Author: Prince Ade ADe

World-governing body, FIFA has made changes to the officiating team of the 2026 World Cup qualifying match between Benin Republic and Nigeria which is scheduled for the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny in the Ivorian capital on Monday, 10th June 2024. The changes have sent packing Ethiopian official Bamlak Tessema Weyesa, who was originally designated as referee for the encounter scheduled to kick off at 4pm. In his place, Gabonese official Pierre Ghislain Atcho will now be the referee. Weyesa’s compatriots Temesgin Samuel Atango and Tigle Gizaw Belachew have been retained as assistant referee 1 and assistant referee 2 respectively. However, another…

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Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court Abuja has granted erstwhile Commander of the Force Intelligence Response Team, DCP Abba Kyari, temporarily bail for two weeks on passionate grounds, to go bury his mother. Kyari was granted bail to the tune of 50 million Naira and a surety in like sum. While giving the order, Justice Nwite also held that the surety, which shall be his counsel in the matter, should deposit a copy of his call-to-bar certificate to the deputy registrar of the court. Kyari is to deposit his travel passport with the court and shall always report…

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Fierce-looking security personnel, on Wednesday, took over the Cross River State Assembly Complex just after the impeachment of the 10th Speaker of the Assembly, Elvert Ayambem, barricading every access to the complex as of the time of filling this report. The security agents were a combined team of men of the Nigeria Police Force and operatives of the Department of State Services. Ayambem was impeached over alleged gross misconduct and administrative high handedness. Findings revealed that the plot to remove Anyambem had been on for months as members have been expressing misgivings at his conduct and modus operandi. Seventeen members…

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Britain’s Emma Raducanu is set to play at the Nottingham Open in June. The 21-year-old, who won the US Open in 2021, has opted to skip next week’s French Open and focus her preparations on the grass-court season, which she missed last year following surgery on both wrists and one ankle. The Nottingham event begins on 8 June and is the first WTA Tour competition of the British grass-court swing before Wimbledon starts on 1 July. Raducanu has played Nottingham twice before, losing to compatriot Harriet Dart in 2021 and pulling out with injury after only seven games of her…

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Nigerian forwards, Victor Boniface and Nathan Tella of German club Bayer Leverkusen will hope to continue their incredible season in which they emerged Bundesliga champions unbeaten, when they take on Italian side Atalanta featuring compatriot, Ademola Lookman in the Europa League final on Wednesday. Xabi Alonso’s men are on the hunt for the club’s second Europa League title as they bid to complete a historic unbeaten treble. However, they will have to overcome a fluid attacking Atalanta side that knocked Liverpool out of the competition. The Germans overturned a two-goal deficit against Roma to secure a 2-2 draw in the…

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Nigerian forwards, Victor Boniface and Nathan Tella of German club Bayer Leverkusen will hope to continue their incredible season in which they emerged Bundesliga champions unbeaten, when they take on Italian side Atalanta featuring compatriot, Ademola Lookman in the Europa League final on Wednesday. Xabi Alonso’s men are on the hunt for the club’s second Europa League title as they bid to complete a historic unbeaten treble. However, they will have to overcome a fluid attacking Atalanta side that knocked Liverpool out of the competition. The Germans overturned a two-goal deficit against Roma to secure a 2-2 draw in the…

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The 210,000-barrel-per-day Port-Harcourt refinery may finally commence operations by the end of July after several postponements. The new date was disclosed on Monday by the National Public Relations Officer, Independent Marketers Association of Nigeria, Ukadike Chinedu. He said the development would stimulate economic activities, reduce the price of petroleum products and ensure adequate supply. Last year in December, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Heineken Lokpobiri, announced the mechanical completion and flare start-off of the biggest crude refinery in Port Harcourt. The refineries comprise two units, with the old plant having a refined capacity of 60,000 barrels per day…

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Seven persons among whom were many said to be students of the Niger Delta University, Yenagoa, were found dead inside a music studio on Tuesday morning after inhaling what is suspected to be generator fumes. According to reports gathered, the music studio along Transformer Road in the Amarata area of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, was operated by one of the deceased identified as Akpos Barakubo. The deceased were said to be working in the studio on Monday night but fell asleep due to exhaustion without putting off the generator resulting in the sad incident. Reports further revealed that six…

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Golden Eaglets’ striker Rapha Adams says the team will work very hard to beat Togo on Wednesday to reach the semi final of the WAFU Zone B Under-17 Championship in Accra, Ghana. The Sporting Supreme FC of Abuja attacker says the Eaglets will do all they can to beat Togo, noting that winning will be the collective effort of all the players on the pitch. The Golden Eaglets are currently second in Group B with 4 points after playing a goalless draw with Burkina Faso and beating Niger Republic 1-0 in their first two matches. Adams said the game against…

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Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has left the club by mutual consent after just one season at Stamford Bridge. Pochettino, 52, took charge of Chelsea on 1 July, signing a two-year contract with the option of a further year. The Argentine was under pressure after an underwhelming first half of the season but a run of five successive wins to end the season ensured they finished sixth in the Premier League. Chelsea were also runners-up in the Carabao Cup and reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup. “Thank you to the Chelsea ownership group and sporting directors for the opportunity,” Pochettino…

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