Arsenal must decide on Europa League campaign – Peter Cech

Arsenal must go into their Europa League campaign with the intention of winning the tournament or set themselves different priorities for the season, goalkeeper Peter Cech has said. The London side host Germany’s Cologne in Europe’s second-tier competition on Thursday and Cech, who won the title with Chelsea in the 2012-13 season, said the club must take a call on how they approach the tournament. “You make your decision,” he told London’s Evening Standard. “At Chelsea, we were really disappointed to have been knocked out of the group stage (of…

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Arsene Wenger wants top-four over Europa

Arsenal can sustain a Europa League challenge but a top-four finish in the Premier League would be the best way to reach next season’s Champions League, manager Arsene Wenger has said. Manchester United won the Europa League title last season to secure direct entry to the Champions League. Manager Jose Mourinho made winning the competition a priority as United slipped to a sixth-placed finish in the Premier League. Wenger, however, believes domestic success is key to Arsenal’s ambitions after dropping out of the top four for the first time in…

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Real Madrid vice-captain Marcelo extends Real Madrid contract

Real Madrid vice-captain Marcelo extended his 11-year stay with the Spanish giants by signing a new contract until 2022, the club announced on Wednesday. The Brazilian, 29, has won three Champions League and four La Liga titles in over 400 appearances since joining from Fluminense in 2006. “Real Madrid and Marcelo have agreed to extend the contract of the player, who will remain tied to the club until June 30, 2022,” the club said. Marcelo will, though, be suspended for Madrid’s next two La Liga games after his ban for…

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Architect defiles niece, 5, appears in court

A 34-year-old architect, Abiodun Akinpelu, who allegedly defiled his five-year-old niece, on Wednesday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos. Akinpelu, who resides at No. 29, Mayowa St., Orelope in Egbeda, a Lagos suburb, is facing a two-count charge of defilement and indecent assault. The offence, according to the Prosecutor, Insp. Clifford Ogu, was committed on Sept. 4 at the apartment of the accused. The accused indecently assaulted her by fingering her, Ogu told the court. “He lured the girl into his room, carried her on his laps…

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Nigeria needs 3 inland ports in South East – Sen. Stella Oduah

Sen. Stella Oduah has said that the South eastern part of the country requires a minimum of three container ports to boost the economic growth of the country. In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, Oduah said the ports were necessary because the Southeast region had become an industrial zone. She said that because the Southeast was land locked, inland container ports would expose the region to international markets. The senator added that if the ports were in place, the rate of road accidents as…

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IPOB clashes: All Progressives Congress (APC) calls for calm

The All Progressives Congress (APC), has called for calm and restraint from Nigerians, following reports of violent clashes linked to members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Abia and Rivers State. The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, made the call in a statement issued to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja. The statement also expressed regret at the incidence at the secretariat of the National Union of Journalist (NUJ) in Umuahia, where some journalists were assaulted. “Commendably, the Nigerian Army has tendered its apology and…

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Reactions trail Lagos, Abuja airports concession plan

Stakeholders in aviation sector on Wednesday expressed divergent views over plans by the Federal Government to concession Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, had on Monday announced that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the concession of both airports to improve their efficiency and service delivery. The Chairman of Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyema, told NAN that the decision was a step in the right direction. “Government has no business in doing…

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National Assembly delays resumption by one week

The National Assembly has rescheduled its resumption from Tuesday Sept. 19 to Tuesday Sept. 26. The Clerk to the National Assembly, Mr Sani Omolori, made this known in a statement on Wednesday. He said all Senators and House of Representatives members were by the notice requested to resume sitting in plenary on Sept. 26 by 10:00 a.m. The National Assembly had on July 27 proceeded on its annual recess to resume on Sept. 19.

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Edo traders celebrate tax reduction by Gov. Godwin Obaseki

Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has granted Oredo traders a 50 per cent reduction in the yearly levy as tax waiver after their protest against an increase in the charges. Obaseki, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Philip Shaibu, disclosed this on Wednesday in Benin during a meeting to resolve the issue at Government House, Benin. He assured that the newly Harmonized Local Government Tax and Levies Law would soon be amended to meet international best practices and further address the issues. He said that the state government noted…

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Defunct Nigerian Airways’ workers protest over unpaid entitlements

Some workers of the defunct Nigeria Airways on Wednesday staged a peaceful protest at Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos over delayed payment of entitlements estimated at over N78 billion. The protest, which started about 8.00 a.m., worsened the vehicular gridlock around the airport for over two hours. The aggrieved workers of the defunct national carrier, which was liquidated by President Olusegun Obasanjo’s regime in 2005, carried placards with various inscriptions. Some of the inscriptions read: “Pls, pay our severance benefits in full”, “We need our pay-off, not monthly pension”, and…

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