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Neymar reaches agreement for PSG exit


Paris Saint-Germain superstar, Neymar Jr., has reportedly struck a €200 million deal with the club, to allow him to leave next summer.

Neymar has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, having emerged as Florentino Perez’s No.1 choice to replace Cristiano Ronaldo.

But a return to former club Barcelona, who sold him to PSG in August 2017 when Les Parisiens paid his €222million release clause, is also possible.

According to La Porteria, Neymar has struck a verbal agreement with the Ligue 1 champions, allowing him to leave the French champions next summer.

The Brazilian has scored 13 times in 16 games for PSG this season and they are already cruising towards another Ligue 1 title, after 14 wins in 14 games so far.

Gov Udom breaks silence on Akwa Ibom Assembly crisis, challenges Buhari


Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the Akwa Ibom Assembly crisis to ensure continuous peace in the state.

Emmanuel said this at a news conference held in the Government Lodge in Uyo on Tuesday after the pandemonium in the State House of Assembly.

He said that the state would continue to remain peaceful in spite the siege in Akwa Ibom House of Assembly.

“We are calling on the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, please, we are citizens of this country and the President should take necessary action to forestall this because we have seen the sign.

“I want to believe my people will be protected by the constitution and by the law of this country.

”We stand for peace and we shall ever remain peaceful and law abiding citizens of this country,” Emmanuel said.

The governor also expressed displeasure over the deployment of police to the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly and called for the redeployment of the Commissioner of Police, CP Musa Kimo from the state.

The governor said that democracy in the state was being threatened and appealed for support to protect `the hard earned democracy.’

He said that the state government had received intelligence report on plans by the sacked lawmakers to take over the house of assembly alleging that the plans were being executed and supervised by the police.

He alleged that the same police that he used state resources to equip were fighting the state; adding that several petitions to President Buhari and the IGP about the activities of the Police and the sacked lawmakers had been ignored.

“The court ordered the speaker that those who had defected, their seats should be declared vacant, this is not the first time and it is in line with the rule of law.

“I want to call on the police force to ensure that the commissioner of police and the Quick Response Squad are withdrawn so that we can maintain peace,” Emmanuel said.

Buhari approves 213 new broadcasting licences


President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the issuance of operating licences to 213 new public and private broadcasting outfits in the country.

Director-General of National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Ishaq Modibbo-Kawu disclosed this on Tuesday in Port Harcourt at the opening of the 71st General Assembly of Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON).

Giving the breakdown, Modibbo-Kawu said that the president approved 147 new FM radio licences; 23 DTT Television licences, three new national radio network licences and two national television licences.

He said the commission had also received presidential approval for 16 campus radio stations; 24 community broadcasters and three public organisations FM licences.

The Director-General said that the total of 213 licences were the single largest number of stations ever licensed at any point in Nigerian broadcasting history.

He reiterated the importance of BON as the umbrella body for all the broadcasting outfits in the country.

“Our industry is opening up and the importance of broadcasting will become greater as a contributor to the economic fortunes.

“It is also a platform of molding the values of national development,” he said.

The NBC boss raised concerns over the spiking of hate and dangerous speech, that was freely broadcast on leading television networks.

He said the NBC commissioned a major study of Hate and Dangerous Speech in Nigerian broadcasting, using the 2015 general elections as a case study.

“The Validation Report from that study has been presented in Kano; Enugu and Sokoto.

“We will similarly present the report very soon in Lagos and at a big national gathering of broadcasters and other national institutions in Abuja.

“The NBC has also gathered a lot of experience from elections in Anambra; Ekiti and Osun states,” he said.

Modibbo Kawu cautioned that as the country entered the season of heightened political activities, en route the 2019 general elections, NBC would not hesitate to sanction erring stations.

“For us at the NBC, we cannot be responsible for the statements that politicians make.

“It is important to remind the broadcasting outfits in BON, that you would be liable for any violations of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code by the politicians that you broadcast live during political rallies.

“So, it is your responsibility, not just to collect those huge sums politicians are willing to pay; but you must make them remember the liability you carry for decency in what comes out on radio and television.

Police charge nine suspected cultists to court in Lagos


Nine suspected cultists who were undergoing initiation at Becan Graden, a popular entertainment spot (Became Garden) located at Bucknor Ejigbo area of Lagos State have been arrested and charged to court by the police.

The nine suspected members, who were said to belong to Eiye fraternity, appeared before Magistrate Kubeyinje at an Ogudu Magistrate Court where they were granted bail to the tune of N50,000 each.

Police prosecutor, Mr. Lucky Ihiehie, told the court that the police were able to arrest the suspects following a distress call from the authorities of the hotel which was responded to immediately by a patrol team of Igando police division who arrested the nine while others escaped.

Those arrested were Tope Samuel (27), Victor Chimdi (24), Precious Kachi (22), Emmanuel Chijioke (21), Emmanuel Oluwafemi (21),Tobi Adebayo (25), Michael Adebayo (21), Christopher Agu (23), and Michael Ugochukwu (23).

They were said to be performing incantations at the hotel around 1pm on the November 14, 2018, which prompted the hotel management to raise alarm.

According to the prosecutor, items found on the suspects included hard drugs, bottles of codeine, wraps of Indian hemp and sachets of refnol tablets.

The Igando police transferred the suspects to the Anti cultism division of SCID Panti from where they went to court.

The matter has been adjourned till January 2, 2019.

Livescore: Latest 2018/2019 Champions League results for Week 5 (Tuesday), fixtures


The first set of Champions League fixtures after the international break will be played on Tuesday.

This week, more teams will be booking their places in the second leg, with one more round of fixtures left.

Bayern Munich host Benfica, Manchester City are away to Lyon and Roma welcome Real Madrid.

Manchester United take on Young Boys at Old Trafford, while Juventus host Valencia in Turin.

Tuesday, November 27
Group E
18:55 Athens vs Ajax
21:00 FC Bayern München vs Benfica

Group F
21:00 Hoffenheim vs Shakhtar Donetsk
21:00 Lyon vs Manchester City

Group G
18:55 CSKA Moscow vs Viktoria Plzen
21:00 Roma vs Real Madrid

Group H
21:00 Juventus vs Valencia
21:00 Manchester United vs Young Boys

Ajimobi imposes levies on churches, mosques, others in Oyo [Details]


Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has imposed levies on religious bodies, manufacturing, trading and other business organisations in the state.

These levies were imposed as part of efforts by the state government to generate funds in order to assist security agencies in their bid to maintain a crime-free state.

The categories of the levies were contained in flyers made available to journalists at an emergency stakeholders meeting conveyed by the state government, which was held at the House of Chiefs, Parliament Building, Secretariat, Ibadan on Tuesday.

At the meeting were the state commissioner of Police, Mr. Abiodun Odude, representatives of the GOC of 2 Division, Nigerian Army, Odogbo Ibadan, Area Commanders, DSS, Customs, NSCDC, NDLEA, chief executive officers of banks and representatives of Manufacturing Association of Nigeria.

The flyers indicated that religious bodies in category A are expected to pay the sum of N60,000 annually while manufacturing and services in category A are to pay N100,000 annually.

The approved rates/ levies for class A (Large) in the manufacturing sector is N100,000, category B (Medium) is N80,000 while category C (Small) is N60,000.

Those in the services, class A are to pay N100,000, class B is N80,000 while class C will pay N60,000 annually.

Those in the class A, trading, agriculture and forestry and solid minerals are to pay N80,000 while those in the classes B and C are to pay N50,000 and N30,000 respectively annually.

The rest are religious bodies including churches and mosques as well as those in other areas who were asked to pay N60,000, N40,000 and N20,000 for classes A, B and C respectively.

The notice said that payment of the above levies are necessary to support the state government to ensure lives and property are protected.

It reads, “This is to certify the general public that OYSSTF, in pursuance of it’s statutory function to continue to assist security agencies, is embarking on the implementation of the law (OYSSTF AMENDMENT LAW 2017) recently assented by His Excellency, Oyo State Governor Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

“Further to the above, the board of trustees of OYSSTF in conjunction with relevant stakeholders, having held several consultations, town hall meetings and discussions preceding the commencement of the law, hereby informs the general public that in accordance with section 11 (4) of the Oyo state security trust fund law 2017 which empowers the government to impose levies and rates on “person” which include residents, individuals, associations and corporate bodies or firms domiciled in the state.

Ajimobi, while speaking said the meeting was convened in reaction to an observation of a noticeable increase in the activities of criminals in neighbouring states and attacks on banks.

The governor, who spoke through his deputy, Otunba Moses Alake Adeyemi, said, “It is common knowledge that before the inception of this present administration, insecurity in form of armed robberies, arson and other violent crimes as well as lawlessness from the nefarious activities of area boys had been the order of the day.

“The prevailing peaceful atmosphere in the state has been the result of the zero tolerance for crime by this administration and also through the commitment of the state government to combating crime through steps such as the establishment of Oyo State Joint Security Patrol Squad code named “Operation Burst” as well as the setting up of the Oyo State Security Trust Fund,” Ajimobi stated. I can confirm that the installation of closed circuit television (CCTV) in black spots and business districts in the city to monitor the activities of criminals has been completed and is now operational.

Chairman of the state Security Trust Fund, Mr. Bayo Adelabu, whose address was read by the Executive Secretary of the trust fund, Mr. Femi Oyedipe, noted that the spate of recent armed robberies on banks and the killing of security personnel in neighbouring states have made it necessary to hold the emergency meeting.

Eastern railway controversy: ‘You can’t be more Igbo than I’ – Amaechi dares Abaribe


The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has dared the Senator representing Abia South senatorial district, Enyinnaya Abaribe, saying that the lawmaker “was not more of Igbo than himself”.

Apparently angered over his frequent invitation to appear before the Joint Senate Committee on Land Transport and Local and Foreign Debts on Tuesday, the angry minister said: “I have been hearing what Senator Abaribe has been saying over the eastern railway about me.

“Abaribe can’t be more Igbo than I. Most Igbo people cannot interpret Abaribe, but most Igbo understand and can interpret Amaechi.”

Immediately, Senator Obinna Ogba, a member of the committee, demanded that the minister retracts the statement, saying it was insulting to the Senate.

Ogba said the Senate least expected such uncomplimentary statement from the minister. After persuasion from some members of the committee, the minister withdrew the statement.

On the circumstances surrounding the eastern railway arrangement with General Electric, the minister explained that the company – General Electric – has folded.

He further revealed that the federal government has engaged Transnet Construction Company on a private public partnership arrangements.

“The Federal government’s eastern railway development arranged with the General Electric collapsed because the comp has folded, but it is not within me to explain what led to that.

“We have engaged another Chinese subsidiary firm, Transnet Construction Company on PPP arrangement,” the minister disclosed.

How presidency, Police, APC, Akpabio attempted to impeach Udom – CUPP


The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) on Tuesday alleged that the presidency, All Progressives Congress (APC) national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and Senator Godwill Akpabio were behind the crisis rocking the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly.

Imo Ugochinyere, CUPP spokesperson, said five lawmakers had earlier in the day attempted to illegally impeach Governor Emmanuel Udom with the backing of the Nigeria Police.

Ugochinyere said the parties were worried, “that lawmakers and their paymasters unleashed mayhem on the state Assembly for the second time in less than two weeks without any arrest by the police and other relevant security agents in the state”.

The statement read: “We heard on good authority that these hoodlums imported by these sponsored five lawmakers forced their way into the legislative house at the early hours of today with the aid of a contingent of policemen drafted by the Inspector of General of Police (IGP) Mr Ibrahim Idris, the National chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole to destabilize the state Assembly .

“The suspended five state Assembly members with the support of the police again force their way into the chambers to first sack the speaker, elect a new one and thereafter constitute a kangaroo committee to commence impeachment proceedings against the state governor.

“We the opposition parties condemn in strong terms this attempted rape on our democracy by a few misguided elements in the state and their paymasters.

“This desperation by president Mohammadu Buhari and his APC to take over Akwa Ibom state even ahead of 2019 general election is capable of leading to a repeat of the unfortunate political drama that truncated our democracy in 1983.

“We will not seat down therefore and allow Akpabio and his APC sponsored agents to destabilize Akwa Ibom state Assembly and by extension create another political recipe for a possible collapse of our democracy.

“We call on the people of the state to be ever vigilant and never allow senator Akpabio, and his APC cohorts to remove the speaker or governor in an undemocratic manner”

Gov. Al-Makura names 11 commissioner-nominees


Gov. Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State, on Tuesday, submitted 11 nominees to the state House of Assembly for confirmation as commissioners and members of the state executive council.

Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi, Speaker of the House, announced this during plenary in Lafia, after the Majority Leader of the House, Tanko Tunga (APC-Awe North), read the Governor’s letter.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 11 nominees include: Hajiya Halima Jabiru, Mr Salisu Abubakar Haske, Mr Victor Tella, Mr Musa Suleiman, Hajiya Jamila Sarki and Dr Roseline Kera.

Others are: Hajiya Sa’adatu Yahaya, Ms Mary Enwongulu, Mr Hudu Yamba Agidi, Dr Clement Ahemba and Mr Mohamed Bashir Aliyu.

According to the letter, their nominations followed the recent reshuffling of the cabinet by the governor.

The Speaker urged the nominees to submit their curriculum vitae on or before November 30, adding that the assembly would screen them on December 3.

No record of successful bank robbery in Oyo since I assumed office – Gov. Ajimobi boasts


Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Tuesday declared that there is no record of successful bank robbery in the state since his assumption of office in May 2011.

Ajimobi made this declaration while speaking at a security summit held with security chiefs and head of banks in the state.

The summit, held in Ibadan, the state capital, was organised by the Oyo State Security Trust Fund (OYSSTF) in order to relate with stakeholders in the security sector in order to forestall bank robberies which were incessantly witnessed in neighbouring states in recent times.

The summit was attended by the state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, representative of the GOC of 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air force, Nigeria Customs and NSCDC and bank chiefs in the state.

Ajimobi, while speaking, attributed the prevailing peaceful atmosphere in the state to the zero tolerance for crime by the present administration which culminated in the establishment of Oyo State Joint Security Patrol Squad code-named “Operation Burst” as well as the setting up of the Oyo State Security Trust Fund (OYSSTF).

The Governor, who spoke through his Deputy, Chief Moses Alake-Adeyemo, maintained that since the inception of his administration, there had not been any case of successful armed robbery in the state.

He pointed out that his government was anticipatory and proactive in order to prevent the trend in the neighbouring states.

Ajimobi said, “This meeting has been convened in reaction to an observation of a noticeable increase in the activities of criminals in neighbouring States, especially attacks on our banks.

“In line with these observations, the State Government believes that an anticipatory approach is needed to counter/forestall any such happenings in Oyo State.

“It is with pride that I can inform you that there has been no successful armed robbery incident in any bank in Oyo State since our assumption and we are intent on keeping the status quo.”

The Governor also disclosed that the CCTVs are now operational in black spots of the state as well as business districts of Ibadan.

He disclosed further that the state government will continue to support security agencies in the state to achieve their primary functions in realisation that where there is peace, there will be development.

Ajimobi concluded by appealing to the participants to support the government especially during the festive period and the next general elections.

Chairman, Oyo State Security Trust Fund, Chief Adebayo Adelabu said it is imperative for the stakeholders in the security to come together and forestall the operations of men of the underworld.

Adelabu, who spoke though the Executive Secretary of the Trust Fund, Mr Femi Oyedipe, enjoined all the stakeholders to support the scheme to achieve security of lives and property of the people.