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Morocco again wins 2019 African Blind Football Championship in Enugu



Morocco has again emerged the champion of the just concluded 2019 African Blind Football Championship held in Enugu after defeating Mali 5-1 on Sunday.

Morocco had defeated Mali 8-1 in Cape Verde in 2017 to win the tournament.

With the result, Morocco has qualified to represent Africa at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Japan.

In the other results of the day, Ivory Coast humbled Nigeria 2-0 to clinch the third position.

After the championship, the sponsor of the tournament and founder, BINA Foundation, Lady Ifeoma Atuegwu thanked all the teams for honouring the invitation.

She also praised the Moroccan team for emerging the champions and urged them to prepare well for the Olympic.

”You are now the champions of Africa and we look forward to see you rule the world,” she said.

Atuegwu thanked all that made the championship a success and promised good outing for Nigeria national team in next championship.

She noted that Cameroun had agreed to engage the Nigeria team in a friendly match and hoped that others would do the same.

”Nigeria is a good place to be and I know that you people will like to visit again, thanks for making our day,” Atuegwu said.

Nigeria News Agency reports that eight African countries participated in the championship.

They are Morocco, Mali, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Libya, Niger Republic and Cameroun and the host, Nigeria.

Edited & Vetted By: Maureen Atuonwu


Ebonyi bus accident: FRSC, Police confirm 3 more bodies retrieved from river



The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ebonyi has confirmed the recovery of three more corpses from the Akeze-Ukwu River after a Mercedes 608-model bus plunged into the river on Sept.18.

The News Agency of Nigeria , recalls that the bus conveying members of a Church who attended their pastor’s burial was returning to Enugu when the accident occurred.

The bus driver was said to have lost control of the vehicle while trying to overtake an articulated vehicle on the bridge.

Mrs Stella Uchegbu, the FRSC Sector Commander in Ebonyi, told NAN on Sunday evening that the retrieved corpses were deposited at the Mater Misericordae hospital Afikpo.

Uchegbu said that the corps sent its personnel to the hospital, where some rescued victims were being treated, to interact with doctors on the true reports concerning the ‘unfortunate’ incident.

“We have been getting conflicting reports on the casualties so we sent our personnel to the hospital to interact with the doctors handling the cases.

“We were able to ascertain that seven persons were actually rescued from the river on the day of the incident instead of five earlier reported.

“One person was confirmed dead, two persons are presently on admission, two have been officially discharged while two opted to return home having sustained no injuries from the incident,” she said.

Ughegbu said that with the 14 corpses retrieved from the river on the second day of the rescue operations and the three other corpses retrieved on Sunday, the total number of retrieval is 24.

According to her, the total number of dead victims is now 18.

Also, the Ebonyi command of the Nigerian Police Force confirmed in a stateement the retrieval of three more corpses on Sunday, adding that a retired police officer was among the deceased persons.

The statement signed by DSP Loveth Odah, the Police Public Relations Officer, said that “the lifeless body of retired CSP Livinus Mbah was among the retrieved corpses.

“Efforts are still on to recover the remaining 10 persons,” it stated.

Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN
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Edo Poll: APC supporters commend Buhari for providing level playing field



The Buhari Support Organisation (BSO), has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for providing a level playing field for contestants in the just-concluded Edo governorship election.

The BOS said this in statement signed by the Chairman and Secretary of its Enugu State chapter, Chief Anike Nwoga and Mr Godwin Onwusi on Sunday in Abuja.

It described Buhari as a statesmanship and a father of the nation, adding that he had enriched the health of the country’s democracy by observing its core tenet.

“The BSO is happy that Mr President enriched the health of our democracy by observing the core tenets of democracy.

“This, he did, by resisting the temptation to deploy the proverbial federal might in favour of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC),” the BOS said.

Also in another statement, the United Patriots had congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki for his re-election as governor of Edo.

The group’s National Chairman, Mr Chukwudi Ezeobika said Obaseki’s victory remained a plus to the country’s democracy and an end to imposition of ill will on the electorate.

The group commended law enforcement agencies for their professional conduct before, during and after the election.

It commended, especially the Police for exhibiting high level of professionalism and devotion at election.

“We salute the courage and perseverance of the Edo  people who turned out in their huge numbers to exercise their franchise and vote for the candidate of their choice.

“We remain resolute in our belief that good governance will enhance more participation of Nigerians in future elections and permanently dislodge the ills of god “fatherism’’ and imposition of candidates on the people against their wish.

“As we approach the Ondo State governorship election scheduled for Oct. 10, we are optimistic that the serenity, security and decorum exhibited by all stakeholders in the nation’s electoral process in Edo, will be brought to bear,” it said.

The group appealed to Nigerian youths to be part of this great struggle to redeem the country and its democracy from abuse.

It said this they could do by protecting and preserving the sanctity of the country’s electoral system, knowing fully well that the future of the country was dependent on such struggle.

Edited By: Grace Yussuf
Source: NAN
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Cleric urges Christians to avoid ill-gotten wealth to attain greatness in life



Rev. Maxwell Onyia of Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Church of Ascension, Enugu, has urged Christians to do away with ill-gotten wealth to attain greatness in life.

Onyia, who gave the advice during his Sunday sermon in Enugu, noted that greatness was not automatic, as one must possess some qualities in life before he or she could attain greatness.

He also noted that greatness was of God, adding that when someone begins to live for Christ he or she could attain greatness, though it could come with phases of challenges.

“Greatness is not automatic because everything about life is in stages; it is determined by your service and attitude to life.

“When you are determined to be great in life, try and work toward it through your attitude and services toward God and man,” he said.

Onyia buttressed his message from the Holy Book of 1 Samuel Chapter 17 verse 37 to 51, saying that David’s greatness did not start from kingship but rather, from rendering services.

“Keep on praying, do not give up, do not stop trying until you succeed because you have no excuse to be poor in life.

“God teaches us how to make wealth through the knowledge, insight, wisdom as well as the vision he gives to us,” he said.

Edited By: Yahaya Isah/Peter Ejiofor)
Source: NAN
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Successor: NGO urges Gov. Ugwuanyi to consult Enugu people



The Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Advocacy (LEAD) Network, has urged Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State to consult widely with the people on choosing a successor in 2023.

It said the governor must  jettison insinuations and suggestions to take automatic and self-imposed decisions on choice of his successor and political positions come 2023.

The Executive Director of LEAD Network, an NGO, Mr Chukwuma Okenwa, made the call in a statement issued to newsmen in Enugu on Sunday.

Okenwa, however, urged Ugwuanyi to ensure he embraced wide consultations and internal democracy in choosing who would succeed him.

He described as regrettable, a statement credited to Sen. Chimaroke Nnamani, (PDP-Enugu East), and former governor of Enugu State, that the governor reserved the right to decide who would succeed him.

“One wonders if such a statement is consistent with the core principle of democracy which confers the right of choice on the people and not to one man.

“Entrusting the right of choice on one man is tantamount to Monarchy and not democracy; thus, subjecting the common will of the people to the vulnerability of one man.

“Such kind of gesture will produce the kind of leadership that will be loyal to the Ebeano Dynasty and not to the good people of Enugu state,’’ he said.

The LEAD Network boss said that the Ebeano group should rather be sober, adding that its 21 years of leadership had not clearly distinguished Enugu state as the Old Eastern region Capital of both the South-East and the South-South.

Okenwa, who is a public affairs analyst, called on the people of Enugu state to be more proactive with a firm resolve to make the issue of governance people-driven.

“It should not and never be the prerogative of a few or one man,’’ he added.

It would be recalled that on Sept. 19, Sen. Nnamani, founder of the Ebeano political movement, led the group to a solidarity visit to Gov. Ugwuanyi at the Government House, Enugu.

At the meeting the senator pledged absolute loyalty and support for Ugwuanyi’s political decisions in 2023.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/DonaldUgwu
Source: NAN
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