Matic proclaims exit Manchester United in january.


Nemanja Matic Admits He Could Leave Manchester United in January


Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matić claims that he will weigh up his future at Old Trafford during the January transfer window.

The Serbia international only has six month left on his contract in the north-west and has already been linked with a move to join Diego Simeone’s Atlético Madrid.


Manchester United still have an option to extend Matić’s contract for another season, but the 31-year-old admits he’ll only stay at Old Trafford if he is still part of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team plans.

Nemanja Matic
“I don’t know what to say. I have a contract for another six months, we’ll see in January what’s going to happen,” Matić told Telegraf. “Will I extend the contract or try to find something else?


“United have some option to extend my contract, but we will see if the plans of the club match my plans. I couldn’t say anything more because I don’t really know either.”

Matić has spent the last two and a half years with Manchester United following a £40m move from Chelsea in 2017, where he’s gone on to make 95 appearance for the club across all competitions.


Joining after José Mourinho’s won three trophies in a single season at Manchester United, Matić is currently on his longest spell without any silverware in the last decade.

While the towering midfielder doesn’t appear to be wanted or needed at Manchester United, Atlético Madrid are apparently eager to sign him on a cut-price deal once the transfer window reopens.


Mino Raiola Insists Paul Pogba Will Not Leave Manchester United During January Transfer Window
Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has stated that the midfielder won’t be leaving the club in January, saying he is happy to go along with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s…

Manager Simeone wants to add some more experience to his side as Atléti look to cement their place inside the top four in La Liga.

Los Colchoneros are sitting behind Barcelona, Real Madrid and Sevilla heading into the new year, while they’re only one point ahead of Imanol Alguacil’s impressive Real Sociedad side.


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Dabiri-Erewa: Nigeria Diaspora Policy Underway


The Chairman, Nigerian Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Tuesday disclosed that a Diaspora Policy for Nigeria has been sent to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for ratification.

She made the disclosure while fielding questions from State House Correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The next FEC meeting is likely to hold on January 22, 2020, as the next two FEC meeting days fall on New Year’s Day (January 1, 2020) and the Armed Forces Remembrance Day (January 15).


Dabiri-Erewa, who was in the Presidential Villa to brief the President on the activities of the Commission which was set up in May, expressed optimism that the document would be considered and approved by the council.

Speaking on the specific issues the Commission dealt with since it was set up, the NIDCOM boss said:
“We have dealt with a lot of issues — xenophobic attacks in South Africa and those who have returned; recently too, young Nigerians stranded in Croatia returned and we received them in the office.


“We have various engagements; we have sent the Diaspora Policy to the FEC; hopefully, it will be considered in the New Year.

“The Diaspora policy is a holistic policy that actually will guide all Diaspora engagements; it covers all aspects of Diaspora engagements.


“It will transcend virtually every ministry that has to do with Diaspora; every department and agency; already, we are working with states; 13 states have focal persons on Diaspora; there are two commissioners for Diaspora.

“Ondo State has a House Committee on Diaspora Chairman, and we hope that other states will have their focal persons because we need to also move to the sub-national governments in terms of Diaspora engagements.


“We believe that if we are able to have this policy; it will actually revolutionise a lot of things in this country.”

Dabiri-Erewa said that she briefed the President on the short, medium and long term goals of the commission.

Abike Dabiri-Erewa

She said that the President had instructed that wherever Nigerians were, their welfare should be paramount.

According to her, the Commission has adhered strictly to this directive, hence the constant engagement with Nigerians wherever they are to ensure no one is neglected.


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Light in: ISWAP Planning To Abduct Travellers


The Islamic State in West Africa is planning fresh abductions of Nigerian citizens in Borno State, NobleReporters learnt.

Information culled by NobleReporters shows that insurgents, who beheaded 11 Christians on Christmas eve are planning major abductions in Benishiek, Ngala, Auno, Mainok, Dikwa-monguno and Biu.

The fresh plans follows a directive by #ISIS caliph al-Hashimi, instructing the intensification of attacks especially of Christians in the region.


The terrorist are currently occupying farms and villages along Biu Highway in preparation for further attacks. ISWAP on Christmas eve attacked Biu and killed seven Nigerian soldiers.

It also carted away sophisticated military equipment.

The United Nations estimates that the decade-long armed uprising in North-East Nigeria has killed 36,000 people and displaced around two million.

Soldiers on the frontline in Borno and Yobe states have repeatedly called for sophisticated weapons and timely intel to prevent casualty when ambushed by ISWAP terrorists.


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Arsenal to Make January Funds Available for Mikel Arteta


Interest Retained in Dayot upamecano.



Arsenal could make a move for RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano in January, with the club prepared to back new head coach Mikel Arteta with money to spend during the winter transfer window.

The Gunners have shown steady signs of improvement since Arteta’s appointment in north London, but once again it was Arsenal’s defensive problems and individual errors that left them empty-handed against Chelsea.


Arsenal have never been too keen to splash the cash on new signings during the January transfer window, but The Mirror reports that the club will make funds available to give the squad a much-needed facelift in the new year – with Upamecano still a top target.

Aside from a high-profile move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in 2017, Arsenal’s most expensive signing in the winter window actually came back during their Invincibles season when they lured the late José Antonio Reyes away from Sevilla for £18m.


But, promisingly for fans in north London, Arsenal’s new decision-makers appear to have learned from their mistakes from last season.

The club opted to bring just Denis Suárez in on a short-term loan as their only signing last January, with Arsenal going on to throw away their place in the top four and miss out on qualification to the Champions League.


It’s not claimed if a proposed move for Upamecano has come from Arteta, but as Arsenal’s interest in the Frenchman has lasted for some time it’s easy to guess that it would actually be Raul Sanllehi – he’s already admitted his admiration for the defender – or Edu Gaspar who are the architects of any move.

Upamecano would apparently be available for around £40m in the January transfer window as he only has 18 months left on his contract.


But RB Leipzig won’t be eager on selling him at any price before the end of the season as they’re in the middle of a title fight in the Bundesliga, while star centre-back Ibrahima Konaté is also being eased back from a long-term injury.

As another option, it’s also suggested that Arsenal might look to recall William Saliba from his loan spell at Saint-Étienne.


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5 Players AC Milan should sign by January 2020.


5 Players AC Milan Should Sign in the Upcoming January Transfer Window.


AC Milan are a club with a history as rich as any side in Europe, yet find themselves eating their panettone 11th in the league, with half the points their rivals and table-toppers Inter have accrued.

Following the summer of 2017, which saw the club part ways with more than £175m in one transfer window, Milan have swapped the short-lived and somewhat murky ownership of Li Yonghong for a straight-edged and ruthless existence under the umbrella of Elliott Management Corporation.


While fans will want to avoid the aimless signings of the past, the side is in desperate need of improvement if they wish to even attempt to fulfil any ambitions of European football next season.


Ozan Kabak (Centre-Back)

Milan went into the Christmas break still smarting from their heaviest defeat since 1998 as the Rossoneri were demolished by a ruthless Atalanta side 5-0. Their captain and centre-back


Alessio Romagnoli has been crying out for a capable defensive partner since his arrival in 2015.

The 19-year-old Ozan Kabak could prove to be a viable candidate for the role if Milan are able to prise him away from Schalke in January. The Turkish international may have only joined the Bundesliga side this summer, but a move to Italy has been reported despite his recent run in the side.


Chimy Ávila (Winger)

Zlatan Ibrahimović’s arrival in Milan may have thrilled fans but relying upon a 38-year-old to transform your attacking output could spell disaster come the end of the campaign.

One of the most damning statistics to have come out of Milan’s season so far is the fact that their left-back, Theo Hernández, is the only player in their roster to have scored more than two non-penalty league goals this campaign.


A former January transfer, Krzysztof Piatek, has well and truly had his hot streak of last season extinguished, with a single goal from open play so far. With eight goals already this campaign, Osasuna’s Chimy Ávila would be an excellent fit for a number of positions along the Milan front line – accomplished in both a role on the left wing and through the middle.

The diminutive Argentinian has racked up 18 goals in 18 months of top flight Spanish football since August 2018 at two unfancied sides; Huesca and Osasuna. With the likes of Suso, Franck Kessié and Lucas Paquetá feeding balls into Ávila’s feet, one can imagine his output would only increase.


Daniele Rugani (Centre-Back)

When Maurizio Sarri joined Juventus Daniele Rugani must have expected his fortunes at Juventus to change. During their final season at Empoli together, Sarri saw that Rugani played in every minute of the league campaign.


However, this has not been the case. Despite being a prodigious talent, Rugani has been awarded a single league appearance all season, and with the arrival of Merih Demiral in the summer, it looks like playing time for 25-year-old will be even harder to come by.

This is not the first time Milan and Juventus have exchanged central defenders in recent years, with Leonardo Bonucci crossing the divide twice in two summers. Nevertheless, should Milan snap up the promising defender, it would certainly be considered a coup.


Leon Bailey (Winger)

Milan are currently on their second manager of the season, and should results fail to improve, you would have to be brave to predict Stefano Pioli to be their last appointment of the campaign. However, Pioli’s predecessor, Marco Giampaolo, can be blamed for their absence of a true left winger.

Giampaolo was poached from Sampdoria in the summer and with him came not only a good reputation, but a formation imperative to his approach, 4-1-2-1-2. This strategy requires two strikers and a classic trequartista (number ten) but has little use for wingers. So, when Milan came into the season without a recognised player in this position no one was worried.


Fast-forward six weeks and they’re 16th in the table with six points on the board. Ten days later and Giampaolo is out the door along with his precious 4-1-2-1-2. And so, Milan find themselves playing Rafael Leão shunted out wide, performing admirably for a 20-year-old in a new league, but ultimately out of position.

Leon Bailey has made the left flank his own over the past few seasons in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen. The 22-year-old Jamaican may be inconsistent, but his speed and directness is sorely lacking from the Milan front line and given his age, signing Bailey would be a smart investment for the future.


Nordi Mukiele (Right-Back)

Zenit St. Petersburg v RB Leipzig: Group G – UEFA Champions League
Nordi Mukiele is a player any club would love to have on their books. Despite standing at 6’2, the France Under-21 international has a remarkable burst of pace and ease with the ball at his feet. Mukiele has shown himself to be adept when fielded as a right-back or a centre-half in a back-three.

At only 22-years-old, the defender’s talent is frightening and should RB Leipzig be foolish enough to part ways with him, Milan would be gaining a gem. Given Mukiele’s versatility, he could not only cover for the injury-prone full-back, Andrea Conti, but also play as Romagnoli’s partner in the centre of defence


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Ondo: Family seeks Justice for man who dies in police custody.


A middle-age man in Ondo State, Aanu Olanusimi, has allegedly died in the custody of the Idanre Police Division in the state.

Olanusimi, a farmer, died in November shortly after being he was accused and arrested for allegedly stealing cocoa from the farm of a local chief, Akinruli, at Irikose in Ago Oni Rice Village, Idanre.


In a petition written to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 11, Osogbo, Osun State, through the family’s lawyer, Fidolyn Akindiose, mother of the deceased, Comfort Olanusimi, said that her son was on his farmland when a police officer identified as ‘Londo’ from the Idanre Division came in company with Chief Akinruli to arrest him.

According to her, upon asking for the offence committed by her son, the police accused him of stealing cocoa seedlings from Akinruli’s farm. Mrs Olanusimi added that her son decided to follow the police personnel and Akinruli on a motorcycle to the police station.


The woman further stated that while she was already set to visit the police station, a motorcyclist came to tell her that her son vomited while being taking away and had been rushed to a hospital in Idanre. She revealed that she was later told again that her son had been transferred to a hospital in Akure, the state capital, but on getting there she found out that he was dead.

She explained that despite the brutal killing of her son, the police had refused to release his corpse to the family for burial.


The petition read in parts, “Up until this moment, the body of our client’s son has not been released to his mother.

“It is our contention that the act of the said Chief Akinruli, his labourer and the investigating police officer known as Londo, constitutes criminal acts to wit false accusation, professional negligence, criminal conspiracy, murder and failure to produce his corpse.

Late Aanu Olanusimi

“It is our appeal to the AIG to use his office to take over the case from the homicide section of the state Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation and for the release of Aanu’s corpse so that justice can be done.”

Spokesperson for the police in Ondo, Femi Joseph, revealed that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Adie Undie, has waded into the case. Joseph confirmed that the incident happened at Idanre Police Station and was currently being investigated. He said, “It is untrue that we are still withholding the corpse of the man.”


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Mission2020: Amaju Pinnick Reveals Plan For Nigerian Players.


Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Pinnick, has outlined the plans he has for Nigerian football in the coming year.

Pinnick in 2019 became a FIFA Executive member and won a legs battle against corruption allegations to cement his power in Nigerian football, but believes Nigerian football is set to get even bigger in 2020.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick outlines his various plans for Nigerian football in 2020


Pinnick, who can count Nigeria’s third place AFCON 2019 finish and the Super Eagles improved performances as major successes in 2019 has revealed that the governing body will focus on the qualifying campaigns of the Super Eagles for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, as well as the qualifiers of the Super Falcons for the 12th edition of the Women Africa Cup of Nations, and those of the U17 girls and U20 girls for their different FIFA World Cup finals.

According to Pinnick who spoke to reporters on Tuesday Dec. 31st, Nigerian teams are expected to not just participate in tournaments but win the tournaments.
“We are also determined to concentrate much effort and resources on youth development programmes, including but not limited to the NFF/Zenith Bank Future Eagles Programme. It is important that we continue to churn out quality talents and work hard to nurture them to excellent products who will then fit into the age-grade National Teams and bring honour to the nation at various championships.”

NFF president, Amaju Pinnick

“As we have made known, teams representing Nigeria in international matches and competitions will be told in no uncertain terms that they are expected to win, not just participate. The era of simply being there to participate is long gone.”

The draw for the qualifying campaign of the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals will be conducted in Egypt in January 2020, with 10 groups of four teams each that will produce only the winner from each group to play five home-and-away matches to select representatives of Africa in Qatar.


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Woman filmed having sex in nightclub.

…says, she was drunk and can’t recall doing anything


A woman who was caught on camera allegedly having sex in a nightclub is now warning others to watch the amount of alcohol they consume, to avoid making a similar mistake.

Woman filmed ?having sex? in club says she was so drunk she can?t remember doing it

After Video footage of her and a man getting intimate at The Beach, in Cleethorpes, went viral this week, the woman involved, who wishes to remain anonymous, has now spoken out about the dangers of drinking too much saying she is ashamed of the video but will have to move on.

Stating that she is ‘ashamed’ of the video, she said the incident had occurred after she ‘drunk more than I ever have’.


She told Grimsby Live: ‘I do believe it has been blown out of proportion, as there was no physical penetration.

‘I understand the issues with what happened and the implication of what was seen, but would like to move on.’


She continued: ‘Alcohol can be dangerous and quite frankly the fact that I can’t remember even walking into the club unsettled me.’

An East Midlands Ambulance Services (EMAS) spokeswoman said to Metro UK: ‘People need to look after themselves by not drinking too much

‘Unfortunately it will be the busiest day of the year and people need to make sure they do not get to the point where they have consumed so much alcohol they cannot look after themselves.’

EMAS chief executive Richard Henderson added: ‘We will have additional staff out on the road and in our 999 control room on key dates where we anticipate demand to be especially high, and will deploy mobile treatment centres to specific locations to help reduce pressures on the NHS system.’


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David Silva and D.Stones returns from injury.


John Stones & David Silva Return From Injury as Man City Also Receive Aymeric laporte.


Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Manchester City centre-back Aymeric Laporte will return to training within the next 10 days.

The France international has been on the sidelines since August due to a serious knee injury, something which has been a key factor the reigning Premier League champions’ poor form this season.


Manchester City are facing the impossible task of overturning a 14-point gap behind Liverpool to reclaim the trophy, but Guardiola has confirmed that his side will at least be boosted by Laporte’s return in early January.

Aymeric Laporte
“He’s getting better. He’s training alone but already on the pitch. He’s in the last part of his recovery,” Guardiola said, quoted by The Mirror. “In one week, 10 days, he can start to train with us.


“I miss all the players who are injured, I like to have all the squad available and training with us.”

Laporte’s return from injury won’t come in time for their match against Everton on New Year’s Day, but both John Stones and David Silva will be available once again ahead of the Toffees’ trip to the Etihad Stadium.


Both players have been out of action since the Manchester derby at the start of December, but Guardiola confirmed Stones and Silva would be available for selection once again after almost a month on the sidelines.

Manchester City will be the favourites to beat Everton on New Year’s Day, but with their visitors currently riding the wave of a new manager bounce, Guardiola warned that Carlo Ancelotti’s sides “always beat” his own.


Carlo Ancelotti

“[Everton] have struggled for points but the quality is there,” he added. “They have a new manager who has incredible experience. He is one of the smartest guys, he is always able to make them work to get good results.

“It will be a difficult test for us. I know Carlo quite well, we played a few times against him. His teams always beat our teams.”


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EFCC grilled Shehu Sani over alleged extortion.


Shehu Sani, the former senator representing Kaduna central was on Tuesday December 31 interrogated by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over an alleged extortion.

The 8th assembly lawmaker was invited to the anti-graft agency’s office in Abuja, for allegedly extorting $20,000 from a Kaduna based businessman Alhaji Sani Dauda, popularly known as ASD.


It was gathered that Shehu Sani engaged in a car transaction with the businessman but allegedly defaulted in making a part payment for the vehicle.

Daily Trust reported that the former lawmaker’s aide, Suleiman Ahmed who confirmed he was questioned by the EFCC said;


“We are here with the Senator because he was invited by the EFCC which was why he came to listen to the complaint against him and which is normal.

“All we know is that there was a business transaction between Senator and him ASD. The senator wanted to buy a Peugeot 508 Executive and was making part payment.

Shehu Sani

“An invoice was given to him as well as an account number by ASD to make deposit. So we were all surprised when we heard that ASD filed a complained at EFCC alleging 7.2 million naira extortion.

“How can Senator Shehu Sani extort mere 7.2 million naira from somebody like ASD. The point here is that we are thinking that somebody somewhere instigated ASD to go against senator.”


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We have no ‘Didiyata’ in our custody – DSS


Months after Abubakar Idris, a social media influencer and government critic popularly known as Dadiyata went missing, the Department of State Services (DSS) has debunked claims of him being in their custody.

In a statement released by DSS spokesman Peter Afunanya on Tuesday December 31, the secret police said it has no reason to deny the arrest and detention of suspects if it carried out operations during which such persons were arrested.

Reacting to the controversy that trailed Dadiyata’s abduction from his home in Barnawa area in Kaduna State on August 1, 2019, the DSS said;


“The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to serial allegations by sections of the media particularly the Punch and Daily Trust Newspapers that the Service is illegally detaining some Nigerians.

“Of specific mention were Abubakar IDRIS (aka Dadiyata) and Agba JALINGO said to have been arrested in Kaduna and Cross River States respectively by the Service. Another was Punch Newspaper’s wild allegation in its publications of 6th and 29th December, 2019 that over 50 suspects are being held by the Service under excruciating conditions and “routinely tortured”.


“These allegations, to say the least, are spurious and can only be taken for what they are – deliberate and subversive campaigns of calumny to undermine the Service and cast it in bad light before the public.

“That IDRIS was taken away from his house by some armed men does not suggest that those men were DSS staff.


“It was expected that Daily Trust and Punch should have properly conducted their investigations before holding the Service responsible for the acts it did not commit.

“For the sake of emphasis, the Service has no reasons to deny its arrest and detention of suspects if actually it carried out operations during which such persons were arrested.”


The Service went on: “It is not out of place for security and law enforcement agencies to arrest and detain law breakers or those suspected to be.

“The arrest and detention of suspects are procedural and undergo continuous review. In certain conditions, some are routinely questioned and released while others are granted administrative bail.


“Some who are still under investigation or already undergoing prosecution are held on the basis of Court orders.

“Suspect handling is a critical aspect of the Service’s responsibility and this is taken seriously without any form of compromise.

“It diligently carries out this function in strict compliance with the criminal justice administration system and intelligence governance procedures absolutely necessary for consolidating democratic ideals in Nigeria.

“It is, however, important to state that suspects in the Service’s detention are not “routinely tortured”. Such accusation by the Punch or any other media outfit for that matter is only imaginary and a creation of the concerned newspapers.”


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Barcelona denies Dani Olmo transfer offer.


…Barcelona Deny Making Formal Transfer Offer to Re-Sign Dani Olmo From Dinamo Zagreb.


Barcelona have quickly denied making a formal offer to sign Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Dani Olmo, just hours after they reportedly lodged an official bid.

The 21-year-old, who used to be part of Barcelona’s La Masia academy, has spent the last five and a half years in Croatia where he’s gone on to make 124 appearances across all competitions – breaking into Spain’s senior national team in the process.


Barcelona are among a group of clubs across Europe who are tracking Olmo’s future ahead of the January transfer window, but the club have stressed to Mundo Deportivo that they haven’t made an official offer for the Dinamo Zagreb star.

Dani Olmo
Barça made their position clear just hours after ESPN reported the club had in fact recently made an official bid to sign Olmo.


The reigning La Liga champions have been in talks with Dinamo Zagreb but so far it appears their contact has been limited to discussing Olmo’s availability, rather than an attempts to hash out a deal before the transfer window re-opens.

Olmo only has a contract at the Stadion Maksimir until 2021 and he recently revealed his desire to leave Croatia sooner rather than later.


“Last summer was an ideal time to take a next step,” Olmo told Jugones. “In the end it did not happen and I said that I was equally happy because I wanted to play Champions League.

“But I think my cycle there is over and I want to take the next step to continue improving.”


As well as attracting interest from his former club Barcelona – Olmo spent seven years at La Masia – the Spain international is also attracting interest from Premier League rivals Manchester United and Manchester City.

Since breaking into the first team at Dinamo Zagreb, Olmo has been directly involved 62 goals across all competitions


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Breaking: Arts & Culture DG, Runsewe indicted in multi million naira scam.


Olusegun Runsewe, the Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture who made headlines earlier this year following his faceoff with cross-dresser Bobrisky, has been allegedly indicted in a multi-million naira scam in a report released by the office of the Auditor-General of the Federation.

One of the irregularities cited in the report from the office of the Auditor-General of the Federation include failing to explain why he spent N5.6 million in buying a car just after he resumed office in 2017, without certification from the agency’s transport officer and auditor.

The audit report which revealed there might be a possible occurrence of waste and diversion of funds to personal use, added that there are no supporting documents attached to the payment voucher such as receipts, invoices, SRV, SIV, the company’s request letter for payment and minutes of the Tenders’ Board meeting.


Contract awards and payments made by the agency were also found to have irregularities. It was gathered that there was no payment voucher for N44.3 million paid directly to a contractor for the construction of National Research Centre in Durban Tradition, Kaduna on May 2, 2017. A full payment was made to the contractor before the job began and it was learnt the contract award letter was not signed by the DG and there was also no proof of approval from the Council’s Tenders Board since the sum was above the approval limit of the DG.

The audit report also alleged that N1 million and another N1.8million paid as 2.55 per cent and 5 per cent for preliminary and consultancy fees respectively could not be accounted for.


Before Runsewe assumed office in 2016, the Council also paid a servicing company more than N36 million for the 29th edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST), including staff’s Duty Tour Allowance. Minutes of the meeting of the Tenders’ Board was not signed by any members and the payment schedule and duration of the payment were not stated.

It was also alleged that the contract might not exist as the Withholding Tax (WHT) and Value Added Tax (VAT) were not paid on the contract. Mr Runsewe was directed to recover the N44.3 million and N36 million, after which he is expected to forward evidence of their recoveries to the office of the auditor general for confirmation.


The agency also could not account for N22.5 million it claimed to have spent on store items, programmes, workshops, repairs and other items. The N2.3 million which should be WHT and VAT, was reportedly not deducted from the payments.

Mr Runsewe was asked to refund the N22.5 million to the treasury and forward evidence of the refund to Mr Anyine’s office for verification.

Olusegun Runsewe, the Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture

NobleReporters learnt that the Auditor-General, Anthony Ayine called for Mr Runsewe to be sanctioned in line with section 3129 of the Financial Regulation which states;

“Any officer who violates any other provision for which no sanction is specifically recommended, shall be taken to have committed gross misconduct and shall be disciplined accordingly.”


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Suarez Wants Contract Extension In Barcelona.


Confident He Will ‘Come to an Agreement’ With Barcelona Over Contract extension.


Barcelona striker Luis Suárez says he “will come to an agreement” with the club over a new contract at the Camp Nou.

The 32-year-old has 18 months left on his current deal but is eager to extend his stay at Barcelona after an impressive start to the season, where’s scored 13 goals across all competitions heading into the new year.


It was believed that Suárez would be getting transitioned out at Barcelona as they look towards the future, but the Uruguay international says he’s confident that he will eventually pen a new deal.

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“I am very happy at the club,” Suárez told Sport. “I have always given my all. The statistics and the numbers back that up, I think I am still at the top of my game and when it’s time to talk, we will come to an [agreement].”

Suárez currently sits as Barcelona’s fourth top goalscorer of all time – behind Lionel Messi (618), César Rodríguez (232) and László Kubala (194).


The 32-year-old still has some way to go before climbing into second place on Barcelona’s list, but Suárez could find himself on the club’s goalscoring podium later on this season.

“I always said personal challenges have to be left to one side, but in this case, with so few [goals] to overtake a historic player like Kubala, you feel very proud,” he added.


“Second place is obviously a more difficult challenge, but that doesn’t take it out of sight. You always try to do what you can. The first place is unreachable, but it’s exciting to be able to get close to César’s figures.”

Suárez has reached his tally of 190 goals for Barcelona in just 268 appearances across all competitions, where he’s picked up 105 assists along the way too.


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Maureen Esisi announces single status, says she need New year gift.


Maureen Esisi, the estranged wife of Nollywood actor, Blossom Chukwujekwu has announced she is single following the end of their three-year-old marriage.

She took to Instagram to announce that she is ‘Single’ in a post which she also wrote: ‘#NoManners2020.’

Maureen Esisi announces she

Maureen Esisi and Blossom Chukwujekwu, who both got married in 2016 have since gone their separate ways.


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