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By Obaloluwa Joshua, LAGOS Holders Manchester City reached the final of the FA Cup after a 1-0 victory against Chelsea. Chelsea, who were in ascendancy for most of the game were to pay for their wastefulness. Nicolas Jackson was guilty for most of the chances the Blues failed to convert in the keenly contested encounter. The Senegal international was also denied twice in quick succession by goalkeeper Stefan Ortega early in the second half. Manchester City struggled to find their rhythm for most of the game following their elimination from the UEFA Champions League in midweek. Bernardo Silva struck seven…

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By Harry Awurumibe,  Editor, Abuja Bureau  President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau, has charged Nigerian referees to make conscious, deliberate efforts to change the running narratives of sheer incompetence, flagrant disregard of the rules by some and blatant roguery by a few, through saying the truth to themselves and resolving to uphold their professional tenets while committing to decent conduct. Speaking on Wednesday in Abuja as 30 different referees were decorated with their FIFA badges to represent Nigeria this year, Gusau reiterated that a big sore point with the NFF and the Nigeria Football fraternity even…

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President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of DCG Kemi Nanna Nandap to serve as the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), effective from March 1, 2024. DCG Nandap takes over from Mrs. Caroline Wura-Ola Adepoju, whose term in office expires on February 29, 2024. Before her appointment as Comptroller-General, Nandap was the Deputy Comptroller-General in charge of the Migration Directorate of the Service. The President anticipates that the new Comptroller-General will deepen the ongoing reforms in the service and create a robust mechanism for efficient and dedicated service delivery to Nigerians. READ ALSO: A statement by Presidential Media…

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An Investigating Police Officer (IPO), ASP Desmond Apella, told an FCT Court that the police rescued nine children from their abductors. Apella was testifying as the third prosecution witness (PW3) before Justice Peter Kekemeke in a case of alleged trafficking in children preferred against a man and woman. The police charged Ifeoma Abonyi, 32 and Emmanuel Onyekwere, 32 with conspiracy and child trafficking. The offence, the police said, are contrary to sections 30(3) 97 and 273 of the penal code. Apella told the court that he was on the team that investigated the matter. He said that in November 2019,…

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The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) is collaborating with the British Military Advisory Training Team (BMATT) to enhance the capacity of the military personnel to address insecurity in West Africa. The Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Tukur Gusau, said this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja. Gusau said the DHQ and BMAT had initiated a five-day training programme, with the theme: “Managing Defence in a Wider Security Context” holding from Monday in Abuja. He said the training, which was inaugurated by the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Musa, represented by the Director of Peacekeeping Operations at DHQ, Maj.-Gen. HI Mabeokwe.…

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Troops of the Nigerian Army and local vigilantes rescued four hostages abducted by bandits in Sabon Birni village in Shanga Local Government Area of Kebbi on Monday. Malam Yahaya Sarki, Special Adviser to Gov. Nasir Idris on Media and Publicity, stated in Birnin Kebbi on Tuesday that the three- male and one-female hostage were rescued in good condition had been reunited with their families. Troops of 1 Battalion, Dukku Barracks, Birnin Kebbi, in conjunction with vigilantes raided Sabon Birni village in Shanga LGA of Kebbi State, on Monday. “The team dislodged and neutralised some bandits as well as destroyed their…

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday pledged $45 million in additional financing to help fight conflict and bring stability to coastal West Africa, where insecurity linked to jihadist insurgencies has increased in recent years. Blinken is on the second stop of a four-nation tour of Africa taking him to Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, and Angola from Jan. 21-26. The purpose of the trip is to discuss U.S.-African partnerships over trade, climate, infrastructure, health, security, and other issues. It follows a summit in Washington with African leaders in December 2022. Security challenges in West Africa, the fallout of…

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The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (lPMAN) says incessant increase in tariff of petroleum products by the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory(NMDPRA) might adversely hinder the success of oil subsidy removal. Alhaji Debo Ahmed, National President, IPMAN made the observation in a statement he issued to newsmen on Tuesday in Lagos. Ahmed said the increase could also adversely affect the overall business environment of the downstream sector. He said arbitrary and excessive nature of the increment not only discourage potential investors, but create barriers for fresh investors to enter and place burden on existing businesses. According to him,…

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