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Oshoala gets Emzor support

By Jacob AjomReigning African  Woman Footballer of the Year, Asisat Oshoala has been assured of adequate support for her pet project, the Asisat Oshoala Football Clinic, which is aimed at mentoring young talented girls into becoming professional footballers as well as attaining successful academic pursuits. Oshoala Oshoala who was guest of  Dr Stella Okoli, founder of Emzor Pharmaceuticals last week was assured  by her host of unflinching support in her pursuit of her goal. “We want to assure you that we share your dream and wish to call on other well-meaning Nigerians to emulate the good work you are doing in the lives of these children,”Okoli said at the company’s Isolo headquarters. As an ambassador of Emzor, Oshoala was guest of the company to thank them for their ...

Ita Enang congratulates Akwa United

Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang has expressed delight over Akwa United FC’s success in this year’s AITEO Cup following their 3-2 win against Niger Tornadoes in Sunday’s final in Lagos. FA Cup Champions, Akwa United FC celebrating after winning in Lagos on Sunday (15/10/17). Akwa United defeated Niger Tornadoes FC 3-2 on penalties. In a congratulatory message sent to the Chairman of the Uyo-based side, Etubom Paul Bassey, Senator Enang said the victory in the nation’s oldest and biggest football championship has catapulted the name of the state as one of the top football playing states in the land. “The victory has further reaffirmed the resilient spirit of Akwa Ibom people in rising up and facing a daun...

Biafra: FG set to try Kanu in absentia, as his whereabouts remains unkown

By Ikechukwu NnochiriABUJA – The Federal Government may try the embattled leader of the proscribed Indegeniuos People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, in absentia, Vanguard learnt on Monday. Nnamdi Kanu missing ? Kanu was billed to appear before trial Justice Binta Nyako to be re-arraigned on an amended five count charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015, alongside three other pro-Biafra agitators- Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawuisi and Bright Chimezie. However, Kanu’s whereabouts has remained unkown, a development that has placed his sureties, including a serving Senator, Enyinnaya Abaribe and a Jewish High Chief Priest, Immanuu El-Shalom, at risk of being sent to prison. FG is prosecuting the defendants through the office of the Attorney General of the...

Newcastle United for sale!

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has officially put the club up for sale and wants a deal to be done by Christmas. Newcastle United It has been known since the summer that the sports retail tycoon wants to end his 10-year association with the Magpies but, after a series of ploys failed to yield any serious interest – including a leaked story of potential Chinese investment – he has taken the step of releasing a statement confirming his intentions. In a bid to speed up the process, Ashley has offered any potential buyers the chance to defer payments, although the asking price remains in the region of £400million. However, his ‘buy now, pay later’ concession has revealed just how desperate the 53-year-old is to get rid after a troubled decade on Tyneside. In June, it w...

Uzoho revels in historic La Liga debut

Former Nigeria U-17 goalkeeper Francis Uzoho hailed a memorable Deportivo La Coruna debut after keeping a clean sheet in Sunday’s 0-0 draw at Eibar. Francis Uzoho The 18-year-old, who arrived at the club from Qatar’s Aspire Academy in January, produced four important saves to help Deportivo claim a point. “A day that will never disappear from my memory – my debut – thanks all for the support,” he said on Twitter. Uzoho is the youngest foreign goalkeeper to ever play in La Liga. At 18 years 11 months and 17 days, he becomes the second youngest player in La Liga this season, behind Real Madrid’s Moroccan defender Achraf Hakimi – who made his debut at 18 years 10 months 27 days earlier this month. Uzoho follows in the footsteps of Wilfred Agbonavbare and Peter Rufai as Ni...

UBA Group grows 9 months profit by 33%

By Peter EgwuatuPan-African financial institution, United Bank for Africa, UBA, Plc has announced its unaudited third quarter financial results ended September 30, 2017, recording a group’s Profit Before Tax (PBT) of N78.3 billion, representing a growth of 33.2 per cent as against N58.8 billion recorded in the similar period of 2016. UBA In the same vein, Profit After Tax (PAT) grew to N60.9 billion, representing an impressive 23 per cent growth over the N49.5 billion recorded in the third quarter of 2016. This profitability further reflects the strong earnings capacity of the Group and its capability to progressively deliver superior returns to shareholders. The results shows that its gross earnings grew by 26 per cent to N333.9 billion, as against N265.5 billion repo...

Kaduna govt pays pensioners N17bn, N4bn death benefits

By Ben AgandeKaduna—Kaduna State government has paid more than N17 billion in pensions to retirees and N4.11bn in gratuity and death benefits to 1,654 persons in the state civil service. El-Rufai Commissioner of Finance, Suleiman Abdu Kwari, who disclosed this at à press conference, Monday, in Kaduna also disclosed that the state government had accumulated N6.87 billion in the contributory pension scheme since it commenced the scheme in January 2017. According to him, unlike other states owing workers salaries, civil servants in the state get paid their salaries before the end of each month. He said the state government would continue to honour its obligation to its civil servants and invest in the future of its young people. He said:  “Malam Nasir el-Rufai was the fir...

Plateau killing: Buhari directs military, police to halt reprisal attacks

By Johnbosco AgbakwuruABUJA – PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has directed the military and the police to put mechanism in place to ensure that there is no reprisal attacks in Plateau State. President Buhari who was reacting to the killing of over 20 persons by suspected herdsmen said the madness should not be allowed to continue. President Buhari while addressing the nation on 1st Oct 2017 In a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu last night in Abuja, the President said that he received with deep sadness and regret, news of the killings of over 20 persons. According to the statement, “President Buhari believes that this madness has gone too far. He has instructed the military and the police to not only bring ...

Fire in Kachikwu’s house, no substantial damage – Ministry

Abuja – The Asokoro residence of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, had a minor fire incidence on Monday. Ibe Kachikwu Confirming it, the Director, Press Relations in the Ministry, Mr Idang Alibi, said there was no substantial damage. ”Yes. Yes, I can confirm it happened. There was a minor fire incident but it’s nothing to worry about. ”No life was lost, no one was injured and there was no substantial damage. Thank you,” Alibi said. A source at the ministry, however, told NAN ”the incident was caused by a power surge. It’s not a major fire outbreak like people are saying. ”No, there were no fire truck. Like I said, it was just a power surge and everyone is OK.”(NAN)

FG deploys technology to balance resource distribution

The Federal government has resorted to the use of technology to balance distribution of resources and quell agitations of equitable resource distribution and marginalisation across the country. The acting Executive Chairman of the Federal Character Commission (FCC) Dr Shettima Abba disclosed on Monday at the launching of a web portal that would monitor and ensure justice and fairness in the distribution of national resources across the country. The portal was launched at a workshop organised for Desk Officers of Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government (MDAs) to train them on how to use the portal. Speaking at the event, Dr Abba said the portal would also ensure fair balance in employment across MDAs. Abba said the commission has a mandate to ensure that no s...

Security expert urges FG to exercise caution in release of insurgents

President of the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria, AISSON Dr. Ona Ekhomu , yesterday , advised  the federal government to exercise extreme caution in the mass release of captured Boko Haram fighters. Ona Ekhomu Rather, he said that releasing suspected insurgents should be based on concrete evidence of repentance and conversion to true Islam which extols peace. Ekhomu, in a  statement issued in Lagos , also expressed fear on the possibility of the freed suspects to resume attacks , except  urgent steps were taken by the Federal government to assist the Borno state government  which the released suspects were handed over to. He further described the recent  release of 760 Boko Haram suspects by the Joint Intelligence Center of Operation ...

Pepe ‘the boss’ makes mark at Istanbul’s Besiktas

After winning three Champions League titles and three La Liga titles with Real Madrid and Euro 2016 with Portugal, star defender Pepe could have been forgiven for resting on his laurels at new club Besiktas. But not a bit of it. Pepe Since joining the Black Eagles in Istanbul from Real Madrid over the summer, Pepe, 34, has stamped his authority on the Turkish champions and emerged as their standout player. A key showcase of his talents will come on Tuesday when Besiktas travel to Monaco to take on the Ligue 1 champions for a key clash in Champions League Group G. A loss could see Monaco — who are a shadow of last year’s barnstorming side that got to the semi-finals of the Champions League after losing key players including Kylian Mbappe — risking elimination with just ...