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Falconets Will Overcome Tanzania in Dar-es-Salaam — Gov. Obaseki

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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki believes the Falconets have what it takes to defeat their Tanzanian counterparts in the second of the 2018 Women’s U-20 World Cup qualifier.

Falconets will overcome Tanzania in Dar-es-Salaam
Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki
Obaseki, who rewarded the team with a cash of N5 million after defeating Tanzania 3-0 at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium on Saturday, stated that coach Christopher Danjuma’s team would make Nigeria proud in Dar-es-Salaam.

“Certainly, we hope to hosts the Falconets again. This is the first time in a long while we are hosting a national team,” Obaseki said.

“Edo state government believes in engaging youths through sports and hosting the girls will encourage other young ones to emulate them by building their talents.

“The standard of the match was very high and simply incredible. I was very impressed with the pace, style and accuracy of our girls.

“Certainly, they can see they are much better side – just that they need to be a lot more confident, stable and definitely, they are going to win in Tanzania.

“The donation is a token of support from the state government to the players for making us proud beating Tanzania and motivate them to win the second leg. We will be happy to welcome more teams in Benin.”
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Bribe-collecting Policemen Handcuff Passenger to Vehicle After Driver Escaped

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Some policemen attached to the Osun State Police Command have allegedly dehumanised a bus passenger at the Erinmo Ijesa end of the Iwaraja-Efon Alaaye Road, Osun State.

Bribe-collecting policemen handcuff passenger to vehicle after driver escaped
Scene of the incident; Osun State CP, Fimihan Adeoye Photos: Samson Folarin
PUNCH Metro learnt that the policemen, who were in a Hilux van, mounted a checkpoint on the road and extorted money from commercial bus drivers.

However, a commercial bus driver, who was stopped, reportedly refused to pay them any money and was ordered to park by the roadside.

After the driver parked, one of the passengers was said to have alighted from the bus to urinate in a bush.

Our correspondent was told that the driver, on discovering that the attention of the policemen had shifted to another vehicle, quickly drove off, abandoning the man that went to urinate.

A monarch, the Owa Tapa of Itapa Ijesha, Dr Olapade Agoro, whose university’s site was around the area, said the abandoned passenger was picked up by the policemen and handcuffed to the patrol van.

He explained that the victim was handcuffed to the van for over two hours during which he soiled himself, as his cry for mercy fell on deaf ears.

He said, “The sad and highly embarrassing incident happened on Sunday (September 10, 2017). The commercial bus the man was travelling in was stopped by the police for the usual ‘palm greasing’. The man came down from the vehicle to urinate.

“However, the deal between the driver and the policemen failed, prompting the police to ask the driver to park properly by the roadside while they attended to another vehicle.

“While they focussed on the other vehicle, the driver used the opportunity to speed off, leaving behind the passenger who went to urinate in the bush. When the passenger came back to discover that the bus had gone, he made enquiries about its whereabouts.

“Immediately the police officers discovered that he was on the bus that sped off, they pounced on him and thereafter handcuffed one of his hands to the back of the police van. The man was left handcuffed to the vehicle between the hours of 11am and 1pm, during which he urinated on himself and wept profusely.”

He said he was angry at the maltreatment of the victim and he challenged the policemen.

Agoro said the cops subsequently released the passenger, who later came to his palace to appreciate the intervention.

“While still crying over his ordeal, he made me to realise that he had no money as the policemen had forcefully removed the last money on him from his pocket. I had to, on compassionate ground, give him N1,000 that enabled him to find his way back to his Aramoko Ekiti place of abode,” he added.

The traditional ruler said the inscription on the patrol van showed it belonged to policemen from the Osun Police Command, adding that fear prevented a resident from taking a clear snapshot of both the victim and the patrol number.

He, however, said he would recognise the men if he saw them again.

“I have a university site around the place, so there is a bump on the road. Because of the bump, vehicles are forced to slow down and the policemen use that as an opportunity to extort money from commercial drivers. Sometimes, they shoot indiscriminately. They have been doing this for a long time, but this incident was appalling.

“The situation of things in this country is terrible; but the policemen should not have tied the man down like an animal. The man urinated on himself and they didn’t care until I challenged them,” he added.

The spokesperson for the state police command, SP Odoro Folashade, said she could not react to the incident because the case had yet to be reported to any police station.

She said, “He should go and report to the nearest police station; then I will call them and find out what happened. What reaction do you want from me when the case has not been reported? He should go and establish his case, and then we will investigate.”

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Welbeck to Have Scan on Injured Groin

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Danny Welbeck will undergo a definitive scan on his injured groin today amid fears he could miss the next four weeks.

Welbeck to have scan on injured groin
Injured Danny Welbeck
The Arsenal forward is emerging as a doubt for Arsenal’s next four fixtures and England’s forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Slovenia and Lithuania after limping off during the second half of Sunday’s draw at Chelsea. Welbeck underwent preliminary scans on Monday and will be assessed further today.

The forward was in considerable pain after the game, but the injury is not said to be serious although Arsenal will not risk Welbeck’s fitness by rushing him back.

Nevertheless, initial fears are that Welbeck will not feature for Arsenal again until after the international break meaning he is set to miss Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash against Doncaster, the Premier League games against West Brom and Brighton as well as next week’s Europa League visit to BATE Borisov.

How Welbeck recovers during the international break will determine whether the forward will be ready for the visit to Watford on October 14.

Arsenal are unlikely to take any chances with Welbeck’s recovery given his history of injury problems.

The forward’s career has suffered because of injuries but those concerns finally looked to be behind him after his promising start to the season. Arsene Wenger is not short of attacking options.

Nevertheless, the news comes as a blow to the Arsenal manager, who has selected Welbeck in his starting XI for all five of the club’s Premier League games this season.

And Welbeck has repaid his manager’s faith, scoring three goals – making him the Gunners’ leading goalscorer this season.

The injury also comes as a blow to England boss Gareth Southgate as he looks to clinch World Cup qualification next month.

Welbeck made his return to the squad for the games against Malta and Slovakia earlier this month, playing in both games and scoring against the Maltese.

Welbeck’s return to the international fold after a long term injury absence arrived as a huge boost to Southgate, who has identified the former Manchester United star as a key member of his squad.

But it is now likely the England boss will head into the forthcoming double-header without Welbeck.

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Dembele to Undergo Surgery in Finland

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Barcelona’s record 105 million-euro ($125 million) signing Ousmane Dembele will undergo surgery today on the torn hamstring that has ruled him out of action for up to four months in Helsinki.

Dembele to Undergo Surgery in Finland
Ousmane Dembele
“Dembele travelled on Monday morning to Helsinki, Finland, where he will undergo surgery to repair a rupture of the biceps femoris tendon in his left thigh,” Barcelona said in a statement on Monday.

“Dembele was accompanied by team physician, Dr. Ricard Pruna. Dembele will be operated on Tuesday (today) by Dr. Sakari Orava.”

In pictures published by Spanish sports daily Marca, Dembele needed the aid of a wheelchair as he left Barcelona airport for the Finnish capital.

The French international has made just three appearances for Barca since sealing his move from Borussia Dortmund last month for a fee that could rise to as much as 145 million euros based on performance-related bonuses.

However, he looks set to miss the rest of the year after pulling his hamstring just 29 minutes into Saturday’s 2-1 win at Getafe.

The 20-year-old may have paid a heavy price for missing most of his pre-season preparation as he went on strike from training at Dortmund to try and force through his dream move to the Camp Nou.

He will be sidelined for the rest of Barca’s Champions League group campaign and faces a race against time to take part in the first El Clasico of the season against Real Madrid on December 23.

At international level, Dembele will also be absent for France’s final two World Cup qualifiers away to Bulgaria and at home to Belarus next month.

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Kidnappers Kill Chinese Expatriate, Driver, Police Escort

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Kidnappers kill Chinese expatriate, driver, police escort

A Chinese expatriate, his driver and a policeman have been killed by suspected kidnappers along Ajaokuta-Lokoja Road in Kogi State.

Another policeman and a civilian reportedly sustained injuries during an attempt by the kidnappers to abduct the Chinese.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the expatriate and other victims, who had yet to be identified, were on the road on Saturday when they were waylaid by the gunmen.

The policemen were said to have resisted the attempt to kidnap the Chinese, which led to a shootout.

A source said, “The Chinese expatriate, alongside his driver, was killed in the crossfire between the policemen and the kidnappers.

“One of the policemen lost his life, while another policeman was seriously injured in the gun duel.”

The Police Public Relations Officer of the Kogi State command, Mr. William Aya, confirmed the incident.

He said the command had commenced investigation, adding that the perpetrators would be fished out.

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