[VIDEO]: Anambra Govt Demolishes Kidnappers’ Den



 

The Anambra State Government in collaboration with the state police command has demolished a kidnappers’ den in Oba, Idemili South Local Government Area of the state.

The state joint security operation conducted the demolition which according to it is aimed at ridding the state of all forms of crime.

Meanwhile, Governor Chukwuma Soludo has warned residents that any building identified as a kidnap den or hideout for criminals will suffer a similar fate.

Battling Hungary Hold Germany To Latest Nations League Draw

Germany’s defender Thilo Kehrer (R) gets up to head the ball during the UEFA Nations League football match Hungary v Germany at the Puskas Arena in Budapest on June 11, 2022. Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP

 

Germany had to settle for their third Nations League 1-1 draw in a row after battling Hungary held their illustrious visitors in a Group A3 tie in Budapest on Saturday.

League A debutants Hungary stunned the Germans after just six minutes with a blistering strike by Zsolt Nagy before Jonas Hofmann levelled three minutes later with a fine solo effort.

The result extended the unbeaten run of Hansi Flick’s side to 12 matches but leaves them frustrated and still without a win three games into the campaign.

“I’m not going to start coming up with alibis, we wanted to get three points today,” Flick told reporters afterwards.

“Of course, we are disappointed, but you have to say that Hungary is an unpleasant team to play against,” Germany captain Manuel Neuer told broadcaster RTL.

Marco Rossi’s side also drew with Germany last June in the Euro 2020 group stages, and from the outset attacked with intent.

Puskas Arena soon erupted with ear-splitting noise when wing-back Nagy blasted home from close range after Manuel Neuer had palmed out a Roland Sallai header.

But the home crowd’s delight was shortlived as Hofmann pounced on a through ball by David Raum minutes later, rounded Peter Gulacsi and finished into an empty net for the equaliser.

Slick Germany posed the greater danger with Chelsea’s Kai Havertz steering a header from Raum wide before the impressive 1899 Hoffenheim winger sailed a curler round Gulacsi’s right post.

Hungary had pulled off a shock 1-0 home win over England a week ago and spurred on by their raucous fans they bustled with endeavour, with a drive from busy winger Attila Fiola forcing a reflex save from Neuer before the break.

With no let-up in tempo in the second half Germany upped the pressure and Hofmann should have scored his second with a quarter hour to go.

The pacy Borussia Moenchengladbach winger found himself clear on goal but underhit his side-pass to Timo Werner allowing Willi Orban to clear.

“I take the blame for not putting us 2-1 up. I’m very disappointed, because of that one missed chance,” Hofmann told RTL.

The Magyars squandered their own gilt-edged chance soon after when substitute Martin Adam, well-placed in the area, headed a Dominik Szoboszlai cross straight at Neuer.

Another home sub Daniel Gazdag then warmed Neuer’s gloves with a rasping effort from the edge of the box ten minutes from the end.

Germany will play their final match of the June international break at home against Italy on Tuesday before the group campaign concludes in September.

“We have to see that we learn the lessons from this game,” said Flick, with an eye on the World Cup in Qatar in five months’ time.

“We have always said that we are developing. We are in a process aimed towards the World Cup. Against Italy, we want to really get things going again,” said Neuer.

Also on Tuesday Hungary, who remain in second place in Group A3 behind leaders Italy with four points, visit last-placed England in Wolverhampton.

WAFU B U17 Tourney: Golden Eaglets Shoot Down Ghana’s Black Starlets In Cape Coast

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets

 

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets were imperious as they dominated and eventually overpowered hosts Ghana 4-2 on Saturday in the opening match of this year’s WAFU B U17 Championship taking place in Cape Coast, Ghana.

The five-time world champions started off from where the country’s U20 Boys, Flying Eagles left off against Ghana’s Black Satellites at the WAFU B U20 Championship in Niger Republic last month, where the wards of Coach Ladan Bosso hammered their Ghanaian counterparts in the opening match on their way to the title.

Wing back Emmanuel Michael set the Golden Eaglets on the way with a ferocious free-kick from some 23 yards in the 12th minute, which the Ghanaian goalkeeper, Ahmed Amadu Dembaram, had no answer to.

Nigeria doubled the lead just a minute before half time through forward Precious Tonye Williams, ensuring they went into recess on the ascendancy against the host nation in the coastal town.

Nigeria’s advantage was extended further in the 51st minute by Jubril Opeyemi Azeez, but the Starlets reduced the deficit seven minutes later when substitute Abdul Razak Salifu got the better of goalkeeper Richard Odoh.

The Eaglets would not relent and in the 77th minute, midfielder Ebube Wisdom Okere netted to make it 4-1 for Nigeria.

A momentary loss of concentration in the vital area led to Nigeria conceding a penalty with two minutes to the end, which was put away and cut Nigeria’s advantage to two goals.

With the victory, the Eaglets top Group A of the championship ahead of their clash with Togo on Tuesday. Victory over the Togolese will guarantee Nigeria a spot in the tournament semi finals.

Group B is made up of Cote d’Ivoire, Benin Republic, Burkina Faso and Niger Republic.

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US Judge Dismisses Rape Suit Against Football Star Ronaldo

Manchester United’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester United at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on May 7, 2022.
Glyn KIRK / AFP

 

A US district judge in Las Vegas has dismissed a rape lawsuit against football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, castigating the legal team behind the complaint.

Judge Jennifer Dorsey threw out the case brought by Kathryn Mayorga of Nevada, who alleged she was assaulted by the Portuguese soccer star in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009.

In a 42-page ruling released Friday, the judge accused Mayorga’s attorneys of “abuses and flagrant circumvention of the proper litigation process” and said that as a result, “Mayorga loses her opportunity to pursue this case.”

Her attorneys had actually moved to dismiss the case voluntarily last month, US media said, but Dorsey decided that their repeated use of illicitly obtained confidential documents meant the case had to be dismissed “with prejudice” — meaning it cannot be revived.

“Nothing less than a with-prejudice dismissal will purge the taint that has permeated this case from its very inception and preserve the integrity of the litigation process,” Dorsey wrote.

Mayorga filed a complaint in September last year alleging she was sexually assaulted by Ronaldo, who strongly denied the accusations.

Mayorga said that while she had agreed to a financial settlement with Ronaldo shortly after the alleged incident — reportedly for $375,000 — her emotional trauma at the time did not allow her to participate in the mediation process.

But in trying to revive the case, Dorsey found, Mayorga’s lawyer Leslie Stovall made repeated use of “cyber-hacked attorney-client privileged documents.”

That use of the documents was “bad faith,” the judge ruled, “and simply disqualifying Stovall will not cure the prejudice to Ronaldo, because the misappropriated documents and their confidential contents have been woven into the very fabric of Mayorga’s claims.”

Ronaldo is one of the biggest stars of world football and is a five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best player.

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[BREAKING] Abuja-Kaduna Train Attack: Eleven Kidnap Victims Regain Freedom

This Kaduna-bound train was attacked by armed gangs on March 28, 2022.

 

Eleven out of the 61 persons kidnapped following the March 28 Abuja-Kaduna train attack have regained their freedom.

Among those who regained their freedom are six females and five males.

While the circumstance of their release is yet to be clear, the 11 victims are said to have been flown to the nation’s capital, Abuja.

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