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Real reason Ronaldo left Al-Nassr’s game at half time revealed

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Cristiano Ronaldo left Al-Nassr’s game against Al-Ta’ee to use the training room.
The 37-year-old had watched the first 45 minutes in a VIP box, as he began a two-match suspension.
Ronaldo was banned by England’s Football Association (FA) for hitting a phone out of a fan’s hand after United’s defeat at Everton in April.
While he took his place in the stands and waved to supporters ahead of the game, Ronaldo watched the rest from the training room.
The Saudi Arabian club posted a video of him applauding the second goal scored by Brazilian Talisca.
Talisca opened the scoring in the first half.
Ronaldo will also miss Al-Nassr’s next fixture on January 14 against Riyadh rivals Al Shabab.
With Friday’s win, Al-Nassr extended their lead at the top of the Saudi Pro League to four points over Al Shabad, having played a game more.

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HURIWA condemns Army’s killing of civilians in Delta State

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Expressing deep worries that efforts are not being sufficiently made by the hierarchy of the Nigeria Army to instil discipline and professionalism in the ranks and file and officers, the civil society group-Human Rights Writers Association Of Nigeria (HURIWA) – has described as unwarranted, barbaric,  unconstitutional and deeply disturbing, the alleged killing of two young persons in Okere community of Warri, Delta State on Saturday.
HURIWA, citing available media information, recalled that no fewer than two persons were shot on Saturday at Okere Community in Warri Metropolis of Delta State even as it was gathered the victims were shot by security operatives believed to be soldiers of the 63 Brigade of the Nigerian Army.
The Rights group quoted the media to have identified the  victims of the extrajudicial  execution by soldiers to include Macaulay Uku and another simply identified as Eguono.  Uku, according to various sources, was shot early in the afternoon while Uku was shot later following a disagreement between the soldiers and youths.
The report stated that although the cause of the latest crisis in the Itsekiri enclave of Warri was still shrouded in controversy, sources said it was connected to the visit to the enclave of the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III
“I don’t really know what happened but what we heard was that the Olu went to the shrine as part of his visit to Itsekiri communities.”
“One side said at the shrine he tried to dab olive oil but was resisted by youths of the community,” a local source said.
It was, however, not clear how soldiers were deployed to the community.  Brigadier General Sanusi Aliyu, Brigade Commander 63 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Asaba, could not be reached for comment, says the media.
HURIWA which reacted to the incident is calling on the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja to activate transparent mechanisms to fish out the killer soldiers, prosecute them for murder before a court Marshall or a regular court so that it will be known that his leadership doesn’t tolerate extra legal killings of citizens who are supposed to be protected by the security forces maintained with taxpayers money.
HURIWA said also that: “The hierarchy of the Army led by the Chief of Army Staff should take much more than the routine approach towards confronting this latest report of soldiers involvement in unlawful killings of citizens. The circumstances that characterised this latest story of abysmal conduct of some unruly soldiers is such that one begins to ask whether those soldiers were actually taken through the rudimentary training that soldiers ought to have passed through before being handed guns. There is no justification for these killings of very young citizens. These killings are provocative and absolutely despicable. The killers must be made to face the full wrath of the law.”
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COVID-19 Probe: Reps committee directs private airlines to refund N4bn to FG

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The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the House of Representatives has given a week aultimatum to all private Airline operators  in the country within which to render justifiable evidence  before it on how they expended the N4bn  they collected from the Federal Government as COVID-19 intervention funds or  refund the money to the government treasury
The Committee being chaired by Rep.Bamidele Salam (Osun-PDP) handed down the directive on Friday at the resumed  investigative hearing on the alleged mismanagement of the COVID-19 intervention funds by the Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs of the Federal Government and others who benefited from the funds
The Committee resolved that “all private airlines that received COVID-19 relief funds designated to support the aviation sector to refund the allocated funds to the federal government treasury, if they fail to give justifiable evidence of how the money was judiciously spent within a week”
The Committee lamented that despite appearing before it,  several of the airlines and industry stakeholders, including Aero Contractors, Azman, Newrest, and representatives from the Federal Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Development, failed to provide satisfactory explanations regarding the allocation and expenditure of the funds.
The committee emphasized the need   for accountability and transparency in the utilization of public funds.
On its part, Azman Airlines represented by its Marketing Manager, Odum Chizoba Uju admitted receiving N367,935,779.95, purportedly allocated for various operational expenses including aircraft maintenance; spare parts, fueling, Forex purchasing, and insurance premium paid while  the Station Manager of Aero Contractor, Mr. Abdulmalik Musa said the company received N217,345,542.05 from the federal government for the Covid-19 intervention fund.
The representative of the Aero Contractor Airline explained that the fund was used for Airport handling and facility payment, fueling payment, Onboard catering payment, pilot training payments, and lease rental payments.
However in a Sharp reaction  to the  submissions on how they utilised the  funds , a member of the Committee and former pilot with the Nigeria Airforce, Hon. Ojuawo Adeniyi from Ekiti state faulted the submissions,  saying that the services claimed by the operators were applicable only during the regular operations of airlines.
Following this development a motion was moved by a member, Hon. Akiba Bassey   that the amount involved should be refunded to the Federatiom account should they failed to give justifiable evidence before the Committe on the expenditure which was unanimously supported by members.
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NEMA deny looting of its warehouse on Sunday in Abuja

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The attention of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has been drawn to media reports on Sunday alleging that the Agency’s warehouse was looted by some hoodlums in Abuja.
This is to clarify that the looted warehouse does not belong to NEMA. However, the Agency sympathizes with owners of the  looted facility.
To forestall any security breach at NEMA facilities, the Director General Mustapha Habib Ahmed has directed Zonal Directors and Heads of Operations to strengthen security in and around the Agency’s offices and warehouses nationwide.
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