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Assistant coach of Nigeria’s Men Basketball national team D’Tigers Odaudu Ogoh has stated that the announcements of the date for the next  FIBA World cup in 2023 won’t change the priorities for the basketball team of Nigeria.

Ogoh speaking in a chat with www.brila.net said while the dates may have been fixed for the tournament for 25th August 2023 to 10th September 2023, the set of international engagement before the Nigeria men basketball national team means the world cup won’t usurp yet planning for the Olympics as well as other competitions.

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Coach of Nigeria’s U17 women national football team Bankole Olowookere has stated that he is eager to get the FIFA U17 women world cup qualifying campaign out of the way with one more qualifying round against Ghana U17.

Olowookere speaking in a chat with www.brila.net said this has been the only issue bothering him and one that has heightened his eagerness as he just can’t wait to have the ticket delivered proper and have the feeling of proper pre world cup matches at a time that this should ordinarily have been secured were it not for the Covid-19 pandemic Influence which derailed the scheduled calendar of qualifiers.

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Nigeria’s U20 women national team player Blessing Okpe has stated that the postponement of the FIFA U20 women world cup to next year has certainly lightened the pressure on the Falconets.

Okpe speaking in a chat with www.Cornerstonenewsng.comsaid the postponement means the teams know its foes, have time to research and study them even more and more time for the players as well to grasp now calmly the pattern and approach of the coaches for the game when the qualifiers return.
“It has taken the pressure away in the sense that even when we resumed back then it was kind of a little bit closer to the qualifiers and everything was fast but now we have time to train, we have time to talk to ourselves and the coaches have time to teach us the  pattern they want us to play.”

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Enyimba goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokhai has narrated his ordeal and that of other league players during the Covid-19 pandemic stressing that the fitness level of almost all players in league football in Nigeria will be barely up to scratch and that no one can claim to have a fitness level of above 60 percent training alone. 

Afelokhai speaking in a chat with www.brila.net said part of the challenges of training alone is that no one will push beyond certain limits unlike when in group training when players are encouraged to want to outsmart each other drills and other training which endures fitness levels gets higher and better to play and that this will be the major challenge for teams when the league return.
“The truth is that you can’t compare your personal training and club training. There is a way you want to push in your club, you can’t push in your own personal training. Nobody will come out to claim having 60 percent fitness, anybody that says that is just deceiving himself. Like Enyimba all those while we train two times a day and can’t compare this one that you alone is doing.”

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Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr has accepted the terms of the new contract offered to him by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) despite the stringent conditions.

Rohr told a Radio France reporter that he agreed to pen the deal despite the stringent conditions that were included in the new contract because he has unfinished business with the Eagles squad.

 

The German tactician believes the team is filled with young but experienced players who will do great things in the coming years.

 

Rohr is expected to sign the contract extension next week.

 

The Franco-German coach who accepted a pay cut also agreed to stay in Nigeria as he continues to be in charge till 2022.

 

Rohr has been in charge of the Nigerian national football team since August 2016, leading the 2013 African champions to a third-place finish at the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.

 

 

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One of LaLiga’s greatest and most-loved strikers has announced his retirement, wrapping a legendary career that spanned over two decades and saw him score over 200 goals.

There’s a sadness in Bilbao and across Spain this week following Athletic Club striker Aritz Aduriz’s announcement that he’s hanging up his boots. The 39-year-old had already declared his intention to retire at the end of the 2019/20 season, but with the season – and the all-Basque Copa del Rey final – currently on hold, his body, it seems, has told him it cannot wait.

“Unfortunately, my body has said ‘enough’,” Aduriz wrote in a message posted on social media on Wednesday afternoon. “The time has come,” he added, before explaining that doctors had advised him to undergo hip replacement surgery.

It’s an abrupt end to a very special career. Aduriz’s final appearance came in Athletic Club’s 4-1 win over former side Real Valladolid back in March, 17 years, five months and 23 days after his top-flight debut for Athletic against FC Barcelona in September 2002.

San Sebastian-born Aduriz was a player who undeniably, and unusually in modern football, got better as he got older. After coming through at Basque sides Antiguoko and Aurrerá and then making it to Athletic Club’s academy, the young Aduriz was sent out to Burgos and Valladolid in Spain’s lower divisions to hone his craft. After impressing for Real Valladolid in LaLiga SmartBank, he was brought back in to Athletic and promoted into Los Leones’ first-team squad.

Aduriz was on the move again in 2008, however, joining RCD Mallorca for two seasons before transferring to Valencia CF in 2010. But while he quickly developed a reputation as a consistent goal scorer and fan favourite, Athletic Club always felt like home to the Basque player who seemed to embody the club’s value so perfectly. Hard-working, brave and fiercely proud of his homeland, it made perfect sense for Aduriz to return home to San Mames in 2012.

And it was during this third stint at the club that he shone the brightest. While he’d never surpassed the 16 goal a season mark before 12, a prolific six-year goalscoring streak between 2012 and 2018 (18 in 2012/13, 18 in 2013/14, 26 in 2014/15, 37 in 2015/16, 25 in 2016/17 and 20 in 2017/18) saw him stand out as one of LaLiga’s, and European football’s, premier marksmen.

Four of those goals led Athletic Club to the 2015 Spanish Super Cup, the club’s first trophy in over thirty years. His hat-trick in the first leg of the tie against Barcelona and another goal away at the Camp Nou handed Athletic a 5-1 aggregate victory, which saw the streets of Bilbao fill up with euphoric supporters like never before.

By 2018, injuries began to creep up on Aduriz, who was by this stage in his late 30s. But he kept on producing special moments: a unique ‘one-step’ penalty against Valladolid last season; his brilliant fair play gesture of signalling to fans that he hadn’t been fouled for a penalty in a tight and heated local derby with SD Eibar in 2018; and, of course, an unforgettable injury time bicycle kick winner over reigning champions Barcelona on the opening night of the 2019/20 season.

Now Aduriz hangs up his boots a true Athletic Club, and LaLiga, legend. The second-highest Spanish goal scorer in LaLiga in the 21st century (158) behind only David Villa, he’s earned his spot in the pantheon of great LaLiga strikers. He’ll be missed across Spain, and Europe, but nowhere more so than in Bilbao, where the fans will not only remember him as one of their club’s greatest strikers but also, most importantly, as one of their own.

 

 

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Galant Cop attacked for battling cultists in Abia

The Divisional Police Officer, Imo River Police Station in Abia State, Mr. Bartholomew Ayogu had a close shave with death following attacks by suspected cultists terrorising the area.

Ayogu was returning from a night shift when he ran into suspected members of Black Axe, who barricaded the main access road where they robbed and molested innocent citizens.

Efforts by the gallant officer to disperse the criminal group led to a confrontation that almost left the office dead. Other members of the group, who had laid ambush swooped on him, attacking him with cutlasses, bottles, and other dangerous weapons.

Investigation revealed that the group was led by suspected cultists kingpins, Uwem and Nnaturo (aka Prince), who have been terrorising the residents of the area.

It was gathered that the gallant cop sustained serious injuries in the encounter, as he restrained himself from using a firearm. He was seriously wounded and later rushed to was an undisclosed hospital where doctors battled to save his life.

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A close source confirmed that contrary to rumors that the officer was killed by the cultists, he spent three months in a hospital and was later discharged.

It was also reported that the wounded officer bore his medical bills, as no support or assistance came to him after the unfortunate incident.

Meanwhile, another senior police officer in the area, who spoke to our reporter, said the attack on the DPO was borne out of deep frustration by the cultists and other criminals, who had come under intense pressure from the police in the onslaught to rid the area of crime.

“I am happy the DPO survived the attack. We are back to crime-fighting in full force. We will ensure that all the suspects involved in this case are brought to book. No matter where they hide, we will smoke them out”,

he vowed.

Daily Sun gathered that the police have since mounted a manhunt for the suspected cultists who had fled the area shortly after the attack.

Court sentences Yunusa, abductor of Ese Oruru, to 26 years in prison

The Federal High Court in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, has sentenced Yunusa Dahiru to 26 years in prison for kidnapping Ese Oruru, a teenager.

The police in March 2016, arraigned Dahiru on a five-count charge bordering on abduction, kidnapping, unlawful carnal knowledge, and sexual exploitation of Oruru, who was 14, at the time.

The convict kidnapped the teenager from Bayelsa in August 2015 and took her to Kano state where she was converted to Islam and married off without the consent of her parents.

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She was eventually reunited with her parents after six months. She gave birth to a baby in May 2016.

Delivering the judgment on Thursday, Jane Inyang, the judge found Dahiru guilty on four out of five of the charges preferred against him.

On count one, he was found not guilty; count two, he got a five-year sentence; on count three, he got seven years, and on count four, seven years.

The judge held that the sentences would run concurrently. This means the convict will only spend seven years in prison.

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Police Inspector arrested for killing passerby

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a police Inspector, Okoro Charles, attached to the Ikotun Police Division, Lagos State, for allegedly shooting and killing a Muslim cleric, Mr. Fatai Oladipupo.
Also, the command has arrested the Divisional Police Officer, Ilemba Hausa, Ajamgbadi, Lagos, for the alleged killing of a Sergeant attached to the station.


Inspector Charles was alleged to have shot at a commercial motorcycle operator (Okada rider) but misfired and hit a passerby, who died on the spot.


Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, confirmed that the command has arrested the Inspector in connection with the shooting incident reported on May 20, 2020, along with Obabiyi, Igando Road, Ikotun, which led to the death of Oladipupo, aged 28, of Obabiyi area.

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According to Elkana: “The Inspector is to be subjected to internal disciplinary procedures, known as Orderly Room Trial, at the State Provost Department and, if found guilty, he will be handed over to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Yaba, for prosecution in a conventional court.


“Investigation is ongoing to unravel the circumstances surrounding the shooting incident. The Commissioner of Police condoles with the family and friends of the deceased and calls for calm. He assures them that justice will prevail. Members of the public will be updated on the outcome of the investigation.”


In another development, Elkana said the Commissioner of Police has ordered SCIID to take over the investigation into the death of Sergeant Onalaja Onajide, attached to Ilemba Hausa Division, who was shot dead recently.
He said:

“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered the transfer of the case involving the shooting and killing of Sergeant Onalaja Onajide to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, for discreet investigation. This decision followed the reports received by the command alleging that the Divisional Police Officer, Ilemba Hausa, CSP Yahaya Mohammed Adeshina, was responsible for the shooting of the Sergeant while dispersing a crowd that gathered in front of the station. The DPO has been arrested and detained at the SCIID for investigation. His rifle has been retrieved for forensic examination. The command has ordered that autopsy be carried out on the deceased person.


“The Commissioner of Police expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the fallen colleague and assured them that the command will stand with them in this moment of grief and ensure that justice prevails. The shooting incident happened on May 10. The report forwarded to the headquarters by the DPO on May 16, at about 3am, stated that gunmen fired gunshots at the Divisional Police Officer, Ilemba Hausa, and the station guard, Sergeant Onalaja Onajide. That, while the DPO survived the gunshot, the station guard did not.


“The DPO further reported that two suspects were arrested in connection with the crime. The two suspects initially arrested are suspected to be soldiers who deserted their duty posts. The command will hand them over to the military authorities for further investigation.”

Court Jails Fraudster Via Virtual Proceedings

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) on Wednesday, secured the conviction of an internet fraudster, Lawal Sholaru, who bagged six months imprisonment or an N400,000 option of fine for defrauding an American, Mr. David Geobel, of $1,200 in an online scam.

Sholaru was convicted by Justice Mojisola Dada of Ikeja Special Offences Court in a judgment, delivered in a virtual proceeding.
The convict was arraigned on March 18, by the EFCC on a one-count charge of obtaining money by false pretense, to which he pleaded guilty.

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Prosecution counsel, S.O. Daji while reviewing the facts of the case, told the court that the defendant in his statement to the EFCC, confessed that he was into romance scam with the pseudo name, Alicia White, a US national on Facebook and
additionally posed as William Bale, a Major-General in the US Army, to defraud his unsuspecting victims.

In addition to the prison term, Justice Dada ordered the convict’s forfeiture of his Lexus ES 350 and any other property recovered from him by the EFCC as proceed of crime to the federal government.