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Confirmed: Another Barcelona player leaves club

Arturo Vidal has completed his switch back to Italy, joining Inter Milan in a deal worth €1m.
The Chilean midfielder has joined Inter on a permanent deal from FC Barcelona. From today, Vidal will be on the front line for the Nerazzurri, with the same objectives as ever: fighting, giving it his all, and winning.Also Read: Luis Suarez set to join another Spanish club https://www.aoplite.com.ng/2020/09/luis-suarez-set-to-join-another-spanish.html
"He will become the sixth Chilean to play for Inter. The first was Ivan Zamorano, another born fighter. He was followed by David Pizarro, Luis Jimenez, Gary Medel and Alexis Sanchez."It’s confirmed. He’s arrived in Milan, and he’s a Nerazzurri player. Welcome to Inter, Arturo!"Vidal joined Barcelona in the summer of 2018 from Bayern Munich and has since made a glittering start for the Liga giant after winning titles which they were dethroned by Real Madrid last season.

Mikel Arteta Hopes to Revive FA Cup Glory Days Under Arsène Wenger

The way Mikel Arteta remembers it, Arsenal had wanted it too much. Before the 2014 FA Cup final against Hull, when he was the captain, everybody connected to the club could feel the weight of a nine-year trophy drought. But, perhaps more than that, they could feel the future of Arsène Wenger, the architect of the modern Arsenal, was on the line. Lose and the manager would not get a new contract. That was the sentiment of the time.Arsenal were 2-0 down after eight minutes and it would have been three had Kieran Gibbs not cleared off the line from Alex Bruce. The atmosphere at Wembley was frenzied and Arsenal’s players, temples pounding, looked punch drunk.“Probably, we had too much energy on the day,” Arteta, now the club’s manager, said. “We wanted it so much we were probably too excited and then we were shocked when we started losing.“I mention Arsène because we felt the responsibility to respond to him. He really deserved it because of the way he defended us. He protected all the pl…

President Buhari Celebrates Eid El-Kabir With Family

President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari has took his time to celebrate Eid El-Kabir with his family because of the increase in corona virus  outbreak in Nigeria and with the instruction given by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs .The prayers which was held in the Presidential villa in Abuja had in attendance his family members and members of the villa only as he took the social media to celebrate with all Muslims.  
He Said:I observed the Eid El-Kabir prayers at home with my family, this morning, in keeping with the advisories from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs. Once again I wish you all a safe and happyEid. #EidMubarak See pictures;


Barcelona Unveil New Kits For Next Season

The Spanish outfit have launched their new kits for next season.
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"I See Football As An Art" - Cristiano Ronaldo

Former Realmardrid and Manchester United player  Cristiano Ronaldo has described football as an art in which all players are artist.By Adigun Olayemi


The Portuguese captain however further explain that if you're a top artist, the last thing to do is to copy someone, that is copying another person's paint.
Cristiano Ronaldo: "I see football as an art and all players are artists. "If you are a top artist, the last thing you would do is paint a picture somebody else has already painted."

Ronaldo is currently playing for the newly crowned serie A giant Juventus.

COVID-19 Pandemic: Its Effect On Educational System In Nigeria

By Sodiq Adebayo

Prior to the emergence of corona virus in the most populated country in the world, China. It has claimed many lives. However, none could ever imagine that the canker worm could spread from the abode to the whole so easily and readily. Now, currently speaking, no country in the planet is safe. We're all scared and felt concerned as our brothers and sisters from far and near are victims already.
In January 9, 2020, the Chinese state media reported that a team of researchers led by Xu Jianguo had identified the pathogen behind the mysterious outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan as a novel coronavirus.
The well recognized organization, WHO announced Covid-19 outbreak as a pandemic on 11 March, 2020 which has led to the total shut and lock down of countries in the whole world. International and intra-national travelings ban were placed to control and prevent the spread. Usual daily activities that could help spread the virus were banned. And these include any gathering of more …

Patoranking Approves Scholarship Funds For Africans

Reggae-dancehall singer, Patrick Okorie, better known as Patoranking, has released a list of successful candidates he has awarded full scholarships.
The Patoranking Scholars will be rewarded with 100 per cent paid tuition and an opportunity to be part of what he called the next generation of extraordinary African leaders and entrepreneurs at the African Leadership University.


The list comprises of two Nigerians, Chidera Nnadozie and Abdulmaleek Usman; one Ghanaian, Emmanuel Markwei; one Tanzanian, Hardness Range; one Zimbabwean, Hanisani Nleya;  one Ugandan, Amos Kasumba and Liberia’s Kafumba’s Daramay.



Source: Punch News

We Will Secure Ourselves If You Fail To, Zulum Tells Army

Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno, says if the military is unable to secure Baga, he would engage hunters to keep the town safe.
On Wednesday, Boko Haram insurgents attacked his convoy on his way to some internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Kukawa local government area of the state. 
After donating 12 patrol vehicles to security operatives in the area, Zulum had also flagged off the reopening of the Monguno-Baga highway after closure for two years. 
Zulum, who had earlier been briefed by the troops that Baga was free of Boko Haram insurgents, returned to ask what led to the attack on his convoy. 
“We have over 1,181 soldiers in Baga; 72 officers, 107 solders, 400 soldiers in mile 4 and 1,900 soldiers in Monguno. I see no reason why Boko Haram will stop operate in Baga town,” he said.


Source: Cable News

Pray For The Peace Of Nigeria - Gbajabiamila Urges Muslims

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila called on Muslims to use the Eid-El-Kabir period to rededicate themselves to Allah and pray for the country.
In a message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, he also urged Nigerians to embrace one another and be united irrespective of their differences for the progress of the country.
Gbajabiamila said there was need for prayers, especially at this time when the coronavirus pandemic is ravaging the world.

The Speaker said with prayers, the country would surmount the numerous challenges bedeviling the country, including insecurity.
He called on religious leaders to preach unity and peaceful coexistence among citizens at this time and always.

Source: Daily Trust

Juventus Unveils New Kit For Next Season

Juventus have officially drop their home shirt for next season 


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Juventus Forward Dybala Joins Common Goal Organization

Paulo Dybala has joined @CommonGoalOrg, a charity where footballers donate at least 1% of their salaries to help social issues through football.
Paulo Dybala has joined Juan Mata's Common Goal organisation!
On joining the cause he said: "Lots of people pay more attention to footballers than to presidents... we have to use the power we are given to send positive messages, and to be strong role models.

Dybala: "Sometimes I look at society and I see things that I would like to change. It sounds ridiculous, but I would love to be able to change the world in just a small way. The truth is that football is a powerful weapon...."
Dybala currently plays for the Seria A giant Juventus.

Neco Exams To Commence October - FG

The Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) conducted by the National Examinations Council (NECO) will begin on October 5 and end on November 18, 2020.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the ministry of education yesterday
Meanwhile, the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for JSS 3, which is also conducted by NECO, will commence on August 24 and end on September 7, 2020.

Source: Cable News

Senator Asks FG To Stop Rehabilitating Boko Haram Fighters

Ali Ndume, senator representing Borno south, has kicked against the reintegration of ex-Boko Haram fighters into the society. 
The military had in 2016 launched Operation Safe Corridor, an initiative for the deradicalisation and rehabilitation of ex-Boko Haram fighters.
The aim of the operation, the military had also said, is to reintegrate repentant Boko Haram members into society.
About 600 ex-Boko Haram members completed a de-radicalisation, rehabilitation and reintegration (DRR) programme in July.


But while speaking on a BBC Hausa service programme, Ndume asked the government to stop rehabilitating ex-insurgents because they would never repent.
“This government’s programme is unacceptable to our people. The right thing is to stop it, forthwith,” he said.
“Not that they even apologised to you, they apologised to the government with the thinking that government has failed and that is why they are being pampered,” he said.
“They are like Kharajites. Many among those released have since run …

Lagos Airport Records Aircraft Collision

There was uproar at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, recently after two airplanes collided at the international wing of the airport. 

An Airbus A330-243 owned by Middle East Airlines with registration number OD-MEA, ran into a Boeing 777 airplane with registration number TC-LJC operated by Turkish Airlines. 

Sources at the airport said the Turkish cargo flight was parked at the international airport apron when the Middle East airbus ran into it. 

“The Turkish cargo flight was parked at the tarmac when the MEA airbus ran into it l, ripping off part of the empennage of the aircraft.
“The MEA flight was taxiing when it happened,” the source said. 
The MEA airbus, which had been boarding passengers since 12:00pm, had to disembark every passenger on board.
Another source at the scene of the incident said the Middle East Airline and others had been carrying out commercial operations under the disguise of evacuation flights.
"These people have been running commercial flights…

Education Is a Nightmare In Nigeria

By Ashimolowo Oyindamola Mistura 


I stared at the TV with keen interest rest, a show for children was going on and they chorused the same song we were taught years back. 
How long will we lie to these ones? How long will we keep the truth wrapped in a mystery ? Mystery unleashed when the reality slaps us hard in the face. We are in a rat race, a game of deceit and everyone is running to get a badge blindly and gullibly.
Who said education was limited to four walls, a white board, chairs and a table to sit on? Who cooked this broth if fantasies that had been responsible for so many youths sinking?
Many youths are blinded like a bat, they even drag whose dilapidated facility is the best!  I was just a teen but life befriended me with a lot of realities. At primary school we would play around and froth our worries into bubbles , we were beaten for failed assignments, still did not worry because our teacher was always right even though their shoes and shirts said otherwise.
I would see a young …

I Am Happy I Dumped Arsenal For Manchester United - DJ Cuppy

Florence Otedola a.k.a. DJ Cuppy has explained that she is happy she finally dumped Arsenal in the current year.
In a tweet via her handle @cuppymusic, the daughter of the billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola, noted that she dumped Arsenal due to the incessant losses they recorded in the concluded season.

Sharing the post, she said: “Joining @ManUtd is the BEST choice I made in 2020!… Always knew I DESERVED Champions League! #GGMU #JollofOnTheJet.” See screenshot of the tweet below:



DJ Cuppy subsequently announced her membership with Manchester United, @ManUtd, who welcomed her via a tweet.

One of the club’s players and fellow Nigerian, Odion Ighalo, sent the billionaire daughter his autographed jersey to welcome her to the club.

FG Extends Phase Week Of Eased Lockdown By One Week

The Federal Government has extended the phase two of the ease of lockdown in the country by another one week.
Mr Boss Mustapha, the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, announced this on Monday.

He made the announcement at the briefing of the PTF which held in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“We informed you two weeks ago that the process of submitting the 6th Interim Report and recommendations for next steps had commenced,” said Mustapha who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).




He added, “The PTF has reached advanced stages of the process. It has also considered that due to the upcoming Sallah (Eid-El-Kabir) festivities which coincide with the expiration of the current phase, it would be prudent to extend by one week, from 29th July 2020 till Thursday 6th August 2020.

“It has accordingly secured permission to retain the existing guidelines until that date.”





The PTF chairman noted that President Muhammadu Buhari had approve…

Buhari Names Railway Station After Deserving Nigerians, Obasanjo Absent

Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo is not among the “deserving Nigerians” whom President Muhammadu Buhari has named some train stations after.
On Monday, Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, announced that the president had given approval that stations along the Lagos-Ibadan and the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri corridors should be named in honour of some of the nation’s leaders.

Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo are among those that stations were named after.




Source: Cable News

Schools To Reopen August, As WAEC Date Fixed

By Adigun Olayemi

The Nigerian government has directed Schools to resume on the 4th of August and the WASSCE will commence on the 17th of August.
This was made known in a statement from the office of the Federal Ministry of Education, that secondary schools for exit  classes will reopen from August 4th while West African Examinations (WAEC) will commence on the 17th of August, 2020.

Former Nigeria International Dies After Fall From His Apartment In New York

Former Nigerian international, Musa Nosa Kadiri, has passed away at the age of 53 in New York.



Kadiri grew up playing soccer on the streets of his hometown, Benin City in Nigeria, where playing soccer served as both fun and distraction from daily life.


A source said Kadiri, ex- Flying Eagles star, went into a coma after falling from his apartment which caused bleeding in the brain.


A statement says his funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 30, at 5:03 pm.

The source said, "I'm surprised because I saw him Saturday or Sunday. We were going over some business he wanted to be done, and he looked fine.

"He had lost a bit of weight due to being hospitalised two weeks earlier. But he was his usual self, talking politics and plans. So, a day or two later, he was unresponsive and on life support. It's hard to believe."




Source: Sahara Reporters

No Rape Allegation Evidence Against DBanj - Police

The Nigeria Police have cleared popular Nigerian singer and songwriter, D’banj, of the rape allegations leveled against him by a twitter user Seyitan Babatayo.
This was contained in a report signed by Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Umar Sanda, on behalf of Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigations Department, Force Headquarters, and obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Saturday.

It would be recalled that the allegation led to strong social and media controversy with several declarations of the innocence of the singer by his fans and admirers coming up against those who believed Babatayo was telling the truth.

D’banj had claimed that there was no truth in the allegation and blamed it on the handiwork of his enemies who he alleged were out to destroy his hard earned reputation.

The musician subsequently instituted a N1.5 Billion defamation lawsuit against Ms Babatayo in spite of the support she got from prominent women rights group.

However, th…

NPOWER Application Extended By 2 Weeks

THE federal government has extended the N-POWER Batch C online application by two weeks.
This was as it disclosed that it has received over five million applications so far.

The online application process, which began on Friday, June 26, 2020, was to have ended Sunday, July 26, 2020.

The extension, according to a statement by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, through its Deputy Director of Press, Rhoda Iliya,” is to afford everyone an opportunity to register online and take into cognizance difficulties some people might encounter in gaining access to the registration portal which has seen a record number of over 5 million applications.”

“The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development state that the extension has become necessary to provide an equitable and level playing field to all eligible applicants,” it added.

Source: Vanguard News

Stop BB NAIJA, Information Minister Tells NBC

Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, has asked the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to take Big Brother Naija (BBN) off the air.
The reality show, which entered its fifth season on July 20, is one of the most watched programmes on cable TV in Nigeria.

On Wednesday, Armstrong Idachaba, acting director-general of the NBC, told senior management members that he had been directed by the minister to shut down the show, TheCable learnt.

The commission was to use fears of spread of COVID-19 as the reason, citing directives from the presidential task force (PTF), insiders said.

Mohammed reportedly wanted the letter shutting down the show to come from the NBC because of the general opinion that he is bent on sending MultiChoice Ltd, producers of the show, out of Nigeria.

He is believed to have launched political moves against MultiChoice in order to pave the way for his main consultant to make a return to Pay TV after previously failing.

Source: Cable News

Former Speaker, Dogara, Defects To APC

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, is said to have officially decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The acting Chairman of the party, Mai Mala Buni, who is also the Governor of Yobe State, disclosed this to Channels Television on Friday, after he and Dogara met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the villa.

He said the president has welcomed Mr Dogara into the fold as well as other former aggrieved members of the party.

According to Mr Buni the reasons why Dogara left the APC do not exist anymore and this visit to President Buhari is in continuation of efforts to rebuild the party.

The former Speaker said he would address the press on a later date.



Borno Residents Reject Re-Integration Of B/Haram Fighters

Some residents in Borno state are kicking against the reintegration of repentant Boko Haram members into the communities.

The military had in 2016 launched Operation Safe Corridor, an initiative for the deradicalisation and rehabilitation of ex-Boko Haram members.

The aim of the operation, the military had also said, is to reintegrate repentant Boko Haram members  into society.

In July, 602 ex-Boko Haram members were said to have completed a de-radicalisation, rehabilitation and reintegration (DRR) programme.

But residents said the idea would be a difficult one to accept.

“From day one, Maiduguri people have never liked the idea of reintegrating the terrorists back to the community,” one of the residents said.

“The reason is simple. It means they are likely to come in contact with people who slaughtered members of their family and friends in their presence and they are expected not to think about it?

“They are expected to agree for these people to be with them in society? How do you …

US Navy honours Nigerian officer for accountability

The United States Navy has awarded a Nigerian officer, Lt Victor Agunbiade, its medal of commendation for his meritorious service.

The U.S Navy said Agunbiade effectively managed its largest cash disbursing office handling 45 million dollars (N17billion) in cash transaction.

This, it said, accounted for around 70 per cent of its overseas disbursing volume.

According to the award citation, Agunbiade earned the honour while serving as cash Disbursing Officer at the navy’s Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, between October, 2019, and July.

“Additionally, he managed 100 per cent accountability of 23 million dollars (N8.7 billion) across six rigorous inspections and independent audits with zero discrepancies.
2018, he was named the Navy’s 2018 Officer Recruiter of the Year, alongside 17 others, and honored at the annual Recruiter of the Year ceremony in Washington D.C.


Source: Vanguard News