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The provisional list of the Super Eagles players that will represent Nigeria  in Russia next month was released a few days ago and we’re quite excited.

In case you haven’t seen it, here’s the list:

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Daniel Akpey and Dele Ajiboye

Defenders: William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Chidozie Awaziem, Ola Aina, Kenneth Omeruo, Bryan Idowu, Abdullahi Shehu, Elderson Echiejile, Tyronne Ebuehi and Stephen Eze

Forwards: Odion Ighalo, Musa Ahmed, Simeon Nwankwo, Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon and Junior Lokosa

Midfielders: John Obi Mikel, Ogenyi Onazi, John Ogu, Wilfred Ndidi, Uche Agbo, Oghenekaro Etebo, Joel Obi and Mikel Agu

23 players out of this 30 have been invited to the friendly game against newly-crowned Europa League champions, Atletico Madrid holding at the the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on Tuesday, May 22nd.

Uyo residents are really excited about this news and can’t wait to welcome the team.

Did you know?

The new Super Eagles jersey unveiled earlier in the year got rave reviews and millions of people truly fell in love with the unique style.

The jerseys have been compared with those worn by the 1994 squad, which up until now, many considered the best Nigerian jersey ever.

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L-R: (Front Row) Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics, UNN, Prof. James Ogbanna; Customer Service Executive, Ugonwa Nwoye; Vice Chancellor, UNN, Prof. Benjamin Chukwuma Ozumba; Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Muhammad Zia Siddiqui;

(Back Row) Regional General Manager, East, Obinna Nweje; General Manager, Customer Experience, Kolawole Oyeyemi; Human Resources Executive, Esther Akinnukawe; Sales & Distribution Executive, Kunle Adebiyi
On Thursday, 17th of May, 2018, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) company, MTN Nigeria,  paid a courtesy visit to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State.

The Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Muhammad Zia Siddiqui; Human Resources Executive, Esther Akinnukawe; Customer Service Executive, Kunle Adebiyi; General Manager, Customer Experience, Kolawole Oyeyemi; Regional General Manager, East, Obinna Nweje and other executives of the brand visited the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Benjamin Chukwuma Ozumba at his office.

Earlier in the day, the team had stopped at the MTN Office in Enugu to engage with the staff.

Regional General Manager, East, Obinna Nweje; Human Resources Executive MTN Nigeria, Esther Akinnukawe; Chief Operating Officer, MTN Nigeria, Mr. Muhammad Zia Siddiqui; Customer Service Executive, MTN Nigeria, Ugonwa Nwoye and General Manager, Customer Experience, MTN Nigeria, Kolawole Oyeyemi

Following the visit to the Enugu office, the delegation moved to the Princess Alexandra Auditorium in UNN where a packed hall awaited.

Before conversations officially began, several shouts of excitement could be heard across the hall as students reacted gleefully to receiving free airtime on their MTN lines. In addition to airtime, several other lucky guests were rewarded with gift items ranging from blenders to N5000 worth of Shoprite vouchers.

Mr. Muhammad Zia Siddiqui, eased his conversation into the crowd by joking about lions, cubs and other animals (the students are popularly referred to as lions and lionesses). Soon the COO was dishing out life lessons and words of inspiration after which he entertained questions from the students.

Photo sessions with executives ensued and the students wrapped up the day by taking selfies with the COO outside of the Auditorium. It was an interesting visit for both the brand team and the University.

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President Donald Trump is attending the swearing-in of the CIA's first female director.

The ceremony for Gina Haspel is taking place todayMonday morning at agency headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

Haspel won Senate confirmation last week after overcoming concerns about her role in the agency's use of harsh interrogation techniques after 9/11.

The 33-year CIA employee was backed by many in the CIA rank and file and senior intelligence officials, including former CIA directors and national intelligence directors. Opponents argued it was wrong to reward someone who supervised a covert detention site in Thailand where terror suspects were harshly interrogated.

Mr. Trump tapped the 61-year-old Kentucky native to lead the nation's premier intelligence agency after he nominated then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo to succeed Rex Tillerson as secretary of state.
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A spokeswoman for the health ministry, Jessica Ilunga said 4,000 doses of vaccine were shipped on Saturday to Mbandaka, which last week registered the first cases in an urban area since the latest flare-up of the disease was announced earlier this month.

Cases in Mbandaka, a port city on the Congo river, have raised concerns that the virus could spread downstream to the capital Kinshasa, which has a population of 10 million.

The outbreak is Congo’s ninth since the disease made its first known appearance near the vast central African country’s northern Ebola river in the 1970s. An Ebola epidemic killed more than 11,300 people in West Africa in 2013 to 2016.
“I don’t know how to protect myself against Ebola. God alone can protect me from this illness,” said Lusya Mbangu, who was selling fish at Mbandaka’s bustling floating market on Sunday.
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According to Congolese health ministry data released late on Saturday, there have been four cases of Ebola confirmed through testing in Mbandaka’s Wangata neighborhood and another two suspected cases.

One patient has died there, the figures showed.

Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres has established an isolation ward at a hospital in Wangata, where health personnel could be seen being sprayed with disinfectant before entering the facility on Sunday.
“The building does not conform to international regulations but we have reorganized it … to make sure there is no contamination,” Dr Hilaire Mazibu told Reuters.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that Ebola — which causes hemorrhagic fever, vomiting and diarrhea and is spread through direct contact with body fluids from an infected person — had killed 25 people since early April.

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Confirmation of the disease in Mbandaka, a city of about 1.5 million people, prompted the WHO last week to declare a “very high” public health risk for the country and a “high” risk for the region. But it said the outbreak could be brought under control and was not yet an international public health emergency.
“Previous outbreaks have demonstrated the importance of a rapid and well-resourced response in order to save lives, but also prevent an exponential increase in the economic cost of a response,” WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said on Sunday.
The U.N. health body was heavily criticized as too slow to declare an international emergency during the 2013-2016 epidemic that spread through Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia and infected nearly 30,000 people.

Jasarevic said the WHO was seeking $26 million to fund the Ebola response in Congo.

The WHO is sending 7,540 doses of the vaccine developed by Merck to Congo. It is also in talks about a second vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson.

More than 30 health workers with experience administering Ebola vaccines are being deployed from Guinea to help with the campaign in Congo. Logistical difficulties remain, especially the need to keep the vaccine 80 degrees Celsius below freezing in a humid region where daytime temperatures hover around 30 and power supplies are erratic.

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A government spokesman said late on Saturday that Congo’s partners had promised to make available 300,000 doses of vaccine.
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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Bwari, Abuja, said on Monday that 5, 000 Permanent Voter Cards (PVC’s) were now ready for collection.

The INEC Electoral Officer, Mrs Idowu Olayemi, made this disclosure at a stakeholders’ meeting, organised by the commission in Abuja.

According to Olayemi, the 5, 730 PVCs that were ready for collection in six centres within the council, were for those who registered in 2017 only.

She explained that only those who registered in Bwari central and Kuduru wards should collect theirs at the Bwari INEC office.

She further explained that those who registered at Kubuwa- Byagyin, Dutse, Usuma and Ushafa wards should collect theirs at the distributing centres within the wards respectively.

Others, she added, are Shere, Kawu, Idu wards in the council.

Olayemi also noted that no one was permitted to collect the cards by proxy.

She said all registered voters must go to their various centres to collect their cards and they should not send anyone to collect the cards for them.

The officer also stated that the commission was still expecting more PVCs from the 2017 registration, as the cards were coming in batches.

She encouraged those who might not be able to collect theirs in the first batch to remain patient as all the cards would be available before the 2019 elections.

According to her, the exercise has so far not encountered any challenge but smooth with an impressive turnout on a daily basis.

Olayemi also said that the registration was ongoing until December or until further directive from the INEC headquarters to stop the exercise.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the security agencies in the council, political party executives and newsmen among others.
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It is never easy to say goodbye, especially if the place being vacated is considered as home. Last weekend, some favourite sons and daughters bid farewell to teams that are No.1 in their hearts.

Andres Iniesta: Barcelona

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Renowned Spanish football writer, Guillem Balague, wrote these parting words on Twitter on Iniesta: “For being our best player ever and representing a brand of football that made me fall in love with the game again. For showing respect at all times. For THE goal. For always giving me more time than what I asked for. For all that and more, gracias.”

I witnessed first hand, the wizardry of Iniesta at the 2010 World Cup and witnessed The goal that took Spain to the pinnacle of world football. I saw that goal against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in 2009 but more importantly, I saw how he respected opponents and officials even though he was often the victim of crude tackles.

Fernando Torres: Atletico Madrid

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In his last match for Atletico Madrid, it was fitting that Fernando ‘El Nino’ Torres scored his team’s last two goals in the 2017/18 La Liga season. He stopped his Atletico clock at 20, 617 minutes over two spells and 103 goals. He won all football trophies with Spain and continental honours with Chelsea and Atletico. 

But he said in his farewell speech that the UEFA Europa League won last Wednesday in Lyon was the best he had ever won. “Thanks for so much and sorry for [giving] so little. This is the best thing I’ve won, without doubt.” Torres won four major club competitions and just the one with Atletico – the one he snagged last Wednesday, which was a terrific timing for a player, who will always have a special place in the heart of Los Rojiblancos’ fans.

Xabi Prieto: Real Sociedad

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Prieto played his last match for his beloved club on the same day Iniesta was bowing out of the game at the Nou Camp. The 34-year-old spent his entire footballing career at Estadio Municipal de Anoeta and stopped the clock at 36, 233 minutes. 

Though he never achieved the honour of turning out for Spain, he was widely acknowledged as a cerebral and physically imposing midfielder. He scored 81 goals in 580 club appearances. In his honour, the club replaced the club’s crest with his face in the match against Leganes last weekend. His last goal for the club was against Levante on February 18.

Eniola Aluko: Chelsea Ladies

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Aluko inspired Chelsea Ladies team to go through the season unbeaten, whilst also lifting the FA Cup. But after eight seasons, and 68 goals, Aluko is leaving the Londoners.
“It’s with a heavy heart I confirm I’ll be leaving Chelsea,” she said. “I could not dream of a better ending. To my team-mates who I adore, the club and fans – thank you.”
Chelsea Ladies came from a two goals deficit to defeat Liverpool and finish the WSL season unbeaten. Writing on Twitter afterward, Aluko said, “That’s a wrap!! *Amazing comeback *Delighted to score 100th goal for the team.
Wow. *Unbeaten in the league *Invincible *Double, Double What an incredible week and incredible end @clrafferty1 @chapmans17 THAT’S WHY WE ARE CHAMPIONS.”
Chelsea on their website described the England international as “one of the greats in our Ladies team’s history,” because her “attacking flair and pace has been a feature of the Blues’ forward play either centrally or out wide.”
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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) impounded 180 cartons of Tramadol capsules worth $181,000 at the import shed of the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCOL) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) on Friday, May 18, 2018.

According to a report by SaharaReporters, a source revealed that the seized substance was well above the government-recommended milligrams (50-100) and was finally impounded after the importer did not show up to claim the consignment.

The source further revealed that the NCS has already handed the seized substance to the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) through its Deputy Director, Udoekpo Ekpo, who commended the actions of the NCS and promised that NAFDAC is committed more than ever to rid Nigeria of illicit drugs.

The source said, "These banned items were discovered at the SAHCOL shed by our intelligence. We have been monitoring it for a while, but the importer did not show up to claim it. So, we have to impound it and hand it over to the necessary government agency.
"This simply shows that our intelligence is working and will continue to unravel several of such illicit drugs or items that anyone may want to bring into the country through this airport."
The seizure of the banned substance follows another such seizure by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) who impounded four tonnes of imported Tramadol capsules at the same airport on Thursday, May 17.

The banned substance was imported from India into Nigeria through the United Arab Emirates (UAE) airline, Etihad Cargo, but the importer could not be traced as no clearing agent showed up to claim the drugs which were imported in two batches.
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Fans have expressed joy as celebrity blogger Linda Ikeji, on Sunday, revealed that she is pregnant with the father of the child yet to be known.

The blogger was recently engaged to the yet-to-be identified man and she took to her blog to inform fans that she discovered her pregnancy at the beginning of 2018.

Indeed, everybody had something to say in this situation! Reacting to the news, many fans, who took to micro-blogging site, Twitter and blogs to share in Linda’s joy, expressed surprise at the development.

Some of them, however, questioned why she preached celibacy which she did not practice.

See some of the tweets as captured 

P.E Teacher: Define Leg-Over

Me: Linda Ikeji being pregnant in secret whilst telling other girls to remain celibate

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Where has she hid this up till now? Congrats to @lindaikeji - Linda Ikeji.
The rest of the journey will be easy for you...

Give it to Linda Ikeji. She’s the Queen of making people to see/hear only what she wants them to see/hear about her personal life.

Her nose is not even swollen😦 I tap into this pregnancy goals for you

Major Congrats to Linda Ikeji

Congratulations to you, Linda ikeji. May God bless the seed of your womb. You shall have a safe delivery by His grace. I am so happy for you. This is the best news today.

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Linda Ikeji was pregnant we didn't know until now, what if she's already married and we don't know until later.
Thumbs up for knowing how to keep your private life away from the media until you're ready to.
Big Congratulations. This is great news. 😍

"@AdakuNonso: I’m happy for Linda Ikeji....after all the “Shiloh” mocking that Nigerians mocked her because of husband and children now see her winning on every side.

So Linda ikeji can keep her own pregnancy on a low but If it's another celebrity, she go Don blog am as the belle clock 2days

Linda Ikeji who is famous in Breaking Celebrity News never had any blogger break her pregnancy news until she did herself.

If she was to blog about some other celebs in her shoes right now, her post title would be.

"The Mary of our time? Who is Linda Ikeji's Baby Daddy?"

Aunty Linda Ikeji has been keeping her relationship private until her pregnancy swell... Moral: Ladies can't keep secret for long. Congrats😁

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