FRSC returns over 65,000 Euros to accident victims

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun command, said it had returned over 65,000 Euros recovered from an accident scene to the victims.
Mr Clement Oladele, the Sector Commander, disclosed this in a statement by the command’s Public Education Officer, Mrs Florence Okpe, in Abeokuta on Friday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that eight persons died on Tuesday in an accident involving a bus and a truck on Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
NAN gathered that the passengers in the bus came in from Spain and had chartered  the bus to take them to Benin City.
Oladele explained that it was observed that some of the passengers were traveling with cash, including foreign currencies
He stated that the FRSC rescue team also recovered 80 pounds, 238 Euro cents, N84,800, 32 traveling bags comprising 16 large traveling bags, seven extra large traveling bags and nine large “Ghana must Go” bags.
“In line with the rule of the World Health Organisation , a hospital follow up of the victims of the fatal crash was done by the FRSC to Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu.
“The crash occurred on Tuesday and it involved a white Toyota Hiace bus, belonging to a transport company – Iyare Motors, with registration number BEN 313 YZ and a Mack truck with registration number MUS 730 XN, ” he said.
The FRSC boss noted that a team of FRSC accident investigators conducted a preliminary investigation of the crash and observed that the driver of the commercial bus went to Muritala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos to pick some passengers (with their luggage).
“While traveling along the Lagos /Ibadan expressway, before Sagamu
Interchange, opposite Wictech Roofing and Pipes, due to excessive speed, in an attempt to overtake a truck ahead of it, the driver  lost control and rammed into the truck.
“There was no evidence of a speed limiter installed in the commercial bus.
“There was also no evidence of a passenger manifest to indicate the identities of the passengers and their Next of Kin to be contacted in case of an emergency.
“The suspected causes of the crash are overloading (goods) and excessive speed leading to loss of control.
“There was no evidence that the passengers in the bus activated their seat belts as at the time of the crash which compelled the passengers to shift and collide with the luggage inside the vehicle.
“This collision was responsible for the injuries and deaths of some of the passengers, ” he said.
The sector commander explained that FRSC had commenced legal actions against Iyare Motors for failing to provide a Passenger Manifest, failure to install a speed limiter and overloading the vehicle with excessive luggage.
He admonished commercial fleet operators to affix speed limiters in their vehicles, provide passenger manifest for every trip and ensure their drivers complied with traffic regulations.(NAN)
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Spain’s Costa first player to be awarded World Cup goal through VAR

Diego Costa’s equaliser for Spain against Portugal on Friday was the first time a World Cup goal was awarded after a review from the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
The striker’s goal was allowed to stand in spite of a collision with defender Pepe.
Costa ran into the Portuguese centre back in the build-up to his equaliser in the 24th minute to cancel out Cristiano Ronaldo’s fourth minute penalty.
Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi gave the goal after consulting the VAR team.
The system, which was trialled in Germany’s Bundesliga and Italy’s Serie A last season, allows the video assistant to review decisions where a “clear and obvious” error is spotted.
Later in the first half Spain midfielder Isco asked Rocchi to consult the video assistant again when a shot from Andres Iniesta came flying off the underside of the bar.
However, the Italian indicated he would have received a signal on his watch from the goal line technology being used had the ball crossed the line. (Reuters/NAN)
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Aboderin, an architect of democratic discourse for better Nigeria — Tinubu

The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Sen. Bola Tinubu, on Thursday said the late Wale Aboderin, Chairman of Punch Newspapers, was an architect of democratic discourse aimed at creating a better nation.
In a tribute in Lagos, Tinubu also described the deceased  as a guardian of every person’s right to freely express themselves.
A copy of the tribute was made available to newsmen in Lagos by Tinubu’s Media Officer, Mr Tunde Rahman,
Aboderin died on May 30 at the age of 60 after a heart surgery at the First Cardiology Consultants, Ikoyi, Lagos.
According to him, Aboderin’s life and the manner he lived it are examples to young journalists and to all who believe in the pursuit of excellence through truth.
”This good man left us much too soon. Wale reached the height of his profession.
” But, he never lost touch of the noble objective of his mission: to enlighten and educate the people.
”He contributed mightily to the growth of journalism in Nigeria.
“This means he stood as a guardian of every person’s right to freely express themselves and as an architect of democratic discourse aimed at creating a better nation.
”To all who knew his work, he was among the noteworthy and prominent figures in Nigerian journalism.
“His contributions to life at both the personal and professional levels were vast and profound.
”Affable and humble but hardworking and accomplished, Wale strived for excellence in all he did. This made him a unique and rare person.
”He was not satisfied by the ordinary or the average. He was not one to follow the crowd.
“He was one who always sought the truth and who mandated his newspaper to publish it and never concealed it, ” he said.
Tinubu said the late Aboderin had a courageous heart and a sterling principle as he would not run away from confrontation if anyone tried to abridge his right to print as he saw fit.
”Aboderin had a generous and kind spirit, he was not one to look for confrontation.
”He was our brother and friend. He was a leading and bright light whose humanity and love of people were nothing short of inspiring and contagious.
”He truly cared about the people around him and those who somehow crossed his path. Innate kindness was evident in all he did.
”Through our sorrow at his passing, we must also realise that we have indeed been blessed to know such a rare and decent man.
”Wale, we shall miss you greatly and your place can never be filled; but we will do the best we can by trying to live up to your example.
”Truly, this was a good man who left us much too soon.
Farewell, dear Wale. Farewell,”he said. (NAN)
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World Cup 2018: Cristiano Ronaldo sets new World Cup record

The Portuguese is the oldest player to register a hat-trick in the FIFA World Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a hat-trick to emerge as the oldest player to score three goals in a single FIFA World Cup game.The Portuguese skipper put up a stellar performance as Portugal drew in a six-goal thriller against Spain on Friday at Sochi.Cristiano Ronaldo at 33 years, 131 days old scored the opener in the 4th minute, before he restored Portugal’s lead after Costa had drawn Spain level and the Real Madrid attacker registered a late minute hat-trick to hand the European champions a vital point on day one.READ MORE: Ronaldo hits hat-trick as Portugal deny Spain World Cup classicThe hat-trick is Cristiano Ronaldo’s 51st and also the 51st in the history of the FIFA World Cup.And just as Pele is celebrated as the youngest player to score a World Cup hat-trick, Cristiano Ronaldo’s name has gone down in history as the oldest player to bag a hat-trick in the FIFA World Cup.Portugal’s next game is against Iran who managed a 1-0 win against Morocco in the opening group A clash.

Portugal vs Spain : How Ronaldo’s hits hat-trick helped Portugal snatched draw

Portugal vs Spain : Cristiano Ronaldo scored a stunning hat-trick as Portugal snatched a 3-3 draw with Spain in a World Cup classic here Friday.
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Aubameyang To Iwobi: Show Me I’m Right To Support Super Eagles

By James Agberebi: Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has challenged his Nigerian teammate at Arsenal, Alex Iwobi, to prove him right for supporting the Super Eagles by putting up an impressive performance against Croatia in Saturday’s Group B clash at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Aubameyang stated this on his verified Twitter handle with a […]
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World Cup 2018: Carlos Queiroz hails Iran’s late minute victory over Morocco

Carlos Queiroz side’s benefited from a late minute own-goal to beat the North African powerhouse Carlos Queiroz has hailed “beautiful” World Cup victory over Morocco on Friday.Aziz Bouhaddouz scored an own goal as Iran handed Morocco a 1-0 win in their opening group B game on Friday.Carlos Queiroz in his first consecutive World Cup appearance as a coach expressed his joy over his side’s victory.READ MORE: Cristiano Ronaldo ‘accepts two-year prison sentence’ over tax evasion”After so many years in this business, the first game of a World Cup is always difficult and tough and this was no different – but it was also beautiful,” said Iran coach Queiroz.”We started very carefully and I’m sure they studied the Iranian team. We knew they have a very strong and powerful start to the game – always with full speed and a great attacking spirit.”Our strategy was, from the first minute, to create a mental collapse in the Moroccan players, we try to do that by creating frustration and block all the playmakers and the players who can create something.”With European heavyweights Spain and Portugal the other nations in Group B, any chances of Iran or Morocco providing a shock and reaching the knockout stages looked likely to need a positive result here.Portuguese Queiroz takes Iran to Kazan to face Spain next time out and admits a different approach will be required.”Since we were able to create panic in their defensive line the game changed,” he said. “The players for Morocco knew we could win the game and that changed everything in the last minutes.”It was a beautiful win, three points, and now it is time to rest and think about the game against Spain. Against Spain, everyone from the goalkeeper to the striker can create things so we have to think of a different strategy.”Defeat for Morocco means they have it all to do to go beyond the group stages – but coach Herve Renard is not ready to throw in the towel.”In a competition where three matches need to be played, as long as there are still two matches to be played, whoever the opponents, there is still hope,” he said.”When one starts the competition with no points, we are in a difficult situation but many things can happen so we need to concentrate on what we did right and things we did not do so well.

Three Things We Learned At The World Cup Today

Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) shoots to score his third goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Portugal and Spain at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on June 15, 2018. Nelson Almeida / AFP
The blockbuster clash of the day at the World Cup didn’t disappoint as Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick denied Spain the perfect response to a turbulent week following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui in a thrilling 3-3 draw in Sochi.
Both sides will remain confident of progressing to the knockout stages as Iran shocked Morocco 1-0 in Saint Petersburg to move to the top of Group B.
And in a day dominated by late goals, Jose Gimenez’s header handed Uruguay a perfect start by beating an Egypt side shorn of Mohamed Salah 1-0.
Here, AFP Sports looks at three things we learned from day two at the World Cup.
Ronaldo reigns supreme in Sochi
Spain’s troublesome week looked set for a much-needed win until Ronaldo curled home a sensational free-kick to cap a hat-trick and salvage Portugal a point two minutes from time.
Ronaldo had scored just three goals in his previous three World Cups, but already looks a strong favourite to win the Golden Boot as he won then dispatched a fourth-minute penalty and took advantage of an uncharacteristic error from David de Gea to twice put Portugal in front before the break.
Diego Costa had silenced suggestions he is incompatible with Spain’s short-passing game with a double of his own before Nacho’s wonder strike looked to have sealed the perfect debut for Fernando Hierro just two days after he was handed the job as Spain coach.
But the five-time World Player of the Year wasn’t to be denied when he lined up a free-kick 20 yards from goal before bending it over the Spanish wall and dipping perfectly into the top corner.
Egypt relying on Salah return
Uruguay’s defender Jose Gimenez (R) and Egypt’s midfielder Abdallah Said (L) go up for a header during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Egypt and Uruguay at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg on June 15, 2018. JORGE GUERRERO / AFP
Salah endured a miserable 26th birthday as he was forced to watch from the bench with his injured shoulder not quite recovered as Uruguay snatched all three points in Yekaterinburg.
Egypt manager Hector Cuper had claimed on the eve of the game Salah was “almost 100 percent sure” to feature.
But with his side holding out against the firepower of Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani until the 89th minute, Cuper elected against risking Salah as a substitute.
With Russia thrashing Saudi Arabia 5-0 in Group A’s opening match, Egypt will almost certainly need to beat the hosts in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday to progress to the last 16.
Salah carried the Pharaohs to their first World Cup since 1990 and his quick return is paramount to avoid a tournament Egyptians have looked forward to for so long ending prematurely.
Morocco ‘crucify’ themselves
Iran’s goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand (C) deflects the ball during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Morocco and Iran at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on June 15, 2018. GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP
Morocco coach Herve Renard lamented a series of self-inflicted wounds as their return to the World Cup after a 20-year wait ended in the most heartbreaking fashion when Aziz Bouhaddouz’s 95th-minute own goal handed Iran a famous 1-0 win in Saint Petersburg.
The Atlas Lions dominated for the opening half hour, but failed to take their chances through Hakim Ziyach, Ayoub El Kaabi and Mehdi Benatia.
Morocco qualified on the back of six consecutive clean sheets in qualifying, and they were only undone by one of their own when a distraught Bouhaddouz threw himself at a last ditch free-kick and bulleted the ball home at the near post.
With the might of Spain and Portugal to come in Group B, Morocco’s chances of now making the last 16 hang by a thread.
“We were crucified by our own errors,” lamented Renard.
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‘Who Is The Presidency?’ Babachir Lawal Explains Controversial Question

File photo: Mr Babachir Lawal
A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir Lawal, has explained the reason for a controversial question he asked journalists while being investigated by the Presidency over allegations of corruption against him.
Shortly after his suspension in April 2017, journalists had asked him how he felt about the decision by the presidency to suspend him.
He responded with a question. “Who is the presidency?”
The question sparked controversy as critics questioned the President’s war against corruption and claimed there were ‘sacred cows’ who were being spared.
Mr Lawal was also accused of being arrogant.
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More than a year later, Mr Lawal who was fired as SGF in October 2017, has rejected claims that the question was disrespectful.
In an exclusive interview with Channels Television’s Hard Copy on Friday, he said, “I asked that question because the president has a specific routine.
“If you are going to be removed from office, the president insists that you be told personally, first of all, so that your people don’t hear it on the television.
“It’s your duty to notify them that I’m going to be removed from office or I’ve been removed from office – so you’re not watching TV and they see the news.
“The president doesn’t like it. So that was the context in which I was asking this question,” he explained.
President Muhammadu Buhari had suspended the SGF on April 19 and fired him six months later on October 30, 2017, after he was investigated for the diversion of funds meant for crisis relief in the northeast.
He was immediately replaced by Boss Gidahyelda Mustpha, a lawyer, businessman, and management consultant.
For the full programme, watch Hard Copy on Channels Television at 8:30 pm today (Friday).
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Ronaldo Bags Hattrick, Costa Scores Brace As Portugal, Spain Draw In Six-Goal Thriller

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first hattrick of the 2018 FIFA World Cup as Portugal forced Spain to a 3-3 draw in Group B on Friday. Diego Costa and Nacho were the scorers for Spain. It was a game that lived up to expectations as both teams went at it with Spain edging possession while Portugal […]
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Breaking: Portugal vs Spain 3 – 3

Ronaldo hat-trick as Portugal and Spain draw 3-3 in World Cup
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World Cup 2018: Twitter hails King Ronaldo as Portugal draw Spain 3-3 in opener

Here are the reactions as Portugal draw Spain 3-3 at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Twitter users hailed Cristiano Ronaldo who scored a hattrick as Portugal drew Spain 3-3 in their 2018 FIFA World Cup, group B opener on Friday, June 15.Ronaldo was at his best and gave Portugal the lead when he converted a penalty from the spot in the third minute, Diego Costa equalised for Spain in the 24 minute.A rare mistake from David De Gea gave Portugal the lead going into the break at half time, as he turned in a Ronaldo shot into the net.Spain responded in the second half and were rewarded when a well worked free kick led to another goal or Costa.Nacho scored a brilliant goal to put Spain front, but Ronaldo save the day when he converted a free kick to earn Portugal a point.King Ronaldo hailed as he scores hattrick for Portugal in 3-3 draw with Spain  Portugal take on Morocco in their next fixture, while Spain take on Iran both matches will be played on Wednesday, June 20.

Ronaldo Nets Hat Trick As Portugal And Spain Share Spoils In Six-Goal Thriller

Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) celebrates his goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Portugal and Spain at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on June 15, 2018.PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP
Hat-trick hero Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational free-kick two minutes from time earned Portugal a 3-3 draw with Spain in a pulsating World Cup Group B encounter on Friday.
Ronaldo had given Portugal a dream start winning and scoring a fourth-minute penalty. Diego Costa levelled only for Ronaldo to put the 2016 European champions back in front just before half-time.
Costa once again got Spain back level with Nacho scoring his first ever goal giving Spain the lead, only for Ronaldo’s magical 88th-minute set piece to earn Portugal a share of the spoils in Sochi.
More to follow…
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Mikel: It’s 11 Vs 11 Against Croatia; Our Young Team Must Beat Their Stars

By Nnamdi Ezekute in Kaliningrad: Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi has declared that the team will look to start their campaign at the 2018 FIFA World Cup on a positive note on Saturday by picking maximum points in their Group D clash against Croatia at the Kaliningrad Stadium, reports “We are ready. Obviously […]
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Rivers LG Elections: Army says soldiers will be on standby at tomorrow’s poll

The Army spokesman said soldiers will be deployed at strategic points several kilometres away from polling centres. The Nigerian Army has said that soldiers would be on standby to forestall possible violence in the Rivers State council elections scheduled to hold on Saturday, June 16, 2018.A colonel and spokesperson of the Nigerian Army 6 Division, Port Harcourt, Aminu Iliyasu, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).He said soldiers will be deployed at strategic points several kilometres away from polling centres.Iliyasu explained that the army is adopting that position because “we are not directly involved in the election and no soldier is going to be deployed for any election duty.”Police, DSS will be in chargeAccording to him, it is only the police and the Department of State Security (DSS) that have the constitutional responsibility to provide security in the election.”However, we are always on alert whenever there is election. We will only be on standby at the periphery in case our services are needed,” he said.Iliyasu said soldiers were banned from going into polling centres and escort polling materials to the centres.ALSO READ: Wike accuses APC of planning to disrupt LG electionsThe Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) will conduct the elections in the 23 local government areas of the state.