Anxiety as entire football team enter isolation after many test positive for Coronavirus

October 31, 2020 AFP 0

Lazio, already deprived of several players, announced on Saturday (Oct 31) that it had put their entire squad in quarantine after positive coronavirus tests. Lazio fielded a depleted team in Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday and drew 1-1 without last season’s top European scorer Ciro Immobile and midfielders Luis Alberto, Manuel Lazzari, Lucas Leiva and Djavan Anderson. The Read More

Breaking: Ziyech, Werner shine, Mendy keeps another clean sheet as Chelsea burn Burnley, stretch unbeaten record in Premier League

October 31, 2020 Skysports 0

Chelsea kept a fourth clean sheet in a row as Frank Lampard’s side blew away Burnley 3-0 with Hakim Ziyech scoring on his first Premier League start. The arrival of Edouard Mendy, who has conceded just one goal in six appearances, seems to have settled Lampard’s team down defensively, although the goalkeeper wasn’t tested at Turf Moor from the moment Read More

Arewa house @50: Sultan, Sambo preach national unity

October 31, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Former Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar have urged Nigerian leaders and the led, particularly the youth, to work assiduously towards the unity of Nigeria as the panacea to its underdevelopment.   Speaking separately at the Arewa House at 50 celebration with the theme: ‘Unfinished Greatness: Towards a More Perfect Union in Nigeria’ Read More

LMC clears ABS, 12 other stadia for 2020/21 NPFL season… Umuahia, Gombe pitches in complete collapse

October 31, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Ahead of the 2020/21 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, Ahmadu Bello Stadium (ABS) Kaduna and 12 other stadiums across the country have been certified by the League Management Company (LMC) to have met minimum requirements to host matches.  The certification by the LMC is part of the club licensing regime for the upcoming season. But 11 stadiums were recommended Read More

Breaking: Over 1m people contract Coronavirus in UK, nearly 47,000 dead

October 31, 2020 TheSun 0

More than 1million people have now caught coronavirus in the UK after 21,915 more positive test results were confirmed Saturday, theSun reports. Another 326 deaths have been recorded, meaning 46,555 have now died from the bug in Britain. In the last few weeks both Spain and France have surpassed 1million positive cases, with France announcing national lockdown restrictions earlier this week. England Read More

#EndSARS: Human rights group move to drag violence instigators to ICC

October 31, 2020 Editor 0

The Global Network for Human Rights (GNHR) has vowed to drag instigators of violence that led to the killing of policemen and destruction of properties during the EndSARS protests to the International Criminal Court (ICC).  The group, at a press conference on Friday in Abuja, said the individuals must be brought to justice for their roles in inciting “massive terror Read More

Minister Dare sponsors entrepreneurship training for youths in Ogbomoso

October 31, 2020 Editor 0

A three-day free entrepreneurship training sponsored by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development in Nigeria, Sunday Dare, has kicked off in Ogbomoso, Oyo state, with registration of prospective beneficiaries, drawn from different youth groups in the area. According to a statement, the prospective trainees, came with evidences of text messages received, and were duly registered after proper confirmation of Read More

Breaking: US special forces storm Nigeria, rescue kidnapped American, kill 6 bandits in hours operation

October 31, 2020 CNN 0

An American citizen held hostage in northern Nigeria has been successfully rescued by the United States forces, CNN is reporting. This was revealed in a statement by the Pentagon Spokesman, Jonathan Hoffman, on Saturday. Part of the statement reads, “U.S. forces conducted a hostage rescue operation during the early hours of October 31 in Northern Nigeria to recover an American Read More

How Tanzania President clinched another controversial election victory

October 31, 2020 Reuters 0

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli was re-elected for a second, five-year term on Friday, securing a huge victory in a contest that has been dismissed by the opposition as a “travesty” due to widespread irregularities. Magufuli got 12.5 million votes in Wednesday’s vote, or 84%, according to a Reuters calculation, more than 10 million more votes than his main challenger, Tundu Read More

Navy destroys illegal refineries in South-south

October 31, 2020 Musa Umar Bologi 0

…As troops arrest 16 cultists in Plateau  Personnel of the Nigerian Navy (NN) destroyed scores of illegal refineries Tangolo Susu, Oputumbi and Promise Land, Edeoha Community, and Oghara in Bonny and Edeoha Local Government Areas of Rivers state and Ethiope West of Delta state. Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche disclosed this during a press briefing at the Read More

Breaking: James Bond is dead

October 31, 2020 BBC 0

Sir Sean Connery has died at the age of 90, his family has said. The Scottish actor was best known for his portrayal of James Bond, being the first to bring the role to the big screen and appearing in seven of the spy thrillers. His acting career spanned decades and his many awards included an Oscar, two Bafta awards Read More

Dogara’s house looting: Our troops acted professionally –DHQ

October 31, 2020 Musa Umar Bologi 0

The Defence Headquarters has said that troops of Special Task Force (STF) of Operation Safe Haven acted professionally within the laws to stop looting at the resident of Former Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, in Jos Plateau state, and described allegations of killing of four persons by the troops by the media as “malicious and mischievous.” In the Read More

Premier League Round 7: Table set to loosen up

October 31, 2020 Editor 0

A number of top matches are on the cards this weekend, as the Premier League goes into the seventh week of action. We expect that a compact table occasioned by the fast start to the season will start opening up in Round 7. At the end of the Round 7 matches, any side in the top nine can ascend to Read More

#EndSARS: Ogun judicial panel receives 20 petitions

October 31, 2020 Hakeem Adegbenro 0

In less than two weeks of its inauguration, the Ogun state Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up to investigate complaints and petitions of victims of police brutality and abuse of human rights by security operatives have received no fewer than 20 petitions. The Chairman of the panel, Hon. Justice Solomon Olugbemi (Rtd), made this known after a meeting with the Read More

COREN, Shell sign MoU for graduates’ registration, certification

October 31, 2020 Tope Sunday 0

The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) and the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) of Nigeria Limited have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the registration and certification of the Shell Graduate Programme (SGP) and Shell Advanced Technical Programme (SATP) graduates. The COREN’s Public Relations Officer, Ms Ocheh Faith, in a statement sent to Blueprint online Read More

Hoodlums loot 700m materials from Taraba varsity skills centre

October 30, 2020 Andrew Ojih 0

The Taraba state University (TSU), Jalingo, on Friday disclosed that the institution’s Skills Acquisition Centre lost over N700 million worth of machines to looters in the wake of the #ENDSARS protests. The university’s chief security officer, Col. A.N. Adamu (retd.), made the disclosure in Jalingo while conducting our correspondent round the Centre located outside the main campus of the university. Read More

Insecurity: Taraba deputy gov urges Tarabans on useful information

October 30, 2020 Andrew Ojih 0

The Taraba state deputy governor, Haruna Manu, has urged Tarabans not to relent in their quest to always supply security agencies with useful information on how to nab criminal elements terrorising the state. Manu, in a press statement signed by his senior special assistant on new media, Musleem Aruwa,  in Jalingo, said the criminals involved in the recent looting should Read More

Concerns over rising cases of rape in Wadata community, Makurdi

October 30, 2020 Blueprint 0

Anyone who knows the history of Wadata community in Makurdi knows that it is a place where cultural and religious ethics are held with high esteem. Religious dogmatism and cultural sentimentality irrespective of religious and cultural affinities are in minimal; cultural relativism and oneness are what we call for and are taught. Shunning of immoral acts are taught to all Read More

NEMA, help Kogi flood victims

October 30, 2020 Blueprint 0

For us in Kogi state, this season is not the best of times given the magnitude of devastations caused by flood disasters across communities in the Confluence State. Thousands of people have been displaced from their homes by the floods that have been ravaging many parts of the state. No fewer than nine local government areas in the state have Read More

Challenges of foreign private investment in Nigeria

October 30, 2020 Blueprint 0

Nigeria has witnessed a steady decline in Foreign Direct Investment in recent time. According to data from the National Bureau of Statistics, Foreign Direct Investment was USD1.19 billion in 2018 while only USD934.34 million was received in 2019. Several reasons account for this trend, including drop in global oil and commodity prices, poor macroeconomic policies, insecurity and currency volatility. One Read More

Ministry of Youth to partner youths on information dissemination

October 30, 2020 Blueprint 0

The town hall meeting initiative by the the Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr Sunday Dare is already yielding results as youths have resolved to partner with the ministry to create new platforms for information dissemination. Speaking during the third edition of the town hall meeting, Ambassador David Ibrahim said, “We are are grateful to the Minister of Youth Read More

Vandalism: Calabar monarch blames Cross River govt

October 30, 2020 Joseph Obung 0

The Obong of Calabar, His Eminence Edidem  Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V has laid the blame of the vandalism, looting and destruction of public and private buildings/business concerns in Calabar and environs at the doorsteps of the government of Cross River state. Speaking in Calabar, Friday, when former Governor Liyel Imoke led a delegation to his palace, the monarch expressed Read More

Minister, FIFA agree on youth football development

October 30, 2020 Blueprint 0

Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare alongside Ministers from selected countries on Friday had virtual meeting with the top brass of the world Football Governimg body, Fifa where it was agreed that a new course must be taken to ensure youth football development. Speaking during the third edition of the Town Hall with Nigerian Youths, Mr. Dare Read More

Enugu crash: Buhari tasks vehicle owners on roadworthiness

October 30, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the gruesome vehicle accident in Mgbowu, Awgu local government area of Enugu state, in which scores of people died, most of them school pupils. In a statement by his spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Friday, Buhari condoled with families and relatives of the victims. He prayed that God would grant them Read More