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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended the deadline for the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise by two weeks.

According to information obtained by SaharaReporters on Tuesday, the registration will be concluded at the end of August.

The extension is coming a few days after #TakeItBack Movement, #OurMumuDonDo Movement, as well as the Presidential Aspirants Coming Together (PACT) initiative, and concerned Civil Society Organisations, met with officials of INEC to call for an extension of the deadline to enable more Nigerians to participate.
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After so many complaints of the abuse of power by the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS), acting President Yemi Osinbajo has directed the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to, with immediate effect, shut down the Squad.

The order follows persistent complaints and reports on the activities of SARS that border on allegations of human rights violations, which is after many months of online and street outcry of the #ENDSARS campaign.

In a statement signed on Tuesday by his Osinbajo’s media aide, Laolu Akande, the IGP has been instructed to ensure that any Unit that will emerge from the process, will be intelligence-driven, restricted to the prevention and detection of armed robbery, kidnapping, apprehension of offenders linked to the stated offences, and nothing more.

A statement from Laolu Akande, the media aide of the acting president, reads;“Following persistent complaints and reports on the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) that border on allegations of human rights violations, His Excellency, Professor Yemi Osinbajo SAN, Acting-President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, has directed the Inspector General of Police to, with immediate effect, overhaul the management and activities of SARS and ensure that any unit that will emerge from the process, will be intelligence-driven and restricted to the prevention and detection of armed robbery and kidnapping, and apprehension of offenders linked to the stated offences, and nothing more”.

Read the full statement below

The #EndSARS campaign Chief, Segun Awosanya who also confirmed the report, wrote;
“We WON Guys! #EndSARS #ReformPoliceNG @julietkego @Tutsy22@DrJoeAbah Time to build a new. The #NewNigeria is real. Congrats to @PoliceNG as we begin to reform. Out with the Old and welcome the New.  #OsinbajoDelivers
“Thanks @yemusan1 @koredebello @RuggedyBaba @fodewunmi@ChubaEzeks @Iykepfs @DrArowoloAyoola @ikehiemma and all the great people out there that have been contributing daily in the past one year. Now to focus on monitoring sustainably #ReformPoliceNG
“The Devil is in the details. The implementation of the order is key. We will remain vigilant as we press on to ensure effective monitoring. Humans are weakest at the point of success but we must understand that success by itself is a journey & never a destination”.

Below are some Twitter comments COLOSSSUS GISTS gathered:
@Osascruz, ”As Acting President, first the sacked the DSS Boss for the invasion of National Assembly. Now ordered for the overhaul of SARS with immediate effect. 2weeks, 2 Great Actions.”
@YemieFASH, ”We should all commend Acting President @ProfOsinbajo on this one. He has given a Presidential Directive for the overhaul of SARS.”
@CACCOT1, ”He ordered the sack of DSS boss last week (Lawal Daura), he ordered the overhaul of SARS this week. He was able to achieve this feat because his boss went for 10 days holiday! May you not journey with people who will rubbish your intelligence because of money, fame or power.”
@Kelvin_Odanz, ”If you’ve ever tweeted for the #ENDARS campaign, your tweets were not in vain. The victory is finally here.Next is to get justice for those who lost their lives to rogue lawless members of the now “defunct” SARS.”
@sire_liljosh, ”Prof. Osibanjo sacked the DG of DSS for ‘abuse’ of power. He has also directed the IGP of Police to, with immediate effect, overhaul the management and activities of SARS. Everything always seems to work when Baba Bubu is not around.”
@kaybest, ”Am I the only one that thinks ending SARS now is just scope? Have we not been shouting for more than a year now? Why is it for months to the election? Stay as woke as possible.”
@RovielOG, ”My fellow Nigerians, it’s has gotten to the period of enjoyment, our suffering will reduce because they have started campaigning.
SARS would be scrapped. NEPA will give us light and forget to come for the bill
Fuel price will reduce, Salaries would be paid early. In all these Stay woke.”
@Virus_pluto, ”My people, brace yourselves and get ready for a new Nigeria. They’ll go from SARS to armed robbers….most of the SARS are going keep their guns.”
@iamwhunee, ”I’d have honestly preferred the Ag President to sack the current IG of Police, appoint another one and give him the task of overhauling the SARS because from past occurrences, this IG isn’t the one who obeys order giving to him but we move all the same. #EndSARS.”
@iam_bola, ”I refuse to fall for any of these. This government knows what They’re doing, Reform Sars, Increased NYSC allowance Allawee, plus minimum wage too. Its a scam for 2019.”
@sire_liljosh, ”Prof. Osibanjo sacked the DG of DSS for ‘abuse’ of power. He has also directed the IGP of Police to, with immediate effect, overhaul the management and activities of SARS. Everything always seems to work when Baba Bubu is not around.”
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Agwu Local Government Area secretariat’s pavilion in Enugu State was filled to the brim last weekend when over 5,000 Christians from Enugu west senatorial district and beyond congregated to pray for the state Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and peace in Nigeria.

Delivering the sermon, Archbishop of the Throne of God Mission, Dr. Austin Nwodika, urged Christians not to shy away from politics, but, should exhibit the teachings of Jesus Christ when they occupy political positions and use the opportunity to impact on peace, growth, and well-being of the people.
“It is not a matter of religion, but doing the will of God. We are the light of the world, so, we should lighten it. Christians who find themselves in governance should know that they have a divine mandate. A man should evolve for the will of God to manifest.”
Other preachers at the event, included Ven Innocent Aka, Bishop Kingsley Agu, Pastor Simon Faith, Apostle Dr. Joseph Ajujungwa, Bishop Dr Gideon and Pastor Obinna Abba. They condemned the recent siege on the National Assembly.

The chief whip of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Chief Matthias Ekweremadu, urged Nigerians to pray for peace in the country and avoid politics of witch-hunting.

Pastor John Tochukwu Ogbodo, who coordinated the event, called for prayers against incessant killings of Christians and other innocent Nigerians in the country. According to him, for farming activities to thrive in Nigeria’s post-oil era, there must be peace for farmers to operate without hindrances.

The high point of the event was the presentation of a Holy Bible to Ekweremadu through his representative, Chief Mathias Ekweremadu and other members of the National Assembly from the zone for God’s guidance.

Meanwhile, Enugu State government said as part of its deliberate policy to integrate youths in the governance of the state, it has appointed more than 1,000 youths into political positions at various levels of government in the state.

Giving the breakdown of the appointment, Udedi said 600 youths were appointed as executive assistants to the governor, 10 out of 24 members of the state Assembly are youths, 200 Senior Special Assistants to the governor and that 70 percent of local government chairmen and councilors are youths.

He  further stated that the state government employed 1,000 youths as traffic officers and another 1,000 youths as sanitation officers for the “Clean Enugu Project,” while 3,000 youths were trained in various skill acquisition programmes in conjunction with Industrial Training Fund (ITF).
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The Archbishop Metropolitan and Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh has warned youths to shun thuggery and any act of violence during the forthcoming 2019 general election.

Okoh gave the charge at the 61st annual National Youth Conference of the National Council of the Anglican Youth Fellowship (AYF), Nigeria at Awka. He charged the youths to obtain their Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) to enthrone a God-fearing leadership for the country in 2019.

The primate, who was represented by Anglican Bishop of Awka, Rev. Alexander Ibezim, urged the youths to be God-fearing and avoid being used to fight and kill political opponents. He charged the youths to be agents of change and crusader for good governance and development of the country.

He, however, urged the youths to participate actively in the 2019 election, and avoid the act of violence and the temptation of being used as thugs by politicians.
“Endeavour to get your PVCs and be ready to vote in 2019 general election. Nothing stops you from registering with political parties and be ready for elective positions. We are praying that God will raise faithful people for us,” he said.
Speaking on the theme of the conference: “Power for Exploits” taken from Acts 1:8, Archbishop Okoh called on the youths to emulate Christ and follow in his footsteps for their own salvation.
“Christians are called to become instrumental in serving other people and the youths must receive power in this urgent missionary assignment. Our attitude should distinguish us from this wicked generation. We should endeavour at all time to pay the supreme price to please God that called us.
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The closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in 2021 could cause more reliance by the city on dirty fossil fuels — despite both Mayor de Blasio and Gov Cuomo’s stance in favor of clean energy.

Cuomo last year said that safety measures would cause the early closure of the Indian Point plant, which has history of radioactive leaks and spills.

De Blasio has said he “conditionally” supports the troubled plant’s closure — but a top de Blasio energy aide has said not enough clean energy sources will be available by that time.
“If Indian Point were closing in 2021 we will see localized impacts before these other sources [of clean energy] come online,” Susan DesRoches, deputy director in the Mayor’s Office of Energy, said at a NYU forum earlier this year.
“When you start to look at the reduction of that power locally, we’re also concerned about will there be cost impacts, will there be air-quality impacts.
“And what is the replacement power? It’s heavy intensity on greenhouse gases?”
Asked about DesRouche’s comments, a mayoral spokesman said de Blasio supports Indian Point’s closure as long as the state holds up its end of the bargain.
“The de Blasio administration continues to conditionally support Indian Point’s closure,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “As long as the state mitigates any impacts to the reliability and cost of the replacement power, local air quality and the city’s ability to meet our 80-[by]-50 greenhouse gas emissions targets.”
The reference was to a plan to cut such gases by 80 percent by 2050.

Cuomo seeks to curb greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030.

His office defended the plan and dismissed the de Blasio administration’s worries.
“If City Hall has concerns, they could help by starting work on their own clean-energy projects instead of just talking about them,” Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said.
Azzopardi also said an independent report 
“made clear that existing projects in the pipeline are more than enough to close Indian Point without reliability issues.”
“To say nothing about our aggressive efforts to develop offshore wind and solar, as well as make our energy grid more efficient,” Azzopardi said.
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England scored a flurry of goals in the second half to defeat Mexico 6-1 on Sunday and finish top of Group B at the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

The first half of the match at Saint-Malo in France was fairly balanced at the Stade de Marville.

Mexico looked bright early on before England grew into the contest and pressed forward.

The deadlock was broken by the North Americans on 37 minutes, as Jacqueline Ovalle scored her fourth goal of France 2018 with a superb finish.

After taking a pass from Katty Martinez in space on the right, she cut inside on her left foot and struck a shot into the top corner.

Though they went into the half-time break trailing, the Young Lionesses sensationally turned the match around in the second half with six unanswered goals, including a hat-trick from Lauren Hemp.

Alessia Russo levelled matters for England on 49 minutes.

Chloe Kelly got on the end of Sandy MacIver’s clearance to put Mo Marley’s side in the lead in the 53rd minute.

Hemp then slotted her first of the match on 62 minutes for 3-1 before Georgia Stanway added a fourth with a fine strike two minutes later.

She went on to seal an emphatic England comeback with two more goals, as the Young Lionesses confirmed their spot in the quarter-finals.

Defeat for Mexico meant their France 2018 campaign was at an end, in spite of starting well with a 3-2 win over Brazil on Aug. 5.
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Abia State former governor Dr Orji Kalu, has stressed the need for respect for the rule of law in order for democracy to thrive in the country.

Kalu, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said that any pronouncement from a properly constituted court of justice must be obeyed and complied with.

Kalu spoke in an interview on Sunday in Abuja.
According to Kalu, because the various tiers of government, individuals and corporate entities have no respect for the decisions of the courts, 
“we are making many unlawful things possible.
“If a court issues an order that Sambo Dasuki be released, it should be obeyed.
“If we Nigerians genuinely want democracy to endure, we should learn how to respect the laws of the land.
“The law of the land is our constitution and any pronouncement made by the court based on the constitution should be obeyed,’’ Kalu said.
The former governor also condemned vote-buying during elections, saying that it was capable of truncating the country’s democratic process.

According to him, people should stop taking N2,000 to vote.
“Vote-buying should be totally condemned by every Nigerian because democracy can only stand when the choice of the people prevailed and the choice of the people must prevail,’’ he added.
Kalu urged voters who were yet to get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) to do so before the deadline for the suspension of the exercise.

He said that the move would enable them to choose their desired candidates during elections.
“I must ask Nigerians to go out now to register because that is their power.
“If you have your PVC you have power, but if you don’t have it you are powerless.
“ The card enables you to put in place government you want for the next four years,’’ he said.
He also restated that APC would win all elections in Abia in 2019.
“APC is going to win in Abia in 2019 and we are going to win from the first election to the last election, because we are ready for it locally and we are ready for it mentally.
“We are going to win because the PDP has failed for not doing enough for Abia people.
“President Muhammadu Buhari will secure 75 percent votes in our state in the presidential election,’’ Kalu said

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LAPD Chief Michael Moore Moore joined the police force in 1981 and rose through the ranks.  (Chief Michael Moore/Twitter)
Michael Moore, the new chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, collected a one-time retirement payment of $1.27 million after he retired for a few weeks before being rehired for the same role and pay, The Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday.

Under the city’s controversial Deferred Retirement Option Plan, known as DROP, a veteran police officer or firefighter can-- for the last five years of service-- receive their pensions plus salaries. The pension payment is transferred to a special account as long as they retire.

The Times reported that Moore left his $240,000-a-year post as chief of operations and rejoined just a few weeks later for the same job at the same pay.

'You may call it suspicious timing, but I didn’t program it that way'

- Chief Michael Moore
The paper pointed out that if Moore had been promoted before retiring, he would have lost out on the money. Chiefs, the report said, are excluded from DROP.

He also managed to pull in $170,000 of unused sick and vacation days, the report said.

Since 2008, 51 “chiefs” at LAPD and LAFD have completed the program, the report said. The program paid more than $1.6 billion in extra pension checks since 2001.

 “You may call it suspicious timing, but I didn’t program it that way,” Moore said, according to the paper. He reportedly said in an interview that the plan to have him return was approved by the former police chief and Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Moore is widely respected, but the paper reported that his retirement and rehiring raised eyebrows.

Keith Comrie, a former L.A. chief administrative officer, told the paper that leaders at the police and fire departments carry “sharp pencils and they stay up all night trying to figure out how to suck as much out of the city as possible.”

Moore told the paper that he was approached by the former chief, Charlie Beck, and was asked to come back on the administrator role. Moore said he was unaware that Beck was going to retire.

FOX News
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In a grueling 2hr 41min battle, French Open champion Halep prevailed 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 6-4 over Stephens in a repeat of the duo’s meeting in the final of Roland Garros earlier this year.

The victory was Halep’s 18th career title and her second in Montreal following her success in 2016.

The 26-year-old sealed the win with an ace on her fourth match point, capping an enthralling duel marked by several momentum swings.

Halep had taken the first set on a tie-break, after saving four set points against American third seed Stephens.

Halep made the stronger start, dictating rallies from the baseline to race into a 4-1 lead after twice breaking Stephens in the opening five games.

Yet reigning US Open champion Stephens rallied superbly to claw her way back into the contest, breaking twice to level at 4-4.

That however proved to be the cue for Halep to respond, breaking back after a net cord sat up invitingly for the Romanian, who crushed a winner into the corner for 5-4.

Another poor service game from Halep though gave the initiative back to Stephens, who broke for 5-5 and then held for a 6-5 lead.

Stephens appeared to be closing in on the first set in the next game, when a wild forehand from Halep — her 20th unforced error — handed her opponent two set points.

But Halep dug deep to save both points and then forced the tie-break.

Stephens again looked to be on the brink of the first set after surging into a 5-1 lead which soon became 6-4 in the tiebreak.

But once again the American was unable to seal the deal, Haleprecovering to win the next four points for 8-6.

Stephens responded brilliantly in the second set, however, breaking Haleptwice in the first three games before advancing into a 5-3 lead.

Once again though Stephens appeared to be on her way to squandering the momentum, wasting three set points in the ninth game before finally converting her to force a decisive third set.

Both players traded early breaks in the decider before Halep secured the 13th break of the match in the fifth game for a 3-2 lead.

A hold left her 4-2 up and she bagged another break in the seventh game to go 5-2 ahead when Stephens wearily duffed a straightforward volley into the net.

Stephens refused to go quietly though, saving a match point before breaking for 5-3, and then saving two more match points to hold.

Halep was not to be denied, however, thumping down an ace to seal a memorable win on her next service game.
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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the General Overseer Emeritus of Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria and founder of the Refreshing Ministries International, Dr. Gabriel Olusoji Farombi, on his 80th birthday.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement said, Buhari extolled Farombi’s loyalty and commitment to the preaching and teaching of the gospel, “especially with the establishment of the 10-year-old Refreshing Ministries International, which inspires preachers across the world and provides trainings on best practices in spreading the love and truth of Jesus Christ.”

President Buhari affirmed that the prayers of  the faithful and spiritual leaders in Nigeria, like Farombi, and the preaching of the undiluted word of God has immeasurably contributed to the oneness of the country, further appreciating him for his love, wisdom and resourcefulness.

The President said he joins the Christian community in Nigeria and abroad, family members, friends and Farombi’s co-workers in the vineyard in celebrating the grace of God upon his life, which separated him early for a life of sacrifice, service and charity.

President Buhari prayed that the almighty God will pour more grace upon His servant for longer life, good health and strength to continue serving the nation and humanity.
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World number one Rafael Nadal on Sunday withdrew from next week’s ATP Cincinnati Masters event as he prepares for this month’s US Open.

The 32-year-old scooped the 80th title of his career earlier Sunday with victory at the Toronto Masters.

However, the Spaniard said in a statement following the win that he had decided to adjust his schedule in order to preserve his fitness.
“I am very sorry to announce that I won’t be playing in Cincinnati this year,” Nadal said.
“No other reason than personally taking care of my body and trying to keep as healthy as I feel now.
“I am very thankful to my friend Andre Silva, Tournament Director of the Cincinnati tournament, who after speaking to him on the phone understood what I said to him and understands the situation.
“I am sure the tournament will be a success and I wish him and his team all the best.”
The withdrawal leaves Roger Federer as the tournament’s highest seed in second. The Swiss did not play Toronto in order to conserve his resources, an example being followed by his main rival.

Nadal will be replaced in the draw by a lucky loser.

Nadal had signaled he was planning on withdrawing following his 6-2, 7-6(4) win over Stefanos Tsitsipas earlier Sunday.
“I need to make a decision about what is going on in the next week and the next couple of weeks,” he said. “We also have the Davis Cup semi-finals after the US Open.
“We need to think about the things that we can do or the things that about we can’t do, no? So it’s all about the decisions.
“I only want to play, I want to be everywhere. I love this sport. I don’t like to miss events. But at some point if I don’t stop for myself, my body stop me. So that’s the experience that I have.”

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"After detailed review of the reports, the meeting decided that in order to consolidate operational gains, further reinforcements should be dispatched to the province on urgent basis," Ghani said.
Friday Assault
The fighting began at about 1 a.m. on Friday, when hundreds of armed fighters entered Ghazni and captured a number of key sites, according to Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban.

United States forces responded with attack helicopters and a drone strike, said US Forces Afghanistan spokesman Lt. Col. Martin O'Donnell.

After intense fighting in the city's streets, Afghan and NATO forces were able to push the Taliban to the outskirts of the city Friday afternoon, according to Mohammad Radmanish, a spokesman for the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense.

US Forces Afghanistan called the offensive a "failed attempt" to seize territory.
"Tactically, operationally and strategically, the Taliban achieved nothing with this failed attack except another eye-catching, but inconsequential headline," said LT. Col. Martin O'Donnell, a spokesman for US Forces Afghanistan.
"The fact remains that the Taliban are unable to seize terrain and unable to match the Afghan security forces or our enablement, retreating once directly and decisively engaged."
O'Donnell said Sunday Afghan forces were in control of all government centers in the city.

It's unclear exactly how many people were killed in the fighting.

Ghazni Hospital Director Dr. Baz Mohammad Hemat said the death toll is between 120 and 160 people and includes both military and civilian casualties. Radmanish said more than 150 Taliban fighters were also killed in the battle. Mujahid said 140 Afghan soldiers were killed, though US authorities disputed that figure.

Ambitious Attack
The assault on a major population center was one of the group's most ambitious military moves in years, and was further evidence that a violent stalemate between the government and the Taliban persists. In May, the insurgent group briefly overran the western city of Farah, but Ghazni is far more important and the scale of the attack much greater.

If the city fell to the Taliban, it would compromise the security of the capital and the eight provinces it borders.

However, while the Taliban is capable of controlling rural areas, the combination of Afghan troops with US air support has prevented its fighters from taking and holding population centers.

The assault is the latest insurgent attack in the country since the Afghan government unilaterally called off a ceasefire that it had in place for Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The Taliban, along with other militant groups such as ISIS, routinely attack military and civilian targets in the country.
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The Premier League is back, with the opening weekend producing impressive displays from title contenders Liverpool and champions Manchester City, while Manchester United and Chelsea also made winning starts.

Here are five things we learned from the first weekend of the new top-flight campaign:

Silva Service Lifts Man City
“Right now, it’s Bernardo and 10 others,” Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said when asked about Bernardo Silva’s sublime display in the champions’ Community Shield win over Chelsea last weekend. Portugal midfielder Silva didn’t always start the last term but he was a blur of energy and efficient passing in City’s engine room against Chelsea and Guardiola rewarded him with a place in Sunday’s 2-0 victory in their Premier League opener at Arsenal. 

Guardiola’s faith wasn’t misplaced as the 23-year-old once again produced a tireless performance and rarely misplaced a pass. The influential effort was capped in the 64th minute when Silva cleverly peeled away from his Arsenal marker to meet Benjamin Mendy’s cross with a fine finish that flashed past Gunners goalkeeper Petr Cech.

Still not so United
Despite getting off to a winning start against Leicester on Friday, all is still not well at Manchester United between star midfielder Paul Pogba, manager Jose Mourinho and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. Mourinho named Pogba captain and hailed a “monster” performance after he took responsibility to open the scoring from the penalty spot. French World Cup winner Pogba, though, wasn’t so effusive in his praise for his boss, claiming “if you’re not happy, you cannot give your best” and that if he voiced his true feelings he would be fined. 

Meanwhile, Mourinho again let his frustration at not being backed by Woodward in the transfer market be known. Woodward is adamant Pogba is not for sale despite rumored interest from Barcelona. But at the moment all three seem locked in an unhappy marriage ahead of a season that Mourinho himself has predicted will be a “difficult” one.

Keita’s New Kingdom
Liverpool have had to wait a year to get Naby Keita after sealing the deal to bring him from RB Leipzig 12 months ago, but on the evidence of a storming display from the Guinean in Sunday’s 4-0 thrashing of West Ham it’ll be worth the wait. Keita started the move for Liverpool’s opener and possessed the pace and skill to consistently drove through the heart of West Ham’s pedestrian midfield. 

Jurgen Klopp now has new found wealth of midfield options with Fabinho also joining from Monaco, Adam Lallana returning from injury and captain Jordan Henderson getting back to fitness after his exertions at the World Cup with England. Keita, though, could be the real difference maker in turning a 25-point deficit to champions Manchester City last season into a title challenge.

Sarri’s Hazard Warning
Maurizio Sarri admits Eden Hazard needs more time to get back to his very best despite an impressive 15-minute cameo as a substitute in Chelsea’s 3-0 win at Huddersfield. Hazard has been linked with a move to Real Madrid and only returned to training with Chelsea a week ago after helping Belgium finish third at the World Cup. 

The midfielder’s future may not be sorted out until August 31, when the transfer window closes in Spain. But his quality was there for all to see during his brief appearance on Saturday, with a fine run from midfield taking out several Huddersfield players before he slotted in Pedro to score Chelsea’s third goal. “I think that Eden in this moment cannot play for 90 minutes. He has to improve, to have training,” Sarri said. “I think the best thing is for him to play 15-20 minutes when the opponents probably are tired.”

Spurs Show Steel
Tottenham may not have spent anything in the transfer market and had to play several of their stars who have just returned from well-earned breaks post the World Cup. But they coped easily enough with Newcastle in their 2-1 win at St James’ Park. 

Spurs are the only top tier team not to have made a signing since the end of last season and manager Mauricio Pochettino will need a tougher test than this to assess whether fatigue will be a telling factor for his squad this term.
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Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, has written a letter to the Acting Director-General, Department of State Security, DSS, Mathew Seiyefa, to as a matter of urgency release the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, the Shiite leader, Sheik Ibraheem El-zakzaky and his wife, Hajia Zeinab El-zakzaky and hundreds of others illegally being detained by the DSS.

Falana, while congratulating the new DSS boss on his appointment, said the former sacked DSS DG, Lawal Daura committed lots of atrocities as innocent people were detained for years and months without trial and that even when such people were ordered to be released by the court, he would flout the order.”
“We are, however, compelled to draw your attention to the fact that our law firm has had a running battle for the last three years with Mr. Musa Daura, the immediate past Director-General of the SSS as a result of the incessant arrest and detention of Nigerian citizens and foreigners without trial. Some of the infringements of the human rights of criminal suspects and other persons perpetrated by Mr. Daura.
“Apart from not obtaining orders from Magistrate Courts for the remand of suspects in line with section 293 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, Mr. Musa Daura treated the orders of several courts for the release of detainees with contempt. He became so power drunk that he harassed judges and lawyers who challenged his penchant for subverting the rule of law. At a stage we had to remind him that the brutal military dictators who trained minions like him did not succeed in cowing us into submission when we were fighting for the restoration of democratic rule in the country.
“Unfortunately, the public officers who have a bounden duty under the Mohammadu Buhari administration to call Mr. Daura to order have turned themselves into the defenders of his pompous impunity by making nebulous references to “national security” or “public interest”. Hence, Mr. Daura has willfully ignored the order of the federal high court made on December 2016 for their release of Sheik Ibraheem and Hajia Zeinab Elzakzaky from the illegal custody of the SSS,” he said.
Falana said even though El-zakzaky lost his right eye as a result of the injury sustained when he was shot by soldiers in Zaria on December 15, 2015, Daura rejected the recommendation of eye specialists that the detainee be flown abroad for medical treatment to prevent the loss of his left eye in the custody of the SSS, adding that Mrs El-zakzaky who was also shot during the violent military attack had been denied access to medical experts who have offered to extract some bullets from her body.
“Thus, the SSS has subjected the couple to excruciating physical pain and mental agony in violation of their fundamental right to freedom from degrading treatment guaranteed by section 34 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic, 1999 as amended. As you are no doubt aware, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), a former National Security Adviser is standing trial for treasonable felony and corruption before the Federal High Court and the Federal Capital Territory High Court respectively.
“Although the defendant has been admitted to bail by both trial courts, the SSS has continued to detain him without any legal justification. As if that is not enough, the order of the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States directing the Federal Government to release Col. Dasuki on bail pending trial has also been treated with disdain by the SSS. Even though the defendant has not been charged with culpable homicide the defenders of Mr. Daura’s disobedience of court orders have belatedly turned round to accuse the defendant of being responsible for the death of over 100,000 people!
“However, we have just confirmed that hundreds of other criminal suspects are being detained in dehumanizing conditions in the several detention facilities of the SSS in Abuja and in all the states of the federation. From the information at our disposal, the detention of majority of the suspects is not connected to national security in any material particular. For instance, our law firm has recently secured the release of two Indian nationals (Messrs Nittin Verma and Umesh Asudani) who were held in the detention centre of the SSS in Abuja for over 7 months on grounds that they had allegedly defrauded a Kano-based businessman.
“Before the suspects were illegally arrested by the SSS, the same complaint was being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission which had admitted the suspects to administrative bail. As Mr. Daura could not defend the detention of the suspects he caused an official of the SSS to swear to a false affidavit in the Federal High Court to the effect that they were involved in terrorism,” he explained.
Falana stated that on account of corruption and abuse of office which characterized the tenure of Daura, the SSS took over many criminal cases that were being investigated by other security and anti-graft agencies, and that by compromising such criminal cases, he exposed the anti-corruption policy of the Buhari administration to ridicule.

He said a number of the suspects in the custody of the SSS had been held incommunicado for about three years in contravention of section 6 (2) (c) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act which had imposed a duty on all detaining authorities in Nigeria to notify the next of kin or relative of every suspect of the arrest at no cost to the suspect, adding that two of the victims of such prolonged incarceration were Mr. Jones Abiri, a journalist and Mr. Peter Collins Opume, an undergraduate of the Niger Delta Delta University, Yenogoa, Bayelsa State, as b0th citizens had been detained in the SSS dungeon in Abuja for over two years without trial.

The human rights lawyer added that based on the instruction of the Committee to Protect Journalists, a Non-Governmental Organisation based in New York, United States, his law firm filed an application at the Federal High Court last month to secure the enforcement of Mr. Abiri’s fundamental right to personal liberty, saying that as the SSS could not justify the prolonged detention of the journalist, Mr. Daura decided to rush him to a Magistrate Court in Wuse, Abuja where he and Mr. Opume were arraigned on a trump up charge of sending a text message to an official of an oil company on or about June 26, 2016.

Falana, therefore, demanded from the new DSS boss to discontinue the frivolous charge pending against Abiri and Peter Collins Opume at the Wuse Magistrate Court; release the hundreds of detainees that were languishing without trial in the various detention centres of the SSS; release Col. Dasuki and other criminal suspects who had been admitted to bail by municipal and regional courts and release Sheik Ibraheem Elzakzaky and Hajia Zeinab Elzakzaky from illegal custody in line with the orders of the Federal High Court.

He asked Seiyefa to respect the rights of suspects to consult legal practitioners of their choice before making, endorsing or writing any statement or answering any question put to them after arrest; draw the attention of all SSS investigators to the Anti-Torture Act of 2017 which had criminalized the use of torture in all security agencies; ensure that all detention facilities of the SSS were inspected monthly by the visiting Judge of the Federal High Court in accordance with the provision of section 34 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act and stop the SSS from further usurping the powers of the Nigeria Police Force, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Offences Commission and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission with respect to the investigation of allegations of murder, stealing, fraud, money laundering, corruption and other economic and financial crimes which are not connected to national security.

Falana further demanded from the new DSS boss to ban the operatives of the SSS from wearing masks as no military or paramilitary official was authorised by law to hide his/her identity in the course of performing official duties and ensure that the SSS operates within the ambit of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended and the National Security Agencies Act.
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The chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole has called on President Buhari to recover the $16bn reportedly spent on power during the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP's) administration.

Oshiomhole said that the President needs to do the needful so that Nigerians will know that no fraudulent act will go unpunished.

The APC chairman said this while receiving hand-over notes from his predecessor, John Oyegun in Abuja.

According to Punch, Oshiomhole said “As I was reflecting, I watched our President recently asking questions rhetorically, ‘you have spent $16bn on power under the PDP, to lay emphasis, he repeated, where is the power?’.
“Nigerians in their various homes, those who had power that day or generator, said, Mr. President, we don’t have. So, $16bn spent, the more dollars they spent, the more darkness the people suffered.
“Now the questions I had in my mind were: maybe because the President has not yet proceeded to now ask the follow-up questions that ‘since we don’t find the power, then, you must bring the $16bn that you spent.’ If he doesn’t do that, then the accusations of limited anti-corruption may begin to gain some currency.
“Our President needs to do the needful. After all, it is already on record what other presidents didn’t do, with regards to the issue of MKO Abiola, and the criminal manner by which the election was nullified, and people pretended that that was never an issue, the President showed courage.
“That same courage should not fail him so that he can proceed to recover the $16bn and return it to the treasury from the man who superintended over the spending of that money.
“When he does that, people will say, yes, there is a difference because there are Nigerians who are saying so.
“That propelled Prof. Wole Soyinka to say that, if people had immunity as sitting presidents, when the immunity expires, should they transit from immunity to impunity? I think impunity is deadlier than immunity.
“What we need to do as a party is to provide the support that our President needs and for the Nigerian people to provide those supports and then they want to distract our attention when they are in trouble and say, ‘Eh! they want to kill me.”
The APC chairman also faulted claims by former President Olusegun Obasanjo that there are plans to hang a crime on him saying 
“The man said they wanted to kill him. No! To kill is to prevent the investigation. He must be alive to account. That is a typical distraction.
“I think all of us should be ready to do anything we can to help Nigerians not to forget in a hurry. Those who thought they can loot for 16 years, destroy the fabric of our growth system, and tender apology later, so, that they can be allowed to come back.”
According to reports, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has launched investigations into the alleged $16 billion spent on power during Obasanjo's administration.
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