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Gerard Pique hits out at Barcelona fans after jeers during Bayern Munich defeat

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Barcelona captain Gerard Pique has hit out at fans who booed Sergi Roberto during Tuesday night’s Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich.

A section of the 40,000-crowd at the Camp Nou booed the midfielder for his below-par performance during the match, which Bayern comfortably won by three goals.

Robert Lewandowski netted twice for the visitors after Thomas Muller had given them the lead when his long-range effort was deflected in.

Such was the dominance of Julian Nagelsmann’s side, Barca did not muster a shot on target throughout the game and supporters voiced their displeasure by jeering Sergi Roberto – who has spent the entirety of his career at the club – when he was subbed off.

Pique used his post-match interview on Spanish TV to condemn those who whistled at his teammate and claimed that it was a counterproductive move.

The central defender explained: “The whistles towards Sergi Roberto are hurtful

“I would like to remind people that he is a midfielder, not a winger. He has made a sacrifice to adapt to that position on the pitch.

“People are free to express themselves but I do not like the whistles, they do not help.

“I know the person, he is a spectacular human being and he wants more than anything for this club to be successful.

“I am hurt a lot by this.”

Pique tried to find the bright spots for Barca on a difficult night when the reality of the gap in quality between them and Bayern was evident.

He added: “I think the result is lopsided and playing at home it is a bad score. But if you look at the game, in the first half we have competed, and they have taken the lead with a rebounded goal. The 0-2 hurts us.

“18-year-olds have entered, the team has shown their face, they have competed. It is what it is, we are what we are now and I hope that players will be added.

“It is a complicated season. They have been superior, but we have the bases to continue to compete. We will see at the end of the season, but we have people like Ansu (Fati) and (Sergio Aguero) Kun who can improve us.”

Pique – who has won three Champions League titles during his time with the club – admitted that they were not among the favourites for this year’s competition.

He continued: “Right now we will not be among the favourites for the Champions League, but nothing happens because we are not.

“Sometimes we have been among the favourites but we have not succeeded. Last year who said would be the favourite?

“Football changes a lot, they are moods. They are. They have been together for many years, with experience and we are what we are…four or five 18-year-olds have come out.

“This is our reality. I don’t want to excuse myself. We are Barça. We will see at the end of the season if, we will end up competing.”

Source: (Mirror)


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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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