Two killed, one injured in Ogun road crash

Kunle Olayeni, Abeokuta   Two persons were killed on Saturday while one other sustained injuries in a fatal crash at the Ota Old Toll Gate along the Abeokuta-Lagos Expressway. The accident, which occurred about 12:37pm, involved three vehicles, including a truck belonging to a popular cement company. Spokesperson of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun State Command, Florence Okpe, confirmed the incident in a statement made available to reporters in Abeokuta. Okpe stated that two male adults died in the crash while a female victim, who was also involved,…

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Mario Gotze to leave Dortmund this summer

Mario Gotze will leave Borussia Dortmund this summer, Sporting Director Michael Zorc says.   The forward, 27, has made 201 appearances over two spells with the Bundesliga club, but he has only started five league games this season.   Gotze has won five Bundesliga titles and scored the winner for Germany in the 2014 World Cup final.   “We will part ways with Mario this summer. It was a mutual and respectful decision. He’s a great man,” said Zorc.   The decision comes just days after Dortmund Manager Lucien Favre…

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Tribunal dismisses Wada’s petition, affirms Bello as Kogi gov

The Kogi state governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja has affirmed Yahaya Bello as the winner of the 2019 election. Bello polled 406,222 votes to defeat Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 189,704 votes during the election. Musa Wada, governorship candidate of the PDP, had approached the tribunal to challenge the victory of Bello and the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the poll. Jibril Okutepa, counsel to the petitioners, had urged the tribunal to uphold the petition and declare Wada as the duly elected governor of…

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JUST IN: Benue suspends lifting of ban on worship centers, public places

  From: Cephas Iorhemen, Makurdi The Benue State government Saturday made a U-turn and reversed its decision to reopen worship centres, markets and public places. Governor Ortom on Thursday, lifted its ban on religious gathering and as well as markets and directed both churches and mosques to begin to hold staggered worship sessions just as civil servants on grade levels 1 to 12 were also asked to resume work on June 1. But addressing newsmen in his office at Government House in Makurdi, Govenor Ortom said the decision became imperative…

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Eid-el-Fitr: Reps Minority Caucus urges national rebirth

By Philip Nyam, Abuja The minority Caucus in the House of Representatives has congratulated Nigerians on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast and called on them to use the Eid-el-Fitr celebration to activate the much desired national rebirth. The Minority Leader, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, in a statement on Saturday, noted that: “the Eid-el-Fitr presents the nation a fresh opportunity for a national regeneration in all aspects of life, particularly as we collectively fight to defeat the Covid-19 pandemic. “As a nation, we must use this period for deep introspection…

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Man City defender, Mendy, relishing return to football

  Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy cannot wait for the text message telling him that football has got the green light to return. The Premier League began stepping up ‘Project Restart’ this week as players started a phased return to training in small, social-distant groups. A resumption of play is scheduled next month and City left-back Mendy is champing at the bit, reports Sky Sports. “I can’t wait,” the World Cup winner said. “We are just waiting for the green light. Everywhere we see we are going to start on…

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Osaka surpasses Serena to become world’s highest-paid female athlete

  Japan’s Naomi Osaka has surpassed Serena Williams as the world’s highest-paid female athlete, raking in $37.4m (£30.7m) in prize money and endorsements over the last year, according to Forbes. The 22-year-old twice Grand Slam champion’s total is the most ever earned by a female athlete in a 12-month period. She earned $1.4m (£1.15m) more than American great Williams who had topped the list for the last four years, reports Sky Sports. Maria Sharapova had held the record for 12-month earnings for a female athlete, having made $29.7 million in…

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‘I saw so much smoke and fire’: Survivor recalls aftermath of Pakistan jet crash

  When the plane jolted violently, Mohammad Zubair thought it was turbulence. Then the pilot came on the intercom to warn that the landing could be “troublesome.” Moments later, the Pakistan International Airlines flight crashed into a crowded neighborhood near Karachi’s international airport, killing at least 97 people, all of whom are believed to be passengers and crew members. Zubair was one of just two surviving passengers. Meeran Yousaf, the provincial Health Department spokeswoman, said only 19 of the bodies from Friday’s crash have been identified and that most of the bodies were badly…

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US accuses China of blocking flights, demands action

  The U.S. government late on Friday accused the Chinese government of making it impossible for U.S. airlines to resume service to China and ordered four Chinese air carriers to file flight schedules with the U.S. government. The administration of President Donald Trump stopped short of imposing restrictions on Chinese air carriers but said talks with China had failed to produce an agreement, reports Reuters. The U.S. Transportation Department, which is trying to persuade China to allow the resumption of U.S. passenger airline service there, earlier this week briefly delayed…

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Brazil jumps to world No. 2 in coronavirus cases, behind US  

  Brazil became the world No. 2 hotspot for coronavirus cases on Friday, second only to the United States, after it confirmed that 330,890 people had been infected by the virus, overtaking Russia, the Health Ministry said. Brazil registered 1,001 daily coronavirus deaths on Friday, taking total deaths to 21,048, according to the Health Ministry. In Sao Paulo, the worst hit city, aerial video showed rows of open plots at the Formosa Cemetery as it rushed to keep up with demand, reports Reuters. Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has been widely…

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