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By Guardian Nigeria
Three teachers, the headmaster and a deputy head were kidnapped from a Cameroonian high school by armed men in one of two English-speaking regions plagued by an armed conflict between separatists and soldiers, a teachers’ union told AFP on Friday.
“An armed group burst into the Weh bilingual high school on Tuesday and kidnapped five people,” said Roger Kafo, secretary general of the National Union of Secondary Teachers (Snaes).
Armed separatists regularly attack schools which they accuse of teaching in French, and kill civil servants, including teachers, whom they accuse of “collaborating” with the central government in Yaounde.
Students have been abducted and later released.
“At the moment we don’t have any news of the hostages and none has been freed,” Kafo added.
The hostages were the principal, the deputy head and three teachers.
The northwest and southwest regions have been rocked by violence since 2017 when anglophone militants declared independence from the majority French-speaking country.
Yaounde responded with a crackdown.
Both the separatists and government forces have been accused of atrocities in the fighting, which has claimed more than 3,000 lives and forced over 700,000 to flee their homes.
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.
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With gratitude to God for a life well spent, the Anyanwu Royal Family announces the passing unto glory of their dearly beloved wife, mother, grandmother and Aunty, Madam Sussana Chienyenwa Anyanwu (Nee Akor), aged 75 years (1946 - 2021).
Here, above, are the burial arrangements as released to the press by the Anyanwu Royal Family in a statement signed by Casmir I. Anyanwu, ESQ for the family.
Manchester City’s 12-game winning run in the Premier League came to an end as Aymeric Laporte rescued a 1-1 draw against Southampton on Saturday.
City were rocked by Kyle Walker-Peters’ first ever top-flight goal in the opening minutes at St Mary’s.
After a poor first half by their high standards, Pep Guardiola’s side kicked into gear after the break.
City defender Laporte headed the equaliser, but the runaway leaders could not extend their winning streak in a one-sided finale that saw the visitors lay seige to the Southampton goal.
The champions had to settle for a result that left them 12 points clear of second-placed Liverpool, who have two games in hand and face Crystal Palace on Sunday.
For the first time since they were beaten 2-0 by Palace on October 30, City finished a league game without all three points.
They remain firmly in pole position for a fourth title in five seasons, but their draw on the south coast will give a glimmer of hope to Liverpool and third-placed Chelsea.
Ruben Dias returned to the City defence in place of John Stones, but the champions’ rearguard was quickly exposed.
City were rocked in the seventh minute when Walker-Peters linked up with Nathan Redmond on the right flank.
Walker-Peters cut inside and, with City backing off, the right-back had space to shoot into the far corner with the outside of his foot.
It was just the 14th goal City had conceded in the league this term and they were nearly breached again nine minutes later.
Armando Broja was played in behind the City defence and slotted past Ederson, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside.
Frustrated by Southampton’s high-energy display, City were struggling to find their usual rhythm.
Laporte saves City
Raheem Sterling nearly snatched an equaliser against the run of play with curler that whisted just wide from a tight angle.
Sterling should have brought City level moments later, but the forward fluffed his lines from Phil Foden’s pass, allowing Fraser Forster to save his under-hit close-range effort.
Ederson made an instinctive stop to keep out Jan Bednarek’s near-post header early in the second half.
Rodri’s miscued strike from the edge of the area almost caught out Forster, who turned it around the post at full stretch.
Laporte made a superb last-ditch block to frustrate Broja after the Southampton forward raced clean through on goal.
Broja should have scored from the resulting corner, but headed James Ward-Prowse’s delivery against the woodwork from just four yards.
It was a crucial miss and City finally equalised in the 65th minute as Laporte exploited Southampton’s weakness in the air.
Kevin De Bruyne swung a free-kick to the far post and Laporte was left completely unmarked to score the 11th headed goal against Southampton in the league this season.
As City pushed for a winner, De Bruyne hammered a 25-yard rocket against the post and Forster saved Gabriel Jesus’s header with his legs.
City were denied a penalty after VAR ruled Oriol Romeu’s foul on De Bruyne had taken place just outside the area.
Stuart Armstrong was fortunate to escape a red card following a VAR check of his high foul on Laporte.
In the tense final minutes, Forster pushed away Foden’s goalbound deflected cross and De Bruyne’s close-range effort was repelled by the inspired Saints keeper.
By Ben Church, CNN