The Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi, says the intentions of South-West governors for establishing Amotekun are good but the constitution bestowed the responsibility of national security on the Federal Government. Commenting on the South-West security outfit codenamed “Operation Amotekun”, Dingyadi said, “The intentions of the Southwest governors are good. ”Security is an exclusive responsibility of the Federal Government being supported at times by state governments and other organisations. ”If Operation Amotekun differs from the support being rendered by state governments to the Federal Government on security matters, then it is unconstitutional,” Dingyadi stated. Dingyadi further stated that the police would perform efficiently if the military personnel were withdrawn from areas affected by insurgency, saying that managing internal security was their primary responsibility.
January 18, 2020 21:45 UTC
The remains of late Prof. Simon Mallam, who died in a gas explosion in Sabo Tasha, Kaduna have been laid to rest in his hometown, Malagum, Kaura Local Government, Kaduna State. Mallam, a Professor of Nuclear Physics at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, was until his death, the Chairman of Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission. He was among the eight persons killed in the gas explosion on January 4, 2020. Onu said late Mallam would be remembered for his reputable contributions to his community and the nation at large. Bonet described late Mallam as “super intelligent”.
January 18, 2020 20:26 UTC
But Chelsea was unable to muster the cutting edge required to break down stubborn Newcastle and fell to Hayden’s header with just 20 seconds left in stoppage-time. Miguel Almiron opened up Chelsea down the right flank and Allan Saint-Maximin met the cross with a header that looped over. Chelsea remained vulnerable at the back and Federico Fernandez headed wastefully over from a Jonjo Shelvey free-kick. Willian squandered a good opportunity from a Chelsea counter early in the second half when the Brazilian dragged wide from the edge of the area. Emerson fired just wide with an angled drive and in the fourth minute of stoppage-time Chelsea paid for their profligacy.
January 18, 2020 20:15 UTC
Chelsea’s first defeat in four league matches leaves them five points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United. After four league games without a victory, this was a much-needed success for Newcastle, but a wasted opportunity for Chelsea to open up a bigger gap in the race to qualify for the Champions League. With England captain Harry Kane sidelined after hamstring surgery, Tottenham have gone three league games without scoring. Jose Mourinho’s side are without a win in four league matches since December 26 and sit eight points behind Chelsea. “I know it was only a couple of millimetres but goal-line technology does not make mistakes like VAR.
January 18, 2020 19:52 UTC
World heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua, met with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd. In a video and picture that surfaced online, the heavyweight champion was seen prostrating before the President. Recall that Joshua reclaimed his titles from Andy Ruiz Jr, a Mexican boxer, six months after the Nigerian-born-boxer lost the titles. The British boxer was born to a Nigerian-Irish father, Robert Joshua, and a Nigerian mother, Yeta Odusanya. Ruiz had won the match in Madison Square, New York, while Joshua reclaimed the tiles in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia in December 2019.
January 18, 2020 19:07 UTC
Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has set up White Paper committees on the reports of the Visitation Panel to Kwara State University (KWASU) and the Kwara State Social Assessment Vulnerability Indicator Committee (KW-SAVI). Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, disclosed this in a statement issued on Saturday in Ilorin. While the KWASU Visitation Panel was chaired by a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, the KW-SAVI committee was led by Justice Raliat Elelu-Habeeb (retd. Other members, according to him, include Mr Titus Ashaolu (SAN) and Mr Jemilah Suleiman, a lecturer at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University. “Mrs Christiana Amudipe, a primary health consultant and retired health practitioner, is a member of the committee,” Ajakaye said.
January 18, 2020 18:11 UTC
Gunmen were said to have opened fire on youths at Gora Dan in Zango-Kataf Local Government Area in Southern Kaduna State, killing two. It was gathered that the gunmen in large numbers invaded the village and opened fire on youths at the market square in the area. A source who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity said the gunmen in their numbers invaded the village market square shooting indiscriminately and in the process, two persons were killed. He added that others sustained varying degrees of injuries and are receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital. According to the Chairman of the Zango Kataf LGA, Mr. Elias Manza, while confirming the attack said the incident took place on Friday evening at the village market square.
January 18, 2020 17:48 UTC
Trailing to Cenk Tosun’s first-half goal, City struck back through Aguero who took his tally to 179 Premier League and 251 career goals for the club. Following a delightful floated cross from Gabriel Jesus after 82 minutes, Aguero slid in ahead of his marker to volley left foot into the open net, with his second goal following five minutes later. Tosun, making his first start since joining Palace on loan from Everton, was left with the simple task of steering a header past Ederson. Kevin De Bruyne came closest, from a stunning 25-yard free-kick on 14 minutes, awarded for a trip by James McArthur on Fernandinho. City kept that attack alive with De Bruyne setting up Aguero for a close-range chance which was well blocked by the Palace keeper.
January 18, 2020 17:26 UTC
Casemiro’s double proved the difference amid a three-goal flurry early in the second half, with Luuk de Jong briefly drawing Sevilla level. Benzema came on in the second half after shaking off a dead leg but Bale’s absence was more mysterious. After an even start, they gradually took charge and as the home crowd grew frustrated, Sevilla grew in confidence too. Yet 12 minutes into the second half, some creative brilliance saw Madrid take the lead. First, Raphael Varane, Casemiro, and Marcelo all missed tackles and after Munir El Haddadi stumbled, De Jong took over, banging the ball into the far, bottom corner.
January 18, 2020 17:15 UTC
Gabriel Martinelli had filled the void left by the suspended Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang by opening the scoring for the Gunners on the stroke of half-time. The visitors remain four points ahead of the Gunners and move to within a point of the European places in seventh. A bright start by the Blades showed why they are surpassing all expectations on their return to the top flight. However, their lack of a predatory finisher was shown as Lys Mousset twice headed over good chances in the first 10 minutes before Arsenal settled down. Oli McBurnie saw a goalbound header cleared by Granit Xhaka before the Scotland striker headed straight at Leno from another corner.
January 18, 2020 17:15 UTC
The Palace winger was sent racing clear by James McCarthy in the 90th minute and his cross was turned into his own goal by Fernandinho, under pressure from Connor Wickham. Trailing to Cenk Tosun’s first half goal, City struck back through Aguero who took his tally to 179 Premier League and 251 career goals for the club. Tosun, making his first start since joining Palace on loan from Everton, was left with the simple task of steering a header past Ederson. Kevin De Bruyne came closest, from a stunning 25-yard free-kick on 14 minutes, awarded for a trip by James McArthur on Fernandinho. City kept that attack alive with De Bruyne setting up Aguero for a close-range chance which was well blocked by the Palace keeper.
January 18, 2020 17:15 UTC
At least 10 charred corpses have been found in a southern Mexican state among the hardest hit by violence linked to organized crime, a state prosecutor said on Saturday. The Guerrero prosecutor said the bodies were found on Friday in a vehicle in Chilapa municipality after someone called an emergency line. Drug gangs violently defend trafficking routes in the state along the Pacific coast. In October, 14 suspected criminals and a soldier were killed in Guerrero after a group of armed civilians attacked security forces. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office more than a year ago promising to attack violent crime at its roots by fighting poverty and inequality with social programs, rather than with the army.
January 18, 2020 17:03 UTC
Arsenal’s faint hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League suffered another blow as John Fleck’s late equaliser secured a valuable point for Sheffield United’s own European ambitions in a 1-1 draw at the Emirates. Gabriel Martinelli had filled the void left by the suspended Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang by opening the scoring for the Gunners on the stroke of half-time. The visitors remain four points ahead of the Gunners and move to within a point of the European places in seventh. A bright start by the Blades showed why they are surpassing all expectations on their return to the top flight. However, their lack of a predatory finisher was shown as Lys Mousset twice headed over good chances in the first 10 minutes before Arsenal settled down.
January 18, 2020 17:03 UTC
Norwegian rising star Erling Braut Haaland came off the bench to claim a hat-trick inside 20 minutes on his Borussia Dortmund debut and inspire a 5-3 comeback win at Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday. The 19-year-old showed why Dortmund paid Salzburg 20 million euros ($22 million) for him last month when he came on early in the second half with his team 3-1 down. Having already scored 28 goals in 22 games for Salzburg this season, the teenager needed just three minutes to open his Dortmund account, then added two more in quick succession. It was his sixth hat-trick of the campaign.
January 18, 2020 16:30 UTC
PUNCH director, businessman, distinguished agronomist and respected senior citizen, Dr. Lekan Are, is dead. A family member who confirmed his death to PUNCH on Saturday said Dr. Are died at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, shortly after midnight. Are, the longest-serving director on the board of PUNCH Nigeria Limited, was the Chairman of Kakanfo Inn and Conference Centre, Ibadan, Oyo State and a former Chairman of University Press Plc. A distinguished and well-regarded agriculture and water resources expert, he also served as General Manager of the Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority.
January 18, 2020 15:44 UTC