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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
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
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 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
President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with the former Minister of Information and Culture, Prince Tony Momoh, as he clocks 80 years on April 27.According to a statement by the President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Friday, the President joined the media industry in celebrating the former minister’s contribution to the growth of journalism in Nigeria.President Buhari particularly acknowledged Momoh’s visionary role of advocating integration of communication strategies in development plans and implementations.The president also extolled Prince Momoh’s courage in delving into politics and providing strong leadership as Chairman of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), and serving earlier as the Chairman of Media and Publicity for the All Nigeria’s Peoples Party (ANPP) Campaign Organisation for many years.Breaking: Christian Chukwu receives $50,000 cheque from OtedolaPresident Buhari believed that the former minister’s sacrifice for growth of democracy and journalism in Nigeria would be remembered by posterity.He, therefore, encouraged him to always stick to the progressive ideals that had brought him recognition and encomiums, and continue to inspire younger leaders in same path.He prayed that the almighty God would reward Prince Momoh for his goodness to country and mankind, and grant him longer life, good health and joy.
By Joseph ErunkeABUJA- A new shakeup announced by the Nigerian Army, Friday, affected the Director General, National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Major General Suleiman Kazaure, and seven other Brigadier-Generals.Kazaure, according to a statement by the acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, announcing the new postings and appointments, was appointed as Senior Resource Person at Army Resource Centre.The statement said Kazaure would be replaced by Brigadier General S Ibrahim from the Nigerian Army University Biu in Borno State.READ ALSO: Boko Haram : ISSA report on corruption in military false, says DHQThe statement read in full: “The Nigerian Army has approved the postings and appointments of some of its senior officers.“Those affected by this include, Major General SZ Kazaure who has been posted from National Youth Service Corps to Army Resource Centre and appointed as Senior Resource Person, Brigadier General CA Bossman from Nigerian Army Archives to Command Schools Services and appointed as Director Command Schools Services, Brigadier General E Angaye is appointed Acting Director Veterans Affairs Department (Army) and Brigadier General BA Tsoho is posted from Army Headquarters Department of Civil-Military Affairs to Nigerian Army Language Institute and appointed as Commandant.“Others affected in the postings are Brigadier General AA Goni from 82 Division Education to Army Headquarters Department of Civil-Military Affairs and appointed Director Information, Brigadier General FC Onyeari from Headquarters Nigerian Army Supply and Transport to Defence Headquarters and appointed as Acting Director Catering, Brigadier General S Ibrahim from Army University Biu to National Youth Service Corps and appointed as Director General, Brigadier General SS Ibrahim is now appointed Registrar Nigerian Army University Biu.“The postings and appointments are with immediate effect.”VANGUARD
The Nigerian Copyrights Commission, NCC, Friday disclosed how the country loses three billion dollars annually to activities of pirates.Director-General (DG) of the commission, Mr John Asein, made the disclosure at the 2019 World Intellectual Property Day with the theme, `Reach for Gold’: IP and Sports,’’ held in Abuja.Asein, represented by the Director, Legal Services, Mr Abdul TerKohol, urged government to put adequate, responsive and effective legal frameworks for the protection and enforcement of sporting and associated industries rights.Gov. Bello lauds military support to internal securityHe said with the advent of new technologies, the task of sport-related copyright had become more daunting.The DG also noted that the expansion of high-speed internet around the world, the proliferation of portable devices and the rise of online streaming platforms, had made tackling illegal exploitation of rights more difficult.“Thousands of websites that illegally stream sporting and entertainment content in real time threaten the copyright in content.“For full potential of the sporting ad associated industries to be realised, countries must put in place adequate, responsive and effective legal frameworks for the protection, administration and enforcement of rights.“The intellectual property system, especially copyright, offers a practical and effective mechanism for achieving this.’’According to Asein, intellectual property, particularly copyright, lies at the heart of the commercial exploitation of sports and contributes substantially to the growth of a community of players and fans whose net worth is more than 300 billion dollars.He said that Nigeria occupied a unique place in the world of sports given its exploits and remarkable successes in various sporting events.He urged stakeholders to continue to support government in its determination to build a functional copyright system that would deliver the expected dividends to right owners and guarantee sustainable development of sports.Asein also advised beneficiaries from the intellectual property system to commit some of their earnings to rebuilding infrastructure required to keep the system functional.Why Obaseki’s govt is embarking on luxury apartments devt in Benin – EDPAHe said the commission was prepared to collaborate with interested stakeholders to promote respect for intellectual property and complement government’s commitment to growing human capital in today’s knowledge-driven economy.Director, Public Affairs of the commission, Mr Chukwuemeka Ngene, said the significance of the day was to raise global awareness on the nature, contribution and importance of intellectual property.
The Nigerian Copyrights Commission (NCC) on Friday disclosed that Nigeria was losing three billion dollars annually to activities of pirates.Director-General (DG) of the commission, Mr John Asein, made the disclosure at the 2019 World Intellectual Property Day with the theme, `Reach for Gold’: IP and Sports,’’ held in Abuja.Asein, represented by the Director, Legal Services, Mr Abdul TerKohol, urged the government to put adequate, responsive and effective legal frameworks for the protection and enforcement of sporting and associated industries rights.He said with the advent of new technologies, the task of sport-related copyright had become more daunting.The DG also noted that the expansion of high-speed internet around the world, the proliferation of portable devices and the rise of online streaming platforms, had made tackling the illegal exploitation of rights more difficult.“Thousands of websites that illegally stream sporting and entertainment content in real time threaten the copyright in the content.“For the full potential of the sporting and associated industries to be realised, countries must put in place adequate, responsive and effective legal frameworks for the protection, administration and enforcement of rights.“The intellectual property system, especially copyright, offers a practical and effective mechanism for achieving this.’’According to Asein, intellectual property, particularly copyright, lies at the heart of the commercial exploitation of sports and contributes substantially to the growth of a community of players and fans whose net worth is more than 300 billion dollars.He said that Nigeria occupied a unique place in the world of sports given its exploits and remarkable successes in various sporting events.He urged stakeholders to continue to support the government in its determination to build a functional copyright system that would deliver the expected dividends to right owners and guarantee the sustainable development of sports.Asein also advised beneficiaries from the intellectual property system to commit some of their earnings to rebuilding infrastructure required to keep the system functional.He said the commission was prepared to collaborate with interested stakeholders to promote respect for intellectual property and complement government’s commitment to growing human capital in today’s knowledge-driven economy.Director, Public Affairs of the commission, Mr Chukwuemeka Ngene, said the significance of the day was to raise global awareness on the nature, contribution and importance of the intellectual property.VANGUARD
- The All Progressive Congress (APC) says it is ready to slug it out with APGA and the PDP in 2021 in Anambra- The APC in the state agrees that it did not measure up to expectation in the recent general election- The party, however, notes that there was improvement in 2019 compared to previous electionsThe All Progressive Congress (APC) in Anambra, on Friday, sent a message to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to bother about the 2021 governorship election in the state.According to the APC, if the parties decided to still produce candidates during the election, they should prepare for an epic political battle.The leaders of the APC in the state stated these on Friday, April 26, at a victory party in Awka, the capital of Anambra saying the mistakes of the past would not be repeated.READ ALSO: NAIJ.com upgrades to Legit.ng: a letter from our Editor-in-Chief Bayo OlupohundaThe sitting governor of the state, Willie Obiano, is a member of APGA.The Nation reports that at the presidential victory get together of the party organised by the Buhari Youth Organisation (BYO), led by its coordinator in the state, Hon Olisa Okamelu, the leaders including the former commissioner for information, Chief Charles Amilo, the south east youth leader of APC, Hon Olisaemeka Onyeka, and party leaders from Imo and Enugu states, said 2021 would not be easy for the APGA.The acting chairman of the APC, Chief Basil Ejidike, said at the event that the party targets 2021 governorship to stamp its authority in Anambra.The report said Ejidike apologised to party members who believe that the APC did notlive to its billing in the state during the previous elections.According to him, it is getting to the time for the party to get it right.“It will not be a problem again for us because we have identified some of the problems that held us back in the past.“Our coming political summit in May in Anambra will usher in a new dawn. So, the ruling party in the state and others should be ready to face APC because it’s now or never,” he said.PAY ATTENTION: Install our latest app for Android, read best news on Nigeria’s #1 news appSpeaking at the event also, Okamelu noted that with the leadership of the party under Ejidike, the APC was as good as winning in 2021He noted that there was an improvement during the presidential election unlike what happened before now.Legit.ng earlier reported that the Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano, on Wednesday, March 5, accused the PDP of burning and destroying public utilities in the state in 2002.Obiano said the PDP plunged state into confusion due to its desperation for power which led to the destruction of government establishments in the state.NAIJ.com (naija.ng) -> Legit.ng. We have upgraded to serve you better.2019 elections: Do you still trust INEC to conduct fair elections? - Nigerians speak| Legit TV
- 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, Legit.ng 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 updateLegit.ng 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).NAIJ.com (naija.ng) -> Legit.ng. We have upgraded to serve you better6 things that ‘may’ happen on Election Day | Legit TV