Ndidi Revels In Super Eagles’ Win Vs Seychelles In Asaba

Super Eagles defender Wilfred Ndidi is over the moon after the team finished their qualifying campaign for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on a positive note following a 3-1 win against Seychelles at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba on Friday, Completesports.com reports.

Odion Ighalo scored to give Nigeria the lead three minutes after the half hour mark, but Melaine Rody drew Seychelles level eight minutes later.

Henry Onyekuru, making his first official start for the Super Eagles, restored Nigeria’s lead with a cool header seven minutes into the second half.

Moses Simon came off the substitutes bench five minute from time to seal the win with a fierce shot inside the box.

The win is Nigeria’s fourth in Group E and finished as group winners with 13 points from six games.

”Good win to seal the top of the table after qualifying for Afcon 2019,” Ndidi tweeted few hours after the game.

The three-time African champions will face the Pharaohs of Egypt in a friendly encounter also at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba next week Tuesday.

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Wrestling Federation Unveils African Championships Team – Channels Television



The Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) has announced a tentative 22-man list expected to represent the country at the 2019 African Senior Wrestling Championships in Hammamet, Tunisia.

The list is made up of 16 athletes, 5 officials and an accompanying referee.

The delegation is expected to depart Nigeria early next week for the continental showpiece slated for 26thto 31st March in the North African Nation.

The list, which is headlined by 8-time (consecutive) African Champion Blessing Oborududu, also has Commonwealth Champions Odunayo Adekuoroye and Aminat Adeniyi as well as Mercy Genesis, Ifeoma Nwoye, Sunmisola Balogun, Hannah Reuben, Emmanuel Ogbonnaya, Amas Daniel, all African champions in their respective weight classes.

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The wrestlers will be guided by experienced national team coaches Purity Akuh and Victor Kodei, with Dr. Oyinbo Samson attending to their medical needs.

NWF President Daniel Igali, a World and Olympic champion and Secretary of the Federation Almu Lambu are expected to be part of the delegation, which will be accompanied by highly-rated referee Usman Yusuf, who will be on officiating duties at the Championships.

Nigeria is the defending champion in Women’s Wrestling, having won 9 of available 10 gold medals at the last edition of the African Championships hosted in Port Harcourt a year ago.



1. Genesis Mercy (50kg)

2. Nweke Rosemary (53kg)

3. Kolawole Esther (55kg)

4. Adekuoroye Odunayo (57kg)

5. Nwoye Ifeoma (59kg)

6. Aminat Adeniyi (62kg)

7. Balogun Sunmisola (65kg)

8. Oborududu Blessing (68kg)

9. Hannah Reuben (72kg)

10. Onyebuchi Blessing (76kg)


11.Welson Ebikewenimo(57kg)

12. Amas Daniel (65kg)

13. Nworie Emmanuel(71kg)

14. John Emmanuel (74kg)

15. Agiomor Ekerekeme(79kg)

16. Bibo Melvin (86kg)


17.Victor Kodei (Coach)

18. Akuh Purity (Coach)

19. Oyinbo Samson (Medical)

20. Almu Lambu (Secretary)

21. Hon, Daniel Igali (President)

22. Usman Yusuf (Referee)

INEC confident violence won’t be repeated in Sokoto supplementary polls

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has received assurances from the security agencies that there would not be a repeat of violence in the Saturday’s supplementary elections in Sokoto State.

INEC had declared the March 9 governorship and state parliamentary elections inconclusive in Sokoto State and five others, including Plateau, Benue, Kano, Bauchi and Adamawa, based on the principle of margin of lead.

That declaration prompted supplementary elections in the areas where voting was cancelled or did not hold across the affected states.

In Sokoto, there will be supplementary governorship election in 125 polling units across 22 local government areas. The election involves 75,043 registered voters but eligibility, according to INEC rules, is limited to those who hold Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) among them.

The voting had been cancelled in the affected polling units in the first poll of March due to violence, the spokesperson for INEC in Sokoto State, Mohammed Musa, told PREMIUM TIMES on Friday.

However, he said: “The security agencies are ready. They have assured the violence will not be repeated tomorrow.”

Tambuwal leading

Already, the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Governor Aminu Tambuwal is leading from the first poll, with 489.558 votes ahead of Ahmad Aliyu of the All Progressives Congress’ 486,145 votes. Mr Aliyu was Mr Tambuwal’s deputy.

The margin of lead between the two is 3,413, less than 75,403, the number of cancelled votes. This was the reason the INEC declared the election inconclusive and announced a supplementary poll slated for tomorrow.

The supplementary elections also affect two state constituencies, namely Goronyo and Kebbe.

Mr Musa, the spokesperson for INEC, said materials for the polls had been deployed to the LGAs since yesterday and would today be moved to the RACs.

World leadership conference ends in Nigeria

The 2019 World Leadership End Time Generals Holy Ghost Conference that started on Friday will be rounded off tomorrow.

The venue of the ongoing conference is Christ Anointed Kingdom Church, Km 3 Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, 2nd Rainbow Bus Stop, Lagos.

The theme of the conference is “Power As of Old: equipping the saints to take the battle for the last final revival.”  Speaking at the conference are: Arch Dr.George Vargas, Rev. James Solomon, Apostle Dwan Jackson, Bishop David Olaoye (all from USA).

Others are: Bishop Taiwo Adelakun PFN Chairman, Oyo State; Bishop Sola Ore(PFN, chairman, Lagos State);  Rev.Dr. Mrs.Jane Onaolapo; Bishop Peter Mankura (Kenya); Dr.Segun Johnson (UK), Rev. Dr. Benson Omomukuyo; C.A.K.I.C, Adun Akinyemiju, CEO, Dansol Schools, Lagos, Pastor Folake Adeyeye, Rescue Team Int’l, while Evangelist D.A.Fasoyin of Good Women Choir, will also feature as guest artiste.

The convener, Dr. Adewale Adeyeye, said registration, accommodation and feeding are free.

The conference runs from 9am to 12pm; 12pm to 3pm and 5pm daily.

He further hinted the focus of the conference is “raising men and women for end-time revival and harvest of souls.”

VIDEO: Charly Boy: Keyamo Paid Me In Nine Figures — And Adeyanju Wanted Some Of It

In a new video that has emerged, Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy, has admitted collecting millions of naira from Festus Keyamo, spokesman of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign organisation.

In a video interview published on Friday by ROOTS TV, an Abuja-based television station, Charly Boy said Keyamo paid him money in “nine figures” in the build-up to the country’s presidential election.

However, he claimed the money was payment for a song he was working on at the time, in which he was “dissing Atiku”.

“When Keyamo came to discuss Deji’s matter, he heard my new song that I was working on, and I know his head was calculating what he was going to do with the song. Now, I don’t care. But if you want to use my work, you pay for it. Of course, he paid for it. And he paid heavy for it.”

When asked the amount, Charly Boy hesitated but later admitted the amount was in “nine figures”.

When asked if Deji Adeyanju wanted some part of the money, Charly Boy said: “Everybody wanted a part of that money, including Deji and for me; I don’t mind sharing…”

The face-off between the self-acclaimed human rights crusaders has generated a lot of concern in the public, particularly among their fans.

EFL deduct 9 points from Birmingham for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations ▷ Nigeria news

– EFL deduct nine points from Birmingham after being found guilty of breaching FFP rule

– The Blues are now five points above relegation zone with eight matches to the end of the season

– Gary Monk’s men were said to have overspent in the last three seasons

English Championship side Birmingham City have been handed nine deduction after being found guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play regulations.

The Blues were found guilty of “breaching profitability and sustainability” FFP rules over the last three seasons.

Gary Monk’s men are now 18th on the log with 41 points – five points above relegation zone with eight matches to wrap up the season. They were originally 13th on the log with 50 points.

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According to Sky Sports, the St Andrew’s Stadium outfit are said to have spent well over £39 million allowable losses over a three-year period (up to the end of the financial year, 2018).

Meanwhile, the club’s books for the 2017/2018 campaign showed a loss of £37.5m for that single season.

With the present situation, Birmingham will have to battle seriously to avoid relegation from the Championship at the end of this season.

The points deduction is the only punishment the Blues will face as they have been able to escape economic sanctions or transfer embargo.

Any punishment would be the first under the EFL’s new Profitability and Sustainability rules that were introduced at the start of the 2016/17 season.

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It would be seen as a landmark ruling and one that will set a precedent for any future punishments for other clubs who fall foul of the EFL’s financial rules.

The publication however reveals the club feels unfairly treated after been handed such punishment.

Legit.ng earlier reported that West Bromwich Albion have sacked their manager Darren Moore immediately after their 1-1 draw with struggling Ipswich Town.

The draw left the Baggies in fourth place on the Championship table and nine points off automatic promotion spot.

Moore took over from Alan Pardew during West Brom’s relegation struggle in the Premier League in April 2018 and was given a permanent when they dropped into the Championship.

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Full text of President Buhari’s speech as he inaugurates committee on State autonomy

President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the Presidential Implementation Committee on Autonomy of the State Legislature and State Judiciary.

During the inauguration held at the State House, Abuja on Friday, President Buhari said his administration was committed to strengthening democracy by ensuring separation of powers among the three arms of government.

Here is full text of President Buhari’s speech…

I am delighted to welcome you all to the formal inauguration of the ‘Presidential Implementation Committee on Autonomy of the State Legislature and State Judiciary’. The setting up of this Committee is necessitated by the realisation that Legislative and Judicial autonomy are necessary pre-conditions for our democracy to endure.

We are committed to strengthening our democracy by ensuring separation of powers among the three arms of Nigerian Government, even at the State levels. Furthermore, we have identified the need to sustain our constitutionally guaranteed Federal system of government by building capabilities not only at the Federal level but at all the Federating Units.

This Committee has therefore been set-up, as a major reform of this administration, to ensure that the autonomy granted to the legislature and judiciary at the State levels is maintained, pursuant to Section 161 of the 4th Alteration to the 1999 Constitution (As Amended).

The Committee is thus expected to foster effective implementation of the autonomy constitutionally granted the State Legislature and Judiciary under the 1999 Constitution (as amended). It is my hope that when this is done, there will be proper checks and balances, and the State Legislature and Judiciary shall be genuinely empowered to carry out their respective Constitutional duties without fear of dominance and or marginalization.

The Legislature, being the closest arm of government to the people, and the Judiciary as the last hope of the common man, must both be seen to be sufficiently independent to perform their respective constitutional roles without any interference, let or hindrance. In this regard, ensuring that these organs of government enjoy financial autonomy will further enhance their efficiency and independence.

In executing this important national assignment, the Committee, as constituted, is expected to cooperate with all relevant stakeholders to ensure compliance with the Constitutional provisions granting autonomy to State Legislature and Judiciary, without deviating from its approved Terms of Reference which are as follows:

a) To assess and review the level of compliance by all the 36 States of the Federation and the FCT with Section 121(3) of the 1999 Constitution (As Amended);

b) To monitor, ensure and cause the implementation of Financial Autonomy across the Judiciary and Legislature of the 36 States of the Federation and the FCT in accordance with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (As Amended) and other applicable Laws, Instruments, Regulations, and Conventions howsoever providing for financial autonomy for the Legislature and Judiciary at the State tier of Government;

c) To consult and relate with the appropriate Federal and State MDAs, including but not limited to the Governors Forum, Accountant General of the Federation and those of the States, the National Economic Council and other institutions of State to ensure and where necessary, enforce the implementation of Constitutional provisions;

d) To come up with appropriate modalities or model to be adopted by all the States of the Federation for implementation and/or compliance with Section 121(3) of the 1999 Constitution (As Amended);

e) To advice on other measures that are deemed necessary or incidental to the fulfilment of the aims of the Committee to attain the full purport of this assignment.

The Committee as constituted is chaired by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, with the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, as Secretary. The Committee is expected to complete its deliberations and submit its report and recommendations within three (3) months from today.

It is now my pleasure to formally inaugurate the Presidential Implementation Committee on Autonomy of State Legislature and State Judiciary. I urge members of the Committee to be meticulous and diligent in the discharge of their duties and to ensure compliance with their approved Terms of Reference. I wish members of this Committee success in the discharge of their responsibilities.

Thank you all, and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Suzuki to set up vehicle plant to Ghana

Multinational automobile manufacturing company, Suzuki Motor Corporation, has resolved to set up a production unit in Ghana.


The company intends to make Ghana the hub of its operations in sub-Saharan Africa.

Suzuki’s General Manager in-charge of Middle East and Africa, Koichi Suzuki, disclosed this when he called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House in Accra.

Mr. Suzuki said the company, which joins four other automakers- Volkswagen, Nissan, Renault and China’s Sinotruck-who have planned the assembly plants for Ghana, intends siting its distribution and after-sales service centre in the country in partnership with Compagnie Française de l’Afrique Occidentale (CFAO).

He said the company, which has over 50 percent shares in the Indian automotive industry, in collaboration with Toyota Tsusho, the trading arm of the Toyota Group that has the largest distribution network in Africa, intends to “find a next India on the African continent”.

Mr Suzuki said with the Government of Ghana introducing a new automotive policy, “We are highly interested to participate in the initiative made by the Ghanaian government to start production here to expand it and to grow it.”

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“We firmly believe that our next growth will come here in Africa,” he stated, adding, “we want to contribute to the further development of African countries…Our vision is with Africa and for Africa.”

Suzuki produces annually 3.3 million affordable but reliable, safe and fuel-efficient vehicles, with engine capacities less than 1.6litres via its production plant in India that churns almost half of its global production.

On his part, President Akufo-Addo was encouraged by the decision of Suzuki to want to put up shop in Ghana, saying, the development was a welcomed one, as foreign direct investments into Ghana would spur development and economic growth.

“We are interested in developing a vibrant and dynamic automobile industry in Ghana; we have made several initiatives towards that end and finally, I believe we are now ready to outdoor our automotive policy, which will then let everybody know exactly, people like you if you want to come to Ghana, what is available to you in terms of government support, incentives and the rest of it, and also the obligation that will be on you if you wanted the Ghanaian space”, he said.

Nigeria v Seychelles line up: No local player on matchday squad; Onuachu starts from the bench as Rohr backs Ighalo for top scorer chase 9ja

Shanghai Shenhua striker Odion Ighalo will lead Nigeria vs Seychelles just as Gernot Rohr promised to back his star striker to finish the 2019 AFCON qualifiers as top scorer.

This means Midtjylland striker Paul Onuachu will make his debut from the bench if called upon in the cause of the game.

None of the local players made the matchday squad as Rohr stuck to his regulars.

Here is what Nigeria’s 4-3-3 formation against Seychelles look like

GK Francis Uzoho, RB Shehu Abdullahi, CB Kenneth Omeruo, CB William Troost-Ekong, LB Jamilu Collins, DMF Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo and Alex Iwobi in the midfield while Odion Ighalo who is joint top scorer with Burundi’s Fiston Abdul Razak will be flanked by Ahmed Musa and Henry Onyekuru up front.

On the bench are Paul Onuachu, Leon Balogun, John Ogu, Moses Simon, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Chidozie Awaziem, Semi Ajayi

The match will be played by 4 pm at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.

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Onyekuru, Osimhen, Others To Boost U-23 Eagles Against Libya

The duo of Henry Onyekuru and Victor Osimhen will be drafted into U-23 Eagles for Tuesday’s U-23 Africa Cup of Nations second leg qualifying fixture against Libya, reports Completesports.com.

Imama Amapakabo’s men must overturn a 2-0 first leg deficit to book a spot in the final qualifying round.

Completesports.com further learnt that aside from Onyekuru and Osimhen, the likes of Valentine Ozornwafor, Ikouwen Udoh and other players who still fall within the age bracket will be drafted into the squad for the game.

Onyekuru and Osimhen are part of the 23 players invited by Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr for the games against the Pirates of Seychelles and the Pharaohs of Egypt.

Nigeria won the last edition of the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations held for the second time in Senegal four years ago following a 2-1 win over Algeria at the Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor in Dakar.

Africa’s flag-bearers in the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament of Tokyo 2020 will emerge at the 3rd U-23 Africa Cup of Nations to hold in Egypt in November this year.

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