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Big Brother Naija, BBNaija housemate, Laycon, has reacted to Erica’s disqualification from the Lockdown house.

Erica was disqualified from the show after she got third strike from Biggie for violating the house rules.

Erica got disqualified after Biggie gathered the housemates at the lounge and played videos of when she threatened to kill Laycon outside the house and hurled insults at him.

Also, video of her pouring water on the Head of House (HoH) bed in order to stop Prince who is her deputy from sharing the lounge with her was highlighted.

Reacting to her disqualification, Laycon in a conversation with Kiddwaya and Vee said he feels sorry for her, saying her actions were because she was drunk.

When asked if he feels responsible for her eviction, Laycon said no, adding that she’s the architect of her predicament.

Laycon said: “She was talking , all the things she said and action caused her eviction.

“I felt she was drunk and said all those things.”

Erica’s disqualification from the reality show alongside Lucy’s eviction has left nine housemates in the house to battle for the grand prize of N85m.

BBN 2020: Why Erica was disqualified

Big Brother Naija, Erica, was not interviewed by host Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, following her disqualification on Sunday.

The organizers sent the ex-Miss Nigeria contestant packing, after she was issued a third strike.

Before this weekend, Erica had two strikes. Biggie issued her the first for whispering and speaking in codes while communicating.

She was given a second strike for sleeping in the HoH room until 3am with Kiddwaya.

Then, on Sunday morning, she poured water on the HoH bed, to prevent her Deputy, Prince, from sleeping in it.

This contravenes Biggie’s rules, which stipulates both Head of House and their deputies must sleep on the same bed for the week.

After she was eventually disqualified, Erica was not allowed to make any remarks in a live interview with Ebuka, as it is with the show’s tradition.

It is understood that the organizers will not allow her do official media rounds with sponsors.

She becomes the fifth Big Brother Naija housemate to be disqualified in the history of the show, after Tasha and Kemen.

Update on the lavish wedding organized for President Buhari’s daughter, Hanan

The wedding ceremony between President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Hanan, and her groom, Mohammed Turad, on Friday had all the trappings of a fairytale nuptials.

Apart from the opulence on display, SaharaRepoters reliably gathered that event planners for the wedding were flown in from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to add colour and spice to the ceremony.

Recall that in August, the news outlet had revealed how First Lady and mother of the bride, Mrs Aisha Buhari, flew to Dubai in a private jet owned by billionaire Mohammed Indimi under the guise of a medical emergency to shop for luxury items ahead of Friday’s wedding.

It was reliably scooped on Saturday that most of the items including souvenirs used for the occasion were brought in from the Arabian country.


The wedding, which had security personnel prohibiting guests from taking photographs, saw the event planners and other vendors flown in from Dubai pocketing huge amounts in United States dollars for their services apart from the cost of bringing them into the country.

Apart from being against the President Buhari administration’s drive to promote local content, the importation of the vendors from Dubai also flouted the ban in non-essential travels in and out of Nigeria at this time.

Government banned international flights from coming into and leaving the country in March in order to curb the spread of Coronavirus in Nigeria.

The elaborate ceremony comes a few days after the administration of President Buhari increased the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit widely known as petrol from N145 to N161, causing many households untold crisis following the attendant effect on the prices of basic commodities including food items.

In a video of the lavish ceremony dubbed ‘The First Wedding’ for being the first of its kind to hold inside Aso Villa, Nigeria’s seat of power, guests numbering about 10 sat close to each other on a table, breaching the Coronavirus safety protocols of government in the process.

Earlier on Wednesday, social media updates showed how some guests for the wedding were declining the invitation over fear of contracting Coronavirus especially after it emerged that President Buhari’s closest aide and Senior Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs, Sarki Abba, had recently recovered from the virus.

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Abba, who has since resumed duties after recovering from the virus, was considered still unsafe to mingle with others inside the Presidential Villa by some persons including the First Lady.

In order not to expose her family and guests at the wedding, Mrs Buhari vowed not to allow Abba attend the wedding as a result of this situation.

She also opposed the idea of Mamman Daura, a nephew and close confidant of Buhari, attending the event despite the President’s insistence that he be a part of the occasion.

This situation sent panic among some guests, who chose not to attend the ceremony and risk their health.

But despite the absence of some prominent Nigerians at the occasion, Friday’s wedding between Hanan and Turad had all the glitz and spark synonymous with such calibre of events.

Turad is the son of an ex-lawmaker from Kaduna State, while Hanan, one of Buhari’s daughter’s, is a graduate of Photography from Ravensbourne University in England, who in July 2019 ordered the Department of State Services to arrest a young businessman based in Delta State, Athony Okolie, after he was issued a mobile number by telecommunications company MTN previously used and abandoned by her.

Okolie spent 10 weeks in unlawful detention before he was finally released by the secret police.

Earlier in January, Hanan was again in the news after she attended an event to photograph a Durbar by Rilwanu Adamu, Emir of Bauchi, in one of the jets in the presidential fleet.

The move was condemned by Nigerians but the Presidency defended the action by saying that it was a normal procedure.

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NCAA: Incoming international flights won’t carry more than 200 passengers

As Nigeria commences partial resumption of international flights, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has said that incoming flights are only permitted to carry a maximum of 200 passengers.

This was disclosed in a memo signed by Musa Nuhu, Director-General/CEO of NCAA, on Friday.

Nuhu, however, confirmed that there was no limit on the number of outgoing passengers.

“Following the announcement by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on the partial resumption of international flights effective September 5, 2020, kindly note that due to the limited number of approved incoming passengers (1,280) allowed daily per each airport, it is not possible to accommodate the requested schedule of airlines.

“The approved schedule is based on a maximum number of 200 passengers per each incoming flight to Nigeria. There is no limit on the number of outgoing passengers.

“Each operator has only one frequency on an approved day of operation irrespective of the capacity of aircraft utilized,” he said.

According to the memo, the approved airlines for international flight schedule include Turkish Airlines, Air Senegal, Virgin Atlantic, Qatar, Africa World Airlines Ghana for the Lagos and Abuja airports.

Others include Emirates, British Airways, Ethiopian, Asky, Air Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt Air, Delta, Middle East and Kenya Airways.

Bundesliga International CEO says German football league is a role model

The CEO of Bundesliga International Robert Klein called the German league a trendsetter in European football after RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich reached the final four of the 2019-20 Champions League, with the Bavarians winning this season’s treble.

German football can be a role model in several ways, Klein said in a recent interview.

The fact that three German coaches made it to the Champions League semifinals tells the story of a successful coaching education system, he underlined.

Manuel Neuer (C), captain of FC Bayern Munich lifts the UEFA Champions League trophy following his team’s victory in the UEFA Champions League Final match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich at Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 23, 2020. (Photo by Julian Finney/UEFA via Xinhua)

“Germany has been the first nation to have three of its coaches among the final four in the Champions League,” he added.

The reasons seem apparent in Klein’s view.

To coach in Germany’s top three leagues, one must obtain a football coaching licence, and the country has a strict and selective education system, he explained: “Each year, only 24 or 25 applicants are accepted at the only education venue, the Hennes-Weisweiler Academy in Cologne.”

The academy, named after one of the country’s most famous coaches, is solely responsible for the highest available coaching license.

The success of clubs and coaches strengthens the Bundesliga’s position in European football, against the English Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, the Italian Serie A, and France’s Ligue 1.

Looking at the big five European leagues, the Bundesliga is the one with the most goals per game.

Bayern’s success also proves football clubs can succeed at the highest level and follow reasonable financial procedures.

Klein called safeguarding the club’s financial pattern more important than ever for the future of football.

Germany has been on the right track over the last decades, keeping an eye on its clubs’ financial policy. The COVID-19 pandemic might have enforced the impression.

Bayern remains the league’s flagship from an international perspective, the official underlined.

Despite the Bavarians having dominated the national and international stage, close competition is secured as domestic competitors such as RB Leipzig, Borussia Monchengladbach, Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund have caught up over recent years.

The 2020/2021 season will provide thrilling games for fans as the leading clubs are close together. “We had only four points between the top three before the pandemic outbreak.”

The pandemic forced clubs to develop creative concepts to stay in close contact with fans and partners worldwide. “Virtual tours run by several clubs have been a great success,” he added.

Klein is expecting the many young talents to continue their performance. He mentioned Dortmund’s Erling Haaland as one of the examples next to Jadon Sancho.

Chinese fans are fond of the football played by German clubs, he said. “The Bundesliga is big in China,” Klein commented.

The league association is happy about setting up concepts, allowing a certain number of fans to return to stadiums using a day-to-day approach considering infection numbers.

The safety and health of fans, players, and staff remains the primary target, Klein said. Depending on local figures, Leipzig set up a concept to allow 8,500 fans to see their first home game against FSV Mainz 05 on Sept. 20.

Other clubs are expected to follow.

Concepts base on the league’s general concept, leading to the earliest re-start of all European leagues.

The Bundesliga is also going to intensify its efforts to support football development in China.

German clubs are increasing their effort to find Chinese talents for their squads. “We know there are a lot of talented players in China and I believe we will have Chinese players in the Bundesliga in the foreseeable future,” Klein added.

Coutinho still chasing dreams at Barcelona

Philippe Coutinho is back at FC Barcelona. The Brazilian has returned to training ahead of schedule as he looks to convince Ronald Koeman that he still has a future at Barça.

On Friday morning, Coutinho once again donned the Barça shirt after cutting short his holiday following his Champions League win with Bayern Munich.

The forward wasn’t expected back until next Tuesday (8th September).

It remains to be seen what happens with Coutinho going forward. With some of the biggest earners at the club being told they aren’t needed, it could provide the Brazilian with another chance to establish himself at the Camp Nou.

The Brazilian is optimistic about his future at FC Barcelona and is desperate to prove himself under new head coach Ronald Koeman.

Coutinho showed glimpses of his talent in Lisbon, even if he didn’t start, and helped his side win the Champions League. He’s reportedly told people close to him that he’s ready to prove himself to Barça. A new coach with new ideas has given Coutinho renewed optimism.

Trump’s govt expects China to increase spending on nuclear weapons

A new Pentagon report predicts that China will “at least double” the size of its nuclear warhead stockpile over the next decade as it pursues its own nuclear triad to conduct nuclear strikes by land, sea and air.

China’s modernization and expansion of its nuclear force is part of a broader effort aimed at matching, and in some cases surpassing, the United States military by 2049 as the dominant power in the Indo-Pacific region, according to the Pentagon’s annual “China Military Power” report to Congress that was released Tuesday.

The report said the number of Chinese nuclear warheads is currently estimated to be slightly more than 200 and includes those that can be fitted to ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States.

This is the first time the Pentagon has stated a specific number of Chinese warheads, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Chad Sbragia told reporters this week.

“We’re certainly concerned about the numbers,” Sbragia said, “but also just the trajectory of China’s nuclear developments writ large.”

U.S. capabilities

The United States’ nuclear arsenal, with an estimated 3,800 warheads in active status, would still dwarf the Chinese arsenal. The U.S. has submarines and aircraft capable of delivering a nuclear strike, along with intercontinental ballistic missiles on land.

China lacks the ability to launch nuclear weapons from the air, but the Pentagon said the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) publicly revealed the H-6N bomber as its first nuclear capable air-to-air refueling bomber late last year.

In the past 15 years, the Chinese Navy has constructed 12 nuclear submarines, six of which provide China’s first “credible, sea-based nuclear deterrent,” according to the report. By the mid-2020s it will likely build a new, guided-missile nuclear attack submarine that could provide a secret land-attack option if equipped with land-attack cruise missiles.

China has declined urgings from the Trump administration to join the U.S. and Russia in a deal to limit strategic nuclear arms. Without China’s added participation, the U.S. appears poised to let an existing U.S.-Russia arms treaty known as New START expire in February 2021.

‘Rule-breaking behavior’

Last week, U.S.Secretary of Defense Mark Esper warned that the world’s “free and open” system forged in the wake of World War II was under attack by what he called China’s”rule-breaking behavior”in the Indo-Pacific region. He spoke in Hawaii ahead of travel in the Indo-Pacific region to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II on Wednesday.

Esper called the Indo-Pacific region the “epicenter” of great power competition, vowing not to “cede an inch” to countries that threaten international freedoms, in an apparent dig at China.

Amid Chinese military exercises last week, Beijing fired four medium-range ballistic missiles from mainland China into the disputed waters of the South China Sea, a U.S.defense official told VOA.

The Pentagon issued a statement of concern, saying China’s actions “stand in contrast to its pledge to not militarize the South China Sea and are in contrast to the United States’ vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region, in which all nations, large and small, are secure in their sovereignty, free from coercion, and able to pursue economic growth consistent with accepted international rules and norms.”

WHO: Coronavirus pandemic to end in less than 2 years

The World Health Organization has said it hopes the planet will be rid of the coronavirus pandemic in less than two years – faster than it took for the Spanish flu.

“We hope to finish this pandemic in less than two years,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters from the WHO’s headquarters in Geneva, insisting that it should be possible to tame the novel coronavirus faster than the deadly 1918 pandemic.

Compared with back then, the world today is at a disadvantage due to its “globalisation, closeness, connectedness”, which has allowed the novel coronavirus to spread around the world at lightning speed, Tedros acknowledged.

But the world also now has the advantage of far better technology, he said.

By “utilising the available tools to the maximum and hoping that we can have additional tools like vaccines, I think we can finish it in a shorter time than the 1918 flu,” he added.

More than 22.75 million people have been reported to be infected by the coronavirus globally since it was first identified in China last year and 794,814 have died, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

But the deadliest pandemic in modern history, Spanish flu, killed as many as 50 million people and infected nearly 500 million around the world between February 1918 and April 2020.

Five times more people died of it than did in the first world war. The first victims were recorded in the United States, before it spread to Europe and then around the world.

That pandemic came in three waves, with the deadliest second wave beginning in the latter half of 1918.

“It took three waves for the disease to infect most of the susceptible individuals,” WHO emergencies chief Michael Ryan told journalists.

After that, the flu virus behind the pandemic evolved into a far less deadly seasonal bug, which returned for decades.

“Very often, a pandemic virus settles into a seasonal pattern over time,” Ryan said, adding that so far, “this virus is not displaying a similar wave-like pattern”.

“Clearly, when the disease is not under control, it jumps straight back up,” he said.

Russia investigating another suspected case of toxic poisoning

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny fell into a coma after he collapsed in an aeroplane toilet on Thursday, prompting his allies to suspect poisoning.

If true, he would not be the first prominent, outspoken Russian to be the target of a toxic attack.

Here are some other people who have criticised the Kremlin and then fallen victim to suspected poisonings:

Alexander Litvinenko

A former agent for the KGB and post-Soviet successor agency FSB, Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Litvinenko defected from Russia in 2000 and fled to London, where he fell violently ill six years later after drinking tea laced with radioactive polonium-210.

He died after three weeks. A British inquiry found that Russian agents had killed Litvinenko, probably with President Vladimir Putin’s approval. Russia denied any involvement.

Before his death, Litvinenko told journalists that the FSB was still operating a secret Moscow poisons laboratory dating from the Soviet era.

He was one of several former Russian intelligence officers to accuse Moscow of being behind the dioxin poisoning of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko during his 2004 election campaign.

At the time of Litvinenko’s poisoning, he had been investigating the killing of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya three weeks earlier.

Anna Politkovskaya

An investigative journalist, Politkovskaya had written critically about abuses by Russian and pro-Moscow Chechen forces fighting separatists in Chechnya – work that earned her repeated death threats.

In 2004, she fell severely ill and lost consciousness after drinking a cup of tea. She said she was deliberately poisoned to prevent her from covering the 2004 seizure of a school in southern Russia by Chechen separatists.

Two years later, Politkovskaya was shot to death outside her Moscow apartment building, a murder that drew widespread condemnation in the West. Five men were sentenced for carrying out the killing but no one was convicted for ordering it.

Vladimir Kara-Murza

Opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr was hospitalised with poisoning symptoms twice, in 2015 and 2017.

A journalist and associate of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was shot and killed in 2015 while crossing a bridge near the Kremlin, and oligarch-turned-dissident Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Kara-Murza nearly died from kidney failure in the first incident.

He suspects poisoning but no cause has been determined.

He was taken to hospital with a sudden, similar illness in 2017 and put into a medically induced coma.

His wife said doctors confirmed he was poisoned. Kara-Murza survived, and police have refused requests to investigate the case, according to his lawyer.

POISONED former Russian Spy feared for his life after wife and son died in separate car accidents

Ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were attacked with a nerve agent

Ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal had poison in his home

Ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal leaves Salisbury hospital

Sergei and Yulia Skripal

A Russian spy who became a double agent for the UK, Sergei Skripal fell ill in the British city of Salisbury in 2018.

Authorities said Skripal and his adult daughter, Yulia, were poisoned with the military-grade nerve agent Novichok. The two spent weeks in critical condition.

The UK put the blame squarely on Russian intelligence, but Moscow denied any role.

Putin called Skripal a “scumbag” of no interest to the Kremlin because he was tried in Russia and exchanged in a spy swap in 2010.

The UK charged two Russian men with the poisoning. They claimed they had visited Salisbury as tourists and denied any involvement in the attack, which came amid revelations about Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential campaign.

Pyotr Verzilov

Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the Russian protest group, Pussy Riot, was placed in an intensive care unit after a suspected poisoning in 2018 and had to be flown to the German capital, Berlin, for treatment.

German doctors treating him said a poisoning was “highly plausible”. He eventually recovered.

Verzilov, his partner and two other Pussy Riot members had served jail time earlier that year for running onto the field during the World Cup final in Moscow to protest against excessive Russian police powers.

He has also served time on other charges that he calls politically motivated.

Messi not certain about future at Camp Nou

Ronald Koeman and Leo Messi had a face to face meeting in Barcelona this evening to discuss the superstar’s future at the club.

Leo explained that he still had doubts about staying at Barça after the crushing 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich.

Koeman’s main task now is winning over the club icon and convincing him that he’s the man to turn the ship in the right direction.

Koeman understands Messi’s problems – and they are very real. It’s the first time that Messi has genuinely felt like it might be time to call an end to his time at the club.

It shows how important Leo is to any project at Barça that less than 24 hours after he signed his contract, Koeman was meeting with Messi to explain his plans for the team going forward.

Messi has been on holiday with his family in La Cerdanya when he received a phone call from the club. He didn’t need too long to think about it before he was in his car to meet with Koeman and discuss his feelings. Leo knows that as captain of the team, it’s important he plays a positive role in the changes the club wants to make.

Koeman is a huge fan of the Argentina international footballer and wants to know as much about the man as possible in order to get him back on side. The meeting was said to have gone well and that both parties are open to future talks about the status of the proposed changes.

Time to reflect

Despite the meeting going better than expected, at least better than it started, Leo still wants some time to consider his future plans. He’s got a year left on his current contract and Barça are hopeful he’ll extend his contract for at least another year. Despite those doubts, Leo has never told Barça he wants to leave, only that he has doubts about the current direction of the club.

Barça know it’s vital that Messi is on board with Koeman otherwise this experiment will go south quickly. No one wants to be the coach who Messi didn’t believe in. There’s also hope that one Leo is back training and sees Koeman’s methods, he will be won over. Barça must do everything possible to turn this situation around and to do that, they need Messi to be pulling in the same direction.

Barcelona appoint Larsson and Schreuder as assistant coaches

There hasn’t been a dull moment at FC Barcelona over the past few days and this Friday morning is no different. The club have confirmed that Alfred Schreuder and Henrik Larsson will join Ronald Koeman’s coaching staff.

Those two joins Koeman on deals which run until 2022.

The accompanying image shows all three together at the Ciutat Esportiva.

Schreuder was at Hoffenheim last season and has previously been Ten Hag’s assistant at Ajax. He was also Nagelsmann’s assistant at Hoffenheim. Now at Leipzig, Nagelsmann is regarded as one of the best coaches from the new generation.

Henrik Larsson played for Barça between 2004 and 2006. He was one of the heroes in Paris when he came on in the second half, the team losing 1-0 at the time, and assisted both Eto’o and Belletti as Barça claimed European glory. He’s well remembered for his performances at the Camp Nou.1

Image: Henrik Larsson