Radio Kano loses MD in auto crash

Kano State Gov. Dr Abdullahi Ganduje
Kano State Gov. Dr Abdullahi Ganduje

By Aisha Ahmed

The Managing Director of Radio Kano, Malam Umar Sai’d Tudun Wada has been reported killed in an auto crash on his way from Abuja to Kano.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Kano State Council, Malam Abbas Ibrahim confirmed the death in Kano on Sunday.

He said the deceased was returning from Abuja with one of his wives and a daughter when the incident happened.

Ibrahim stressed that only Tudun Wada died in the incident around Kura Local Government Area of Kano while his wife and daughter were currently receiving medical attention at a hospital.

Before his death, he was an ace broadcaster who worked for various media outfits both at national and International levels.

Some of the media organisations he worked for included, CTV Kano, Voice of America (VOA), Radio Deutsche Welle, Freedom Radio and Radio Kano.

He had also experienced the print media as he was a one time Editor of the Concern Magazine in Kano.

Tudun Wada also served as the Secretary of the Nigerian Guild of Editors and as the Special Assistant and Director, Press to two Governors in the state.

Turbanned as the Danmasanin Tudun Wada, his hometown, the deceased left behind 21 children and four wives amongst whom is the incumbent Deputy President of the Nigeria Guild of Editors, Hajiya Aishatu Sule.

He has since been buried in accordance with the Islamic rites at Tarauni cemetery in Kano metropolis.

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Madagascar Stun Eagles To Win AFCON 2019 Group B; Guinea Pip Burundi

Madagascar created one of the shocking results in the history of the Africa Cup of Nations by beating three-time champions Nigeria 2-0 in their Group B encounter at the Alexandria Stadium on Sunday, reports

Lalaina Nomenjanahary and Carolus Andriamatsinoro got the goals for Barea who recorded their first win against the Super Eagles.

The Barea of Madagascar

The defeat ended Nigeria’s nine game unbeaten streak in the AFCON.

Madagascar who are playing at the AFCON finals for the first time finished top of the group with seven points from three games.

The Super Eagles ended in second position with six points, and may face perennial rivals, the Black Stars of Ghana or Benin Republic in the Round of 16 on Saturday.

The Super Eagles dominated the early exchanges but were behind in the 13th minute following a defensive blunder.

John Ogu, who was handed his first start of the competition passed the ball to Leon Balogun who lost possession and allowed Lalaina to slot the ball home after dribbling past Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

Nigeria struggled to break down a resolute Madagascar defence afterwards with Odion Ighalo left isolated upfront.

Ahmed Musa wasted a good chance to draw the Super Eagles level a minute after the half hour mark.

The Al Nassr of Saudi Arabia winger was played through on goal by John Mikel Obi and the ball was cleared off his feet as he attempted to dribble past the Burundi goalkeeper.

Wilfred Ndidi replaced John Ogu at the start of the second half as the Super Eagles fought to find a way back into the game.

Madagascar doubled their lead in the 53rd minute with Ndidi deflecting home
Andriamatsinoro’ s freekick.

The Super Eagles were unable to find their way back into the game as Nicolas Dupuis’ men recorded a famous win in the competition.

In the other Group B match, the Syli Nationale of Guinea defeated Burundi 2-0 at All Salam Stadium Cairo. Mohamed Yattara pounced on a rebound from Francois Kamano’s shot to hit the net in the 25th minute. Yattara scored again in the 52nd minute with an assist from captain Ibrahima Traore.

Burundi had to battle for 78 minutes of the match following the sending off of Christophe Nduwarugira for pulling down goal-bound Yattara in the 12th minute.

Guinea finished in the third position on four points, and will wait for the completion of other groups’s games to know if they have qualified for the round of 16 as one of the best four third-placed teams.

AFCON finals debutants Burundi finished bottom of Group B without any point after losing all their three matches.

By Adeboye Amosu

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Ruga: South East Govs. strike deal with herdsmen

A herdsman

South East Governors have reached an agreement with Miyetti Allah following federal government’s proposal for the establishment of Ruga settlements in some states.

The South East Governors Forum said the proposed deal was struck with members of the Miyetti Allah as panecea to achieving lasting peace among farmers and herdsmen.

Chairman of the South East Governors Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi, said there was no plan for any Ruga settlement in any part of South East and South South, rather, the zones can make a very good business with sale of grasses to the herdsmen in exchange for meat.

Umahi, spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor, noting that there would be no part of the South East that will be given out for establishment of Ruga.

He noted the zone is purely agrarian with limited landmass for farming and therefore cannot accommodate Ruga.

Umahi, according to the statement, said the zone actually proposed a deal with MACBAN to take their cattle to the Northern parts where grazing reserve was established long time ago and rely completely on the grasses grown in the South for feeding of their cattle.

It would be recalled that the Ebonyi Governor was appointed Chairman Technical Committee on Farmers and Herdsmen clash carved from the Federal Economic Council under the chairmanship of the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

The governor had made a recommendation for revamping of the already existing grazing reserve in various parts of the North to enable farmers have unhindered access to their farmlands while herdsmen rely solely on proceeds from the farmers.

“The way it works is that the herdsmen will bring down their cows to the South East and sell us as meat while they will load the grasses which are grown here in the same trailer with which they transported their cows to feed their cattle in those grazing reserve which should be made comfortable for them.”

The statement also quoted Umahi as saying that with this proposed deal, herdsmen are expected to embrace anti-open grazing by returning to the ranches in the north and do their business on the trade-by-barter basis of selling cows to the south and buying grass to feed their cows in the north.

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Africa Cup of Nations: Madagascar 2-0 Nigeria

Lalaina Nomenjanahary, who plays for French Ligue 2 side Paris FC, scored just his third international goal

Madagascar produced the shock of the Africa Cup of Nations so far as they beat three-time winners Nigeria 2-0.

The Indian Ocean islanders have been the surprise package on their Afcon debut, claiming four points from their first two games in Egypt.

And Lalaina Nomenjanahary stunned Nigeria by pouncing on a defensive error to claim an early opener.

Carolus Andriamatsinoro’s deflected free-kick then ensured Madagascar went into the last 16 as winners of Group B.

Madagascar are ranked 108th in the world – 63 places below Nigeria, who go through as runners-up having won their first two group games.

Nigeria dominated possession but were punished when trying to play out from the back. John Ogu under-hit a square ball to Leon Balogun on the edge of their own box and the Brighton defender hesitated, allowing Nomenjanahary to nip in and round the goalkeeper before slipping the ball into an empty net.

Coach Gernot Rohr made five changes to the Nigeria side that beat Guinea 1-0 but they still featured several players who are regulars in Europe’s top leagues and the Super Eagles replied with Samuel Kalu curling a shot wide.

But Madagascar continued to make the better chances as Andriamatsinoro produced a tame volley after exchanging passes with Jerome Mombris, before captain Faneva Andriatsima lashed a shot wide after being slipped in by Andriamatsinoro.

Madagascar doubled their lead as Andriamatsinoro’s 25-yard free-kick deflected in off half-time Nigeria substitute Wilfred Ndidi. The Leicester midfielder then produced his side’s first shot on target on 57 minutes but not even the introduction of Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi could spark a Nigeria fightback.

Coach Nicolas Dupuis (navy top) joined his players as they celebrated their second goal – their nickname is Barea, a type of cattle which is featured on Madagascar’s coat of arms


BBC Sport Africa’s Murray Burnell

Madagascar continue to make history and this will go down as their greatest victory of all time.

But this wasn’t a backs-against-the-wall upset; Madagascar were good value for the win against a much-changed Nigeria. Goalscorers Nomenjanahary and Andriamatsinoro were constant threats, and the high press gave Nigeria no time to settle.

Madagascar are making a real name for themselves at this tournament and they’re clearly not here to make up the numbers; their football at times was a joy to watch.

The Super Eagles laboured to wins in their first two games and really struggled up front in this one, without any of the star names firing – lots for Gernot Rohr to ponder before the last 16.

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JUST IN: Madagascar humble Super Eagles 2-0 at AFCON in Egypt

Super Eagles
Super Eagles

Madagascar senior national football team on Sunday shocked Nigeria’s Super Eagles 2-0 in teams last group match at ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

The result means that Nigeria will play the Round of 16 encounter as runner-up of Group B, while Madagascar top the group.

More to follow……..

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Glastonbury: Kylie may have broken record as vast crowd watches her emotional set | Ents & Arts News

Kylie Minogue has stormed a triumphant and poignant set at Glastonbury in front of an enormous crowd of fans, holding back the tears as she finally got to play the famous Pyramid Stage.

While confirmation is yet to come from festival organisers, it would be no surprise if her audience has broken records, certainly for the Sunday afternoon legends slot.

If you were late to the party you had no chance of getting near.

Thousands dancing along on the fringes almost certainly had no view of the stage, but no matter.

I found myself at the side, unglamorously all the way back near some toilets and with tents in sight – but this was Kylie at Glastonbury. I was happy just to get a glimpse of her on the stage-side screens and enjoy the joy.

The crowd gathering for Kylie's set could break records
The crowd gathering for Kylie’s set could break records
Kylie crammed as many of her hits as she could into her 75-minute set
Kylie crammed as many of her hits as she could into her 75-minute set

The emotional set came 14 years after the singer was forced to pull out of her headline gig at Worthy Farm when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Apart from a cameo with the Scissor Sisters in 2010, this is the only time she has performed at the festival.

“In 2005 I was meant to be here,” she said. “Circumstances meant that I did not make it.

“I wished things were different, but life is what it is. We’re all together in this moment.”

This is the only time Kylie has performed at Glastonbury, apart from cameo with Scissor Sisters in 2010
Kylie has only performed a cameo with the Scissor Sisters at Glastonbury in 2010

The love for Kylie is palpable. You could feel every single person watching willing her to do well, and she didn’t disappoint.

With a feel-good back-catalogue spanning more than 30 years, the honorary Brit sang her way through as many hits as she could cram into 75 minutes, with Can’t Get You Out Of My Head, Slow, All The Lovers and On A Night Like This ticked off, as well as ’80s classics Locomotion, Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi and I Should Be So Lucky.

“This girl is feeling very lucky right now,” Kylie told the cheering crowd as she performed the latter.

She brought out guests including Nick Cave and Coldplay’s Chris Martin – a nice touch, but she didn’t need them. (Side note: Chris Martin gets about at Glastonbury, doesn’t he?).

Kylie invited several guests on stage for her set, including Nick Cave
Kylie invited several guests on stage for her set, including Nick Cave

With several outfit changes and rainbow glitter bursting out into the crowd, she showed how to do Glastonbury, Kylie style.

“I’m speechless,” she said, seeming genuinely overwhelmed as she surveyed the mass of dancing bodies singing along in front of her.

Ending the performance with one of her newer country hits, Dancing, and her signature Spinning Around, she was met with huge applause as she finished, looking like she never wanted to leave.

Following in the footsteps of Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie and Shirley Bassey by playing the legends set, which has become a Glastonbury Sunday afternoon tradition in recent years, Kylie more than lived up to the title.

Next time, we’d like to see her back where she belongs – in the headline slot, please.

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Rape allegation: Investigate COZA Pastor, Fatoyinbo, lawyers urge police

COZA Pastor, Biodun Fatoyimbo
COZA Pastor, Biodun Fatoyimbo

By Emmanuel Afonne

The Coalition of Public Interest Lawyers and Advocates (COPA) has urged the police to immediately commence investigation on the rape allegation levelled against Pastor Biodun Fatoyimbo by Mrs Busola Dakolo, wife of renowned inspirational artiste, Timi Dakolo.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Dakolo accused Fatoyimbo, the Senior Pastor, Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), of sexually abusing and raping her.

She had claimed that the incident resulted in loss of virtue, face and also exposed her to ridicule and trauma.

Pelumi  Olajengbesi, leader of COPA, in a statement described the allegation as grievous and must therefore not be swept under the carpet.

“In our quest to build a sane nation, no stone should be left unturned; this matter must be treated with the urgency it deserves and not swept under the carpet, as has regrettably been the habit.

“With the provisions of sections 4 and 24 of the Police Act, the Nigerian Police Force must urgently invite Pastor Biodun Fatoyimbo to appear before it to rest all sundry matters related to this matter. This is our demand.

“Regardless, the police must begin a thorough independent investigation of the allegations against Pastor Fatoyimbo, given that rape is a criminal matter that is squarely within their purview and mandate as a law enforcement agency.

“The Nigerian Police are to whereupon make its findings public and proceed to prosecute the culprit without delay, where its investigations turn up sufficient material for a case of rape,” Olajengbesi stated.

According to him, no fewer than 24 public interests lawyers and advocates have volunteered to take up the case of Dakolo, at no cost.

He said that decision of the lawyers to take up the matter was due to the fact that similar allegations had been levelled against the pastor in the past.

“We are mindful that such an allegation had in the past been levelled against the same individual by a plethora of women claiming to have had the misfortune of coming in contact with him.

“Any reasonable individual must deduce that there is in fact a dire concern to be put to rest here by laying the whole truth bare through proactive action.

“The failure of Pastor Biodun Fatoyimbo, now and in the past, to address these allegations and clear the air on his innocence is not just an arrogant disregard of public sensitivity but a dare to the general public, perhaps, to ‘do its worse’.

“The issue of rape and sexual abuse is a contextual one with a great significance in our laws and culture.

“It is not just a ruthless crime but a moral impropriety that must be addressed post-haste for the culprit to face justice so the victim might find succour and respite in the sanction of the law.”

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Glastonbury: Tom Walker on his six gigs, Stormzy and his Love Island namesake | Ents & Arts News

Brit-winner Tom Walker has had a pretty manic Glastonbury, playing a grand total of six sets across the festival.

Unfortunately, being so in demand – playing intimate surprise sets on smaller stages ahead of the main event on Sunday – means he hasn’t had time to catch much of the other music.

He told Sky News he was disappointed to miss out on Stormzy’s “game-changer” headline set on Friday, but that he would be making up for it partying with friends and watching some other acts following his final performance.

“We got here Thursday and I think this is gig number six, it’s been pretty hectic. And I went out with all my mates on Thursday night and stayed out till 6am so it’s been a long weekend but a fun one.”

Walker, who has soared to fame this year, winning the best British breakthrough artist award at the Brits and seeing his debut album, What A Time To Be Alive, hit the top of the charts, said it was “amazing” to be playing the famous John Peel stage this year after playing to “about 300 people” at the small Rabbit Hole stage in 2017.

Tom Walker won the best British breakthrough award at the Brits this year for his debut album
Tom Walker won best British breakthrough award at the Brits this year

A committed Glastonbury fan – and one who still camps – Walker says he always tries to buy a ticket each year, to make sure he gets in even if he doesn’t get to play.

“I’m honoured to be playing at Glasto again. I played at the Rabbit Hole again [this year] as well and it was so full they had to close it down because it was becoming a health and safety risk, which is just mental,” he says.

“Every year I’ve bought a ticket because I don’t want to miss out. I did get cancellation insurance this year… I’ve got no idea if I’ll get it back but I’ll give it a go.

“A couple of my mates were thinking about it but it does say Tom Walker on the ticket and has a picture of me, so don’t think it would have happened.”

Which brings us on to the singer-songwriter’s new famous namesake: Tom Walker of Love Island fame.

“I’ve heard about this Love Island Tom Walker but the thing is about him, he’s younger than me, so I’m the original.”

Is the original Tom Walker a Love Island fan?

“I’ve watched the first episode but it’s every night… it’s six days a week for like 10 weeks or something. It’s a big commitment when you’re on tour. I don’t have that much spare time, to be honest.”

Love Island Tom Walker has been booted off, I inform original Tom Walker, and didn’t have the best reputation on the show.

“Is he giving me a bad name?! B*stard!”

Walker has just arrived back on site at Glastonbury when we speak, having left Worthy Farm mid-festival to play a gig in London.

Stormzy headlining the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury
Tom Walker expressed his disappointment to not be able to see Stormzy’s set in person

He’s managed to see Jorja Smith, who was “amazing”, but says Stormzy’s set, which he had to watch back due to it clashing with one of his own, was the one he wishes he’d been there for.

“It was the same last year as I missed Foo Fighters,” he says. “I’ve seen bits and bobs but not as much as I’d like to, but you don’t get to play at Glastonbury every day, so you can’t really moan. It’s not really bad, is it. ‘Oh no, I’ve got so many gigs at Glasto, what a shame’.”

Speaking about Stormzy, who made history as the first black British artist to headline the festival, Walker says: “I thought he was incredible. It was a game-changer, it just had everything – the ballet, the BMXs, bringing loads of surprise guests up. He just looked so stunned and overwhelmed by the reception of the whole thing as well and it was so nice to see. I’m absolutely buzzing for him.”

Glastonbury is as known almost as much for its surprises and weird and wonderful experiences as it is the music. So having been here three times, what is Walker’s strangest?

“Brexit year, they had this sign of Boris Johnson that looked like a skeleton. By the end of the weekend after Brexit was announced everybody had picked mud off the floor and chucked it at the start. It was like this living art installation of anger. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever seen at Glastonbury.”

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Olaleye replaces Kaigama as TUC President

By Tosin Kolade
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has elected Mr Quadri Olaleye as its new National President to replace Mr Bobboi Kaigama.

Kaigama served for two terms from 2013 to 2019.

By its constitution, Olaleye will head a 14-member National Administrative Council (NAC) of the union, elected to pilot the affairs of the Labour Centre for the next three years.

Olaleye of the Food, Beverage and Tobacco Senior Staff Association (FOBTOB), emerged after a consensus was reached at the end of the 11th Triennial Delegates Conference in Abuja.

The former PENGASSAN President, Olabode Johnson was expected to emerge president General of the TUC, but his sudden demise on May 31 at the Abuja National Hospital quashed the hope.

In his acceptance remarks, Olaleye expressed joy at the opportunity given to him, noting that position was first in the history of his association.

“This is the first time my association would clinch the position of the President of the Congress, in more than four decades of its existence.

“I am grateful for the trust you have bestowed on me by being mindful of my sacrifices and that of predecessors in the struggle for a better Trade Union Congress of Nigeria.

“Fellow Comrades, this opportunity came as a surprise to me after we have conceded for peace to reign. Indeed, it is God ordained! What we are witnessing today is more than just a change of baton; it is also a call to service.

“Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, by this election, has just fulfilled the aspirations of the founding fathers of my great union -FOBTOB and has also chosen to reaffirm the confidence we have in the current leadership of this great Congress.”

He sought the co-operation of workers and Nigerians to achieve a country everyone would be proud of.

While promising to speak the truth to government at all levels, he sought for cooperation and contribution of everyone to build a Labour movement for posterity.

He assured the union that he would dedicate himself to ensure that the challenges workers face are confronted headlong.

The new president paid glowing tribute to late Johnson, pledging that his struggle would not be in vein.

Others executives elected include; Innocent Bola Audu of Association of Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, as 1st Deputy President, Oyinkan Olasanoye of Association of Senior Staff of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions (ASSBIFI) as 2nd Deputy President; Hygenius Chika Onuegbu of Petroleum and Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, as 3rd Deputy President.

Others are; Muhammed Yunusa of Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations, Government Owned Companies (SSASSCGOC) as National Treasurer; Isaac Egbugara of Construction and Civil Engineering Senior Staff Association, CCESSA, as Financial Secretary, among others.

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