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Paris 2024: S/African High Commissioner Backs Banyana To Beat Super Falcons

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South African High Commissioner in Nigeria Thami Mseleku has expressed confidence in Banyana Banyana’s ability to defeat Nigeria’s Super Falcons in their upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic qualifier in Abuja. Banyana Banyana arrived in Abuja on Sunday, April 31, and conducted their first official training session on Monday afternoon. The team received a warm welcome from the South African Embassy in Abuja.

Representing the High Commissioner, Lindi Mnimela assured the players of the embassy’s full support. She conveyed the High Commissioner’s enthusiasm and anticipation for the upcoming match, stating, “On behalf of High Commissioner Thami Mseleku, we are here to welcome you. He is the one who sent us here to give you a warm welcome.”

Mnimela expressed the embassy’s eagerness to witness the game, assuring the team of their unwavering support. She acknowledged the players’ fatigue from their journey but conveyed their confidence in Banyana Banyana’s abilities. Mnimela conveyed their optimism for victory, stating, “We have been waiting for the team for hours, patiently so because we were looking forward to having this privilege and honour of seeing each and every one of you.”

Furthermore, she wished the team success in the upcoming match, emphasizing their anticipation for the game with vuvuzelas ready. Mnimela expressed the embassy’s unwavering belief in Banyana Banyana’s capability to secure a win, stating, “We have no doubt that you are going to win this.”

The warm reception and words of encouragement from the South African Embassy highlighted the significant support Banyana Banyana enjoys from their country’s diplomatic representatives. As the team gears up for the crucial Olympic qualifier, they can draw strength from the backing of their nation and strive for success on the field.

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EFCC Secures Warrant to Arrest Ex-Kogi Gov Yahaya Bello

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The Federal High Court in Abuja has granted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) permission to arrest former Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, ahead of his court appearance on Thursday.

Justice Emeka Nwite authorized the warrant earlier today following the EFCC’s request.

This decision comes after a conflicting ruling from the Kogi State High Court, which previously barred the EFCC from arresting, detaining, or prosecuting the former governor.

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Chaos Ensues as Ododo Allegedly Thwarts Attempt to Arrest Ex-Gov Bello

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Pandemonium erupted as Kogi State Governor, Ahmed Ododo, reportedly intervened to prevent the arrest of former governor Yahaya Bello at his Abuja residence, leading to gunfire.

Armed operatives of the EFCC had sought to arrest Bello, but faced resistance upon arrival. Governor Ododo later arrived at the scene and was suspected to have left with Bello in his official vehicle.

Additional security forces were called in to support the EFCC, leading to a tense standoff. As Ododo departed with Bello, security operatives opened fire amid suspicions that the former governor was in the governor’s vehicle.

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Tinubu Applauds Dangote as Diesel Price Dips to N1,000 per Litre

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President Bola Tinubu has praised Dangote Oil and Gas Limited for slashing the price of diesel, a move expected to impact industries and transportation costs positively.

In a statement by his media aide, Ajuri Ngelale, Tinubu emphasized the significance of the diesel price reduction, foreseeing a ripple effect on the nation’s economy.

Dangote recently announced a significant reduction in the price of Automotive Gas Oil (diesel) from N1,650 to N1,000 per litre for bulk purchases, with additional discounts for larger volumes.

The reduction, amounting to a 60% drop, is poised to alleviate the burden of high transportation costs and contribute to stabilizing prices across various sectors.

Acknowledging the partnership between the federal government and Dangote Refinery, in which the government holds a 20% stake, Tinubu emphasized the importance of such collaborations in advancing national prosperity.

He urged Nigerians and businesses to prioritize national interests, assuring them of a conducive environment for growth and development.

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