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England are one win away from a place in the European Under-21 Championship semi-finals

Slovakia U21 1-2 England

England are one win away from a place in the European Under-21 Championship semi-finals after coming from behind to beat Slovakia on Monday.

Aidy Boothroyd’s side fell behind to a Martin Chrien header in the first half.

Alfie Mawson scrambled in an equaliser before a powerful Nathan Redmond strike gave England victory.

The Three Lions are top of Group A on four points and will guarantee a place in the last four by beating hosts Poland in Thursday’s final group game.

Only the winners of each of the three groups go through to the semi-finals, along with the best runner-up.

A 90th-minute Poland equaliser against Sweden in the other group game on Monday simplified the situation for England. If Sweden had held on for victory they would be level on points and goal difference ahead of Thursday’s decisive fixtures.

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Cristiano Ronaldo: Florentino Perez to speak to player after Confederations Cup

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says he has not spoken to Cristiano Ronaldo about his future, but will do so after the Confederations Cup.

Ronaldo, 32, is said to want to leave Spain after being accused of tax fraud.

The forward, with the Portugal squad in Russia, signed a new five-year contract in November 2016, but has been linked with a return to Manchester United.

“The only thing I can say is Cristiano Ronaldo is a Real Madrid player,” said Perez, who was re-elected on Monday.

Spanish prosecutors have accused Ronaldo of defrauding the authorities of millions of euros in tax, which he has denied.

“Obviously something has happened, something has affected him, his credibility,” Perez told Spanish radio station Onda Cero. “I’m sure he will tell us and we will see.

“It’s no coincidence that he’s in a very important tournament, the Confederations Cup. It hasn’t finished yet and I don’t want to disturb the Portuguese team.”

Perez says Ronaldo, who has also been linked with a move to Paris St-Germain, is not motivated by money.

He said: “He just wants to be the best player in the world. If Cristiano wants to leave Real Madrid, it won’t be for money.”

Perez said he is yet to receive an offer for Ronaldo – or striker Alvaro Morata or midfielder James Rodriguez, both of whom have also been linked with United.

“We want to keep all our players next season, including James,” he added.

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TELL Awards for Excellence 2016 was held at Civic Centre in Victoria Island Lagos


..L-r Mrs. Basirat Fawehinmi-Biobaku,Mr Mohammed Fawehinmi, their Mother Mrs. Ganiat Bukun Fawehinmi received award for their Late father( Chief Gani Fawehinmi Time award of National ICON of Freedom of Speech (POSTHUMOUS ).


..l-r former General Overseer of the Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria Rev Wilson Adebogun Badejo,with his wife Rev (Mrs) Yinka Badejo.


..L-r Governor of Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima, Professor Umar Graba Danbatta, Oni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, all awardees.


L-r L-:President/Chairman of Council, The Institute of Directors( IoD) Nigeria, Mr. Samuel Yemi Akeju, Presenting Domestic Airline of the year award to Barrister Allen Onyema Chairman /CEO Air Peace Limited with his wife Mrs. Alice.


.1-r Managing Director Independent Newspapers Limited (INL) Mr. Ted Iwere, Presenting Life Time Pioneering Entrepreneur of the Year Award to Mr. Leo Stanley Eke his wife Mrs. Chioma.


L-r Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on Marine Senator Ahmed Ogembe, presenting award Dr. Dakuku Peterside, his wife Barrister (Mrs) Elima Peterside .


.r-l Baba Kaka Bashir Garbai, Governor of the year Award to Governor of Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima, Senator Abubakar Kyari, Hon. Commissioner for Water Resources Borno State Dr. Zainab Gimba and Others at the Tell award .


L-r Senior Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Representative of wife of the President ( Aisha Buhari) Dr. Hajo Sani, with Women of the year award ,Mrs. Arit Igiebor her husband President of Tell Magazine, Mr. Nosa Igiebor, and Dr. Dakuku Peterside.


..L-r Deputy governor of Cross River Professor Ivara Esu, presenting Man of the year award to Oni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, and Governor of Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima at the 2016 . TELL Magazine award held in Lagos PHOTO CHINYERE IKEANYI.

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There Is hope for the Nigerian child - Ambodes

There is hope for the Nigerian child, was the submission of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State and his wife Bolanle, when they both spoke at the celebration of the 2017 International Day of the African Child, organized by the African Women Lawyers’ Association, in Alausa, Ikeja, during the weekend.

The governor, who was represented by the permanent secretary and solicitor general, Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Funmilola Odunlami, who said the event was a constant reminder of the duty parents owe their children, stressed that his administration remained committed to helping children get fulfillment in an environment free of neglect, abuse and violent exploitation.
‘We have invested huge resources in the provision and upgrading of infrastructure in our schools to create a conducive learning environment. We believe that quality education is the most powerful tool for empowerment and creation of equal opportunities in a competitive and knowledge-driven 21st century’, he noted.

The governor who was represented by the permanent secretary and solicitor general, Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Funmilola Odunlami , said the historic event must serve as a constant reminder of the duty parents owe their children.
According to him, “This historic event must serve as a constant reminder of the duty we owe our children to guarantee them, a better future in an increasingly competitive and knowledge-driven global system. This celebration therefore provides us the opportunity to restate our commitment to the protection of our children and also provide them all the opportunities that they require to release their full potentials”.

The governor assured that the welfare and protection of children in the state would continue to be a priority.
Speaking, Bolanle, his wife, noted that though there were subsisting challenges facing the children in some areas, there was sufficient reason to believe in the realization of the 2030 continental agenda for sustainable development of the African child.
She said that since the annual celebration of the day began in 1991, marginal successes had been recorded in overall improvement of circumstances around the children across Africa, noting however, that the Lagos State Government was working hard to remove all impediments in the way of their happiness and fulfillment.
According to her, ‘The theme of this year’s celebration: ‘Accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunity for children in Africa by 2030’, gives the needed reassurance, that our country is at work on the great agenda, to take the children to where they ought to be’.

‘Lagos State has continued to open employment opportunities for children through education and sports. Inter-school sports competitions have been re-introduced among primary and secondary schools. This is intended to catch them young for sporting glory, and expose them to global opportunities for fame, wealth and fulfillment’, she stressed.
The governor’s wife who listed other child-friendly achievements of the government to include the passage of the child right law, family courts and inter-school sports competition, promised that the government would do more to get fulfillment for children in the state.

She commended the African Women Lawyers’s Association for their efforts and called on forward-looking bodies and NGOs, to partner the state government to improve the welfare of children.
Speakers at the event, Mr. Shina Sofola (SAN) and Miss. Chetanna Amaza, urged children to boldly voice out any ills committed against them while urging them to be diligent and hardworking to achieve success.
June 16 every year is observed as the International Day of the African Child, to raise awareness on the plight of children in Africa.

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: OFFICE OF THE WIFE OF THE GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE

Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (m); rep. of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Funmilola Odunlami (r); Mr. Adeshina Sofola, SAN (L); and Pupils of various schools in the state, during the celebration of 2017 International Day of the African Child, themed; “Accelerating Protection, Empowerment and Equal Opportunity for Children in Africa by 2030”, organized by the , African Women Lawyers’ Association, in Alausa, Ikeja, at the weekend.


Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (m); rep. of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Funmilola Odunlami (2nd left); Mr. Adeshina Sofola, SAN (L); President, African Women Lawyers’ Association Nigeria, Mrs. Mandy Asagba (2nd right); and Oba of Bariga, Oba Omogboola Akanbi (r), during the presentation of the book “AWLA Compilation” at the 2017 International Day of the African Child, themed; “Accelerating Protection, Empowerment and Equal Opportunity for Children in Africa by 2030”, organized by the African Women Lawyers’ Association, in Alausa, Ikeja, at the weekend.


Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (m); rep. of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Funmilola Odunlami (3rd left); Mr. Adeshina Sofola, SAN (2nd left); President, African Women Lawyers’ Association Nigeria, Mrs. Mandy Asagba (3rd right); Oba of Bariga, HRM. Oba Omogboola Akanbi (2nd right); COWLSO member, Mrs. Elizabeth Layode (r); and Mrs. Tomi Ajayi, during the presentation of the book “AWLA Compilation” at the 2017 International Day of the African Child, themed; “Accelerating Protection, Empowerment and Equal Opportunity for Children in Africa by 2030”, organized by the African Women Lawyers’ Association, in Alausa, Ikeja, at the weekend.

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Executive Orders: NAMA task Airspace managers on strict compliance

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has charged Airspace Managers across Nigerian Airports to ensure strict and unhindered compliance to the implementation of the Federal Government Executive Orders recently issued by the Ag. President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo in their various domains. Giving this charge in a keynote address at an enlarged management meeting with the nation’s Airspace Managers which held in Lagos, NAMA Managing Director, Capt.

Fola Akinkuotu said “we must individually and collectively, in our operational and administrative procedures resolve to make the Executive Orders successful as it gives us the opportunity to correct our shortcomings, perfect the system and also set the template about what excellent service delivery should be,” stressing that “as my representatives on the field, Airspace Managers must ensure that staff under their different jurisdictions are conversant with the spirit and letters of the Executive Orders to ensure seamless implementation nationwide.” Akinkuotu who was optimistic that acceleration of approvals and permit processes as contained in the Executive Orders would significantly increase revenue, attract investment and boost economic activities in the country noted however that there will be no room for wilful or deliberate negligence of established procedures as defaulters must be ready to face appropriate sanctions.

While expressing gratitude to them for their collective effort at ensuring safety of air travel within their various domains, the NAMA boss called for synergy of operations among departments in the agency and even agencies within the sector as according to him “it is only when there is unity of purpose, teamwork, harmony and co-operation at all levels that the agency can realize its cardinal vision.”

Akinkuotu also charged Airspace Managers to ensure that navigational aids in their different areas of supervision are serviceable at all times even as he revealed plans by the agency to replace old navigational aids with modern ones in some strategic areas across the country. Decrying the huge debt owed the agency by some state aerodromes, the NAMA helmsman said the onus was on the Airspace Managers to engage more with such state officials on modalities of payment just as he charged them to explore ways of generating non-aeronautical revenue. In their various submissions, the Airspace Managers solicited management support in the areas of operational vehicles, manpower training and deployment of more personnel to the stations.

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Listing of United Capital Eurobond Fund and Wealth for Women Fund

..L–R shows: Bunmi Akinremi, Deputy Group CEO, United Capital Plc ; Haruna Jalo-Waziri, Executive Director, Capital Markets Division, The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and Jude Chiemeka, MD/CEO, United Capital Asset Management at the Listing of United Capital Eurobond Fund and Wealth for Women Fund at the Exchange today.


..L – R shows: Chidinima Chukwueke, Fund Manager, United Capital Asset Management; Bunmi Akinremi, Deputy Group CEO, United Capital Plc ; Haruna Jalo-Waziri, Executive Director, Capital Markets Division, The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE); Jude Chiemeka, MD/CEO, United Capital Asset Management; Adetola Fasuyi, Head, Wealth Management, United Capital Plc; Bawo Oritsejafor, Fund Manager, United Capital Asset Management; Tony Ibeziako, Head, Domestic Primary Market, NSE and Niyi Onifade, Head, Client Coverage at the Closing Gong Ceremony in commemoration of listing of United Capital Eurobond Fund and Wealth for Women Fund at the Exchange today.

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Niger bridge collapse: Hundreds stranded in gridlock

Hundreds of motorists heading toward Abuja and other parts of the North were on Sunday stranded at the Osi-Eruku axis of the Ilorin-Omu-Aran-Kabba federal road due to a gridlock.
A correspondent of News Agency of Nigeria who monitored the situation reports that the traffic jam, which started as early as 8 a.m., saw many of the motorists sitting inside their vehicles for hours.
The gridlock was attributed to the recent increase in the volume of traffic, especially heavy-duty trucks on the road, many of which had already broken down.

It will be recalled that the bridge that collapsed at Tatabu village in Niger last Monday had forced diversion on the road for travellers going to the northern parts of the country.
The bridge, which is situated in Mokwa Local Government Area of the state, was said to have collapsed following a heavy downpour.
The affected vehicles, including commercial buses loaded with passengers were seen struggling to manoeuvre their ways out of the congestion, using the bush paths, especially at the Osi end of the road.
Some of the passengers, especially businessmen, women and civil servants returning to their duty posts, were seen lamenting about the behaviours of some drivers.

Emmanule Ashaolu, a federal civil servant, said that he could never imagine being caught in a traffic jam on the same road he had been passing through easily for so many years.
“The road might not be that good but there had never been this kind of problem on this road, my appeal is to the government to come to our aid,” he said.
Okon Bassey, a businessman, described the attitude of the heavy truck drivers to other road users as worrisome and unpatriotic.
“They are uncontrollable, they just drive and pack without due regard to other road users, there is need to check their excesses,” he said.

Meanwhile, the traditional ruler of Osi, Salihu Adasofegbe and Chairman, Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara,
Samuel Adaramola, in their separate remarks appealed to the government to save the road from further damages.
They called on the government to expedite action on the reconstruction of the collapsed Niger Bridge in order to reduce tension caused by the heavy volume of traffic on the federal road.
Speaking on the development, Francis Adetunji, the Unit Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps in Omu-Aran, said the command was on top of the situation.

“The command had envisaged the problems that may arise as a result of the diversion and had swung into action by stepping up our surveillance and patrols of the highway to forestall any ugly incidents.
“We have been to different communities and held meetings with community leaders for them to in turn sensitise the residents, especially road side traders and students to always be at alert.
“The towing operators within the command have also been put on red alert to remove broken down trucks and other vehicles so as not to obstruct the smooth flow of traffic,” Mr. Adetunji said.

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Why FG’ll appeal Saraki’s CCT acquittal – Presidency

Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his supporters after the Code of Conduct Tribunal sitting in Abuja discharged and acquitted him of 18-count charge of non-declaration of assets, in Abuja on Wednesday
The acquittal of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal last week will have negative implication for Nigeria’s fight against corruption as well as jurisprudence on false asset declaration, the presidency told PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday.
Therefore, the federal government will appeal the ruling, according to the presidential adviser on prosecution, Okoi Obono-Obla, who spoke with our correspondent this morning.

“Federal government will definitely appeal because we will not want that to be Nigeria’s jurisprudence on assets declaration, and so that a bad precedent will not be set,” said Mr. Obono-Obla. “If we allow that judgement to stand, it is bye bye to the war against corruption.”

The CCT had last week Wednesday cleared Mr. Saraki of false asset declaration, charges brought against him by the federal government.
The tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar, ruled that the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against Mr. Saraki, thereby upholding a no-case submission made by the defendant’s counsel, Kanu Agabi.
That ruling was “outrageous”, Mr. Obono-Obla said, arguing that it was not based on the weight of evidence adduced by the prosecution.
He added that the “no-case submission” upheld by the tribunal was “anachronistic”.

“Overwhelming evidence was adduced by the prosecution. We saw the best of advocacy from one of the best advocates in the country, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN. Contrary to that, no case submission, which I considered anachronistic, was upheld.
“The tribunal should have overruled the no-case submission and called the defendant to defend himself. Standard of proof cannot be the same as ordinary criminal prosecution. You falsely declared your assets, then the onus shifts to the defendant to prove he didn’t make false declaration,” said Mr. Obono-Obla.

According to him, it is envisaged the federal government will appeal against the acquittal of Mr. Saraki by Wednesday.
“We are studying the judgement; we should get the certified true copy by Monday or Tuesday. Then, we will file notice of appeal on Wednesday,” he said.

Last week, the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption, Itse Sagay, had expressed shock at the acquittal of Mr. Saraki in an interview he granted PREMIUM TIMES.
He said it was incredible that Mr. Saraki was absolved and, therefore, advised the federal government to appeal against the ruling.
However, Mr. Saraki’s colleagues, including his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, and the former Governor of Yobe State, Bukar Ibrahim, have taken turns to congratulate him.

At the last Senate sitting on Thursday, Mr. Ekweremadu raised a point of order to congratulate the Senate President.
Mr. Saraki’s trial commenced in September 2015, shortly after he defied the ruling All Progressives Congress to contest and win the National Assembly leadership.

He then explored all avenues, up to the Supreme Court, to avoid trial but failed. However, the trial ended in his favour even without offering any defence.
He filed a no-case submission, after the prosecution had closed its case and called four witnesses.
The submissions of the witnesses were not credible to establish sound evidence against Mr. Saraki, ruled the tribunal chairman, Mr. Umar, whom Mr. Saraki had accused of bias previously.

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About two weeks after a coalition of Northern groups gave a three-month ultimatum to Igbos to leave Northern Nigeria, the State Security Service has reacted to the call.
The SSS, which has the “statutory mandate of ensuring the internal security of the country,” has been criticised by many Nigerians for not acting promptly to arrest those behind the call.

The call by the Northern coalition has been condemned by the Nigerian government, the UN, the Kaduna State government and several others with the government promising to ensure the security of lives and property of all Nigerians.
On Sunday, in a statement distributed by PR Nigeria on behalf of the SSS, the agency said it “has watched with keen interest the disturbing trend desperate and mischievous elements have tended to steer the ship of our nationhood to calamity and irretrievable destruction.”

The SSS said it is aware of the threat against Igbos as well as similar ones by other ethnic chauvinists.
The agency said “it will stop at nothing to deploy all resources at its disposal to identify and deal with all those culpable, as well as maintain peace and order in every length and breadth of the Nation.”
Read the full statement by the SSS below.

The Department of State Services (DSS) has watched with keen interest the disturbing trend desperate and mischievous elements have tended to steer the ship of our nationhood to calamity and irretrievable destruction.
Only recently, the Arewa Youths in a press statement called for the relocation of the Igbos from the North.
Unfortunately, this development has been followed by a release from an unknown source styled, Niger Delta Watchdogs, threatening all Northerners to quit Niger Delta region.

Meanwhile, another group went to the extent of harvesting from the internet, a horrific accident scene, for the purpose of making it look like a site of massacre of Igbo ethnic group by Northern youths.
However, the Service has been able to establish that the purported murder scene being depicted as a field of massacre was a high casualty accident scene which occurred along Owo-Akure road, Ondo State, on 3rd March, 2016.
Those involved in these misleading and despicable acts have since been warned to desist from anything capable of causing disaffection and stoking nationwide tensions.

Consequently, the Service, in line with its statutory mandate of ensuring the internal security of the country, wishes to inform the public that it will stop at nothing to deploy all resources at its disposal to identify and deal with all those culpable, as well as maintain peace and order in every length and breadth of the Nation.
To this effect, it warns, in very clear terms, all those who are charting the course of disunity among Nigerians to desist from their divisive actions. The Service is also not oblivious of the efforts of some miscreants to ignite fear and cause ethnic tensions across the country. It strongly condemns in its entirety the call for relocation of anyone to places against their wishes. Such relocation order is not only illegal, but it is strongly viewed to be against the spirit of our Constitution which allows for freedoms of movement and association among others.

The DSS, therefore, frowns at the tendency some ethnic chauvinists easily and cheaply resort to hate speeches, misinformation and total manipulation of information especially on the social media simply to fan the embers of discord and subvert the efforts of government in implementing its policies for the good of everyone.

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