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Mesut Ozil's agent blasts Mikel Arteta and demands truth behind Arsenal exile. Arsenal outcast Ozil hasn't played for the club since March, and is unlikely to play again for the Gunners after being left out of their Europa League and Premier League squads.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Donny van de Beek must fight for chance to start games. The Dutch midfielder has yet to appear in Solskjaer's first 11 in the Premier League since joining in a £40m summer move from Ajax
Gerard Pique slams Barcelona over Lionel Messi saga as turmoil at club continues. The veteran centre-back took a pay cut and extended his contract this week but is clearly still not at all happy with how things are being run at the club
Key issues Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea need to address in title race. It has been a mixed start to the season for the Premier League's 'big six' with Everton and Aston Villa setting the early response.
Gender Violence: EIGE Appoints UNIOSUN Professor As Expert
A Professor of Law of the Osun State University (UNIOSUN), Prof. Olaide Abass Gbadamosi has been appointed as an expert on gender violence of the European Institute of Gender Equality (EIGE).
The appointment which is in accordance with EIGE’s procedures and criteria for the establishment of the list of external experts is in keeping to the promise of making equality between women and men a reality for all Europeans and beyond.
EIGE which is an autonomous body of the European Union selected and approved the appointment of Professor Gbadamosi as an external expert on gender violence based on his expert profile and wealth of experience.
It also noted that Professor Gbadamosi will be using his wealth of experience in public law to assist EIGE in providing high-quality research and data to support better informed and evidence-based decision-making by policymakers and other key stakeholders working to achieve gender equality
Also, his appointment will assist in managing all knowledge produced by EIGE to enable timely and innovative communication that meets the targeted needs of key stakeholders; assist in meeting the highest administrative and financial standards while supporting the needs of EIGE's personnel.
The Osun State University Don is also expected to work with the rest of the external experts from different countries in the world to assist EIGE with specific activities in the execution of the Institute’s work programme and its key strategic objectives.
EIGE was established to contribute to strengthen the promotion of gender equality, including gender mainstreaming in all EU policies, resulting to national policies, and the fight against discrimination based on sex, as well as to raise EU citizens’ awareness of gender equality.
Thunderstorm kills seven cows in Osun village
About seven cows belonging to a Fulani herder, Alhaji Abdullahi, in Elepo Village, Ifon, Osun State were in the early hours of Tuesday struck dead by thunderstorm.
The incident which reportedly occurred during an early morning rain, threw the village into panic.
The cows were said to have been tethered in a place in the village, when a loud deafening noise was heard around where the animals were kept.
Seven of them were found dead after the incident, though there were more cows on tether at the spot that were not affected.
A resident of Ifon, Alao Saheed, while commenting, said it was the first time such an incident would occur in the town.
He called on relevant government agencies to move to the scene of the incident and evacuate the dead animals to prevent the outbreak of an epidemic.
Alhaji Sulaimon Oloruntoyin, Seriki Fulani in Osun State, confirmed the incident to newsmen in a chat.
Oloruntoyin told newsmen that the cows belongs to Alhaji Abdullahi, son of Seriki Fulani of Ifon Orolu.
Seriki added, “I was told that the cows belong to Alhaji Abdullahi, son of Seriki Fulani of Ifon. I was told the incident happened before daybreak during rainfall that occurred in the early hours of today.
“Those animals that died were not the only ones at the spot where the thunder truck them. They belong to Alhaji Abdullahi, son of Seriki Fulani of Ifon Orolu. I will give you details later please. Seven cows died in the village.”
Arrest Of Magu Confirms Nigeria Stinks, Says Anglican Bishop, Adeoye
Bishop Seun Adeoye, the Lead Bishop of the Worldwide Anglican Church in Nigeria, has reacted to the arrest of the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, by the Directorate of State Security as a development that confirmed his statement on Sunday that Nigeria was horribly stinking of corrupt practices under the present administration.
The cleric, who also doubled as the spokesperson for World Bishops Council (WBC), Africa in a statement in Osogbo, Osun State, explained that within seven days he issued two releases about the unhelpfulness of EFCC in a petition of alleged $7.5m fraud discovered at Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation.
He said, “Just last Sunday, I signed a statement titled ‘Let’s weep for Nigeria’ and I lamented that efforts by some few courageous Nigerians to help in the fight against corruption in the country were not being encouraged as anti-grafts bodies’ activities, in particular the EFCC revealed to be slow and selective.
“I have earlier in a statement on behalf of The Lightbearers on July 2nd told the world and indeed President Muhammadu Buhari that his government’s fight against corruption was being held down by some powerful individuals in Nigeria and I cited a case of a fresh fraud running to $7.5 million about N2.7 billion in NNPC.
“This case was straightforward but Magu’s EFCC just turned deaf ears to the matter. A whistleblower, one Alhaji Ibrahim Farouk gave details of how an alleged monumental insurance fraud on the 2020/2021 NNPC insurance renewals was perpetrated.
“He sent his petition to Magu. He gave a detailed account of how the premium for the insurance of corporation for the 2020/2021 was inflated by over 20 percent of the original figure and how the brokers to the business during a meeting held early February this year in London raised objection and pointed out the discrepancy which amounted to about $7.5m.
“Farouk disclosed that the brokers insisted that the action was not right and it was done at the expense of NNPC but back in Nigeria, the insurers and the management of NNPC signed off the documents with the inflated premium. This is just of many other petitions left unattended to.”
The cleric said God was now furious with all Nigerian commonwealth thieves and those who compromised with them as more heads would roll, while adding that no matter how powerful those stealing the nation’s public funds are, they will be caught, punished and put to shame.
According to him, God cannot be pleased seeing majority of Nigerians wallowing in abject poverty while some few individuals will covet what belong to all and “now that Magu is gone, I sincerely hope that not only the NNPC petitions will be looked into, other petitions lying in his office will be investigated as well”.
"I’ll name my prince Adesoji Aderemi”, Ooni Ogunwusi vows as family celebrates 49th Ooni
The Arole Oduduwa & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II has vowed to name his prince after the late Sir Adesoji Tadenikawo Aderemi, who was the 49th Ooni of Ife during his lifetime as a mark of appreciation to Aderemi for his good works.
Ooni Ogunwusi made the promise on Friday, while speaking at the 40 years remembrance programme organized by the late Aderemi’s princes, princesses and grandchildren to remember the Ooni who reigned between 1930 to 1980.
At the event which held at his Ile Oduduwa palace, Ooni Ogunwusi described his predecessor as a great icon who will forever be remembered for his immeasurable contributions to the independence, stabilization and growth of Nigeria.
“I wish to implore our politicians across the country to look deep into the life, time and accomplishments of Sir Aderemi and learn great lessons of servant leadership. He was selflessly committed to the development of the country.
“Among several tangible virtues to be emulated from the good life of Sir Aderemi is the good name he left behind which still speaks volume till date. Houses, cars and other material gains of life will surely fade away while one’s name remains in the book of history forever.
“Today, the ancient city of Ile-Ife and indeed the entire human race is proud to have had Sir Adesoji Aderemi whom we shall continue to celebrate. Plans are underway to immortalize him and I have discussed it with members of the family.” Ooni Adeyeye said.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Prince Owoade Aderemi thanked Ooni Ogunwusi for the warm reception and acknowledgement of their father’s giant strides during his lifetime.
“I am sure that our father would be so happy in the world beyond to realize how great and united his family is after four decades. As princes and princesses, we have done a lot to develop Ile-Ife and I wish to state that we shall continue to be active in the growth of our beloved city.” Prince Owoade noted.
In the same vein, Mr. Segun Omoworare who spoke on behalf of the late Aderemi’s grandchildren, described the late monarch as an epitome of both traditional and political leadership.
“While on the respected throne of Oduduwa, Baba served Nigeria in several political capacities including being among the first set of the country’s Ministers and Governor of the then Western region. He was among the nationalists who fought a great fight for the nation’s independence and we are so proud to be his descendants.” Omoworare stated.
In his speech on behalf of the Ife traditional council, the Obalufe of Ife, Oba Idowu Adediwura extolled the late Aderemi particularly for opening Ile-Ife and its environs to immeasurable economic and social benefits.
“Because of Ooni Aderemi, Ile-Ife is known and respected as the genuine source of human race. Baba lived a life of love which I want us all to emulate because we have not only come here to celebrate but also to learn lessons from a life well spent.
“Having said that, I am delighted to tell you that Ooni Ogunwusi is currently working round the clock to take the development of Ile-Ife to the next level with countless good projects and programmes. If you look around since he ascended the throne, you would agree with me, all we just have to do is to wish him a healthy long life for us to enjoy what he has in stock for Ife.” Obalufe explained.
Earlier, Ooni Ogunwusi led members of the Aderemi family to lay wreath on the tomb of his predecessor as a mark of respect after which he led top dignitaries to inspect the White House built by Sir Aderemi in 1937 which he (Ooni Ogunwusi) has remodified.
COVID-19: Osun SSG tests positive as State records 10 new cases – Commissioner for Health
…Says Community transmission likely in Ilesa axis
The Government of the State of Osun on Tuesday confirmed that its Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prince Wole Oyebamiji, has tested positive for Coronavirus.
The State’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, who made this known through a press statement in Osogbo on Tuesday, also confirmed the discovery of 10 additional cases in the State.
Dr Isamotu was however quick to add that one patient had equally been discharged after testing negative for the virus.
The Commissioner noted that one of the reasons for the sudden rise in the Covid-19 cases in State was largely due to the nonchalant attitude of citizens and residents of the State to laid-down precautionary measures against the spread of the virus.
Isamotu also hinted that there are strong reasons to believe the State now has community transmission around Ilesa axis of the State, warning that unless citizens and residents change their ways, government might be forced to impose another lockdown on the State.
While noting that the 11 new cases were from the contact tracing of previous cases in the State, the Health Commissioner also revealed that with the latest development, the number of confirmed cases in the State has risen to 127 with 74 active cases.
“If you observe, our cases have been on the rise consistently in the last two weeks or so. The reason is simple. Our people are beginning to be too casual about the spread of the virus. The lack of strict adherence to safety protocols and guidelines is one of the main reasons for the rise. As a matter of fact, we are beginning to suspect that we have community transmission around Ilesa axis.
“Government is reviewing the cases. Soon, we shall announce other stricter measures to contain the spread of the virus in that axis.
“Today, we intensified our enforcement drive. All those arrested were made to go through a compulsory course on Covid-19 preventive protocols. We will go a step further by setting up a mobile court to try and sentence violators of safety protocols and guidelines. We must collectively join hands with the government to contain the spread of the virus.
“Also, I want to confirm to you that our SSG and some of the staff around him have tested positive to the virus. But they are all in stable condition and are receiving adequate medical care.
“With the latest development, the number of our active cases as at today, Tuesday, June 30, is 74. We have 127 confirmed cases, out of which the State has successfully treated and discharged 48 patients while five deaths have been recorded,” Dr. Isamotu added.