Tuesday, 1 July 2014
Tragedy struck at the Onikolobo area of Abeokuta, Ogun State on Saturday when a 33-year-old man, Oluwatosin Otaiku, stabbed himself to death after his fiancee, Olaogun Oluwatoyin, discontinued their relationship.
According to PUNCH Metro, Otaiku killed himself after his woman told him she was no longer interested in the relationship. After the girlfriend made a U-turn, the deceased was said to have become worried, and this made neighbours, who were aware of the development, intervene. Efforts were made to reconcile them.
On one of such occasions, an eyewitness said the duo was invited to discuss in privacy inside a shop at Safari junction in Onikolobo. Otaiku had hid a knife in his pocket, prepared to end it all if there was no truce. Unfortunately, Olaogun stood her ground and maintained that she could not continue with the relationship.
On hearing this unfavourable verdict, the deceased reportedly brought out the knife from his pocket which made Olaogun to run out of the shop, thinking she was the target. She immediately alerted neighbours who rushed into the shop and met the deceased stabbing himself.
Otaiku was rushed to the Mercy Hospital in the Panseke area of Abeokuta. From there, he was referred to the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, also in Abeokuta, but he died on the way to the hospital.
The case was said to have been reported at the Adigbe Police Division and policemen were sent to the scene for investigation. While they took the remains of Otaiku to the Ijaye General Hospital mortuary, three other people were whisked away in a Hilux Van marked, NPF 7092 C.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, confirmed the incident, adding that the police were still holding on to Otaiku’s remains until a postmortem examination would be carried out.
Adejobi explained that the command was still examining the statements by the suspects and eyewitnesses.
“The lady is still with us, she is still our suspect for now until we carry out a proper investigation on the corpse. We need some time to study the statements, but the expert’s opinion is to carry out a postmortem on the body which we are going to do. I can assure you that the command will do the needful in order to get to the root of the incident.”
The Nigerian Medical Association yesterday announced the commencement of a nationwide strike today, after Federal Government failed to yield to their request.
The President of the NMA, Dr. Kayode Obembe, during a press briefing in Abuja yesterday said, there was no going back from the strike and it starts today, 1st of July, 2014.
The NMA had sent 24-point demands to the government, including the discontinuation of recognition of non-medical doctors as Directors and Consultant title to any other health worker other than medical doctors, but their demands are yet to be met.
The Central Bank of Nigeria has put in place modalities to introduce the cashless policy 30 states of the federation having completed phases 1 and 2 of the policy in six pilot states- Abia, Anambra, Lagos, Ogun, Kano, Rivers- and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The CBN, in a notice by its Corporate Affairs Department to all stakeholders and the general public, said Phase 3 of the policy’s implementation would commence in the remaining 30 States of the Federation on July 1 as scheduled.
The apex bank also said it has mapped out modalities to ensure the cashless policy succeeds in other parts of the state as it did in the pilot states.
The Head, Shared Services at the Central Bank, Mr Chidi Umeano, who was a guest on Channels Television’s daily business programme, Business Morning, said the apex bank is doing all it can to deploy the needed infrastructure to support the policy.
According to him, the one year waiver of charges on withdrawals is one measure to give time for the infrastructure to be put in place.
He says the Central Bank has carried its sensitisation campaign to the rural communities and is still doing more to sensitise Nigerians.
The CEO, Cowry Assets Management Ltd, Mr Johnson Chukwu, who was also a contributor on the programme, said the cashless policy has benefited the economy in so many ways but urged the Central Bank to do more towards putting all that is needed in place to ensure its efficiency and success.
Darryl Wharton-Rigby's screenplay will centre on true story of the courier tasked with bringing $3m to Brazil in an effort to stop the Ghanaian football team quitting the competition
An award-winning US writer is planning a Hollywood thriller spun off the true and bizarre story of Ghana's World Cup cash, reports The Wrap.
Darryl Wharton-Rigby's screenplay will centre on a courier tasked with bringing $3m (£1.76m) across the Atlantic to Brazil in an effort to stop the Ghanaian football team quitting the competition in protest at lack of pay. It is based on a real-life impasse which affected the west African team prior to their exit at the group stage last week, though fictional elements will be incorporated to further spice up the proposed movie.
The plot sees the $3m stolen after the courier is ambushed. He then has fewer than 12 hours to recover the money or face the wrath of his employers (and presumably the Ghanaian footballers).
"The world has soccer fever and Hollywood has caught it," said Wharton-Rigby, a former staff writer for Homicide: Life on the Street, the celebrated Emmy-winning TV series from producer David Simon which predated the even more successful The Wire.
The screenplay has been optioned by US production company Bugeater, whose founders Dan Mirvish and Barry Hennessey will produce the film. Hennessy, an Emmy winner for reality TV show The Amazing Race, told the Wrap: "I've shot extensively in both Ghana and Brazil, and this is a perfect project to capture the raw energy that both countries have to offer."
Ghana's president, John Dramani Mahama, was forced to send a plane containing $3m to Brasília for the players to share after a row over appearance fees threatened to see the team go on strike. Ghana, who at one point refused to train due to lack of renumeration, subsequently lost their final group match 2-1 to Portugal and exited the competition.
Because somewhere there are people rumored to care about what Ann Coulter says -- other than Ann Coulter -- you should know that she has talked about soccer. And she doesn't like it.
(Trumpets blare ... fade away into sound of one single, broken kazoo).
In the midst of the world's World Cup joy, the conservative ripped the sport on her website, writing "any growing interest in soccer can only be a sign of the nation's moral decay."
She probably meant tooth decay, from increased nacho-eating in all those sports bars.
Coulter suggested soccer is not a "real sport" and that the game pushes a liberal agenda on the American public.
"Individual achievement is not a big factor in soccer," she wrote. "In a real sport, players fumble passes, throw bricks and drop fly balls -- all in front of a crowd ... ."
Wow. It's pretty obvious someone didn't exactly excel at P.E.
She wrote, "In soccer, the blame is dispersed and almost no one scores anyway. There are no heroes, no losers, no accountability, and no child's fragile self-esteem is bruised. There's a reason perpetually alarmed women are called 'soccer moms,' not 'football moms.'"
No. It's because so many more of their kids play soccer. Which, by the way, is a sport that is a lot less alarming for parents than football.
"Liberal moms like soccer because it's a sport in which athletic talent finds so little expression that girls can play with boys," Coulter wrote. "No serious sport is co-ed, even at the kindergarten level."
They're doing an incredible job of hiding all those girls on the field this week.
The 52-year-old also ripped the lack of scoring in soccer ("No other 'sport' ends in as many scoreless ties as soccer") and how they don't let players use their hands.
"What sets man apart from the lesser beasts, besides a soul, is that we have opposable thumbs," she wrote. "Our hands can hold things. Here's a great idea: Let's create a game where you're not allowed to use them!"
That's so ridiculous, I can't even make fun of it.
And she's darn tired of being forced by all those crazy tree-huggers to watch soccer.
"I resent the force-fed aspect of soccer," she wrote. "The same people trying to push soccer on Americans are the ones demanding that we love HBO's Girls, light-rail, Beyonce and Hillary Clinton. The number of New York Times articles claiming soccer is 'catching on' is exceeded only by the ones pretending women's basketball is fascinating."
Never mind that, according to E! News, Sunday night's match between the U.S. and Portugal was the most-watched soccer game in U.S. history. That would be introducing logic into this. Let's just enjoy some more. Like the idea that, because so many foreigners like soccer, it must be un-American.
"If more 'Americans' are watching soccer today, it's only because of the demographic switch effected by Teddy Kennedy's 1965 immigration law," she wrote. "I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer. One can only hope that, in addition to learning English, these new Americans will drop their soccer fetish with time."
Right. Down with soccer grandpas and the soccer-law making, commie Kennedys. U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) – Algeria and Nigeria headed home Tuesday after another five-prong African World Cup challenge came to a disappointing end in Brazil.
While the ‘Desert Foxes’ and ‘Super Eagles’ proved combative last-16 opponents for Germany and France, the lack of a cutting edge in attack led to defeats.
The losses against the former world champions were hardly surprising as African teams have won just 16 of 80 matches against European opponents at the global showpiece.
African football supremo Issa Hayatou echoed the pre-tournament hopes of football followers from Cairo to Cape Town when he wished for “one or even two” African semi-finalists.
But Algeria, Nigeria and Ivory Coast won only once each, Ghana collected a solitary point, and shambolic Cameroon lost all three matches for the second World Cup in succession.
Slack defending, a lack of midfield creativity and below-par set-piece executions were contributing factors to an underwhelming African showing.
There was some cause for celebration, though, as two African teams reached the last-16 for the first time and Nigerian Stephen Keshi became the first African coach to make the knockout phase.
AFP sports looks at some African highlights and lowlights from the World Cup:
THE GOOD …
1. Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama enhanced his growing international reputation even though a flap at a corner gifted a goal to France midfielder Paul Pogba.
2. Top-ranked African side Algeria ditched the overly-cautious system that led to defeat by Belgium and produced some slick counter-attacking football.
3. Ghana showed what they were capable of in a draw against Germany, which was sandwiched between timid losses to the United States and Portugal.
4. African champions Nigeria shrugged off a drab draw with Iran to prove worthy opponents for former world champions Argentina and France.
5. Cameroon gave glimpses during the first half against hosts Brazil of what they might have achieved had they concentrated on football rather than bonuses.
THE BAD …
1. Africans were generally woeful at set-pieces, with corners under or over-hit and free-kicks not carrying the threat posed by European and South American stars.
2. Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah must regret his pre-tournament we-can-be-world-champions quote as it put unnecessary pressure on a mentally brittle squad.
3. After all the hype around outspoken Cameroon captain Samuel Eto’o, he barely threatened Mexico and missed the other two losses through injury.
4. Amateurish Ghana defending allowed American John Brooks to head a late winner that put the ‘Black Stars’ on the back foot after just one game.
5. Nigeria were shocking in a goalless stalemate with Iran, barely posing a threat up front.
… AND THE UGLY
1. So-called Algerian supporters who shone green lasers at the Russia goalkeeper, who claimed he was blinded when conceding an equaliser.
2. Bonus-obsessed Cameroon and Ghana players who seemed more interested in dollars than qualifying for the knockout stage.
3. Kevin-Prince Boateng swore at his coach and Sulley Muntari struck an official and both were booted out of the Ghana camp.
4. Experienced Cameroon midfielder Alex Song was red-carded for striking a Croatian on the back in full view of the referee.
5. Later in the same match, Cameroonian Benoit Assou-Ekotto attempted to head-butt team-mate Benjamin Moukandjo after an attack broke down.
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BRUSSELS (The Borowitz Report)—A ten-year European plan to gradually phase out American football in the United States and replace it with soccer is “very much on track,” a spokesman for the European Union confirmed today.
The E.U. spokesman, Alf-Jergen Holmboe, said the replacement of American football with soccer was the third in a three-step plan to transform the U.S. into a European country.
“The first two steps were electing a socialist President and instituting national health care,” he said. “Once soccer replaces football, our work will be done.”
Holmboe said that the E.U. could take no credit for the legalization of gay marriage in the United States, but called it “a very welcome development.” He added, “Once a country has socialism, national health care, and gay marriage, soccer is usually next.”
The spokesman offered no timetable for eliminating baseball, but indicated that it was “in the works.”
Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, has resigned his appointment after leading the team to the second round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
After the Eagles were eliminated by France in the round of 16 match in Brasilia on Monday, the Delta State-born tactician said it was time to move on after leading his country’s national team to lift the Africa Nations Cup trophy last year and taking them to the ongoing World Cup in Brazil.
“I have to go back to my family and face fresh challenges,” Keshi said.
Similarly, Super Eagles Captain, Yobo Joseph said he has had enough and can go no further as national team player. “I think I should give the younger ones the opportunity to forge ahead. I have nothing new to offer,” Yobo, whose own goal in the match against France guaranteed the French side a place in the quarter finals.
The Minister of FCT, Senator Bala Mohammed has directed all hotels in the Federal Capital Territory to forward the list of their guests to the FCT Directorate of State Security Services (SSS) and the FCT Police Command on a daily basis, a statement by the Special Adviser to the FCT Minister on Media, Nosike Ogbuenyi said.
The statement also noted that “hotels are equally required to install their individual security cameras within their vicinity and ensure thorough check of all vehicles entering the hotel and within their surroundings.
The Minister has also directed all residents and resident associations in various parts of the territory to embark on “Operation Know Your Neighbor” campaign.
“The measure is to ensure that all criminally-minded elements are detected easily within the FCT. The security department of FCTA is to liaise with the various security agencies in the FCT on the modalities for implementing the ministerial directive”, he said.
The Minister also directed “all traditional rulers in the FCT to start conducting periodic meetings with various communities within their domains to take stock of strange faces living with them, as well as report all new comers within 48 hours to the local DPO and SSS office”.
He enjoined all FCT residents to be vigilant and cautious of strange objects or movements of persons, moving and stationery vehicles around them, urging them to report such to the nearest security agencies.
The Minister further directed that all trailer/lorry operators bringing goods to the city shall no longer be allowed to offload their contents at night.
“All offloading shall henceforth be done in the day time under supervision in designated places”, he added, insisting that “owners of uncompleted and abandoned buildings and structures without security guards will be sanctioned by the FCT Administration.
“Similarly, owners plots of land left fallow for a long period of time and not used for any economic or gainful purpose but taken over by criminals would now face appropriate sanctions”, he said.
The Minister reminded residents that the ban on smoking of Indian hemp and other narcotic substances is still in force in the territory adding that the Administration has resolved to clamp down on violators.