The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has appointed Joseph Yobo as Super Eagles’ Assistant Coach.
Yobo replaces Imama Amapakabo who was standing in for Salisu Yusuf. TVC reports.
It can be recalled that the former Enyimba and Kano Pillars coach was found guilty of receiving an amount of money reported to be around $1000.
Yusuf was caught collecting money to influence his team’s selection for the 2017 WAFU Cup in Ghana.
The NFF Ethics Committee sanctioned him with a fine of $5000 and a one-year ban from football-related activities.
The SUG president of Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State, Adegboye Olatunji, has stated that he is not a cult member claiming that he was charmed by cultist before his arrest.
Adegboye Olatunji, was arrested over the weekend alongside one Olarewaju Taiwo during the initiation of new members into the dreaded cult after members of the public alerted the police. The management of the institution also reacted by suspending the pair.
Speaking on the turn of events at the command headquarters in Eleweran during a parade of 77 suspected criminals, Adegboye said he was charmed by cultist, then taken into the bush for initiation. He said;
“I was going to the church around 7am on Sunday. I was going to a church in llaro. My rector also goes to that church and he hates anything cultism.”
Adegboye also expressed disappointment over the way he was treated by the school authority saying;
“They didn’t fight for me because they didn’t make the proper findings.
The House of Representatives on Wednesday quizzed the management team of the National Examination Council of Nigeria (NECO) over non-remittance of N6.6 billion revenue for two years.
Speaking at the investigative hearing into under-remittances of revenue generated by major Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Chairman, House Committee on Finance, Hon. Abiodun Faleke, threatened that the Committee would use all constitutional means to compel the appearance of heads of all revenue-generating agencies before the Committee.
According to the documents presented to the Committee, the first payment of N6 million was remitted to Consolidated Revenue Fund on the 27th July, 2016 (specific year not stated); N30 million operating surplus for 2015 and 2016 paid on the 15th November 2019; N235.682 million 2016 operating surplus paid on the 4th November, 2019; N284.934 million for 2017 paid on the 4th November, 2019; while the sum of N700 million paid for 2018 operating surplus also paid on the 15th November, 2019.
The Council also paid an additional sum of N285.308 million for 2019 operating surplus on the 4th November, 2019 and N591.653 million operating surplus for 2018 was paid on the 12th February, 2020
While noting that those who fail to appear before the Committee have something to hide, Hon. Faleke directed NECO to provide receipts of payment aloft all outstanding debts when appearing before the Committee on Wednesday, 4th March, 2020.
Speaking earlier, NECO’s Director of Finance and Administration, Dr Jacob Ekele, accused 19 State Governors especially Zamfara State Government of multi-billion naira.
Worried by the development, Hon. Faleke threatened that the House would recommend appropriate sanctions for all the staff, by withholding the payment of the staff of the institution.
He also directed the Director Finance and Administration to send the Council’s financial statement, audited reports, reconciliation report with Auditor General office on the outstanding N6.6 billion for the two years as well as the reconciliatory report with Accountant General office.
Hon. Faleke who expressed concern over the shocking revelation from the two years audit harped on the need to conduct Status of Inquiry on the financial position of NECO
The Ogun State Government has approved the proposal for the creation of the Ogun State Security Network Agency, known as Operation Amotekun.
The approval was given at the State Executive Council meeting which held at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s office, Oke Mosan secretariat, Abeokuta after an extensive deliberation that lasted close to 10 hours and presided over by the Chairman, Governor Dapo Abiodun on Tuesday evening.
At the meeting the Governor went down memory lane of how he escaped unscathed exactly a year ago when loyalists of his predecessor pelted leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Abeokuta, as the party’s flag was being handed over to him by chieftains of the party, including President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, among other big wigs.
Abiodun, however, said he has forgiven those who visited violence on these leaders and party supporters nor does he hold any grudge against anyone that played a part in the incidence of February 11, 2019, where, he said, the “highest level of political intolerance” in the country was witnessed.
According to him, the level of intolerance during the campaign was only part of what God had ordained so as to ensure his emergence as governor.
“I have said often times that I do not bear grudge against anybody. You are all part of the scriptures that needed to be fulfilled. So, for all those who fought us, stoned us, intimidated us, harassed us, beat us, they all had their part to play so that the scripture can be fulfilled. Accordingly, we have forgiven them, more importantly, God has crowned us with victory,” he said.
The governor said it was hard for him to believe that Ogun State, a state of many first experienced such an ugly incident, stressing that the level of humility of his team in the midst of the ugly smear campaign played a huge role in their victory at the polls
Abiodun stated that his administration would continue to be humble in its quest to make the state better than it met it, saying that they would continue to ensure they provide good governance to the people of the state.
“I could not believe that in this state, in which I am a bonafide son of the soil, in this state, which is a state of many first, that such a show of shame was taking place before my very eyes, in front of the Number one and Number two persons in this country, I could not just believe it.”
Adeniran assured that the State Amotekun Corp will be headed by a state Commandant, adding that the bill also allows for collaborative efforts between the six Southwest states should the need arise.
He expressed optimism that the bill will get speedy attention from the state lawmakers so that the Governor could also give the required assent in no long time.
Adeniran said: “We presented the bill for the creation of the Ogun State Security Network Agency or what many call the Amotekun Corp Bill of 2020.
“Today, the Executive Council of Ogun State met and adopted a draft as amended of a bill for a law to establish the Ogun State Security Network Agency. This agency is the agency that will comprise of the Amotekun Corp and this bill will be transmitted to the house of assembly before the end of this week,” he said.
The Amotekun Security outfit had already been launched by the Governors of the Southwestern states. However, it became very clear that there was a need for a legal backing for that operations.
“This”, he added, “made all the Attorneys General of the Southwest zone including Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo and Lagos state to come together with the intervention of DAWN commission that has been piloting the process, and we are able to have a draft model bill to be adopted by each of the state in accordance with their local circumstances and situations as the need arises.
Forbes’ current list shows that Dangote Group President Aliko Dangote remains the undisputed king of Africa’s rich men., leading Globacom chief Mike Adenuga, BUA Group chief Abdulsamad Rabiu and Famfa Oil vice-chairman Folorusho Alakija, writes CHINAKA OKORO.
AFRICA’S RICHEST 20
- Aliko Dangote $10.1billion
- Nassef Sawiris $8 billion
- Mike Adenuga $7.7 billion
- Nicky Oppenheimer $7.7 billion
- Johann Rupert $6.5 billion
- Issad Rebrab $4.4 billion
- Mohamed Mansour $3.3 billion
- Abdulsamad Rabiu $3.1 billion
- Naguib Sawiris $3 billion
- Patrice Motsepe $2.6 billion
- Koos Bekker $2.5 billion
- Yasseen Mansour $2.3 billion
- Isabel dos Santos $2.2 billion
- Youssef Mansour $1.9 billion
- Aziz Akhannouch $1.7 billion
- Mohammed Dewji $1.6 billion
- Othman Benjelloun $1.4 billion
- Michiel Le Roux $1.3 billion
- Strive Masiyiwa $1.1billion
- Folorunso Alakija $1billion
The ranking by the American global media company indicated that Dangote’s present worth is down from his estimate of $10.3 billion last year. It attributed the drop to a slightly lower stock price for his Dangote Cement.
According to Forbes, only eight of Africa’s 54 nations have billionaires. South Africa and Egypt dominate the list with five billionaires each. Nigeria has four billionaires.
Egypt’s Nassef Sawiris is the new number two. He is worth $8 billion. He had $6.3 billion last year. His most valuable asset is a stake in Adidas, which is worth $4 billion.
Globacom chief Mike Adenuga is number three with $7.7 billion. GloMobile, Conoil and his extensive real estate holdings contribute to his massive wealth.
Adenuga shares the third place with South African Nicky Oppenheimer, who also has $7.7 billion. He is heir to his family’s fortune. He sold his 40 per cent stake in diamond firm DeBeers to mining group Anglo American for $5.1 billion in 2012.
Johann Rupert is the fifth richest African. The chairman of Swiss luxury goods firm Compagnie Financiere Richemont is best known for the brands Cartier and Montblanc.
BUA Group chief Abdulsamad Rabiu is on the number eight position. His company is a conglomerate active in cement production, sugar refining and real estate.
In January, Rabiu merged his Obu Cement Company with listed firm Cement Company of Northern Nigeria, which he controlled. The combined firm, called BUA Cement Plc, trades on the stock exchange and Rabiu owns 98.5% of it.
Angola’s Isabel dos Santos is one of the two women in the top 20 African billionaires. She is 13th with a net worth of $2.2 billion. The 46-year-old Dos Santos is the oldest daughter of Angola’s former president, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who stepped down in 2017.
Dos Santos’ fortune declined to an estimated $2.2 billion, down $100 million from last year. In late December, an Angola court issued an order to freeze the assets that Isabel dos Santos and her husband, Sindika Dokolo, own in Angola.
Those include her stake in telecom firm Unitel and stakes in two Angolan banks; Forbes estimates those assets are worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
A statement issued by Isabel dos Santos said the judgment contained “a number of untruths” and that she would fight the decision “by using all the instruments of Angolan and international law at my disposal.”
Econet chief Strive Masiyiwa is in the 19th position with a net worth of $1.1billion. The 58-year-old overcame a rotracted government opposition to launch mobile phone network Econet Wireless Zimbabwe in 1998.
He owns over 50% of the publicly-traded Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, which is a part of Econet Group.
He was worth 50% less than a year ago. Due primarily to the introduction of a new (weaker) currency in Zimbabwe, Masiyiwa’s fortune fell to $1.1 billion from $2.3 billion in January 2019.
Zimbabwe, which has battled with hyperinflation, had been using the U.S. dollar as its currency, but in 2019 it switched to its own currency, initially called the RTGS.
When converted into U.S. dollars, the values of Masiyiwa’s stakes in Zimbabwe-listed mobile phone network Econet Wireless Zimbabwe and Cassava Smartech fell dramatically in dollar terms.
Closing the 20 top African billionaire bracket is Folorunso Alakija with a net worth of $1billion. The 69-year-old Alakija is vice chair of Famfa Oil, an oil exploration company with a stake in Agbami Oilfield.
Dangote, the man
Forbes Africa journalist Peace Hyde said of Dangote: “Dangote is someone who is extremely focused and driven with a bullish passion for Africa.
For him, the goal is to dream as big and as grandiose as you can when it comes to the future of Africa because he believes, we have the human capital and resources to transform our continent.
Everything is possible in his mind. His approach to business is testament to this fact.
“Dangote has had his fair share of ups and downs. But his advice to young entrepreneurs is having the ability to delay gratification and work hard through tough times so they can enjoy the fruits of their labour at a later date.
I have seen him spend an entire afternoon answering questions about his business to a room of MBA graduates and proceeding to take pictures with everyone before leaving.
You will not find any of the obvious trappings of wealth like flashy cars or a big entourage with him and he takes the time to speak to anyone who approaches him at a function.”
Of the methodology, Forbes Africa said: “Our list tracks the wealth of African billionaires who reside in Africa or have their primary businesses there, thus excluding Sudanese-born billionaire Mo Ibrahim, who is a U.K. citizen, and billionaire London resident Mohamed Al-Fayed, an Egyptian citizen.
(Strive Masiyiwa, a citizen of Zimbabwe and a London resident, appears on the list due to his expansive telecom holdings in Africa; Isabel dos Santos, a citizen of Angola, has been living in Europe but retains assets in Angola-although they were recently frozen by a court in Angola.).
“We calculated net worths using stock prices and currency exchange rates from the close of business on Friday, January 10, 2020.
To value privately-held businesses, we couple estimates of revenues or profits with prevailing price-to-sales or price-to-earnings ratios for similar public companies. Some list members grow richer or poorer within weeks or days of our measurement date.” (The Nation)
The 2019/20 Premier League continues with the remainder of 26th round matches this
coming weekend, February 14-17, 2020, with SuperSport viewers on DStv, set to
be treated to some of the best football action in the world.
SuperSport viewers will not be deprived of a blockbuster clash, as Monday, February 17 features the meeting of Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. In a clash which could be season-defining for both clubs, the Blues will be looking to consolidate their grip on fourth place, while the Red Devils are one of several teams hoping to displace the London club and secure a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League. The weekend’s Premier League action opens with a potential thriller between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City at Molineux Stadium on the evening of Friday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day clash where no love will be lost between the Wolves and the Foxes – while the following day brings a chance for Liverpool to move closer to the title when they face bottom-of-the-log Norwich City at Carrow Road. Southampton will later host Burnley at St Mary’s Stadium. (Friday, February 14 22:00: Wolverhampton Wanderers v Leicester City – LIVE on SuperSport 3)
The pick of matches from Serie A for this weekend is the clash of Lazio and Internazionale at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on the night of Sunday 16 February. Le Aquile and the Nerazzurri are very much part of a three-way title race alongside champions Juventus and this meeting in the ‘Eternal City’ could prove a turning point in their respective seasons.
Lazio, under manager Simone Inzaghi, have been hugely impressive in recent weeks and boast one of European football’s top strikers for the 2019/20 season. Ciro Immobile has shrugged off his reputation as a journeyman to average more than a goal a game in Serie A this season.
The headline La Liga game this weekend comes from the Camp Nou and sees champions Barcelona host Getafe on Saturday afternoon. The Catalan giants have looked vulnerable away from home under new manager Quique Setien, but their home form has been almost impeccable: 10 wins and a draw from 11 matches as hosts. Getafe, though, are a tough-to-beat team under manager Jose Bordalas and rightly considered a top candidate to finish in the top four and qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League. (Saturday, February 15 17:00: Barcelona v Getafe – LIVE on SuperSport 7)
SuperSport viewers can also look forward to seeing the always entertaining Atalanta in a home clash with Roma on the evening of Saturday, February 15. La Dea and the Giallorossi are in a titanic tussle for fourth place – and an all-important spot in next season’s UEFA Champions League – and this meeting in Bergamo could be key in deciding who dines at the top table of European football next term. (Saturday, February 15 21:45: Atalanta v Roma – LIVE on SuperSport 9).
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you’re on the move, you can stream matches on DStv Now.
It’s no news that DStv recently launched two new packs; DStv Confam and Yanga. The new packs are fully loaded with amazing and entertaining content for everyone.
DStv Confam is a great time for family to come together and enjoy the goodness that DStv offers. This month on BET channel 129 the movie for the month is Good Deeds Wesley Deeds (Tyler Perry) is jolted out of his scripted life when he meets Lindsey (Thandie Newton), a single mother who works on the cleaning crew in his office building. Their meeting will erupt in a change they never saw coming. Showing 15 February 2020 at 6pm.
It’s time to settle the age-old rivalry between the male and female in Is Your Brain Male or Female? Are boys really better at maths and engineering? Do girls really have better emotional skills? This is something unmissable airing on Da Vinci channel 318 23 February 2020 at 9pm.
Other channels available on DStv Confam is TNT on channel 137 for those who love classic entertainment and SuperSport 7 channel 227 and SuperSport 8 channel 228 for the sports lovers.
DStv Yanga brings you Extratainment content, that makes your viewing stand out from the rest. Showing on Africa Magic Epic channel 152 this month is The Seventh Hour, starring AMVCA award winner, Ebele Okaro. This movie showcases the truth being concealed as the poor are made to suffer in the hands of the high and mighty and the innocent made to suffer. For more local content we have on offer ROK2 channel 169 and Ebony Live channel 165.
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Ultimate Love, the new reality show from MultiChoice Nigeria, is on 24/7 on both DStv Confam and Yanga on channel 198. The show will have eight males and eight females placed in a secluded location known as the “Love Pad”, with hopes that they will find life-long love.
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Nigeria’s leading retail bank, Access Bank Plc, has unveiled a series of great deals and exciting offers to celebrate its customers this Valentine season. The campaign, tagged “It’s a Love Thing” is the 4th edition and will kick off from February 11 to February 29, 2020.
Speaking at the launch of the campaign in Lagos today, Victor Etuokwu, Executive Director, Retail Banking, Access Bank plc said: “Valentine season is another opportunity to show love to our customers by rewarding their loyalty and enabling them achieve their valentine wishes. We are using this opportunity to thank our customers for their loyalty to Access Bank. We are grateful to our customers and non-customers who depend on our banking services and products to achieve seamless banking transactions and wish everyone a happy valentine celebration”.
Commenting further on the campaign, Adaeze Umeh, Group Head, Consumer Banking, Access bank Plc, said: “In the spirit of the love season, we are going to reward customers who finance the purchase of a Suzuki car through us with free vehicle registration, free servicing for a year and N100,000 fuel allowance. We will also reward 30 lucky customers with a 5–star dinner experience when they perform a minimum of 5 transactions on their mobile app, POS & Web and USSD (*901#) platforms.
“Customers will get 20% off their initial monthly, quarterly or annual subscription when they subscribe to our XclusivePlus proposition and the first 50 customers to activate or reactivate their Diamond Business Advantage accounts will enjoy one-month free Ebony Life TV advert. Instant prizes will also be given to customers who subscribe to our Healthxtra plan. We are offering all these and more to our customers to show how much we appreciate them for their consistent patronage.
To join our rewarding train, all you need to do is to dial *901#, or walk into any Access Bank branch close to you to reactivate or open a new account and start enjoying the Valentine Campaign benefits,” Adaeze concluded.
Access Bank is the leading retail bank in Nigeria with over 600 branches and more than 40 million customers. The bank offers products and services tailored to suit the lifestyle of every Nigerian irrespective of age and demographic.
A graduate of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Motunrayo Rafiu, who was abducted by suspected kidnappers in the Kabba area of Kogi State, on Tuesday said her abductors were Fulani herdsmen.
She noted that the hoodlums were, however, disguised in army uniform.
Rafiu was abducted on February 4, 2020, while she was on her way to resume at the Abuja campus of the Nigerian Law School.
It was gathered that when Rafiu could not be reached on her telephone, she was declared missing by her friends, who posted her pictures on social media.
Rafiu, who spent six days in the kidnappers’ den, was released on Sunday after the family paid a ransom of N1m
Narrating her experience with the abductors, the 22-year-old noted that she and other victims were made to walk barefooted in what she described as a wilderness.
She said: “While on my way to resume at the Nigerian Law School, Abuja, just before Obajana in Kogi State, we saw that some people numbering about 20 in army uniform blocked the road and we thought that they were soldiers on a routine patrol. But all of a sudden, they started shooting continuously and everybody ran for safety. They, however, caught up with us.
“At first, I wondered if they were Boko Haram insurgents or Fulani herdsmen because they wore masks and had sophisticated guns. You don’t have a choice but to cooperate with them.
“Eight people were abducted and we were made to trek into the wilderness. We trekked and climbed rocks barefooted for the six days we spent in their den; we were treated like cows. If you dared to walk behind them, they would flog you as if they were dealing with cows.
“When we got to their base, some of their workers that also rear cows came to greet them and they started dishing out instructions to the workers. I was made to cook food for the rest of the passengers; we were given rice and palm oil to eat.
“I only urinated three times for the whole six days because we had to take permission before we could do anything. While I was there, I believed that I would come out alive; I encouraged the other victims.”
On the ransom, she said: “When they demanded N5m from my family, I told them the situation of things at home and where my mother works so the ransom was reduced to N1m, while others paid N2m and above, depending on their status. No one should go through this kind of experience.”