Thursday, 17 August 2017

Van Mows Down Crowd In Barcelona, 13 Reported Killed

A van plowed into crowds in the heart of
Barcelona on Thursday and Spanish media
reported at least 13 people were killed, in
what police said they were treating as a
terrorist attack.

The death toll was reported by Cadena Ser
radio, citing police sources. Police said
some people were dead and injured but
did not confirm the number of casualties.
They said were searching for the driver of
the van.

Spanish newspaper El Periodico said two
armed men were holed up in a bar in
Barcelona’s city center, and reported
gunfire in the area, although it did not cite
the source of the information.
It was not immediately clear whether the
incidents were connected.

A source familiar with the initial U.S.
government assessment said the incident
appeared to be terrorism, and a White
House spokeswoman said President Donald
Trump was being kept abreast of the

Media reports said the van had zigzagged at
speed down the famous Las Ramblas
avenue, a magnet for tourists.

“I heard screams and a bit of a crash and
then I just saw the crowd parting and this
van going full pelt down the middle of the
Ramblas and I immediately knew that it was
a terrorist attack or something like that,”
eyewitness Tom Gueller told the BBC.
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Hate Speech Will No Longer Be Tolerated - Osibanjo

The Nigerian government says it would no
longer tolerate hate speeches in the

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, who
equated hate Speech to terrorism, made
this known at the National Economic Council
security retreat held at the Presidential
Villa in Abuja.

He said the intimidation of a population by
words or speech is an act of terrorism and
will no longer be tolerated by the President
Muhammadu Buhari administration.

He warned that the government intends to
take the matter seriously.
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Education Minister Says ASUU Will Call Off Strike Within One Week

Minister of Education, Adamu
Adamu has met with Senate Committee on
Tertiary education at the National

He assured members that the Academic
Staff Union of Universities will call off the
strike within one week.
Ministers of labour, andf education are
meeting with
ASUU delegates in Abuja.

The industrial action by ASUU enters day 4
and more public institutions are joining the
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FRSC Intercepts Child Traffickers, Rescued 44 Children

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC)
reports that its operatives along Kaduna-
Zaria route in Kaduna State yesterday
intercepted a Fiat Bus Vehicle, popularly
known as J5, for excessive loads, only to
discover that the vehicle was stacked with
44 children and two adults who were
believed to be child traffickers.

According to Bisi Kazeem, the Corps Public
Education Officer of FRSC, on suspicion of
the two occupants of the white and blue
coloured vehicle with plate number XC 532
ZAR, the Patrol team quizzed the occupants
and got unsatisfactory response from the
adult occupants who claimed they were
going for a church programme in a location
they could not name.

In his press statement, Kazeem disclosed
that the driver of the J5 vehicle, Dauda
Ezekiel from Gubuchi Village in Makarfi
Local Government Area of Kaduna state
claimed that he was hired to transport the

The Sector Commander who got wind of the
case as soon as the vehicle was impounded,
alerted the Commissioner of Police in
Kaduna state where the Vehicle and the
occupants were handed over to the
Criminal Investigation Department for
further investigation.

It will be with-calls that the FRSC in Kaduna
state on 27th April 2017 had earlier
reported a similar case of a Ford Galaxy
Model vehicle with registration number
LMU 76 XA.In that case, 17 minors were
found with three suspected adult
traffickers, also in Kaduna.Kazeem disclosed
that the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi,
has applauded the vigilance of the officials
of the FRSC which led to the apprehension
of the suspected child traffickers. According
to him, the Corps Marshal believes that
Security of Lives and Properties of the
citizens will be better assured with inter
agency collaboration the security agencies,
Oyeyemi urged increased and sustained
vigilance on the part of the operatives.

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NFF Appoints Christopher Danjuma as Falconets' Head Couch

The Nigeria Football Federation has
appointed Christopher Danjuma as Head
Coach of the U20 Women National Team,
also known as Falconets. Danjuma will be
assisted by Wemimo Matthew (1st Assistant
Coach), Mansur Abdullahi (2nd Assistant
Coach) and Abdul-Lateef Yusuf (Goalkeeper
Trainer). The quartet is expected in the
Federal Capital, Abuja on Wednesday next
week to open camp for the screening of
players for next month’s FIFA U20 Women’s
World Cup qualifying match between Nigeria
and Tanzania.

According to fixtures released by the
Confederation of African Football, two –time
FIFA World Cup silver medallists Falconets
will take on Tanzania in Nigeria on the
weekend of 15-17 September, with the
return leg in Dar es Salaam two weeks later.
The winner over both legs will then confront
the winner of the fixture pairing Morocco
against Senegal in November, before a final
round of qualifying matches in January

The Falconets have played in every edition
of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup since it
was launched as an U-19 tournament in
Canada 15 years ago. The team reached the
quarter finals in Thailand 2004, Russia 2006
and Chile 2008, before finishing as runners
–up at the 2010 finals in Germany and at
the 2014 finals in Canada.
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Fifa Awards: Harry Kane, One of Four Premier League Players Nominated

Harry Kane is one of four current Premier
League players nominated for the Best Fifa
Men’s Player 2017 award. The Tottenham
striker joins Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez
and Chelsea midfielders Eden Hazard and
N’Golo Kante on a shortlist of 24. Last year’s
winner, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, is
nominated, as are Lionel Messi of Barcelona
and Paris St-Germain’s world record signing

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a Manchester United
player last term, also makes the list. The
winners will be decided by a jury of club and
international coaches, media
representatives and fans. Voting closes on 7
September and the winners will be
announced at an awards ceremony in
London on 23 October.

Fifa, football’s world governing body, is
running its awards for the second year since
ending its association with France Football’s
Ballon d’Or in September 2016.
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Women Empowerment: FG Rolls Out Social Protection Programme

The Federal Government has released one
point six billion naira for the effective
implementation of the National women
Empowerment fund. The Minister of
Women Affairs, Aisha Al-Hassan disclosed
this at the one day sensitization programme
on the effective implementation of National
Women Empowerment Fund in the eight
pilot states held in Abuja.

The sensitization programme brought
together wives of Governors, Local
Government Chairmen, women in elective
positions as well as beneficiaries of the

The focus of the programme is to deliberate
on the effective implementation of the
National women empowerment fund in the
eight pilot states which include: Akwa ibom,
Osun, Nasarawa, Jigawa, Adamawa, Yobe and
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Onnoghen Reaffirms Commitment Of The Judiciary To Ensure Justice and Peace

The Chief Justice of Nigeria Justice Walter
Onnoghen, has reaffirmed the commitment
of the judiciary to ensure that peace and
justice reigned in the country.

He gave the commitment in his goodwill
message to the National Economic Council
(NEC) sponsored Security Summit in Abuja.
“I bring you good will of the judiciary of this

“Our commitment to ensuring that things
are done differently and fair manner and
our commitment to having a better Nigerian
society where peace and justice reign.
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The Federal Government hands over Presidential Lodge, Marina to Lagos

The Federal Government has handed over
the Presidential Lodge, Marina to the Lagos
State Government.
Permanent Secretary, State House Marina,
and Secretary to the Lagos State

Government signed a Memorandum of
Understanding for the formal handover of
the lodge to the Lagos State government on
Thursday, it was reported.

The lodge, a pre-Independence structure is
one of the Federal government’s properties
in Lagos State that are allegedly not being
fully utilised.

Details later…
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Indian Rape Victim, 10, Gives Birth By Caesarean Section

A 10-year-old rape victim who was denied
permission for an abortion by the Indian
Supreme Court last month has given birth to
a baby girl. The girl is not aware that she has
given birth. During her pregnancy she was
told her bulge was because she had a big
stone in her stomach.

The baby weighing 2.5kg (5.5lb) was
delivered by Caesarean section in
Chandigarh at 09:22 (03:52 GMT). Both the
mother and the newborn are doing fine, an
official told the BBC.

The girl alleges she was raped several times
in the past seven months by her uncle, who
has been arrested.
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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Charlie Boy Announce The Suspension Of Resume Or Resign Protest

Musician, Charly Boy, has announced the
suspension of the #ResignorReturn
protest in Abuja.

Recall that Charly Boy was
yesterday almost lynched by some pro-
Buhari traders at the Wuse market where
he had gone to mobilize for more
Nigerians to join the protest against
President Buhari. His car was destroyed by
hoodlums at the market.

Speaking at the Unity fountain this
morning, Charly Boy said “We are not
deterred by the intimidation and
harassment by the sponsored thugs and
we cannot be cowed by a few group of

What government want to do is to
ensure that we have a clash with the hired
crowd and we will not allow that to

According to him, a new date would be
communicated for the resumption of their

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Billionaire Kidnapper Evans Won His First Case Against The Nigeria Police Force

Presiding Judge, Justice Anka Abdulaziz, of
the Lagos Federal High Court, on
Wednesday, ordered that the fundamental
rights suit filed by Evans against the
Nigeria Police, will go to trial.

Recall, that Evans through his Lawyer, had
filed a N300 million lawsuit against the
Police, as exemplary damages for his
‘illegal’ detention and harm caused by his
media trial.

Anka dismissed the objections of the
Counsel to the Police, Eze Emmanuel, and
agreed with the Counsel to Evans, Olukoya
Ogungbeje, that service on the first and
second respondents have been affected.

The first and second respondents in the
suit, are the Inspector General of Police,
the Nigeria Police Force. The other
respondents, are the Lagos State Police
Commissioner, and the Special Anti
Robbery Squad, SARS.

Justice Anka, also ruled that leave was not
required for the matter to be heard
during vacation, as Order 4 Rule 5 of the
Fundamental Rights Enforcement
Procedure Rules of 2009, enjoins the
court to pursue speed and justice on
issues of fundamental human rights.
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Gunmen Attack EFCC Headquarters In Abuja

A major security breach was
recorded at the
headquarters of the
Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC, in
the early hours of
Wednesday, August 16,
2017, as unknown gunmen
attacked the office located
at Wuse Zone 7, Abuja.

The group of heavily armed bandits
invaded the office at about 05.00 hours
and began shooting into the premises,
damaging vehicles parked in the premises
in the process.

However, the attack was
repelled by guards on duty. The hoodlums
escaped in a getaway vehicle but not
without leaving a message; a white
envelope dropped by the fleeing attackers
was found to contain a death threat
addressed to Ishaku Sharu, a senior
investigator with the Commission. Ishaku
who heads the Foreign Exchange
Malpractices Fraud Section is in charge of
corruption investigation involving several
politically exposed persons and retired
military brass hats.

The attack on the Zone 7 office which
houses the Commission’s AMCON Desk,
Procurement Fraud and Foreign Exchange
Malpractices Sections, is coming few
weeks after another investigator, Austin
Okwor was shot and wounded by
unknown assailants in Port Harcourt,
Rivers State.

The latest incident has already been
reported to the police for investigation.

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I’m Tired Of Playing For Liverpool – Coutinho Tells Klop

Philippe Coutinho has reportedly told
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp he does
not want to play
for the club again after rejected offers
from Barcelona.

According to El Mundo Deportivo, the
Brazilian is intent on his desire to push
through a move to
the Camp Nou and is unhappy with the
English club’s handling of the situation.

Despite requesting ‘amicably’ that he be
allowed to leave the club due to such a
high offer from Barca – reported to be
€100m – he was dismayed that not only
was this rejected but his
desire to leave was not respected.

The Merseyside club released a statement
on Friday to confirm the former Inter
would not leave the club under any
circumstances this transfer window.

So unsettled is the Brazilian international,
he values his potential move to the
Blaugrana higher than his own World Cup
place and would refuse to play for the
Reds if they continue in their stance of not

Coutinho, 25, was viewed as a primary
transfer target for the Catalan club
alongside Borussia
Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembele
following the sale of Neymar to Paris
Saint-Germain earlier this month.
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Bad Formation From Nigerian Coaches Cost Us Medal In IAAF

Atlanta ’96 Olympics bronze medallist,
Falilat Ogunkoya has blamed Nigeria’s
poor performance at the just concluded
IAAF World Athletics Championship in
London on coaches.

The Nigerian team failed to win a medal in
London and Ogunkoya, a 400m gold
medalist at Jo’burg ’99 All Africa Games,
believes the athletes were poorly
managed by the coaches.

Ogunkoya, whose personal
best and African record of 49.10
seconds at Atlanta ’96 Olympics remains
the twelfth fastest of all time, said that
Nigeria could have grabbed at least a
bronze medal in London but the coaches
‘messed up’ the opportunity.

In particular, Ogunkoya was unhappy with
the manner the coaches ‘bungled’
Team Nigeria’s chances in the final of the
women’s 4x400m relay on Sunday.

“When the girls qualified for final in the
4x400m relay, I told some few friends
around me that Nigeria will surely win a
medal in the final.

I never knew that the
coaches would come up with a formation
that will scuttle the whole plan,” Ogunkoya

In the semifinals, Nigeria’s 4x400m
women’s team made up of Patience Okon
George, Onome Nathaniel, Emerald Egwim
and Yinka Ajayi ran a fantastic race with
3.25.40 seconds,a season’s best for the
quartet, to emerge second behind
winners, Jamaica
(3:23:64) in Heat 2.

As at the time of the semifinal, one of
Nigeria’s athletes for the championship,
Abike Egbeniyi was still battling with visa
problems back home. She joined the team
a few hours to the final.

The anticipation in many quarters before
the final race on Sunday was that the team
should be able to pick a medal of any
colour for Nigeria if the
athletes could add a little bite to their
performance in the semi.

“In the first place, I don’t know the reason
why the coaches decided to drop one of
the athletes for Abike who just
arrived the camp few hours to the final
race,” Ogunkoya fumed.

“Again, I don’t know the rationale behind
the decision to allow Patience Okon
George to start
the race.

She was the most experienced
among the athletes, and an experienced
coach should have prepared Okon
George for the anchor leg.”

The Nigerians posted 3.26.72 seconds to
place fifth in the final, a performance
Ogunkoya said was far below expectation.

“After one of the Jamaican athletes
suffered a misfortune in the
final, the medal was there for Nigeria to
pick, if only an experienced athlete like
Okon George was running the anchor leg.

I felt so disappointed, not with the
athletes but the coaches. You can see that
the time our girls ran in the
semifinal was good enough to fetch
Nigeria a medal in the championship.”
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Onazi Keen To Switch To Birmingham City

Super Eagles midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi has
revealed that he’s poised to team up with
Birmingham City before the end of the

The Nigerian international has already
agreed a fee of €4.5million to leave
Trabzonspor and is left to undergo a
medical before completing the deal.

Onazi told that he wants
a different challenge that will bring out
the best from him.

“It’s almost a done deal. It would be a new
challenge for me,” Onazi told

“This club wants to return to EPL, they also
want to sign good players that will ensure
the promotion of the team back to the
Premier League.

“I want to be part of the group.”
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I Hate Living A Flashy Lifestyle – Iwobi

Super Eagles forward, Alex Iwobi has
revealed says he prefers living a simple
lifestyle anytime he goes back to his old

Iwobi, who was on the bench in Arsenal’s
4-3 win over Leicester City last week
Friday in a Premier League encounter,
praised his uncle (Austine Okocha) for
playing a pivotal role in his football career.

“Two years ago you could just come in, I’d
normally go back to my old area and play
in my cage and no one would bother me,
but if I go and play in my cage now –
‘ahhh Alex Iwobi’s here’.

I’m still getting
used to that because I still feel like I’m the
same as my friends and the same person
as two years ago, but when people
are like ‘do you know what you’ve done?’

“Obviously I was lucky to have an uncle
that played football, so he still gives me
advice from time to time, but my mum and
dad keep megrounded.

“The more I’m progressing, the more
money, the more the fame comes with it,
but they’re helping
me invest because football is a really short
career, so they’re also making me think
life outside of football as well a bit more,
but I’m not one to go spending and living
a flashy
lifestyle, I try to keep as humble as I can
and I’m still the same.

“That’s what I’m going to keep on saying,
I’m still the same person as I was two
years ago.”
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If It Comes To War, Biafrans Will Defend Themselves – Nnamdi Kanu

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra
(IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has said that they are
not afraid of fighting against Hausa
people in order to actualise Biafra.

He spoke through Chinasa Nworu who is
the directorate of state of the group
who also lashed out at Governor Rochas
Okorocha of Imo state for preaching in
support of One Nigeria saying, ‘we ask for
a referendum to go our separate way, but
you, Okorocha and your Hausa Fulani
brothers are conversing for war. “If it
comes to that, Biafrans shall defend
themselves, we have done it before and
we shall gladly and happily do it again’.

He continued, ‘remember that 2017 shall
never be compared to 1967-1970. As you
summoned the pastors, traditional leaders
and your so called leaders also don’t fail to
summon the Arewa youths to build
bridges over the lives of Biafran in the
Northern Nigeria over their quit notice of
October 1st, 2017’.
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Tuesday, 15 August 2017


Self-acclaimed Area Father and entertainer,
Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly
Boy was attacked by thugs at the popular
Wuse market in Abuja on Tuesday. In a
series of tweets by one of the leaders of the
‘ResumeOrResign’ group, Deji Adeyanju,
some youths attacked them when they
moved to the market in the course of their
protest. “We just went to Wuse market for
mobilisation against 100 days event
tomorrow & a regular face at Unity Fountain
brought thugs to attack us,” Deji wrote on

“They attacked us with police on Tuesday.
Tried to attack us at Unity Fountain with
their government sponsored thugs. Today is
Wuse Market. “Charly Boy’s car was damaged
by the thugs. This is a senseless
government. #ResumeOrResign. “There are
wraps of money all over Unity Fountain
shared by Pro-Buhari protesters. The
government says it’s fighting corruption.”

The #ResumeOrResign protesters had
started a campaign on Monday last week,
demanding the return of the President who
is away in the United Kingdom on a medical
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