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Rangers, Kwara United draw 1-1

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Kwara United Football Club on Sunday drew 1-1 with visiting Rangers International of Enugu in a 2021/2022 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) fixture.

The Match Day 5 fixture was played at the Kwara Stadium Complex in Ilorin.

Samuel Chisom put Kwara United in the driving seat from a bicycle kick in the 31st minute.

Ossy Martins drew the visitors level with a well-timed header to a corner-kick in the 49th minute to ensure the hosts dropped their first points at home this season.

Christopher Nwaeze missed an opportunity to restore the hosts’ lead by missing from the penalty spot after a Rangers defender handled the ball in the 65th minute.

The hosts were given two anxious moments in the closing minutes, which could have handed the visitors all the points at stake.

A long-range shot went off target with goalkeeper Dele Aiyenugba off his line, while he saved with a last-gasp heroic at the near-post just a minute to end the game.

Speaking to journalists after the match, Kwara United’s coach Abdullahi Biffo expressed hope in the ability of his side to perform better in subsequent matches.

He noted that the Rangers were also a better side with quality players.

“This result is not a disappointment to my team, especially when we consider the numbers of matches that would still be played this season in the league,” the coach said.

Abdul Makaiba, the chief coach of Rangers, praised both sides for their display of football artistry. He, however, added that the league was still young to start talking about who the champions would be.

However, the coach said his side were lucky to draw level with their hosts in the early part of the second half.

Maikaba nonetheless praised his players for putting up a good fight towards the end of the game.

After the draw, Kwara United are now in the fifth position on the league table, with eight points and a +3 goals difference.

Next Sunday, Kwara United will be in Port Harcourt to take on Rivers United in an NPFL Match Day 6 fixture.

(NAN)

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Buhari’s dictator background saved Nigeria from collapse: Gov. Ayade

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Cross River Governor Ben Ayade says President Muhammadu Buhari’s military background saved the country from collapse, but Nigerians don’t know. 

“Perhaps, if it was not Buhari’s administration with his military background, the country would have collapsed at this stage,” Mr Ayade said, though Nigeria insecurity has worsened since Mr Buhari assumed power in 2015.

Mr Ayade, who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to APC last year, further claimed that Nigerians were ignorant of the danger Mr Buhari had saved Nigeria. 

“People don’t know that because if you have been able to avoid risk, Mr Ayade explained, “nobody can see it because it was avoided. I think the situation could have been worse.” 

Boko Haram and bandits have continued to kill and kidnap for ransom, while agitations for secession continue to threaten Nigeria’s unity. 

Last week, bandits killed over 200 Nigerians in communities in Zamfara. 

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello disclosed that over 200 citizens had been killed and more than 200 abducted in 17 in Niger. 

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EFCC detains Fashola money man Supo Shasore

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A former attorney general and commissioner for justice in Lagos Olasupo Shasore is being grilled by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) operatives.

A source close to the commission disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday.

The source added that the ex-commissioner arrived at the headquarters of the EFCC on Tuesday afternoon.

According to the source, Mr Shasore is being quizzed over his role in the Process and Industrial Development scam.

Wilson Uwujaren, the spokesperson for EFCC, declined to comment on the development when contacted.

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Lagos govt seals nightclubs over lack of fire extinguishers, poor hygiene

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The Lagos State Safety Commission says it sealed lounges and nightclubs in Ikeja over the lack of compliance with its 2022 Zero Accident Campaign (ZAC).

The commission’s director-general, Lanre Mojola, stated in a statement on Tuesday that ZAC was determined to ensure that all workplaces and public facilities are safe for all visitors and workers alike.

The commission stated that the lack of fire extinguishers, poor hygiene and housekeeping, lack of safety signages, inadequate parking spaces, and other safety infractions led to the shutting down of the outfits.

Mr Mojola further that the action on some bars, lounges and nightclubs became necessary due to their contravention of the Lagos government regulations despite several efforts to ensure compliance.

The Lagos official slammed the failure of the outfits to obtain safety compliance certificates and register with the commission through its www.lasgsafetyreg.com portal.

Mr Mojola further reiterated that similar enforcement exercises would take place across.

He also mentioned that the commission would not relent in its efforts, especially when implementing the commission’s laws towards a safer Lagos for all.

The director-general implored all business entities to regularise their safety management documentation towards achieving safer public places across Lagos.

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