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EPL: What happened to Man Utd after Mourinho’s sack

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Frankfurt-listed shares in Manchester United climbed in early deals after manager Jose Mourinho left the English Premier League football club on Tuesday.

Reuters reported that this was an indication that investors welcomed the move after the club’s dismal start to the season.

The stock rose 1.4 percent by 1030 GMT after extending gains following the news.

Manchester United’s primary listing in the U.S. had not yet started trading as at the time of this report.

Mourinho was sacked as Manchester United manager on Tuesday following a 3-1 defeat by arch-rivals and Premier League leaders Liverpool on Sunday.

It was a result which left the club in sixth place in the standings, 19 points off the top.

His departure marked the first time since his days as Uniao de Leiria coach in 2002 that Mourinho has left a club without winning a domestic league title.

FG files more charges against Senator Adeleke

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The Federal Government on Tuesday, re-arraigned Sen. Ademola Adeleke on seven counts amended charges on examination malpractice.

Adeleke was the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Sept. 22, 2018 Osun governorship election.

Adeleke, who is a serving Senator and four other defendants were first arraigned on a four-count charge before Justice Edward Ekwo in September.

Adeleke and the other defendants pleaded “not guilty” to the seven count charges following which the prosecuting counsel, Mr Simon Lough asked the court for a date to commence trial.

Adeleke’s counsel, Mr Alex Izinyon (SAN), however, prayed the court for time to respond to all the processes served on his client.

Iziyon also moved an application urging the court to release Adeleke’s International passport to enable him travel abroad for medical treatment.

The prosecution did not oppose the application and the judge granted the application and ordered that Adeleke’s passport be released to him to enable him travel.

The judge ruled that Adeleke should return the International Passport within three days of his return to the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) report that Adeleke was arraigned in September on a four-count charge on examination malpractices, along with his brother, Sikiru Adeleke and three others.

The senator pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail on self-recognizance by the court.

As part of his bail conditions, Adeleke was to sign an undertaken to always attend trial and was not to travel out of the country without the permission of the court.

The others are Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau (Principal, Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Ojo-Aro Osun), Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo (School Registrar) and Dare Samuel Olutope (a teacher).

The second and third defendants were admitted to bail in the sum of N2 million each and one surety each, in like sum.

They were also asked to submit their international passports to the court and were not to travel out of the country without obtaining permission from the court.

Justice Ekwo ordered that Gbadamosi Ojo (school Registrar) and Dare Olutope (a teacher) be remanded in prison custody since they did not apply for bail.

Buhari finally speaks on ASUU strike, reveals what he will do

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President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to suspend its on-going industrial action in the interest of the country.
Buhari gave the charge on Tuesday during the 3rd Convocation Ceremony of the Alex Ekwueme-Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo (AE-FUNAI) Ebonyi.

Veloxnews had reported that the ongoing strike declared by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) continues as the leaders of the union and the Federal government failed to reach an agreement again.

According to NAN, Buhari, who was represented by Mr Victor Onuoha, Deputy Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) said government was aware of the challenges confronting the sector.

“We are not unmindful of the funding challenge faced by the education sector, occasioned by dwindling resources and other competing national needs.
“We will, however, continue doing the needful to improve the nation’s educational sector within available, limited resources,” he said.
The President said that his administration realised the importance of education in nation building and pledged its continued support and provision to the sector.

“We will continue providing specific infrastructure through annual appropriation and other interventions such as the Tertiary Education Trust (TET) Fund, NEEDS assessment, among others.
“Universities have critical roles to play in nation building as they must justify their establishment through excellent, production-based research activities, innovative ideas, empowerment of youths among others,” he said.

Ekiti Assembly suspends local councils’ executives indefinitely over alleged fraud

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The Ekiti State House of Assembly on Tuesday placed the 16 local government areas chairmen and their 177 councillors as well as other top political officials of the councils on indefinite suspension over alleged misappropriation of funds.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) elected officials were inaugurated into offices on December 19, 2017 under the administration of former Governor Ayodele Fayose.

This resolution was reached at the assembly’s plenary session on Tuesday, where it was resolved that the auditor-general must begin forensic audit of all accounts to pave way for more actions by Governor Kayode Fayemi.

Addressing newsmen in Ado Ekiti on the resolve of the House, the Chairman House committee on Information and Leader of Government Business, Hon Gboyega Aribisogan, said the action was taken in line with Section 7 of the 1999 constitution and Section 82 of the Assembly’s Standing Order.

He revealed that the reports submitted by Public Accounts Committee saddled with the responsibility of probing the finances of the councils, in line with Section 82 of the 1999 constitution contained alleged infractions in form of misappropriation, diversion and contract inflation, which he said the House can’t overlook.

“We worked on the documents and we realized that the council bosses went on their way to use direct labour for projects that go beyond their approval limits making them conduit pipes to massively loot the third tier of government.

“The ineptitude, corruption, misappropriation , diversion and outright looting discovered in the reports saddened us that the third tier of government was badly managed by these local government elected officials. They showed that they were there to fend for themselves and not the people.

“Section 7 of the 1999 constitution stipulated that the House of Assembly shall make laws for the good governance and operations of the councils, including agencies not contained on the exclusive list.

“We hereby resolve that the chairmen of the 16 local government councils, their appointed officials and all councilors be placed on an indefinite suspension to pave way for a forensic audit of the accounts for their continued stay in office will obstruct the course of investigation.

“The suspended officials should hand over government properties in their possession to the Directors of Administration.

“We also resolved that appropriate sanctions will be meted out to any. erring elected or appointed and career officers that are found culpable in the misapplication, misappropriation and diversion of public funds,” he said.

He stated further: “We saw cases of over invoicing and contract inflation and there were evidence of how they awarded contracts were awarded to families and their cronies.

“We are not going to spare anyone, including the career officers. Whoever that is culpable will be sanctioned. But they have the liberty to go to court to challenge our action”.

Aribisoga dispelled the insinuation that a sum of N8 million bribe was offered to the House by the council bosses to stave off suspension, saying only the members of the committee carried out the oversight function.

“On the issue of whether they were coerced or pressured or persuaded to join APC does not concern the House. What we are after is ensuring that government monies are preserved and spent appropriately,” he said.

2019: Dogara blasts Buhari govt, reveals what presidential election is about

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara has declared that the 2019 elections would be a referendum on the state of security and hunger in Nigeria.

Dogara was speaking in Katungo, Gombe state at an empowerment programme organized by Hon Binta Bello on Monday.

He challenged Nigerians to do an introspection and decide if they have made progress in the last three and half years or have witnessed a decline in their living standards on a general basis.

While lamenting the current situation of the country, Dogara said, “2019 elections is about insecurity, whether we can be secured. Then look at your own lives, even if nobody loves or likes you, advise yourself, hold a consultation with yourself, sit down and argue with yourself, ask yourself what progress you’ve made in the last three and a half years?

“Don’t even ask any other person, in case that person may give you a biased opinion about yourself, but you know yourself very well, just sit down and if you want assistance, sit down close to a mirror so that you can see yourself.

“Compare yourself the way you look now and the way you looked some three years ago and then you’ll know, and then decide for yourself whether you want to continue looking like this, that is if it doesn’t get worse in the next four more years. By the time you’ve finished having that conversation with yourself, make a decision.

“If this is the kind of life that you want us to live, if this is the kind of insecurity you want us to perpetrate for Nigeria. Today in Nigeria thirteen (13) million of our children are out of school, one million, three hundred thousand (1.3m) of those children are from my home state of Bauchi.

“If we continue like this, the numbers are bound to increase, and the crisis we will face in the future will be more than this Boko Haram crisis that we are witnessing. This is because by refusing to give free and compulsory education to our children, we are raising an army for insurgency that will come and consume us as a people.

“So the vote in 2019 is not about anything, but about you, about you and about you. Do not make it about any other thing, but about what progress do you want to make? What kind of country do you want to raise your children in? What kind of country do you want to live in? What kind of education do you want to be giving to your children?

“All these are what we have in the 2019 ballot. And we trust as educated and enlightened opinionated people, that you’ll make the right choices.

“Boko Haram insurgency is still fresh, in fact in PDP there was never a time when in one day when more than one hundred soldiers were killed. In any other country, that would have made their security forces to declare a national emergency, but here it didn’t happen.

“God forbid, is that the Nigeria that we want going forward? Do you know that today, you cannot travel between Kaduna and Abuja? It is very difficult.

“Most of the people that can afford it are always commuting by train, and we thank God for the railways that was almost 95% completed by the PDP Government, before APC took over.

“If you travel by road, there is a 70% chance that you’ll be kidnapped. In those days however kidnapping was very strange in the Northern part of this country.”

The Speaker urged the people of Gombe State not to be tempted to deviate from the course, through which is the PDP that has brought development to Gombe State.

“If you make the mistake of putting an untested person in the Gombe State Government House, I tell you that you will regret it. As someone who has seen the difference, I beg you not to make that mistake, because we will not join you in crying if you make the mistake,” he said to them.

Dogara stressed that the current administration has failed in securing the lives and properties of Nigerians, noting that in spite of all the blame game, security in its current state is worst than under PDP rule.

Citing the case of the killing of more than a hundred soldiers in a day by Boko Haram insurgents, which he said ought to have led to a national emergency on security, coupled with the hunger and deprivation in the country, Dogara said if the APC administration is allowed to continue in power with the way it is handling security, it would only be a matter of time before more insurgents rise up to unleash terror on innocent Nigerians.

He said two-thirds of Nigerians can no longer afford three-square meals a day stressing that the incidence of criminal attacks have increased with kidnapping becoming a daily incidence.

Suspected armed thugs allegedly attack two APC chieftains in Ebonyi

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Suspected armed thugs have reportedly attacked some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi, inflicting injuries on them.

The thugs reportedly attacked their victims at Okposi in Ohaozara Local Government Area and Abakaliki area of Ebonyi State.

Briefing journalists in Abakaliki on Tuesday, two of the victims, Mrs Clementina Igwe and Ngozichi Okoro, were reported by the News Agency Nigeria, NAN as saying that the attacks were an act of intimidation, and described the action as barbaric.

Igwe, Women Campaign Coordinator for Ezza North for Sen. Soni Ogbuoji, the APC governorship candidate, said that the suspected thugs swooped on her and gave her thorough beating for refusing them from removing the campaign posters of Ogbuoji pasted on her building.

She said: “On Thursday, Dec. 13, a group of persons suspected to be political thugs armed with dangerous weapons were moving around at the G-hostel area of Abakaliki, removing campaign posters of Ogbuoji pasted on walls and buildings around the area.

“They were tearing and removing the posters and mini bill boards placed in strategic places in the area.

“When they came to my private building at No. 17 G-hostel Road, Mile 50 to tear the posters, I came out and resisted them.

“The thugs numbering about 13 descended on me, got me thoroughly beaten and inflicted serious wounds on me which you can see all over my body.

“If not the intervention of good spirited individuals who came and rescued me, I would have been left dead”.

She, therefore, called on the police and other security agencies to apprehend the culprits and prosecute them.

Similarly, Okoro, an APC House of Assembly candidate for Ohaozara East State Constituency, said that she was attacked alongside other party supporters, while they were installing solar panel, a constituency project attracted by Sen. Ogbuoji at Okoposi community.

“On Saturday, Dec. 15, while installing solar panels at Okoposi community in Ohaozara Local Government Area, being constituency project attracted by Ogbuoji, the incumbent senator representing the area, we were stopped from installing the panels.

“Seven solar panels worth over N1.7million were vandalised in the process, while the driver conveying the items was inflicted with heavy injuries and many of us received varying degrees of injuries.

“Two of the suspects have been arrested, we are demanding that all the persons involved in the attack are fished out for prosecution,” Okoro said.
When contacted for comments, Mrs Loveth Odah, the Ebonyi Police Command Public Relations Officer (PPRO) said that the command was yet to be briefed.

“We are yet to be briefed on the incident. We shall make contact with the Divisional Police Headquarters at Kpiri-kpiri and Ohaozara for confirmation of the alleged attacks.

“We will carry out full investigation into the matter and anyone connected with the unlawful attacks will be arrested and prosecuted.

“We want to use this medium to assure all political parties and indeed the general public of our commitment to ensure that adequate security is provided before, during and after the 2019 elections,” Odah said.

Herdsmen: Retrieve grazing reserves from farmers – Miyetti Allah tells Buhari govt, states

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A Fulani socio-cultural association, Miyetti Allah Kautal-Hore has called on the Federal and State governments to retrieve lands gazetted as grazing reserves from farmers and hand them over to herdsmen.

The body made the call while insisting that government secure grazing reserves across the country to curb the recurring crisis between farmers and herdsmen across the country.

Speaking during a visit to the Governor of Sokoto State, the National President of the group, Alhaji Bello Badejo said most gazetted grazing reserves have been appropriated to farmers.

He said, “The Federal Government should bring back our grazing reserves, some are gazetted and some are not.

“We do not know the reason why the government is delaying the preparation of the grazing reserves so that cattle herders can go back to their grazing areas.

“We have the national and the international cattle route, where are they now? This is because the government is not serious about the reserves.

“We are saying that if these ranches are in place, farmers and herders crisis would have been resolved most significantly.”

Cross River govt reads riot act to militants refusing to surrender weapons

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The Cross River State Government has read out the riot act to militants who refuse to handover weapons and surrendered themselves for amnesty.

Mr Ani Esin, the Security Adviser to the state governor, Ben Ayade, disclosed this to Veloxnews in Calabar on Tuesday while the registration of ex-militants was ongoing in the state.

Esin said, “Cross River State Government will make sure that the ex-militants who surrendered their weapons of mass destruction are rewarded and the weapons would not be allowed to go into the wrong hands any longer.

“But, for those who had refused to come out and hand over the weapons would have themselves to blame. We will chase them out of the state, the state would not be conducive or haven for them to resides any longer.

“Those who harbour them (militants) would be dealt with severely and we will make sure that those creeks identified and others yet to be indentified would be destroyed and they would not be adequate for any militant to leave,” he said.

The State Security Adviser noted that government had been on the amnesty issue for long. “The government had been on the issue of amnesty for a long time now with the Bakassi strike force and by God’s willing; it has come to fruition now.

“We are sure that these weapons mopped up now will not go into the wrong hands again. As you can see, for two weeks now, the security of the state had been very intensive, from arm robberies that were stopped, kidnapping prevented in several areas, the hit would have been more intensive.

“We have been able to prevent break down of law and order, crime rates have been reduced drastically. We are working tirelessly, 20/7 to ensure that we do our best to get the best out of a very bad situation particularly in this period of economy recession in Nigeria.”

He pointed out that the government was trying to bring out a framework that would forestall recurrence of crimes in the state, “We are trying to bring out a frame work whereby everybody has to say something in his/her areas, that we can have a pre-advance information before crime happened.

“Once you see negative thing in your area, negative people coming in, you suspect certain movement, please don’t fail to call the police or any security operatives, we have kept the security operatives on red alert to make sure that people have a successful Christmas and Calabar Carnival.

“After the Christmas period, we shall be going into the general elections, all these call for adequate security, hence we have to work very hard to ensure that we have trusted security line up

“Governor Ben Ayade has empowered me adequately, to make sure that the state is safe for visitors and investors who come in for Christmas and Carnival have zero crime rates,” he stated.

He called on people to be peaceful, stressing that, “Parents should warn their wards of negative activities in the society. Land Lord should look at who their tenants are, tenants should look at themselves who is coming into the compound. We assure Nigerians of violence free Christmas and Calabar carnival.”

Why Ekweremadu, South-East lawmakers are ‘mere political errand men to Hausa-Fulani’ – MASSOB

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The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, on Tuesday, described the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and other Igbo lawmakers in the National Assembly as “mere political errand men”.

MASSOB predicated its claim on Ekweremadu’s alleged inability to use his office to enhance the political and economic condition in the South-East.

In a statement by its Deputy leader, Mazi Ikechukwu Ekwe, the group faulted Ekweremadu’s failure to showcase his Igbo traditional attires and cultural heritage on the floor of National Assembly but prefers to “cling Hausa- Fulani traditional and European attires.”

MASSOB lamented that the Deputy Senate President has allowed his personal ambition and political ego to undermine the collective interest of the people of South-East.

The statement reads, “We frown at the lukewarm and nonchalant attitude of the current highest Igbo political office holder, who has not utilized the opportunity and government access legally and constitutionally attached to his office as deputy senate president towards attracting fair and just betterment of the people.

“How can MASSOB and other pro Biafra groups that have thousands of block votes, grass root support base and massive people- oriented command, support or vote for Igbo political office seekers into the National Assembly, state Assembly and as state governors, when people like Ike Ekweremadu and his Igbo colleagues in the National Assembly are mere political errand men to our oppressors?

“MASSOB wishes to remind our people that Ike Ekweremadu, as the chairman of senate committee of constitutional review and amendment, has not deemed it fit as chairman of the highest committee and as deputy senate president, to push or influence an additional state to South East or influence the insertion of political referendum into the Nigerian constitution or push for massive infrastructural development of Eastern Nigeria.

“MASSOB frowns that our brother, Ike Ekweremadu has forgotten to showcase his Igbo traditional attires and cultural heritage in the floor of National Assembly and cling to Hausa- Fulani traditional and European attires.

“He only remembers that he is an Igbo man with Igbo traditional attires whenever he appears in court over his matter with ICPC. We condemn such blatant hypocrisy and sabotage against our Igbo traditional and cultural heritage.”

Saraki, ex-presidents stopped our call for lawmakers’ boycott of Buhari’s budget presentation – CUPP

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The Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, on Tuesday withdrew its call on federal lawmakers to boycott Wednesday’s joint session of the National Assembly during which President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to present the 2019 Appropriation Bill.

Veloxnews reports that CUPP had called for a boycott of the session over the President’s refusal to substantially implement previous budgets from 2015 to 2018 and his refusal to sign the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill that will guarantee free and fair elections.

The coalition disclosed this in a statement by its national spokesperson, Imo Ugochinyere, explaining that its position on the matter was changed following the intervention of the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; and two unnamed former presidents.

Ugochinyere, however, called on the lawmakers to scrutinise the document when eventually presented, adding that the present administration has been characterised by a reign of impunity.

The statement read, “The opposition coalition has yielded to the pressure of an early morning intervention by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, calling on opposition coalition CUPP to sheath their sword and withdraw their call on opposition boycott.

“The opposition leadership, after reviewing the intervention of Senate President and the Speaker as well as other eminent leaders including two former Presidents, wish to announce a withdrawal of the call.

“The opposition coalition says they will continue efforts to ensure they deploy all lawful arsenal at their disposal to ensure the President is defeated and urges parliamentarians to scrutinise the budget documents when presented and ensure it reflects the wishes of the people.

“The opposition however holds strongly to the views expressed for the boycott over the three years reign of impunity of the President despite the call off.

“The opposition also condemns the IGP for illegally holding activist Deji Adeyanju and moving him by 4am to Kano in a plot to hold him behind bars over a case he has been discharged and acquitted by a court of competent jurisdiction.”