PUNCH Chairman, Gbadebowale Aboderin, Is Dead

PUNCH Chairman, Gbadebowale Aboderin, Is Dead
Late Gbadebowale Aboderin

 

The Chairman of Punch Nigeria Limited, Mr Gbadebowale Aboderin, is dead, the print media announced on Thursday.

According to them, he died after a heart surgery in a hospital in Lagos on Wednesday morning.

Mr Aboderin, who hailed from Kudeti in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, died at the age of 60.

His family also confirmed his death in a statement by one Angela Emuwa and dated May 31, 2018.

The deceased attended the Government College, Ibadan and trained as a commercial pilot at the Burnside-Ott Flying School, Florida, United States.

He was a sports enthusiast, philanthropist and founded the Dolphins Female Basketball Foundation.

He was the chairman of the foundation and also an erstwhile chairman of the Lagos State Basketball Association.

Aboderin is survived by his wife and two children.

FCBarcelona Officially Lauches Soccer Academy In Lagos

FC Barcelona Officially Lauches Soccer Academy In LagosThe officials of FC Barcelona have lunched FCBEscola Soccer Academy in Lagos state, Nigeria.

The academy officially opened in the presence of FC Barcelona Director, Pau Vilanova and the Project Director of the FCBEscola, Franc Carbó.

The school which has been active since September 2016, is expected to enroll boys and girls between the ages 6 and 18.

It is the first of its kind in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa and would provide opportunities for potential footballers from all over the country as well as other parts of Africa, to receive first class training.

They would also receive training in English, Spanish, French and other Modern European languages, as well as General and Applied Mathematics, Humanities and Social Sciences, Creative, Technical and Vocational studies.

FCBEscola Lagos is modelled on FC Barcelona’s own youth system and students will be taught by the club’s coaches using its football methodology.

AFCON 2017: Ghana Defeat DR Congo, Advance To Semi-Final 

footballBrothers, Andre and Jordan Ayew, have led the black stars to reach the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) on Sunday in Gabon.

The brothers grabbed a goal each to beat Dr Congo 2-1 in the Gabonese city, Oyem.

The Ayews, are the sons of Ghana football legend, Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew, ranked among the greatest African footballers of all time.

Aston Villa’s Jordan Ayew, opened the scoring on 62 minutes, curling the ball past Ley Matampi in the Leopards goal.

Paul-Jose M’poku, equalized for DR Congo with a sensational curling long-range effort from outside the box, while West Ham’s Andre Ayew, then coolly dispatched a winning penalty, to seal the win.

However, Ghana runner-up in the last competition, is seeking a first Cup of Nations title since 1982.

AWCON Qualifier: Omagbemi Invites Oshoala, 39 Others For Falcons

FalconsSuper Falcons caretaker coach, Florence Omagbemi, has called to camp 40 players ahead of the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) qualifier.

Top on the list of invited players include; Asisat Oshoala, Desire Oparanozie, Chinwendu Ihezuo, Francisca Ordega, Onome Ebi, Ngozi Ebere, Halimatu Ayinde, Ngozi Okobi, Evelyn Nwabuoku and Joy Bokiri.

The seven-time African champions were drawn into the second round of the qualifying series, with the final competition to hold in Cameroon in November.

Senegal and Guinea will contend over two legs in March, with the winner to battle the Super Falcons in home-and-away contests between April 4 and 12.

15 Die In Osun Road Accident

accidentResidents of Akoda town in Ede South Local Government in Osun State, south west Nigeria, are mourning the death of 15 traders and hawkers.

The deceased were killed in a road accident at the Akoda junction involving a fuel tanker and an 18-seater commercial bus.

The tanker involved belongs to the Nigeria National Petroleum Commission (NNPC) and the driver is now at large.

An eye witness who spoke to Channels Television said that the tanker, which was coming from Osogbo, had earlier hit a car at Owode Ede, before hitting the stationary bus with passengers on board.

The tanker was said to have lost control and run over some roadside petty traders and hawkers. The victims include a family of three who were reportedly buried immediately.

Most of the victims were said to have been mutilated while survivors have been rushed to hospitals.

101 Die From Lassa Fever In Nigeria, Says NCDC

lassa feverThe Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has disclosed that the growing Lassa Fever outbreak in Nigeria has killed a total of 101 people.

Statistics from NCDC show that reported cases of the haemorrhagic disease — both confirmed and suspected — stand at 175 with a total of 101 deaths since August.

According to the NCDC, deaths from the virus were recorded in Abuja, Lagos, and 14 other states.

The outbreak of Lassa Fever was only announced in January, months after the first case of the disease happened in August, with subsequent deaths reported in 10 states, including Abuja.

In 2015, 12 people died in Nigeria out of 375 infected, while in 2012 there were 1,723 cases and 112 deaths, according to the NCDC.

In neighbouring Benin Republic, at least nine people have died in a Lassa outbreak, with a total of 20 suspected cases.

Nigeria Will Redeem Its $100 Million Pledge To MNJTF – Buhari

Terrorism-BuhariNigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has given the assurance that Nigeria will redeem its pledge of $100 million for the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) to enhance the operations of the Task Force against Boko Haram.

The President made this disclosure during a high-level meeting of the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

President Buhari revealed that having already released $21 million to the task force in June 2015, Nigeria will remit the balance of $79 million very soon.

President Buhari also assured the Council that Boko Haram’s capacity to conduct conventional attacks has been “heavily degraded”.

He said; “As at now, there is no single Nigerian territory under the control of the insurgents other than their hideouts in Sambisa Forest.

“Displaced persons (IDPs) are now being resettled in their respective homes,” the President declared.

“This feat totally accords with our promise to Nigerians to rid the country of terrorism and extremism within few months of our assumption of office.

“Our efforts are already yielding dividends and we will not relent until the terrorist groups are totally decimated and wiped out of our country and subregion,” he added.

Buhari also reaffirmed Nigeria’s readiness to support measures to end the conflicts in Burundi and South Sudan, including the proposed deployment of troops by the AU to Burundi.

“Let me reiterate Nigeria’s deep commitment to ensuring durable peace, stability and security on our continent.

“Without peace, there will be no development. It is therefore vital for all of us to join hands in taking appropriate measures to end the conflicts and bring a stop to the incalculable damage being inflicted on innocent citizens in the affected countries,” the President told participants at the meeting.

Anambra Police Dismiss Rumours Of Heavy Blockage At Onitsha Bridge Head

OnitshaThe Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hassan Karma, has dismissed rumours that the traffic gridlock at the bridge head axis of Onitsha is caused by military checkpoint.

The Police Commissioner said that despite the influx of people into the state, the security agencies have been doing their best to ensure the road is not congested.

He blamed the impatience among motorists and other road users for the traffic situation in the area.

Mr Karma also cautioned citizens against unnecessary exaggeration of situations or raising false alarm, saying this would not be beneficial to anybody.

Officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) have been in charge of directing traffic in and out of the state.

72 Hours To Deadline, Boko Haram Kills 45 In Borno, Adamawa

Boko HaramAbout 72 hours to the deadline given the Nigerian military to defeat Boko Haram, the terrorists have carried out devastating attacks in two northeastern states of Adamawa and Borno.

No fewer than 45 people have died in two separate attacks in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, and Madagali village in Adamawa State, North East Nigeria.

One of the blasts in the Maiduguri attacks occurred near a mosque in the Suleimanti area behind the Central Bank of Nigeria while the other targeted a residence behind an internally displaced people’s camp known as Bakassi, which killed 18 members of a family.

Based on initial reports, 28 people had died in the blasts while hospital sources said at least 75 people were receiving treatment from wounds sustained from the explosions. The death toll has since risen.

The injured are mostly worshippers from the Suleimanti mosque who were attacked shortly after the early morning prayers.

In the Adamawa attack, two female suicide bombers reportedly detonated a bomb in a market in Madagali, at about 8:00am on Monday and killed 17 civilians while 44 persons sustained various degrees of injuries.

According to Brigade Commander, 28 Task Force Brigade, Brigadier General Victor Ezugu, those injured were evacuated to the 143 Rangers Battalion military facility in Madagali and the general hospital in Mubi.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has said that 14 suspected female suicide bombers aged between 12 and 18 attempted invading Maiduguri city from four entry points on Sunday.

According to the General Officer Commanding the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, Major General Lamidi Adeosun, 13 of the suspects were killed while one was arrested.

Women In Saudi Arabia Voting For First Time

saudi-arabiaHistory is being made in Saudi Arabia as women have been allowed to vote in municipal elections on Saturday.

This is the first time in which women can cast their ballot in the history of the nation.

Women are also standing as candidates, another first, despite the conservative kingdom being the only nation where women are not allowed to drive.

A total of 978 women have registered as candidates, alongside 5,938 men.

Report says that about 130,000 women have registered to vote, though it falls below that of male voters registration, which is over one million.

Nigeria To Raise 1.22trillion Naira T-Bills In First Quarter Of 2016

Treasury bills-nigeriaThe Federal Government of Nigeria has announced plans to raise 1.22 trillion Naira from treasury bills in the first quarter of 2016.

The Central Bank said it would auction 245.77 billion Naira worth of 91-day bills and 238.51 billion naira worth of 182-day paper between December 17, 2015 and March 3, 2016.

It will raise 735.54 billion Naira worth of 364-day treasury bills in the same first quarter of 2016.

Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy, issues treasury bills regularly as part of monetary control measures to help lenders manage their liquidity and fund government revenue shortfalls.

Yields on local denominated debt have plummeted since the Apex Bank slashed its benchmark interest rate to 11 per cent from 13 per cent in November.

 

Belgian Police Arrest 16 In Anti-Terror Raids

anti-terror-raidsAs Belgium remains on a high alert, the Police have arrested 16 people in several anti-terror raids.

However, suspected Paris attacks gunman Salah Abdeslam is still at large.

Officials say a total of 22 raids were carried out on Sunday across Brussels and Charleroi.

Brussels remains on the highest level of terror alert. Universities, schools and the metro system will stay closed on Monday.

More than 130 people died and 350 others were injured in the Paris attacks 10 days ago.

UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, is reported to be in Paris for talks with the French President, Francois Hollande, on co-operation in a fight against Islamic State (IS) group.

They visited the Bataclan concert hall where at least 89 people were killed.

The French government says the aircraft carrier, Charles de Gaulle, will be operational in the Mediterranean on Monday and ready to act against IS militants in Syria.