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Boko Haram: No Fresh Attack On Zulum, Security In Borno – Spokesman



Borno State Government has refuted reports claiming there was another attack by Boko Haram on Governor Babagana Zulum and his security details.

Zulum’s spokesman, Isa Gusau, in a statement on Sunday, said Zulum travelled to Baga on Saturday, spent the day supervising the distribution of food items to 5,000 residents and returned to Maiduguri safely.

Gusau noted that while in Baga, his principal assessed major reconstruction and resettlement efforts with no hitch.

“As members of the public can testify, it is the culture and principle of Professor Zulum to say things as they are. In this case, it is what it is – no attack whatsoever.

Any media organization that wants further clarification may wish to contact the Nigerian military.”

Gusau expressed Zulum’s appreciation to all well-wishers across Nigeria.

“He gratefully commended the Armed Forces, Police and civilian volunteers for the relentless efforts in fully restoring lasting peace to Borno State” the statement added.

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Watch Full Highlight: Rennes 1-2 Chelsea



Chelsea are booked their place in the Uefa Champions League last-16 following a late 2-1 victory in Rennes on Tuesday evening.

The Blues won the reverse fixture 3-0 earlier this month but they were made to work a lot harder for Tuesday’s victory – means Frank Lampard’s men are made sixth win in a row in all competitions.

Serhou Guirassy looked to have rescued a point for Ligue 1 side Rennes when he cancelled out Callum Hudson-Odoi’s first-half opener in the 85th minute at Roazhon Park.

But second-half substitute Olivier Giroud won it in added time to ensure Chelsea will progress from Group E along with Sevilla, who defeat Krasnodar 1-2 at home.

German hitman, Timo Werner blazed over the crossbar from six yards but Hudson-Odoi, who set up that early chance, soon had Chelsea in front when he controlled Mason Mount’s long pass and tucked home after 22 minutes of the game.

Mount should have added his name to the score-sheet seven minutes later, the midfielder thwarted by a superb reaction save from goalkeeper Alfred Gomis.

Chelsea were denied a second when Timo Werner – on target twice from the penalty spot in the reverse fixture – converted Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross but was flagged for offside.

Rennes had lost their previous three matches in all competitions without scoring but they managed to find a way past Edouard Mendy, who joined Chelsea from the Ligue 1 side in September.

Edouard Mendy did well to save attempts from Gerzino Nyamsi and Guirassy but the latter made the hosts’ pressure tell when left all alone to head in.

Just when it looked like Rennes had done enough to frustrate Chelsea, Olivier Giroud – on the field for 22 minutes – towered above Nyamsi to score a header of his own after Werner’s initial shot was saved.

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Comedian Trevor Noah announced as host for the 2021 Grammy Awards



South African comedian and “The Daily Show” host, Trevor Noah, has been announced as the host for the 2021 Grammy Awards.

The Recording Academy made the announcement hours before the nominees for the upcoming show are revealed.

“Despite the fact that I am extremely disappointed that the GRAMMYs have refused to have me sing or be nominated for best pop album, I am thrilled to be hosting this auspicious event,” Noah said in a statement.

“I think as a one-time GRAMMY nominee, I am the best person to provide a shoulder to all the amazing artists who do not win on the night because I too know the pain of not winning the award! (This is a metaphorical shoulder, I’m not trying to catch Corona). See you at the 63rd GRAMMYs!”

Harvey Mason jr., chair and interim president/CEO of the Recording Academy, said: “With a knack for keeping viewers engaged and entertained, Trevor is the perfect choice to lead us through what’s sure to be an incredible evening full of music, unforgettable moments, unity and inspiration. He is a dynamic host, comedian and personality, and we’re thrilled to welcome him to the Grammy stage as host of Music’s Biggest Night for the first time.”

George Cheeks, CBS Entertainment Group president and CEO, added: “Trevor’s comedy talents, engaging energy and unique perspective make him the perfect host for the Grammys. At the same time, it’s very exciting to have one of our biggest ViacomCBS stars center stage for one of CBS’ marquee events. With Trevor hosting and ‘The Late Late Show’s’ Ben Winston producing, it’s yet another example of our combined company’s power in music, entertainment, and the biggest live events.”

The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. The Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony will be streamed live on at 3:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. PT.

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Nigerian roads are of global standard – Fashola



The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has stated that the roads being constructed in the country are done in line with the universal global standard.

Fashola said this while reeling out the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari administration in the transport sector on Tuesday November 24.

He said;

“I think we don’t have our standards, roads are constructed to a universal global standard and those standards are not made by Nigeria, they are uniform standards.

“You can have a minimum and a maximum, in many cases we have reached some maximum because of the quality of finishing they have applied”

Fashola also disclosed that the ministry uses polymer modified bitumen on the Lagos-Ibadan and Enugu-Port Harcourt roads, instead of the 60/70 bitumen because it is stronger and ensures high standard.

On the percentage of roads constructed in the country, he said;

“It depends on how you want to report, if you want to report cash side of government, it will be about 75 per cent because we have received only third quarter release and that is 75 per cent of 100.

“But, if you want to measure actual work done, we have done more than 100 per cent.”

On construction companies being owed, Fashola added;

“Sometimes, if you budget N1 million, the construction company will do N5 million work, that is why we owe more than what is in the budget.

“It is important to understand this, construction companies don’t keep building materials, they don’t keep laterite, gravel, granite, sand and cement, they make order of such materials any time we pay.”

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