Aviation Security Personnel To Be Armed – FG

Aviation security personnel of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria will soon be licensed to carry arms across all airports in the country.

The Federal Government said on Monday that the decision was to complement other security agencies in combating the  threats at the airports.

The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, who stated this in Katsina at the 2018 AVSEC retreat, noted that discussions on the initiative were being finalised for approval.

Sirika said the move would further strengthen the integrity of the airports in view of the growing threats to the aviation industry.

He was quoted in a statement issued by the spokesperson of FAAN, Henriatta Yakubu, as saying, “The Federal Government approved AVSEC to bear arms, which is a notable achievement in this administration’s effort at improving the general safety of its citizenry and passengers passing through our airports.”

The minister, who was represented at the retreat by the Rector, Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria, Capt. Mohammed Abdulsalami, said arming AVSEC officials would ensure proper policing of the airports.

He added that the rebranding of AVSEC was important in building its brand identity and creating a recognisable corporate identity for officers, with the aim of making them much more professional and customer-friendly in order to meet up with the Ease of Doing Business initiative.

Sirika stated that most countries had shown keen interest in Nigeria’s growing and expanding aviation industry, adding that the United Nation’s decision to establish two aviation security training colleges in the country was another achievement of the present administration.

The Managing Director, FAAN, Saleh Dunoma, said the agency was investing in the aviation sector in order to create an environment conducive to business and encourage efficiency in tackling emerging security threats to civil aviation.

As part of measures to achieve this, Dunoma stated that FAAN successfully recruited and trained over 230 AVSEC officers, as he called for total commitment, determination and cooperation by all to achieve the agency’s desired objectives.

He urged the AVSEC personnel to put in their best and respond to all emerging threats in a timely manner, while constantly reviewing and upgrading their system holistically.

NBA Protest Police Killing Of Black Man

Sacramento Kings and Boston Celtics players on Sunday  teamed up to make sure the police was held accountable following the gruesome killing of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man shot and killed by Sacramento police officers.

A public service announcement featuring players from both teams aired during their Sunday matchup.

Kings players also wore custom warm-up shirts that called for unity and accountability on the front and had Clark’s name in the back.

The protest also commemorated the killing of numerous other African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement in recent years, according to Reuters.

Seventeen players from the two teams also appeared in a public service message that was played on the giant jumbotron TV screen, inside the Kings’ home arena at Golden 1 Center during a time-out in their matchup on Sunday.

The 30-second spot, which carried the slogan “Accountability. We Are One,” was greeted by cheers from among the thousands of fans attending the game, Kings spokesman Chris Clark said.

The same slogan appeared in white letters on the front of the black-T shirts players wore during their warm-up exercises, with the social media hashtag “#StephonClark” on the back.

The on-court display, came three days after a Black Lives Matter protest of the Clark killing disrupted the Kings’ previous home game against the Atlanta Hawks.

 

Clark was killed when two police officers investigating a report of vandalism, shot him 20 times in the backyard of his grandparents’ home in Sacramento on March 18.

Police video footage of the confrontation released three days later, showed Clark holding a cell phone that police said the officers had mistaken for a firearm.

Street protests on Thursday paralysed traffic in downtown Sacramento for hours before demonstrators converged on the Golden 1 Center, preventing many late-arriving Kings fans from entering the arena and delaying the start of the game.

In the public service spot played on Sunday, Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox said, “These tragedies have to stop.”

He was followed by expressions of defiance from Kings’ guard Garrett Temple and Celtics forward Al Horford, who declared, respectively, “We will not stick to sports,” and “We will not shut up and dribble.”

Clark’s death sparked tension in the state capital on Friday night as protesters clashed with police in riot gear, capping a week of unrest during which protesters briefly shut down Interstate 5 and blocked access to a Sacramento Kings game.

Rev. Al Sharpton on Sunday said he was “alarmed” by the shooting. Police believed Clark was armed with a gun at the time, but only a cellphone was recovered at the scene.

National Assembly Begins 2018 Budget Hearing Today

The National Assembly will today (Tuesday) and Wednesday hold a public hearing on the 2018 Appropriation Bill.

The hearing is jointly organised by the Senate and House of Representatives’ Committees on Appropriations, according to an advertisement published in some national daily newspapers on Sunday.

The hearing will take place at the National Assembly Complex, Abuja, while the Federal Government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies, stakeholders and members of the public have been invited to the meeting.

President Muhammadu Buhari had laid the Appropriation Bill before the National Assembly on November 7, 2017.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, announced last week that the National Assembly had scheduled the budget for passage on April 24, 2018.

Standing committees at the Senate had on Thursday began the submission of their reports on the MDAs to the Committee on Appropriations.

Submission of the reports will end on Thursday, according to the announcement made by President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, at the plenary last Wednesday.

The Committee on Appropriations, which is collating the reports by the sub-committees, had met on the 2018 budget last Thursday.

It was learnt that the committee discussed arrangements on the harmonisation of the reports for onward presentation and passage by the chamber.

WWE: Cena, Triple H To Battle Each Other In Saudi Arabia

The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) will play host to two of the greatest stars in her history as  former champions John Cena and Triple H will go head-to-head in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Reports gather that, the Cena and Triple H bout is just the latest in a long line of match announcements, including the biggest ever 50-man rumble and seven title matches slated for Jeddah.

The showpiece event will take place on April 27th from the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium. It will be the first in a long-term collaboration between the WWE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Triple H and Cena last fought each other in singles competition on an episode of Monday Night RAW in 2010, with Triple H beating Cena by disqualification.

They also faced off for the WWE Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania 22 with Cena emerging victorious.

Also on the cards in Jeddah is a showdown between the Hardy Boyz and The Bar, and a four-way ladder match featuring Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, The Miz and Samoa Joe.c

Dortmund Star To Miss Bayern Clash 

Germany winger Marco Reus going to miss Borussia Dortmund’s mouth-watering clash at Bayern Munich on Saturday, which definitely will decide the fate of both teams as to who wins the bundesliga

The 28-year-old Reus had been in a terrific form having scored three goals in five appearances since mid-February after nine months sidelined by torn knee ligaments.

However, Reus is struggling after playing nine games in a little over a month and, having  picked up a groin injury, trained alone this week.

“That’s why I don’t think he will make it this weekend,” admitted Dortmund head coach Peter Stoeger, who is unbeaten in his 12 league games since taking charge in December.

Reus, who missed the 2014 World Cup with torn ankle ligaments and Euro 2016 with a groin strain, is desperate to play at Russia 2018 in June.

He was left out of Germany’s friendlies against Spain and Brazil, who play at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium on Tuesday, to focus on his club form.

Third-placed Dortmund, who are 18 points behind leaders Bayern in the table, want a win at the Allianz Arena to spoil Bayern’s title party.

If second-placed Schalke fail to beat Freiburg in Gelsenkirchen and Bayern are victorious against Dortmund, the Bavarians will be crowned German league champions for the sixth straight season.

Stoeger said Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa is expected to miss the next two weeks with an ankle injury.

Ukraine winger Andriy Yarmolenko, who has a foot injury, is only expected to return towards the end of the season.

Plateau United Captain Golbe: We Must Improve Away Form To Keep NPFL Title

Plateau United captain Elisha Golbe says the team must improve on their home form if the want to win the NPLF back to back.

The Jos club, who are currently the defending champions have lost all six away games this season, without scoring a goal and currently sit in 10th position in the table,  eight points behind new and surprise leaders Lobi Stars but still have two outstanding games to be played.

Plateau United were lost heavily by  3-0 to FC IfeanyiUbah in their last away fixture in Nnewi on Sunday.

Kennedy Boboyes men will look to get back on track when they host Yobe Desert Stars in a rescheduled match day 11 fixture in Jos on Wednesday.

And ahead of the game, the centre-back has issued a rallying call to his teammates to up their

“We are not happy with our performance in away games this season and if we want to successfully defend our title we must start winning games on the road,” Golbe told Completesportsnigeria.com.

“I’m particularly disappointed with the outcome of our last game against FC IfeanyiUbah and I believe we owe our fans apology for our disappointing showing in the game.

“We are determined to turn things around and I believe things will get better for us in subsequent games.”

NFF Top Shots Visit Ikeme In Hospital

The top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF)  have paid a very heart warming visit to  Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme.

Wolves goalkeeper Ikeme had been the super Eagles first choice before the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup preliminary fixture against Swaziland and the first match of the group phase against Zambia in Ndola.

But in some few months ago, he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia after returning “abnormal blood tests” during pre-season testing at English Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers and had to undergo chemotherapy.

On Monday, as the Super Eagles prepared for tonight’s World Cup friendly against Serbia in London, President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, led a delegation of NFF top shots and team staff to visit Ikeme at The Christie Clinic in Manchester, where he is being treated, the NFF said in a press release on Monday.

In the delegation also were NFF 1st Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi, General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, Super Eagles’ Team Administrator, Dayo Enebi, Eagles’ goalkeepers’ trainer Alloy Agu and team media officer, Toyin Ibitoye.

Pinnick said: “We have come on behalf of the Government of Nigeria and the NFF to check up on you, find out how your recovery is going and to tell you that you are still very much on our minds and a member of the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

“We have also come to seek your permission to be our special guest at the pre- World Cup friendly game against England at the Wembley Stadium on 2nd June. We want you to perform the customary kick-off of that game and if you approve of it, we will immediately request this of The Football Association.”

Pinnick further assured the goalkeeper that he would be fully captured in the team’s financial benefits for Nigeria’s qualification for the FIFA World Cup “as we all remember the role you played in helping us get off to a winning start in the final phase of qualifiers in Ndola against Zambia.

“We believe this is just a phase that will pass away. You will come out of it stronger and still be able to do what you love to do the best, both for your club and the Super Eagles of Nigeria.”

Enebi, said: “On behalf of the team, we want to reassure you of our love. The entire team would have been here to see you if we were not playing against Serbia. Coach Gernot Rohr, the technical and backroom staff are all praying for your speedy recovery. The team asked that I present this autographed jersey, signed by all the players, to you. It is our new kit for the World Cup.”

Agu, who is a former Super Eagles goalkeeper, said: “As your goalkeeper coach in the national team, I know you are a fighter, you never give up. I believe these attributes will see you through. We will always be there for you as you recover from this illness.”

An ecstatic Ikeme, moved by all the kind words, responded: “I am so overwhelmed by this show of love. I am indeed grateful to Nigerians who daily flood my phone with prayers and well wishes. I feel their love everywhere, everyday, on social media. I thank the Government of Nigeria and the NFF for all the support and I appreciate my teammates so much for being there for me.”

Iceland leaders To Snub Worldcup

Iceland on Monday stated it will stage a diplomatic boycott of the football World Cup in Russia over the poisoning of a former double agent in Britain.

Nigeria are in the group D and are drawn alongside  Iceland, Argentina and Croatia.

“Among the measures taken by Iceland is the temporary postponement of all high-level bilateral dialogue with the Russian authorities,” the foreign ministry said in a statement said.

“Consequently, Icelandic leaders will not attend the FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer,” it said.

The Reykjavik government also exhorted Moscow to provide “clear answers” over the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in southwestern England on March 4.

“The Salisbury attack constitutes a grave violation of international law and threatens security and peace in Europe,” the statement said.

Britain announced in mid-March that British royals and ministers would stay away from the FIFA tournament set for June 14-July 15.

Iceland’s decision came as 16 European Union countries on Monday gave a large number of Russian envoys notice to leave their territory.

Neuer Back In German Training.   

Manuel Neuer received a pre-World Cup boost on Tuesday as Germany’s captain and goalkeeper returned to light training after foot injury woes.

Neuer celebrated his 32nd birthday with a few laps around Bayern Munich’s training ground in two 10-minute sessions.

Neuer posted a video on his Facebook account of him going out for training he caption “Wonderful! The first time out…”

Less than three months before the World Cup kicks-off, it is good news for Germany head coach Joachim Loew as die Mannschaft prepare to face Brazil in Berlin on Tuesday in a friendly.

This is the first time Neuer has trained on the pitch at Bayern’s Saebener Strasse ground since surgery last September after fracturing his foot for the second time in 2017.

Bayern were certainly glad to see their captain back after such a long absence.

“Go Manu, it’s your birthday. Another step on the road to recovery,” the club wrote on their official Twitter account.

Neuer had good news from an MRI scan last Friday which gave him the green light to start running again.

Bayern have not given a date as to when Germany’s captain will return to playing

 

The Germans start their World Cup defence against Mexico in Moscow on June 17.

Argentina Drop Goalkeeper

It has been heard that goalkeeper Austin Marchesin was not invited for Argentina’s pre-World Cup friendly matches against Italy and Spain by manager Jorge Sampaoli because he conceded four goals their game against the Super Eagles in November.

Goals from Ever Banega and Manusi Lanzini gave Argentina, who play Spain on Tuesday, a 2 goals win Italy at the City of Manchester Stadium.

The CF America keeper believes no other keeper would have stopped the goals from Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi and Brian Idowu, even though he was blamed for the last two goals

‘’I am not stupid and I know that Nigeria’s match was not a normal game, but I know how the goals were, I do not think any other goalkeeper could stop those balls,” he said.

Marchesin feels he is fit and can play for the national team, saying his flaws during the Nigeria game shouldn’t be used to judge him.

“It’s my dream to play at the World Cup and I still do not consider myself off the list. I play every weekend; I think I’m doing things well to continue in the national team. I do not think that this match should be the only parameter to decide whether or not you can be in the Albiceleste,” Marchesín told Closs Continental.

Coach Sampaoli called up three goalkeepers Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Wilfredo Caballero (Chelsea) and Nahuel Guzmán (Tigres UANL) for both friendlies.

Raheem Sterling To Star In English Role

Raheem Sterling has vowed not to let down his fantastic form with Manchester City form  in the England shirt as the electric winger eyes the world cup redemption.

Sterling’s last t taste of the international trophy wasnr a good one, but the forthcoming World Cup in Russia has almost every opportunity to be a very great one for them

Sterling endured vitriolic abuse for his lackluster performance at Euro 2016, a witch-hunt that peaked when he posted a social media message appearing to flaunt his wealth just hours after playing in England’s devastating game which they lost to Iceland.

His problems carried over to City as Sterling struggled to impress new boss Pep Guardiola last season, sparking rumours the winger would be sold.

But Sterling has a fiercely competitive streak burning between a largely placid demeanour and he rose to the challenge of proving Guardiola and his critics wrong.

The 23-year-old won back his place despite Guardiola’s pre-season signing of winger Bernardo Silva and has emerged as a key figure in City’s charge to the Premier League title.

“When there is doubt or I’m under pressure, that’s when I’m at my best,” Sterling told reporters on Monday.

“When you see stuff like you might not be in the squad, you think ‘Ok we’ll see’.

“It was the same thing in the summer when Bernardo signed and we already had Leroy (Sane).

“I thought to myself when I get back for pre-season, make sure I’m on it. I was looking forward to it.

“I wasn’t aware of some of the stuff around Euro 2016. But if I’m getting judged on football and I’m doing bad I accept that.

“I’ve always had belief I can get better.”

Sterling credits Guardiola for seeing potential in the raw youngster who arrived from Liverpool convinced he had to win games all on his own.

Guardiola has mixed sage advice with some tough love to get Sterling to buy into his team-first philosophy.

The results have been remarkable, with Sterling scoring a series of vital goals in City’s march to the brink of winning the Premier League.

“He gives me a lot confidence. Before I was more raw, every time I got the ball I wanted to take someone on,” Sterling said.

“For me, the main thing is he makes everyone do the simple stuff, play the easy pass.

“He told me to open my body up when I dribble to get momentum rather than dribbling with the outside of my foot.

“But he lets you know when he’s not happy. I gave the ball away three times against (Crystal) Palace and I thought I wouldn’t play again for the rest of the season!”

Now Sterling, who has 20 goals for City this season, hopes to find his scoring form with England after a long international drought.

His next opportunity comes on Tuesday when England face Italy in a friendly at Wembley.

“It’s because the gaffer takes me off!” he joked of his barren run.

“It’s a different environment, but I should be scoring for England.

“I put a lot of pressure on myself to do well. It was the same with City and then there was a turn around.

“I do have a feeling its going to come soon.”

England manager Gareth Southgate has noticed the change in Sterling over the last year and he believes the player deserves as much credit as Guardiola for the transformation.

“I can see the confidence in him. That’s where Raheem has to take credit, if a player isn’t willing then all those messages from the manager are wasted,” Southgate said.

“You can see the positions he has taken up, his belief in front of goal.

“He’s scored more goals in training this week than I’ve ever seen. He’s thinking about the type of shot more, not snatching at things.”