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Manchester City restored their eight-point lead in the Premier League after Raheem Sterling’s late goal clinched a 2-1 win at Huddersfield Town, while Alexis Sanchez gave Arsenal victory at Burnley on Sunday. City have swept aside all comers this season, but they found themselves in the unusual position of trailing at half-time after Nicolas Otamendi’s own goal at the John Smith’s Stadium. Pep Guardiola’s side equalised through a Sergio Aguero penalty in the second half before Sterling’s lucky 84th-minute winner sealed their 11th successive league victory. City’s gritty success reopened their advantage over second-placed Manchester United, who had temporarily closed the gap with a 1-0 win against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday. “The Premier League is so tough, now winter has come. We knew they were so aggressive so strong, but we are so happy for the way we won,” Guardiola said. “It is impossible to win every game easily. The guys competed amazingly.” The leaders had controlled the first half yet found themselves behind in stoppage-time when a Tom Ince corner hit Otamendi on the shoulder and flashed into the net. Guardiola’s men gave an impressive response to that shock setback as they equalised two minutes after the interval. Sterling was fouled by Scott Malone and Aguero drilled in the spot-kick for his 11th goal of the season. City pressed for a winner, with Leroy Sane hitting the bar and Fernandinho booked for diving in the penalty area after a challenge from Rajiv van La Parra. They finally got the victory their dominance deserved late on, but the goal was fortunate in the extreme. At Turf Moor, Arsene Wenger’s side looked set for a frustrating draw as they entered stoppage-time, but they snatched the points when James Tarkowski was ruled to have pushed Aaron Ramsey. Sanchez held his nerve to slot home the dramatic late penalty and moments later Arsenal were celebrating a 1-0 win that lifted them into fourth place in the Premier League. “From outside it (the penalty) looked 100 percent. I don’t know why he pushed him in the back. I would like to see it again,” Wenger said. “In the first half we didn’t find our game. Burnley defended extremely well and were very dangerous on the direct game.” Burnley boss Sean Dyche fumed: “There’s a lot of me inside that’s raging a lot. “It was highly unlikely it wasn’t going to get given on a day like today, that’s all I’ll say.” At St Mary’s, Everton’s miserable season hit another low as Southampton romped to a 4-1 win — giving caretaker boss David Unsworth a fifth defeat in his seven matches in charge following Ronald Koeman’s sacking. Everton, linked with a move for Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill, are now just two points above the relegation zone. “I cannot stand here and defend them, it was an unacceptable performance, the fans will be furious and so am I. It’s not good enough,” Unsworth said. Having hit just nine goals in their previous 12 league games, Southampton took advantage of woeful Everton defending to win for the first time in four league matche

The Abia State Chapter of United Niger Delta Youths for Peace and Development was inaugurated recently in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, with youths from the 9 oil producing states in attendance. In an address presented by the Abia State Chairman of the United Niger Delta Youths for Peace and Development, Comrade Angel Njoku Ukah said that regrettably due to unattended frustrations, some youths of the Niger Delta region took to arms struggle which escalated and almost collapsed the nation. According to him it was the result of youths disenchantment that resulted to antisocial vices like armed robbery, cultism, pipeline vandalization and kidnapping, which made the region a high risk area. He emphasized on the need to involve the youths in meaningful participation in activities like sports, arts, music, volunteer works, skill acquisition, politics and other social activities. Comrade Ukah said, empowering the youths in the Niger Delta region is very important as this will give them the leeway to participate meaningfully in the society.In his words “the youths today constitute the energetic, creative and the largest percentage of our population and any radical change in the youths will ensure the growth of the economy” .He said that the youths of the Niger Delta region should be developed and not only remembering them during elections when they are used as thugs and dumped thereafter. In his words “Investment in the life of the youth is a live wire in the development of any nation, socially, economically, politically and youths who benefit from such government programmes shy away from anti government activities and I believe that President Buhari will listen to our plea for peaceful developmental initiatives in the Niger Delta region through skill acquisition and development to help reverse the negative attitude of the youths.” He thanked the Chairman, Niger Delta Development Commission, Senator Victor Ndoma Egba and the Managing Director, Obong Nsima Ekere for their efforts in transforming Niger Delta youths through skill acquisition programme. In his opening remark at the occasion the National President of UNDYPD, Barr.(Pst) Godspower Nta, chronicled the origin of United Niger Delta Youths for Peace and Development as having metamorphosed from the Union of Niger Delta Youths Council(UNDYC), conceived and formed by eminent Niger Delta sons and daughters, including Senator David O.Dafione, Chief Eke Horsefall, late Dr. Ime S. Umanah and late Comrade John Israel. According to him, the aim was to create a peaceful region and that the peace being enjoyed today in the Niger delta region was as a result of remarkable efforts of the Union. He said “UNDYPD is about development and we are empowering youths through peace; because we cannot have development without peace.As our main objective, we started youths empowerment towards self reliance because until you have value in life; you amount to nothing and this led us to start skill acquisition training with 800 people at Ikot Ekpene in Akwa Ibom state” UNDYPD is the platform people have been are looking for he said. He advised executive members of Abia state chapter to UNDYPD take their work serious and happily relayed a message from NDDC chairman expressing willingness to send trainees to the skill acquisition centre in Ikot Ekpene. In his speech, His Kingship Eze Amb. Iheanyichukwu Nwokenna, Oba 1 of the Great Ekeoba, who was the Royal Father of the day, advised the Abia state chapter to be peaceful and achieve her objectives so that it will not be relegated to the background in the pursuit of what rightly belongs to them. He advised them to always go for peace as peace is better than war. Eze Innocent Nwaigwe of Okaiuga-Alike Kingdom in Ohuhu clan of Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State in his remarks applauded the decision of the youths of the Niger-Delta region to form a group that would address the issue of peace but advised that nobody should be dropped when it becomes juicy. “Members of the association should not go for crumbs because the crumbs cannot solve your problems rather go for the real things that belong to you and carry everybody along. There is a correlation between peace and development because you cannot have development in the absence of peace” he concluded. Notable Nigerians recognized at the occasion as Grand Patrons included the 2015 All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) Abia State Governorship candidate, Dr. Alex Otti, who was ably represented by Hon. Luke Ukara Onyeani, member representing Arochukwu State Constituency in the Abia State House of Assembly,His Kingship, Eze Amb. Iheanyichukwu Nwokenna, Sir Marc Wabara, Chief Chris Nkwonta,Dr. David Onuoha(Bourdex),Dr. Nyerere Chinenye Anyim and Barr. George Ero. Those recognized as Patrons included Dr. U.N.Onwuka, Hon.Kalu Kalu Ulu, Mr. Ogbuefi Igwe Gideon Elekwa, Tony Ogbuagu, Rt.Hon.Sir Cosmos Ndukwe and Barr. Kennedy Emeka Adiele. The National President of UNDYPD, Barr (Pst) Godspower Nta inaugurated the Abia State Execuitve Committee headed by Abia State Chairman Prince (Comrade) Angel Njoku Ukah who later inaugurated the Executive Members of the 17 Local Government Areas in Abia State after taking oath of allegiance to be faithful and loyal to UNDYPD. In an exclusive chat with Bishop Nelson Etigwe, the General Overseer of Shiloh International Church, and an Executive member of the association said that UNDYPD is open to the young and the young at heart with the good intention of refocusing the mindset of the youths of the Niger Delta region in particular and Nigeria in general. He said that the good morals which Nigerian youths were hitherto known for had eluded us and unfortunately replaced with violence and other immoral acts that are detrimental to the growth and development of the country. He advised every youth in Nigeria to embrace peace, without which, there will be no meaningful development. The occasion attracted notable national executive members of UNDYPD and other Nigerians among whom are:the National President of UNDYPD-Barr (Pst) Godspower Nta, the National Secretary-Comrade Nweke Kennedy, National Public Relations Officer- Comrade Ekpererong Honesty, National Assistant Treasurer- Comrade David Atanang,National Vice President- Comrade Noah Jefferson, Board of Trustees Member- Chief Christopher Kalu, Abia State Secretary-Chief Ifeanyi Okere, Ex-Officio Member- Elder Ndubuisi Ejikam, Executive Member-Bishop Nelson Etigwe, Chief G.O.C. Kanu, Elder I.I.Onwuka among others

Death toll in Egypt’s bomb and gun attack in a mosque in North Sinai Province has risen to 235. Witnesses say the al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed, near al-Arish, was targeted during Friday prayers. It is the deadliest attack of its kind since an Islamist insurgency in the peninsula was stepped up in 2013, BBC reports. Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has held emergency talks with security officials to decide how to respond. Local police said gunmen arrived in four off-road vehicles before opening fire on worshippers, AP reported. Pictures from the scene show rows of bloodied victims inside the mosque. At least 130 people were wounded, reports say. Locals are also quoted as saying that followers of Sufism, or Islamic mysticism, regularly gathered at the mosque. Some jihadist groups, including so-called Islamic State (IS), see Sufis as heretics.

Operatives of the Federal Special Anti-robbery Squad,FSARS at Adeniji Adele Road, Lagos Island have arrested nine suspected robbers that have been terrorizing and robbing residents of Bodija Estate, Egbeda and Monatan area of Ibadan, Oyo State. Police identified the suspects as Ganiyu Kamorudeen Saidi, aka Moscow, 36; the alleged ring leader of the gang, Toheeb Isah, 26, Adeyemi Muritala, 36, Olusegun Olatunde, aka Tunde Dressing, 26, and Waidi Fatunmi, 31. Others included Oladapo Bayo, 20; Muniru Olododo, 46 and Theophilus Adeyemi Aremu. Police alleged that nemesis caught up with the suspects when the Deputy Commissioner of police, DCP in charge of FSARS, Ibrahim Kaoje received a tip off from a concerned resident of Ibadan that a suspected notorious robber called Saidi aka Moscow was on his way to Ajah area of Lagos from Ibadan with his gang to rob. Following the report, Kaoje deployed a team led by DSP Olaniyi Festus in charge of Strike Unit one at the FSARS Lagos to the Lagos- Ibadan highway to trail the suspects and arrest them. The Police team swooped on the suspects at a filling station near Ibadan where they were buying fuel for their vehicle and arrested eight of them while their alleged amourer managed to escaped into the bush with their guns. But the Police recovered a locally made cut to size pistol from the gang leader,Moscow on the spot. During investigation, according to the Police, all the suspects allegedly confessed to the alleged crime that they had been robbing residents of Ibadan and and its environs and snatching vehicles from their owners in the area for long. In his alleged confession to the Police, Moscow allegedly stated: “I am the leader of the gang in Ibadan for the past five years and had been jailed for armed robbery and I had wanted to stop robbery when I was released from prison in May this year, but because robbery is already in my blood, I continued to rob before I was arrested again, I promised to stop robbery if I am set free from this case.” All the suspects were arraigned before an Oyo Magistrate Court sitting at Iyaganku on a six count charge of armed robbery. Police Counsel, A.O Fadipe informed the Court in charge No MC/1860/2017 that the accused persons while armed with locally made pistols attacked and robbed Comrade Falade Shade of her Toyota picnic bus with No EST 614 ES and Jewelries valued at N12.5m; Jide Olusola of his Toyota Corolla with No.AAA 731BE; Taiwo Abdul Bukola of her N48,000, unidentified person of his Toyota Avensis Car and Ademola Adedeji of his Bajaj motorcycle at Bodija Estate and Egbeda area of Ibadan. Fadipe said that the offences the accused committed were punishable under sections 6(b), 2(2)(a)(b) and 2(1) of the Armed Robbery and fire arms Act,Cap R11 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria,2004. The plea of the accused persons was not taken and Chief Magistrate O.O Adisa ordered that the alleged gang leader, Moscow be remanded at the FSARS office, Lagos to assist the Police conclude their investigation. Adisa ordered that the other seven accused be remanded in prison custody pending DPP’s advice and ajourned the case till 12 January, 2018 for mention.

Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission, Mr. Joseph Akande, Monday told the House of Representative ad-hoc committee that the commission was blackmailed into reabsorbing the former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pensions Reforms (PTFPR), Abdulrasheed Maina. In his shocking revelations Akande said that the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, virtually blackmailed the Service into re-absorbing Maina, who eloped from the country after being declared wanted over allegations of multi-billion naira pensions fraud. Mr. Akande said the commission’s refusal to yield to Malami’s memo resorted to blackmail as the AGF threatened that as the number one law officer of the country, the commission could not turn down his directive. Mrs. Winifred Eta-Oyo, Head of Service of the Federation, also told the committee which is investigating the disappearance, sudden reappearance and reinstatement of Maina that she only learnt of Maina’s reinstatement and promotion through the media as there was no way she would have approved any request to that effect. Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Eta said categorically that she never acted on the letter requesting the reinstatement of Maina which emanated from the Attorney General’s office based on a request from the Ministry of Interior. Present at the hearing are Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazzau; Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Valentine Tochukwu, representing the Inspector General; and Mohammed Sani Kado, counsel to Maina. The committee, chaired by Aliyu Madaki (APC, Kano), is still sitting as at press time.

The University of Lagos (Unilag) is researching into a cost-effective solar energy supply to people in its immediate environment. The university’s Director of Research and Innovation, Prof. Wellington Oyibo, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos. “We have colleagues in the energy space. We told them that we want people to have access to energy that must be cost-effective. He said that provision of the alternative source of energy would be a unique way for the institution to make more impact on the society. “If you should compute how much it takes to run a generating set every day, you will discover that what you have spent in buying fuel in a week can actually provide you electricity for one year. “So, we are talking about access to low-cost energy, which is what we are working on now,” Oyibo said. According to the director, the team of researchers is not only concerned about alternative source of energy, but also about low-cost energy. Oyibo told NAN that some research products of the university were undergoing material reduction in an effort to reduce cost. He said that researchers were working on reducing to N10,000 or less, the cost of a product that could ordinarily gulp N100,000, so that it could be affordable. “All these are in the pipeline; of course, we will not want to tie down the time of the completion to any particular period because a number of factors will come into play.” According to him, the research into cost-effective alternative energy source is coming after the university’s groundbreaking research into malaria testing with urine which was validated in 2016. According to him, the urine test kit is currently in the market. Oyibo said that the institution was at an advanced stage of providing solutions to a number of societal challenges. “With focus, commitment and support that the university is providing, we are sure to get to where we intend in terms of research and innovation.”

It has been revealed why Mr Emeka Ojukwu, son of late Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, joined the All Progressives Congress (APC). According him he joined APC to ensure that the South-East occupied its rightful place in the national governance. He stated this on Wednesday in Abuja after he was formally welcomed into APC by its National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun. He said that his decision to join the APC was also driven by the belief that the South-East region should be in the country`s political decision making process. Ojukwu had made his declaration to join the party in Awka at a rally for Mr Tony Nwoye, APC’s candidate for the just concluded Anambra governorship election. “I decided to lead by example. I have been talking about this for a while and I decided it was time to take the step forward. “It is a challenge, there are some people that will not be happy about that, but you have to be bold, take a step, and let people understand where you are coming from. “People have to understand why you are doing what you are doing, APC have been seen in our part of the country as the ‘other’. “And I believe we are now showing that the APC is a party that can contend equally with any other party in the South-East and do just as well,“ he said. Ojukwu added that his defection to the APC, was a pointer that “Igbos“ were part of the party. Speaking about his father and the All Progressives Grand Alliance, he said; “we shouldn’t take our history and our past to be shackles that hold us in one place“. According to him, history should be a stepping stone and building block for moving towards the future. He noted that when his father came back from exile, he had the option to join an ethnic-based party but opted to move to the centre for a reason. “You need to be at the table where decisions are being made, if you are not there, you will always get the short end of the stick; you will be marginalised. “That is the message I want to help to propagate, this is a much bigger party than the one I came from. So I put myself at your service to help us achieve our dreams. “For me, anyway that I can help to push this message forward, I am ready,“ he stressed. Odigie-Oyegun, while receiving Ojukwu, said his entry to the party would be a major asset in its ongoing drive to mainstream the South-East into national governance and political decision making process. “I thank you for choosing the APC, a family that is practical in its political orientation.” He said despite losing the recent Anambra governorship election, the APC`s performance clearly showed that progress was being made in terms of its appeal and inroads in the South-East. According to him, the APC has made a lot of gains in spite of not winning the just Anambra election. He said the party was not resting on this, adding that it had set up a team to study the elections and resolve all challenges that obstructed it’s victory. “I truly welcome you, there is no question at all that your name is an asset, what you stand for is an asset. “We hope that in the next few months you will be much more closely integrated within the party structure at national level and in the South-East,“ he said. Odigie-Oyegun added that for people to join the APC at this time, was a clear indication that they understood what was going. He further added that it also showed that people were ready to put their names, reputation, energies and resources behind the party`s effort to rebuild the country and be part of the process of change. “This is a struggle that we must win, the nation cannot afford to lose, because greatness beckons and unless we get our act right, we are not going to get there, “ the APC national chairman said.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Monday uncovered 30 different banned and unregistered products worth millions of naira in Onitsha, Anambra, an official has said. Mrs Christiana Essenwa, a Deputy Director of NAFDAC, said this when she conducted newsmen round the uncompleted building where the contraband were discovered. She listed some of the banned products to include rice, vegetable oil, tomato paste, tomato ketchup and toilet and medicated soaps. The list includes, among others, dairy products, hand wash, creams, cosmetics, toothpaste, furniture, plastic products, electrical cables and textiles imported in a 40-foot container. Essenwa expressed concern that in spite of the Federal Government ban, some businessmen ignored the hazards the banned products pose to unsuspecting consumers. “These contraband items are written in foreign language; it is difficult for consumers to know the content of the products, making it hazardous for consumers in the country. “For instance, these foreign toothpastes contain saccharine which is not allowed in the country; the vegetable oils do not have the eye logo, signifying that they are fortified with vitamin A. “We are going to confiscate every item and get them ready for destruction,” Essenwa said. She said some of the seized products such as textiles, cables and plastics also required the involvement of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to certify the authenticity of the items. The deputy director said the discovery was made following a tip-off and urged the public to be circumspect before picking products on display in the market. “Check whether they have NAFDAC registration number; whether the labelling is alright, whether it was written in foreign language, manufacturing address and of course, the expiry date,” Essenwa said. Also speaking, an industrialist, Mr Steve Evans, the Manager of Evans Industries Limited, decried the importation of fake products into the country, describing the act as “economic sabotage”. Evans, urged the Federal Government to step up its surveillance on fake products being dumped in the country.

A faction of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-West has warned the party not to stop it from presenting the zone’s delegates to the Dec. 9 national convention. The chairman of the faction, Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe, gave the warning at a media briefing in Lagos on Monday. He said the faction remained the authentic executive in the zone, based on a subsisting court judgement. Ogundipe said the continued recognition of the Dr Eddy Olafeso-led faction ran foul of the law, as there had been no superior order to nullify the subsisting Abuja court judgement. “We are the authentic South-West zonal executive of the PDP based on a subsisting court judgement, and we want the party to accord us the due recognition. “Any other group parading themselves as exco from the zone is committing an illegality as there has been no better judgement to nullify the court judgement affirming us as the authentic executive. “Moreso, the subsisting court order restrained Olafeso and his group from participating in the Dec. 9 national convention. “We do not want to constitute any problem to the convention and that is why we are saying the party should operate in accordance with law and allow us to present delegates from the zone. “In the event that we are excluded, just as we were at the non-elective convention in Port-Harcourt, we shall take the necessary legal action, and that will affect the party in the long run,” he said. Ogundipe said the Supreme Court judgement affirming Sen. Ahmed Makarfi as Caretaker Chairman did not nullify the leadership of his faction in the zone. He urged all stakeholders to abide by the rule of law in order not to jeopardize the progress of the party. Ogundipe cleared Chief Olabode George of the leadership impasse in the zone. He said that George and other leaders in the zone had resolved to prevail on the national leadership of the party to address “the potential landmine” in the zone. Ogundipe said his group would continue to do its best for the progress of the party in the zone. He said an all-encompassing meeting of stakeholders in the zone, including national chairmanship aspirants, would soon hold, to decide a united position of the zone on the convention. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the party has fixed Dec. 9 for convention to elect new national executive officers.

Tony Pulis was sacked as West Brom coach due to poor run of form and series of defeat which has characterised his reign as coach of the club this season. His sack has been long expected, but it eventually came on Monday, when the management of West Brom decided to ease him out as the club is a point above relegation zone. Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at home to Chelsea was the last straw that broke the camel’s neck. Also, West Brom had been without a win in 10 competitive games so far. Since August 22, 2017 when it won against lowly Accrington in the Carabao Cup, West Brom have lost seven games and drawn four. Its only consolation was the first three games it won at the beginning of the season. With Pulis out of the way, West Brom Chairman, John Williams said ex-coach of the club, Gary Megson will now take over as coach for now. Former West Brom manager Gary Megson, who had been Pulis’ assistant, is taking over “until further notice”. According to Williams, these decisions were never taken lightly but always in the interests of the club, adding that the club is in a results business and that over the back end of last season and this season to date, it had been very disappointing for the club. Williams added that the club would like to place on record and appreciate Pulis for his contribution and hard work during a period of transition for the club which included a change of ownership.

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