Nigerian short sprint record holders Blessing Okagbare and Divine Oduduru are among the stars on parade as the 2019 All-Nigeria Track and Field Championships kicked off on Thursday in Kaduna.
The annual event serves as the trials for athletes who will represent Nigeria at the 2019 African Games in Casablanca, Morocco and the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the championships has now set alight the tracks of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium.
The athletes will be contesting for the national titles and tickets to the two championships from the races, throws and jumps.
Records are therefore expected to tumble, especially in the men’s 100m and 200m events, where US-based Divine Oduduru has recently shown himself to be a force.
The other events to be competed for included the triple jump, the female sprints, quarter-miles and the javelin throw.
Speaking on the readiness of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) for the three-day fiesta, AFN Technical Director Sunday Adeleye said they were ready for the competition.
He said they were set to organise one of the best trials in recent years.
“We are set for a competitive track and field championships.
“This is the first time the competition is coming to Kaduna state and considering that Ahmadu Bello Stadium’s tracks are fast, few records are at the risk of being shattered and new ones to be set.
“The athletes are in good shape and the weather is good. So far, we expect good performance all round from all the athletes.
(Edited by Olawale Alabi)
Tens of thousands rally in France against racism and police violence
Tens of thousands of people rallied on Saturday in Paris and several other French cities to pay tribute to Georges Floyd, an African American who died from police brutality in the United States and the victims of police violence in France.
Despite the ban on gatherings of more than 10 people in Paris due to coronavirus sanitary concerns, people turned out massively at Place de la concorde and the Champ de Mars near the Eiffel Tower to show their solidarity with widespread demonstrations in the United States.
Many protesters, knee on the ground, chanting “I cannot breathe,” in homage to Floyd, 46, who died ten days ago after a white United States police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes until he stopped breathing.
In Lyon, Rennes, Marseille, Bordeaux, Lille and Rouen, people also defied the sanitary ban to join the rally against racism and police violence.
Around 23,300 people joined the rally across the country, including 5,500 in Paris, estimated the Ministry of Interior.
In the rally, demonstrators also chanted “justice for Adama Traore,” a 24-year-old black Frenchman who died four years ago in police custody in Paris.
France‘s state investigators had dismissed the charge of police brutality in the arrest of Traore, saying that the man died of heart failure due to pre-existing medical conditions.
A new probe, commissioned by Adama Traore’s family, said the young man died of asphyxiation due to the arrest technique police officers had used during the operation.
Last Tuesday, some 20,000 people had demonstrated in Paris calling for justice for Traore. “Each fault, each excess” of the police will be “the subject of an investigation, a decision, a penalty,” Minister of Interior Christophe Castaner told the parliament on Wednesday.
OPEC and allies agree to extend historic output cut to end of July
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies led by Russia, known as OPEC+, agreed on Saturday to extend the historic 9.7 million barrels per day (bpd) production cut till the end of July 2020.
All participants of the 11th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting held online agreed to extend the cut of 9.7 million bpd pertaining in May and June by one further month, according to a statement published on OPEC‘s website later Saturday.
The meeting recognized that the output cut carried out in May had helped garner “tentative signs of a recovery” in the global economy and oil market.
It noted that global oil demand was still expected to contract by around 9 million bpd for the whole of 2020.
In order to closely review the energy market and observe the implementation of the agreement, the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC) is to meet monthly until December 2020, with the next JMMC meeting set for June 18, said OPEC.
Lagos Assembly Speaker appears before panel on allegations of corruption
Mr Mudashiru Obasa, Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly, on Saturday appeared before state assembly panel of enquiry on the corruption allegations leveled against him by an online medium.
Obasa told the panel that the allegations were untrue and that it was the handiworkmof his enemies.
The speaker appeared before the nine-man Fact Finding Panel of the House headed by Mr Victor Akande (Ojo Constituency I) at the House chamber.
The online medium, said that its discovered that the accounts registered with various names, are being used to siphon public funds and many other allegations against the speaker.
Responding to questions from members of the Committee, Obasa said that all the allegations made by the online medium in the reports were unfounded.
The speaker explained that the vehicles bought for the members of the House and other expenses made by the House were done with the approval of the House and that of the Fund Management Committee (FMU) of the House headed by him.
“We bought land cruisers for Principal Officers of the House. The cars we bought for them are always higher than those of other members and we followed the due process in the purchase.
“We went through the Public Procurement Agency (PPA) and others and the vehicles were distributed appropriately.
“It was agreed at the parliamentary meetings on about four occasions and the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni, is the Secretary.
“It is not possible to spend N258 million to print invitation cards. We are not involved in such a frivolous expenditure,” he said.
Obasa, while explaining on the expenditure of N80 million as estacode for the training of women in Dubai, said that wives of the 20 lawmakers attended the event and that he was there to declare the event open.
“We gave N4 million to each of the participants for air ticket, hotels, feedings and local travel.
“The House of Assembly is above common standard of excellence and we have to train people, and this comes with a cost. Learning is not cheap and I have never collected N80 million for estacode at a go before,” he said.
The speaker, while defending the purchase of eight Hiace buses for committee works in the Assembly, said it was discovered that the House was spending a lot of money to repair vehicles.
“That was why the House decided to buy the buses, the buses were there for everybody to see with documents to defend the purchases,” he said.
“We were invited by the Consular General for a programme in the United States. Later, the programme was postponed, but I had gone ahead.
“I had to return home and I told others not to bother to come until the new dates,” the speaker said.
“They only remove documents and fly them around to please themselves. All our payments go through certain procedures.
“The expenditure had been there before I became the speaker. There was no way I could have spent such amount on cleaning my guest house.
“On the issue of awarding contracts to companies belonging to me, they should come and show evidence of where I awarded contracts to myself,” he told the panel.
The speaker said such situation was not possible since Ambode was an accountant, who rose to be the Chief Accountant of the State.
“There was no way I could have tricked Ambode to release such money, we had a meeting of the Conference of Speakers, who came with three members each and we had sub-committees who were given two million naira each.
“We paid for the tickets of each speakers, we pay for their hotel accommodation, feeding and souvenirs. We also provided local transportation for them.
“All these allegations are deliberate actions of my enemies to achieve their aims that they could not achieve in the House to remove me as the Speaker of the House, which was why they came up with such reports,” he said.
The speaker denied spending N60 million for social influences.
Obasa said he did not know the companies they were talking about.
The Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, who also appeared before the panel denied attending meeting in Dubai as against the report of online medium.
Also speaking, Chairman of the House Committee on Information and Strategy, Mr Tunde Braimoh, said he didn’t know how much was spent on the hosting of Conference of Speakers, since different people handled different aspects of the event.
“We provided hospitality for the few the people that came. The event involved other things, there were catering and others that were given to other people to handle.
“It is most uncharitable to say we spent N47.5 million for social media influencers. We spend money on publicity and public relations.
“We have programmes that we pay for, on TVC and LTV 8. We have a magazine that we produce and we print 40,000 copies quarterly and distribute to schools and other places and we pay for the content, design and production,” he said.
Sanni said the programme was budgeted for under conferences and seminars.
The clerk, however, agreed that some documents might have been released to the online medium through some disgruntled staffers of the House.
“We have been taking steps on that and we have transferred some members of staff.
“The files go through many tables and there is no doubt that some devilish staffers take pictures of some of these documents and send to these people.
“The staff have taken oaths and this attracts dismissal. Unofficial disclosure of information attracts dismissal in the civil service,” he stated.
The bank officials stated that an individual could only have one Bank Verification Number (BVN).
According to them, only two of the accounts are operational; one savings and current, while the rest are dormant.
Present at the meeting were other members of the committee which include: Mr Yinka Ogundimu (Agege II), Mr Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti Osa II), Mr Lukmon Olumoh (Ajeromi Ifelodun I) and Mr Ajani Owolabi (Lagos Mainland I).
Others are Mrs Mojisola Alli-Macaulay (Amuwo Odofin I), Mr Rotimi Olowo (Shomolu I) and Mr Akeem Shokunle (Oshodi/Isolo I)
Alleged Rape: Coalition commends Police over case against Fatoyinbo
The Coalition of Public Interest Lawyers and Advocates (COPA) has commended the Nigerian Police for exhibiting high sense of intelligence in various investigation of rape allegations in the country.
Olajengbesi said the commendation became necessary following the conclusion of investigation on the allegation of rape levelled against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA).
The Criminal Intelligence and Investigative Department, Force Headquarters, Abuja, had in a letter in March confirmed it had concluded investigation and had forwarded the case file to the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation (DPPF).
Olajengbesi said credit should be given to the Police for the thorough investigation, given the time it took them to conclude the work and forward to DPPF for prosecution.
“Yes, we’ve received communication on the progress of the investigation and the transfer of the Police’s findings to the DPP.
“We are excited and hopeful by this development, even as we believe that justice delayed cannot be denied.
“The crime of rape is heinous and must never be tolerated as that will give impetus to the culprit to victimise others.
“Fatoyinbo’s conviction, if found guilty, will prove to the world, Nigeria’s stern and zero tolerance for criminality, regardless of who is involved.
“This is necessary in positioning our country as where the rule of law reigns supreme.
“The ball is now in the court of the ministry of justice through the DPP.
“We express the hope and faith that justice will finally be served in this matter,’’ Olajengbesi said.
Somalia confirms 85 new COVID-19 cases as tally hits 2,289
Fawziya Abikar, the health minister, said 13 patients recovered from the respiratory disease in the last 48 hours, bringing the total number of people who have been discharged from hospitals to 431.
The minister said three people succumbed to the disease, bringing the total number of fatalities to 82.
Abikar said 58 of the latest cases are male while 27 others are female.
The Horn of African nation has instituted measures to contain the possible spread of COVID-19, including closing schools, banning large gatherings and suspending international and domestic passenger flights.
Infantino calls for patience on fans returning to games
“Football without spectators is clearly not the same, but we need to be patient when considering the right time to bring fans back to the stadiums.
“We will continue to work tirelessly, but also discreetly and respectfully, to move beyond these temporary measures, and to ensure that fans are welcomed back in a safe and responsible way.”
Limited numbers of fans have already started returning to matches in Hungary.
Infantino said FIFA would host a number of online discussions with national federations and stakeholders “to shape a better football for the future.”
The international calendar and the number of matches played by top players will be on the agenda.
Romanian football fan jailed 90 months for attempted murder
A Universitatea Cluj fan was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for trying to kill a police officer during a Romanian first division relegation playoff match last year.
The attack had left him unconscious and covered in blood.
The incident took place amid clashes between Universitatea supporters and police with fans throwing seats, stones and other objects at the officers.
A large number of home supporters made their way down to the bottom of a stand.
It was to express their fury at what they described as police brutality following a pitch invasion by a Universitatea fan.
Traian was also ordered to pay 18,000 euros (15,794 pounds) in damages, the Cluj court said in a statement.
The ruling is not final and can be appealed.
Active COVID-19 cases in Bulgaria fall below 1,000
The number of active cases in the Balkan country decreased to 980 after 41 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed across the country in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 2,668, while the number of recoveries from COVID-19 rose by 138 to 1,528, the ministry said.
The death toll from COVID-19 rose from 159 to 160, the ministry said.
It added that 147 patients are currently hospitalised, with 12 in intensive care.
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
Saudi G20 Presidency calls for collaborative global efforts to fight COVID-19
Saudi Group 20 (G20) Presidency called on Saturday for collaborative global efforts to fight coronavirus (COVID-19).
The presidency said in a statement that the G20 and invited countries have pledged over 21 billion United States dollars to support funding in global health. The financial assistance will be dedicated to diagnostics, vaccines, therapeutics, and research.
The presidency stressed that the G20 has been leading the global response and international collaboration in the fight against the pandemic, including the decisions and recommendations made during the G20 leaders summit held in March.
Meanwhile, the Saudi Health Ministry announced on Saturday the registration of 3,121 new cases, increasing to accumulated infections to 98,869. The death toll rose to 676 cases with the reporting of 34 fatalities.
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- Ganduje seeks review of W/African protocols to end herdsmen migration
- Demonstrators gather in Prague to protest against police brutality in United States
- ABUAlumni urges students to work hard for Nigeria’s development
- Food security: NGO distributes farm implements in Nasarawa
- Buhari assures Katsina residents improved security
- UN chief asks for peaceful atmosphere in Burundi after declaration of election results
- UNICEF condemns killing of children in DR Congo
- NiMet predicts cloudiness, thunderstorm Sunday to Tuesday
- New York to accelerate reopening as COVID-19 deaths hit new low
- Palestine urges ICC to start investigation into situation in Palestinian territories
- OPEC and allies agree to extend historic output cut to end of July
- 37 injured in Lebanon’s protests
- Thousands join Black Lives Matter protests across UK
- CAN gets new exco in Plateau
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- NPA expects 16 ships carrying petroleum products, others at Lagos Ports
- Roundup: Libya’s UN-backed gov’t takes over western Libya, advances to control Sirte
- COVID-19: Arts entrepreneur seeks lifelines for SMEs
- Lagos Assembly Speaker appears before panel on allegations of corruption
- NASFAT seeks stricter punishment for rape
- North Macedonia’s minister urges media to end unconfirmed reports on COVID-19
- Alleged Rape: Coalition commends Police over case against Fatoyinbo
- Kebbi Governor donates N5m to victims of bandits attack in Sokoto
- Land dispute: Kwara Govt sues for peace between 2 communities
- FG poised to find lasting solution to perennial flooding in Jigawa- Minster
- Afghan gun battle kills 9 militants in eastern Kunar province
- Gov. El-Rufai urges FG to transfer Ecological Funds to Environment Ministry
- Niger LG rehabilitates 17km Roofia/Agwara Road -Chairman
- ‘Selma’ snubbed at 2015 Oscars after cast protested police violence, actor Oyelowo says
- Spotlight: Abolition of agreements with Israel may cause economic hardship in Palestine
- Kaduna lawmaker distributes 2,400 bags of fertilizer to constituents
- Tanzania to hold major annual trade fair
- Somalia confirms 85 new COVID-19 cases as tally hits 2,289
- COVID-19 : NNPC commences construction of N21 bn Infectious Disease Hospital in Katsina
- No more mercy, bail for rapists in Ekiti – Fayemi
- Lebanon sees violent anti-government protest
- Women group advocate stiffer penalty for rapists to curb menace
- CAS inaugurate 200-bed girls hotels, married officers quarters in Kaduna
- More than 10,000 fans could attend matches in Copenhagen after COVID-19
- Iran’s border guards seize over 2 tonnes of illicit drugs
- RB Leipzig get financial boost with 100-million-euro debt relief
- Infantino calls for patience on fans returning to games
- Foundation lauds Gov Fayemi’s enforcement of lockdown directive in Ekiti
- Brescia to terminate Balotelli’s contract for missing training
- Zambia FM holds virtual meeting with UN Special envoy for Great Lakes Region
- Enugu CP assures CSOs of partnership to check rape, sexual offences
- NASS member regrets comments on rape debate
- 1,700 new COVID-19 infections detected in Qatar, 67,195 in total
- Don cautions youths against social media addiction
- Romanian football fan jailed 90 months for attempted murder
- Tribute: Oni lauds Olumilua’s integrity, transparency
- AfDB approves 288.5 mln USD to support Nigeria’s COVID-19 response
- `No Knelling’: Trump renews criticism of protests during United States anthem
- Palestine exerts effort in UNSC to stop Israel’s annexation plan: official
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- Active COVID-19 cases in Bulgaria fall below 1,000
- Osun 7th Assembly flags off 1st anniversary with prayers
- Post COVID-19: Lagos Govt advises women to acquire skills, embrace agriculture
- Palestinians harvest wheat in southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis
- Iraqi parliament votes on remaining members of al-Kadhimi’s cabinet
- Firm unveils smoother, quicker painting product
- Africa’s COVID-19 cases over 175,000 – WHO
- Tomatoes’ price soar in Enugu markets
- Ajimobi mourns Oyo politician, Adelere
- FIDA advocates death sentence for rapists
- Interview: George Floyd death reveals United States’ double standards on human rights, says former Yugoslavian FM
- UNILAG set to boost entrepreneurship education through direct online platform
- Zambia’s wildlife orphanage receives donations from Chinese enterprise
- Environment: Lawmaker urges more effort to mitigate hazards in N/Delta
- Buhari celebrates Erogbogbo, the ‘Kind Teacher’ at 90
- Egypt’s president meets Libya’s Haftar, announces Cairo initiative for Libya settlement
- Aussie researchers reveal how cancer cells develop resistance to treatment
- Cameroon army kills 4 Boko Haram militants
- Saudi G20 Presidency calls for collaborative global efforts to fight COVID-19
- UK COVID-19 deaths hit 40,465 as another 204 patients die
- Messi trains apart as Barcelona put through their paces at Camp Nou
- Lockdown ease: LASTMA impounds 1, 233 vehicles
- Iran released United States prisoner on “humanitarian purposes”: Iranian ministry
- Firm launches ‘plastic responsibly’ initiative in Nigeria
- COVID-19: Pharmaceutical company donates sanitisers, face masks to ministry
- Tanzania’s Zanzibar reopens for tourism activities
- Vietnam’s COVID-19 cases increase to 329
- Spanish gov’t to levy fines on violators of face mask rules
- Malaysian PM appoints Petronas president to head Malaysia Airlines
- Merkel allies criticise Trump decision to cut United States troops in Germany
- Ethiopian expert says Africa can learn from Chinese pandemic management system
- Kuwait records 31,131 COVID-19 cases, 254 deaths
- Maldives construction industry loses 40 mln USD due to COVID-19
- Maldives reports eighth COVID-19 death
- Interview: UK epidemiologist says global collaboration vital to tackle unprecedented COVID-19 crisis
- People take part in protest over death of George Floyd in central Sydney, Australia
- Indonesian army chopper crashes, 4 killed
- India’s Western Coalfields opens three new coal mines
- New ultrathin nanosheets set to transform dirtiest water into lifesaving resource: Aussie-led study
- Ethiopian staff members trained as professional train drivers of Ethiopia-Djibouti rail line in E China
- Foundation empowers 100 infertility women in Nigeria
- Edo records more than 50 cases of gender-based violence during virus lockdown
- Indonesia plans to recruit volunteers to help contain spread of COVID-19 pandemic
- Sweden urges collaboration in conserving earth resources
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- Italy hopes EU nations will open borders to Italians from June 15
- World Environment Day: Society urges Nigerians to protect planet earth
- PLO warns of Israel’s steps towards annexing parts of West Bank
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- Interview: South Sudan envoy commends China’s COVID-19 medical supplies assistance
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- Thai state drug buster hands 600 kg of seized marijuana to medical researchers
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- Kenyan police nab 3 terror suspects with explosive materials
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- Australia China Friendship Society calls on Aussie politicians to mend relationship with China
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