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24 Aug 2019

EPL: Crystal Palace Records Their First Ever Win Against Manchester United

Crystal Palace have a first league win at Old Trafford since 1989 and Manchester United have questions to answer.
In a frantic finish an 88th-minute Daniel James curler seemed to have grabbed United a point yet as added time arrived Paul Pogba squandered possession and Palace moved upfield before Patrick van Aanholt beat David de Gea from close range.

Marcus Rashford had earlier taken over penalty duties following Pogba’s miss at Wolves on Monday yet the No 10 could only cannon the ball off Vicente Guaita’s right post, missing the chance to equalise Jordan Ayew’s first-half opener.

That had been Palace’s first goal of the season and Van Aanholt secured their first points.

See What Has Happened To Parents Who Beat 4 Year Old Daughter To Death

The Police in Ondo State have arrested the parents of a four year-old girl that was tortured to death in Akure, the capital, on Wednesday.

The young girl was identified as Testimony Babalola.

A police source told Sahara Reporters that the parent of the deceased child were nabbed on Saturday morning at a place they had been hiding.

The source said, “We arrested the parents of the girl this morning and they would be interrogated.

“With this development, we are hoping to find out what exactly led to the maltreatment of that girl.

“Already, we learnt that the girl died as a result of torture and we have to investigate this.”

Sahara Reporters had on Wednesday reported how Testimony was brought in dead to Children's Outpatients Department of the Ondo State Specialist Hospital Akure with torture marks all over her body.

After doctors failed to revive her, the child’s mother grabbed her corpse and escaped with it.

Findings by Sahara Reporters revealed that the four-year-old was accused by her parents of been possessed with evil spirit.

I Will Go Anywhere In The World - Abaribe Dares IPOB

Minority Leader of the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe, has said that he would embark on foreign trips regardless of a threat by the Indigenous People of Biafra to publicly humiliate Nigerian leaders, who they claim have impoverished the country.

Abaribe's comment comes after former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, was assaulted in Germany at an event organised by Nigerians.

Speaking with PUNCH, Abaribe said, “One of the hallmarks of constitutional democracy is the fundamental rights of people.

“These include rights to travel, rights to freedom of movement, and rights to freedom of association.

“Except we want to have an autocracy, so long it’s a democracy, then you have got to be a democrat. What a democrat does is that they respect the rights of others.

“For instance, I am travelling next week; I will be in Houston and also in Atlanta in the United States.

“I will go anywhere I want to go in the world, I don’t care. Senator Ekweremadu, despite the assault he suffered, has also said that people should be free to go to wherever they want. Because of that, I do not really see why anybody should be afraid to exercise their rights.

“It is only in Nigeria that people do things without getting appropriate sanctions.

“If you restrict the rights of another person in developed countries, I do not think that the enforcement agencies there will just let you walk around and do that.”

Primate Ayodele Speaks On PDP Wining Kogi Guber, Atiku And Buhari

Primate Elijah Ayodele, the founder of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Ejigbo, Lagos, on Saturday predicted that only Senator Dino Melaye, can secure victory for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the forthcoming governorship election in Kogi State.

Ayodele stated this during the release of his annual book of prophecy, “Warning To All Nations” at his church in Oke Afa, Isolo, Lagos State.

He warned that failure to give Melaye its governorship ticket, PDP would lose the state to the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the election.

He said: “I have said it that these prophecies will come to pass unless the important things are done to forestall them.

“If PDP wants to win the forthcoming election, Dino Melaye is the best bet for the ticket, otherwise APC will retain the seat.”

Primate Ayodele also stated that the 2019 presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar cannot defeat President Muhammadu Buhari at the ongoing Presidential Petitions Tribunal.

He urged Atiku to withdraw his case against Buhari and stop wasting his money.

“Atiku cannot defeat Buhari at the tribunal, he should drop the case against the president,” he added.

Nigerian Widow And Mother Of Two Executed In Saudi Arabia

Kudirat Afolabi, the Nigerian widow and mother of two executed in Saudi Arabia, carried drugs on her body, including her private parts, it has been revealed.

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Relations and the Diaspora, made the revelation on Friday while spekaing with NAN.

According to Dabiri-Erewa, the clarification became necessary so as to educate the public on the circumstances leading to the execution of the Nigerian.

Afolabi was executed alongside two Pakistani men and one Yemeni man, bringing the total number of people killed by Saudi Arabia this year to 53.

There had been attempts, especially on social media, to link Afolabi’s fate with the activities of a drug syndicate operating at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, which specilizes in planting drugs in the baggage of unsuspecting travellers.

But Dabiri-Erewa said Afolabi did not belong to the list of seven who are suspected to have fallen victim of the four-man gang of hard drugs-planting syndicate.

“There are some people caught in Kano, but those they allegedly gave the drugs to are yet to face trials in Saudi,” she said.

“What we can now do is to prevail on the Saudi authority that those people awaiting trials in their country are among the victims of the Kano syndicate. If Nigeria can do this, through National Drugs and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Nigerian mission in Saudi Arabia, they might not even be charged to court.”

On the widow, she said: “Ms Afolabi was one of those drugs were found on their bodies. They were 20 in number. They are the ones on the death roll, as drugs were found on their bodies, including their private parts.

“In their case, the Saudis do not appear to waste so much time on them. What is on social media that the lady could have been saved was incorrect. There was no way we could have done that. She was found with drugs on her body; just like the other 20.”

Afer Afolabi’s execution, it was revealed that another Nigerian, Saheed Sobade, was facing the prospect of death in Saudi Arabia after being nabbed with 1,183 grams of cocaine powder in Jeddah, a Saudi Arabian port city on the Red Sea and gateway for pilgrimages to the Islamic holy cities Mecca and Medina.

The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Nigeria responded to widespread criticism of Afolabi’s execution by insisting that all legal and judicial procedures were observed.

“It is well-known for all those interested in travelling to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that the penalty for drug trafficking is the death sentence and the said sentence is applied on all persons convicted without any exceptions, as long as the evidence is established against them, and this is conveyed to every person prior to his trip to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” it said.

Prominent Politicians Present As Daughter To Sultan Of Sokoto Gets Married

Prominent Nigerians arrived in Sokoto State on Saturday for the wedding ceremony of the daughter of Sultan Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, Princess Fatima and her husband, Mahmoud Yuguda, from Bauchi State.

The wedding rites took place at the Sultan Bello Jima’at Mosque, where the Emir of Gwandu, Muhammad Bashar gave Princess Fatima out in marriage to the Emir of Bauchi, who represented the groom after the bride price was paid.

Prominent clerics including the Chief Imam of Abuja Central Mosque, Professor Shehu Galadanchi, Chief Imam of Ghana, the Sarkin Malamai of Sokoto, Sheikh Buhari Sirdawa and others leading clerics within and outside the country, witnessed the ceremony.

Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, led the Federal Government delegation comprising of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, to the occasion.

The lists of attendees include the Chief Justice of the Federation, the Inspector General of Police, Governors of Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Imo, Osun, Plateau, Adamawa and Enugu states as well as former Governors of Bauchi and Sokoto states, Adamu Mu’azu and Attahiru Bafarawa and host of others

Traditional rulers who graced the ceremony include Emirs of Kano, Argungu, Etsu Nupe, Oluwo of Iwo and some Chiefs from the South East.

Kogi Guber: America-Based Doctor Emerges AA Candidate

The Action Alliance in Kogi State on Saturday unanimously adopted a United States-based medical practitioner, Samuel Audu Alfa as its candidate in the November 16th governorship election.

Thus the party becomes the third to conduct its primary election after Mega Party of Nigeria and the African Action Congress.

Alfa was the sole aspirant of the party.

The primary which held at the Skyblue hotel in Lokoja had a total of 96 delegates accredited out of 105,  all of which unanimously through a voice vote adopted Alfa.

The exercise held in the presence of representatives from the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Speaking after his adoption, Alfa said that his major task was to work tirelessly towards alleviating the suffering of workers and pensioners.

” You will agree with me that there are lots of challenges facing the state. I cannot do it alone, I will need everyone’s support and the task of rebuilding Kogi to the state of our dream starts now ” he said.

Earlier the National Secretary of the party, Vernimbe James who was the chairman of the electoral committee had called on delegates present to be open-minded and vote according to their conscience.

FG Talks With Labour On Minimum Wage Again Ends In Deadlock

Organised labour  met with the Federal Government on Friday in Abuja over the implementation of the N30,000 new minimum wage.

However,  no decision taken on a new wage structure.

A  source told our correspondent exclusively that both parties agreed  to  wait for  President Muhammadu Buhari’s position  on the issue.

The  proposal from the FG is 10 per cent salary increase for workers on grade level 07 to 14 and 5.5 per cent for workers on grade level 15 to 17.  But  labour is demanding  29 per cent for workers on grade level 07 to 14 and 24 per cent for  those  on grade level 15 to 17.

The source said, “The two sides resolved at the last meeting that the position of labour and that of the representatives of the government  be sent to President Buhari.

“But when they met again on Friday, government representatives told the meeting that they had a challenge which was very technical.

“They said the  technical committee must first report the decisions (positions of the two parties) to the plenary, that is the main negotiating committee before taking it to their principal. To us, this was in order.

“The main committee assigned the job to the technical committee so it is in order that the report be taken to the main committee. We agreed that the report should be sent to the plenary which also met same day.

“After that it was agreed that the report be sent to President Buhari with the hope that a realistic government position will come up. Those at the committee said their mandate did not go beyond taking the report and presenting it to their principal.”

Breaking News: Tammy Abraham Leads Lampard's Chelsea To Victory Against Norwich

Chelsea on Saturday beat Norwich 3-2 to emerge victorious in the encounter.

The Blues’ goals were scored by Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount, while Norwich showed effort with two goals by Todd Cantewell and Teemu Pukki.

In the third minute of the match, Tammy Abraham opened up the goals which was rapidly equalised by Norwich City via Tod Cantwell in the 6th minute. Mason Mount spurred the blues forward in the 17th minute but was quickly rebuffed by Teemus Pukki in the 30th minute. Tammy Abraham however sealed Frank Lampard's first win in the EPL

APC Chairman Speaks On The End Of Oshiomole In Ruling Party

The Chairman of the Ogun State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) loyal to former Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, Chief Derin Adebiyi, has taken a swipe at the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, saying he will not leave his office an honourable man.

Adebiyi was speaking in reaction to an alleged forceful invasion of the party’s Secretariat in Ogun State by the caretaker committee set up by Oshiomhole, after dissolving all elected executive following the crises that engulfed the party after the controversial APC primary elections in Ogun.

The caretaker committee and other members of the party loyal to the Governor of the state, Dapo Abiodun on Friday “forcefully” took over the party Secretariat at Iyana Mortuary in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Adebiyi said, ”they thought they have some powers because Oshiomhole is supporting them, but by God’s grace, by God’s grace, if truly I am serving God and Oshiomhole did this to us, Oshiomhole will never leave that place as an honourable person. He will leave in ignominy. Quote me, because some people build this party and he is destroying it.”

Adebiyi also berated a former Governor of the state, Chief Segun Osoba, saying the problem of the APC is lack of responsible leaders.

“The problem we have in this party is that we don’t have responsible leaders. A person like Osoba, for him to engage in all this nonsense, it is worrisome. They have been using his house as their office, we never complained. We know why we didn’t complain because we know we are the authentic exco; they are just wasting their time. The masses are not on their side.

”It has gotten to a stage when people should play elderly roles. Osoba is now 80, what are they fighting us for?”

Earlier, while he was addressing newsmen after taking possession of the party’s secretariat, the caretaker Chairman, Yemi Sanusi, explained that the party members were at the secretariat to assess its condition as the party “is set to start work immediately.”

Sanusi expressed displeasure over the present condition of the secretariat, as he assured that the party will give the secretariat a befitting facelift, in preparation for the forthcoming local government elections.

But Adebiyi said, “The Governor’s band of marauders arrived the Secretariat in a warlike manner and ready for a showdown. They were accompanied by a detachment of fierce-looking mobile police officers.

“They damaged all properties at the secretariat and illegally broke into offices and carted away vital documents. Some of the destroyed materials were dumped at the back of the kiosks beside the party secretariat. They drove out members of staff of the secretariat and locked up the place.

“You will recall that the illegal occupation of the secretariat took place despite the fact that the State Executive Committee (SEC) of the party under my leadership had gone to court to challenge the illegal dissolution of the State Executive Committee by the Adams Oshiomhole – led National Working Committee (NWC) at the Federal High Court Abuja in Suit No: CV/363/2018.

“Their action is condemnable and contravenes the extant law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the constitution of our dear party.

“We shall take all legal means possible in taking back our secretariat. We are products of a congress of May 19, 2018 and those causing this problem also took part in that congress.

“We have refused to join issues with them. We don’t want to engage in violence like they have done.

“We have already filed a case at the Federal High Court in Abuja challenging the dissolution by the NWC and the next adjourned date is scheduled for October 8, 2019.

“Why can’t they wait till the outcome of the court? Why are they resorting to violence? They are very immature people and with their actions. People of the State are now of the opinion that the era of thuggery is now back in Ogun State.

“We wish to state that the action of the invaders and illegal occupiers is condemnable and contravenes the extant party laws and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

“I sincerely believe all these are happening because they believe the best way to defend is to attack. But why? We don’t come to their secretariat, we never ask them what they are doing, why are they coming to our secretariat? If they know they are the official, why not leave us to be playing our pranks?

“What do they stand to gain in invading our office? Is Sanusi under any obligation to use that office? Why not sit in his office if he is so full of himself and let me sit in my office too; let’s now call a meeting and see where party members will go. They will come to us, not to them.”

Speaking about the building, Adebiyi explained that it was rented from the Osile of Oke Ona Egba, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso, father of Sen. Lanre Tejuoso, who is now with the Osoba group of the APC.

On insinuations that the house might have been taken over due to Tejuoso’s alliance with Gov Abiodun, Adebiyi said, “We rented that building, we paid and we have the receipt. As we speak, our rent still subsists; until the end of that arrangement, we are the owner of that place. Nobody can eject us until our rent expires.”

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