfew On Jalingo Following Violence In Taraba

mar, 2019-06-18 00:11


Darius Ishaku, governor of Taraba state, has imposed a curfew on Jalingo and environs. 

The curfew came in the wake of a violent invasion of communities in the state by suspected herdsmen and a subsequent clash with security operatives around Nukkai ATC, near the state university.

The curfew will be between 4 pm and 6 am each day until further notice.

Saharareporters has reported a violent clash involving troops of the Nigerian army and militiamen in Jenabbai, near Nukkai, around the vicinity of the state university.

A statement by Bala Dan Abu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the governor, said: "A curfew has been imposed on Jalingo and all the affected communities with immediate effect.

"In view of a fresh outbreak of the crisis in some communities in Kona and ATC areas near Jalingo today, Monday, June 17,  2019, the Taraba State government has decided to impose a curfew on Jalingo and all the affected communities with immediate effect.

"The curfew is from 4 pm to 6 am daily. It remains in force until further notice. Security agencies in the state have been directed to enforce the curfew strictly to ensure strict compliance and quick return of peace to the affected communities."
 

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19-year-old Eniola Aluko Shot Dead In London, Police Make 5 Arrests

mar, 2019-06-18 00:08


Detectives investigating a fatal shooting in Plumstead have made a fifth arrest.

The 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder on Saturday, 15 June. He remains in custody at an east London police station.

Police were called to a car park on Hartville Road, SE18 at 16:54hrs on Friday, 14 June. 

Armed officers, local officers, the London Ambulance Service, and London’s Air Ambulance attended. 

A 19-year-old man was found with critical injuries and died at the scene a short time later.

His next of kin have been informed and formal identification has now taken place. According to the Metropolitan Police, the victim was Eniola Aluko from Thamesmead. 

A post-mortem examination held on Saturday, 15 June, at Greenwich Mortuary gave the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the neck and chest.

An incident room has opened under the Homicide and Major Crime Command.

Four other people - three males [A -17yrs; B – 16yrs; C – 16yrs] and a 17-year-old girl [D] - who were arrested on suspicion of murder on Friday, 14 June have been bailed until early July pending further inquiries.

Detective Inspector John Marriott, said: “I am continuing to appeal for anyone who was in the area at the time, who saw or heard anything suspicious to contact police.

“The shooting took place not far from Plumstead Railway Station and I would urge anyone who was commuting to or from this station to come forward. It was also sunny at the time and a number of people would have been enjoying the weather in the area of Plumstead Gardens; I need you to come forward.

“Although we have now made five arrests I am continuing to ask for your help to progress this investigation.”

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Federal Government Could Approve Fresh Payment Assurance Guarantee For Gencos

lun, 2019-06-17 23:42


The Federal Government of Nigeria and the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET) PLC, appear to have concluded plans to approve an extension to the N701 billion given to the generation companies (GENCOS) in 2017 to cover its losses. 

The fresh package, which is expected to be N600 billion, cover for the shortfall in remittances made by the distribution companies (Discos).

According to THISDAY, the Central Bank of Nigeria is expected to fund the scheme and determine the tenure of the loan. The last role out was a ten-year package.

Joy Agaji, Executive-Secretary of the Association of Power Generation Companies, told THISDAY that the fresh payment which is still a rumour to the gencos is simply a palliative measure.

“As far as we are concerned, it’s a rumour until we receive a formal notification. Relative to how we feel as Gencos, these are palliatives to the symptomatic decadence of the sector. Until the government decides to move from palliatives to cure, we will continue in this unending and incomprehensive dance,” Agaji stated.

Based on the design of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry, NBET buys power from the Gencos, making them responsible for the payment of monies to the power producers. 

However, the cost of production can only be recouped when the Discos sell power and collect their pay. Agaji told the News Agency of Nigeria in November 2018 that the Gencos were owed N500 billion between 2013 and December 2016. 

She said they had not been paid since June 2018 to the date the interview was published. Agaji further noted that the Gencos received only 80 percent of the monthly invoice submitted for draw-down on the N701 billion. 

The Discos have however maintained that the tariff paid for electricity consumed is not reflective of the cost of production and delivery. 

While the Discos have a billing rate of over 60 percent, it is not the same for revenue collection. In several Discos, revenue collection is less than 50 per cent according to quarterly reports published by the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory commission.

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Fund Mismanagement: Party Suspends Okorocha's Son-in-law, Nwosu

lun, 2019-06-17 23:39


Following unsuccessful attempts to settle internal rancour, the Action Alliance has suspended Uche Nwosu from the party over insubordination, anti-party activities and mismanagement of funds.

The party also said it recommended his expulsion from the party to the National Executive Committee.

Nwosu, who was the governorship candidate of AA in Imo State and son-in-law of Rochas Okorocha, finished second in the election behind Emeka Ihedioha.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, Kenneth Uneze, National Chairman of AA, said Nwosu had flagrantly disrespected the party and has gone against the values of the party.

Uneze also claimed that Nwosu had divided the party in Imo by creating a faction he is using to carry out his plans.

He said, “This is a crisis we have tried to manage in-house for a while now. We have tried to make Uche Nwosu sees reasons to keep faith with the CUPP pact. But he has refused.

“As a party, we are bound by morality and good conscience to honour our words.

“This is why the NWC has decided to suspend him and has recommended his expulsion to the NEC.”

Uneze also threatened to dissolve the party structure in Imo State if Nwosu and all working for him fail to respect the wish and laid down orders of the party.

“It is absurd that Uche Nwosu has chosen to recruit a handful of our members in Imo state to disobey directives of the party.

“It should be stated in clear terms that any further acts that entail subversion of the will of the party shall have all the structures of the party – from Ward to State – in Imo dissolved.”

The Imo State chapter of AA had earlier withdrawn its governorship election petition against Governor Emeka Ihedioha.

The party stated that it remains committed to the CUPP arrangement in forming Government of National Unity (GNU) at the center and Government of state Unity (GSU)) among the federating unit.

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Lagos Governorship: Owolabi Salis Loses Bid At Tribunal To Unseat Sanwo-Olu

lun, 2019-06-17 23:16


The Lagos State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ikeja yesterday dismissed the petition filed by the defeated governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Lagos State, Chief Owolabi Salis, challenging the victory of Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the March 9 election.

The three-man panel headed by Justice T. T Asua dismissed the petition while ruling on a preliminary application filed by Sanwo-Olu and his party, All Progressives Congress (APC), challenging the competence of the petition.

Justice Asua held in the ruling that the failure of the petitioners to file applications for pre-hearing conference after the close of pleadings within seven days as prescribed by law rendered his case incompetent.

The tribunal also held that a timely application for pre-hearing conference was a condition to the hearing of the petitions and without the application for pre-hearing conferences, the petition cannot commence or get to judgment stage.

Justice Asua further stated that Section 285(4) of the Fourth Alteration to the 1999 Constitution was inapplicable because the timely application for pre-hearing conferences was a precondition in election petition matters.

The three-man panel, therefore, held that inability to serve any of the respondents was not an excuse and that the consequence of failure to apply timely for pre-hearing conference should lead to the dismissal of such a petition.

The petitioner has joined, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Sanwo-Olu, APC and the INEC's resident electoral commissioner for Lagos State as respondents to the petition.

Also joined as respondents are the Returning Officer for the Lagos State Governorship Election, the Commissioner of Police and the Nigerian Army.

The counsel to the Governor, Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN) had in a Motion filed on May 22 challenged the petition based on Paragraph 18(1)(4) of the Electoral Act.

Owonikoko noted that the AD had not filed applications for pre-trial conference hearing within seven days after the close of pleadings as stipulated by law.

Aidi, however in his response dated May 26 had said Section 285(8) of the Fourth Alteration of the 1999 Constitution does not permit any electoral petition to be terminated at the interlocutory stages.

AD and Salis had in their petitions challenged Sanwo-Olu’s victory on the grounds that he is not competent to run as a gubernatorial candidate in the election.

The petitioners claimed that the March 9 polls were marred by violence, voting irregularities and that Sanwo-Olu cannot vote or be voted for as he has no valid voters card.
 

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Money Laundering: Court Issues Bench Warrant On Senator Albert Bassey

lun, 2019-06-17 23:13


Justice A. A. Okeke of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on Monday, June 17, 2019, granted an application made by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for the arrest of a serving senator, Albert Bassey, popularly known as OBA, compelling him to appear in court and face the money laundering charges preferred against him by the anti-graft.

The serving senator, according to his counsel, Barrister Samuel Ikpo, failed to appear in court because he was not served a copy of the charge. 

Ikpo also added that he was instructed by his client, to appear in court and receive the charge on his behalf.

However, the prosecution through its counsel, Mohammed Sadisu Abubakar, told the court about efforts made by EFCC to serve the lawmaker.

"My lord, since the filling of the charge, the prosecution has made frantic efforts to serve the suspect the charge but all our efforts proved abortive, as the suspect, who has been on administrative bail granted him by the EFCC has jumped bail. The Investigating Officer, Osatuyi Ayodele, also placed a call to him on June 6, 2019, inviting him to the office so as to be served the charge, but the Lawmaker failed to show up after he promised that he would.

“One of his (Senator Bassy) lawyer, Ini Utuk, was also contacted on June 7, 2019, but equally failed to show up, after promising to do so. Till this moment My lord, the suspect has failed, to honour the terms of his administrative bail which is to always make himself available. In the circumstances my lord, I humbly apply, pursuant to Section 113 and 114 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act for this honourable court to issue a warrant for the arrest of the suspect and to produce him before this honourable court." Abubakar said.

But the defence counsel, however, argued that the charge should be given to him since the matter was coming up for the first time before the court and that the suspect was not served the copy of the charge. 

"The defendant was sworn in last week in Abuja as a Senator. I respectfully apply that the charge should be given to me to hand over to him", said Ikpo.

Responding on point of law, the EFCC counsel countered the argument of the defence, as he hinged his argued on the provisions of Section 114 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

He said, "My lord, Section 114 of the ACJA provides that the court can issue an order for the first time, depending on the nature and circumstances of the case and the nature and circumstances of this case give rise for the issuance of a bench warrant. 

"This is a criminal matter and there is no provision in ACJA 2015 to serve a charge through counsel in respect of a suspect who has not appeared before the court. My lord, I urge you to discountenance the submissions of the defence counsel," Abubakar argued.

After listening to both sides, Justice Okeke upheld the arguments of the prosecution, saying: "Section 114 of the ACJA is instructive on this issue. The court can issue a warrant on the first day depending on the circumstances and nature of the case. One should lead by example and to whom much is given, much is expected.

“Where the defendant found it necessary to attend a legislative function, he should also find it obligatory to honour invitations by law enforcement agencies. Justice is for all in the temple of justice and if there is an application to be granted in the interest of justice, it should be the application made by the prosecution.

“The court, therefore, grants the application and consequently issue a bench warrant against the defendant for his production in this court on the next adjourned date."

The matter was thereafter adjourned until June 24, 2019, for arraignment. 

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UPDATE: Nigerian Man Who Destroyed Five Nigerian Embassy Cars In London Identified, Arrested

lun, 2019-06-17 23:00


The Nigerian man who destroyed five embassy cars in London earlier today has now been identified as Jeffery Apkovweta Ewohime.

Ehohime has been arrested by the police in London.

Sources said he initially caused problem at the Belgian embassy where his passport was confiscated.

After he was turned back by the embassy because he arrived "late", the 32-year-old lashed out by using iron rods and stones to destroy vehicles parked within the embassy's premises. See Also International Frustrated Nigerian Man In London Destroys Five Embassy Cars Over Failure To Receive Visa Services From Officials 0 Comments 2 Days Ago

Muhammed Babandede, the Comptroller General of Immigration Service confimed the incident in a statement Monday night.

According to him, Ewohime arrived the Nigerian mission in London for passport services.

He said, "He arrived late and was told by the Security that the Mission has closed for the day. He went about destroying Nigeria's diplomatic vehicles worth hundreds of thousands of taxpayers money. The passport in question has been issued since 6th of June 2019. He did not leave any self-addressed envelope for delivery."

Meanwhile, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, senior special assitant to the president on Foreign Affairs, has also reacted to the embassy incident.

In a statement by her media aide, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Abike described the action as "unpatriotic, and an unconscionable act of indiscipline."

In her account of events, Dabiri-Erewa said she received a report that Ewohime went to the Nigerian Embasy in London on Monday.

He had approached the Embassy to collect his passport which expired since November 2017 at about 2 pm and was told collection of passports closes by 1 pm.

He then insisted on collecting his passport, and was told to bring his collection slip which he could not produce.

According to reports from the Embassy, it would be wrong to hand over his passport to him, without his collection slip, 

He, thereafter, left agitated and returned from a nearby hotel to destroy about seven cars, five belonging to the mission, and two to visitors who parked nearby.

"His attempt to destroy the high commissioner's car failed as it is bulletproof. I am told that he has been arrested by the police. He destroyed seven brand new cars except the ambassador's car which is bullet proof,"   she stated.

“This is a despicable act, which must be condemned by all. Of course, the law must take its course."

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Borno Suicide Attack Bears Hallmarks Of Boko Haram –Amnesty International

lun, 2019-06-17 22:47


Amnesty International, an international human rights organization has condemned the incessant bombing and killings by the Boko Haram sect in Borno and other Northern states in the country.

Reacting to the multiple suicide bomb attacks targeting people watching a football match on TV in Konduga, in North Eastern Nigeria, Osai Ojigho Director Amnesty International Nigeria said the attack is a type of Boko Haram’s disdain on the sanctity of life.

“These horrific suicide bomb attacks that killed at least 30 people and injured over 40 more bear all the hallmarks of Boko Haram and its vicious, unrelenting campaign targeting civilians.

“These unlawful attacks are typical of Boko Haram’s despicable disdain for the sanctity of human life. We are calling on Boko Haram and other armed groups to immediately stop targeting civilians,” Ojigho said.

The country director of Amnesty in Nigeria also urged the Nigerian to immediately improve on the security of lives and properties in the country while asking that justice must be done for all the lives killed by the terrorist group.

“All those responsible must face justice for all the atrocities it has committed, including the use of children for suicide missions.

“The Nigerian authorities must do more to protect civilians, especially in areas like Konduga that have frequently been targeted by Boko Haram.”

Background:

Boko Haram has not claimed responsibility for the attacks, which took place on Sunday evening. However, based on analysis of the attacks as well as information from witnesses and journalist in the area, it is clear the attacks fit the pattern of the group’s methods and targets.

According to media reports, it was the biggest mass killing by suicide bombers in Nigeria this year. Reports coming in suggest that the number of casualties is set to rise due to the gravity of injuries.

Since 2009, Boko Haram has been carrying out a violent campaign against civilians in North Eastern Nigeria through acts of almost daily killings, bombings, abductions, and looting.

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BREAKING: Borno Under Attack Again

lun, 2019-06-17 22:09


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Hundreds of civilians have fled their homes as suspected Boko Haram terrorists are currently engaging troops in a gun duel in Nganzai local government area of Borno State, security source says.

The terrorists stormed Gajiram town in Nganzai about 6:45 pm shooting sporadically while civilians tried to hide in the bush.

According to the security source, the gun battle is still going on between the terrorists and the Nigerian troops.

Details later...

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UPDATE: Jalingo: Four Killed, Houses, Vehicles Razed As Bandits Raid Communities

lun, 2019-06-17 22:05


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Four people have been killed, houses and vehicles razed in yesterday night's violent attacks carried out on communities on the outskirt of Jalingo, the Taraba State capital, SaharaReporters can confirm.

Isiyaka Mallam, an eyewitness told SaharaReporters, "Four young people were killed around Kasuwan Bera ATC. I saw their corpses myself. I think they were among youths who mounted barricades to prevent unwelcome visitors into their neighborhood."

"There's a strong possibility that they might have attempted to resist the military who were deployed to calm frayed nerves, leading to the violent confrontation and killing of the four."

The Nigeria Police confirmed the invasion of the communities but denied any fatalities.

The police only admitted that houses and vehicles were burnt in the attack that lasted several hours.

David Misal, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Taraba State command, in a press release made available to SaharaReporters stated that heavily armed bandits in their droves on motorcycles stormed some communities and set them ablaze.

"At about 1800hours, heavily armed bandits on motorcycles invaded Tudiri village via Jauro Yinu ward, Ardo-Kola local government area, a predominantly Fulani and Mumuye settlement and set some houses (huts) ablaze.

"The command immediately mobilized patrol teams to the area, but before their arrival the hoodlums have fled into the bush.

"It is unfortunate that (irate) Kona youths apprehensive of the development blocked Nukkai, Kasuwan Bera ATC highway Jalingo and set disused tyres on fire, attacking innocent people for no reason whatsoever. Consequently, they burnt three vehicles, three tricycles (Keke Napep) and two motorcycles," Misal said.

Calm is said to have returned to the affected communities.

However, Misal added, "The situation is being closely monitored by the security agencies in a bid to forestall any further breakdown of law and order."

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President Buhari’s Katsina Has Highest Number Of Illegal Firearms, Second In Suspected Kidnappers –Police

lun, 2019-06-17 21:48


The Nigeria Police Force has arrested 424 kidnap and 276 armed robbery suspects across the country.

The Inspector- General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, made the disclosure at a meeting with officers on the ranks of the commissioner and above in Abuja.

He said that the suspects were arrested between May 10 and June 14 in Kaduna, Nasarawa, Katsina, Taraba, Kano, and Edo states.

Adamu said that the arrest was made by personnel of the Operation Puff Adder recently launched across the country to address internal security threats.

He said Kaduna recorded the highest number of kidnap suspects with 101, Katsina state, 79, Nasarawa, 54 and Taraba, 32.

The police boss said Edo recorded the highest number of 38 armed robbery suspects, Nasarawa 25, Federal Capital Territory, 23.

He said that 10,860 ammunition were recovered while 301 firearms including a rocket launcher, AK 47 rifles, pistols and locally made gun with Katsina State recording the highest number of firearms (80), followed by Edo, (26) and Kaduna (25).

He said that 176 suspected cultists were also arrested across the country during the period under review and 77 vehicles recovered.

The police boss said that within the period under review, 44 murder suspects were also arrested, with seven in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and six in Kano State.

He said that the arrests were made possible with the cooperation of members of the public and the dedication of police commanders and other tanks.

“I want to reassure the citizens that the police have emplaced frameworks that will facilitate the strengthening of operation Puff Adder and ensure the sustenance of its gains,” he said.

He said the strategies include the adoption and implementation of the concept aimed at changing the policing narratives of the country.

“This will ensure the effective integration of the citizens to our internal security framework, guarantee the concept of policing by public consent and build partnership required to address peculiar communal threats,” he said.

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N125 Billion Fraud: Former Bank PHB MD, Atuche, Ex-MD Spring Bank, Ojo's Case Resumes November 11

lun, 2019-06-17 21:47


A Federal High Court Lagos, will on November 11, resume trial of a former Managing Director of defunct Bank PHB, Francis Atuche, standing trial over N125 billion fraud.

Atuche is charged alongside a former Managing Director of Spring Bank, Charles Ojo, on an amended 45-count charge.

According to the charge, the defendants were alleged to have granted credit facilities, manipulated shares and committed general banking fraud to the tune of N125 billion.

The offences contravene the provisions of Sections 7(2) (b) of the Advanced Fee Fraud Act, 2004, and Sections 15(1) of the Failed Banks (Recovery of debts) and Financial Malpractices in Banks Act, 2004; and the provisions of Section 516 of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C38, Laws of the Federation, 2004, as well as Section 14 (1) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 200.

The defendants were arraigned before Justice Saliu Saidu on February 20, 2014, before the judge was transferred out of the Lagos jurisdiction.

Following the transfer of Saidu, the case file was re-assigned to Justice Ayokunle Faji and the defendants were subsequently re-arraigned before the court on February 18, 2017.

Although Justice Saidu was eventually returned to the Lagos division, the matter still continued before Justice Faji.

The defendants had pleaded not guilty to the charges on their re-arraignment, while the court had allowed them to continue on the earlier bail granted by Saidu.

At the last adjourned date, June 11, a second prosecution witness Mrs. Philipa Odesi, had in her lead examination, given evidence about the operation of credit facilities in the bank.

The court had subsequently adjourned the case until June 17 for a continuation of the trial.

When the case was mentioned on Monday, Mr. Chukwudi Enebeli who announced appearance for the prosecution, informed the court that the prosecution had issued service of a subpoena signed by the court, on Keystone Bank last week.

He said the subpoena was for the bank to produce certain documents necessary for the trial, adding that a representative of the bank, one Mr. Eze Asiegbu was present in court.

The prosecution, however, informed the court that all documents had not been gathered, and in the circumstance, sought a further date for trial.

Justice Faji consequently, adjourned the case until November 11, 15, 28, and 29 as well as December 3, 4 and 5 for a continuation of the trial.

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BREAKING: Suspected Fulani Militia, Military In Gun Duel In Jalingo

lun, 2019-06-17 21:30


Suspected Fulani militias have engaged in gun duel troops of the Nigerian Army in Jenabbai, around Nukkai, in Jalingo, the Taraba state capital.

Local sources said they have fled the area for fear of being caught in the crossfire.

There was no immediate explanation as to the cause of the violence. 

SaharaReporters reports that the situation in the area has always been volatile.

Last Sunday, four people were reportedly killed in a similar invasion of communities around the same area, just as David Misal, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) assured that calm had retuned in the area.

Details later...

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BREAKING: Egypt First Democratic President Dies Of Heart Attack In Court During Sitting

lun, 2019-06-17 20:25


The First democratically elected President in Egypt, Mohammed Morsi Monday, fainted and subsequently died in court, Egyptian state tv reports. Morsi was oustered by the military after serving one-year of a four-year mandate following protests.

The 67-year-old former president was elected on the platform of the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood after the Arab Upspring uprising that terminated the thirty-year rule of Hosni Mubarak.

"He was speaking before the judge for 20 minutes then became very animated and fainted. He was quickly rushed to the hospital where he later died," says a judicial source.

Morsi and 23 others were handed life imprisonment and death sentences after they were deposed and their political organization which had a militant wing as well was banned. Morsi’s sentence was educed to 20 years by a higher court and 21 of his brotherhood members also had their convictions reduced.

Protesters were angered that the Muslim Brotherhood were appointed into many top positions, sectarian violence still thrived, unemployment among others. Morsi was deposed and detaind by the military on July 3 2013.  The Muslim Brotherhood was accused of having connections with Palestinian militant group Hamas.

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Group A: AFCON 2019 Group Review

lun, 2019-06-17 20:09





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.

Group A – Egypt, DR Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe

EGYPT

The Egyptian national football team, nicknamed The Pharaohs, is the most successful team in the history of African football, having won the African Cup of Nations seven times.

The host team, Egypt, will be aiming to once again lift the trophy to end their 19 years wait. Currently ranked 58 in FIFA World ranking, the Egyptian team would be hoping to have a wonderful outing at their home soil when the competition kick-off.

Javier Aguirre will be leading a team of mostly home based players with a mix of European experience to the AFCON2019.

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Goalkeepers: Ahmed El-Shennawy (Pyramids FC), Mohamed El-Shennawy (Al Ahly), Mahmoud Gennesh (Zamalek).

Defenders: Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Baher El-Mohamady (Ismaily), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion), Mahmoud Alaa, Mahmoud Hamdy El-Wensh (Zamalek), Ahmed Ayman Mansour, Omar Gaber (Pyramids FC), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly).

Midfielders: Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Ali Ghazal (C.D. Feirense), Nabil Emad Dunga, Abdallah El-Said (Pyramids FC), Walid Soliman (Al Ahly), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos).

Strikers: Ahmed Ali (Arab Contractors), Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Ahmed Hassan Kouka (Olympiacos).

The team would be counting on the experience of Mohammed Salah and Ahmed Hassan, who both have a total of 43 goals to their names.

DR Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo located at central sub-Saharan Africa will be making their 19th appearances at the African Cup of Nations in Egypt. The Leopards were eliminated at the quarterfinals at the last outing in Gabon.

DR Congo last won the trophy in 1974 while their best outing after that was in Equatorial Guinea 2015 when they finished at the third place.

Coach Florent Ibenge would be hoping to have a wonderful outing in Egypt and reach the final of the competition.

Full Squad

Goalkeepers: Parfait Mandanda (Dinamo Bucharest, Romania), Anthony Mossi (Chiasso FC, Switzerland), Ley Matampi Vumi (Al Ansar Club Medina, Saudi Arabia)

Defenders: Djuma Shabani and Glody Ngonda Muzinga (both AS Vita Club), Issama Mpeko (TP Mazembe), Christian Luyindama Nekadio (Galatasaray, Turkey), Arthur Masuaku (West Ham, England), Wilfred Moke Abro (MKA Ankaragucu, Turkey), Marcel Tisserand (Wolfsburg, Germany), Merveille Bope Bokadi (Standard Liege, Belgium), Beaudrick Ungenda (Primeiro Do Agosto, Angola)

Midfielders: Chadrac Akolo (Stuttgart, Germany), Paul-Jose Mpoku (Standard Liege, Belgium), Chancel Mbemba Mangulu (Porto, Portugal), Tresor Mputu (TP Mazembe), Youssouf Mulumbu (Kilmarnock, Scotland), Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City, England)

Forwards: Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough, England), Cederic Bakambu (Beijing Guoan, China), Yannick Bolasie (Everton, England), Jonathan Bolingi Mpangi (Antwerp, Belgium), Elia Lina Meschack (TP Mazembe).

The two-time African champions will begin their AFCON journey against Uganda on June 22, thereafter playing hosts Egypt and Zimbabwe on June 26 and June 30, respectively.

Uganda

Currently sitting at the 80th position in the FIFA ranking, the Uganda team is yet to make it out of the group stage since 1978 when the team finished second.

The last appearance at the Nations Cup was in 2017 when they were eliminated at the group stage. Before then, Uganda has failed to qualify for AFCON between 1992 and 2015. The other time Uganda appeared at AFCON was in 1978.

Coach Sebastien Desabre had made a list of 23 Uganda Cranes to hoist the flag of Uganda and do the country proud when the competition kicks-off in Egypt.

Full Squad

Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Jamal Salim (Al Hilal-Sudan), Robert Odongkara (Adama City, Ethiopia)

Defenders: Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam, Tanzania), Brian Ronald Ddungu Mukiibi (Ostersunds, Sweden), Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town, England), Isaac Muleme (FK Viktoria Zizkov, Czech Republic), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Un-attached), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Timothy Denis Awanyi (KCCA FC, Uganda), Godfrey Walusimbi (Un-attached)

Midfielders:  Mike Azira (Montreal Impact, Canada), Allan Kateregga (Maritzburg, South Africa), William Kizito Luwagga (Shakhter Karagandy, Kazakhstan), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers, India), Faruku Miya (HNK Gorica, Croatia), Abdul Lumala (Syrianska, Sweden), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC-Uganda)

Strikers: Patrick Henry Kaddu (KCCA FC, Uganda), Derrick Nsibambi (Smouha, Egypt), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC Uganda), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba, Tanzania)

The Cranes has very little chance of making it past the group stage but they would hope to stun Africa by pulling a remarkable match in Egypt.

Zimbabwe

Nicknamed The Warriors, Zimbabwe has never made it beyond the group stage of AFCON.

Ranked 109 in FIFA World ranking and 26 in Africa, Zimbabwe would hope to break the group stage jinx.

At the AFCON 2017, Zimbabwe failed to win a match. However, the team looks stronger after winning Group G to qualify for the competition in Egypt.

The Warriors will play the opening game with the hosts, Egypt before locking horns with DR Congo and Uganda.

Full Squad

Goalkeepers: George Chigova (Polokwane City), Edmore Sibanda (Witbank Spurs), Elvis Chipezeze (Baroka)

Defenders: Jimmy Dzingai (Power Dynamos), Alec Mudimu (CEFN Druids), Teenage Hadebe (Kaizer Chiefs), Divine Lunga (Golden Arrows), Ronald Pfumbidzai (Bloemfontein Celtic), Tendai Darikwa (Nottingham Forest)

Midfielders: Danny Phiri (Golden Arrows), Marshall Munetsi (Orlando Pirates), Marvelous Nakamba (Club Brugge), Tafadzwa Kutinyu (Azam), Ovidy Karuru (AmaZulu), Khama Billiat (Kaizer Chiefs), Kudakwashe Mahachi (Orlando Pirates), Talent Chawapihwa (AmaZulu), Thabani Kamusoko (Young Africans).

Forwards: Knowledge Musona (Anderlecht), Nyasha Mushekwi (Dalian Yifang), Evans Rusike (SuperSport United), Tinotenda Kadewere (Le Havre), Knox Mutizwa (Golden Arrows).

 

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High Food Prices Cause Increase In Inflation In Nigeria

lun, 2019-06-17 19:59


Bodija Market

Bodija Market Nigerian Tribune

Same as April, the food index caused a jump in the average price of products in the month of May says data released by the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics.

The price of volatile agricultural produce increased to 13.79 per cent from 13.70 per cent year-on-year in April.

On the other hand, the average consumer price index increased by three basis points from 11.37 per cent year-on-year in April to 11.40 per cent year-on-year in May. Inflation also soared in both urban and rural areas.

The price of commodities in urban dwellings increased by 11.76 percent (year-on-year) in May 2019 from 11.70 percent recorded in April 2019. In rural areas, the cost of goods increased by 11.07 percent in May 2019 from 11.08 percent in April 2019. While the price of food items went up, the price of items excluding edible items went down by three basis points.

All items with the exception of agricultural products were recorded as 9.0 percent in May 2019, down by 0.3 percent when compared with 9.3 percent documented in April 2019, NBS data shows.

Although, it is not advised to compare states, NBS says Kebbi was the most expensive place to invest in the country for the month of May 2019.

In May 2019, all items inflation- agricultural and non-agricultural commodities, on year on year basis was highest in Kebbi (15.76%). Bauchi State picked the second runner-up spot with a price increase of 14.97%.

Kaduna was the third most expensive part of the country to live in with a price increase of 13.74% of all products sold in the state.

On the other axis, Kwara State with a percentage increase in commodities of 8.45%, was the cheapest place to stay in Nigeria. Cross River was the second cheapest part of the country to earn a living; it had a price increase of rice of 9.68%. Abia weighed in at third with a price increase of 9.91%.

On the food side, the cost of edible items on a year on year basis was highest in Kebbi State, at an increase of 18.90%. Kaduna at 17.10%, was second. Gombe State was the third most expensive place to get food items with a percentage increase of 16.90%.

The cheapest places to buy food items were, Kogi State 11.80%, Rivers State 11.70% and Abia state, 10.90%.

The monthly inflation rates released by the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics measures the percentage at which the prices of products rise or fall. When the data shows a reduction, therefore, it means there was an increase in the price of that product but at a reduced percentage. If there is a reduction in price, it means there was deflation.

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Airtel To List On Nigerian, London Stock Exchanges

lun, 2019-06-17 19:56


Airtel

Airtel

Airtel Africa Ltd, a unit of India’s Bharti Airtel Ltd, says it intends to list its shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) at the same time as the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

The company said on Monday that although the listing on the NSE was on, it had set a price range of 80 to 100 pence per share for its planned Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the LSE.

The company said that conditional dealings in its shares were expected to begin on or around June 28 and the final pricing would be announced the same day.

The IPO for the London listing is expected to raise 595 million pounds ($749.05 million) from the issuance of about 595.2 million to 744 million new shares.

The company said the price range values it between 3.01 billion pounds and 3.62 billion pounds. (Reuters/NAN)

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Ondo Protest: Anti-Riot Policemen Tear-gas Protesting Youths

lun, 2019-06-17 19:54


Ilaje youths demonstrating over the "total neglect of their oil-rich communities" by the government



Ilaje youths demonstrating over the "total neglect of their oil-rich communities" by the government

Ilaje youths demonstrating over the "total neglect of their oil-rich communities" by the government SaharaReporters Media

Anti-riot policemen on Monday tear-gassed youths from Ilaje Local Council Area of Ondo State protesting in front of the Governor’s Office in Akure.

The youths, under the aegis of the Ilaje Advancement Forum, were demonstrating over the "total neglect of their oil-rich communities" by the government.

SaharaReporters reported that the youths were tear-gassed to disperse them with the youths having blocked Alagbaka adjourning street. 

The protesters had gathered as early as 9 am on Alagbaka Street of the governor's office carrying placards displaying their grievances and demands.

Ilaje youths demonstrating over the "total neglect of their oil-rich communities" by the government SaharaReporters Media

The youths, who demanded financial autonomy for Ondo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission, also noted the government needs to devote the 40 percent oil derivation coming from the federal government to the coastal areas.

Oyetakin Akinjo, a leader of the IAF, said OSOPADEC under the Governor Rotimi Akeredolu administration had failed to meet the demands of the people.

"This is because the OSOPADEC as you know was created by an act of parliament in 2001 and its function as stated in the act which was amended in 2003 was that the commission shall receive and also manage exclusively 40 percent of the 60 percent oil derivation fund coming from the federation account.

"But now what do we have in return? The only thing we see in this present OSOPADEC is the construction of footbridges and these are not sustainable project as dictated by the commission's mantra itself. You would recall that Ilaje LGA is the only oil-producing local council in the entire South-west of Nigeria, not until recently that Lagos State also became an oil-producing state," he stated.

Reacting, the Chairman of OSOPADEC, Mr. Gbenga Edema, said the current government had been transparent in handling the funds accruable to the commission under the state government.

Edema added that the government, through OSOPADEC, had embarked on massive construction and rehabilitation of wooden walkways in all the villages to the tune of N500 million.

"I also hear that the youth are shouting autonomy, Akeredolu was not the one that created the commission, there is a provision for supervision and control by the governor in the act," he added.

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More Than 1,000 Houses Destroyed In Zamfara By Windstorm -Lawmaker

lun, 2019-06-17 19:50


More than 1000 houses have been destroyed by a windstorm in Bungudu town, Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara, says the lawmaker representing the area, Alhaji Nasiru Lawal.

Lawal, who conducted journalists around the affected areas in Bungudu on Monday, described the incident as unfortunate.

“It is worrisome to have this kind of incident, we never experienced this type of disaster for over 30 years. We are going to visit all the affected persons, sympathize with them and take the record of damages caused by the disaster.

“Apart from the destroyed houses, there are also public facilities such as electric poles, cables, and schools among others. We are going to present the record of this incident to the concerned authorities, particularly the state government for timely assistance to the victims,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Emir of Bungudu, Hassan Attahiru, has encouraged the victims to consider the incident as a trial by God.

Attahiru stated: “We thank Allah no life was lost to this disaster, only a few people recorded minor injuries. We have a record of houses, properties, and food destroyed."

“We always appeal to our communities to avoid compromising standard when it comes to the issues of building. The local government and land officials should also consider these issues while allocating lands to people. We are appealing to government at all levels to assist these victims."

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