Friday, 23 February 2018

Mattias Sammer: Bayern Munich made mistake to let Toni Kroos join Real Madrid


Former sporting director Mattias Sammer has told Sport Bild that Bayern Munich made a “very bad” decision to allow Toni Kroos to leave for Real Madrid.

Sammer joined Bayern in 2012 and won the Bundesliga title every season during his four years at the club, also carrying off the Treble in 2013 — including the Champions League — when he worked closely with coach Jupp Heynckes and Kroos.

Pep Guardiola: Spanish police searched my jet looking for Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont


The Football Association has charged Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola for wearing a yellow ribbon during games.

Guardiola, who has supported calls for a referendum over Catalonia’s independence from Spain, has worn the ribbon in a show of support for Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, two members of the Catalan government who were imprisoned in October.

Arsenal drawn against AC Milan in Europa League last 16


Arsenal will play AC Milan in the last 16 of the Europa League after their scare against Ostersunds.

The Gunners beat their Swedish opponents 4-2 on aggregate but came close to giving up the three-goal advantage they had built during Thursday’s second leg at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsene Wenger backs Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere after Roy Keane rant


Arsene Wenger defended Jack Wilshere after Roy Keane labelled the Arsenal midfield “probably the most over-rated player on the planet.”

Arsenal slumped to an embarrassing 2-1 defeat at home to Ostersunds in the Europa League on Thursday, advancing to the last 16 by virtue of a 3-0 win in the away leg.

Aaron Samuel: I must play regularly to justify my pay


Aaron Samuel has said he can only justify his pay by playing regularly and that is why he is excited to have secured a loan move to Russian club Amkar Perm.

Samuel has completed a loan move from CSKA Moscow to Amkar Perm as he has struggled for game time at the top Russian army club.

Chinese billionaire Li Shufu buys biggest single stake in Daimler


Chinese billionaire Li Shufu has bought a near 10-percent stake in Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler, making him the German group’s largest single shareholder, a stock market filing showed Friday.

Li, who chairs auto giant Geely Automobile Holdings, bought a 9.69-percent stake in the car maker, worth around 7.2 billion euros ($8.9 billion), according to the filing.

FIFA says it trusts Russia to ensure safe World Cup despite clashes


The world football governing body FIFA expressed “complete trust” Friday in Russia’s ability to ensure a safe World Cup despite fan violence in Spain during which a policeman died.

A Basque officer died Thursday as hundreds of security forces clashed with supporters of Russian club Spartak Moscow in Bilbao before the start of a Europa League match.

#BBNaija: Tobi reveals how he contracted gonorrhoea at 17


Big Brother housemate, Tobi Bakare, on Friday revealed how he contracted a sexually transmitted disease, gonorrhoea, at 17.

Tobi opened up on his sexual experience while presenting a topic on ‘the practice safe sex using condom.’

According to him, he was sexually active at the age of 12; and after a while, he stopped having safe sex as he assumed he was clean.

Driver who caused death of Professor Festus Iyayi jailed seven years


The dangerous driver, Danladi Baba, who drove recklessly and thereafter sniffed life out of the former President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Festus Iyayi, in a road traffic crash on the Lokoja-Abuja Highway has been sentenced to seven (7) years imprisonment without an option of fine.

According to a press statement by the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi kazeem, the ruling took place today at a Chief Magistrate Court 11 seating in Lokoja where the case was originally instituted in Cop v Danladi Baba SMCM/CR76/2014 case file.

EFCC amends corruption charges against Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday amended the 30-count charge against Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, a federal judge, by adding an additional count.

Rotimi Oyedepo, the EFCC counsel, said the amendment became imperative due to new evidence uncovered during investigations.

At the last court sitting, Abdullahi Lawal, an EFCC investigator, while giving evidence said a Customs official paid N12 million into Mrs. Ofili-Ajumogobia’s bank account. The judge had sustained an objection to the witness’s statement on the grounds that it was unrelated to the charges before the court.

Court affirms Henry Okah’s prison sentence


South Africa’s top court on Friday reinstated a 24 year prison sentence for Henry Okah convicted of a series of terror attacks in Nigeria eight years ago.

Okah was jailed in 2013 for masterminding a number of attacks, including twin bombings which killed 12 people in the Nigerian capital Abuja during independence day celebrations in 2010.

I’m sorry that Dapchi School Attack Happened - Buhari


Pesident Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said he was sorry that the attack which led to the abduction of pupils from the Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, happened.
He described the incident as “national disaster.”
Buhari stated this in a release made available to journalists by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

NDLEA Destroys Drugs Worth N10b In Edo


The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency ( NDLEA ) Edo Command on Friday destroyed illicit drugs valued at more than N10 billion in Benin.

Retired Col. Mohammad Abdallah, the Chairman of NDLEA who supervised the exercise, said that the quantum of drugs being destroyed clearly called for state of emergency over drug situation in the country.

Australia's Scandal-Hit Deputy PM To Resign


Barnaby Joyce says he will resign as Australia's deputy prime minister following a politically damaging saga that began with his affair with a former staffer.

Mr Joyce said he would step down on Monday as leader of the Nationals, the junior government partner.

Oyegun replies Tinubu: You have my full support


John Oyegun, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says Bola Tinubu, national leader, has his “fullest” support on his reconciliation assignment.
TheCable had reported how Tinubu wrote a scathing letter to the national chairman of the party accusing him of sabotage.

Banks get two weeks to settle complaints


Banks and other financial institutions must settle customers’ complaints on overcharge, unauthorised deductions and other matters within two weeks, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has directed.
Mr Tajudeen Ahmed, the CBN Head of Complaints Management Division, broke the news yesterday.

N650m fraud: EFCC rejects ex-FCT minister Akinjide’s settlement terms


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday opened its case against a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Jumoke Akinjide, who was charged with an alleged fraud of N650m.

The anti-graft agency called its first witness in the case, after rejecting the proposal by the ex-minister and her co-defendants to settle the case out of court.

Yobe govt apologises for false news on missing Dapchi girls


The Yobe State Government has apologised for a false report it released stating that some of the missing schoolgirls from the state had been rescued.
At least 30 girls of the Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC) Dapchi, were still missing as at Wednesday evening, three days after their school was attacked by suspected Boko Haram members.

Transparency International report erroneous - Sagay


Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) chairman Prof Itse Sagay (SAN) yesterday described the latest Corruption Perception Index (CPI) released by Transparency International (TI) as erroneous.
The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.

“I Slept With 230 Nigerian Girls, 1170 Others From 5 Other Countries” – French Tourist


Many Nigerian and African women see all westerners as very wealthy people who can change their lives, hence a man has revealed his escapades with hundreds of women.

While speaking to an online news site, Africa24, a 40-year-old French tourist, Jean Michel, admitted that he impregnated more than 600 women in six African countries including Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Togo, Ghana and Guinea, within two years.
His confession has been translated from French to English by Simon Ateba in Washington, District of Columbia and it reads:

Former UNILAG VC named Ibadan Technical University Pro-Chancellor


The governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, has appointed a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Oye Ibidapo-Obe, as the pioneer pro-chancellor and chairman of the Governing Council of the Technical University, Ibadan.

The appointment was announced through a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Olalekan Alli, in Ibadan, on Thursday.

Tinubu: APC govs, members, stand with Oyegun, says Bello


The Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has said that state governors elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress and the majority of the party members have confidence in the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
Bello said this in an interview with State House correspondents on Thursday evening after a meeting the governors had with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

BREAKING: Benue court jails three herdsmen


A magistrates’ court in Makurdi, Benue state, on Friday handed a one-year jail sentence to three herders – Iliya Garba, Hassan Abdullahi, and Lanshak Lonfalk – for violating the law enacted in 2017.
The convicts were charged with criminal conspiracy and open nomadic livestock rearing and grazing.

Dangote Refinery: Hyundai wins $58m contract to construct LPG tanks


Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., one of the world’s largest shipbuilders and industrial equipment manufacturers, said yesterday that it has received a $58 million order to build 15 bullet tanks for storing liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for Dangote Oil Refining Company, Africa’s largest refinery, beginning in April 2019.
Dangote Oil Refinery Company (Dangote) is constructing an integrated refinery and petrochemical complex in the Lekki Free Zone near Lagos. The refinery is expected to be the world’s biggest single-train facility, upon completion in 2019.

Allocation drops by N20bn, FG, states, LGs share N635.55bn


The Federation Account Allocation Committee on Thursday approved the sum of N635.55bn to be shared to the three tires of government from the Federation Account as statutory allocation for the month of January.

The figure was announced by the Accountant-General of the Federation, Idris Ahmed, shortly after the FAAC meeting, which was held at the headquarters of the Ministry of Finance in Abuja.