How concert turned deadly in Madagascar claiming innocent life.

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — A stampede at a concert in Madagascar’s capital by a popular singer killed at least 15 people Wednesday night.

Just before the start of an appearance of the artist Rossy, the crowds surged causing the deaths from trampling, said the national police. Some 80 people were injured.

“The show was about to start and people heard that they could enter the stadium but the police had left the doors closed. People tried to force the doors but they remained closed. The crowd kept pushing. People fell and at least 15 have died,” said Gen. Richard Ravalomanana, in charge of the National Gendarmerie.

The death toll is likely to increase because several of the wounded are in critical condition, said Professor Olivat Rakoto Alson, director of Joseph Ravoahangy Andrianavalona Hospital, where the dead and injured were taken.

The tragedy occurred as Madagascar was celebrating the 59th anniversary of its independence. Rwandan Head of State Paul Kagame was the guest of honor of President Andry Rajoelina for the occasion. Earlier Wednesday afternoon they attended a military parade in the same Mahamasina stadium.

This is the second recent deadly incident at the stadium. In September last year during a soccer match between Madagascar and Senegal, a crowd stampede at the entrance of the stadium killed one person and injured 37.

 

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How debutant Madagascar humbled Burundi.

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (Reuters) – Africa Cup of Nations debutants Madagascar took a giant stride towards the next round as Marco Ilaimaharitra hammered home a late free kick to beat Burundi 1-0 in their Group B match on Thursday.

Madagascar advanced to four points from their opening two games and even if they do not finish in the top two places in the group, probably have enough points to fill one of the places in the last 16 for the four best third-placed teams.

After holding Guinea to a 2-2 draw in their opening game, the Malagasy went one better with their first ever finals victory.

Midfielder Ilaimaharitra blasted home in the 76th minute after Burundi had given away a free kick on the edge of their penalty area.

Madagascar made a lively start with Carolus Andriamatsinoro having two good first-half chances, the second one of which was cleared off the line by Burundi midfielder Gael Duhayindavyi.

But Burundi proved the stronger side after the break, ironically after they took off a struggling captain Saido Berahino.

 

Fiston Abdul Razak sent a header just wide in the 64th minute ands Burundi might have opened the scoring four minutes later but a free kick from Gael Bigirimana was saved.

Then Ilaimaharitra broke the deadlock and might have scored a second from a similarly placed free kick two minutes from the end but this time it was saved by Burundi goalkeeper Jonathan Nahimana.

It was the second loss for Burundi, also competing at the finals for the first timer, after a 1-0 defeat by Nigeria.

Nigeria top the group with six points while Guinea have one. Madagascar finish the group stage against Nigeria on Sunday while Burundi meet Guinea at the same time.

 

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How another building collapsed in Lagos.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency has said that a three storey-building at Iju area of the state collapsed.

Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the newly appointed General Manager of LASEMA confirmed the news to journalists.

He said,

“This is just to inform you that a three-story building collapsed at K Farm, Fagba, Off Iju Road.

 

“It was a building under construction, and people occupying the building have been evacuated and the injured are responding to treatment.

“No moralities recorded. All the key stakeholders that are important in managing disaster in Lagos are on the ground.

“However the building will be pulled to the ground for the safety of the people living in the area.

“All the buildings adjacent or beside the collapsed building will be subjected to solid material testing, for your information.”

 

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Do you know the health benefits of eating sweet potatoes?

Natural, tasty, and full of vitamins and minerals, it’s no wonder that sweet potato has been considered an omnipresent dish on our tables. For so many years, it’s known as the oldest vegetable cultivated by man.

It’s not only a food that warms up the soul in holidays but also a nutritiously gift from mother nature.

 

The Sweet Potatoes Benefits List

1. Helps with digestion, low cholesterol, and healthy weight loss.

Research by the Cleveland Clinic shows that sweet potatoes are a fat-free, protein filled, and dietary fiber food by excellence. So, fiber is a main component in maintaining a healthy tract, preventing constipation and regulating digestion. In fact, one medium-sized sweet potato has approximately 4 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein, and sporamins being the main one.

It has been proved that the protein found in the sweet potato water can be the new miracle drink for weight loss, as it puts a leach on appetite and regulates metabolism. Hence, it has the amazing power of cleansing those blood vessels of cholesterol and triglycerides and pumping out more of the metabolic hormones leptin and adiponectin.

2. An anti-inflammatory powerhouse.

Anthocyanin, an antioxidant found in abundance in purple sweet potatoes has great anti-inflammatory properties.

Studies have shown that the consumption of sweet potatoes reduced inflammation drastically in the brain and nerve tissue in the body. Intake of sweet potatoes extracts lessened the effects of many health problems such as multiple sclerosis.

Sweet potato is also a great agent in mitigating inflammation related to serious health issues like Asthma, Bronchitis, Arthritis, stomach ulcers and cancer.

3. Improve cognitive function

A daily serving of sweet potatoes can help you stay alert, at full speed and ready to take on the next challenge whether physically or mentally.

This virtuous veggie has the reputation of improving cognitive function and literally help fight off brain cells degeneration. That being said, sweet potato consumption has the power to undo some types of brain dysfunction. It also helps with learning and memory among other things.

 

4. Energy booster

Contrary to mainstream beliefs, sweet potato is a superfood for the superheroes. It’s considered as an unmatched source of energy.

 

An average sweet potato is packed with slow-burning fiber. It has a low amount of cholesterol and contains virtually no fat. This miraculous root vegetable is loaded with provitamin A (carotene), vitamin C, B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6) and potassium along with many other minerals, which makes it the king of energy foods.

5. Reduces blood pressure

Research made by The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey suggests that the high concentration of potassium in an average sweet potato can lower blood pressure and cut down the risk of a stroke by up to 24%.

A small baked sweet potato contains twice the amount of potassium as a banana, which makes it the go-to food for athletes and people suffering from hypertension.

This magical electrolyte found in good amount in those root vegetables is a major factor in regulating the heart beats. It maintains a good functioning of the brain and central nervous system alike.In fact, this backs off the research made by the Medical News Daily that suggests that a diet high in potassium can decrease the risk of dying by a whole 20%!

6. Good for your heart and arteries

This phenomenal gift of nature comes in handy in heart matters as well.

Dietary slow burning fibers present in sweet potatoes is said to cut down the risks of developing certain heart conditions and cardiovascular diseases. Substantial research and studies made during the recent years note that a high fiber diet shields us against various conditions such as heart disease, diverticulosis, diabetes, constipation and different kinds of cancers among others.

Equally important, vitamin B6 present in high dosage in sweet potatoes is a crucial factor in helping us build new red blood cells and lower our risk for heart problems by reducing the chemical homocysteine in our organism. Homocysteine being associated with degenerative illnesses like heart attacks, Vitamin B6 contributes in maintaining healthy arteries and blood vessels to assure blood flowing in a healthy freeway.

 

 

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7. Helps with sleep, stress and promotes relaxation

Apart from being a great source of vitamins and antioxidants, sweet potatoes are loaded with different beneficial minerals such as magnesium and iron. In fact, Magnesium is well known for its relaxation effect; it’s the « chill pill » for stress-free and good mood seekers. Moreover, Sweet potatoes contain choline as well, which is a key agent in muscle relaxation, fatigue, and sleep problems.

8. Immunity booster

The antioxidant properties of sweet potatoes can help fight off illnesses.Actually, the high concentration of vitamin C and beta carotene in this tuber helps build a stronger immune system. So, one sweet potato provides you with half of your daily needs of vitamin C. Add to that, Vitamins A and E are also huge promoters of a healthy immune system.

9. A powerful anti-cancer food

Beta-Carotene, a nutrient present excessively in sweet potatoes is a potent agent that hinders cancer cells growth and helps in preventing from this malicious disease. That’s why incorporating high beta-carotene foods in our diet may reduce oxidative damage. Thus the risk of developing some kind of cancers such as stomach, kidney, in prostate and breast cancers.

 

Studies have shown that this orange tuber high in carotenoids contains powerful antioxidants useful in neutralizing free radicals, a substance responsible for increasing the risk of cancer.

Sweet potato being the potent anti-cancer food that is, helps drastically in reducing the risk of ovarian and breast cancer in postmenopausal and premenopausal women. It’s also known for playing an effective role in protecting against prostate cancer, according to the Harvard School of Public Health and the Journal Carcinogenesis study published in 2013.

10. Delays aging, heals dark circles and promotes glowy skin and healthy hair

Have you ever wondered why most of your skin care ointments have Vitamin A, C, and Retinol in them? Obviously, those components play a major role in fighting off aging and skin degeneration. As a matter of fact, these veggies happen to be a major source of those components as one medium-sized potato accounts for a 100% of our daily requirements of vitamin A and 47% of the daily recommended vitamin C.

This nutriously versatile tuber can actually delay aging, protect your skin and give the shine and power back to your hair! Too good to be true? Not at all!

In fact, Beta-carotene by converting vitamin A in the body helps repair the damage caused by UV lights and offers protection of the skin from the sun. It also enhances the production of new skin cells for a glowing, moisturized and wrinkles-free complexion. In addition, Vitamin A has its virtue on hair as well as it treats hair loss and dryness and strengthens those strands.

So for your new face cream or hair mask, opt for a home-made natural sweet potato-based remedy, it is totally worth it!

 

11. Loads and loads of vitamin D.

Both a vitamin and a hormone, Vitamin D are a major player in calcium absorption; it helps build up healthy bones and teeth and support the thyroid gland as well as boosting our mood and energy levels. Deficiency in this vitamin could cause you mood swings and gloominess, whereas, healthy intake of this vitamin will promote your immune system, boost your general health and protect you from mental disorders like dementia.

I think I made my point here! So next time on your trip to the grocery store, make sure to fill up on those yummy creamy orange fleshed babies!

 

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Benefits of Sweet Potatoes for your Skin, Body, and Overall Health

 

“Since I have decided to come here, you have to accept what I have said here. And please, if you do not want to hear the truth, never invite me,”–Sanusi

Muhammad Sanusi II, Emir of Kano says Nigeria is on the verge of bankruptcy following “unfavourable economic policies.”

We are heading to bankruptcy… what happened is that the federal government pays petroleum subsidy, pays electricity tariff subsidy, and if there is rise in interest rates, f

 

 

The revered traditional ruler made the comment on Tuesday, June 25 at a workshop organised by the office of the accountant-general of the federation at Government House, Kano.

 

He advised President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to take a different stance, saying for 30 years, successive governments “have had this project called petroleum subsidy.”

According to The Cable, he said the time had come to stop subsidy so as to save the nation’s economy.

 

We are heading to bankruptcy… what happened is that the federal government pays petroleum subsidy, pays electricity tariff subsidy, and if there is rise in interest rates, federal government pays,” he said.

“What is more life threatening than subsidy that we have to sacrifice education, health sector and infrastructure for us to have cheap petroleum.

“If truly President Buhari is fighting poverty, he should remove the risk on the national financial sector and stop the subsidy regime which is fraudulent,” he added.

Emir Sanusi asked President Buhari to tell Nigerians the fact about the economic situation and also act quickly on this.

“Since I have decided to come here, you have to accept what I have said here. And please, if you do not want to hear the truth, never invite me,” he said.

He continued:

“So, let us talk about the state of public finance in Nigeria. We have a number of very difficult decisions that we must make, and we should face the reality. His Excellency, the president, said in his inaugural speech that his government would like to lift 100 million people out of poverty, it was a speech that was well received not only in this country, but worldwide.

“The number of people living with poverty in Nigeria is frightening. By 2050, 85 percent of those living in extreme poverty in the world will be from the African continent. And Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo will take the lead.

“Two days ago, I read that the percentage of government revenue going to debt services has risen to 70 percent. These numbers are not lying. They are public numbers. I read them in the newspapers. When you are spending 70 percent of your revenue on debt servicing, then you are managing 30 percent.

“And then, you continue subsidizing petroleum products; and spending N1.5 trillion per annum on petroleum subsidy! And then we are subsidizing electricity tariff. And maybe, you have to borrow from the capital market or the Central Bank of Nigeria to service the shortfall in the electricity tariff, where is the money to pay salaries, where is the money for education, where other government projects?”

Meanwhile, the Kano Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Corruption Commission has invited some officials of Kano Emirate Council and other individuals to explain why the council paid their foreign medical bills.

The commission’s action is despite a court order barring it from investigating the emirate.

The anti-corruption commission had recently re-opened probe on the emirate finances, which it suspended two years ago, as crisis between Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and the emir worsens.

 

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How President Donald Trump slapped new unilateral sanctions on Iran, targeting supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and eight Iranian commanders.

The United States has asked the UN Security Council to update its sanctions blacklist on Iran after complaining of lapses in enforcing travel bans and asset freezes, according to a letter seen by AFP on Wednesday.

The push for tougher enforcement of UN sanctions came amid soaring tensions between the United States and Iran following Washington’s decision to impose new sanctions on Tehran and recent attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf.

The UN blacklist contains the names of 23 individuals and 61 entities linked to Iran’s nuclear activities, including the commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Qods force, Major General Qasem Soleimani.

All 81 people and entities are subject to a global travel ban and asset freeze to be enforced by all UN member-states.

 

In a letter sent to the council, the United States complained that the list had not been updated in over nine years to include aliases and other information to all UN member-states.

“Full implementation of these asset freeze and travel ban measures requires continuing attention to the details of the designation list,” wrote acting Ambassador Jonathan Cohen in the letter sent Monday.

The letter cited an aviation services company known as Pars Aviation which the US said had changed names to Pouya Air and a banned company, Oriental Oil Kish, which the US said was operating or had ties to two trading companies in another country.

 

The United States raised Soleimani’s continued travel including to Iraq and Lebanon and offered to present “a fulsome list” of the commander’s visits abroad, in violation of the travel ban.

The United States did not, however, indicate that it would request that new names of individuals or companies be added to the sanctions blacklist.

On Monday, President Donald Trump slapped new unilateral sanctions on Iran, targeting supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and eight Iranian commanders. The US said it would also slap sanctions Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Since the Iran nuclear deal was endorsed by the Security Council in 2015, 37 individuals and entities have been removed from the UN blacklist.

 

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“We will revitalise ourselves with the blood of the martyrs. It is this blood that has watered the great fruitful tree of the Islamic revolution,”—Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Iranian authorities called for “resistance” against archfoe the United States on Thursday as large crowds mourned soldiers who died in the war with Iraq more than three decades ago.

Iran regularly organises funerals for soldiers killed in the 1980-1988 war whose remains are either returned by its neighbour or found in former combat areas, which were mainly in Iran.

Mourners gathered in front of Tehran University around marquees erected on Enghelab (Revolution) Street to shelter the coffins of nearly 150 “loyal companions” under a scorching sun, according to AFP journalists.

 

Iranian media reported that the dead included two “volunteers” who went to fight in Syria where Iran provides military support to President Bashar al-Assad.

Of the 148 soldiers killed in the Iran-Iraq war, only 35 have been identified, the reports said.

 

Portraits of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei were seen among the crowd along with white, red and pink gladiolas.

“It is our duty to listen to these messages of greatness, perseverance and resistance that awaken in us the sense of responsibility,” the head of the country’s judiciary, Ebrahim Raisi, told the crowd, referring to the “testaments” of soldiers before going into battle.

“We will revitalise ourselves with the blood of the martyrs. It is this blood that has watered the great fruitful tree of the Islamic revolution,” he added.

Raisi struck a defiant tone as he spoke of recent tensions between Iran and the United States.

Washington has ratcheted up crippling economic sanctions on Tehran after the Islamic republic’s forces shot down an unmanned US drone, following a series of attacks on tankers that the United States blamed on Iran.

“The blessed hand that attacked the American drone confirmed that to resist the enemy, the Islamic republic has no hesitation,” he said.

“The Islamic republic recognises America as the main enemy before the Zionist regime (Israel) and, with all its might, is capable of leading them to repentance,” Raisi said before the funeral procession began.

 

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US senate to block military action against Iran without congressional approval.

The Senate will vote Friday on a measure to block President Trump from taking military action against Iran without congressional approval.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced that leadership had hashed out a deal to vote on the proposal from Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and that they would hold the vote open to give 2020 candidates the chance to return from Miami.

“We intend to stay in session this week to finish the NDAA bill and allow for a vote in relation to the Udall amendment. Senators should plan to vote on Friday on the Udall amendment,” McConnell said from the Senate floor, referring to the National Defense Authorization Act.

He added that “here’s the good news, the vote will start first thing in the morning and be held open into the afternoon to accommodate as many senators as possible.”

The amendment from Kaine and Udall would prevent Trump from using funding to take military action against Iran without congressional approval. Supporters of the amendment argue Trump could still use action without approval if American troops are attacked.

 

The amendment is unlikely to garner the 60 votes necessary to be added to the NDAA. Even if every Democrat supports the measure, they would still need to win over 13 Republicans.

The decision to delay the vote on the Iran amendment comes roughly a day after Republicans, including McConnell, dismissed the call from Democrats to delay the Iran vote until after the Democratic debates, which are taking place on Wednesday and Thursday night.

“I was incredulous to hear the Democratic leader call yesterday to postpone moving forward with the NDAA. Apparently some of our Democratic friends need to go hit the presidential campaign trail. They can’t be here because they have to go campaign,” McConnell said.

In a procedural twist, senators are going to pass the mammoth defense bill on Thursday. If the Kaine-Udall proposal gets enough support it will be added to the defense bill retroactively.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) touted the agreement, saying a vote on the Kaine-Udall proposal was “fair and only right.”

“Many Americans feel that the constitutional right of Congress to examine foreign conflict and potential war be upheld,” he added.

The fight over the Iran amendment had threatened to derail the NDAA, with Democrats threatening to block the defense bill unless they got a vote.

 

Democrats debated their strategy for more than an hour during a closed-door lunch on Tuesday.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who is co-sponsoring the Iran amendment, said there was a “strong belief” among several members of the caucus that the NDAA is the right vehicle for holding the line about demanding a vote on Iran.

“There’s a lot of strong belief that we need to take a vote on war in Iran,” Murphy said after the lunch. “There’s there’s a lot of sentiment that this is the moment to take a stand.”

Republicans believe they have the votes to defeat the Iran amendment, if it comes up for a vote.

McConnell told reporters during a weekly press conference that he hoped the amendment would be defeated, but acknowledged the margin could be close.
“My hope is that it will be defeated. We’ll find out by how much of a margin, but we – we hope to defeat it. It’s simply not required under this set of circumstances,” McConnell said.
Sen. John Thune (S.D.), the No. 2 Republican senator, told reporters that “a few” Republicans would probably defect and support the Iran amendment.

“I think most of our conference is in a different place and doesn’t want to in an unprecedented way put constraints on the president’s ability to defend the country,” Thune said.

 

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Mohamed Salah scored his first goal of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Mohamed Salah scored his first goal of the Africa Cup of Nations as hosts Egypt secured a place in the last 16 on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ahmed Elmohamady prodded Egypt ahead on 25 minutes after a wicked Salah cross and the Liverpool star slammed in a second shortly before half-time to spark frenzied celebrations at a packed Cairo International Stadium.

Record seven-time champions Egypt rode their luck at times as DR Congo twice struck the crossbar in the first half but the Group A leaders held firm to join Nigeria as the first teams through to the knockout phase.

Egypt overcame the distraction of Amr Warda being banished from the squad earlier in the day over mounting sexual harassment allegations. The claims surfaced earlier this week on social media platforms. Multiple women posted screenshots and testimonies of Warda’s alleged lewd comments.

“I think the team is strong and the squad is strong but we are not happy to lose a member of our family,” said coach Javier Aguirre. “The team focused more on our match and played the 90 minutes in a serious manner. I don’t think the Egyptian team will be affected by the absence of anyone.”

Mexican Aguirre fielded the same side that defeated Zimbabwe 1-0, with centre-back Ahmed Hegazy sporting a mask after breaking his nose in the opening game of the tournament.

Salah was guilty of missing a hatful of chances in the curtain-raiser and this season’s Premier League joint top scorer again threatened inside five minutes here when an interception broke his way only for the Egyptian to skew wide under pressure.

 

After four days of small crowds, another capacity 75,000 crowd turned out to cheer on the hosts in the capital, but they were nearly silenced when Marcel Tisserand slammed against the bar at a corner.

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DR Congo came to Egypt as one of the most unpredictable qualifiers having finished third in 2015 only to make a timid quarter-final exit two years ago, and they fell behind for the second straight game as Elmohamady forced home after the ball fell kindly to him following an aerial challenge with Christian Luyindama.

Having created the opener with his vicious right-wing cross, Salah then stung the palms of Ley Matampi with a powerful 25-yard free-kick.

Egypt would be rescued by the woodwork once more though when a deep cross was nodded back across goal by Bokadi Bope and Jonathan Bolingi’s looping header bounced back off the bar.

With his side riding their luck, Salah rose to the occasion and settled Egyptian nerves two minutes before half-time with a typically brilliant finish.

Played into space down the right by Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan, Salah skipped inside Tisserand and ripped a crisp low drive inside Matampi’s near post to cue a volcanic eruption from the masses of delirious Egyptian supporters.

Mohamed El Shenawy produced an excellent sprawling second-half save to claw out a Jacques Maghoma header, but despite an improvement on a horror first outing, DR Congo now know they must beat Zimbabwe in their final game in order to possibly advance as one of the four best third-place finishers.

“The feelings are mixed when you play such a match. Unfortunately we lost so the feeling is one of hurt, particularly for my players. They gave a lot and fought hard but didn’t get the result,” said DR Congo coach Florent Ibenge, whose side fell 2-0 to Uganda in their opening match.

“We’ve got one match left against Zimbabwe and we can hope for third place. We’re going to fight until the end.”

 

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Why Buhari fired Ibe Kachikwu?

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Dr Thomas John as the acting alternate chairman of the Governing Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, bringing to an end the tenure of the former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu.

 

NNPC’s Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru, who announced this in Abuja, stated that the new board chairman would hold the position until the appointment of a new Minister or Minister of State for Petroleum Resources by the President.

 

Baru added, “He (John) will hold the position of the Acting Alternate Chairman of the Governing Board until a new Minister of Petroleum Resources or Minister of State for Petroleum Resources is appointed to assume the Chairmanship or Alternate Chairmanship position, respectively in line with Sections 1(3) and 2(1) of the NNPC Act. The new appointment takes effect immediately.”

The NNPC had seen series of changes in various management positions in recent weeks. Last week, the President appointed Mr Mele Kyari as the new Group Managing Director of the corporation, who would assume office after the end of the current GMD’s tenure on July 7, 2019.

The President also appointed seven new Chief Operating Officers for the corporation.

 

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How Nigeria became the first team to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations knockout phase.

Nigeria became the first team to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations knockout phase as Kenneth Omeruo’s goal earned a 1-0 win over Guinea in Group B.

In a largely uneventful contest in Alexandria, Nigeria made the breakthrough when Omeruo headed in from Moses Simon’s 73rd-minute corner.

 

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita returned to fitness to make his first start for either club or country since May 1, but could not inspire Guinea, who are in real danger of an early exit.

Guinea goalkeeper Ibrahim Kone had been the star performer with two excellent saves from a pair of Alex Iwobi efforts, but his display proved fruitless as Omeruo’s header ended Nigeria’s four-match winless streak against the Syli Nationale.

After coming on as a substitute in Guinea’s draw with Madagascar, Keita almost marked his first start in eight weeks with an assist early on, but Sory Kaba failed to take the midfielder’s throughball into his path.

 

Francois Kamano sent a free-kick just wide as Guinea kept up the pressure, though Nigeria would have had the lead before half-time had Kone not got down to Iwobi’s effort.

Kone came to Guinea’s rescue once more just after the hour, doing well to prevent another Iwobi strike dipping in.

Keita’s underwhelming return came to an end in the 71st minute when he was replaced by Lass Bangoura, and Guinea’s resistance was broken moments later – Omeruo glancing a header into the far corner after connecting with Simon’s delivery.

Guinea rallied late on, though Nigeria had little trouble in holding out for a win which guarantees their place in the last 16 with a game to spare.

 

Key Opta Facts

  • Nigeria have won their last six games at the Africa Cup of Nations, their longest streak in their history, never conceding more than one goal in each of their six encounters.

  • Guinea are winless in their last seven games at the Africa Cup of Nations (D5 L2), their longest streak in their history.

  • Guinea have conceded at least one goal in each of their last 14 AFCON games.

 

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How Buhari released AFCON Money to Super Eagles.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed receiving part of the money approved by the Federal Government for participation of some national teams in international competitions, including the Super Eagles’ participation at the ongoing 32nd Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

NFF’s Acting President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi (in the absence of the board’s President, Amaju Pinnick, who is fully involved with organisation of AFCON), said the federation received part of the money yesterday morning, and immediately launched the process to convert same to American dollars to pay the players their only outstanding entitlement – the win bonus for the match against Burundi in Alexandria, last Saturday– and for subsequent matches.

“We want to specially thank President Muhammadu Buhari for his keen interest in resolving this matter quickly, which has enabled us to receive part of the money in record time. We have immediately started the process of converting the money to American dollars at the Central Bank, in order to pay the players the bonus for the win over Burundi three days ago, as well as plan for subsequent games,” Akinwunmi said in a statement, yesterday.

He added that on Monday, the NFF had transferred to the players and their officials allowances up to the last day of the group phase matches at the AFCON 2019, as well as the appearance fee for the friendly against Zimbabwe in Asaba on June 8.

 

“We have paid the monies through our funds managers, Financial Derivatives Company, on Monday, June 24, 2019. The only issue we had was some players did not send their bank accounts and, instead, authorised the bank to pay their monies to some other individuals. The bank requested clear authorisation for this to happen.

“I was on a telephone discussion with the captain of the team, Mikel Obi, this morning and can safely say that all clarifications have been made, and the usual cordial relationship and understanding between the players and we the administrators is still intact. I have challenged them to go all out and win the trophy, assuring them that their monies all the way to the final is guaranteed. It is now for the players to focus on the championship and deliver glory to the nation. I have no doubt of their ability to do that.”

Akinwunmi also specially commended the maturity of the team and its leaders, including skipper Mikel John Obi and for their unflinching focus on the job at hand which is winning the AFCON Trophy.

 

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“I wonder what sort of conscience some of us have.—Buhari declares.

Nigerian Tribune reports that made the disclosure this on Tuesday, June 25, while receiving some Yoruba leaders led by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu at the presidential Villa, Abuja.

 

Legit.ng gathered that the president said he had to do what he did to the former CJN even though reluctantly.
He said: “But anybody who cannot account for what he has and for refusing to declare it, we will have to do something about it. I will tell you as, that was why I had to deal though reluctantly with the former Chief Justice because there were millions of dollars, euros not to talk of naira which were not declared.

“I wonder what sort of conscience some of us have. How can you seat and preside over and lock people up for years and even sentence some to death and yet you are not doing what the constitution said you should do by occupying that vital institution.

“So, I stopped getting worried so much, sorry to admit it, when I found out that I could play hoop, step and jump. What I mean is that if it is America, they will do it this way. If it were in Europe, they will do this way but if you go there after 250 to 400 years, how old are we? So I realize that I don’t want to go back to into detention again.”

 

Buhari, who recalled how as a military leader, he clamped suspected looters into detention until they proved themselves innocent, said that these days, suspects deny their property until they are shown their bank accounts.

He maintained that he had decided that property seized from suspects would be sold and the money kept in the treasury to prevent future administrations from returning them to their owners.

Buhari added:

 

“So, we are recovering as much as we can under the system and this time around I said the properties will be sold and the money put in the treasury.

“The last time they were giving back their properties but this time around whoever comes after me no matter how generous he is, he cannot take money from the treasury give it to individuals. It will be impossible.”

The president also recalled that his campaign promises and the effort his administration had made to meet them with success. Buhari thanked the group for the visit.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Chief Olabiyi Durojaiye, told the president his group helped to elect him into office. He added that they were proud of their contributions to his victory.

He said the group made some requests of the president on security, education, youth employment, federalism, power supply and agriculture.Speaking on the security, Durojaiye said: “The huge cost not-withstanding, it may be considered worthwhile to take a bold step in combating crime and improving on security by improving on the apparent shortage of the manpower in the Nigeria Police Force and by extending control of the Police from the state to local government level.”

Recall that President Buhari had suspended Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria in January and replaced him with Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed.

Buhari said he removed Onnoghen based on an order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal dated January 23, 2019.

After a long court battle, Onnoghen resigned as CJN and turned in his resignation letter to President Buhari, a day after the National Judicial Council (NJC) recommended his compulsory retirement for misconduct.

 

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How 28 passengers were kidnapped in Ondo.

Lagos / Ado-Ekiti – Outrage on Wednesday trailed the abduction of 28 passengers on the Akure-Ado-Ekiti road on Tuesday about 6a.m within the Iju/Itaogbolu axis in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State.

Daily Independent learnt from an anonymous source that the assailants took advantage of the bad portion of the road to commit the crime.

Sources also claimed that the passengers were travelling to Onitsha in Anambra State from Ado-Ekiti, capital of Ekiti State, when they were abducted.

However, Festus Omoniyi, Secretary, Nigeria Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Oyemekun branch, Akure/Ado unit, said only 10 persons were kidnapped.

He identified the driver of the vehicle as Felix Akinde, saying they were kidnapped at a spot known as NYSC junction.

“The vehicle involved belongs to our union. It picked passengers in Ado-Ekiti and they were heading to Onitsha but they were attacked by herdsmen around NYSC junction,” he said.

“The incident happened about 6a.m. There were 10 people in the vehicle, including the driver. All of them were taken into the forest. The bus is presently parked at Iju police station. We gathered that policemen could not go into the forest to confront those holding the innocent people.”

 

Omoniyi said the suspected kidnappers have called the family members of the driver to inform them that they are holding him.

The Ekiti State Police Command Spokesman, DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, told newsmen that he could not comment on the matter since the incident fell within Ondo State. The Ondo State Police Command PRO could not be reached as at the time of filling in this report.

Another source said the gunmen waylaid the bus and ordered the occupants into the bush, including the driver.

According to residents of the area, the passengers were in two vehicles, an 18-seater bus and the other a 9-seater vehicle with their drivers.

A video of the incident posted on Twitter showed residents of the area complaining about the bad state of the road which had made it easier for kidnappers to operate.

“Our cars here are now passing through Ilawe. If anyone is kidnapped among us, who will bail him?

“We wonder what the condition of the families of those kidnapped passengers will be right now,” one of the residents said in the video.

The abduction happened few hours after a security meeting of South-West governors in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Tuesday, where they made a strong case for the establishment of state and local government police to complement the efforts of the federal police.

The governors, who were outraged by the incessant cases of kidnapping and other criminal activities in the region, also agreed to rise above party partisanship to set up joint patrol teams to ward off the criminals that had been killing and kidnapping innocent persons, as well as check the activities of killer herdsmen that had made the highways unsafe for travellers.

Speaking to Daily Independent on the abduction of the 28 passengers, pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, said nothing could come out of the security summit by the governors because they attempted to downplay the security challenges in the South West.

Yinka Odumakin, the organisation’s National Publicity Secretary, also advised Yoruba people to look for traditional means of protecting themselves, adding that relying on the Federal Government for adequate protection may prove costly.

Odumakin said: “The governors had a summit in Ibadan yesterday (Tuesday) where they attempted to play down what confronts South-West today. One of the governors that spoke for almost 32 minutes didn’t mention anything on insecurity in Yorubaland.

“And these are the governors that were saying Zamfara is the worst hit and that insecurity is a general problem. Twenty-four hours after the summit, we are seeing this happening.

“When they rose from their meeting, they issued their communiqué.

“There is nothing special about the communiqué and nothing can come out of it. The essence of the summit was not to address the problem but to just pretend that something is being done.

“But clearly, at this point now, the Yoruba people should know now that their fate lies with them.

“Like Afenifere said a week ago, the Yoruba should activate their traditional self-defence system now because, like Theophilus Danjuma said to this country a few weeks back, the people depending on official protection to defend them in this situation now, they will all die one by one.”

Also speaking, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lagos State chapter, said President Muhammadu Buhari had clearly demonstrated that he was incapable of addressing the security challenges in the country.

Barr. Gani Taofik, the party’s Publicity Secretary, in a chat with our correspondent, said despite the worsening security situation in the country, the president had refused to rejig the security architecture, especially by replacing the service chiefs who were appointed four years ago.

While lambasting Vice president Yemi Osinbajo, a prominent son of the South West, for saying the security situation in the country was exaggerated, the party also admonished South-West residents to take their destinies in their hands by looking for alternative means of protecting themselves.

Taofik said: “There is no doubt about the fact that we are on ground zero on security in this country, especially the South West.

“It is very unfortunate that the vice president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who is also from the South West has decided to play politics on the matter by saying it was being exaggerated.

“Now, what is more unfortunate is that President Buhari has refused to change all the service chiefs even at the height of this banditry, kidnapping, and the rest.”

Similarly, lawyers have bemoaned the parlous state of security in the South-West.

Speaking on the latest incident on the Akure-Ado-Ekiti Road that saw the abduction of 28 travellers on the road, the lawyers told Daily Independent that the situation has assumed the proportion of an emergency that should be matched with the appropriate government response.

According to Adesina Adegbite, a legal practitioner and immediate past Welfare Secretary, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), the latest development suggests “there is total breakdown of security in the country” and that “there is serious fire on the mountain.”

He said “that a whopping 28 people could be kidnapped on such a very busy road within the South-West shows that there is total breakdown of security in the country.

“It has always been in the North, especially Kaduna-Abuja highway. Now Ife-Ibadan highway has been in the news in the last weeks, particularly for the spate of kidnapping on that road. We are now talking about the Akure-Ado-Ekiti road.

“It shows there is serious fire on the mountain, and there is absolute need to rejig the security architecture of the country. At the same time there is need for the Federal Government to now declare a state of emergency against the kidnappers.

“This means there should be mounted serious onslaught against any form of criminality whether it is being perpetrated by herdsmen or whatever the identity of the offenders might be.”

“If security has become so paralysed to the extent that 28 people could be kidnapped in one fell swoop in broad daylight, then it is a state of emergency that must be given the appropriate response.”

Speaking in a similar vein, Mr. Olusina Fasugba, also a legal practitioner, lamented that the last four years have seen the worsening of the security situation in the country, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to wake up from slumber.

He said, “I don’t think any right-thinking member of society will come out and say without equivocation that government is in charge and control of security of lives and property in Nigeria, which is the primary constitutional responsibility of government.

“They must at all material time be able to guarantee security of lives and property of the people. And the security of lives and property in this country is at the lowest ebb today.

“You can no longer travel not only on roads within the South-West but in every other part of the country.

“Let me tell you, I have a matter in Osun State tomorrow. But because I was to set off about 4 o’clock I could not leave. So, definitely, I will not be able to make it to the court tomorrow morning.

“In those days by 7pm or 8pm I will hit the road and before 11pm I will be there. But that was four, five years ago. I cannot take that risk today.

“Buhari should wake up from slumber and tackle these security lapses headlong. Call all the security chiefs, the service chiefs, DSS, the police and all other relevant security agencies, particularly the police.”

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