Thursday, May 6, 2021

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The Nigerian Army has announced the rescue of one hundred and forty-eight people who were held hostage by Boko Haram insurgents in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State.


The breakthrough was made by troops of the Twenty-One Brigade with the support of members of the Civilian Joint Task Force.


The spokesman for Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu said the civilians were found at the remote villages of Modu Kimeri and Gulumba Gana during clearance operations by troops last Sunday.


Colonel Nwachukwu, who is a Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, disclosed in a statement that the rescued hostages comprised of fifteen men, fifty-eight women and seventy-five children.


He said it was also discovered that the Boko Haram terrorists had used the women in the group as sex slaves, with two of them pregnant at the time of the rescue.


The recent report by Amnesty International that indicted the Nigerian Military for sexual abuse of women affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East continues to generate reactions.


The latest assessment of the Amnesty International report is coming from the National Human Rights Commission, which decides to take the side of the Nigerian Military in denouncing the claims by the rights campaign group.


The report detailed allegations of rape of thousands of women and girls who escaped from Boko Haram insurgents by Nigerian soldiers.


But the Executive Secretary of the National Human Right Commission, Tony Ojukwu, described the allegations against the Nigerian Military as vague and lacking in credibility.


OJUKWU also said it was not true that soldiers fighting Boko Haram insurgents had killed many people who refused to be moved from territories rescued from the insurgents.


The NHRC Boss reportedly stated the position of the commission while responding to questions during a two-day workshop in Adamawa State, which was designed to improve on the capacity of the Military and Paramilitary personnel on the protection of civilians in counter insurgency operations.


He challenged Amnesty International to always verify its claims before issuing reports that indict the Nigerian Military, which he said was capable of causing havoc and apprehension among people.


The Sixty-First Meeting of the United Nations World Tourism Organization Commission for Africa has opened in Abuja.



The three-day meeting is being attended by over five hundred delegates, including twenty-six African Ministers of Tourism, the Secretary-General of the UN tourism agency.



President Muhammadu Buhari welcomed guests to the meeting with a charge to consider Nigeria as their second home.



President Buhari’s message was delivered by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, who declared that the Administration was offering attractive incentives for investors in the tourism sector.



Mustapha said the incentives include minimum tariff on imported tourism equipment, amusement park equipment and materials for hotel construction and furnishing.



Others are dedicated transportation for tour operators and equipment for restaurants not manufactured in Nigeria, as well as work permit for foreign workers with specialized skills within the industry and land at concessionary rate by state governments to tourism investors.



For his part; the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said hosting the tourism event in Nigeria was a testimony to the achievements of the Buhari Administration, especially in the area of security.




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Boxing Promoter Eddie Hearn has remained confident that Anthony Joshua's unification clash with Deontay Wilder will be agreed, and a decision could be made in the "next few days".


Negotiations continued between Matchroom Sport chairman Barry Hearn and Wilder's co-manager Shelly Finkel in New York on Friday, with Joshua determined to have home advantage for a battle against Wilder for all the world heavyweight belts.


A date and venue is still be decided for the blockbuster bout, although Wembley has been mentioned as a potential location.


However, Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn recently revealed he was close to agreeing an alternative fight with Alexander Povetkin for September and Joshua-Wilder could be scheduled early next year, if the British star firstly takes a mandatory WBA title defence against the Russian.


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Britain's Andy Murray is expecting to be fit for the grass-court season and will make a statement this week, according to his mother Judy.


The Scot, who has not played competitively since Wimbledon last year, had a hip operation in January.


The 31 year old former world number one has won Wimbledon twice and this year's tournament starts on the 2nd of July.


Judy told BBC Sport.

"He's doing the rehabilitation. He's been back on the court in the last couple of days,"

 "His goal was always to try and be ready for the grass-court season and that is still his goal, so fingers crossed."


The next event Andy Murray could play in is the grass-court Libema Open in Rosmalen, the Netherlands, from 11 to 17 June.

Murray missed the first six months of the 2004 season because of a knee injury and had surgery two months after his first Wimbledon title in 2013 because of a problem with his lower back.


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Sunday Faleye is most grateful for all the support he received after he underwent successful surgery on his elbow which he injured at the recent CHAN in Morocco according to scorenigeria.

The 19 year old midfielder injured his elbow in 2018 CHAN group game against Angola in January and has not played ever since.

Faleye was operated on in Altach on Wednesday.

According to his agent Josep Lenhart, the surgery was passed successful and possibly Faleye will be back playing again in the next 3-4 months after undergoing his rehabilitation.

The delegation of Senior Women National Team of Nigeria, Super Falcons, has arrived in Banjul, capital of The Gambia, on Monday, ahead of Wednesday’s 2018 Women Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Gambia’s Senior Women Team.


The contingent, led by the Chairman of NFF Women’s Football Committee, Hon. Ayo Omidiran has since settled down at the Metzy Residence Hotel and the team had a first training at the FIFA Goal Project in Banjul on Monday evening.

 Wednesday’s match will take place at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.


A two-legged affair between both teams will determine which of the two teams will be at the final tournament in Ghana later in the year.



Osarenoma Igbinovia, Joy Jegede, Christy Ohiaeriaku, Amarachi Okoronkwo, Tochukwu Oluehi, Glory Ogbonna, Josephine Chukwunonye, Ngozi Ebere, Anam Imo, Alaba Jonathan, Esther Sunday, Onome Ebi, Faith Michael, Halimat Ayinde, Ngozi Okobi, Chinaza Uchendu, Asisat Oshoala, Desire Oparanozie, Francisca Ordega, Christy Ucheibe

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have revealed their new squad numbers ahead of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.


The squad numbers were made known via a 59 second video on the team’s twitter handle @ngsupereagles on Monday.


Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa would adorn the number one jersey, while Spanish based Francis Uzoho has 23 leaving Daniel Akpeyi with 16 jersey as skipper Mikel Obi retains his number 10.


Newly signed Brighton and Hove Albion player, Leon Balogun will settle for number six, while Russia based Byran Idowu will wear the number two shirt.


 Portuguese based Tyronne Ebuehi will be seen in number 21, as fellow defender Chidozie Awaziem will put on number 20 while Abdullahi Shehu holds 12.


 Midfielder Ogenyi Onazi is with number 17 jersey while recuperating Wilfred Ndidi will wear number four.

 Forwards Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho will grace numbers 18 and 14, respectively.


 Chinese based Odion Ighalo has nine, leaving newly capped Simeon Nwankwo with number 13, as Russia-based Ahmed Musa holds seven.


 Chelsea’s Victor Moses stays with 11, as William Troost-Ekong has number five and Elderson Echiejile with three. Jersey number 19 is


 given to John Ogu while Italy based Joel Obi has 15, leaving Oghenekaro Etebo with the number eight shirt and Kenneth Omeruo on 22.

Germany and Manchester City winger Leroy Sane has been left out of Germany's final 23-man World Cup squad.


Sane, Bayer Leverkusen pair Bernd Leno and Jonathan Tah and Freiburg striker Nils Petersen were all dropped as Joachim Low cut the defending champions' 27-man provisional squad on Monday..


Meanwhile, Goal Keeper Manuel Neuer, who came back after nine months out in Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Austria, is in the squad.


Germany's 23-man squad in full

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris St-Germain)

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich)

Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris St-Germain), Leon Goretska (Schalke), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich)

Strikers: Mario Gomez (Stuttgart), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)

Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been named in Egypt's World Cup squad despite being injured in the Champions League final.


It is understood Salah will not meet up with his team-mates until 9 June as he continues his recovery from a shoulder injury, his national team said.


Egypt's opening World Cup fixture is against Uruguay on 15 June.


They meet hosts Russia on 19 June and conclude their campaign in Group A against Saudi Arabia on 25 June.



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