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Monarch flees home as cult war claims 2 in Akwa Ibom community

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The wake of a supremacy battle between two rival cult groups has claimed no fewer than two persons at Udianga Enem community in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area (LGA) of Akwa Ibom state.

According to Blueprint, the village head, Josiah Udoekoriko, of the community fled his palace on Monday due to fierce war between members of Iceland confraternity and Debam group.

Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun LGAs of the state have remained dark spot areas resulting from an intense cult war that had swallowed many lives and property in the last four years.

Governor Udom Emmanuel at a point granted amnesty to the cult groups for peace to reign in the areas.

The latest incident occurred on Monday when suspected members of Iceland confraternity, led by one Oto, from Obon Ebot, stormed the Udianga Enem community allegedly to retrieve items seized by Debam confraternity in the nearby community of Obong Ntak.

A community source who pleaded anonymity said the invaders came in to negotiate peacefully with the Debam group led by Samuel Okonko popularly called ‘Angel Boy,’ but that, along the line, negotiations broke down.

“Suspected members of the Iceland group came for a truce with the other group, Debam, which is led by Samuel Jessy Okonko, popularly called ‘Angel Boy,’ to recover those properties through peaceful negotiation.

“Unfortunately, there was a disagreement leading to the death of one person, while others fled,” the source said, adding that the resurgence of gun violence has forced people to abandon their farms.

According to the source, one other person had also been murdered over the issue at Obong Ntak community during the looting.

“We could not report the matter to the Police at the Area Command because the Village Head who would have coordinated the process has fled his palace,” the source added.

However, the Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon, who confirmed the incident, assured that “full-scale investigation will begin as soon as the Etim Ekpo Area Command gives details.”


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Breaking: Nigeria’s D’Tigresses lose again at Tokyo Olympics

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Nigeria’s women basketball team D’Tigresses on Friday lost their second game 87-62 versus France in the ongoing Olympic games in Tokyo Japan.

The Nigerian team had lost to USA during their first encounter at the games 

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Chelsea make ‘audacious’ Lukaku €130m bid

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Chelsea have tabled a monstrous €130million (£110.6m) bid to sign Romelu Lukaku as they ramp up their search for a No.9, according to reports in Italy.

The Blues have monitored Lukaku throughout the summer transfer window after he scored 24 goals to fire Inter Milan to the Serie A title last season.

Stamford Bridge chiefs have also kept tabs on Erling Haaland but they are said to be resigned to missing out on the Borussia Dortmund sensation.

As such, they have stepped up their interest in Lukaku and aim to lure their former player back to west London with an offer Inter may not be able to refuse.

That’s according to Corriere della Sera , which claims Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is keen to bolster Thomas Tuchel’s side with a marquee centre-forward signing.

The report adds Inter have not received an official offer, but they are already tempted by the huge money Chelsea are preparing to put on the table.

A nine-figure fee would make Lukaku the Premier League’s record signing, while the Belgian is no stranger to big-money moves having joined Chelsea, Everton, Manchester United and Inter for sums totalling almost £200million.

Lukaku spent a brief spell with Chelsea after arriving from Anderlecht in 2011 but failed to make an impression before joining Everton on loan in 2013 and permanently the following year.

The report from Italy explains Abramovich is desparate to give Lukaku a second chance at the Bridge and has sent his son to Milan to make contact with Inter chiefs.

Talks are understood to be underway, although the player himself appears to favour extending his stay at San Siro rather than moving back to the Premier League.

Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta recently declared Lukaku is not available for a transfer, telling Sportmediaset : “From our side, we can yes absolutely, Lukaku is not for sale.

“Lukaku is an important piece on the chessboard available to Simone Inzaghi.”

Inzaghi replaced Antonio Conte as Inter manager earlier this summer after the latter fell out with his bosses over the club’s transfer policy, despite the fact he led the club to the league title.

The crux of the problem between Conte and Inter supremos related to the club’s financial crisis and need to sell players, which means Marotta’s resolve regarding Lukaku is not as strong as it may appear.

Inter parted ways with star wideman Achraf Hakimi earlier this month after agreeing an initial £51.3million fee with Paris Saint-Germain.

But the club’s finances remain in a dire state and the huge bid Chelsea are readying for Lukaku may convince them to cash in.


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Chinese billionaire sent to prison for ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble’

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Sun's sentencing on Thursday is one of many high-profile cases the Chinese government has pursued against outspoken entrepreneurs in recent years. File Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI

July 29 (UPI) — A Chinese court on Thursday sentenced an outspoken billionaire businessman to nearly 20 years in prison for “provoking” trouble and conspiring to oppose state institutions.


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