Lewandowski wins European Golden Shoe ahead of Messi, Ronaldo

Europe’s “Golden Shoe” winner Robert Lewandowski sent out a warning to defences around Europe on Tuesday when he likened himself to a ‘good wine’ that was still improving. 

The Bayern Munich striker also offered warm praise and thanks to his wife Anna when he received the award as top scorer in European football last season.

Lewandowski netted 41 times in 29 games for Bayern in the 2020-21 season, breaking the great Gerd Mueller’s record of 40 goals in a Bundesliga season, set in 1971-72.

His tally represents the highest in Europe since Cristiano Ronaldo bagged 48 goals for Real Madrid in 2014-15.

The 33-year-old forward insisted, though, that there were still plenty more goals and titles yet to come. 

“I’m still here, and I will be here for a long time!” said Lewandowski. 

“Age is just a number, I feel very good, my form indicators have never been so good.

“I know that with my body I can still play for years at the highest level. I am like good wine and I hope to become even better.”

This season, Lewandowski has already scored seven goals in five days as champions Bayern top the early Bundesliga table. 

“It’s not over yet, we are still hungry for titles,” said Lewandowski who hopes to help Bayern to a second Champions League title to add to the one he won with them in 2020. 

“I don’t need to go and prove myself in another league”, said the striker who was linked with Real Madrid a few years ago. 

“With the Champions League, I can measure myself against the best. I am 100 percent focused on Bayern and I don’t think about anything else.”

At the ceremony held at Bayern’s Allianz Arena on Tuesday, the Poland striker was effusive in his praise for his wife who is also his personal “motivation coach”.

“I have to thank my wife, she is a great support for me and a motivation when things are not going so well,” he said. 

A former Polish international karateka, Anna Lewandowska is also a nutritionist and oversees her husband’s diet.

“I am very proud of him,” she said. “He is extraordinary as a person, as an athlete, as a partner, as a friend and as a husband.” 

Lewandowski is only the second Bundesliga player to win the award after Mueller, who won in 1970 and 1972. 

Lionel Messi has won the award a record six times while Ronaldo has taken it four times but they only scored 30 and 29 goals respectively in 2020-21. 



EPL: My career has been in shambles at Chelsea – Drinkwater cries out

England midfielder, Danny Drinkwater has admitted that his stay at Chelsea has been nothing but a ‘shambles.’

The former Leicester City man said he is now looking at reviving his career at Reading, where he is currently on a season long loan.

Drinkwater, now 31, joined Chelsea from Leicester City in September 2017 for a huge £35m fee, but has failed to find his feet in west London, playing just 23 games for the Blues.

The Englishman has spent time on loan at Burnley, Aston Villa, Turkish side Kasimpasa before joining Reading this summer.

“Can I paint a picture? No. It’s been a shambles,” Drinkwater told talkSPORT of his Chelsea career.

“It’s football, it’s never straight forward, it’s never simple. I’m just excited for the new challenges.

“I need to [kick-start my career]. I’m more excited about this than I have been for a few years now, especially how my career’s panned out.

“Games, getting the enjoyment of football back, then going from there. A few have slid away, I’ve made mistakes, I’ve not played.

“I’m in the last year of my contract, so there’s more than just football riding on it. I’ve got other things.”

However, some Premier League followers think that Drinkwater, who won the league with Leicester City in 2016, should have remained with the Foxes and should not have left the club for Chelsea.

Chelsea in the other hand were thinking of bringing to Stanford Bridge the N’Golo Kante and Drinkwater midfield partnership which propelled the Foxes to their first Premier League title in 2016. Dailypost


Police begin probe as Ogun missing man found dead in SUV

A man, identified simply as Isiaka, was on Tuesday found dead inside his vehicle in the Olomore area of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Isiaka was said to have been declared missing by his family about three days before his dead body was found.

Our correspondent gathered that the  family had reported at the Adigbe Police Division that  the deceased left home in his SUV, but never returned.

A source told our correspondent that a search for the man yielded no result not until Tuesday when he was found dead in his car.

It was gathered that the lifeless body had been taken by the police.

The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said, “The man was reported missing about three days ago at Adigbe Police Station, and a case of missing person was incidented; only for us to get information today that the man’s dead body was discovered inside his vehicle. We are investigating the cause of his death.

“The family has demanded for the corpse to be released because they want to bury him according to Islamic rites.” Punchng 


ICPC Arraigns Ex-NIS Officer Over Alleged Certificate Fraud

A retired Chief Superintendent of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Imam Aminu, has been arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), over alleged forgery of academic certificates.

The commission, in four counts brought before Honourable Justice A.O. Abong of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court 18, sitting in Gwagwalada, Abuja averred that the accused person had forged a National Diploma Certificate in Public Administration from the Kaduna State Polytechnic and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from the University of Calabar.

Counsel for the ICPC, Mashkur Salisu Esq, informed the court of how the defendant had used the aforementioned forged certificates to enlist into the NIS as well as advance his career to the rank of a Chief Superintendent.

The ICPC in Charge No: CR/821/2021 told the court that the former Immigration Officer’s action was contrary to Section 364 of the Penal Code, and if he is found guilty, he shall be liable to a prison term of not less than 14 years.

When read to the accused, he pleaded not guilty to all four counts.

The prosecution counsel, thereafter, asked for a date for hearing and for the accused to be remanded in Kuje prison pending the hearing.

Counsel to the defendant, however, moved the bail application in favour of the accused.

The trial court then granted Mr. Aminu bail in the sum of N500,000 and a surety in like sum who must reside within the jurisdiction of the court. He was also ordered to deposit his travel documents at the court’s registry.

The case has been adjourned to the 9th of November 2021 for commencement of trial. ChannelsTv


Health: Senate passes bill to control sickle cell disease in Nigeria

The Senate has passed a bill seeking to control and manage sickle cell anaemia, a genetically inherited disease in Nigeria.

The passage of the bill followed the consideration of a report by the Committee on Health (Secondary and Tertiary) at plenary on Tuesday.

Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Yahaya Oloriegbe (APC-Kwara), in his presentation, explained that sickle cell anaemia was a disease and inherited disorder of Haemoglobin (SS) from either or both parents of a child affecting nearly 100 million people globally.

According to him, Nigeria ranks first in the world as a sickle cell endemic country and was declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2006,  as the capital of sickle cell disease in the world.

He warned that the disease had the potential of affecting Nigeria’s aspiration of attaining Goal 3 – Good Health and Well-being of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of 2020,  unless special attention was paid to the prevention and management of the disease.

Oloriegbe added that the bill would establish the much needed legal framework for the prevention, control and management of the continuous spread of the disease, as well as avert early deaths and unnecessary medical expenses by families.

“The bill will strengthen existing structure, encourage and strengthen support groups and other groups to be able to assess the effectiveness or otherwise of the control strategies in place to eliminate sickle cell disease,” he said. Vanguardngr


Nigeria's Next President Should Not Be Tribalistic Like Buhari - Northern Elders

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has said Nigeria needs a President who will act in the “opposite direction” to the incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari come 2023.

NEF Director of Publicity and Advocacy, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, disclosed this on Tuesday when he featured on Arise TV’s ‘The Morning Show’ breakfast programme.

Baba-Ahmed lamented that no Nigerian is happy with Buhari, even those within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

According to him, Nigeria needs a President who realises the need to rebuild the country, secure Nigerians, and boost the economy.

“The nation needs a leader that would do the things that President (Muhammadu) Buhari hasn’t done, create inclusiveness, address resentment and frustration in other parts of the country and in the north and speak and act for everybody,” he said.

Baba-Ahmed added that the 17 Southern Governors should stop threatening the North that their region must present the country's President in the 2023.

He boasted that the North has the kind of population that puts the region in a position of strength. 

He, however, noted that both the North and the South still needs each other as neither region can produce the President without the support of the other. 

He described the position of Southern Governors that the South must produce the President in 2023 as a threat and intimidation. 

Baba-Ahmed has been criticised since on Saturday when he said at an event in Zaria, Kaduna State, that the North does not need to accept the demand of southerners that the South must produce President Muhammadu Buhari's successor in 2023.

He said, “Nobody needs to be a second-class citizen, certainly not the northerners. This country is not built to have second-class or first-class citizens, that is the beauty of democracy.

“What we said is that you cannot compel the North to yield to the southern part of the country, a right that has been given by the constitution, our right to choose and elect people that we want. If you compel us to do that, that makes us second-class citizens. Allow the democratic process to decide who becomes the president.

“We understand people who are desperate, the kind of people who say if you want justice, if you want equity, you must bring the southern presidency down but we say that is not the way to ask for southern presidency, you cannot threaten us (with) violence and intimidation.”

Baba-Ahmed said the North had lived under Southern Presidents — Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan — since Nigeria’s return to democratic rule in 1999, and had no problems with it. 

He, therefore, urged politicians in the South not to make the controversy over who succeeds Buhari to divide the country.  Saharareporters 


Carabao Cup: Liverpool, Man City qualify for 4th round

Liverpool and Manchester City are two of the Premier League sides that secured their spots in the Carabao Cup fourth round on Tuesday night.

The Reds thrashed Norwich 3-0 to progress to the next round.

Jurgen Klopp’s men took an early lead at Carrow Road through Takumi Minamino, who beat Angus Gunn from close range.

Divock Origi doubled Liverpool’s lead shortly after the restart, redirecting a Konstantinos Tsimikas cross past Gunn, before Minamino completed his brace with 10 minutes left.

Champions Manchester city came from a goal down to whitewash Wycombe 6-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

Brentford hammered Oldham 7-0, Everton were dumped out by Queens Park Rangers and Burnley beat Rochdale 4-1. Dailypost


Ondo: Over 15 private hospital operators arrested, facilities sealed over quackery

15 persons alleged to be operating private hospitals below the required standard have been arrested in Ondo State.

The suspects were arrested in Ondo South Senatorial District following an operation carried out by officials of the Ministry of Health in the axis.

With the affected hospitals sealed off by the ministry, the suspects were accused of operating unethically and violating the stipulated rules and regulations guiding operation of health facilities in the state.

According to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Mrs Folukemi Aladenola, the move became necessary towards sanitizing the health sector of the state against quackery.

While stating that the development will enhance qualitative healthcare delivery in the state, Aladelola emphasized that the officials visited 36 medical clinics located in Ore, Odigbo, Okitipupa, Ilutitun, and Iju-Odo among others.

On his part, the head of the monitoring team and Director, Hospital Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Ayodele Adelusi, said all the affected facilities will not be re-opened until the necessary requirements were met. Dailypost


Over 400 PhD holders teaching in Oyo secondary schools

Over 400 holders of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree currently teach in public secondary schools in Oyo State.

The Chairman of the state’s Post-Primary School Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), Pastor Akinade Alamu, announced this while speaking with The Nation on the standard procedure the state followed in the recent recruitment of 5,000 teachers into its secondary schools.

He explained that 140,000 candidates applied for the job but that only 6,500 scored 50 per cent and above in the computer-based test (CBT) conducted to screen them.

Of the number, 5,000 of the applicants were eventually employed after passing the oral interview and credential scrutiny.

They include 150 physically challenged persons.

Giving further details, the commission’s Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Grace Oderinde, explained that 167 of the newly recruited teachers hold PhD in various fields.

The permanent secretary said 550 of the successful candidates were non-indigenes of Oyo State because Governor Seyi Makinde insisted that only the best must be recruited into the schools, irrespective of their states of origin.

“The governor had no candidate. He directed that anyone to be recruited must pass the test and make the cut-off point. It didn’t matter if the candidate was the governor’s brother or sister.

“With that, TESCOM has set the standard, and I am sure that other agencies will emulate us. This government values merit because of its commitment to bringing the desired change into the system,” she said.

According to her, 400 applicants hold First-Class degrees in various disciplines.

Those who did not study Education were given two years to complete a post-graduate diploma in the discipline.

Mrs. Oderinde said the new teachers were posted according to the needs of the various zones across the state. Thenationonlineng 


Kano govt bans movies showing drug addiction, kidnapping

The Kano Film Censorship Board, has henceforth prohibited showing or selling movies displaying kidnappings, drug addiction and snatching of GSM phones in the State.

The Board Executive Secretary, Ismaila Naaba Afakallah, explained in a chat that the prohibition becomes necessary, as the issues at stake have now turned notorious among Citizens.

“Henceforth, we will not allow films displaying Kidnappings, drug addiction and GSM phones snatching which has now taken toll on Kano residents”.

Afakallah explained that the measure was aimed at curtailing the menace and reducing the possibility of young people adopting the criminal acts. He stated that if they see an Actor, they want to indulge in the acts.

“Not every young man has the tenacity of understanding fictitious films’ actions. Somebody might mistake it as a reality and may go ahead to practice it, therefore, we must act now before it is too late,” he added. Dailypost


King of Boys: Charlyboy drops ‘Odudubariba’ after playing role in movie

Nigerian Maverick entertainer and activist, Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charlyboy has dropped his song, Odudubariba after playing the role in the movie, “King of Boys.”

The singer made this known in a statement released to DAILY POST on Tuesday.

“My people, the eagle has landed. I been tell una say, I no dey finish.

“The long awaited Odudubariba music film video has dropped today.

“Watch out, it’s playing on all your TV channels.”

Recall that Charlyboy in the Netflix-adopted series ‘King of Boys’ directed by Kemi Adetiba played the role of ‘Odudubariba.’

‘Odudubariba’ is one of the elders on the round table who intends to take over the crown from Sola Sobowale and become ‘King of Boys.’

When asked why he accepted the role in King of Boys despite turning down other movie roles, Charlyboy told DAILY POST in an interview that he accepted the role because he’s a fan of Kemi Adetiba and it was an honour to be invited for such a role. Dailypost


West Ham vs Man Utd: EPL officials confirm Ronaldo should have gotten penalty

Premier League match officials have confirmed that Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo should have gotten a penalty against West Ham on Sunday, the UK Times reports.

Ronaldo made it 1-1 against the Hammers, after Said Benrahma put the hosts ahead at the London Stadium.

Before Jesse Lingard netted the winner for United, Ronaldo saw three penalty appeals ignored by Martin Atkinson.

The 36-year-old clashed with Kurt Zouma, but it was the incident with Vladimir Coufal that has been raised.

Atkinson was not advised to consult the VAR monitor, which meant his original decision stood.

However, referees were told at their fortnightly meeting, that a spot kick would have been a better call on the pitch.

And that Atkinson should have been asked to review the decision on the pitchside monitor. Dailypost


Police rescue abducted victim in Calabar as kidnappers escape with bullet wounds

Police in Calabar has rescued one Mrs. Ruth Jereme from kidnappers in Calabar.


She was kidnapped yesterday by three armed men, at her residence, N0 3B Ikot Nkebre in Calabar about 11:00 a.m.


It was gathered that she was whisked away in her SUV, which later broke down and the kidnappers shot a yet to be identified man, snatched his Toyota Highlander with Registration number: Cross River DUK 562 PE.


Following a tip-off, Operation Akpakwu operatives deployed at Agro Feed, Eight Miles Calabar, intercepted the kidnappers.


The victim was rescued and the vehicle recovered with a locally made pistol,  while the kidnappers escaped with gunshot wounds.


The state Commissioner of Police, Aminu Alhassan, confirmed the incident, stating that the victim is safe, while the recovered vehicle and a locally made pistol are in their custody.


“ The victim is safe but we regret that the suspects escaped with bullet wounds,” Alhassan stated. Theguardianng 


Bbnaija: WhiteMoney kissed JMK, yet angry over my relationship with Cross – Queen fumes

Big Brother Naija, BBNaija season 6 housemate, Queen has made a revelation about WhiteMoney to Angel.

Queen having a conversation with Angel complained that WhiteMoney lied to her about kissing JMK in the house.

According to her, hearing this information made her angry because WhiteMoney, days ago warned her to stop kissing Cross or risks their friendship.

“I’m shocked he kissed JMK because he didn’t tell me anything and just admitted in front of other housemates.

“I asked him why he didn’t tell me and he said he does not owe me any explanation.

“What’s pissing me off is that WhiteMoney told me he’s done with our friendship if I continue kissing Cross in the house but he’s doing this to me and relaxed about it.

“I’ve been avoiding to kiss Cross just to please him but I’ve been asking him about JMK and he kept denying and now he admitted in front of the housemates he kissed her. It’s annoying,” Queen told Angel. Dailypost


INEC to suspend online pre-registration

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos State will from today suspend online pre-registration of voters, which started on June 28, and in-person registration that began on July 26.

It will thereafter embark on display of voter register for claims and objections.

INEC, in a statement by its HoD, Voter Education/Publicity, Femi Akinbiyi, said the exercise, based on the approved time lines and schedule, will start on September 24 and end on September 30.

“The temporary CVR stoppage is to give room for all registrants to check for appropriateness or otherwise of their information supplied during the registration. The seven-day long activities are also to raise objections (if any) about names that are not supposed to be in the register like names of dead persons, foreigners and Nigerians below the age of 18. The commission will also use the period for other necessary housekeeping (Backend) activities in preparation for the next quarters.”

“The commission therefore enjoins Lagosians to avail themselves of this golden opportunity to help in getting the correct information about all registrants in the state on INEC data base.

The names of registrants will be displayed for the public at the local government INEC offices in the 20 local governments throughout the days earmarked for the exercise,” the statement said. Thenationonlineng 


Fed govt will not expose sponsors of terrorism – Presidency

Femi Adesina, spokesman to President Muhammadu Buhari, has said the federal government is not interested in exposing sponsors of terrorism.

Adesina stated this during an interview on Channels Television on Monday.

Last week, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) included six Nigerians on its terror list.

But when Adesina was asked if Buhari would comment on the issue of terrorism at the United Nations Assembly, following the naming of six Nigerians as “sponsors of terrorism” in UAE, Adesina said the federal government’s focus will be on prosecution of suspects.

“Naming and shaming won’t be the motive. Rather, bringing malefactors to justice would be it. Nigeria is not interested in naming and shaming anybody. Rather, it wants to bring them to justice.

“You will see that the United Arab Emirates has given some names, and the attorney-general of the federation has responded to that matter, saying that in due course, all these people will have their days in court.

“Rest assured that these people will be dragged before justice and justice will have its way,” he said. Dailypost


Group fighting TB Joshua’s wife over succession faceless – SCOAN

THE members and partners of the Synagogue Church of All Nations and Emmanuel TV have said some people in the church were planning to destroy the church after the demise of the founder, the late Pastor Temitope Joshua.

Recall that a group in the church, under the auspices of the Global Congress of SCOAN Members, kicked against the appointment of TB Joshua’s widow, Mrs Evelyn Joshua, as the leader of the church, saying her appointment was not in line with the rules that the late founder laid down.

But a statement on Thursday by the members and partners of the SCOAN in Ondo, Ekiti and Osun states, said the group – Global Congress of SCOAN Members – was not known to the church, describing it as faceless .

The statement signed by Dr Francis Bamidele, Mr Gbenga Osadare, Mr Lanre Cole and nine others alleged that some people in the church who were allegedly involved in financial misappropriation of the church’s funds, had been sponsoring the group to cause trouble and disaffection in the church.

The statement read in part, “ We members and Partners of Synagogue Church of All Nations and Emmanuel TV in Akure, Ondo State, hereby, disclaim and dissociate ourselves in its entirety from the news making rounds on the internet as well as in other media outlets about the acclaimed group in Akure called the Global Congress of SCOAN Members and their purported statement, that  Mrs Evelyn Joshua is not a pastor or part of the founding members of the church and rejected her emergence as the leader of the church.

“The acclaimed global congress group and its so called members are not known to us in Akure, none of us, genuine members and partners, has ever come across this acclaim group called Global Congress and its members in several church programmes and activities conducted in Akure or in Lagos church auditorium in the last 20years.

The global congress group, the president’s and the secretary’s names mentioned in the statement are out rightly fictitious, fake and non existence.”

“However, investigations conducted revealed that the acclaimed global congress group is not unconnected to the cabal disciples of Prophet TB Joshua who upon the passing on to glory by Prophet TB Joshua in June 5th, 2021, connived and diverted several billions of the church funds into their personal accounts and looted the treasury of the church with impunity. Prophetess Evelyn Joshua stood up to the task against this looting spree.

“Now, because it was no longer business like before, the cabals became bitterly aggrieved and resulted in a battle line drawn and now using every propaganda weapon to fight the new leader of SCOAN. It will interest you to know that the EFCC is already investigating these financial misappropriations of these former disciples.”

While reiterating their support for the TB Joshua’s wife, Evelyn as the new leader of the church, the concerned members urged the general public to disregard the statements issued by “the disgruntled entities in whatever form or disguised under whatever propaganda weapon.” Punchng

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