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Lagos police release 123 men from Jigawa

The Lagos State Government on Friday intercepted a truck coming from Jigawa State, filled with 123 men and 48 motorcycles.

The Lagos State Police Command has released the 123 men, who were intercepted along Moshalashi road, Agege alongside 48 motorcycles in a truck, which was coming from Jigawa State.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, in a statement said that a truck, with Registration Number JIGAWA HJA-680-XA, conveying the male passengers and motorcycles was on Friday, intercepted and searched.

He said that the vehicle and passengers were searched but nothing incriminating was found.

“They were profiled with a view to ascertaining who they were, where they came from, their background and their mission in Lagos.

“They all came from Jigawa State, North West Region of Nigeria and are mostly artisans, commercial motorcyclists and traders.

“Some of them are already based in Lagos with their families while others are coming for the first time. They are in the state in pursuit of greener pasture,” Elkana said.

He said that the Police was satisfied with their legitimate mission in the State and allowed them to proceed to their various destinations.

Elkana said that the Lagos Police Command would not relent in its efforts to protect the lives and properties of the good people of Lagos State.

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Tammy Abraham equals Lampard’s nine-year Chelsea record

Tammy Abraham’s brace against Sheffield United in Chelsea’s 2-2 draw on Saturday means he becomes the first Englishman to score at least two goals in consecutive Premier League game for the Blues.

Tammy Abraham’s brace against Sheffield United in Chelsea’s 2-2 draw on Saturday means he becomes the first Englishman to score at least two goals in consecutive Premier League game for the Blues.

Frank Lampard’s men were heading for victory against the Blades thanks to Abraham’s first-half goals, but the visitors clawed back through Callum Robinson and Kurt Zouma’s late own goal.

Thanks to his heroics, the Anglo-Nigerian, who has now scored four goals in four Premier League appearances, now takes his place in Chelsea history books alongside club legend Lampard, who achieved the feat in 2010.

He was replaced after 84 minutes for 18-year-old Billy Gilmour, who was making his first senior appearance.

The 21-year-old seems to have found his rhythm after a shaky start at Stamford Bridge, which led to fans questioning his ability to be Chelsea’s number nine.

He joined the Blues as a youngster in 2004 and has spent time on loan at Bristol City, Swansea City and Aston Villa.

Lampard’s men are ninth in the English elite division log with five points from four games and they travel to face Wolverhampton Wanderers after the international break.

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Kebbi governor inaugurates N288 million road, bridge projects

Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, on Saturday, inaugurated road and bridge projects worth N288 million in Kanya village of Danko/Wasagu Local Government Area of the state.

Bagudu, while inaugurating the projects, pledged that his administration would ensure even spread of developmental projects and basic amenities across the state.

He explained that the bridge and road projects were aimed at facilitating development and easing transportation of agricultural produce.

“I assure you my administration will continue to provide infrastructure, especially roads, and will sustain the provision of quality healthcare, education and agricultural development.

“The project will hasten the actualisation of the ethanol bio-fuel project in line with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the state and the NNPC.

“It will also serve as outlet to cassava demonstration farm which is the raw material for ethanol,” he said.

The governor further pledged to construct Waje–Unashi road, Dabai – Mahuta – Koko road, Gadar – Zaima – Maga – Zuru road as well as other roads in Zuru emirate.

“I advise you to promote agricultural production to improve your economic wellbeing and continue to remain loyal and supportive to the government programmes and policies,” he said.

The Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Transport, Engr. Usman Gado, disclosed that the road was constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers at N288, 450,000.

The Chief of Wasagu, Alhaji Mukhtari Wasagu, expressed gratitude to government for the project and the establishment of cassava farm for ethanol production in the area.

Also, the representative of Army Corp of Engineers, Colonel Bello Yauri, said the bridge, was 650 metres long and was completed within the time frame of six months without compromising the quality.

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Pep Guardiola unconcerned by lack of Champions League success

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Pep Guardiola says he will not judge himself too harshly if his spell as Manchester City manager ends without winning the Champions League.

The draw for this year’s competition this week appeared to offer City a favourable route into the knock-out stages, pairing them with Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk, Croatian outfit Dinamo Zagreb and Italian side Atalanta.

After Guardiola led City to every domestic trophy last season, there appears more pressure than ever on the highly-decorated coach to land the European crown for his wealthy owners.

But Guardiola insists the prospect of failure in the tournament for a fourth successive season does not concern him, despite a record of two quarter-final appearances and one in the last 16 while at the Etihad.

“It’s important, I know it’s important and if it happens it will be important,” he said.

“But I will be the same guy, I’ll wake up in the morning, work a lot, go to sleep as early as possible, eat good, take care of myself as best as possible and love the people I love.

“I’m going to do my best but it’s not going to change my life.

“When I say thank you to everybody for my time here it’s not going to change my opinion about this title or that title.

“We are happy with what we’ve done so far, we came here to play the way we want to play.

“If we’re good enough we’ll fight until the end, if not we’re going to try next season.”

Guardiola’s star players endured mixed fortunes on the international front this week, with right-back Kyle Walker being left out of the England squad by Gareth Southgate.

However, City centre-half Aymeric Laporte was called up by the French national team — the first time in the three years he has been in their squad — for the upcoming games with Albania and Andorra.

“I was a little bit surprised at first,” said Guardiola of Walker’s omission. “But I’m not involved.

“We’ll respect the decision. Kyle is coming back stronger. I understand him and support Gareth.

“For me Aymeric is the best left-sided centre defender in Europe.

“I’m incredibly grateful to Didier Deschamps. Hopefully, he can play good and stay there for a long time.”

Walker’s situation may soon be complicated at club level, as well as the national team, with Guardiola saying their summer signing from Juventus, Portuguese international Joao Cancelo, is ready to start his City career.

He will be blooded in the busy schedule that follows next week’s international break.

“When we come back, we play with Norwich, then go to Ukraine, then another game here,” said Guardiola.

“It starts the real season. Joao, we’re delighted what we’ve seen but he arrived late.

“There are many things Kyle knows completely and Joao is starting to understand what to do.”

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Kogi guber: IPAC walk out on REC

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Members of the Inter Party Advisory Council in Kogi State, Friday, walked out of the stakeholders’ meeting organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over alleged negative role of the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. James Apam, in the last general election.

The Kogi IPAC spokesman, Ibrahim Itodo, said they have lost confidence in the REC and demand he be posted out of the state.

According to him, they found the REC consistently compromising his position and duties and acting in ways inimical to the feelings of majority of voters in the state.

He accused the REC of hobnobbing with the Governor Yahaya Bello administration and deliberately shutting out the opposition in the state.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer laughs off talk of Zlatan Ibrahimovic return to Manchester United

Arsene Wenger says Manchester United have a big job to do as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to bolster his squad this summer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has laughed off the idea that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could make a shock return to Manchester United.

Ibrahimovic will be out of contract at LA Galaxy in November, once the MLS season has ended, and stated in an interview earlier this week that he would be open to a return.

Romelu Lukaku was sold to Inter Milan, while Alexis Sanchez has joined the Italian club on loan for the rest of the season, and Solskjaer has openly admitted that United are now short in attack.

Ibrahimovic spent 18 months at Old Trafford under the previous manager Jose Mourinho and scored 28 goals in his first season in 2016/17.

However, he then suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury and failed to recover his place in the side after Lukaku’s arrival, triggering his 2018 move to LA.

“If Zlatan was 28 at his next birthday, not 38, then maybe,” said Solskjaer. “So that is a big difference.

“Zlatan had a great time here and he is still doing well. It was just unfortunate that he got his injury here.

“I don’t think it will happen. I think he had his time at the club and he has had a fantastic career at the club.

“But he knows my number and if he is serious, I will always speak to Zlatan.”

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Solskjaer will have to rely on a forward line of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and 17-year-old Mason Greenwood for goals before the transfer window opens again in January.

But despite the lack of experience in that trio, the Norwegian believes it was the right decision to send Sanchez out on loan to Inter for the season.

The Chilean forward has had a nightmare spell at United, scoring just five times in 45 appearances since his move from Arsenal in January 2018.

“Alexis needed to go,” explained the United manager. “We know he has been here for 18 months and it has not really worked out for him.

“For him to restart and get himself playing regularly and scoring goals, that will only benefit everyone in the end.

“We had a decision to make. I am trusting Anthony, Marcus and Mason to be our centre forwards.

“For me, it’s time for our boys to feel that pressure and responsibility, to be more robust and to know they have to play five games in a row.

“We’re mentally and physically more ready. That is the next step for our younger players.”

However, Martial will miss Saturday’s trip to Southampton due to injury, while Luke Shaw will be out for a few weeks due to a hamstring problem.

As the transfer window shuts across Europe on Monday, there is also likely to be further movement out of United.

Chris Smalling is on the verge of sealing a season-long loan to Italian giants Roma, and there could be a return to Serie A for Matteo Darmian.

“This opportunity has come up in the last couple of days for Chris,” said Solskjaer. “We sat down and discussed it and at the moment we have six fit centre-backs.

“I couldn’t promise Chris regular football, so he is on the plane over there now.

“I think he will enjoy the experience. It’s a big club, a good league and he will come back stronger and fitter from it.

“I can see Matteo may be going as there has been some interest in Italy. But Marcos Rojo is definitely staying.

“The squad is less in numbers but we are still big enough and strong enough to have coverage in all positions.”

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Kogi guber: Yahaya Bello wins APC primary

Governor Yahaya Bello on Thursday emerged the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi.

He won the APC primary with 3,127 with a landslide.

Counting is ongoing at the collation centre.

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Aspirant walks out of Kogi APC guber primaries

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A governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Kogi State, Hassan Bawa, has walked out of the Governorship Primary Election currently taking place at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja. He cited glaring electoral malpractice as reason for his actions.

Bawa, a member of the House of Representatives was Deputy Speaker Kogi State House of Assembly and brother to Hajia Salamatu Bawa, APC National Women Leader. He was one of the first set of aspirants cleared to participate in the Primary Election by the Sen. Hope Uzodinma Screening Committee.

In a telephone conversation, the aggrieved aspirant alleged that the delegates were deliberately feigning illiteracy paving the way for agents of the State Governor, Yahaya Bello who is also seeking the ticket for Second Term, to mark the ballot in favour of their boss.

He said he reported the infraction to Chairman of the Primary Election Committee, Gov. Badaru of Jigawa State who unfortunately could not stop the perpetrators. He claimed that he had to leave the Stadium when some men in uniform accused him of attempting to distrupt the exercise through persistent complaints and warned him to desist from further complaints.

Asked what action he would now take, he said he was still appraising the development after successfully walking out to ‘safety’. The election is holding amidst tight security, with many of the delegates wearing common attire in solidarity with one of the aspirants.

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NAPTIP nabs 62-year-old man for allegedly defiling 12-year-old girl

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The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Benin Zonal Command, has taken into custody, a 62 years old cobbler, Chukwudi Agustine, for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl.

Mr Nduka Nwanwenne, the Benin Zonal Comnander, told newsmen on Thursday, in Benin, that the victim who is a student, also helps her mother to sell “Zobo”, a locally made beverage drink.

Nwanwenne said the suspect had purchased N50 worth of Zobo from the victim and gave her N500 note.

“The little girl, who had no change, agreed to come for her money after the day’s sales because she was familiar with the suspect and the environment.

“Two weeks later, the victim went back to the suspect’s shop to collect her money but she did not meet him there.

“She was however, directed by the suspect’s apprentice to his house. When she knocked at his door, the suspect dragged her in forcefully and defiled her.”

Nwanwenne said that the cry of the victim attracted the suspect’s neighbours who rescued her.

According to the zonal commander, “on realising that the law would catch up with him, the suspect allegedly tried to settle the victim’s mother with the sum of N50,000.

“He later reduced the settlement sum to N30,000 before he was apprehended by the men of the State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) who handed him over to NAPTIP,” he said.

Nwanwenne said the suspect, who hails from Ishiagu Community in Ohazaria Local Government Area of Ebonyi, had allegedly admitted to the crime as investigation was being concluded to charge him to court.

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