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Why angry PSG fans booed Lionel Messi prior to Rennes defeat

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Why angry PSG fans booed Lionel Messi prior to Rennes defeat

A section of Paris Saint Germain fans was captured booing Lionel Messi prior to their Ligue 1 clash against Rennes.

Why was that?

In recent weeks, Messi’s future with PSG has been plunged into darkness after the club’s Champions League exit.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner’s contract is set to expire at the end of the current season and to date, nothing new has been agreed between the two parties.

Some of the fans inside the Parc des Princes stadium showed their discontent towards Messi when his name was read out by the stadium announcer.

Aside from Messi, PSG boss Christophe Galtier’s name was also greeted with a chorus of boos when it was announced.

To add fuel to the fire, PSG produced a poor display as they were beaten 2-0 by Rennes, thanks to goals from Karl Toko Ekambi and Arnaud Kalimuendo.

The defeat by Rennes meant PSG have now lost four of their last eight matches.

Although it was a below-par performance, the hostility towards Messi may seem unfair, due to the fact that he has been one of their standout players.

This season, Messi has managed 18 goals and 17 assists in all competitions for the Parisian club.

However, the Parc des Princes club were knocked out of the Champions League after losing 3-0 on aggregate against German Bundesliga side Bayern Munich.

As a result of their Champions League exit, Messi’s future at the club has been plunged into darkness.

With his current deal set to expire at the end of the season, nothing has been agreed upon between the two parties.

In recent weeks, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has been linked with a big-money move to the Middle East, with Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal reportedly keen.

Furthermore, there are also interests from the MLS.

Already, Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo, reported prior to the match that PSG ultras were planning a protest against Messi ahead of the Ligue 1 clash against Rennes.

One of the leading members said: “We will whistle at Messi this Sunday. He has too high a salary in relation to what he offers on the pitch.”

It has been reported that the ultras felt Messi was the most guilty for their Champions League exit after failing to impact in both the first and second legs.

Return to Barcelona

With regard to his future, the Argentina legend has been linked with a sensational move back to his former club, Barcelona.

Former teammate Sergi Roberto previously said: “I hope Messi comes back. We are waiting for him. He does not deserve the treatment he receives in Paris.

“We are waiting for Leo, we want him at Barca.”

Whilst some fans are adamant that Messi wants out.

One said: “Surely he’s done with Paris now?”

Another commented: “He should come back to where he’s loved and respected.”

After the international break, Messi and PSG will resume their quest to defend their Ligue 1 crown with a clash against rivals Lyon.

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JAIGBADE ALAO: A Garland of Music and- A Tribute

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JAIGBADE ALAO: A Garland of Music and – A Tribute

By Abubakar Imam

Eni tó bá le bínú

Ení kó má sisé mó

Isé tó fogún odún se

Ìséjú kan àbò ni ó ko dà sí kànga

Olúhun só wa pèlú inú bíbí

Whosoever is temperamental

should stop working because he

would destroy all he has worked for in a moment of insanity.

May God grant us victory over hot temperedness.

—-Jáígbadé Àlàó

Jaibade Alao, the leader and last of the Ilorin song birds of Dadakuada genre exponents from Ilorin Emirate is gone. He died in the early hours of today (Monday, March 20, 2023). His remains had been committed to mother earth. He has gone the way of all mortals never to be seen again but to remembered by loved ones.

The life and music of Jaigbade were not controversial. Yet, they stretched for, arguably, a century with lots of achievements in positive life style with little or no serious blemish to his eternal credit.

Like the universal characteristics of music, Jaigbade’s network of fans and admirers is universal. His songs remain evergreen.

Though he would be celebrated in different ways by scholars, performers, clerics and other categories of sympathisers and mourners, yours sincerely, whose progenitors were landlords to the departed music icon at the ancient Pakata market some decades back, chose to pay Jaigbade tribute in his own way. In celebration of the life and times of this legendary musician, this author decided to recap and edit the article he published on him last year in order to refresh the memories of the fans, admirers and compatriots of the late Dadakuwada exponent.

One of the many phenomena that are universal is music. It is an essential and consistent element of human culture. There is absolutely no society that does not have its form of music through which entertainment, inspiration and relaxation are provided. Hence, the incontrovertible conclusion of the late Àpàlà maestro, Alhaji Hárúnà Ìshòlá, MON(1919-1983), who was popularly known as Bàbá Gàní Àgbà, when he sang that “Ará Mákkàh n jó. Ará Makkah n lu ìlù. Ìlù Ò ba èsìn jé. Ijó ò le ba èsìn jé. E má bà wá ní èsìn jé” meaning “The people of Makkah dance as they enjoy entertainment. Drumming and dancing do not vitiate faith. No one should, therefore, equate drumming and dancing with disbelief”.

Ilorin is not an exception. It has some musical genres that are peculiar to it. They are played and enjoyed by the people of Ilorin Emirate and have been embraced by their neighbours in Yoruba lands. Once you hear the music, you are sure that you are in the midst of the people of the southernmost Emirate.

These music genres include Wákà, Bàálù, Senwele, Pankèkè and Dadakúwàdá. We also have our own brand of Àpàlà, which is peculiar to Alhaji Àjàdí Ilorin. I must confess that I was a fan of the late heavily built musical hero. Waka music in Ilorin, as popularised by AbdulRahman Pakata (d. 1933), Dodo Agbarere(d. 1978) and Ibrahim Alabi Labaika (1920-2005), among others, is spiritually rooted and inclined while other forms of music mentioned above are unapologetically secular.

Of the secular music, Dadakuwada appears to be the most enduring and popular genre among the real indigenous people of Ilorin Emirate. Its popularity is rooted in the efforts of some of our senior compatriots who were performing artistes that dedicated their times and energies to its performance over the years.

One person who carved a niche for himself in the Dadakuwada music empire and whose name must occupy a commanding position in the annals of the genre is Alhaji Jaigbade Alao, who last year surprised not a few people with the announcement of his retirement from music when he visited the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji (Dr.) Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari,CFR, to intimate him of his intention. That perhaps, was in preparation for the journey to the worlds beyond. Inna lilahi Wa inna Ilehi rajiuna. From Allah we come, to Him we shall return ( Q2 vs 156).

Before that unexpected but well deserved announcement of retirement, I never thought that any musician would willingly decide to retire from the trade. I was of the erroneous conviction that music is a lifelong career. This is because some performing musicians who gave the idea of retirement a trial eventually returned to the stage. Till his death today, Alhaji Jaigbade Alao never looked back to the allure of the stage for which he had reveled for decades at home and abroad.

Although, I have heard the debatable opinion from some Muslim scholars that “it would be easier for a Carmel to pass through the hole of a needle than for a professional musician to attain eternal felicity”, the retirement of a musician does not just happen. Most of them do music to their graves because they would not do without the peculiar lifestyles they have developed and embraced as musicians. Talk of the fame, money and women that their trade easily gets attracted.

Alhaji Jáígbadé’s decision was, therefore, as phenomenal as his music and career. Yours sincerely who had the privilege of interacting with him a few years back felt compelled to bring his appraisal of the career of the late first Oba Olórin (Head of Musicians) of Ilorin to the reading pleasure of our people.

Alhaji Muhammad Àmínù Kúrángà, who was popularly known as Jáígbadé Àlàó, is a prolific musician, erudite composer, meticulous hunter, tireless farmer and outstanding community leader. Although his birth was not documented, it can be reasonably conjectured that he lived for a century or thereabout. He was born in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

This illustrious social engineer hailed from Bàbá Òyó Compound in the Òkè -Anífowóse segment of the popular Pàkátà area of Ilorin. His father was Mallam Kuranga, who was a farmer, while his mother was Madam Salamatu. His maternal home was Maleke Compound, Jagun Quarters, Okelele area, Ilorin, which is also the ancestral home of the popular Islamic preacher, Imam AbdulRazaq Aduagba.

Alhaji Jaigbade was among the many statesmen of Ilorin origin and of his age who did not have the privilege of western education. His experience as a young boy was even more peculiar. He was not privileged to receive Quranic learning in the course of his childhood unlike most of his contemporaries.

This sociological cum spiritual disadvantage was informed by the fact that he was not brought up within the Ilorin metropolis. Alhaji Jaigbade, as a brilliant and determined man, later studied the Holy Quran under the watchful eyes of Shaykh Mahmud Ibadi-Ori (d. 2010), an uncle to Shaykh Dahood Abdulmajeed Alfanla(b. 1953). His Qur’anic teacher was trained by Shaykh Usman Baba Pakata (d. 2002) who was also a student and disciple of Shaykh Yusuf Kofoworola Agbaji (d. 1979), the illustrious founder and progenitor of the ubiquitous Monkodoro lineage of Islamic intellectual group. Alhaji Jaigbade was also exposed to some fundamental knowledge of Islam when he had already become an household name in Ilorin Emirate and other parts of Yoruba speaking parts of Nigeria by his Qur’anic teacher.

As a brilliant young chap who had always shown potentials for musical compositions, Alhaji Jaigbade joined the musical band of the only professional Master he had, Akano Oloru. It was under the said Akano, who was from Oloru in the present-day Moro Local Government Area of Ilorin Emirate of Kwara State, that he trained and got his musical skills sharpened. The band was then operating around Gambari Vllage on Ogbomoso-Oyo Road in the present-day Oyo State.

Alhaji Jaigbade completed his musical apprenticeship about eight decades ago. It was thereafter that he set up his Dadakuwada Music Group, which he successfully managed and led until year 2022 when he retired from music performance.

Through the efforts of Alhaji Jaigbade and those of his contemporaries in the field such as Alhaji Isiaka Agbeyangi, the brand of their Music has come to be identified as the most enduring form of the traditional music associated with the people of Ilorin.

This great music genius, as it was not unusual among Nigerian musicians, faced rigorous rivalry from his contemporaries. He and his colleagues did everything to outsmart one another. His contemporaries, as he recalled during the course of the interview he had with this author on January 15, 2021, included Olanrewaju Balode, Aremu Osa, Ajibaye Alore and Omo-Pupa of Ikokoro axis of Oke-Aluko area, Ilorin.

Since he was to become great in life, Alhaji Jaigbade faced stiffer contest in his professional squabbles with colleagues, most especially, Alhaji Odolaye Aremu (d. 1997) and Alhaji Aremu Osee (d. 2005) who fiercely and vehemently contested the leadership of the genre with him. The trio had bitter contests in their struggles towards the domination of the Dadakuwada Music World, some of which were witnessed by my contemporaries, especially between 1970s and 1980s.

This veteran musician was, however, fortunate that he is blessed with long life. The longevity of his career and life has undoubtedly assisted him in outliving his rivals as he remains the last man standing in the world of Dadakuwada music.

Apart from the high quality of the distinguished musicians who trained under Alhaji Jaigbade in the course of his several decades career such as Alhaji Omo-Kekere Amao of Okelele (d.1988), Alhaji Iyanda Ena of Oke-Aluko, Alhaji Raheem Abiowa from Abayawo and Baba Eyin Oke of Akodudu, the leadership of Alhaji Jaigbade in the temple of Ilorin traditional music was incontrovertibly settled with his appointment and turbanning as the Oba Olorin (Head of Musicians) of Ilorin by the 9th and penultimate Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji (Dr.) Sulu Gambari, CFR. The announcement of the conferment was made in 1990 and he was turbaned in 1991 at a very colourful ceremony, which was graced by his admirers and colleagues including the famous Ogbomoso-born Ijala singer, Ogundare Foyanmu(d. 2012), who entertained guests at Jaigbade’s home after the turbaning.

This distinguished son of Ilorin Emirate had no fewer than 47 musical albums to his credit. He also featured in innumerable open air performances.

Alhaji Jaigbade’s professional success could also be appreciated in the fact that he was the only Musician of his genre who not only played all over Nigeria but also had the privilege of taking his brand beyond the shores of the country. He took his music to the United States of America in 2008. His band also went on musical tour of Brazil in 2011. Both tours were arranged by the award-winning Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Prof. AbdulRasheed Na’Allah (b. 1962), who also served as the pioneer Chief Executive of the Kwara State University, Malete, between 2009 and 2019.

The numerous contributions of Alhaji Jaigbade through his soul inspiring, culturally stimulating and morally rejuvenating songs, which deepened morality and patriotism did not go unrewarded. In appreciation of his services, the Kwara State Government honoured him with an anniversary award as part of the activities marking the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the creation of the “State of Harmony” in 2017. He was also conferred with an honourary doctorate degree by the authorities of the Kwara State University, Malete, in 2018.

Alhaji Jaigbade had many admirers and patrons. He was patronised by quite a number of Ilorin elite, many of whom he composed popular songs in their honour. They include a former Chief Judge of Kwara State and National President of the Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union (IEDPU), Justice Saka Yusuf, OFR (d. 2018); a pioneer Permanent Secretary in Kwara State, Alhaji Yakubu Amori Gobir, who he described as “Oremi Amori Onila Gobiri” (My good friend, Amori, who has his face beautified with the Gobir tribal marks); a second republic Honourable Commissioner in Kwara State, Alhaji Sani Adebayo Lawal (1933-2011) and Alhaji Muhammad Raji Babatunde Alanamu, as well as a second republic Minister of the Federal Republic, Alhaji Akanbi Mahmud Oniyangi (1930-2006); and, of course, the late Sardaurna of Ilorin and international business tycoon, Alhaji Umaru Aminu Saro (d.2021). The list also include a civil war hero, Brigadier-General Godwin Alabi Isama, whose mother was an indigene of Ilorin. He also had huge patronage from other people outside Ilorin such as Alhaji Sanni Maloko, the Oloffa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Muhammadu Gbadamosi;the late Alhaji Usman Adisa Odun-Ade,who served as the Oba of Odun-Ade community in the Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State; and Alhaji Sule Akande of the famous Onward Fisheries; and, of course, the founder of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, Alhaji AbdulRaheem Oladimeji, OFR. who jaigbade coined a larger than life eulogy of been the “half of a whole Igbaja Community”. (Oladimeji, idameji Igbaja)

One episode that this doyen of music would not forget in a hurry occurred in 1991 when the authorities of the then Ilorin Local Government under the chairmanship of Alhaji Shuaib Oba Adebayo enacted a bye-law which outlawed night party within Ilorin metropolis. The agitation for the law was led by the Council of Islamic Scholars ably presided-over by the founder of the Ansarul Islam Society of Nigeria who later became the pioneer Grand Mufti of Ilorin, Shaykh Muhammad Kamaldeen Al-Adabiyy, MFR, OFR, (1905-2005), along side the pioneer Grand Kadi of Kwara State who later became Marafa and Sarkin Malamai of Ilorin, Honourable Justice Abdulkadir Orire, CON (1934-2021) and the then Chairman of Ilorin Muslim Community, Alhaji Muhammadu Nassamu of Oke-Aluko.

The legislation was backed by the then Emir of Ilorin and the father of the incumbent Emir, Alhaji Sulu Gambari, CFR, (1914-1992), who even made a life broadcast on the network of Radio Kwara, Ilorin, to that effect. The musicians would not obey the law as they believed that it was targeted at injuring their careers and economy. Many of them, including the subject of this piece, violated the law and they were consequently arrested and detained by the Police. The period was quite tensed in the social scene of Ilorin of that era. The matter was eventually resolved. It was an episode that the departed King of Ilorin Music and chroniclers of events in Ilorin did not forget.

This outstanding son of Ilorin was married and blessed with many children such as Alhaji Issa, Alhaji AbdulRasaq as well as my senior at Barakat Community Secondary School, Ilorin; Aminat Jaigbade. He also left the field of music for two of his children, Ajarat Asabi Jaigbade and Muhammad Jamiu Jaigbade, who have taken after him.

Alhaji Jaigbade did very well in his music career and for Ilorin, as its cultural Ambassador. His music remains neat, philosophical and distanced from profanity common with most contemporary musicians who are doing more havoc than good to humanity. No one would listen to the music of Alhaji Jaigbade without gaining wisdom.

More remarkably outstanding about his personality was that Alhaji Jaigbade, despite been a witness to all the political upheavals in Ilorin and been the toast of most people, was never embroiled in political controversies. He was a friend to all without becoming partisan. He was fortunate as he lived long enough to consider and embrace retirement not as a result of illness or physical weakness but out of conviction, which is rare among his past and contemporary colleagues. He rested well before the final rest.

One was tempted to be skeptical that Jaigbade would not be able to sustain his decision to retire giving the experience by quite a number of famous legends like Jaigbade, who had been occasionally brought out of retirement for special performances. He, however stuck to his conviction and decision.

In fact, after informing the Emir of his decision to retire, His Royal Highness directed the musician to sing some tracks to his delight. While rendering a few popular lines in praise of the Emir and his progenitors, Jaigbade’s voice did not betray any tiredness or frailties. He bided bye to the Emir and the people of Ilorin before the final exit today. May his soul rest in peace.

This piece must not be concluded without sharing relatively incredible information Alhaji Jaigbade shared with me. In response to a question, he explained that he believed that his relatively sound health at his age was, in addition to divine blessings, rooted in the fact that he did not drink, smoke and womanise. He added that if men could abstain from the three, the possibility of been free from illness would be high. I hope you got him right and well, particularly the last line of his advice. Adeiu, Baba Rasaki!

Imam is the national secretary, Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union (IEDPU).

 

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Hoodlums set house of popular singer, Rarara, ablaze in Kano

Hoodlums set house of popular singer, Rarara, ablaze in Kano

Suspected hoodlums have set the residence of ace political singer, Dauda Kahutu Rarara on fire in Kano Monday morning.

This happened less than an hour after the declaration of the Kano state governorship election winner.

Reports said thugs invaded the house, along Zoo Road, and started destroying valuables before setting the house on fire.

An eye witness said he saw some thugs carting away with valuables they grabbed from the house.

However, minutes after, the police were said to have dispersed the thugs while the fire was still burning.

“All you can hear is sounds of explosions from the house as the fire continues to damage belongings,” Daily Trust quoted another witness, Abdullahi to have said.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had early Monday declared Abba Kabir Yusuf of the New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP) as the winner of the governorship election.

Rara has been an ardent supporter of the All Progresives Congress (APC) and has produced many campaign songs for its candidates.

Rarara’s assistant, a Kannywood actress, Aisha Humaira, had earlier said she had been receiving threats from NNPP supporters after she pleaded with her fans in a viral video to vote for the candidate of APC, Nasir Yusf Gawuna, in the state governorship election.

Aisha Humaira, Dauda Kahutu Rarara, house, Rarara, fire, Hoodlums, APC
Aisha Humaira

She said she she was abused and thretened to be forcefully chased out of Kano State.

She however said she was not scared by the threats and that  her loyalty remained with the APC, insisting that as a Nigerians, she has the right of political choice.

 

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Hoodlums set house of popular singer, Rarara, ablaze in Kano

Jigawa governor-elect says victory was will of God, as Gov Badaru expresses joy

Jigawa governor-elect says victory was will of God, as Gov Badaru expresses joy

Jigawa State governor elect, Malam Umar Namadi, has described his election as the will of God, and expressed his appreciation to the Almighty and people of the state for their resilience in their commitments, support and prayers for his victory at the gubernatorial election.

The special adviser to the state governor on media and public relations, Habibu Nuhu Kila, said in a press statement issued Monday morning that Namadi spoke shortly after he was declared as the winner of the Jigawa State governorship election under the All Progressive Congress (APC).

He said he was elected not because he is better than anyone but because it was the will of God who gives power to anyone He so wishes.

“The Governor elect called on the people of the state to always remain prayerful and commitment in the development of the state as he promised to continue with legacies of his predecessor Alhaji Muhammad Badaru Abubakar of prudence and good Governance.

”Governor Muhammad Badaru who rejoiced with Governor elect and the people of the state says he was fulfilled by the choice of Malam Umar Namadi as his Successor whom he has confidence in him and also described him as a loyal, hardworking and prudent in whatever he does”, Kila wrote in the statement.

Governor Badaru felicitates with governor-elect

In a similar development, Jigawa State governor, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, has expressed felicitated with his deputy, Mallam Umar Namadi, for winning the just-concluded gubernatorial election in the state.

This was contained in a press statement issued by the senior special assistant (print media) to the governor, Ahmad Muhammad Danyaro, Monday morning.

He said the victory was a way of “affirming the people’s trust in his leadership abilities.

“Indeed, the victory of the Governor-Elect at the polls is a clear testimony to the people’s confidence in his leadership style, hard work, and commitment to the development of Jigawa State. The Governor believes that his Deputy’s victory is a significant milestone in the collective efforts to continue the transformation of Jigawa State into an economic powerhouse in Nigeria.

The governor urged the governor-elect to remain focused and committed to the service of the people of Jigawa State, promising his full support and cooperation in the transition process and beyond. He also called on all stakeholders and citizens of Jigawa State (including members opposition parties) to unite and support the Governor-elect in the daunting task of building a more prosperous and peaceful State for all.

He expressed his gratitude to the people of Jigawa State for their unwavering support, trust, and confidence in his administration for eight years, and assured them of his commitment to continue working tirelessly for the progress and development of the state.

 

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INEC declares NNPP’s Abba Kabir Kano governor-elect, as govt imposes dusk-to-dawn curfew 

INEC declares NNPP’s Abba Kabir Kano governor-elect, as govt imposes dusk-to-dawn curfew 

The Kano State government has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the state, hoping to forestall a breakdown of law and order following the announcement of a winner in Saturday’s governorship election.

Kano state’s commissioner for information, Muhammad Garba, said this in a statement issued Monday morning.

According to him, the decision was “to prevent hoodlums from causing chaos in the already tensed situation.”

The commissioner called on people in the state to “remain indoors as security agents would not spare anyone or group bent on causing trouble.”

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced Abba Kabir Yusuf of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) as the governor-elect in Kano State early Monday morning after a tensed night of continuous collations.

After the collation of election results in the 44 local government areas of Kano State in the state, NNPC led its main rival, APC with 129, 006 votes.

Official figures shows that NNPP garnered 1, 018, 616  votes while the ruling APC) got 889, 610.

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KANO GUBER: Tension as party supporters await declaration of winner after NNPP lead

KANO GUBER: Tension as party supporters await declaration of winner after NNPP lead

The last local government to be collated in the 2023 governorshp electiong in Kano State, Dala, has finally been declared, and the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) clinched it.

Dala gave NNPP 54, 784 votes while All Progressives Congress (APC) got 27, 785 votes.

After the collation of election results in the 44 local government areas of Kano State in the state, NNPC led its main rival, APC with 129, 006 votes.

Official figures shows that NNPP garnered 1, 018, 616  votes while the ruling APC) got 889, 610.

Earlier results were a ding-dong affair between the two heavyweight parties, as they overtake one another with minimal margins.

However, later tallies shot the NNPP far ahead of its major rival, giving its supporters a feeling of victory.

But, a more careful peek at the results should give both parties some cause for worry, as the number of cancelled votes rises beyond expectation.

Nigerian Sketch has so far been able to tally about 11, 474 cancelled votes from just two local government areas as of the time this story was published, and if such cancellations continue at this rate, pundits say it could be the deciding factor at the end of the day.

There is palpable tension as voters and party supporters wait to see if a winnwer will be declared tonight.

Party faithfuls have mounted a strenous vigil at the INEC headquaters since the early Sunday, in obidience to the calls of thier political masters.

Meanwhile, there have been reports of thugs blocking some areas of the state, waiting to wreck havoc if final election result did not favour their party. State Road, along Government House, is one area citizens have been warned not to ply for fear of attacks.

 

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KANO: NNPP leads with 101, 997 votes after collation of 43 LGs 

KANO: NNPP leads with 101, 997 votes after collation of 43 LGs 

After the collation of election results in 43 out of the 44 local government areas of Kano State in the state governorshp election, the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) is leading its main rival, All Progressives Congress (APC) with 101, 997 votes.

Official figures shows that NNPP garnered 963, 822  votes while the ruling APC) got 861, 825 so far.

Earlier results were a ding-dong affair between the two heavyweight parties, as they overtake one another with minimal margins.

However, later tallies shot the NNPP far ahead of its major rival, giving its supporters a feeling of victory.

But, a more careful peek at the results should give both parties some cause for worry, as the number of cancelled votes rises beyond expectation.

Nigerian Sketch has so far been able to tally about 11, 474 cancelled votes from just two local government areas as of the time this story was published, and if such cancellations continue at this rate, pundits say it could be the deciding factor at the end of the day.

Meanwhile, there have been reports of thugs blocking some areas of the state, waiting to wreck havoc if final election result did not favour their party. State Road, along Government House, is one area citizens have been warned not to ply for fear of attacks.

 

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KANO: Cancelled votes worrisome, as NNPP runs with wider margin with 4 LGs to go  

KANO: Cancelled votes worrisome, as NNPP runs with wider margin with 4 LGs to go  

After the collation of election results in 40 out of the 44 local government areas of Kano State, the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) appears to be cruising towards victory.

Official figures shows that NNPP garnered 806, 285 votes while the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) got 74, 4452 so far. NNPP was leading with margin of 71, 890.

Earlier results were a ding-dong affair between the two heavyweight parties, as they overtake one another with minimal margins.

However, later tallies shot the NNPP far ahead of its major rival, giving its supporters a feeling of victory.

But, a more careful peek at the results should give both parties some cause for worry, as the number of cancelled votes rises beyond expectation.

Nigerian Sketch has so far been able to tally about 11, 474 cancelled votes from just two local government areas as of the time this story was published, and if such cancellations continue at this rate, pundits say it could be the deciding factor at the end of the day.

Meanwhile, there have been reports of thugs blocking some areas of the state, waiting to wreck havoc if final election result did not favour their party. State Road, along Government House, is one area citizens have been warned not to ply for fear of attacks.

 

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Arsenal pummel Palace to revenge Vieira’s sack, as Saka sacks legend’s record

Arsenal pummel Palace to revenge Vieira’s sack, as Saka sacks legend’s record

With his brace against Crystal Palace, Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka passed the number of goals scored by club legend Patrick Vieira, who was recently sacked by the Eagles.

The Arsenal star bagged himself a brace against Crystal Palace as the Gunners ran riot at the Emirates, dispatching their cross-London opponents 4-1 to stretch their lead at the top of the table to eight points over Manchester City.

And in doing so, Saka’s brace meant he passed Arsenal legend Vieira, who was recently sacked by Palace, on the Gunners all-time goal scoring list.

During his long-tenured spell at Arsenal, Vieira scored 32 goals from midfield which Saka has now surpassed courtesy of his Palace brace.

And it seemed almost fitting for Saka to pass the ex-Palace boss on the day Arsenal played Vieira’s old team, with Gunners supporters at the Emirates singing the name of their former captain.

Both prior to the game and during, Arsenal fans sang Vieira’s name, clearly aiming a shot at Palace’s decision to sack the Frenchman earlier this week.

And after the full-time whistle, plenty of Arsenal fans claimed their rout over Palace was for Vieira.

One Gunner wrote: “We hope you enjoyed the beating @CPFC that was for our legend Patrick Vieira” while another added: “Revenge for Patrick Vieira.”

Another tweeted: “This win is 100% for Patrick Vieira.”

While Palace are going through a dismal run of form, they had faced a host of top Premier League teams, and were 12th in the table prior to his dismissal by the Eagles.

Last term, he also guided Palace to Wembley, with the club reaching the FA Cup semi-finals before being dumped out of the competition by Chelsea 2-0.

 

 

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Arsenal beat Crystal Palace, lead Premier League with eight points

Arsenal beat Crystal Palace, lead Premier League with eight points

Arsenal surged eight points clear at the top of the Premier League as Bukayo Saka’s brace inspired a 4-1 rout of on Sunday.

Gabriel Martinelli opened the scoring in the first half at the Emirates Stadium to put the leaders on course for a sixth successive league victory.

It was redemption for Martinelli, whose missed penalty condemned Arsenal to Europa League last 16 defeat in their shoot-out against Sporting Lisbon on Thursday.

Mikel Arteta’s side needed just 45 minutes against struggling Palace to erase the bitter taste of that loss.

Saka followed Martinelli’s goal by doubling Arsenal’s lead before half-time.

Granit Xhaka netted the third after the interval and Jeff Schlupp’s reply was no consolation as the influential Saka’s second capped Arsenal’s stylish display.

Arsenal now have a substantial eight-point lead over second placed Manchester City, who took the weekend off from Premier League duty to thrash Burnley in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.

With a game in hand on Arsenal and a crucial clash with the Gunners looming on April 26, Pep Guardiola’s champions will still believe they can win a fifth title in six seasons.

But heading into the international break, Arsenal have ensured the fate of the title race will be in their hands in the final 10 games.

“I’m really pleased with the way we reacted after the Sporting game. We showed a lot of determination,” Arteta said.

“It feels very good, especially with the way we have played and the results we have picked up.

“The desire and energy impressed me. They must come back from the international break with the same mindset they had before.”

Arteta reserved special praise for Saka, who is the first player to reach at least 10 goals and 10 assists in the Premier League this season.

“The whole team did really well but Bukayo was really good today, affecting the result with his contribution,” he said.

“That is what we need. We need our front players firing and making the difference and today they did that again.”

After surrendering top spot with a defeat against City in February, Arsenal have responded impressively, showing a maturity and composure far beyond the Gunners’ teams that routinely underachieved in recent years.

Arteta deserves immense credit for transforming a side that blew their top four place last season.

Less than a year later, Arsenal, the first English side ever to win nine London derbies in a single season, have the look of champions elect.

Arteta had labelled the Palace clash as the most important match of his managerial career and his players once again rose to the challenge.

They had the ideal opponents in a Palace team now without a win in their 13 matches in 2023 and reeling from Friday’s sacking of boss Patrick Vieira.

Vieira was a key member of the last title-winning Arsenal side 19 years ago and Gunners fans chanted his name throughout the game.

AFP

 

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UFC 286: Kamaru Usman’s full statement after title fight loss to Leon Edwards  

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UFC 286: Kamaru Usman’s full statement after title fight loss to Leon Edwards  

Even though Leon Edwards just sealed their trilogy series 2-1 with a win at UFC 286, Kamaru Usman believes they’ll meet in the cage again before he retires.

Leon Edwards may have opened the door for Kamaru Usman’s retirement, but “Nigerian Nightmare” doesn’t sound ready to cross the threshold any time soon.

Edwards defeated Usman for the second time in a row at UFC 286 last night (Sat., March 18, 2023) in London, England, winning their trilogy series 2-1.

Indeed, “Rocky” not only dethroned the Welterweight champion, he stopped him from regaining the throne. Now there seems like little chance that Usman will get another shot at the title so long as Edwards wears the crown.

Usman, 35, is no spring chicken. He has well-known knee issues along with lingering hand injuries. Who knows what other problems he struggles with health-wise after decade as a professional fighter and lifetime of amateur wrestling competition.

But, Usman made it clear in the Octagon after his loss that he wasn’t planning on retiring anytime soon.

“I think I did enough to win the fight, but I knew it was a close fight,” Usman said during his post-fight interview in the cage. “Great gameplan, great gameplan. You know, I’ve always said it from the start: I knew I’d see Leon again, and we did it. I’m not done. I’ll see him again, but he put on a hell of a gameplan.

“I’ve always given him props for everything he’s been able to accomplish,” Usman continued. “He’s a brother, like myself. Much respect. London, you’ve got yourself a hell of a guy, a great champion.

“I’m going to get back with my coaches because I’m one of those guys, I can’t sit for too long,” Usman said regarding his future. “I start getting antsy. I’m going to talk to my coaches. I’ll get back, sit back and relax … spend some time with my daughter.

“You get to come here and get entertained by us, but a lot of you guys don’t know what we go through in training camp just to prepare for this, just to get in there and give you guys a show,” Usman concluded. “So guys, much respect to the fighters. We put it on the line for you guys each and every time.”

A special thank you to my management, family, friends, and fans. I appreciate each and everyone of you. Wasn’t my night but as always we go back to work. Congratulations @Leon_edwardsmma great work

— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) March 19, 2023

What went down

Edwards defeated Usman to retain his welterweight title at UFC 286 in London.

Edwards was looking to make the first defence of his welterweight title since winning it against Usman with a last-gasp knockout last August.

The London crowd flooded out The O2 arena with chants of “Headshot, dead” in support of the home fighter as the trilogy bout got underway.

Both men were tentative in the opening round but it was Edwards who landed heavy first, hurting Usman with a body kick but he did well to recover moments later. Edwards was putting together his combinations well, but the Brit was warned by referee Herb Dean to not grab the inside of Usman’s glove.

Edwards put together a good combination that staggered Usman but ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ recovered by stunning Edwards with a jab before taking him down for the first time. The back and forth in the second stanza continued as Edwards got back to his feet and landed a hard left hand. Usman was finding his rhythm as he changed levels and secured a good single-leg takedown as the third round got underway.

Referee Herb Dean deducted a point from Edwards as he illegally grabbed the fence whilst Usman was taking him down. Edwards landed a good one down the middle whilst Usman continued to find success with his jab. As the fight went into the championship rounds, Edwards dropped Usman with a leg kick but the Nigerian-American sprung up to his feet straight away.

The fight was neck-and-neck heading into the final round and Edwards attempted his signature head kick, but Usman defended it this time around. Edwards was being encouraged by huge cheers as he continued to put together some crisp combinations. Usman was relentless in his takedown attempts but Edwards defended well and kept the fight standing and saw out the contest before the judges gave him the nod by scores of 48-46, 48, 46 and 47-47.

Edwards said after the fight: “He didn’t get any takedowns and I was defending multiple of his shots. I want to say thank you to him, he’s been a great competitor. I was trying to get the head kick, but fair play to him because he had perfect defence.”

 

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Rivers APC campaign director found dead with bullet shots

Rivers APC campaign director found dead with bullet shots

The remains of All Progressives Congress Campaign (APC) coordinator in Ahoada-West Local Government Area of Rivers State, Chisom Lennard, has been found hours after he was abducted.

Late Lennard’s body was found in a pool of blood and riddled with bullets along the Ibueahi-Ubeta road in Ahoada West LGA of the state late Saturday.

The state APC publicity secretary, Darlington Nwauju, confirmed the incident to newsmen, saying “He was abducted from his polling unit during the voting process and taken away.

“Nobody knew where they took him to. It was later yesterday evening (Saturday) that his body was discovered. He was the APC LGA caretaker chairman and a PhD student at the Rivers State University.”

Lennard was reportedly kidnapped by the gunmen dressed in police uniform while voting during the governorship and state House of Assembly elections at Ibagwa polling unit 2, Ward 10 in Ahoada West LGA.

The APC chieftain, it was gathered, had tried to stop the gunmen from snatching election materials when he was whisked away by uniformed men initially thought to be security operatives.

The late APC chieftain was an estate surveyor and a former board member of the Greater Port Harcourt City Development Authority during the tenure of Rotimi Amaechi.

The state police command has not issues any statement on the matter.

 

 

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Donald Trump faces arrest Tuesday in hush money case

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Donald Trump faces arrest Tuesday in hush money case

Former president of the United States, Donald Trump, has said he expects to be “arrested” Tuesday over an alleged hush-money payment to a porn star in 2016.

He urged his supporters to protest, as prosecutors gave signs of moving closer to an indictment.

If indicted, he would be the first former US president to be charged with a crime, marking an explosive and unpredictable development in the 2024 White House race as Trump seeks again to clinch the Republican nomination.

“Leading Republican candidate & former President of the United States of America will be arrested on Tuesday of next week,” the 76-year-old said Saturday on his Truth Social platform, adding: “Protest, take our nation back!”

Not even a conviction in the hush money case would prevent Trump from running, but an indictment could have major consequences, galvanizing his critics but also electrifying his supporters.

Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy reacted with fury, accusing New York prosecutors of pursuing “political vengeance” against Trump.

McCarthy vowed on Twitter to launch a congressional probe of the matter.

Trump calls for protest over ‘arrest’ plot

But his Democratic predecessor, Nancy Pelosi, who was still speaker when Trump was impeached for inciting the January 6, 2021 rioting in the US Capitol, said his announcement would “foment unrest among his supporters.”

“He cannot hide from his violations of the law, disrespect for our elections and incitements to violence,” Pelosi added.

The current investigation, led by Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg, an elected Democrat, centers on $130,000 paid weeks before the 2016 polls to stop porn star Stormy Daniels from going public about an affair she says she had with Trump years earlier.

Trump has denied having had an affair with Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, and has insisted the probe amounted to “blatant and unconstitutional” election interference and that the procedure wasn’t “a prosecution, it’s a persecution.”

His lawyer told CNBC on Friday that Trump, if indicted, would surrender to face criminal charges.

AFP

 

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GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION: NUJ condemns attack on journalist in Kano

GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION: NUJ condemns attack on journalist in Kano

The Nigerian Union of journalists (NUJ) has condemned the attack on one of its members during Saturday’s governorship and States Houses of Assembly elections in Nigeria.

Chairman of the Kano State chapter of NUJ, Comrade Abbas Ibrahim said the union would take all necessary actions to ensure justice for its member who was attacked by thugs during the election in the state.

Some thugs attacked a journalist with Premier Radio Kano, Ashiru Umar, while on election duty at Gidan Galadima in Galadanci Primary, Gwale local government area of the state on Saturday.

A Leadership newspaper report said trouble started when political thugs descended on him with weapons, thinking he had captured them while giving out food items to eligible voters at the polling unit.

Already, there were video clips that captured incidences of inducement of voters with money and other items on Election Day.

Ashiru was injured and his gadgets destroyed. He was rushed to healthcare center where he received medical attention to treat his wound.

The NUJ advised journalists to stay safe at all times and report any intimidation to relevant authorities.

A MacArthur Foundation funded civil society organisation in Nigeria, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) said there were “..repeated skirmishes and fights between voters, party agents and officials. For example, observers in Enugu reported clashes between the party representatives, while others in Jigawa highlighted similar issues between self-professed party members.

“There were reports in Ukanafun LGA, Akwa Ibom, where thugs attacked a polling unit and scared away voters. Election materials were also hijacked at gunpoint in Emelia LGA and thugs also disrupted the process in Obio Akpor LGA, both in Rivers State.”

 

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CDD says violence, vote buying mar governorship, state assembly polls  

CDD says violence, vote buying mar governorship, state assembly polls  

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has rated the credibility of Saturday’s governorship and state House of Assembly elections in Nigeria low.

This was due to alleged cases of sale of votes, violence and intimidation of voters.

While the group commended improvements in the conduct of the elections, especially in the area of logistical deployment leading to prompt arrival of INEC officials, the group noted that there were still occasional issues of non-functionality of the Bi-modal Voter Accreditation System machines.

The CDD made the observations in its preliminary statement on the governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections in Abuja, on Saturday.

Briefing journalists, the executive director of the group, Idayat Hassan, said data from its 1,500 observers deployed across the country showed that there were more cases of vote-buying during the governorship election compared to the presidential poll of February 25, across the six geopolitical zones.

“In the North-West, observers in all seven states reported increased reports of vote trading, primarily by political party agents. Money was used alongside other materials such as food items, wrappers and a ‘credit voucher’ were used to buy votes and those items were to be redeemed after the results were declared.

Similarly in the North-East, political party agents in Taraba State were observed to have infiltrated the queues, pretended to be voters and used the chance to offer cash for votes. In the South-East, there were reports of APGA and LP party agents using materials, phones and other souvenirs to entice voters in Anambra State.

In the South-South, multiple states reported a desire for voters to show proof of their ballot before being paid, with party agents reportedly compiling a list of their voters in Esan Central LGA, Edo State.

This might be a reflection of the heightened political environment around the governorship polls, the importance of local personalities in state-level politics, and the shortages of fuel and naira.”

Mrs. Hassan also expressed concern over cases of insecurity and reduced presence of security officials during the elections, compared to the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections.

“A concern that has cut across multiple zones is the reduced presence of security officials. Observers across the states in the South-South, South-West and North-West reported a much smaller security presence, especially when compared to the presidential election.

“This has led to repeated skirmishes and fights between voters, party agents and officials. For example, observers in Enugu reported clashes between the party representatives, while others in Jigawa highlighted similar issues between self-professed party members.

“There were reports in Ukanafun LGA, Akwa Ibom, where thugs attacked a polling unit and scared away voters. Election materials were also hijacked at gunpoint in Emelia LGA and thugs also disrupted the process in Obio Akpor LGA, both in Rivers State.”

Speaking also, the chairman of the CDD’s Election Analysis Centre, Prof. Adele Jinadu, said the turnout of voters for the polls varied from state to state based on anecdotal evidence.

He explained that in states where the incumbent was significantly challenged by his opponent, there were relatively higher turnouts of voters.

Jinadu said the CDD observation data indicated that in the South-South, the general sense of discouragement across the region due to the unfavourable outcome of the presidential election, affected turnout, with voters declaring ‘there is no point’ of coming out to vote.

He also disclosed that the observer data showed that across the South-West zone, INEC officials arrived on time and promptly commenced the process in over 80% of observed polling units.

He said the trend was consistent across the six geopolitical zones. In Anambra State, 75% of polling units had INEC officials who arrived on time with voting commencing on average at 8:41am.

“There was even a report of INEC officials in Benue State having slept over at the polling unit to avoid late coming,” he added.

 

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Bode George condemns attacks on Lagos voters in 2023 governorship election

Bode George condemns attacks on Lagos voters in 2023 governorship election

Former deputy national chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, has expressed worries over what he termed negative reports over attacks on voters and snatching of ballot boxes in Lagos state by hoodlums at the governorship and state house of assembly elections held on Saturday March 18, 2023.

George expressed this concern while speaking with journalists at his Ikoyi office after casting his vote at his polling booth 002 Cameron street in Ikoyi- Eti- Osa Local Government Area (LGA), saying that in places like Shomolu, Ikeja, Surulere, Ajah, among others, voting were not free and fair as hoodlums and thugs did not allow voters to exercise their voting right as guaranteed by the law of the land.

The PDP chieftain said voters in VGC were not allowed to vote within the estate, but were asked to come and do so along the expressway where their polling unit was relocated, causing panic of possible attack on them.

According to Chief George, things can’t continue this way, adding: “For God’s sake, we can’t turn this country to a mob nation.

“The report I have gotten so far is very distressful. In Shomolu, in Ikeja, in Surulere, in Ajah, the reports are saying that people were attacking voters were attacked and there were snatching of ballot boxes.”

Chief George added that, “For God’s sake, we can’t turn this country to a mob nation. These are reports I have gotten, very disturbing. If we continue this way and nothing is done to address it, then don’t complain. We can’t continue this way, what kind of country are we building?

“If this attitude of attacking voters and snatching of ballot boxes becomes a norm in the country, it speaks volume,” he added.

Speaking further, the PDP chieftain, noted that that there was apathy on the part of voters in Ikoyi area where he voted, he recalled that the voting process followed the last Presidential/National Assembly election pattern involving the use of BVAS, but he insisted that instant transmission of results from polling units to server was imperative and must be adhered to this time around.

 

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Russia kicks as ICC issues arrest warrant for Putin over war crimes in Ukraine

Russia kicks as ICC issues arrest warrant for Putin over war crimes in Ukraine

The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant on Friday against Russian President Vladimir Putin, accusing him of the war crime of illegally deporting hundreds of children from Ukraine.

Russia has however said it was an “outrageous and unacceptable” move.

The legal move will obligate the court’s 123 member states to arrest Putin and transfer him to The Hague for trial if he sets foot on their territory.

Moscow has repeatedly denied accusations that its forces have committed atrocities during the one-year military operation in Ukraine and the Kremlin branded the court decision as “null and void”.

Neither Russia not Ukraine are members of the ICC, although Kyiv granted it jurisdiction to prosecute crimes committed on its territory. The tribunal has no police force of its own and relies on member states to make arrests.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia found the very questions raised by the ICC “outrageous and unacceptable”.

Asked if Putin now feared traveling to countries that recognised the ICC, Peskov said: “I have nothing to add on this subject. That’s all we want to say.”

Stephen Rapp, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues under former president Barack Obama, said: “This makes Putin a pariah. If he travels he risks arrest. This never goes away. Russia cannot gain relief from sanctions without compliance with the warrants.”

Putin is the third serving president to be the target of an ICC arrest warrant, after Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir and Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi.

Deportation of children

In its first warrant for Ukraine, the ICC called for Putin’s arrest on suspicion of unlawful deportation of children and unlawful transfer of people from the territory of Ukraine to the Russian Federation since February 24, 2022.

“Hundreds of Ukrainian children have been taken from orphanages and children’s homes to Russia,” ICC chief prosecutor Karim Khan said in a statement on Friday. “Many of these children, we allege, have since been given up for adoption in the Russian Federation.”

The alleged acts “demonstrate an intention to permanently remove these children from their own country. At the time of these deportations, the Ukrainian children were protected persons under the Fourth Geneva Convention.”

Khan said his office will continue looking for additional suspects and “will not hesitate to submit further applications for warrants of arrest when the evidence requires us to do so.”

Ukraine’s top prosecutor, Andriy Kostin, hailed the ICC move as a “a historic decision for Ukraine and the entire international law system”.

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said it was just the start of “holding Russia accountable for its crimes and atrocities in Ukraine”.

Some Russians saw the hand of the United States in the ICC decision, although Washington, like Moscow, is not a state party.

“Yankees, hands off Putin!” wrote parliament speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, a close ally of the president, on Telegram, saying the move was evidence of Western “hysteria”.

“We regard any attacks on the President of the Russian Federation as aggression against our country,” he said.

The court also issued a warrant on Friday for Maria Lvova-Belova, Russia’s Commissioner for Children’s Rights, on the same charges. She responded to the news with irony, according to RIA Novosti agency: “It’s great that the international community has appreciated the work to help the children of our country.”

Ukraine has said more than 16,000 children have been illegally transferred to Russia or Russian-occupied territories in Ukraine.

A U.S.-backed report by Yale University researchers last month said Russia has held at least 6,000 Ukrainian children in at least 43 camps and other facilities as part of a “large-scale systematic network”.

Russia has not concealed a programme under which it has brought thousands of Ukrainian children to Russia, but presents it as a humanitarian campaign to protect orphans and children abandoned in the conflict zone.

The ICC’s Khan opened the investigation into possible war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Ukraine a year ago. He highlighted during four trips to Ukraine that he was looking at alleged crimes against children and the targeting of civilian infrastructure.

Reuters

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Kano LG with ‘negative’ name to be renamed, as Buhari signs new laws

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Kano LG with ‘negative’ name to be renamed, as Buhari signs new laws

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed 16 constitutional amendment bills into law.

One of the bills that was signed ito law has given respite to the citizens of Kunchi local government area of Kano State who have, over the years lamented the negativity that they claim was associated with the name of their local government.

‘Kunchi’ in Hausa language could be translated to mean ‘anger’ or ‘extreme poverty’ in English, and there has been the belief that the name was responsible for some of the misfortunes that has afflicted the local government over the years.

Clerics in the state have advised that the area consider a change of name to turn the tide of negativity associated with the present one, and lawmakers from the state have taken it upom themselves to actaulise this desire.

Some suggested new names include ‘Yalwa’ and ‘Murna’, meaning afflunce and joy respectively.

The Senate had earlier passed the bill to change the name of Kunchi local government area of Kano State, the same way it did to Afikpo North and Afikpo South local government areas of Ebonyi State, and Atisbo local government area of Oyo State.

The bill is now a law after getting the presidential signature.

Among the bills signed by the president is the one which mandates the president-elect and governors-elect to submit the names of ministers or commissioners to the Senate and State House of Assembly within 60 days of taking the oath of office.

The bills signed into law also included financial independence for state houses of assemblies and state judiciary;  bills seeking to remove railway, prison, electricity from the exclusive legislative list to the concurrent list, among others.

The assented bills will soon be published in the Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The assented Constitutional Alteration Bills are:

  • Bill to change the names of Afikpo North and Afikpo South Local Government Areas
  • Bill to change the name of Kunchi Local Government Area
  • Bill to change the names of Egbado North and Egbado South Local Government Areas
  • Bill to correct the name of Atigbo Local Government Area
  • Bill to correct the name of Obia/Akpor Local Government Area.
  • Bill to provide for the financial independence of State Houses of Assembly and State Judiciary
  • Bill to regulate the first session and inauguration of members-elect of the National and State Houses of Assembly.
  • Bill to delete the reference to the provisions of the Criminal Code, Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Act, Criminal Procedure Code or Evidence Act
  • Bill to exclude the period of intervening events in the computation of time for determining
  • pre-election petitions, election petitions and appeals
  • Bill to provide for the post-call qualification of the Secretary of the National Judicial Council.
  • Bill to delete the item “prisons” in the Exclusive Legislative List and re-designate it as “Correctional Services” in the Concurrent Legislative List.
  • Bill to move the item “railways” from the Exclusive Legislative List to the Concurrent Legislative List
  • Bill to allow States to generate, transmit and distribute electricity in areas covered by the national grid.
  • Bill to require the President and Governors to submit the names of persons nominated as Ministers or Commissioners within sixty days of taking the oath of office for confirmation by the Senate or State House of Assembly.
  • Bill to correct the error in the definition of the boundary of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
  • Bill to require the Government to direct its policy towards ensuring the right to food and food security in Nigeria

The President also assented to 3 other bills to wit: The Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology Act, The Nigerian Institute of International Relations Act, and The Federal Medical Centers (Amendment) Acts.

There was nationwide outrage when, in 2015, Buhari assumed office and failed to appoint ministers in six months.

On Wednesday, President-Elect Bola Tinubu had spoken about his cabinet, saying he would appoint competent persons across the country.

 

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Vacillating Atiku calls Wike political prostitute, Nigerians disagree

Vacillating Atiku calls Wike political prostitute, Nigerians disagree

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria’s 2023 elections, Atiku Abubakar, has lambasted the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike.

According to Blueprint newspaper on Friday, Atiku’s spokesman, Phrank Shaibu, in a statement, likened Wike to a prostitute claiming to be in business to feed the poor, stressing that nobody believes the lies perpetrated by the governor.

“Wike invited Peter Obi to Port Harcourt under the guise of commissioning projects only for him to work against the same Obi, then goes around to call Obi the hero of the election. This is obviously a shameless man who takes Nigerians for fools.

“Wike is a snake and that is why even after helping Tinubu to a dubious victory in Rivers State, even Tinubu cannot invite him to the dinner table because a snake is not the kind of animal you can invite into your home. Such animals cannot be domesticated,” he said.

He said despite the involvement of Wike in the victory of the president-elect, Bola Tinubu, that he can not be brought into governance.

The former Vice President said Tinubu cannot invite Wike to his dinner table because the governor is a ‘snake’.

Nigerians were however quick to observe that Wike has been a far more steadfast politician than Atiku, having remained in one political party all along while Atiku has switched sides more than twice.

A political observer, Sani Ali Raja, said “While Wike has never left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under whatever guise, Atiku has left more that once to join the opposition, all in his desperate bid to actualise his personal ambition. I will trust a Wike over an Atiku any day, any time when it comes to politics in Nigeria. Atiku is like many other Nigerian politicians who keep changing parties at the slightest challenge, but Wike has remained in one party despite all challenges. To me, Atiku is more metaphorically a prostitute rather than Wike.”

 

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UEFA Champions League Q-Finals: Real Madrid meet Chelsea as Man City play Bayern

UEFA Champions League Q-Finals: Real Madrid meet Chelsea as Man City play Bayern

Holders Real Madrid will play Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the Champions League while Manchester City were paired with Pep Guardiola’s former side Bayern Munich in Friday’s draw.

Serie A leaders Napoli take on AC Milan in an all-Italian showdown and Inter Milan face Portuguese league leaders Benfica.

The winners of Real’s tie against Chelsea will go on to face either City or Bayern in the semi-finals, throwing open the possibility of an all-English last-four tie.

That also increases the chances of seeing an Italian team reach the final for the first time since Juventus in 2017, as Inter will play either Milan or Napoli in the last four should the Nerazzurri beat Benfica.

The quarter-final first legs will be played on April 11 and 12, with Real entertaining Chelsea at the Santiago Bernabeu first before travelling to London for the return a week later, and City at home to Bayern first.

Inter were drawn to play Benfica at home initially but will now travel to Lisbon for the first leg to avoid a clash with AC Milan’s meeting with Napoli at San Siro.

The semi-finals will be played in May with the final in Istanbul scheduled for Saturday, June 10.

Full draw below:

Real Madrid               vs       Chelsea

Inter Milan                 vs       Benfica

Manchester City        vs        Bayern Munich

AC Milan                  vs        Napoli

 

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