NLNG Prize, Ikeogu Oke .Buhari Mourns Winner Of N37m

Muhammadu Buhari has sympathised with the Oke family over the death of Nigeria’s renowned poets and winner of the 2017 NLNG-sponsored Nigerian Prize for Literature, Ikeogu Oke.

The President in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, extends his heartfelt condolences to the literary and creative community on the painful demise of the award-winning poet.

He affirmed that as an author, journalist and poet, Oke exuded vibrancy, intelligence and innovation in his works as a social commentator, constantly in search of plausible answers and solutions to contemporary issues bedeviling his society.

“Through his poetry, Oke enriched Nigeria’s literary genre and his legacy will live on in his works, which he was incredibly proud of and committed to, as he wrote in his epic Epitaph: ‘‘Here lies a man who loved virtue and art, And gave to both his fortunes and his heart…’’

The President encouraged all Nigerians, the literary community and lovers of art to honour Ikeogu Oke’s memory by imbibing the didactic message of his works.

He prayed for God to console all who mourn the departed poet and grant the soul of the departed eternal rest.

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Copa Libertadores final postponed again after bus attack

Boca Juniors captain Pablo Perez needed hospital treatment after the attack on his team’s bus

The second leg of the Copa Libertadores final has been postponed for a second time after River Plate fans attacked the Boca Juniors team bus, organizers Conmebol said on Sunday.

Boca said they will petition the South American federation to also punish River following scenes Saturday the club described as “shameful”.

The match between the Buenos Aires arch-rivals was due to be played at 2000 GMT on Sunday after initially being postponed following the attack near River’s Monumental stadium, which left Boca players with injuries from shards of broken glass and suffering the effects of smoke inhalation.

“There isn’t a level playing field to play the final. That is why Conmebol have taken the decision to postpone the final of the Libertadores and to call a meeting of the presidents of both clubs in Asuncion to find a new date,” Conmebol president Alejandro Dominguez said.

Boca president Daniel Angelici said he would petition the governing body’s autonomous disciplinary commission to punish River, suggesting he may even be hoping his club are awarded victory by default.

“Matches are won and lost on the pitch, that’s my personal perspective, but I have a responsibility as club president and that’s why I have to stick to the statute,” Angelici said at a press conference.

Earlier on Sunday, Boca issued a statement requesting Conmebol not only postpone the match but also apply “the corresponding sanctions provided in Article 18.”

Among the sanctions available under the governing body’s rules are “disqualification from competitions and exclusion from future competitions”.

AFP / Juan MabromataSecurity forces stand guard as River Plate supporters leave the Monumental stadium after the Copa Libertadores final, second leg, was postponed

It includes other options, such as a fine, the deduction of points and being forced to play a game behind closed doors.

– ‘Shameful image’ –

Three years ago, Conmebol used Article 18 to punish Boca after their fans attacked River players with pepper spray at half-time of a Copa Libertadores quarter-final tie.

Boca were kicked out of the competition with River progressing.

On Saturday, Boca captain Pablo Perez and midfielder Gonzalo Lamardo required hospital treatment after River fans pelted their team bus with sticks and stones and doused it in pepper spray.

“We’ve given a shameful image to the world,” Dominguez said.

The meeting between Boca president Daniel Angelici and his River counterpart Rodolfo D’Onofrio will take place on Tuesday at Conmebol’s headquarters in the Paraguayan capital Asuncion.

But finding a new date to complete the final may be difficult, not least due to the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires next weekend to be attended by United States President Donald Trump and his Russian and Chinese counterparts, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, requiring a massive security operation in the Argentine capital.

The Copa Libertadores winners are also due to represent South America at the Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates from December 12-22.

Saturday’s attack initially moved Conmebol to announce that kick-off had been delayed but Boca players emerged from their dressing room to talk to the press and insisted they were in no condition to play.

Images circulating on Argentine television showed players stepping off their team bus rubbing their eyes from the effects of the pepper spray, while others from inside their dressing room showed them being treated for cuts by doctors.

When Perez returned from hospital, he was wearing a large white bandage over his left eye.

AFP / JAVIER GONZALEZ TOLEDOBoca fans await their team outside their hotel before the Copa Libertadores final was postponed

“We can’t play like this,” veteran forward Carlos Tevez told Fox television at the time.

– Endemic violence –

When the kick-off time approached with still no sign of any players coming out to warm up, a deflated feeling seemed to spread among fans inside the ground.

“It’s not easy to take this decision when there are 60,000 people in the stadium and the (television) rights have been sold to a ton of countries,” Angelici said on Saturday.

As fans left the ground on Saturday scuffles broke out with police leading to several arrests.

Argentina has a problem with football-related violence and more than 300 people have been killed over the last 50 years because of it, according to one charity.

The endemic violence led Argentine authorities in 2013 to ban away fans from all matches in the country.

The ‘superclasico’ final between Argentina’s two most popular teams, already known worldwide for their fierce rivalry, was dubbed the most important club match in the country’s history.

It was finely poised at 2-2 following the first leg two weeks ago at Boca’s Bombonera stadium.

That too had to be postponed due to a torrential downpour


US Shuts Border Post As Migrants Try To Cross From Mexico – Official

US officials closed a border crossing in southern California on Sunday after hundreds of migrants tried to breach a border fence from the Mexican city of Tijuana, US authorities announced.

The US Customs and Border Protection office in San Diego, California, said on Twitter that it had closed both north and south access to vehicle traffic at the San Ysidro border post, before also suspending pedestrian crossings.

Video clips posted on Twitter showed large numbers of migrants dashing across a shallow concrete waterway toward the border. Several thousand migrants, most from Central America, have been gathering in Tijuana in hopes of entering the US.

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Hundreds Of Caravan Migrants Try To Breach Mexico-US Border Fence

Hundreds of Central American migrants attempted to storm a border fence separating Mexico from the United States Sunday amid mounting fears they will be kept in Mexico while their applications for a asylum are processed.

An AFP photographer said the migrants broke away from a peaceful march at a border bridge and tried to climb over a metal border barrier in the attempt to enter the United States


Thousands March Across Spain To Protest Violence Against Women

With banners and slogans against sexism and related crimes, thousands protested in Spanish cities on Sunday to mark the international day for the elimination of violence against women.

Protesters took to the streets in Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Valencia, and Bilbao, reflecting how the fight to stop violence against woman has become a national cause in Spain.

“We are here for all those women who have been murdered, in Madrid and in Spain. We are taking it very personally,” said Rosa Orea at the Madrid rally.

Since 2003, 972 women have been killed by their partners or ex-partners in Spain, 44 of those so far in 2018, according to government figures.

“The situation has changed for our generation, but we have to keep fighting because this (violence) happens more than it seems,” said Sofia Serrano a Madrid student.

Violence against women has been a key political cause in Spain since 2004 when new laws were introduced against the crime.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Sunday reiterated his government’s “commitment” to eradicate violence against women and “culture” of sexism.


Winner Of N37m NLNG Prize, Ikeogu Oke Is Dead

Renowned poet and winner of the 2017 NLNG Prize for Literature, Ikeogu Oke, has died.

He died in Abuja on Saturday at the age of 51.

Details of his death are, however, yet to be clear.

Oke gained nationwide fame in 2017 when he won the Nigeria Prize for Literature for his book, The Heresiad.

He was presented with a cheque of $100,000 (N37m) by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company Limited.

His poems and other writings have appeared in journals, anthologies and other publications worldwide.

He has performed his poems at various fora in Nigeria, South Africa and the United States

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Sevilla Move Top Of La Liga After Beating Real Valladolid

Sevilla moved back to the top of La Liga on Sunday as they capitalised on the stuttering form of their rivals by beating Real Valladolid 1-0.

Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona all failed to win on Saturday as Real were beaten 3-0 by Eibar before Atletico and Barca played out a 1-1 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The way was open for Sevilla to take advantage and they made no mistake, Andre Silva continuing his excellent start to the season by heading in the winner at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

They certainly rode their luck, twice needing VAR to deny Real Valladolid an equaliser, with the first cancellation particularly fortunate. Enes Unal´s strike was ruled out as the offside Toni Villa was deemed to be obstructing the goalkeeper´s view.

Victory puts Sevilla one point above Barcelona at the summit, two clear of Atletico and six ahead of Real.

After a slow start to the season, Pablo Machin´s side are now unbeaten in seven games in all competitions, while in the league, they have lost only once, to Barca, in their last nine.

Real Valladolid, now owned by Ronaldo, the former Brazil striker, had been in excellent form too in recent weeks but three games without a win means they drop to 12th.

Silva´s goal was his eighth of the season and relatively straightforward as he peeled away at the back post to head Pablo Sarabia´s cross in off the post. Sarabia had done well to make space with a sharp turn inside the box.

La Real pushed hard for an equaliser in the second half and twice thought they had it. Unal, on as a substitute, rifled home on the hour but Villa, standing offside and close to the goalkeeper, was judged to be interfering with play.

The second decision was more clear-cut, Unal firing in a rebound from close range but this time it was him that had strayed offside.

Sevilla could have had a second, with Wissam Ben Yedder twice going close while Sarabia forced a strong save from Jordi Masip with a long-range drive. In the end, one was enough.


Croatia Clinch 3-1 Victory Over France To Win Davis Cup

Marin Cilic beat France’s Lucas Pouille in straight sets on Sunday to give Croatia an unassailable lead in the Davis Cup final.

In the last final before a radical reorganisation of the venerable competition, Cilic won 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 6-3, to dethrone defending champions France and secure Croatia’s second Davis Cup, 13 years after their first

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The Anti-kidnapping Squad of the Lagos State Police Command, on Friday intercepted a kidnap syndicate at Agbowa, Ikorodu, leading to the arrest of one of the suspects, Austine Inuesokan Ebimiyenwei.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti.

Also according to the statement, one Festus Abama, died while the police exchanged fire with the criminals, while two others escaped with bullet wounds.

The police spokesperson, further explained that the operation was carried out based on the directive of the command’s Commissioner of Police, CP Edgal Imohimi, after a kidnap case was reported to the command.

The statement read in part, “The Command had earlier on 13/11/2018 and 16/11/2018 received two separate reports from one Suleiman Eniola Ajumobi and one Veronica Ewuru ‘f ‘ about the kidnapping of their daughter and husband respectively.

“While Suleiman Eniola Ajumobi reported that his 7-year-old daughter was kidnapped from his house in his presence, Veronica Ewuru stated that her husband, one DSP Patrick Ewuru, a police officer attached to Force Headquarters annex, Obalende, was kidnapped from their house in the night when the victim came out to check on the Power Generating Set that suddenly stopped working.

“The kidnappers demanded for a ransom of twenty-five million Naira (N25,000,000) from Mr Suleiman and ten million Naira (N10,000,000 ) from the family of DSP Patrick Ewuru but later settled for five hundred thousand Naira (N500,000) for both families.

“At this point, the CP directed operatives handling the matter to play along with the Kidnappers in the interest of the victims who were still in captivity.

“As soon as the release of the two victims was secured, the Kidnappers hideout at Agbowa was busted and the aforementioned Kidnapper was killed in the ensuing gun battle while Austine Inuesokan Ebimiyenwei surrendered.

“The suspect confessed to the crime and victims have identified both the deceased and Austine Inuesokan Ebimiyenwei as those who kidnapped them.

“Concerted effort is being made to arrest those on the run while the suspect already in police custody will be charged to court”.

The spokesperson, therefore, stated that the command hopes other criminals surrender before they get caught.

“It is the hope of CP Lagos that, criminals will take a look at the crime-busting record of the Command and see the futility of plying their trade in the state,” Oti said

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