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Akeem ReachnaijaJune 17, 2019

The quest and search for upcoming football players or professional Footballers, who can join international leagues in an automatic contract deal signing may have commenced, as the Soccer Star Project with Samson Siasia begin it’s talent search and professional scouting exercise across 13 states in Nigeria on the 15th of July through 22nd of August, 2019.

This was made known to our reporter via a press statement signed by Mrs. Jane Ndubuisi, the Project Director of 60Goal Soccer Star Project and also a licenced agent of Fédération Internationale de Football Association(FIFA). According to the statement, the project has gained the necessary attention, as registration is ongoing with interest from state governments, which includes plans for training camps and the screening exercise across the 13 states.

Jane Ndubuisi expressed optimism on working with corporate sponsors whom will support and the “Achieve our Dreams” Initiative to become a fruition. She also appreciated the Management of Nigeria Football Association, Barr. Solomon Dalung, the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports, partnering state governments, Grand Gold Hotel, Dana Air, AlexReports, Joseftree Concepts and other Stakeholders for the encouragement and endorsement of 60 Goal Soccer Star Project.

She noted that the basic idea of the Soccer Star Project with Samson Siasia is to add appreciable value to Youth development in line with existing Sports development Programs across Nigeria, thereby providing opportunities and platforms to discover grassroot footballer in Nigeria.

The Pre-Launch and Press Conference of 60goal Soccer Star Project with Samson Siasia was held in Lagos and Abuja having the presence of distinguished sports personalities and international football icons which includes, Peter Rufai, Samson Siasia etc. However, the conference was covered by super sport, the No.1 sport based media organisation in the world,with commitments to support the project.

Akeem ReachnaijaJune 17, 2019


The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) will commence issuance of residence permits to foreign nationals in the next three months as it moves to expel millions of illegal immigrants living in the country.

Comptroller-General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede, disclosed this during the passing out ceremony of the 44th Superintendent Basic Course for 396 trained officers from the Immigration Training School, Kano.

According to him: “In the next three months, the Service would commence issuance of Residence Permits to Foreign Nationals resident in the country and anybody who failed to possess his own before the expiration of the stipulated time faces deportation.

“In the face of serious insecurity facing the country, the only option left for the service is the issuance of Permits for all Foreign Nationals living in the country.

“In the face of global reality coupled with the insurgency and other serious security threats, Nigeria must take all necessary steps in protecting its sovereignty for the citizens to go about their lawful businesses in peace.”

Babandede noted the Service has taken serious steps in ensuring “our borders are protected and Nigeria becomes safer for business and encourage the inflow of foreign direct investments without undermining national security.”

He said they have so far trained 611 officers in Modern Border Management in Kano alone, adding the Service is training another batch of 1000 officers, The Nation reports

The Immigration boss also stated that the Federal Government has approved the establishment of e-border with the upgrade of passenger clearance system, installation of MIDAS, establishment of the border patrol to FOB and the ongoing Technology Building.

Commandant of the Kano Immigration School, CIS Rasheed Segun Adegoke said the school has witnessed unprecedented capacity development of infrastructure and training of manpower.

He added that they have since reintroduced Field-Trip for Cadets in line with the new validated curriculum.

Akeem ReachnaijaJune 17, 2019


Coscharis Motors, the sole franchisee of BMW in Nigeria, is pleased to announce the commencement of the complimentary 5 year service or 100,000km BMW care package, whichever comes first for all its new 2019 BMW models.

The new BMW Service Inclusive Plan enables customers to enjoy an even more effortless and convenient experience when having their vehicles serviced at Coscharis motors. All service costs for regular maintenance, including vehicle health check, engine oil change, air filter service, fuel filter service, micro filter service, spark plug service, brake fluid service are covered by the package. Genuine Parts have also been discounted by 25% until 31st July 2019.

According to the Marketing Manager, Coscharis BMW, Cletus Aregbeshola, the objective of this offer is to increase customer peace of mind and enhance ease of ownership regarding maintenance.

The offer will only apply to 2019 model year vehicles and will exclude all older model years and pre-owned vehicles. Hence, all BMW vehicles sold from January 2019 are entitled to this special package.

We believe peace of mind should never be compromised neither should ownership be a struggle. That is why every 2019 BMW now comes standard with complete peace of mind.

Coscharis Motors has now optimized it service delivery to genuine service performed by highly trained technicians who only use BMW Genuine Parts and Accessories on customers’ BMW. With BMW Service Inclusive Care customers are guaranteed total convenience and complete peace of mind.

Akeem ReachnaijaJune 17, 2019


Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has ordered the State Anti-Corruption Commission to probe the issue of Kano Zoological Gardens story of alleged swallowing of the sum N6.8m by a Gorilla in the Zoo.

The order was given by the governor and the Commission has swung into action, immediately after the issuance of the order.

He asked the Commission to look into the immediate and remote cause of the allegation, directing them to unearth everything surrounding the incident.
It could be recalled that, there was a case of alleged missing of N6.7m generated by the Zoo as gate fees collected from visitors of the garden, particularly during the Sallah festive period.

Akeem ReachnaijaJune 17, 2019


Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State Governor, has frowned upon the presence of cultists in the state while saying his government would move to stop the criminals in the state.

Sanwo-Olu made this known when he was speaking at the interdenominational thanksgiving organized by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Gbagada, Lagos on Sunday.

Speaking at the thanksgiving, Sanwo-Olu also said security agencies would not condone kidnapping as a new strategy is being put in place to stop kidnapping and tackle other security challenges in the state.

The governor stated that he would meet with security operatives in the state and would issue a red card to everyone threatening security in the state.

He said, “This is because there are so many issues around security within Lagos and across the country. We will not sit back and fold our arms.”

“We will work with the security operatives so that in the next couple of days, we will make a very definitive pronouncement on security.”

“The pronouncement will include what we need to do and how we will achieve a better-secured state.”

“This will help to ensure that issues around cultism, kidnapping, among others would be addressed. Lagos is home to all because it is the home for the rich and the poor.”

Sanwo-Olu said he wanted to ensure that Lagos becomes the best place anyone can think on in terms of security while adding that he would strive to make use of every available resource in the state to achieve that.

Akeem ReachnaijaJune 17, 2019


Residents of towns and villages along the Opara Forest Reserve in Oyo State and Imeko Forest Reserve in Ogun State are living in fear following the invasion of the two reserves by herdsmen.

Some residents of Imeko, Iwoye and Jabata told SUNDAY PUNCH on Friday that the development had been a major source of concern them, alleging that the herdsmen allowed their animals to destroy people’s farms while grazing in the areas.

One of the residents of Iwoye, Adeyemi Olaosebikan, told our correspondent on the telephone that inhabitants of Jabata village in the Imeko Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State had deserted their community following the killing of some indigenes during an attack.

He said residents fled the community in May after four persons were killed in the community, adding that residents of other border communities were now living in fear.

Olaosebikan stated, “Herdsmen from many countries in West Africa have taken over the Opara Forest Reserve in Oyo State and Imeko Forest Reserve in Ogun State. Their presence there is causing fear among the people.

“In fact, resident have deserted Jabata Village which is in Imeko Afon. Imeko Forest Reserve should be twice the size of Ibadan. It is 378 square miles. The Opara Forest Reserve is almost three times bigger than Imeko Reserve.

“Government is watching herdsmen from Bukina Faso, Mali and other countries taking over an area that is that large. The forest reserves belong to the Federal Government but state forest guards are the ones taking care of them. However, it is obvious that the forest guards are not doing anything there. So, this invasion is a time bomb.”

Corroborating the claim, a resident of Imeko Afon, Joseph Ogunwale, said the herdsmen, who invaded and occupied a tomato factory, being built by the Oodua Investment Company Limited had yet to vacate the place almost two months after.

“Government took over the forest between 1908 and 1930. The forest reserves are in the Nigeria-Republic of Benin border. These two reserves are very large. Imeko Forest Reserve is bigger than Ibadan and Opara Forest Reserve is almost three times bigger than Imeko Reserve,” he said.

One of the prominent sons of Imeko, Prof. Anthony Asiwaju, a former lecturer at the Department of History, University of Lagos, told SUNDAY PUNCH that the occupation of Imeko Forest Reserve by foreigners was a security threat.

Asiwaju said, “Many of them have taken residence in uncared for, unguarded forests reserves along the international boundary. They cross from northern part of Benin Republic to Nigeria. The government there does not allow them to stay and they cross to Nigeria and move into the forests.”



Akeem ReachnaijaJune 17, 2019


Former Vice President and Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, has raised alarm of plot to arrest him.

This was contained in a statement by his spokesman, Paul Ibe, on Sunday.

It said due to Atiku’s insistence of existence of a server used by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), his enemies attributed a false comment on “mass protest” to him to prepare ground from his incarceration.

Ibe said: “I wish to emphatically state that such a statement did not emanate from Atiku Abubakar or his privies.

“It is the work of mischief makers who want to mar his spotless pro-democratic record and lay the ground work for their threatened actions against him on false charges of being a threat to national security.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Atiku Abubakar believes in the rule of law and in the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In his almost four decades in politics, he has never taken action or spoken words against democracy and will not start now.

“Atiku Abubakar and his team have confidence in God and thus call on those bent on mischief to have the fear of God and retrace their steps.

“Democracy has come to stay in Nigeria. The culture of fear being created now cannot rein in our democracy. Nigeria and Nigerians have a consistent history of outlasting tyranny and will continue to do so by the grace of God.”

Akeem ReachnaijaJune 17, 2019


The Coalition of North-Central Youth in Politics (CNYP) on Sunday lambasted South east leaders under the aegis of Ohanaeze Ndigbo for asking President Muhammadu Buhari to give the zone Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) slot.

This was contained in a communique signed by Alhassan Mohammed, the Convener and Hon. Aliyu Musa, the Secretary, after an emergency meeting held in Abuja.

The group said: “It is not news that Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was not just endorsed by this group of Igbos but posted a stellar performance in the South eastern states, recording 85 per cent votes in Enugu, Ebonyi, Abia and Anambra States.

“This clearly shows that the Ibo rejected the progressives path, thereby pitching tent with the old order.”

CNYP said it was laughable that the Igbo want to harvest where they did not sow, asking that: “Are Ohanaeze playing the role of the Baboon in the popular Nigeria adage of Monkey de work Baboon de chop?”

“In the election that returned President Buhari as winner, North West produced the highest number of votes. The region is followed by North East.

“Today, the northeastern region has been compensated with the office of President of Senate and the Southwest which came fouth in Votes for the APC have also been compensated with the office of the Speaker in addition to the position of the Vice President”.

The statement added that that North-Central zone which came third in terms of votes for the party should be considered for the Office of the Secretary to the Federation.

Akeem ReachnaijaJune 17, 2019

According to a press release, The LASG announces closure of road from Mile 2 to Tincan Island ports corridor to allow palliative repairs.

The Lagos State Government has announced the closure of road from Mile 2 to Tincan Island Ports corridor with effect from Monday 17th June, 2019 for 48 hours.

The announcement which was made by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation Dr. Taiwo Olufemi Salaam stated that the closure would be effected to allow Hitech Construction Company speed up the palliative repair works on the corridor due to incessant and avoidable accidents experienced by motorists.

The Permanent Secretary advised all trucks to avoid the corridor to allow the repair works which is done in the interest of motorists.

He opined that these repairs and so many others that is in the offing is in consonance with the top-rated plans of the administration of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to make Lagos Traffic free for its teeming citizenry.