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Transfer: Neymar begs Mbappe to stay at PSG

Transfer: Neymar begs Mbappe to stay at PSG

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar, has urged his fellow teammates, Kylian Mbappe, to remain at the French Ligue 1 champions amid transfer interests from Real Madrid and Liverpool.

Neymar said he has a brotherly relationship with Mbbape, adding that he likes to play together with the France World Cup winner.

Mbappe has 18 months remaining on his current contract with PSG and has drawn the interest of Real Madrid and Liverpool in the past few weeks.

“I have adapted. I feel calmer, and I am very happy here,” Neymar told French television channel TF1.

“I want to stay at PSG, and I hope Kylian [Mbappe] will stay too.

“Of course, that is the wish of every PSG supporter. With Kylian, we have a relationship of brothers … We really like to play together.

“We want PSG to be a great team, and I want to continue doing what I have done every day in Paris – play football and be happy. That is the most important thing.”

Prince Tony Momoh is dead

Prince Tony Momoh is dead

A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Prince Tony Momoh, is dead, Vanguard reports.

The Edo-born politician was a veteran journalist and a former Minister of Information and Culture (1986–1990) during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.

Details later…

Court restrains NUT from embarking on strike action in Edo

Court restrains NUT from embarking on strike action in Edo

The National Industrial Court sitting at the Benin Judicial Division has restrained the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) from proceeding on any strike action in Edo State Primary schools.

Hon. Justice A. A. Adewemimo, gave the order on Monday, February 1, after listening to submissions put forward by the Edo State Government and the Edo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) as applicants in a case with Suit No. NICN/BEN/04/2021 through the Edo State Solicitor-General, Oluwole Iyamu, SAN.

The defendants in the suit are Chairman, NUT, Edo State, Pius O. Okhuleliegbe; Assistant Secretary-General, NUT, Edo State, Moni Mike Modesty Itua, for themselves and on behalf of the members of the Edo State wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT)

The Honourable Justice restrained the NUT Chairman and Assistant Secretary-General respectively, either acting for themselves or through their agents or privies from embarking on any strike action pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice, which is fixed for Tuesday, February 9th, 2021.

N7.1 billion theft: Nigeria Senate’s Chief Whip, Orji Kalu returns to Court

N7.1 billion theft: Nigeria Senate’s Chief Whip, Orji Kalu returns to Court

Nigeria Senate’s Chief Whip and former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu will on Tuesday be arraigned before Justice Inyang Ekwo’s Federal High Court for a ‘de novo’ trial.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had in the last twelve years prosecuted Kalu from the Federal High Court up to the Supreme Court and as sentenced to 12 years imprisonment before his lawyers in mid 2020 secured judgement for a ‘retrial.’

Tuesday’s trial would have Senator Orjin Uzor Kalu docked before trial Justice Inyang Ekwo on money laundering related charges to the tune of N7.1 billion.

The lawmaker, who governed Abia State from 1999 to 2007 was earlier found guilty and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment by Lagos Division of the Federal High Court.

The trial judge averred that Kalu laundered money through his personal company, Slok Nigeria Limited, alongside Abia State former Director of Finance, Jones Udeogu.

Having spent months in Nigeria’s Correctional Centre, Lagos, the entire Court’s proceedings were again quashed in a unanimous judgement of the Supreme Court on 8th May, 2020 on the ground of the trial judge’s lack of jurisdiction to try Kalu at the time.

The Supreme Court’s judgement maintained that Justice Mohammed Idris, was already elevated to the Court of Appeal, as at the time he sat and delivered judgement against the Defendants (Orji Uzor Kalu and others).

Kalu’s defence Counsels picked holes in the conviction of their client, stating that it wasn’t part of the Court procedure to have a trial judge already elevated to the Court of Appeal to stoop lower to the Federal High Court to sit in judgement, hence, they pleaded that the Supreme should declare Kalu’s conviction a nullify.

The Supreme Court held inter alia: “The fiat that was issued to him by the Court of Appeal President pursuant to section 396(7) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, 2015, was a nullity.”

It further ordered that the charge in suit No. FHC/ABJ/CR/26/2017, which EFCC entered against Kalu and his co-defendants, should be remitted back to Chief Judge of the Federal High Court for re-assignment to any other judge for the trial to commence de-novo (afresh).

Sunday Igboho storms Ogun to chase away killer herdsmen [VIDEO]

Sunday Igboho storms Ogun to chase away killer herdsmen [VIDEO]

Popular Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo Igboho, Monday, stormed Ogun State to chase away Fulani herdsmen, who he said were killing, kidnapping and raping the people of Yewa area of the state.

DAILY POST recalls that some traditional rulers in Yewa North Local Government area of the state had lamented that some men in military uniform led Fulani herdsmen to various villages, flogging residents who would not allow cows to graze on their farms.

Igboho, who arrived Ogun on Monday afternoon, said he was in the state to chase away the Fulani herdsmen.

The activist commended Governor Dapo Abiodun, who he said spoke up against the “gruesome killing of his people by killer herdsmen.”

“My name is Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho. We are in Oja Odan area of Ogun State to chase away killer Fulani herdsmen terrorising the people of Ogun State.

“They they have been killing, kidnapping and raping our people in Yoruba land; and the governor of Ogun State said he will no longer tolerate the killing of his people by killer herdsmen. He said he was elected to protect the people.

 

See you in court Isreal’ – DJ Cuppy sues Davido’s PA for libel, defamation of character

See you in court Isreal’ – DJ Cuppy sues Davido’s PA for libel, defamation of character

Popular Nigerian Disc Jockey, DJ Cuppy, has revealed that she’s dragging Davido’s Personal Assistant, Isreal, to court for alleged libel and defamation of character.

Recall that Israel of DMW had earlier came out to give reasons behind singer, Zlatan Ibile and DJ Cuppy’s fight.

According to him, trouble started after DJ Cuppy in 2019 released a hit song ‘Gelato’ featuring Zlatan which made waves at the time.

Things became sour between both artistes which led to DJ Cuppy outburst on social media after she was blocked by Zlatan on every platform.

Zlatan, who kept mute, made things worse on Thursday as he denied ever knowing DJ Cuppy during an interview.

This got Nigerians talking as some criticized Zlatan for his response.

However, Isreal, Davido’s Personal Assistant, in a post via his Instagram account, commended Zlatan for his response, revealing that DJ Cuppy was a fake friend.

According to him, the daughter of billionaire Femi Otedola used Zlatan and never paid him despite the billions received from their hit collabo.

Reacting, DJ Cuppy in a post via her Twitter account on Monday revealed that she’s suing Israel for defamation of character.

According to her, there have been no breaches of her contractual agreement regarding the song, Gelato as confirmed by her lawyers.

“For the record there have been no breaches of my contractual agreement regarding the song #Gelato as confirmed by lawyers.

“However, as @IsrealDMW publicly inaccurately declared I owe an artist money, I am suing him for libel and defamation!

“See you in court Isreal,” she said.

Why I supported Yar’Adua in 2007 despite ailment – Obasanjo

Why I supported Yar’Adua in 2007 despite ailment – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that he was aware of the late President Musa Yar’Adua’s health challenges before supporting him to emerge presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2007.

Obasanjo stated this on Sunday during a virtual interview with academic and historian, Toyin Falola.

The former president said his actions were based on advice from medical expert that the late president was medically fit.

Recall that barely 3 years after his victory at the poll in 2007, Yar’Adua died in office in May 2010 due to kidney failure.

Nigerians had several times accused the former president of always supporting weak candidates for selfish reasons.

Recall also that Obasanjo was a key supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari during the 2015 general election against the then incumbent president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

Being a great opinion leader, Obasanjo was able to influence Buhari’s victory.

Buhari also took ill in 2016/2017 leaving his seat almost vacant for medical attention in London.

Obasanjo, however, stressed that he had no deliberate intension to support weak candidates as alleged by some Nigerians.

According to him: “Let me tell you the story of Umaru Yar’adua. I knew he was ill and before I put him forward, I asked for his medical report which he sent to me and I sent it to one of the best doctors of our time and a good friend of mine who died only last year –Professor Akinkugbe.

“I said look at it because it is confidential and he said to me that from this report, this man has had a kidney transplant and it is successful, he is no longer under dialysis.

“And if you have a kidney transplant and it is successful, it is as good as if you didn’t have a kidney transplant at all. I accepted that and Umaru Yar’adua contested within the party and he contested within the country and came up.

“Within a couple of days, he came back and reported that he was checked up and he was well”.

Obasanjo expressed hope that God would vindicate him and judge those accusing him of selfishness in his political engagements.

Demand for oxygen increases, as Lagos records more cases

Demand for oxygen increases, as Lagos records more cases

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said that the demand for oxygen by coronavirus patients has increased to 400 cylinders per day.

Sanwo-Olu made this known on Sunday in a statement while updating residents on the management of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the State.

He reiterated that oxygen was free in all Lagos State-owned COVID-19 treatment centres.

“Considering that oxygen demand has spiked to between 300 and 400 cylinders per day across state-owned treatment facilities, the government is working hard to ensure availability.

“To this end, a second oxygen plant is under construction at the Gbagada General Hospital and will come on-stream within the next seven days.

“It is expected that this will boost the in-house capacity and availability of oxygen across all state government-managed treatment centres,´´ NAN quoted him as saying.

Sanwo-Olu added that the Lagos State Government was making efforts to transform the state-owned isolation centre in Gbagada into a fee-paying facility that people could elect to be treated at.

He said that the decision was due to the growing clamour by patients and families who were willing to pay for COVID-19 treatment, but would like to do so at a cost that was lower than what was currently obtainable at private facilities.

“This means that the COVID treatment facility in Yaba will continue to offer free and high-quality treatment to all persons.

“Gbagada centre will offer treatment at a moderated and affordable cost to those who wish to take advantage of extra offerings like private treatment rooms and more personalised levels of care,´´ Sanwo-Olu said.

He said that the government established a telemedicine service, EKOTELEMED, for patients who were either asymptomatic or had mild symptoms that did not require admission and could, therefore, be managed in the comfort of their homes.

The governor said that EKOTELEMED was manned by well-trained medical personnel and available on a toll-free line, 08000EKOMED (08000356633).

Sanwo-Olu encouraged as many people as possible, whose cases fell in the asymptomatic or mild category, to take advantage of the EKOTELEMED service.

Meanwhile, Lagos state recorded the highest number of the new cases with 355 infections in the country on Sunday. the state now has a total of 49,274 confirmed cases and 314 deaths.

 

Aisha Yesufu spits fire as Nnamdi Kanu’s ESN attacks Fulani herdsmen, kills cows

Aisha Yesufu spits fire as Nnamdi Kanu’s ESN attacks Fulani herdsmen, kills cows

Aisha Yesufu, a Nigerian activist, has fumed over the reported chasing out of Fulani herdsmen and killing of dozens of cows by the Nnamdi Kanu’s Eastern Security Network, ESN.

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, shared the news of the security outfit’s invasion of the camp of the herdsmen in Isiukwuato, Abia State.

In a video shared by the IPOB leader, the ESN operatives were seen burning houses and cows allegedly belonging to the Fulani herdsmen.

“Video of men at work last night across all the towns and villages of the old Bende Division, especially Isiukwuato,” Kanu captioned the video shared on his Facebook page.

“ESN has commenced the combing of parts of Isiukwuato forests last night and engagement with the enemy is ongoing and will continue until they no longer present a threat to our communities along that axis…” he added, issuing a direct warning to the herders.

And in reaction to this, the Bring Back Our Girls campaigner, described the situation as highly unacceptable, warning that no one has a monopoly of violence.

“This is absolutely not acceptable. We cannot have security outfits taking laws into their hands & maiming, killing & destroying properties. This is not acceptable.

“We must always remember no one has a monopoly of violence and intolerance and we can all be mad.
Let the law guide us!” She tweeted.

Kanu had launched the ESN in December 2020, explaining that the security network was meant to protect the Southeast from marauding herdsmen and other criminal elements.

He said the security outfit was exactly the same as Amotekun, the Southwest security outfit.

Obaseki revamps, activates Otuo General Hospital, deploys medical personnel

Obaseki revamps, activates Otuo General Hospital, deploys medical personnel

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has revamped and activated services at the state-owned Otuo General Hospital in Owan East Local Government Area with medical personnel for critical need deployed to commence work at the facility.

Commissioner for Health, Dr. Patrick Okundia, who spoke to journalists at the weekend in Benin City, said the solar-powered General Hospital which was formerly under lock and keys has been upgraded and is fully operational, noting that the official opening ceremony will take place soonest

Okundia assured that the Obaseki-led administration will continue to invest massively in the provision of quality healthcare services to the people, so that more residents will have access to quality and affordable healthcare services.

According to him, “A lot have been done by this administration to activate services at the Otuo General Hospital  and we are happy that our efforts have yielded positive fruits as the hospital is now fully functional. The facility has been revamped, personnel for critical need have been deployed and services have commenced in earnest.

“The hospital has been equipped to a standard that is above the normal standard you find in other hospitals in furtherance of the Obaseki-led administration’s vision to ensure the health and wellbeing of Edo people through massive investment in the provision of quality healthcare services.”

“Governor Obaseki is committed to making sure that our healthcare system in Edo State is restored to ensure that the state is a destination for medical tourism,” he added.The commissioner noted that the government’s focus is on improving the state’s primary and secondary healthcare systems; enhancing healthcare financing and revamping training institutions to produce quality health workers.