Sunday 3 July 2016

Payet says win against Iceland was France´s best performance at Euro 2016

Dimitri Payet feels France's 5-2 quarter-final win over Iceland was their best performance at Euro 2016 so far.

Didier Deschamps' men failed to impress in the group stages, before recording a hard-fought victory over Republic of Ireland in the round of 16.

The tournament hosts were in fine form on Sunday, though, as France comfortably brushed Iceland aside to set up a semi-final showdown against Germany. 

TV Presenter, Jumai Shaba and husband welcome a baby boy

TV presenter and model Jumai Shaba and husband Ade Rosiji have welcomed their first child and he is a boy. The Christian vlogger announced the good news on Instagram today"God has Blessed me and my family with a beautiful baby Boy... I Love Being a New Mommy." The couple got married in Dubai on February, 2016.

PHOTO: Nigeria Military Priest oversee Service with AK47 by his side

This photo was reportedly taken at St. James Catholic Cathedral, Military Base, Yobe State. Asides Borno and Adamawa state, Yobe state has also witnessed a high number of Boko Haram attacks in recent times.

Nwankwo Kano and his beautiful wife, Amara celebrate 12th Wedding Anniversary

Football Legend Kanu Nwankwo aka Papilo and his wife, Amara are celebrating their 12th wedding anniversary today. Kanu shared a message to himself and Amara via Social Media. 

He wrote,

Man allegedly shot his Housemaid in Kano (PHOTOS)

Read the story as shared by the Facebook user, IG Wala. He wrote
This woman was allegedly shot by the man that she is working in his house as a maid. The man named Jamilu (with a traditional title as Barden Kano) is said to be from a royal family in Kano but lives in Barnawa Area of Kaduna. In my attempt to know the story behind this photos. I spoke with a Lawyer/Activist in Kaduna who was following up this matter and this is what he said to me: 

President Buhari says he won’t marginalise any part of the country

President Buhari today said his administration will not marginalize any section, tribe or region in the country. He gave the assurance while speaking at the Ramadan dinner hosted in his honor by the Emir of Daura, Farouk Umar Farouk, in Daura, Katsina state. Speaking in Hausa, President Buhari said his government will consider issues objectively and no action will be taken against any section of the country on the basis of prejudice.

Lagos State Governor Ambode doing some analysis Lagos Derby Match

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was pictured today doing some pitchside analysis of the Lagos derby between NPFL sides MFM F.C and Ikorodu United. Mountain of Fire Ministries thrashed Ikorodu United 3-1.

Aisha Buhari gift N30m Cash Support To Abducted Chibok Girls’ Parents

The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, has presented about N30 million cash support to parents of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls in Borno State.

The wife of the president, represented by Borno Governor, Kashim Shettima’s wife, Hajiya Nana, presented the cash to the parents at a ceremony in Maiduguri, the state capital on Sunday.

According to Mrs. Buhari, the gesture was aimed at assisting the parents with some financial support towards alleviating their sufferings.

She noted that the presentation was in fulfillment of her promise to assist the less privileged and victims of insurgency in the North East.

German Mario Gomez out of Euro 2016

Germany striker Mario Gomez has been ruled out of the rest of Euro 2016 with a torn hamstring.

Gomez - scorer of two goals in France - was replaced after 72 minutes of Germany's quarter-final victory over Italy on Saturday, with a subsequent MRI scan revealing the extent of the injury.

In addition, Bastian Schweinsteiger (knee) and Sami Khedira (thigh) also picked up injuries, casting doubt over their involvement in Thursday's semi-final against France or Iceland.

Mats Hummels says they didn´t take penalties like a German team

Mats Hummels conceded the penalties Germany took in their shoot-out win over Italy on Saturday were not typical of the national team.

The world champions earned a place in the semi-finals of Euro 2016 by winning 6-5 on penalties after extra time had ended with the teams locked at 1-1.

Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil and Bastian Schweinsteiger all missed for Germany, with Simone Zaza, Graziano Pelle Leonardo Bonucci unsuccessful for Italy before Matteo Darmian's failure allowed Jonas Hector to seal victory in an epic shootout.

Entertain first, win trophies later - Guardiola tells Man City players

Pep Guardiola has told Manchester City's squad that playing with style remains his most important ambition after he was presented to the club's supporters.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach were presented to fans at an event on Sunday and he led a Q&A as he begins his three-year contract with City.

Guardiola stressed he would not waver from his beliefs that supporters must be entertained in the pursuit of silverware.

Mikel will represent Nigeria at the Olympics - Siasia confirms

Mikel Obi, Kenneth Omeruo and Daniel Akpeyi are available for Nigeria’s U23 at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, coach Samson Siasia has confirmed.

The tactician has raised the alarm on the refusal of European clubs to release players needed to prosecute the competition, but the former Super Eagles handler has confirmed the participation of the trio.

France defeat Iceland (5-2) to setup cracker with Germany in #EURO2016 Semi-final

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#EURO2016 France makes History after scoring Four goals in First Half against Iceland

Goals from Olivier Giroud, Paul Pogba, Dimitri Payet and Antoine Griezmann put the hosts 4-0 up at half-time in Sunday's quarter-final clash, making history in the process

France blew Iceland away with an impressive first-half performance that sees them 4-0 up at half-time, setting a European Championship record in the process.

Bale and Ronaldo will put friendship aside – Coleman

There will be no love lost between Real Madrid team-mates Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo when Wales face Portugal in Wednesday’s Euro 2016 semi-final, Welsh manager Chris Coleman said on Sunday. 

The clash between 26-year-old Bale, the tournament’s joint-top scorer with three goals, and Portuguese superstar Ronaldo, 31, will be the intriguing subplot to the game in Lyon. 
While Coleman said that the game will be decided by several factors, he knows that the Wales number 11 and Portugal number seven will be the centre of attention. 

Man City new signing Ilkay Gundogan confirms Squad number

The Manchester Evening News reports that the £21million midfielder will take the number previously worn by Sergio Aguero - before his switch to No.10 last term.

Ilkay Gundogan has revealed that he will wear the No.16 shirt at Manchester City next season.

Gundogan has joined City from Borussia Dortmund this summer, the German international becoming Guardiola's first signing at the Etihad.

Ijaw Youths condemn Niger Delta Avengers Renewed Pipeline Bombings

In a swift reaction to the renew bombing by members of Niger Delta Avengers, the IYC in a statement by its spokesperson, Eric Omare, decried that the attacks were a setback to ongoing peace talks. 

He called on the group to halt attacks on oil installations to pave way for meaningful dialogue. 

The statement read: 

Kidnapped PDP chieftain rescued by Police in Abia

Police Personnel of the Safer Highway Patrol team under Aba Area Command has successfully rescued a chieftain and former Governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State, Ukpai Ukairo from kidnappers’ den.

Ukairo who is the southeast legal adviser of the PDP was said to have been heading to Aba after a meeting of the party in Umuahia, the state capital when the armed men numbering five attacked him.

The Nation gathered that his Personal Assistant and driver that were kidnapped alongside the PDP lawyer have also regained their freedom and reunited with their families unhurt and without any payment of ransom.

Messi will be staying at Barcelona - Pep Guardiola Confirms

New Manchester City coach, Pep Guardiola has dismissed the possibility of luring Lionel Messi from Barcelona during his tenure.

Guardiola made this known at his unveiling at a fans’ event on Sunday, where he also held a Q&A session with supporters.

The former Barcelona coach was asked by a fan if he had any plans of bringing Lionel Messi to the club.

Uche Ogah reveal why court confirmed him governor of Abia state

Monday Ubani, the legal representative to the Abia state Governor-elect, Uche Ogah, over the weekend, said that his client filed the suit which ousted the state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, after it was discovered that Ikpeazu had manipulated details of his tax payments.

Speaking with newsmen in Lagos, Ubani explained the rationale behind the suit and that Ogah will be sworn in despite the fact that the state’s chief judge, Justice Theresa Uzokwe, has gone into hiding.

Ubani gave detailed explanation on the suit, the rationale for the ruling and why INEC was compelled to issue a certificate of return to Uche Ogah.

"We won’t miss you" Labour Party tells Chief Great Ogboru

Labour Party on Sunday said it was not bothered by the defection of its Delta State governorship candidate in the 2015 general election, Chief Great Ogboru and his followers to the All Progressives Congress, saying “we wish him goodbye.”

The party also challenged the Presidency and APC to make known to the public how much has been recovered so far from persons indicted in the fight against corruption.

Chairman of LP in the Federal Capital Territory, Joseph Ndirang, tabled these demands in an interview with journalists in Abuja.

According to him, there were many policies the APC-led government which urgently needed to be addressed to rescue the dwindling economy.

Nigeria Ahmed Musa on a verge on joining Leicester City

Premier League champions Leicester City are to sign Nigerian international attacking midfielder Ahmed Musa from Russian champions CSKA Moscow for $21 million (18.8 million euros).

Separately, Leicester announced earlier Sunday they had signed former France Under-21 midfielder Nampalys Mendy from Nice on a four-year deal, as they bolster their squad for a tilt at the Champions League.

Jang dares Lalong to publish any document where I endorsed grazing reserve

The immediate past Governor of Plateau State and Senator representing Plateau North, Jonah Jang, has challenged the Simon Lalong led administration in the State to publish any document where he endorsed grazing reserves for the State throughout his eight years as governor.

Jang in a press statement signed by his Media Aide, Clinton Garuba, made available to journalists in Jos, Sunday, said, “It is unfortunate that Plateau State has found itself with a government that is willing to sacrifice its future in the mould of the Biblical Esau who forfeited his birth right for a meal of porridge.”

It reads, “The attention of the Senator representing Plateau North in the National Assembly, Senator Jonah David Jang has been drawn to remarks made by the Plateau State Governor, Barr. Simon Bako Lalong to the effect that he (Senator Jang) was responsible for the protests that greeted the APC Government’s policy on grazing reserve, ranching or is it livestock whatever.

BUSTED! Naked man clings to air conditioner outside 8th floor apartment after lover’s husband came home early from work

A man in China, is lucky to be alive after clinging on to dear life from the air conditioner of an apartment on the eighth floor, according to a video that was uploaded to the Internet.

The video shows the naked man clinging desperately to the air conditioner tens of feet in the air in an apparent attempt to hide from the husband of his lover.

The man is believed to have climbed out the apartment window of the eighth floor after his lover’s husband came home early from work.

Meet Dbanj's new Bride, Didi Kilgrow (What you need to know about Her)

This is D’Banj’s new bride, Didi Kilgrow, an undergraduate at the University of Abuja he met in 2015. The ‘Koko master’ made headlines when he married Didi in a private ceremony yesterday, July 2, 2016.

Here are 10 Things you need to know about the new bride, Mrs Dbanj as highlighted by Information Nigeria:

Fulani Herdsmen sign agreement to leave Delta communities

The leadership of Fulani herdsmen has signed a peace pact with Olomu Traditional Council to leave Olomu communities in Ughelli South Council Area of Delta State for two weeks.

This follows a series of reported clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the area over the invasion of farmlands by herdsmen which had led to several persons being injured from both sides.

It was learnt that the decision was reached during a meeting with the Owhorode (traditional ruler) of Olomu Kingdom, HRM. Ovie Richard Layeguen Ogbon-Ogoni Oghoro I JP, with the leadership of the herdsmen.

The two-week vacation peace pact commenced since June 25 and expires July 9.

Human Right Lawyer says INEC’s declaration of Ogah as Abia Governor illegal

Human rights lawyer, Ebun-OIu Adegboruwa tells BAYO AKINLOYE that the action of the Independent National Electoral Commission of issuing Certificate of Return to Uchechukwu Ogah is illegal and can cause chaos

Despite a stay of execution filed by Governor Ikpeazu of Abia State against Justice Okezie Abang’s ruling, the Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday issued a Certificate of Return to Sampson Ogah, a runner-up to Ikpeazu in the Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship primary in the state. What is your view on this?

There is a grand conspiracy laced with a hidden agenda by the ruling All Progressives Congress entrench a one-party state in Nigeria and this is with the consent of the President (Muhammadu Buhari) whose body language has reflected a preference for dictatorship. The president is fighting the National Assembly and the judiciary; virtually, all the two organs of government are to be silenced and muzzled. In law, once Governor Ikezie Ikpeazu has filed an appeal to the Court of Appeal, followed with a stay of execution of the judgment (handed down by Justice Abang) no authority in Nigeria is entitled to enforce that judgment until that application has been decided.

Wimbledon: Serena Williams cruise pass Annika Beck in style

Serena Williams kept her Wimbledon title defence on track on Sunday, downing Germany’s Annika Beck 6-3, 6-0 with a crushing display of power and booming serves to chalk up her 300th grand slam victory.

Williams looked in no mood to follow the men’s top seed Novak Djokovic out of tournament after his shock defeat on Saturday and treated the middle Sunday party crowd to an imperious 51-minute performance.

Warning her last-16 opponent, the Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, that there is more to come, the world No1 said: “I thought it was good. I still want to get out to a little bit of a faster start but I was really focused and calm today.”

West Ham co-owner says Club could lose Payet to Barcelona or Real Madrid

West Ham could lose Dimitri Payet to Barcelona or Real Madrid, according to Hammers co-owner David Gold.

The France international, 29, is shining at Euro 2016 after an impressive debut campaign in the Premier League following his move from Marseille, which was reported to be worth £10.7million.

Gold insisted West Ham are desperate to keep Payet, but acknowledged that Barca or Madrid could be too difficult to fend off if his player wanted to join them.

Grzegorz Krychowiak completes move to PSG from Sevilla

Grzegorz Krychowiak has completed a deal to join Paris Saint-Germain from Sevilla, signing a five-year contract in the French capital.

The 26-year-old arrived at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan from Reims in 2014 and made 90 appearances for the Liga outfit, helping them to two Europa League titles.

The midfielder caught the eye as Poland reached the Euro 2016 quarter-finals in France and scored the winning penalty in the last-16 shootout victory over Switzerland.

The deal sees Krychowiak link up with former Sevilla boss Unai Emery, who has taken over from Laurent Blanc as PSG coach.

Arsenal seal deal for Japanese striker Takuma Asano

Arsenal has secured a deal to sign Japan striker Takuma Asano from Sanfrecce Hiroshima. The Gunners confirmed on Sunday that a deal has been agreed in principle "subject to the completion of a medical and regulatory processes".

Arsenal did not give any details over the length of contract that has been agreed with Asano, but manager Arsene Wenger was delighted to land the 21-year-old.

Wenger said: "Takuma is a talented young striker and very much one for the future.

Graziano Pelle apologises for penalty miss against Germany #EURO2016

Italy striker Graziano Pelle has apologised for his penalty miss in the quarter-final shootout defeat to Germany at Euro 2016 on Saturday.

The Southampton attacker was one of four Italians to miss from the spot, the game having ended 1-1 after 120 minutes, with Simone Zaza, Leonardo Bonucci and Matteo Darmian also failing to find the net.

Pelle was heavily criticised for his antics ahead of his penalty, making a Panenka-gesture toward Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, and he has now apologised for his miss.

Guardiola will deliver silverware - Kelechi Iheanacho

Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho is looking forward to working with Pep Guardiola and is confident the new manager can lead the team to silverware.

City won the League Cup in Manuel Pellegrini's last season in charge, defeating Liverpool on penalties in the final at Wembley.

They had to settle for fourth in the Premier League, while reaching the Champions League semi-finals, but Iheanacho is confident they will be challenging for major trophies again in 2016-17.

23 Electrical Companies blacklisted by SON for failing Compliance Test

No fewer than 23 electrical companies operating in Nigeria have reportedly failed the compliance and laboratory test of the Standards Organization of Nigeria, (SON).

The Head of Ekiti State office of the agency, Mrs Serah Idowu announced at the weekend in a statement in Ado-Ekiti that the affected companies were involved mostly in the production of electrical items such as bulbs, plugs, wire and cables.

She said findings had shown that many items manufactured by the affected companies had flooded most of the nation’s markets and outlets.

She explained that SON decided to expose status and activities of the erring manufacturers so as to curtail possible fire outbreaks in homes and offices which the fake and sub-standard products they were making may cause.

Transfer News: Michy Batshuayi completes move to Chelsea FC

Michy Batshuayi is now a Chelsea player after the Premier League club completed a €40million deal to sign the striker from Marseille on Sunday.

The Belgium international has put pen to paper on a five-year deal with the Blues.

Batshuayi becomes Antonio Conte’s first signing at Stamford Bridge. The 22-year-old was linked with Crystal Palace, after scoring 17 times in 36 appearances for Marseille last summer. But Chelsea quickly moved to get their man.

19-year-old girl abducted by Okada rider in Ondo (PHOTO)

A resident of Owo Local Government in Ondo State, Mr Bola Abdulkareem at the weekend explained how his 19-year-old child, Moyinoluwa was kidnapped by a yet to be identified Okada rider, while returning home from a bank last Friday.

Abdulkareem, who said Moyinoluwa had not been released by her abductor, said she spoke to him once since the incident occurred.

Already, the matter has been reported to the Owo Police “A” Division.

Niger Delta Avengers allegedly blow up NNPC amidst proposed peace talk

Federal government’s proposed peace talks with rampaging Niger Delta militants on Sunday morning suffered a major setback as the Niger Delta Avengers blew up several oil facilities belonging to Chevron and Nigerian Petroleum Development Corporation.

Affected in the renewed hostility include two major oil wells, wellhead 7 and 8 situated near Abiteye flow station in Warri South West Council Area of Delta state.

MIRACLE! After 14 years of marriage, 49 year old woman gives birth to a set of twins (PHOTOS)

49-year-old Mrs Isang pictured with her husband dedicated their set of twins today at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Victory house in Festac town, Lagos. 

According to Mrs Isang, she waited for a child for 14 years after marriage. 

Ghana Boxer Bukom Banku who was slammed for bleaching says he's stopped bleaching

A TV/Radio host Israel Laryea, who was on the flight with Bukom Banku today, said that the boxer revealed that he had stopped bleaching his skin. The 35-year-old earlier said he bleached to look like a German. "My wife told me to bleach myself so we can look like German people" he said.

(PHOTOS) Lifeless body of a student found at Delta State University School Staff Quarters

A female student of Delta state Polytechnic Otefe, Delta state identified as Toju Udu, was found dead at the school's staff quarters junction yesterday Saturday, July 2nd. No one knows how she died. Meanwhile, her remains have been deposited at the state morgue while investigations by the police have begun.

Bizarre! See mystery tree that bears fruit in the shape of women

A sacred tree in Thailand which bears fruit in the shape of young women appears to have been captured on camera.

Footage of the suggestively shaped green fruits has divided social media, leaving some shocked but others less convinced.Some have suggested the clip depicts a Nariphon, a holy Buddhist tree which grows the fruit of young female creatures.

According to reports, in Buddhist mythology, a tree is known as the Nariphon bears the fruit of young female creatures and is said to grow in the mythical forest called Himaphan. 

Jamaica to mount Cannabis ATMs at is Airport so tourist can get access to weed on arrival

Jamaica is planning to open cannabis 'ATMs' in its airports - allowing tourists the chance to get hold of weed as soon as they arrive in the country.

The country is looking at ways to cash in on the drug after it was decriminalised last February. 

The Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) has now started to look at ways to introduce these dedicated desks where visitors can pick up a licence for the 'good herb', Daily Mirror reports.

PHOTOs: Enrique Iglesias steps out with girlfriend of 15 years

Enrique Iglesias, 41 and tennis ace Anna Kournikova, 35 met on the set of  the Spanish singer's Escape music video in 2001 and have been dating ever since. And on Friday evening, the two shared tender moments while leaving The Palm restaurant in Beverly Hills.

PHOTOs: Kourtney Kardashian shows off her hot body as she enjoys time out at Miami Beach

Mother of three, Kourtney Kardashian looked sexier than ever as she showed off her toned figure at a beach in Miami.

Rapper Azalea Banks defends her decision to lighten her skin

Rapper Azealia Banks has defended her decision to bleach her skin after being called out for her lighter skin colour.

She said in a video she posted

Two Doctors in Connection with Prince’s Death currently under Investigation

Authorities have set their sights on two doctors that may have broken laws to supply Prince with the synthetic opioids that contributed to his death.

According to TMZ, the FBI, DEA and Carver County District Attorney’s Office are investigating his primary physician, Dr Michael Schulenberg, as well as addiction specialist, Dr. Howard Kornfeld.

Dr. Schulenberg was at Prince’s home when his body was discovered, but says he was only there to inform Prince of some test results. Dr. Kornfeld’s son was also at the house with a backpack loaded with synthetic opiates to treat addiction. Kornfeld’s lawyer says none of the opiates went into Prince’s system.

Walter Wagbatsoma arraigned in UK for laundering £12m over Subsidy fraud

Managing Director of Ontario Oil and Gas Limited, Walter Wagbatsoma, has been extradited to the United Kingdom from Germany to face money laundering charges.

According to a UK-based newspaper, Lincolnshire Echo, Wagbatsoma, 46, accused of involvement in a multi-million-pound fraud, appeared before Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

He was detained last month in Germany after Lincolnshire Police issued a European Arrest Warrant.

The Economic Crime Unit of Lincolnshire Police said it had been conducting a major investigation with the National Health Service involving offences of fraud and money laundering in excess of £12m.

NSCDC demolishes Houses built on pipelines in Ogun State

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, has commenced demolition of houses and shops erected on pipelines in Ogun State, an official said.

According to Premium Times, the spokesperson of the NSCDC in Ogun, Kareem Olanrewaju, stated that the demolition started on Friday.
“The demolition exercise which started on Friday covers gas pipelines located around Oju-Ore in Ota, Adodo-Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State where some people in defiance to several warning by the Corps had erected different types of illegal structures on Shell gas pipeline that supplies industries in Sango and Agbara,” he said.

PHOTOs: Security Officer Returns $10,000 He Found On The Ground

A security officer, Mohammed Ibrahim Ogbanago, at United Bank for Africa (UBA) in a display of integrity returned $10,000 (over N3.5 Million using the current black market rate) he found outside his branch at Oba Akran.

Chairman of the UBA Group Plc., Tony Elumelu revealed this in an Instagram post on Saturday, praising Ogbanago’s “unparalleled display of integrity” even in the present economic crisis.

Mariah Carey, Kelly Rowland, others Perform at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival

The 2016 ESSENCE Festival held this weekend from the 1st of July to the 3rd of July. Known as “the party with a purpose”, the event held in New Orleans.

The event had quite a lot of artists lined up for the three-day festival which was headlined by Mariah Carey. Other stars that performed include Tweet, V. Bozeman, Maxwell, Babyface, Faith Evans and more.

Over the three-day event, there were talks, conventions and other fun activities lined up. See pictures from slide above.