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Friendlies: Super Eagles Ready for Big Games

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Friendlies: Super Eagles ready for big games

The camp of the Super Eagles at the Hotel die Zeit an der Glan in Austria is brimming with excitement following the arrival of all invited players, and stout confidence that the the mixture of old boys and new acts are capable of turning back African champions Algeria and the continent’s second-ranked team Tunisia in two friendlies between Friday and Tuesday.

Heartwarming news came on Monday evening when former Germany U20 captain Kevin Akpoguma, who arrived camp only to bond with Nigeria’s international train ahead of his switch to fatherland, was cleared by FIFA’s single judge to dorn the green-white-green henceforth. His clearance solidifies a dependable backline of Kenneth Omeruo, Leon Balogun, Chidozie Awaziem, William Ekong, Olaoluwa Aina, Jamilu Collins, Oluwasemilogo Ajayi and first-time invitee Zaidu Sanusi.

Algeria, who have a second game against Mexico in The Netherlands on Tuesday, come into Friday’s game not only as the champions of Africa, but also on the back of an 18-match unbeaten run. They have not lost on the pitch since they were bumped by the odd goal in an AFCON 2019 qualifier away in Benin Republic in October 2018.

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Two years earlier, they were bounced 3-1 by the Super Eagles in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match in Uyo. Both teams ended the return leg in Constantine 1-1, though the Eagles had already picked the only World Cup ticket from the group ahead of that final encounter.

Tunisia, who play the Super Eagles on Tuesday at the same venue, will host Sudan’s Falcons at the Stade Olympique in Rades on Friday at the same time the Eagles are taking to the pitch against the Fennecs in Austria.

Djamel Belmadi, the former Algerian international who coached his country to a second continental title in Egypt last year, has included standout names Riyad Mahrez, Yassine Brahimi, Sofiane Feghouli and Baghdad Bounedjah in his 24-man squad to confront the three-time African champions.

Coach Gernot Rohr also has in his team Captain Ahmed Musa, Alex Iwobi, Samuel Chukwueze and Kenneth Omeruo, but he has to do without electrifying forward Victor Osimhen and midfield lynchpin Wilfred Ndidi. New birds Frank Onyeka and Chidera Ejuke, and former U17 captain Samson Tijani have the opportunity to impress.

Friday’s game, like Tuesday’s, will kick off at 8.30pm Austria time (7.30pm)

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FG to Install One Million Electricity Meters Across Nigeria

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Minister of Power- ELECTRICITY

The Federal government of Nigeria on Monday said it would install at least one million Electricity Meters in the residents of unmetered electricity consumers before the end of this year.

Minister of power, Sale Mamman, said this in a series of tweets posted via the official twitter handle of the office of the minister of power.

Mamman said the president, Muhammadu Buhari had directed a mass metering Programme for the power sector starting immediately.

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The Minister stated that the Federal government was creating job opportunities for Nigerian youths in the power sector through key programmes.

He said the five million solar home system project, mass metering scheme, among others, were some of the projects.

Mamman, who disclosed this during a stakeholder meeting in Jalingo, Taraba state, addressed youths on the need to foster peace and harmony.

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COVID-19: Protests Takes Place Across Italy Over Restrictions

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ITALY PROTESTS

Protests took place across Italy on Monday over new restrictions to curb the country’s second wave of COVID-19.

Clashes were reported in the northern cities of Milan and Turin, where petrol bombs were thrown at officers.

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In Milan tear gas was used to disperse protesters, and thousands of people gathered in the centre of Naples.

The demonstrations began soon after the national government’s order to close restaurants, bars, gyms and cinemas came into effect at 6pm local time.

Many regions have also imposed night-time COVID-19 curfews – including Lombardy, Milan and Piedmont, Turin.

The violence was blamed on extremist agitators and police said 28 people had been arrested in Milan alone.

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Ogun Police Command: Wanted Cult Leader Arrested at Scene of Robbery

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Policemen attached to Ogijo division, Ogun State Police Command have arrested a notorious Eiye confraternity leader who has been on the wanted list of the command.

The suspect, 26yrs old Akibu Tikare was arrested on Saturday 24th October following a distress call received at Ogijo division at about 9:30 pm that a group of armed robbers were operating between Gbaga and Kamalu area of Ogijo robbing people of their belongings at gun point.

This was disclosed in a press release by the PPRO, Ogun State police command DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi.

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According to the press release, on receiving the information, the DPO Ogijo division, CSP Muhammed Baba quickly led his men to the scene with some members of vigilante group where the suspect was arrested with a locally made double barre short gun in his possession.

Although other members of his group who he claimed came from Ikorod and Owutu area of Lagos State had escaped.

Some of the victims have identified him as one of those that robbed them of their properties including but not limited to phones and cash

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Edward A. Ajogun has directed the immediate transfer of the suspect to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence department for discreet investigation. He also directed that the escaped members of the gang must be apprehended in order to put a permanent end to the gang operation in the State.

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