Super Eagles World Cup Final List Out On June 1

The final list of players to make the Super Eagles’ Russia 2018 World Cup squad will be released on the 1st of June.

According to coach Gernot Rohr, the preliminary list of 30 players will be out and forwarded to FIFA on Monday 14th May which would be a prelude to a three-phase camping for the team.

The 30 players are expected to open the first phase of their pre-World Cup training camp in Nigeria which will culminate in the friendly against Congo Democratic Republic on May 28 in Uyo before departing for London for the next phase of camping.

The team will then be pruned down to 23 players which will be submitted to the world football governing body latest by Friday June 1 , 24 hours before the friendly against England at Wembley Stadium.

However, according to Rohr, there will be two extra players on standby with the team in London in case of injury.

The Super Eagles will then proceed to the third and final phase of camping in Austria with the final 23 players to take on Czech Republic in the last friendly game on June 6 before flying to their World Cup base camp in Yessentuki, Russia.

Nigeria will open their World Cup campaign on June 16 against Croatia in Kaliningrad before playing debutants Iceland on June 22 at the Volgograd Arena. Their final group game is against two-time champions Argentina on June 26 in St. Petersburg.

Senators Barred From Visiting Melaye In Hospital

Operatives of Special Anti Robbery Squad have stopped the delegation of the Senate from seeing Senator Dino Melaye who is receiving medical attention at the National Trauma Centre unit of the National Hospital, Abuja.

Journalists who followed the Senate delegation learnt that Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial district was in a state of coma as at Wednesday morning.

Senators on the delegation are the deputy Senate leader, Bala Ibn’Nallah, Francis Alimekhena, Emmanuel Bwacha.

The National Trauma Unit of the hospital was heavily guarded by stern looking operatives of SARS.

The leader of SARS was identified as O. F. Onche who insisted that Senators cannot see Dino Melaye which according to him, was an order from above.

“Senator Bala Na’Allah: We are Senators and we are here to see Senator Dino.”

“SARS leader: I know you. You cannot see him now. It is an instruction.”

“Bala Na’Allah: Instructions from above?”

SARS leader: I said it is an instruction, may be you can see the medical director..”

The delegation left without seeing Dino.

Meanwhile, on their way back to the National Assembly, another senator intervened and they were called back.


Ahmed Musa Makes Russian League Team Of The Week

Super Eagles’ and CSKA Moscow forward, Ahmed Musa has been included in the Russian League Team of the Week after his scintillating performance against FK Krasnodar over the weekend.

The on-loan Leicester City forward grabbed a brace for Moscow when they overturned a 1-0 deficit to win 2-1, thus keeping his Russian outfit firm in the race for the league title.

Musa had a game rating of 8.8, having scored twice from his three shots on target and is joined by fellow teammate Aleksandr Golovin whilst the duo of Zenit St. Petersburg’s Leandro Panedes and Daler Kuzyaev also made the cut.

The Eagles’ winger has now scored three league goals since returning on loan from Leicester, whilst adding a further two assists to his name.

Why EFCC Should Probe Buhari – Aisha Yesufu

Aisha Yesufu, co-convener of the BringBackOurGirls, BBOG, advocacy group has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to probe President Muhammadu Buhari over the purchase of some fighter jets.

She said the president should be investigated over the withdrawal of $469m for the purchase of the jets.

In a tweet, the activist noted that despite his immunity as the president, Buhari should be questioned by the anti-graft agency.

Yesufu wrote: “Dear @officialEFCC, you need to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to explain the withdrawal of $469m and also the reported inflation of the said jets to be purchased. ”

Assaulted Liverpool Fan Battles For His Life After Roma Match

A Liverpool fan was fighting for his life on Wednesday after suffering a serious head injury in a “vile” assault by Roma fans before the club’s Champions League semi-final first-leg clash with the Italian club.

The man is being treated for his injuries at a neurological centre, where his condition is described as critical, Merseyside Police said.

Two men — aged 25 and 26 — have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after attacking the 53-year-old man, who had reportedly travelled from Ireland for the match.

“We believe the victim was in Liverpool with his brother for the Liverpool v Roma semi-final and was assaulted during an altercation between Roma and Liverpool fans near to the Albert pub at about 7:35 pm (1835 GMT),” said detective inspector Paul Speight.

“Witnesses report that the victim was hit with a belt and then fell to the ground.

“Paramedics treated him at the scene and he was taken by ambulance to Walton neurological centre, where he is being treated for a head injury.

“His condition is currently described as critical and his next of kin have been informed.”

Liverpool, who won the match 5-2, said they were “shocked and appalled” by the incident.

“Our thoughts, in the first instance, are with the victim and his family at this very traumatic time. We will be offering them our full support,” the club added in a statement.

Serie A side Roma said there was no room in football for the “vile behaviour”.

“AS Roma condemns in the strongest possible terms the abhorrent behaviour of a small minority of travelling fans who brought shame on the club and the vast majority of Roma’s well-behaved supporters at Anfield after getting involved in clashes with Liverpool supporters before last night’s fixture,” the club said.

European football’s governing body UEFA said it was “deeply shocked by the vile attack”, adding it was waiting to receive full reports before deciding on potential disciplinary charges.

The alleged assailants were among a total of nine men, aged between 20 and 43, who were arrested for various offences before and after the match.

The offences included affray, assault, possession of offensive weapons, possession of a controlled drug, criminal damage and being drunk and disorderly.


How Buhari Administration Encourages Human Rights Abuses – U.S. Government

Just days before President Muhammadu Buhari meets his American counterpart, Donald Trump, in Washington DC, the United States government has released a report indicting the administration of the Nigerian leader of the festering human rights abuses in the country.

The US Department of State in its “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017” blamed the reluctance of the Buhari administration to properly investigate allegations of abuses, especially by members of the armed forces and top officials and prosecute those indicted as the main impediment to fighting rights violations.

“Impunity remained widespread at all levels of government. The government did not adequately investigate or prosecute most of the major outstanding allegations of human rights violations by the security forces or the majority of cases of police or military extortion or other abuse of power,” the recently released report stated.

“Authorities generally did not hold police, military, or other security force personnel accountable for the use of excessive or deadly force or for the deaths of persons in custody. State and federal panels of inquiry investigating suspicious deaths generally did not make their findings public. In August the acting president convened a civilian-led presidential investigative panel to review compliance of the armed forces with human rights obligations and rules of engagement. As of November, the panel had not issued a report,” the report noted.

In the same vein, the report highlighted a number of rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings, allegedly carried out by the country’s security forces, which the government vowed to investigate but has failed to either do so or release the report of such investigations.

“As of November, the government had not adequately investigated or held police or military personnel accountable for extrajudicial killings of supporters of IPOB movement in 2016. Amnesty International (AI) reported that security forces killed at least 150 IPOB members or supporters and arbitrarily arrested hundreds from August 2015 to August 2016. The Nigerian Army (NA) reportedly investigated the incidents as part of a broader Board of Inquiry (BOI), but its full report was not made public. There have been no reports of discipline or prosecution of police or military personnel.

“As of November, there were no reports of the federal government further investigating or holding individuals accountable for the 2015 killing and subsequent mass burial of members of the Shia group Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) and other civilians by NA forces in Zaria, Kaduna State. The federal government had indicated it would wait for the results of a Kaduna State judicial commission of inquiry before taking further action to investigate or hold those responsible to account. In July 2016 the government of Kaduna made public the commission’s nonbinding report, which found the NA used “excessive and disproportionate” force during the 2015 altercations in which 348 IMN members and one soldier died. The commission recommended the federal government conduct an independent investigation and prosecute anyone found to have acted unlawfully. It also called for the proscription of the IMN and the monitoring of its members and their activities.”

The report also frowned at the disappearance of members of anti-government groups such as the Indigenous People of Biafra and members of the Shiite sect, Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN). The secret police, Department for State Security (DSS) was particularly blamed for arbitrary abduction of persons opposed to the government.

The U.S. government also chastised the country’s security forces for widespread use of torture and the use of evidence and confession obtained via torture during prosecution of suspects even though the law of the country clearly forbids it.

“The constitution and law prohibit torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment. The Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), passed in 2015, prohibits torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment of arrestees; however, it fails to prescribe penalties for violators. Each state must also individually adopt the ACJA for the legislation to apply beyond the FCT and federal agencies. As of November only the states of Anambra, Cross Rivers, Ekiti, Enugu, Lagos, Ondo, and Oyo had adopted ACJA-compliant legislation. In July both houses of the National Assembly passed an antitorture bill, which was waiting for the president’s signature.

“The Ministry of Justice previously established a National Committee against Torture (NCAT). Lack of legal and operational independence and lack of funding, however, prevented NCAT from carrying out its work effectively.

“The law prohibits the introduction into trials of evidence and confessions obtained through torture. Authorities did not respect this prohibition, however, and police often used torture to extract confessions later used to try suspects. Police also repeatedly mistreated civilians to extort money.”

Mr Buhari signed the anti-torture bill into law last December.

The report also highlighted the right abuses and violations allegedly perpetrated by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad(SARS) of the police and the Civilian JTF in the northeast of the country. It noted that despite social media campaign against the excesses of SARS and Amnesty International’s report detailing abuses perpetrated by members of the government backed Civilian JTF, the government has not taken any recognisable action to address the concerns raised.

EFCC Arraigns Senator Peter Nwaboshi

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned Senator Peter Nwaboshi at the Federal High Court, Lagos.


Senator Nwaboshi, the lawmaker representing Delta North district at the National Assembly, was arraigned by the anti-graft agency on Wednesday on two counts of fraud.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.

Justice Mohammed Idris consequently stood down proceedings till 11 am, when he would hear arguments for and against the senator’s bail application.

Propagate Our Party, Mobilize People – Aregbesola Urges Party Members

By Nofisat Marindoti

The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has urged members of his party, The All Progressives Congress, APC, to propagate and mobilize people ahead the fast approaching Governorship election.

Aregbesola who noted that the party is lagging behind, urged the members to start working again passionately to ensure the party’s victory at the polls.

The Governor gave this charge on a visit to Ijesa South Federal Constituency on Tuesday.

Supporters That Thronged The Programme

He also implored them not to allow those who wouldn’t work when they get into power, to get elected.

According to him, “Lagos State is the most developed city because of the same party continuity. They are enjoying the dividend of democracy there. It is for our benefit if APC remains power.

Ijesa South Federal Constituency APC Crowd

“Don’t be deceived, our party is our pride and we have been lagging behind, let’s start working again. Let’s propagate our party and mobilize people. No Government since democracy started, has done what APC has done in Osun and we are not relenting, we are still working.

“There are 11 high schools in Ilesa, 9 has been completed, before the end of our tenure, the remaining two will be completed and that is just for high schools, the middle schools are there, our various programmes are there, the road projects are also there which will all be completed before the end of our tenure as well.”

The Governor thereby urged the people to support whoever becomes the party’s candidate.

“I implore us to stand with whoever becomes the party’s candidate, let’s be more concerned about the party and not the person.” he added.

In his remarks, the party State Chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun, appreciated the party members for coming out en-masse. He urged them to be united ahead the fast approaching election.

He also implored them to let go of all misunderstandings to ensure the party’s victory at the polls.

The Governor also paid a courtesy visit to the Owa Obokun of Ijesa land, Oba Dr. Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran II.


Donald Duke Reveals His Part Of Okonjo-Iweala’s Tale

The Former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke has showed he is upset with  Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance, over claims in her latest book.

Recall Okonjo-Iweala, a managing director at the World Bank, had said in the book, ‘Fighting Corruption is Dangerous: The Story Behind the Headlines’, that Duke urged her not to serve in President Goodluck Jonathan’s government in 2011.

She claimed this was to deny Jonathan’s government credibility, so that it would be “weak and not succeed”.

Okonjo-Iweala, who also served as Minister of Finance under President Olusegun Obasanjo from 2003-2006, said she turned down the advice, which Duke allegedly claimed was coming from “a group of concerned people”.

Duke has now taken to his Twitter page, to confirm the meeting with Okonjo-Iweala, but wondered why a private conversation between “friends” has now been made public.

He wrote: “It is true I met with Ngozi when the rumors were swirling about her being considered for appointment.

“As “friends”, she having been literally dismissed from an earlier appointment as f1nance minister, I urged caution.

“I made no mention of adding or subtracting credibility to anyone or government.

“It was “two friends” discussing careers. It ended there and she subsequently made her choice which I respected. However, I think it is in poor taste and demeaning of her to report a private conversation in whatever self laundering attempt she may be up to. With hindsight, I was vindicated, Ngozi, as Minister of Finance and Economy, despite massive revenue receipts, left Nigeria poorer than she met it.”


High-Profiled Spiritual Guru Found Guilty Of Rape

A high-profiled spiritual guru, Asaram Bapu has been found guilty of rape by a Court in India.

The charge involved Bapu raping a teenage female devotee in 2013.

The judge announced the verdict against Asaram Bapu, 77, inside a jail in the northern state of Rajasthan, as heavy security was deployed in the region to prevent violence by his followers.

The guru was convicted for the rape of the 16-year-old girl at his ashram, Utsav Bains, the victim’s lawyer told broadcaster NDTV.

He faces a maximum punishment of life in prison for the crime, Bains said.

Asaram has 400 ashrams that teach meditation and yoga, and he has millions of followers around the world.

The controversial guru is also on trial, along with his son, in another rape case in which two sisters have accused the men of rape.


Revealed: OAU Sex Scandal: What Monica Osagie Told Panel

  • Outcome Of Panel Would Serve As Lesson To Other Lecturers- Osagie’s.

By Sodiq Lawal

Dr. Abiola Akinyode Afolabi, the defence counsel for Miss Monica Osagie,
the alleged victim in the sex – for- marks scandal at Obafemi Awolowo
University, Ile – Ife , said on Tuesday that her client affirmed before an
investigative panel that Prof . Richard Akindele deliberately failed her
because she refused his sexual demand.

Osagie had appeared before the committee set up by the institution’s
authorities in company with her counsel.

Osagie, a postgraduate student in the Masters of Business programme, had
released a recorded telephone conversation, which went viral, in which the
lecturer identified as Akindele, allegedly demanded sex for marks.

The committee, which held its session at the Pro – Chancellor’s Lodge on
the campus, allowed only Osagie and her counsel into the venue.

Dr Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi

Journalists , students and some members of the National Human Right
Commission who came to witness the sitting were not allowed into the venue by security personnel of the institution who manned the entrance.

Akinyode- Afolabi, who spoke with newsmen after the closed door session
which lasted for more than seven hours, said Osagie told the panel that she
passed the course but was later failed by the don because of her refusal to
sleep with him.

She said that Osagie narrated in details what transpired between her and
the don, adding that lawyers present at the meeting were not allowed to
make any contribution.

Akinyode- Afolabi, who is the Executive Director for Human Advocate
Research and Documentation Centre, Abuja, said that Osagie also informed
the panel that she recorded the conversation between her and the professor
as evidence .

She said Osagie also informed the panel that she reported the sexual
harassment by the don to some lecturers in the university, adding that no
action was taken by them .

Akinyode- Afolabi said some lawyers who represented the lecturers who
Osagie claimed she reported the case to also appeared before the panel.

She said that Osagie also told the panel that she did not score 33 per cent
as alleged but was failed so that she could bow to the sexual demand of the

Monica Osagie

Akinyode- Afolabi said she was optimistic that the outcome of the panel
would serve as a lesson to other lecturers who also engage in such acts.

She, however, urged the panel to ensure that justice prevailed on the issue
so as to maintain the integrity of the institution.

Akinyode- Afolabi, who did not allow Osagie to talk to newsmen, said her
client would always be available to give evidence whenever she was called

Members of the panel did not also speak with newsmen after the meeting.