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1  Forum / The Buzz Central / Nollywood Actor And Model, Alexx Ekubo Settles Age-Long Rift With Uti Nwachukwu on: 21-09-2021 06:43 AM

Nollywood actor and model, Alexx Ekubo and former Big Brother Africa winner, Uti Nwachukwu have settled their rift.

The reconciliation comes after Nwachukwu was alleged by a blogger to have been the brain behind the breakup between Ekubo and his ex-fiancée, Fancy.

In what seems like a silent makeup, Nwachukwu took the first step by commenting on a post Ekubo shared on Sunday about being a good human being.
He wrote:
“I asked a wise man, “ Tell me sir, in which field can i make a great career ?”

There is a huge opportunity in this area & very little competition.”

Reacting to Nwachukwu’s comment, Ekubo replied in Igbo to appreciate him for commenting on his post.

Netizens, however, have reacted to their comments by expressing happiness that the two finally settled their rift and chose peace.
2  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Dollar Rises To N575 Two Days After Aboki FX Update Suspension on: 21-09-2021 06:37 AM

The dollar rose to between N572 and N575 in different parts of the country on Monday barely two days after online platform, Aboki FX, stopped providing updates on the exchange rate.

Punch correspondent, who visited the ever-busy Wuse Zone 4 which is the hub of bureau de change operators in Abuja, observed that the dollar was sold for N574 as opposed to the N570 it was sold for on Friday.
In Lagos, the dollar was sold at N572 while in Kano it was N575 as of 3pm on Monday.

The pound was sold for N780 as opposed to N770 last Friday.

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, had accused the online foreign exchange update platform, Aboxi FX, of manipulating the forex market.

Emefiele, had said the bank would shut down the operations of Aboki FX which it described as illegal.
Subsequently, Aboki FX said in a statement on Friday that it would no longer publish exchange rates for now and hoped that the naira would stabilise.

It further stated that it usually gets its information from bureau de change operators in Lagos.
3  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Police Promises Bauchi Community Safety After Coming Under Heavy Attacks By Kidnappers on: 21-09-2021 06:29 AM

The Bauchi State Police Command on Monday assured residents of Birshin Fulani, a community on the outskirts Bauchi on the Bauchi-Dass road, of adequate security of their lives and property with a view to ensuring peace in the community.

The community in recent times has been under attack by kidnappers who have been abducting residents of the community. Kidnappers recently killed two persons, including a senior staff member of The Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, Engineer Mohammed Garbage Abubakar.

The latest attack was that of a mother of three, one Mrs Ruqayya Odedoyin, who was kidnapped from her resident in the early hours of Friday last week, while her children were locked up in the house by the kidnappers.

The recent insecurity in the community led some residents, particularly the youth to block the Bauchi-Dass road for some hours on Friday to protest the rampant kidnapping in the community.

Speaking on the deteriorating security situation in the community, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, Mohammed Ahmed Wakil, said the police were doing everything possible to ensure that the people there sleep with their eyes closed.

According to Wakil, a Superintendent of Police (SP), there is tight security now at Birshin Fulani, informing that every nook and cranny in the community has police presence.

He revealed that police operatives in the area were provided with vehicles to carry out their duty of securing lives and property.

“That is why they (police operatives) are given vehicles to be able to enter nooks and crannies. And if you look at it, the modus operandi of the kidnappers is the use of motorcycles. There are areas motorcycles can access that vehicles cannot,” Wakil said.

While warning that no one should politicise the situation in the community, the police spokesman informed that the police had been responding to the people’s distress calls, adding that the current situation does not call for blame game.

” It is not true for somebody to say there is no security there or security have not responded to their distress calls. They responded to their distress calls, ” he submitted.

The PPRO, however, called on member of the public to always assist the police with useful and intelligible information with which the police would act upon.
“Members of the public should appreciate the efforts of the police. They should give credible and intelligence information to the police, so that this menace will be curtailed,” he said.

Speaking on the kidnapping of Mrs Adedoyin, SP Wakil declared that up till now, issues surrounding her adoption were still very sketchy, adding that the police were working to unravel her kidnap.

 It was reported that some concerned residents of Birshin Fulani in a press release signed by one Abdulhamid Jibrin Birshi, on behalf of the concerned citizens of the community, blamed political office holders in the state, including the state governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, for their inability to act.

“We note with dismay the inability of people in positions of power to do the needful. For instance, from the lowest to the highest political office holders in the land who usually storm our community in search of votes during the campaigns, only the Deputy Speaker paid a condolence visit.

“None of our elected office holders finds it worthy to either sympathize with us or help take a concrete measures that will guarantee our safety and security from the killer gunmen who find pleasure in destroying our hard-earned peace.

“From the member of the State House of Assembly, Danlami Kawule to the House of reps, Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi, to the Senate member Lawal Yaya Gumau and down to the Governor of Bauchi State, we did not see any concrete support from you people to help us move out of the current security limbo we are in as a community,” Birshi alleged.

He declared that the inability of these political officers holders to pay either personal or official visits in sympathy and solidarity with the people of the community showed that they are only relevant when their votes are needed.
4  Forum / Law and Crime / EFCC Nabbed 30 ‘Yahoo-Yahoo Boys’in Kwara State University on: 21-09-2021 06:19 AM

Operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 30 suspected internet fraudsters in a sting operation at Kwara State University, KWASU, Malete.

Spokesperson of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement on Monday said the suspects were arrested following actionable intelligence on their alleged involvement in internet-related fraud activities.

“Part of the intelligence indicated that suspected internet fraudsters were operating in campuses around Ilorin metropolis to swindle unsuspecting victims of their hard-earned income.
“Based on the intelligence, and weeks of surveillance, operatives of the Commission on September 19, 2021 executed a search warrant in hostels within the KWASU campus, where a number of arrests were made,” he said.

According to Uwujaren,in the course of interrogation, those found not culpable were released to the Student Union Government, SUG, of the School, while the targets of the sting operation were brought to the Ilorin Zonal Command for further questioning.
“Some of the items recovered from them include six exotic cars, several laptops, mobile phones and other incriminating documents.

“The suspects will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded,” he said.
5  Forum / Law and Crime / Police Arrest 22- Year-Old Crippled Kidnapper While Collecting N2million Ransom Cash In Katsina on: 21-09-2021 06:14 AM

Katsina State Police Command has arrested a 22- year old cripple, Buhari Haruna, for the attempted kidnapping of one Hamisu Salisu of Kankia Local Government Area of the state.
The Command spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, who disclosed this while parading the suspect on Monday said the cripple was arrested on Tuesday after he had collected ransom from one of his victims he had threatened to kidnap if he refused to pay the said ransom.
“The Katsina Police Command have succeeded in arresting a person with a special need who turned himself into a kidnapper and demanded for a ransom of N2 million.

“It may interest you to know that this gentleman here, Buhari Haruna is 22 years and from Kankia LGA of Katsina State.

“On 20 August, he sent a threat message to one Hamisu Salisu, who is also from Kankia LGA and demanded for the ransom N2 million or risk being kidnapped.
“In the course of investigation, the victim reported to the Kankia Police Division where preliminary investigation led to the arrest of this suspect.

“The fact of this case was that the police advised the victim to comply with the instructions of the suspect and he made mention of a place where the N2 million ransom was to be taken to him.

“We planned and successfully took the money to the location and after we dropped the money with our men hanging around the area, fortunately enough we saw this gentleman crawling and he went and took the ran some money. Then our men rounded him up and he was arrested,” Gambo said.
When interrogated, Buhari confessed to the crime saying, “It’s true; I ordered the victim to pay me a ransom of N2m or risked being kidnapped. I was counting the money when the police swooped on me and arrested me.”

SP Gambo noted that this would make the third time a cripple would be involved in the case of kidnapping and banditry-related offence.

He advised family of kidnapped victims to thread with caution and avoid panicking and rushing to pay ransom as criminals are now taking advantage of the prevalent security challenges in the state to extort people of their hard-earned money.
6  Forum / Law and Crime / Man, Adegboyega Cuts Off Br3ast Of 8-year-Old Daughter For ‘Growing Rapidly’ In Lagos on: 20-09-2021 09:26 PM

Officials of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a man simply identified as Adegboyega for allegedly brutalising his eight-year-old daughter following early signs of puberty.
According to Ebenezer Omejalile, Chief Operating Officer of Advocates for Children and Vulnerable People’s Network, the victim’s left Bosom  was completely cut off by her father after he used a hot stone to massage his daughter’s Bosom  to stop it from growing.

The father, who tried to blame his action on his wife, was however picked up by the police last Friday following the intervention of the Advocates alongside the Inclusive Social Welfare, the Ministry of Youth & Social Development office, Ajegunle.

He will be charged to court today (Monday), Omejalile stated.

He said: “This little girl was brutalised by her biological father who felt ‘how come she developed Bosom s so rapidly’.

“He turned himself into a medical doctor and heartlessly placed a stone in a fire and used it to massage her Bosom  so that the Bosom  would stop increasing in size.

“She was burnt on her left Bosom  following the hot water massage from the father because he thinks the child is too young to develop Bosom s.

“The girl’s mother also complained of excessive beating for the same reason. Surprisingly the father is an engineer by profession, we engaged him in a conversation and he admitted to the crime.

“He tried to blame his wife for his negative actions; the most annoying aspect was when he claimed he bathes the 8-year-old (girl) every day.

“This is a red flag, the young girl is in serious pain. In addition, we discovered the left Bosom  of Aishat was completely cut off as a result of the brutalisation by the father

“He was, however, arrested around 9.30 pm on Friday. He is currently in custody and will be charged to court on Monday.

“This is a positive outcome for us, it is a result of good partnership work from Inclusive Social Welfare, Ministry of Youth & Social Development, social welfare office, Ajegunle and the Ajegunle police station.”
7  Forum / The Buzz Central / Big Brother Introduces Twist, Cancels Nomination As Whitemoney, Nini, Others Up For Eviction on: 20-09-2021 09:17 PM

Six Big Brother Naija, BBNaija housemates have been put up for possible eviction this week.

The housemates are Whitemoney, Saga, Nini, Pere, Angel and Queen.

The housemates saved next week Sunday will join Liquorose, Emmanuel and Cross in the finale.

Recall that Biggie cancelled the regular nomination process and introduced a twist to the game tonight.

The housemates were told to play the ultimate veto power game which had Emmanuel as the winner.

Emmanuel automatically received immunity from eviction this week and a spot in the finale.

Emmanuel chose Liquorose as head of house and Cross as deputy head of house which earned them immunity from eviction next week too.

The winner of season 6 ‘Shine Ya Eye’ edition will be announced on October 3rd, 2021.
8  Forum / Sports / Brazilian Star Footballer, Hulk Expecting His 4th Child With His Ex-Wife's Niece on: 20-09-2021 07:59 PM

Brazilian striker Givanildo Vieira de Sousa, better known as Hulk is expecting his fourth child with the niece of his ex-wife.
The Atletico Mineiro striker made the announcement on Instagram, sharing photos of him and his ex-wife's niece, Camila Sousa kissing and holding up ultrasound photos.
Hulk and his ex-wife, Iran Angelo split in July 2019 after 12 years of marriage. Hulk was an uncle to Camila throughout the marriage with Iran.
In December of that year, there were rumours of him being in a relationship with Iran's 32-year-old niece, Camila.
They eventually got married in September 2020 while the 35-year-old footballer was still playing for Chinese side Shangai SIPG following his split from the mother of his two sons and daughter.
Announcing that he and and Camila are expecting his fourth child, Hulk wrote;
“Today with a heart full of gratitude to God, I come to share with you that for the fourth time I am being blessed with another child

“My heart overflows with so much happiness and I can only say thank you God.

“We are already looking forward to receiving you child, and we love you unconditionally.

“Come full of health my baby.”
9  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Photos: Ogun Civil Servants Attack Unity Bank Over Alleged N134m Diversion Of Investment Funds on: 20-09-2021 07:42 PM

Civil servants in Ogun stormed a branch of Unity Bank in Abeokuta to protest the alleged diversion of their N134million investment fund.

The workers, under aegis of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, Ogun State on Monday marched to the Ita-Eko branch of Unity Bank to make known their complaints.

With placards in their hands, the aggrieved senior civil servants said: “Funds Not Safe In Unity Bank,” “Unity Bank Stole Our Money”, “No Refund, No Retreat, No Surrender.”

Speaking on behalf of the association, the State Chairman, Comrade Olude Isa Owolabi, members had instructed the bank to transfer their investments into another bank account, saying however, that sent a lesser amount of what it was told to move into another account.
“Sometimes last year, we got an emergency call that Unity Bank, Abeokuta branch is defrauding customers and because we are a union that is proactive, we rose to the occasion and instructed Unity bank to transfer some amount of money from our Investment account to another account.

“Unfortunately, Unity Bank transfered lesser the amount we were expecting and we had a shortage of significant amount from our account.

“We have interacted with them many times, we have contacted them, we have written several letters, not less than six or seven and Unity bank did not respond.
“The issue started as early as February this year and as we speak, they have not returned our money to us. We cannot continue to wait for Unity bank to be free. They have admitted that they have defrauded us. Records are there to show that in our office. They admitted that the money is there and they will transfer as soon as possible. Since then, we have not heard anything from Unity bank”, he stated

According to Owolabi, the association’s investments fund was N134million, while a sum of N80million had been transferred to the association, leaving a balance of about N54million.
Reacting, an official of the bank, who did not want to be mentioned because he was not authorized to speak on the matter, said the bank has never denied the association access to their money

He informed that “the issue is already with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).”
The official added that until the CBN concludes investigations on the matter, the bank cannot make any further transfer as requested by the association.

10  Forum / The Buzz Central / JUST IN: Instagram Grants Hushpuppi Access To Continue Using Account on: 20-09-2021 07:27 PM

Instagram has said Nigerian fraudster Huspuppi may continue using his account despite facing conviction for fraud in the United States.

Dubai-based The National reported that Instagram declared Hushpuppi free to continue using his social media account. It said the Nigerian did not violate the social media platform’s laws.

Hushpuppi, by real name Ramon Abbas, lived a life of luxury in Dubai – in a multi-million dollar money laundering empire – always flaunted his expensive lifestyle on his Instagram account.

He used Instagram to show his largesse, sharing photos of extravagant shopping trips, luxury cars, clothes, and watches.

An international police investigation uncovered almost $41 million in cash and 13 cars valued at about $6.8 million.

Further evidence in phone and computer records contained more than 100,000 fraudulent files and the email addresses of nearly two million possible victims.

Hushpuppi owned a fleet of luxury cars, including a Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Maybach.

The Nigerian fraudster has over 2.5 million followers on Instagram. He has not published a post on his account since June 2020, the same month he was arrested by Dubai Police.

Instagram, however, said Huspuppi will be free to continue to use the site unless law enforcement in the US where he is facing trial rules otherwise.

The American social media company said it is enforcing a policy on inmate takedown requests in place for prisoners active on social media. Abbas does not fall under the categories which would validate account removal.

Instagram said accounts are only usually closed if they represent dangerous organisations or individuals.

The 37-year-old Nigerian fraudster pleaded guilty to crimes that netted profits of some $24 million from his victims.

Court documents in July 2021 disclosed how Hushpuppi played a major role in a school finance scam, as well as several other cyber and business email compromise schemes that cumulatively caused more than $24 million in losses.
11  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Nothing Will Happen If Another Northerner Is Elected President - Hakeem Baba-Ahmed Reiterates on: 20-09-2021 06:23 AM

Spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, has said heaven will not fall if another northerner is elected the next President of Nigeria, DailyTrust reported.
He stated this while delivering a keynote address at the maiden Maitama Sule Leadership Lecture Series organised by the students wing of Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, at the weekend.
According to Baba-Ahmed, northerners are not second-class citizens and will not accept to serve as a second fiddle in 2023, when the region has the population to go to clinch the first position.
"The North is not for sale and northerners will surprise those waiting for them to queue up in 2023 and be given money in exchange for their votes.” he said.
He said anyone who does not want a northerner as President should leave the country if one emerges.
Baba-Ahmed also charged the students to be proud of who they are, challenging them not to accept being treated as second-class citizens in their own country.
"We will lead Nigeria the way we have led Nigeria before, whether we are President or Vice President, we will lead Nigeria. We have the majority of the votes and the democracy says vote whom you want.
"Why should we accept second class position when we know we can buy form and contest for first class and we will win? Why does anybody need to threaten us and intimidate us? We will get that power, but be humble because power comes from God. We inherited leadership, being honest is not being stupid
"There are Nigerians who believe that because the economy of the North is being crumbled; we are running away from insecurity, we are politically vulnerable, they think they can buy us for 2023 but they are making a mistake
"We are ready for this; we will consider every economic adversity, challenge, we will fix the Northern economy and we are the only one who can fix this Northern economy. For that reason, we are not for sale. We are in the process of rebuilding the North and we will rebuild the North from 2023
Baba-Ahmed said whether the north holds power in 2023 or not, anybody who wants to break up in this country will say so, as they are just looking for excuses.
He also charged the youths to be active in politics.
"Don’t accept second class status because you are a northerner. No northerner is a second-class citizen in this country. If we want to support a southerner, we will support a southerner because that will be in our own interest and we can decide for ourselves.”
12  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Kidnapping: Ogun State Police Warn Christians To Stop Organising Prayers Inside Forest on: 20-09-2021 06:16 AM

The Ogun state police command has warned members of the public to desist from holding prayer sessions in the forest so as to avoid being kidnapped.

The command expressed concern that, despite series of warnings and security tips, some members of the public still organise prayer sessions in the forest.

This, it was said, had made them easy preys for kidnappers hibernating in those forests.

According to a statement by the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the command said the warning was important even though it recognizes individual’s right to freedom of religion.

It said, “it is worthy of note that the present security situation in the country does not favour organizing prayer sessions in isolated places,” he stated.

The police spokesman said that the command was working assiduously to get rid of criminal elements who have taken kidnapping as a business.

Pending when they will be satisfactorily eliminated, Oyeyemi urged the general public to “desist from creating opportunities for them to operate.”

He charged that security should be seen as everybody’s business, and as such, people should play their part in securing themselves and their property; stressing that “after all, the scripture even enjoined us to watch and pray.”

He emphasised that, “if there is any compelling reason to embark on such prayer sessions, the organizers should report to the nearest police station for advice and possible security patrol of the area.”
13  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Rights Group Tasks Nigerian Govt To Investigate The Cause of Mailafia Death on: 20-09-2021 06:10 AM

Concerned Nigerians for the protection of Human Rights and the Rule of Law Initiative, has called on the Nigerian authorities to investigate the circumstances that led to the sudden death of Dr. Obadiah Mailafia.

Dr. Obadiah Mailafia 64, a Development Economist, former deputy governor of Nigeria’s apex bank and rights activist that advocated freedoms and human rights for ethnic nationalities in Nigeria, died after a brief illness in Abuja on Sunday.

The convener of the group, Deji Adeyanju, in a statement Sunday night, said that Nigerians who work to expose the massive human rights violations and corruption in President Muhammad Buhari’s led administration were always the target of “the oppressive regime”.

“We call on the Nigerian authorities to ensure that no foul play was involved in the death of Dr. Obadiah Mailafia. He had been violently targeted by some persons averse to his positions on how ethnic minorities in Northern Nigeria are being treated.

“The Nigerian civic space is very hostile and dissidents are constantly being targeted by those in government.

“Finally, we call on the authorities to launch an inquest into the death of Dr. Obadiah and we pray Almighty God to grant the late human rights activist, eternal repose.”, he said.

Dr. Mailafia, a social crusader, had recently hinted the public, in an interview, that a certain governor in the North knew things about the sponsorship of the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents.

This earned him several arrests and interrogation by the Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS).
14  Forum / The Buzz Central / BBNaija: You're Doing a Very Good Job – Angel Commends Her Dad After Surviving Another Eviction on: 19-09-2021 09:16 PM

Big Brother Naija: Shine Ya Eye housemate, Angel, was one of five housemates who were up for eviction this week but following the Sunday live eviction show, it’s apparent that her stay in the Big Brother house has been extended.
The Sunday live eviction show saw the removal of housemates, Yousef and Saskay after they emerged as the housemates with the least votes who were up for eviction during the week.

Following their eviction, housemate Angel is seen discussing with Queen on how she’s so excited to have survived another week of eviction and how She’s surprised that viewers have been voting for her since she’s been facing eviction.
The 21-year-old is then heard crediting her father who she earlier revealed as her social media handler, saying the gentleman, who is a PR expert, is actually doing a good job in keeping her in the Big Brother house.

With excitement and a bright smile on her face, the lovely credits her dad for his efforts in prolonging her stay in the house.

15  Forum / Politics / Tinubu, Our Capo in South – Governor of Ondo State, Akeredolu Declares on: 19-09-2021 08:45 PM

The Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has described the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as a ‘Capo’.

According to Akeredolu who described Tinubu as a leader in the southern region of the country, he said was awaiting the arrival of Tinubu in order to take critical decisions ahead of 2023.

Akeredolu, who is the Chairman of South West Governors’ Forum stated this during an interview on Arise Television on Sunday.

While stressing that his recent visit to the former Lagos State Governor in London had nothing to do with the 2023 election.

On whether he will support Tinubu as Presidential Candidate of APC in 2023, Governor Akeredolu said only the party where he is a member will decide that.

“APC is a party. APC will decide who the candidate will be. I have said it several times. I’m going nowhere. If I leave APC, I am going back to my chamber. For me, whatever APC decides,I will follow.

“We went to London because It was important for us to go and see for ourselves. How he’s doing. He’s the Capo for us here. By the time he comes, we can make some serious decisions.”
16  Forum / Sports / Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea : English Premier League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats on: 19-09-2021 12:02 AM

Date: Sunday 19th September, 2021
Time: 4:30 pm
Stadium Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Referee    Paul Tierney (England)
Goal Scorer:
Team News

Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs have lost Japhet Tanganga to suspension and most likely Eric Dier to injury ahead of Sunday's game, so Cristian Romero and Davinson Sanchez may be thrust straight back into action following their returns to the UK on Saturday.

Giovani Lo Celso could also make the squad, while Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura both had to come off against Rennes with knocks to the ankle and are not expected to be ready for this game.

Son Heung-min is supposedly hopeful of being passed fit to face the European champions, while Bryan Gil should certainly be handed a start alongside Harry Kane amid Spurs' absentee crisis, especially if Ryan Sessegnon remains out.
Tottenham Hotspur Premier League form: WWWL
Tottenham Hotspur form (all competitions): LWWWLD
Tottenham Hotspur possible starting lineup:
Lloris; Emerson, Sanchez, Romero, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Skipp; Gil, Alli, Son; Kane

Meanwhile, Chelsea are not expected to welcome Christian Pulisic back from an ankle injury just yet, but there is more optimism over N'Golo Kante's fitness, even though he was not passed fit for the win over Zenit.

Reece James - whose home was burgled during Tuesday's game - is back from a domestic ban and will hope to reprise his role on the right, but Ben Chilwell may be kept waiting as Marcos Alonso continues on the opposite side.

Kai Havertz should be reintroduced to the attack over Hakim Ziyech - a change that occurred after 63 minutes against Zenit - while new arrival Saul Niguez had a debut to forget against Villa and is set for another bench appearance.
Chelsea Premier League form: WWDW
Chelsea form (all competitions): WWWDWW
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Mount, Havertz; Lukaku

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Chelsea
17  Forum / Sports / West Ham v Manchester United : English Premier League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats on: 18-09-2021 11:58 PM

Date: Sunday 19th September, 2021
Time: 2:00 pm
Stadium London Stadium
Referee    Martin Atkinson (England)
Goal Scorer:
Team News

West Ham
David Moyes has a couple of pressing roster issues hampering his preparations ahead of the visit of Manchester United. On Saturday, the West Ham United manager will be bereft of the services of two first-team players in the worst case scenario.

The major absentee for the hosts is Michail Antonio, who is suspended after being sent off last week against Southampton. In addition, Said Benrahma could miss out for West Ham after sustaining a knock in the midweek UEFA Europa League tie versus Dinamo Zagreb.

The potential absence of Benrahma could prompt Moyes to hand a full Premier League debut for West Ham to Nikola Vlasic, who will reprise the no. 10 role. Vlasic’s inclusion would mean Pablo Fornals will be deployed on the left flank, with Jarrod Bowen starting on the right wing. Meanwhile, in Antonio’s stead, Andriy Yarmolenko could lead the line against Manchester United.

The rest of the starting lineup pretty much picks itself, including the double pivot of Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek. The central midfield duo will have the onus on them to keep things tight in the middle of the park, frustrating Manchester United’s creative duo of Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba.

At the back, Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna will form the central defensive partnership, with Vladimir Coufal and Aaron Cresswell being the two full-backs. Finally, in goal, there is no looking past Lukasz Fabianski.

Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Coufal, Zouma, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Soucek, Rice; Bowen, Vlasic, Fornals; Yarmolenko

Manchester United
Unlike his counterpart in the West Ham United dugout, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not have any fresh injury concern to deal with ahead of the trip to Old Trafford. However, the Manchester United boss will still have to make do without as many as six first-team players.

Marcus Rashford is inching his way back to returning to action after resuming training this week. In addition, the likes of Alex Telles (ankle), Phil Jones (match fitness), Scott McTominay (groin), Amad Diallo (hamstring) and Edinson Cavani (knock) all remain sidelined as well.

David de Gea is a certainty in goal for Manchester United despite the return of Dean Henderson. In front of the Spaniard, Manchester United will line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Raphael Varane returning to the side to pair up with Harry Maguire at the heart of the defence, Out wide, there is no looking past Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw.

Up ahead in midfield, Solskjaer could be well served by fielding Donny van de Beek alongside Fred in the double pivot following a promising showing against Young Boys. However, the Manchester United manager will likely give the nod to Paul Pogba, with van de Beek missing out again.

With Pogba being used in the middle of the park, Jadon Sancho will get another chance to impress, this time from the left flank, with Mason Greenwood returning on the right wing. Bruno Fernandes will reprise his usual no. 10 role, with Cristiano Ronaldo spearheading the Manchester United attack against West Ham.

Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): de Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Pogba; Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Sancho; Ronaldo

Key Stats
West Ham United have won two of their last six Premier League games against Manchester United (D1 L3), although they are winless in three against the Red Devils. The Hammers had won just one of their previous 19 against them in the competition (D5 L13).
West Ham have not been beaten in any of their last seven Premier League games (W4 D3), their longest run in the competition since a streak of 10 games between February and April 2016.
Manchester United are unbeaten in 28 Premier League away games, the longest ever run without defeat on the road in English league history. The Red Devils have conceded just 19 goals in this run, keeping 13 clean sheets in the process.
Since leaving Manchester United in 2014, West Ham boss David Moyes has failed to win any of his seven games against the Red Devils in all competitions (D2 L5).
Since Michail Antonio’s debut in 2015, West Ham have won 41 percent of the Premier League games in which he has started (56 of 137), compared to just 28 percent when he doesn’t (25 of 90). Meanwhile, Bruno Fernandes is unbeaten in all 27 Premier League away appearances – a competition record for any player from the beginning of their career.

Prediction: West Ham United 1-2 Manchester United
18  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / LAUTECH Professor, Olajire Slumps, Dies During a Jummat Service At Ogbomoso on: 17-09-2021 10:01 PM

A lecturer at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Professor Abass Olajire is dead.

It was gathered that the don died few minutes after he slumped.

Our correspondent gathered that Olajire slumped during a Jummat service at a mosque in Ogbomoso.

It was gathered that the don slumped at Ansarudeen Mosque at Oke Ado area of Ogbomoso while observing Jummat prayer on Friday.

He was confirmed dead at the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso.

It was learnt that the don is one of the best professors in the university.

Olajire who joined Ladoke Akintola University of Technology in 1990 as an assistant lecturer is an alumnus of Obafemi Awolowo University and University of Ibadan.

Public Relations Officer of the institution, Lekan Fadeyi confirmed the death of the don.

Fadeyi noted that the professor was confirmed dead at LAUTECH teaching hospital.

He said, “He slumped at the Ansarul Deen Mosque, Stadium Road and was confirmed dead at the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital”.
19  Forum / Law and Crime / 22-Year-Old Housewife, Khadija Yakubu Allegedly Poisons Four Stepchildren To Death In Yobe on: 17-09-2021 09:44 PM

A 22-year-old housewife, Khadija Yakubu has allegedly killed four stepchildren with poison in Potiskum town, Yobe State.

The incident occurred at Makara-Huta area of Potiskum in the early hours of Friday when the deceased took a poisoned tea allegedly prepared by their stepmother.

ASP Dungus Abdulkarim, Police Public Relations Officer Yobe State Command confirmed the incident, noting that the suspect has been apprehended.

“Findings at hand indicated that the children have been rushed to hospital after taking the tea prepared by the said suspect in the early hours of today at about 0900hrs, 17 Sep, 2021, but three of the victims died while receiving treatments and one remained unconscious.

“Alhaji Haruna, who is the husband to the said suspect of the same area in Potiskum, reported the incident to the police at about 1300hrs”, the PPRO said.

According to him the victims were: Umar Alh Haruna, aged 12; Ahmed Alh Haruna, aged 9; Maryam Alh Haruna, aged 11 as well as a 7-year-old Zainab Alh Haruna.

ASP Abdulkarim added that, investigation has commenced to unravel circumstances surrounding the case for subsequent prosecution.
20  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Central Bank of Nigeria Declares AbokiFX CEO. Olumide Oniwinde Wanted Over Collapse Of Naira on: 17-09-2021 09:37 PM

The Central Bank of Nigeria, on Friday, vowed to arrest the owner Olumide Oniwinde and shut down popular forex publishing platform, AbokiFX.
The CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele who spoke after the Monetary Policy Committee’s two-day meeting in Abuja described the platform as illegal, accusing it of putting the Nigerian economy at risk.

Mr Emefiele accused Mr Oniwinde of manipulating the exchange rate.
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