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Former Ecuador and Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia on Wednesday announced his retirement from football. The 35-year-old, who was playing for Queretaro in Mexico, had been suffering from a foot problem. “I’m ending my career in Queretaro,” he wrote on Twitter. “I didn’t think this moment would come so soon, but my body has asked me to take this decision.” AFP Details later… #ExMan #Utd #star #Antonio #Valencia #retires #football Source

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The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has declared Thursday, May 13, as Eid-el-Fitri day. This was contained in a statement on Tuesday signed by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, the Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs Sultanate Council, Sokoto. “The Sultanate Council Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs in conjunction with the National Moon Sighting Committee did not receive any report from various Moon Sighting committees across the country. “This, confirming the sighting of the new moon of Shawwal 1442AH, on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, which was 29th day of Ramadan 1442AH. “Therefore,…

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Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions for the third time in four seasons after Manchester United crashed to a 2-1 defeat against Leicester on Tuesday. Pep Guardiola’s side are 10 points clear of second-placed United and have wrapped up the title with three games to spare. City, top-flight champions for the seventh time, have aready won the League Cup this season and can secure a treble if they beat Chelsea in the Champions League final on May 29. AFP Details later… #BREAKING #Man #City #crowned #Premier #League #champions #United #loss Source

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Fifteen Southern governors have arrived in Asaba, Delta State for a meeting to address the growing issues of insecurity and other matters affecting the regions and Nigeria. Some of the governors who are already in Asaba as of 11:30 am for the crucial meeting are the host governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Dr. Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti); Chairmen, South-West Governors Forum, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Governors Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Nyesom Wike (Rivers) and Dapo Abiodun (Ogun). According to a statement by Sanwo-Olu’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, the meeting is an intervention by…

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and Nigeria’s security chiefs are currently meeting at the State House, Abuja. The meeting is coming over 24 hours after armed robbers attempted to attack the residence of the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, on Monday. The Presidency announced the meeting via its Twitter handle but did not give details of its agenda. However, the meeting is expected to review the current security situation in the country. Before the meeting, there had been previous security meetings on Friday, April 30, and Monday, May 4. The meeting, which started at 10…

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday, received the report of the six-member special visitation panel on the appointment of the ninth substantive Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University. This was contained in a press statement by Gboyega Akoshile, the Chief Press Secretary to Sanwo-Olu, titled, ‘Sanwo-Olu receives LASU panel report on new VC’s appointment’. The panel, chaired by former VC of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof. Bamitale Omole, turned in three volumes of a report to the Governor – the Visitor to the university – 37 days after it was constituted to examine if the extant laws…

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Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha The Federal Government has shut down bars, night clubs and recreational centres in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country. The government also reintroduced COVID-19 restrictions across all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. The Head of Technical Secretariat of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Dr Mukhtar Mohammed, said the new directive takes effect by midnight of Tuesday. He said the bars and nightclubs should remain closed until further notice. While stating that there was no limitation to intra-state travel, he advised that only…

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The Federal Government has declared Wednesday and Thursday as public holidays to mark the 2021 Eid-ul-Fitr celebration. The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government on Monday. A statement by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, quoted Aregbesola as congratulating the Muslim faithful on the occasion. He also called “all Nigerians, at home and abroad to use the period of this year’s Eidul-Fitr celebration to pray for peace, stability and economic transformation in the land”. Aregbesola, who believes that development cannot thrive in a rancorous atmosphere, urged…

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The economy option for Uber, popularly referred to as UberX, has been increased by 13 per cent in Lagos State. An electronic mail message from the ride-hailing firm to its drivers stated that the increment would start from May 11, 2021. Uber said the increase was to ensure a reliable earning opportunity for driver-partners. “At Uber, we remain committed to providing a reliable earning opportunity for driver-partners, as well as a reliable and affordable service for riders. With this in mind, starting 11th May 2021, we are increasing prices on UberX by about 13 per cent,” the message read. Earlier,…

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Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, on Sunday, warned the President, Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), against another civil war in Nigeria. He noted that “God will not forgive President Muhammadu Buhari if Nigeria go to war again”. Adams expressed worry at the growingspate of insecurity across the country during his 51st birthday Thanksgiving programme held in Lagos. He said that “calls for secession are genuine and legitimate”, adding that “such calls are pure demonstrations of Federal Government’s failure to address pressing issues that are capable of destroying the foundation and future of the country”. Adams expressed displeasure at Buhari attitude to the…

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Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has urged the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to direct appropriate anti-corruption agencies to investigate ministries, departments, and agencies, and members of the National Assembly suspected to be responsible for inserting N39.5bn for 316 duplicated and projects in the 2021 budget. In a press statement on Sunday, SERAP’s deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, said the probe would allow the government to use the budget to effectively promote Nigerians’ access to essential public goods and services. BudgIT had in a report last week stated that there are 316 duplicated capital projects worth N39.5 billion in the…

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One of the leading Yoruba self-determination groups, Ilana Omo Oodua, has alleged that the Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye’s son’s residence was attacked by gunmen. The group also claimed that the gunmen attacked the daughter-in-law of its leader Akintoye last Saturday night at her residence in Agbor, Delta State. The group made the allegation in a statement by its spokesperson, Maxwell Adeleye, titled, ‘Daughter-in-law escapes assassination as gunmen exterminate Akintoye’s son’s house, fish pond’, on Saturday. The group, however, refused to state the names of those affected, claiming it is for security reasons. Efforts to reach the Delta State Police Command…

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Roma goalkeeper Pau Lopez will miss out in Thursday’s Europa League semi-final second leg against Manchester United in Rome. United are on the brink of reaching the final in Gdansk after thrashing Roma 6-2 in last week’s semi-final first leg at Old Trafford. Lopez misses out after dislocating his shoulder in the first leg with Daniel Furzato and Antonio Mirante competing for the position. Fonseca made seven changes for the weekend defeat to Sampdoria in Serie A, with Leonardo Spinazzola, Jordan Veretout and Amadou Diawara all injured. Defender Gianluca Mancini is available after suspension and former United defender Chris Smalling…

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Rafael Nadal began his bid for a sixth Madrid Open title in simple fashion on Wednesday, easing past youngster Carlos Alcaraz 6-1, 6-2 to reach the last 16. Nadal, who returned to number two in the world last week after his thrilling win over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Barcelona final, strolled past his 18-year-old opponent in the Spanish capital. Ranked 120 in the world, Alcaraz walked out to fans singing ‘happy birthday’ — and later received a cake — as he celebrated his birthday playing against his childhood idol. Alcaraz battled bravely and even broke his compatriot Nadal’s serve in…

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UEFA Champions League leading scorers after Wednesday’s match: 10 goals: Haaland (Borussia Dortmund) 8 goals: Mbappe (Paris SG) 6 goals: Morata (Juventus)En-Nesyri (Sevilla)Giroud (Chelsea)Neymar (Paris SG)Rashford (Man Utd)Salah (Liverpool)Benzema (Real Madrid) 5 goals: Berisha (Salzburg)Immobile (Lazio)Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)Messi (Barcelona)Oliveira (Porto)Plea (Borussia Moenchengladbach) #Champions #League #leading #scorers #semifinal #matches Source

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