NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY’S PUNCH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [26 JUNE, 2018].

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Outrage over Plateau killings
Tue, 26 Jun 2018

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There was outrage on Monday over the killings of over 100 people in three local government areas of Plateau State by herdsmen on Sunday.

Groups and individuals, who condemned the killings included President Muhammadu Buhari, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki; his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu; the Peoples Democratic Party, the Christian Association of Nigeria and the Arewa Consultative Forum.

Plateau killings show Nigeria isn’t safe, says Saraki

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On his part, Saraki advised the President to direct his security chiefs to immediately produce quick-response measures aimed at tackling the spate of killings in the country.

Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, said, “I am very sad to hear the news of the incident in Plateau State. This is very depressing and giving the impression that the country is not safe. The problem of Boko Haram in the North-East is well known to everybody, but this killing by unknown band of assailants in Benue, Taraba, Plateau and Kaduna states is now giving another dimension to the crisis.

“Coming at the time we are getting ready for elections, we need to respond fast. If the plan is to develop some long-term measures, we also request that the President should mandate the security chiefs to put forward an immediate short-term and quick-response measure which will restore confidence in the system and demonstrate to the criminals behind these killings the capacity of government to tackle the issue.”

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CAN condemns killings, queries DSS competence

CAN also expressed outrage over the killings in a statement by the Special Assistant, (Media and Communication) to its National President, Pastor Bayo Oladeji.

The Christian group noted that despite assurances by President Buhari that his government was committed to the safety of lives and property Nigerians were being killed.
The group queried the competence of the Department of State Services and other security agencies.

“Of what relevance is the intelligence gathering by the Department of State Services and other security agencies? If communities can be attacked and hundreds slaughtered without security organisations providing rescue efforts, then it becomes obvious that Nigeria’s security system has been compromised,” CAN stated.

It added the killings in Plateau State showed that the Federal Government should review its security machinery to make it effective.

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Plateau killings: Youths, military disagree over secret burial for victims
Tue, 26 Jun 2018

The burial of over 200 victims of the recent attacks in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State carried out by suspected Fulani herdsmen generated a serious controversy following allegations that security agencies want to carry out the exercise in secret.

Sources said that relatives of the deceased wanted to pick the corpses for burial because they have started decomposing, while tension continued to escalate despite the dusk to dawn curfew imposed by the government.

Already, some travellers coming in and out of Jos were said to have been killed.

The attack was said to have spread to a village called Kwi where an old woman who could not escape was reportedly killed while many houses were burnt.

The Chairman, Public Accounts and Petition Committee in Plateau State House of Assembly representing Barkin Ladi constituency, Peter Gyendeng, and the President of Middle Belt Youth Council, Emma Zopmal, in an interview with The PUNCH, believed that the planned secret burial was to cover up some facts and conspiracy of soldiers in the killings.

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According to them, every effort they made to evacuate the corpses for burial met a stiff resistance from the military hierarchy.

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Sex-for-marks students go for only vulnerable lecturers ASUU president
Tue, 26 Jun 2018

Against the backdrop of the sacking of Prof. Richard Akindele of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, over a sex-for-marks scandal, and other similar issues in some institutions, including an allegation currently being investigated at the University of Lagos, TARE YOUDEOWEI spoke with the President, Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi

What is ASUU doing concerning the rate of sex scandals across the varsities?

There are some cases that have been reported lately and our union has been worried that such occurred in the first place. We have always institutionalised procedures for tracking, preventing and controlling, as such every branch of the union has ethics and grievances committee, where students are encouraged to lodge complaints. We have always encouraged such cases to be brought to our attention early enough for us to deal decisively with them.
We also collaborate with the universities in handling cases being investigated because anybody can allege that a lecturer did this or that. However, once there is an allegation it should be investigated and where evidence can be advanced, due process should be followed in meting out the appropriate sanctions.

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In other words, I am saying that at the level of the union there are structures and at the level of the universities, there are also structures. Where cases have been proved beyond reasonable doubt, our union has always cooperated with the university in applying the correct sanctions. That is what we have been doing and we will continue to do.

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N49m scam: Buhari dissolves NABTEB board, reinstates suspended registrar
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has dissolved the Governing Board of the National Business and Technical Examinations Board over N49m contracts allegedly unaccounted for and reinstated the suspended Registrar, Prof. Ifeoma Abanihe. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, revealed the Presidents decision in a statement on Monday. He noted that []
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US advises Nigerians on election
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The United States of America has advised the people of Osun State and Nigerians in general against voting for candidates based on ethnicity, religious affiliation or other primordial sentiments. The Public Affairs Officer of the US Consulate, Lagos, Darcy Zotter, gave the advice in a chat with journalists in Osogbo on Monday. []
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PDP congratulates Oshiomhole, screens 11 Osun gov aspirants
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, has congratulated the newly-elected National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Adams Oshiomhole. Secondus, in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday, told Oshiomhole that he hoped that his coming on board as the chairman of the ruling party would []
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ISIS: Employ 10,000 border agents
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Samson Folarin A security expert, Dr Ona Ekhomu, has asked the Federal Government to employ 10,000 agents to man the nations borders against the infiltration of a terrorist organisation, Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS). Ekhomu, in a statement on Monday, advised the Federal Government to urgently address the infiltration of ISIS members into []
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Omisore’s gov ambition splits Osun SDP
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Chairman of the Social Democratic Party in Osun State, Chief Ademola Isola, has said the leadership of the party in the state is not aware of the intention of Senator Iyiola Omisore to contest the governorship election. Omisore had on Saturday picked the expression of interest form in Abuja to contest []
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Lagos-Ibadan road: FG remobilises Julius Berger to site
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government has remobilised Julius Berger Nigeria Plc to commence work on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. It was gathered that the firm was expecting huge payment from the Federal Government following the signing of the 2018 Appropriation Bill by President Muhammadu Buhari, after it was passed by the National Assembly. Senior officials []
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I wont go to jail because I have integrity, Buhari boasts says proponents of restructuring have personal agenda
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has said he will not go to jail at the end of his administration because he has integrity and he is honest. He said he would have gone to jail after his previous appointments if not for his integrity and honesty. According to a statement by his Senior Special []
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SDP accuses APC of stealing its slogan ‘reports ruling party to INEC
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja The Social Democratic Party has accused the All Progressives Congress of stealing its slogan, ‘Progress’. The National Secretary of the SDP, Alhaji Shehu Gabam, said this during a press conference in Abuja on Monday. The SDP scribe said all political parties were mandated to inform the Independent National Electoral Commission of their []
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Customs to deploy drones to check rice smuggling
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Nigeria Customs Service on Monday vowed to deal ruthlessly with those involved in the smuggling of prohibited items, particularly rice, saying that it was working with the Nigerian Air Force to deploy drones for border surveillance. The Deputy Comptroller-General, Enforcement, Investigation and Inspection, NCS, Aminu Dangalidima, said this during the issuance []
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10 killed, 7,000 displaced in renewed Ebonyi/CRiver boundary clashes
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Clement Nnachi, Abakaliki No fewer than 10 persons were feared killed and 7,000 others displaced in Igbeagu community in the Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State on Sunday, following a renewed inter-communal crisis between indigenes of the community and their neighbours in Ukele, Cross River State. Investigations revealed that over 1,500 houses had been []
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Kwankwaso meets Fayose
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti A former Kano State Governor, Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso, met with the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, at the Government House in Ado Ekiti on Monday. Although the details of the meeting were not public, the two men after the meeting called for the credible and peaceful conduct of the July 14 []
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Nigeria losing N3tn annually to PIB delay ‘ PWYP
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Nigeria is losing about N3tn annually as a result of the prolonged delay in the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill, a non-governmental organisation that supports the implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Publish What You Pay, said on Monday. The PWYP said the attempt to enact the PIB, which it []
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Oshiomhole yet to resume at APC national secretariat
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
John Alechenu The newly inaugurated National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, has yet to resume at the party’s national secretariat. Oshiomhole told party supporters soon after he took the oath of office in Abuja, on Sunday, that he was ready to resume work at 8am on Monday. The party chairman had on []
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Visafone: Don’t give MTN undue advantage, firms tell NCC ‘Don’t punish us for investing in Nigeria ‘ MTN
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja Operators in the telecommunications industry on Monday openly argued on why the Nigerian Communications Commission should or should not transfer Visafone’s licence and spectrum to MTN Nigeria Communications Limited. Following the acquisition of 100 per cent equity of Visafone by MTN in 2015, Visafone had applied to the regulatory agency for the []
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Ex-minister faults FGs anti-graft war
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Niyi Odebode, Abuja A former Minister of Special Duties, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki (SAN), has faulted the Federal Governments anti-corruption war. Turaki, who is also a Peoples Democratic Partys presidential aspirant, at a press conference in Abuja on Monday, said the present administration had failed to investigate allegations of corruption within the government. He said two []
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Enugu airport undergoes safety, security review
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu A team of inspectors from the Airports Council International on Monday commenced a weeklong review of the safety and security situation at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu. Upon the conclusion of the Airport Excellence (APEX) safety and security review, the inspection team will present an independent assessment of the safety and []
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Court admits Nnamdi Kanus co-defendants to N10m bail each warns them against rallies, press interviews
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday granted bail to the accused persons with whom the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, was charged with offences bordering on treasonable felony. Justice Binta Nyako had earlier on February 20, 2018, ordered the separation of Kanus trial from that of []
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Makarfi meets Kaduna PDP members, vows to tackle insecurity
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna A former governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, on Monday met the Peoples Democratic Party’s stakeholders in the state in continuation of his bid to seek the party’s support for the 2019 Presidency. Makarfi, a two-term senator had at a press briefing two Sundays ago, told journalists that after wide consultations []
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Know how to write cheques correctly
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Like it or not, many don’t write cheques properly. It is not just filling in the details, but how you actually fill the details on the cheque that matters, according to a report by www.firstpost. This also means even a small mistake on your cheque will result in your cheque not getting cleared. And, most []
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AMCON to divest from Aero Contractors
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria is set to divest its interest in Aero Contractors, the Chief Executive Officer of the airline, Capt. Ado Sanusi, has confirmed. The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria has a plan to divest its shares in Aero Contractors and I think they have been doing that with more []
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Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Femi Asu The nation’s stock market closed on a positive note on Monday, for the first time in seven straight trading sessions. The All-Share Index of the Nigerian Stock Exchange rose slightly by 0.34 per cent to close at 37,862.53 basis points while the market capitalisation of listed equities increased by N47bn to N13.762tn. Twenty-one []
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Judges elevation stalls Ladojas trial for alleged N4.7bn fraud
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The trial of a former Oyo State governor, Rashidi Ladoja, for an alleged fraud of N4.7bn was stalled on Monday due to the absence of the trial judge, Justice Mohammed Idris. The judge was among the 12 high court judges promoted last week to the Court of Appeal. Though both the prosecutor and []
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Dangote Flour Mills promises shareholders improved performance
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Femi Asu Dangote Flour Mills Plc has said it will improve its customer engagement strategies and strengthen supply chain capability to surpass its 2017 performance. The shareholders of the company, at the Annual General Meeting in Lagos, approved a final dividend of 20 kobo for every ordinary share of 50 kobo each held in the []
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Stop mixing upcoming with up-and-coming
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Akeem Lasisi The two words look and sound alike, so much that they tend to compete for ones senses in relevant situations. But like many other homonyms (words that sound or are spelt the same but have different meanings), they are meant for different contexts. Unfortunately, a lot of people either interchange them at will []
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Group supports Tinubu, Ambode
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The All Progressives Congress members in the Alimosho Federal Constituency have restated their allegiance to a national leader of the party and former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. According to a statement on Monday, the party members restated their loyalty to Tinubu during a recent monthly meeting, where they also pledged []
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Indecent dressing not an excuse for harassment, says NANS president
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Dayo Ojerinde spoke with the President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Aruna Kadiri, on the sex scandals rocking some universities What is the position of NANS on students who beg lecturers for marks’ It is not wrong to beg for marks. But for lecturers, there are rules and regulations guiding their profession. If []
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Lagos senator hails APC convention
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Gbenga Ashafa, has expressed satisfaction in the convention of the All Progressive Congress, which he described as successful. Ashafa also congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari, and members of the APC in a statement on Monday. Ashafa said, I am impressed with the turn out from all geo-political []
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Lagos, Netherlands seek collaboration on water transport
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Government and the Netherlands say they are considering collaboration on water transport in Lagos. The Head of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Lagos, Michael Deelan, who visited the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation on Monday in Alausa, said the country would like to partner Lagos in boosting its water transport. []
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US approves first marijuana-derived drug
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
US regulators on Monday approved the first marijuana-derived drug ever to hit the US market, Epidiolex, which will be used to treat two rare and severe forms of childhood epilepsy. Epidiolex uses purified cannabidiol, or CBD, which is one of more than 80 active compounds in the cannabis plant. This is an important medical advance, []
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Building up on Dariyes conviction
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Punch Editorial Board A couple of landmark judgements, in which two top public office holders were sentenced to identical jail terms for financial corruption, has raised the public expectation that the judiciary has finally found its mettle in the fight against graft among the countrys elite. Both Joshua Dariye, a former governor of Plateau State []
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Elizades nest: The development of Ilara-Mokin community
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Niyi Akinnaso Community development is a popular plank adopted by major world bodies, including the United Nations, the World Bank and the United Nations Childrens Fund, as well as regional bodies, such as the African Development Bank. It is also a popular plank adopted by politicians, especially in the developing world. Broadly defined, community development []
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Leveraging national identification number for economic growth
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Many Nigerians, irrespective of age, educational background or economic status, would love to fill their homes with children. For most families in the country, nothing is more desirable than having children. It was no surprise then when the Chairman of the National Population Commission, Eze Duruiheoma, recently declared that the countrys population had increased from []
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Police nab woman for throwing baby into pit toilet
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa Abeokuta The Ogun State Police Command says it has arrested a 21-year-old woman, Amudalat Taiwo, for throwing her 12-day-old baby into a pit toilet in Ilaro, in the Yewa South Local Government Area of the state. The police said the suspect was arrested following a complaint from her landlord, Oshunshina Olawale. The state []
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Gunmen kill Imo monarch, dump body on roadside
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Chidieube Okeoma, Owerri Tragedy struck in Mgbe, in the Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State on Sunday after some gunmen killed the traditional ruler of the community, Eze Brendan Ibekwe. The gunmen later dumped the corpse of the monarch on the Orlu -Owerri Expressway, a few kilometres to his palace. Our correspondent gathered that []
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Court sends lawyer who allegedly killed husband to Kirikiri
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Oladimeji Ramon The Lagos State High Court in Igbosere has sent a lawyer, Udeme Otike-Odibi, back to Kirikiri Minimum Prison. Otike-Odibi was accused of killing her husband, Symphorosa Otike-Odibi, also a lawyer. Justice Adedayo Akintoye on Monday made an order that Udeme should be remanded in Kirikiri prison, shortly after the lawyer was arraigned before []
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Bread seller in trouble for spending fake naira notes
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Oluwatobi Akindele A bread seller, Ifeanyi Osuohae, has been arrested by the police for allegedly being in possession of fake currency notes. The 27-year-old was arrested while attempting to allegedly spend the counterfeit notes. PUNCH Metro gathered that the Imo State indigene had boarded a cab from Akerele, Agege, Lagos, on June 11, 2018, around []
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Tears, anger as Dbanjs son drowns in swimming pool
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Samson Folarin Nigerian music star, Daniel Oyebanjo, aka Dbanj, has lost his son, Daniel Jr. The 13-month-old boy reportedly drowned in the singers home in the Ikoyi area of Lagos during the visit of some friends of the family. Dbanj was said to be away for a musical award in Los Angeles, United States, when []
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Lagos bar owner laments as N4.9m disappears from bank account
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Deji Lambo A bar owner, Ifeoma Okolie, has alleged that N4,935,000, has been illegally withdrawn from her Keystone Bank account. The 38-year-old lamented that despite not using an Automated Teller Machine card on the account, most of the withdrawals were made through the ATM, adding that she did not get any alert while the transactions []
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Tricycle operators protest alleged LASTMA extortion
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe Some commercial tricycle riders operating in the Ojodu-Berger and Ogba areas of Lagos State on Monday protested against alleged extortion by officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority. The operators moved from Ojodu-Berger to the Government House, Alausa, Ikeja, displaying placards with various inscriptions. The operators alleged that the officials, who extorted []
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Man allegedly severs pregnant wifes arm, fingers during arguments
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
New York City police are looking for a man accused of chopping off his wifes arm and two of her fingers on Thursday. The 35-year-old man who the NYPD says has been identified as Yong Lu of Brooklyn allegedly used a steak knife to cut off his wifes right arm in an alleged []
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Dbanj, wife to explain sons death Police
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
The Nigeria Police on Monday directed the Afrobeats star, Oladapo Olabanji, Dbanj, to make a formal report on the circumstances that led to the death of his son. Mr Edgal Imohimi, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, said that the family should report the incident to the police after the period of mourning. Dbanj lost []
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Nigeria vs Argentina: Nigerians predict
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
My fingers are crossed and I am looking forward to a good game, and hopefully if Eagles play the way they did against Iceland, I think we are going to put up a good game against the Argentines, even with Messi. He hasnt been a threat in the games hes played so far. My prediction []
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Argentina opt for three-prong attack against Eagles
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Festus Abu, Saint Petersburg After surviving a reported player revolt, Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli is pinning his hopes on PSG winger Angel Di Maria, Juventus scoring sensation Gonzalo Higuain and Sevilla central midfielder Ever Banega in a 4-3-3 formation to beat Nigeria in their Russia 2018 World Cup final group match in Saint Petersburg on []
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Nigeria vs Argentina: Rohr banks on Lionel Musa to wreck Argentina
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr is hoping Ahmed Musa will again step up to the plate in their deciding match against Argentina on Tuesday, but is quick to admit that the Super Eagles forward is no Lionel Messi yet. The Leicester City man proved the difference as Nigeria beat Iceland 2-0 at Volgograd Arena on []
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Nigeria vs Argentina: Eagles face wounded Argentina in make-or-mar tie
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Idris Adesina Nigeria face a daunting task against Argentina as they seek to progress to the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup in a make-or-mar Group D match at the Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg on Tuesday. After losing their opening match in the group 2-0 to Croatia and beating debutants Iceland 2-0 on Friday, []
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Nigeria vs Argentina: No mercy for Messi, insist Eagles
Tue, 26 Jun 2018
Festus Abu, Saint Petersburg Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr and defender Brian Idowu say they are determined to top their Group D 2018 World Cup clash against Argentina in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday to end Barcelona superstar Lionel Messis dreams. Argentina need a win to remain in Russia in a fixture a draw could see the []
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