Author: Oreva Benedict

Oreva Benedict holds a degree in English Language and Literary Studies. He is a Nigerian who loves to read, has a picky taste in food and hang out with regular folks.

Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, has come under attack from fellow Muslims, over a picture of him and his wife he put up on social media. In the photo, one of Musa’s wives can be seen kissing him. However, below the image were comments of disapproval. A certain Abdulhamid Umar said: “Is very wrong for you to post this as a Muslim, Islam against this thing, u have to go back to islamic school”. Another by the name Surajo Inuwa Abubakar wrote: “Pls sir, the star of Super Eagles remove this picture because is your wife”. Muhammad Awaal Ahmad added:…

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has made the presentation of a valid National Identification Number (NIN) mandatory for all categories of vehicle registration. This was confirmed by the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, an Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM), in a statement last weekend in Abuja. NAN reports that FRSC had begun compliance with this directive since December 21, 2020. The Corps Marshal directed that all applicants for the National Driver’s Licence to present their NIN before they would be captured for any class of licence. Kazeem said this was in full compliance with the directive of the Federal…

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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria has crossed the 100,000 mark. On January 10, 1,024 new cases were reported, bringing the total number of infections to 100,087. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) disclosed on its verified website on Sunday. The NCDC also confirmed eight more COVID-19-related deaths in the last 24 hours in the country. The agency said the total number of deaths was now 1,358 and the case fatality rate was 1.5 per cent in the country. ”Abia-11, Adamawa-27, Akwa-Ibom-9, Anambra-19, Bauchi-17, Bayelsa-21, Benue-11, Borno-36, Cross River-12, Delta-52, Ebonyi-30, Edo-119, Ekiti-7, Enugu-21, FCT-107, Gombe-38, Imo…

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Former Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, has backed Almeria striker Umar Sadiq for his first invitation to the national team. Sadiq is enjoying a rich vein of goalscoring form in Spain since he joined from Partizan Belgrade in October. He has scored nine goals in 18 appearances in the Segunda Division, including a hat-trick against Ponferradina last Sunday. Sadiq was part of the Dream Team VI that won bronze at the 2016 Olympic Games where he contributed four goals in six appearances, and he is yet to be considered for an international assignment in over four years. When asked if…

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have quit social media, citing the “hate” they have recieved on Facebook and Twitter, according to The Sunday Times. The couple will now no longer use social media in both a personal and professional capacity. A source close to the couple revealed they had “no plans” to use social media for their new Archewell Foundation and were “very unlikely” to restart utilising platforms personally. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who moved to California last year after abruptly resigning from British royal duties, have previously had prominent presences online. They amassed more than 10 million…

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Former head coach of the Super Eagles, Christian Chukwu, has come out to debunk the news of his death. Chukwu insists he is hale and hearty. He stated this on Sunday in an interview at his Trans Ekulu residence, Enugu. Social media has been awash with news of Chukwu’s death for the past few days. However, the former Green Eagles captain, who celebrated his 70th birthday on Jan. 4, 2021, said that he was surprised that some people would wish him death. “I am terribly embarrassed with this news that I am dead. Several people have been calling me from…

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Former Arsenal striker, Ian Wright, has said Mikel Arteta’s problem is now depth. The Gunners began their defence of the FA Cup with a hardfought 2-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday. Wright feels Arteta was forced to rely on young players to get a result. Arteta opted to rest Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka from the start, but was forced into a change prior to kick-off, when Reiss Nelson was promoted from the bench after Gabriel Martinelli suffered an injury in the warm-up. Arsenal subsequently produced a disjointed display and only began to carve out opportunities once Saka and…

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Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, remained coy over three injuries after their FA Cup win over Watford. Solskjaer was without Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw and Paul Pogba for the game which they won 1-0. He made nine changes for the game, but was forced to call on captain Harry Maguire shortly before half-time, after defender Eric Bailly went down with a head injury. United go to Burnley in the Premier League on Tuesday, before next weekend’s visit to the champions and current leaders Liverpool. With that in mind, Solskjaer was less than forthcoming when asked about the absent trio…

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The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has said the COVID-19 vaccine which the Federal Government will order, does not contain a microchip. NOA made this clarification in a series of tweets on Sunday. On whether the COVID-19 vaccine contained a microchip, the Federal Government’s agency said the Ministry of Health would certify the vaccine safe before being administered. It said, “No! COVID-19 vaccine does not contain any harmful substance or micro-chip. All vaccines including COVID-19 vaccines are manufactured under strict compliance with WHO guidelines. “Also, before the vaccine is administered in Nigeria, NAFDAC will test and certify it is safe for…

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Music head huncho, Jude Okoye, has revealed that his younger brother, Paul Okoye, who is more popular as Rudeboy these days, infected him with COVID-19. Jude has recovered from the virus, while his wife is currently battling with it. Speaking with PUNCH, he admitted that he tried his best not to contract the virus but ‘it takes only one person to infect the whole family.” “There is nothing I did not do in order not to contract the virus; I did social distancing, I stopped going out, I had hand sanitisers everywhere and I was wearing a face mask. But…

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed the alleged certificate forgery case filed against Edo state Governor, Godwin Obaseki, by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and one of its members, Edobor Williams. Delivering his judgment on Satruday, Justice Ahmed Mohammed held that the plaintiffs failed to prove Obaseki forged his academic certificates, which he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before the September 19, 2019 governorship election in the state. The judge found as lazy, the attitude of the plaintiffs, who did no make any efforts to cross-check from the University of Ibadan and the West African…

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The former Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, Chief Jide Awe, has said the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Governor Kayode Fayemi, have no bad blood between them, despite their rumoured interests in the 2023 presidential race. Awe stated this while speaking on New Cruse 92.7 FM on Saturday. He urged the followers of the two APC chieftains to focus on promoting the overall interests of the party and make it stronger ahead of the future elections. Responding to a question on the rumoured interest of Tinubu and Fayemi in the APC…

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Dr. Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, has said seven SIM cards can be linked to one National Identification Number (NIN). This can be done on the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) Mobile App launched recently. Pantami on Friday, said the ministry and NIMC are working on transforming the NIN enrolment process and the onward linkage to SIM cards as required by the Nigerian Communication Commission. “We developed an app, when you go online, you will see it. That app, as long as you have your NIMC number, you will only download it without visiting any office.…

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Atletico Madrid’s LaLiga fixture against Athletic Club has been postponed. Athletic were prevented from travelling for Saturday’s encounter because of a snow storm, forcing officials to call the game off. A statement from Atletico read: “The match that we were supposed to play today against Athletic Club at the Wanda Metropolitano (set for 16:15) has been postponed due to the snowstorm in much of the peninsula. “The inclement weather prevented the expedition of the Basque team from traveling to Madrid due to the temporary closure of the Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport and, in addition, the travel of our team, referees…

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Manchester City owner, Sheikh Mansour, has purchased the Football Association Challenge Cup used from 1896 to 1910, which incidentally was the first piece of silverware won by the club. City won it in 1904, when they beat Bolton Wanderers 1-0 in the final. “City are delighted to announce we are now the proud custodian of the 1896–1910 Football Association Challenge Cup (FA Cup) following the recent purchase of the trophy at auction by club owner, His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed,” read a club statement. “A forerunner of the FA Cup in use today, the trophy is one of the…

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Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has said Odion Ighalo will feature against his former side on Saturday. The Red Devils play Watford in the FA Cup third round, as Solskjaer’s search for his first trophy at the club continues. Defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday meant it was the fourth time United had lost at the semi-final stage of a competition during Solskjaer’s tenure. But with the FA Cup now thrust upon them the United boss and his players have a chance to move on quickly. And Solskjaer has confirmed Ighalo, who has only featured a handful of times…

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Nollywood actress, Kate Henshaw, has spoken about a private hospital in Lagos, who charged her friend N10million to treat her mother who was infected with COVID-19. Although she did not name the hospital, Kate narrated that the woman was eventually taken to the Yaba isolation centre, where she recovered from Coronavirus. She used her Twitter page to warn Nigerians about the reality of COVID-19. “Omo!! A friend just told me that someone she knew, the mum caught COVID & the private hospital (I won’t name) quoted N10million!!! “She jejely took her mum to Yaba Isolation centre. She was well taken…

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US President, Donald Trump, has said he will not attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on January 20, 2021. Trump stated this a day after Biden’s Electoral College win was certified by a joint session of the US Congress. “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th,” Trump tweeted on Friday. He had earlier issued a broadcast saying he is now focused on delivering a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power. Trump, in the address, also spoke about the invasion of the US Capitol by his supporters who…

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Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has revealed that the club is trying to find new clubs for Sergio Romero and Marcos Rojo this month. The two Argentina internationals have fallen out of favour under Solskjaer. They have both failed to make any appearances since the start of the season, as they enter the final six months of their contracts. Romero is back in England after spending time with his family in Argentina, while Rojo remains in his homeland. “Both of them have contracts until the summer, and they are not going to be extended, so we are looking for…

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The National Universities Commission (NUC) has ordered vice-chancellors of universities to resume academic activities on January 18, 2021. Chris Maiyaki, NUC’s deputy executive secretary, gave this directive in a statement on Friday. According to Maiyaki, the instruction was given in line with the directive of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 on the resumption of schools across the country. Maiyaki urged the universities to safeguard lives by strictly adhering to the extant safety protocols and the guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on COVID-19. The deputy executive secretary stated that on the resumption of academic activities,…

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