Nigerians and Cameroonians were jubilant after Nigeria’s 1-0 victory over Egypt in opening Group ‘D’ match against Egypt on Tuesday.
The streets of Garoua were thrown into a wild celebration as Iheanacho’s superb first-half goal handed Nigeria a well deserved 1-0 victory over Egypt in their Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group ‘D’ opener.
Iheanacho hammered in a half-volley from the edge of the box into the top corner in the 30th minute to settle the contest at the Stade Roumdé Adjia in Garoua, Cameroon.
Enjoyemmy Okegdo, a Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC) member, said, “The victory would make our other opponents in the group very wary of us. We are going to beat Sudan next 3-0; that’s how we will beat everybody in the group.”
Okegdo added, “I can already see us in the finals and going ahead to win the AFCON trophy.”
Kudirat Moshood, a supporter from Sokoto, explained, “I prayed for this game that God should give us the victory, and he answered my prayers. I thank God for this victory and for granting us a safe journey all the way from Sokoto to cheer our darling team to victory.”
Sanmi Shodimu, another supporter from Lagos, pointed out that it was a “great day,” describing it as a moment to celebrate.
“I actually predicted that Nigeria was going to win 2-0. We could have scored more but all the same we are grateful for the one precious goal which gave us three points to top the group,” stated Shodimu. “I predict a 3-0 in our next game against Sudan.”
Also, some Cameroonian fans rooted for Nigeria during the game. Pierre Moussa said he was happy the Egyptians lost to his “Nigerian brothers.”
“Salah is a good footballer, but he did not play a good game today. Nigeria took advantage of a sloppy Egyptian side and scored a vital goal which gave them the vital win,” noted Moussa. “Nigeria is at the top of the group, which is the most important thing, while Egypt are currently at the bottom of the table.”
Ibrahim Aboubakar added, “We Cameroonians were supporting Nigeria, and we are happy that Super Eagles won their opening match. We are celebrating Nigeria’s victory.”
The Super Eagles will next take on Sudan on Saturday before playing their last game against Guinea Bissau on January 19.
JUST IN: Court declares attack on Nnamdi Kanu illegal, awards him N1 billion
IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu
The Abia State High Court on Wednesday ordered the Nigerian government to pay Biafran separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu N1 billion, after declaring invasion of his home as unconstitutional.
The Nigerian Army had in 2017 broke into the residence of Mr Kanu in his hometown Afaraukwu, drawing widespread uproar. Mr Kanu used the attack as a pretext to flee Nigeria that year.
The court’s ruling came a week after it rejected the Buhari regime’s attempt to challenge its jurisdiction to hear the matter. The court said Nigerian soldiers violated Mr Kanu’s rights when they breached his home without a warrant. Several people were killed or injured during the attack, but Mr Kanu escaped unharmed.
In a separate case, Mr Kanu has been in the custody of the Nigerian government since agents of the regime abducted him in Kenya in late June 2020 and forcibly transferred him to Abuja.
His case was heard on Wednesday morning at the Nigerian capital, during which it was adjourned again until February 16.
Man in court for not taking care of his girlfriend
A 24-year-old man Korode Yusuf has been docked at the Ota Magistrates’ Court in Ogun for not catering for his pregnant girlfriend, thereby endangering her life.
Mr Yusuf, a resident of Isale Ariya area, Johnson Market, Ota, was charged with endangerment.
The Prosecution Counsel, Insp E. O. Adaraloye, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on March 1, 2021, at his residence.
Mr Adaraloye said the defendant failed to supply the needs of his girlfriend, who was pregnant for him, thus endangering her life.
He stated that the offence contravened sections 339 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun, 2006.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Magistrate A. O. Adeyemi admitted the defendant to bail of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Mr Adeyemi ordered that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed with evidence of tax payment to the Ogun State government.
She adjourned the case until January 21 for further hearing.
IPOB leader Kanu defies judge, wears Fendi designer cloth to court
On Wednesday, the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu, reappeared in court in the same Fendi designer cloth he wore on Monday, defying Justice Binta Nyako.
On Monday, the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court had ordered Mr Kanu not to wear the same attire he has since worn for all his trials after his re-arrest in June 2021.
“I don’t want to see him in these cloths again. This one is almost off-white,” the judge had demanded.
However, counsel to the attorney general of the federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami, Shuaibu Labaran, told the judge that Mr Kanu disobeyed the court order.
“The case is adjourned until today for arraignment. But before then, I crave the indulgence of your Lordship because you gave an order that the defendant should not appear in this cloth,” he stated. “But the defendant (Kanu) chose to wear the same clothes because it is a designer.”
Mr Labaran also informed the court that the DSS had complied with the court order by procuring an orthopaedic mattress and pillows for the IPOB leader to make him comfortable in detention.
But Mr Kanu’s, Mike Ozekhome, disagreed his client refused to wear other cloths.
He said though they got him a set of other cloths before finishing the day’s activities on Monday, it was a bit late, and they could not hand them over to him.
He assured that Mr Kanu would appear in other clothes next time.
Mr Ozekhome commended the SSS for complying with the court order by procuring the orthopaedic mattress and pillows for his client to make him comfortable.
Mrs Nyako said the cloths could be handed to the legal officer that came with the security outfit.
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