Arsenal Signs Aubameyang From Dortmund

Dortmund announced the news on their Twitter account on Wednesday, before Arsenal then shared a series of pictures of Aubameyang posing in the club’s home kit, pulling a variety of animated poses. He is presently the highest paid player in the club with a three years contract.

The 28-year-old striker is involved in a merry-go-round that will see Olivier Giroud leave Arsenal  for Chelsea and Michy Batshuayi quitting Chelsea to replace Aubameyang at Dortmund.

But Aubameyang having being a subject of ill-mannered behavior brings with him the reputations.  A statement from Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc alluded to the recent problems, saying: ‘Apart from the unpleasant events of recent weeks, we like to remember that the story of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at BVB for more than four years was a single success story.

‘He has done great things for Borussia Dortmund at this time, scored many important goals and is part of the team that brought the DFB Cup to Dortmund in 2017. We wish Pierre-Emerick all the best for his future at Arsenal.’

He has found himself in hot water at Dortmund in recent times as he pushed for a transfer away from the club

The move for the explosive striker has been driven by Arsenal’s recently-appointed head of recruitment Sven Mislintat.

Aubameyang does not fit the usual profile of player the Gunners have tried to sign in recent years.

At 28, he is likely to have little resale value. Similarly, his sometimes criticised attitude represents a shift from the type of personality the club have targeted under Arsene Wenger.

The Arsenal manager and chief executive Ivan Gazidis arrived at their London Colney training ground on Wednesday morning as they tied up the Aubameyang deal.

Wenger appeared in serious mood as he drove in just hours after his side’s humiliating 3-1 defeat at struggling Swansea.

But the boss may well have a smile back on his face after completing the impressive signing of a striker who has excelled in the Bundesliga. He scored 141 goals in 212 appearances for Dortmund.

Aubameyang was spotted leaving Dortmund Airport on Tuesday, gathering his belongings from a gold Range Rover before heading towards a back entrance.

The Gabon international then flew to Luton Airport on a private jet, accompanied by his father Pierre and his brothers Catilina and Willy, to finalise the move.

After touching down in England, he headed to Arsenal’s training ground and was spotted arriving at the London Colney base where he then had his medical.



 71-Year Old Nigerian Beaten, Tied Up By Emirate Crew  For  8 Hours

A Nigerian septuagenarian grandpa, David Ukesone, has recounted his terrible experience with the emirate crew on a flight from Dubai to Chicago

He was punched in the face, mouth taped and bound for an eight hour journey to be with his family.

His offence was getting into a fight with the attendants over seat number mistakes.

Ukesone said he hadn’t been on a plane in over 35 years.

‘He apparently sits in the wrong seat and was told to change seats by a flight attendant,’ attorney Howard Schaffner told ABC News. ‘He didn’t think he was in the wrong seat and there was an argument and, at some point, he was hit.’

Emirates Airlines, in a statement released Monday, confirmed the incident.

‘Emirates can confirm that a passenger on flight EK235 from Dubai to Chicago on 23 January had to be restrained by cabin crew due to unruly behavior during the flight. The passenger was handed over to the authorities on arrival in Chicago. The safety of our passengers and crew is of the utmost importance and will not be compromised. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the other passengers on the flight for their understanding, in particular the individuals who had assisted our crew during the flight.’

However, his lawyer said, he had no issue traveling from Nigeria to Dubai until he began the second leg of his trip.

Ukesone boarded the flight after his layover in Dubai with the boarding pass assigning him to seat 35D. He was joining his wife who immigrated four months earlier.

His adult son and daughter had also immigrated to the US.

The incident unfolded after Ukesone went to the bathroom and got in the wrong seat after he returned.

His attorney says he sat ‘very close’ to 35D.

Ukseone understands English, but not perfectly. When the argument ensued between himself and the flight crew, his lawyer says, he was very confused.

‘He was asked to move and he wants to take his bag in the overhead compartment with him,’ the attorney said.

‘They told him he was in the wrong seat and they laid hands on him to move him and that’s when everything escalated,’ Schaffner said.

The argument continued to escalate and the flight crew allegedly struck him ‘at least once’ and left a ‘large welt on his face,’ according to his lawyer.

He also claims he was left alone for the remaining eight hours of the flight and was not given food or water.

His attorney alleges his mouth remained taped shut the entire time.

2019: INEC Plans Electronic Results Announcement

The Independent National Electoral Commission has stated that results announcement will not only be in physical copies to party agents but will also be announced electronically.

INEC, has then implored telecommunication agencies to assist in this new approach.

This was said by the INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu when he visited the Executive Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, in Abuja on Tuesday.

He said the same mechanism would be used in the Ekiti and Osun governorship elections in July and September, respectively.

Yakubu said, “We are planning for full deployment (of electronic and manual transmission) this year in governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun. Thereafter we intend to deploy the system in the 2019 general elections.

“INEC has developed the hardware and software. However, we rely on the operators for the transmission of both the figures and scanned images of result sheets. We wish to assure Nigerians that while we transmit the raw figures from polling units, scanned images of the result sheets will also be transmitted electronically in addition to physical copies given to party agents at polling units.”

Yakubu appealed to the NCC as the regulator to facilitate a meeting between INEC and the telecommunications operators with the aim of assisting the electoral body in the conduct of the election.

The INEC boss added, “Similarly, we would like the NCC to facilitate discussions with operators on ways of enhancing their corporate social responsibility to Nigeria’s electoral process. An immediate area of interest to INEC is how the operators can help in voter education and publicity.

“Towards the 2019 general elections, we would like the operators in collaboration with INEC, to send bulk SMS and possibly voice messages as well on the imperative of peaceful elections, the collection of Permanent Voter Cards by registered voters and directional information on the location of polling units for easy access to voters.”

In his response, the Executive Vice-Chairman of the NCC said his agency would try to help the electoral body to ensure that the 2019 elections are free, fair and credible.

Dabatta said the NCC would try to improve the security of the communications system before the 2019 election so that it would be effective for the dissemination of election results.

Nigeria Midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo Agrees A Loan Move To Spanish Las Palmas.

Portuguese Primeira Liga giants Porto reportedly won the race to sign  Etebo from their struggling rivals Feirense  in December  ahead   of the January transfer window but no deal was struck allegedly because  the Dragons couldn’t meet up with the  €10m release clause on the player’s head.

Belgian side Genk were heavily linked with a move for the box-to-box midfielder, who also attracted interest from Turkish giant  Fenerbache  and Leicester City.  But reports  from both the Portuguese and Spanish media on Monday said relegation-threatened  Las  Palmas  had agreed contract with Feirense to sign the Nigerian on loan.

The versatile player, who became one of the hottest properties  in Europe  after helping Nigeria win bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, has failed to impress since Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi burst onto the scene. He has also been struggling to impress at Feirense.

Spanish outlets Canarias Radio La Autonómica and Canarias En Hora  said the player was expected to arrive in Spain  on Monday  for his medical  with La Union Deportiva ahead of Wednesday’s transfer window’s deadline.

According to, Las Palmas want Etebo because of  his ability to play in different positions.  The 22-year-old former Warri Wolves star  can play both on the left wing, in the midfield  and as a centre  forward.

The influential Lisbon-based newspaper A Bola also reported Etebo had agreed to join the La Liga outfit.

 It said  Feirense  had given  the Spanish club  the right of option to buy  the player at the end of the season.

Under-fire Las Palmas manager  Paco Jemez  had said he wanted two strong signings to  strengthen the team in their battle to avoid relegation.

According to  Belgian outlet Het Belang van Limburg,  Genk were in negotiation with Feirense  to sign Etebo but both sides failed to reach a  final agreement.

Tottenham Handed Injury Boost

Tottenham have been  handed a triple injury boost ahead of their crunch Premier League game against Manchester United on Wednesday.

Danny Rose, Christian Eriksen and Hugo Lloris are all back in contention for the match at Wembley but Toby Alderweireld is not available.

Rose is back from a serious knee problem with Eriksen and Lloris both certified fit after a brief  illness.

Alderweireld has returned to training after three months out with a hamstring injury but Pochettino does not yet consider him ready for competitive action.

Pochettino also refused to be drawn on the club’s potential move for Paris St Germain forward Lucas Moura.

“The club will communicate when something happens,” Pochettino said.

He was also tight-lipped when asked about the future of Fernando Llorente, who has been linked with a January switch to Chelsea.

“That is another rumour,” Pochettino said. “Nando is our player. I don’t know anything about that.”

Spurs sit two points outside the top four and the game against United marks the start of a testing period for Pochettino’s side.

They face Liverpool on Sunday and then Arsenal in the league, either side of an FA Cup replay against Newport, before travelling to Turin to play Juventus in the Champions League last 16.

“I think it’s not key, there a lot of games to play,” Pochettino said.

Spurs are said to be closing in on Lucas Moura

“But yes, it is so important to win games, to be close and to have the possibility to fight to the end.

“I don’t think the key to the top four is to win tomorrow or to win Sunday. But yes it is so important to put yourself in a good position in the table and in the end be there.”

Harry Winks remains out with an ankle injury and Serge Aurier is also sidelined with a calf problem.


Fortuna Sittard: We Haven’t Sacked Oliseh

Dutch second division club, Fortuna Sittard, have disclaimed the news that their Nigerian manager’s contract has been terminated.

Oliseh, who took over the reins at the club a year ago after he signed a two-and-a-half-year deal helped the club avoid relegation at the end of last season and guided the Limburg side to their first ever title in 22 years, winning the ceremonial mid-season second period title.

But two straight losses to Dordrecht and FC Emmen have seen Fortuna Sittard drop to third in the Dutch second division league with 44 points from 22 games, two points adrift league leaders NEC Nijmegen and one behind Jong Ajax.

“Today, various media reports appeared about the position of head coach, Sunday Oliseh. Fortuna Sittard, however, denies the news about the dismissal of the head coach,” a statement on the club’s official website clarified on Tuesday.

Oliseh has recorded 22 wins, eight draws and 11 defeats in 41 games in charge of Fortuna Sittard.

Ben Arfa Unhappy At PSG

Former France forward Hatem Ben Arfa says he feels he ‘does not exist’ anymore, as he has not played any game with his club this season.

The 30-year-old, after featuring 23 times in Ligue 1 last season for Nice was dumped into the reserves this term and his lawyer even threatened legal action last September.

“What I’m going through at PSG is very complicated, I have the feeling I don’t exist,” said Ben Arfa

“You have to learn to live with that. At some point, my life as a footballer will come to an end, there will be other testing times, like sickness.

“But learning not to exist anymore after feeling like you existed after what you had done before, it’s hard.”

After leaving Hull City in January, 2015, Ben Arfa joined Nice for the 2015-16, scoring 17 goals from 34 league matches.

He has scored two goals from 15 caps with France between 2007-15.

Manchester City Signs laporte For  A Club Record Fee Of £57m

Manchester City have finally landed Athletic Bilbao’s defender Aymeric Laporte  for a club record fee of £57m.

The French player who is yet to get a cap for france, takes Premier League clubs’ spending  this month to £252m – a record for a January transfer window.

The 23-year-old’s arrival takes City manager Pep Guardiola’s spending on defenders and a goalkeeper since the end of last season to £215.5m.

The club’s previous record fee was the £55m paid for Kevin de Bruyne in 2015.

Shareholders Fault  Oando Crisis Involvement

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, was told by some shareholder  to stop further intervention in the Oando Plc case with some of its major shareholders.

They said such intervention was capable of disturbing the present efforts to expose the root causes of the crisis.

The shareholders under the aegis of Proactive Shareholders Association of Nigeria maintained that the reported intervention by Sanusi was capable of eroding investors’ confidence on the Nigerian capital market.

The National Coordinator, PROSAN, Taiwo Oderinde, while commenting on the development , said, “Regulators should do their job without any fear or favour. This is a quoted company which is guided by rules and regulations.

“There is an audited report already. The report is in the public space. The management of Oando went to court and lost. The next logical thing is for auditors to continue with their job. Anything outside this process will bring shame to the Nigerian capital market.”

He said the association would not allow such anomaly to happen and would resist anything outside due process.

“Why are they doing everything possible to stop the process? We should stop portraying ourselves this way. The auditors must conclude their job. That is the only way forward,” he added.

The Truth and Transparency Initiative had also reacted to the development. The group in a statement issued by its Coordinator, Mr. Nnodu Okeke, said, “For one, Oandio Plc is a public liability company and what happens to the company and how regulatory authorities respond thereto goes a long way to the manner investors, especially foreign ones, will view their participation in doing business in Nigeria.

“We have been in this business of Oando Plc as well as several other shareholders on our call that justice be done.

“SEC, on its own, after investigations, pointed out some infractions in the company and came to the conclusion that a forensic audit was necessary in the company. We insist that the forensic audit should be carried out in the manner stated by the SEC.”

Coleman Returns To Everton Squad

The Irishman has made a return to the squad following his fractured leg

Defender Seamus Coleman expected to feature against Leicester for the first time in 11 months.

The Republic of Ireland international player featured with the Under-23’s win over Portsmouth last week for an hour  after recovering from a double fracture of his leg last March.

Fellow defender Ramiro Funes Mori is back in training after knee surgery but is some way off a comeback, while midfielder James McCarthy has begun his rehabilitation after a double fracture of his leg last time out against West Brom.

Leicester boss Claude Puel is likely to revert to his big guns as he looks to extend the Foxes’ unbeaten run to seven games.

Peterborough, with only central defender Harry Maguire retained from the 2-0 Premier League win over Watford a week earlier.

Strikers Fousseni Diabate and Kelechi Iheanacho will hope two goals apiece will keep them in the manager’s thoughts, but the game comes too soon for skipper Wes Morgan as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury while strikers Leonardo Ulloa and Ahmed Musa have gone out on loan.