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CAF: Plateau United motivated to qualify — Sports commissioner

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The Plateau State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Dung Dalyop, on Wednesday said Plateau United is highly motivated to qualify and succeed in the 2022/2023 CAF Confederation Cup.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Plateau United, in the 2022/2023 CAF Confederation Cup playoff first-leg match, were bright in thrashing Al Akhdar Sports Club of Libya 4-1 in Abuja.

Dalyop told newsmen after the match that everything has been put in place to ensure the successful outing of the team in the competition.

“Well, I can tell you for a fact that the boys have been motivated to succeed in the CAF Confederation Cup.

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“For instance, if you know what Plateau United used to be in the past and you begin to juxtapose that with what Plateau United is now, you will have a better understand of what I am saying.

“The team is highly motivated indeed. Of course, motivation is a subjective term we don’t want to go into.

“But then in monetary terms and giving the players their dues, Plateau United players and the management as well as our fans are highly motivated,” he said.

The commissioner noted that the club management as well as the state government were very much aware of the antics of the North Africans ahead of the second leg.

He said all hands are on deck to ensure that the team qualifies for the group stage of the competition against all odds.

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“It’s always a sad commentary when you talk about football in Africa – When you see how football has not developed beyond what we want it to be.

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“But then, we are not going to lose hope. We are optimistic that someday, somehow African football will go beyond what it is today.

“Having said that, we are not worried about the antics of our North African brothers.

“We are still on track. We have a winning formula and we intend to stick to it,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Plateau United will travel to Libya for the second leg next week.

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Winners of the two-leg tie will qualify for the group stage of the 2022/2023 CAF Confederation Cup.

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Police arrest Nigerian man for stabbing his mother to death in East London

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Police have arrested 28-year-old Nicolas Aina for stabbing his 64-year-old mother Caroline Adeyelu in her house in Dagenham, east London, UK on Sunday.

Aina was charged with the murder of his mother and the attempted killing of another woman in her 30s whose identity has not been revealed.

Police were called to a property in Auriel Avenue shortly after 9:30 pm on Sunday, where Adeyelu was pronounced dead at the scene following an alleged attack, according to Evening Standard.

The second woman, who also suffered stab wounds, was swiftly conveyed to the hospital for further treatment. Her condition was not believed to be life-threatening.

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Aina appeared at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Monday, where he was jailed in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on Thursday.

Police officers investigated the house where the alleged attack took place in Dagenham, east London on Sunday

Police described the incident as “truly shocking” and a neighbor narrated how she heard screaming on Sunday night.

Speaking after the incident on Sunday, Detective Superintendent Richard Vandenbergh of the East Area Command unit said: “This is a truly shocking incident that has left one woman dead and a second with serious injuries and will understandably cause concern within the local community.

“A man has been arrested and remains in custody and it appears this was an isolated incident confined to a single address.

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Edo orders autopsy over death of 10 persons

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The Edo State Government has pledged to unravel the cause of death of 10 persons whose corpses were discovered in Ibillo/Lampese, Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State.

The Edo State Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Chris Nehikhare, gave the assurance while briefing journalists after the weekly Executive Council meeting chaired by Governor Godwin Obaseki at the Government House in Benin city.

Describing the incident as saddening, the commissioner said the government had ordered that an autopsy be carried out on the corpses to unravel the circumstances surrounding the mysterious deaths.

He said, “The collaboration between the vigilante group, the hunters, and the police led to the discovery of corpses of 10 young men, aged probably between 23 and 25, along a bush path.

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“They were killed and there were no identifying marks to identify them or even know the cause of death of these young men as there are no signs of trauma or anything to determine how these men were killed or how they died.”

Nehikhare added, “The Edo State Government is very saddened with this occurrence and has ordered that an autopsy be carried out to determine the cause of death and for the police to investigate to find out who they are, how they got there, and what happened because the government is not pleased with the news.”

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Flood: Jonathan asks FG to support for victims

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The Governor of Bayelsa State, Duoye Diri, has commended citizens of the state for their resilience and courage in the face of the flood that ravaged their communities.

He said this was noticed when he traversed the length and breadth of the state to sympathise with the victims.

The Governor who spoke at the 11th annual thanksgiving of the state at the Ecumenical Centre expressed confidence that God Almighty would reward people of the state for their faith.

According to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, the Governor was delighted that the event was held despite the flooding.

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He said, “This flood did not affect people along party lines. It should be a clear message to us that we have common challenges and we can only solve them when we are united. Let us not be deceived into fractionalising to suit the political interest of politicians who look for us only when they need our votes.”

In his remarks, former President Goodluck Jonathan joined the call for the Federal Government to assist the state in recovering from the devastation caused by the flood.

“I do not want to overemphasise the disaster that has befallen us. Everybody is an IDP (internally displaced person) in Bayelsa State. I have discussed with the President and Vice President and I believe help will come.

“We empathise with all of you. Coming out today when we are still affected by the flood is significant,” Jonathan said.

In their goodwill messages, Senator Seriake Dickson and his then deputy, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John-Jonah (retd.), emphasised the need for the federal government to come to the aid of the state to mitigate the effects of the flood.

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Tinubu, Omo-Agege donations

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and the party’s governorship candidate in Delta State, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, on Wednesday donated N200m to displaced flood victims in Delta State.

While Tinubu announced a donation of N50 million cash, Omo-Agege gave out “N150 million worth of relief materials for the flood victims.”

Senator Omo-Agege announced the donations on behalf of Tinubu and himself while addressing a mammoth crowd in Effurun, Delta State pointing out that “the aviation strike halted the movement of the APC Presidential candidate.”

He expressed sympathy on behalf of Tinubu and himself saying that the N200 million donation was “a heartfelt contribution” by both of them to cushion the plight of the victims of the flood.

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Omo-Agege’s running mate, Rt. Hon. Friday Osanebi led the mission to Kwale IDP camp, while the Director-General of the campaign, Elder Godsday Orubebe led another team to Patani IDP camp.

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