Osinbajo Reveals ‘One More Thing’ To Defeat Boko Haram Completely

Osinbajo Reveals 'One More Thing' To Defeat Boko Haram CompletelyThe Federal Government may have concluded that Boko Haram has been technically defeated, but there is “one thing” they say is left to properly deal a lasting blow to the menace.

To this end, the Nigerian Government and France have agreed to work together in achieving a terror free Nigeria.

Both countries indicated their interests on Friday at a bilateral meeting between Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and French Prime Minister, Mr Bernard Cazeneuve, in Paris.

According to Professor Osinbajo who stressed the need to break the ideological underpinnings of terror, “one thing left for us to deal with is deradicalisation, defeating the ‘ideology’ behind the mindless killing and violence”.

On his part, Mr Cazeneuve praised what he described as the ‘tremendous progress’ made by the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration in degrading Boko Haram and suppressing the insurgency significantly.

He pledged that France will stand by Nigeria, saying the French Government is aware of the problem and they know “it cannot be solved by countries working alone”.

Professor Osinbajo has been in France where he attended and spoke at the just concluded Global Forum on Anti-Corruption and Integrity hosted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Euro 2016: Croatia Draw Czech Despite Crowd Violence

Euro 2016 Croatia, Czech Croatia have drawn Czech Republic 2 – 2 in the ongoing Euro 2016 championship in France, despite the violence that erupted from the Croatian end.

The crisis could be in reaction to Czech’s fightback goal, after being down by two goals to the Croatians.

This comes just as a French court jails three Russian fans for two years for their role in the violence in Marseille before the England-Russia opening match.

The watershed started in the 86th minute when some Croatians threw several flares on to the pitch after Tomas Necid replaced Jaroslav Plasil.Euro 2016 Crowd Violence

The referee, Mark Clattenburg, stopped the play when another flare was fired at an official’s direction, as fights also broke out in a section behind Petr Cech’s goal post.

The Croatians’ dream was subsequently truncated just as Clattenburg awarded a penalty in favour of Czech Republic.

Substitute Necid took advantage of the penalty to give Czech an equaliser, as they remain third in Group D while Croatia sit at the top of the group.

The crisis took place on Friday at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard in Saint-Etienne.

Euro 2016: French Court Jails Three Russian Fans For Violence

French Court, Russian Fans, Euro 2016A French court has jailed three Russian fans for two years for their role in violence in Marseille before the England-Russia opening match in the Euro 2016.

Alexei Yerunov, Nikolai Morozov and Sergei Gorbachev were among 43 Russian supporters detained by French police in southern France on Tuesday after the pitched battles which left at least 35 people injured.

Yerunov who is supporters’ liaison officer at Lokomotiv Moscow received the longest prison sentence of 24 months.

Gorbachev, who leads a supporters’ club at Russian second division club Arsenal Tula, was jailed for 18 months while Morozov got 12 months.

European Football Governing Body (UEFA) had warned England and Russia that they could be thrown out of the European championship finals if their fans are involved in more violence.

Dozens of people were hurt in three days of clashes in Marseille and at the Stade Velodrome after the England-Russia match on Saturday, June 11, which ended in a 1-1.

The Marseille police confirmed that eight people were arrested, including British, Russian and French citizens and emphasised that four of the injured were in serious condition on Saturday.

UEFA Threatens To Disqualify England And Russia

UEFAEuropean Football Governing Body (UEFA) has warned England and Russia that they could be thrown out of the European championship finals if their fans are involved in more violence.

Dozens of people were hurt in three days of clashes in Marseille and at the Stade Velodrome after the England-Russia match on Saturday which ended in a 1-1.

UEFA earlier charged Russia with misconduct over the role of its fans in the unrest.

Meanwhile, English Football Association, Chief Executive, Martin Gleen, described the violence as the worst he had seen for decades.

France braces for intense security around Euro 2016 championship.

In a statement,UEFA expressed its utter disgust for the violent clashes that occurred in the city center of Marseille, and its serious concern for the incidents at the end of the match inside Stade Velodrome.

The French Interior Minister, Mr Bernard Cazeneuve, called the fans’ behavior barbaric and said it was “absolutely necessary that national federations whose supporters create incidents of this nature be penalised”.

The Marseille police said at least 35 people were injured and emphasised that four of them were in serious condition on Saturday.

They added that eight people were arrested, including British, Russian and French citizens.

The British government said in a statement that six British nationals were hospitalised and several others had received treatment.

“The UK Government is deeply concerned by the violence in Marseille last night, including reports that in some cases England fans were attacked by rival supporters,” it said. “We condemn the violence and urge calm on all sides.”

It said it welcomed UEFA’s launching of an investigation into the violence at the stadium, and had offered to send additional British police to France ahead of England’s next match, against Wales in Lens.