United, City Bosses Praise Team’s Performance

Manchester United, City Bosses Praise Team's PerfomanceManagers of English Premier League giants, Manchester United and Manchester City, have expressed satisfaction with their team’ performance in Wednesday night’s UEFA Champions League.

Manchester United manager, Luis Van Gaal, said he is happy with the team performance despite a 1-1 draw in Russia against CSKA Moscow.

David De Gea saved Roman Eremenko’s penalty, but Seydou Doumbia scored the rebound to put the Russian side ahead after a handball from Anthony Martial.

Martial consequently redeemed himself with a second-half header to level the match.

The Red Devils are now on 4 points from three matches, but two points behind leaders Wolfsburg.

Meanwhile, Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini, is brimming with confidence after Kevin De Bruyne secured a stoppage time 2-1 win over Sevilla.Manchester United, City Bosses Praise Team's Perfomance

Pellegrini praised the team’s character for fighting back after conceding an early goal and boost their chances of reaching the last 16 round of the competition.

Going into the match, City had won only five of their 15 home Champions League matches.

Sevilla will be hosting Manchester City on November 3 in Spain.

Oshiomhole Promotes Religious Harmony In Edo

Oshiomhole Promotes Religious Harmony In EdoThe Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, says his administration will continue to promote inter-religious harmony, to ensure continuous peace in all parts of the state.

At a meeting with the Chairman of Edo State Musaabaqah Organisation, Otaru of Auchi Ikelebe III, Mr Aliru Momoh and other members of the committee that organised a Koranic Recitation Competition, the Governor stressed that no faith promotes hatred and violence, adding that Islam is synonymous with peace.

“I believe that in trying to understand the suspicion between Muslims and Christians from time to time, the misrepresentation of what the two religions represent can only be filled by educating our people about the true meaning of Islam and the true meaning of Christianity.

“I believe that looking at the long term challenge of building inter-religious harmony in Nigeria, the Koranic Recitation Competition is something that should be supported and promoted. It encourages more people to get familiar with the doctrines of Islam, the injunctions in the Holy Koran and all the other revelations by Prophet Mohammed, I believe that a lot of the misconceptions will be addressed,” he said.

Governor Oshiomhole then commended Mr Momoh’s effort in promoting religious peace.

He said: “I want to thank you sir, for your leadership in this regards. You have devoted your time, not just as a Traditional ruler but also as a religious leader which I think is extremely important. Those combinations are necessary in our society”.

He further stressed that his administration would pass the good work on to his successor in order to sustain the State government’s commitment to promoting the competition, maintaining that it lays foundation for peace.

The Otaru of Auchi commended Governor Oshiomhole for sponsoring the competition, stating that it comes from inspiration.

“Appreciation goes to you for being able to, in a short period of time in your first and second tenure, you have hosted the Koranic competition in your state. I believe that that enlightenment comes from inspiration and we are profusely thankful for doing this ‘just delivery’ to Islam,” Mr Momoh said.

The Governor later fulfilled the government’s promise by presenting three brand new cars to the winners of the Koranic recitation competition.

The male winner,Yusufu Dikku, was presented with the keys of a brand new Toyota Avensis car, same with the female winner, Hadijat Abdulahi, while the male runner-up, Aliu Lamido got a brand new Toyota Corolla Car.

Guardiola Says Bayern Lack ‘Killer Instinct’

Guardiola Says Bayern Lack 'Killer Instinct'Bayern Munich coach, Pep Guardiola, says he is disappointed with his team’s performance, as he struggled to explain the Bundesliga giants’ 2-0 loss to Arsenal on Tuesday night.

The German side, which controlled huge swathes of the Group F game at the Emirates, had 68% of the ball, carved out several great chances, but unusually lacked a killer instinct in front of goal.

Until the disappointing loss, Bayern had won the 12 games they had played in all competitions, setting a Bundesliga record of nine straight victories from the start of the season.

Meanwhile, Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, had expressed satisfaction with the Gunners performance at Emirates Stadium.Wenger

He said he was delighted that his team reproduced their recent outstanding premier league form to revive their faltering European fortunes with the 2-0 win over Bayern.

For long periods, it seemed the English side were either going to lose, or at best secure a draw.

A 77th-minute header from substitute Olivier Giroud and a stoppage-time second from Germany international, Mesut Ozil gave them an unexpected but hugely important victory.

The result means Arsenal have revived their chances of qualifying for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League for the 16th successive season, even as they trail Bayern and Olympiakos by three points.

Manchester Utd, City Prepare Ahead UCL Clashes

Manchester Utd, City Prepare Ahead UCL ClashesManchester United and their rival, Manchester City are concentrating on their Champions League games on Wednesday night despite the duo’s derby this Sunday.

The Red Devils manager, Louis Van Gaal, said he would be satisfy with a point from a tricky away fixture against CSKA Moscow, especially after the team decided to do their pre-match training session at home in Manchester.

United striker, Wayne Rooney says he is hoping for a good result and any goals to his name would just be a bonus.

PSV, Eindhoven and Wolfsburg complete Group B where all four teams have three points from two games.

In the meantime, Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini, says he is wary of a tough Sevilla side, as they prepare without star duo David Silva and Sergio Aguero.

Pellegrini’s men host their Spanish opponents in the Champions League Group D clash and go into the game on the back of their comfortable 5-1 English Premier League victory over Bournemouth.

The manager, who had just 16 senior players in training, had also brought in youngster, Bersant Celina to the session, as he assesses his squad’s casualty list.

Military To Develop Locally-Made Equipment To Fight Terror

Military To Develop Locally-Made Equipment To Fight TerrorThe Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olanishakin, says the Nigerian military will no longer depend solely on foreign technology in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents in the north-east and other security challenges confronting the nation.

Instead, he said the military would partner with research institutions in Nigeria to develop locally-made military equipment that would assist in tackling some of the challenges.

General Olanishakin stated this during a seminar on Research and Development and launching of a 15-year Strategic Plan by the Nigerian Air Force in Kaduna State.

The strategic plan will last between 2015 to 2030.

He identified lack of synergy among the stakeholders as largely responsible for the technological backwardness of Nigeria over the years.

The military boss hinted that the introduction of the Research and Development plan was in line with the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to the military to commence domestic production of weapons for use by the Nigerian Armed Forces.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, was of the view that developing local technologies would enable the nation acquire some degree of independence from external politics.

He also stressed that with an enabling environment and proper synergy between the military and civilian populace, home-based technological independence is achievable.

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, who was represented at the event by his Deputy, Bala Bantex, highlighted that the Nigerian Air Force deserved better attention in the areas of manpower development and equipment.

He commended the efforts of the Air Force in curbing terrorism in the north-east and cattle rustling in some parts of the northern region.

The seminar affords the military the opportunity to interact with distinguished scholars towards accomplishing technological milestones and legacies that would be beneficial to the Nigerian Air Force and the nation at large.

It is expected that at end of the event, participants would come up with critical ideas towards forging a better relationship in the areas of research and innovation.

Pro-Biafran supporters Stage Protest In Rivers

Pro Biafran supporters Stage Protest In RiversHundreds of pro-Biafran supporters carrying placards with various inscriptions have stormed the streets of Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State in Nigeria’s south-south region, causing temporal gridlock on the Aba-Azikiwe road axis.

According to them, their protest was to show solidarity for the Biafran Radio Host, Kalu, who was arrested by security agencies and later released on administrative bail.

The protesters said that although authorities in the country viewed them as ‘anti government’, they ‘remain resolute to have a nation of their own’.

However, the demonstration of the pro-Biafran supporters’ was cut short, as the Rivers State Police Command said it had taken control of the situation.

“The protesters have been dispersed,” a police source said.

The State Police Commissioner, Musa Kimo, told Channels Television that although the protesters stormed the streets without permission, his men have been dispatched to all flash points in Rivers State to ensure no further breakdown of law and order.

He warned that anyone found to breech the peace would be made to face the law.

Mr Kimo further disclosed that some arrests had been made so far in connection to the protest, stating that details would be provided in due course.

Lawmaker Seeks Buhari’s Intervention In Delta Power Project

Fed Lawmaker Urge Buhari's Intervention Into Delta Power ProjectA member of the House of Representatives, Honourable Nicholas Ossai, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the operation of the Independent Power Project in Delta State, South-south Nigeria.

Honourable Ossai said the intervention was necessary, as the Federal Ministry of Power and the Nigerian Agip Oil Company had been unable to ensure that the community where the project was situated, benefit from the electricity provided.

He said the Lower Chamber had also intervened in the matter in a bid to forestall a breakdown of law and order as a result of the agitations by members of the community.

Migrant Crisis: Slovenia Braces After Hungary Border Closure

Migrant Crisis: Slovenia Braces After Hungary Border ClosureDesperate migrants have begun arriving in Slovenia by bus from Croatia, after Hungary shut its border with Croatia to try to stem the numbers arriving en route to Western Europe.

Hungary closed its border, reinforced with a razor-wire fence, at Friday midnight, but many of the migrants aimed to continue north to Austria and Germany.

European Union leaders had earlier failed to agree on a plan backed by Hungary to send a force to prevent migrants reaching Greece.

Hungary’s closure of its border with Croatia comes just a month after it shut its frontier with Serbia, which was another transit route to Western Europe.

According to BBC, Hungarian Foreign Minister, Peter Szijjarto, noted that border controls with Slovenia would be temporarily reinstated to safeguard Hungary from a “mass wave of unidentified, uncontrolled migrants.”

Hungary and Slovenia are both part of the passport-free Schengen zone, but Croatia is not.

Buhari To Commission Super Highway In Cross River

Buhari To Commission Super Highway In Cross RiverThe Cross River State government says it is ready to host Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday next week for the official flag off of the construction of the 260km Calabar – Katsina Ala super highway.

The State Governor, Ben Ayade, made the disclosure to reporters on arrival from Abuja at the Margaret Ekpo International airport in Calabar the Cross River State, South-south Nigeria.

Governor Ayade said the state is privileged to have the number one citizen flag off such an important project.

He also stressed on the importance of the project to the state that the multi billion naira project would boost the economic status of the state and open up job opportunities for many.

The Governor further called on all residents of the state to give the President a resounding welcome, come Tuesday as he comes for the exercise.

Borno Govt. Intends To Close IDP Camps Next Year

Borno Govt Intends To Close IDP Camps Next YearThe Borno State government says it intends to close all Internally Displaced People (IDP)’s camps by the first quarter of 2016.

Three out of the 20 Local councils sacked by insurgents since early this year have concluded plans to return to their original homes, following its liberation.

Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, made known his plans on rebuilding of lost homes and closing up makeshift camps.

He called on the UN and other Non-Governmental Organisations to look beyond taking care of the IDPs camps to resettling the displaced persons.

“Our people need to go back home, resettled and pick up the pieces of their lives,” Governor Shettima said.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is also channelling its intervention programme towards rebuilding of destroyed communities.

NEMA’s Director General, Sani Sidi, observed that the agency had supported the development by donating building materials, as more communities prepare to return home. The agency also gave food items to the returning IDPs.

A Boko Haram suspect arrested by the youth vigilante group,who confessed to have masterminded recent suicide bombings in Mulai and Umarari, was later paraded before the State governor and NEMA officials.

NEMA, however, noted that some of the bomb victims would be taken to the National Hospital Abuja for further treatment.

Ogun Govt. To Revolutionise Agricultural Sector

Ogun Govt. To Revolutionise Agricultural SectorOgun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, says his administration is ready to revolutionise the state’s agricultural sector and its value added chains so as to create employment and reduce poverty

The governor’s declaration is part of plans to improve Ogun State’s economic base towards food sufficiency and security.

Governor Amosun made the promise while playing host to the Country’s Programme Manager, Value Added Chains of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Mrs Atsuko Toda, at his office in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital in South-west Nigeria.

While assuring farmers in the state of better years ahead, the governor also expressed readiness to partner with IFAD in agricultural development.

Director of Research and Statistics, Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture, Dele Olugbebi, decried that, many initiatives introduced by the government at all levels, the sector is yet to find its level.

He emphasised that over 90% of local farmers still depend on traditional means of production and poor marketing.

Despite putting other incentives in place for farmers in the state by the government, Chairman of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria, Ogun State chapter, Segun Dasaolu, urged the government to do more.

The State government in conjunction with IFAD is expected to empower about 1,500 farmers and provide cluster processing centres for selected agricultural produce.

Akpabio Returns To EFCC For Questioning

I’ve Nothing To Hide About My Tenure As Akwa Ibom Gov – AkpabioSenate Minority Leader and a former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio, who was quizzed on Friday by the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has returned to the commission for questioning.

A source close to the EFCC says that Senator Akpabio returned to the EFCC on Saturday morning.

On Friday, Senator Akpabio said he had nothing to hide about his term in office as the Governor of Akwa Ibom State.

The Senate Minority Leader said through his twitter handle, that he arrived home some hours after being quizzed by the anti-graft body.

Senator Akpabio was invited on Friday to Abuja headquarters of the EFCC, over a petition dated June 22, 2015 and addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari and the EFCC.

The petitioner, Leo Ekpenyong, alleged that Senator Akpabio, fraudulently converted 108.1 billion Naira belonging to Akwa Ibom State during his tenure as governor.

The tweets by his media team read: “His Excellency, Senator Akpabio is back to the house. We want to reaffirm that he has nothing whatsoever to hide about his term in office in Akwa Ibom.

“Senator Akpabio was never arrested. He simply obliged an invitation to come and answer some questions at the EFCC headquarters.

“Senator Akpabio has nothing to hide. That’s why he walked into EFCC himself this evening to answer questions about his tenure in Akwa Ibom.

“Those who are playing politics with the decision of Senator Akpabio to honour the EFCC invitation must be acting a known script.

“Senator Akpabio was called from the EFCC to come for explanations and he drove there himself 50 minutes later. So, why all the news of arrest”?

The Senate Minority Leader was governor of Akwa Ibom State from May 29, 2007 to May 29 2015, before he was succeeded by Governor Udom Emmanuel.

He is presently representing Akwa Ibom North-west Senatorial District at the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly.