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Monday, February 28, 2022

FIFA and UEFA ban Russian national football teams and professional clubs from competition

Russian national football teams and club teams have been suspended from competition until further notice by global football governing body FIFA and European football governing body UEFA. 

“Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with all the people affected in Ukraine,” the joint statement said on Monday. “Both (FIFA and UEFA) Presidents hope that the situation in Ukraine will improve significantly and rapidly so that football can again be a vector for unity and peace amongst people."

Shortly after this joint announcement, UEFA said it has ended its partnership with the Russian state-owned energy company, Gazprom, across all competitions, effective immediately.

UEFA made the announcement on Monday, saying, "The decision covers all existing agreements including the UEFA Champions League, UEFA national team competitions and UEFA EURO 2024."


Friday, February 25, 2022

Russia stripped of Champions League final by Uefa

Uefa has confirmed that May’s Champions League final has been moved from St Petersburg to Paris in response to Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine.

European football’s governing body made the announcement after an extraordinary meeting of its executive committee on Friday. The game was scheduled to take place at the Gazprom Arena in Russia’s second-largest city on 28 May but will now be held at the Stade de France.

Uefa has also said that Ukraine’s and Russia’s national and club teams would play home games at neutral venues “until further notice” in its tournaments. Ukraine’s Football Association had pressed Uefa and Fifa to remove Russia and its club sides from all international competition.

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Peter Okoye (Mr P) Dragged To Court Over 2.8 Million Fraud

West Africa Youth Support Development Forum And ECOWAS Youth Council have dragged popular Nigerian Singer, Peter Okoye to court over N2.8 million fraud.

The groups said Peter Okoye defrauded them of 2.8million naira, that's 70% down payment of 4million to come and perform at the inauguration of the West Africa Champions League in Asaba, Delta State which he didn't show up.

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Truck involved in Ogun accident not our own - Dangote

Our attention has been drawn to some online media reports that a truck conveying petroleum product, which was involved in a fatal crash that claimed several lives, belongs to Dangote Flour. 

The truck bearing the logo of Dangote Flour was said to have been involved in an accident in Ogun State.

However, contrary to a report by the Federal Road Safety Commission, the said truck does not belong to the Dangote Group.

It should be noted that Olam International Ltd, makers of Crown Flour products, acquired Dangote Flour in 2019 in a widely publicized deal. The company now fully belongs to Olam.

The loss of lives in this instance is regrettable and saddening. The public is advised to take note of this clarification.


Friday, February 18, 2022

Sprinter Blessing Okagbare banned for 10 years for doping

Blessing Okagbare has been banned for 10 years for doping, the Athletics Integrity Unit announced on Friday. 

The 33-year-old, who is also a sprinter, was expelled from the Tokyo Olympics last year before the women’s 100m semi-finals after testing positive for human growth hormone at an out-of-competition test in Slovakia on July 19. 

Monday, February 14, 2022

Abba Kyari declared wanted for cocaine trafficking allegation by NDLEA

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has declared the suspended Commander of Intelligence Response Team (IRT) at the Force Intelligence Bureau of the Nigerian Police Force, DCP Abba Kyari wanted over his involvement in a 25kilograms Cocaine deal.

The anti-narcotic agency declared Kyari wanted at a press briefing addressed by its Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi at its National Headquarters in Abuja on Monday 14th February 2022. 

The agency's text reads:  There is no better way to start this press briefing than to remind us about the enormity of the drug problem Nigeria has on its hand and the imperative of all well-meaning Nigerians to play a positive role in curbing the illicit drug menace.

Friday, February 11, 2022

FirstBank Felicitates With Junior Achievement Nigeria On Nobel Peace Prize Nomination

In recognition of the giant strides and efforts by Junior Achievement Worldwide – the parent body of Junior Achievement Nigeria and other Junior Achievement across 119 countries – in equipping young people to solve societal issues, whilst building an entrepreneurship mindset, Junior Achievement World Wide –– has been nominated for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize.


Asheesh Advani, CEO of JA Worldwide, shared his perspective in response to the nomination: “Peace is only possible when youth in all countries and regions have economic empowerment. JA Worldwide is honored to receive this nomination and will continue our work to enable all young people to have the skills and mindset to build thriving communities. Our primary hope for solving the world’s most complex problems rests in the young people of today who will be the leaders of tomorrow.”

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Oyo State Government shuts IBEDC offices for disconnecting power supply to Gov’s Office

The Management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Plc has accused the Oyo State Government of illegally sealing off its offices in Ibadan following the disconnection of electricity supply to the State Secretariat which also houses the Governor’s Office.

The electricity distribution company said the state owes the company the sum of  N450 million which triggered disconnection of supply of power to the State Secretariat. 

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

First Bank Rewards Customers In Its Visa Gold Cashback Campaign

In furtherance of its appreciation of customers, whilst promoting the adoption of mobile payment solutions in the country, FirstBank is rewarding holders and customers of its branded Visa Gold card in its ongoing Visa Gold card. The promo which will have over 300 Visa Gold cardholders rewarded during the promo is scheduled to end on 25 March 2022.


Each month, the first 50 customers with an average transaction value below $150 in the last 6 months will be rewarded with 10% cashback on transactions carried out on POS and across the web. To qualify to be rewarded, the card must be used at least 3 times monthly on POS/Web (within the campaign period) with a minimum cumulative spend of $300. The maximum transaction value for purchase cashback is $500.


Thursday, February 3, 2022

Dangote receives CILT Champion Award, pledges collaboration with Institute

President/CE, Dangote Industries Limited and Africa's wealthiest man, Aliko Dangote yesterday received the prestigious award of the ‘Champion of CILT’ in recognition of his personal and the group’s contributions and support in areas of transport, logistics and supply chain management in Nigeria and Africa.


The award was bestowed on him by the National President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Mrs. Mfon Ekong Usoro, during an official visit by executive members of the Institute and its Women in Logistics and Transports (WILAT) branch to Dangote at the Head Office of the Dangote Group in Ikoyi, Lagos, State.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

'This is not the Church of God,' man yells at pope

A man interrupted Pope Francis' general audience at the Vatican on Wednesday (February 2), shouting "This is not the Church of God" in English and waving a medical mask he had removed from his face before being taken away by police, a Reuters witness said.

The man, who was also heard shouting the word "mask," was sitting alone in the back of the audience hall, away from the section where most of the people were seated.

The man, who appeared to be in his late 40s or early 50s, held up a black medical mask in his left hand as he shouted.

The pope heard the shouting but it was not clear if he understood what the man was saying. After the man was taken away by Vatican police, the pope asked those in the audience hall to join him in saying a prayer for the man.

"A few minutes ago we heard a man who was screaming, shouting, who had some kind of problem, I don't know if it is physical, psychological or spiritual but he is a brother of ours who has a problem," Francis said.

"I would like to end by praying for him, for our brother who is suffering, poor man, because if he was shouting, it is because he is suffering. There is something that he needs. Let's not be deaf to the needs of this brother. Let us pray together to the Madonna for him," he said.