Giroud ‘very important’ for Chelsea

Maurizio Sarri says Olivier Giroud is “very important” to Chelsea after the forward’s first goal since May put the Blues into the last 32 of the Europa League. The France international, who had not scored under Sarri, headed in Emerson’s cross at the near post early in the second period to maintain the Blues’ 100% Group L record. “I’m pleased …

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MF warns Nigeria on debt service

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cautioned the Federal Government  to be mindful of the country’s rising debt service to revenue ratio and take steps to mitigate the situation. IMF Senior Resident Representative in Nigeria Mr. Amine Mati yesterday issued the warning in Abuja at the public presentation of the “Regional Economic outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa, Capital Flows and the Future of …

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Outrage over FG’s claim of spending N3.5m monthly to feed El-Zakzaky

Nigerians have berated the Federal Government over its claim of spending N3.5m monthly to feed the detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibrahim el-Zakzaky. They called on the Federal Government to obey the court order granting the Islamic leader bail to put a stop to feeding him with N3.5m monthly. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai …

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Buhari, Atiku clash over N30,000 minimum wage

President Muhammadu Buhari explained yesterday his position on what the least paid worker should earn. The Ms Ama Pepple committee set up to resolve the matter recommended N30,000. The President said he was “fully committed to having a new National minimum Wage Act in the very near future” when the committee’s report was presented to him on Tuesday. This was …

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Pochettino has qualifying ‘belief’ after Kane keeps hopes alive

Manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham can qualify for the Champions League knockout stage after coming back from the brink of elimination during their win against PSV Eindhoven. With 12 minutes remaining Spurs looked down and out before Harry Kane helped turn his side’s fortunes around with two goals. Their first win of the competition this season means the Premier League …

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ASUU strike paralyses UNILAG, LASU and Others

the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, began its strike, yesterday, academic activities at the University of Ibadan, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH and Federal University of Technology, Owerri, FUTO were totally paralysed. UI Students, who should have resumed lectures as from 7am, were seen in their halls of residence playing table tennis and watching films. ASUU chairman UI, …

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Ekweremadu’s home incident ‘is burglary’

Police declared yesterday’s security incident at the home of Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu as burglary and not an assassination attempt. Giving an initial report of its investigation into the alleged assassination attempt on Ekweremadu, police spokesman Jimoh Moshood said four policemen, who were on duty at the time of the invasion of his home by the gunman, had been …

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79 abducted pupils freed in Cameroon

Seventy-nine school pupils abducted by gunmen this week in a troubled English-speaking region of Cameroon have been freed, the country’s communications minister told AFP Wednesday. “All 79 students have been released,” said Issa Bakary Tchiroma, without giving details of the circumstances under which they were set free. The kidnappings on Monday were the first such mass abductions seen in Cameroon …

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