Flying Eagles Coach Invites 40 Players For WAFU B U-20 Championship

Coach Ladan Bosso. Photo: NFF


Head Coach of Nigeria’s U-20 male team (Flying Eagles) Ladan Bosso has called up 40 players for next month’s WAFU B U-20 Championship taking place in Niamey, capital of Niger Republic.

The list has four goalkeepers, 12 midfielders, 17 midfielders, and seven forwards.

Invited players have been advised to arrive at the Blue Spring Hotel, opposite the Ministry of Justice (Maitama), Abuja on Monday, 18th April with their international passports, according to Team Secretary Aliyu Lawal Ibrahim.

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Seven-time African champions, the Flying Eagles will play in Group B of the WAFU B Championship alongside Ghana and Burkina Faso, with the tournament scheduled for 7th – 20th May in Niamey. Hosts Niger Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, and the Benin Republic will contend in Group A.

Only the two finalists will qualify from the WAFU B zone to participate in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.


Goalkeepers: Orya Joseph (Lobi Stars); Nathaniel Nwosu (Water FC); Jimoh Saheed (Adoration FC); Chijioke Anianboso (Giant Brillars)

Defenders: Njoke Augustine (Abia Warriors); Gabriel Adewara (Ikorodu United); Babaji Abubakar (Niger Tornadoes); Okoli Augustine (Giant Brillars); Hassan Shuaibu (Smart City); Uzochukwu Ezeobi (Zamfara United); Opeyemi Omoloye (Amure City); Frederick Benjamin (ABS FC); Monsuru Oyinmade (A&A Academy); Adegbite Emmanuel (Enyimba FC); Bolu Shotimade (Akwa United); Adamu Saidu (Water FC)

Midfielders: Anas Hassan (Vandrezzer FC); Okeowo Oluwaseyi (3SC); Shehu Sada (Nasarawa United); Promise Harrison (SuperStars Academy); Lawal Samson (Katsina United); Clinshak Longba (Plateau United); Aminu Muhammad (Gombe United); Abdulmajeed Ibrahim (Global FC); Onuche Ogbelu (FOSLA Academy); Jejeko Ola (Coment FC); Hussaini Garba (Maikunkele FC); Divine Nwachukwu (Adoration FC); Sulaiman Kirki (Kebbi United); Munir Idris (Niger Tornadoes); Aminu Yahaya (Nnewi United); Tolulope Simon Ojo (Remo Stars); Muhammad Sambo Shehu (Katsina United)

Forwards: Emmanuel Ogbole (FC Basira); Ifeanyi Ogba (Lobi Stars); Sopurochukwu Kelechi (HP Academy); Henry Ndubuisi (Cydos FC); Ibrahim Yahaya (Gombe United); Aliyu Abdullahi (Nasarawa United); Ahmed Abdullah (HP Academy)

Niger APC Passes Vote Of Confidence On State Ex-co

Niger APC Passes Vote Of Confidence On State Ex-coThe Niger state chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC), in its expanded meeting, has passed a vote of confidence on the executive committee of the party in the state.

This was one of the resolutions of the 11th Expanded Join Working Committee meeting and Local Government Party Chairmen and Secretaries headed by the State Chairman, Mohammed Imam at the party secretariat in Minna.

Briefing newsmen, the APC Chairman of Lapia local government, Alhaji Ibrahim Tauheed, warned members to adhere strictly to the party constitution for its unity and success.

He said that state caucus meeting is a constitutional matter that must be chaired by the state chairman to discuss party affairs hence, the funding and welfare of the party and its officials must be given adequate consideration.

Tauheed, added that all elected and appointed members of the party should be invited to the state party secretariat to deliberate on the way forward for the party and state government.

He further decried the deteriorating security challenges in the state, especially in Bosso, Rafi, Shiroro and parts of Edati and Mokwa local governments that needed security measures to be put in place to curb the incessant attacks on the people in those areas.

Tauheed said that members of the political party must adhere to its constitutional provisions, noting that those arrogating unnecessary powers to themselves should desist from such act as the party was banded by rules and regulations which must be obeyed.

Air Chief Says Military Will Not Compromise In Carrying Out Its Duties

Sadique Abubakar, Bello Abubakar, Niger, MilitaryThe Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, says that the military will not compromise in its responsibilities to the nation.

Air Marshal Abubakar also urged various communities across Nigeria to support soldiers in ensuring peace.

He expressed sadness at the avoidable clash between military and civilians that led to the loss of lives in Kpaidna villages in Bosso Local Government Area of Niger State, north-central Nigeria.

The Air Chief, during a condolence visit at Government House in Minna, appealed to the Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, to enlighten the people on security to avoid future occurrence.

He also urged the people of the state to go about their normal activities and promised to sustain the peaceful coexistence in the state.

The Air Marshal noted that he was in Niger State to inspect the existing infrastructure with a view to improve on them, adding that measures have been put in place to establish Aircraft Maintenance Repairs Organisation in Minna in collaboration with the state government, to boost the economy of the state.

Governor Bello on his part asked the military to exercise restraint and called for calm as the state government awaits the report of the investigating team.

He also expressed grief over the incident and called for security consciousness on the part of the people.

The Governor pledged to continue to assist and support all the security agencies to safeguard the people of the state.

He called for the continued synergy between the Nigerian Air Force and the state and commended the military and other security outfits in maintaining peace in Niger State.

Air Marshal Abubakar also made a courtesy call on the Emir of Minna, HRH Umar Bahago, at his palace and inspected the Air Force Primary School in the community, where he pledged to add a secondary school for the benefit of the community.

Four Killed In Fulani, Gwari Reprisal Attack In Niger

Fulani, Reprisal attack, Niger StateFour persons were at the weekend killed in a reprisal attack between Fulani men and some farmers at Barakuta in Bosso local government of Niger State.

Many houses, four cars and 17 motorcycles were burnt in the attack.

The Niger State Police Command, Police Public Relations Officer PPRO, DSP Bala Elkana said that unidentified gunmen attacked the village, killed four people, injured one person and burnt down many houses and valuables like their food stores.

Elkana stated that the situation has been brought under control with the deployment of Police and military. He gave the assurance that the invaders numbering about 200 would not escaped arrest.

He added people of the community should remain calm because the security agencies were on top of the situation.

Investigation revealed that the crises began last Thursday when some men suspected to be Fulani gathered to celebrate Sallah and two of them chased a girl into a Gwari man’s house allegedly in an attempt to rape her.

The men were denied entry into the compound and a fight broke out, during which the son of the family head was injured and later died.

The reprisal attack, according to report, was the result of the Gwaris’ attempt to get revenge on the Fulani men.

Two Chadian Army Helicopters Bomb Boko Haram Positions

Boko_Haram_Gombe_AttackTwo Chadian army helicopters bombed Boko Haram positions on Sunday, killing several dozen militants near a village on the border with Niger, a senior Niger military official told Reuters.

Niger and Chadian soldiers have been fighting the Islamist militants in a joint mission with Nigeria and Cameroon since March 2, in a bid to end Boko Haram’s six-year insurgency in north-east Nigeria.

The helicopters destroyed several vehicles and motorcycles carrying fighters in the village of Djaboullam, which lies east across the border from the Niger town of Diffa, the Niger officer said.

“Niger and Chad had received intelligence that a group of Boko Haram fighters had gathered in the border village,” the officer said.

The Niger military officer, who requested anonymity, said Boko Haram fighters had moved to Djaboullam after they were chased from other towns by the Nigerian army.

Militants were also gathering in other border towns from where they routinely launch mortar rounds into Niger, he said.

“We know they are massing in Malam Fatori, waiting for us to come,” he said, referring to another north-east town about three kilometers (2 miles) from Bosso, the nearest town across the border in Niger.

The regional offensive launched this year came as Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country and biggest economy, prepares to hold elections on March 28.

The offensive has succeeded in driving the militants from several towns and districts they previously held. Chad and Niger forces captured the town of Damasak from the militants last week.

APC Rejects Results Of Niger East Senatorial By-Election

APCThe Niger state chapter of All progressive congress (APC) has rejected the results of the just concluded Niger East Senatorial bye Elections.

Speaking at a Press conference in Minna, the party candidate in the election, Mr David Umuru, noted that the exercise was characterised with serious malpractices perpetrated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He alleged that money and material such as shoes and wrappers were used openly to buy votes in many polling units.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday declared Dr Shem Zagbai of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winner of the Niger East Senatorial by-election after a re-run.

The August 30 by-election was declared inconclusive due to electoral malpractice in some polling units.

The re-run was held in polling units in Bosso, Chanchaga, Munya, Paikoro, Rafi and Shiroro Local Government Areas on Saturday.

Returning Officer for the election, Prof. Morenikeji Olakonmi, who announced the results in Minna, said that Zagbai scored 92, 056 votes against Mr David Umaru of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who polled 87, 405 votes.

Isa Bello of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Mr Abdulahi Diko of Social Democratic Party (SDP) scored 2,185 and 419 votes respectively.

State Spokesperson of the APC, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa, had on Sunday rejected the results, saying the result announced by the INEC at the early hours of Sunday was “unacceptable” to the party.

He also said though the party was currently studying the result and will make its position known, but “for now the result is unacceptable”.

“Though the party is yet to take a decision on the outcome of the by-election, all I know for is that the result announced by INEC is not acceptable and in due course the official position of the party will be announced.

“The next line of action on the by-election will be taken after consultations at the state level. We are also in touch with the national headquarters of the party and our position will be made known”.


PDP Wins Niger East Senatorial By-Election

PDPThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday declared Dr Shem Zagbai of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winner of the Niger East Senatorial by-election after a re-run.

The August 30 by-election was declared inconclusive due to electoral malpractice in some polling units.

The re-run was held in polling units in Bosso, Chanchaga, Munya, Paikoro, Rafi and Shiroro local government areas on Saturday.

Prof. Morenikeji Olakonmi, Returning Officer for the election, who announced the results in Minna, said that Zagbai scored 92, 056 votes against Mr David Umaru of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who polled 87, 405 votes.

Isa Bello of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Mr Abdulahi Diko of Social Democratic Party scored 2,185 and 419 votes respectively.

“We have come to the conclusion of the collation. I, Prof. Morenike Olakonmi, hereby certify that I was the Returning Officer for Niger East Senatorial District by-election held on the 6th day of September 2014.

“That Dr Shem Zagbai of the PDP, having satisfied the requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes, is hereby declared the winner,’’ he said.

Flood water kills 10 in Adamawa

Flood waters in Adamawa state have left ten people dead while a yet-to- be confirmed number of people remain trapped.

Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency official, Mr Shadrach Daniel Baruk said the flood resulted from the release of water from a dam in Cameroon.

According to him, heavy rainfall in the rural region of farms and cattle ranches also contributed to the inundation, which has left thousands of people displaced.

The flood deaths in Adamawa are coming after four people were killed by heavy rains in Bosso and Zungeru areas of Niger state.

A recent flood disaster in Jos, recently killed at least 68 people in Plateau state and destroyed a number of bridges, breaking the major means of transportation.

Nigeria is experiencing its annual rainy season, which sees torrential rains fall throughout the West African nation.

Some eyewitness who spoke to Channels Television said two brothers; Abubakar and Abbdullahi Gwaibaita of Gungel village of Bbosso council were swept away by the flood while returning from farm.

The two other victims were Fulani herdsmen who were found dead in the raging flood in Zungeru, the headquarters of Wushishi local government area of the state.

It was gathered that the herdsmen were swept away by the flood and slammed on a rock leading to their death.

Several houses, rice and sugarcane farmlands in Wuya Kede, Wuya Kanti, Batati and Muregi all in Mokwa local government area of the state were also swept away by the floods.