Shocked Ranieri holds no grudges

Former Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri, who defied 5000-1 odds to lead the team to a fairytale Premier League title in 2016, has said he is still stunned by his sacking last month. The 65-year-old Italian lost his job after a nine-game losing streak that left the club hanging one point above the relegation zone. Since his departure, Leicester have won all four of their matches to move six points above the bottom three and reached Europe’s Champions League quarter-finals, reports Reuters. “Thinking of Leicester the first thing that comes…

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Ibrahimovic happy at United as contract talks continue

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is relishing his time at the Premier League club and is in talks to extend his contract, saying he “never leaves a job unfinished”. In November, manager Jose Mourinho said United planned to extend his initial one-season deal by another year but according to media reports Ibrahimovic wants a two-year contract. Ahead of the league game against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, the Swede told reporters: “I enjoy… I go in, I go for the kill and I go out. And when I go out…

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Meningitis: Death toll hits 269; 1,828 suspected cases

An outbreak of meningitis in Nigeria has killed 269 people in recent weeks, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said, as Africa’s most populous country and aid organisations attempt to tackle the surge in infections. As of Monday, 1,828 suspected cases of meningitis were reported with 269 deaths in 15 of the country’s 36 states, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said on Twitter late on Tuesday. The centre said on its website that 33 people died of meningitis in 2016. More than 2,000 people died from an outbreak…

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Court remands fake lawyer in prison custody

One Richard Udeozor was Wednesday remanded in prison custody by an Owerri Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly practicing law with forged certificates. Udeozor was arraigned by the police on a seven-count charge of practicing law with false certificates; presenting false call-to-bar certificates and being in possession of forged Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) stamp and seal. He was further charged with presenting a forged qualifying certificate from the Council of Legal Education as proof of having attended Law School, all in contravention of section 467 of the criminal code. The accused,…

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Senate suspends Ndume for six months

The Senate has suspended a former Leader of the Senate, Senator Ali Ndume. Ndume was suspended on Wednesday. However, the length of the suspension was for six months, contrary to the one year recommended by the Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges. The committee had in its report to the plenary recommended Ndume’s suspension for one year for failing to do due diligence before bringing up two issues before the whole house. Ndume had last week through a Point of Order brought to the notice of the Senate the allegation…

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Wife blames player’s affairs for World Cup error

A Chinese player’s wife claims that his extra-marital affairs are behind his embarrassing mistake in a World Cup qualifying defeat to Iran on Tuesday. Jiang Zhipeng put in a disastrous display in Tehran, during which his mis-placed header set up the home team for the only goal of the game. Jiang’s wife revealed on social media that he had filed for divorce. “For three-and-a-half years out of our four-year marriage, he was sleeping with other women,” said Zhang Zhiyue. “Now he is trying to drive me to an early grave.”…

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Senate summons Sagay over comments

The Senate on Wednesday summoned the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay, over comments on its activities. Prof. Sagay had on Tuesday said in a newspaper comment that Senate is full of people with questionable characters. Sagay said this in response to the refusal on Tuesday of the Senate to screen and confirm the 27 nominees sent to it by President Muhammadu Buhari as Commissioners in the Independent National Electoral Commission. The senators said the action followed the refusal of President Buhari to sack Ibrahim…

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Names of ministerial nominees emerge

The names of the two ministerial nominees sent to the Senate by President Muhammadu Buhari has emerged. The nominees are to replace James of Ocholi from Kogi State, who died in a car crash, and Amina Mohammed, from Gombe State, who is now the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations. Those appointed to replace them are Suleiman Hassan from Gombe State and Prof. Steven Ocheni to represent Kogi State.

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EPL: City focused for tough Arsenal, Chelsea tests – Garcia

The international break has allowed Manchester City players to recuperate and refocus ahead of their Premier League trips to Arsenal and Chelsea, midfielder Aleix Garcia has said. Garcia said City, who are third in the league, needed time to recover after a spell of four games in 11 days across tournaments before the two-week break from club football. City’s last match was a 1-1 draw at home against fourth-placed Liverpool and the Spaniard said their next league fixtures will define their season. “Some players can rest and others can just…

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Boy, 15, sentenced to 25 years in prison for shooting sister dead

  A south-western Missouri teenager has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for fatally shooting his 12-year-old sister when he was 13. Tristan Potts, now 15, was sentenced Monday in Joplin for second-degree murder, armed criminal action and attempted first-degree arson, The Joplin Globe reports. Tristan, who was certified to stand trial as an adult, pleaded guilty to the charges in December. His sister, Teresa Potts, was suffering from gunshot wounds to her temple and right shoulder when officers responded in October 2015 to their adoptive parents’ home near…

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