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EPL Round-Up: Manchester City go top with away win over Watford

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Manchester City have taken over leadership of the Premier League following their 3-1 win over Watford at the Vicarage Road on Saturday.

The routine victory by the visitors has seen them increase their points tally to 35 after 15 games.

An early strike from Raheem Sterling in the fourth minute served a glimpse of what to expect from Pep Guardiola’s men who knew the assignment at hand and delivered almost perfectly.

Sterling’s early goal was followed by a brace from Bernado Silva as City were already cruising to another emphatic win.

Though Cucho Hernandez pulled a goal back for the Hornets, it wasn’t enough to deny the Cityzens their 11th win in 15 league games this season.

For Emmanuel Dennis and his Watford teammates, Saturday’s defeat made it a dozen of losses in the league this season and a wake up to improve or risk going down back to the Championship.

Earlier, on a day neither Sadio Mane nor Mohamed Salah was on hand to deliver the goals for Liverpool as Divock Origi stepped up from the bench to score in the 94th minute to hand the Reds a crucial win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Origi scored in stoppage time to hand Liverpool a 1-0 win and more importantly vital three points that have seen them overtake Chelsea and just one point behind new leaders, Guardiola’s City.

Having seen Chelsea crumble to a 3-2 defeat against West Ham in the London Derby, the Reds knew what was expected of them at the Molineux Stadium.

Liverpool had blown away the majority of their rivals this season, having scored four in each of their last three Premier League games before arriving at Molineux.

They had, simply, been too good but found Wolves at their resolute best until the death.

Also on Saturday, Newcastle finally recorded their first victory of the season as a solitary goal by Callum Wilson gave them a 1-0 win over Burnley at St. James Park.

Elsewhere, the tie between Southampton and Brighton at St Mary’s ended in a stalemate with both sides settling for a 1-1 draw.

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Malami hand over 43 housing units in Kebbi to  beneficiaries

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From Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin Kebbi

 The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Chika Malami has hand over keys of the 43 Housing Estate Units to the beneficiaries which were funded by the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria.

   Malami, while speaking at the ceremony, held in Kalgo,Kebbi State said, the project has proved to be a veritable income which would also provided employment for many indigenes of the state.

   According to him, “the mortgage was facilitated through Federal Housing Authority (FHA) Mortgage Limited with total value of N217, 100, 000.00 at an interest of 6% and a tenure averaging 15 years to Nigerians mostly medical personnel working with the Federal Medical Centre Birnin-Kebbi, here in Kebbi State.

   “This achievement is purely out of the commitment of the Federal Housing Authority Mortgage Bank whose Chairman, Senator Gbenga B. Ashafa, is a distinguished Nigerian with track record of performance in collaboration with the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) with Arc, Ahmed Musa Dangiwa at the helm of affairs.

   “In addition to the provision of shelter, this project has proved to be a veritable income source as well as having the potency to provide employment to over 200 Nigerian citizens; the bulk of whom are Kebbi State indigenes”.

   He noted that, the project was part of the  commitment of the Federal Government and a fulfilment of the promise made by President Muhammadu Buhari to deliver 300,000 affordable houses in Nigeria for citizen comprising of both the civil and public servants.

   He said: ” I am glad that the people of Kebbi State are beneficiaries of this project as we witnessed this great occasion. I pray that more people from the State will benefit in similar projects in the nearest future.

  ” I congratulate all the beneficiaries of the National Housing Fund Scheme whose names are so numerous to be mentioned.  I acknowledge every one of you as the latest Landlords”.

  He urged the beneficiaries to ensure the repayment obligations  in accordance with the terms of offers until the mortgages are fully liquidated with the Bank.

   The Minister  commended Mallam Hayatuddeen Atiku Awwal, the Managing Director of the Federal Housing Authority Mortgage Bank for the wonderful achievement and urge him to do more.

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From Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin Kebbi

 The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Chika Malami has hand over keys of the 43 Housing Estate Units to the beneficiaries which were funded by the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria.

   Malami, while speaking at the ceremony, held in Kalgo,Kebbi State said, the project has proved to be a veritable income which would also provided employment for many indigenes of the state.

   According to him, “the mortgage was facilitated through Federal Housing Authority (FHA) Mortgage Limited with total value of N217, 100, 000.00 at an interest of 6% and a tenure averaging 15 years to Nigerians mostly medical personnel working with the Federal Medical Centre Birnin-Kebbi, here in Kebbi State.

   “This achievement is purely out of the commitment of the Federal Housing Authority Mortgage Bank whose Chairman, Senator Gbenga B. Ashafa, is a distinguished Nigerian with track record of performance in collaboration with the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) with Arc, Ahmed Musa Dangiwa at the helm of affairs.

   “In addition to the provision of shelter, this project has proved to be a veritable income source as well as having the potency to provide employment to over 200 Nigerian citizens; the bulk of whom are Kebbi State indigenes”.

   He noted that, the project was part of the  commitment of the Federal Government and a fulfilment of the promise made by President Muhammadu Buhari to deliver 300,000 affordable houses in Nigeria for citizen comprising of both the civil and public servants.

   He said: ” I am glad that the people of Kebbi State are beneficiaries of this project as we witnessed this great occasion. I pray that more people from the State will benefit in similar projects in the nearest future.

  ” I congratulate all the beneficiaries of the National Housing Fund Scheme whose names are so numerous to be mentioned.  I acknowledge every one of you as the latest Landlords”.

  He urged the beneficiaries to ensure the repayment obligations  in accordance with the terms of offers until the mortgages are fully liquidated with the Bank.

   The Minister  commended Mallam Hayatuddeen Atiku Awwal, the Managing Director of the Federal Housing Authority Mortgage Bank for the wonderful achievement and urge him to do more.

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Probe begins in Borno after senior student slit throat of 11 year-old pupil

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The Borno government has ordered a probe into the shocking incident in which the throat of an 11 year-old pupil, Jubril Sadi Mato a.k.a Ramadan was slit by his senior.

The commissioner for education ordered the probe on Friday.

The five-man committee is headed by Alhaji Saddiq Kadafur, ministerial secretary in the education ministry.

Other members are Hajiya Hadiza Nasir Waliare and representatives of the the police, DSS, NSCDC.

The almost slain 11 year-old pupil is a pre-Junior Student of Elkanemi College of Islamic Theology in Maiduguri.

He was attacked by an SS2 student, now identified as Umar Goni on 16 January.

It was gathered that Goni slit Ramadan’s throat because he refused to run an errand for him.

According to a report by NAN, Goni used a razor blade to severely cut Ramadan’s neck, injuring most of his arteries nerves and trichea.

He left him for dead, as Ramadan bled.

Ramadan reportedly struggled and took himself to the Principal’s Office, before he finally broke down and became unconscious.

He was rushed to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) and has been at the Intensive Care Unit(ICU) of the hospital.

His attacker Umar Goni has been arrested by the police.

Asked why he did it, he said he did so to compel the parents to take him away from the school.

“I did this thing because I told my parents to remove me from the hostel but they did not remove me,” he said.

The victim is the son of Late Justice Sadi Mato, of Federal High Court Kano State.

His Mother, Hajiya Aisha, later re-married, a Director with Yobe State Government.

The incident was almost covered up, but for the mum and a coalition of civil rights groups and the media.

“We are happy that the Network for Civil Society Organisation Borno Chapters, Nigeria Bar Association(NBA), The National Human Right Commission(NHRC) And The Federation of International Female Lawyers(FIDA) have vowed to investigate the case to ensure that the perpetrator was brought to book.

“It was also unfortunate to note that the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospitals (UMTH), also joined the Elkanemi College of Islamic Theology in documenting false propaganda over the incident. In Jubril’s file, they wrote that the child fell and got injured instead of saying he was attacked by another person”, the mum said.

Borno commissioner for education, Engr Lawan Abba Wakilbe expressed shock over the incident.

“Like every on else I heard the news of poor Ramadan’s incidence on the Social Media with great Shock while conducting a competency training/assessment for 8000 teachers in Southern Borno.

“I immediately directed the only Director of we left behind ( Director Quality Assurance) to investigate the Matter.

“To my greatest shock the story was true. Five questions came to my mind, what is the current condition of poor Ramadan?

“Why am I like everyone else reading the story on the Social media rather than an official report from the School to my office immediately the incident happened?

“What caused the incident? Who is the perpetrator? and was the action taken?

“I wish to assure the general Public that we will get to the root of the matter. As for my dear Ramadan I pray that Allah the Compassionate and Merciful will grant you quick recovery’.

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