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BREAKING NEWS: NIGERIA dominates AMERICA’S NFL Africa draftee list…Many of them are Nigerian-Americans, still attending Colleges BY LOYE ABIMBOLA/SPORTS CORRESPONDENT, NORTH AMERICA

BREAKING NEWS: NIGERIA dominates AMERICA’S NFL Africa draftee list…Many of them are Nigerian-Americans, still attending Colleges   BY LOYE ABIMBOLA/SPORTS CORRESPONDENT, NORTH AMERICA NIGERIA IS IN THE THRESHOLD OF HISTORY IN...

DISGRACEFUL: NIGERIA’S ex-Premier League Goalkeeper, ABDUL AZEEZA, Other gangs BUSTED… Selling fake British passports, University degrees for £800 each *Former professional footballer sentenced to four years in jail *Recovered from his kitchen as evidence: a false passport in his back pocket, a residency card in his wallet, including specially adapted tools for dismantling passports, threads for stitching, paint thinners and laminate found at his home in Walworth in South London *His gang members: Alfred Adekoya, 47, of Walworth, sentenced to 40 months and two weeks after pleading guilty to conspiracy to manufacture a fake document. Victor Ariyo, of Nunhead, London, acted as a go-between sentenced to three years in jail, Luke Nkanta, 29, of Woolwich in south-east London, acted as courier; sentenced to 16 months in jail after pleading guilty to possession of an identity document with improper intention *’We have stopped a concerted, systematic and financially motivated assault on the UK’s immigration system’-Immigration Enforcement inspector Ben Thomas BYGEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF & TOMS SHOLAPE/CRIME REPORTER, LONDON

DISGRACEFUL: NIGERIA’S ex-Premier League Goalkeeper, ABDUL AZEEZA, Other gangs BUSTED… Selling fake British passports, University degrees for £800 each *Former professional footballer sentenced to four years in jail *Recovered from...

INSPIRING: NIGERIAN Born Arsenal Player, ALEX IWOBI wins ‘Philanthropic Endeavour Community Action’ Award at Best of Africa Competition *Featured for Arsenal in UEFA Europa League second leg clash against the Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano *21-year-old Nigeria international played 35 games for Arsenal scoring just two goals *BOA Award is an an event to honour, celebrate the philanthropic endeavors and achievements of African football players *Moved to England at the age of FOUR, still nephew of former Nigerian Super Eagles super star Jay-Jay Okocha * ‘Great Night At The Best Of Africa Awards. I am Blessed To Have My Family and Friends There With Me’- Iwobi BY SEUN OLAPADE/SPORTS REPORTER, ENGLAND

INSPIRING: NIGERIAN Born Arsenal Player, ALEX IWOBI wins ‘Philanthropic Endeavour Community Action’ Award at Best of Africa Competition *Featured for Arsenal in UEFA Europa League second leg clash against the Atletico Madrid at...

TRENDING: BRITISH Born Nigerian Boxer, ANTHONY JOSHUA Gives Joseph PARKER Bloody NOSE, Holds World Title Number FOUR…Wins on points 118-110, 118-110, 119-109 *28 yr. old Pugilist Parades Championship Belts as WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO * Victory in Cardiff becomes Joshua’s 21st straight career win * ‘I am Now Ready to Face Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury’-Joshua BY THOMAS IBADE/SPORTS EDITOR, CARDIFF

TRENDING: BRITISH Born Nigerian Boxer, ANTHONY JOSHUA Gives Joseph PARKER Bloody NOSE, Holds World Title Number FOUR…Wins on points 118-110, 118-110, 119-109 *28 yr. old Pugilist Parades Championship Belts as WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO * Victory...

MAKING NIGERIA PROUD GLOBALLY: ‘We Hereby Announce NIGERIA’S Born JOHN OGBONNA EMMANUEL as Number ONE Wrestler in the World’-UNITED World Wrestling *Retained status as Champion at African Wrestling Championship *Another Nigerian in the 79kg category, Agiomor Ekerekeme rated third in World Wrestling behind Iranian wrestlers Rashid Kurbanov, Ezzetollah Akabarizarinkolaei *Other Nigerians on World wrestling stage ranking: Robert Daufa rated 7th in the World in the 92kg category, Soso Tamara rated 9th in the World in the 97kg category, Welson Ebikewenimo rated 10th in the World in the 57kg category BY KELVIN OLUWANIKAN/SPORTS CORRESPONDENT, EGYPT

MAKING NIGERIA PROUD GLOBALLY: ‘We Hereby Announce NIGERIA’S Born JOHN OGBONNA EMMANUEL as Number ONE Wrestler in the World’-UNITED World Wrestling *Retained status as Champion at African Wrestling Championship *Another Nigerian...

SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN UNITED KINGDOM PRISON: NIGERIAN Retired FORMER Premier League Goalkeeper, ABDUL AZEEZA Jailed in London…For Possessing FAKE British Passport, Bogus Residency Permit *Investigators Discovered ex-Nigerian Professional footballer’s house used as factory in producing false traveling documents * Pleads GUILTY to TWO counts of possessing an Identity document with improper intent, possessing equipment with intention of making fake documents *Co-criminals’ Fate: Alfred Adekoya sentenced to 40 months and two weeks in custody after pleading guilty to conspiracy to manufacture a fake document, Victor Ariyo-Spiritual Service/Money Laundering specialist bags THREE Years in Jail, Luke Nkanta-Courier sentenced to 16 Months in Prison BY MUMUNI ORIOLA/SPORTS CORRESPONDENT, UNITED KINGDOM

SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN UNITED KINGDOM PRISON: NIGERIAN Retired FORMER Premier League Goalkeeper, ABDUL AZEEZA Jailed in London…For Possessing FAKE British Passport, Bogus Residency Permit *Investigators Discovered ex-Nigerian Professional...

HISTORIC FEAT IN LIBERIA: ‘GOD, LIBERIAN People made me PRESIDENT of LIBERIA’-George WEAH, 25th President of Liberia …Three-time African Footballer of the Year, first African player to win Ballon d’Or succeed the first elected female President *Says: ‘My Victory has changed the face of Politics in Africa, Youths are eligible to contest and become President’ * ‘60% of our population, Liberian Youths under the age of 30 voted for me’ * ‘The Lord help me Defeat Joseph Boakai former Liberian Vice-President in power for 12 years, Don’t you ever give up your Dreams’ * Ex-FIFA World Player of the Year fights illiteracy, Graduates in Bachelors Degree with Distinction in Business Management from Devry University, USA *Had Masters degree in Management from Keller Graduate School of Management, Devry University * Arsene Wenger, Arsenal’s Football Club Manager Congratulates WEAH: “I congratulate one of my former players, who became president of Liberia” * “This is a challenge to Nigeria’s former Super Eagles’ Superstars..Austin Okocha, Sunday Oliseh, Kanu Nwankwo and rest to freely contest Nigeria’s Presidency in 2019”-Nigerian American Press Association BY ROSEMARY ABBOT, STAFF REPORTER, MONROVIA

HISTORIC FEAT IN LIBERIA: ‘GOD, LIBERIAN People made me PRESIDENT of LIBERIA’-George WEAH, 25th President of Liberia …Three-time African Footballer of the Year, first African player to win Ballon d’Or succeed the first...

MAKING NIGERIA PROUD WORLDWIDE: NIGERIAN Physically Challenged Lady, ALICE OLUWAFEMIAYO Makes HISTORY, Breaks WORLD Record as a WEIGHTLIFTER in MEXICO…Defeats earlier women’s +86kg record at the World Para Powerlifting Championships *Wins Power After Lifting 140kg in her first three attempts *Fourth Attempt outshines former Record in 2014 by lifting 145kg * Tells Paralympic website: “I feel very happy, it was not something I was expecting” * “I believe that Nigeria are the best in powerlifting in the world. The first event of the competition and we have a world record already broken”-National coach, Feyisetan Are BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

MAKING NIGERIA PROUD WORLDWIDE: NIGERIAN Physically Challenged Lady, ALICE OLUWAFEMIAYO Makes HISTORY, Breaks WORLD Record as a WEIGHTLIFTER in MEXICO…Defeats earlier women’s +86kg record at the World Para Powerlifting Championships *Wins...

HONOR FOR NIGERIA ABROAD: NIGERIAN Doctor, Anambra State Genius BENNET OMALU Wins AMERICAN Medical Association AWARD…Still First Person in the World to Identify Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in Sports *Presents Detailed Paperwork on CTE to National Football League *Justified as work justified change the face of American football *At 16 years joined University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Earned Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at 22 years *Graduates in Masters of Business Administration from Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University * “I discovered that science and faith actually go together, because, science and faith seek the truth, and there can only be one truth”-OMALU * ‘Omalu identified chronic brain damage, as a major factor in the death of other professional athletes, particularly football players. He called the disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE. Omalu is without question, the winner of the distinguished service award’-Andrew Gurman, President of American Medical Association BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF/UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

HONOR FOR NIGERIA ABROAD: NIGERIAN Doctor, Anambra State Genius BENNET OMALU Wins AMERICAN Medical Association AWARD…Still First Person in the World to Identify Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in Sports *Presents Detailed Paperwork on...

SUCCESS AGAINST ALL ODDS: NIGERIAN Born Anambra State Man, VINCENT AGULUEFO Wins 2017 World’s Greatest Bodybuilding Heavyweight NPC Ruby Championship in USA…Defeats 50 Others to earn GOLD Trophy * Honored FIRST PLACE in Men’s Bodybuilding Heavyweight, Overall Winner & Men’s Classic Physique and Overall Outlook’ * Strongly Holding Unto the Promises of God in Miracles * ‘Always I Believe I will Make NIGERIA proud Abroad’-Aguluefo * His favorite QUOTE: “Sometimes we gotta walk through fire to be purified Gold, Believe in Yourself Always” BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF, UNITED STATES

SUCCESS AGAINST ALL ODDS: NIGERIAN Born Anambra State Man, VINCENT AGULUEFO Wins 2017 World’s Greatest Bodybuilding Heavyweight NPC Ruby Championship in USA…Defeats 50 Others to earn GOLD Trophy * Honored FIRST PLACE in Men’s...