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Imo: Nwosu formally defects to Okorocha’s party
Wed, 05 Dec 2018

The Federal Government is yet to submit its 2019 budget estimates to the National Assembly, barely three weeks to the end of 2018, Daily Trust reports.

This has raised concern over government’s ability to implement a January-December budget circle as announced previously by various government officials.

The Minister of Finance Zainab Ahmed had in an exclusive interview with Daily Trust in August said the federal government would be presenting the 2019 budget to the National Assembly in September.

Also in October, Presidency sources said the 2019 budget would be presented in November this year.

However, checks by Daily

Trust revealed that Ministry of Budget and National Planning has finished working on the budget but would be taken to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for approval.

Efforts to reach the DG Budget Office, Ben Akabueze, and the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma through his special assistant on media James Akpadem were not successful.

But a source at the ministry noted that once FEC approves the budget, it would be presented to the National Assembly before the year runs out.

“Normally the procedure is that once FEC approves it, the president will now write to the National Assembly to ask for date for submission,” he said.

“The sure thing is that budget will get to National Assembly before the end of the year” he added.

He also stated that since all members of the FEC already have a copy and studied it there wouldn’t be much to rectify. So when they go to FEC it’s just a matter of raising issues if there are,” the source added.

He however did not say whether the document would be tabled at today’s FEC meeting.

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Imo: Nwosu formally defects to Okorocha’s party
Wed, 05 Dec 2018

A former Chief of Staff to Imo State Governor, Uche Nwosu, yesterday, formally defected from the APC to the Action Alliance (AA), which was registered by Gov. Rochas Okorocha, to pursue his gubernatorial ambition.

Nwosu, who is Okorocha’s son-in-law, said despite the injustice meted out to him by the APC and its leadership led by Adams Oshiomhole, he was confident of winning the Imo governorship contest in 2019.

Supported by officials of AA, Nwosu said the entire APC structure, except those supporting the senatorial ambition of Gov. Okorocha, had dissolved into AA.

He described AA as a party with the ideal democratic manifesto, stressing that his ambition to succeed Okorocha was driven by the massive support he enjoyed from the over 70 per cent of the electorate in Imo State.

Speaking with newsmen at the Sam Mbakwe International Airport shortly on arrival from Abuja, Nwosu said he was forced out of APC because of injustice, impunity and lack of respect for the party’s constitution.

Waving the flag of the new party as he alighted from the aircraft, Nwosu was welcomed by hundreds of supporters.

He said AA would cooperate with APC to deliver President Muhammadu Buhari and Gov. Okorocha as president and senator respectively.

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BMO wants Amosun, Okorocha’s APC tickets withdrawn
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The national leadership of the APC should withdraw the ticket of any party leader backing candidates in other political parties for the 2019 election, the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has advised. The BMO gave the advice following moves by Governors Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun) and Rocha Okorocha (Imo) to back their preferred governorship candidates contest on []The post BMO wants Amosun, Okorocha’s APC tickets withdrawn appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Adamu Mu’azu and I persuaded Jonathan to concede defeat ‘ Na’Allah
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Adamu Mu’azu and Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah actually persuaded former President Goodluck Jonathan to concede defeat to Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, contrary to the narratives contained in Jonathan’s new book. Senator Na’Allah (APC, Kebbi) told Daily Trust yesterday that story of events which led to the []The post Adamu Mu’azu and I persuaded Jonathan to concede defeat Na’Allah appeared first on Daily Trust
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Reps task INEC on credible polls
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Members of the House of Representatives Committee on Electoral and Political Matters, yesterday, called on INEC to eschew ‘any form of corrupt act’ during the 2019 general elections. Chairman of the Committee, Aishatu Dukku (APC, Gombe) made the call yesterday when she led other members of the Committee on an oversight visit to the INEC []The post Reps task INEC on credible polls appeared first on Daily Trust.
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2019 elections between thieves and honest people ‘ El-Rufai
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, has likened the 2019 general elections to contests between honest and dishonest people. Gov. El-Rufai, who delivered the keynote address at the launching of his campaign council in Kaduna, also likened Monday’s flag-off of the PDP presidential campaign in Sokoto to a ‘gang-up of ‘thieves.’ The governor []The post 2019 elections between thieves and honest people El-Rufai appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Rep, Jigawa speaker, others escape lynching
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
A Member of the House of Representatives, Yuguda Hassan Kila, the Speaker of the Jigawa State House of Assembly, Isa Idris, a former Minister of Commerce, Bello Maitama Yusuf, and other stalwarts of the APC narrowly escaped being lynched by irate youths in Nasarawa village of Gwaram Local Government Area of Jigawa State, Daily Trust []The post Rep, Jigawa speaker, others escape lynching appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Lawmakers collecting signatures to impeach Osinbajo, Rep Agbonayinma alleges
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
A Member of the House of Representatives, Johnson Agbonayinma (APC, Edo), has alleged that ‘some disgruntled lawmakers in the National Assembly’ are collecting signatures to impeach the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. House Spokesman, Abdulrazaq Namdas, was quick to distance the House of Representatives from any move to impeach the Vice President. Namdas told Daily []The post Lawmakers collecting signatures to impeach Osinbajo, Rep Agbonayinma alleges appeared first on Daily Trust
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Vote for my husband again, Aisha Buhari urges women
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, urged women in Nigeria to vote for her husband in the forthcoming presidential election. She made the appeal at a National Women Leadership Summit organized by a political group, Project 4+4 for Buhari & Osinbajo 2019, at the National Women Development Center, Abuja. Mrs. Buhari observed []The post Vote for my husband again, Aisha Buhari urges women appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Tension over Kogi dep gov’s ‘long leave
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
There is tension in Kogi State as to why the Deputy Governor of the state, Elder Simon Achuba, has embarked on a two-month annual leave. To douse the tension, in a statement issued yesterday in Lokoja by the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Sylvester Akor, said Elder Achuba proceeded on two months annual []The post Tension over Kogi dep gov’s ‘long leave’ appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Borno gov’ship: Durkwa sues APC, INEC, Zulum
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
A defeated aspirant at the September 30, Borno State APC governorship primary election, Alhaji Idris Mamman Durkwa, has sued the party, its governorship candidate, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, and INEC in the Maiduguri Federal High Court. Alhaji Durkwa asked the court to change Prof. Zulum and instead declare him (Durkwa) as the winner of the []The post Borno gov’ship: Durkwa sues APC, INEC, Zulum appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Daily Trust holds medical conference, exhibition today
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Media Trust Limited, publishers of Daily Trust newspaper in collaboration with Prompt Home Health and other partners will today hold a medical conference and exhibition. Tagged ‘All things medical conference and exhibition 2018’, it is aimed at showcasing and harnessing the best of the Nigerian medical system. The conference and exhibition is slated for Wednesday []The post Daily Trust holds medical conference, exhibition today appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Mother, baby burnt to death on Lagos-Ibadan expressway
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
An accident involving a white Mazda bus yesterday killed a mother and her child at Onigari axis of the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway. Our correspondent learnt that the bus marked EKY 616 XW, conveying 15 passengers from Iwo Road in Ibadan, Oyo State, was heading to Lagos when its rear tyre burst. It was further gathered that []The post Mother, baby burnt to death on Lagos-Ibadan expressway appeared first on Daily Trust.
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CBN, SGF, FIRS shun FOIA requests over N20trn stamp duty revenue
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS), and Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) have turned down Freedom of Information requests to provide details of the revenues realized from stamp duty estimated at N20 trillion, findings by a consortium of newsrooms and civil society have shown. Daily []The post CBN, SGF, FIRS shun FOIA requests over N20trn stamp duty revenue appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Adamu Mu’azu and I persuaded Jonathan to concede defeat ‘ Bala Na’Allah
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Adamu Mu’azu and Senator Bala ibn Na’Allah actually persuaded former President Goodluck Jonathan to concede defeat to Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, contrary to the narratives contained in Jonathan’s new book. Senator Na’Allah (APC, Kebbi) told Daily Trust on Tuesday that the story of events led to []The post Adamu Mu’azu and I persuaded Jonathan to concede defeat ‘ Bala Na’Allah appeared first on Daily
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Accident: Mother, child burnt to death on Lagos-Ibadan expressway
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
A lone accident involving a white Mazda bus on Tuesday killed a mother and her child at Onigari axis on the Lagos/Ibadan expressway. Our correspondent learnt that the bus marked EKY 616 XW, carrying 15 passengers from Iwo Road in Ibadan was heading to Lagos when its rear tyre burst on motion. It was further []The post Accident: Mother, child burnt to death on Lagos-Ibadan expressway appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Police confirm kidnap of farmer in Gombe
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The police command in Gombe State has confirmed the kidnap of a 59-year-old male farmer, Shugaba Graba, in Tudu-Koya, Billiri Local Government Area of the state. Mr Mohammed Mukaddas, Commissioner of Police confirmed the incident to newsmen in Gombe on Tuesday. Mukaddas said the command was on top of the situation and that he had []The post Police confirm kidnap of farmer in Gombe appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Nigerian Navy promotes 87 senior officers
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The Nigerian Navy Board has approved the promotion of 87 senior officers to the ranks of Rear Admiral, Commodore, Captain and Commander. A statement on Tuesday by Navy spokesman Commodore, Ayo Olugbode, said among the newly promoted senior officers are 10 Rear Admirals, 25 Commodores, 24 Captains and 28 Commanders. He said the 10 Admirals []The post Nigerian Navy promotes 87 senior officers appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Give us rifles to fight bandits, Zamfara Emirs beg Buhari
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The Emir of Anka and Chairman, Zamfara State Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Attahiru Muhammad Ahmad, has asked the federal government to provide rifles including AK 47 and Pump action guns to them to deal with armed bandits as killings and kidnappings continue unabated across the state. The Emir spoke during the distribution of 850 motorbikes []The post Give us rifles to fight bandits, Zamfara Emirs beg Buhari appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Tinubu challenges Atiku on Halliburton scandal, says Saraki not honest
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
A national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has challenged the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Aitku Abubakar, on the Halliburton bribery scandal. Over the years, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been investigating Halliburton, an American multi-national corporation over $182m bribery scandal. Speaking during []The post Tinubu challenges Atiku on Halliburton scandal, says Saraki not honest appeared first
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BREAKING: Imo APC spokesperson resigns, says party a cult
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The crisis rocking the Imo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) deepens as the State Publicity Secretary, Mr. Jones Onwuasoanya resigns. Onwuasoanya, who described APC as a cult and not a political party, accused the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, of destroying the party, stressing that the Chairman left no one in doubt that []The post BREAKING: Imo APC spokesperson resigns, says party a cult appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Eminent sense in the ridiculous
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
I suppose it was bound to happen. Since Minister Lai Mohammed went to some length recently to assure us that our President Muhammadu Buhari is not dead, and the man parading himself as our leader is not a man from Sudan called Jibrin, I knew it was only a matter of time before the President []The post Eminent sense in the ridiculous appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Perfect military navigator cum administrator
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Leadership is a burden. Those who desire to succeed in leadership must know its rudiments’ and apply it conscientiously. No one plans to fail in leadership; but its ensnaring entrapments impose an inglorious reign on some leaders. Leading the military is a herculean task and a science in its unique class. Whoever executes this responsibility []The post Perfect military navigator cum administrator appeared first on Daily Trust.
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The obsession with Atiku’s visa
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
We cannot pretend that Atiku Abubakar is not important in the political calculations of either the ruining class or those at the receiving end of serial bad governance. The one fights an internal war of attrition, hoping that victory secures its exclusive monopoly of the power that feeds both its ego and its lavish lifestyle. []The post The obsession with Atiku’s visa appeared first on Daily Trust.
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UN Women engages African traditional, religious leaders to end child marriage, female genital mutilation
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The United Nations’ Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women has begun a four-day consultation and dialogue with traditional and religious leaders on child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM) in West and Central Africa. The West and Central Africa Regional Consultations and Dialogue with traditional and cultural leaders and institutions aims to []The post UN Women engages African traditional, religious leaders to end child marriage, female genital mutilation appeared
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De-radicalisation’ Not now
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The country’s gallant forces battling the unrelenting Boko Haram insurgents must always keep in mind the popular soccer parlance which says it’s not over until it’s over. And so they cannot layback because it’s not over. Not by any means. And the military authorities from the Commander-in-Chief himself to the field commanders in the []The post De-radicalisation’ Not now appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Jet A1: Why Dangote refinery may not end airlines’ woes
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Dangote refinery which plans to start selling petrol, diesel and aviation fuel in early 2020 promises to end the worry of airline operators over shortage of Jet A1 but it may not bring down the cost of supply, Daily Trust reports. This is due to the decaying fuel hydrant infrastructure at the airports which has []The post Jet A1: Why Dangote refinery may not end airlines’ woes appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Buhari warns auditors against shielding corruption in MDAs
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has warned public auditors against shielding corruption in the accounts of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) during their audit processes. The warning is coming on the heels of government’s recent directives that agencies of government, especially revenue generating agencies, must be audited not later than four months after the end of each []The post Buhari warns auditors against shielding corruption in MDAs appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Environment standards compliance in oil sector still weak ‘ OGEES report
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The implementation of the regulatory framework for environmental protection in the Nigerian oil and gas sector is still very weak, a research has shown. This is despite the existence of a rich set of regulations in the Environmental Guidelines and Standards for the Petroleum Industry in Nigeria (EGASPIN), it also showed. The research, conducted by []The post Environment standards compliance in oil sector still weak OGEES report appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Create own brands to build biz empires, Itex CEO tells Nile students
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The Chief Executive Officer of ITEX Furniture, Dr Tony Ezekiel, has urged students of Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja to do all it takes to come up with new ideas and create their own brands in order to build their business empires. Dr Ezekiel, who stated this, yesterday, at the ‘Successful Ridge Summit’ with the []The post Create own brands to build biz empires, Itex CEO tells Nile students appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Don’t divert N121bn SIP fund, ActionAid urges FG
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) has rejected a plan by the Federal Government to divert about ‘N121 bn of the funds allocated to the National Social Investments Programme (NSIP) to the 2019 general elections. The AAN Country Director, Ene Obi said, yesterday, in Abuja that as an organisation involved in coordination of third party monitoring of the []The post Don’t divert N121bn SIP fund, ActionAid urges FG appeared first on Daily Trust.
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South African Airways airlifts over 3m Nigerians in 20 years
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
South African Airways (SAA) yesterday marked 20 years of non-stop direct flight service to Nigeria with over 3m passengers airlifted. SAA, one of the leading carriers in the sub-Saharan Africa, had it first flight into Nigeria on December 4, 1998 almost immediately after the Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) between the two countries was signed. []The post South African Airways airlifts over 3m Nigerians in 20 years appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Aviation manpower gets boost as Aero floats training school
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Nigeria’s oldest airline, Aero Contractors has launched training school to end dearth of skilled manpower in the aviation industry. The training school which would start in January was launched by the company after obtaining Approved Training Organisation (ATO) licence from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). Aero said the school would kick off with the []The post Aviation manpower gets boost as Aero floats training school appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Nigeria to partner other African countries on ‘blue economy
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The Federal Government of Nigeria has expressed its readiness to cooperate with sister countries and development bodies to advance Africa’s prosperity through the safe and sustainable use of the continent’s vast sea and ocean resources. The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, made this known in his speech at the first Sustainable Blue Economy Conference, which []The post Nigeria to partner other African countries on ‘blue economy’ appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Nigeria to save huge revenue as ICAO designated training centre kicks off
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is set to commission the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Training Centre, which has been designated as Global Training Centre of Airports Council International (ACI). General Manager, Corporate Communications I’d FAAN, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu said the facility, which is situated at Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA) Lagos would be []The post Nigeria to save huge revenue as ICAO designated training centre kicks off appeared first on
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Shell signs gas supply agreement for Aba power project
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) and its joint partners have signed a gas supply and aggregation agreement that will support the 140 Megawatts Aba Integrated Power Project in Abia State. The agreement, signed in Abuja, was between SPDC, Geometric Power Aba Limited (GPAL); and Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria (GACN). By the []The post Shell signs gas supply agreement for Aba power project appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Dalung, Bello express readiness to host 2018 National Sports Festival
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The Minister of youths and sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung and Mallam Muhammed Musa Bello of the Federal Capital Territory have expressed readiness to host the 19th National Sports Festival in Abuja. In a joint press conference held yesterday in Abuja, Dalung said significant progress has been made considering the time the federal government decided to []The post Dalung, Bello express readiness to host 2018 National Sports Festival appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Neymar to miss PSG’s midweek Strasbourg clash
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Paris Saint-Germain will be without the injured Neymar as they look to continue their unbeaten record in Ligue 1 this season on Wednesdays trip to Strasbourg. The worlds most expensive player came off early in the second half in Sundays 2-2 draw at Bordeaux after hurting the same groin he injured playing for Brazil against []The post Neymar to miss PSGs midweek Strasbourg clash appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Abuja 2018: Okowa promises N1m per gold medal
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta yesterday in Asaba prayed with the state’s contingents (Team Delta) before their departure for the National Sports Festival billed to commence on Thursday in Abuja. Okowa, during the prayer session at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, pledged to give the team N1 million for every gold it won at the event. []The post Abuja 2018: Okowa promises N1m per gold medal appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Mourinho admits top four by end of year is improbable
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Jose Mourinho has acknowledged Manchester United are unlikely to meet his target of climbing into the Premier League’s top four by the end of 2018. However, the United manager has played down comments he made to Brazilian television suggesting that it would be a ‘miracle’ if his team finished in the Champions League qualification places []The post Mourinho admits top four by end of year is improbable appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Lobi Stars battle UMS de Loum in make-or mar Champions League fixture
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Lobi Stars football club will this afternoon take on UMS de Loum of Cameroon in the make or mar CAF Champions League return leg preliminary round match at the Aper Aku stadium Makurdi. The Nigerian representatives in the CAF elite clubs competition had lost the first leg of the fixture 0-1 in Yaounde on November []The post Lobi Stars battle UMS de Loum in make-or mar Champions League fixture appeared first on Daily Trust.
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10,000 athletes for 37th FEPSGA in Kogi
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
President of the Federation of Public Service Games (FEPSGA), Comrade Aloku Amaebi yesterday said about 10,000 contingents from across the country are expected to participate in the 37th edition of FEPSGA which holds in Lokoja from Dec 5 to 15. Amaebi, who disclosed this in Lokoja while speaking to journalists on the sidelines of a []The post 10,000 athletes for 37th FEPSGA in Kogi appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Ordega afraid Falcons’ dominance in Africa will soon end
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Super Falcons attacking winger, Francisca Ordega has expressed worry that sooner than later, Nigeria’s dominance of women football in Africa will come to an end, if nothing is done about the domestic league. The Super Falcons on December 1 clinched their 9th Africa Women’s Cup of Nations title after beating the Bayana Bayana of South []The post Ordega afraid Falcons’ dominance in Africa will soon end appeared first on Daily Trust.
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Azpilicueta signs new contract with Chelsea
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Spanish international Cesar Azpilicueta, one of the longest-serving players at Chelsea, signed a new four-year contract on Tuesday which if he sees it out will take him to 10 years with the Premier League club. The 29-year-old defender who joined the Blues in 2012 from French outfit Marseille and has won the Premier League []The post Azpilicueta signs new contract with Chelsea appeared first on Daily Trust.
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200 professional golfers storm Jos for 2018 Governor’s Cup
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
No fewer than 200 professional golfers have stormed Jos, the capital of Plateau State, for the 2018 governor’s cup. Mr Tang Dapoet, the Captain of Lamingo Golf Glub, said this at the opening of the tournament in Jos on Tuesday. According to him, participants are drawn from all over the country and beyond. ‘In the []The post 200 professional golfers storm Jos for 2018 Governor’s Cup appeared first on Daily Trust.
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How Sunshine Stars won its second Gold Cup trophy in six years ‘ Otunba Akinyemi
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The President of Sunshine Stars of Akure, Otunba Tajudeen Akinyemi, has expressed his excitement at the recent victory of his team in the Gold Cup pre-Season Tourney. Speaking with Daily Trust in Abuja, Otunba Akinyemi said it had been a long while the club experienced the euphoria surrounding victories, describing the victory as a long []The post How Sunshine Stars won its second Gold Cup trophy in six years ‘ Otunba Akinyemi appeared first on Daily Trust.
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