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Elections 2019: I was given pistol to protect ballot box – Edo party agent...

- Sylvester Arikhan, a party agent in Edo, has confessed to using police pistol to protect ballot box in the state- Arikhan said he was given the pistol with a promise of N130,000 payment after he has carried out his duty- The suspect said he took to the job because he needed money to get out of the countrySylvester Arikhan, a 26-year old man who was arrested with a police serviceable pistol, said on Thursday, April 25, that he was given the arm to protect ballot boxes during House of Assembly election in Edo state.Arikhan said he was given the pistol by one Ehis with a promise to get a payment of N130,000 after he has performed his duty at Esan Central local government area, The Nation reports.READ ALSO: 4 more states declare readiness to pay new minimum wageWhile speaking with newsmen when he as paraded by the police commissioner in the state, Danmallam Abubakar, he said he did the job because he needed money to travel abroad.It should be noted that that the 26 year also said his need to leave the country was because he was just released from prison for cult related offences.He said that he did the piston in his trousers as a party agent at ward 02, unit 01, at Udomi Primary School in Irrua in readiness for violence.“After the election, we followed the ballot boxes and nothing happened, but I did not return the gun because I was paid only N10,000. I hid from Ehis. He is a bad guy. He tried to set me up.“When we attended a wedding, my friend brought N6,000 for me to buy bullets and fired some shots. I did so and gave the gun to Oboh Samurie to keep for me.“Oboh took a girl to a hotel and the police arrested him after they found the gun on him,” he said.The police commissioner said the suspect would soon be charged to court.Meanwhile, earlier reported that the Edo election petition tribunal received petitions from six candidates who contested the National Assembly election on February 23.The secretary of the tribunal, Musa Bako, disclosed this in Benin on Monday, March 18.PAY ATTENTION: Download our mobile app to enjoy the latest news gathers that Bako said the tribunal received petitions from two senatorial candidates and four House of Representatives candidates.Bako listed the candidates as three candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and three candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better6 things that ‘may’ happen on Election Day | Legit TV

Chinese businessman Mike Zhang bags chieftaincy title in Kano ▷ Nigeria news

- A Chinese man, Mike Zhang, has been ordained as a chief in Kano- The title of Wakilin Yan China which means leader of the Chinese residents was bestowed on Zhang- This is to help business transactions between the Chinese and other traders in KanoNo man is an island and the importance of forging ties cannot be overemphasised. Great profit has been made from strategic partnerships with other countries.Kano state in Nigeria recently conferred a chieftaincy title on a Chinese trader, Mike Zhang, BBC Africa reports.This was done to strengthen the relationship between the people of Kano and the Chinese traders in the state.PAY ATTENTION: Install our latest app for Android and read the best news about NigeriaMike Zhang Photo: BBC AfricaSource: UGCZhang who spoke the Hausa language vowed to strengthen the relationship between his people and the people of Kano.He said: "I will work towards strengthening the relationship between the people of Kano and the people of our country, China."The title of Wakilin Yan China which means leader of the Chinese residents was bestowed on Zhang as he was decorated with a turban and robes.Mike Zhang being turbaned during the ceremony Photo: BBC AfricaSource: UGCREAD ALSO: The Meghan Effect: 10 Brands Whose Sales Skyrocketed In Recent Years Because Of Meghan MarkleZhang is also to attend meetings at the Emir’s palace and also participate in the traditional horse riding festival known as durbar, if he wishes.According to BBC Africa, a member of the Kano Emirate explained that “the emirate needs a liaison officer to solve conflicts that emanate from business transactions between Chinese and Kano traders".The turbaning Mike Zhang took place on April 25, 2019, at the Emir’s palace in Kano state.See the video below:This is wonderful news.Meanwhile previously reported that 48 ABU students have received N4.8 million Chinese scholarship.Hundred thousand naira each has been given to 48 selected students of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) by the Chinese government as assistance to their educational pursuit.According to Daily Trust, the gesture was part of the Nigeria-China educational collaboration tagged ‘October 1st Scholarship for China-Nigeria Friendship’.READ ALSO: Personal letter from the Editor-in-Chief of (formerly! ( upgrades to We keep evolving to serve our readers better.Nigeria Latest News: Emir Sanusi Says Mosques Should be Converted into Schools | Legit TV

Ibanez set to become French team manager

Former captain Raphael Ibanez has said that he will be appointed France team manager after this year's World Cup, a role that had not been filled since Jo Maso left in 2011."I will not make specific comments in the coming days on that subject but after an interview yesterday with the federation president (Bernard Laporte), I have said yes to the team as manager," Ibanez told AFP, confirming a report from Sud Ouest newspaper.Another former France captain, Fabien Galthie, has been widely tipped to succeed head coach Jacques Brunel, who will leave after the World Cup in Japan.Ibanez, 46, played for France from 1996 to 2007.

Man Utd Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Chelsea

Man Utd Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs ChelseaEverything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Old Trafford on SundayWith seven defeats in nine matches, desperately need to bring an end to their worst run in 57 years, and with coming to Old Trafford on Sunday they face one of their direct rivals in the scramble for a place next season.Between , Arsenal, Chelsea and United, the teams sitting in positions three to six have combined for just one draw and five defeats in their last six games, meaning that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side remain in with an outside chance of making the top four despite their dreadful run of form,But, after conceding nine goals in their last three matches against , and , United will need to improve dramatically if they are to make the most of their rivals' slip-ups.Man Utd InjuriesAnder Herrera is expected to be back in the squad after coming through a number of days of training without any adverse reactions to his hamstring injury.Phil Jones is a doubt having been withdrawn at half-time against , while it would be a surprise if Antonio were to play for United again following his latest injury. Eric Bailly hasn't played since March due to a knock picked up on international duty and is unlikely to feature on Sunday.Man Utd SuspensionsUnited have no outstanding suspension concerns due to the FA's late-season amnesty on yellow cards for any players with fewer than 15 bookings.Man Utd Potential Starting Line-UpSolskjaer could again make changes following the defeat to Manchester City. Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera could both return, while Romelu Lukaku may be considered in attack. There is also likely to be a change of defensive shape after an eighth game without a win when using a back three this season in the Manchester derby.Chelsea Team NewsCallum Hudson-Odoi had surgery after rupturing his Achilles tendon in the 2-2 draw with at Stamford Bridge on Monday, and he could be ruled out for as long as six months.Willian missed the match with a thigh problem and is expected to return on Sunday, while N'Golo Kante was substituted at half-time with a back complaint that he is hoping to recover from in time for United.Article continues belowAntonio Rudiger has been out for almost two weeks with a knee issue, but the hope is that he can be ready to face Solskjaer's side. Marcos Alonso and Ethan Ampadu have also not been training with the squad of late, but they currently have a fringe status within the squad and would have been unlikely to start anyway.Opta Match FactsMan Utd have won their last two Premier League home games against Chelsea – they’ve not beaten the Blues in three top-flight games in a row at Old Trafford since January 1957 under manager Sir Matt Busby.Chelsea have won more Premier League games against Manchester United than any other side have in the competition (18).Man Utd have won three of their last six meetings with Chelsea in all competitions (D1 L2), having failed to win any of the previous 12 against them (D5 L7).Manchester United have lost three games against London sides in the Premier League this season (vs Tottenham, West Ham and Arsenal). They last lost against more different London sides in a single top-flight campaign back in 1989-90 (Arsenal, Charlton, Chelsea, and Tottenham).Chelsea have lost their last six Premier League away games against fellow ‘big six’ sides, including all four this season by an aggregate score of 1-13. Indeed, they’re winless in eight such games (D2 L6) since beating Tottenham 2-1 at Wembley in August 2017.Anthony Martial scored twice in the reverse fixture against Chelsea this season. The only Man Utd players to score home and away Premier League goals against the Blues in the same season are Wayne Rooney in 2011-12 and Eric Cantona in 1992-93.Gonzalo Higuain’s four goals for Chelsea this season have been against teams currently in the bottom six. He’s played five games and 323 minutes against the top six sides in all competitions for the Blues, managing just one shot on target in those games.Eden Hazard has been directly involved in 10 of Chelsea’s 23 Premier League away league goals this season (5 goals, 5 assists), double that of any other player at the club (Ross Barkley 5).Chelsea’s six Premier League wins at Old Trafford have come under six different managers (Hoddle, Gullit, Ranieri, Mourinho, Ancelotti, Benitez), with five of those victories being the manager’s first such game at the ground with the Blues.TV Coverage & Kick-Off TimeKick-off is 4:30pm BST (11:30am ET) on Sunday, and will be shown live in the United Kingdom on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event. It will be shown on NBCSN in the United States, and on various channels around the world.

JUST IN: Emiliano Sala’s father Horacio dies of heart attack at 58

The father of late footballer Emiliano Sala has died of a heart attack four months after his son was killed in a plane crash.Horacio Sala passed away in his bed in the town of Progreso, Argentina this morning. He was 58.His death comes four months after his 28-year-old son Emiliano was killed when a plane taking him to Cardiff crashed into the English Channel.Sala’s father Horacio has been grief-stricken ever since. Local politician Julio Muller said: ‘He could never get over Emi’s death.’Mr Sala found out through media reports that his son was missing after his plane disappeared. The footballer’s death was confirmed two days later.Speaking in early February, former truck driver Mr Sala had told Argentine TV: ‘I cannot believe it. This is a dream. A bad dream. I am desperate.’He described his son as ‘small town humble boy’, adding: ‘He was a lad who always fought for what he had.’

Barcelona news: Luis Suarez vows to celebrate if he scores against Liverpool in Champions...

'There are no friendships on the pitch' - Suarez vows to celebrate if he scores against LiverpoolThe former Reds forward insists he will put aside past allegiances to help fire Barcelona into the Champions League finalstriker Luis Suarez has vowed to celebrate if he scores against in the semi-finals of this year's .The two sides will meet in the last four of the competition after knocking out Manchester United and Porto respectively in the quarter-finals .The Reds are looking to go one better after finishing runners up to in 2018, while Barca are seeking a first final appearance since 2015.Suarez will likely line up against his old employers, with the first leg set to take place at Camp Nou on May 1.The international enjoyed hero status among Liverpool supporters during a three-year stint at the club between 2011 and 2014, eventually earning a big-money switch to Barcelona.And, if he finds the net against Jurgen Klopp's side, Suarez has insisted he will not hold back in any celebrations, as Barca continue to chase another treble."In the build-up to the game it's nice to talk about how massively grateful I am to Liverpool for all they gave me," he said in an interview with the Daily Mail ."But, you know me, once I'm on the pitch there will be no friendships, no companions, no thought for all the lovely moments.'I'll defend the colours of Barcelona with all the pride in the world."Liverpool are also still targeting multiple trophies this season, embroiled in a thrilling Premier League title race which is set to go down to the wire against Manchester City .Suarez came close to winning the competition at Anfield during the 2013-14 campaign, but City beat the Reds to the punch after a famous late collapse.Reflecting on Liverpool's heartbreak that year, the Blaugrana forward stated his belief that the current squad has more chance of Premier League glory this time around.'I think that with us it was different because there was a sense of now or never," Suarez added."For the current squad, this is the second season they have been in contention and last year they played in the Champions League final. They have more experience. They know how to approach the games."We weren't always able to handle those moments. What happened with Stevie [Gerrard] was bad luck, and that gets remembered, but also against [the 3-3 draw when they had led 3-0 with 11 minutes left].Article continues below"Now, you'd say: let's play calmly, we're 3-0 up here and have to play a game in midweek and then at the weekend. They had to win both games."But we had that anxiety, that urge to score goals, and we went forward even though we were winning 3-0, thinking we could be champions on goal difference. We made the mistake of being, let's say, "too young"."Now they have the experience of last year. That makes you stronger and it will give them that right amount of caution and understanding."

Breaking: Inspector General of Police resigns over Sri Lanka attacks

The Sri Lanka’s Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara, has resigned over failures that led to the deadly Easter bomb attacks, the country’s president said Friday.“The IGP has resigned. He has sent his resignation to the acting defence secretary. I’ll nominate a new IGP soon,” President Maithripala Sirisena told reporters.IGP Adamu takes battle to bandits’ den in Sokoto, ZamfaraSirisena’s nominee has to be confirmed by a constitutional council.The resignation comes after the country’s top defence ministry official, defence secretary Hemasiri Fernando resigned on Thursday.AFP

Solskjaer confident that Pogba will stay at Man Utd

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident that Paul Pogba will still be at Manchester United next season but admits he cannot guarantee the French World Cup winner will stay.Pogba fuelled speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid last month, suggesting Real were “a dream club for any player”, although he declared at the time he was happy at Old Trafford.Both manager Solskjaer and United’s board want their £89 million ($115 million) club-record signing to stay, although they have acknowledged that circumstances could change.“You can’t guarantee anything in football but yes I think Paul is going to be here,” Solskjaer told reporters on Friday. “I can assure you that he is very determined to be successful at United.”Pogba scored eight goals and provided five assists in his first 10 games following Solskjaer’s appointment but his performances have tailed off since, and it was a surprise to many observers that the French midfielder was named in the Professional Footballers’ Association’s team of the year on Thursday.Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane this week described Pogba as a “big problem” for the club, suggesting that he was not committed enough to the team.But Solskjaer said Pogba can cope with the scrutiny.READ ALSO: Nike make Dortmund teenager, Moukoko a millionaire- report“That’s just the standards he sets, because when he’s creating chances, scoring goals, doing loads of work… that’s just media, supporters, everyone looks to Paul. ‘Could you have done better?’“He’s done fantastic for us, he’s a human being as well and we’re all the same, we want him to do well.“He’s a leader in that dressing room and on the pitch for us. Back to if I can guarantee, I would say ‘yes, I can guarantee’ but in life you can never (know), but he will be here as far as I’m concerned.”Solskjaer, who won 14 of his first 17 matches after replacing Jose Mourinho, initially as caretaker manager, in December, is attempting to turn around an awful run of form, which has seen United’s players widely criticised.– United collapse –United have gone into freefall, losing seven of their past nine matches, a run that has seen them eliminated from both the Champions League and the FA Cup, and has significantly harmed their chances of finishing in the top four.United are sixth in the Premier League, three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, who visit Old Trafford on Sunday.Solskjaer has promised to stick by Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea for the Chelsea match despite a recent loss of form.De Gea has faced criticism after making a number of high-profile errors in recent matches, leading to goals in matches against Arsenal, Barcelona, Everton and Manchester City.The Spain international has not kept a clean sheet in his past 12 matches, and is the first United goalkeeper to concede 50 league goals in a season for 40 years.Former United goalkeeper Gary Bailey suggested this week that the time is right to rest De Gea, but Solskjaer says he has no intention of doing that.He said: “No, not at all. I trust David and he’s for me been the best player United have had for the last six or seven years.“He’s been absolutely outstanding and going through tough patches is part of a footballer’s career. David will be fine.”Solskjaer has also rejected suggestions that De Gea’s contract situation is partly to blame for the dip in form.The goalkeeper is out of contract in 2020, and there has been reported interest from Paris Saint-Germain.But Solskjaer said: “That’s something you have to deal with as a footballer. It’s a situation. David’s coming in every single day doing what he should be doing.”VANGUARD

Security: Stop globetrotting, commit resources, energy in resolving conflicts – Group to governors

Nigerian governors have come under attack over their perceived cold attitude towards the endless killings and unrest in the region.Middle Belt Conscience Guard (MBCG), while calling on governors in Nigeria to wake up and take decisive action over the spate of killings, kidnappings, and criminality, said the lukewarm attitude of the Governors and stakeholders in the country is becoming worrisome, to say the least.The Leadership of Middle Belt Conscience Guard (MBCG) and members gave this charge after an emergency meeting to cross-examine the unending crises in some sections of the country.ALSO READ: Buhari sacks cabinet May 22It tasked them to commit resources, energy into resolving conflicts and stop globetrotting.The group, which met at Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, Thursday, April 25, 2019 in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, said it was pained with the unprovoked invasions of our communities by armed assailants in parts of the country, while governors in the areas watch without swinging into action to end the menace.The group in a communiqué signed at the end of the emergency meeting by Prince Raymond Enero President, MBCG & Chairman, Communique Drafting Committee (CDC) and Dr. Paul Itodo, Secretary-General, MBCG &, Communique Drafting Committee (CDC), condemned the killings; the untold hardships, dislocations of communal life, the pains, and agonies, now experienced by otherwise peaceful communities and the fate of our people or survivors who are now compelled to go through this undeserved accidental physical and psychological trauma.They called on the state governors in the country to rise up to the challenge and end the protracted crises, which had claimed many lives and valuables.The communiqué reads below.The meeting unanimously identified with our people’s pains of losing beloved ones, displacements of people and the connected inconveniences imposed on them by these attacks from satanic and heartless souls. We collectively prayed for the souls of our departed brothers and sisters who lost their lives in the senseless carnages and wished that may Almighty God grant their innocent souls eternal rest in His bosom.The forum stated clearly that the people of Middle Belt are communally bonded or are united by the same blood, cultures, traditions and common destiny in Nigeria, especially in the land our forebears dwelled, which we have inherited. And that the preponderance of violence and the brazen extermination of our kith and kin in this region are against the spirit of our ancestors.Therefore, all actors, passive or impassive must sheathe their swords for peace and security to reign in this region. And indeed, in other parts of Northern Nigeria, where violence has replaced peace and harmonious co-existence as members of the same ancestry.We also resolved to advise all communities to learn to amicably settle all disputes, rather than the prevailing trend of the impulsive resort to violence and killings of one another. We sincerely commiserate with our people over the sad crises, which most or all of the times reflect our dilemma as a people or communities abandoned by our respective failed state leaders. They mask as State Governors for politicking sake and thereafter, go in pursuit of a worthless and unlucrative lucre abroad, while in public service.MBCG reached a consensus resolution to caution and even warn the State Governors of States domiciled in the Middle Belt and other parts of Northern Nigeria, such as those of Taraba, Benue, Kogi, Zamfara, Katsina states and others to stand up for their first and foremost Constitutional responsibility of securing the lives and property of their citizens.The resolution also reminded these State Governors to understand, the 2019 electioneering campaigns/elections and the brawl-beating or escapism from the leadership they seek are over now. It’s enough that these “failed politicians” who have retained themselves back to power or planted stooges, must necessarily warm their seats in offices to focus on governance, than striking enmity with main rivals and supporters.A resolution also reminded these State Governors that the first port of call when there is a breach of security in their respective states is to arrest it with the hundreds of millions in security votes they collect every month from the federation account to tame the tide. The idea of “pocketing” security votes, instead of channeling it to nip the crisis in the bud before it escalates only to look unto to the Presidency to deploy the military for damage control is unacceptable onwards.We resolved that these State Governors must begin to commit States resources and allocations, especially, security votes, collected on behalf of the people into resolving security issues and desist from misappropriating same for globetrotting and purchase of choice properties in Abuja, Dubai, China and in other parts of the world.Added, the meeting resolved that these State Governors should initiate peace and reconciliations parleys within the divisive political clans in their various states. It’s obvious the renewed violence and killings in the Middle Belt and armed banditry in the Northwest are instigated by these politicians/ state leaders.We appeal to these politicians with over- bloated ego to the extent of overlooking the security of lives and property to bury their pride and seek citizenship protection by whatever means possible for us to be safe. It behooves on these state leaders to evolve home-grown solutions by consulting and collaborating with the traditional, community, opinion and religious leaders to find enduring solutions to these crises, which are peculiar to the different geographical entities and cannot be solved centrally by using one approach alone.It’s clear to us that in the build-up to the last general elections, these politicians ”armed youths to snatch ballot boxes,” but were not allowed to exercise this might because of the heavy presence of security for Nigerians to cast their lawful votes unmolested or harassed. Its time for them to call for an armistice and disarm the youths they empowered with guns to kill and maim for political reasons.We commended the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) led by President Muhammadu Buhari by its proactive reactions through the instant deployment of troops to curtail some of the outbreaks of violence and killings in most of these states. It’s an applauded demonstration of compliance with his oath of office to protect lives and property of Nigerians, despite the apparent slack and dereliction of duty by some of these state Governors/leaders.Vanguard

Former captain Ibanez to manage France after World Cup

Former hooker and captain Raphael Ibanez has been appointed manager of France following the 2019 World Cup, he told AFP on Friday.He said he had been offered the post as manager by Bernard Laporte, president of the French Rugby Federation, “and I said yes to the job of manager.”VANGUARD