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17 Dec 2017

"I suffered a lot against Messi. Me, Mourinho and Sergio Ramos spent hours working on a plan to stop him.", Says Xabi Alonso

Ex-Spain international Alonso has opened up about Los Blancos' attempts to control the Argentine wizard.

The two giants of Spanish football meet again in their 236th competitive clash in just eight days time at the Bernabeau.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was in charge of Real during the majority of Alonso's four year spell in the capital.

And the former Liverpool midfielder has revealed that the players used to have meetings about how to stop Messi's huge impact on Los Clasicos.

"Messi did me a lot of damage, I suffered a lot," he explained to Ecos del Balon.

"He made us squeeze our heads a lot. We spoke a lot with Mourinho and with Sergio [Ramos].

"How was he damaging us? How could we control him?

"Messi was playing, and behind him on the right of midfield was Xavi. And they provoked me."

"Xavi would show me the ball, I would go, Messi would get in behind me and Sergio would have to come out to cover him, and they cut through us.

Messi is the top scorer in the history of games between Barcelona and Real Madrid with a remarkable 24 goals.

Alonso explained that eventually they realised that Sergio Ramos couldn't handle marking the five time Ballon d'Or winner, so he took up the challenge.

"You only began to control Messi when it was me, not Sergio, who was in charge of marking him," he added.

"Xavi called me, but I stayed with Messi and Sergio did not have to come out, and from there, we controlled him pretty well.

"We sacrificed metres on the pitch, and to be able to win the ball back, to prioritise dealing with Messi.

"And when we controlled this position, the Barca-Madrid games became even."

Real Madrid take on Brazilian side Gremio in the Club World Cup final on Saturday in the UAE (5.00pm).

Jose Mourinho reveals why he didn’t celebrate Romelu Lukaku’s goal

After Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring against West Bromwich Albion, the Manchester United striker chose not to celebrate.

The former Chelsea forward headed home a sumptuous cross from Marcus Rashford in the first half to set United on their way, with Jesse Lingard adding a second shortly after in a 2-1 win.

Lukaku’s lack of celebration against his former club was criticised by United legend Gary Neville, with the striker pulling a similar stunt when netting against Bournemouth in midweek.

But Mourinho – who also barely reacted when the Belgian found the net – defended his front man and believes he was just showing respect to his former club.

And the Portuguese explained why he chose not to celebrate the goal either.

‘I didn’t celebrate too,’ he said after the match. ‘Nobody was happier than me.

‘Fifteen years ago I look at myself celebrating goals. With maturity you go into levels that you control your emotions better.

‘Romelu was a happy kid at West Brom – maybe at the back of the mind it was his love for the club.’

Ronaldo wants Messi show of respect at El Clasico

Cristiano Ronaldo has called on Lionel Messi and his Barcelona team-mates to give Real Madrid a guard of honour before the upcoming El Clasico. It comes after Ronaldo helped Real Madrid win the Club World Cup for a second successive year.
The Spanish side won the final in Abu Dhabi on Saturday 1-0 after overcoming an organised Gremio side thanks to a well-placed Ronaldo free-kick.

Real Madrid will now turn their focus back to domestic matters where things haven’t been going so well.

The reigning champions are currently fourth in the table, eight points behind table-toppers Barcelona.

They have an excellent opportunity to close the gap when they host their great rivals at the Bernabeu next weekend.

But before a ball is kicked, Ronaldo wants to see some respect from Barcelona in light of their Club World Cup achievements.

‘It would be nice and I would like Barcelona to make for us the guard of honour,’ Ronaldo told reporters.

Ronaldo then hopes to get the better of Barcelona in order to breathe life into Real Madrid’s La Liga campaign.

‘I hope we can beat Barรงa so that the League is alive, we have to enjoy every moment because we do not know what can happen tomorrow, we are gaining confidence and we are going to improve and finish very well.’

Ronaldo, by his standards, has struggled for goals this season but was delighted to be able to make a telling contribution at the Club World Cup, with him also scoring in the semi-final as well. ‘I’m happy I scored the goal, very happy,’ said the five-time Ballon d’Or winner. ‘I’m having a great season. ‘Real Madrid had never won five titles in a year and we wanted it, it’s a record. ‘I talk on the pitch, I try to give my best and for people to enjoy my football. ‘I don’t lack motivation to continue playing and training because I enjoy football. It’s what I like the most.’

Tony Blair says 'Stopping Brexit is more important than Labour election win'

Stopping Brexit is a more pressing priority than Labour winning the next election, former prime minister Tony Blair suggested as he criticised the party's strategy under Jeremy Corbyn.

The ex-premier said Labour was "in the same position as the Tories" on Brexit but if the party came out in opposition to leaving the European Union it would not only "be saying what's right" but would also expose the divisions within the Conservative ranks.

Mr Blair said he believed that "stopping Brexit is the route to win power" for Labour and rejected the suggestion that accepting the result of the referendum was necessary to avoid the risk of losing support in former industrial heartlands.

Asked in the Guardian whether he agreed support for Brexit was a sacrifice worth making to win, he said: "I don't actually. No. I think this principle's too important."

He added: "I'd like to see a Labour government in power. But I think the key national priority right now is stopping Brexit. I would put it above everything else right now for the country."

Mr Blair said he understood the "very pragmatic position" that Labour had taken to avoid being painted as the anti-Brexit party, but it was putting them in the same position as the Conservatives - arguing to leave the EU but retain close trade links.

It was also stopping Labour from focusing on the "destructive impact" of Brexit and the distraction the "Tory psychodrama" was having from the business of improving public services and the economy.

He acknowledged Labour would have a "huge fight" if it came out in opposition to the referendum result "but you'd be fighting from a point of principle".

"Think of what a galvanising movement you would have in those circumstances, because you would actually be - well, for a start you'd be saying what's right. That's quite an important thing to start with.

"Secondly, I think the impact on the Tories would be really profound, because you'd be driving a wedge right into that Tory division - and the Tories are a profoundly divided party."

Mr Blair said Mr Corbyn had a "genuine personal charm" which he admired but warned that at the next general election Labour would not face the same "incompetent" Tory campaign.

The former prime minister and the current Labour leader have traded blows throughout their careers, but Mr Blair said: "I think what he does have is a genuine personal charm. I'll give him that.

"You know, when the right-wing media were trying to build him into some sort of demented Marxist, I think his demeanour was of enormous assistance.

"I pay tribute to that, I genuinely do. I mean, I actually admire that."

But Theresa May's election campaign was "more incompetent than any I've ever seen ... And I don't think the same rules will necessarily apply in the next election."

BREAKING NEWS: Mo Farah wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Four-time Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah upset the odds to be named 2017 BBC Sports Personality of the Year at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Sunday.

The 34-year-old was the third favourite coming into evening – with heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua the bookies’ tip – but finally won the award after a previous best finish of third in 2011.

On a night of surprises, Northern Ireland’s World Superbikes champion Jonathan Rea finished second and para-athlete Jonnie Peacock was third.

Farah, who claimed a third consecutive world 10,000 metres title in London in August, was among four of the 12 nominees not present in Liverpool, which suggested he did not fancy his 33-1 odds either.

His world title victory was achieved despite almost falling over twice in the final, which is almost how he achieved this win, too.

First, his son Hussein pulled his microphone off during his initial video-link interview with BBC presenter Gabby Logan.

His daughter Rhianna partially rescued the situation by removing Hussein, only for the Somalian-born star to be left sitting on his microphone for much of the interview.

And then, when his shock victory was announced, the link to his location in London went down.

In a subsequent interview on BBC Radio 5 Live, he said: “I didn’t see this coming, I thought I wasn’t going to win it.

“You look at this year and Jonnie Peacock, Anthony Joshua, Lewis Hamilton, it’s been incredible. When you see that list and put yourself in there, you think, ‘I might finish top three, maybe’.

SARS Official, Yomi Sars To Perform At Olamide’s OLIC Concert, Nigerians React

Just when the #EndSars campaign is still shaking the roots of the Nigerian State, Lagos Boy, Olamide has announced that a surprise artiste Yomi Sars, a Sars Official will be performing at the OLIC Concert. This action has led Nigerians to decry foul over the insensitivity of the “Wo” crooner.

Yomi Sars is a Sars official who has come out openly to defend the activities of SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad), a squad allegedly responsible for defrauding Nigerians unjustly. Yomi has been spotted with the Baddoo singer, Wizkid and Pasuma Wonder in recent times.

Read the tweets below:

On Wednesday, the Lagos State Police Command announced that about 25,000 people are expected to attend the concert and have set plans to divert traffic for the concert. If this number will be affected because of the new announcement, time will tell. The concert which is scheduled for 6 pm today.

Nigerian lady who got admitted to University at 26, recounts setbacks as she’s set to bag a PhD

A Nigerian lady and Twitter user, Aduke George, took to the platform to recount past setbacks that led to her being admitted into the University at the age of 26.

The lady who is set to bag her PhD, also listed her portfolio after she  surmounted her challenge;

“Finished sec sch @16, Failed WAEC & GCE 3x Went back to ss2 @ 20. Entered UNI@ 26 …… Now I have an OND, BA with a 1st class, 2 Masters, 2 professional certificates. & Getting ready for a PhD It don’t matter your point zero… If you keep pushing, you will excel..”

David Mark breaks silence on EFCC invitation

Former President of the Senate, David Mark, has denied receiving over N2bn from the Peoples Democratic Party through a National Assembly account for distribution to senators.

Mark, in a statement on Sunday by his Media Assistant, Paul Mumeh, said as a law-abiding citizen, he had answered an invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to deny the allegation.

Mumeh noted that it was “the first and only official statement from the office of Mark on this issue.”

The statement read, “Our attention has been drawn to media reports wherein it was reported that former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, was quizzed by EFCC over some alleged financial transactions.

“To set the records straight, Senator Mark was invited by the EFCC via a letter addressed to the National Assembly to answer questions on the 2015 presidential election campaign funds as it concerned Benue State.

“As a law-abiding citizen, Senator Mark honoured the invitation.

“Curiously, they also alleged that the PDP paid over N2bn into the National Assembly’s account which he, as then President of the Senate, allegedly shared among the 109 senators, including PDP, Action Congress of Nigeria and All Nigerians Peoples Party (members) in 2010.

“Again, to the best of his knowledge, Senator Mark is not aware of such transaction. This simply did not make sense to any right thinking member of the society.

“Senator Mark wondered why anybody would think that PDP will pay money into National Assembly account. He, however, clarified all the issues raised before returning home.

“Senator Mark believes in due process and the rule of law. He has maintained a clean record of public service over the years and will continue to uphold the highest standard of conduct expected of public servants.”

The statement added that politicians across party lines, friends and well-wishers have been on “pilgrimage” to Mark’s house ever since, to identify with him “at this moment.”

“He, however, appealed to his supporters, friends and associates to remain calm and see his current travails as a price he has to pay for leadership,” the statement concluded.

Nigerian Singer, Falz, Reveals 'Wedding Plans'

Sensational singer and actor, Folarin Falana, AKA Falz, has revealed he might be settling down soon.

The Singer told Saturday beats that due to pressure from all angles on him to get married as soon as possible, he may publicly propose to his secret lover at his concert.

He said “My lover will be at the concert, will I unveil her to the public? Let’s wait and see, it’s actually very possible because a lot of people are putting pressure on me to get married. As we all know, recently Banky W got married, everybody is getting married so I think it’s high time for me to get married too.” 

Falz, known to have a good sense of humour, however, dismissed rumour that his secret lover is Popular singer, Simi, although he noted that she is also in the Entertainment Industry.

Seyi Shay Reveals When She Will Get Married

While being interviewed at a invent in Lagos recently, Singer Seyi Shay slightly shipped in her marriage plans, she says her resolution for the coming year is to get married.

This simply means Seyi Shay would definitely be walking the aisle come 2018, although she said nothing more on the topic, neither did she divulge about a relationship or lack of it, but with the vehemence of her declaration and the nearness of 2018, we can only assume that the singer is in a very serious relationship that can only lead to the altar.

Tinubu, Ajimobi, welcome Akala, Folarin, others to APC on Oyo governor’s 68th birthday

The National Leader  of  All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, two other governors and other chieftains  of the party yesterday formally received  the immediate past  governor of the  State, Adebayo Alao-Akala, former Senate leader, Senator  Teslim Folarin and other top politicians  to the APC.

Alao-Akala’s deputy while in office, Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja, the only Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member of the House of Representatives from the state, Dokun Odebunmi, and a host of others to the party were received at a massive rally at Mapo Hall, Ibadan

The rally was to also celebrate the 68th birthday of Governor Ajimobi.

Addressing the huge crowd of party supporters and others who defied the scorching sun to witness the event, Tinubu said the APC has all it takes to accommodate the political heavyweights joining its fold.

Other defectors were a  former Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Ayodele Adigun, the immediate past PDP State Chairman, Yinka Taiwo and five Accord Party members in the state House of Assembly.

Also joining the APC were  former Speaker of the state assembly, Ashimiyu Alarape; a former member in the House of Representatives, Kamil Akinlabi; a former Chairman of Oluyole Local Government, Kehinde Olaosebikan; Senator  Brimoh Yussuf; former PDP woman leader, Mrs. Olanrewaju Otiti, Folake Olunloyo, Rauf Olaniyan, Lukeman Oorelope and Kemi Jaiyeoba, among others.

With the calibre of the new members, Tinubu and Ajimobi said opposition was dead in the state.

The rally was attended by Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola and his Ondo State counterpart, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, the National Vice Chairman (Southwest), Chief Pius Akinyelure and the Deputy National Chairman (South), Segun Oni.

Tinubu said the APC has “a stainless kitchen” that is large enough to accommodate as many cooks as possible.

Allaying fears on how to manage the political differences of the political heavyweights joining the party, Tinubu noted that the APC has a variety of menu in the political kitchen for the future of the country.

He said: “We have a stainless kitchen and we can accommodate as many cooks as possible and because we have a variety of menu in the political kitchen of planning this future, we love those bigwigs and we can accommodate them all. It is in the same forest that you find a hippo that you find an elephant and you will find a rabbit. In political platforms, you must look for the addition not the minus.

“You can see that the opposition is dead in Oyo State.  Today is important for us because it is the birthday of the Governor Ajimobi and things that have never happened in the history of Oyo State have started happening.

“Thank God for my friend Alao-Akala and the others for seeing the light. All of you that joined will also join in building the party. The APC house is great for all of us. We are proud of you for joining us. APC is the only progressive party in Nigeria and Africa.”

He pointed out that it has become very clear that APC would win in 2019.

While welcoming the defectors in their separate remarks, Aregbesola and Akeredolu said  that the resources and experiences of the individuals would be useful to build a more formidable party ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Odebunmi said as the only elected PDP officer from Oyo State, his defection to the APC signaled its final death.

The lawmaker said he has found out that only the APC and Ajimobi have good programme for youths.

Alao-Akala said dynamism in politics requires that politicians move with time.

His words: “To God be the glory. I am moving with time. There is dynamism in politics. We have only one party now in Oyo State. To God be the glory.  There is no more PDP in Oyo State. Everywhere, it is APC. By God’s Grace, Oyo State is now fully APC. I thank Governor Ajimobi for making all the defection possible.

“He opened his arms all the way and supported efforts to bring people into the fold. By God’s grace, all the defectors have worked under me. The room Ajimobi gave us made all these possible. We shall work with him to move the party forward. We shall be good party members.”

Ajimobi described the event as one of the unprecedented incidents marking his tenure.

He called on politicians to forgive themselves of past sins and assured that they will not regret joining the APC.

Akala, Arapaja, Folarin and Odebunmi later held the APC flag and waved it to the crowd as a seal of their membership of the party.

APC Chairman in Oyo State, Chief Akin Oke welcomed the defectors, saying they should feel at home.

He said the presence of national officers and the governors at the welcome rally was significant.

10 months after blasting Buhari, Top Nollywood Actress Dumps PDP For APC

She joined other Oyo state political bigwigs to defect from the main opposition party to the ruling party – Funke Adesiyan says she has reasons for moving to APC as they were received by APC national leader Bola Tinubu.

Nollywood actress turned politician, Funke Adesiyan, has dumped the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling party All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday, December 16.

The actress formally announced her exit from the main opposition party as she joined the ruling APC through a press statement signed by her. According to the actress, her desire to join politics was to touch the lives of the man next door but the dream was not possible on the platform which she had declared her intention in the last general election, this she said made her declare interest in joining the ‘Progressives’.

Shocker!!! Man Cuts Off Cousin’s Manhood Because Of N3,500

The Niger State Police Command has arrested a 25-year-old man, Aliyu Mohammadu, for allegedly cutting off his cousin’s manhood.

It was learnt that Mohammadu, from Babana Borgu, in New Bussa Local Government Area of Niger State, allegedly attacked his cousin, Farouk Ibrahim, on the claim that Ibrahim was unruly.

It was gathered that Mohammadu also accused his cousin of stealing N3,500 (three thousand, five hundred naira only) , which he claimed to have kept in his room.

“My cousin was rude to me after he made away with my N3,500. When I confronted him on the way to the farm, he told me not to disturb him, insisting that he did not take my money.

“I got annoyed and attacked him with my cutlass, which resulted in the cutting off of his manhood,” Mohammadu told our correspondent.

Culled from Punch

Wizkid’s Manager Receives Historic Achievement Award

Following the success of his live concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London,Wizkid’s manager has been presented with a commemorative plaque.

The singer’s manager, Dumi Oburota recently received a plaque in appreciation of the good work done in putting together the show.

The source of the news has it that it is a historic achievement.

See post below.

NEWS: Dumi Oburota, Wizkid’s manager, has been presented with a plaque for the massive success of the Royal Albert Hall show in September.

Disturbing LDN x STARBOY making history together! ๐Ÿฅ‡

— Wizkid News ๐ŸŒ (@WizkidSource) December 14, 2017

So Shocking! Lagos Socialite Seen Bathing with a Big Snake (Photos)

Pretty Mike who was this year arrested by the police over an anti-social behaviour of putting ladies on leash has shared pictures of himself battling with a pet snake.
Images from Pretty Mike's social media account

Controversial club owner and socialite, Pretty Mike shared photos with his pet snake which he revealed has been named Toke Makinwa, a Nigerian writer and On-air-personality.

In the photos, the python curled around the body of Pretty Mike as he bathed it for a 'naming ceremony'.

Pretty Mike who has been rumoured to be in a hot romance with cross-dresser, Bobrisky is not new to chronic attention-seeking moves.

Of late, he has been drinking alcohol from colourful feeding bottles meant for toddlers.

Go Back To School - Buhari's Wife Tells Northern Women

Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha has charged Northern women to go back to school and acquire western education to better their lot in compliance with growing global trends.
She gave the charge at the closing ceremony of a 1,000 graduates of skills acquisition programme funded by her pet project, the Future Assured, a non-governmental outfit, at the Multipurpose Indoor Sports Hall in Bauchi.

She said: “any woman that is not educated will lose a lot of opportunities in the modern world. If you cannot read, many opportunities will pass you by”.

Citing herself as an example, Mrs Buhari who was accompanied by wives of Adamawa and Nasarawa states’ governors and top government officials, announced that before marrying President Buhari, she had her secondary school education and went to the university after marriage, not knowing that she would be the wife of Nigeria’s President one day.

Lukaku And Lingard Give Man Utd Victory At West Brom

In a week when Manchester United’s lack of flair was a constant source of chatter, their latest victory did little to answer to answer the critics.
Goals from Romelu Lukaku against his former club and Jesse Lingard did at least help United keep cross-city rivals Manchester City just about in sight in the race for the Premier League title.

Yet what had looked set to be a routine win against a struggling West Bromwich Albion became anything but in the closing stages when Gareth Barry’s goal for the hosts left Jose Mourinho’s side holding on.

They held firm, though, in an ugly finale that did nothing to bridge the style gap to Pep Guardiola’s City but which kept the margin of their rivals lead unchanged from the start of the weekend.

Despite a dominant start from United that was aided by some sloppy West Brom passing, it was the hosts who threatened first in the ninth minute.

A backheel from Salomon Rondon freed James McClean on the left and he crossed towards the far post, where Oliver Burke was arriving.

There are Over 4,000 Nigerians in One Libyan Prison - Returnee Recounts Torrid Experience

A married Nigerian man who recently returned from Libya in a failed bid to make it to Europe illegally has recounted his sour tales.
Sunday Ehiagwina

Tell us about yourself.

I am Sunday Ehiagwina, 34, from Edo State.

Did you have a job before you left Nigeria?

I was a cobbler. I have been making shoes for seven years.

Why did you abandon the job?

I abandoned it because the job was not stable and some of my friends advised me to go to Italy. I left on April 15, 2017. I left with my wife. I paid N1.1m to one John Osaremwen. He is dead now. I heard he died in Benin City. The money was to take us to Italy. We went through Kano and Katsina to Libya. When we got to Libya, we were kept in a detention camp and ordered to pay money for our release. I paid N600,000 for my wife and myself.

When we were released, we went to Tripoli where we met one prince, a Ghanaian, who promised to take us to Italy. We paid him N400,000. We spent four months with him until the Libyan police came and arrested us. If a person tells me now that he wants to take me to Libya, I will arrest the person because that person wants me dead.

Were you assaulted?

I was beaten up by the Libyans. We did not eat well. They fed us with tasteless macaroni. At least, five persons died in my presence. They died in a prison. Some also died in the desert.

Is it true that some of the females were s*xually abused?

Yes, it is true. They were r*ped. We were kept separately from the women. A boy told me that he saw one of the Arabs r*ping a girl.

Was your wife s*xually abused?

No. She told me that she was not touched by anyone. My wife was already five months pregnant then. She is still pregnant now. It was by God’s grace that she did not lose her pregnancy.

How did react when you heard that you would return home?

I was very happy because I had suffered enough and wanted to be free. When I got to Nigeria, I was happy. I appreciate the Federal Government and the state government for their assistance. But some persons are still in Gharyan prison in Libya. We have over 4,000 Nigerians there.

Source: Punch

Football Legend, Thierry Henry Arrives Lagos In Style

Thierry Henry is famous for his time at Arsenal, where he was part of an invincible team that won Two English Premier League titles and Three FA Cups.
Thierry Henry enriched the football viewing experience for all fans of the game regardless of team loyalties or nationality. He is Arsenal's top scorer with 228 goals - This earned him the title “Igwe” (King ๐Ÿ‘‘) from football fans in Nigeria.

Thierry Henry is on his way to Landmark Event Center, Lagos to meet with football fans. If you are a Thierry Henry follower, you know where to take that priceless picture with him. #BeAFrontRowFan

Navy Recovers 1330 Jerry Cans Of Petrol From Oil Thieves

The nefarious activities of pipeline vandals was dismantled in a Lagos Island when officials of the Nigerian Navy busted the suspected criminals.
Some suspected oil thieves arrested by the Nigerian Navy

The Nigerian Navy says it has recovered 1,330 jerry cans filled with petrol during a raid on oil thieves in Atlas Cove Island in Lagos.

The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROCT Commander, Rear Adm. Maurice Eno, told journalists on Saturday night that the product was evacuated from a storage facility in Ilado/Idimangoro area of the island.

According to the naval chief, the petroleum product was stolen from vandalised NNPC pipelines on Atlas Cove Island.

Eno said that no person was found at the storage facility during the raid.

He said that the navy monitored activities in the area for about three weeks to ascertain the veracity of the information.

“On December 14, at about 8.10 a.m., a detachment of personnel from the NNS Beecroft raided the locations and discovered a storage facility having over one thousand five hundred jerricans.

“1,330 of the Jerricans contained product suspected to be premium Motor Spirit(PMS) believed to have been siphoned from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipelines laid on the island.

“At the time of the raid, no person was found on the storage facility,” he said.

“The team also discovered the siphoning points where valves were connected by the vandals to steal the product.

“It is pertinent to note that NNPC pipelines laid on Atlas Cove Island are under the supervision and care of Top Line Security Limited/Kings Guard Security Company.

“It is obvious that these acts may not have gone unnoticed by these private security outfits,” he said.

Eno said that the navy was committed to assisting the NNPC in dealing with pipeline vandalism and crude oil theft.

“The navy is using this medium to warn pipeline vandals and other criminal elements particularly in our maritime environment to desist from nefarious activities and pursue lawful means of livelihood,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent who visited Atlas Cove Island on Satutday reports that several items used by the vandals in siphoning petrol from NNPC pipelines were found in the area.

Villagers in the community refused to speak on the incident.

The navy said the jerry cans filled with PMS products would be handed over to the NNPC.

I Will Make Nigeria Work Again - Atiku Promises

People's Democratic Party chieftain and 2019 Presidential aspirant, Atiku has promised to help put Nigeria back on the path of greatness as he nurses his presidential ambition.
Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has pledged his readiness to get Nigeria to work again through the provision of gainful employment for her teeming youths across the country.

The ex-number two citizen stated this Saturday at the official opening of Chicken Cottage quick service restaurant at the Jabi Lake Mall in Abuja.

The company founded by Atiku is aiming to become the number one chicken restaurant in Nigeria in the next few years. He said: “You can be sure that having at least one chicken cottage in every state will help get Nigerians working again. We will provide gainful employment to thousands of Nigerians who would be earning living wages which in turn contributes to reducing unemployment in Nigeria .

“As part of our objectives, we aim to be the number one chicken restaurant chain in Nigeria. After this outlet, we intend to open several other outlets in strategically important locations in Nigeria.

“Our target is to have at least one chicken cottage restaurant in every State in Nigeria. Ultimately, we intend to develop chicken cottage Nigeria as the regional hub for all operations in Sub-Saharan Africa. Towards this end I have given approval to the management to commence talks with Chicken Cottage International.”

He promised to source foodstuff locally as a way of empowering local farmers in their agrarian business saying,“My ultimate joy will be to patronise our local farmers and see them have their produce bought and used here in Nigeria and Africa thereby empowering them.

Furthermore, the multiplier benefits of this enterprise would extend to transporters, beverage suppliers, Appliance manufacturers, Artisans, Furniture makers, etc.”

The Waziri Adamawa was accompanied to the event by some of his political associates including the lawmaker representing Bayelsa Central Senatorial District, Senator Ben Murray Bruce.

Buhari Heads To Niger With 3 State Governors

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday attend the 59th Proclamation of Republic of Niger ceremony in Tahoua, Niger.
According to a statement on Sunday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President, alongside the Presidents of Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania and Niger, will participate in the event held on December 18 of every year to commemorate the founding of the Republic of Niger and creation of the Presidency.

“After the ceremony, the Nigerian leader will hold bilateral meetings with some of his counterparts before returning to Abuja same day.

“President Buhari will be accompanied on the trip by Governors Aminu Masari, Ibrahim Gaidam and Kashim Shettima of Katsina, Yobe and Borno States respectively,” the statement read.

Double registration: Gov Bello Finally Breaks Silence

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has broken his silence on the allegations that he was registered twice by the Independent National Electoral Commission, saying he will speak on the matter at the appropriate time.
The Director General, Media and Publicity to the Governor, Kingsley Fanwo, said Bello was “upbeat in the midst of allegations of double registration levelled against him,”  insisting that the governor is prepared to prove his innocence.

“We have not said anything about the allegation because we have to allow our legal team take it up and expose the incoherence and falsehood surrounding the politically orchestrated allegation.

“The governor will soon come out to lay the truth on the table.

“Impregnable facts will dwarf the current campaign of calumny against the person of Governor Yahaya Bello.

“INEC had told the world they had no evidence of double registration. They also gave dates during which the purported double registration took place. They may have to be confronted with their own words.”

Speaking further, Fanwo said, “Those calling for the governor’s resignation over a mere allegation have further exposed their ignorance and desperation. They need to wait till 2019 to test their popularity among the people of Kogi State.

“Why are they sounding critical publicly while sending emissaries to plead with the governor for the remedy of their dimming political hope ahead of 2019?

“Their hypocrisy will soon be public knowledge.

“The governor will clear his name. But he remains focused on his goal of making Kogi a better place for all.”

Governor, wife separate, to divorce after 27 years of marriage

Nevada Governor, Brian Sandoval, says he and his wife, Kathleen, have decided to separate and plan to divorce after 27 years of marriage.
The two-term Republican said in a statement released Friday that “demands of public life are hard on a marriage and ours has been affected in a way neither of us had envisioned or expected.”

The statement says the Sandovals remain committed to their three children and ask that their family’s privacy be respected “during this difficult time.”

The Sandovals were married in 1990. They have two adult children and a teenager.

A Reno native, Brian Sandoval was first elected governor in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.

He served in the Nevada Assembly, as state attorney general and as a federal judge before becoming governor.

BE WARNED: Bitcoin Is Not Money, It Is Not Universally Accepted - Experts

The chairman of Swiss banking giant, UBS, Axel Weber, has said that bitcoin is not an effective means of payment, since it is not universally accepted.
He added that the cryptocurrency is not a good measure of value, since prices are not written in bitcoins, and it is not an effective way to store value, since it is inherently unstable.

Weber said in an interview on Sunday that he did not consider the soaring cryptocurrency bitcoin as money and called for regulators to intervene.

Bitcoin prices have surged this year from less than $1,000 in January to $17,000 last week, after trading in the digital currency began on the Chicago Board Options Exchange — the first time it has appeared on a traditional platform.

But in an interview with the NZZ am Sonntag weekly, Weber warned investors against jumping on the bandwagon, saying the bubble would inevitably burst.

“In my opinion, bitcoins are not money,” he said, adding that the virtual currency had significant “design flaws.”

Money is meant to fulfil three main functions and bitcoins fail at all of them, he said.

“The currency is not an effective means of payment, since it is not universally accepted; it is not a good measure of value since prices are not written in bitcoins, and it is not an effective way to store value, since it is inherently unstable,” he said.

The main problem, he said, is that with no central bank and no issuer controlling the supply, the value is determined solely by demand, which leads to “huge price fluctuations in both directions.”

UBS has decided to advise clients against investing in the virtual currency, he said, because the bank does “not consider it valuable and not sustainable.”

To protect investors who do not take the bank’s advice, “regulators are needed,” Weber said. (AFP)

News In Pictures: Pope Francis Clocks 81, Celebrates Birthday with Hero Cake

Pope Francis celebrated his 81st birthday Sunday with a hero cake and a message urging the world — and children in particular — to join in the holiday mood and be joyful.

Pope's birthday coincides with President Muhammadu Buhari's 75th birthday celebrating which is holding on a low key at the Presidential villa, Abuja.

The Argentine pontiff thanked the crowds gathered in Saint Peter’s Square for the Angelus prayer as they sang happy birthday, and was expected to slice into his birthday cake after lunch.

It sports a picture of the pope carrying the world on his shoulders, designed by Italian graffiti artist MauPal.

The artist — whose real name is Mauro Pallotta — famously depicted Francis as Superman in 2014 and has since begun supporting Vatican charitable projects by selling T-shirts bearing the flying pope.

The pear and cinnamon delight shows Francis in his white cassock, holding up with one hand the world, which is divided in two but stitched back together — a symbol of the pope’s unifying force, Rome pastry maker Hedera said.

Francis’s birthday this year falls on Gaudete Sunday, which the church marks as a moment of particular joy as celebrations for the birth of Jesus Christ approach.

“Be always joyful, even when things don’t go as we wish they would,” the pope said during the Angelus prayer.

He had earlier stressed the importance of sheltering children from adult woes.

“When children see problems at home, parents that fight, they suffer. Don’t make them sad. They must always grow up with joy,” he said as he met disadvantaged youngsters looked after by a Vatican foundation.


‘Libyan captors burnt our flesh with cooking gas’

Who are you?
I am Emmanuel Ebekhonuyen, 35, from Esan South-East area of Edo State.

What job were you doing in Nigeria before you went to Libya?

I was a commercial driver before I travelled to Libya in March, last year. The journey was not easy. But I thank God for my life. I spent more than N1.2m because it was not easy to get there. Those who called themselves sponsors collected money from us. When they seized us, they dropped us on the road and began to beat us. We had to look for money to pay and rescue ourselves.

Did some of your mates die during the journey?

I thank God that I came back alive because some people died. About 300 persons were carried into Hilux vans to Libya, through the Sahara desert. Thirty-five persons each were on each of the vehicles. But some of them were abandoned in the middle of the desert by the Arabs. They were not given food or water and they died. In some instances, both the van and the occupants vanished and could not be traced.

I saw many dead bodies on the ground as we travelled.  Libya is not a place to go. In fact, I advise people not to go there.

How did Libyans receive the migrants?

The Libyans are very wicked. When you are caught, they bind your legs, turn on a cooking gas and burn your flesh. They call the act “kasura.” They did that to make sure you cry. After that, they order you to call your family to pay them money. Whenever the Arabs, whom we call “arabu,” see us, they feel they have seen money. I will not advise any citizen of Nigeria to travel by land outside the country. Follow the law, travel genuinely and you will not have any problems.

Do you regret leaving Nigeria for Libya?

Yes. I wasted my time, money and lost a lot of blood in Libya. I almost drank urine when I was thirsty. But I was lucky to get some water. I knew some persons who left Nigeria but died in the desert. As soon as a person dies in the desert, the corpse turns black due to the hot weather there.

Outrage As Security Guard Shoots Bread Seller Dead In Ondo

The Ondo State Police Command said it had arrested a security guard of the NNPC Petrol Station at Shagari Village junction in Akure, the Ondo State capital for allegedly shooting and killing a bread seller, identified as Ojomo Tunji.
File photo used for illustrative purpose only
The police said the suspect, Jonah Sunday, committed the crime last Wednesday evening and he was immediately arrested by the men of the command.

Speaking with our correspondent on Sunday, the Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr. Femi Joseph said the command had begun an investigation on the incident.

He said, “The information reached us at about 9.30pm on Wednesday that the suspect killed somebody bedside the filling station.

“We were made to know that the suspect was shooting into the air, we don’t know the reason for that, maybe he was suspecting something, but unfortunately as he was shooting the bullets hit one of the people selling bread beside the filling station.”

He said the victim was quickly rushed to the hospital where he gave up the ghost, noting that it was the family of the victim that reported the case at the police station.

“It is a pure murder case and we have commenced investigation on the matter,” Joseph stated.

The PPRO also disclosed that the command has arrested four sea pirates in Ilaje Local Government Area of the state.

He, however, did not reveal the identity of the four suspects for security reason but saying some dangerous weapons were recovered from them, which included gun and live cartridges.

The Truth On How Former SGF, Gidado Idris Died

More details to the unfortunate and sudden demise of a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation have emerged.
Alhaji Gidado Idris

As Nigerians mourn the death of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Alhaji Gidado Idris, a close source in the family has revealed that he died of natural causes.

The source, who does not want his name in print, told Sunday Sun yesterday that the former SGF had been ill but was quietly undergoing medications.    The source, who refused to disclose the ailment suffered by the late elder statesman, said that when his condition worsened last Thursday, he was rushed to the hospital but he could not come out alive. The former SGF died last Friday night in Abuja at the age of 82.

Meanwhile, the late Gidado was buried at Gudu Cemetery in the FCT yesterday amid tears and tributes from family members, friends and associates.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the burial, which was concluded around 3 p.m., was attended by the Secretary to the Government of Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha and Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, among others.

Other dignitaries included the former Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Ibrahim Mantu; former FCT Minister, Alhaji Aliyu Modibbo; former SGF, Babagana Kingibe; the Executive Secretary, Abuja National Mosque, Alhaji Ibrahim Jega.

Also at the burial were former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to late Military Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, Maj. Hamza Almustapha and former governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State.  In his tribute to the deceased, the SGF, Mustapha, said he was among the brilliant technocrats produced by the country over the years.

He described him as “an embodiment of generous spirit, hard work and an experienced public servant.”

He said the late former SGF was endowed with institutional memory of the things that happened in the course of Nigeria’s journey to nationhood.

He also described the late Gidado as a humble, thorough and simple man who was very accessible to whoever stepped into his office as SGF.

“I believe he was endowed with institutional memory of the things that happened in the course of Nigeria’s growth as a nation. The death was a huge loss to the family and the nation at large.”   Former Nigeria’s Ambassador to the UK, Amb. Sarki Tafida, who expressed shock over the sudden death of Gidado, also said it was a huge lose to the nation.

He said: “When I got the news earlier today, I was shocked but I know that life is in the hands of God and Allah can take one’s life at anytime.”

The eldest son of the deceased, Alhaji Ali Gidado, described his father as a devoted family man and principled civil servant who taught his children to fear Allah wherever they found themselves.

How Kiss Daniel Accused His Family of Doing Juju

Kiss Daniel has kept mum after his former record label exposed how he allegedly accused his family members of killing his father through diabolical means.
Kiss Daniel

The fallout between singer, Kiss Daniel, and his estranged label, G-Worldwide, is getting more interesting by the day.

Ever since news of the rift broke out, there have been lots of accusations and counter-accusations between both parties. According to some reports, the label allegedly paid Kiss Daniel a salary of N30, 000 monthly until after he released his sophomore single, Laye. However, the label stated that it had paid over N120m to the singer since the contract was signed.

Kiss Daniel’s camp had also alleged that G-Worldwide prevented the Yeba singer from attending his father’s burial in 2015. However, in a statement made available to Sunday Scoop, the label denied the allegation.

“Immediately the news of his father’s demise filtered in, Emperor Geezy, CEO of the label, authorised that his personal car should be used to convey Kiss Daniel to Abeokuta to attend his father’s burial. The singer only requested for two days’ leave, and N200,000 to send to his relatives, who had to bury the dad immediately because he was a Muslim. At that time, Kiss was bitterly angry that none of his family members could come up with even N10,000 to support his dad’s burial. The company was willing to give him more money but he said he needed only N200,000. The label CEO’s brother and one other person from the company even accompanied him on the trip back home. Interestingly, on arriving at a hotel in Abeokuta, which had been fully paid for by the label, Kiss refused to attend his own father’s burial on the grounds that he believed that his family was fetish. He said that his father’s death was not ordinary, considering the way he suddenly fell ill and died, after going through a lot of pain. He was scared and said he did not want to be exposed to any dangers. On the night of his arrival in Abeokuta, his younger brother was on his way to visit him when he got involved in a car accident. The label took care of his brother’s medical bills, and paid up to N300,000,” the statement read.

Reacting to claims that G-Worldwide barred Daniel from supporting other artistes, the label stated that Kiss, on his own, decided not to attend some events, even though his management had approved them.

The label wrote, “In response to the claim that Kiss Daniel was barred from supporting other artistes, especially those who supported him and the label at the New Era album launch, we would like to put it on record that at no time did the label bar him from performing at events where friends in the industry had asked for his support. Kiss Daniel however made it a habit to turn up at events late or not at all, always blaming the label for his truancy. Clear examples include his failing to appear at Reekado Banks’ album listening party and 2face’s Buckwyld ‘n’ Breathless concert. He did this even when 2Baba had provided two separate accommodations for him and his manager at Eko Hotels. He stood up 2face and his manager from 6pm till 1am the next day, claiming that he was on his way, but he never showed up. He repeated the same behaviour at the Chronicles of Ushebebe show, Soundcity’s 2016 MVP Awards, and many others.”

Meanwhile, when Sunday Scoop, reached out to Kiss Daniel, his handlers declined to comment, saying that they would make some revelations ‘when the time is right.’

Buhari's Grand Daughter, Zulaihat, Surprises Him At 75 [PHOTO]

President Muhammadu Buhari’s grand daughter Zulaihat (Baby Zee) surprised him with a nice (We love you granddad) birthday card as he turned 75 today.
The President's special assistant on new media, Bashir Ahmad shared the picture on Sunday.

Her Breast, Left Finger And Hair Used: Lagos Slay Queen's Death Linked To Yahoo+ Rituals

The death of ayoung girl identified as Tanwa a.k.a Princess Lavish which left her friends in shock, has been linked to rituals by yahoo boys.
According to Facebook user Iam KayKay, Princess Lavish who lived a lavish lifestyle, sharing of exotic places/events she turned up for and expensive phones she used, reportedly allowed herself to be used by those who killed her for rituals.
Iam KayKay who was dragged by followers after his post, defended himself claiming the post was made to warn other girls. His post read;
You allowed them to use you too bad. Girls of now a days want to use iphone8 and your father doesn’t have have Nokia torchlight. Today LEKKI tomorrow IKEJA….they claim slay queens. She named herself PRINCESS LAVISH and now she has lavished her life so painful. I’m sorry if I have hurt anyone’s feelings, i’m just trying to pass a message to other girls to be very careful….. I get frightened and upset when I see young people dying.
#Waitforyourshine #Thegrassisntgreenerontheotherside #NobeeverythingweydeyshinebeGOLD #Shakaragosoonend

Friends of Princess Lavish, have also taken to social media to pay tributes to her.
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