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Sports / Guardiola Names Iheanacho In Man City Pre-season Squad by johneewalker: This week on Tue at 01:59pm
Nigeria international Kelechi Iheanacho has been named in Manchester City’s pre-season squad for the tour of Germany and China.

Pep Guardiola named a 32-man squad, which is reportedly subject to change due to visa applications, with the 19-year-old initially reported to have been omitted from the provisional tour squad.

The teenager joins the likes of Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Joe Hart and Vincent Kompany in Guardiola’s star-studded side for the games against Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United respectively.

The citizens blocked the Super Eagles’ attempts to include Iheanacho in their Olympic squad, with Guardiola insisting on the striker joining him for pre-season, rather than taking part in the international sporting event in Rio De Janiero in August.

The tour offers the striker the opportunity to show Guardiola his mettle and establish himself within the City hierarchy.

The full 32-man Manchester City squad traveling to Germany and China is as follows:

Joe Hart, Willy Caballero, Angus Gunn, Billy O’Brien, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Fernando Reges, Raheem Sterling, Samir Nasri, Nolito, Sergio Aguero, Aleksandar Kolarov, Wilfried Bony, Jesus Navas, Fabian Delph, David Silva, Gael Clichy, Fernandinho, Jason Denayer, Nicolas Otamendi, Bruno Zuculini, Yaya Toure, Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Zinchenko, Pablo Maffeo, Tosin Adarabioyo, Bersant Celina, James Horsfield, Brandon Barker, Sinan Bytyqi, Angelino Tasende, Aleix Garcia, Manu Garcia, Cameron Humphreys.

Politics / Pay Salaries, Pension Before Sallah, Union Urges Fg by johneewalker: This week on Tue at 01:56pm
The Nigeria Union of Pensioners, on Tuesday urged Federal and state governments to pay pension and workers salaries before the Sallah festival.

The union said in statement issued in Abuja by its General Secretary, Mr Actor Zal that the gesture would ease current hardship and allow pensioners and workers celebrate the event without hassle.

It particularly noted that most pensioners depend solely on their paltry pensions to meet their financial obligations.

The union lauded the Acting President Yemi Oshibajo for the recent release of funds for their payment, and urged for similar release of their pension for June.

It stressed that state governments should also make prompt payment of pensions and salaries a priority especially during festivals.

The union said that pensioners and workers have spent their little savings observing the Ramadan fast and have little or nothing left to celebrate the Sallah.

“We believe that this is a listening government and we are sure the government will accede to our request so that our people can have cause to smile during the celebration,” it added..


Events / 10 Killed In Mogadishu Minibus Attack by johneewalker: This week on Tue at 01:55pm
At least 10 people were killed when Shabaab Islamists drove an explosives-laden minibus into local government offices in the Somali capital Mogadishu, on Tuesday, according to the security ministry.

he minibus was rammed through a security barrier outside offices in the southern district of Wadajir, injuring nine people including the district’s top government official.

“More than 10 people died in the blast which was carried out by the Shabaab group and nine others are wounded,” said security ministry spokesman Ahmed Mohamud Mohamed.

Most of the dead were civilians, he said.

“Security guards tried to stop (the minibus) but it managed to get in and the vehicle blew up,” a local security official called Omar Adan told AFP.

Another security official, Abdi Jilibey, said that more than 18 people were injured and some of the bodies were so badly burnt as to be unrecognisable.

The attack was claimed by Al-Qaeda linked Shabaab militants in a statement carried by the SITE intelligence agency.

On Thursday, at least 18 people were killed when six Shabaab militants launched an assault on two neighbouring restaurants in Mogadishu.

The Shabaab group, which wants to impose a Taliban-style rule on Somalia, has been fighting for the last decade to overthrow successive internationally-backed governments in Mogadishu.

It has also launched attacks in Kenya and Uganda, both contributors to a 22,000-strong African Union force in the country.

Although pushed out of the capital in 2011, the group still controls parts of the countryside, where a drought threatens to tip into famine this year.


Business / Etisalat Nigeria Loan Restructuring Talks Fail As Lenders Step In by johneewalker: This week on Tue at 01:32pm
Etisalat has been instructed to transfer its 45 percent stake in Etisalat Nigeria to a loan trustee after debt restructuring talks with lenders failed, the Abu Dhabi telecoms company said on Tuesday.

Etisalat Nigeria had been in talks with Nigerian banks to restructure a $1.2 billion loan after missing repayments but those discussions failed to produce an agreement on restructuring the debt, Etisalat said in a statement.

Nigeria's financial system, hobbled by lower oil prices and economic recession, has suffered shortages in dollars, making it difficult for companies to make the loan repayments.
Etisalat said its had been notified to transfer its stake by June 23. It said the stake had a carrying value of zero on its books.
An Etisalat Nigeria spokesman said the company was still in discussions with lenders to find a "non-disruptive" solution.

Etisalat said its financial exposure to Etisalat Nigeria was related to operational services worth 191 million UAE dirhams ($52 million) and that discussions were ongoing with lenders regarding the use of the Etisalat brand. ($1 = 3.6729 UAE dirham)


Webmasters / Re: Please I Need Help In Installing Nairaland Script by Admin: This week on Tue at 01:22pm
Its not the same as yours that is blank thats what am using but i customised my own to my taste.
Search for nairaland.sql file online

Webmasters / Re: Please I Need Help In Installing Nairaland Script by victor44843: This week on Tue at 10:11am
It's still the same thing besides i can't find the sql file

Foreign Affairs / Gunmen Kill Five At A Tourist Resort In Mali by Kingvictor: This week on Tue at 09:55am
The EU said a Portuguese soldier and a Malian woman who worked for the bloc's mission in Mali were among the dead.
A Malian soldier and two other civilians, one Chinese and the other Gabonese, were also killed.
An al-Qaeda-linked group said it carried out the attack near the capital Bamako. Mali has been fighting a jihadist insurgency for years.
Islamist fighters are roaming the West African country's north and centre.
"It is a jihadist attack. Malian special forces intervened and hostages have been released," Mali Security Minister Salif Traore told AFP news agency after Sunday's attack.
Four assailants were killed by security forces and four others were arrested, he said.
"We have recovered the bodies of two attackers who were killed," he said, adding that they were searching for the bodies of two others.
One of them left behind a machine gun and bottles filled with "explosive substances", he said.
The ministry said another two people had been injured.
A security ministry spokesman told Reuters news agency that 32 guests had been rescued from the Le Campement Kangaba resort, east of Bamako.
Malian special forces intervened, backed by UN soldiers and troops from a French counter-terrorism force.
Witness Boubacar Sangare was just outside the compound as the attack unfolded.
"Westerners were fleeing the encampment while two plainclothes police exchanged fire with the assailants," he said.
"There were four national police vehicles and French soldiers in armoured vehicles on the scene."
He added that a helicopter was circling overhead.
The European Union training mission in Mali, EUTM Mali, tweeted that it was aware of the attack and was supporting Malian security forces and assessing the situation.
Earlier this month, the US embassy had warned of "possible future attacks on Western diplomatic missions, other locations in Bamako that Westerners frequent".
BBC correspondent Alex Duval Smith says many expats and wealthy Malians go to Kangaba at weekends, to enjoy the pools, cocktail bar, canoeing facilities and activities for children.
A spokesman for the Portuguese armed forces, Helder Antonio da Silva Perdigao, said that the location is used by soldiers in the EUTM Mali as a place to relax between operations.
He added that soldiers from several countries were there at the time of the attack.
The Portuguese soldier who died was part of the EUTM Mali, he said.
In November 2015, at least 20 people were killed when gunmen took guests and staff hostageat the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako.
Al-Qaeda's North African arm, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), said it was behind that siege.
Mali has been in a state of emergency since the Radisson Blu attack. It was extended for a further six months in April.
The country's security has gradually worsened since 2013, when French forces repelled allied Islamist and Tuareg rebel fighters who had seized control of much of the north.
French troops and a 10,000-strong force of UN peacekeepers have been battling to stabilise the former French colony.

Sports / Sure Football Predictions 20th June- Best Games For Tuesday by Kingvictor: This week on Tue at 09:16am
[1] Argentina
Primera B
19:30 UAI Urquiza – Barracas Central| Bet on under 1.5 goals in first half @ 1.30.
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.55.
[2] Argentina
Primera B Nacional
19:00 Guillermo Brown– Club Atletico Parana| Double chance Guillermo Brown to win/draw and No BTS in first half @ 1.25.
Guillermo Brown to play a clean sheet @ 1.65.
Guillermo Brown to win and No BTS @ 2.00.
[3] Argentina
Primera B Nacional
19:30 Club Atletico Los Andes– Gimnasia Jujuy| Bet on Club Atletico Los Andes draw no bet @ 1.30.
Under 1.5 goals in first half @ 1.25.
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.45.
Double chance Club Atletico Los Andes to win/draw and under 2.5 goals @ 1.80.
Club Atletico Los Andes to play a clean sheet @ 1.90.
[4] Argentina
Primera B Nacional
23:30 Central Cordoba Sde – Crucero del Norte| Bet on under 1.5 goals in first half @ 1.25.
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.40.
[5] Australia
Brisbane Premier League
10:30 Peninsula Power FC– Logan Lightning| Bet on BTS @ 1.25.
Logan Lightning draw no bet @ 2.60.
[6] Belarus
Vysshaya League
16:00 FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk– FC Naftan| Bet on FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk to win and No BTS @ 1.70.
FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk to play a clean sheet @ 1.65.
Under 1.5 goals in first half @ 1.70.
First half result= 0:0 @ 4.00.
Half time / Full time = x/1 @ 5.00.
[7] Belarus
Vysshaya League
17:00 FC BATE Borisov – Torpedo-Belaz| Bet on under 1.5 goals in first half @ 1.45.
[8] Belarus
Vysshaya League
17:30 FC Minsk – FC Gorodeya| Bet on under 1.5 goals in first half @ 1.30.
Under 3.5 goals @ 1.20.
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.55.
[9] Lithuania
A Liga
18:00 Stumbras Kaunas – FK Spyris Kaunas| Bet on Stumbras Kaunas draw no bet @ 1.35.
[10] Lithuania
A Liga
16:00 Lietava Jonava –Vmfd Zalgiris| Bet on Vmfd Zalgiris to win @ 1.20.
[11] Norway
1. Division
18:00 Fredrikstad FK – Kongsvinger IL| Bet on Kongsvinger IL draw no bet @ 2.10.
[12] Norway
2nd Division, avd 1
16:30 Valerenga IF 2– Finnsnes IL| Bet on over 0.5 goals in first half @ 1.25.
Both team to score @ 1.40.
Both team to score and over 2.5 goals @ 1.60.
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.45.
[13] Uzbekistan
14:00 FK Qoqon 1912– Sogdiyona Jizzax| Double chance any team to win [12] @ 1.08.
Bet on Both team to score @ 2.50.
Both team to score and over 2.5 goals @ 3.10.
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.80.
[14] Uzbekistan
15:00 FC Bukhara – FC Bunyodkor| Bet on FC Bunyodkor draw no bet @ 2.05.
[15] Uzbekistan
15:00 PFK Lokomotiv Tashkent– PFK Dinamo Samarkand| Bet on PFK Lokomotiv Tashkent to win @ 1.12.
Half time result? “Draw” @ 2.60.
Half time / Full time = x/1 @ 4.00.
[16] Uzbekistan
15:00 PFC Shurtan– Obod Tashkent| Bet on PFC Shurtan to win @ 1.25.

Webmasters / Re: Please I Need Help In Installing Nairaland Script by Admin: This week on Tue at 07:01am
Google for 'nairaland script re modify' you would see it

Webmasters / Re: Admin I Need Your Help by victor44843: This week on Tue at 06:45am
I just visited your site now :o
No css , no image, no visitors, no post . . chai!!.!
BTW if you need help kindly reply back or inbox, i go help you do am for free.

Webmasters / Please I Need Help In Installing Nairaland Script by victor44843: This week on Mon at 08:14pm
Please someone should guide me , i want to install Nairaland script on my site and my index page displays blank! although i'm not used to installing scripts, i'm only good in coding.

Please i need a guide and also share a link to download another nairaland script , maybe the one i uploaded is not a good one.

Celebrities / Katy Perry Is First To Reach 100m Twitter Followers by johneewalker: This week on Mon at 02:38pm
Katy Perry has become the first person to reach 100m followers on Twitter.
The website posted a video compilation of her tweets since she joined in 2009 along with a message saying: "Today, we #WITNESS history."

Witness is the name of Perry's new album, which was released last week to mixed reactions.

Justin Bieber has the second highest number of followers at 96.7m, while Barack Obama took third place with almost 91m.

According to the website Twitter Counter, others in the top 100 are mostly pop artists, sports stars, media personalities and politicians.

US president Donald Trump is the most-followed current leader, in 33rd place with 32.4m followers.

The top five most-followed Twitter accounts are:

@katyperry 100m followers

@justinbieber 96.7m followers

@BarackObama 90.8m followers

@taylorswift13 85.1m followers

@rihanna 74.1m followers

However it has already been pointed out that many of these followers could actually be fake.


Events / Celebrated Matador Dies After Being Gored In Bullfight by johneewalker: This week on Mon at 02:31pm

A famous Spanish matador has died after being gored by a bull in the ring.
Ivan Fandiño tripped on his cape during a routine at the Corrida des Fetes in southwestern Aire-sur-l’Adour in France.

The 36-year-old, originally from Orduña in the Basque Country, had been a professional matador for 12 years, and won a number of awards.

He was rushed out of the arena and although a doctor performed an emergency procedure in the bullring’s surgery, he was pronounced dead upon arriving at hospital.
Juan del Alamo, the matador who killed the bull which gored Mr Fandiño, told cameras at the scene: “I have no words; I can’t believe it.

“He was in a lot of pain from the goring, but nobody expected it to end up like this. None of us understand how it could have happened; it was all so fast. The bull knocked him down with its hindquarters and he fell face down.”


Webmasters / 6 Reasons To Focus On Content Marketing And Improve Your Google Ranking by akinyemi: This week on Mon at 11:18am
6 Reasons to Focus on Content Marketing and Improve your Google Ranking

This article was written by Yael Warman, the Content Manager at Leverage.

In the olden days of brick-and-mortar businesses, the three most important factors determining a business’ success were location, location, location. In today’s digital world, not much has changed in that regard; the three factors remain location, location, location (on the Google results page, of course). Being found online when a user types in a keyword in a search engine can determine the success or failure of your company.
Having a top ranking site on Google can bring your company tremendous benefits, including:

a . More than 90% of buying decisions begin online. Having your website rank at the top of search engine results will provide your brand visibility.

b. Top positioned sites get more traffic: In fact, research shows that the first 10 results on Google, which make up page one of the search results, receive close to 90% of all click-through traffic.
Increasing your ranking will not only bring you more traffic, but it will bring your business more authenticity and trust.

Having a top search engine ranking position (SERP) will help your company reduce inbound marketing and advertising costs effectively and impact your social media marketing.

If you’ve got to page 1, congrats! You’ve done a great job, but that doesn’t mean you get to rest on your laurels. Maintaining your top ranking status is just as difficult as making it there. This is where content marketing comes into play. ‘Content is king’ has become somewhat cliché, but only because it is true. Marketers around the world and across almost every industry have embraced content as a way to improve branding, loyalty, web traffic and lead generation.

But that is not all – content marketing can do wonders for your company and you should be focusing on it to grow your brand. Here are the top 10 reasons why you should focus on content marketing:
Search Engine Optimization

The more unique, well-written, engaging, socially shared and buzz-worthy your content is, the higher your ranking will be.

1. Build trust: A recent study by Nielsen revealed that 90% of consumers trust brand recommendations from friends and users online.
Content marketing has been categorized as some form of word of mouth, so putting your brand in front of your audience in a way that THEY value can help you showcase your expertise and become an authority on a subject.

In financial trading, where clients are giving your company their hard-earned money, building trust is particularly critical. Show your audience that you care by providing them with information that will help them in their trading career. Educational materials in the form of videos, white papers and blog posts will help you build loyalty and lengthen a client’s lifetime value.

2. Branding: Branding is one of the top KPIs set for content marketing.
Simply put, the more content you put out there, the more recognition your brand will get. Producing useful, original and quality content is one of the best ways in which your business can position itself as a category leader, and promote and reinforce its brand.

With most FX brokerages having virtually the same offerings in terms of platforms, compensation structures, bonuses and such, content can be that added value to help position your brand and differentiate yourself from the bunch.

3. Increase web traffic: Content marketing is a key ingredient in gaining organic traffic to your website.
The content you produce gets indexed by the search engines, which turns into greater chances of getting organic traffic, so the more content you produce, the higher your organic traffic will be and because organic traffic is earned, not paid, you will keep reaping the benefits as long as you keep producing good content.
Aside from your self-generated organic web traffic, if you produce valuable content, other website owners may find it valuable enough to share with their audience, which will boost your web traffic even more.

Inbound links from sites belonging to influential people, such as bloggers and industry experts, will convey to users that you are an expert in your field and will let search engines know that your site is qualitative.

4. Social distribution: Your content marketing pieces are great material to distribute through your social media channels.

Update your social media presence with your content by creating posts, tweets, snaps, pins, etc that can be shared by your audience with their friends, family and colleagues, helping your content reach a wider audience and in some lucky instances, become viral.

But don’t stop at just posting. Today’s marketing is not a one-way street. Listening to your audience and engaging in real-time interactions can help you build your brand and obtain valuable insight into the way your customers think and act, giving you key information about the best ways in which you should be communicating with them.

5. Engage: Great content that is designed to help, entertain and inspire your audience will keep readers engaged and coming back for more.

Every time a user comes back to your website, your social media page, reads your newsletter, etc, is a chance for them to be exposed to your brand and an opportunity for them to buy your products or services.

6.Great ROI Pairing great content with the correct calls-to-action will improve your company’s conversion process.

Content has proved to be so effective that some researchers have made claims as bold as the fact that content marketing produces 3 times more leads for every dollar spent than SEM. Even if half of the numbers in that statement are true, content still gives other pieces of the marketing mix a good run for their money.
Your investment in developing content does not only prove worth it as soon as you develop and publish a certain piece, but it continues to be relevant for a long time since good content stays. Moreover, if you create great content, other media outlets and influencers may decide to mention it and share it, thus exponentially increasing your reach, producing thousands of dollars’ worth of ‘free’ brand exposure.
Influence decision making

Studies show that over 92% of the purchasing process today happens before the client even talks to anyone at your company, so providing customers with information that can help them make a decision in favor of your brand is important.

As customers begin their research process, they’ll talk to friends, read reviews, visit forums and ask on social media about your products and services. Give them the opportunity to come across your content, let them find value in it, so by the time they contact your company, they have already been convinced to buy from you.

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Sports / Sure Football Predictions 19th June- Best Games For Monday by Kingvictor: This week on Mon at 10:41am
[1] Argentina
Primera B
19:30 Villa San Carlos– Club Atletico Fenix| Bet on under 1.5 goals in first half @ 1.25.
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.45.
Villa San Carlos draw no bet @ 1.60.
Double chance Villa San Carlos to win/draw and under 2.5 goals @ 2.00.
Full time draw @ 3.00.
[2] Estonia
16:00 FC Infonet– Narva JK Trans| Bet on FC Infonet to win and over 1.5 goals @ 1.35.
FC Infonet to win and over 2.5 goals @ 1.60.
Half time / Full time = 1/1 @ 1.75.
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.40.
[3] Estonia
17:00 JK Sillamae Kalev– Tallinna FC Levadia| Double chance Tallinna FC Levadia to win/draw and over 2.5 goals @ 1.25.
Both team to score? “Yes” @ 1.85.
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.22.
[4] Estonia
18:00 FC Flora Tallinn – JK Nomme Kalju| Both team to score @ 1.80.
[5] Iceland
20:15 IA Akranes – Fjolnir Reykjavik| Over 0.5 goals in first half @ 1.25.
[6] Argentina
Primera B
19:30 Deportivo Espanol – CA Platense| Bet on Deportivo Espanol draw no bet @ 1.60.
[7] Iceland
20:15 FH Hafnarfjordur– Vikingur Reykjavik| Both team to score? “Yes” @ 1.55.
Both team to score and over 2.5 goals @ 1.85.
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.55.
Double chance FH Hafnarfjordur to win/draw and over 2.5 goals @ 2.00.
[8] Iceland
20:15 Vikingur Olafsvik –Stjarnan Gardabae| Bet on Stjarnan Gardabae to win @ 1.50.
Stjarnan Gardabae to win and over 2.5 goals @ 2.00.
[9] Iceland
21:00 KR Reykjavik – Breidablik Kopavogur| Bet on BTS @ 1.55.
[10] Indonesia
Indonesia Super League
14:30 PSM Makassar – Pusamania Borneo| Bet on PSM Makassar to win @ 1.30.
Half time / Full time = 1/1 @ 1.90.
PSM Makassar to win and over 2.5 goals @ 1.80.
[11] Indonesia
Indonesia Super League
13:30 Persiba Balikpapan– Bhayangkara Sur…| Double chance any team to win[12] @ 1.25.
[12] Norway
18:00 SK Brann – Stabaek Fotball| Bet on BTS @ 1.75.
[13] International
FIFA Confederations Cup
17:00 Australia - Germany | Bet on Germany To Win and over 1.5. Bet on over 2.5.
Correct Score 1:3

Events / Death Toll In Portugal Wildfire Rises To 62 by johneewalker: This week on Mon at 09:14am

The death toll from a raging wildfire in Portugal has reached 62, with some victims burned to death in their cars as they tried to flee, officials said.

At least 59 people were injured in the blaze Saturday, including four firefighters and a child. Some were hospitalized in serious condition Sunday, CNN says its affiliate TVI reported.

Some victims got stuck in their cars and on the side of the road in what officials described as the "greatest wildfire tragedy of recent years."

The blaze spread Saturday onto Pedrogao Grande town, forcing residents to try and leave the town to escape towering flames.

"Many cars could not get out and people burned to death inside their cars," Interior Minister official Jorge Gomes told the affiliate.

Firefighters are still fighting the flames Sunday.

The municipality's president, Valdemar Alves, said there were areas "completely surrounded" by the blaze and not enough firefighters to battle the flames.

"The violence of this fire was such that I am certain many people have died," Alves told TVI. "I am shocked with this death toll."

Authorities said the number of victims may rise as firefighters inspect the villages affected.

Portugal's president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, offered a word of comfort to those still battling the fires and said that "all that could be done was done."

European countries are coming together to assist Portugal. France and Spain have sent planes to help mitigate the blaze, the European Commission said.

"We express our condolences to those that have lost loved ones," said Christos Stylianides of the European Commission. "The EU is fully ready to help. All will be done to assist the authorities and people of Portugal at this time of need."

"Overwhelmed by the tragedy of Pedrogao Grande. The Portuguese people have our solidarity, support and affection," Spain President Mariano Rajoy Brey wrote on Twitter.

Pope Francis prayed for the victims during his weekly prayer on Sunday.

"I express my closeness with the dear Portuguese people for the devastating fire that is affecting the forests around Pedrogao Grande, causing many deaths and injuries. We pray in silence," the Pope said.

Britain issued a travel warning for its citizens warning them of the fires in Portugal and urging them to be careful while visiting or driving through woodland areas.

"Around 2.6 million British nationals visited Portugal in 2015. Most visits are trouble-free," the British Foreign and Commonwealth office said in a statement.

On Friday, Portugal's National Authority for Public Safety issued wildfire alerts due to high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds.

Last year, thousands of firefighters battled at at least 12 huge fires across the country.

Three people were killed and over 1,000 evacuated in the Portuguese island of Madeira due to the fierce wildfires a year ago.

Pedrogao Grande is about 120 miles north of Lisbon.


Politics / Many Killed, Houses Burnt In Attacks On Taraba Villages by johneewalker: This week on Mon at 09:11am
Many people were feared killed and about 120 houses set ablaze in simultaneous attacks carried out on Fulani settlements in Sardauna Local Government Area of Taraba State early yesterday.

Daily Trust gathered that several cows were also killed by the attackers who invaded several villages and settlements.

A resident of one of the affected villages, Malam Bello Haruna, said several Mambilla youths led by militiamen invaded his village and shot several persons.

He said the attackers also set ablaze all the houses in the village and killed many cows, adding that he managed to escape along with his two children and wife.

“The attack was unprovoked as we did not have any dispute with them,” Haruna said.

Another source, Malam Ibrahim Dauda from Ngouroge town, told our reporter in a telephone interview that the militiamen attempted to launch an attack on Ngouroge town on Saturday but timely arrival of a detachment of soldiers saved the situation.

Dauda explained that dusk to dawn curfew was enforced in the town by the soldiers but the militiamen launched attacks on surrounding villages and settlements early yesterday.

The state Police Commissioner Mr Yunana Babas could not be reached for comment as he was said to have led a team of mobile police to the area.

The state Public Relations officer, DSP David Misel, said in a text message to our reporter that he could not yet confirm if any life was lost, but that intervention by the police had brought the situation under control.


Politics / Nnpc Reduces Diesel Price To N175 by johneewalker: This week on Mon at 08:48am

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it has successfully reduced the price of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), also known as Diesel, by 42% nationwide.

NNPC made this known in a statement released on Sunday signed by Ndu Ughamadu, group general manager, group public affairs division of the corporation.

NNPC said the reduction prices, which is the aftermath of key strategic interventions, saw prices fall to N175-N200 from N300.

“It would be recalled that in the first quarter 2017, retail prices of AGO, which is one of the deregulated products, shot to an all-time high of N300/litre in major demand centres across the country.

“Such unpleasant situation placed a huge burden on truck drivers, who need the product for transporting their vehicles; the nation’s manufacturing sector, which requires it to run its operations as well as on the masses, who need it for household power generation.

“However, following strategic intervention efforts by the NNPC towards sustained improvement in the supply of the diesel, the product’s retail prices as at the end of May 2017 ranged from N175 to N200 across the country (a significant price drop of about 42%), while ex-depot prices also dropped to between N135 and N155.”

Ndu Ughamadu, NNPC spokesperson, said some of the interventions included improving the supply of AGO and remodelling of the product distribution to address sufficiency issues across the country.

“Since January this year, we have worked very hard with relevant stakeholders to improve distribution from refinery depots, by implementing a robust loading programme.”

According to the statement, the corporation resuscitated pipelines and depots in places such as Atlas Cove-Mosimi, Port-Harcourt refinery and Kaduna refinery.

NNPC also said it is making efforts to revamp and commission other pipelines across the country.

“Another key intervention that has enhanced supply and distribution of diesel was the corporation’s robust engagement with critical downstream stakeholders where salient issues were raised and duly addressed. These stakeholders include: Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) as well as Independent Petroleum Marketers,” the statement read.

“Furthermore, as a result of consistent positive engagement with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), NNPC equally extended the expansion of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) Foreign Exchange Intervention Scheme to accommodate diesel and aviation fuel.”

NNPC assured citizens that it would ensure steady supply and distribution of petroleum products.


Politics / Biafra Agitators, Arewa Youth Groups Violated The Nigeria Counstitution- Osinbajo by Kingvictor: This week on Mon at 06:04am
Nigeria Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has said the agitation for Biafra and the quit notice issued to the Igbo by northern groups are violations of the country’s constitution.
Osinbajo said this on Sunday during a consultation meeting with traditional rulers from the five south-east states.
The acting president said the actions and proclamations of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Arewa youth groups ran contrary to the indivisibility of Nigeria as stipulated in the constitution.
“As you are aware there has been agitation from some of our youths in the south-east urging secession, the creation of Biafra. In apparent response young people in the north states, under the aegis of Arewa youths have purportedly issued an ultimatum where they have said set a date for the eviction of persons from south-east region who live in the northern states,” he said.
“Those agitations, the manner of those agitations, the method and objective are wrong, unlawful and the violation of the laws of Nigeria and the constitution of Nigeria. I want to repeat that both the agitations for secession and the ultimatum to leave the northern states are wrong and a violation of our constitution.
“Our constitution says in Section Two that Nigeria is one indivisible and indissoluble sovereign state to be known by the name the federal republic of Nigeria.
“That is the law of our country. Let us not be in any doubt about the fact that the federal government is committed to ensuring that our country remains united.
“And that anyone who violates the law in the manner such as we are seeing all over the place will be met with the full force of the law.
“And the reason why it is so is because Nigeria’s unity enough blood has been spilled and many hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost. Many have paid for the unity of this country with their lives and it will be wrong of us as men and women of goodwill in this generation to toy with those sacrifices that have been made.
“This is why men of goodwill in our generation must not tolerate any tendency that drags us in the direction of yet another civil conflict.
“But we must be sensitive to the reasons why there are agitations by the various young men across the various zones of this country. Many have to do with perceived marginalization, some have argued safety in the different zones have been compromised. But I want to say the only way to make things right is to do things right. And it will be wrong of us to approach even our grievances by threatening to disobey the laws or by threatening the integrity of our nation.
“What the federal government is committed to do is by ensuring we listen to all the reasons, the various suggestions and the various agitations and the reasons for those agitations and to ensure that we do justice by all persons regardless of where you are from in this country. That is the commitment of federal government which I am able to make to you today.”

Politics / We Don’t Consider Nnamdi Kanu As A Leader Of Thought In The South- East Region- Presidency by Kingvictor: This week on Mon at 05:58am

The presidency has said it does not consider Nnamdi Kanu, arrowhead of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), as a leader of thought in the south-east region.
Babafemi Ojudu, special adviser to the president on political matters, gave this as the reason why Kanu was left out of the ongoing consultations of Acting President Yemi Osinbajo with leaders of the south-east.
“Well, the thing is that we were looking for leaders of the people, leaders of thought and we do not see him as a leader of thought in the east. May be opportunity will come at one time or the other for him to be engaged,” Ojodu said on Sunday.
“But so far, what we have done is to look at people who have influence in the communities, whether it is religious, whether it is traditional, whether it is political, social or governance. These are the people we brought in for discussion.”
Ojudu said the agitation for secession and calls for referendum being championed by IPOB were not up for discussions during the meeting.
“Nobody has tabled that in all the discussions we have had. Nobody, I can tell you. Ohanaeze came with a prepared document. They never talked about referendum. They never. They never even talked about secession,” he said.
“They made complaints about police harassment at road blocks. They made complaints about losing some key positions, not being appointed into security positions and all those kinds of things.
“And these are things that can easily be addressed. Nobody canvassed secession at those meetings, nobody canvassed referendum.”
The presidential aide further noted that the south-east leaders were in agreement with the federal government that Nigeria should remain as one.
He said the government will work towards addressing the problem of youth unemployment and frustration across the country.
“So, for us, and that was the conclusion that everybody came to in the consultations we have had that we should all agree that we can live together peacefully.
“We should address injustice where we find it and the government should be equitable in the distribution of resources across the country, find solution to youth unemployment and the frustration that is confronting most of the young people across this country.”

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