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ABS Walk Over Gateway, Gain Promotion To NPFL

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ABS Ilorin FC have gained promotion back to the Nigeria Professional Football League after three seasons in the second-tier Nigerian National League after walking over Gateway United of Abeokuta in a match day 14 fixture on Sunday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.Gateway were top on the Group B2 going into Sunday’s final day games on goal difference as they were tied on 21 points but the Olumo Rock City side enjoyed superior goal advantage of plus six against ABS Ilorin’s plus five. But the expected clash of the top teams could not hold as the visiting side refused to play, citing security lapses.After the mandatory 30-minute wait, centre referee Hamza Garba from Kano sounded his whistle, confirming a walkover for the Harmony Warriors. “I’m delighted we’ve technically won the game as stipulated by the rules”, a delighted Henry Makinwa, ABS Ilorin coach, told Completesportsnigeria.com at the Kwara State Stadium, Ilorin on Sunday.”I don’t know why they (Gateway United) refused to play. They were right there in the stadium but what justifiable reason they can have for not playing is beyond me and beyond reasoning. “If security is their reason, I think they got it wrong. There were enough policemen here, about 50-60 of them so why should they not play?”At worst, they could have played under protest but as it is right now, I can say congratulations to my team for making it possible for us to get promoted back into the Nigeria Professional Football League.”However, Ogun State leader of delegation and commissioner for Spirts, Afolabi Afuape, told Completesportsnigeria.com that he valued the lives of his players much more than the three points and a possible promotion to the NPFL.”Under the circumstances, we could not get on with the game because jeopardizing the lives of our playets would have been a risk worth not taking,” Afuape said.”Yes, we could have played under protest but like I said, it is more important to be alive and play tomorrow than putting the lives of these young players in danger.” Nigeria Football Federation executive committee member and chairman of referees committee Ahmed Fresh was at the match venue.

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After Meeting NGF Chairman, Akpabio Apologies To state Governors Over N30bn Claim

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The President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, has finally apologised to the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) under the leadership of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State over his comment on the N30bn allowance allegedly given to them to cushion the effect of inflation in food prices.

This was coming after the Senate President held a meeting with the NGF Chairman and some of his counterparts in Abuja yesterday.

Akpabio had, at a plenary sitting last Tuesday, said an “unverified report” indicated that state governors received N30bn each from the Federation Account to cushion the effect of inflation and the high cost of food prices.

The statement has generated controversies in the public space, with some commentators asking governors to come clean about the money they did not collect.

However, on Monday, Akpabio in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Eseme Eyiboh, retracted the statement, saying the SP held the governors in high esteem.

The statement reads below:

“During the session, the President of the Senate commented on the payment of an unverified cumulative sum of about N30bn to the sub-national governments by the Federal Government for various interventions to ameliorate the food situation of our citizens at the sub-national governments.

“The unfortunate conjectures to take away the kernel in the material facts of FAAC payment are rather regretted. In considering the well-intended motive of urging state governments to collaborate with the Federal government of President Bola Tinubu to facilitate strategic interventions to mitigate the prevailing economic situation in the country remains the underpinning motivation in the comment.

“The President of the Senate is not oblivious to the fact that state governments are functional partners in all the efforts of the current administration of President Bola Tinubu and are also valuable stakeholders’ in the various legislative engagements of the legislature in creating the nexus between the legislature and the people.”

Eyiboh added that Akpabio has always demonstrated commitment to team building and shall not do less in the circumstance.

He, therefore, urged the sub-national governments not to be distracted by any misunderstanding of the context and true meaning of the statement.

He added, “The President of the Senate recognises and appreciates the current efforts of the governors at ameliorating the adverse effects of the current inclement socio-economic environment and therefore invites more hands on the plow to complement the renewed hope agenda.”

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Police arrest wanted Abuja kidnapper, Dahiru after Wike’s N20m Bounty

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Operatives of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command have arrested a wanted notorious kidnapper, Saidu Abdulkadir, popularly known as Dahiru Adamu.

This comes barely three days after the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike placed a N20m bounty on the suspect and one other wanted kidnapper, Abu Ibrahim.

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PHOTOS: FG welcomes Super Eagles with breakfast

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The Super Eagles have arrived in the Federal Capital Territory after their second-place finish at the just concluded African Cup of Nations final.

Players including Alex Iwobi, Ahmed Musa, Victor Osimhen, Ola Aina, Frank Onyeka, Calvin Bassey, Ademola Lookman, Kenneth Omeruo, Joe Aribo and Williams Troost-Ekong were at the welcome breakfast at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.

Members of the coaching crew are also at the breakfast.

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