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Zambia 1-2 Nigeria: Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho the heroes, as Super Eagles begin World Cup qualifiers in style


Goals from Arsenal starlet Alex Iwobi and Man City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho were enough for a Super Eagles side lacking so many key players like Odion Ighalo, Victor Moses etc, as they fought out a 2-1 win over Zambia in Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier on Sunday.

Nigeria led by Franco-German coach Gernot Rohr started with a line up of Ikeme Carl Onora, Elderson Echiejire, Kenneth Josiah Omeruo, William Troost Ekong, Brown Ideye, John Obi Mikel,
Moses Daddy Simon, Kelechi Iheanacho, Ogenyi Eddy Onazi, Alexander Chuka Iwobi and Onyinye Wilfred Ndidi while the Zambians led by Wedson Nyirenda comprised of Kennedy Mweene, Kabaso Chongo, Fackson Kapumbu, Adrian Chama, Stopilla Sunzu, Nathan Sinkala, Rainford Kalaba, Fwayo Tembo, Chisamba Lungu, Collins Mbesuma  and Winston Kalengo.
Moses started brightly for Nigeria on the right side as he tested the Zambian goalkeeper on the 5th minute then tried his luck with a set piece then at the 26th minute, beat his marker at the left flank before his effort was shot well over the bar.
Nigerians started pressurizing the Zambians then in the 33rd minute, Alex Iwobi volleyed into the net after bad defending from Zambia’s defenders.
That goal wasn’t enough for the Super Eagles as Kelechi Iheanacho combined well with Mikel Obi and Ideye before dribbling past goalkeeper Mweene then slotted into the net from a tight corner.
In the 48th minute, Zambia made their  first change of the game, replacing Chama with Mtonga.
Nigeria’s defence started becoming shaky and the crowd started hyping the home team then in the 70th minute, a cross from Zambia’s right wing that was poorly intercepted by Kenneth Omeruo was capitalized by Zambia’s No 9 Collins Mbesuma who calmly slotted into the net.
Nigeria sat deep and defended the 1-2 scoreline till the end. Gernot Rohr’s men will now return to Nigeria, happy to have gotten the maximum 3 points.
Congrats Super Eagles!

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Ugandan Pastor tells church members to burn the Bible, says it is misleading them (Photos)

A Ugandan pastor of House of Prayer ministries, Aloysius Bugingo allegedly gathered all his church members Bibles on Easter Monday and burned them because he thinks it’s misleading them.

According to the report by Zambezi Reporters,  he says that Bibles like the King James version and the New Testament, have been tampered with and some verses omitted.

Pastor Bugingo said that the lines talking about the Fasting and Lent, in general, were erased and that the word “ Holy Ghost ” appears a whopping 99 times yet the word “Holy Spirit” appears only seven times.

He therefore, requested members of his congregation to collect all the said Bible versions and set them ablaze.

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CBN to Sustain Forex Intervention, Releases Fresh $418m

The apex bank of Nigeria has moved to boost the value of the naira in the local market by pumping more forex into the economy.
The Central Bank of Nigeria on Sunday vowed to sustain its intervention in the foreign exchange market to ensure liquidity in that segment of the financial sector.
The Acting Director, Corporate Communications, CBN, Mr. Isaac Okorafor, stated this in a statement issued in Abuja.
He said as part of its determination to make forex available to genuine users, the apex bank on Friday auctioned the sum of $418m at the retail segment at the rate of N310 to a dollar.
He gave the sectors of the economy that benefitted from the intervention as aviation, agriculture, petroleum and raw materials/machineries.
The statement  read in part, “In its avowed determination to ensure ample supply of foreign exchange liquidity in the market, the Central Bank of Nigeria on Friday, 7th of April, 2017 auctioned the sum of $418m at a marginal rate of N310/$.
“This was in addition to the sum of $350m sold as wholesale auction during the week. In the weeks ahead, the CBN will sustain its intervention through the sale of foreign exchange to all segments of the market.”
The statement said the CBN would sell short-tenured forwards of seven-day to 30-day maturity to meet the demand of manufacturers and all other foreign exchange users.
The apex bank said the injection of foreign exchange into the market should reassure all users of its determination to continue to meet all legitimate forex demand in the market.
It added that the intervention was part of measures to achieve exchange rate stability in the financial market.

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How a Governor diverted 500 million of Paris Club refund to payoff a personal debt

Detectives have recovered N500million allegedly diverted by a state governor from London-Paris Club loan refund.

The governor diverted the N500m (out of his state’s share of the N19b first tranche) to a mortgage bank. Good thing is, the EFCC has been able to track and secure the cash.

Besides, two firms have refunded N220million of the N3.5billion traced to some aides of Senate President Bukola Saraki.

But the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) insists it was not within its purview to determine how Melrose General Services Limited spent its share of the N3.5billion consultancy fees. The company yesterday said it was not involved in any N3.5billion scandal.

It said it executed the consultancy awarded it in line with global best practice.

EFCC traced N2.2billion payment to another consultant, which allegedly gave the yet unnamed governor N500million.

The governor directed that the cash should be transferred to a mortgage bank where he was indebted to the tune of N800million.

The governor used the “cash-at-hand” to defray his debts with a waiver by the mortgage company.

A source close to the investigation said: “Of the N19billion, we discovered that a consultant brought by the North-West governor was paid N2.2billion. From the N2.2billion, the governor got N500million.

“He then instructed that the N500million be transferred to the mortgage bank where he had borrowed money to buy two properties in 2013 and was unable to pay. The debts accumulated to N800million but with N500million cash-at-hand, the governor renegotiated the debts and used the cash to defray his liabilities.”

According to the source, the mortgage bank decided to refund the N500million to the EFCC. “We have all the evidence of the recovery in our records,” he said.

The two companies which refunded about N220million out of the N3.5billion consultancy fees in which some aides of the Senate President were implicated, are Wasp Networks and Thebe Wellness Services.

The Nation stumbled on a document about the investigation. It states: “That Mr. Bosun Ottun, the Managing director of Xtract Energy Services, a company that deals in forex trading confirmed that Wasp Networks Limited transferred N170, 000,000 on the 16th January 2017 to Xtract Energy Services Limited’s FCMB account for the purchase of $350,000, which he later transferred into Wasp Networks Stanbic IBTC US dollar domiciliary account.

“That Wasp Networks has returned to the EFCC the sum of N200million paid to the company by Mr. Robert Mbonu of Melrose General Services.

“That Mr. Robert Mbonu through Melrose General Services Company paid N20million to Thebe Wellness Services.

“That Mr. Richardson A. Ajayi, the Managing Director of Thebe Wellness Services confirmed that N20million from Melrose General Services Company was a loan from Mr. Robert Mbonu, which was to be used as an investment in Thebe Wellness Services.”

On the jewellry which cost about N92, 685,000 ($183,000 then) of the N3.5billion refund, the EFCC said the former Executive Director of Heritage Bank, Mr. Robert Mbonu, could not say the exact date the items will be delivered.

The document added: “That Mr. Robert Mbonu, through Melrose General Services Company Limited Access Bank account transferred N92, 685,000 to Acarast Communication Limited in exchange for $183,000 USD, which was later transferred to Bhaskar Devji Jewellers in Dubai for purchase of jewellery.

“That Mr. Robert Mbonu has not taken delivery of the jewellery and couldn’t provide a date when the jewellery he paid for would be delivered.”

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