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FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup: Nigeria’s Falconets Wins Opening Game

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FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup: Nigeria’s Falconets Wins Opening Game

Nigeria’s Falconets have begun the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica with a win, defeating France 1-0 on Friday in Group D’s opening match.

The two-time runner-up against all odds defeated Europe’s top team France after an hour-long delay and gameplay under tough rain.

The goal came late in the game, as Falconets’ top scorer in the African qualifying series, Flourish Sabastine’s strike in the 85th minutes led her team to victory.

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Nigeria U20 women started the game well regardless of the weather that hindered movements of the ball, as Esther Onyenezide who operates from the Falconets midfield still caused panic in the French team’s vital area with an intelligent free kick barely seven minutes into the game.

With the rains still pouring, Mexican referee Francia Gonzales opted to stop the game in the 20th minute as visibility was increasingly becoming impossible for both teams.

The suspension lasted exactly one hour.

Magnaba Folquet had to desperately clear the ball from goal eight minutes after the resumption, as Nigeria pushed forward.

In the second half, both teams fought even harder. Two minutes before the hour mark, Mercy Idoko failed to connect properly at the end of a sweet team move, and 20 minutes from time, goalkeeper Oyono Omini provided a critical block in the vital area as France surged forward.

In the 72nd minute, substitute Chiamaka Okwuchukwu was hindered from getting anything positive as Flourish Sabastine got a cross into the French vital area.

The game flowed from end to end as both teams attacked with zest and defended resolutely.

Substitute Jade Nassi thought she had put France ahead when she slotted home from a goalmouth melee that followed a corner kick in the 80th minute, but referee Gonzales consulted the Video Assistant Referee who correctly ruled out the strike.

Five minutes later, Nigeria got the goal that their effort and enterprise deserved when Flourish Sabastine raced onto a brilliant Mercy Idoko pass, kept her composure, and slotted past goalkeeper Marie-Morgane Sieber with some flourish.

The Falconets’ next game is on Sunday against the Korea Republic at the Estadio Alajuela Morera Soto. Victory in that game will automatically assure Nigeria of a place in the tournament’s quarter-finals.

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5 Things To Know About Late Bukka Hut Co-founder, Laolu Martins

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5 Things To Know About Late Bukka Hut Co-founder, Laolu Martins

Laolu Martins, a co-founder of Bukka Hut, the leading fast-food chain in Nigeria, has reportedly committed suicide.

In a statement cited by Newsrand, the Bukka Hut boss, who served in the financial sector with over 21 years of experience in investment banking, corporate banking, stockbroking, asset management, and pension fund management, passed away on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.

“We hereby solicit the support and understanding of everyone as the family grieves the loss of our beloved Laolu in our privacy.

“Our kind request is that you support the family – wife, children, aged mother and father and his siblings with your prayers at this difficult time.

“Further announcements will be made by the family,” a statement from the deceased’s family, read.

Get familiar with Laolu Martins

  1. Martins started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1999.
  2. He joined Investment Banking & Trust Company Plc now Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, where he served in the Financial Control and Trade Finance/Foreign Operations units of the Bank.
  3. Martins was later seconded to Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Ltd where at various times he was Financial Controller, Head Asset Management, and lastly Head Stockbroking.
  4. He later resigned in 2005 to join Shell Nig. CPFA Ltd, the Fund Manager of the Shell Companies in Nigeria Pensions Scheme where he was Head, Investments.
  5. In 2008, he resigned to join Nigeria International Security Limited, NISL, an independent financial services firm specialising in investments within the Nigerian space.

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Buhari Warns Against Use Of Automatic Weapons For State’s Security Outfits

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President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a warning to state governors over the use of automatic weapons for their security outfits.

Buhari in a statement through his media aide, Garba Shehu explained that only the National Security Adviser can permit the use of sophisticated weapons, which the orders have not been given.

“The Presidency wishes to strongly assert that there is no state, not Katsina, not any other state in the federation, that has been authorized to procure automatic weapons for their security outfits.

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“Under this administration, the President has repeatedly made it clear that nobody is allowed to illegally carry AK-47 or any other automatic weapons and that they must surrender them.

“Where they fail to do so, the law enforcement agencies have been given clear directives to deal with any such outlaws.

“Under the existing regulations, only the Office of the National Security Adviser can issue such authorization, upon proper clearance by the President and Commander-in-Chief and as it is at this moment, no such approvals have been issued to any state government,” the statement read.

This is coming after security outfits in Katsina were reported to be armed with an automatic weapons, which the Governor, Aminu Bello Masari explained that the administration invited the Provost of the Civil Defence Training College in Katsina to train their vigilantes for a five-day period “in the handling and operations of Pump Action Rifles.”

The Governor said that the state’s security outfits have no intentions to assume the responsibilities of the security agencies of the Federal Government of Nigeria but to render help.

However, Buhari commended states for their help in partnering with law enforcement agencies of the federation, in tackling insecurity in the country.

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Nigeria Loses 700,000 Barrels Of Crude Oil A Day To Vandalism – FG

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Nigeria Loses 700,000 Barrels Of Crude Oil A Day To Vandalism - FG

The Federal Government has lamented the havoc caused by vandals in the Niger Delta, disclosing a loss of 700,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

The Minister of Information and Culture, through his media aide, Segun Adeyemi revealed this in a press release, stating how the country’s revenue is declining as a result

“On the economy, Alhaji Mohammed said the activities of vandals in the Niger Delta are causing the government to lose about 700,000 barrels of crude oil per day, thereby denying the government huge revenue and foreign exchange,” part of the press release read.

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The Minister also commended his administration in the area of insecurity, boasting of a decrease in terrorism in the North since the emergence of Muhammadu Buhari as president.

He charged critics to compare the country’s security in 2015 to that of current times, priding on how his administration has made the North East accessible again.

“I am bold to say here that in the last three months, even our worst critics will agree that the government has gotten the handle on security issues. In the area of insecurity, I want to assure you that the worst is over.

“It’s unfortunate that people who comment on insecurity fail to start from where we were in 2015 and where we are today.

“In 2015, the entire North East of the country was a no-go area. The North East is once again accessible because of the government’s efforts,” He stated.

Concluding on the crude oil vandalism, Lai Mohammed revealed a technology deployment to help counter bunkering.

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