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By Ifeanyi Ibeh, GUARDIAN.NG

Nigeria’s Super Eagles will have to get the better of the Black Stars of Ghana if they hope to qualify for a fourth straight FIFA World Cup after both sides were paired up in the play-off draw for the 2022 Qatar World Cup on Saturday in Douala, Cameroon.

The games will take place between March 24 and 29, with the first leg taking place in Ghana while the return leg will come up in Nigeria.

The Super Eagles were one of 10 African nations who went into Saturday’s draw ceremony which had African legends El Hadji Diouf of Senegal and Emmanuel Adebayor, the former Togo international of Nigerian descent, as draw assistants.

They will now be hoping to be one of the five sides who can progress to the 2022 Qatar World Cup taking place at the end of the year in the Middle-East nation.

The three-time African champions will also be looking to equal an African record four consecutive World Cup appearances in what would be their seventh appearance at football’s biggest stage.

The Super Eagles, who have been to every FIFA World Cup except one since making their debut appearance at the 1994 tournament in the United States, qualified for the third round play-offs by virtue of their top-place finish in a second round group that had Cape Verde, Liberia, and Central African Republic.

Ghana, meanwhile, advanced to the third round play-offs after finishing ahead of South Africa, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe in Group G.

The Black Stars, after missing out of the last World Cup in Russia, will be hoping to make their fourth appearance at football’s biggest tournament in Qatar.

This is irrespective of the fact that their outing at the AFCON in Cameroon has been disastrous.

There were also some question marks about their victory over South Africa during the second round of the World Cup qualifiers.

The Super Eagles are looking like a completely different prospect at the AFCON following the departure of Gernot Rohr.

Under former Nigeria international, Augustine Eguavoen, the Super Eagles, have romped through the group stage with a 100 per cent record and are looking like genuine AFCON contenders.

They are a far cry from the team that had difficulties putting lesser teams away, with Cape Verde and the Central African Republic being prominent recent examples.

Fixtures

Egypt vs Senegal

Cameroon vs Algeria

Ghana vs Nigeria

DR Congo vs Morocco

Mali vs Tunisia

Posted On Saturday, 22 January 2022 22:00 Written by

By Alao Abiodun/ THE NATION

Prophetess Naomi Silekunola, the wife of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has said she saw different sides of her husband in the last three years.

She described him as “unpredictable”.

Olori Naomi stated this in the replay footage aired by News Central TV, monitored by our reporter on Friday.

Olori Naomi had referred her audience in her divorce statement to the interview with the media outlet.

Asked during the interview to describe the monarch, she said: “He is highly unpredictable.

“Most of the time I shy away from describing him because when you say he is this, he comes up with something special.

“In the last three years, I’ve seen different sides of Ooni.

“One thing I can say without prejudice and without thinking twice is that he a happy man.

“He likes to be happy. He likes to be in the midst of people.

“Ooni would tell you 24/7 that he does not get worried, but the state of the nation worries him, and the state of Africa worries him.

“He wants Africa to be great. He wants to always make sure people are fine especially meeting requests.”

Speaking on how she and the monarch met, she said: “Well for me I was busy with what I knew how to do best, which is ministry, and first of it was the connection with what I was doing and then a king will always be a king, so it wasn’t like the normal ‘oh you’re beautiful, and I think you’re going to be this, and that’.

“It came in as well. ‘I’ve prayed about this, and I’d let you pray if you want to, but I’m certain that if you pray to your God, he is going to tell you the same thing that I’m telling you today.

“I care deeply about you, and having prayed about it, you’ll be best for me and the kingdom, and I prayed about it.'”

She said the Ooni gave her time to pray over the proposal to marry her.

“I wouldn’t be able to do this without the support of my family, because we are closely knitted together, and they all prayed with me, and they told me, we are here when you look back.

“…I’ll never forget that night when he said those words to me.”

Naomi, who said she should be addressed as “the Queen of the People” in her statement, said religion was never an issue in their marriage.

She said: “We unwind by discussing culture and religion. People need to understand that culture is beautiful. God created us in his image.

“God loves drums, we drum in Christendom. We had forefathers who went to heaven, they had a way they communicated God.

“I enjoy serving God. Culture connects me to God.”

The palace said Thursday that it was yet to be formally notified of Naomi’s decision to end the union.

Posted On Sunday, 26 December 2021 23:15 Written by

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has commiserated with the family and professional colleagues of the late Mr. Babatunde Omidina, aka Baba Suwe, over his death.

Baba Suwe died on Monday in Lagos. His remains were buried in his Ikorodu, Lagos, home yesterday.

In a condolence letter released yesterday by his Media Office in Abuja, the APC leader described the late Omidina as “an indisputable ambassador of Nigerian culture, judging by the tumultuous acclaim he received from both Yoruba-speaking and non-Yoruba speaking audiences.”

Tinubu added: “By way of this letter, please accept my deepest condolences and those of my wife and children over the recent passing of your husband and patriarch of the family, Mr. Babatunde Omidina, aka Baba Suwe.

“An accomplished entertainer and actor, Baba Suwe deployed his rare God-given talent to bring joy to many hearts. He was a comedian of note with an amazing gift of spontaneous artistry.

“During his earthly journey, we met physically a couple of times. However, I encountered him many times through his amazing works. Baba Suwe redefined the Yoruba genre of comedy with his creativity and brilliance.

“He was an indisputable ambassador of Nigerian culture judging by the tumultuous acclaim he received from both Yoruba-speaking and non-Yoruba speaking audiences.

“Your husband’s death is not only a loss to you and the immediate family, it is equally a painful loss to millions of his admirers at home and abroad.”

“We may have another Babatunde Omidina but it will be difficult to have another Baba Suwe. This untimely departure has left a big gap in the entertainment industry in Nigeria.

“My prayer is that God Almighty comfort all of you that he left behind. May his buoyant, creative and boisterous soul rest in perfect peace.”

Posted On Saturday, 27 November 2021 02:12 Written by

Tottenham needed a second-half fightback to launch Antonio Conte’s reign in charge with a 2-1 win over Leeds, while Manchester City swept aside Everton 3-0 on Sunday to go second in the Premier League.

A severely depleted Leeds remain just two points above the relegation zone after threatening to spoil Conte’s first home league game since he replaced Nuno Espirito Santo.

Tottenham had not even managed a shot on target in their previous two league matches and there was little change for the first 45 minutes.

Even without key men Raphinha and Patrick Bamford, a youthful Leeds were well worth their 1-0 half-time lead thanks to Daniel James’ first goal for the club.

Harry Kane scored back-to-back hat-tricks for England during the international break, but has still netted just once in the Premier League this season.

Kane was denied in a one-on-one with Illan Meslier and Son Heung-min’s deflected shot came off the bar as Spurs improved after the break.

But the goals came from unfamiliar sources as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s scuffed shot found the bottom corner to level just before the hour-mark.

Sergio Reguilon then grabbed the winner with his first Spurs goal after Eric Dier’s deflected free-kick came back off the post.

A first win in four league games takes Tottenham above Manchester United, who sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday, up to seventh in the table and within four points of the top four.

City cruise
City were far more convincing winners as goals from Raheem Sterling, Rodri and Bernardo Silva saw off Everton at the Etihad to cut Chelsea’s lead at the top of the table to three points.

“In general we controlled the game,” said City boss Pep Guardiola. “We played the game we should play to beat teams like Everton.”

Sterling netted on his 300th Premier League appearance as he turned home Joao Cancelo’s sensational pass with the outside of his right foot for his 98th goal in the English top flight.

Without the presence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin up front, Everton rarely threatened.

Rafael Benitez’s men have now taken just two points from the last 18 on offer in the Premier League to drop into the bottom half of the table and just six points clear of the relegation zone.

Rodri’s stunning long-range drive into the top corner 10 minutes after the break ended the game as a contest.

City were then content to cruise for the final half-hour with one eye on Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.

Sterling should have slotted home his second of the afternoon from Riyad Mahrez’s inviting cross, but was instead denied by international teammate Jordan Pickford as he tried to round the goalkeeper.

City did get a deserved third five minutes from time when Silva followed up after Cole Palmer’s shot was blocked.

Posted On Sunday, 21 November 2021 22:21 Written by

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intercepted fresh consignments of cocaine and heroin weighing 16.85 kilograms and worth more than N4.9 billion in street value.

This is contained in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja by NDLEA’s Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi.

Babafemi stated that NDLEA operatives intercepted the consignments at the Apapa Seaport and at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

He added that four persons were being investigated for the 13.65kg cocaine seized on board a ship, MV Karteria that came into the Apapa Port from Santos, Brazil, on Sunday, Nov. 7.

This, he stated was barely three weeks after 32.9kg of cocaine was intercepted at the port on another vessel, MV Chayanee Naree, also from Santos, Brazil.

According to him, in well-coordinated follow-up operations, five persons have been arrested in different parts of Lagos and Delta in connection with the shipment.

“A consignment of 3.2kg heroin was found on a passenger, Christian Osondu at the E-Arrival Hall of the (MMIA) on Friday, Nov. 5, during the inward clearance of Air Peace flight from South Africa.

“A swift follow-up operation on the same day led to the arrest of one Ude Onyeka at Mafoluku area of Oshodi in Lagos.

“Onyeka confessed that his elder brother, Ikenna Ude, who is based in South Africa, had instructed him to collect the bag containing the drug.

“He confessed also that he was to hand over to another person who was supposed to come from Delta,’’ he said.

Babafemi said that a second follow-up operation led to the arrest of Innocent Abanjo who came to Lagos from Delta to pick the bag around “Cele’’ Bus Stop, Okota, on Saturday, Nov. 6.

“Abanjo also confessed that he was contracted by one Oseki Chinedu, who is based in South Africa to travel to Lagos to collect the bag and to take it to Agbor junction in Delta.

“The third follow-up operation led to the arrest of Ihator Isioma at Agbor Junction on Sunday, Nov. 7,’’ Babafemi explained.
In another development, NDLEA operatives arrested one Emeka Obeluo on Saturday, Nov. 13 with 600 grams of heroin in Bayelsa.

Babafemi said that the suspect, a motor spare parts dealer hails from Anambra West Local Government Area but based in Douala.

Obeluo arrived in Yenagoa by sea to waybill the substance to an undisclosed address in Lagos.

The NDLEA spokesman also stated that four suspects were arrested and different quantities of cocaine, Indian hemp, tramadol and Methamphetamine seized from them during weekend raids in parts of Rivers.

“Those arrested are Elizabeth Iniama, Sir King Emmanuel, Godgift King and Amadi Bright.

Babafemi stated also that 18.51kg of illicit drugs were recovered on Saturday, Nov. 13 when operatives raided Bayan Gari and Sir Ahmadu Bello Way in Bauchi.
Two suspects, Gabriel Iwagbunan and Ms Cecilia Ezena were arrested during the raid.

“A 23-year-old Hadiza Ibrahim was also arrested on Friday, Nov. 12 on the Okene-Lokoja Highway with 54kg of Indian hemp, while one Sunday Nnam a.k.a Idowu was nabbed same day in Emene area of Enugu with 45kg also of Indian hemp, Babafemi stated.

In Gombe, one Umar Muhammad was arrested with 25,700 capsules of Tramadol weighing 15.1kg in Tudun Hatsi area of the state capital.

Babafemi said that following credible intelligence, two suspects, David Oduku, and Ifeanyi Raphael, were intercepted on Ore-Shagamu Expressway with 364.98kg of Indian hemp being conveyed in a blue Toyota bus.

He said that two suspects Buhari Jamiu and Ajibola Jimoh were also arrested on Sunday, Nov. 14 with 189kg of Indian hemp at Olorunlagba, Bode Saadu area near Ilorin.

Posted On Sunday, 14 November 2021 18:35 Written by

The Governing Council of the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi has approved the dismissal of two lecturers, Malam Abubakar Baba and Mr Adebusoye Sunday, accused of allegedly sexually harassing of their students.

The Rector, Mr Sunusi Gumau, stated this while briefing newsmen at the end of the 98th meeting of the council, on Sunday in Bauchi.

Gumau said that the decision was reached after thorough investigation of the matter by a committee set up by the institution.

He said that Baba was a lecturer in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics while Mr Sunday was a lecturer of the Department of General Studies.

“This is the final verdict of all that has been making waves in the media concerning the issue of our staff reported on alleged case of rape.

“This issue of Abubakar Baba came up on the Aug. 4, 2021. In the rules of the Polytechnic, if an issue of this magnitude happens, the complainant has to write and immediately she wrote.

“I asked the staff to be queried.

“When we queried him, the suspect replied and the reply was not satisfactory, and we established a committee to investigate the matter thoroughly to logical conclusion.

“We did that and after the committee submitted its report, the Senior Staff Appointment and Disciplinary Committee met, invited the suspects, cross examined and we made our recommendation to the council.

“Today; the council has finally approved the dismissal of Abubakar Baba from the services of the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi,” said the Rector.

Sanusi further revealed that Mr Sunday was equally dismissed from the service of the Polytechnic with immediate effect.

The Rector said that concrete evidence had been established against Sunday for sexually assaulting his student.

He further said that the victims had military background which propelled the exposure of the culprits.

Gumau said the two lecturers were no longer staff of the Polytechnic and assured that their dismissal letter would be handed over to the necessary security agencies for appropriate actions.

“In the case of Baba, the father of the student involved is a military personnel while in the case of Sunday, the victim is a sister to a military woman.”

The Rector commended the Bauchi State Government, traditional leaders and host communities for their support to the institution.

Meanwhile, the Rector revealed that the Students’ Academic Board of the institution had also expelled 30 students for various offences.

Gumau said that 14 of the students were expelled for examination malpractices while 16 others for certificate forgery. (NAN)

Posted On Sunday, 24 October 2021 23:50 Written by

By Oluwatomisin Amokeoja/ THE NATION

BBNaija season six winner Whitemoney will on Monday be presented with his N90 million grand prize.

According to the organisers, the winner’s prize presentation will commence at 3 pm on Monday.

Whitemoney displaced Liquorose with 47% of the total votes cast for finalists.

He will be awarded a cash prize of N30 million, a two-bedroom flat courtesy of Renovation Plus, Innoson IVM G40 and TravelBeta travel package for two (a trip for two to Dubai, including Airport Transfer and Tours.

Other items include cash in Abeg Wallet, cash prize from Patricia, a weekend getaway to Seychelles courtesy Diageo, Arla makers of Dano will provide cartons of Dairy products.

He will also enjoy Pepsi supply for 1 year + merchandise, packs of Munch It and merchandise, Tecno Products including the Tecno Phantom X mobile phone, WAW Detergent Cartons and Hawaii Soap products.

There will also be consolation prizes which are are yet to be disclosed for the runners up.

Posted On Monday, 04 October 2021 00:33 Written by

Liquorose, a two-time Head Of House in the BBNaija Shine Ya Eye edition, recently got a message to help her forge ahead.

Liquorose used some of her BB tokens to get an encouragement letter from her friend, Emeka.

Liquorose was taken to the executive lounge to listen to the message which got her emotional.

Emeka, speaking to her, encouraged her to be herself and continue to make her fans proud.

“I was so excited when I heard I had to make a message for you. I expected you to go into the house and do us proud but you exceeded our expectations.

“Few more days to go, we can’t wait to see you and we’re doing our own part out here for you. Just be yourself,” Emeka told Liquorose.

Posted On Saturday, 02 October 2021 19:05 Written by

BY MICHAEL BAMIDELE / GUARDIAN.NG

2Face Idiba

2Face Idibia has appealed to the public and his families to sheath their swords in his first statement over the crisis rocking his marriage.

This is following accusations of infidelity by his wife Annie Idibia who subsequently had a heated exchange on social media with 2Face’s younger brother, Charles Idibia.

2Face also known as 2Baba, in his first statement, said he he will not fold his hands and watch everyone have a “free for all” over issues affecting his family.

“I admit that bringing our personal issues on social media was not cool but I will not sit back and watch everyone have a free for all battle here in the name of love or solidarity,” 2Face wrote on his Instagram page.

“None of us is perfect. I will like to urge our families and supporters to stop the madness and the public to please respect our privacy and our kids. Let us deal with our issues internally. I take God beg una.”

Image: Instagram/official2Baba


Annie Idibia, in a now-deleted Instagram Story post, had accused her husband, 2Face, of infidelity.

“I’m a patient woman, I am not a fool innocent! Your family never loved me from the beginning, no matter how hard I tried. I was never worthy to them. I have made so many sacrifices for you and all your children. God knows I have tried,” she wrote.

Annie Idibia

The actress claimed that 2Face spent nights under the same roof with one of his baby mamas after taking his kids to Disney Land.

“What kind of man takes his kids to Disney and spends nights in the same apartment with his kids and their mother! How many times have you gone to see your kids with Pero and she stays with you and the kids under the same roof for nights?” she claimed.

In the post, Annie urged her husband to do better and also indicted the singer’s manager, Efe. Annie also claimed that Tuface’s baby mamas use his children ‘as an excuse for all sorts of rubbish’.

2Face and Annie Idibia

She wrote, “Your baby mamas constantly use your children as an excuse for all sorts of rubbish! I try to stay gracious!! You’re not the first man on the planet to have kids by different women. You can do better. Everything I do is to show the good human that you are!!! But today, this move by you, Efe, Frankie, and your family is unacceptable.”

Reacting to Annie’s accusations, 2Face’s brother Charles accused the actress of using charm on 2Face among other things.

He wrote:

“You got married into a family of peace lovers …so peaceful that it’s actually an idibia family flaw as I have come to realise. Perhaps this has made you think that we must be fools, but trust me, we are not. You are bringing up a Disney trip that happen pre-covid19 simply because you somehow cannot totally have your way today like you are used to? Trying to paint your husband bad publicly( because he is a very private person).

“Is your threat tool and means of gaining control? …and I thought you were smart, abi dey dealer gave you the wrong dose today? Asking your mum who lives in one of the bedrooms to add more fire to the Juju pot is would have been a smarter move, but as God will have it, you choose today to expose yourself. You better finish what you started this Night, because maybe, just maybe the public might just help us all. Inno is dying slowly, never seen a man so unhappy in real life, but we must all maintain ‘peace’ that has never existed from day one …fuck that shit! ..am done. The idibia family never gave you peace you say, please bring out all the wrong we did to you and post on your page pls, because I have a lot to say, and am going to say it regardless.”

Posted On Friday, 10 September 2021 00:56 Written by

BY Alao Abiodun and Gbenga Bada/ THE NATION

Boma Martins Akpore popularly known as Boma has been evicted from BBNaija Shine Ya Eye show after polling the lowest votes from viewers and voters.

His eviction was announced by the show host, Ebuka Obi Uchendu during the third BBNaija Shine Ya Eye Sunday Live eviction show on Sunday.

The 35-year-old mixologist became 12th housemate evicted in the BBNaija Shine Ya Eye.

The Nation reports the 34-year-old ex-footballer and model engaged in a heated confrontation with Angel on Thursday — days after they shared a passionate kiss.

Organisers of BBNaija had announced that Sunday’s eviction will be a ‘Kingsize’ eviction.

Posted On Sunday, 05 September 2021 20:59 Written by
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