The League management Company LMC, has placed a N2.7 million fine on Nigeria Professional Football League champions, Rangers International of Enugu for several breaches in their opening day fixtures.
LMC Chief Operating Officer, Salihu Abubakar, said Rangers were penalised for various offenses which included the disorderly conduct of their home supporters in their 2016/17 season opening match against Abia Warriors last weekend.
Abubakar said the league champions also failed to ensure restriction of unauthorized persons to all restricted areas during the game thereby allowing two men gain access to the referees’ changing room in an attempt to harass the officials.
The LMC also fined Lobi Stars of Markurdi and Niger Tornadoes fined N100,000 each for not writing players’ surname on the back of their jerseys and failure to meet required standard in design of players’ names and numbers.
Terrorism Consultant, Dr Amaechi Nwokolo says paying attention to intelligence gathering in counter terrorism is very important.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC has advised Nigerians not to engage in panic buying of petrol as there was no plan to increase its price.
An Italian rescue official has said that a number of people have been killed after a hotel was hit by an avalanche, apparently triggered by an earthquake on Wednesday.Rescuers battled overnight to reach the hotel close to the Gran Sasso Mountain in the Abruzzo region.
President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to depart Abuja today, for the United Kingdom on a “short leave”, which is part of his annual vacation.
A statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives have been duly communicated as required by the 1999 Constitution.
The Federal Government says it has concluded plans to launch its economic recovery plan in February.Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said this while speaking on the sideline of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic suffered a shocking defeat by world number 117, Denis Istomin from Uzbekistan in the Second Round of the Australian Open.
Djokovic, who has won the Australia Open six-times, lost 7-6, 5-7, 2-6, 7-6, 6-4 in four hours and 48 minutes.
It is the first time Djokovic has lost in the Second Round of a Grand Slam since 2008 at Wimbledon.
And it is only the second time in seven years that Djokovic has lost to a player ranked outside the top 100.
The other occasion was his defeat by Juan Martin del Potro, ranked 145th, at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Istomin will now face Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta, who beat Britain's Kyle Edmund on Thursday.
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh is refusing to step down despite the threat of military intervention by neighbouring states.
Adama Barrow, who beat him in elections last month, is expected to be inaugurated as the new president today but Jammeh has ignored the deadline.
The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has vowed to sanction any referee who under-performs during the season.
Chairman of NFF Referees’ Committee, Ahmed Yusuf, condemned the dismal performance of some referees which had created confusion in the league in the previous seasons.
He disclosed that the Performance Review Committee has been put in place to review the performance of all referees on every match day.
Yusuf said that the federation expects an above-average performance from every referee this year, adding that any NPFL referee who under-perform will be demoted to the lower league.
The Premier League got off to a disgraceful start on Saturday, when FC Ifeanyi Ubah abandoned the match against Kano Pillars claiming referee Folusho Ajayi disallowed a good goal just before the end of the first half.
Iraqi army says it is preparing military operations to retake western Mosul, the last urban stronghold in Iraq of so-called Islamic State.
The preparations follow a recent offensive which officials said on Wednesday had recaptured nearly the entire city's east.