Sunday, 9 June 2013

Mourinho damaged Spanish football’

Jose Mourinho did more harm than good to Spanish football during his controversial three-year tenure as coach of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta was quoted as saying on Sunday.
Portuguese Mourinho quit Real three years before the end of his contract after a 2012-13 campaign without major silverware and has returned to former club Chelsea.
His stint in the Spanish capital was overshadowed by a series of ugly incidents and he alienated a significant section of Real's own fans when he benched club captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas, a Spain teammate of Iniesta's.
"You just have to look at the facts," Iniesta said in an interview published in Sunday's edition of El Pais newspaper when asked if Mourinho had harmed Spanish football.
"Yes he damaged Spanish football, in general more harm than good," added the 29-year-old.
"But I don't like talking about that person at all. So if you don't mind we'll leave it at that."
Mourinho, 50, was an assistant coach at Barca in the late 1990s and has also managed Porto and Inter Milan.

I have been accused of using black magic (Juju) on my husband – Chioma Toplis


Chioma Toplis is a Nollywood screen diva who has been married to a white man for 18 years. She says her marriage cannot crash because she is the pillar of her home. This mother of three who has featured in several movies tells Adaeze Amos in this interview her lifestyle and how she handles negative stories about her.

What is the latest about you now?

I don’t have anything new. I’m still the same Chioma. It’s just that I have clocked 40 and I’m thrilled about it because they say life begins at 40. I’m trying to remain delectable and keep looking good.

What do you do to look good?

Delta queen kidnapped by gunmen

APPREHENSION, yesterday, enveloped Ughelli kingdom in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, following the kidnapping of Queen Gladys Oharisi, one of the wives of, HRM Oharisi III by yet unknown gunmen.
The queen, Sunday Vanguard gathered, was intercepted on her way from school, where she went to register her courses at the Delta State University, Abraka.
The hoodlums, according to a family source, trailed the victim to somewhere around Orogun on Abraka Road before intercepting her with a Toyota Sienna bus.
The source said three occupants of the bus came out, leaving the driver behind the steering, brandishing guns at her and two others in her company, adding: “Our queen was pushed into the waiting Sienna bus and whisked away. The driver and the other occupant were spared.”
A senior police officer attached to the Ughelli ‘B’ Division confirmed the incident and said the police was on top of the issue.
The police officer, who spoke anonymously, said: “Our resolve to check criminal activities in the area and bring them to book is unshaken. I can assure you we will fish them out.”

Pipeline explosion rocks Oyo

By OLA AJAYI, Ibadan
There was a pipeline explosion at Olorunkemi/Alaakia village on Elebu Road in Ido Local Government Area of Oyo State.
Though, no one was killed in the explosion believed to have been caused by vandals, it was the prompt response of the state fire service that prevented possible loss of lives and property.
Despite timely arrival of fire men, Sunday Vanguard gathered that the explosion caused a serious threat to the lives of the inhabitants in the area.
*Fire men trying to put out the fire .Pix by Dare Fasube 
*Fire men trying to put out the fire .Pix by Dare Fasube
Confirming the incident, the Director of the State Fire Service, Mr. Kareem Oyekunle Gafar, said the explosion might have been caused by pipeline vandals.
According to him, due to the swampy nature of the place, it was not easily accessible.
”We had to pass the pipe supplying water along the bush to ensure the fire is put off. We brought 37,000 litres of water to the scene and we have exhausted it.’’ We have since sent another supply of water. We brought two water trucks, one was 22,000 and other was 15 litres”, he said.
The Chairman of Ido Local Government, Prof. Joseph Olowofela, said, “Though I have not confirmed the cause of the fire, I am sure it must have happened due to the activities of pipeline vandals”.

Former Governor Sylva Breaches Protocol To Shake Hands With President Goodluck Jonathan

Former governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, today breached President Goodluck Jonathan’s security, walking up to the Nigeria leader at the high table of a wedding party and shaking hands with him.


The occasion was the public wedding reception of a daughter of another former governor, Peter Odili. A security source told Sahara Reporters both the security and protocol of the President were taken aback by Mr. Sylva’s action, as he approached the high table while the president was already seated with other guests, however, they claimed they knew the president was not in any danger.
A source close to Mr. Sylva said he only went to greet his next-door neighbor and celebrant, Mr. Odili and that he (Sylva) used that opportunity to say ” hello ” to the President as a form of courtesy. ” It was a chance meeting between the two, there is no reason to impute any motive, when Mr. President asked Sylva how he was doing he said he was still alive and left to his seat afterwards, ” said the source that witnessed the incident.
Sylva, the former governor of Bayelsa State, is facing corruption charges initiated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Mr. Sylva has repeatedly stated that his trial was motivated by his political disagreements with Mr. Jonathan. He was prevented from running for a second term in office by Mr. Jonathan, who then imposed upon the state as governor, his protege, Seriake Dickson.
Political observers say that today’s event also reflects the intricate connections between power and corruption in Nigeria. Odili is widely-known to have looted the resources of Rivers State during his tenure as governor, but has never been prosecuted because of a perpetual injunction he obtained for self-protection.
Although all of that information must be in the hands of President Jonathan, who claims to be fighting corruption, he chose to publicly take a seat at a wedding funded by proceeds of corruption
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