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FIFA ban: NFF took away official car, abandoned me, now CAS has restored my career – Siasia

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Former Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia has revealed that the federal government, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and some other stakeholders mostly within the sports circle abandoned him in thick of ban imposed on by world football governing body FIFA.

Siasia who addressed the sporting media on Friday in Abuja expressed delight with the judgement of Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) which has now reduced his football ban to five years after initial life ban pronouncement by FIFA.

The former under 20 and 23 national team handler further commended the Nigerian media particularly Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), and others for standing with him.
Siasia said, “Even my close friends abandoned me. Even the legend game organised by FIFA, I’m not being invited again. I don’t know what I did to them even when I wasn’t guilty of what I was accused of. This my issue is supposed to be a government problem.
“When the life ban pronouncement was first declared by FIFA, I met with the  Minister of Youth and Sports development who barely resumed office and briefed him, all the Minister could say is there’s no money.
“Is the president not watching or reading news? I have invested in human beings in this country by training lots of young players who are stars today.
“How will I fight FIFA? I don’t have that strength but the government can stand up and stand for me but everyone left me in the dark.
“I want to thank CAS for their judgement which has given me hope to return back to what I know how best to do. I’m happy I’m gradually out of the hook because in a couple of years I will go back to what I know how best to do.”
On whether he was ready to appeal CAS judgement, Siasia who played for Super Eagles and was part of those that won 1994 Nations Cup said, “I will have to meet with my lawyers and think what next to do in the next couple of days… If I’m to go for appeal, we have to be sure of what will come out of it. I don’t want to think or talk about how much has been spent. If I have to appeal to CAS I’m going to cough out atleast £100, 000 to pay.”
An associate of Siasia, Opukiri Jones-Ere, lashed NFF’s hierachy for neglecting who he described as a legend in the country’s soccer history.
“It’s very unfortunate that not even a word came from NFF. It’s not just appalling but disappointing. If Nigeria football can’t come out to say anything, it’s rather regrettable. NFF has not come to say may be there’s no money but we are behind you even when the current NFF president is from the same side of the country. Other African nations are watching.
“Instead, in the peak of the trial, even an official vehicle with Siasia was withdrawn from him.”

Siasia’s ban which was announced in 2019 was however reduced to five years by CAS few days ago.


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NSCDC dismisses viral video on ‘bandit personnel’

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has dismissed a viral video purporting that a member of the corps confessed to being a bandit.

The suspected bandit, Mr Abdullah Saidu, in the viral video called himself personnel of the Corps.

This is contained in a statement issued by the NSCDC Spokesperson, Mr Olusola Odumosu, in Abuja.

Newsmen report that Saidu was arrested in connection to a group of armed bandits terrorising some parts of Koton Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi.

The spokesperson said that the NSCDC has set up a team to investigate the available records to confirm the authenticity of Saidu’s claims that he was the corps personnel.

“The general public shall be adequately briefed on subsequent findings.“Based on the aforementioned, the purported video where the alleged suspect openly confessed to the crime did not in any way give credence to or affirm his membership to the Corps.

“Experience has shown that criminals are fond of impersonating security operatives in order to divert attention, subvert investigation or get away with the crime,” he said.

Odumosu further noted that the NSCDC was saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property amongst others.

“The Corps will not in any way condone any saboteur of national security or sponsorship of criminals.”He reiterated the Corps’ zeal to discharge its statutory mandates without compromise but with humility and integrity.

He said the NSCDC will continue to synergise with sister agencies to combat crimes in the country.

Source: (NAN)


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Federal government to incorporate NNPC board in six months

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President Muhammadu Buhari said on Sunday he had appointed a board for the NNPC and directed that it should be incorporated within six months, a move that could allow it to sell shares in the future.

The President signed the petroleum bill into law last month which has been in the works for nearly two decades, aiming to overhaul the sector and turn the state-owned oil company into a private firm.

The new oil law requires NNPC to be incorporated within six months, Buhari said in a statement, appointing Ifeanyi Ararume as NNPC chairman and its current Chief Executive Mele Kyari to lead the firm.

Kyari has said NNPC could consider an initial public offering (IPO) within three years. The incorporation could pave the way for NNPC to sell shares.

Buhari said last month that NNPC made its first profit in 44 years in 2020.

Source:(Global World News)


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Niger state becoming safe haven for fleeing Zamfara bandits

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Shiroro Local Government in Niger State has cried foul over the influx of bandits and terrorists fleeing Zamfara state.

The bandits/terrorists are identified by their masks and motorcycles, and their presence is causing fear and apprehension among the locals, spokesman of the local government, Salis M. Sabo disclosed in a statement.

Sabo said the bandits are believed to have flown from “Zamfara or other adjoining troubled states which the Niger State borders through Shiroro.

“The marauders have started showing their ugly faces in Galadiman Kogo, Zama, Magami, Maganda m, Paleli, Iburo, Chukuba, Dnasapa all in Shiroro Local Government.

“The military operation going on in Zamfara needs to be well coordinated and replicated in other States on Zamfara borders so as to save the vulnerable neighboours from bearing the brunt arising from the operation.

“The Coalition of Shiroro Associations (COSA) calls on the authorities concerned to swiftly intervene and listen to the cries of the people of Shiroro” Salis M Sabo said.


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