Chelsea star, Christian Pulisic, has predicted a ‘tough’ game when his side tackle Manchester United in a Premier League fixture this weekend.
Pulisic believes Man United are a strong team regardless of their current struggles in the Premier League.
Chelsea will, on Sunday evening, host Man United in a Premier League tie at Stamford Bridge.
Thomas Tuchel’s side are currently on top of the Premier League table with 29 points from 12 games, while Man United are in the eighth position with 17 points from the same number of games,
“I think it will be a tough game, regardless,” Pulisic was quoted by Chelsea’s official website as saying on Thursday.
“Obviously, they have been in a tough situation, but, regardless of who their coach is, we know what ability they have and what a strong team they are. It’s going to be a tough match no matter what.”
The kick-off time for Chelsea vs Man United is 5: 30 pm.
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Four escape death as container falls on car in Ilorin
Four persons escaped death in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on Tuesday night after a container fell on the car they were travelling in.
The container, loaded on a trailer, suddenly fell off and landed on the passing car, the Head of Media, State Fire Service, Hassan Hakeem Adekunle, disclosed in Ilorin on Wednesday.
The incident occurred at the Offa motor park roundabout, opposite Bovas fuel station.
A joint team of the Kwara State Fire Service, KWATMA, Federal Road Safety Commission and the Nigeria Police Force rescued the four victims of the accident alive.
He said, “the accident involved a trailer in motion conveying loaded container, suddenly the container fell off from the trailer and landed on a passing car.
” In this car, four people were trapped but were rescued alive by the available team.”
Adekunle said Rasaq Jidda, Chairman Special Taskforce to Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, was the one who summoned the Brigade on the incident.
Reports alleged that the accident was caused because custom officers pursued the trailer.
The Director, Kwara State Fire Service, Prince Falade Olumuyiwa, urged everyone to be more vigilant especially while driving on the roads.
Nigerian security agents, not ESN, planting bombs in Igboland – IPOB
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Wednesday, accused Nigerian security agents of planting Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, across the Southeast.
Spokesman of IPOB, Emma Powerful, claimed that the IEDs were planted to implicate its members and militia arm, the Eastern Security Network, ESN.
Powerful was reacting to a statement by the Nigerian Army and Police that IPOB and ESN planted IEDs in Awo-Mmamma, Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State.
In a statement he signed, Powerful said the claim by the Army and police that they thwarted IPOB and ESN attacks using IEDs were false because the explosives are not from the separatist group.
According to Powerful: “The attention of the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great liberator and prophet, Mazi Nnamdi KANU, has been drawn to the fallacious and laughable, statement from the Nigeria Army and Police, claiming that IPOB/ESN operatives planted IED in Awo-Mmamma and its nearby community, Mgbidi in Oru East of Imo State.
“The purported statement and false propaganda that troops thwarted IPOB/ESN attacks on two Imo communities and uncovered IEDs should be disregarded. This is another desperate but futile attempt by the Nigerian security agencies to implicate IPOB and ESN operatives. It, however, did not come to us as a surprise because it has been their stock in trade. This is another blatant falsehood.
“For the records, IPOB and ESN operatives never planted, and have no plans to plant IEDs in any part of Biafra land. ESN since its inauguration by our leader Mazi Nnamdi KANU in December last year has never engaged in any terrorist activity. Its mandate has not changed: protection of our ancestral land against Fulani herdsmen and bandits attacks.
“It’s only ridiculous for the security agencies to try to link IPOB or ESN with the planting of IEDs, when in fact Nigerians know who those who plant IEDs are. Planting explosives is the signature tune of the Fulani terrorists and bandits.
“Assuming but not in any way admitting this idiotic trash, if we should resort to the planting of IEDs, who do we want to kill? What do we want to achieve? How can we be stupid to begin to plant bombs that will kill our people whom we are staking our lives daily to protect and defend against Fulani terrorists?
“To further punctuate their lies, how come these shameless liars claiming to be security agents are only swift in discovering IEDs purportedly planted by IPOB and ESN but fail to detect the same IEDs planted by Fulani bandits and terrorists which have claimed thousands of lives in the North including security operatives themselves although mainly from Southern Nigeria? It is now clear that these terrorists in military and police uniforms are working in cahoot with their rag-tag counterparts in the forests to achieve the same agenda. While they keep betraying Southern troops serving in the North, these jihadists and terrorists in security uniforms deployed to Biafra land are now busy planting IEDs in their desperation to implicate IPOB and ESN.”
Experts call for integration of traditional, modern medical practices
Medical experts and traditional medicine practitioners have called on the federal and state governments to integrate traditional discoveries and breakthroughs into modern medical practices.
Making the call at a seminar organised by the UNIOSUN Teaching Hospital (UTH), Osogbo, participants concluded that such practices cannot be wished away because they are still considered relevant by many people.
The UNIOSUN Chief Medical Director, Prof. Peter Babatunde Olaitan, in his welcome address, explained that it has become pertinent to look into this aspect of peoples lives because people still rely on herbs and roots, consult traditional medicine men and still seek spiritual help for their health needs.
Represented by the hospital’s Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), Dr Babatunde AfolabI, he stated that, “It is in line with this reality that the management of the hospital has thought it fit to aggregate opinions on the controversial issue of possible fusion of different aspects of human health care.
“Scientists and researchers in the country should look into traditional medications and refine and integrate new discoveries with a view to meeting the needs of the modern-day.
“This is done around the world in that modern medicine and drugs have their origin from vegetables and roots.”
He hinted that other countries of the world like China and India have ventured into such researches and have adopted integration of both the spiritual, orthodox and traditional to resolving human medical challenges.
Contributing, Dr Oluseyi Atanda, a Senior Consultant, UTH Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, who is also the President, Traditional Religion Worshippers Association of Osun State (TRWASO), defined traditional medicine as a set of knowledge, skills and practices based on theories, beliefs and experiences of different cultures whether explicable or not.
Atanda noted that traditional medicine is used for the maintenance of health and for the prevention, diagnosis, improvement of physical or mental illnesses.
While listing traditional healers in Africa to include herbalists, traditional birth attendants, traditional surgeons, medicinal ingredients dealers, traditional psychiatrists and therapeutic spiritualists, the TRWASO President added that within the past three decades, there have been changing views of herbs in particular as traditional medicine has moved from that of witches brew to major medicine.
He also decried the low recognition of traditional medicine by different governments adding that it is the last hope of all the diseases that orthodox practices cannot heal.
As a low-income country, the medical consultant cum herbalist advised the Federal Government to integrate traditional medicine as an important healthcare component.
The reason for this he added is because, “for 30 years now, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has supported the development of traditional medicine in order to implement the slogan ‘Health For All’ by the year AD2000.”
Other speakers at the seminar included Prof. Oyekunle Oyelami of the Pediatrics Department, Wesley Guild, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex, Ile-Ife, Osun State who delivered a paper titled: “Integration Of Traditional Discoveries Into Modern Medical Practices” and Dr (Mrs) Valeria Adefila, a Consultant Family Physician, who also delivered a paper titled: “Spirituality in Medicine”, where she averred that spirituality played vital roles when attending to a patient and that spirituality may be a coping tool to the patient.
The theme of the seminar was: “Integration of Traditional Discoveries into Modern Medical Practices”.
Zamfara govt designs action plan for artisanal miners
Zamfara State government said it has taken some stringent measures to address the multiple health issues associated with lead poisoning in the state.
This was disclosed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Kabiru Balarebe at the opening of a 3 – Day workshop to develop action plan for the control and prevention of lead poisoning associated with artisanal gold mining in the state.
According to him, lead poisoning was discovered by Medicines Sans Frontiers during routine immunization exercise in some mining villages of the southwest of Zamfara State in 2010.
“It was reported to be one of the worst of its kinds in human history where over 700 children died of the disaster,” he added.
“The disaster brought gold mining in Zamfara state to global spotlight, particularly artisanal mining which is the dominant mining activities in many communities”
The Secretary to the State Government said that the state government has taken necessary steps to prevent the reoccurrence of the painful experience of 2010, notably organizing the artisanal miners into mining cooperatives as a step towards the formalization of their activities.
“This is in line with the Nigeria Minerals and Mining Act 2007 and the mining Regulations of 2011.”
“Though mining activities have been suspended by the federal government for security reasons, it is our belief that by the time the program resumes, the artisanal miners that have not joined any cooperative will do so.”
The state government scribe said that the government of Hon. Bello Mohammed Matawalle is committed to maximizing the state’s potentials in the mining sector through the invitation of investment into the mining sector to promote safer mining among artisanal miners.
Ini Edo: Surrogacy without a known father is abnormal – Okowa’s aide
Ossai Ovie, Special Assistant on Special Duties to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has said having a child through surrogacy without a known father is abnormal.
This is coming days after Ini Edo confirmed the birth of her daughter through surrogacy.
According to Ossai, a lot of things are wrong in our society and should not be celebrated publicly.
Okowa’s aide emphasized that no matter how rich you are as a mother, a child needs a father and should be aware of where his father came from.
On his Facebook page, he wrote: “Surrogacy without a known father is Abnormal.
“A lot of things are going wrong in our society and we are celebrating it in public but condemning it in private .
“I heard she gave birth through a surrogate without a known father and people are congratulating her and making it look like she did the best thing.
“I’m not against Surrogacy but I’m against surrogacy without a known father.
“We must also be careful when we are into surrogacy.”
He added that making such information known to the general public will end up damaging the child’s reputation as there was no reason the public should know such a thing.
Reactions trail competency test for 35,000 teachers in Kaduna
Some workers have condemned the directive by the Kaduna State government compelling teachers to write a fresh teachers’ competence test.
They described it as a way to downsize the workforce in the teaching profession in the State.
However, others see it as a calculated attempt by the state government to rejig, restructure and reposition the education sector in the State to an enviable standard.
The State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Comrade Ibrahim Dalhatu, had in Kaduna on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, during a stakeholders’ meeting, said the body would not present their members for another test.
Comrade Dalhatu, who said a similar test was conducted for 25,000 teachers in 2017, during which 3,000 teachers were said to have passed the test, sending about 22,000 teachers to the labour market.
However, during the conduct of a fresh computer-based test for 35,000 teachers in three centres across Kaduna State on December 7, 2021, Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, Alhaji Tijjani Abdullahi dismissed the alleged motive of using the competence test to sack teachers, just as he told all the participating teachers that the test was not to witch-hunt anyone.
He said it would serve as a test for competence, and to identify gaps in the subject areas for the purpose of training and retraining the teachers, adding that it was not meant to sack teachers.
“The teachers that are here will see the difference in the approach of the testing,” he said.
However, a former Head of teachers with the Kajuru LGA area of the State, Alhaji Ibrahim Ningi condemned the policy of the State government, noting that “it’s not only when government conducts competence tests that it would retrain teachers.
“The Kaduna State government must be sincere to teachers. Training and retraining of teachers in subject areas do not require competence test. It’s a must in the teaching profession for teachers to always undergo training and improve their academic qualifications.
“That is why you see teachers from primary schools being moved to secondary, and tertiary institutions as lecturers. It’s because they underwent training,” he said.
EPL: Roberto Mancini speaks reaching agreement with Man Utd to succeed Rangnick permanently
Italy head coach, Roberto Mancini has rejected claims he has a ‘verbal agreement’ with Manchester United to become their next permanent manager after Ralf Rangnick.
Mancini has been linked with the Man United job when Rangnick’s interim spell comes to an end next summer.
The 57-year-old has been tipped to become Man United’s next permanent manager.
Speaking on the development, the Italian ruled himself out of taking the Man United job, insisting that his only focus is on next year’s World Cup in Qatar.
“A verbal agreement with a Premier League club? All false,” Mancini told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“My only goal is to get to the World Cup and be able to win it.”
Mancini guided Manchester City to their first English Premier League title in 2012.
FRSC denies involvement in death of Ojodu Grammar School students
The Federal Road Safety Service (FRSC) has given details of the incident involving students from Ojodu Grammar School.
An unconfirmed number of Ojodu Grammar School students were crushed to death by a speeding truck on Tuesday afternoon.
There were reports that the driver was being chased by the FRSC officials when he lost control and killed the students.
But, FRSC Lagos command spokesperson, Olabisi Sonusi in a statement, said its officials had no hand in the tragedy.
He explained that articulated truck lost control at the Grammar School Bus Stop and his men only intervened after the crash.
“After the accident, the men of the FRSC were called upon by passersby to help intervene after the crash happened.
“The general public should disregard the disgruntled information being circulated by some unscrupulous elements that FRSC men caused the crash.
“We want to place on record that our men were not in any way involved in the cause of the crash as patrol activities were not ongoing along that axis as of the time of the crash,” the statement read.
Manchester Utd: Ronaldo doesn’t want to spend 90 minutes pressing – Paul Ince tells Rangnick
Manchester United legend, Paul Ince has told manager, Ralf Rangnick, that Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t want to spend 90 minutes pressing.
Rangnick is famed for a ‘gegenpressing’ style, an approach many feel will not be suited to Ronaldo.
But Ince feels that Rangnick and Ronaldo can definitely form a successful partnership together at Old Trafford.
“Listen, let’s put this right. Ronaldo is one of the greatest players to grace a football pitch and if it wasn’t for him, Man United wouldn’t be where they are in the table or in the Champions League. He’s been the main man, he’s scored the important goals. We need to get away from this ‘Ronaldo pressing here, Ronaldo pressing there’.
“You want him to be fresh, he is the main man and the one scoring goals. With Cavani out, they are struggling to score goals so they need that. You need to keep him fit.
“Yes, Rangnick has a pressing philosophy that he’s used wherever he has been. But he now has the best player in the world. Ronaldo doesn’t want to spend 90 minutes pressing. They need to find a solution where they press as a team and when they win it, they get it to Ronaldo’s feet and let him do what he wants to do.
“What Rangnick has done, he’s made the team compact, so when they are pressing, they’ve put some alongside Ronaldo like Rashford. Ronaldo can press five, ten yards. He’s not asking Ronaldo to press 20, 30 yards.
“What you saw at the weekend is that he could do that. As long as the team is compact and pressed together, then that will suit Ronaldo,” Ince told Mirror Football.
Champions League: Barcelona set to drop into Europa League
Barcelona lost for the first time under Xavi Hernandez last weekend – a 1-0 defeat to Real Betis in LaLiga.
But on Wednesday, the Catalans face the possibility of exiting from the Champions League at the group stages for the first time in two decades.
Barca somewhat have control of their fate as they travel to Germany to play Bayern Munich.
Victory at the Allianz Arena will secure their spot in the last 16, as the Bundelisga champions will surely finish winners of Group E.
If Barcelona lose against Bayern and Benfica fail to beat Dynamo Kiev, then Barcelona will qualify.
For Benfica to finish as runners-up instead of Barcelona, they will need to beat Dynamo and hope for a Barcelona defeat
If Barcelona lose and Benfica win against Dynamo Kiev, Barcelona will drop into the Europa League.
Whatever the case, it does appear Xavi’s men will play in the second tier competition in 2022.
Bayern are one of three clubs with a perfect record in this season’s competition. And Robert Lewandowski’s perceived Ballon d’Or snub may add more spice ahead of the game.
For Barca, it seems it will get really gloomy, before the rays of light begin to appear.
We stole nine cars, sold seven – Transborder car thieves confess
Two suspected trans-border car thieves arrested by the Police in Katsina State, on Tuesday, confessed to have stolen no fewer than nine cars from some states in Northwest Nigeria.
The criminals confessed to have in time past sold seven out of the nine stolen cars.
They were on their way to deliver two other recently stolen cars from Kano to a buyer in Niger Republic when they ran out of luck, and were arrested by the police at a mechanic workshop in Katsina.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Superintendent of Police, SP. Isah Gambo, on behalf of the Police Commissioner in the state, CP. Sanusi Buba paraded the suspects at the command’s headquarters on Tuesday, before newsmen.
The two suspects identified as Usman Sani 55, of Rijiyar Lemo Quarters, Kano State and Lukman Magaji 20, of Hotoro Quarters, Kano state, who were in possession of a light blue Toyota Camry, with registration number JJJ 340 EF and an ash colour, Honda CRV with registration number DKA 980 AH when they were arrested in Katsina, said they have been involved in trans-border car theft for the past three years.
The 55-year-old suspect, Usman Sani, from Rijiyan Lemu in Kano State said: “I used to be a driver before venturing into stealing cars. I have been involved in car theft for the past three years now.
“So far, in our syndicate, we have stolen nine cars of which we have sold seven successfully. We were on our way to deliver two other stolen vehicles from Kano, a Honda CRV and a Toyota Camry, to a buyer in Niger Repblic, when we were arrested by the police at a mechanic workshop, where we stopped to work on the car. We sold the Honda CRV at N300,000 and the Toyota Camry at N250,000.”
Other items recovered from the suspect on the course of police investigation include: a master key, two knives, bunch of different motor vehicles keys, three (3) pliers, two screw drivers, one hammer, one hacksaw, and a bag containing electrical repairs tools.
42 persons roasted alive in Sokoto yet no outcry – Shehu Sani laments
Senator Shehu Sani has lamented the failure of the current government in tackling security challenges across the nation.
The former lawmaker, who represented the Kaduna Central during the 8th National Assembly, in a post on his verified Facebook page while reacting to the killing of about 42 persons in Sokoto State recently, said the incident would have triggered outrage if it were the previous government.
According to him, those who are keeping mum in the incessant killings are not different from the assailants.
The post reads, “Forty two people were gruesomely killed and roasted in Sokoto.This is an atrocity that could have triggered an outrage and utter condemnation of the failure of the Government, if it had happened under the previous administration.
“Those who are silent are same as those who are indifferent; those who are indifferent are same as those who perpetrated that crime.
“Nowhere in the World are human lives so cheap, dispensable and disposable”.
DAILY POST reports that armed bandits on Tuesday ambushed some travellers on a road linking Sabon Birni local government area and the village of Gidan Bawa in the State and burnt them alive.
Police arrest 16 youths for allegedly vandalizing government properties in Katsina
Sixteen youths, all males, within the age range of 40 to 15, were paraded before reporters on Monday at the Katsina Police Command for allegedly vandalizing government properties installed around the ongoing underpass (flyover) construction in Katsina State Capital.
Superintendent of Police, SP. Isah Gambo, the Police Public Relations Officer in the State, on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, CP. Sanusi Buba, paraded the 16 suspects before journalists at the command’s headquarters on Tuesday.
Among the items recovered from them include: cable wires, shovels and diggers.
However, while being interrogated, a good number of them denied the allegation, claiming that they were just passing by when they were arrested.
“I came to buy “suya meat” around there when I was arrested. I did not tamper with any of the items as alleged,” one of them said.
The 16 arrested suspects who are currently under the Katsina Police net include:
40 years old Aliyu Danlami, 22 years old Abubakar Lawal, 21 years old Abubakar Dahiru, 20 years old Buhari Lawal, 20 years old Aminu Tasi’u, 19 years old Abba Lawal, 16 years old Mohammed Lawal, 20 years old Salisu Ibrahim, 21 years old Abubakar Bashar, 18 years old Sulaiman Isah, 18 years old Awwal Abubakar, 21 years old Bilyaminu Ibrahim, 15 years old Haruna Saleh, 20 years old Abdullahi Lawal, and Da’ud Isah.
SP. Isah, while parading the suspects, said: “based on credible information, the command succeeded in arresting sixteen (16) suspected vandals of Government property in Katsina Metropolis.
“Suspects were arrested at Kofar Kaura area vandalizing Government installations, at the newly approved site for the construction of the underpass costing millions of naira.
“Upon instant search, two (2) shovels, one (1) digger and some quantity of cable wires were recovered from them. Investigation is ongoing.”
Yoruba unity non-negotiable – Ooni Ogunwusi
The Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II has called on all Yoruba speaking people world over to unite regardless of religious and political differences.
Ooni Ogunwusi, who made the declaration on Tuesday, during his sixth-year coronation anniversary described the Yoruba as natural leaders who have become a compass to other nationalities at all times.
The first class monarch also noted that this was the best time that such virtues were needed as the unity of the Yoruba as a people cannot be negotiated.
In his words, “In whatever we do, we must be conscious of the fact that we are being watched by others and we cannot afford to let the world down, especially those looking up to us for leadership.”
While calling for unity, the Ooni kicked against divisive measures occasioned by politics and religious differences.
He gave glory to God for the grace to be in the throne, describing the six years of his reign as the goodness of God Almighty.
He added that there were moments when he was confronted by challenges which were defeated through the love and support of his subjects.
He also assured his subjects of his untiring efforts at working for their goodness.
Banditry: Zamfara Task Force parades suspects sabotaging govt measures
The Zamfara State Taskforce Committee on security has paraded some criminal elements sabotaging the security measures being implemented by the State government to quell banditry.
This was disclosed by the chairman of the Taskforce committee, Hon. Abubakar Mohammed Dauran.
He said that some individuals were determined to destroy government efforts towards restoring peace and stability in the State.
Hon. Dauran said that the criminal elements were caught with different illegal acquisition and buying of some items prohibited by the government.
“These unpatriotic citizens are still ignoring the government’s orders by making their ways to supply petrol beyond their daily needs to an unknown destination which is seriously suspicious.
“We are still investigating whether these bandits are operating on their own or whether they are operating on the backing of some influential individuals in the State,” he said.
Hon. Dauran explained that the situation had now called for total cooperation of Zamfara residents because it affects everyone in the State and beyond, saying that the state government cannot end banditry alone without the support of the people.
“The Task Force would not take it easy with anybody caught trying to violate the rules, he would not be allowed to escape. He must be prosecuted in the court of competent jurisdiction. With this, the society will be sanitized and return to normalcy.
“The Governor, Hon. Bello Mohammed Matawalle is doing everything within his constitutional powers to restore peace and order in the state but some unpatriotic elements are sabotaging all his efforts,” he lamented.
Dauran, who doubles as a Special Adviser to Governor Matawalle, said that over 2,000 jericans of fuel suspected to have been bought for bandits for their nefarious activities have been recovered by the Taskforce.
He appealed to the residents of Zamfara State to throw their weight behind the Taskforce so that sanity could prevail in the North West State.