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Arsenal Reject Atletico Madrid Offer For Torreira



Arsenal Reject Atletico Madrid Offer For Torreira

Arsenal have turned down an offer from Atletico Madrid for Lucas Torreira.

The Uruguayan midfielder has made it clear he wants to leave the club, with Italy his preferred destination.

And Italian journalist Matteo Pedrosi reports that Atletico in Spain attempted to sign Torreira on loan with an option to buy.

But the reporter claims the offer was swiftly turned down.

If Arsenal do let Torreira leave, they want a permanent transfer so they can add money to their transfer kitty.

Arsenal are trying to do other business with Atletico, as they have serious interest in defensive midfielder Thomas Partey.

Torino and Fiorentina also want to sign Torreira

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Fuel Queues: APC Lacks ‘Political Will’ To Solve Subsidy Issues – PDP




The Peoples Democratic Party on Saturday said President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress lack the political will to solve the “perennial” issues of fuel subsidy.

“The resurgence of long fuel queues in our filling stations in major cities across the country further explains the lack of political will by the President Muhammadu Buhari led All Progressives Congress administration in solving the perennial subsidy issues,” a note on the PDP’s verified social media accounts said.

“Nigeria is better with PDP.”

Fuel queues, which has rocked the Federal Capital Territory intermittently in the past few weeks, resurfaced in Lagos on Sunday.

Oil marketers had complained of the price of petrol compared to how much it took to deliver it to the final consumer.

However, the Federal Government has insisted that the pump price of petrol should remain at N165.

On Wednesday, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) said it has resolved to maintain the status quo ante, even as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Pipeline and Product Marketing Company (PPMC) responded positively to the association’s request by releasing products from their tank farms that can last 32 days.’

The sight of long fuel queues has since abated in parts of Lagos.

Nigeria has subsidised petrol since the early years of the 2000s.

Although the country is one of the largest producers of crude oil, the bulk of petrol consumed in the country is imported due to the paucity of local refining capacity.

Experts have long called for petrol subsidy removal, saying it diverts much needed resources that could have been invested in infrastructure, education, health and other development sectors.

The Buhari administration had planned to remove subsidies in June this year but the move was halted after consultations with stakeholders such as the Nigeria Labour Congress.

Many Nigerians believe fuel subsidy is one of the few benefits that gets directly to citizens but the scheme has also been rocked by fraudulent activities.

On Tuesday, in a written note, to Bloomberg, President Buhari defended his administration’s decision to continue to subsidise petrol.

He said the government is working on boosting local capacity in order to stem the inflationary pressures that are likely to be triggered by a removal of subsidies.

“Most western countries are today implementing fuel subsidies. Why would we remove ours now?” What is good for the goose is good for the gander!” The President said.

“What our western allies are learning the hard way is what looks good on paper and the human consequences are two different things.

“My government set in motion plans to remove the subsidy late last year. After further consultation with stakeholders, and as events unfolded this year, such a move became increasingly untenable.

“Boosting internal production for refined products shall also help. Capacity is due to step up markedly later this year and next, as private players and modular refineries (Dangote Refinery, BUA Group Refinery, Waltersmith Refinery) come on board.

“The exchange rate is still susceptible to external shocks that can suddenly and severely affect Nigerian citizens. As we step up domestic production – both in fuel (enabled by PIA) and food (agricultural policies) – the inflationary threat shall diminish, and we can move toward unification.”

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Alleged Organ Trafficking: University Of Lincoln Bans Ekweremadu



The University of Lincoln has banned former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu from undertaking any further duties as visiting professor after he was accused of trafficking a 15-year-old boy to the United Kingdom for organ harvesting.

Mr Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, are currently detained in the UK over the charges ahead of a court date on July 7.

They have both denied the trafficking charges.

Ekweremadu had been in the UK for at least two weeks before he was arrested, having met with members of the Nigerian community in Britain in Lincoln around ten days ago.

He had been a visiting professor of corporate and international linkages at the University of Lincoln.

But according to a spokesperson who spoke to British tabloid, Daily Mail, the university has stopped him from acting in any official capacity.

“Visiting professors are often, as is in this case, non-resident at the university, unpaid and advisory,” the spokesperson said.

“We are deeply concerned about the nature of these allegations but as this is an active police investigation, we cannot comment further at this stage.

“Whilst this matter is subject to investigation, this person will not be undertaking any duties as visiting professor at Lincoln.”

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Shehu Sani: Why Buhari Should Have Reappointed Amaechi



Shehu Sani, the senator who represented Kaduna Central in the 8th assembly, has expressed surprise over the recent appointment of ministers by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Sani said Buhari should have reappointed Rotimi Amaechi, former Minister of Transportation.

“I was surprised to read that names were sent to the national assembly. Having known that he has a record notoriously for delaying appointments and being indecisive on issues.”

“If you can recall history, before he appointed the ministers when he took over office in 2015, it took him many months and there was a minister from Kogi state that also died in a road crash, it also took eternity for him to appoint a new one. And then you have cases of replacement of minister of agriculture and that of power. It also takes time for him to reshuffle.”

Sani also stated that this is the first time in the history of the country where Ministers will serve double terms in the same position without being reshuffled.

“So this is the first time even in the history of this country where you have ministers staying on the same position for long without being reshuffled and those who were sacked without being replaced but I think he has lately recognized that he has very little time left and he took action. It is in fact contrary to what we expected. In fact, I expected him to stay at least up to December to do what he has done but at least, he has done it.

“But I thought even that as critical as the ministry of transportation is, actually former minister who has made promises and pledges of completing these rail lines some within this year, some next year, he should have been returned to ensure that all those contracts that have been signed with China and put down and other financiers of our rail project at least he sees them to the end.”

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