Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s problems since taking over as permanent Manchester United manager intensified with a humiliating 4-0 loss away to Everton on Sunday. – Second best –United looked second best even before the hosts scored twice inside the opening half-hour, conceding a succession of corners from which Everton threatened. After 27 minutes, Everton cleared a United corner and immediately broke on the counter-attack, with winger Bernard playing a delightful ball inside to Idrissa Gueye. — Brilliantly timed —With the recalled Romelu Lukaku booed every time he touched the ball by his former fans at Everton, United had little response to an impressive effort from the home side. Not until the 86th minute, and a comfortably saved Anthony Martial strike, did United have a shot on target.
April 21, 2019 15:22 UTC
THE Federal Government(FG) has allayed fears of motorists on the safety of the Third Mainland bridge saying the bridge was safe for motorists. It was reacting to a viral video clip that suggested that the bridge’s expansion joints were faulty and posing a dangerous threat to motorists. However, all the tests done preparatory to the closure of the Bridge to commence comprehensive Maintenance works indicate that the integrity of the Bridge is intact. “Therefore the Third Mainland Bridge is safe for use, and people should desist from spreading or sharing false information about the Bridge on social media platforms. “Such maintenance works include resurfacing of the Bridge, along with several others, which this administration is also undertaking as the bridge users will attest to a better driving surface,” it reads.
April 21, 2019 15:11 UTC
Ukrainians voted on Sunday in a presidential election where a comedian who plays the president on television is expected to defeat the incumbent in a stunning rebuke to the establishment. “We have united Ukraine,” the beaming frontrunner Volodymyr Zelensky, 41, said as he cast his ballot in the capital Kiev. Everything will be all right,” he said, wearing a casual suit with a t-shirt, and accompanied by his wife. But opinion polls suggest President Petro Poroshenko heading for a crushing defeat, with the comic projected to win 73 percent of the vote. Polls opened across the country at 8:00 am local time (0500 GMT) and were due to close 12 hours later.
April 21, 2019 15:11 UTC
The senator representing Kogi central senatorial district, Ahmed Ogembe, has described the death of the central Chief Imam of Ebira land, Alhaji Musa Galadima, as a great to the Ebira nation. He said the Islamic scholar, who passed on Friday morning would be remembered for his contributions to the development of the area. The senator in a statement on Sunday said he was saddened by the death of the Islamic scholar whose wealth of knowledge has impacted the lives of many. Ogembe noted that Alhaji Galadima’s tenure as the Chief Imam of Ebira central mosque would forever be remembered for fostering peace and unity among religious groups in Kogi central and beyond. Ogembe urged all to imbibe the decent life which the late Islamic leader preached and lived for.
April 21, 2019 15:00 UTC
Institution to invest over $20 million in household solar in 5 countriesTHE Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF), has disclosed plans to invest $20.8 million on household solar in Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Senegal and Somalia. This is even as it launched the Renewable Energy and Adaptation to Climate Technologies (REACT) Household Solar Round 2 competition, aimed at boosting access to transformative solar home systems to rural poor households in sub-Saharan Africa. AECF Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Daniel Ohande made the disclosure at the second round launch of the AECF REACT Household Solar competition in Abuja. Ohande explained that the AECF is a $356 million development institution that works with private sectors across the 26 countries in two sectors namely; agribusiness and renewable energy. “The AECF has supported 267 businesses and impacted the lives of 19 million people through jobs, increased household incomes generating a total net development impact of $354 million.
April 21, 2019 14:48 UTC
Operatives of the Lagos State Task Force over the weekend announced the arrest of a notorious criminal, over robbery and pick-pocketing in the state. Chairman of the Task Force, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, disclosed that the suspect, a 31-year-old Godwin Okafor, was nabbed on top of ‘Costain Bridge’ around Surulere area by the ‘Enforcement and Monitoring’ patrol team of the Agency. “The suspect and three others, who are presently at large, was nabbed after they jumped down from a commercial bus on top of Costain bridge immediately they suspected that a patrol team of the Agency was chasing them right from Ojuelegba,” he said. Egbeyemi, however, urged members of the public to always report any illegal and criminal activities around them to relevant law enforcement officers of the state, disclosing that the State Commissioner of Police, CP Zubairu Muazu, had directed that the suspect, Okafor of No. 127, Ojo Road, Ajegunle, who confessed during interrogation, be charged to court for prosecution.
April 21, 2019 14:37 UTC
A sixth defeat in eight games in all competitions for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men means they remain two points adrift of the top four in sixth. Everton, chasing seventh, which could provide a route into next season’s Europa League, made a flying start as Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson struck inside the first 28 minutes. Lucas Digne’s sweet strike and Theo Walcott’s goal completed Everton’s biggest win over United since 1984. United could easily fall five points off the Champions League places should Arsenal beat Crystal Palace at home later on Sunday and Chelsea win when they host Burnley on Monday. Solskjaer’s task in turning United’s fortunes around does not get any easier as title-chasing Manchester City visit Old Trafford on Wednesday.
April 21, 2019 14:36 UTC
The Federal government has assured the general public that the incident that occurred at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja that halted operations for more than three hours was not fired outbreak. NAIA was thrown into confusion on Saturday around 3: pm over smoke that engulfs the airport with many workers and passengers scampering for safety. “The building was designed and built with this protection system. The residue of powder sprayed by the system was seen in the cloud, there was no fire at all”. Operations has since resume at the airport.
April 21, 2019 14:26 UTC
The agency, quoting a spokesman for the state security services, said three policemen were also wounded and that an investigation had been launched to identify the perpetrators. “A group of terrorists launched a desperate attack that was repelled,” SPA said, without giving further details. London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper earlier reported that the attack targeted state security forces in the town of Zulfi, 260 kilometres (160 miles) north of the capital. It said the attackers had rammed a vehicle into a security barrier around the base in an attempt to gain entry. Two gunmen then stepped out of the vehicle and opened fire, sparking a gun battle with police, who killed them, the paper reported.
April 21, 2019 14:26 UTC
Sri Lanka was rocked Sunday by a series of deadly blasts that killed more than 200 people and injured hundreds more. A Sri Lankan foreign ministry official said there were 27 bodies of suspected foreign nationals, while the police said at least 35 of the dead were foreigners. Two Chinese nationals were injured, the country’s embassy in Sri Lanka said, according to Beijing’s official Xinhua news agency. How did Sri Lanka react? Embassies in Sri Lanka have warned their citizens to shelter in place.
April 21, 2019 14:15 UTC
World leaders have reacted to the series of bomb blasts that struck luxury hotels and churches across Sri Lanka on Sunday. The violence ends a decade of relative peace in Sri Lanka following the end of its civil war in 2009. ALSO READ: Buhari shocked by Sri Lanka deadly Easter attacksHe estimated that more than a thousand people had come to the church for Easter Sunday. Leading the pack of world leaders who consoled with Sri Lanka is Pope Francis. Pakistan stands in complete solidarity with Sri Lanka in their hour of grief.”Ifedayo Ogunyemi with additional reports from CNN.
April 21, 2019 14:03 UTC
As Christians all over the world celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu representing Eti-Osa constituency 02 has urged Nigerians to shun crime and embrace harmony. “There is a need for us to emulate Christ Jesus who laid down his life on the cross of Calvary to bring redemption. ” If He could do that for humanity, we also must be of help to everyone in our neighbourhood.”The lawmaker said that the celebration of the resurrection Jesus Christ should be a time for reflection and time for selfless service. Yishawu appealed to Lagosians and his constituents to support the fight against crime and insecurity by the present government.
April 21, 2019 13:52 UTC
Veteran Nigerian actor, James Ikechukwu, popularly known as Jim Iyke, has welcomed a baby boy. The 42-year-old who started his acting career in 2001 is one of the highest paid actors in Nollywood. Popularly known for playing “lover boy” roles, the actor took to Instagram to announce the arrival of his son. It takes a man to bring a child home, it takes a community to raise him,” he wrote. The award-winning actor runs a charity foundation, Jim Iyke Foundation, for children living with special disabilities.
April 21, 2019 13:52 UTC
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock and sadness over the terrible attacks on several churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on the holy day of Easter. A statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity) in Abuja on Sunday said on behalf of the government and people of Nigeria, the President extended deepest condolences to the families of those killed in the attacks and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured. “We stand with victims of terrorism all over the world because we know and understand this harrowing inhuman activity,” the statement quoted that President as saying. While noting that Nigeria stands with the people of Sri Lanka at this terrible moment, President Buhari urged the authorities not to spare the wicked elements behind these mischievous attacks.
April 21, 2019 13:41 UTC
A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) known as, Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has advocated for the signing of the ‘Digital Right Bill’ in order to enable people to have more access to the internet without any hindrances as well as expose them to more deeply research breakthrough. The advocacy was made by the Technical Officer of the Organization, Mr Aliyu Dahiru Aliyu while presenting a paper titled, “Nigerian Digital Rights and Freedom Bill” at a workshop tagged ‘Feminist Internet School’, held at Hazibal Suites in Bauchi over the weekend. ALSO READ: Nigeria may lose billion investments in oil palmAliyu Dahiru, therefore, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that the ‘Digital Right Bill’ was signed into law, so as to bring sanity into the internet usage and minimize the spread of fake news and hate speech in the society. It would be recalled that the Senate and the House of Representatives have already passed the ‘Digital Right Bill’ and forwarded same to the President for his accent, which is still being awaited as the President requested for more clarification on the bill. The Programme Officer, therefore, called on women in the country to take advantage of the digital world and improve their lives, thereby bringing their talents for the world to see and equally excel in their business ventures.
April 21, 2019 13:41 UTC