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The Department of State Services (DSS) said yesterday  that the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, is not dead, contrary to rumours.

El-Zakzaky’s lawyer, Mr.Femi Falana (SAN), also confirmed that he is alive although seriously ill.

An official of the DSS, who preferred to remain anonymous, told newsmen that El-Zakzaky was hale and hearty.

Reacting separately, he said the bullet in El-Zakzaky’s wife’s body is yet to be removed.

The cleric and his wife sustained gunshot wounds during their arrests.

”Clinically he (El-Zakzaky) is not dead yet. But he is very sick,” Mr. Falana said.

“He has lost an eye; he is in the process of losing the other one. He has developed stroke in detention.

“Bullets in the wife’s body have not been removed since 2015,” he added.

El-Zakzaky was arrested in 2015 after his members had a confrontation with the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, in Zaria, Kaduna State.

Also, 53 of his followers were arrested on Wednesday by the Police in Abuja following a violent protest.

Since the arrest and detention of the group’s leader, his followers have been holding a series of protests in some cities in the country, calling for his release.

TWO suspects have been arrested by men of the Edo State Police Command for allegedly using super glue to seal the mouth of an 89 year woman, Imasogbonre Enahoro, to prevent her for shouting for help.

The suspects  also allegedly glued the mouth of her daughter, Marylyn Ajibola, and proceeded to steal  valuables and a Toyota Camry car from the victim’s’ residence at Igueben villagen,near Benin.

A third suspect  is said to be on the run.

They allegedly  stormed Madam Enahoro residence on November 20 and first tied up their victims.

But when mother and daughter kept shouting for help,the unwanted guests decided to use super glue to shut them up.

After searching the house and finding no money the robbers made away with a Toyota Camry car which they drove  to Osun State.... more

Security agencies at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos have impounded 17 check-in luggage belonging to  musician David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido in the Nigerian entertainment industry.

The seizure  followed  an alleged  attack  by one of the musician’s aides on Aviation Security (AVSEC), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and Checkport personnel at the airport upon his arrival from a foreign trip on Thursday evening.

The Nation gathered that trouble started when Checkport staff at the baggage reclaim area attempted to verify whether  the tags on Davido’s luggage  corresponded with the reclaimed luggage.

But, the enquiry of the personnel did not go down well with one of Davido’s aides who refused to tender the tags and resorted to abusive words against the staff.... more

The Super Eagles team that represented Nigeria at the 1994 World Cup in the United States is widely regarded as the country’s finest team in history.

The team coached by Dutchman Clemens Westerhof dazzled the world with their soccer artistry and returned from the tournament with the second most entertaining team award.

Nigeria was just five minutes away from a famous victory over four-time world champions Italy before succumbing to a 2-1 defeat in the round of 16 tie played at Boston Foxboro Stadium, US, on July 5, 1994.

20 years after that dizzying feat, Nigerians and indeed the rest of the world still hold the team in high esteem.... more


Rohr stated this at a pre-match news conference ahead of Friday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.

The match will be played at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom.

Rohr said he had spoken with Enyeama and the goalkeeper was ready to come back to the Super Eagles.

“The past is the past but now he is injured. He has to win the fight against injury,” Rohr said.

Enyeama quit the national team in 2015 following a disagreement with the former national team coach, Sunday Oliseh.

Rohr said he has a good team to face the Cameroonians but his challenge was with the goalkeeper’s position.

The Franco-German coach said Ikechukwu Ezenwa would be in goal on Friday due to injury sustained by two other goalkeepers in the team.

He added: “The list of players makes the difference, not so young, more of experienced players. We already have six points. All the players are in high spirit.

“We know that we have a good team, we are ready to make the difference. We have all the confidence to beat the Indomitable Lions here in Uyo.”


A former Super Eagles midfielder, Mutiu Adepoju, on Friday said the upcoming international friendly match between the Three Lions of England would be a good rehearsal before the World Cup.

Adepoju, who featured for the Super Eagles at the USA `94 and the France `98 World Cup, said in Lagos that the match would likely decide final team selection.

“Well it’s a Grade A match, and it will definitely give the team an insight into what to expect at the World Cup proper.

“It’s a very good test match, probably this will be the last match before the World Cup.

“And I think it’s a good one that will put the team in proper perspective for the main event,’’ the former Super Eagles midfielder said.

The Three Lions will lock horns with the Super Eagles on June 2, at the iconic Wembley Stadium.... more

A MAN , Ibrahim  Adetunji,  will today be arraigned before a Yaba Magistrates’ Court for the alleged murder of his neighbour on January 1.

Adetunji allegedly stabbed Stephen Olayiwola with a broken bottle during a quarrel at their 66, Lafunke Street, Ijegun, Lagos residence.

The Nation, on Monday, reported that Olayiwola’s  daughter, Abigail (9),  urged the police to execute the man who killed her father.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Panti, Bolaji Salami, who confirmed that Adetunji was being detained at Panti police station, said the suspect would be charged to court today.... more

A factory worker, Victory Eno, who allegedly drugged and raped his fellow worker, was yesterday brought before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.

The accused, according to Prosecutor Benson Emuerhi, committed the offence on December 24.

Emuerhi alleged that the accused raped the 22-year-old victim, who works in the same factory with him after drugging her.... more


Shanghai Shenhua have terminated the contract of striker Carlos Tevez.

The 33-year-old had another 12 months to run on his deal with the Chinese Super League side but the club have opted to release him following weeks of speculation over his future.

“The club would like to place on record our gratitude to Tevez for his contribution last season and wish him all the best in his future endeavours,” they confirmed in a statement.

Tevez is now expected to return to boyhood club Boca Juniors, having been pictured in the club’s gym on Friday.

Boca tweeted the image of a smiling Tevez on a treadmill, with the caption: “Tevez is coming home! He joined the team today and is already training with his team-mates.”... more

Nigerian Prison Service ( NPS )

The Controller General of Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) Mr Jaffaru Ahmed, has disclosed that 28 inmates of Ikot Ekpene Prisons that escaped during jailbreak on Dec. 27, 2017 were still at large.

Ahmed disclosed this to newsmen after an inspection of facilities in Ikot Ekpene Prisons on Friday.

The controller general, who described the facilities in Ikot Ekpene Prisons as well fortified, attributed the jailbreak to lapses on the part of prison staff.

“About 40 inmates found their way out of Ikot Ekpene Prisons in a broad daylight around 11.45 a.m.

“They took on the lapses that they saw, perhaps they have been planning it for a very long time and actualised it on December 27, 2017 when they saw the opportunity.

“The 28 that are at large are very hardened criminals; some of them are kidnappers awaiting trials, some are facing capital offences and therefore it is something to worry,” Ahmed said.... more

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