Football fan dies after push from stand

  An Argentine football fan has died of head injuries – two days after being pushed from a stand by an angry crowd who thought he was a rival supporter. Emanuel Balbo, 22, had reportedly quarrelled with a man during Saturday’s derby between his Belgrano team and the visiting Talleres in the northern city of Cordoba. Witnesses said the man had shouted that Balbo was a disguised Talleres fan. He was then pushed over the edge of a stand, video images showed. He fell onto concrete stairs from a height…

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Vigilantes beat man to death with charms

A 28-year-old businessman, Tayo Olatunbosun, has been allegedly killed by two members of Vigilante Service of Nigeria (VSN) at Adiyan, a community in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State. The vigilantes, identified as Ismaila Jimoh and Hassan Olatunde, have been arrested by the police. The suspects were said to have nabbed Olatunbosun, who was selling phones and laptops, in the Adiyan area on Saturday for allegedly stealing a hair dryer. The vigilantes reportedly beat Olatunbosun with charms and later took him to the Agbado Police Station about 10 p.m.…

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Umahi reconciles with estranged major political ally

Govenor David Umahi of Ebonyi on Sunday evening reconciled with his estranged major political ally in the state, Chief Julius Amah-Orji, popularly known as ‘Ochiliozuo’ (He who caters for the people en masse). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the relationship between the duo cracked when Umahi appointed Amah-Oji’s main political foe in Afikpo South Local Government Area, Chief Eni Uduma, as the Caretaker chairman of the council. The final nail was driven into the coffin when the governor ensured that Uduma emerged as the Peoples Democratic Party…

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A dance macabre

Nothing seems interesting anymore about politics and governance in our nation. The political landscape has been unstable. Politicians, who once held sway in the supercilious Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have begun their palongo (scattered legs) dance by taking shameless refuge in the tentative All Progressives Congress (APC), either for protection from the searchlight of the anti-graft agencies or for opportunities to seek elective and appointive offices. Governance, on the other hand, has been largely uninspiring and this is accentuated by the fact that a vast majority of Nigerians find it…

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Tune into the Resources

When I was a student at the Federal Polytechnic Auchi, I requested for money and foodstuffs from my parents. I wished touse part of the money to attend an ECK regional seminar. I was happy when my parents informed me my sister was coming with both money and the food items, because I could attend the seminar and have enough food supply to keep me for the rest of the semester. My sister left our hometown very early in the morning for the about two hours drive. However, she didn’t…

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How EFCC raided Lagos apartment, recovered billions

The serenity of the highbrow area of Osborne road, Ikoyi, Lagos State, on Wednesday was shattered by gunshots. The gunshots, which reverberated through the quiet community, were from smoking guns of operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The operatives reached Osborne road about 4:30p.m. The reason for the sporadic shooting is yet unknown, but people in the area, including guards attached to the posh houses scampered for safety. Some of the guards made valiant efforts to hurriedly lock their gates before bolting for cover. When the gunshots…

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So, even God knows!

BOLA BOLAWOLE TREASURES

Last week’s “The havoc of namechange” was a revelation to many people. Akin, a friend who now lives in the United States, said he never knew me as anything other than Bola Bolawole. And thanks, my brother and friend, Tunji Bakare, for the correction. “Oje” in Yoruba has to do with “Egungun”, that is, masquerades, and not drummers as erroneously interpreted here last week. “Ayan” is for the drummers while “Oje” is for the masquerades. I should have known that because I have many Ayans as friends, such as Ayanbadejo,…

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LMC under fire over hooliganism

The League Management Company has come under severe attack from stakeholders in the country football after series of attack on teams and officials at various centres during the Nigeria Professional Football League Match Day 18 matches played at the weekend. Kano Pillars’ fans went berserk after their team lost 1-0 at home to Akwa United, as they attacked the referees, their opponents’ players and officials, leaving so many of them injured. The story was the same in Katsina despite the game between Katsina United and Enyimba, ended 2-1 in favour…

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