Daily Archives: July 19, 2013
Musician, 73, Assaulted After Tribute to Trayvon
On Day He Was to Marry, Teacher Charged With Rape
Mom Throws Infant at Deputy in Getaway Bid
Asiana passenger survived crash, killed by vehicle
Obama: Trayvon ‘could have been me’
National Sovereignty and equality of nations thrown overboard.
Gambo Mohammed: Fast or no fast, Ivorians will fall
The Eagles hold a 4-1 goals advantage over the Ivorians as both teams head into the second-leg of the African Nations Championships (CHAN) qualifier in Abidjan.
Mohammed said on telephone from the team’s camp in Abuja that the ongoing Ramadan would rather be an inspiration, instead of an obstruction to his performance.
“I want to disagree with anyone who may be thinking that my contribution to the team will not be up to a 100 per cent because of the Ramadan Fast.
“I have played throughout my entire career and I have never been affected by my commitment to the will of Allah. This encounter won’t be any different.
“On the contrary, I believe it will be an inspiration for me to perform even more excellently because this period of Ramadan means a lot to my career,” he said.
The striker, who scored Eagles’ first goal in their 4-1 win over the Elephants in Kaduna, added that he was optimistic that the team could re-produce a dazzling form in Abidjan.
“The Ivorians are a good side but we are keeping our focus on doing even better than we did during the first-leg of the encounter.
“Nigerians should be calm and pray for the team. We have all resolved collectively to qualify the country for its first CHAN,” Mohammed added
Nigeria Navy raids oil thieves, razes 33 unlawful oil refineries in Delta
WARRI- MEN of the Nigerian Navy, Warri Naval Base, cracked down on oil thieves in Opumami and Olero creek in the riverside areas of Delta State, during the week, and razed over 33 unlawful crude oil refineries.
The operatives also destroyed illegally refined crude oil in over 33 Cotonou boats intercepted during the offensive.
Commanding Officer, NNS Delta, Warri, Commodore Mohammed Garba, who confirmed the raid, Friday, to reporters in Warri, disclosed that 21 local refineries were smashed at Opumami and additional 12 at Olero creek.
Commodore Garba said, “We destroyed the illegal refineries to act as a deterrent to the oil bunkerers.”
However, none of the oil thieves was not seized, as they reportedly took to their heels on sensing the naval men.
According to NNS Delta Commander, “They fled in different directions on sighting the naval personnel. I want to say, however, that they can only run away for some time, but cannot hide forever because the long arm of the law will soon catch up with them”.
His words, “The Nigerian Navy will continue to wage war against oil theft in the Niger-Delta region. We will not tolerate illegal act being perpetrated along the creeks and waterways.”
Commodore Garba maintained that the base would continue to adhere strictly to the Chief of Naval Staff zero tolerance on illegal bunkering and other illegalities on the waterways.
He said investigation by NNS Delta showed large quantity of crude oil was pilfered from an abandoned wellhead in a riverside location, adding, “The hoodlums took advantage and started siphoning crude oil at will.”
“I want to sound a note of warning to illegal bunkerers to desist from this criminal act as anyone caught will not only be dealt with severely, but will also be handed over to the appropriate law enforcement organ for prosecution”, he asserted.
Describing illegal bunkering and pipeline vandalism as criminal offences, Commodore Garba lamented that that action of the vandals was not only robbing the nation a lot of fortune, but was detrimental to the nation’s economy.
“We will not rest on ours in fighting these criminals to a stand-still because their action is inimical to the growth of the nation’s economy and the oil sector,” he intoned.
ASUU strike ‘ll not affect preparations for Nigeria Universities Game
Lagos – Prof. Ademola Onifade of the Lagos State University (LASU) says the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of University’s (ASUU) will not adversely affect athletes’ preparation for the Nigeria Universities Game (NUGA).
The Games will be hosted by the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife from Oct. 2 – Oct. 13.
Onifade, a Professor of Sports and Chairman, LASU Sports Council, said in Lagos that in spite of the persisting strike, the athletes could still be preparing for the Games.
Onifade explained that the strike was only directed at stopping the lecturers from teaching and holding meetings and not crippling other activities in the institutions.
“ASUU strike does not in any way affect student sports. I mean ASUU strike is for ASUU, that is, we the staff are not expected to teach.
“We are not expected to attend meetings, so the strike is basically for academic staff, not for students, so it doesn’t affect students in anyway.
“And again, you must appreciate the fact that in all Nigerian universities, there is a sport office and academic staff are not the ones running the sport offices.
“There are professional sports people who are in the sports offices and they take care of the student sports, so the strike doesn’t affect it in any way.
“Even if an academic staff is engaged as a part time coach, it doesn’t, because ASUU is not against that per say, since we are not teaching.
“We are not attending academic meetings. No, it does not affect it (NUGA preparations) in anyway.”
The chairman said that the strike could be a blessing in disguise as affected athletes could use the period to prepare for the Games.