Daniel Anwuli, an “International Master (IM)”, is the only Nigerian among 128 players from across the globe that will feature in the 2019 Chess World Cup in Russia.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Anwuli is the only qualified player from Nigeria according the World Chess Federation (FIDE) website on Friday.
The Chess World Cup 2019, a 128-player single-elimination chess tournament, will hold in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia between Sept. 9 and Oct. 4, 2019.
The tournament’s finalists will qualify for the Candidates Tournament for the World Chess Championship 2020.
NAN also reports that the tournament is a seven-round knock-out event. The matches from round 1 to round 6 consists of two classical games with a time control of 90 minutes per 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move.
The finals and the match for the third place consist of four classical games.
Two games are played with a time control of 25 minutes per game plus 10 seconds increment.
In the case of a tie, they are followed by two games with a time control of 10 minutes per game plus 10 seconds increment.
If the score is still tied, two blitz games of 5 minutes plus 3 seconds increment follow with a sudden death game is played to decide the winner.
The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the colour. White has 5 minutes per game and Black has 4 minutes, with an increment of 2 seconds per move starting from move 61.
White needs a win to advance to the next round. The two top finishers who have not secured qualification for the Candidates Tournament get a spot in that tournament.
Nigerian troops intensify fight against Boko Haram militants
The Nigerian troops had achieved encouraging results in recent operations against extremist group Boko Haram and other gunmen groups across the restive northern region, a military spokesperson said.
John Enenche, Nigeria‘s defense spokesperson, said in a statement reaching Xinhua in Lagos on Friday that dozens of militants had been killed while many others surrendered in operations by the troops between Monday and Wednesday.
One soldier was killed and another wounded in one operation, Enenche added.
He said in continuation of the clearance operations across the northeast, troops of Army Super Camp 6 on Wednesday in conjunction with Borno state Civilian Joint Task Force, conducted a deliberate ambush operation against Boko Haram militants at Lawanti River line in Konduga of Borno state, killing six of them while others escaped with gunshot wounds.
Relatedly, the military spokesperson said the troops had on Tuesday an encounter with some Boko Haram militants at Daban Magaji in Borno, killing 9 of them and destroying one Boko Haram gun truck as well as capturing one anti-aircraft gun, two rifles and a large cache of anti-aircraft ammunition.
He said troops of 144 Battalion deployed in Madagali of Adamawa state on Monday briskly cleared Boko Haram camps at several villages in the area. During the encounter at Gajinji village, troops killed one militant and arrested 2 adult females identified to be the local Boko Haram commander’s wives.
Furthermore, resulting from sustained artillery bombardments and ground assaults against Boko Haram hideouts in the northeast, more militants are surrendering to the troops in recent days, according to Enenche.
Speaking on the fight against bandits in the northwest, Enenche said troops of Operation Whirl Punch acting on credible information raided on Wednesday a bandits’ camp in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state, killing two of them while others escaped with gunshot wounds.
He said the troops will continue to be steadfast and focused as they sustain the onslaught against Boko Haram and other militant groups.
Online competition will help Nigerian players prepare for future scrabble events, Jighere says
“We (players) decided we need to do something to get busy and we reached out to our colleagues in Pakistan and they accepted the challenge.
“Each team will comprise 10 players. So, we will have 20 players in all representing Nigeria, with one of them being female,” Jighere said.
The two-time African champion also said efforts were being made to engage other countries to participate in the competition.
“South Africa has accepted the challenge and hopefully next week, we will be competing against them,” he said.
Nigerian troops sustain massive assault on terrorists in N/East – DHQ
The Nigerian military has sustained massive assault against Boko Haram/Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in continuation of its operations across the Northeast, Defence Headquarters has said.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, in a statement on Friday, said that more terrorists have been killed while many others surrendered.
Enenche disclosed that the troops of Army Super Camp 6, Konduga in Borno with the Civilian Joint Task Force, killed six terrorists in an ambush operation at Lawanti River line on June 3.
He added that others escaped with gunshot wounds.
Enenche also said that more terrorists had continued to surrender to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) as a result of sustained artillery bombardments and ground assaults on their hideouts.
According to him, three of the terrorists, namely: Mohammed Babagana, Modu Jugudun and Alhaji Usman surrendered to troops of Delta Company at Pulka in Gwoza Local Government Area on June 2.
He disclosed that the trio confessed to have escaped from their camp in Dabulari Village, Bama Local Government Area after a heavy artillery bombardment that led to the death of many of their erstwhile colleagues.
Enenche said the troops, through superior fire, killed nine terrorists at Daban Magaji encounter.
“However, one officer paid the supreme price while one soldier was wounded in action.
“The soldier wounded in action is currently receiving treatment in our military medical facility.
In the North West, Enenche disclosed that troops of Operation Whirl Punch had on June 3, raided a bandits’ Camp at Kurmin Dande in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State acting on credible information.
He explained that troops made contact and neutralised two of the bandits while others escaped with gunshot wounds during the operation.
According to him, troops recovered two Dane guns, two motorcycles, one locally fabricated short gun, four cutlasses, three cell phones, two small solar panels and some clothing items before destroying their camp.
“The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, congratulates the gallant troops for their resilience, courage and dedication to the noble cause of defending our fatherland.
“The high command of the armed forces of Nigeria also encourages the troops to continue to be steadfast and focused as they sustain the onslaught against the enemies of our nation,” he said.
Nigerian military kills 392 gunmen in major operation
The Nigerian military said Thursday that it has killed up to 392 gunmen across the northwest and north-central regions in a major operation that has lasted multiple days since last month.
The spokesman for the military, John Enenche, told the media in Abuja that the joint operation, which started in the northwestern state of Katsina on May 14, is aimed at ending the menace of banditry and other crimes in the northern region.
Through that operation, troops successfully degraded the gunmen in the two regions and a follow-up operation was launched on June 1 to further degrade the gunmen who fled and later attacked civilian targets, according to Enenche.
“It is a concomitant operation by all the theaters of operations in the northwest and north-central regions of the country targeted at tackling banditry and other criminal activities. In this regard, all identified hideouts and hibernations of the enemies will be decisively cleared through land and air combat actions,” the military spokesman added.
Nigerian Army donates vehicle to NIPR
The Nigerian Army on Thursday, donated an Innoson G-Wagon 80 SUV to the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) in continuation of its civil-military relations activities.
Buratai said that the army and NIPR had been partnering in the promotion of public relations, adding that the presentation of the vehicle was in fulfilment of his pledge to the institute.
He said the donation was part of efforts to maintain a healthy information cooperation with the institute and to also reinforce the recognition of Nigerian army of the essence and importance of information management.
“The aim of our being here today is to present on behalf of the Chief of Army staff, officers and soldiers of Nigerian army, Innoson vehicle G-Wagon 80 SUV as Buratai’s pledge to this institution.
Adeniyi said that the institute recognised the effort of Nigerian army in the fight against insurgency and other forms of insecurity in the country as well as performing its primary responsibility of defending the territorial integrity of the nation.
He said the institute has watched how the military has done this commendably to the admiration of all and to ensure that Nigeria remains one indivisible entity.
“In the process of doing this, we have also seen that they have realised the importance of maintaining effective communication and synergy with stakeholders not only in the areas of operations but also the wider Nigerian society.
“We have also seen the new trend of establishing the civil-military affairs office and also what we see as a step forward in the area of public relations to ensure that the civilian populace is on the same page with the vision and mission of Nigerian Army,” he said.
Adeniyi also commended the Nigerian army for the choice of the vehicle being a made in Nigeria product, saying it was a bold statement in believing in Nigerian products and the reputation of what Nigeria represents.
He pledged the readiness of the institute to support the vision of the Nigerian army to fight fake news.
“We have seen the havoc that fake news could constitute in major parts of lives; first, the situation of insurgency in the North East and of course the general defence of Nigeria and secondly the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have discovered that while efforts are ongoing to address these two major crisis, the incidence of fake news has constituted a major setback for us.
“We, as a professional institute, join the military and all the appropriate authorities to fight this scourge,” he said.
NiDCOM, Lebanese embassy collaborate to return stranded Nigerians
Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, NIDCOM Chairman, made the disclosure on Thursday during a visit to the Ambassador of Lebanon in Nigeria, Mr Houssam Diab, in Abuja.
“First is that the evacuation of the Nigerians stranded in Lebanon was paid for by the Lebanese embassy and also the quarantine was paid by them so we thank them for that.
“Also 10 Nigerians were left behind and the ambassador had explained that nine had cases of theft and one had case of murder and they are undergoing judicial process.
“But he had assured us that whatever the allegation against them they will speed up the process to finish the judicial intervention and they will return,’’ she said.
“I am so glad with the major decision taken by Lebanese government which is to stop visas for workers until we have proper agencies that will be documented with the Ministry of Labour.
“So that if you are going to work you will work with proper terms and conditions. So we are now talking about how to manage migration which will be done legally.
“Interested persons can work in Lebanon legally without the fear of being maltreated,’’ she said.
He also added that the collaboration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nigerian Embassy in Lebanon also made the process smooth for the returnees.
“We were able to bring back 69 Nigerians citizens stranded in Lebanon two weeks ago. I have to stress that the Lebanese community has always gone out of its way to give back to their second country Nigeria and to the Nigerians that have adopted them as their own, and this is one of many palliative measures we have taken lately,’’ he said.
He explained that the government of Lebanon had stopped all domestic staffs work visas to discourage maltreatment of Nigerians by agencies and employers.
“Our government has stopped all domestic visas to help discourage helpers being abused and maltreated by their agencies and employers.
“So we want to work closely to get an agreement with the Ministry of Labour for a legal and systematic way to make domestic staff to come into Lebanon legally without the fear of inhuman treatment.
Death: Cleric admonishes Nigerians to live exemplary lives
Aya, the Reverend in-Charge of ERCC Ami-Abma Ezzen, Nasarawa State, gave the advice on Thursday while presiding over the funeral service of Mr Danladi Bala at ERCC Mada Station, Agidi Development Area of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Danladi is a staff of Agidi Development Area and an elder brother of Mr Abel Bala, member representing Nasarawa Eggon West constituency at the state legislature.
The man of God said that if Christians and other Nigerians live a life worth of emulation, it would not only enable them to inherit the kingdom of God but it will also promote peaceful co-existence among the people in the country.
He added that there is life after death for those who believes in Jesus Christ, hence the need of his call.
“The Bible said for does not know when it will occur, so who can tell him when it (death) will occur.
“No one has power over the spirit to retain the spirit and no one has power in the day of death, so let’s get prepared because death can come at any time,” he said.
He urged Christians and other Nigerians not to sin in order to inherit the kingdom of God, adding that one day those who refused to repent, God would would expose their sins and their will be judgement after death.
The cleric alsod to grant the entire family and the ERCC family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Speaking during the funeral service, Mr Abel Bala (PDP-Nassarawa Eggon West) described the death of his elder brother as painful, urging people to pray for the reposed of his soul and other deceased persons.
“My elder brother had left good legacies, he is a man who always stand by the truth, he is a straight forward man.
“Death is inevitable for all humans, but it is painful. May the soul of my elder brother and the souls of other departed souls rest in peace with the Lord,” he said.
He thanked the Speaker of the assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, members and entire staff and people of the state for identifying with them at this trial moment.
NAN also reports that the funeral had in attendance Mr David Umbugadu, 2019 PDP governorship candidate in Nasarawa State; Sen. Philip Gyunka; politicians, traditional rulers and religious leaders, among other sympathisers.
He was survived by a wife and children.
Nigerian air force confirms killing of over 300 bandits in NW region
Nigeria’s air force on Thursday confirmed that over 300 armed bandits were killed and their camps destroyed in a military operation in the country’s northwest region.
The military operation was launched early this year to rout out bandits from the northwest region.
“Over 300 bandits have so far been confirmed killed in the ongoing war against banditry in the northwestern part of the country,” Abubakar added.
He told reporters that the visit was to assess the level of support in terms of Air and Special Forces operations given by the Nigerian Air Force to the defense headquarters operation to secure the entire northwest and north-central zones of the country.
The air force chief, who appealed to the bandits to surrender their arms and face justice, urged troops not to spare any bandit so that farmers can go back to their farms.
The Nigerian authorities have launched repeated military operations and local peace talks to try to curb the violence in the northwest, which has been wracked by years of insecurity involving clashes between rival communities over land, attacks by heavily-armed criminal gangs and reprisal killings by vigilante groups.
FBNQuest educates Nigerians on estate planning, wealth transfer
FBNQuest Trustees, a subsidiary of FBN Holdings Plc, says it is offering expert guidance on estate planning as an important requirement for successful wealth transfer.
Awojobi said FBNQuest through the Legacy Series campaign themed ‘Building a Legacy’ would help individuals understand how to plan for the protection and seamless transfer of their assets during their lifetime and after.
He said that the legacy series, now in its seventh season, was delivered in line with its commitment to educate individuals and improve the understanding of the concepts of estate planning.
Awojobi said individuals would be empowered to identify opportunities, protect their investments, and efficiently transfer their assets to their beneficiaries.
“There is a decent appreciation for the importance of investing to secure one’s financial future.
“However, the average individual has paid little attention to the structures that are needed for efficient management of their assents and the seamless transfer of their wealth.
“We realise that Islamic Estate Planning is a dynamic and often challenging subject.
“The fractional approach to distributing assets might be intimidating.
“That’s why we have built expertise to enable us support our clients by creating Al-Wasiyya, Waqfs and other acceptable forms of charitable giving in line with the tenets of worship” he stated.
According to him, the company has organised several webinar series to educate the public on the principles of Islamic Estate Planning.
He said the webinar series addressed areas such as importance, structure and operations of Islamic Estate Planning and Administration, Wills, the concept of Waqf (an endowment made by a Muslim to a religious, educational, or charitable cause), among others.
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