Okada ban: Lagos command deploys policemen to avert breakdown of law

The Lagos State Police Command has said necessary human, material and operational resources had been deployed to forestall any breakdown of law and order during enforcement of the ban on motorcycle operations at six local government areas in the state. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, in a statement on Sunday, said the…

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Methodist Church Prelate, Two Others Abducted In Abia

A file photo of the Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Dr Samuel Uche.

 

A Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Dr Samuel Uche, has been kidnapped by yet-to-be-identified men in Abia State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Geoffrey Ogbonna, confirmed this to Channels Television on Sunday in Umuahia, the state capital.

According to him, the clergyman was abducted alongside two others – the Bishop of Methodist Church, Owerri  Diocese, and the prelate’s chaplain.

Ogbonna described the abduction of the clergymen as unfortunate but gave an assurance that the police were already making efforts to ensure their safe return.

He also appealed to the people of the state to provide the police with useful information that could lead to the release of the prelate and the two others, as well as the arrest of the kidnappers.

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APC Primary Committee Members Escape Mob Attack In Taraba

A map of Taraba, a state in Nigeria’s north-east region.

 

Police in Taraba have rescued members of the Primary Election Committee of the All Progressive Congress (APC) sent to conduct the elections for the party’s senatorial tickets in the state.

The members were reportedly ambushed and almost lynched by aggrieved party members on Saturday for allegedly conniving with a faction of the party to manipulate the outcomes of the exercise.

Channels Television gathered that the committee members led by Muhammad Alkali were on their way from Yola in Adamawa when they were stopped at a point – some a few kilometres to Jalingo –by a faction of aspirants who allegedly asked that the election result sheets be handed over to them.

Some party members who got a wind of the incident were said to have rushed to the scene and threatened to lynch the members of the committee, but the quick intervention of the police who came to their rescue.

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Shortly after the incident, the secretary of the committee, Yahaya Suleiman, read out a resolution reached by the aspirants while addressing reporters at the police headquarters in the state capital.

“We are not under duress to address you, but here are the resolutions reached; that result sheets were not made available to us from the APC National Secretariat,” he said. “That the results were sent and received by Taraba State APC Chairman earlier and on arrival, we were informed that the result sheets were vandalised and that soft copies were consequently sent to us for the primary election.

“That indirect mode of primary elections be adopted for northern and central senatorial zones, while the southern zone shall use the direct mode for senatorial primary elections.”

Elsewhere, two results emerged at the just-concluded House of Representative primary with losers threatening legal action if internal mechanisms of resolution fail.

While a former Speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly, Mark Useni, was declared the winner of the primary for Donga, Takum Ussa, and Yangtu Special Development Area in one of the results, one Abubakar Umar emerged as the party’s candidate in the same constituency in another result.

Lyon beat PSG to win 15th French women’s league title

French women’s football giants Lyon won the league title for the 15th time on Sunday with a 1-0 victory at rivals Paris Saint-Germain. Catarina Macario scored the only goal after three minutes, securing an eight-point lead for Lyon over PSG with one game to play, just over a week after winning the Champions League. PSG…

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Ifeanyi Ubah, others win YPP senatorial tickets in Anambra

Senator Ifeanyi Ubah has won the Young Progressives Party ticket for the Anambra South Senatorial seat for the 2023 general elections. Ubah emerged through affirmation from delegates of the seven Local Government Areas including Aguata, Nnewi North, Nnewi South, Orumba North, Orumba South, Ihiala, and Ekwusigo, that make up the district at the primaries witnessed…

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Gregory varsity proprietor clinches Abia APGA gov ticket

The Founder and Chancellor of Gregory University Uturu, Prof. Gregory Ibe, has won the All Progressive Grand Alliance governorship primary in Abia State. The Returning Officer, Echezona Etiaba, on Sunday night after the election announced that Prof. Ibe polled 283 votes to defeat his closest rival, Etigwe Uwa, who polled 188 votes. Others are Ijioma…

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JUST IN: NCDC confirms 66 suspected monkeypox cases, one death

The monkeypox situation report released on Sunday night by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control revealed that no fewer than 66 suspected cases of monkeypox disease have been reported in Nigeria. The agency also noted that while 21 had been confirmed, only a single death had been reported. The PUNCH reports that monkeypox is a…

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EFCC arrests Ex-Zamfara Gov Yari over N84bn Accountant-General fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a former Governor of Zamfara State, Abdul’Aziz Yari, as part of investigations into the N84bn fraud involving the suspended Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris. Sources in the EFCC told The PUNCH that Yari and the Chairman of a firm, Finex Professional Services, were arrested around 5pm…

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JUST IN: EFCC Arrests Ex-Zamfara Governor Yari

A file photo of former Zamfara State Governor, Abdul’aziz Yari.

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a former governor of Zamfara State, Abdul’aziz Yari.

Sources within the antigraft agency said the former governor was arrested for his alleged role in N84 billion fraud involving a former Accountant General of the Federation.

Details later…

Nottingham Forest Seal Promotion To Premier League After 23 Years Away

Nottingham Forest’s team players celebrate after Huddersfield Town’s English defender Levi Colwill (unseen) scored an own goal during the English Championship play-off final football match between Huddersfield Town and Nottingham Forest at Wembley Stadium in London, on May 29, 2022. Adrian DENNIS / AFP

 

Nottingham Forest sealed passage to the Premier League with a 1-0 victory over Huddersfield on Sunday evening after a 23-year absence.

A Samuels Colwill 43rd-minute own goal was the difference between both sides in the Premier League second leg play-off a the Wembley stadium.

Forest had surmounted great odds after having started the season with one point from seven games,

On the other hand, Huddersfield arrived at Wembley unbeaten in nine games finishing the season in third only two points ahead of Forest who recovered from a dreadful start to the campaign, gathering momentum across the second half of the season.

Carlos Coberan’s Huddersfield grew in confidence and created a couple of chances of their own as they settled into a better rhythm. Sorba Thomas skipped clear of Joe Worrall on the left and from an angle forced a save from Brice Samba.

This was quickly followed by a smartly worked corner routine, with a flurry of movement and a low cross by Thomas into the feet of Danny Ward only for the striker to see his effort blocked in a congested six-yard box.

Huddersfield slipped behind just before the interval, however, when they nodded off and allowed Garner the time and space to shape another dangerous ball into the penalty area.

On target with runners across the line of the ball, a little indecision rippled through the defensive ranks. Yates looked likely to reach it but made no contact and Colwill, having tracked his run, was helpless as the ball struck him and flew into his own net off his right knee from six yards out.

Despite a renewed zest in the second half by Huddersfield, Forest remained steadfast to defend their lead and see them secure a spot in next season’s Premier League.

Speaking on Sky Sports Football in a post-match interview  Nottingham Forest captain, Joe Worrall heaped praises on his fellow teammates

“I’m just so proud of the players, of the staff, the fans. We’ve been fantastic all season and were really unlucky not to go up automatically, in my opinion. We’ve played with honesty and we play the right way,” Worrall said

“We’ve been really good, and it’s not just this season – I’m not saying we’ve been good in the past seasons because we’ve been sh**e – but it has been a long time coming. This club hasn’t been in the top flight for a long time and I’ve seen a lot of good people come and go, who have all added to this football club. It’s such an honour to captain Forest.”

“We don’t mind suffering. We have suffered for a long time off the pitch, so half an hour is nothing compared to what we have suffered for so many years. I just want to say a big thanks to everybody who has helped us. I’ll forget names if I attempt to name everyone, but we’ve been really good value this season and I’m just so proud, especially for the manager. He’s such a nice bloke.”