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Ronaldo weeps, as he was sent off in Champions League match

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By Joseph Aigbonosumua   A tearful Cristiano Ronaldo was controversially sent off as Juventus claimed a hard-fought win at Valencia. The Portuguese forward, making his Champions League debut for Juve, appeared to grab Valencia defender Jeison Murillo’s hair as they tangled off the ball midway through the first half and referee Felix Brych consulted his assistant behind the goal before …

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Nigerian govt sells stake in security printing firm to CBN for N17 billion

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The Federal Government says the sale of 21 per cent of its equity in the Nigerian Security Printing & Minting (NSPM) Plc to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will yield about N17 billion. The Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Alex Okoh, disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday at the official signing of the agreement for …

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NFF BOARD ELCTIONS: FIFA, CAF send observers to Nigeria

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   The Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) has named Messrs Luca Piazza and Solomon Mudege as its observers to Thursday’s elections into the Executive Committee of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)  2018-2022. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mudege is FIFA’s Senior Manager for Development Programmes (Africa), while Piazza is a senior official in the …

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Alcohol poisoning kills 19 in Malaysia

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At least 19 people have died and more are receiving treatment, following a series of suspected alcohol poisoning in recent days, Malaysian authorities said on Wednesday. More than 50 cases were reported in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur and the neighbouring Selangor State. Selangor police said on Wednesday that seven suspects, who are operators and shop workers selling alcohol, …

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CAF: Enyimba FC of Aba Draws Rayon Sport in Kigali

Enyimba FC player battle with Rayon Sport player in the field of play

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Enyimba International FC of Aba, Nigeria’s representatives in the CAF Confederation Cup, on Sunday held hosts Rayon Sports of Rwanda to a goalless draw in a quarter-final first leg fixture. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the People’s Elephant were drawn with the Rwandan side in the quarter-finals pairings by the African football body (CAF). The first …

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Osun Decide: PDP’s Adeleke missing at TV debate

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*APC’s Oyetola explains salary payment misconception Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke, was the only major candidate that shunned the Osun State Governorship debate organised by Channels Television on Sunday. Adeleke’s podium with his name written on it remained vacant from the beginning to the end of the two-hour debate. The event started at 7:00 p.m …

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Ronaldo Scores Twice As Juventus Maintain 100% Record

Ronaldo in action for Juventus

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first competitive goals for Juventus on Sunday, with a second-half double by the Portuguese star giving the Italian champions a 2-1 Serie A win over Sassuolo to make it four victories from as many games. The 33-year-old tapped in from barely a yard out after a goalmouth scramble on 50 minutes, and added a …

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NYSC saga: Finance Minister, Adeosun resigns

Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has reportedly resigned from the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. Daily Trust reports that Adeosun decided to quit Buhari’s administration following her forged National Youth Service Corps certificate. In recent times, Adeosun had been in the eyes of the storm as it was discovered that she forged her NYSC Certificate which she used in …

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200 Kogi Communities Submerged By Flood

Kemi Adeosun

No fewer than 200 communities have been submerged by flood in Kogi/Koton-karfe local government area of Kogi State. With the communities already washed away by ravaging flood that has displaced thousands of residents in the communities, the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, yesterday made a passionate appeal to the federal government and public spirited individuals to come to the aide …

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U17 AFCON qualifiers: NFF charges Eaglets to beat Ghana and get N2m more

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By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Nigeria Football Federation has charged the Golden Eaglets to beat Ghana in the final of the West Africa Football Union zone B qualifiers for the CAF U17 Africa Cup of Nations in Niger Republic with a promise of additional financial incentives. Golden Eaglets/ Photo Credit: NFF (Twitter) The Golden Eaglets will qualify for the tournament in …

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Foreign Loan: China not father Christmas, says Chinese Envoy

China President Xi Jinping

The Charge d’ Affaires of China Embassy in Nigeria, Mr Lin Jing, says China is not a Father Christmas, but rather, looking for a win-win partnership with Africa and Nigeria. Jing made this declaration on Thursday in Abuja at a roundtable on the Review Dialogue on the just concluded 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). At …

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Volkswagen To End Production Of Iconic ‘Beetle’ Cars In 2019

Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen announced on Thursday it would end production of its iconic “Beetle” cars in 2019 after adding a pair of final editions of the insect-inspired vehicles. The curvy-topped sedans, which shook off Nazi origins to become a global auto phenomenon, are being sidelined as Volkswagen emphasises electric cars and larger family-oriented vehicles. But company officials, still trying to completely turn …

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2019: Quilox Boss, Shina Peller Obtains House Of Reps Form Under APC

Shina Peller

After the not too young to run bill was passed into a bill, several Nigerian youths have expressed interest in participating in politics. Some have already started obtaining their forms for various position of interest. One of such is club Quilox CEO Shina Peller, who under the APC umbrella has gotten his expression of interest form today. He wrote on …

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Liberia’s George Weah Makes Football Comeback At 51

George Weah in action

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Liberia president and former world footballer of the year George Weah made a surprise return to international football Tuesday at the age of 51 in a 2-1 friendly defeat by Nigeria. The international match in Monrovia was organized to ‘retire’ the number 14 shirt worn by Weah, who was voted world, European and African footballer of the year in 1995. …

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Femi Kuti’s Son Officially Joins His Band

Femi Kuti and Son, Omorinmade

Femi Kuti’s son, omorinmade Kuti has officially joined his father’s ”positive force band”. The proud dad took to his Instagram page to announce the good news to the world. The Afro beat legend wrote on his Instagram page; Omorinmade (my Son) “now a proud member of my band ” and I leaving tonight with the positive force band to Belgrade …

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Osun election: WAEC ready to speak on Adeleke’s certificate

Senator Ademola Adeleke

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has promised to respond adequately to a court order mandating it to confirm whether Ademola Adeleke, Osun State Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate wrote the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination in 1981. ICIRnigeria.org reported that Demianus Ojijeogu, the council’s head of public affairs said although WAEC has not been served the court order, it …

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Buhari Appoints Yusuf Bichi As New DSS DG

Yusuf Magaji Bichi, New DSS Boss

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Yusuf Magaji Bichi as the new Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS). The appointment takes effect from Friday, September 14, 2018. Mr Bichi will replace Mr Matthew Seiyeifa who has been in the acting capacity after the dismissal of Lawal Daura. In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to …

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Red Alert: 12 states to experience flooding

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12 states including Anambra, Edo, Kwara, Kogi, Kebbi, Niger, Rivers and others to experience flooding The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the National Hydrological Services Agencies (NHISA) have warned that 12 states across the country would soon experience flooding due to torrential rain falls. The two agencies gave the warning on Friday during an emergency stakeholders’ meeting held with …

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Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets Crush Cote d’Ivoire In Qualifiers

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By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Nigeria U-17 team, the Golden Eaglets recorded a tremendous 5-1 victory over their Ivorian counterparts on Thursday put them back on track in their quest to qualify for the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations to be staged next year in Tanzania. After they lost their opening game narrowly to Burkina Faso in the WAFU U17 B …

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Ibrahim Shekarau Defects From PDP To APC

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Former governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Shekarau announced his decision to join the ruling party after a closed-door meeting with the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, on Friday in Kano State. The former governor explained that he took the decision as a result of the current …

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Featured PDP BoT bars members from campaigning for Atiku, Saraki, others

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The Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party has barred its members from campaigning for any of its presidential aspirants. The party presently has about 13 aspirants jostling for its sole presidential ticket. The aspirants are a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar;  a former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso;  Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal;  Governor of …

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Maradona named coach of second-division Mexican side

D. Maradona

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Mexican second-division football club Dorados to replace departing coach Francisco Ramirez Gamez with Argentine legend Diego Maradona who has been hired by the team’s board as announced on thursday by the club “We’ve hired him to come work with us. We want him to stay the rest of this season and next,” said Jorgealberto Hank Inzunza, …

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NDLEA raids clubs, hotels and joints for drugs in Ibadan

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Oyo State Command, on Monday commenced the raiding of hotels and clubs in Ibadan. The agency said that the action was to check drug trafficking and the use and sales of abusive substances. The state Commandant, Mrs Omolade Faboyede, said this through the agency’s Public Relations Officer {PRO} Mrs Mutiat Okuwobi, in Ibadan. …

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Ronaldo buys Spanish team Real Valladolid

Ronaldo with Real Valladolid chiefs

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Former Brazil striker Ronaldo has taken control of Real Valladolid after buying 51 percent of the La Liga club’s shares, it was announced on Monday. At a press conference held in the city’s town hall, Valladolid president Carlos Suarez said: “Today is a starting point. Ronaldo personally acquires 51 percent of the shares of Real Valladolid.” …

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Instagram model McNamara dies in Mexican billionaire’s yacht

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Investigation has commenced to unravel the mystery surrounding the death of an Australian Instagram model Sinead McNamara, after her body was discovered Friday aboard a super yacht owned by a Mexican billionaire on a Greek Island. The 20-year-old McNamara was found unconscious around 2 a.m. Friday on the back of the Mayan Queen IV in the Greek port of Argostoli …

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Migrants to Europe from Syria, Iraq, Guinea overtake Nigerians, Ivorians

The country of origin  of desperate migrants to Europe crossing the perilous central Mediterranean has changed with Syrians, Iraqis and Guineans overtaking migrants from Nigeria and Ivory Coast. Last year, Nigerian migrants topped  the list of nationalities who embarked on the dangerous journey. They were followed by the Guineans and then the Ivorians. With new report by UN refugee agency, …

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Former Manchester City Midfielder Yaya Toure Joins Olympiakos

Yaya Toure

By Joseph Aigbonosumua   Former Manchester City and Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure rejoined Olympiakos on Sunday, 12 years after making his mark in Europe with the Greek Super League club. The 35-year-old Ivorian international played for the Piraeus-based side during the 2005-2006 season, scoring three goals in 20 matches. He then joined Monaco before moving to Barcelona between 2007 and …

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SEE FULL LIST OF AMVCA WINNERS as Falz, Adebayo, Omotola, Others Win Big

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The 6th annual AMVCA ended on Saturday at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos drawing the attention of many movie stars. Some of the stars went home with major awards in different categories. They include Femi Falana popularly known as Falz, Femi Adebayo, Lydia Forson Omotola Jalade- Ekeinde, Odunlade Adekola, Bisola Aiyeola, and a host of others. With …

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Saraki Declares For Presidency

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Senate President Bukola Saraki has declared his intention to run for the presidency in the 2019 general elections. He made the declaration on Thursday while delivering a keynote address at a dialogue for youths and young aspirants in Abuja. The Senate President listed several challenges which he believes have clogged the wheels of progress in the nation. He highlighted extreme …

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APC will win 2019 elections – Polls

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Polls conducted by an independent body have favoured All Progressives Congress (APC) having a landslide victory in the 2019 governorship elections. The polls were conducted by Europe-based pollsters Zeus Polls, the Nation reported. The Zeus Polls had earlier predicted the victories Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano and Ekiti State Governor-elect Dr Kayode Fayemi. The latest findings signed by Polls Chief …

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