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Rivers Hoopers win 2021 basketball premier league



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Rivers Hoopers basketball team on Tuesday emerged winners of the 2021 Super Eight men’s Basketball Premier League.

In the final match played at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Rivers Hoopers defeated Gombe Bulls 74- 57 to lift the trophy.

Gombe Bulls took the lead in the first quarter by 22-14 but failed to keep the momentum as Rivers Hoopers fought back to take the lead in the last three-quarters of the game.

Rivers Hoopers led 20-9 in the second quarter 20-9 and continued the fight by taking the third quarter by 23-12.
The team won the last quarter by one point at 15-14 to make the final score 74-57.

Rivers Hoopers had the biggest lead of 25 points, while Gombe Bulls had 10.

Speaking to journalists after the match, Rivers Hoopers’ coach, Ogoh Odaudu, said he was glad that the team won the premier league.

“It was a game well planned, I needed to yarn to the boys, and they ajusted, and we ended winning the game,” he said.

He commended Governor Nyesom Wike for supporting the team.

“We want to give kudos to the executive governor of Rivers State, the commissioner for sports and the permanent secretary for their encouragement and for believing in us. We will go back home with the trophy, and we will thank them for their faith in us,” he said.

Mr Odaudu added that their target as a team was to participate in the Basketball Africa League (BAL).

“We have been to the BAL before, and we were not prepared, but now we are going there no more as a novice. We need to fortify our team and put on some wonderful performance compared to our previous participation,” he said.

On his part, Gombe Bulls coach Abduraman Mohammed said his players played well even though they lost the match.

“We lost to a team that is better prepared than us, I have to give credit to my opponents, they put on a good fight,” he said.

He commended the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Development for bringing back the league.

“All the teams did well. It is exciting to play the game once again. I’m most excited we are back to action,” he said.

Rivers Hoopers will represent Nigeria at the 2021 Basketball Africa League later in the year.



#Justiceforsylvester: Lagos police investigate death of Dowen College student



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The Lagos Police Command on Saturday said investigation into the death of Sylvester Oromoni of Dowen College, Lekki, is currently ongoing.

In a statement by spokesperson Adekunle Ajisebutu, the command said although no report was made to it, the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, ordered an investigation into the death.

“The Lagos State Police Command is not unaware of the reported death of one Sylvester Oromoni, a 12-year-old student of Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos, which is currently going viral on the social media.

“The Commissioner of Police, upon hearing about it, instantly directed the Divisional Police Officer, Maroko Division, under whose jurisdiction the place of incident is, to immediately visit the school to carry out initial investigation into the incident.

“This directive has been carried out as investigation into the case has since commenced.

“However, in view of the seriousness of the case, the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, has also been directed to take over investigation of the case immediately.” he said.

Mr Ajisebutu, in the statement, cautioned the public against taking laws into their hands, saying the command has assured the bereaved family of justice.

“Members of the public, particularly the deceased’s bereaved parents, friends and relatives, are assured that the Lagos State Police Command has deployed all available human and material resources at its disposal to unravel the circumstances surrounding the sad and unfortunate incident.

“While diligent investigation is ongoing, members of the public are advised against taking the law into their own hands. They are also enjoined to refrain from comments that could jeopardize investigation.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, while commiserating with the bereaved family, has equally assured that the outcome of police investigation would be made public in due course,” he said.

The Lagos Ministry of Education on Friday, December 3, announced the indefinite closure of Dowen College, Lekki, pending the outcome of investigation into the boy’s death.


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Gov. Wike offers N50 million, automatic employment to physically-challenged person



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Governor Nyesom Wike has offered James Daniel, a disabled student of the Rivers State University with N50 million and automatic appointment as a university lecturer for bagging a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree.

Mr Wike announced the monetary reward and appointment on Saturday at the 33rd convocation of the state university in Port Harcourt.

He said the honour bestowed on Mr Daniel was in recognition of his academic excellence and for being an inspiration to other disabled persons.

The governor cautioned state-owned universities to stop indiscriminate conferment of doctoral degrees on all manner of questionable candidates and people of material influence.

He emphasised that serious universities guard their reputation jealousy and award doctoral degrees only to students who have gone through years of rigorous intellectual research and interrogation and whose dissertation is independently adjudged to be sound and contributory to new learning.

He described as unfortunate, the current trend and practice in universities to award doctoral degrees indiscriminately, like chieftaincy titles, to all manner of questionable candidates.

Mr Wike also assured that the infrastructural development in the university started by his administration, including the four new campuses at Ahoada, Emohua, Ebara and Sakpenwa, will be completed by the second quarter of 2022.


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PDP inaugurates new NWC members December 10



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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will hold presentation of certificate of return and swearing-in ceremony of its newly elected national officers on December 10 in Abuja.

A statement by the party National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Saturday said that the event would hold at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, by 9:30 a.m.

It said the transition from the outgoing to incoming national officers of the party was sequenced to the successful conduct of the October 30 and October 31 elective National Convention.

“Accordingly, the valedictory session of the outgoing National Working Committee (NWC) has been scheduled to hold on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the NEC Hall of the National Secretariat, Abuja at 11am,” the statement said. 

The party advised all leaders, critical stakeholders and its members nationwide to note accordingly. 


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