Daily Media Summary, Tuesday, May 7, 2019

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CBN To Blacklist Firms, Individuals Smuggling Textiles – Punch, Page 25

The Federal Government is currently gathering data and investigating the accounts of individuals and corporate entity currently involved in smuggling and dumping of textile materials in Nigeria. The Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, said this while inaugurating the distribution of cotton seeds and other inputs to over 100,000 cotton farmers in Katsina State for the 2019 farming season on Monday. The programme aimed at reviving Nigeria’s cotton, textiles and garments sector and improving cotton production from 80,000 tonnes produced in 2018 to over 300,000 tonnes by 2020. To reverse the trend of smuggling, Emefiele said, “The bank was currently gathering data about, and investigating the accounts of individuals and corporates currently involved in smuggling and dumping textile materials in Nigeria with the ultimate aim of blacklisting the individuals and companies involved in the illicit trade.”

CSCS Shareholders Get N3.5bn Dividends – Punch, Page 34

Shareholders of the Central Securities Clearing System Plc will get dividends amounting to N3.5bn for the 2018 financial year. The Chairman, CSCS, Mr Oscar Onyema, while speaking at the company’s Annual General Meeting in Lagos, said the board of directors proposed a dividend of 70 kobo per share, which amounted to N3.5bn. He said during the year under review, the company grew its profit before tax to N6.09bn from N5.66bn in 2017. Onyema said the company would continuously strive to create value for shareholders by developing products and services in addition to its core business. He stated that despite the socio-economic developments and political agitations, the company performed well. He added that the performance could be attributed to several factors including the primary market segment, which witnessed listing of two companies ― Notore Chemicals Industries Plc and Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc.

Reconstitute SEC Board, Civil Servants Urge FG – Punch, Page 31

The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to reconstitute the board of directors of the Securities and Exchange Commission to enable it to run its affairs in line with global best practices. The association said this in a statement signed by its Secretary General, Mr Alade Lawal, on Sunday. According to the ASCSN, SEC has been operating without a board since 2015 and this creates a credibility gap and has impacted negatively on the image and performance profile of the commission. The statement read in part, “Players in the capital market, both within and outside the shores of the country, believe that a SEC board will positively rub off on the growth and development of the nation’s capital market. “It is the absence of a board to oversee the management of the commission on a regular basis that led to the series of infractions that were witnessed during the tenure of the suspended Director General of SEC, Mounir Gwarzo.

Stock Market Reopens Bearish, Indices Down By N6 Billion – Guardian, Page 23

Following price losses suffered by most blue chip stocks, transactions on the equity sector of the Nigerian Stock Exchange reopened on a downward note yesterday, as market capitalisation depreciated marginally by N6 billion. Specifically, at the close of transactions yesterday, the All Share Index (ASI) shed 15.13 absolute points, representing  0.05 per cent decline to close at 29,196.87 points. Similarly, the market capitalisation shed N6 billion to close at N10.973 trillion. Yesterday’s decline was due to losses in medium and large capitalised stocks, among which are, Mobil Nigeria, Cement Company of Northern Nigeria (CCNN), Guaranty Trust Bank, UACN Property Development Co and Ikeja Hotel. Analysts at United Capital Limited noted that “looking ahead, we expect activities in the local bourse to remain tepid in absence of positive triggers that could spur massive buying interest. However, we do not rule out the possibility of intermittent gains in the market on the backdrop of bargain hunting of stocks with relatively cheap prices.”

BDC Rates – BusinessDay,  Page 1

USD              361

GBP              472

EUR              403

Stock Market Report – May 6

ALL SHARE INDEX           29,171.73

DEALS                            117.00

VOLUME                         28,815,325.00

VALUE                            N43,568,696.22

EQUITY CAP                    N10,963,923,662,238.40

BOND CAP                      N10,686,262,283,232.00

ETF CAP                          N5,597,993,147.89

Finally, SEC Receives MTN Application To List Shares On Nation’s Bourse – Guardian, Page 21

South African telecommunications firm, MTN, yesterday moved closer to the planned listing of its shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), by formally submitting an application to that effect with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Confirming the submission of application, SEC said it has received an application from MTN requesting for registration of their existing securities. In a statement signed by the spokesperson of the Commission, Efe Ebelo, made available to The Guardian, SEC said: “SEC can confirm that we are in receipt of an application from MTN requesting for registration of their existing securities. “They have applied for listing by introduction which will enable the company to be listed and allow shareholders sell their shares on the floor of the exchange. Their application is presently receiving attention.” In line with the planned share listing, MTN, which controls 37.8 per cent of Nigeria’s telecoms market and services 65.6 million customers, had a fortnight ago, had completed its conversion from a private company to a public company (Plc).

Baobab Microfinance Disburses N30bn To Customers’ – Punch, Page 33

The management of the Baobab Microfinancial Bank Limited says with a customer base of 130,000, it had disbursed N30bn loans in 10 years of its existence. The bank’s Managing Director, Dr Kazeem Olanrewaju,  made the disclosure while speaking with  journalists on the sidelines of the bank’s 2019 Customers’ Forum in Kaduna. Olanrewaju said that with loyal and dedicated customers, the lender bank would have done more but for its current constraints. These, he noted, include deficit in infrastructure, and power supply, which he said made the bank unable to go beyond certain limits. He said the bank started off with a state licence from the Central Bank of Nigeria which enabled it to operate in just one state – Kaduna. He, however, added that with the acquisition of a national licence, the bank was able to open branches in other states.

Union Bank Posts N5.4bn Quarterly Profit – Punch, Page 31

Union Bank of Nigeria Plc has reported a profit before tax of N5.4bn for the first quarter of the year. The bank’s unaudited financial statement showed that the PBT remained unchanged when compared to the same period in 2018. It reported a five per cent decline in gross earnings from N39.5bn in 2018 to N37.7bn in 2018, driven by a lower loan book base and declining yields in the current interest rate environment. The bank said its net operating income increased by three per cent to N23.9bn from N23.3bn in the same period in 2018. Operating expenses increased by four per cent to N18.5bn, compared to the N17.9bn reported in Q1 2018. Customer deposits increased by one per cent to N867.2bn from the N857.6bn reported in 2018.

Execution Of N8.916tr Budget Under Threat – Guardian, Page 1

Barely two weeks after the National Assembly passed the N8.916 trillion budget for 2019, the implementation of the financial plan is already being threatened by the spate of vandalism of oil pipelines across the country. Nigeria has set oil production target of 2.3 million barrels per day (mbpd) at a price benchmark of $60 to support the 2019 budget. The development has led to force majeure (a legal way of cancelling or delaying deliveries over unforeseen situations) by International Oil Companies (IOCs) that threatens the nation’s revenue that is over 90 per cent dependent on oil exports. Inflows of foreign exchange, which were pegged at N305/$1 in the budget are also threatened even as lives and the environment of the host communities remain endangered. Although the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) could not comment on the crude export losses due to shut-ins, it had earlier revealed that pipeline sabotage was on the rise and posed a critical challenge to the economy and environment. Shell and Total last week declared force majeure over vandalism that affected the Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL), and technical hitches at Amenam-Kpono field. And only yesterday, The Aiteo Group announced another shutdown of the oil pipeline barely 24 hours after being reopened.

2023: Buhari Must Deal With Overambitious APC Members, Says El-Rufai – Punch, Page 8

The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has blamed the internal crisis in the All Progressives Congress in the build-up to the 2019 general elections on the desperation of some members who are positioning themselves ahead of the 2023 presidential election. El-Rufai, while regretting that the APC lost some states to the opposition on account of the inordinate ambitions of some members of the party, argued that it was wrong for the APC members to be scheming ahead of 2023, when President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term had not even taken off. He said Buhari must be firm and deal decisively with those ambitious members who might make his second term in office difficult for him. El-Rufai spoke in Ikoyi, Lagos on Saturday during an interactive session with members of The Bridge Club, who are mainly businessmen and captains of industries. He said, “There were a lot of internal crises in the APC; those crises had nothing to do with the 2019 elections; they were all about positioning for 2023. You know politicians can be very strategic; as illiterate as some of them can be, they are very strategic, they can think far ahead of you.

Boko Haram Members Dying Of Hunger, Says BMO – Punch, Page 3

The Buhari Media Organisation has dismissed reports that Boko Haram members receive as much as $3,000 daily as against what Nigerian troops receive. The group said rather, the true situation was that the insurgents were in disarray, lacking in supplies, foodstuffs and logistics. In a press release signed by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju, and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, in Abuja, the BMO said the current unenviable state of the terrorist was due mainly to the renewed offensive by the Nigerian military. The group claimed that reports emanating from the theatre of war indicated that the terrorists had been decimated and incapable of committing atrocities like before. “Obviously these deficiencies do not support the reckless views expressed in some quarters about the lucrative pay of the insurgents. A terrorist group that is buffeted with hunger and starvation can definitely not be in a position to withstand the unrelenting bombardment by the Nigerian military.

Kano State Government Opens Fresh Corruption Case Against Emir Sanusi – Guardian, Page 8

The Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday summoned top Kano emirate member to appear before it over alleged financial misappropriation. A letter signed by the commission’s Director of Operations, CSP Sulaiman Aliyu Gusau, invited an aide to the Emir, Alhaji Isa Bayero for investigation. The letter, written on behalf of Executive Chairman, Muhuyi Magaji Rimin Gado, may signal fresh corruption charges against Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II. “Pursuant to provision of section 31(1) (a) and (b) of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Law 2008 (as amended) requested release of the officer to explain payment vouchers from 2013 to 2017. “It directed Isa. S. Bayero to be at the commission conference room by 12.00noon on Thursday, May 9, over an investigation on alleged violation of section 26 of the commission’s enabling Law in the management of Kano State Emirate Council Fund,” the letter reads. The commission had in 2018 commenced large-scale probe against Emir Sanusi before the state House of Assembly intervened, which forced the commission to stay action on the matter.

I’ll Be The Next Senate President, Ndume Declares – Punch, Page 18

A former Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, has said he will emerge as the Senate President of the Ninth National Assembly. The senator said this in an interview with journalists in Lagos on Monday. He said he was confident because he had the support of his colleagues in the Senate and the leaders of the All Progressives Congress. Ndume said he was not in the race to bargain for juicy position, saying he had done his homework. He stated that no party leader had asked him to withdraw for anyone, adding that the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, had explained that the party only recommended Senator Ahmad Lawan as the  preferred choice and had not imposed him on the senators. He said, “We have 109 senators and each of them have one vote. If you are contesting to be the Senate President, you have to reach out.  But at the beginning, I was cautious because I am a party man. So, when the party said ‘don’t go there,’ I did not. “But the party came out again and said, ‘You can reach out to them now,’ so I reached out to them.”

Protest Hits Zamfara Over Insecurity As Emir Warns Of Food Crisis – Guardian, Page 1

A coalition of Northern Nigerian Youth Associations under the umbrella of Arewa Youths Federation (AYF) held a protest in Zamfara State yesterday, urging government to checkmate the activities of bandits in the state. The demonstration followed the reported killing of about 50 persons in three local government areas of the state at the weekend. “This breach is now extending from killings to targeted abductions that are intended to be high-profile. These crimes are also beginning to spill into neighbouring states,” AYF President Adamu Matazu told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). He regretted that despite “well-intended steps so far taken by the Federal Government and implemented in part by the nation’s security and military services, the situation remained unabated.” According to him, this has confirmed longstanding fears that political elites and traditional rulers in parts of the country are behind the wave of violence. “The crux of the matter is that these elites are operating illegal gold mines, knowing full well that the practice violates local and federal laws. They are also aware that their activity, which thankfully has been stopped by the Federal Government, is detrimental to the state economically, environmentally, security-wise and socially.

PDP Protests As Police Detain Adeleke – Punch, Page 7

The Peoples Democratic Party has protested against the detention of its candidate for last year’s  Osun State governorship election, Ademola Adeleke, by the police on Monday. Adeleke  was  detained at  Force Headquarters in Abuja  after he was invited by the  police. “This is highly provocative, an invitation to anarchy and a recipe for a very serious crisis not only in Osun but also in the judiciary and our nation,” the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Ologbindiyan, said at a press conference in Abuja on Monday. “The arrest and detention of Senator Adeleke is a direct act of violence against our laws, the institution of the judiciary and the 1999 Constitution (as amended). “This is part of the grand plot by the All Progressives Congress to coerce Senator Adeleke into relinquishing  the mandate that was freely given to him by the people of Osun State, which was further established by the tribunal.” Ologbondiyan said the plot was to arraign  Adeleke before  “an ostensibly compromised magistrate’s court” over the same issues of alleged examination malpractice and certificate forgery before the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Insecurity: No Special Treatment For Daura, Says Presidency – Thisday, Page 1

The abduction of the District Head of Daura, Alhaji Musa Umar, who is also the husband of President Muhammadu Buhari’s niece, Hajiya Bilki, has shown that security agencies are not giving any town, including the president’s, preferential treatment, the presidency said yesterday. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, stated this in an interview on Kakaaki, a breakfast television programme of African Independent Television (AIT). He said: “Well, that has happened but I think that brings the message home that it is a national problem and that because the President comes from Daura, is not to say there cannot be crime in Daura or Daura will be specially treated. “The Army said two days ago that there are clear pointers that these problems are beyond criminality.” Shehu, however, scored the Buhari administration 98 per cent in the fight against insurgency. He said: “If you ask me about the biggest security (challenge) we met on the ground, it is Boko Haram terrorism and I will score this administration 98 per cent coming this far because Boko Haram is now confined to the fringes of Lake Chad. As a matter of fact, they jump in and out and mainly occupy communities that have not been re-occupied by their owner.”

After 20 Years In Senate, David Mark Begins ‘Thank You Tour’ To His Constituents – Vanguard Online Page

After his sojourn in the Senate for twenty years, representing the people of Benue South Senatorial district, former Senate President, Senator David Mark, will today begin a thank you tour to all the local governments that make up the zone. In a statement yesterday in Abuja by his Media Assistant, Paul Mumeh, Senator Mark would use the opportunity to appreciate his people for the trust and confidence reposed on him for 20 years in the upper legislative house. Senator Mark was elected Senator to represent Benue South Senatorial District in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015 under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). According to Mumeh, the former Senate President is billed to meet the traditional rulers, politicians across party lines and all stakeholders in the nine local government areas making the Benue South Senatorial zone. Mumeh said, “Senator Mark and his successor Comrade Abba Moro will flag off the tour from Agatu local government area and move to Apa Local government council on Tuesday. “The team will visit Ado and Okpokwu local governments on Wednesday as well as Oju and Obi local governments on Thursday. “It will be Ogbadibo and Ohimini local governments’ turn on Friday while the grand finale will be in Otukpo local government on Saturday. “The programme will be climaxed with a thanksgiving Church service on Sunday, May 12, 2019, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Otukpo. “Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State is expected to be the Special Guest of Honour at the thanksgiving mass.”

EFCC Arrests Four Suspected Internet Fraudsters – Nation, Page 6

Operatives of the Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested four suspected internet fraudsters in Calabar, the Cross River State. Their arrests followed two seperate raids carried out in the early hours of May 4 and May 5. The Saturday morning operation led to the arrest of a known “yahoo” kingpin, Akpojivi Joel Onoriode, a 29-year-old graduate of Delta State University, Abraka, who is married with two kids. Onoriode was arrested in his “lavishly furnished” duplex located at Plot 10, Block VI, UniCal Satellite Town, Calabar, which he allegedly confessed was purchased with proceeds from his illicit “yahoo” business. He allegedly confessed that he had been in the “yahoo-yahoo” business for a long time and was known as “Blinks” or “Mr. White”. He admitted that he has been in the “yahoo” business for a very long time and currently operates an offshore account in China. A statement by EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade, quoted him as saying: “I was really known in my school then as a yahoo boy. I have two kids. I didn’t want to bring them up where people will say, ‘ah! your father is a yahoo boy’. That was why I relocated my family from Asaba to Calabar.

Fraudsters Move To Mobile Devices – Nation Online Page

Fraudsters are capitalising on the growing number of subscribers in Nigeria and other countries in Africa to steal the cash of unsuspecting victims. According to Kaspersky Lab research, subscriber identity module (SIM) swap frauds have become very common. In South Africa, it more than double last year, according a report of South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC). SIM swap fraud happens when someone convinces your carrier to switch your phone number over to a SIM card that a criminal possesses. In some cases, there are carrier’s employees working together with criminals. By diverting your incoming SMS messages, scammers can easily complete the text-based two-factor authentication checks that protect your most sensitive accounts in financial services, social networks, webmail services and instant messengers. Experts who spoke during Kaspersky Lab’s annual Cyber Security Weekend in South Africa said many African countries are suited to mobile payment methods. In fact, research notes that at the end of 2017, there were 135 live mobile money services across the sub-Saharan African region, with 122 million active accounts.

Two Policemen, Bandit Killed In Gun Duel – Punch, Page 5

Two policemen and an unidentified gunman were killed during a gun battle on Sunday at a bar on Woji Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The gunmen were said to be searching for a man at the bar when they ran into the policemen, who were manning the place. PUNCH Metro learnt that the gunmen opened gunfire, killing two cops. One policeman, who was shot in the hand reportedly fired back at the assailants. The officer was said to have killed one of the hoodlums, injured another and recovered three rifles from the hoodlums. Two of the rifles, according to a security source, belonged to the two policemen that were killed, while the third gun belonged to the slain bandit. A witness, who did not want to be identified, said, “We were drinking when one of my friends said he was going to urinate at the bar’s restroom. “Before he came out, I began to hear gunshots and everybody started running helter-skelter. But the policemen, who mounted sacks of sand in front of the bar, confronted the gunmen. ” The state Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed that two policemen lost their lives during the incident.”

Abducted Corper: NYSC Contacts Family, Colleague Says Boko Haram Demands Ransom – Punch, Page 13

There are indications that the Boko Haram insurgents have demanded ransom before releasing members of the Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel) they kidnapped two weeks ago. Gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram had kidnapped a member of the National Youth Service Corps, Ibrahim Amuta and three other members of the church on their way to Chibok to distribute relief items to internally displaced persons and evangelise. Amuta’s housemate, Success Ezeanya, whose tweet about the abduction went viral on Saturday, told The PUNCH on Monday that he was told by a member of the church that the insurgents had demanded N200m before they could release those they kidnapped. Although a source in Maiduguri said Boko Haram demanded N100m ransom, Ezeanya said that the family of the abducted corps member was communicating with the church. Ezeanya stated, “I haven’t heard anything from AB’s family members. I think they are communicating directly with the church, so I have not heard anything directly from them. I know he is the only son; I don’t know if he is the only child. According to one of the church members, Boko Haram asked for a ransom of N200m.”

Woman Allegedly Pours Hot Pot Of Rice On Policewoman In Lagos – Guardian, Page 12

A 29-year-old housewife, Mary Simon, has appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly pouring hot pot of rice on her neighbour, who is a policewoman. Simon, who resides at Block 6, Flat 3, Mopol 20 Barracks in Lagos, is facing a charge of assault to which she pleaded not guilty. The Prosecutor, Sgt. Michael Unah, yesterday told the court that the defendant committed the offence on April 11 at about 2:00p.m. at her residence. Unah said the defendant assaulted the complainant, Insp. Justina Yohana, by pouring boiling pot of rice on her backside, after a misunderstanding. He said the complainant went to the defendant’s house with her friend and demanded the reason she abused her while she was passing by. “The complainant beat the defendant out of anger and the defendant retaliated by pouring the pot of rice she was cooking on her. The incident caused grievous injuries on the complainant,” he said. The Chief Magistrate, Mr. A.A. Fashola, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000 with one surety in like sum. He added that the surety must be blood relatives of the defendant and should live within the court’s jurisdiction. The offence contravenes Section 173 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 and attracts three years imprisonment if convicted. The case was adjourned until May 22.

Police Rescue Toddler Kidnapped From MFM Two Months Ago – Guardian, Page 12

The police in Lagos have rescued a two-year-old child abducted from the Mountain of Fire and Miracle Church (MFM) regional headquarters in Agege two months ago. Baby Esther Ojo was recovered in an operation led by the Igando Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Dr. Taiwo Kasumu, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP). The police also arrested the kidnappers, Nwaigbo Magnus and Sixtus Osunwoke Egwim, who were waiting to collect ransom at the location they asked the baby’s parents to bring the money. It was gathered that the police have been on their trail since they established contact with the kid’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oladipo Ojo, to demand ransom. It was gathered that the suspects gave the parents six different locations to ensure they did not set a trap for them, but were eventually apprehended at about 12:30p.m. yesterday. It was gathered that they led the police team to their hideout where the baby was recovered unhurt and handed over to her parents.

Man Stabs Friend To Death In Ogun – Guardian, Page 12

A 28-year-old man, Oni Olohunwa has been arrested by men of the Ogun State police command for stabbing his friend, Baraka Taiwo, to death, during an argument. A statement by the command’s spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, yesterday explained that the deceased and the suspect who were close friends attended a party. “In the course of the party, the deceased was said to have got drunk and started misbehaving and while the suspect was trying to caution him, an argument ensued. “The suspect later brought out a knife and stabbed him (victim) and was immediately rushed to the hospital where he died. The suspect has been charged with homicide.” Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and prosecution. In another development, a soldier, Private Akhigbe Tijjani, was yesterday paraded by the police in Yobe State. Tijjani was accused of raping a young girl in front of her parents in Buni Yadi, Yobe. Tijjani was also said to have forced the girl’s brother to have sex with one of his siblings. He bashed the boy’s head with a pestle when he refused to be forced to commit the incest.

Delta Force Boss Narrates ‘Harrowing Experience’ At Ifeanyi Ubah Stadium – Guardian, Page 61

The Chairman of Delta Force Football Club of Asaba, Emmanuel Chidi-Okonkwo has urged the League Management Company (LMC) to sanction FC IfeanyiUbah over an attack he allegedly received in the hands of the home fans during a league match at the Anambra State team’s stadium in Nnewi on Sunday. The match ended 2-1 in favour of FC Ifeanyi Ubah, but Chidi-Okonkwo says the home team won because one of their top officials intimidated referees after the half time break. Among other things, Chidi-Okonkwo claimed he lost a gold plated Rolex wristwatch, a gold chain and his wallet, which contained $2,600 and 320 Ghanaian CEDIs during the attack. Speaking with The Guardian from his hospital bed in Asaba yesterday, the Delta Force boss said: “It was an organised mob action, and I am holding the chairman of FC IfeanyUbah, Chukwuma D. Ubah and one of the players, Uche Onuorah responsible for the incident. We saw hell at the stadium.”

Joshua Warns Fury, Wilder Over Fight Delays – Punch, Page 45

Anthony Joshua has warned Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury they risk facing a better version of him if frustrating fight negotiations drag on. Unified world heavyweight champion Joshua faces Andy Ruiz Jr on June 1. The 29-year-old says the bout will showcase evolving methods he began to use after beating Wladimir Klitschko. “I’ve got through with strength, guts and heart,” said Joshua. “I’ve got away with mistakes. I realised I couldn’t continue my journey like that.” Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live boxing, Joshua added, “After Klitschko, I thought ‘how many more fights can I have like that before the mistakes aren’t there any more?’ “For the last two years, hand on heart, with my team, we spend so much time doing things outside of boxing, things that can drain me. “How do we now train smart to become smarter in the ring? Less quantity, more quality. It didn’t happen overnight. It has taken two years to implement it and this is the first camp we are really seeing it.”

Dennerby Lists Nwabuoku, Okoronkwo, 18 Others For WAFU Cup – Guardian Back Page

Super Falcons’ Head Coach, Thomas Dennerby has included defender and former team captain, Evelyn Nwabuoku and midfielder, Amarachi Okoronkwo in the list of 20 players to represent Nigeria in the WAFU Women’s Cup tournament in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire May 8 to 18, 2019. Nigeria, who finished in third place at the last edition of the competition in 2018, will play in Group B alongside Burkina Faso, Niger Republic and Mali. Host nation Cote d’Ivoire will tackle Senegal, Togo and Ghana in Group A. Officials confirmed to thenff.com yesterday that the Super Falcons’ delegation will fly out of Nigeria today aboard an Air Ivoire flight, to arrive Abidjan in the afternoon. Dennerby stated last week that the WAFU Women’s Cup Tournament is important for the home–based professionals, as it will determine the number of them that he will include his list for the final training camp at the Avita Resort in Bad Tatzmannsdorf, Austria ahead of the 8th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals taking place June 7 to July 7 in France. The Falcons will take on Burkina Faso in their first match of the WAFU Cup on Thursday before tackling their counterparts from Niger Republic on Saturday. Their last match of the group phase, against Mali, comes up on May 14.

Kompany Stunner Moves Manchester City One Win Away From Title – Reuters

Manchester City can win the Premier League title with a victory at Brighton on Sunday, after a thundering long-range drive from captain Vincent Kompany in the 70th minute gave them a 1-0 win over Leicester City. With Monday’s victory in their penultimate game, City return to the top of the table with a one point advantage over Liverpool who host Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday. It was the longest City fans have had to wait for a goal at the Etihad in this Premier League season and with nerves fraying, there was a growing sense that an impressive Leicester could wreck Pep Guardiola’s hopes of capturing successive titles. But then Kompany picked up the ball just over the half-way line with the Leicester defence camped deep, and the 33-year-old skipper unleashed a stunning drive from 25 metres out that flew into the top corner of Kasper Schmeichel’s goal. Leicester had an opportunity to level in the 87th minute but substitute Kelechi Iheanacho, a former City player, was unable to find the target from a promising position. City, who have now won 13 straight league games, have 95 points to Liverpool’s 94 and also have a plus four goal difference over Juergen Klopp’s side. (Reporting by Simon Evans, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

Liverpool Targets Greatest Comeback Against Solid Barca Tonight – Thisday, Page 46

Although Liverpool emerged victorious from a bruising battle against Newcastle to remain in the hunt for the Premier League title, the Reds sustained too many wounds to summon a Champions League semifinal comeback against Barcelona tonight. Coming from a late double from Lionel Messi last week in Camp Nou, that defeat has left Jurgen Klopp’s men with a mountain to climb to overturn a 3-0 first leg crushing if they are to reach a second consecutive Champions League final. Liverpool have overcome such deficits before in the Champions League, most famously in the 2005 final against AC Milan. But hopes of another famous European comeback at fortress Anfield were dealt a blow when Mohamed Salah was stretchered off with a head knock as Liverpool edged out Newcastle 3-2 on Saturday to move two points ahead of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League. That was before Man city’s clash with Leicester City last night. Salah watched a thrilling end to the match at St. James’ Park in the dressing room as his replacement Divock Origi headed home fellow substitute Xherdan Shaqiri’s free-kick four minutes from time.

Former Bendel Insurance Star, George Omokaro, Is Dead – Thisday, Page 46

George Omokaro, a member of the dreaded Bendel Insurance squads of the 1970s and early 1980s, has died on the morning of Monday, May 6, 2019 in Benin City. Chairman of Edo State Sports Commission, Godwin Dudu-Orumen confirmed the death of Omokaro yesterday morning. He described the death of the former Bendel Insurance midfielder as a tragic loss to the football family in Nigeria. Dudu-Orumen, who said he received the news of Omokaro’s passing with shock, extolled the qualities of the former Bendel Insurance and Nigerian international. “He belonged to that class of thinking players, footballers who played the game with their heads. On the pitch he could think quickly on his feet no matter the level of pressure. In the midfield he was tireless and made the job of winning balls and circulating passes to his teammates look too easy. A key member of that glorious Insurance team of 1978-1979, which included players like Peter Egharevba, Kadiri Ikhana, David Adiele, Louis Boateng, Henry Ogboe, Felix Agbonifo, Agwo Nnaji, Ebenezer Badger, and many others and which titillated Nigerian football fans with their fluid and velvety brand of football, Omokaro with his tireless efforts in the midfield was pivotal to the successes of the team. His death leaves us at the Sports Commission and indeed the whole of Edo State from which he hailed, diminished,” Dudu-Orumen mourned.


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