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Pelé, the king of soccer, is not dead

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paris: Rumors of the footballer’s alleged demise gained traction on Sunday after a ‘R.I.P. Pelé’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million ‘likes’, international news agencies reported.

However, on Monday (July 15) the footballer’s representatives officially confirmed that Pelé is not dead. “He joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. He’s alive and well, stop believing what you see on the Internet,” they said.

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EFCC Arrests 89 ‘Yahoo-Boys’ in Ibadan Night Club

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office arrested 89 suspected internet fraudsters at the popular Club 360 located on the Akala Expressway, Oluyole Extension in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

According to EFCC spokeperson, Tony Orilade, the raid occured during the weekend after officers of the commission had carried out series of discreet surveillance on the nature of activities going on in the nightclub which, according to intelligence, was notorious for harboring suspected internet fraudsters.

The raid also led to the confiscation of scores of vehicles, laptops, sophisticated phones and other items.

The suspects are undergoing further interrogation.

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Atiku Abubakar declares support for Amotekun

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Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has declared support for Amotekun.

Atiku revealed that his support is predicated on the fact; that the “centrally controlled police architecture cannot exclusively” deal with security challenges confronting Nigeria.

In a statement issued by Atiku on Sunday, January 19, via his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe; he stressed the need for the creation of additional policing structures in the country; to address the rapidly growing challenges of insecurity and crime.

Specifically, the statement reads: “As enshrined in the Nigerian constitution, the primary responsibility of government; at any level, is the protection of lives and property of the citizen.

“In carrying out this function, the state employs different layers of measures to ensure effective and efficient policing.

“It is without a doubt that in the past decade particularly, the current policing administration in our dear country had been stretched to its limits; and it is obvious that the reality of our domestic security upheaval will demand of us to recalibrate our police systems.

“Because our security challenges are diverse in forms and impacts; it is thus incumbent that centrally controlled police architecture cannot exclusively deal with those challenges.

“Consequently, there is a need for the creation of additional policing structures in the country; to address the rapidly growing challenges of insecurity and crime.

“It is obvious that current levels of insecurity in the country are giving rise to major initiatives; such as Amotekun and the issue need not be controversial in the first place.

“The issue of security shouldn’t be politicised and monopolised in the face of our current alarming security challenges; characterised by the fear of even travelling on our highways by the citizens who might be intercepted by kidnappers and taken hostage for ransom.

“Local policing shouldn’t be mistaken for an effort to hijack the role of the federal police or competition with the federal government. Indeed, the obvious inadequacies of the federal police to effectively deal; with these rapidly growing security challenges make local policing; not only desirable but also necessary.”

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Kano: Gov Ganduje remains unshakable as Supreme court affirms victory

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The Supreme Court on Monday morning affirmed the election of Abdullahi Ganduje as the Governor of Kano state.

Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abba Kabir Yusuf, filed an appeal at the apex court to dispute the March 24 supplementary election held in some electoral wards in Kano State.

In a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, the apex court dismissed the appeal filed by Abba Yusuf challenging the election of Governor Ganduje for lacking in merit.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared the March 9 election in Kano State inconclusive, which led to the supplementary election held on March 23.

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