Absence Makes Man Utd Grow Fonder For Pogba

Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba. Photo: Oli SCARFF / AFPHe does not yet share team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s cult status, but Paul Pogba’s display on his comeback from injury showed his importance to Manchester United is second to none.
Having toiled in Pogba’s absence, recently taking four points from a possible 12 in the Premier League, United rediscovered their swagger against Newcastle United on Saturday when the Frenchman made his return.
With a goal and an assist in a 4-1 comeback win, Pogba was the man of the match and his overall display helped United find a level they have struggled to reach during his two-month absence.
“He affects our football,” summarised United manager Jose Mourinho.
“We all know, myself and the fellow players, that certain players influence the levels of the team.

Alex Ekwueme: Those who betrayed ex-VP are shedding crocodile tears – Ibori

The former Governor also described the ex-VP as an extraordinary polyvalent scholar. A former Governor of Delta state, James Ibori has said that Nigeria is the biggest loser in ex-VP, Alex Ekwueme’s death.Ibori also accused those who betrayed efforts to make Ekwueme the President of Nigeria of shedding crocodile tears.The former Governor also described the ex-VP as an extraordinary polyvalent scholar who earned multiple degrees in Architecture, urban planning, sociology, history, philosophy and law from several universities.Ibroi also said “Though His Excellency, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, GCON, was a great leader, a national father-figure, a stabilizing factor in Nigerian politics, I Chief James Onanefe Ibori can never stop asking “what if!” Ibori said.

Burna Boy: See photos of suspects including singer’s manager

Pulse has obtained photos of the suspected men who robbed and attacked Mr. 2kay at Eko Hotel and Suites. Pulse has obtained photos of the suspected masterminds who attacked singer Mr. 2kay and robbed him at Eko Hotel and Suites.Among those who were arrested is the manager of Burna boy, Joel who is seen wearing a white T-shirt. According to the press statement released by the Lagos state police commissioner, the four suspects were paid to 50,000 naira before the attack on Mr. 2kay and another 50,000 was paid directly by Burna boy after the job was done.”Four armed robbers carried out the attack and detectives were able to arrest one of their girlfriends who is identified as ‘Matejero’ which led to the capture of the others.

Anyim: EFCC to detain former SGF for 30 days

The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation was arrested by the anti-graft agency on Thursday, November 16, 2017. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has obtained a warrant to detain former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Pius Anyim.The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation was arrested by the anti-graft agency on Thursday, November 16, 2017.Anyim has been accused of awarding contract worth N13b to companies he is connected to, and collecting N520m from the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.Punch reports that an EFCC source said “Yes, we have obtained a remand warrant to hold the former SGF for about 30 days. This will help us to conduct investigations properly and verify his claims.

Fayose: Governor approves death sentence for cultists in Ekiti

Fayose signed the bill prohibiting cultism and terrorism into law, on Monday, November 21, 2017. The Governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose has approved a death sentence for cultists.Fayose signed the bill prohibiting cultism and terrorism into law, on Monday, November 21, 2017.The Governor the move is a show of his government’s commitment to fight terrorism in the state.Fayose also said that any building where cult activities are carried out will be forfeited to the government and the owners, sentenced to five years imprisonment without fine.Speaking further, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Idowu Adelusi said “From now, any person who is a member of a secret cult, whether or not the person is in possession or in control of any offensive weapon but commits the offence, is liable upon  conviction to death.

Olamide: Should rapper take a break now?

Olamide should go on a hiatus to focus on other parts of celebrity business. Nigerian rapper Olamide recently dropped his 7th studio album ‘Lagos Na Wa’. His new LP is his seventh solo effort within the space of seven years, an incredible feat that mirrors the run of Hip-Hop legend JAY-Z. Irrespective of the critical reviews and level of commercial success on this album, Olamide has proven himself to be one of Nigeria’s most prolific artists. ALSO READ: Is Olamide Nigeria’s greatest rapper? The only two acts who have matched his consistency in producing hits are Davido and Wizkid, pop giants who have left their competition in the dust.  With nearly a decade of hits, now is the time for Olamide to go on a creative break but not for reasons you are thinking.

Maina: Ex-pension reforms boss challenges EFCC to open debate

Maina, who maintains that he is innocent, called on the Federal Government to set up an independent investigation panel. Abdurasheed Maina, the ex-Chairman of the Presidential Pension Reform Team (PPRT) has challenged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to an open debate.Maina, who maintains that he is innocent, called on the Federal Government to set up an independent investigation panel.He said “Let’s meet at an open panel of investigation if the EFCC is truly straightforward. We urge the government to appoint an independent panel of investigation and see who will run out of Nigeria.”The former pension reforms boss also said that the Federal Government is owing him N159b based on the five percent fee promised whistle-blowers.

Yemi Alade: Singer’s “Black Magic” album to feature Olamide, Falz

“Black Magic” is  the third studio album by the African multiple award-winning diva Yemi Alade. Yemi Alade has released the album art and track-listing of her third studio album “Black Magic”. The diva revealed the art with a dramatic visual via social media. Effyzzie Music Group has also made the 15 track album available for pre-order on Apple Music/iTunes.”Black Magic” is  the third studio album by the African multiple award-winning diva Yemi Alade.

Professor Johnbull returns: Pawpaw arrives, as Mercy Johnson takes a break

As the Season 5 of popular TV comedy series, Professor Johnbull, sponsored by Globacom, begins this week, two actors making their debut on the show are Angela Okorie and Osita Iheme, popularly known as Pawpaw.
According to a preview of Episode 1 of Season 5, entitled Running to the City, which will go on air at 8.30p.m. today on NTA Network, NTA International on DSTV Channel 251 and NTA on StarTimes, Okorie and Pawpaw have been introduced to the home of Kanayo O. Kanayo— Professor Johnbull.
•Professor Johnbull movieRepeat broadcast is on 8.30p.m. on Friday, on same channels.
While Pawpaw comes in for Churchill (Jnr. Pope Odonwodo), the scholar’s son, who has travelled to the United States of America for further studies, Okorie replaces Mercy Johnson-Okojie, who played the role of Caroline, the professor’s housemaid.

Silas Adekunle: This Nigerian’s Robotics Company just signed a Sales Deal with Apple

The future of play is here, and we have Silas Adekunle and his incredible team to thank. Silas Adekunle, the Founder and CEO of Reach Robotics, just signed an exclusive sales deal with Apple. Silas’ company has built the world’s first augmented reality gaming robots, and it looks like he can only break more ground. Reach Robotics signed an exclusive sales deal with Apple. This deal will see his robots, Mekamon, sold exclusively in Apple stores in the UK and US. What the heck is a MekaMon?Or Meka Monsters. These robots combine real world game play with augmented reality, seamlessly. The robots are made of plastic, and are controlled from a smartphone app, which actually creates the virtual world for battle and exploring.  Silas told Techcrunch:“I demoed to (Apple) at GDC. One of our investors set up a meeting and they loved it.

Dokpesi: I consulted widely before joining PDP chairmanship race – AIT boss says

Dokpesi also urged Benue delegates to give him the opportunity to serve and return PDP to its winning ways and reunite Nigeria. An aspirant for National Chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Raymond Dokpesi, said he consulted widely with stakeholders, including party leaders and members before entering the contest.He said that it was the positive responses he got from the consultations that motivated to pursue the aspiration to lead the party as national chairman.Dokpesi made this known while addressing Benue State Executive Committee (SEC) members of the party and National Delegates on Monday in Makurdi.He said that after the party’s national convention in Port Harcourt in Mat, 2016, he waited to know the party’s decision on micro-zoning for the national chairmanship position.

Anambra Election: APGA thanks voters

Governor Obiano won in all the 21 local government areas of the state with a total of 234,071 votes. The All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA (APGA) has expressed gratitude to the electorate in Anambra for voting massively for the party and its candidate, Chief Willie Obiano, on Saturday.Obiano emerged victorious in the Nov. 18 governorship election, which will see him being in office as governor for a second term.Addressing newsmen at Amawbia, near Awka, the National Chairman of the party, Chief Victor Oye, said the victory recorded by Obiano was overwhelming and unprecedented in the history of the state.Obiano won in all the 21 local government areas of the state with a total of 234,071 votes.His closest rival,  Mr Tony Nwoye of the All Progressives Congress, polled 98,752 votes.

2018 FIFA WC: Eagles reject pay-per-minute bonus

THE Super Eagles have reportedly turned down a proposal by the Nigeria Football Federation to pay the players of the national team winning bonus based on the minutes they played during the qualifiers.
Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho (14) celebrates with teammates after scoring the team’s first goal during an international friendly football match between Argentina and Nigeria in Krasnodar on November 14, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOVHowever, the NFF not wanting to rock the boat has made a U-turn and will pay the players a $3 million qualifying bonus for the 2018 World Cup according to their call-ups and appearances.
“Mikel and the rest of the team outrightly threw out a proposal brought forward by one of the NFF vice-presidents that they should now be paid the bonus by the number of the minutes they played in the qualifiers.

Maina challenges EFCC to open debate on pension fraud

Abdulrasheed Maina
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The embattled former Chairman of the Presidential Pension Reform Team (PPRT), Abdurasheed Maina, has challenged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to an open debate over the allegations penciled against him.
He insisted that he was innocent of the N2.1 billion alleged fraud.
Maina, who spoke through his lawyer, Sani Katu, insisted that he did not steal N2.1 billion from the pension fund as alleged but that the Federal Government owed him a large sum of money.
The former PRTT boss, therefore, challenged the anti-graft agency to an open panel of investigation where he would reveal the unknown to Nigerians.
He said: “In 2011, we stopped the stealing of N300 million daily from police pensions. Also, in 2011, we stopped the stealing of N1.

Adherence to rule of law is key for democracy survival, says Buhari

Former Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Idris Kutigi (left); Justice Mohammed Belgore; President Muhammadu Buhari; Chief Justice of the federation, Justice Walter Onnoghen and other judges at the 2017 All Nigeria Judges Conference at the National Judicial Institute in Abuja…yesterday. PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that strict adherence to the rule of law was crucial to the survival of democracy.
The president spoke while declaring open the 2017 All Nigerian Judges’ Conference, organized by the National Judicial Institute‎ (NJI).
Reiterating his administration’s commitment to upholding the rule of law, he stated that his government increased allocation to the judiciary from N70 billion to N100 billion in the 2017 budget and that a similar figure has been proposed for 2018.