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Ronald Koeman refused to answer questions over Lionel Messi’s long-term future as he called for more respect for the Barcelona superstar.

Inter Milan tried to sign Lionel Messi for €250 million in 2006 – ex-Barca...

Joan Laporta has claimed that Inter tried to sign Lionel Messi for €250 million (£225m/$300m) back in 2006, but he ultimately managed to convince him to stay at Barcelona to "make history".
Wall Street's main indexes opened lower on Friday as rising infections overshadow positive vaccine news [Shannon Stapleton-Reuters]

Stocks push higher on vaccine hopes but gains lose steam

Asian shares extended this month’s stellar gains as market euphoria over COVID-19 vaccines and expectations that US President-elect Joe Biden’s administration would deliver more economic stimulus overrode weak US economic data.
Nicolas Pepe was sent off for a stupid headbutt on Ezgjan Alioski. Reuters

Mikel Arteta calls Nicolas Pepe’s behaviour ‘unacceptable’

Nicolas Pepe appeared to headbutt Leeds defender Ezgjan Alioski in an off-the-ball challenge and Arsenal’s club record signing was given a red card in the 51st minute after Anthony Taylor consulted with the video assistant referee.
Aftermath of wanton destruction of lives and properties during #EndSARS protests, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has revealed that Lagos State required a minimum of N1 trillion to reconstruct the wilful extensive damage of properties across the metropolis.

House of Reps pay tributes to slain Abuja vendor on Tuesday

Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila has said the Tuesday sitting would be dedicated to paying tributes to a Newspaper vendor who died after being shot in Abuja last Thursday.

Bolaji Abdullahi: Entrepreneurship cannot solve Nigeria’s problems

Speaking on entrepreneurship and the role of governance, Abdullahi said entrepreneurship is an “escapist method” disseminated by an “irresponsible” government to delegate its responsibilities.
Ooni and Olori Moronke Ogunwusi

Ooni of Ife welcomes son with wife

The Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, is currently in an ecstatic mood as he has welcomed a son with his wife, Olori Moronke Naomi Silekunola.
‘Gratitude’ is both Timaya’s most anticipated new album and his most unique collection yet. The 15-track piece is his 7th studio offering, and it sees him take center-stage of his rock-solid artistry with no guest features.

Timaya shares hacks of wholesome life in ‘Gratitude’ album

‘Gratitude’ is both Timaya’s most anticipated new album and his most unique collection yet. The 15-track piece is his 7th studio offering, and it sees him take center-stage of his rock-solid artistry with no guest features.
Supporters, at 10-15am, defiled social distancing rules as Governor Godwin Obaseki and wife arrived Polling Unit in Benin to vote.

PDP: Governor Obaseki’s inauguration will comply with coronavirus protocols

The inauguration of Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo will hold on Thursday in strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols.
Former Super Eagles coach Christian Chukwu has hailed the appointment of erstwhile National team skipper Joseph Yobo after been named assistant Super Eagles coach to replace Imama Amapakabo.

Joseph Yobo: Four points vs Sierra Leone enough to qualify Super Eagles for 2021...

Joseph Yobo says four points against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone will be enough to qualify the Super Eagles for next year’s AFCON in Cameroon.
Popular Chicago rapper, Dayvon Daquan Bennett, popularly known as King Von, has been gunned down in a shooting incident in Atlanta. He was aged 26.

American rapper King Von killed in Atlanta

Popular Chicago rapper Dayvon Daquan Bennett, popularly known as King Von, has been gunned down in a shooting incident in Atlanta. He was aged 26.
The logo of the Nigerian Stock Exchange is pictured in Lagos, Nigeria, file. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

Transactions remain upbeat on NSE, indices up 1.09 per cent

The nation’s bourse maintained a bullish mood on Tuesday with the key performance indices increasing further by 1.09 per cent on gains by some blue chips.

Study: Eating dark chocolate enhances people’s memory, immunity

A new research showed that consuming dark chocolate with a high concentration of cacao had positive effects on stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory and immunity.

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Gasser Abdel Razek, executive director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR)

Egyptian rights group head hopes release will help other prisoners

The head of a leading Egyptian human rights group who was held for two weeks on terrorism charges said Saturday he hoped the campaign to secure his release would help others still jailed on similar Allegations.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday met with President Muhammadu Buhari to brief him on efforts by the military to tame the wave of banditry and terrorism, especially in the North.

Group dismisses Nigerian Army chief’s coup alarm as diversionary

A Coalition of elders under the auspices of Nigeria Elders for Peace and Good Governance (CONEPAGG), has accused the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, of raising false alarm about “imaginary” coup to divert the attention of Nigerians from the failings of the Service Chiefs.

Maritime workers to begin warning strike Monday

The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) is to embark on a three-day warning strike from Dec. 7, to protest the deplorable state of access roads to seaports in Lagos State.
Former Napoli centre-forward Andrea Carnevale has urged Victor Osimhen to be more selfish in order to score more goals.

Victor Osimhen: Napoli clears Super Eagles medics of any wrong doing

Napoli has denied reports from Italian media that Nigerian doctors complicated Victor Osimhen’s shoulder during the first treatment. Tuttosport claimed Napoli medic revealed that their Nigerian counterparts caused more damage to the shoulder in the process of treatment before he returned to Italy. However, Napoli and the player on Saturday afternoon took to their social media handle to debunk the reports and clear the Super Eagles team doctor of any wrongdoing. “The current situation regarding the injury of Victor Osimhen is only a consequence of the dislocated right shoulder,” Napoli said in a tweet. Osimhen dislocated his shoulder while in action for Super Eagles of Nigeria last month at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City. The striker went down in the second under a challenge from a Sierra Leone defender and was subsequently rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. The striker had since returned to his base in Italy but has not featured for Napoli since as a result of the injury
Ifeanyi Okowa

Governor Okowa urges President Buhari to reconstitute NDDC board

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has told President Muhammadu Buhari to reconstitute the Board of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, holding that instability in the commission’s board has contributed to the systemic institutional failure of the agency.