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‘I Regret dumping Austria Citizenship for Nigeria as a Professional Footballer’-BENEDICT AKWUEGBU, retired Nigerian football striker …’I played for Nigerian national football team and was a 2002 FIFA World Cup participant’ * Says: ‘I regret representing my fatherland in international football instead of Austria that also offered me a great opportunity. It makes me feel the regret of playing for the Super Eagles. It makes me blame myself, and ask myself why I rejected Austria who were all over me then to play for their national team which I turned down in preference to Nigeria’ * ‘If I knew I would be treated this way, perhaps I would have been much wiser. But then, that’s the prize I had to pay for being patriotic, holding tight to my love for the green, white and green colours of Nigeria * ‘Till today, Austria still show me love, they still recognise me to the point that I now wonder how it would have been if I had adopted their nationally and represented them at the senior level’ * ‘ I’m just being honest to my conscience. I’m not against the leadership of the NFF. The field is large enough for them to increase the team [coaches] number. You have the Super Eagles, U-23 Olympic Eagles, Flying Eagles, U-17 Golden Eaglets. You also have the women teams – Super Falcons, Falconets and Flamingoes (U-17). You can appoint one ex-international to each of these teams’ * BY NICOLE IBAKA/REPORTER, ABUJA

‘I Regret dumping Austria Citizenship for Nigeria as a Professional Footballer’-BENEDICT AKWUEGBU, retired Nigerian football striker …’I played for Nigerian national football team and was a 2002 FIFA...

After 6 hours of Rigorous grilling, EMEKA OKONKWO, alias E-MONEY leaves Nigeria Police Custody in a wine-coloured suit …Says: ‘I am a clean entrepreneur, a successful businessman’ * Attract the ire of Nigeria Police Inspector General for allegedly using fully armed policemen as domestic servants * “We received a signal from the Force headquarters on Monday that the police detail of music executive, E-Money, be immediately withdrawn and an investigation into the man be launched. The IG was surprised that policemen were attached to him in the first place and were being used like domestic servants, carrying umbrellas, opening doors and doing menial jobs for him. The policemen were discovered to be attached to B Operations at the command headquarters and not MOPOL which is the usual practice. So, we have withdrawn his policemen and we are inviting him for questioning. The policemen will also be interrogated”-A top police officer * BY CHIDI REUBEN/CRIME REPORTER

After 6 hours of Rigorous grilling, EMEKA OKONKWO, alias E-MONEY leaves Nigeria Police Custody in a wine-coloured suit …Says:‘I am a clean entrepreneur, a successful businessman’ * Attract the ire of...

‘CHURCHES in Nigeria will certainly lose members after COVID-19 pandemic’-Pastor Sam Adeyemi, Daystar Christian Centre *’Churches with huge members may see a smaller congregation, as most people will now prefer to stream services from home’ * ‘Now that many have been used to worshiping God from the comfort of their rooms, will they go to church when COVID-19 is finally over? * “Many Christians may also feel relaxed on Sundays when they usually go to church?” * BY TOMIWA BOLUWATIFE/RELIGIOUS REPORTER, LAGOS

‘CHURCHES in Nigeria will certainly lose members after COVID-19 pandemic’-Pastor Sam Adeyemi, Daystar Christian Centre *’Churches with huge members may see a smaller congregation, as most people will now prefer...

Nigerian born French Fugitive, JESSICA EDOSOMWAN is Europe’s Most Wanted Woman …Recruits 17 young girls from small towns in Nigeria promising to fund their journey to Western Europe * Compel young Nigerian girls to pay a debt of 50,000 to 60,000 euros each, entrusted victims to an older woman who supervise and collect money from them * Victims, housed, fed in bad conditions at exorbitant prices, prostituted in streets or trucks. Money recovered and sent back to Nigeria through a traditional informal payment system. Prosecutors estimate girls aged 17 to 38, made up to 150,000 euros a month for the syndicate, selling sex for as little as 10 euros * ‘Most of the women come from Benin City, a centre of human trafficking, and many told investigators they had made the dangerous journey across the Sahara Desert to Libya, then across the Mediterranean to Italy before ending up in Lyon’-Investigation * “Jessica Edosomwan, a Nigerian citizen who escaped after police raided a prostitution ring in Lyon, is wanted by French authorities. Jessica has been on the run, but she is believed to be hiding either in the Benelux countries, Italy or Germany”- European Police Office * BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF

A Nigerian defendant waits in the courtroom prior to the start of a trial of a prostitution network case in Lyon, central eastern France, on November 6, 2019. – 19 Nigerian people and a French one, are facing a sentence up to ten...

Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel) on Notice! Nigeria Police warn Bishop DAVID OYEDEPO: ‘Don’t Re-open Sunday Church Service’ * ‘We have information that some religious leaders in Ogun state are preparing to open their religious centres for people to converge in total disobedience to both the state and federal government directives’ * ‘The command will not tolerate any act capable of undermining the determination of the state and federal government to fight the COVID 19 pandemic to a standstill’ ‘The ban on all forms of gathering be it social or religious is still in force”- Abimbola Oyeyemi, state Police Spokesperson * BY TOPE ADEYANJU/REPORTER, ABEOKUTA

Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel) on Notice! Nigeria Police warn Bishop DAVID OYEDEPO: ‘Don’t Re-open Sunday Church Service’ * ‘We have information that some religious leaders in Ogun state are preparing...

FALL-OUT OF COVID-19! Nigerian evacuees from Dubai scream: ‘We are treated like prisoners inside Quarantined Hotel in Lagos’ * ‘We are surrounded by stern-looking, fully-armed soldiers who do not allow us to even get fresh air or receive some sunlight within the compound’ * ‘We have not had it good since we returned from Dubai. We all tested negative for COVID-19 but we are being treated as if we have the disease’ * ‘No government official had called or visited to check our welfare except some officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control who stopped over to see us on Saturday morning’ * “ All COVID-19 issues are handled by the Minister of Foreign Affairs in consultation with the PTF (Presidential Task Force). NIDCOM’s role was to help co-ordinate the names of those who wanted to return, working with the mission. We are not involved in the logistics of their return. So please direct your questions to Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs who is in total control”-Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission * BY JIMI OLAYIWOLA/REPORTER, LAGOS

FALL-OUT OF COVID-19! Nigerian evacuees from Dubai scream: ‘We are treated like prisoners inside Quarantined Hotel in Lagos’ * ‘We are surrounded by stern-looking, fully-armed soldiers who do not allow...

Nigerian born British resident Nurse, ONYENACHI OBASI contract Coronavirus, dies after five weeks on Ventilator machine …51 -year old worked as a health visitor and sacrificed her life for what she loved * Passed early hours of May 6 at Queen’s Hospital, survived by her 19-year-old son *Her last word on dying bed: “I felt I had a duty to work, and help during the pandemic” * Family so far raised more than £6,000 towards Obasi’s funeral costs through ‘GO-FUND-ME’ * “We are just heartbroken. She was really loving, really sweet and a really cute person. She was a good example of unconditional love and just loved everyone. She was so giving and always had an ear – she took people as they were. She loved her job, but that is what caused her to fall ill in the first place”-Her niece, Ijeoma Uzoukwu * BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF & RIKKY EDWARD/ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER, UK

Nigerian born British resident Nurse, ONYENACHI OBASI contract Coronavirus, dies after five weeks on Ventilator machine …51 -year old worked as a health visitor and sacrificed her life for what she loved * Passed early hours...

Nigerian-British Mercury award nominated rapper, BEN CHIJIOKE, a.k.a TY dies of COVID-19 in London…Tears as tributes pour in for 47-year old music-maker * Deceased released debut album “Awkward” in 2001, ‘Go-FUND-Me’ raised for him * His follow-up, “Upward”, nominated for the Mercury in 2004 alongside Amy Winehouse * “Ty was admitted to hospital with complications related to COVID-19, and was put in a medically-induced coma. He woke up and appeared to be getting better but last week contracted pneumonia in hospital, and died on May 7”-Diane Laidlaw, Fund-raising page organiser *BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF & RIKKY EDWARD/ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER, UK

Nigerian-British Mercury award nominated rapper, BEN CHIJIOKE, a.k.a TY dies of COVID-19 in London…Tears as tributes pour in for 47-year old music-maker * Deceased released debut album “Awkward” in 2001, ‘Go-FUND-Me’ raised...

BREAKING NEWS: Italian Government issues Legal Status, Work Permit to 650,000 Undocumented Nigerian migrants, other African nationals…for proving essential by caring for the elderly and picking crops during the Coronavirus crisis *Touching story of how many Africans endured pains of homelessness and dejection * Most of these migrants are found in Naples-a situation that earned the city the ‘Africa of Italy’ During Covid-19 lockdown in Italy, African migrants were deployed in farms across Italy to tend to crops and perform sundry farm duties * “The food on our table comes from these fields. Now we must hand over those rights which have been denied to those who work in them. The permits – which won’t give migrants the right to vote – will be valid for six months and will be renewable. They were proposed by the agricultural minister Teresa Bellanova. The measure could be inserted into a temporary government decree with immediate effect but will be voted on in parliament after 60 days” – Peppe Provenzano, minister for the south of Italy * BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF

BREAKING NEWS: Italian Government issues Legal Status, Work Permit to 650,000 Undocumented Nigerian migrants, other African nationals…for proving essential by caring for the elderly and picking crops during the...

‘We have returned to Nigeria over £241m ($300m) stolen by Sani Abacha, Nigeria’s former dictator’-United States government …Fund laundered through the U.S. And kept in a Jersey bank account *Money recovered from the hidden account of shell company Doraville * Repatriation involves Jersey retaining $5m (£3.8m), US eligible for same amount * ‘The island had transferred $314,305,568.54 to the U.S on 2nd March’- Jersey’s Attorney General Mark Temple QC * ‘Money had been moved to a recovery account held by the Central Bank of Nigeria and would be paid to the National Sovereign Investment Authority within 14 days’-The Justice Minister for Nigeria, Abubakar Malami * BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICA Foreign Bureau Chief

‘Nigeria is calling for Debt Forgiveness of member states from International financial institutions’-President Muhammadu Buhari …Members need to use funds withstand the fallout of the Coronavirus...