Wednesday, 26 April 2017

BREAKING!!! IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu Rejects Bail

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the
Indigenous People of Biafra
(IPOB), has rejected the bail
granted him by Binta Nyako,
justice of the federal high court,
Abuja.
Nyako had granted Kanu bail on
stringent terms on Tuesday. One
of the conditions is that he must
present a Jewish leader as
surety.
But a family source told
TheCable that the IPOB leader
had rejected the order for his
conditional release.
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“Nnamdi Kanu has said he will
not accept the bail until other
persons he was charged
alongside are granted bail as
well,” the source said.

“You know how he is. That is his
decision.”
However, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Kanu’s
lawyer, said his client had not
rejected the bail.
TheCable understands that
Israel and Sally Kanu, the IPOB
leader’s parents, are not
satisfied with the conditions
given for the release of their
son, hence they have called for
his unconditional release.
Kanu alongside other three
accused persons – Chidiebere
Onwudiwe, Benjamin
Madubugwu and David
Nwawuisi – are facing trial for
alleged treasonable felony.
Nyako had quashed six of the
11-count charges filed against
them. But she sustained the rest
which bordered on treason.
Kanu has been in Kuje prisons,
Abuja since 2015.
There were wild celebrations in
the south-east at the news of
Kanu securing bail. But the
celebrations were punctured
when the conditions of his
release became clear.
Ayo Fayose, Ekiti state governor,
and Femi Fani-Kayode were
among those who came to show
solidarity with the IPOB leader
at the court on Tuesday.
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Source: The Cable
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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Court grants IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu,bail

A Federal High court sitting in Abuja
has granted bail to the director of
the Indigenious People of Biafra
IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.
The trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako
granted Kanu bail on health ground
today April 25th. As part of his bail
conditions, Kanu is expected to
provide three sureties with N100
million each.
The sureties must include a serving
senator, a jewish religious leader
and a highly respected person that
must own a land property
anywhere in Abuja.
Justice Binta also ordered that Kanu
must not grant any press interview
or organize any rally pending the
outcome of his trial. According to
Justice Nyako, Kanu would be
released to go home after fulfilling
his bail conditions. Kanu was
arrested in October 2015 for
treasonable offences.
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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Willian and Hazard deliver for Conte after Chelsea boss' FA Cup gamble

Three quick thoughts
from Chelsea 4-2 Tottenham in the
FA Cup semifinals at Wembley on
Saturday.

1. Hazard makes the difference
for Chelsea

Antonio Conte's gamble to leave
Eden Hazard and Diego Costa on
the bench paid off as Chelsea beat
Tottenham 4-2 in a compelling FA
Cup semifinal.
Hazard came off the bench with
half an hour to go, and his
compelling cameo changed the
game. He scored the goal that sent
Chelsea in front for the third time
and then set up Nemanja Matic to
score the fourth.
Chelsea go into next month's FA
Cup final with a chance to win the
Double. Hazard and Costa will also
be relatively fresh for their team's
Premier League match against
Southampton on Tuesday, where a
victory would bring the title a step
closer.
Willian gave Conte's team the lead
twice in the first half. Harry Kane
and Dele Alli both leveled with
brilliant goals, but Hazard had the
last word.
Chelsea started well. Nathan Ake, in
for Gary Cahill, made a strong
challenge on Kane in the fourth
minute, and the Blues broke at
pace. Pedro stormed clear and was
almost in shooting position when
Toby Alderweireld slid across and
scythed the Spaniard down. The
Spurs centre-half was shown a
yellow card, but further
punishment awaited Tottenham.
Willian curled the ball over the wall
and into the far corner of Hugo
Lloris' goal. The goalkeeper was
unexpectedly slow into his dive and
perhaps should have done better.
Chelsea's pace troubled Tottenham.
Pedro and Willian were eager to run
with the ball at defenders and
Michy Batshuayi's movement
presented a different set of
problems for the centre-backs than
they were expecting to encounter
with Costa. The 23-year-old does
not have Costa's power, though.
The Belgian should have doubled
the score just before the quarter
hour, but his unopposed header
was weak, and Lloris saved easily
this time.
Chelsea were left to rue the miss
three minutes later when
Tottenham forced a corner. David
Luiz headed the set piece clear, but
all 11 Chelsea players were deep in
the penalty area. They were too
deep. Spurs were allowed to work
the ball out wide on the right, and
Christian Eriksen was given time to
fire in a cross. It was not the best
effort by the Dane, but Kane dived
low and glanced the ball into the far
corner. It was a magnificent,
unstoppable piece of improvisation
from an expert goal scorer.
But just as Spurs were beginning to
dominate, Son Heung-Min -- playing
wing-back -- made a huge mistake.
Victor Moses charged into the area
and Son slid across to try to
intercept the ball. Moses saw him
coming and waited for Son to miss
the ball before dragging his legs to
let the Tottenham player make
contact. Moses could have easily
avoided going down, but the chance
to be awarded a penalty was too
good to miss. Martin Atkinson, the
referee, took a long look at the
incident, checked with his assistant
and pointed to the spot. Tottenham
protested, but Willian expertly sent
Lloris the wrong way to put Chelsea
back into the lead.
Alli had struggled to make an
impact in the first half, but he
sprung to life in six minutes into
the second period, powering down
the inside left channel and flicking
the ball into the net from Eriksen's
fine pass. The goal showed all the
midfielder's attributes: power,
anticipation and a deadly finish.
Shortly afterwards, just on the
hour, came the inevitable double
substitution. Hazard and Costa
arrived. The game changed in an
instant.
Tottenham continued to swarm
forward and were looking the likely
winners, but Hazard was always
going to have the last word. The
Belgian was lurking on the edge of
the area for a rare Chelsea corner
and was in the perfect position
when a headed clearance dropped
out of the air. Hazard took one
exquisite touch that set up the ball
perfectly and then rifled his shot
into the far corner. Conte's team
were in front with one injection of
class.
Matic made it safe for Chelsea with
10 minutes remaining with a
splendid shot from 25 yards after
Hazard teed him up. The Belgian
went on a mazy run inside the box
before rolling the ball to the
midfielder, whose shot gave Lloris
no chance and made sure Chelsea
reached the final.
Hazard made all the difference.

2. Conte gamble pays off as
Willian strikes

Conte took a huge gamble and it
looked for a long time like it had
gone awry. Batshuayi led the line in
Costa's absence with Willian
operating in the areas the Belgian
usually patrols.
It was not quite a makeshift
Chelsea side, but it was some way
from Conte's strongest XI. Against
the team who have emerged as
Chelsea's only serious challengers
in the Premier League, it was a bold
move.
There has been rumbling
discontent with Costa's attitude
behind the scenes since interest in
a move to China emerged in
January. It was hardly a surprise
that the striker had fallen out with
his manager. Even so, if omitting
Hazard was Conte's attempt to
prioritise the league, it could have
had dangerous consequences.
Defeat to Spurs, who are despised
at Stamford Bridge, would linger
longer in the supporters' memories
than even winning the title.
Batshuayi is some way from the
finished article. Apart from the first-
half header he wasted, he had little
impact on the game. He worked
hard but offered little else. It was a
matter of time before Costa
replaced him.
Willian was different. His quickness
off the mark and tendency to run
into dangerous areas made him
one of Chelsea's better performers.
It was a surprise when he was
withdrawn for Hazard. The Brazilian
went straight down the tunnel and
may have picked up a knock. The
man who bailed his manager out,
though, was Hazard. His influence
changed the match completely.
Conte will think twice about leaving
him out again.

3. Spurs' Wembley woe

Playing at Wembley has been
problematic for Spurs. They lost two
out of three Champions League
group games, winning only the
meaningless match against CSKA
Moscow, and drew their Europa
League game against Gent.
Mauricio Pochettino's side are
expected to use the stadium as
their home ground in next year's
Premier League, and an inability to
win games at the venue would
bring the progression of
Tottenham's young team to a
juddering halt.
Losing another game here when
they were on top for so long will
have a serious impact on their
confidence for next season.
Their tendency to lose discipline
was highlighted by Son's wild
sliding challenge that gave away the
penalty. Pochettino seemed to
accept that the Son experiment had
failed when he replaced him with
Kyle Walker after 67 minutes.
With Hazard on the pitch it made
sense to shore up the right-back
position with Kieran Trippier
switching to the left. At the time of
the switch, Spurs were still on top
but in a matter of minutes they fell
apart.
Once Hazard put Chelsea in front,
Tottenham's Wembley demons
seemed to reappear. Pochettino
has all summer to fix things, but the
team's performances in this
stadium do not bode well for next
season.
Three quick thoughts
from Chelsea 4-2 Tottenham in the
FA Cup semifinals at Wembley on
Saturday.

1. Hazard makes the difference
for Chelsea

Antonio Conte's gamble to leave
Eden Hazard and Diego Costa on
the bench paid off as Chelsea beat
Tottenham 4-2 in a compelling FA
Cup semifinal.
Hazard came off the bench with
half an hour to go, and his
compelling cameo changed the
game. He scored the goal that sent
Chelsea in front for the third time
and then set up Nemanja Matic to
score the fourth.
Chelsea go into next month's FA
Cup final with a chance to win the
Double. Hazard and Costa will also
be relatively fresh for their team's
Premier League match against
Southampton on Tuesday, where a
victory would bring the title a step
closer.
Willian gave Conte's team the lead
twice in the first half. Harry Kane
and Dele Alli both leveled with
brilliant goals, but Hazard had the
last word.
Chelsea started well. Nathan Ake, in
for Gary Cahill, made a strong
challenge on Kane in the fourth
minute, and the Blues broke at
pace. Pedro stormed clear and was
almost in shooting position when
Toby Alderweireld slid across and
scythed the Spaniard down. The
Spurs centre-half was shown a
yellow card, but further
punishment awaited Tottenham.
Willian curled the ball over the wall
and into the far corner of Hugo
Lloris' goal. The goalkeeper was
unexpectedly slow into his dive and
perhaps should have done better.
Chelsea's pace troubled Tottenham.
Pedro and Willian were eager to run
with the ball at defenders and
Michy Batshuayi's movement
presented a different set of
problems for the centre-backs than
they were expecting to encounter
with Costa. The 23-year-old does
not have Costa's power, though.
The Belgian should have doubled
the score just before the quarter
hour, but his unopposed header
was weak, and Lloris saved easily
this time.
Chelsea were left to rue the miss
three minutes later when
Tottenham forced a corner. David
Luiz headed the set piece clear, but
all 11 Chelsea players were deep in
the penalty area. They were too
deep. Spurs were allowed to work
the ball out wide on the right, and
Christian Eriksen was given time to
fire in a cross. It was not the best
effort by the Dane, but Kane dived
low and glanced the ball into the far
corner. It was a magnificent,
unstoppable piece of improvisation
from an expert goal scorer.
But just as Spurs were beginning to
dominate, Son Heung-Min -- playing
wing-back -- made a huge mistake.
Victor Moses charged into the area
and Son slid across to try to
intercept the ball. Moses saw him
coming and waited for Son to miss
the ball before dragging his legs to
let the Tottenham player make
contact. Moses could have easily
avoided going down, but the chance
to be awarded a penalty was too
good to miss. Martin Atkinson, the
referee, took a long look at the
incident, checked with his assistant
and pointed to the spot. Tottenham
protested, but Willian expertly sent
Lloris the wrong way to put Chelsea
back into the lead.
Alli had struggled to make an
impact in the first half, but he
sprung to life in six minutes into
the second period, powering down
the inside left channel and flicking
the ball into the net from Eriksen's
fine pass. The goal showed all the
midfielder's attributes: power,
anticipation and a deadly finish.
Shortly afterwards, just on the
hour, came the inevitable double
substitution. Hazard and Costa
arrived. The game changed in an
instant.
Tottenham continued to swarm
forward and were looking the likely
winners, but Hazard was always
going to have the last word. The
Belgian was lurking on the edge of
the area for a rare Chelsea corner
and was in the perfect position
when a headed clearance dropped
out of the air. Hazard took one
exquisite touch that set up the ball
perfectly and then rifled his shot
into the far corner. Conte's team
were in front with one injection of
class.
Matic made it safe for Chelsea with
10 minutes remaining with a
splendid shot from 25 yards after
Hazard teed him up. The Belgian
went on a mazy run inside the box
before rolling the ball to the
midfielder, whose shot gave Lloris
no chance and made sure Chelsea
reached the final.
Hazard made all the difference.

2. Conte gamble pays off as
Willian strikes

Conte took a huge gamble and it
looked for a long time like it had
gone awry. Batshuayi led the line in
Costa's absence with Willian
operating in the areas the Belgian
usually patrols.
It was not quite a makeshift
Chelsea side, but it was some way
from Conte's strongest XI. Against
the team who have emerged as
Chelsea's only serious challengers
in the Premier League, it was a bold
move.
There has been rumbling
discontent with Costa's attitude
behind the scenes since interest in
a move to China emerged in
January. It was hardly a surprise
that the striker had fallen out with
his manager. Even so, if omitting
Hazard was Conte's attempt to
prioritise the league, it could have
had dangerous consequences.
Defeat to Spurs, who are despised
at Stamford Bridge, would linger
longer in the supporters' memories
than even winning the title.
Batshuayi is some way from the
finished article. Apart from the first-
half header he wasted, he had little
impact on the game. He worked
hard but offered little else. It was a
matter of time before Costa
replaced him.
Willian was different. His quickness
off the mark and tendency to run
into dangerous areas made him
one of Chelsea's better performers.
It was a surprise when he was
withdrawn for Hazard. The Brazilian
went straight down the tunnel and
may have picked up a knock. The
man who bailed his manager out,
though, was Hazard. His influence
changed the match completely.
Conte will think twice about leaving
him out again.

3. Spurs' Wembley woe

Playing at Wembley has been
problematic for Spurs. They lost two
out of three Champions League
group games, winning only the
meaningless match against CSKA
Moscow, and drew their Europa
League game against Gent.
Mauricio Pochettino's side are
expected to use the stadium as
their home ground in next year's
Premier League, and an inability to
win games at the venue would
bring the progression of
Tottenham's young team to a
juddering halt.
Losing another game here when
they were on top for so long will
have a serious impact on their
confidence for next season.
Their tendency to lose discipline
was highlighted by Son's wild
sliding challenge that gave away the
penalty. Pochettino seemed to
accept that the Son experiment had
failed when he replaced him with
Kyle Walker after 67 minutes.
With Hazard on the pitch it made
sense to shore up the right-back
position with Kieran Trippier
switching to the left. At the time of
the switch, Spurs were still on top
but in a matter of minutes they fell
apart.
Once Hazard put Chelsea in front,
Tottenham's Wembley demons
seemed to reappear. Pochettino
has all summer to fix things, but the
team's performances in this
stadium do not bode well for next
season.
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Friday, 21 April 2017

Europa League draw: Man Utd v Celta Vigo, Ajax v Lyon

Manchester United will face
Spanish side Celta Vigo in the
semi-finals of the Europa League.
The Premier League side have won
the European Cup three times but
have never triumphed in the
continent's secondary club
competition.
Dutch side Ajax, winners in 1992,
come up against French club Lyon
in the other last-four tie.
The first legs will be played on 4
May with the second leg on 11 May,
and the final in Stockholm, Sweden
on 24 May.
United manager Jose Mourinho
won the competition with Porto in
2003 and comes up against La Liga
club Celta, who have never won a
major European competition.
Ajax, who beat Schalke 4-3 on
aggregate to reach the last four, are
also experienced European
campaigners. They have won the
Champions League/European Cup
four times previously and the
Europa League/Uefa Cup once,
beating Torino in the 1992 final.
In the Champions League draw,
holders Real Madrid play city rivals
Atletico Madrid and French side
Monaco take on Italian club
Juventus.
Zinedine Zidane's side could
become the first club to retain the
trophy in the Champions League
era in the final on 3 June in Cardiff.
The first legs of those ties will be
played on 2 and 3 May, with the
return legs taking place the
following week.
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Champions League draw: Real Madrid face Atletico Madrid, Monaco v Juventus

Holders Real Madrid will face
rivals Atletico Madrid in the semi-
finals of the Champions League -
a repeat of last year's final.
Zinedine Zidane's side could
become the first club to retain the
trophy in the Champions League
era in the final on 3 June in Cardiff.
French side Monaco take on Italian
club Juventus in the other last-four
tie.
The first legs will be played on 2
and 3 May, with the return legs
taking place the following week.
Real, aiming to win Europe's
premier club competition for a 12th
time, beat German champions
Bayern Munich 6-3 on aggregate to
reach the last four.
Atletico, meanwhile, ended Premier
League champions Leicester's
fairytale run in Europe, edging the
Foxes 2-1 over two legs.
Juventus claimed an impressive 3-0
aggregate win over Barcelona
while Monaco defeated Borussia
Dortmund 6-3..
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Monday, 3 April 2017

I Have No Beef With Olamide – 9ice

Singer 9ice, has opened up on his career,
relationship with former label mate,
Olamide and producer, ID Cabasa.
Speaking with Saturday Beats, 9ice talked
about his hit song Gongo Aso revealing he
never knew it would be that successful.
In his words:
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“Although people believe that ‘Gongo Aso’
is my best album, to me, my album,
‘Tradition,’ still remains my best album in
terms of content and lyrics. What you
believe would sell might not sell but it does
not mean that it is not good. I never knew
‘Gongo Aso’ would be a successful album.
In fact, that was not even the title of the
album. The initial title of the album was
‘My dictionary, your diary’; but when the
song became very popular, ID Cabassa
suggested that we make the song the title of
the album. The song, ‘Gongo Aso’ was not
supposed to be part of the album. I had
finished recording the album when the song
came to me and Cabassa said we should
destroy all the promo copies we had made
and promote the song. We promoted it and
the song went viral. It was never planned.”
On his plans to bring home the Gramy as
stated in his Street Credibility track, he said:
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“I am still working on bringing the Grammy
to Nigeria. Abraham Lincoln tried several
times before he became the president of the
US while Buhari tried about four times
before he became president. As long as I am
still doing music, I can still get the
Grammy.”
On his relationship with Olamide and ID
Cabasa:
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“There is no issue between myself” Olamide
and Reminisce. The reason I was not at one
of Olamide’s concerts was because I was
not in the country and that was the same
reason I missed Reminisce album listening
party. During the last Sallah, I was at
Reminisce’ house and that was where I ate
Sallah meat. It is just that our schedules are
tighter now. I was on Olamide’s first album
and he was on my last album. I have so
many songs with Olamide that are yet to be
released. I also feature in about four songs
with Reminisce that have not yet been
released. I am on his recent album. The only
album Reminisce has pushed out and I was
not there was ‘Baba Afusat’ and that is
because I travelled out of the country. I have
been on all his albums. It is just that I have a
busy schedule now. Imagine if we want to
have a Code Tunes concert as big as all its
artistes are now; don’t you think it will be a
big budget that would require lots of time to
take Olamide out of his terrain, it has to be
worth it for him to come and participate.
Those are some of the factors. It is not as if
someone is fighting or angry with anybody.
There is nothing like that,” 9ice said.

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