FRESH FM TOP NEWS THIS WEEK

Written by on February 27, 2021

The hottest and most trending news articles for this week in all categories captured in one shot. Find articles ranging from News to Sports, to Politics, to Entertainment, to Economy, to Metro plus, and many other categories. See below the top news for the week:

 

 

NEWS

  • Shasha Crisis: Makinde Approves Immediate Reopening Of Market

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has approved the reopening of Shasha market following the closure of the market. The decision was reached on Tuesday after a meeting with Shahsha market stakeholders weeks after it was shut down following an outbreak between Hausa and Yoruba communities. The governor has also ordered the immediate deployment of bulldozers to clear the rubble left in the wake of the crisis.

The re-opening of the market was agreed on after weeks of extensive deliberations with market leaders from both the Yoruba and Hausa communities who have committed to ensuring peaceful coexistence in the market. The governor stated that due to the economic situation and the peculiarities associated with the state, he would reopen the market for the traders to continue with their commercial activities.

  • Ortom Slams Bala Mohammed, Calls Him ‘Terrorist Terrorising Nigeria’

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom on Monday accused his Bauchi State counterpart, Bala Mohammed, of being a terrorist based on his utterances supporting herdsmen from carrying AK-47 to defend themselves. Governor Ortom who made this accusation while addressing journalists in Makurdi, Benue State capital said Governor Mohammed must be a terrorist for supporting illegal arms wielding by foreign herdsmen.

The Benue Governor there called on Governor Mohammed to render an unreserved apology and learn from the provisions of the constitution that, land both territorial, forest, and aquatic, are vested on the governor of a state who holds them in trust, instead of indulging in inciting Fulani herdsmen against innocent Nigerians.

  • Negotiating With Bandits, Not A Sign Of Failure – Zamfara Governor

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle on Monday said negotiating with bandits is not a sign of failure. He disclosed this at the Government House in Gusau while receiving some repentant bandits who surrendered their weapons and embraced his administration’s peace deal. He believes the only way to put a stop to the current insecurity in the state is to dialogue with the bandits. He also described as unfortunate the thinking of some politicians who regarded the peace initiative as a failure, arguing that every war ends on the dialogue table.

Also speaking, the Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, commended the state government for the peace initiative, noting that it is achieving the desired result. He however called on other bandits to make up their minds and surrender their weapons for peace to reign in the state.

  • Gumi: don’t call bandits criminals or else…

Renowned Islamic cleric Sheik Ahmad Gumi has said Nigerians should stop addressing bandits as criminals if they must surrender. He carpeted journalists for describing the activities of bandits as criminals. He said the media is fuelling the insecurity problem by describing the bandits as criminals. He said if the media wants them to surrender, they should not be castigated and referred to as criminals but nice words should be used to describe them.

He added: “Youths are ready to put down their weapons, now you are calling them criminals. How do you want them to cooperate? Citing the recent threat made by Niger-Delta militants, he said Nigeria is facing a nationwide problem and that the country should listen to their demands and strike out the word “criminality”.

  • Senate Confirms Nomination Of Ex-Service Chiefs As Ambassadors

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the nomination of the immediate past service chiefs as non-career ambassadors, despite criticisms in some quarters. The Senate Minority Leader Enyinaya Abaribe, however, questioned the nomination and confirmation of the ex-service chiefs when the Senate had on three different occasions called for their sack. He also questioned why the petitions against the former service chiefs were dismissed without explanations.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan dismissed Senator Abaribe’s concerns, ruling that the nomination of the former service chiefs cannot be nullified simply because the upper chamber had called for their sack. Senator Lawan added that the former service chiefs have served the country to the best of their abilities and urged the Executive to utilise their experiences as much as possible and they should be posted to countries where they will be useful.

  • Buhari Seeks Use Of Cyberspace To Improve National Security, Economic Growth

President Muhammadu Buhari has called for an overhaul of the national strategy on cybersecurity. The President on Tuesday asked Nigerians to explore the internet for economic growth opportunities, improve knowledge, and mitigation of crime.

The President noted that the Federal Government had taken some major policy decisions to increase penetration of the internet in the daily lives of citizens, particularly for the utilitarian purpose, with the launch of the National Broadband Plan 2020 – 2025 in March 2020; National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy 2020 – 2030; National Identity Program, Treasury Single Account and Bank Verification Number schemes.

  • Only 26% of Nigerians willing to take COVID-19 vaccine – Report

The 2021 Edelman Trust Barometer Report has revealed that only 26 per cent of Nigerians are willing to take the COVID-19 vaccine when made available. The Report also showed that Nigerians fear losing their jobs more than they fear being infected by the coronavirus. In addition, Nigerians’ distrust for government is the lowest in the world at only 24 per cent.

These and more, were contained in the 21st Edelman Trust Barometer Survey Report on Nigeria unveiled virtually by Edelman and its exclusive Nigerian affiliate, Chain Reactions Nigeria, in Lagos on Tuesday, 23 February, 2021. The Report further revealed that out of the four institutions of government, business, media and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Nigerians trust civil society organisations the most, with businesses coming second. On the other hand, most Nigerians expressed distrust for the media, and returned the lowest trust quotient in the world for government with 24 per cent.

 

 

 

 

ECONOMY

  • FG Poised To Do Much More Through ESP – Presidency

The Presidency has said that Nigeria’s prompt exit from recession is a key indicator of the success of the ongoing Economic Sustainability Plan approved by the Federal Government. This indication was given over the weekend by Mr. Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity in the Office of the Vice President while updating the media on ESP progress and reacting to the latest GDP figures for the last quarter of 2020.

Mr. Akande said Nigerians should expect more as the implementation of the Plan is gathering even greater momentum. He said the Economic Sustainability Plan is entering into an even more potent phase with the revving up of plans to install 5 million solar installations across the country and the social mass housing plan that will result in hundreds of thousands of affordable houses for ordinary Nigerians. Both aspects he noted, will yield several hundreds of jobs besides giving the national economy a significant spur-like never before.

  • Ayade Asks Nigerians To Explore Internal Tourism, Visit Local Tourist Sites

Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade on Wednesday called on Nigerians to explore local tourist sites in the country and invest in the nation’s tourism. The governor also called on the Federal government of Nigeria to make a deliberate policy statement on promoting tourism sites across Nigeria.

He said Nigerians are the greatest spenders in terms of global tourism and challenges including COVID-19 restrictions and ban on international travel by some countries is an opportunity to stay back home and explore Nigeria’s tourist sites like Obudu Cattle Ranch. Ayade further sought renewed patronage of the Obudu Ranch Resort which he said is undoubtedly is the best alternative for tourism outside Nigeria and other countries alike with no visa requirements, no exchange issues.

 

 

 

 

POLITICS

  • Akeredolu takes second-term oath, insists on state police

The Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, was on Wednesday sworn in for the second term in office, promising to continue tackling insecurity in the state.
Akeredolu was sworn in alongside the Deputy Governor, Mr Lucky Ayedatiwa, at the International Culture and Events Centre, Akure, the state capital. In his speech, the governor said his administration was committed to ensuring the protection of lives and property.

He also called for the creation of state police as the only way to combat insecurity in the country. In the next four years, the governor vowed to consolidate on the programmes he started in the first term, particularly in the area of employment, agriculture and infrastructure.

  • 2023: Abiodun backs power shift to Southwest

Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has called for unity and cohesion in the Southwest ahead of 2023 electioneering. He called for a single-minded approach among All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders to ensure that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu becomes the presidential candidate, if he declares an intention to run. Abiodun stated this while hosting a delegation of the South West Agenda (SWAGA) in his office in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Also, a former Ogun State Governor Gbenga Daniel has urged the Yoruba nation to bury their differences and avoid what he called the “Pull Him Down” stance to produce a successor to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023. Also, two prominent Ogun State traditional rulers have supported the growing call for Asiwaju Tinubu to join the 2023 presidential race.

  • Ekiti 2022: Fayose endorses PDP chair Kolawole for governor

Former Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has endorsed the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bisi Kolawole, for governor in next year’s election. The endorsement will not affect his current position as chairman, the former governor said.

Fayose on Sunday in solidarity, stormed the Efon-Alaaye home of Kolawole, who has been his ally since when he was governor. He was received by the party chairman, his wife and Efon Local Government PDP chairman, Yemi Ajanaku. There is calm in the chapter over the endorsement. Other potential governorship aspirants, including Prof. Olusola Eleka and former Governor Segun Oni were said to be awaiting clarification and confirmation from the party leader, Fayose.

  • Stop disrespecting me or I will work against you, Fayose threatens Makinde

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, on Wednesday, warned the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, to stop disrespecting him or he will “work against” him (Makinde). “If Governor Makinde continues to disrespect me, I will work against him,” Fayose stated on a PUNCH Live interview.

Of late, the leadership of the South-West arm of the Peoples Democratic Party has been embroiled in crisis with Fayose and Makinde at the centre of the ruckus. Speaking on Wednesday, Fayose said he was amongst party chieftains who worked in 2019 to ensure Makinde emerged the winner of the governorship election in Oyo. Makinde is constitutionally permitted to run for second term in 2023 but Fayose warned him to retrace his step of he will work against his re-election.

  • 2023: I have no interest in Tinubu’s presidential ambition – Fayose

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, on Wednesday, said he has no interest in the rumoured presidential ambition of All Progressives Congress chieftain, Bola Tinubu, in 2023. Fayose, who stated this in an interview, expressed confidence that his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, would produce Nigeria’s president in the 2023 general elections.

Fayose said, “I have never met former governor Ahmed Bola Tinubu in the last three years and I have never spoken with him on the phone once. So, I don’t how they are tying the relationship politically. The ex-governor of Ekiti also said he has not abandoned his ambition to be Nigeria’s president. “The office of the president is a noble one and I will love to be the president of Nigeria if the opportunity permits,” Fayose stated.

  • APC registration responsible for Electoral Act passage – Lawmakers

Members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday blamed the delay in the amendment of the Electoral Act on the ongoing nationwide registration/revalidation exercise by the All Progressives Congress.

The House said it would consider and pass the report on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2020, when its members, who are in their constituencies to campaign for APC membership, return. Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Benjamin Kalu, who addressed journalists after the plenary, noted that the electoral bill is one of the priority legislations of the parliament.

  • Call PDP National Legal Adviser To Order, Makinde Tells NWC

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has asked the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to call its National Legal Adviser to order to ensure rancour-free zonal congresses in the party. He stated that the southwest zone of the party was ready for its zonal congresses, adding that party leaders in the zone were already working towards a united party.

He said that it was unthinkable to see a PDP as the plaintiff and defendant in a case deliberately filed to truncate the peace of the party. Speaking on the Zonal Caucus meeting held in Ibadan on Tuesday, Governor Makinde said that the meeting resolved to ensure peace within its fold. He further stated that the southwest should be allowed to conduct its congress around the same time the other zones would be conducting theirs.

 

 

 

 

HEALTH

  • Poor Diet In Pregnancy Can Lead To Child Obesity – Study

Children born to mothers who eat a lot of processed foods packed with sugar and salt face an increased risk of obesity late in childhood, researchers said on Monday. “Children born to mothers who eat a low-quality diet — high in inflammation-associated foods — during pregnancy may be more likely to have obesity or excess body fat,” Ling-Wei Chen from University College Dublin’s School of Public Health, said in a statement.

Obesity in childhood often carries on into adulthood and is associated with a higher risk of type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and other health problems. To examine how maternal diet might affect childhood obesity, Chen and colleagues analysed data collected from 16,295 mother-child pairs. They found that older children born to mothers who eat poorly throughout pregnancy were likely to have significantly more fat and less muscle mass. Almost no difference, however, was seen in younger children.

Participants with the healthiest diets — rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products nuts, and legumes — were at one end of the spectrum. Those eating a lot of red and processed meats, along foodstuffs larded with saturated fat, sugar, and salt were at the other end.

  • 54 cases of UK infection variants in Nigeria, says NCDC

Nigeria now has 54 cases of the United Kingdom’s (UK) variant of the COVID-19 virus, Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu said on Monday.

Speaking during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja, Ihekweazu said: the update so far is that we have had 54 cases of the b117 variant – the variants of concern first detected in the United Kingdom, which is now the dominant strain; almost 100 per cent of the circulating strain in the UK are made up of these variants. We continue to watch that strain and understand how much it is circulating in Nigeria.

  • Expert: Sugarcane can boost sperm count, conception

Mrs Olufunmilola Adewumi, the Assistant Chief Nutritionist at the Orile Agege General Hospital in Lagos State has advised those seeking to improve their fertility level and libido to consider taking sugarcane juice for a boost. She told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos that sugarcane could help women with ovulation problem by increasing their chances of safer pregnancy and quicker conception.

According to her, sugarcane contains significant amount of nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin B2, magnesium, iron, potassium and phosphorus. She said that apart from boosting libido and safer pregnancy, consuming sugarcane juice could help to reduce the burning sensation associated with Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs). The nutritionist, therefore, recommended a daily consumption of 400ml of sugarcane juice to gain from its benefits.

 

 

 

 

 

EDUCATON

  • Prolonging Strike Will Be Counterproductive – SSANU President

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has said that keeping their industrial action too long would be counterproductive. SSANU President, Comrade Mohammed Ibrahim, who spoke during an interview on Friday, said he hopes the Federal Government would not disappoint the union based on the recently signed Memorandum of Action.

He also noted that the union’s decision to call off its three-week strike was reached after considering the plight of the Nigerian students. Ibrahim’s comments come 24 hours after the non-teaching staff unions of universities announced the suspension of its three- week strike after signing a Memorandum of Action with the Federal Government team.

The Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and SSANU had commenced an indefinite strike on February 5 over the failure of the Federal Government to resolve issues in the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System. They are also protested the sharing formula of the N40 billion earned academic allowances and non-payment of arrears of the new minimum wage, among others.

 

 

 

 

 

WORLD

  • US Says Saudi Prince Approved Khashoggi Murder But Spares Him Sanctions

The United States on Friday for the first time publicly accused Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of approving the gruesome murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but stopped short of targeting the powerful heir apparent. The prince, who is de facto ruler of the US ally and oil provider, “approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” said an intelligence report newly declassified by President Joe Biden’s administration.

The report said that given Prince Mohammed’s influence, it was “highly unlikely” that the 2018 murder could have taken place without his green light. The killing also fit a pattern of “the crown prince’s support for using violent measures to silence dissidents abroad.” Khashoggi, a US resident and critic of Prince Mohammed who wrote for The Washington Post, was lured to Istanbul’s Saudi consulate in October 2018, then killed and cut into pieces. Biden said Friday that “we are going to hold (Saudi Arabia) accountable for human rights abuses.

  • Why The US Has The Highest COVID-19 Death Toll – Experts

The United States crossed the grim milestone of 500,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, a year since announcing its first known death from the virus on February 29, 2020 in the Seattle area. The world’s leading power has the highest death toll recorded so far. Infectious disease experts Joseph Masci and Michele Halpern provided answers to some of the key questions.

Prior to this pandemic, the United States observed coronaviruses “from a distance,” explained Masci. Suddenly this (coronavirus) was a problem where the United States was the epicenter.” Masci added that Donald Trump’s administration had a “haphazard approach”, which did not help. “The fact that hospitals were competing with each other to get personal protective equipment didn’t make sense. They had to centralize all of that very quickly and they didn’t.

  • Boeing Calls For Grounding Of Some 777s After Denver Engine Fire

Boeing called for the grounding of 128 of its 777 planes across the world on Sunday as US regulators investigated a United Airlines flight whose engine caught fire and fell apart over a suburban American community. Boeing warned similarly fitted planes should be taken out of service until the Federal Aviation Authority had determined an inspection procedure.

United, Korean Air, and Japan’s two main airlines confirmed they had already suspended operations of 62 planes fitted with the same family of engines which scattered debris over Denaver on Saturday. The US National Transportation and Safety Board is also investigating the incident, in which no one was hurt.

  • WHO Slams Rich Countries For Hogging COVID-19 Vaccines

The World Health Organization on Monday blasted wealthy countries for not only hogging Covid vaccines but in doing so, hindering the pathway for poorer nations to get them too. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said some rich countries’ direct deals with manufacturers had meant that previously-agreed vaccine allocations for poorer countries, via the Covax programme, were being reduced.

The UN health agency chief said the money was there to procure doses for some of the poorest countries, following fresh contributions from the United States, the European Union and Germany — but it was worthless if there was nothing to buy. He urged wealthy nations to start checking first as to whether their own deals with pharmaceutical companies were undermining Covax, which poorer countries are relying on as they await their first doses.

  • Bobby Wine leader drops challenge to election results in Ugandan polls

Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine announced Monday he was abandoning a legal bid to overturn the results of last month’s presidential election, accusing the judiciary of favouring veteran ruler Yoweri Museveni. The 76-year-old former rebel leader won a sixth term in office on January 14 with 58 per cent of the vote. Wine, a 39-year-old singer-turned-lawmaker, came second with 35 per cent and decried the election as a sham.

He filed a petition in the Supreme Court on February 1 challenging the result, alleging voter intimidation, the abduction of his party officials, and widespread rigging including ballot stuffing. But Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, said he had instructed his lawyers to withdraw the petition, accusing the judges hearing the case of “bias” and a “lack of independence”.

  • Body Of Italian Ambassador Killed In DR Congo Returns Home

The body of the Italian ambassador killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo arrived in Rome late Tuesday, as Rwandan Hutu rebels denied accusations they were behind the attack and instead blamed the armies of the DRC and Rwanda. Luca Attanasio, 43, died on Monday after a World Food Programme (WFP) convoy was ambushed in a dangerous part of eastern DRC. The envoy’s Italian bodyguard, Vittorio Iacovacci, and Congolese driver Moustapha Milambo also died on the field trip.

The DRC’s interior ministry on Monday blamed the killings on “members of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR)” — a Rwandan Hutu rebel group that has plagued the region for more than a quarter of a century. But the FDLR rejected the allegation, blaming the Rwandan army and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) in a statement received by AFP Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT

  • Lady Gaga’s Dog Walker Shot, Two Of Her French Bulldogs Stolen

Two French bulldogs belonging to US pop singer Lady Gaga were stolen in Los Angeles after the employee walking them was shot and wounded, US media reported Thursday. Los Angeles police said a gunman had taken the dogs and fled the Hollywood location in a vehicle Wednesday night, and that another man in his 30s was shot and hospitalized, but did not confirm any person’s identities.

Celebrity website TMZ reported that Lady Gaga had offered a $500,000 reward for the return of the dogs, named Koji and Gustav, “no questions asked.” A third dog, Asia, was recovered by law enforcement at the scene of the attack, and reportedly later collected by another member of the singer’s staff. The star is reportedly in Rome for the shooting of Ridley Scott’s “Gucci,” in which she plays the Italian fashion icon’s ex-wife, who was convicted of orchestrating his assassination.

  • Golden Globe awards to hold despite COVID-19 pandemic

The Golden Globes kicks off a pandemic-era Hollywood awards season on Sunday after a year that upended the entertainment industry and saw celebrities on red carpets replaced with webcams on sofas. Yet somehow the show is going on, albeit without the chummy gala dinners, hordes of photographers, and designer gowns associated with the celebration of the year’s best films and TV shows.

Sunday’s ceremony, to be broadcast live on NBC television, will take place for the first time on two coasts, with comedians Tina Fey hosting from New York and Amy Poehler hosting from Beverly Hills, California. Some of the presenters will appear in person, but the nominees will attend from their homes or other locations around the world, Reuter.com reports. The coronavirus pandemic not only closed movie theatres and prompted studios to shift dozens of releases into late 2021 or 2022, it also led to the postponement of awards shows and turned them into socially distanced affairs.

  • Most-Streamed Nigerian artistes on Spotify

Owing to technological advancements, the music industry has gone from CD eras to streaming platforms such as Apple Music, Spotify, Audiomack and Boomplay leading the way. One of the leading music blogs, Mp3bullet.ng has compiled the list of most-streamed Nigerian artistes on Spotify. See list of Most-Streamed artistes on Spotify:

– Wizkid – 3,485,993,216 * Burna Boy – 1,836,385,624 * Mr Eazi – 1,059,515,866

* Davido – 629,862,493 * Maleek Berry – 442,738,299 * Tekno – 205,976,589

* Tiwa Savage – 179,123,712 * P-square – 171,839,601 * Yemi Alade – 146,942,395

– Olamide – 141,684,604

  • Banky W, Adesua Etomi welcome baby boy

Popular Nigerian singer Banky W and his wife, Adesua Etomi have welcomed their first child. The couple tied the knot on November 19, 2017. The couple both took to Instagram to share photos of their maternity shoot in celebration of Adesua’s birthday, today, February 22. Adesua in her post said their bundle of joy arrived four weeks ago. In an Instagram post, the singer turned actor, posted a picture of his wife which showed her baby bump, alongside other lovey-dovey pictures of himself and his wife.

He took to the caption section to write a loving message to his wife on her birthday as he revealed the name of his child, Zaiah. The singer further hinted that he is now a father as he wrote, “My baby had a baby and he’s everything we prayed for.” Banky W wrote, “Happy birthday to my lady, my love and Purpose Partner, My world, my wife and Baby Mama. I didn’t think it was possible for you to be more beautiful than you already were… but I was wrong. Because you’re not just beautiful, you’re strong. You’re grace and favour personified, and you’re so much more.

  • New York City Movie Theaters To Reopen

Movie theaters in New York City will partially reopen next month, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday, the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions in the Big Apple. Cuomo said cinemas will be able to operate at 25 percent capacity, or up to 50 people per screen, from March 5 — almost exactly a year since they shut.
“Assigned seating, social distancing and other health precautions will be in place,” Cuomo wrote on Twitter.

In a statement sent to AFP, AMC’s CEO Adam Aron announced that the chain’s 13 movie theaters in New York would reopen on March 5. But Andrew Elgart, who owns three independent movie theaters in New York, told AFP he probably would not reopen on March 5, although he is considering the possibility of doing so later.
He said it wasn’t clear that reopening would be profitable under the current pandemic conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

SPORTS

  • Liverpool Goalkeeper Alisson Becker’s Father Drowns In Brazil

Father of Liverpool’s shot-stopper, Alisson Becker, has reportedly drowned in a lake near his holiday home in Brazil. Jose Becker, who had been swimming at a dam on his property was reported missing to local police on Wednesday evening.
The 53-year-old’s body was later discovered after a thorough search by the Cacapava do Sul Fire Department later at 11:59 pm

Police authorities in the town of Lavras do Sul, have told media sources that no foul play was suspected and as such will be treated as an accident. Jose was a goalkeeper himself at the amateur level, representing Rio Grande do Sul, and provided a great influence on his sons.

Brazilian club giants, Sao Paulo took to their Twitter account to sympathise with Alisson and his younger brother. Alisson, is widely regarded as one of the world’s best goalkeepers.

  • World’s Biggest Cricket Stadium Renamed After India’s Modi

The world’s biggest cricket stadium was renamed after India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a surprise move Wednesday hours before its inaugural international match between India and England. The 110,000-seater stadium was the pet project of Modi who was chief minister in Gujarat state, where Ahmedabad is the main city, before taking over as head of government in 2014.

The new name was announced by President Ramnath Kovind during a ceremony ahead of the third Test between India and England. The $100-million, perfectly round venue, with seats in the blue and saffron of the Indian team, promises unobstructed views from every angle. It eclipses the 100,000-seat Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia, which dates back to 1853. President Kovind said the stadium will be just one part of a huge Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave that will house amenities for 33 Olympic sports.

  • Tiger Woods Hospitalised After Car Crash

US golfer Tiger Woods was hospitalised Tuesday after a car crash in which his vehicle sustained “major damage,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department said. Woods, the sole occupant, was removed from the wreckage by firefighters and paramedics and taken to a local hospital for treatment, a statement said. The extent of his injuries was not known.

Woods, one of the most successful golfers of all time, has won 15 major golf championships. He recently underwent his fifth back surgery and said he was uncertain if he will be able to play at the upcoming Masters, which he last won in 2019.

  • Kenyan Olympic Teams Set For Bubble Training Ahead Of Tokyo

Kenya’s Olympic teams are to start training in specialised bubble camps early March in the run-up to the Tokyo games, officials said on Tuesday. The camps are to start on March 2 and will see athletes confined to specific areas as they train, to counter the spread of Covid-19.

A total of 87 Kenyan sportsmen and women have already qualified for July’s Tokyo Olympics, with the number expected to increase as the new sporting season gets underway. Kenya hopes to take a team of 100 athletes to the rescheduled games which will be held between July 23 and August 8. The secretary-general of Kenya’s National Olympic board Francis Mutuku said the athletes would be tested frequently for Covid-19 while they are in the camp, which will be closed off to outsiders.

  • Napoli confirm Osimhen suffered head trauma

Napoli have confirmed Victor Osimhen has been diagnosed with head trauma after a collision with Cristian Romero in their 4-2 defeat to Atalanta in Sunday’s Serie A game. Osimhen made his contribution as Gennaro Gattuso’s men suffered their second consecutive defeat, after also losing against Granada in the Europa League. With few minutes before the end of the game, the forward collided with Romero and fell awkwardly, hitting the back of his head on the turf before losing consciousness.

He was subsequently stretchered off and transported by ambulance to the hospital.
He has now undergone a series of tests and Napoli have revealed the nature of his problems. It is yet to be known the duration Osimhen would be on the sidelines, having now regained his consciousness. He will, however, be expected to miss Napoli’s second leg round of 32 of their Europa League game against Granada on Thursday. Goal

  • Neil Lennon Resigns As Celtic Coach After Horror Season

Neil Lennon resigned as Celtic manager on Wednesday after a disastrous season for the Glasgow giants, with fierce rivals Rangers on the brink of a first Scottish Premiership title in a decade. The Northern Irishman took charge for a second spell in February 2019 when Brendan Rodgers left and led the club to two titles, two Scottish Cups and a League Cup.

Celtic were chasing a historic 10th consecutive top-flight title this season but their campaign was thrown into disarray on and off the pitch. The reigning champions are 18 points behind Rangers and defeat to Ross County on Sunday left Steven Gerrard’s men just seven points away from the title. The Celtic hierarchy, led by chief executive Peter Lawwell, who is to stand down at the end of the season, stood by their manager long after realistic hope of catching Rangers was gone. But Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Ross County, who started the game bottom of the table, proved the final straw.

 

 

 

 

METRO PLUS

  • Gunmen Storm Secondary School In Zamfara, Kidnap Scores Of Female Students

Gunmen stormed a government secondary school in Jangebe, Zamfara State, kidnapping female students in their scores. The school which is located within the Talata-Mafara local government area of the state came under siege at past midnight.

Confirming the incident, the state commissioner for information, Hon. Suleiman Tunau Anka said the gunmen stormed the school around 1 a.m on Friday and abducted about three-hundred and seventeen (317) students. Police Commissioner, CP Abutu Yaro said a joint search and rescue operation is already underway with a view to rescuing the 317 students kidnapped by the marauders. He appealed to parents and everyone to be calm as joint efforts of the police and other security agencies will surely lead to a successful rescue of the students.

  • Motorist Who Knocked Policeman Over Bridge, Charged With Attempted Murder – LASTMA

The General Manager of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Olajide Oduyoye says the motorist who knocked a police officer over a bridge in Lagos will be charged for attempted murder. He revealed that the driver, Sunday Okodo, has been charged to court with two counts of attempted murder and traffic violation. He cautioned road users in Lagos to obey traffic laws and accept the consequences of their actions if they are apprehended for flouting the rules of the road.

A viral video that made the rounds on Thursday showed a sports utility vehicle tipping a police officer off a bridge into a canal while trying to escape arrest. The LASTMA GM said the police inspector identified as David Zapaina, has been discharged from the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. “He is alive and he has been discharged from the hospital but it is more like he needs to seek more local intervention to reset his bones,” the LASMA boss noted.



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