Monday, 31 October 2016
The British No 1, fresh off a tournament win in Vienna at the Erste Bank Open, can top the ATP rankings if he claims victory at this week's Paris event and Djokovic loses before the final.
But Murray, currently the world No 2, remains aware that he must rely on Djokovic uncharacteristically faltering in Paris.
"I can obviously try and win my matches, but even if I win all of my matches this week, I still might not get there," Murray told a news conference on Monday.
"So it's in Novak's hands. He's ahead obviously just now, so if he wins his matches and gets to the latter stages of the last two tournaments, then he'll most likely keep the No 1 spot.
"I don't feel any differently now to how I did six, eight weeks ago. My goal wasn't to finish No 1 at the end of this year.
"I wanted to finish this year as strong as possible and I think there is a lot stronger chance of doing it in the early part of next year, which is what I targeted, rather than this week."
Murray will begin his challenge at the Paris Masters in the second round on Wednesday, when he will play Fernando Verdasco who profited from Robin Haase's retirement in their Monday tie.
Embattled former National Security Adviser, NSA, Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd), on Sunday said he would like former President Goodluck Jonathan to be his witness in his ongoing trial for allegedly misappropriating $2.2bn arms funds.
Dasuki is currently facing charges for alleged misappropriation of $2.2bn arms funds meant for the military fighting insurgents in the North East.
Following his continued detention despite been granted bail by several Nigerian court and the Economic Community of West African State’s Court, ECOWAS, court, Jonathan recently claimed that his former NSA could not have stolen such amount of money.
Dr. Jonathan who faulted the charges against Dasuki had claimed that the ex-NSA could not have stolen about $2.2billion votes for arms. Speaking during a recent interview at the Oxford Union in the United Kingdom, Jonathan said, “We bought warships, we bought aircraft, we bought lots of weapons for the army.”
However, counsel to the embattled former NSA, Ahmed Raji, SAN, said Jonathan’s appearance as a witness in court will “throw more light into grey areas.”
Speaking to The Nation, Raji said, “It will be desirable for Jonathan to testify for the ex-NSA. It will throw greater light into grey areas. And it will serve the interest of Justice.
“It will be fantastic for him to go to court to testify. Dasuki is an agent of a disclosed and known principal.”
Advocating for political solutions rather than a trial due to the “characters involved,” Raji said, “But, frankly speaking, I pray for a political solution to the problem because of the characters involved.
“Both the accused and the government should embrace a political solution to the problem.”
On if the former NSA is ready for political solution, the senior Advocate said “Why not? He is.
”I believe the President is very sincere. He wants to reorganize Nigeria and he deserves the support of all.
“With a political solution, Mr. President will be in good stead to overcome unnecessary distractions in order to succeed.
“I pray that everybody will key into his vision and the economic challenges facing the nation.”
Source: PM News.
During an interactive session with US based Nigerians in Houston,Texas, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said that the federal government won’t interject with the activities of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission as regards former president Goodluck Jonathan.
Osinbajo, mentioned this in response to a question asked by one of the attendees on whether the former president would be arrested for corruption during his administration, he stated that the Buhari’s administration was not in the business of arresting just anyone, indiscriminately.
According to him, "all that the administration does is to empower security agencies and the anti-corruption agencies to do their jobs without the administration trying to tele-guide them.”
However, he said, “corruption is not an ethnic thing, there is an equal representation in the stealing as no one operates with his/her ethnic group alone. The culprits are in every case seen so far, united by greed to steal and not by ethnic or religious interest.”
By Juliet Amos.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday charged former Gov. Orji Uzor Kalu of Abia with money laundering before a Federal High Court in Lagos.
Kalu is charged alongside his company, Slok Nigeria Ltd., and his former Commissioner for Finance, Jones Ude, on 34 counts bordering on money laundering.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.
After the plea, counsel to the accused, Mr Mike Ozekhome (SAN), urged the trial judge, Justice Mohammed Idris, to allow the accused to continue with an earlier bail condition.
Ozekhome informed the court that the accused had earlier been arraigned before Justice Nyako, Adamu Bello and Uweh, all of Abuja Federal High Courts before they were re-arraigned today.
The prosecutor, Mr Adeniyi Adebisi, did not oppose the submission of defence counsel.
Adebisi, however, added that EFCC was only interested in the justice of the case which included the trial of the accused persons.
Idris consequently, adjourned the case to Dec. 12 and 13 for trial and ordered that the accused continue with the subsisting bail terms.
In the charge, the accused were alleged to have committed the offence between August 2001 and October 2005.
Kalu was alleged to have utilized his company to retain in the account of a First Inland Bank, now FCMB, N200 million.
The sum is alleged to have formed part of funds illegally derived from the coffers of the Abia State Government.
In one of the counts, his company (Slok Nig Ltd) and one Emeka Abone, who is said to be at large, were also alleged to have retained in the company’s account N200 million, on behalf of the first accused.
They were alleged to have utilized Manny Bank (now Fidelity Bank Plc), Spring Bank Plc, the defunct Standard Trust Bank and Finland Bank, now First City Monument Bank (FCMB).
In counts one to 10, the accused were alleged to have retained about N2.5 billion in different accounts which funds were said to belong to the Abia State Government.
Cumulatively in all the counts, the accused were alleged to have diverted over N3.2 billion from the Abia State Government’s treasury during Kalu’s tenure as governor.
The offence is said to have contravened the provisions of sections 15(6), 16, and 21 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2005.
It is also said to have contravened the provisions of the Money Laundering Act of 1995 as amended by the amendment Act No. 9 of 2002 and section 477 of the Criminal Code Act, Laws of the Federation, 1990.
Source: PM News.
Sunday, 30 October 2016
One week after he was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly collecting N50m from the former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki, former presidential spokesman Reuben Abati is still in the gulaq.
PREMIUM TIMES reports that Abati is still being detained by the EFCC because he has been unable to fulfil the conditions of the administrative bail granted him by the anti-graft body.
The conditions include depositing his passport with the EFCC and presenting a senior federal civil servant —preferably a director— with landed properties in Abuja.
When operatives questioned him about how he spent the funds, Mr. Abati reportedly said he disbursed it to media practitioners in his capacity as the spokesman for the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
But he said he did not keep records of the disbursement when queried for evidence.
The journalist was subsequently granted an administrative bail that requires presenting a senior federal civil servant —preferably a director— with landed properties in Abuja.
“He will be released when he meets his bail conditions,” a source within the EFCC said.
Also in EFCC custody is Bala Mohammed, a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, who was taken into custody shortly after Mr. Abati’s arrest on Monday.
But Mr. Mohammed’s case is said to be more complicated, and he may not be released anytime soon.
PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the EFCC has procured a remand order from a court to hold Mr. Mohammed for a while.
He faces allegations of land racketeering which EFCC said came in several petitions from citizens who dealt with Mr. Mohammed while he was a minister.
Mr. Mohammed was said to have sold government land to private individuals and received pay for the transaction in cash.
Source: PM News.
President of Ghana, Mr. John Dramani Mahama said the Award “is in recognition of your unique and outstanding contribution to business enterprise both in Ghana and the continent of Africa at large”.
The BOSS newspaper reports that President Mahama justified the award further by saying that “through your creative business exertions, you have touched many lives in Ghana. You have provided employment for our teeming youth, artists, footballers and many more. I am particularly proud of you. This award is our way of saying a simple THANK YOU”.
The citation on Dr Adenuga commended his “transformational achievements in the telecommunications industry”, which included the laying of the historic Glo 1 optic fibre cable linking several African countries including Ghana with Europe and America.
President Mahama applauded Dr Adenuga’s association with telecommunications in Ghana since Glo Mobile’s launch and praised the massive capital investment he has injected into the project. He also noted that Dr Adenuga’s investment forays and strong support for sports have drawn honours from far and near to him. He admitted that such outstanding contributions similarly recommended Dr Adenuga for Ghana’s highest civilian honour.
In his acceptance remarks, Dr Adenuga thanked President Mahama for the honour and noted that the President’s “recognition and support of my modest contributions to the development of Ghana’s economy have come as a great source of pride and encouragement to me. This is more so as it is coming from Your Excellency, whose sterling qualities of leadership I admire greatly”.
Dr. Michael Adenuga Jr. also holds the highest civilian national award in Nigeria, the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON) awarded by the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2012.
Source: PM News.
After the show of shame displayed by her husband, Tiwa Savage a talented Nigeria musical artist is allegedly set to reconcile with her husband.
According to Vanguard,
“About six months after her marital squabble,it appears talented minstrel, Tiwa Savage, is ready to mend fences with her estranged hubby, Tunji Balogun aka Tee Billz.
According to sources close to the singer, her body language indicates that she’s ready to reconcile with her baby’s daddy. Already, there have been meetings between both families aimed at a peaceful reconciliation.
Tiwa is also said to have been meeting with older couples and counsellors who have been advising her to give her marriage another chance in respect of the ‘for better, for worse’ vows she took at the altar.
Our source who commented under the condition of anonymity stated that,
“You can take my word for it that a reconciliation is in the offing between Tiwa and Teebillz. She has told people close to her that she misses Tunji, and she wants him back in her life. Also, as their son, Jamal (Jam Jam) is growing older, Tiwa wants to ensure that he has a father figure around.”
Speaking further, the source said,
“Of course, she has also given a condition that Teebillz gets help so that all the issues that led to his public meltdown will not happen again.”
However, there are also reports that Tiwa’s mom was badly hurt by the negative things Teebillz said about her on Instagram, but she’s ready to forgive and forget all because all she really wants is her daughter’s happiness.
As a pointer to the fact that Tiwa is ready to accommodate her husband, she paused her performance last Sunday at the Three Thrones concert which held at the Eko Hotel and Suites, to seek for marital advice from ‘veteran’ singing couple, Tunde and Wunmi Obe (TWO).
“You’ve been married for so long, and you’re also in the limelight; how have you managed to keep your relationship intact for all these years? There’s a lot of pressure on young couples and I’m very jealous of you,” Tiwa said right on stage.
The elderly couple responded by telling her that it is imperative to ‘marry the man you love, communication, the only third party in your marriage should be God.’
Meanwhile, Teebillz’s whereabouts is been jealously guarded like a high-value painting at a museum. His known friends in the entertainment industry have studiously maintained sealed lips in response to inquiries about where their friend is.
But it was gathered that Teebillz is presently not in Nigeria, as he travelled out shortly after the couple’s fight in April. But the good news is that the hermit guy has reopened his Instagram page which he surreptitiously closed down in the wake of the marriage brouhaha.”
Rahama Sadau, Kannywood actress after she was banned from Kannywood for featuring in a romantic musical video, she was seen side by side with an international music star, Akon and prolific movie director, Jeta Amata on Hollywood set.
By Juliet Amos.
Bale has won the Champions League twice in three seasons since his move to Spain, establishing himself as one of world football’s elite players.
The Wales international joins Luka Modric, Lucas Vazquez and Toni Kroos in recently signing renewed terms at Madrid, with Cristiano Ronaldo expected to follow suit.
A club stated that “Real Madrid CF and Gareth Bale have agreed to the extension of the player 's contract, which is linked to the club until 30 June 2022. On Monday, at 13:30, Gareth Bale will appear before the media in the room press the Bernabeu.”
According to initial reports of Bale's contract negotiations in Spain, his new contract will include a €500m (£450m) release clause.
Bale has scored 62 goals in 134 appearances for Madrid since joining in 2013 and was named in Uefa’s Champions League Squad of the Season last term.
By Juliet Amos.
Antonio Conte has admitted he did not know who N’Golo Kante was prior to his arrival at Stamford Bridge.
Conte joined Chelsea in the summer as a complete newcomer to English football having never coached outside of Italy since becoming a professional manager in 2006.
Speaking ahead of his side’s clash with Southampton on Sunday, the Italian admitted he had never heard of Kante before moving to England.
“Did I know him before I came here? The answer is no,” he said.
But Conte was quick to get up to speed though and two days after being officially unveiled as the Chelsea manager, the club had signed Kante for an estimated £30m.
Since then, the Frenchman has gone on to thrive at the Blues, growing into what Conte termed a “complete midfielder”.
“I think he’s a complete midfielder, not only a defensive midfielder,” he added.
“I like when N’Golo goes to press the play in the system we are playing now, I like it a lot. N’Golo is very good.
“I remember before the game against Leicester, many people said that he is a different player compared to last year, when he played for them.
“But I said N’Golo is playing very well at the moment and we are very pleased to have him here in the side playing for us.”
Kante opened his goal account for the Blues after adding his side’s fourth goal against Manchester United last weekend.
The 25-year-old is expected to feature once again as Chelsea travel to St Mary’s on Sunday to take on Southampton.
It seem Mourinho could face a stadium ban following his misconduct during Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Burnley on Saturday.
He directly questioned Clattenburg over his choice not to award United a penalty for Matteo Darmian’s altercation with Jon Flanagan in the Burnley box.
After the confrontation, Mourinho was not allowed back into the dugout and eventually moved to the directors’ box after being told he couldn’t sit in the front row.
Man United Manager will have to wait for Clattenburg to file his report from Saturday’s match before any retrospective action is taken. From the look of things, the flashpoint might mark the latest controversy in the manager’s career.
Mourinho currently faces one charge of misconduct from the Football Association with regards to comments he made about referee Anthony Taylor prior to United’s game against Liverpool on October 17.
Faria led United’s post-match press conference, during which he said: “I don't know why he was sent off and I don't think it was important. I think what is important is what the referee will write in his report. I can't give you more details.
Asked about their communication in the second half of the game, he added: “To be fair we normally define situations according to the details of the match. Sometimes a detail is important.”
The fiery Portuguese has a long history of touchline misconduct, having been punished 13 times for his antics throughout his career as a manager.
By Juliet Amos.
Obasanjo stated this on Saturday in Lagos at Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum. The former president was responding to an allegement by Alakija at the event, that the Obasanjo administration tormented her effort when she ventured into oil business.
Alakija, who spoke before Obasanjo, opined that his administration illegally took an oil block allocated to her company after her family had invested all its savings to strike oil in commercial quantity. “This oil block is in 5000 feet depth of water and was extremely difficult to explore.
According to her, “It took 15 years from the time that we were awarded the licence in 1993 till 2008 when we struck the first oil “When this event happened, 60 per cent out of our 60 per cent equity in the business, was forcefully taken from us by the government of the day without due process. “We had to fight back by going to court to seek redress and it took another 12 years for justice to be served in our favour. “In all those years it was my trust in God, my perseverance and the support of my family that got me going,”
When it was time for Obasanjo to speak, the former president used the opportunity to reply to the allegement by Alakija.
“There is a saying in my part of the world that when a proverb touches you and you failed to reply, then you are a coward,” he said. Obasanjo explained that the action of the government then was in line with the Mining Act, which regulates oil prospection and exploration.
“For you to come here and say that, for no cause whatsoever, you were denied what was rightfully yours, is not fair. “I do not know you from Adam and there is no reason I would have denied you what rightfully belonged to you. “So, you have struggled, and you have struck oil. God bless your heart. “My delight is to be able to create Nigerian billionaire and I always say it that my aim, when I was in government was to create 50 Nigerian billionaires.Unfortunately I failed. I created only 25 and Madam, you are one of them,” he mentioned.
Obasanjo praised the vision of Mr Tony Elumelu for helping to build African young entrepreneurs with his resources. He also advised the government to create conducive environment for people to move businesses into the country.
The former president said government should relax its visa policy and company registration process to encourage investors. He urged the government to create certification centres in the country for easy exportation of agro processed products.
By Juliet Amos.
Saturday, 29 October 2016
Sky Sports darts commentator Dave Lanning has died at the age of 78 after a short illness.
Lanning called the first nine-dart finish to be televised, achieved by John Lowe in 1984, and was also a widely-respected speedway broadcaster and national newspaper contributor.
He was one of the Sky Sports' commentary team that broadcast the first PDC World Darts Championship in 1994 and remained a mainstay in the booth until his retirement in 2011 alongside the likes of John Gwynne and the legendary Sid Waddell, who died in 2012.
Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis said: "Everyone at Sky Sports is saddened by the news of Dave's passing.
"He was a wonderful man whose commentaries enthralled our viewers, many of whom will remember his entertaining double act on the darts with Sid Waddell. On behalf of everyone at Sky Sports, I would like to send our deepest condolences to Dave's family and friends."
Lanning leaves behind Leona, his wife of 57 years, three children - Alyson, Russell and Philip - and a number of grandchildren.
"Dave was one of the pioneers of televised darts and his dulcet tones entertained us for over 30 years," said PDC chairman Barry Hearn.
"He gave us so many great memories with eloquence and style behind the microphone. He is now reunited with his old sparring partner Sid Waddell, and they can share a drink together again tonight."
Arsenal scored three goals in seven minutes to seal an emphatic 4-1 victory over struggling Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Alexis Sanchez's opening goal was cancelled out by Jermain Defoe's second-half penalty, but substitute Olivier Giroud struck twice before Sanchez wrapped up the win with his second goal.
The defeat means Sunderland have made the worst-ever start to a Premier League season, and piles more pressure on manager David Moyes. Here, we look at five talking points from the game.
Return of Giroud
What must Giroud have been thinking when Sanchez leapt above Lamine Kone to head home Arsenal's opener? The Frenchman's aerial prowess has always felt like a unique strength among Wenger's forwards, but here was their makeshift frontman rising above Sunderland's 6ft 1in centre-back to power the ball past Jordan Pickford.
But while Giroud's status has taken a hit during his time on the sidelines, his second-half appearance was a timely reminder of his qualities. After instinctively hooking Kieran Gibbs' cross into the net with his first touch, he sent a glancing header past Pickford with his second.
Thierry Henry described them as "two great finishes" in the Sky Sports studio, adding: "He has been injured and people doubt him but you have to give him his credit. At the beginning of the season I said that I would have both him and Sanchez up front. You can play the Arsenal way, but you can also play long." Sanchez may be the new first-choice, but Giroud gives Arsenal options.
Sunderland on the slide?
The Stadium of Light was bouncing after Defoe's spot kick pulled them level, but the jubilation was short-lived. Moyes' men have now taken just two points from their first 10 games of the campaign. It is the worst-ever start to a Premier League season, and angry fans were heading towards the exits long before the final whistle.
Moyes insists they are doing "everything they can" to turn things around, but there was little cause for optimism in this performance. The Black Cats only mustered three shots on goal across the 90 minutes - their worst return of the season so far - and Sky Sports pundit Niall Quinn fears his former club are already doomed.
"They looked lost at times trying to do the pass and movement," he said. "They had a brief flurry in the second half but quite frankly the way this team is going now it feels like death by a thousand cuts the way they're playing. They've got to something radical and different now. The fans would react better to a more direct approach."
Does Ox deserve a starting spot?
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored twice in Arsenal's EFL Cup win over Reading in midweek and Theo Walcott's injury gave him another chance to impress against Sunderland. The 23-year-old is desperate to nail down a starting spot in Wenger's team, and there were certainly positives to take from his performance.
He produced the assist for Sanchez's opener by bursting past Duncan Watmore and delivering a pinpoint cross from the right, and there was also plenty of hard work off the ball. At one point he raced back into his own half to steal possession from Wahbi Khazri and halt a Sunderland counter-attack, and in total he made twice as many tackles (four) as any of his team-mates.
There were, however, moments when he should have done better in front of goal. He dragged one effort horribly wide after being released by Ozil in the second half, and he seemed caught between crossing and shooting when he broke free again a few minutes later. He might need to show greater conviction to make the place his own.
Arsenal have fierce competition for places in central midfield, and with Santi Cazorla injured and Granit Xhaka suspended, Mohamed Elneny certainly took his opportunity to impress alongside Francis Coquelin. The Egyptian dictated the play from start to finish.
He completed 91 of his 97 passes, nearly twice as many as any other player, and he was involved in the build-up to Arsenal's first and fourth goals. Elneny constantly made himself available to team-mates, and Premier League tracking data showed he covered more ground (11.15km) than any other player. Even with a fully-stocked midfield, Wenger might find it hard to leave him out.
Is Gibbs first-choice?
Walcott and Cazorla were joined in Arsenal's treatment room by Nacho Monreal, giving Kieran Gibbs his first Premier League start since March at left-back. The 27-year-old was assured defensively and played an important role in Arsenal's late rally.
He provided the cross for Giroud's first goal, laid on another scoring chance from which Ozil should have netted, and struck the post with a powerful shot in the build-up to Sanchez's second. Gibbs has had to be patient, but on this evidence he could be set for the run in the team he has been waiting for.
Source: Sky News.
The Chairman, Kogi Chapter of Wuro Miyetti-Allah Association, Alhaji Ibrahim Abubakar, has been assassinated by unknown gunmen who invaded his residence in the early hours of Saturday.
The unknown gunmen numbering about eight, invaded the Peace Community, Road 3, Ganaja road, Lokoja residence of Abubakar at about 2:05 Saturday morning to carry out the dastardly act.
Residents of the area, who spoke with newsmen, said they were gripped with fear when they started hearing gunshots from the residence of the chairman of Fulani socio-cultural group in the operation that lasted over an hour.
They said that the gunmen passed through “unfamiliar routes” to gain access to the deceased’s residence beating the ‘C’ Division Police Station route where they could have been spotted and questioned.
A neighbour who identified himself simply as Musa, said there were some strange faces in the vicinity much earlier before the incident, not knowing they had a sinister motive.
Musa said the gunmen shot at the door to the room of one of the deceased’s two wives and gained access into the house, machete the deceased on the neck and other parts of the body and later shot him severally.
A medical practitioner with the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, Dr Sam Alhassan, who lives a stone throw from the victim’s residence said: “I was in my room which is just steps away to his house and I started hearing gunshots.
“Then I rose up from my bed and looked through the window. I saw a group of bandits in two lines. At least I saw eight people, and they started shooting, shooting and shooting.
“The next thing that I saw was that a bullet hit the overhead tank and water started running down. Later I and my family went quiet for a while; then the wife of the deceased came out shouting, ‘they have killed my husband.”
Alhassan said that he later came out with his landlord and went into the deceased’s house to ascertain the truth; only to find him lying in the pool of his blood with machete cuts and bullet holes in his lifeless body.
The medical practitioner said it was unclear if the gunmen took cash or property from the house.
He, however, called on security agencies to be proactive in crime prevention and detection mandate to avoid loss of innocent lives.
Contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Williams Aya said that the command had got the report, adding that the incident was a clear case of assassination.
Aya said investigation into the matter had commenced, adding that the Police was yet to make any arrest in respect of the assassination.
Source: PM News.
Friday, 28 October 2016
Arsene Wenger has told Alexis Sanchez he is not a "special case" and insists he will continue to make the decision on whether to substitute the Arsenal forward.
Sanchez has been substituted by Wenger in two of the last three matches, against Swansea and Ludogorets, and on both occasions the Chile international looked far from impressed by the decision to withdraw him from the action.
However, Wenger says he is unconcerned by the Sanchez's reaction and believes the 27-year-old, along with the rest of his squad, will need to be handled carefully as the season progresses.
"They all recognise it after the game, but during the game they want to stay on the pitch," Wenger said when asked about Sanchez's reaction to being substituted.
"I have played football - I was tired and I wanted to stay on the pitch - because you want to play. There is a difference between acknowledging it and wanting to stay on the pitch. You want to play even when you are tired.
"For me he is not a special case. He is a player like everybody else. When I decide to take him off, I take him off.
"There is no special case. He has his own character but he is not treated differently from everybody else."
Sanchez has been operating in a central striking role this campaign, having previously been played as a wide man by Wenger during the past two seasons.
The 27-year-old has responded by scoring six goals in 12 appearances and Wenger believes Sanchez's long-term position will be as a forward.
"I see him there because he is the kind of guy, he is provocative," the Arsenal manager added ahead of his side's trip to face Sunderland on Saturday, live on Sky Sports 1HD from 11.30am.
"He has a short technique and can always create something. He has a good mixture between scoring and giving the final ball.
"In my taste, he still comes too much to the ball, because Alexis Sanchez likes to have the ball. But that's why when we have Theo Walcott - it balances well, because when he comes, Walcott goes. This is a good mixture, a good working unit.
"I had other players, I had [Danny] Welbeck, I had [Olivier] Giroud, who in my opinion are more central players than Alexis. Alexis came here as a winger and he wanted always to play there.
"When I tried him there a few times, I remember I tried him at Aston Villa and I took him off at half-time. Or at Everton, I put Giroud on when we were 2-0 down in the first game of the season.
"Maybe I made up my mind that he is more of a winger. But I didn't give up and I think he is happy there."
Jose Mourinho has reiterated that Wayne Rooney is "going nowhere", despite continuing speculation about the Manchester United captain's future.
Rooney has found himself on the bench for both club and country this season and reports this week suggested Mourinho had told Rooney he needed to move if he wanted regular first-team football.
However, the United manager has dismissed those reports, saying they are "not true at all".
Instead, Mourinho has underlined his desire to keep Rooney at Old Trafford for the foreseeable future, and insisted that the 31-year-old is happy to stay.
Speaking on The Fantasy Football Club, former Everton midfielder Leon Osman says it would not surprise him if Wayne Rooney returned to the Toffees
"With [his age being] 31, I know he can [play on]," said Mourinho. "I know he can, I know he's a top player, I know he can play at the top level.
"I cannot make this kind of mental exercise of what is going to happen at 32, 33, 34 or 35. I can't say that.
"What I can say is that he's a very good player, he's a very important player for us and he's going nowhere. We like him, he likes us.
Jose Mourinho explains to reporters why £26m signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan has not been in the Man Utd team since September
"He is not happy because in the last matches he was on the bench, but I think he's even unhappier when he's not on the bench because he's been injured and has to stay in the stands. There is no problems at all."
Mourinho expressed his frustration at recent stories in the media about that matter and others, before growing frustrated as questions continued about Rooney.
"He's my captain," Mourinho added. "He is the team captain. He behaves like that.
"In all my career, I had just a couple of players that didn't want to play and sometimes they want to hide when things got hotter.
"Apart from that, every player wants to play and I don't know players that are happy when they don't play. They are always unhappy when they don't play."
Rooney is back in contention for Saturday's Premier League match with Burnley after recovering from injury, with the scrutiny sure to continue at a time the player himself admits is a "difficult period".
"I think he is a human being like everybody else," Mourinho said. "He has family, like everybody else. He has kids, the oldest one in an age where he can read, he can feel, he can get that, so if he is affected by that it's just the human nature.
"The human nature that your industry doesn't think about, but I think he's a big boy, he's a big character and he copes with the situation."
Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State is presently holding a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja over the violence that erupted in the state this morning.
Thousands of supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akure, the Ondo State capital, this morning took to the streets to protest the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognize Mr Jimoh Ibrahim as the party’s governorship candidate for the November 26 governorship election in the state.
The protesters who are from the Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction of the party want INEC to substitute Jimoh Ibrahim’s name with that of Mr Eyitayo Jegede, SAN.
Mimiko who arrived arrived at the villa around 11 am, immediately went into the president’s office to discuss the violence.
Tension started building in the state on Thursday when INEC published the name of Ibrahim among a list of 26 candidates participating in the November 26 governorship election.
Source: PM News.
If the German manager of Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr is to have his way, then the team’s former first choice keeper, Vincent Enyeama would stroll back to the national team.
Rohr has since taking over the Eagles not hidden his desire to see Enyeama back to the team. A competent Eagles source disclosed that Rohr recently had a one on one discussion with the France based goalkeeper who on his part is reluctant to stage a come back.
Enyeama it would be recalled had called time on his international career, following his face off with former Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh who stripped him of the team’s captaincy.
Ike Shorunmu, a former Eagles goalkeepers’ trainer in a chat with Saturday Sunsports said though Nigerians would want to see Enyeama back, Rohr should not force him out of retirement.
Hear him: “I know Nigerian soccer fans love Vincent and would want to see him back, but I think the Eagles manager should not force him out of retirement. Having made the overture to him, he (Rohr) should allow Vincent to freely decide. Vincent knows his body and he alone knows if he can still cope with the challenge of manning the post for the country. I know that in my own case many people including Christian Chukwu tried talking me into coming out of retirement ahead of the Nations Cup in Tunisia, but I stood my grounds that I have had enough. If Vincent truly think he has had enough, then we should respect that position.”
Continuing Ike said: “One good thing is that the team is not suffering from poor goalkeeping. The goalkeepers we have there are all good. The thing they need is support. We need to believe in them and to instill in them that “You can do it spirit”. Carl Ikeme has not done badly since he stepped in. He performed well in the game against Zambia. We also saw the Rangers boy, Emmanuel Daniel at the Olympics. He is a good goalkeeper. Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa are equally reliable in between the posts.”
Shorunmu who tipped the Eagles to qualify for the Russia 2018 World Cup, however, warned that the team must not relax, especially in the crucial November 12 home tie against Algeria.
The federal government has directed the immediate release of N25 billion for the take- off of its national social investment programme.
Zainab Ahmed, minister of state for budget and national planning, disclosed this while addressing state house correspondents on the outcome of the federal executive council (FEC) meeting, which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
She said the money was part of the N150 billion approved by the steering committee of the programme.
The current administration earmarked N500 billion in the 2016 appropriation bill for the implementation of the social investment programme.
Ahmed said the total money was N65 billion, and that the remaining N40 billion would soon bcredited into the account.
“On the social investment programme, what we are doing today is to tell Nigerians that the programme is starting,” she said.
“We have approval from the steering committee in sum of N150 billion.
“So far N25 billion has been released into the account and there is another N40 billion that is in the process of being released into the account.
“Remember we said implementation would be done in stages as the states are ready for each of the programme they are added into each of the scheme.
“The school feeding programme has started in some states like Kaduna, Osun; the federal government is only adding its resources to it.
“The federal government will handle from primary 1 to 3, while the states will handle from 4 to 6.
“The ministry presented a memo to council for notation and implementation on the progress of national roll out of the social investment programme.”
The minister said the programme was in four parts.
According to her, the first is the homegrown school feeding Programme which is targeting 5.5 million primary school people in all the states of the federation from primary 1-3.
She disclosed that 11 states were set to fully start the scheme which would involve feeding 3.5 million school children.
The second is a job creation programme aimed at training 500,000 university graduates, who would be deployed to work in their local communities as teachers, agriculture workers and health support workers.
Ahmed said the graduands would be receiving a monthly stipend of N30,000 monthly for a period of two years.
She said the third scheme was the Conditional Cash Transfer ( CCT), where one million care givers would be given N5,000 monthly for a period of two years.
“Focus has been given to the extremely poor and vulnerable in our society and special emphasis is being placed to providing as many as possible in the North Eastern part of the country where a lot of Internally Displaced Persons,” she said.
Thursday, 27 October 2016
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
These are not the best of times for the Minister of Transportation. The house of the presidency appears struck on a path to self implosion as reliable information available through sources within the presidency indicate the President had ordered for a comprehensive investigation into the allegations leveled on the Transport Minister by numerous Justices of the Federation. And in turn, the Transport Minister is said to have threatened retaliation by exposing the President’s dirty deals over the alleged bribery allegation.
Following what appeared as serialized exposure by the Justices of the federation of the involvement of Rotimi Amaechi in the attempt to subvert the judicial process, the President of the federation, General Mohammadu Buhari fell under the immense pressure from the international community to investigate the validity in the claims leveled by the Justices. To this end, the President instructed for a probe be launched into the activities as alleged by the Judges. The Judges had alleged that Amaechi attempted to bribe them in more than one occasion.
Information available to the media reliably confirms a probe into the claims of the Judges were launched based on the instructions of Mr. President. All of the bank accounts known to belong to Amaechi, according to our source, have been placed under watch – and the historical activity on the account sequestered.
In retaliation, the former Governor of Rivers State and the present Minister of Transport – Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi has chosen to go the route of blackmail. He is said to have opted to expose all involved parties in the said attempted bribery of the justices. “Amaechi has documentary evidence that shows Buhari was in-the-know about the attempt to bribe the Judges and how many of the campaign funds were raised.”
“Amaechi has assembled the documents and has sent over to Saharareporters, with whom he has a working financial relationship to publish the documents“, stated our source who explained that Amaechi had used his relationship with Saharareporters to push the All Progressive Congress [APC] change mantra. “The relationship is still existing”.
It is expected that in the coming days or weeks that Saharareporters will begin publication of documents – that is – if the presidency continues its probe of Amaechi. But what is certain is that Amaechi has already forwarded the said documents to the publishers of Saharareporters.
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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government to declare “emergency” on the economy.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, made the call in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.
Adeyeye also advised government to invite competent hands to manage and revive the country’s economy.
He, however, said that PDP had been vindicated of its positions following the acceptance of responsibility regarding the economic misfortune caused by the APC.
He said Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo, who spoke with newsmen after APC governors meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday accepted the responsibility.
Adeyeye quoted Okorocha as saying “We must take responsibility and we must never shift the responsibility to anybody. We are responsible for everything happening in Nigeria.
“The good, the bad, the ugly but we are promising Nigerians that we shall fix it”.
The PDP spokesman said that the declaration came after several months of buck-passing to previous PDP administration.
He called on the APC to also accept other responsibilities as well correct the impression that previous PDP administration achieved nothing in the economy, infrastructure and policies in 16 years.
“For the umpteenth time, let us reiterate that the PDP’s achievements cannot be wished away.
“We therefore appreciate the APC’s acceptance.
“We urge them to accept all other responsibilities for all the wrongs they have plunged the country into and equally apologise for their serial lies.’’
Source: PM News.
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
President Muhammadu Buhari, has incurred the wrath of Leaders in the All Progressives Congress, APC, over the choice of nominees for non-career Ambassadors.
Recall, that last week, the Presidency sent names of Ambassadorial nominees for confirmation, by the Senate.
Post-Nigeria, learnt that most of the 23 APC Governors are angry, because their candidates for the Ambassadorial posts, were rejected by the Presidency.
Governors, APC Leaders, and Ministers, who are party leaders in many States, especially where the governing party is not in control, were sidelined in the appointments.
“Many of these APC bigwigs are contemplating dumping APC, and forming a new party, if this mess continues,” a source said.
Reports, further indicate that Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s bid to have Professor Julius Ihonvbere, as Edo State nominee, could not fly, as the President opted for Uyagwe Igbe.
It was the same situation in Osun State, as Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s nominee, Senator Mudasiru Hussein, did not make the list.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, was this time lucky, as the President conceded one of the two Ambassadorial nominees, Professor Mohammed G. Yisa, from Kwara State, to him.
It was learnt, that Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, was given only one, out of the 46 Ambassadorial slots submitted to the Senate for confirmation last week.
Eslewhere, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, confirmed the frustration of the APC members, over the appointment made so far by the President.
“Most members of the party, feel that they have not been carried along. I know that many of them are complaining every day,” Okorocha stated in an interview with Journalists, last Sunday.
It was gathered, that the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babagana Kingibe, played prominent roles in the selection process.
Even the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, was said to have no input in the list of the nominees.
A source, said that Onyeama cannot complain, because the President’s Chief of Staff, facilitated his appointment as Minister.
“The appointment of the Ambassadors, is a continuation of the policy to sideline the Governors.
“When the Minister from my State was picked, I was not consulted, and when it is time for the Ambassadorial appointment, they did not consider my nominee. This is a party we all worked to build. I have spoken to quite a number of my colleague Governors, it is the same thing.
“To us, we believe the President has his own game plan. I’m sure he is building a separate structure for himself. When you sideline Governors and Party Leaders in appointments, then it means you are up to something.
“I can tell you conveniently, that most of the Party Leaders, especially Governors, are not happy with the President, over his choice of appointment,” a Governor said.
Reports, revealed that most of the State Governors and Party Leaders, had no input as to who represents their respective States on the foreign mission.
A source, further revealed that in instances where Governors and Party Leaders were asked to submit nominees, their lists were not considered.
The President personally requested for former Supreme Court Justice, Justice George Adesola Oguntade, and Senator Olorunnibe Mamora.
Mamora, was the Deputy Director General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, and his appointment was long overdue.
On the choice of Justice Oguntade, Buhari nominated him, because of his forthrightness, especially based on the minority judgement he gave in his (President’s) favour in 2008.
When Buhari challenged the result of the 2007 Presidential election up to the Supreme Court, the apex court upheld the election of Umaru Yar’Adua, by 6-1. Justice Oguntade, gave the minority judgement in favour of Buhari.
In Ekiti, the APC members are angry over the choice of Ayodele I. Ayodeji. The nominee retired last year, after 35 years in the foreign service.
He is the immediate past Ambassador to Greece. APC members in the State, are angry that the likes of former Governor, Adeniyi Adebayo, and Senator Olu Adetunbi, were rejected, in preference for Ayodeji.
Source: Post Nigeria.
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Some people see this food as a means of survival. Some can't have something like this as a meal. The fact is, a lot of people took this when they were in school. Maybe university hostel, Boarding hostel or Camp.
I think is a good food but what do you think?
Hillary Clinton was so worried about having her dirty laundry aired out during her time as Secretary of State, the 68-year-old had aides debrief her on all Clinton-related books and shows, newly leaked emails reveal.
After WikiLeaks released more than 1,000 messages from Hillary’s private email server yesterday, it was revealed that the prez hopeful’s then Counselor and Chief of Staff, Cheryl Mills, was tasked with pouring through Taylor Branch’s salacious book, The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History in the White House, as well as PBS’ documentary series, American Perspective.
“There are few surprises in this book,” Mills said of Branch’s tell-all, adding that that author refrained from disclosing certain information about Monica Lewinsky for fear of becoming a “witness” against Bill Clinton‘s infamous mistress.
Later in her summary, Mills delivered some good news to Hillary, noting that Branch failed to include a proper index in his book, making it much more difficult to find specific references to the Clinton’s career history.
As for PBS’ docu-series, WikiLeaks revealed that in 2012, Hillary had aide Robert Russo print an article slamming the network for its slanted portrayal of the Clinton legacy.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has challenged his players to show they are "men" by recovering from the 4-0 humiliation at Chelsea when they face Manchester City in the EFL Cup on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports.
Sunday's result ended a six-match unbeaten run in all competitions as Mourinho and many of the United coaching staff endured a nightmare afternoon at the hands of their former employers.
Pedro scored the opening goal for Antonio Conte's side after just 30 seconds and Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante also hit the target as the Blues sealed a comprehensive victory at Stamford Bridge.
Wednesday's game will be the second time City boss Pep Guardiola and Mourinho have faced one another since taking charge of the two Manchester clubs and the latter will be hoping for a better result than when the sides met in the Premier League in September, when City claimed a 2-1 win.
"I would prefer to play [next] in the Premier League. It's a bad feeling in the Premier League. With the combination of results, the gap to the top is six points," Mourinho said in an interview with MUTV.
"We have had a very difficult period of matches. We lost points this week and, even in the match when we played phenomenal against Stoke [a 1-1 draw], we lost points then. Now we need to win matches.
"I am not saying they are easy ones, but we have Burnley, we have Swansea, West Ham, Sunderland, Middlesbrough - matches that we need to win.
"The top four, top five, they have to play between themselves like we did this week against Chelsea and Liverpool.
"They are going to lose points too, so we are in the run, but there is no way to hide.
"We are really, really sad, but again this is not for kids, this is for men and...we have to be men and work for the next one."
Meanwhile, Mourinho could discover on Tuesday whether he will face a charge from the Football Association following comments about referee Anthony Taylor prior to the goalless draw at Liverpool.
The FA has contacted the United boss for his observations, which are being reviewed.
Nigeria’s former President Goodluck Jonathan has on Monday said it was impossible for the National Security Adviser (NSA) during his administration, Sambo Dasuki, to have stolen $2.2 billion as claimed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
A Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja, last Friday granted an application by the EFCC to consolidate two separate cases against the former army Colonel.
According to Premium Times a statement by the anti-graft commission said Mr. Dasuki would be re-arraigned on November 16.
Jonathan, who spoke at the famous Oxford Union, Oxford United Kingdom, on youth entrepreneurship, argued that it was “not just possible” for Mr. Dasuki to have stolen $2.2 billion after his administration procured several equipment for the country’s military.
“They said the National Security Adviser stole $2.2billion. I don’t believe somebody can just steal $2.2 billion. We bought warships, we bought aircraft, we bought lots of weapons for the army and so on and so forth and you are still saying 2.2 billion, so where did we get the money to buy all those things?” he asked while responding to a question about the alleged missing arms procurement fund now referred to as Dasukigate by the Nigerian media.
While admitting that corruption was an issue during his administration, the former president said some of the allegations were “exaggerated”.
“Yes, there were some issues; yes, there are still corruption issues; but some of it were blown, I’d say exaggerated, and they give a very bad impression about our nation. You cannot say the national security adviser stole $2.2billion. It is not just possible,” he said.
He however, said that as some of the corruption cases were still in court, he would rather allow the legal processes to reveal the facts of the matter and that he did not want to appear as challenging the incumbent government.
“One thing about the issue of corruption is that these matters are in court, let’s allow some of these processes to end. Lately some judges’ (homes) were also invaded. There are so many things involved and we have to follow up these matters to conclusion before we know the fact.
“I don’t want to be seen as a former president challenging what the sitting government is doing so I have decided to keep quiet for the court to look into them,” he said.
He said allegations of corruption were not unique to his administration.
He explained that governments had been overthrown in the past because they were accused of being corrupt, only for the new administration itself to be pushed out by another junta touting the anti-corruption mantra.
“You will see that it has become a major topic whenever there is a change of government,” he said.
He further argued that corruption was a global problem, but said the perception of corruption was greater in Nigeria due to the Nigerian media’s obsession with reporting on corruption.
“I am not saying there is no corruption in Nigeria, there is corruption. If you look at corruption there is almost no country that is free, the degree varies, the perception varies,” he said.
“Transparency International talks about the way corruption is being perceived in different economies, why do we talk about the way corruption is being perceived, it depends on the issue raised in the media every day.”
Dasuki, who has been in detention since December 1, 2015, was arrested by the State Security Service for allegedly misappropriating $2.2 billion meant to purchase equipment for the Nigerian military in its battle against the terrorist Boko Haram group.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan said yesterday, that his administration fought corruption in the country without making noise about it. Jonathan said this while speaking at the Oxford Union of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
The immediate past Nigerian leader spoke on the theme Promoting Youth Entrepreneurship. Responding to inquiries by some of the students regarding his administration’s fight against corruption, Mr. Jonathan said he would not like to “interfere with the legal processes” because “several matters are pending in court.” Mr. Jonathan, however, said he did enough to reform anti-corruption agencies to enable them function effectively. “We reformed the institutions and introduced various mechanisms to stop the corruption problems in our country without publicity,” he said, Using his Twitter handle, the former President paid glowing tributes to Nigerian youth and said: “Any nation that does not spend its wealth and resources to develop the capacity of its youth, will be forced to use them to fight insecurity. “As a leader, you can decide through your policies to educate the youth, or face the consequences of failing to do so,” he said. He also said his administration put in place some youth related policies, which, he said, helped grow the Nigerian economy. “Despite incredible challenges, Nigerian youths are achieving great things and placing Nigeria positively in the world map. They inspire us,” he said. He also said his administration increased the allowances due to Youth Corps members by more than 100% in 2011. Mr. Jonathan added that the PDP administration that he led “identified Nollywood as a sector that can employ many young people and provided a grant of $200 million to boost the industry.”
Monday, 24 October 2016
It is popularly believed that the millions of the creatures in the water bodies are yet to be discovered. The discovery of a strange fish called "nutcracker" with a human-like set of teeth in the South American waters gives credence to the claim.
A very scary image of a weird fish that shares a similar set of teeth with human beings was caught outside its native habitat in South American waters. The fish is called “the nutcracker”.
The fish were discovered a New Jersey lake. Their names were reportedly given as Ron and Frank Rossi respectively. A concentrated study brought about the revelation that it is a scarce omnivorous fresh-water fish termed as the Pac.
Normally found in the Amazon, it is closely related to the piranha and an reaches up to 0.9 m in length and 25 kg in weight. While they are not aggressive carnivores like the piranha, their crushing jaw system, used primarily for eating seeds and nuts, can be hazardous.
Bizzare stories in the past surrounded this weird fish over its usual act of eating the testicles of fishermen. Many took it as a joke while others nursed the fear of being attacked by this strange creature.
Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has, Monday, said that he was never elected as Nigeria’s president to spread poverty but to generate and spread wealth.
Jonathan who spoke at the Oxford Union, with the theme ‘Fostering Youth Entrepreneurship, and succeeding US Secretary of State who spoke at the same event in May this year, said that only being entrepreneurial can completely cure poverty and not having a job or working for someone.
“I once said that I was not elected President of Nigeria to spread poverty; I was elected to generate and spread wealth.”
“My belief in this regard is that getting a job or being a worker cannot completely cure the disease of poverty. It is only your own business that can provide such security and give you the financial freedom you need to prosper.”
Dr. Jonathan, whose speech was streamed live, rhetorically queried his audience asking why some nations are rich and others remain poor.
Former President Jonathan giving his speech at Oxford
”Why are some nations rich and some poor? Why do individuals that grow up in similar circumstances end up differently, with some as successes and others as failures?”
“Is the wealth of nations a result of geography, weather, culture, destiny, etc.? What could a leader do to effectively lift a people out of the depths of poverty and enable them to achieve prosperity?” asked Jonathan.
The former Nigerian leader talked about youth entrepreneurship programs his administration pioneered, saying that one of them, YouWIN, was a major plank of his job creation efforts.
“The motivation for this program is for young people to go into SMEs, create jobs for other young people with the expectation that some would grow to large scale businesses” Dr. Jonathan said.
He concluded his speech by giving a short brief of his achievements in the economic sphere, saying, “Under my watch, Nigeria was projected by CNN Money to be the third fastest growing economy in the world for the year 2015 and rated as the largest economy in Africa and the 23rd largest in the world by the World Bank and the IMF, with a GDP above half a Trillion US dollars.”
Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan with some students at Oxford
The speech was streamed live via Dr. Jonathan’s Facebook page and will be hosted on the Oxford Union’s site.
Previous speakers at the Oxford Union include the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, author of 48 laws of power, Robert Greene, the Dalai Lama, former British prime ministers Winston Churchill, Edward Heath, Margaret Thatcher and John Major. Others were Mother Teresa and former US presidents Richard Nixon (November 1978), Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton.