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By Toba Adedeji, Osogbo and David Adenuga Bauchi/ THE NATION

  • Family of six among dead

  • Troops foil kidnap attempt on 307 pupils in Kaduna

Gunmen were on the prowl on Sunday, killing six in Osun State, one policeman and his friend in Bauchi State, as well as a traveller in Ekiti State.

In Kaduna, troops foiled the attempt by suspected bandits to abduct more than 300 pupils from their school.

There was uproar in Wasinmi village, Ikire, in Irewole Local Government Area of Osun State, following the murder of six relatives in an unprovoked attack. Another person was injured.

Osun State police spokesman Yemisi Opalola, a Superintendent, said the killings were not related to herder-farmer crisis.

The Ekiti State Police command said it had begun investigation into the shooting at a commercial vehicle in which a passenger was killed.

In Bauchi, Inspector Muktar Ibrahim and his friend, Uba Samaila, were killed during an attack on the Safer Highways base of the police in Nabordo, Toro Local Government.

Uba was a son of the Ward Head of Nabordo.

Spokesman of the Bauchi Police Command, Ahmed Wakili, said Commissioner of Police Abiodun Alabi, had deployed more patrol teams in the area.

There have been attacks on police stations and killing of policemen in recent weeks by gunmen across the country.

A source in Osun said the gunmen invaded the village and started shooting at the family’s settlement. He said he suspected a retaliatory attack.

“We are yet to know the identity of those that attacked the family because after they carried out the dastardly act, they ran away before the arrival of security operatives,” he added.

Commissioner of Police Olawale Olokode, led security personnel to the village to prevent further attack. Deputy Governor Benedict Alabi also visited the bereaved family.

Osun Police spokesperson Opalola said: “The preliminary investigation by the Police shows that some yet to be identified gunmen, stormed, attacked and shot sporadically at a family of six at a settlement on the outskirts of Wasinmi Village, Ikire. Police operatives from Ikire Division and other law enforcement agencies were promptly drafted to the scene to prevent further attacks on residents and to arrest the perpetrators but the attackers escaped on sighting the security team.”

She added: “The Osun State Police Command wishes to state categorically that the unfortunate attack on a family at a settlement in the outskirts of Wasinmi Village, Ikire, Osun State, today 14th March, 2021, is not connected with any clash between farmers and herders.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Olawale Olokode, who visited the scene of the incident for an ‘on-the-spot security assessment’, said a discrete investigations has commenced into the incident and manhunt for the perpetrators to bring them to justice.

“The CP appeals to the people, particularly residents of Ikire and its environs, not to panic but collaborate with the police by giving timely information that will assist in arresting the culprits.”

Alabi condemned the killings, which he described as disheartening and unfortunate because Osun is a peaceful state where residents are guided by Omoluabi ethos.

He said: “This is a very unfortunate incident and we are so sad about it as a government. It is shocking and strange to our communities.

“We are here on behalf of the state government to sympathise with you and we are assuring you that those criminal elements that perpetrated this evil act would not go scot-free, we have ordered security agencies to swing into action and fish them out to face the wrath of the law”.

The deputy governor called on the villagers to assist security agents with useful information that could speed up the arrest of the killers.

Alabi was accompanied by Commissioner for Finance Bola Oyebamiji and Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Mrs Abiodun Ige.

The Police Command in Ekiti State said it had launched investigation into the shooting at a commercial vehicle.

Police Public Relations Officer Sunday Abutu, said in a statement on behalf of Commissioner of Police, Tunde Mobayo, that the commercial vehicle and its passengers were attacked at a location between Ikere Ekiti, headquarters of Ikere Local Government of Ekiti State and Iju, a boundary town in Ondo State.

Abutu said the shooting at about 6:45 pm, led to the death of one of the passengers of a Sharon mini bus.

He implored people not to panic, saying the police were on top of the situation.

According to him, the Ekiti and Ondo Police Commands would join forces to ensure that the perpetrators were apprehended and brought to justice.

He enjoined anyone with useful information that could assist the Police to track down the perpetrators and other criminal elements to relay same to the nearest Police Station.

He added: “It should be noted that the driver and its passengers ran to Ilupeju-Ikere Divisional Police Headquarters in Ekiti State and reported the incident.

“They stated that while they were on their way from Ondo State, some unknown gunmen came out of the bush and accosted their vehicle around Iju in Ondo State.

“The driver explained that he was brave enough to have speedily escaped with his passengers from the scene.

“In the process, according to him, one of the passengers was unfortunately hit by a bullet and was rushed to the General Hospital, Ikere-Ekiti, where he died.”

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Lionel Messi is set to equal Xavi Hernandez’s record of 767 appearances for Barcelona after he was named in the team to play against Huesca on Monday.

Messi was in the starting line-up for the match at Camp Nou where Barca will look to put further pressure on Atletico Madrid in La Liga’s title race.

Xavi spent 17 years at Barcelona before leaving in 2015 and is now the coach of Al-Sadd in Qatar.

Messi, meanwhile, has been an ever-present in the Barca team since 2004 and is expected to break Xavi’s record against Real Sociedad on Sunday.

“It could only be Leo”, Xavi told Mundo Deportivo on Monday.

“It is totally fair that the best player in history is the one who has defended Barca’s colours the most times.”

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Bandits have abducted students and teachers from UBE Primary School in Rama, a village in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Daily Trust reports that the incident occurred while pupils were trooping into the school around 9:am on Monday.

A resident Abdulsalam Adam confirmed the attack. He said the gunmen came on about 12 motorcycles.

“I have been told that three teachers and some pupils have been abducted but we are trying to ascertain the true situation. Right now, our vigilante boys and other volunteers have gone after the bandits,” Adam told Daily Trust.

“We are in the school right now, what we are trying to do is comb the bushes because some of the children ran into the bush. So, we don’t know how many were abducted at the moment.”

Another resident Mai Saje Rama said a particular parent whose name is Halilu saw bandits carry his son on a motorcycle.

Rama stated that security operatives have gone after the bandits but they are yet to return.

The latest attack is one of many in the northern part of Nigeria in the last 30 days.

Last week gunmen raided a college in north-west Nigeria and kidnapped 39 students, in the latest mass abduction targeting a school.

The gang stormed the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in Mando, Kaduna state, at about 9.30 pm (2030 GMT) on Thursday, shooting indiscriminately before taking students.

The Kaduna college was said to have about 300 male and female students – mostly aged 17 and older – at the time of the attack.

Kaduna State commissioner for internal security, Samuel Aruwan, said 39 of the students were missing while the army was able to rescue 180 people after a battle with the gunmen.

Aruwan disclosed that “further checks in the wake of the attack by armed bandits … indicate that 39 students are currently unaccounted for,” including 23 females and 16 males.”

Prior to the attack on the school, about 279 students were kidnapped from their boarding school in Government Girls secondary school, Jangebe, Zamfara State in late February.

Zamfara State governor Bello Matawalle Tuesday, March 2 announced the release of the girls to the government.

Before Zamfara State, bandits also abducted about 42 people in Government Science secondary school in the Kagara district of Niger state at around 2:00 am local time, overwhelming the school’s security detail.

The abductees – 27 students, three staff and 12 members of their families were later released after days in hostage, the Governor Abubakar Sani Bello said.

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By Alao Abiodun/ THE NATION

Nigerian Music Stars Wizkid and Burna Boy emerged winners at the 2021 Grammy Awards.

While Burna Boy’s ‘Twice As Tall’, his last year’s project, fetched him the ‘Best Global Music Album’ Category, Wizkid won his first-ever Grammy award for his role in ‘Brown Skin Girl’, a 2019 song by Beyonce.

‘Brown Skin Girl’ was nominated for the category alongside ‘Life Is Good’, a song by Future featuring Drake, ‘Lockdown’ by Anderson Park, ‘Adore You’ by Harry Styles and ‘Goliath’ by Woodkid.

Trevor Noah, South African US-based comedian, hosted the show from the Los Angeles Convention Center.

It was originally scheduled to take place in January but was postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

WINNER: Lady Gaga with Ariana

Best R&B Album

WINNER: John Legend – Bigger Love

Best Progressive R&B Album

WINNER: Thundercat – It Is What It Is

Best R&B Song

WINNER: Robert Glasper Featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello – Better Than I Imagine

Best Traditional R&B Performance

WINNER: Ledisi – Anything for You

Best Latin Jazz Album

WINNER: Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra – Four Questions

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

WINNER: Maria Schneider Orchestra – Data Lords

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

WINNER: Chick Corea, Christian McBride & Brian Blade – Trilogy 2

Best Jazz Vocal Album

WINNER: Kurt Elling featuring Danilo Pérez – Secrets Are the Best Stories

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

WINNER: Chick Corea – All Blues

Best Alternative Music Album

WINNER: Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters

Best Musical Theater Album

WINNER: Jagged Little Pill

Best Comedy Album

WINNER: Tiffany Haddish – Black Mitzvah

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)

WINNER: Rachel Maddow – Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth

Best Children’s Music Album

WINNER: Joanie Leeds – All the Ladies

Best Global Music Album

WINNER: Burna Boy – Twice As Tall

Best Reggae Album

WINNER: Toots & the Maytals – Got to Be Tough

Best Regional Roots Music Album

WINNER: New Orleans Nightcrawlers – Atmosphere

Best Folk Album

WINNER: Gillian Welch & David Rawlings – All the Good Times

Best Contemporary Blues Album

WINNER: Fantastic Negrito – Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?

Best Traditional Blues Album

WINNER: Bobby Rush – Rawer Than Raw

Best Bluegrass Album

WINNER: Billy Strings – Home

Best Americana Album

WINNER: Sarah Jarosz – World on the Ground

Best American Roots Song

WINNER: John Prine – I Remember Everything

Best American Roots Performance

WINNER: John Prine – I Remember Everything

Best Song Written for Visual Media

WINNER: Billie Eilish – No Time to Die


Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

WINNER: Hildur Guðnadóttir – Joker

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

WINNER: Jojo Rabbit

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

WINNER: Christopher Rouse – Rouse: Symphony No. 5

Best Classical Compendium

WINNER: Isabel Leonard – Thomas, M.T.: From the Diary of Anne Frank & Matt Haimovitz – Woolf, L.P.: Fire and Flood

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

WINNER: Sarah Brailey & Dashon Burton – Smyth: The Prison

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

WINNER: Richard O’Neill – Theofanidis: Concerto for Viola and Chamber Orchestra

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

WINNER: Pacifica Quartet – Contemporary Voices

Best Choral Performance

WINNER: James K. Bass, J’Nai Bridges, Timothy Fallon, Kenneth Overton, Hila Plitmann & Matthew Worth; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus & UCLA Chamber Singers – Danielpour: The Passion of Yeshua.

Best Opera Recording

WINNER: The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera

Best Orchestral Performance

WINNER: Los Angeles Philharmonic – Ives: Complete Symphonies

Best Tropical Latin Album

WINNER: Grupo Niche – 40

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)

WINNER: Natalia Lafourcade – Un Canto por México, Vol. 1

Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album

WINNER: Rito Paez – La Conquesta del Espacio

Producer of the Year, Classical

WINNER: David Frost

Best Engineered Album, Classical

WINNER: Riccardo Muti & Chicago Symphony Orchestra – Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13, “Babi Yar”

Best Remixed Recording

WINNER: Saint Jhn – Roses (Imanbek Remix)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

WINNER: Beck – Hyperspace

Best Historical Album

WINNER: Mister Rogers – It’s Such a Good Feeling: The Best of Mister Rogers

Best Album Notes

WINNER: The Replacements – Dead Man’s Pop

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

WINNER: Wilco – Ode to Joy

Best Recording Package

WINNER: Desert Sessions – Vols. 11 & 12

Best Roots Gospel Album

WINNER: Fisk Jubilee Singers – Celebrating Fisk! (The 150th Anniversary Album)

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

WINNER: Kanye West – Jesus Is King

Best Gospel Album

WINNER: PJ Morton – Gospel According to PJ.

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

WINNER: Zach Williams & Dolly Parton – There Was Jesus

Best Gospel Performance/Song

WINNER: Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music – Movin’ On

Best New Age Album

WINNER: Jim “Kimo” West – More Guitar Stories

Best Music Film

WINNER: Linda Ronstadt – Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

Best Music Video

WINNER: Beyoncé – Brown Skin Girl

Best Arrangement, Instruments, and Vocals

WINNER: Jacob Collier – He Won’t Hold You

Best Arrangement, Instrumental, or A Cappella

WINNER: John Beasley – Donna Lee

Best Instrumental Composition

WINNER: Maria Schneider – Sputnik

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

WINNER: Snarky Puppy – Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Best Dance/Electronic Album

WINNER: Kaytranada – Bubba

Best Dance Recording

WINNER: Kaytranada Featuring Kali Uchis – 10%

Published in Arts & Culture
Monday, 15 March 2021 19:22

Bobrisky flaunts N25m credit alert

By Ekaette Bassey/ THE NATION

Okuneye Idris Olarenwaju popularly known as Bobrisky has once again put up a display of affluence on social media.

The popular cross-dresser on Monday 15th, March 2021 was seen flaunting a N25 Million credit alert on his Instagram page.

The credit alert came in three batches as N10million, N5million and N10million Naira summing all up to 25 Million Naira.

The male Barbie posted a screenshot of the credit alerts, which he claimed woke him up this morning.

While flaunting his credit alert, Bobrisky bragged: “If you claim you are a big girl and dis type of alert hasn’t woken u up from sleep on a Monday morning…. 15th March you need to step up ur game from Bobrisky. 25million alert on a Monday morning. See I won’t stop doing good. See money now. What is your own Monday saying?”

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By Alao Abiodun, Lagos, Jide Orintunsin, Abuja and Mike Odiegwu, Port Harcourt/ THE NATION

Main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday gave reasons while the power pendulum will swing in their favour in 2023.

While the PDP argued that its reconciliation drive and APC’s inability to tackle the nation’s myriad of problems, including insecurity, would give it a victory, the ruling party stated that the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari and the gale of defections from the opposition pointed to one direction: Continuation of the Next Level.

PDP National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan spoke for his party during an interview on Arise TV’s “The Morning Show” monitored by The Nation.

He said: “In one zone out of six, we are having contestation of power that is leading towards disagreement, which is already being reconciled by the Senator Bukola Saraki-led reconciliation committee.

“Our party is a hope of Nigerians as we speak today. The acts of terrorism, banditry, kidnapping have subsumed our nation …show clearly that Nigerians are thinking of who will rescue our nation.

“Prior to the 2015 elections, insurgency was fought to the fringes.

“The PDP is ready and prepared to take over the mantle of leadership through the ballot box in 2023.”

The PDP spokesman also said the feud between former Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose, and Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde was being resolved by the Saraki committee.

Earlier yesterday, Governors Nyesom Wike (Rivers) and Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta) had said Nigeria’s redemption would depend only on the return of the PDP to power in 2023.

The governors claimed that the main opposition had demonstrated proven ability to improve the living condition of Nigerians, arguing that this had diminished under the APC.

They spoke at the PDP Southsouth zonal congress in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

While Wike told the delegates that Nigerians were yearning to return the opposition party to power in 2023, Okowa said the nation was better under PDP’s administration than the APC.

But Secretary of the Caretaker Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the APC, Senator John Akpanudoedehe said the PDP and its leaders were deluding themselves of returning to power.

“The PDP is apparently deluding itself that its desperate cravings to return to power at the centre amounts to the wishes of Nigerians.

“This is incredibly delusional. It is important to remind the PDP that in a democracy and progressive politics, power is not ‘taken’ but given through a popular mandate by the people.

“The current state of the PDP does not show the failed opposition party is anywhere close to earning such mandate from the electorate.

“From previously abandoned to new projects, under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration, every state of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has an ongoing and major federal road and other critical infrastructure project. This is a fact and it is verifiable.

“The coming of CECPC has compelled the opposition to go on futile and desperate attempts at begging its members and leaders to remain in the party.

“President Buhari’s administration is implementing one of the world’s largest and wide-ranging social investment programme, which is benefitting the vulnerable and has taken many Nigerians out of poverty. Commendably, we are well on course to delivering other aspects of the Next Level agenda,” Akpanudoedehe said.

Also, the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO), a group sympathetic to the APC, described PDP’s statement as wishful thinking.

The BMO reminded the main opposition that it takes more than gathering “loud-talking leaders” to sway the electorate.

Also, opposition political groups, under the platform of National Consultative Front (NCFront), have inaugurated a 22-man merger committee to negotiate with existing political parties across the country.

The committee is to work out modalities for unseating the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

It is headed by former House of Representatives Speaker Ghali Umar Na’aba and mandated to negotiate and facilitate an all-inclusive Mega Party Movement for Nigerians.

The coalition also planned to mobilise massive resistance to national elections without a brand new constitution, biometric accreditation, electronic and Diaspora voting, among others.

At a virtual inauguration of the merger committee yesterday, the Chief Convener of the coalition, Prof. Pat Utomi said there was need to reclaim the country from political pillagers and build a Nigeria that “our children will be proud of”.

A communiqué issued after the meeting and signed by NCFront’s head of secretariat, Olawale Okuniyi, announced that “leaders of conscience under the umbrella of the National Consultative Front (NCFront), in a conscious effort to provide a credible ideological mega political alternative to rescue Nigeria from the predatory and disastrous grip of the ruling political leadership of the APC and PDP today inaugurated a 22-member Political Merger Committee, headed by Ghali Umar Na’aba, former Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives”.

It added: “The high-powered political merger committee, which includes 12 national chairpersons of national political parties and nine major political movements and interest groups, was mandated to use its inclusivity to ensure the fusion of various platforms, allies and stakeholders that share NCFront mission to rescue and save Nigeria from the avoidable misery and hopelessness brought upon the Nigerian Peoples by the ruling political parties in Nigeria.”

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Wednesday further adjourned until May 26, for the continuation of the trial of internet celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha (a.k.a Mompha), standing trial for N32.9 billion fraud.

Mustapha was charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on 14 counts bordering on fraud, money laundering and running a foreign exchange business without the authorisation of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The commission later amended the charge to 22 counts.

The defendant was arraigned alongside his firm, Ismalob Global Investment Ltd.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail in the sum of N100 million with one surety in like sum.

Prosecution closed its case in July 2020 after calling 10 witnesses.

The defence filed a no-case submission on the grounds that the prosecution did not make out any case against Mustapha.

Justice Mohammed Liman, in December 2020, dismissed the no-case submission and called on Mustapha to open defence.

On Wednesday, the trial could not proceed as earlier planned, as the judge was in a meeting.

Parties in the suit were, consequently, given a new trial date of May 26.

In the charge, EFCC accused the defendant of procuring Ismalob Global Investment Ltd. and unlawfully retaining in its account, an aggregate sum of N32.9 billion from 2015 to 2018.

It alleged that Mustapha laundered the sum through Ismalob Global Investment Ltd.

Both defendants were alleged to have negotiated foreign exchange transactions in various sums such as N9.4 million, N20 million, N10.4 million, N2.4 million, N100 million, N61 million, N40.7 million and N42 million.

Mustapha was also alleged to have aided Ismalob to illegally retain an aggregate sum of N 14 billion in its account.

The alleged offences contravene the provisions of Sections 15(2) and 18(3) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act of 2011 as amended.

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By Muhaimin Olowoporoku/ PM NEWS

Reality TV star and former BBNaija housemate, Rebecca Nengi Hampson has acquired a new mansion.

The reality TV star shared photos of the new property via her Twitter and Instagram pages on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.

The BBNaija lockdown housemate has been in the spotlight before her time in the Big Brother Naija house as she is a former model and had made it to the MBGN 2017 top five contestants.

After finishing 2nd runner-up at the reality TV show, her fame amplified as she achieves celebrity status and now famous beyond Nigeria and across Africa.

She recently returned from a media tour in Ghana where she and her Ghanian fans were all excited to have her in the country.

She can be described as one of the most successful reality TV stars from BBNaija.

In 2020, she was appointed as a Senior Special Assistant to the Bayelsa State governor on ‘The Girl Child.’

Sharing the news of her new mansion, she said “2021 just keeps getting better. With consistency, dedication, and hard work, I finally get to tick this off my checklist. Thank you Lord for continued blessings. Can’t wait to play table tennis with my friends in my ‘Pengi’ home.”

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By Gowon Akpodonor/ GUARDIAN.NG

The decision by Super Eagles Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr to pick only one home-based player in his 24-man list for this month’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin Republic and Lesotho have drawn the ire of many Nigerian football followers.

Nigeria is top of the Group E log in the qualifying series with eight points (one ahead of Benin Republic and five more than third-placed Sierra Leone). The Super Eagles will tackle the Squirrels away at the Stade Charles de Gaulle in Porto Novo on March 27 and will lock horns with the Crocodiles of Lesotho at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos three days later. These are the concluding games of the qualifying series.

Contrary to the expectations of some Nigerians, Rohr released his list yesterday with Enyimba FC goalkeeper, John Noble, the only home-based player in the squad.

Some stakeholders, who spoke on the list yesterday, also frowned at the inclusion of Captain Ahmed Musa, who they described as ‘clubless.’ The speedy Super Eagles winger is without a club following his failure to get a contract with struggling West Brom in the January transfer window.

“How come Rohr picked only one home-based player, a goalkeeper, but settled for Musa who has no club,” one angry fan, Suleiman, asked on a radio sports programme in Lagos yesterday.

Among those who made Rohr’s 24-man list are Ahmed Musa (Unattached), deputy captain William Ekong, goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, midfielder Wilfred Ndidi and forward Victor Osimhen.

Others are Enyimba FC goalkeeper John Noble, defenders Leon Balogun, Kenneth Omeruo and Olaoluwa Aina, midfielders Oghenekaro Etebo and Joseph Ayodele-Aribo, and forwards Alex Iwobi, Moses Simon and Samuel Chukwueze.

Abdullahi Shehu is listed as a midfielder this time and there is a first senior call for Spain–based forward Sadiq Umar.

Seven players, including long–time goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi, are on standby.

Abia Warriors player, Adekunle Adeleke, is also among those placed on standby.

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Bayern Munich starlet Jamal Musiala has revealed that his mother has to drive him to training while the 18-year-old works on getting his driving licence.

“So far I’ve been very happy that my mum has been so nice as to drive me to training,” Musiala told magazine Sport Bild.

“I’m currently working towards getting my driving licence and I’m really looking forward to driving myself soon.”

Last Friday, Musiala signed a five-year contract — his first as a professional — with the club world champions, which he described as a “childhood dream come true”.

Just a week after his 18th birthday, Musiala signed the deal which will reportedly earn him five million euros ($6 million) per year.

Bayern’s players each receive a car provided by the club’s sponsor.

Musiala says he has no idea which car he will be given, but he doesn’t mind “as long as it drives and has a good music system.”

The teenager has so far made 27 appearances for the Bundesliga leaders.

He scored his first Champions League goal in the 4-1 win over Lazio in the last 16, first leg. The return leg is in Munich next week.

Stuttgart-born Musiala came through Chelsea’s academy and played for England Under-21s last November but has opted to play senior football for Germany.

Germany coach Joachim Loew, who will step down after the European championships in July, reportedly plans to call up Musiala for World Cup qualifiers later this month.

The teenager says he wants to “win titles with Bayern and Germany”.

Musiala hopes Loew reverses his 2019 decision to permanently drop Thomas Mueller so the Bayern team-mates can play for Germany.

“I would be happy to play a European Championship with Thomas,” Musiala added.

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