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Injured Brazil striker Neymar has targeted May 17 for a return to training, vowing to work harder than ever to be ready for this year’s World Cup in Russia.

The Paris St Germain player, who joined the club from Barcelona in August, had an operation on his foot after being injured in a French league game against Olympique de Marseille on February 25.

He has been receiving treatment in Brazil and said he expects to be training exactly a month before the five-time champions play their World Cup opener against Switzerland on June 17.

“I get my final exam, if I’m not mistaken on May 17 and then I’ll be free to play,” he told reporters at a news conference in Sao Paulo.

“I had an exam last week, it is all perfect, evolving well, so I hope that continues so I can get back as soon as possible.

“I am having treatment every day and from the moment I start training I am going to work harder than I ever worked because this is a dream that’s coming up, it’s a World Cup.

“I’ve waited four years for this chance, its close and I hope to get there in great shape.”

Neymar played for Brazil at the 2014 World Cup, but missed the catastrophic 7-1 semi-final defeat by Germany through injury.

Brazil struggled in the two years immediately after their home World Cup, but have since rebounded and go to Russia as joint favourites with bookmakers along with Germany.

Players from the Premier League champions-in-waiting Manchester City dominated the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Team of the Year announced on Wednesday, occupying five out of 11 spots.

City defenders Kyle Walker and Nicolas Otamendi, midfielders David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne as well as all-time top scorer Sergio Aguero were named in the side.

Tottenham Hotspur had three players on the list, including England striker Harry Kane, who made the team for a third straight year along with Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, who has 40 goals across all competitions this season and was nominated for the PFA’s Player of the Year award, also made the team.

Chelsea had a lone representative in defender Marcos Alonso.

PFA Team of the Year: David de Gea, Kyle Walker, Jan Vertonghen, Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Alonso, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah, Sergio Aguero.

The Senate has reacted to the snatching of its mace during Wednesday (today) plenary, alleging that Senator Ovie Omo-Agege led the suspected thugs into the chamber.

The upper chamber of the National Assembly, in a statement issued by the Chairman, Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi, said the act was treasonable, adding that it was an attempt to overthrow the legislature.

It read, “Today, some armed hoodlums led by suspended Senator Ovie Omo-Agege walked into the Senate’s plenary and seized the symbol of authority of the upper legislative chamber, the mace.

“This action is an act of treason, as it is an attempt to overthrow a branch of the Federal Government of Nigeria by force, and it must be treated as such.

“All security agencies must stand on the side of due process and immediately mobilise their personnel to retrieve the mace and apprehend the mastermind and the perpetrators of this act.

“This action is also an affront on the legislature, and the leadership of the House has come to express their support against this action.

“The Senate is now in an executive session. An updated statement will be released immediately after the closed door session.”

The session was opened at 12.07pm.

Popular Relationship Blogger, Elsie Godwin launches her book titled; Oya Start Blogging in Lagos, Nigeria.

The book which teaches both the young and old about the intricacies of blogging and how to go into it has eight chapters of insightful wisdom and knowledge which are timely and quite contemporary.

In her words, “the aim of writing this book is to get more people blogging beyond the bounds of mere gossip. I want them to embrace blogging as a tool for change.”

“There is a great need to pass on this knowledge about the blogosphere especially where there are lots of heresies about blogging from several quarters.”

Elsie who has won several awards globally was featured in the Top 20 Relationship Blogs across the globe in 2017.

Oya Start Blogging is a carefully crafted body of work by Elsie Godwin, detailed and rich with information that are positioned not only to right the wrong perception created by a few about blogging in the eyes of the right thinking world, but to inspire even more creative, conscious and capable minded that have thoughts about becoming bloggers, writers or any other form of literary connoisseur in Nigeria to pick up their pen and bleed the ink on the papers for the world to embrace, enjoy and be informed.

The 31 page book has already started gaining global attention as top bloggers across the globe are said to have requested a copy of the book.

She further encouraged Nigerians to promote the reading culture among the citizens, stating that there is a need to look into the books and guides to succeed in life.

To celebrate her birthday, the book can be downloaded for free for the next 7 days via HERE (https://www.elsieisy.com/oya-start-blogging-elsie-godwin/ )

Elsie Godwin is an On-Air-Personality, social media consultant, influencer, Transcriber and blogger behind the award-winning Literary, Lifestyle and Relationship blog ELSiEiSY.COM, and the TV show – Crux of the Matter. She also has a corner on Guardian Life Nigeria where she writes her opinion on Relationships and Lifestyle related matters. She also co-hosts HeartMatters on Lagos Traffic Radio (96.1FM).

She is passionate about raising awareness on the fight against Rape, Domestic Violence, Sex education and Sexual Health, Mental Health Issues, struggles of orphanages, Sickle Cell Diseases and societal stigmatization.

DMW Boss, Davido who had one time boast of having 30 billion in his account has revealed what he needs to have his life all set.

One may begin to wonder if 30 billion whether in Naira or dollar is not enough for Davido, then how much money in this world will be enough for him.

Recall, the singer recently spent a whooping $235k (N86m) on a 2018 Bentley Bentayga and has also been splashing cash on diamond encrusted 30 billion Gang chains for himself, his crew, daughter and girlfriend.

Of course, Davido’s lavish lifestyle did not start today but don’t think too far on how much money he needs to be really financially okay.

The singer himself took to snapchat to disclose how much he needs to have his life set. According to OBO, he needs $10million to have his life set.

Going by a careful calculation, $10m is equivalent to N3.6bn, which is up to how much he boasts to have in account when he sang “IF”.

Well, this is clear-cut proof that the “30 Billion In The Account” lyrics is just lyrics not the real deal.

Here is what he posted below;

Renowned gospel singer, Tope Alabi and her entire family are in a joyous mood as the singer’s husband, Soji Alabi turns a year older today.

It was a surprise celebration of the life of the celebrant as his wife, Tope Alabi in company of a good number of celebrities surprised him with a party at their residence.

The birthday party video was shared online by actress, Ronke Odusanya. Yomi Fabiyi, Wole Agba, Ayo Ojewole and a host of other celebrities were seen in attendance.

The celebrant’s wife and singer, Tope Alabi also took to her Instagram page to celebrate her husband.

She wrote;

“Help me to celebrate my wonderful Husband on his birthday. Happy birthday to you my husband, God has assigned you for my destiny and the angel of my life. I pray for more grace and and strength for you. You will be there for me till our old age in Jesus mighty name.”

Zinedine Zidane believes Cristiano Ronaldo will be remembered at Real Madrid in the same glowing terms as Alfredo Di Stefano, AFP reports.

Di Stefano was the face of Real´s domination during the 1950s and 1960s, when they won five European Cups and he scored more than 300 goals.

Ronaldo is now trying to lead another prolonged period of European success, with Real gunning for their third consecutive Champions League triumph, and fourth in five years.

They take a 3-0 lead into Wednesday´s quarter-final second leg at home to Juventus after the Portuguese scored twice last week in Turin, a double that included a sensational bicycle kick.

Ronaldo already has 14 goals in this year´s tournament, three short of his best ever 17, which he posted when Real were crowned champions in 2014.

“I do not think of playing without Cristian, we have him and we are happy,” Zidane said on Tuesday.

“There are many people who remember Di Stefano, it is normal – many people, and I am one of them, will now remember Cristiano with this club.

“We have him and it is necessary to take advantage of this. All the teams in the world would be happy to have this player.”

The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress has written a letter to the Independent National Electoral Commission on its plans to hold congresses and convention across the country.

Investigations by one of our correspondents in Abuja on Tuesday showed that the letter was written to the commission on Monday.

A member of the National Working Committee of the party, who spoke with one of our correspondents, said the letter was sent to the electoral body immediately after the party’s National Executive Committee meeting, which was also attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), and governors elected on the platform of the party.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the party decided to hold the convention before May 16, 2018, because of the Ramadan.

He said, “We have sent a letter to INEC concerning the congresses and the convention we are planning to hold.

“While I will not disclose the proposed dates of the events because we want the commission to acknowledge our letter, but I can confidently tell you that we are determined to hold it before May 16.

“We have checked the Islamic calendar and it showed that the Ramadan might start on that date.

“Due to stress associated with congresses and conventions, we don’t want our members to have difficulties attending or playing their roles in the events.”

Also, the party said only the National Working Committee, led by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, that was constitutionally empowered to select members of the convention committee of the party.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, stated this on Tuesday in an exclusive interview with The PUNCH, while responding to insinuations that there was power tussle between Odigie-Oyegun and a national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, over the selection of members of the APC convention committee.

Abdullahi said he was not aware of any power tussle between the two leaders, adding that the party’s constitution was clear on who was empowered to constitute the committee.

He noted that the dates for the APC congresses would be fixed before the end of the week.

Abdullahi said, “The National Working Committee will fix the dates for the congresses as quickly as possible because we now have the mandate of NEC to proceed.

“So we are going to announce the dates as soon as possible. They will be announced probably before the end of this week.

“The party has not selected the members of the convention committee. We are still in the midst of that.”

When asked about the tussle between Odigie-Oyegun and Tinubu, the APC spokesman said, “None that I am aware of. You probably need to ask them. Look, the responsibility to constitute the convention committee is squarely placed in the hands of the National Working Committee, led by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.

“That is the only organ of the party empowered by the constitution to set up the convention committee.

“But the NWC as a matter of courtesy to our leaders will need to get them involved saying what their input or opinion is. But that does not remove the fact that the primary responsibility to constitute the committee lies with the NWC.”

It was not clear on Tuesday whether Odigie-Oyegun would seek re-election at the proposed convention.

However, a former Governor of Edo State, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole; a former Governor of Cross River State, Chief Clement Ebri; and a former Governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipriye Sylva, were said to be interested in leading the party.

The party had on Monday at its NEC meeting, granted waivers to all members of the party’s executive from the ward to national level the opportunity to remain in office and contest any position they want in the party.

Before the waiver was granted, the constitution of the party had stipulated that any member of the executive who wanted to contest any election must resign from his position a month before the election.

The Peoples Democratic Party has appealed to foreign nations to prevent the APC and INEC from rigging the future elections.

The party alleged that there were plans by the ruling party and the electoral body to rig the forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti State.

The National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, made his party’s position known in Abuja on Tuesday when the German Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Bernhard Schlagheck, paid a courtesy visit to the PDP national leadership.

The PDP national chairman said instead of the APC-led administration to fulfil its 2015 campaign promises, it has plunged Nigeria into “series of crises.”

He alleged that, both the APC and INEC were planning to start the rigging from Ekiti State.

Secondus, who urged the international community to prevail on the incumbent administration to ensure free and fair elections, said, “In July, the Ekiti State governorship election will be the first test for this administration. We know that the APC and INEC have perfected plans to rig the election.

“It is your duty and that of other foreign nations to make sure that both the APC and INEC give us free, fair and credible elections. We are not asking to be favoured. All what we ask for is a level playing field and free atmosphere for the electorate to make their choices.”

Secondus, who noted that lack of free and fair elections remained a major cause of crisis in Africa, said, “When citizens are deprived of their right to vote; that will generate crisis that might be difficult to control.

“Nigeria is an important country on the continent of Africa. The best we can give to our people is election that will be transparent; election that will be credible, election that all, both local and international observers, will welcome.

“We urge the governing APC that the best they can give this country is one man, one vote. We did that during the campaign in 2015, but they are not assuring us of this, which means that there is a great fear in the land that the election is not going to be free and fair despite all the promises made by INEC.”

The PDP chairman, however, said that they were using two major platforms, which he listed as generation next and rescue mission, to project the party ahead of 2019 elections.

While he explained that generation next was to ensure mentoring for youths, Secondus said the rescue mission was aimed at salvaging Nigeria from APC’s misrule.

The ambassador said he and members of his team would send their findings to Germany, calling on stakeholders to ensure free and fair elections.

The National Universities Commission has drafted the curriculum of a course in Cyber Security and Forensic Science which will be taught in universities.

The Executive Secretary of the NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, said this in Abuja on Tuesday during a visit to the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.

The visit, according to Rasheed, was a follow-up to a similar visit by the EFCC boss to the NUC in August 2017, when “you advocated the introduction of a course focusing specifically on anti-corruption in the curriculum of Nigerian universities.”

Magu had, during the said visit, promised that the EFCC would sponsor up to 20 PhD researchers on any aspect of corruption every year, for the next 10 years.

In response to the call, Rasheed presented a draft curriculum of a course in Cyber Security and Forensic Science to the EFCC for its input.

While commending the EFCC’s efforts at ridding Nigeria of corruption, the NUC boss acknowledged the assistance of the anti-graft agency in strengthening the universities by creating an atmosphere for a corrupt free academic system.

Responding, Magu expressed delight over the visit, saying, “The EFCC cannot claim ownership of the achievement recorded; the credit goes to every Nigerian who supports the fight against corruption.”

He thanked the NUC boss for the draft curriculum on the anti-corruption course, promising that the commission would study it and make necessary input for its effective take-off.

The EFCC boss also assured the NUC of the preparedness of the anti-graft agency to go after fraudsters operating illegal institutions in the country, with a view to restoring sanity to the system.

The EFCC says it has recovered N28bn from tax defaulters on behalf of the Federal Inland Revenue Service.

The spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said this in a statement on Tuesday.

According to the statement, the Executive Chairman of the FIRS, Babatunde Fowler, lauded the EFCC for helping the tax agency to recover the money.

“Through the intervention of the EFCC, the agency has been experiencing a high level of tax compliance and it is yielding positive results,” Fowler was quoted as saying.

Fowler gave the commendation on Tuesday when he led a delegation of the FIRS officials, comprising top management members of the agency, on a visit to the anti-graft agency.

He said, “When tax defaulters are reported and invited to your office (EFCC), we see results; we don’t know how you do it, but we are seeing results and people are complying.”

He said the FIRS alone could not curtail the activities of tax evaders without the collaboration of other national and international agencies such as the EFCC.

The FIRS boss emphasised the need to strengthen the existing collaboration and synergy between the two agencies and assured Nigerians that his organisation would explore every means backed by law to ensure that taxes were paid and not diverted.

According to him, if taxes are paid, funds will be available for the government to provide the infrastructure needed for the socio-economic well-being of the citizenry.

Responding, Magu promised that the commission would always be ready to partner any agency, organisation or individual in fighting corruption for the purpose of moving the nation forward.

The EFCC boss appreciated his visitors and called on all Nigerians to join the fight against corruption right from home, offices and in whatever way they could in order to ensure a better future for present and future generations.