Abdulwaheed Usamah

Senegal gets Africans accolades after beating Poland 2-1

By SportDesk,

At Spartak Stadium in Moscow Senegalese football team was not short of support and with accolades that have not seized coming from Africa on Tuesday after it beat Poland 2-1, in spite of overwhelming crowd of Poles and other European supporters.

As gathered, an estimated 95 per cent of stadium crowd of 44,190 must have rooted for Poland during the Group H match, but the game favor the African side.

Many of them were Poles who came in across the borders, while many others were Russians and other Europeans who felt their affinities lay with Poland.

But Senegal were not alone as other Africans were in the crowd fervently praying and rooting for the West Africans, ostensibly because they wanted the Lions to win for Africa.

They had cause to smile and dance as Senegal had the match under control for most moments of the game.

Even, in the VIP stands of the stadium, Senegal had another segment of supporters.
Senegalese President, Macky Fall, was there with the country’s Ambassador to Russia, Abdousalam Diallo, alongside ambassadors of six other African countries to Russia.

They were ambassadors from Burkina Faso, The Gambia, Mali, Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.

Confederation of African Football (CAF) President, Ahmad Ahmad; FIFA Secretary-General, Fatma Samoura; former Senegal striker, Khalilou Fadiga and former Cote D’Ivorie Captain, Didier Drogba, were also on the stand and strengthened the support.

Egypt out of World Cup after Russian 3-1 defeat

By NewsDesk,

After Egypt World Cup first game defeat, the country’s football team failed to salvage its reputation as Africa’s football power house, falling 1-3 to hosts Russia, in its second game in Group A on Tuesday.

Despite that star striker Mohamed Salah scored a penalty at the 73rd minute, it was not enough to salvage the Pharaohs, as Russia romped home to victory at Saint Petersburg.

The loss made the Egyptians certain to be the first team to head home from the tournament, with no point so far.

Russia meanwhile are at the brink of qualifying for the knockout stage, having got the maximum six points in their two games.

Uruguay and Saudi Arabia, the other teams in the group will play on Wednesday. Uruguay already have three points off Egypt and would hope to extend their winning streak in the match against Saudi Arabia.

A three goal blitz in the space of 15 minutes early in the second half put the Russians firmly in command of the game in St. Petersburg before Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, who had a subdued game on his return from injury, struck from a penalty, awarded after a video review.

Should Uruguay (3 points) beat Saudi Arabia (0 points) on Wednesday, it will ensure the South Americans and the Russians go through to the round of 16 with a game to spare. A draw would also send the hosts through.

It is an unexpectedly positive situation for a Russian side that came into this tournament amidst scepticism and pessimism at home. After the two confident victories, with eight goals, the public appear to have taken the team to their hearts.

Far from being over-awed by the pressure on them to perform, there is a real look of confidence and at times swagger about Stanislav Cherchesov’s side, who beat Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening game.

Egypt, whose final group game is against the Saudis, have only the slimmest of chances of staying in the tournament although they will at least be hopeful of picking up a first win in what is their third World Cup.

Hector Cuper’s side looked confident given the return of their talisman Salah, but the forward was short of full sharpness and made little impact in what was a tight first half.

But just two minutes after the interval, Russia got their breakthrough and they never looked back.

Aleksandr Golovin’s cross was punched out by Egyptian keeper Mohamed El-Shenawy, only as far as Roman Zobnin whose low drive was heading wide until Ahmed Fathi’s outstretched leg turned the ball into his own net.

Remarkably, it was the fifth own goal of the tournament so far. The record amount for a World Cup is six in 1998.

If there was some good fortune to the opener, the Russians’ second was pure quality.

Alexander Samedov pushed the ball out wide to Mario Fernandes, the Brazilian born right back who had powered forward from deep to deliver a perfect pull-back into the path of Denis Cheryshev who slotted home his third goal of the tournament.

Two minutes later it was 3-0 via a route one play, as target man Artem Dzyuba chested down a long ball, bustled past Ali Gabr and drove home.

18 die after flood hit Ivory Coast

By NewsDesk, with Agency report, 

At least, 18 people were reported to have died after flood struck tropical lagoon-side of Abidjan, capital city of Ivory Coast, in the early hours of Tuesday.

After the incident, the country’s government confirmed that 18 people had died, in a provisional toll posted on its website. Another 115 people had been rescued and taken to shelters.

It added that the flood carried away cars, destroying homes and leaving hundreds stranded.

“I broke the ceiling and called my neighbour for help. He came to bring the children out of the roof,” said Kadidiatou Diallo, standing in the ruined bedroom of her home in the Palmeraie district.

Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa producer and Francophone West Africa’s largest economy, is in the middle of its rainy season and meteorologists have forecast heavy rains until late June.

Army arrests two suspected militias, recovers weapons in Benue

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The Nigerian Army has arrested two suspected members of a militia gang reported to be terrorising residents of Katsina-Ala and its environs in Benue state, the action of occurred after the army learnt of the members hideout.

However, the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, disclosed that the army acted on a tip-off and that it recovered a locally made gun, one pistol and several rounds of ammunition.

The Army spokesperson said that preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects are members of a notorious militia gang led by one Mr Gana, who is now at large.

Efforts are on to arrest other fleeing members of the gang.

He then called on members of the public to always report suspicious activities in their areas to law enforcement agencies.

Lagos domestic violence response team wraps up empowerment training for victims

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The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) has concluded its first empowerment training program for survivors desirous of accessing the department Trust Fund, the effort of which was initiated to encourage people in need of financial support.

However, the Coordinator, DSVRT, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, said that the training was in line with State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, mandate on ensuring survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence receive a holistic response and a new lease of life.

Through a statement issued on Tuesday by the office, she explained that from trends seen in cases handled so far, at least 70 per cent of survivors are afraid to walk out of an abusive relationship because they are financially dependent on the abuser, adding that the empowerment training program was therefore conceived to serve as a pathway to new beginnings for survivors and also rebuild their self-esteem.

She said the training was done in partnership with SME 100 Africa, a youth led organisation that inspires, empowers and equips young entrepreneurs and small and medium scale enterprises.

“Over a period of one month, participants were taken on different modules around the theme “Passion to Profit”. The modules include courses like Accessing my Passion, Developing a Vision, Matching my Skills with Visions, Goals Setting, Achieving your goals, Business & Professional Ethics, Assessing Demand & Market size, Estimating cost, Customer Segmentation and Effective Communication. They were also trained on Financial Resources: Sources of Capital, Money Management, Business Planning, Business Model canvass, Value Creation.

“Participants who are desirous of gaining employment were also trained. They were taken on the various topics like Navigating the Job Market, Employability skills, Problem solving, critical and creative thinking, Communication Skills, Emotional Intelligence, Teamwork, Effective Presentation Skills, Personal Communication and Intrapreneurship. They were also trained on Writing an effective CV/ Resume and How to Successfully Navigate Job Interviews,” Vivour-Adeniyi said.

The DSVRT Coordinator noted that at the end of the training, participants were given an opportunity to pitch their ideas to leading stakeholders in their respective industries.

“Most importantly, participants were assigned to mentors and given internship opportunities so as to further harness their skills and gain practical experience. There would also be opportunities for permanent job placements with support from Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, who are also actively involved in the empowerment programme,” she said.

Besides, Vivour-Adeniyi said successful participants would also receive a start up grant from the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Trust Fund for their respective businesses ideas, reiterating that it was another initiative of the State Government on taking practical steps in providing a support system for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Lagos State.

She also encouraged residents to continue to reach out to the office through text or phone call to report cases of rape, domestic violence and child abuse.

Lagos to walk against scourge, other diseases

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The Lagos State Government has disclosed that plan had been concluded to stage a 1000-man walk against scourge and raise awareness on its inherent danger especially among youths.

It said that the walk was to prove that the administration was leaving no stone upturned in its effort to dissuade youths who are prime victims of the practice.

The Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Agboola Dabiri, stated that the walk was necessary to prove health programs of the state and that campaign would adopt a tripod approach including events, engagements with stakeholders and awareness campaign, adding that it would be flagged off by a 1000 man symbolic walk against drug abuse in the State.

Speaking before journalists on Tuesday ahead of launch of a rigorous and renewed campaign under the acronym, Lagos State Kicks against Drug Abuse (LASKADA), Dabiri said that the walk, slate for June 21, would kicked off from Ikeja Bus Stop- under the bridge and would terminate at the Blue Roof, LTV, Agidingbi, where the official launch of LASKADA would take place.

He said participants at the walk will include students, members of voluntary organizations, sports men and women, members of Nongovernmental organisations, local government and youth representatives, local youth council representatives, faith based organisations, government functionaries, among others.

“What we want to do on Thursday is to launch this campaign and show that we are ready for war against all forms of drug abuse. Once we launch out, we are going to have series of activities on various platforms and we will employ every avenue to ensure that the campaign gets to the nook and cranny in the State,” he said.

Dabiri added that the campaign will also involve a stakeholders’ sensitization session to deliberate on the menace and proffer likely intervention to tackle the issue holistically.

“The stakeholders will include parents, youths, professional bodies include Pharmacists, NDLEA, psychiatrists, traditional medicine board, patent medicine sellers, NURTW, Tricycle and okada riders unions and a communiqué will be issued at the end of the session.

He said the campaign train will also move to primary, secondary and higher institutions as well as to the communities adding that it would be implemented in collaboration with the Lagos State Youth Ambassadors, Lagos State Youth Parliament and NGOs in their immediate community.

Besides, the Commissioner said that mosque, churches and faith based organization will be implored to dedicate a day to enlighten worshippers on drug abuse and canvass support for the fight against the menace.

“The youth group is the largest population in Nigeria, particularly in Lagos State and this segment is considered the most vulnerable group as far as drug and alcohol issues are concerned. Thus, their health and optimal development is critical to national development agenda and deserves significant attention. Drug abuse is real and we should not fold our arms and watch the scourge continue, partner with us and lets all say “No to Drug Abuse”, Dabiri said.

In a related development, Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode said women must use their strategic position as builders of the home-front to adequately fortify their children and wards with right virtuous to stem the tide of rape and teenage pregnancy in the society.

On her part, the State Governor’ wife, Bolanle Ambode, said that women have the responsibility to bring up their children in most decent ways and be good examples to them.

According to her, “We as women have a great role to play in combating the social evils of rape and teenage pregnancy. Our natural role as mothers and coordinators of the family unit, imposes responsibilities on us, to bring up the boy and the girl child in the most decent way, to stem the tide of rape and teenage pregnancy in our society.”

She indicated that young girls who suffer abuse and become pregnant stand the risk of medical complications, stressing however that conscious effort must be made in their upbringing to achieve the desired results including early enrolment in school, sound moral lessons and exposure to the ways and things of God.

Besides, Mrs Ambode expressed concern over the disturbing trend of domestic violence against women which sometimes result in deaths, saying it was time for women to come together and jointly speak out against the menace.

“By publicly speaking out against domestic violence, together we can challenge attitudes that breed violence in the homes and everywhere. We must insist that domestic violence is a social crimes and not acceptable in our society. That is why we have brought seasoned speakers, to talk to us on issues of social menace, and our expected roles as mothers and home builders.

In her keynote address, Lagos State Deputy Governor, Mrs Idiat Adebule commended the wife of the Governor for the initiative to gather women together for the purpose of enhancing their welfare and health, saying the strategic importance of women in the society could not be overemphasized.

She said women should no longer be stereotyped into silence but rather become vocal advocates for improved health delivery system and social justice, adding that the womenfolk also have the responsibility of investing and increasing access of more girls and women to good health, quality education, and as well ensuring that laws respect and ensure the rights of women are enforced.

The Deputy Governor, who is also overseeing the Ministry of Education, said as part of efforts to protect the future of girls who are abused, the State Government recently established a special school for people in such category to have another opportunity to be educated.

“We have equally established the alternative school for the girls who, in the course of their lifetime, get pregnant and could not continue their education. Our government has provided that particular school for them to have a second chance in life,” Adebule said.

Lagos to go after communities’ illegal structures, shanties after 7-day ultimatum

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The Lagos States Government has threatened that it would be left with no choice than to go after illegal structures and shanties causing nuisance within Oko-oba and Agege axis of the state, once a seven-day ultimatum issued to owners of the property, to remove their belongings, lapsed.

It said that the planned action was considered necessary to ensure the state was cleared off unapproved structures and other illegal makeshifts, and that owners of illegal shops around abattoir of Oko-oba, and that of those in Agege had been informed to remove their belongings on or before end of the issued ultimatum.

Lagos task force removal notice

The Chairman, Lagos State Task Force, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, disclosed that over 2500 illegal structures and shanties including containerized shops were served removal order’ within abattoir and those by Railway side at Fagba, Agege.

Egbeyemi, who led the enforcement team of the agency to the areas, alleged that illegal shanties were occupied by miscreants and hoodlums who terrorised residents around Agege and disposed them of their valuables on daily basis.

According to him, the miscreants and hoodlums freely smoke and also engage in illicit activities in broad day light, the actions of which have been making residents and visitors unconformable.

He disclosed that several complaints from residents within Oko-oba axis over criminal activities of these miscreants and hoodlums in the areas, had not seized coming to the agency.

The Chairman added that illegal shanties within abattoir had been identified to be harbouring miscreants and were also contributing to growing concern of health, environment and safety issues in and around Agege area.

Egbeyemi, commended the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, for spending much on infrastructural development across the State which includes construction of more roads around Agege and fly-over bridge for motorists by Pen-cinema.

Lagos task force removal notice

He hinted that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police CP Imohimi Edgal, had directed the agency to go after illegal structures within the listed areas once seven-day ultimatum lasped and arrest miscreants and hoodlum lobbying the axis.

According to him, the commissioner has also directed that the agency to carry out raid on all criminal hideouts and black-spots across the State.

“Position of the CP has been that the state police command would not relent in securing a safe environment for citizens within the State and the country at large.

Ekiti APC accuses Foyese of promoting violence

By NewsDesk,

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Ekiti State chapter Chieftain,  Dayo Adeyeye, has accused the state Governor, Ayodele Fayose, of promoting violence in the state.

The former Minister of State for Works said in Ado-Ekiti on Monday that the governor should be held responsible for the destruction of the campaign materials of the APC candidate in the July 14 election, Dr Kayode Fayemi.

In a statement issued by his Director of Media and Publicity, Omoniyi Ojo, that the governor was also heating up the polity with the threats to the perceived enemies of the administration.

Adeyeye also accused Fayose of harassing traditional rulers in the state and sacking civil servants and appointees supporting Fayemi.

‎The former minister, however, appealed to those affected to endure, assuring them that help was underway after the governorship poll.

” The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, should be held responsible for the present state of insecurity in the state.

“ People who are familiar with his antics cannot sleep with their two eyes closed anymore.

” He was chased out in his first term in office when he was imposed on the people of Ekiti State by the then President Olusegun Obasanjo.

“ This second time, he told people that he was a changed person, but he is now worse.

”He was impeached because of violence in his term in office, even some of the cases that include murder cases are still in court.

“Two days ago, an APC supporter was killed, two days before, the bill boards of Dr Fayemi were destroyed in Ikere Ekit

”If you are looking for who are behind all these violence, look in the direction of Fayose.

“Fayose is so intolerant. In 2014, he was holding open meetings with civil servants in the state canvassing for their support and none of them was molested, nobody issued threats to sack them.

“However, I call on those being molested or victimised who are afraid and rightly concerned about their future , that help is on the way.

“ They should bear with the situation now because it would soon be over.

” Victory is assured for APC on July 14. They shall be restored to those stations immediately after the election.

“ The Pharaoh that you see today, you shall see no more,’’ the statement said.

Jerusalem police disrupts conference, voids plans to declare controversial city Palestine’ capital

By NewsDesk, with Agency report, 

The Jerusalem District police Commander, Yoram Halevy, has disrupted  a conference at Russian embassy in eastern Jerusalem, following speculation of  plans to declare the city as capital of Palestine.

As gathered, the event was planned in a hotel within Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and that it was organized by Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine and the Democratic Front for Liberation of Palestine, two terrorist organizations.

MK Ayman Odeh, head of the Joint List party who attended the event, was livid over the police officers’ arrival at the scene.

“I thank Russia for the conference to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine,” he said.

Regarding the policemen who prevented him from continuing to speak, Odeh continued, “This is how these occupiers behave, they will suffer defeat, and Jerusalem will remain with its residents, uplifting and victorious and a capital for Palestine.”

England wins first group stage game, beats Tunisia 2-1

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England team has won its first group stage at on Russian World Cup, with Captain Harry Kane coming to the country rescue with two goals, second a dramatic injury-time winner, beating Tunisia 2-1 on Monday.

Gareth Southgate’s men almost paid a heavy price for missing a slew of first-half chances when Tunisia’s Ferjani Sassi slotted home a softly-awarded penalty 20 minutes before half-time.

And the north Africans were still level as the game went past the 90-minute mark, before Harry Kane’s brutal header that inflicted serious pain on the Tunisian Eagles.

Harry Maguire had won a header from a corner and Kane was on hand at the far post to nod in the winner before being mobbed by his ecstatic teammates.

“I’m so proud of the lads,” Kane said. “They kept going, kept going to the last second.

“I am absolutely buzzing, everyone on the staff is. It shows good character to get the job done.”

England had started brightly in a blur of passing and movement and could have been two goals up inside the first four minutes.

First Jordan Henderson’s lofted first-time pass released Dele Alli and when the ball eventually broke to Jesse Lingard he saw his shot from six yards saved by the outstretched left boot of Mouez Hassen in the Tunisia goal.

Kane had been kept quiet in the opening salvos but he exploded into action in the 11th minute when he cut inside from the left and saw his shot from the edge of the box deflected wide for a corner.

Ashley Young delivered the set piece for John Stones to rise highest and meet with a powerful header. Hassen saved acrobatically but Kane was on hand to tap home the rebound with his right foot and open his World Cup account.

Hassen, who had injured his left shoulder making an earlier save, could not continue and left the field in tears as he was replaced in goal by Farouk Ben Mustapha.

England continued to press and were made to pay for not converting a succession of chances when they conceded a soft penalty.

Kyle Walker swung a lazy arm across Fakhreddine Ben Youssef who fell as if poleaxed and Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan pointed to the spot, with his decision being upheld by the VAR.

Ferjani Sassi took one step and fired home confidently past the hitherto unemployed Jordan Pickford and Tunisia who had been outplayed for the first half-hour were somehow level 10 minutes before half-time.

Still there was time for Lingard to come close again twice, first from a goalbound shot and then a dink over the keeper which agonisingly struck the post.

Alli too hit the woodwork with a header and England went into half-time wondering how they had not sealed victory already.

England still enjoyed the lion’s share of possession but could not find the same zip and penetration they had enjoyed at the start of the first half.

The ineffective Sterling gave way to Marcus Rashford with just over 20 minutes to go and the Manchester United man almost fashioned a chance straight away with a jinking run into the box.