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Motsepe set to be crowned CAF president

  Guardianng   Today, 3:43 a.m.

the sole candidate, Motsepe said African football needs collective wisdom, “but also the exceptional talent and wisdom of every president of every country and every member association. Speaking at the event, FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, said, “I am delighted that FIFA has been able to contribute, even if just a little, to this crucial moment for football on this great continent. Ahmad was also accused of using CAF money to invite presidents of some national federations on a pilgrimage to Mecca, which was “not directly related to football”. In its ruling on the appeal filed by Ahmad against the November 19, 2020 decision of the Adjudicatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee, the CAS panel partially upheld the appeal and reduced the length of the suspension to two years, starting yesterday, less the period of suspension already served between November 19, 2020 and January 29, 2021. CAS found Ahmad guilty of ethical violations, including the “distribution of gifts” and “misappropriation of funds”. CAS ruling effectively rules the Malagasy out of contention for CAF’s top job, which he got four years ago when a group of young African football administrators staged a ‘coup’ and ousted Cameroun’s Issa Hayatou. “I am happy to be here with you to celebrate the unity of the African football family. In the presence of FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, several FIFA Council and CAF Executive Committee members, as well as more than 20 presidents of African member associations, the four leaders reiterated that what unites them are much stronger than what could potentially divide them. There are some great challenges ahead, but also great opportunities, and I guarantee FIFA’s support and encouragement to fulfil them, especially in line with FIFA Forward objectives related to infrastructure investment, good governance, development and competitions. “It is a decision that was discussed between the four of us, and the position from the start was to ensure that we go for unity in this election, because we were already tired enough of everything that was said about CAF. But at a ceremony of African unity held at the Palais des Congrès in Nouakchott, Mauritania at the weekend, the four proposed a new direction for CAF and African football for the future. When we all work together with the experience, talent, and passion, football in Africa will experience success and growth that it hasn’t experienced in the past.
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‘Fulani Warlord’, Wakili Opens Up On How OPC Arrested Him, Says He’s Innocent

  Naijanews   Today, 3:37 a.m.

Wakili spoke to journalists on Monday shortly after he left the hospital and was taken into Police custody at the headquarters of the Oyo State Police Command in Eleyele, Ibadan. The Governor who added that he is aware of steps already taken by the police on the matter, appealed to the people of Oyo to remain peaceful and go about their legitimate businesses. Narrating his experience, Wakili who spoke to the journalists through an interpreter explained that he was in his house on Sunday when he suddenly heard the voices of people who had surrounded his house. Speaking at the same venue, the Oyo State Police Commissioner, CP Ngozi Onadeko urged members of the public not to take the law into their hands but come to the police with any evidence they may have against Wakili.
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Flashback: Saudi Govt Arrest Sheikh Gumi For Links With Terrorism

  Naijanews   Today, 3:30 a.m.

According to  SaharaReporters, the Islamic cleric was arrested after the US security browsed through Abdulmutallab’s e-mail and found out that he corresponded with him shortly before he attempted to bomb a plane on December 25, 2009 in the US.Gumi was first taken to Jeddah but was returned to Mecca and put under house arrest for many months before the intervention of the Nigerian government. Abdulmutallab later acknowledged in a courtroom statement that he had travelled to Yemen and was “greatly inspired” to participate in such a plot by US-born militant cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed by a US drone strike in Yemen in September. Four passengers quickly restrained him and helped put out the fire, witnesses said, and he was escorted up to the first-class section of the plane and taken into custody by US authorities when it landed.
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Liverpool seek solace in Europe but Leipzig loom

  Guardianng   Today, 3:21 a.m.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher labelled the current squad “mentality midgets” — in sharp contrast to the “mentality monsters” moniker previously used by Klopp to describe his team. Klopp’s first season in charge, in 2015/16, ended with Liverpool a lowly eighth in the league, but they were roared on as they battled back from 3-1 down to beat Borussia Dortmund 4-3 in the second leg of their Europa League last-eight tie on their way to the final. Spanish giants were demolished 4-0 in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final, 24 hours after Manchester City landed a vital blow in a titanic title race with Klopp’s men. AFP)Jurgen Klopp’s stumbling English champions will approach Wednesday’s second leg with trepidation — knowing they will not even be at Anfield for the “home” match. Liverpool’s “home” match against Leipzig will be played in the Puskas Arena in Budapest as a result of Covid-19 travel restrictions, the same stadium that hosted the first leg. But the unusual circumstances of this year’s Champions League have robbed the competition of much of its sparkle, with various teams forced to travel to neutral venues for home matches while the public remains locked down in many countries. In 2005, Rafael Benitez’s league also-rans were inspired to thrilling wins over Juventus and Chelsea before producing the greatest comeback in Champions League final history in Istanbul against AC Milan. Liverpool’s dramatic exploits in European competition over the years have been fuelled by the colour, noise and energy provided by fans packed into their famous old stadium. Injuries have played a major role in their dramatic decline, which has left them struggling just to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
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Okowa charges council chairmen on continuity of predecessors’ projects

  Guardianng   Today, 3:15 a.m.

Ifeanyi OkowaOkowa gave the charge yesterday in Asaba during the swearing-in of the 25 chairmen in the state, saying the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) victory in the Saturday, March 6, 2021 council poll, demonstrated its supremacy in the state. While giving the vote of thanks on behalf on the new council bosses, Chairman of Ndokwa-East Council Area, Ameachi Governor, assured Okowa that they would work in line with the blueprint of his administration. He further cautioned that no council chairman would be permitted to live outside his local government headquarters to ensure smooth running of their administration.
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Ardova, Lafarge Africa, others lift market index by 0.17%

  Guardianng   Today, 3 a.m.

Oando rose by 9.43 per cent to close at N2.90 kobo while Morison Industries, Cornerstone Insurance and Wema Bank gained 9.09 per cent each, to close at 72 kobo, 60 kobo and 60 kobo. Ardova and Linkage Assurance recorded the highest price gain of 10 per cent each to close at N14.85 and 55 kobo while Champion Breweries followed by a gain of 9.52 per cent to close at N1.84 kobo. Livestock Feeds followed with a decline of 9.87 per cent to close at N2.01 kobo while SCOA Nigeria depreciated by 9.85 per cent to close at N2.38 kobo. FBN Holdings (FBNH) followed with 23.478 million shares worth N169.455 million while AXA Mansard Insurance traded 21.365 million shares valued at N20.918 million. Guinea Insurance traded 20.185 million shares valued at N4.037 million, while United Capital transacted 13.596 million shares worth N64.134 million.
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Chelsea cruise, West Ham win as top four race hots up

  Guardianng   Today, 2:40 a.m.

They are two points ahead of fifth placed West Ham, who have a game in hand in a tense race to qualify for next season’s Champions League via a top four finish. “If you share special moments and good results, this is the thing that lifts you up to the special performances you need,” Tuchel said. The Blues have kept nine clean-sheets under Tuchel and only their former Italian boss Maurizio Sarri, who went 12 games unbeaten, has enjoyed a better start with the west London club. The 21-year-old has not scored in the league since October, but Tuchel entrusted him with an important role as Chelsea’s false nine and Havertz’s intelligent movement put him in position to earn the second-half penalty that Jorginho converted. “He needs to adapt to the Premier League, he needs to be at a club where you play to win every game, where the highest standards are normal. (Photo by Ian Walton / POOL / AFP)Havertz has endured a disappointing first season following his £70 million ($96 million) move from Bayer Leverkusen last year. But the Germany forward was given a rare start by Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel and he responded by playing the key role in both goals at Stamford Bridge. But they have won four of their last six league games to leave Hammers fans dreaming of a place in Europe’s elite club competition. ”Chelsea are unbeaten in 11 games in all competitions — winning eight times — since Tuchel replaced the sacked Frank Lampard in January. “I’m very happy with his performance, no doubt about his quality, his talent and also his character,” Tuchel said.
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Ganduje hails Aspira’s contribution to Kano economic growth

  Guardianng   Today, 2:33 a.m.

Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and other guests received by the Chairman, Aspira Nigeria Limited, Ahmadu Haruna Danzago and CEO of the Company, Sami Jaafer, during the governor’s commissioning of the company’s new plant in Kano…recentlyThe governor, who gave the commendation during an official visit to the company site to commission the new plant, also appreciated the company for its immense contributions to the employment of thousands of Kano residents. According to the governor, there is no better way to support the people of Kano State and the people of Nigeria than what the company is doing now, hence his government is encouraging the company. “I wish to tell you that work has started for the construction of the gas pipeline from Ajeokuta to Kaduna and Kano and when this project is completed, the gas you will use will be much cheaper and the government would get more taxes and you would employ more people because it would give more opportunities to you to expand your company. Addressing the officials and the management of the company led by Chairman of the company, Ahmadu Haruna Danzago, the governor observed with delight that Aspira Nigeria Limited has been catalyzing economic growth in the state. The company, which began operations in Nigeria about a decade ago, has continued to expand its operations, introducing a new range of healthcare products that serve the need of the populace, while creating employment opportunities for many residents.
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‘Governance, transparency challenges affect debt management in W/Africa'

  Guardianng   Today, 2:16 a.m.

Debt Management Roundtable, Taiwo Oyedele, said this during the launch of the Debt Management Roundtable to help Nigeria and West African countries provide a pathway to fiscal sustainability. While calling for collaboration with the private sector through social financing and public-private partnership (PPP), he said the roundtable would develop analytics that formed the basis, fiscal consideration and sustainability, comparative analysis and also help to champion advocacy. He said the debt burden was not about the present but the future generation, stressing that debt was not necessarily bad if properly managed.
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Minister to commission Real Madrid Academy Port Harcourt today

  Guardianng   Today, 1:50 a.m.

Sunday dareAccording to officials of the academy, the school is free to all Rivers State indigenes, who will constitute 70 percent of the students, while 30 per cent will be open to trainee-footballers from other states across the country.
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Bank reimagines digital banking, gives customers more control

  Guardianng   Today, 1:26 a.m.

UBA’s Group Head, Digital Banking, Kayode Ishola, who spoke about the new banking app during an international virtual media parley on Monday explained that apart from being able to decide where they want their cards to operate and block, view, or request new cards straight from the app to suit their specific needs, the app was tailor-made to give customers what they want and how they want it. United Bank for Africa Plc is changing the face of digital banking services with its new mobile banking app aimed at delivering first-rate services to customers.
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Transcorp launches app for accommodation booking

  Guardianng   Today, 1:26 a.m.

The new brand, Transcorp’s first in the alternative accommodation segment, is part of the company’s asset-light model leveraging technology to deliver true hospitality, exciting experiences, and drive shareholder value, said a statement. I am thrilled to introduce you to Aura by Transcorp, the digital platform we are using to connect people to quality accommodation, great food and awesome experiences,” Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Transcorp Hotels, Dupe Olusola, said.
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COVID-19: FG May Suspend Flights From UAE, Netherlands

  Naijanews   Today, 12:24 a.m.

Recall that Emirates Airline, which operates from Dubai, had on February 1, 2021, announced that it would conduct rapid COVID-19 tests for Nigerian travellers at the Lagos and Abuja airports before departure in addition to banning transit flights operated by other airlines with Nigerians on them. At the time, the agency said the airline has been airlifting passengers from Nigeria using rapid antigen tests conducted by laboratories not approved by regulatory authorities. “For over a month, Nigeria has been engaging with the authorities of the UAE and the Netherlands over pre-departure testing requirements passengers should meet before travelling from Nigeria,” TheCable quoted Mustapha as saying.
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Shatta Wale is a joke - Nhyiraba Kojo compares his 9-bedroom mansion with Wale’s East Legon mansion

  Pulse-gh   Yesterday, 11:08 p.m.

When asked if when his mansion and new projects he told Pulse Ghana about are combined, he would be richer than Sarkodie, Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy together, he accepted it in good faith: “If you say I’m bigger than Sarkodie, Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy, I’ll accept ”He also revealed that he is building a new recording studio in his new mansion and would make recording free for rising talents. According to the owner of Nhyiraba Kojo City Night Club, Shatta Wale’s wealth is nothing close to what he has achieved financially, and anytime he sees him brag on social media, he laughs out loud.
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Bandits Attack Kainji National Park, Kill One, Injure Four

  Naijanews   Yesterday, 11:02 p.m.

According to Vanguard, the official Hillux van which the Guards were using to patrol the park was burnt by the bandits along Kemanji Oil Camp axis of the Kainji Lake Park where the incident occured. The Guards who were on routine patrol of the park were said to have run into the bandits during which the bandits fired them leaving Tanko dead instantly. The source added that a total of 11 males and eight females were among those who were abducted by the gunmen.
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Will the original screenwriter of Coming to America get royalties from "Coming 2 America" sequel?

  Pulse-gh   Yesterday, 10:29 p.m.

said Buchwald and Buchwald’s partner, producer Alain Bernheim, could collect between $5 million to $10 million as their share of the film’s net profits and called the decision a victory for Hollywood’s creative community.″I’ve never seen such a decisive victory for a writer,″ he said. A second accounting phase of the trial will examine profits on ″Coming to America″ and determine the plaintiffs’ share.″The court concludes that ‘Coming to America’ is a movie that was based upon Buchwald’s treatment ’King for a Day,‴ Schneider said in a 34-page written ruling. Schneider emphasized that his decision was not intended to disparage the creative talent of Eddie Murphy, who said he wrote the script.″The court desires to indicate what this case is and is not about,″ the judge said. ″The only similarity is that both (of the characters in the Buchwald and Murphy scripts) are black.″We think that the law is clear on it, and we think that the evidence that came in on it was clear and we intend to present that to the appellate court.″Buchwald attorney Pierce O’Donnell suggested the accounting phase of the trial would ″take In Murphy’s movie, a prince from a mythical African kingdom comes to New York in search of a bride, winds up in a ghetto working in a fast food restaurant, meets a young black woman and marries her. Superior Court Judge Harvey Schneider’s decision means Paramount will have to pay Buchwald a share of profits from the film, which has grossed more than $300 million since its 1988 release. the lid off Hollywood creative financing.″ Paramount claims ″Coming to America,″ with its gross profits over $300 million, has shown no net profits.″If you believe that,″ quipped Buchwald, ″then there’s Buchwald, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, filed a $5 million suit against Paramount a year ago, claiming the studio breached a 1983 contract to purchase his script idea.
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SONA: Akufo-Addo to address Ghanaians 1pm on Tuesday, March 9

  Pulse-gh   Yesterday, 10:22 p.m.

Mr Bagbin stated: “In accordance with Article 179 of the constitution, his excellency has given further indication his horse is prepared to present and lay before this house the Budget 2021 on Friday 12 March for consideration and approval.” Addressing the house on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, after the resumption of parliament following a 3-week shutdown due to COVID-19, Speaker Alban Bagbin indicated that the house will host the President to deliver his address on 9 March. March 2021.”The address is expected to include an outline of plans for his second term in office, health and the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, agriculture, security, education, environment among other areas of national interest.
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GPL Wk 17 REVIEW: Sharks stun Kotoko, Boadu picks first Hearts win 

  3news   Yesterday, 9:52 p.m.

There was another 1-0 win for King Faisal against Liberty Professionals while Inter Allies and Ashanti Gold shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. WAFADreams FC 0-1 Great OlympicsBerekum Chelsea 1-1 1-0 Asante KotokoInter Allies 1-1 Ashanti Gold In some other results, Legon Cities were brought back down to earth following a recent positive run of good results with a 1-0 loss to Eleven Wonders. Medeama SCEleven Wonders 1-0 Legon CitiesKarela United 2-1 United 1-1 The result will be a thing of pride for the Phobians but the club’s fans will take this in even more and expect more of the same in the second round under a coach with a great reputation of being hard to beat. Aduana StarsKing Faisal 1-0 Kotoko may have been undone by off-pitch issues concerning a new head coach, and need to get back to winning ways as soon as they can.
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2021IWD: Celebrating Hollardite women

  3news   Yesterday, 9:23 p.m.

Thank you to all women at Hollard Ghana, who despite the challenges presented by COVID; be they working from home with the distractions of family responsibilities, to ensuring the health and safety of people they interact with, while delivering excellently for our customers and partners, are supporting our business objectives of achieving exceptional and sustainable growth. With the company’s moral compass, “The Hollard Way” as their guiding light, Hollardite women across various departments, roles and locations are leading the charge to ensure that insurance becomes a lifestyle; easily accessible, available to all and providing much-needed financial security when people need it most. We celebrate you!Yours in service,Hollard GhanaGet to Know Hollard GhanaThe country’s favourite insurance group Hollard Ghana, with subsidiaries Hollard Insurance and Hollard Life Assurance combines its deep local knowledge of the market from 25 years of experience as Metropolitan Insurance, with the world-class expertise of an international insurance brand. Hollard offers various life and general insurance products including funeral, personal accident, motor, business, home, and more; and can be reached via the following means: 0501603967 (Hollard Insurance) and 0501533698 (Hollard Life).Beyond various nationwide office branches and Hollard 2U franchise shops, Ghanaians can find Hollard at Shell Fuel Station Welcome Shops, and Melcom stores, for all their insurance needs. From our Group CEO, Patience Akyianu, a seasoned business leader, to our national service personnel, Hollardite women are competent, and leading at every touchpoint while driving the achievement of our social, financial, people, customer, transformation, and excellence goals. The women at Hollard Ghana, fondly called “Hollardite Women” have a purpose to enable more people to create and secure a better future. Through their work, delivering financial security to our customers and “doing well by doing good,” as our mantra goes, our accomplished Hollardite Women are vanguards of the insurance industry. Thank you!To all our women partners and customers, we say, thank you for partnering with us to deliver the triple win, achieving better futures for our customers, partners, and business. this International Women’s Day, 2021, Hollardite women hold their hands up and pledge to challenge systems, and cultures by speaking up against inequality and being accountable their biases at work and home.   As a three-time recognised Top Employer, Hollard Ghana and our subsidiaries Hollard Insurance and Hollard Life Assurance, believe in providing equal opportunities and an enabling environment to help women advance. Our People goals are akin to the priority of the UN to ensure full and effective participation and decision-making in public life for the empowerment of all women. Similarly, numerous women fill up middle management, business executive (sales), Hollard2U (agent), and support roles across our businesses.
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Visionless APC Has Brought More Division To Nigeria – Lamido

  Naijanews   Yesterday, 8:54 p.m.

In his remarks during the event, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is the only party that can save Nigeria from its present predicament. Lamido while speaking on Monday in Rivers State during the commissioning of Rumuji, Ibaa, Obelle Isokpo road in Emouha Local Government Area, said the confusion in APC has reflected in the way national issues are been handled by the party. (APC).Uzodinma is an APC Governor while Jonathan is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but political watchers say the APC is making attempts to lure Jonathan to the APC with the promise of the party’s presidential ticket. The former Governor also lashed out at the APC itself, describing the party as a disintegrated and visionless party. “This is a party that Nigerians have seen, Rivers State has seen that we have the confidence, we have the commitment to save Nigeria. He said Nigerians have become more divided along ethnic, religious, and other lines since the APC took over power about five years ago.
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Asoriba and Hollard Life partner to provide church members a platform to give and be insured

  3news   Yesterday, 8:46 p.m.

Africa’s leading church technology service provider, Asoriba, and top life insurer, Hollard Life Assurance, have partnered to provide church members a platform to give electronically to their churches while earning free life insurance. Saviour Kwaku Dzage, a co-founder of Asoriba said “As we dug deep into the challenges church members faced frequently, we realized that hospital costs incurred by members and in some instances funeral costs, if a family member or the member themselves passed on, was overwhelming. To benefit from free life cover and hospital cash-back worth GHS 1,000, church members can give to their church through MyChurchPay by dialing USSD code Asoriba has seven (7) years’ experience in building church technology and over six hundred thousand church members have engaged with its technology. Asoriba’s mission is to enable churches to effectively minister to their flocksWith this partnership, church members can gain life cover and hospital cash-back by simply dialing USSD code In this case, we are happy to be the backbone for church members as they do their part to sustain their churches and fulfil their spiritual responsibilities; especially now that the pandemic has propelled a more digital way of engaging and practicing their faith. Churches can sign up online at www.mychurchpay.comOperating for the past three years with thousands of church subscribers on MyChurchPay’s online payment software, it has become the first faith-based technology platform of its kind in Africa.
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Chief Imam prays for Bissa fitness club

  3news   Yesterday, 8:28 p.m.

Led by the Patron Anyars Ibrahim Tanko, President Hussein Hassan Yorda and a member of the Council of Elders Hajia Ayisha Zeba, members of the club raised their arms to receive prayers and motivational speeches from the Grand Mufty, who on the  lighter note, asked the club to invite him for their next aerobics exercise. Getting the opportunity to meet the Chief Imam in person to receive prayers from him marked yet another feat of blessing for the Club, and the club’s president Hussein Hassan Yorda acknowledged that in his gratitude to the centenarian. The National  Chief Imam on Saturday,  6th March, prayed for the Bissa Fitness Club after members of the club paid a courtesy call on him at his Fadama residence. The club’s aim since its inception in 2018, is to unite Bissa youth and other well-meaning Ghanaian youth through fitness and well-being, for networking and developmental purposes. The Saturday’s program came under auspices of the Langa Chir(Bissa sub-Chief) of Fadama, who also happens to be a member of the Council of Elders of the BFC.The event attracted hundreds of Bissas and non Bissas alike, and was graced by several prominent individuals including Head Coach of Blacks Stars B Ibrahim Tanko and Fadama Bissa Chief Alhaji Yussif Mamborni. It came few minutes after the club had completed its special Independence Day workout at the Fadama Cluster of Schools park, which is few metres away from the Chief Imam’s residence. Sheikh Usman Nuhu Sharubutu was full of praise for the club, urging them to remain united and describing the initiative as “brilliant”. The workout was the maiden edition of specially organised sessions, scheduled to take place in different parts of the capital city, Accra.
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Hijab: Shehu Sani Interferes In Kwara School Uniform Controversy

  Naijanews   Yesterday, 8:24 p.m.

Sani stressed that the government should allow students whose parents want them to wear a Hijab as part of their school uniform to do so while those against it should not be forced to wear it. reaction to the Hijab wearing was coming after the Kwara State government announced a decision to shut down 10 public/grant-aided schools over the controversy surrounding the government policy on the use of hijab in such schools. The 8th National Assembly lawmaker in a post on his Twitter account on Monday, March 8, urged the Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq led government not to allow the choice of school uniform bring about any controversy in his state. Those who want their children to wear it should be allowed to wear it. Those who want their Children to wear it,should be allowed to wear it.
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2021 IWD: This is our time –CEO of Media General to women

  3news   Yesterday, 8:20 p.m.

She said this in connection with a comment made by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to the effect that Ghanaian women have not shown enough dynamism, while speaking on the New Day show on TV3 as part of the International Women’s Day celebration on Monday March 8.Mr Akufo-Addo in his contribution at the Women Deliver Conference in Canada in 2019 said he was yet to see dynamism in Ghanaian women. She said this in her message to women on the occasions of the 202012 International Women’s Day celebration on Monday March 8.“Women are now getting opportunities which were nonexistent to them in the past and we are now seeing women in areas which have always been male dominated. Asked whether women have not shown enough dynamism as is being stated by the President, Ms Esther Cobbah who is an award-winning communications consultant told host of the show Berla Mundi that “I believe that women have been showing dynamism for years. her part, CEO of Stratcomm Africa, Esther Cobbah told men in the society to free their minds in order to see and appreciate the value that women bring on board. “We are working at it as women but society itself has to appreciate the value that they get from women. What is left is for the men to liberate their minds and be able to see the value that women bring.
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Havertz stars as Chelsea sink top-four rivals Everton

  Guardianng   Yesterday, 8:14 p.m.

On current form, Chelsea look a good bet to qualify for next season’s Champions League via a top-four finish, while they still have aspirations to win this season’s competition after beating Atletico Madrid 1-0 in the last 16 first leg. The 21-year-old hasn’t scored in the league since October, but Tuchel entrusted him with an important role as Chelsea’s false nine and his intelligent movement put him in position to earn the second-half penalty that Jorginho converted. Everton barely troubled Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy for nearly an hour and even when Richarlison had a clear sight of goal, the Brazilian slipped and miscued his shot wide. Revitalised HavertzJorginho twice fired narrowly wide in the opening exchanges and Chelsea’s pressure was rewarded with a stroke of luck in the 31st minute. The revitalised Havertz turned to fire past Pickford moments later, only to see the goal disallowed by VAR after he controlled the ball with his arm. Pickford had to tip over Alonso’s swerving free-kick when it threatened to catch him out at the near post early in the second half. Everton’s English goalkeeper Jordan Pickford brings down Chelsea’s German midfielder Kai Havertz for a penalty during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge in London on March 8, 2021.
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Another ‘Boko Haram’ Terrorist Group Emerges In South Africa

  Naijanews   Yesterday, 7:51 p.m.

A South African online newspaper, Sowetan Live reports that the gang has been terrorizing and extorting money from the people in the township since 2018.A former gang member told the newspaper that they don’t take such money to the bank but is usually shared among the members. The gang members also collect money from shop owners in the area, describing the money as protection fee just the same way the real Boko Haram does for some farmers in territories they control. Another member of the gang explained further that they were initially registered as “Community First Forum,” a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) aimed at assisting struggling families, especially during funerals but some rogues hijacked the initiative and started extorting community members. “Ever since we started collecting money, imposters stepped forward and pretended to be us… the money we collect is for the community,” the man explained. “The money we collected, we didn’t take it to the bank, instead we would put it in a safe and share among ourselves,” the unnamed man told Sowetan Live.
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Michael Essien rubbishes claims that he is gay with photo of his children

  Pulse-gh   Yesterday, 7:35 p.m.

In response to a backlash he received after throwing his weight behind the LGBT community in Ghana, the ex-Chelsea midfielder has shared a family photo to celebrate International Women's Day. “Michael Essien didn’t just show support for the LGBT community for Ghana or the world to accept it, but he is fighting for himself because he is gay,” he claimed on Angel FM without any evidence. Last week, the 38-year-old football legend received a harsh backlash when he publicly endorsed and supported the LGBT community in Ghana. According to the founder of Christ Revival Baptist Church, the former Chelsea FC star’s recent support for the LGBT community in Ghana is enough evidence of his sexual orientation. " he captioned the photo which features his three children; two males and a female.
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Official in suspended PSG-Basaksehir game banned for rest of season

  Guardianng   Yesterday, 7:24 p.m.

Sebastian Coltescu, from Romania, was banned from carrying out “any referee’s function until the end of the 2020/21 season, i.e. until 30 June 2021” for “inappropriate behaviour” but was not found to have breached UEFA articles covering racism and other discriminatory conduct. The group-stage game was stopped in the 14th minute, and then finished a day later, after a touchline argument erupted over accusations Coltescu, who was the fourth official, had described Basaksehir’s Cameroonian assistant coach Pierre Webo as “black”, or “negru” in Romanian. – A match official in the December Champions League game between Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir that was suspended after allegations of racism has been banned for the rest of the season for “inappropriate behaviour”, UEFA announced on March 8, 2021. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)A match official in the December Champions League game between Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir that was suspended after allegations of racism has been banned for the rest of the season for “inappropriate behaviour”, UEFA announced on Monday. Sebastian Coltescu, from Romania, was banned from carrying out “any referee’s function until the end of the 2020/21 season, i.e. until 30 June 2021” but was not found to have breached UEFA articles covering racism and other discriminatory conduct. The match restarted 24 hours later with players taking a knee and wearing anti-racism T-shirts before PSG won 5-1.Television microphones in the empty stadium — the match took place without spectators because of Covid-19 restrictions picked up the argument, as a furious Webo repeatedly asked why a racist term had been used to describe him.
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EndSARS: Lawyer Who Filed Case Against Pastor Adeyemi, Davido, Falz, 47 Others Is Fake – NBA

  Naijanews   Yesterday, 7:19 p.m.

He informed the court that the NBA would be prosecuting Kenechukwu Okeke for impersonation in the case, and in view of all the above, the FCT High Court presided by Justice Bello Kawu then adjourned the case to March 30, 2021.Okeke, who appeared in court, was visibly angry and seen by people in court to be behaving in an unruly manner and shouting, and the presiding judge had to caution him to be careful as the honourable court was in charge of its proceedings. The NBA Abuja Capital Chairman, Chukwuemeka Clement, also appeared in this case as amicus curea (a friend of the court).At the commencement of the case, Ihensekhien informed the court that in view of the avalanche of court process filed by all parties in the case, there was a need for a clear date to be taken by the honourable court to hear all pending applications. This application by the applicant’s counsel was acceded to by the court, and he further informed the court that by an official letter filed by the NBA the chairman of Abuja capital that the purported first defendant in the case, Okeke, who has been filing different court processes all over Nigeria was actually not a lawyer.
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Schoolgirls Abduction: Zamfara Govt Relaxes Curfew On Jangebe

  Naijanews   Yesterday, 6:49 p.m.

advising residents of the area to remain law-abiding, Dosara warned that the “government will not condone any acts of breaching the peace and tranquillity being restored in the state by the present administration. He explained that the state government “appreciates the endurance, support and cooperation of all the law-abiding people of the area in particular and the state in general.
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Women Can Perform Creditably If Given Opportunity – Buhari

  Naijanews   Yesterday, 6:44 p.m.

He, however, pledged support towards female gender inclusiveness in all sectors of national life, saying that any “government which neglects such a crucial component of its demographic asset, stands the risk of stunted growth and likely failure. In a statement issued on Monday by his media aide, Femi Adesina, the Nigerian leader described women as the bedrock of society and key to a happy and stable family, society, and nation.
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APC A Party Filled With Anger, Envy And Malice – Lamido

  Naijanews   Yesterday, 6:40 p.m.

earlier, Governor Nyesom Wike said the Rumuji -Ibaa-Obelle -Isiopko Road has been used as a campaign tool by politicians who failed to fulfil such promise when elections were over. They have no vision, they have no feeling, they have no compassion, they are there for the power and the power is there tormenting them, because the power has been abused. I’m sure when this road was going on, most of you were employed and made some money, and supported members of your families. They had no plan; the only agenda they had was to flush out PDP from government because we were performing; because we were organised, because we were committed, because we are compassionate and very humane. He said: “When APC came on board, they had no programme. But it has a duty to make the environment conducive for you to work and find food to eat.
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We’re committed to gender parity in governance – Bello

  Guardianng   Yesterday, 6:40 p.m.

Hajia Fatima Buba, the state commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, said the International Women’s Day celebration started in 1911.She said it was targeted at showcasing the economic, social and cultural achievements of the womenfolk worldwide, adding that it provided them the opportunity to reflect on their struggles for enforcement of women’s rights and protection in the past years. Represented by his deputy, Edward Onoja, the governor said there was need to sustain the effort at ensuring gender balance in governance, adding that gender equity would continue to receive topmost attention by his administration. Bello, who gave the assurance in an address to mark the International Women’s Day in the state on Monday in Lokoja, said he had resolved to consolidate on his achievements by guaranteeing political empowerment for women. She appealed to the governor to give more opportunities for women in the area of effective participation in politics, appointment into key positions and sharing of state resources.
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Heroin, Cocaine Stash Found At Palace Of Anambra Monarch

  Naijanews   Yesterday, 6:29 p.m.

He said: “Operatives of the Anambra State Command of the Agency have recovered 58.5 grammes of cocaine and 13.9 grammes of heroine concealed in the palace of a prominent traditional ruler in the state. In a statement by his media aide Abdullahi Kabiru, Baraje called on security agencies to investigate infiltration by foreign criminal elements who “masquerade as Fulani herders”. “All these false claims would not change my original position that the government and our security agencies must investigate the infiltration of our country by foreign criminal elements who masquerade as Fulani herders. In a statement released on Monday by its Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency said its operatives at the Anambra command recovered 58.5 grammes of cocaine and 13.9 grammes of heroin. “Investigations are on-going to unravel how the illicit drugs were hidden in the palace and the palace security guards are helping in tracing the dealer behind the consignment, Muhammadu Misbahu Idris, the Anambra state Commander of the NDLEA stated.
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Wakili Pretending To Be Sick To Avoid Investigation – Gani Adams

  Naijanews   Yesterday, 6:21 p.m.

”“People are beginning to lose confidence in the ability of the police, it will be distrastrous for the police to lose the respect of the people. police that are supposed to commend the joint security team for complementing their efforts went ahead to detain them unjustly, alleging arson and killing of an unknown person. With the detention of OPC members, it shows that the police are ready to frustrate the efforts of the people.
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Baraje Reveals Difference Between Foreign/Nigerian Fulani Herdsmen

  Naijanews   Yesterday, 6:19 p.m.

In a statement by his media aide Abdullahi Kabiru, Baraje called on security agencies to investigate infiltration by foreign criminal elements who “masquerade as Fulani herders”. “All these false claims would not change my original position that the government and our security agencies must investigate the infiltration of our country by foreign criminal elements who masquerade as Fulani herders. He said: “I know some mischievous elements who probably have political points to score have been spreading false versions of my statements to the journalists during the chat I had on my 70th birthday. Just as I cautioned that we should not play politics with security, the mischief-makers, using a section of the media to spread falsehood about my position should stop. “Those who carry arms are mere criminals who exploited the porosity of our borders and came in without cattle,” the ex-PDP boss added.
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Bridget Otoo drags D-Black's daughter into heated Twitter banter

  Pulse-gh   Yesterday, 6:16 p.m.

We were the first nation, in colonial Africa, to gain our independence from the colonial power, and, thus, became the torchbearer of the struggle for liberation of the African continent," Nana Addo tweeted, to which Bridget responded: "You and who freed ‘our Nation’ ?" D-Black found the tweet disrespectful so he replied to Bridget: "Isn’t this a tad disrespectful?"When questioned by a fan whether it's right or wrong to question the President, D-Black explained: "I feel it’s kinda a bit off to spend that way to an elder. D-Black responded by reminding her of other dignitaries who received the awards and asked her to respectfully ask questions. Bridget ended the heated banter which lasted for hours with a tweet shading D-Black, reminding him of his leaked sextape.
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Army Replies Gumi Over Comment On Christian Soldiers Attacking Bandits

  Naijanews   Yesterday, 6:14 p.m.

“The Nigerian Army wishes to seize this opportunity to advise opinion leaders to be more courteous while expressing their views, taking into cognisance the imperative for national security, particularly at these difficult times when our gallant troops have redoubled their efforts to tackle the myriads of security challenges facing our dear nation. The statement read: “The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a viral video-clip showing the renowned and respected Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmed Gumi alleging that non-Muslim soldiers were responsible for the attacks against bandits. “Therefore Sheikh Ahmed Gumi and other opinion merchants are please enjoined to exercise restraint not to drag the image and reputation of one of the most reliable national institutions to disrepute”. Yerima asked the prominent cleric not to drag the image of the Service to disrepute and show restraint on the way to malign the image of the Nigerian Army.
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Osinbajo Responsible For Successes Recorded By Buhari’s Govt – Yahaya Bello

  Naijanews   Yesterday, 6:04 p.m.

He said: “Your selfless service to humanity and the nation at large as well as the many achievements you have recorded in both personal and public life, are some of the reasons we cannot but celebrate you on this occasion of your birthday, Your Excellency. Bello said Osinbajo has proved himself as a loyal and dedicated deputy to the president since the inception of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government in 2015.He prayed that God grant him many more years in sound health to enable him to contribute to the development of the country.
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Wakili’s Men Killed 4 In Igangan After Arrest By OPC – Gani Adams

  Naijanews   Yesterday, 6:02 p.m.

According to Adams, the criminals killed people at Idiyan village, Igangan, Oyo State, on Monday, a day after Wakili was arrested by the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC).The Aare in a statement released through his spokesman, Kehinde Adeyemi, said the perpetrators have been terrorising the village and its environs. This is coming after gunmen on Monday stormed Konkobudo village, Idiyan axis, a border village located between Ibarapa North and Iwajowa LGAs of Oyo State, killing at least four farmers. It was gathered that the gunmen who arrived at the village on motorcycles before sunrise on Monday hacked and shot the farmers who were asleep on their farmlandSource:
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