Esperance declared 2018/2019 CAF Champions League winners

Tunisian club Esperance were declared the 2018/2019 African Champions League winners on Wednesday in Cairo, Egypt. This was after the disciplinary committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) found opponents Wydad Casablanca guilty of abandoning the second leg game of the final round in May. This reverses an earlier decision by the CAF executive committee to order a replay of the second leg, in which the Moroccan side refused to play on after a VAR controversy. Both clubs had appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which…

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Imo Gov, Ihedioha swears in 17 commissioners

Imo State Governor Ihedioha Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State on Wednesday in Owerri swore in 17 commissioners with a call on them to work toward making the state a model. He urged them to exemplify good governance, adding that he appointed those he believed would serve Imo diligently and would not accept poor performance. “I have appointed you as commissioners not to serve only in my government, but to serve the entire state. “Remember that any decision you take in your various ministries will have direct effect on the…

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Toni Morrison: farewell to America’s greatest writer – we all owe her so much

Toni Morrison pictured in 1982. Photograph: Reg Innell/Toronto Public Library Booker nominated author Chigozie Obioma reflects on losing a ‘literary mother’ and her encouragement for generations of black and African writers to come. It was with a heavy heart that I woke up, like many, to the news of the passing of the great African American writer Toni Morrison. As I have mourned and digested the news, my reaction has slowly gone from shock to dismay, then to a sense of inchoate peace. If we judge being old as a…

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Rights commission collaborating with Amnesty International to destabilize Nigeria – Group

Human Rights Commission building, Abuja, Nigeria The Save Humanity Advocacy Centre (SHAC) has fingered the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) as a puppet in the hands of Amnesty International in its well-orchestrated plot to destabilize Nigeria. Following the international non-governmental organisation’s (NGO) recent alliance with the RevolutionNow group, several Nigerians began a seven-day protest to demand its eviction from the country. According to these Patriots, the London-based NGO have long-overstayed its welcome in the country, sponsoring different agendas to portray President Muhammadu Buhari’s government in a bad light in the…

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Anambra Police boss assures residents of adequate protection, praise Innoson Motors

Abang, Police Commissioner, Anambra State By Sunny A. David, Nnewi The Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr. John Abang stormed the commercial city of Nnewi and assured residents of the state of adequate protection just as he showered praises on the Managing Director of Innoson Motors Ltd, Chief Dr. Innocent Chukwuma, for his ingenuity. Mr. Abang, who arrived the city first, went to the Palace of the traditional ruler, His Royal Majesty, Igwe Kenneth Orizu, from where he moved to the Police Area Command, then to Innoson Motors Manufacturing Factory…

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U-20 W/C bid: FIFA team okays Stephen Keshi Stadium

Entrance into Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has expressed satisfaction with the state of facilities at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba. Head of FIFA inspection team, Mr Kaj Heyral, expressed the feeling at a news conference on Wednesday in Asaba, shortly after the team had inspected facilities at the stadium. Nigeria is bidding to host the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women World Cup and the Stephen Keshi Stadium has been designated as one of the host centres. Heyral said, “We are pleased with the facilities…

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British Airways IT glitch causes chaos for holidaymakers

Heathrow Terminal 5, where many British Airways flights have been cancelled. Photograph: Carl McQueen / Sky News British Airways passengers travelling from London for their holidays have been hit by cancellations and delays after a systems failure. London’s Heathrow, Gatwick and City airports were affected by the glitch on Wednesday morning. The problem was not a global problem, British Airways said. However, passengers were warned that the disruption would likely have knock-on effects at airports across the UK and Europe. British Airways flights were cancelled or delayed at airports in Edinburgh, Glasgow and…

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Better Sallah as Nasarawa Gov, Sule directs LGs June, July salaries payment before Friday

Governor Sule of Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has directed local government chairmen in the state to pay June and July salaries owed their workers before August 9. Sule gave the directive on Wednesday during a meeting with the 13 local governments’ chairmen at the Government House in Lafia. According to him, the measure will enable staff of the councils to celebrate the forthcoming Eid-el-Kabir with ease and comfort. The governor, who decried the hardship being experienced by the local government workers, said the issue was of…

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Sallah: Ram sellers lament low patronage in Ibadan

Ram sellers lament low sales as Sallah approaches Less than five days to the celebration of Eid-el-Kabir, ram sellers within Ibadan metropolis are complaining about low patronage. A visit by a correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) to major ram markets in the metropolis on Wednesday showed that there were few buyers in the markets. Some major ram markets visited by NAN include Bodija, Liberty Road and Iyaganku. NAN reports that most buyers that came to the markets complained about scarcity of fund to buy the rams. NAN…

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35-year-old man arrested with police pistol in Anambra

Anambra Police Commissioner, Abang By Sunny A. David, Onitsha Anambra State Police Command said it has arrested a 35-year-old-man, Sunday Onyema, over alleged possession of Police pistol in Upper Iweka of Onitsha. The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Haruna Mohammed (SP) disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Awka. Mr. Mohammed said that the suspect, from Orlu, Imo State, was arrested by puff-adder operatives in conjunction with patrol team attached to operation Kpochapu. The PPRO said he was coming from Asaba, Delta State with a commercial bus…

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