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Gareth Bale scored twice and made another as Tottenham cruised to an easy Premier League win over Burnley

Chelsea missed a chance to regain their place in the Premier League’s top four as they dominated Manchester United but had to be content with a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The home side carved out the best chances but United, who had a decent first-half penalty appeal turned down, defended solidly throughout to earn a point.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel remains unbeaten in nine games since taking over from sacked Frank Lampard but a second successive Premier League draw left him frustrated.

His side remain in fifth spot with 44 points from 26 games, one point behind West Ham United, while Manchester United are second with 50 points from 26 games, 12 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City.

Arsenal rekindle European hopes with 3-1 win at Leicester

Arsenal revived their hopes of playing in European competition next season after goals from David Luiz, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe helped them to a 3-1 win at Leicester City in an entertaining Premier League clash on Sunday.

The result lifted Arsenal two places up to ninth on 37 points from 26 games while Leicester stayed third on 49 points after suffering a second setback in three days following their Europa League elimination.

The Foxes produced another poor performance after Thursday’s 2-0 home defeat by Slavia Prague sent them crashing out of Europe’s second-tier competition, where Arsenal progressed into the last 16 with a 4-3 aggregate win over Benfica.

Bale double helps Tottenham crush Burnley Gareth Bale produced his most impressive performance since returning on loan to Tottenham Hotspur with two goals in his side’s 4-0 win over Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Welshman continued his recent resurgence by marking only his third league start of the season with the opening goal after only two minutes, prodding in from close range.

He then set up Harry Kane for Tottenham’s second after 15 minutes before Lucas Moura made it 3-0 before halftime.

Bale then claimed his second of the game with a clinical finish after 55 minutes as Tottenham returned to form in the league having lost five of their previous six games.

The impressive win left Tottenham in eighth spot with 39 points from 25 games and revived their hopes of finishing in the top four. Burnley are 15th with 28 points.

Bale’s lack of Premier League game time has been something of an anti-climax after the club’s former talisman returned on loan from Real Madrid in September having left in 2013.

But the four-time Champions League winner is finally beginning to show the kind of form that persuaded the Spanish giants to sign him for 100 million euros.

He has now scored four times in his last four appearances in all competitions and although he did not register in the loss by West Ham United last week, he was eye-catching as a second-half substitute.

Looking fit and sharp, Bale linked up superbly with Kane and Son Heung-min as manager Jose Mourinho unleashed the trio together, albeit against a Burnley side who were there for the taking.

“It’s not just about scoring. It’s about our all-round play and helping the team. I’m delighted with the goals and the assist and whatever I can do for the team,” Bale said.

“I’ve been happy all season. In the dressing room I feel comfortable and I’m having fun. I’m happy and I’m sure it’s showing on the pitch.”

Dominant Fulham frustrated in goalless draw at Palace

Fulham lacked the cutting edge in front of goal in their 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace on Sunday and settled for a point at Selhurst Park in their quest to climb out of the Premier League’s relegation zone.

The result meant that Scott Parker’s 18th-placed side are unbeaten in five league matches and have 23 points from 26 games to sit three points behind Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion, but they were left to rue their missed opportunities.
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The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has asked the Federal Government to declare kidnappers as terrorists and treat them in the same manner.

NANS President, Comrade Sunday Asefon, condemned the incessant invasion and abduction of students and teachers in the country.

Asefon, in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, said the abduction of 317 schoolgirls of Government Girls Junior Secondary Jangebe, Talata-Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State, was an indictment of the failure of the nation’s security apparatus to withstand the threat of terrorists invading the schools to bully and kidnap school children for ransom.

He called on the Federal Government to convene a National Security Summit towards galvanising best brains in providing ideas and innovation for combating the multi-faceted security challenges in Nigeria.

“This has become one case too many and the fact that this kidnap happens without any form of opposition from the security apparatus calls for serious concern,” he said.

“The event of recent time has made it expedient for the government to change its approach to the scourge of school kidnap especially in the North, it is therefore imperative for the kidnappers to be declared as terrorists and treated as such.

“NANS under my leadership will not just fold our arms while these enemies of the nation are allowed to shatter the very fabrics of our educational system and make our schools a no-go area.

“It is therefore in our mutual interest to realistically design a new approach to fighting this coward terrorism against our very vulnerable school kids,” he said.

The NANS President called on the government at all levels to ensure that there is no repeat of this ugly occurrence anywhere near the schools.
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Hunters and rescue team in Akunu Akoko in Akoko North East local government area have killed a suspected kidnapper and rescued seven kidnapped victims.

The hunters had stormed the forest on the orders of the Regent of the town, Princess Tolani Orogun, after news filtered inthat some travellers have been abducted.

Witnesses said the travellers were heading towards Abuja when they were abducted and taken into the bush.

The witnesses said the Regent informed the hunters and youths that continued kidnapping in the axis must stop and she ordered them to go after the kidnappers.

It was in the course of combing the forest that one of the suspected kidnappers was gunned down while others fled leaving their victims behind.

Police area commander for Ikare Akoko, ACP Razak Rauf who confirmed the report said remains of the suspect has been deposited in mortuary.

Several persons have been kidnapped along the Akunu, Ikakumo and Auga of Ondo State.

Chairman of Akunu Akoko community, Mr. Ade Aboginije, urged the state government to increase security presence in the area being a boundary town with Edo and Kogi States.
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Proprietors of mission secondary schools have rejected the approval of hijab wearing in mission schools by the Kwara State Government.

The state government had earlier approved the wearing of hijab by students of grant-aided schools in the state.

But the proprietors of the affected schools in a communique read by Rev Victor Dada said that the “body condemns the use of hijab in Christian missions grant-aided schools as this will cause discrimination in schools and allow terrorist to easily identify our children and wards.

“Christian mission grant-aided schools should be returned to the owners promptly as most of these schools have churches beside them and unnecessary trespass may lead to break down of law and order.

“Christian faithful should occupy all grant aided schools.

Christians should have a day for prayers and fasting for God to intervene in the imbroglio.

“We shall continue to interact and dialogue with the state government on the return of grant aided schools to the proprietors.”

Media reports yesterday had quoted the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof Mamma S. Jubril, as saying that the state government had approved the wearing of hijab by pupils in grant-aided mission schools in the state.

He said in taking the decision, ”the state government has considered the submissions of all major interest groups on the matter. It has also thoroughly considered the education law of Kwara State, the prevailing court judgments and current global trends of multiculturalism in evolving a consultation-based decision that will bring lasting peace and understanding to our communities.

“The government has also paid particular attention to the ‘declaratory’ nature of the subsisting judgments of the Court of Appeal and their purports.

”Consequently, the government hereby acknowledges and approves the right of the Muslim schoolgirl to wear the hijab, and directs the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development to come up with a uniform hijab for all public/grant-aided schools, which will be the accepted mode of head covering in schools.

“Any willing schoolgirl with the approved (uniform)  hijab shall have the right to wear same in public/grant-aided schools.”
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Overtime, the prevailing situation faced by Imolites is that of bad roads and this has made it possible for politicians to gain their ways through making promises of fixing the roads immediately the assume office and oftentimes they fail on doing so with numerous excuses. This beats ones imagination as to why those we entrusted with power always finds it easy to play on the intelligence of the people even to the small good they ought to be doing.

Successive administrations hasn’t been fair on the nature of roads we have in the state. Imolites each time points out roads that requires immediate government attention especially before the rainy season yet government feigns ignorance of it and this always results to such roads worsening day by day thereby putting the lives of those that ply on it in danger and becomes a glaring death trap.

The shared prosperity government of Gov. Hope Uzodimma meticulously undertook the responsibility of accessing the state of all the major roads including link roads in the state and found out that none was motorable and others were seriously begging for government attention and decided to swing into action which has made imo state a construction ground as no road is without the touch of government.

One of the remarking things about the road construction under Gov. Hope Uzodimma is that these roads are not just done by road side construction companies but one certified by the professional council with proven records of competency and quality work done over the years. Another striking point is that resources are plunged into these construction works as the best of quality materials are used in other for the roads to stand the test of time(durability) and in line with global best practices.

It is interesting to bring to our notice and knowledge of the roads constructed and rehabilitated under Gov. Hope Uzodimma’s one year and more in office and they are as follows;

1.                 

CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF AHIARA JUNCTION TO OKPALA JUNCTION

2.                 

CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF ABA BRANCH-AHIARA JUNCTION

3.                 

CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF NKUME-UMUOWA ORLU

4.                 

CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF MGBIDI-OGUTA (OGUTA LAKE) ROAD

5.                 

CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF IMO STATE UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITAL (IMSUTH)

6.                 

CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF NAZE (POLY JUNCTION) - NEKEDE-IHIAGWA-OBINZE ROAD. DUAL CARRIAGE WAY

7.                 

CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF CONCORDE ROAD-JACOB ZUMA ROAD-CONCORDE ROAD WITH SPUR TO PH. ROAD

8.                 

CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF IMO STATE UNVERSITY ROAD BISHOP’S COURT ROAD.

9.                 

CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF OKIGWE ROUNDABOUT-ST MARY CHURCH OKIGWE (OKPALA ROAD)

10.            

CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF OGWOHOROANYA-AVUTU-UMUNACHI (ROUNDABOUT)

11.            

CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF DOUGLAS-NAZE JUNCTION.

12.            

CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF CONTROL POST (ASSUMPTA) TO IBARI OGWA (PORT-HARCOURT) ROAD.

13.            

CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF ASSUMPTA-UMUGUMA JUNCTION (WORLD BANK) ROAD

14.            

MAINTENANCE OF FAILED SECTION N OWERRI-MBAISE-OBOWO ROAD

15.            

MAINTENANCE OF FAILED SECTION OF OWERRI-NWAORIEUBI-NJABA-ORLU ROAD

16.            

MAINTENANCE OF FAILED SECTION OF OWERRI-AMARAKU-ANARA-ONUIMO-UMUNNA-OKIGWE ROAD

17.            

CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF ABOH-ITU-EZINIHITTE.

18.            

CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF ACHINGALI-ONICHA-UDONA OBIZI ROAD

19.            

CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF WAREHOUSE JUNCTION-UMEZURUIKE HOSPITAL-EMMANUEL COLLEGE ROUNDABOUT WITH EDEDE/ROYCE ROAD JUNCTION AND EMMANUEL COLLEGE LAYOUT SLIP ROADS

20.            

CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF WEST END-OLD NEKEDE ROAD-ZOO

21.            

CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF ONITSHA-ORLU ROAD (EGBADA BY PASS)

22.            

CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF BOTH END OF THE AIRPORT ROAD, OWERRI.

23.            

CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF ULAKWO-UMUARO NGURU-UMUNEKE ROAD

24.            

CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF OHII JUNCTION-OROGWE ROAD

25.            

CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF AKACHI ROAD.

26.            

DUALIZTION OF CHUKWUMA NWAOHA STREET

i.  DICK TIGER STREET

27.            

CONSTRUCTION OF OPARANOZIE-AMAIGBO AND EDEDE STREET

28.            

CONSTRUCTION OF DICK TIGER ROAD

29.            

CONSTRUCTION OF RELIEF MARKET ROAD

30.            

CONSTRUCTION OF MUSA YAR’ADUA DRIVE EXTENSION TO DREAM LAND HOTEL ROAD

31.            

CONSTRUCTION OF MCC ROAD

32.            

CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF INTERNAL ROADS IN ALADINMA ESTATE. LAKE NWAEBERE STR, OLOKORO STR. UMUAHIA STR. OKEIKPR STR, ARUGO STR. OLOKORO STR. EGBEMA STR, AND NGWA STREET.

33.            

MAINTENANCE WORK AT UMUNA ORLU

34.            

CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF MBONU-EJIKE STREET IKENEGBU LAYOUT

35.            

CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF OKPORO-OMUMA ROAD.

36.            

CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF OMUMA-ELEH ROAD

37.            

CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF MGBIDI-ORLU ROAD

38.            

DUALIZATION OF FEDERAL SECRETARIAT ROAD

39.            

CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF THOMAS MOORE/GOZIE NWACHUKWU/JP AJAELU STREET

40.            

CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF NAZE-ALLIED MARKET EGBU ROAD

41.            

CONSTRUCTION/REHABILITATION OF DREAMLAND HOTEL ROUNDABOUT-FIRST BANK-GENERAL HOSPITAL ROAD WITH SPUR TO PORTHARCOURT ROAD

42.            

CONSTRUCTION OF IHECHUKWUkA STREET AND ADJOURNING ROADS

43.            

CONSTRUCTION OF AWOMAMA-OKWUDOR ROAD

44.            

CONSTRUCTION OF OWERRI-ORLU ROAD

45.            

CONSTRUCTION OF OWERRI-OKIGWE ROAD

46.            

OWERRI JUNCTION IMPROVEMENT WORKS & URBAN RENEWAL PROJECT (TRAFFIC STUDY REPORT)

The above road projects are verifiable and on ground for everyone to see and not on papers or 3D image. This is a true reflection of a purpose driven governance predicated on people oriented projects that will stand the test of time and indeed Imolites can testify with all sincerity that imo state is wearing a new look under this present administration.

We are not surprised that the administration of Gov. Hope Uzodimma is very much interested in making impacts and leaving his footprints in the sand of time that even generations yet unborn will be grateful for having him as the governor of imo state.

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Gov. Hope Uzodimma has again demonstrated his unflinching resolve and determination to recover imo commonwealth that was looted and stolen in the past by both government officials and public servants. This riot act was read out to imolites during the just concluded Imo State Stakeholders Meeting held at the Eze Imo Palace and the 4th time in a row the meeting is taking place in the state.

There is no doubt that the declaration by the state government to recover all is of the best interest of Imolites as no one person or group of persons can mortgage the collective resources and properties of the state for their selfish reasons. This act has been going on unchecked by previous administrations which questions the essence of governance and how effective it is on the people being governed.

The 3R mantra initiative of the present administration is not in any “foot dragging” on the recovery process as it has already begun and while the affected persons may see it as a witch-hunt or political vendetta, Gov. Hope Uzodimma has exhibited political strength and maturity in recovering the assets of the state government.

It is brazenly clear that the governor in his speech to the Imo State Stakeholders had stated it clearly that;

i. We will use all legal means to recover all imo properties: This is to dispel any form of insinuation that the activities of his government including the recovery process are not legally bounded. Every recovery move is in clear conformity of the recommendations of the panel set to that effect and nothing has been done so far beyond the limits of the law as this present administration will not tolerate any act of lawlessness.

ii. Any man or woman who has Imo property, please bring them out now: This may look like government pleading with the state looters but in contrast to that the shared prosperity government of Gov. Hope Uzodimma do not negotiate with the enemies of the state in all ramifications rather the state government is extending an olive branch to them all and only the wise can cease this opportunity to vindicate themselves. Indeed this government is for all.

iii. Those who took lands from the government and from private individuals will be forced to return it to the owners: This explains the essence of governance whereby even the least person in the society can have the confidence reposed in the government that his or her properties illegally collected will be returned back. Gov. Hope Uzodimma by this singular act has redefined governance and whereby the carrot approach is not appreciated then the use of force will be applied within the detects and supervision of the law.

iv. This is my covenant with my God and my covenant with Imo people. Power belongs to the good people of imo state: This assertion puts it on record that Gov. Hope Uzodimma’s government is divine and works in accordance with will of God for Imolites and nothing done by him is against the people and that is why his activities so far has proven to be people oriented. A leader who believes that power belongs to the people is indeed conscious of how to use the power in a more positive way rather than for personal aggrandizement and Gov. Hope Uzodimma is a purposeful leader.

In all, the state government has made bare the essence and means of going about the recovery plan and well meaning imolite will agree that Gov. Hope Uzodimma is a man of law and order and should be supported in getting back our commonwealth which in turn will be used for the development of the state. Let nobody deceive you with counter opinions other than this about the recovery moves of the state government as we are aware that while fighting corruption, corruption will likewise fight back and propaganda is one of its weapons so avoid been weaponized to spread such lies against the state government and her activities.

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…Extends Tenure of South-West, North-Central and North-West Zonal Caretaker Committees

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has postponed the commencement of sale of forms for Anambra governorship primary election from the earlier scheduled date of Monday, March 1, 2021 to a new date of Wednesday, March 10,  2021.

Also, the party has slated March 1, 2021 as the last day for submission of already purchased and completed forms for Zonal Congresses in all the zones.

Consequently, screening  of aspirants for North-East, South-East and  South-South Zonal congresses is now scheduled for Tuesday March 02, 2021 at the Zonal Headquarters.

In the same vein, the tenures of Zonal Caretaker Committees for South-West, North-Central and North-West have been extended for another period of 30 days.

The fresh extension takes effect from  March 10, 2021, being the date of the expiration of the current tenure.

All leaders of the party, critical stakeholders and teeming members are to take note of these changes in the schedule of activities of the party.

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Ahead of taking over as the Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has handed over the leadership of the EFCC Lagos Zonal Office to Taufiq Sabir, on February 26, 2021.

Bawa, who exited the position to take up his new appointment as the EFCC Chairman, charged the new zonal head to keep the flag flying.

Earlier before the official handover ceremony, the EFCC boss met with sectional/unit heads, as well as all officers of the Zone to give them his last charge.

In an emotionally charged atmosphere, the EFCC Chairman admonished officers to be disciplined in the discharge of their duties.






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Ahead of taking over as the Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has handed over the leadership of the EFCC Lagos Zonal Office to Taufiq Sabir, on February 26, 2021.

Bawa, who exited the position to take up his new appointment as the EFCC Chairman, charged the new zonal head to keep the flag flying.

Earlier before the official handover ceremony, the EFCC boss met with sectional/unit heads, as well as all officers of the Zone to give them his last charge.

In an emotionally charged atmosphere, the EFCC Chairman admonished officers to be disciplined in the discharge of their duties.

He said: "It is just natural, you can't be fighting corruption, and doing something different yourself at the same time.

"You must be above board at all times, and strive to be better always."

While commending the officers of the zone for the support given to him in the period he led the zone, resulting in transformation of the zonal office, he urged staff to see themselves as serving the country and to "give my successor all the support you accorded to me".

He further stressed that under his chairmanship, the EFCC will ensure a proactive approach to the fight against corruption. 

"Before the crime is committed, we are going to put in place measures that will help nip it in the bud, it's going to be the way to go," he said.

He expressed great optimism that though the challenges and expectations were high, "we are going to succeed and take the Commission to the next level".

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Archbishop Henry Ndukuba

The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) on Sunday affirmed its rejection of homosexuality, vowing to defend the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Primate, Archbishop Henry Ndukuba, made the position of the church known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja

“The Church of Nigeria affirms its total rejection of homosexuality, and will surely stand to defend the truth of the gospel based on the injunctions and ethical principles of the Holy Bible,’’ Ndukub said.

The statement is entitled: ‘‘Church of Nigeria’s Position on the Recent Developments in Anglican Church in North America (ACNA)”.

He condemned recent signing of a letter which, he said recognised and promoted homosexuality in ACNA.

The cleric called for sanctions against bishops, priests and laity in ACNA Province who signed the letter.

Ndukuba said that the letter might have brought the Church to ridicule on biblical teachings about Christian marriage and human sexuality.

“We appreciate Archbishop Foley Beach’s intervention by which the offensive gay Anglican letter was removed from the web, but this has not cured the diseases that have set in, neither has it mitigated the damage this has done by the public advertisement and the changing perception of the ACNA stand on Biblical orthodoxy.

“A gay is a gay, he cannot be rightly described otherwise.

“We cannot describe people as Christian murderers or Christian adulterers, neither should we have gay Christians or gay Anglican.

“Without holiness, no man shall see God,’’ the cleric said.

He advised ACNA to take a clear stand on homosexuality and same -sex relations of all types.