For Davido, it is one feat after another, and the latest is his performance at the presidential inauguration of Sierra Leone’s Julius Maada Bio. Pop sensation, Davido was present in a gathering that paraded world leaders at the event of the inauguration of Sierra Leone’s new president, Julius Maada Bio.The event which was held over the weekend witnessed the presence of Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, Liberia’s President, George Weah and other notable world leaders.Nigerian superstar, Davido was also invited to come thrill the guests at the special occasion.The singer immediately took to his Instagram page to thank the new president and profess his excitement at the opportunity. In a series of Instagram posts by @fortuneshotz, he also shared pictures of Davido performing at the gala night in Freetown. It will be recalled that Davido was recently crowned artist of the year at the 2018 Headies awards and has announced that his sophomore album will be released this September.
Gor Mahia of Kenya hope home advantage, clinical finishing and crowd power can help them build on an encouraging start to the CAF Confederation Cup group phase when they host USM Alger of Algeria Wednesday.
Supersport and TP Mazembe players struggle for possession of the ball during the CAF Confederation Cup final 2nd leg
The Nairobi outfit forced a 1-1 matchday 1 draw at Rayon Sports of Rwanda, hours before USM illustrated their strength by whipping Young Africans of Tanzania 4-0 in Algiers.
Malta-born Gor coach Dylan Kerr says: “We can take advantage of playing at home if a big crowd turns up, and I want my team to score more goals from the many chances they create.”
All eight matchday 2 fixtures in the African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League will be played this Wednesday and AFP Sport puts the spotlight on each group.
V Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo host leaders ASEC Mimosas of the Ivory Coast in a match between clubs longing for more African glory.
The Kinshasa team were crowned African champions in 1973 and the Abidjan side won the 1998 CAF Champions League and the CAF Super Cup the following year.
After surprisingly being held 0-0 at home by V Club, Raja Casablanca of Morocco aim to maintain a 100 percent CAF away record this season by winning at pointless Aduana Stars of Ghana.
Al Masry of Egypt and Renaissance Berkane of Morocco boast two of the sharpest strikers in Africa as they try to build on matchday 1 home victories.
Ahmed Gomaa of Masry is in the Egypt World Cup preliminary squad after five CAF goals while Ayoub el Kaabi of Berkane scored nine in the 2018 African Nations Championship won by Morocco.
Masry make the relatively short trip to Al Hilal of Sudan, but Berkane must fly from the northwest to the southeast of Africa for a showdown with UD Songo of Mozambique.
Pointless CARA of Congo Brazzaville host pacesetters Enyimba of Nigeria in the second match-up of the round between former African champions.
CARA conquered Africa 44 years ago while Enyimba are one of only three clubs to win successive finals in the premier CAF club competition, succeeding in 2003 and 2004.
Having started with a 1-0 win over CARA, African rookies Williamsville of the Ivory Coast visit a Djoliba of Mali side desperate for maximum points after a two-goal loss at Enyimba.
Gor Mahia must shackle five-goal joint Confederation Cup-leading scorer Oussama Darfalou of USM if they hope to pocket all three points in Nairobi.
The Algerian sharpshooter has scored in four of five CAF matches and plays for a team Kerr acknowledges are “strong, tactically shrewd and can play at a fast tempo”.
Having being brutally exposed defensively in Algeria, Young Africans need to beat Rayon in Dar es Salaam to get back into contention for a top-two finish and a quarter-finals place.
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Listen to ‘My Dear’ by Mavin in-house DJ Big N featuring Don Jazzy and Kiss Daniel Mavin Records official disc jockey, DJ Big N features label boss, Don Jazzy and Kiss Daniel on new single, ‘My Dear’.’My Dear’ is DJ Big N’s third official single this year.The melodious tune has Don Jazzy lacing not just his beat making skills but also his vocals on this, with Flyboy’s Kiss Daniel who has been on a recent run of features, also assisting.The joint was produced by Don Jazzy.
Neymar put in impressive performances for Paris Saint-Germain before he got injured. Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar emerged winner of the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award on Sunday, May 13 despite playing just 20 games.Paris Saint-Germain splashed a world record fee of $263m to get Neymar from Barcelona in a shocking move in the summer of 2017. Neymar emerged winner of the best player in France ahead of teammates Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe and Marseille’s Florian Thauvin who finished fourth.Neymar contributed 19 goals in 20 appearances before sustaining an injury against Marseille on February 25 which has kept him out of action since.The 26-year-old was presented the award by compatriot and Brazil legend Ronaldo at a ceremony in Paris.Known for his standout fashion style, Neymar wore distinct black and gold jacket to attend the annual awards ceremony.Upon receiving his award Neymar thanked his teammates for the part they played in helping win the individual award.He said, “I would like to thank all of my team-mates. “I’m honoured and very happy with our season. I couldn’t have won this trophy without my teammates.” Just a year after joining the French champions, Neymar has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.
By Adeboye Amosu: Plateau United goalkeeper, Dele Ajiboye, insists he will give his all to make Nigeria’s final squad to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia following his inclusion in the Hermit Rohr’s 30-man preliminary squad released on Monday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com. Ajiboye, a former youth international, will battle for a spot in the team […]
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The Senate said Omo-Agege will be allowed to perform his legislative duties pending the outcome of the the red chamber’s appeal. The Senate has said that it will not prevent Ovie Omo-Agege, the senator representing Delta central, from resuming on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.An Abuja High Court had on Thursday, May 10, nullified Omo-Agege’s 90 legislative days suspension by the Senate.The court declared the suspension unconstitutional, saying that the Senate has no power to suspend a member beyond 12 days.Following the court ruling and Omo-Agege’s envisaged resumption on Tuesday, security was beefed up at the National Assembly on Monday, especially around the senate chambers. It was learnt that the move was to forestall likely security breach as recorded on April 18, when suspected hoodlums invaded the chambers and made away with the mace, the Senate symbol of authority.Omo-Agege was linked to the incident, which occurred while plenary was ongoing. He had defied the suspension order on him and attended the proceedings.Senate complies with rulingReacting to the court ruling on Monday, the spokesman for the Senate, Sabi Abdullahi, said pending the outcome of the appeal filed by the red chamber against the judgment, omo-Agege will be given access to partake in plenary on Tuesday.”The senate leadership has been briefed by our lawyers on last Thursday judgement of the federal high court, Abuja, on whether the Senate has the legal authority to suspend a member for certain misconduct or not”, Abdullahi said in a statement issued on Monday.”We have equally filed an appeal against the judgement of the court and a motion for stay of execution of the judgement at the court of appeal.”As an institution that obeys the law and court orders, the Senate has decided that it will comply with the judgement of the federal high court and do nothing to stop Senator Ovie Omo-Agege from resuming in his office and at plenary from tomorrow May 15, 2018, pending the determination of the application for stay of execution.”The senate has been advised that since the motion for stay of execution of the Thursday (May 10, 2018) judgement shall be heard and possibly determine on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, we shall therefore respect the subsisting high court judgement and await the appellate court decision on the pending motion”, he added.ALSO READ: Court says Police, DSS can’t arrest Senator Omo-AgegeOmo-Agege was suspended after alleging that the Senate’s amendment to section 25 of the electoral act, 2010 (as amended), bordering on reordering of elections sequence was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari.
Egypt became the second team from Africa to book their place in Russia, topping Group E with a game to spare, to make their first appearance at the tournament for 28 years.
FIFA Ranking: 31
READ ALSO: FIFA World Cup: Team Profile- SAUDI ARABIA
World Cup History:
Qualifying campaigns: 13
First stage appearances: 2
Semi finals appearances: 0
First World Cup: 1934
Last World Cup: 1990
Best outing: First round
Key Player: MOHAMED SALAH
Salah will hope to replicate the form that saw him win the golden boot in the just concluded Premier League season when the world cup finals begin
June 15: EGYPT vs URUGUAY
June 19: RUSSIA vs EGYPT
June 25: SAUDI ARABIA vs EGYPT
NEXT PROFILE (Tomorrow): URUGUAY
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Charly Boy said proscribing the killer herdsmen would give security agents the tenacity to fight them. Charles Oputa, a.k.a Charly Boy, on Monday, May 14, led his ‘Ourmumudondo’ Group on a peaceful protest to the Federal Ministry of Justice, demanding the proscription of “Killer herdsmen” across Nigeria.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Group is a non-political coalition of Nigerians from all backgrounds who advocate for national reawakening, towards holding leaders responsible and ensuring good governance at all levels.According to Charly boy, the protest is to urge the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to declare the group as a common enemy of Nigerians.He said, “We are extremely concerned that the survival of Nigeria is currently being threatened by these killer herdsmen, as innocent Nigerians are being slaughtered in different parts of the country on daily basis.“In 2018 alone, hundreds of innocent Nigerians were cut down by this group, and hundreds of communities are affected by the wanton destruction of human lives and properties.“We, therefore, urge the Ministry of Justice, the nation’s highest custodian of law, to immediately take firm action towards getting Federal Government to proscribe and designate the killer herdsmen a terrorist group in Nigeria.”Charly boy noted that since relevant government authorities had acknowledged that the killer herdsmen were foreign elements, who infiltrated the country, the group wants them declared as enemies of the Nigerian state.He added that such pronouncement would give security agents the tenacity to fight it, and also help the nation to secure regional cooperation and support.“We are not saying every herder in Nigeria should be prescribed as a terrorist, because the herdsmen everybody knows in this country do not carry arms and sophisticated weapons.“Our president had publicly declared during his recent visits to the UK and U.S., that Nigeria was under the invasion of killer herdsmen from another country.“It is, however, instructive to admit for effective action and intervention that there cannot be infiltration into the country by external forces without internal collaborators.“Proscription of these killer herdsmen and their designation as a terrorist group will give Nigeria greater leverage to seek better regional cooperation and international support to confront this menace concertedly.“Our security agents will collectively go after them and also investigate their line of funding, to unravel those who are secretly colluding with the group,” he urged.The group added that as the 2019 general elections was drawing near, there was need for Nigerians to be assured that they were safe to come out to exercise their civic rights.ALSO READ: Charly Boy, anti-Buhari protesters attacked in Abuja Wuse marketCharly boy then handed over a letter containing the group’s grievances and demands, addressed to Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation.Mrs Lola Uket, Acting Director of General Services in the Ministry, who received the letter on behalf of the chairman, commended the group for its genuine concern for peace and security in Nigeria.She then assured the group that their demands would be presented to the minister.
The Rivers House of Assembly said it will write to the United Nations among others on the matter. The members of the Rivers legislature have condemned the damage on the state judiciary complex allegedly masterminded by members loyal to a faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC).The legislators, who condemned the attack in a motion by Mr Martins Amaewule, representing Obio-Akpor-Constituency 1, during plenary on Monday, May 14, resolved to protect River’s democracy from further attacks.The motion, tagged “Motion to condemn violent attack on the Rivers State High Court Complex’’ on May 11, was seconded by Mr Evans Bipi, representing Ogu-Bolo-Constituency.It will be recalled that on the May, 11, some individuals invaded the Rivers High Court Complex to stop a judicial process on the recently APC local government congress.The hoodlums allegedly attacked litigants, judicial officers and passersby and destroyed properties.The legislators also said at the plenary that the House conducted an on-the-spot assessment of the complex and resolved to proffer solutions to checking further breakdown of law by APC in Rivers.Contributing, Mr Nathaniel Uwaji, representing ONELGA Constituency 2, said there was a need for legislators to align with the prayers as contained in the motion.He said the prayers among other things included a letter to the United Nations and other important Embassies and High Commissions.“The letter is expected to draw attention of the international community to the security deficiency in the state.“The level of wanton damage on the complex judging by its proximity to the security agencies is so unfortunate.“The Central Police Station and the Directorate of State Security (DSS) office are situated metres away from the judiciary complex.“If the security agencies could not swiftly control such situation, I wonder how safe the governor and residents of the state are,’’’ he said.Reacting to the various contributions by the legislators to the motion, the Speaker, Mr Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, representing Andoni Constituency, thanked the members for rising to save the state from intimidation.“For me, an attack on the judiciary is an attack on the people, it is therefore, clear that we now practice a system that could be best described as Lottery Democracy where the judiciary is placed under siege,’’ he said.ALSO READ: Oshiomhole will be the kind of chairman APC needsIbani assured that the members of the House would write to the United Nations among others on the matter.He also appealed President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently redirect efforts toward ensuring that security agencies carried out their functions without prejudice.
• Prices of foodstuffs soar ahead of holy month
• Kaduna church shares bags of grains to Muslims, IDPs
As Muslims in Nigeria set to join their counterparts the world over to observe the holy month of Ramadan, the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, has urged Muslims across the country to look for the new moon of Ramadan on Wednesday.
The Deputy Secretary-General of the NSCIA, Prof. Salisu Shehu, in a statement said: “Following the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC), the President-General enjoins the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Ramadan 1439 AH immediately after sunset on Wednesday May 16, equivalent to 29th Sha’aban 1439 AH. If the crescent is sighted by Muslims of impeccable character on the said evening, His Eminence would declare Thursday, May 17, as the first day of Ramadan.
“If, however, the crescent is not sighted that day, then, Friday, May 18, automatically becomes the first of Ramadan, 1439 AH. The council hereby enjoins the Muslims all over the country to be on the lookout for the announcement of His Eminence, the President-General of NSCIA, on the commencement of the 1439 AH Ramadan fast.”
Meanwhile, prices of some food items like tomatoes, beans and onions have increased in Lagos markets ahead of the annual Ramadan by Muslims.
A survey by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday at Mile 12, Iddo and Oyingbo Markets, showed that a 40kg basket of tomatoes, which previously sold for N16,500 in April now goes for N30,000. A 50kg basket of chili pepper increased from N12,000 to N16,000; and a basket of ‘tatashe,’ (pepper) rose from N13,500 to N17,000.
Similarly, a 100kg bag of beans rose from N34,500 to N38,000; a jute bag of onions which previously sold for N18,000 now costs N22,000, while a 50kg bag of rice ranges between N13,000 and N17,000, depending on the brand.
In the same vein, a 100kg bag of maize ranges between N15, 000 and N19, 000; while a paint measure of ‘garri,’ increased to N400 from N350.
Traders at the markets attributed the price increases to seasonal factors, migration of farmers arising from insecurity and increase in transportation costs.
Emeka Ndubuisi, a beans seller at Oyingbo, said the Ramadan season was also a factor that contributed to the increase in the price of beans. According to her, most people purchase beans to make ‘akara’ (bean cake) and ‘moi-moi’ (another local delicacy) for the fasting period.
Femi Odusanya, spokesperson of Mile 12 Market Perishable Food Traders Association, said it was imperative to train farmers to adopt modern technology in crop production, and empower them with funds.
“Over 80 per cent of farmers are into subsistence farming. We need to train them on the latest technology in crop production, so that they can cultivate all-year-round.
In a related development, the Church of Christ Evangelical and Life Intervention Ministry, Sabon Tasha, Kaduna yesterday distributed Bags of grains to hundreds of persons with disabilities and internally displaced persons, IDPs in some parts of the state
According to the General Overseer of the church, Pastor Yohanna Buru, the aim of assisting the less privileged and the IDPs is to support them with enough food to eat during the season to observe the 30 days of fasting and prayers.
He said that the church was at the forefront of promoting interreligious tolerance in Kaduna State, adding that the gesture was to deepen peaceful co-existence between Muslims and Christians, so as to enhance better understanding among different faith base organizations in the state.
Hussaini Isah was involved in an accident with an okada which led to his death. Niger Tornadoes left-back Hussaini Isah has been confirmed dead after an accident with an ‘okada’ on Monday, May 14.The left-back was involved in a motorbike accident at Maitumbi Road, Minna, which resulted in him passing away.Hussaini who played for Niger Tornadoes in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) was confirmed dead through a sorrowful message on his club’s official Twitter account which said, “With sorrow heart, we painfully announced the sudden exit of our dedicated and humble defender Hussaini Isah, who lost his life this Monday evening.” “The defender who just returned to the team after a match suspension due to yellow card accumulation was hit by a reckless motorcycle rider popularly called okada along Maitumbi road, Minna, Niger State.” Hussaini was involved in action as his team played out a 1-1 draw with Kwara United in a matchday, 21 league fixture played on Sunday, May 13 at the Bako Kontagora Stadium, Minna.Hussaini is the second NPFL player to pass away this season following the death of former Kano Pillars player Chinedu Udoji who was involved in a car crash in February 2018.
Imo APC Chairman said there was no hitch during the process adding that the election was for a particular people and not a general election. Imo State Local Government congress has been concluded successfully, Mr Hillari Eke, the state APC Chairman has said.Eke made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview in Owerri on Monday, May 14.He said there was no hitch during the process adding that the election was for a particular people and not a general election.However, Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo and his supporters boycotted the congress and insisted that a fresh date for ward congress should be fixed before LG congress.The governor, while addressing his loyalists on Sunday, announced that there would be no LG congress in the state until the crisis of the ward congress was rectified.Okorocha also in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Sam Onwuemeodo, on Monday in Owerri asked the loyal party members to relax , assuring them that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party would fix new dates for the ward and LG congresses of the party in the state.He noted that the sensitives materials meant for the ward congresses of the party in Imo were stolen “making the exercise not to take place on Saturday.“The National Chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun had also told Nigerians that the local government congresses of the party will be on hold pending the outcome of the report of the Appeal panel on Imo ward congresses.“And since that public statement by the national chairman, he has not made any additional statement to that effect or any other statement in the contrary.” NAN recalls that the APC congress election was fixed for last Saturday, but was later postponed to Monday following an advice by the party national leadership over attack on party members and setting of the party office on fire by hoodlums.NAN correspondent who monitored the congress in some LGA’s in the state reports that there was huge turnout and the process peaceful.In Obowo, Ehime/Mbano, Onuimo, Owerri Municipal and Isiala/Mbano LGAs, the congress was successful with heavy security presence.ALSO READ: Hoodlums allegedly set APC office in Imo on fireIn Mbaitoli LGA, the officials arrived on time and the exercise commenced peacefully.Speaking to newsmen, Chief Tony Amadi, who won the party chairmanship in Mbaitoli LGA said, “with this victory, I am now an authorized delegate of the party.”In Ihitte Uboma, the congress commenced at about 8:45 am and ended at about 3:30pm.A party faithful, Mr Emeka Ahaneku told newsmen that the process was peaceful.“At Ihitte Uboma LGA, the congress of our dear party held”, he said, adding, ”it was not disrupted by anybody.”The state chairman, Eke described the congress as the smoothest that ever happened in the state.“The party is supreme. Any party congress organized by the constituted authorities is final.“We shall not repeat any other congress in the state. The party has the final say, not any aggrieved faction,” he said.
• Air vice marshal orders investigation
Unknown gunmen in the early hours of Sunday attacked a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) helipad in Igbodene, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, killing an airman and making away with his rifle.
The incident is a disturbing addition to a growing list of attacks by criminal elements in the oil-rich state. In March, armed men invaded Ayama community in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state, killing four persons. The following month, assassins shot dead Mr. Ebikimi okoringa, a newly appointed aide, to the state governor, Seriake Dickson.
The helipad, a favourite landing site for high-profile visitors to Bayelsa including security chiefs and top government officials, is surrounded by dense vegetation.
A security source, pleading anonymity, said: “The helipad is surrounded by bush. So it was easy for the gunmen to attack it. When they came, they shot the airman at the security post and took his rifle. When the second airman heard the gunshot, he rushed to the site and saw his colleague lying dead.”
He added: “Activities on the 2019 elections have started and hoodlums are looking for weapons. This is one of the ways they go about it. Security operatives should increase their level of alertness.”
Bayelsa State Police Commissioner, Don Awunah, confirmed the incident at a press briefing yesterday. He, however, said details remained sketchy. The Nigerian Air Force Headquarters also confirmed the attack, saying personnel on duty repelled it in a shootout.
A statement by the Director, NAF Public Relations, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, said the incident happened in the early hours of Sunday, as a group of unknown gunmen attacked the guard post at the NAF’s helipad.
“Although the NAF personnel on duty were able to repel the attack, an airman paid the supreme sacrifice in the process. The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has ordered an immediate investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident,” the statement reads.
Stakeholders in the redevelopment of the N2 billion popular Ile-Epo Market in Abule Egba area of Lagos have said the rebuilding will complement the Lagos State government’s smart city dream. The market, in a dilapidated state, was demolished recently for reconstruction by a developer, Total Value Integrated Limited.
Speaking during an inspection of the market yesterday, Secretary to the Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area, Alhaja Gbemisola Ayilara said the council is currently compiling list of original allottees of the old market in a bid to give them preference when the new market is completed.
Managing Director, Total Value Integrated, Chris Onyekachi, said he and the council had been trying to ensure the displaced traders were relocated to the alternative market. He said the first phase of the redevelopment would be completed within four months, adding that the market, on completion would be affordable for the traders, and original allottees would be taken care of first before others.
Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Pinnick has rubbished speculations that the pre-World Cup friendly between Super Eagles and the Leopards of Democratic Republic of Congo billed for May 28 in Port Harcourt has been put off.
There were speculations that the match will be canceled because of an Ebola out break in the Congo DR. The Ebola outbreak started more than five weeks ago and has claimed 18 lives, including one health care worker.
Pinnick has stated that there are measures that will be taken by the Nigerian Federation in partnership with the Health Ministry when the Congolese delegation arrives in Nigeria.
‘’It is in a very remote village in Congo, besides 98 percent of their players are foreign-based players, they are flying in,’’ Pinnick told Channels Television.
‘’They will fly into Port Harcourt at 6pm on the 25th of this month, three days to the march. The airplane will wait for them and take them back. ‘’Officially just to be cautious, we have written to the Ministry of Health to give us cover, before they arrive and leave, they will test them just to take extra precaution.’’
Meanwhile, the Fédération Congolaise de Football-Association (FECOFA) has announced a 32-man provisional roster for the trip to Port Harcourt and ex-Arsenal schoolboy Benik Afobe, ex-Chelsea winger Gaël Kakuta, Everton’s Yannick Bolasie and Newcastle United star Chancel Mbemba are among the eye-catching names in the group.
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