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Edo 2020: Delta approves N456m reward for medal-winning athletes

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Delta State athletes who won medals at the last National Sports Festival held in Edo State will receive cash rewards totalling N456 million, the state government has announced.

The state Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, disclosed this to newsmen in Asaba on Wednesday.

He said it is part of the decisions reached at the State Executive Council meeting held on Tuesday in Government House.

Mr Aniagwu said the government decided to fulfil the promise made to the athletes because of the honour they brought to the state and to encourage them to do more.

He said this was despite the times being hard.

According to Mr Aniagwu, before the athletes proceeded to Edo 2020, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, promised that each medal would attract some prize.

He said he also made the promise in 2019 in Abuja.

“Because of that promise, the athletes repeated the same feat and the governor approved funds to be paid. It is going to cost us about N456 million to settle that,” he said.

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India supporting Buhari regime to fight Boko Haram: Envoy

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India remains committed to working more closely with President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime in the global fight against terrorism, including developing IED detectors, says high commissioner Abhay Thakur.

Mr Thakur disclosed this in a virtual address night in Abuja at a ceremony in honour of the families and commemoration of the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack survivors.

“In this context, I am glad to reiterate that India and Nigeria have always stood by each other in areas of counter-terrorism,” stated the Indian envoy. “We are, therefore, working closely, be it in the form of counter-insurgency or counter-terrorist groups, for the armed forces of Nigeria or in arranging for developing the ID detector, as kind of reach.”

The event was organised by the Afro Asian Initiative for Community Development (AAIFCD).

“We reject all such mindless violence, be it in South Asia or anywhere in the world. Let us not forget that terrorism in one part of the world affects another. Close counter-terrorism measures within countries are actually necessary to ensure that terrorists and their likes are neutralised completely,” added Mr Thakur. “Today, we pay homage to those who lost their lives in the Mumbai attacks and also honour those who fought back, survived, and helped Mumbai come back to its feet quickly.”

He said both India and Nigeria held the first counter-terrorism dialogue at the level of national security advisers in March.

The high commissioner recalled that during the Mumbai terrorist attacks, which took place on April 26, 2008, 166 civilians were killed, including 25 foreigners from 15 countries.

Also speaking, the president of AAIFCD, Kiran Gosovi, said the Mumbai attack demonstrated that terrorism “is enemy to all mankind.”

He further stated, “Going by the horror everyone witnessed in the video, you can imagine what kind of brutality the Indian people and other foreign nationals must have gone through during the period. To prove more points on that one, let me just bring out some of the things in front of you. The Mumbai attack of 2008 demonstrated that even after the 9/11 terrorist attack … terrorists are enemies of all mankind.”

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Two killed, six injured in Bauchi auto crash

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Yusuf Abdullahi, sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Bauchi, says no fewer than two persons lost their lives in a lone automobile crash in Bauchi on Sunday.

Mr Abdullahi, who confirmed the incident on Sunday, disclosed that six others were injured.

He explained that the crash, which involved one Alhambra commercial bus with number plate GSH 42 AA, occurred one kilometre after Durum Market along Bauchi-Kano road at 9:53 a.m.

The sector commander, who said it took the FRSC about 12 minutes to arrive at the scene to clear the site, attributed the crash to speed violation and tire blowout.

“Eight people are involved in the crash comprising five males, two females and one male child. Two men died on the spot, and six others sustained injuries. They include three males, two females and one male child,” he said.

The injured were referred to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUH), Bauchi.

He disclosed that the remains of the deceased were deposited in ATBUH’s morgue of the same hospital for identification.

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Heartbroken fans who made 31-hour trip to watch Tottenham get Kane consolation

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Harry Kane has invited two U.S.-based Tottenham fans to be his guest at a game after making a 31-hour journey to England.

The fans had made their way to Burnley for the game, only for the fixture to be called off.

The match at Turf Moor was postponed a little under an hour before kick-off due to heavy snow.

Attempts to clear the pitch began around 90 minutes before the scheduled 2:00 p.m (1400 GMT) kick-off were unsuccessful.

Ken and Brandi Saxton had detailed their journey from Dallas on social media, and Kane quickly responded when he became aware of their exploits on Sunday evening.

“Just been sent this tweet and absolutely gutted for you! For your commitment and to make up for the match being called off, I’d like to invite you to a home game as my guest when you’re next in London,” The England star wrote.

Kane’s offer unsurprisingly went down well, and Brandi Saxton responded on Twitter: “Well, the husband has officially gone viral, and we’ve personally been invited to watch the Spurs by Harry Kane!!”

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