Saturday, 9 January 2016

Lawmakers back Ambode over Oshodi market demolition

Some lawmakers on Friday hailed the demolition of Owonifari Market at the popular Oshodi area by the Lagos State Government, describing the action as a necessary step to actualise the transformation the place.
The state government had relocated traders in the market to a newly built ultra-modern Isopakodowo Market in nearby Bolade before the demolition.
A member of the House of Representatives representing Agege Federal Constituency, Taofiq Adaranijo, said contrary to the criticisms trailing the demolition, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration did the right thing.
The demolition, Adaranijo, said would bring sanity to the area.
He said, “When you go round other parts of the world, you will hardly see a market in such a place and constructing a bus terminal there will beautify the place and change that environment for good. It will add colour to the megacity that we are dreaming for Lagos and this is a bold step towards achieving the transformation plan.
“Those are the things we want the governor to continue to do. Although it is going to be a difficult decision to take, at the end of the day, the people will appreciate it.”
Also, a member representing Epe Constituency 2 in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Segun Olulade, said the demolition was not done with bad intention.
According to the lawmaker, Oshodi is gradually becoming a haven for criminals and what the government has done will check crimes, enhance security around the area and aid free flow of traffic. He said, “Some people are claiming that the traders were not given enough notice to quit the market before the demolition was carried out, but when situations like this arise, nobody will say they were adequately notified. There is no reason for anyone to be mischievous about the demolition. The governor means well for the state and that was why the leadership of the market was severally engaged before the government demolished the market.”
Meanwhile, the state government on Thursday vowed to improve on the security of lives and properties of the people by taking security to the grassroots.
It urged parents and guardians to be extra vigilant on the movement of their children and wards especially at nights.
Addressing journalists after the monthly Security Council Meeting chaired by Ambode, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, said the government resolved to take security to the grassroots to improve on the successes recorded during the last Yuletide period.
Owoseni said the Council reviewed the measures put in place in 2015 and strategised on how to improve on them.
He said, “One of the main issues that the Council looked at is an after-action review of all the measures put in place in 2015 especially during the yuletide that culminated in us having a peaceful celebration.
“Having reviewed that, we looked at how we can sustain some of them that have been helpful to us and of course improve on other measures we think needs improvement. That basically were the major things that we have done and we have resolved that we will sustain those positive measures with a view to making Lagos State safer and more secured for social and economic development.”
The police boss assured residents that security situation in the state would always be better.
Owoseni, however, praised Lagos residents for their corporation and support, urging them to sustain this tempo this year.

Nigerian dating fraudsters jailed for £1.6m scam




Two United Kingdom-based Nigerians who duped a woman of £1.6m in a romance scam were sentenced to a total of five-and-a-half years imprisonment at a Basildon Crown Court in London on Friday.
Ife Ojo (31) of Hammonds Drive, Peterborough in Cambridgeshire was jailed for 34 months for conspiracy to defraud while his accomplice, Olusegun Agbaje (43) of Kershaw Close, Hornchurch, Essex was jailed 32 months for conspiracy to defraud.
According to the Metropolitan Police, a year ago, a woman in her 40s, from Hillingdon, reported to Action Fraud that she had been a victim of fraud and the case was later referred to the Metropolitan Police’s cyber crime and fraud team, FALCON.
The victim told the police that in February 2014, she met a man calling himself Christian Anderson on a dating site. After a few weeks, they met in person. He told her that he was an engineer working in the oil industry, that he was divorced and had a daughter, and that his father and sister died of cancer.
After professing his love a few weeks, he reportedly told her he was having a difficult time working on a project in Benin, Africa and asked her for a loan to pay import duty for machinery.
She reportedly paid over £30,000 into the business account of his supposed personal assistant, a man allegedly called Brandon Platt, but Anderson then requested more cash, ranging from £25,000 for a police fine, to thousands of pounds to free up inheritance money left by his mother, who lived in Cape Town.
According to the Met police, between March and December 2014, the victim reportedly ended up paid £1.6million into numerous bank accounts.
The money was subsequently transferred into various personal accounts, including £35,000 to the bank accounts of Ife Ojo and Olusegun Agbaje.
FALCON carried out a financial investigation. They identified Agbaje as one of the recipients of the victim’s money and went to his home address where they found him with Ojo. Both were arrested and their homes searched.
The BBC reports that in September 2015, Ojo, a student from Peterborough and Agbaje, an administrative assistant of Hornchurch both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud at Basildon Crown Court.
The Detective Chief Inspector Gary Miles of FALCON said, “Today’s sentencing recognises the devastating impact this kind of fraud has on its victims. I would like to pay tribute to the victim in this case who provided evidence which was crucial in securing two guilty pleas in this case.

BREAKING: Jim Nwobodo dumps PDP for APC







A former minister of information, and governor of the old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo, on Friday defected to the All Progressive Congress.
Nwobodo, a former Senator and presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, attended an APC meeting, reportedly convened by Foreign Affairs minister, Dr. Jeffrey Onyeama, in Enugu.
He declared his membership of the party at the meeting, to the surprise of most of the APC members present at the event.
A former PDP senator from Enugu State, Chief Fidelis Okoro, also defected to the APC at the meeting.
Okoro was in the Senate between 1999 and 2007.
There were indications that the former PDP bigwigs’ defection did not go down well with the some APC members, who openly voiced their dissatisfaction with the development at the meeting.
The party faithful could not hide their surprise, and shock, when Nwobodo arrived at the venue of the meeting in company with Okoro.
Some APC members, who apparently understood the duo’s mission at the meeting, voiced their disapproval.
Chairman of the party in Enugu State, Dr. Ben Nwoye, who appeared to have prior knowledge of the defection, got the aggrieved party members to calm down before Nwobodo made his declaration speech.
In his declaration speech, Nwobodo had harsh words for his old party, PDP.
Nwobodo condemned the PDP, and blamed the party’s leadership for allowing five governors to leave for the APC in the build up to the 2015 general elections.
According to him, he is joining the APC to move the people of Enugu State into the mainstream at the federal level.
Drawing from his experience as a governor, he said it was not good being in the opposition.
He said members of the APC in Enugu State should not to be discouraged by the electoral losses they suffered in the state in the past.
“You must always lose, what matters is the ability to rise again.
“I must condemn our former party, PDP – I know we had problems.
“I told our former chairman, how come did we allow five governors to leave the party?
“I am not looking for a job, I am talking because I want peace.
“I want our people to be part of the Federal Government at the centre.
“I had a problem being an opposition governor.
“I am not coming into APC because I want anything.
“I want our people to be reintegrated and have our own share of the Federal Government resources,” Nwobodo said.
Nwobodo recalled that while he was in PDP, his wife had always been an active member of the APC.
He pointed out that the slogan “change” did not start now with the APC.
According to him, it started in 1983, when he was an opposition governor.

Buhari to host Eaglets, others January 21



President Muhammadu Buhari has finally agreed to host the victorious Golden Eaglets at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja on January 21.
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung stated this on Thursday night in Abuja during the Glo/CAF African Footballer of the Year Awards.
He also stated that the National Sports Commission has forwarded a proposal for the reception, which the Presidency has approved.
Buhari had earlier disclosed during the recent presidential media chat that he has approved the proposals brought to him for the hosting of the players and athletes.
Expectedly, the President will host the Eaglets, who won the Chile 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, the world scrabble champion, Wellington Jighere, and the athletes, who did Nigeria proud at the Brazzaville 2015 All Africa Games.
Dalung said, “January 21 has been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari as a day for the reward of all those who have made us proud. And indeed, the Federal Government has also approved a comprehensive package for all the athletes and this is not limited to football, it’s also for scrabble, basketball and all other games through which the country was made proud.”
When asked the recommendations, Dalung said “The recommendation is subject to the approval of Mr. President and since it is a package, it cannot be unveiled until that day”.
source : punch news 

The things they said: FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala winners





With the 2015 Ballon d’Or Gala just days away now, FIFA.com rounds up just some of the reactions from the players and coaches who have picked up awards at the glittering event over the previous five years.
2010
“This is my second world player of the year award and I feel just as happy as I did the first time, if not more so. We’re going to enjoy it.” Argentina’s Lionel Messi, FIFA Ballon d’Or winner.
“I’ve got a room where I put all my trophies and an area set aside for all the FIFA ones. I’ve still got more space though, and even if I didn’t I’d soon find some (laughs).” Brazil’s Marta, FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year.
“What I want to do now is to go home, so I can celebrate with my family and savour t­he moment. I’m going to keep this trophy safe, because it’s part of my story and the story of those people who work with me, those who I love and who love me back. It’s something that’ll make me always keep looking for more, with the same level of motivation I’ve always had.” Portugal’s Jose Mourinho, FIFA Men’s Football Coach of the Year.
“It’s a wonderful award, but highlights for me are always when you win something with a team – something that you can’t win on your own. You always need the support of your players, the national association, your colleagues and the rest of the staff, but this means that you can reach even greater heights. As a coach, you have to have success all the time, and to achieve that it takes much more than just being a good coach”Germany’s Silvia Neid, FIFA Women’s Football Coach of the Year.
“I would like to thank everyone. It’s not that bad to write a bit of history like this. I am very happy about this award. It might not have been the most important goal but it was certainly the most spectacular.” Turkey’s Hamit Altintop, FIFA Puskás Award winner.
2011
“I’m very proud to have won it three times, especially one after the other. It’s hard to win one, let alone three. I’m very happy and this award gives me as much pleasure as the first.” Argentina’s Lionel Messi, FIFA Ballon d’Or winner.
“It was a very exciting night. It was actually when I heard the name of my international coach being announced as Women’s Coach of the Year that my legs started to shake and I began to feel very excited and nervous. And then when I heard my own name, my mind just went blank. I almost couldn’t believe it.”Japan’s Homare Sawa, FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year.
“It’s a great source of joy. You become a footballer or coach because you love the game, to put a certain philosophy into practice and work with the players. And then, of course, events like these put football in a good light and we all need to encourage that to keep the sport growing.” Barcelona head coach Josep Guardiola, FIFA Men’s Football Coach of the Year.
“I am so honoured. Just being here at such an amazing event together with my family makes me feel so grateful. I’m so emotional and I’m feeling very happy. Just being here is one thing but winning this award is simply overwhelming.” Japan’s Norio Sasaki, FIFA Women’s Football Coach of the Year.
“I was almost in a state of shock (laughs). I’m delighted to have won the award, though, and I’m very grateful to all my team-mates for their help in what’s been a wonderful year. I’d also like to thank God and my family, friends and colleagues because they’ve helped me a lot.” Brazil’s Neymar, FIFA Puskás Award winner.
2012
“It’s really nice to win it again, for a fourth consecutive time. I’m really very happy. My mind went blank and I couldn’t think of what to say. All the same, I’d like to dedicate this award to my family.” Argentina’s Lionel Messi, FIFA Ballon d’Or winner.
“It’s fantastic. There haven’t been many times in my life where I’ve been completely speechless, but I’m really having trouble finding the right words. Honestly, when Hope [Solo] said my name, I thought she’d made a mistake. I was sure that Alex [Morgan] would win.” USA’s Abby Wambach, FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year.
“I’m proud to represent a country’s football that’s enjoying an extraordinary period, but I know that this isn’t an individual award. This award is for the work of a whole team: I’ve got a lot of people behind me.”Spain’s Vicente Del Bosque, FIFA Men’s Football Coach of the Year.
“I feel really [close] to the team and am very proud of them. I’d love to give everyone an award like this, but there’s only one trophy, so I’ll keep it.” USA head coach Pia Sundhage, FIFA Women’s Football Coach of the Year.
“It’s a fantastic feeling as I didn’t expect to be in the top ten, never mind the final three. I want to thank the fans as well, because without their votes I wouldn’t be here. This trophy belongs to them too.” Slovakia’s Miroslav Stoch, FIFA Puskás Award winner.
2013
“Finding out I’d won made me extremely happy, I felt very proud. You need to work really hard to win a trophy of this magnitude. Winning a second Ballon d’Or was what I yearned for most. I want to thank all my team-mates at Real Madrid and the national side, because you can’t win individual awards without working as a team. And the same goes to my coaches for club and country, for the trust they had in me.” Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, FIFA Ballon d’Or winner.
“I still can’t believe it, but I’m totally calm and can’t really take it in. I think I’ll have to sleep on it for a couple of nights until it finally all hits me.” Germany’s Nadine Angerer, FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year.
“It’s obviously a tremendous honour at the end of my career. I had almost 50 years as a player and coach, and experienced many highs, lows, successes and failures. This is the crowning glory to round it all off and I’m extremely happy.” Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes, FIFA Men’s Football Coach of the Year.
“It’s an incredible honour, and I really never thought it could happen. But nobody can ever succeed alone. So many people have contributed to this award.” Germany’s Silvia Neid, FIFA Women’s Football Coach of the Year.
“I’m delighted. It is a huge honour for me just to be here, so to go home with two trophies feels even better. As for the goal, normally it’s not so important who scores, but this time it happened to be me and I think it has become a symbol of sorts because of how it came about. That thought makes me really happy. This is a day I will remember for the rest of my life.” Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, FIFA Puskás Award winner.
“It’s a wonderful award, but highlights for me are always when you win something with a team – something that you can’t win on your own. You always need the support of your players, the national association, your colleagues and the rest of the staff, but this means that you can reach even greater heights. As a coach, you have to have success all the time, and to achieve that it takes much more than just being a good coach”Germany’s Silvia Neid, FIFA Women’s Football Coach of the Year.
“I would like to thank everyone. It’s not that bad to write a bit of history like this. I am very happy about this award. It might not have been the most important goal but it was certainly the most spectacular.” Turkey’s Hamit Altintop, FIFA Puskás Award winner.
2011
“I’m very proud to have won it three times, especially one after the other. It’s hard to win one, let alone three. I’m very happy and this award gives me as much pleasure as the first.” Argentina’s Lionel Messi, FIFA Ballon d’Or winner.
“It was a very exciting night. It was actually when I heard the name of my international coach being announced as Women’s Coach of the Year that my legs started to shake and I began to feel very excited and nervous. And then when I heard my own name, my mind just went blank. I almost couldn’t believe it.”Japan’s Homare Sawa, FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year.
“It’s a great source of joy. You become a footballer or coach because you love the game, to put a certain philosophy into practice and work with the players. And then, of course, events like these put football in a good light and we all need to encourage that to keep the sport growing.” Barcelona head coach Josep Guardiola, FIFA Men’s Football Coach of the Year.
“I am so honoured. Just being here at such an amazing event together with my family makes me feel so grateful. I’m so emotional and I’m feeling very happy. Just being here is one thing but winning this award is simply overwhelming.” Japan’s Norio Sasaki, FIFA Women’s Football Coach of the Year.
“I was almost in a state of shock (laughs). I’m delighted to have won the award, though, and I’m very grateful to all my team-mates for their help in what’s been a wonderful year. I’d also like to thank God and my family, friends and colleagues because they’ve helped me a lot.” Brazil’s Neymar, FIFA Puskás Award winner.
2012
“It’s really nice to win it again, for a fourth consecutive time. I’m really very happy. My mind went blank and I couldn’t think of what to say. All the same, I’d like to dedicate this award to my family.” Argentina’s Lionel Messi, FIFA Ballon d’Or winner.
“It’s fantastic. There haven’t been many times in my life where I’ve been completely speechless, but I’m really having trouble finding the right words. Honestly, when Hope [Solo] said my name, I thought she’d made a mistake. I was sure that Alex [Morgan] would win.” USA’s Abby Wambach, FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year.
“I’m proud to represent a country’s football that’s enjoying an extraordinary period, but I know that this isn’t an individual award. This award is for the work of a whole team: I’ve got a lot of people behind me.”Spain’s Vicente Del Bosque, FIFA Men’s Football Coach of the Year.
“I feel really [close] to the team and am very proud of them. I’d love to give everyone an award like this, but there’s only one trophy, so I’ll keep it.” USA head coach Pia Sundhage, FIFA Women’s Football Coach of the Year.
“It’s a fantastic feeling as I didn’t expect to be in the top ten, never mind the final three. I want to thank the fans as well, because without their votes I wouldn’t be here. This trophy belongs to them too.” Slovakia’s Miroslav Stoch, FIFA Puskás Award winner.
2013
“Finding out I’d won made me extremely happy, I felt very proud. You need to work really hard to win a trophy of this magnitude. Winning a second Ballon d’Or was what I yearned for most. I want to thank all my team-mates at Real Madrid and the national side, because you can’t win individual awards without working as a team. And the same goes to my coaches for club and country, for the trust they had in me.” Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, FIFA Ballon d’Or winner.
“I still can’t believe it, but I’m totally calm and can’t really take it in. I think I’ll have to sleep on it for a couple of nights until it finally all hits me.” Germany’s Nadine Angerer, FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year.
“It’s obviously a tremendous honour at the end of my career. I had almost 50 years as a player and coach, and experienced many highs, lows, successes and failures. This is the crowning glory to round it all off and I’m extremely happy.” Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes, FIFA Men’s Football Coach of the Year.
“It’s an incredible honour, and I really never thought it could happen. But nobody can ever succeed alone. So many people have contributed to this award.” Germany’s Silvia Neid, FIFA Women’s Football Coach of the Year.
“I’m delighted. It is a huge honour for me just to be here, so to go home with two trophies feels even better. As for the goal, normally it’s not so important who scores, but this time it happened to be me and I think it has become a symbol of sorts because of how it came about. That thought makes me really happy. This is a day I will remember for the rest of my life.” Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, FIFA Puskás Award winner.
2014
“I’ve been here eight times now but it’s still the same. There’s always a lot of tension before the names are read out. I know how much hard work and effort goes into winning this award, and that’s why I still get emotional, no matter how many times I come here to receive it. I hope I’ll be doing so for many years to come. That’s why I have to thank my team-mates, my club Real Madrid and everyone in Portugal. This Ballon d’Or caps a great season for me and it also gives me the motivation to start 2015 with the same ambition.” Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, FIFA Ballon d’Or winner.
I’m still completely overwhelmed by the moment; I’ve got to calm down and let it all sink in first. It might be an individual award, but I’d never have won it without the help of my team-mates.” Germany’s Nadine Kessler, FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year.
“Receiving this award after such a successful year is a huge honour for me. It’s like the icing on the cake after the World Cup.” Germany’s Joachim Low, FIFA Men’s Football Coach of the Year.
“I really am very proud, but I know it has been a joint project in which a huge number of people have played a part. Working together is the only way to achieve anything in team sport.” Germany’s Ralf Kellermann, FIFA Women’s Football Coach of the Year.
“I’m extremely happy to win this award, which is really a very special honour, all the more so because it was voted for by the public. I’m very grateful. It will be difficult to match that goal, but I’m going to keep trying to score more [like it] in the future.” Colombia’s James Rodriguez, FIFA Puskás Award winner.

Ronaldo not transferable – Zidane


New Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says there is no chance Cristiano Ronaldo will leave the club while he is in charge, Sky Sports reports.
Zidane begins his reign at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, when the club begins life after Rafael Benitez with a home clash against Deportivo La Coruna.
Ronaldo’s future in Spain had come into question amid reports of tension between him and Benitez, and the Daily Telegraph hinted he may still look to leave in the summer despite Zidane’s appointment on Monday.
The 30-year-old has constantly been linked with a move back to the Premier League, where he enjoyed great success under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
But the Frenchman was unequivocal about his desire to keep Ronaldo at the club, when he said: “Cristiano is more than untransferable, he’s the soul of this Madrid. As long as I’m here he won’t leave, that’s for sure.
Cristiano will play along the wing and he’ll play whatever happens. I’m going to give few instructions to Cristiano, his record talks for itself.
“The only thing I want is that he feels happy, at ease.”
It appears the transfer window could be a quiet one for Zidane, who said movement in and out of the club would be unlikely.
“Possible departures, I don’t think and I don’t want. Signings neither, I have a big squad and am satisfied with it,” he added.
Zidane’s first game in charge is a tough one, as Deportivo have only lost three games all season and their seventh position owes a lot to the fact nine of their 18 games have ended in draws.
Real sit in third, four points behind leaders and city rivals Atletico Madrid, and Zidane is expected to change their tactical approach, which could benefit the likes of James Rodriguez and Isco.