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‘Real Madrid Always Favourites For Champions League’

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Thibaut Courtois has insisted that Real Madrid is “always the favourites” for the Champions League while expressing his confidence that the Blancos can conquer Europe again in 2020-21.
Madrid has won the competition a record 13 times, six more than any other club, but an underwhelming start to the La Liga season has hardly served to inspire confidence they can claim a 14th title come May.
Madrid is third in the early La Liga standings, one point behind early leaders, Real Sociedad having slumped to a 1-0 home loss to newly-promoted Cadiz last time out.
Zinedine Zidane’s side failed to reach the quarter-finals last season, losing in a two-legged last-16 tie to Manchester City with a five-month interval between the games due to the suspension of football amid the Covid-19 crisis.
Drawn in Group B with Inter, Borussia Monchengladbach and Shakhtar Donetsk, history is firmly on the side of Madrid progressing to the knockout stages.
Madrid has made it through all 28 of their Champions League group stages and Courtois has every confidence in their ability to go all the way once more.
“I’m sure we can win this Champions League,” Courtois said ahead of tonight’s meeting with Shakhtar.
“Real Madrid is always favourites in this competition. I’m pretty sure, I’m confident we have enough quality in the team to win this title.
“I mean we’re not the number one favourites, there are many teams in the hat but we’re definitely a candidate for the title.
“Juve, Bayern, Barca, there are a lot of good clubs, it’s the most attractive competition in the world and we’re going to do all we can to win the title.”
Madrid will be heavy favourites to beat Shakhtar having won each of their meetings with the Ukrainian side in the 2015-16 group stage.
However, Shakhtar is unbeaten in their last three Champions League away games under coach Luis Castro.
Courtois has been in sensational form for Madrid once again, with his shaky start to life at Santiago Bernabeu after joining the club from Chelsea in 2018 now nothing more than a distant memory.
Of the previous 43 shots on target he has faced in La Liga, Courtois has saved 38 and his stats for this season show he has kept out 16 of the 19 efforts on target.

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Troops Deactivate 51 Illegal Refineries, Arrest 23 Oil Thieves – DHQ

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The Defence Headquarters say troops of Operation Delta Safe have deactivated 51 illegal refineries in the last two weeks.
It said the refineries had a total of 76 ovens, 52 cooking pots/boilers, 22 cooling systems, 102 reservoirs, 16 large dugout pits and 513 storage tanks.
The Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, made this known while giving update on the military operations across the country on Thursday in Abuja.
Onyeuko said the deactivated sites which also had drums and sacks laden with illegally refined oil, were discovered in Rivers, Abia, Cross Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Imo states.
He said that a total of 23 criminal elements were arrested and 73 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, five cartridges, two AK-47 rifles, and one double-barrel gun were recovered in the course of the operations.
Onyeuko also said that one pump action gun and three locally-made pistols among other items were recovered.
According to him, a total of 317,450 litres of illegally refined AGO, 8,000 litres of DPK and 159,000 litres of stolen crude have been recovered in the course of the operations.
“These were in addition to several other vehicles and boats loaded with sacks/polythene bags and jerry cans of illegally refined oil products and equipment used for illegal oil production as well as illicit drugs impounded by troops within the period.
“Troops of Operation Delta Safe have sustained operations to forestall the activities of economic saboteurs and other criminal elements in the South-South Zone.
“However, the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies will not relent nor rest on its oars in the fight against criminalities in all parts of the country.
“The Military High Command commends the continued sacrifices of its troops and salutes their courage and resilience toward achieving sustainable peace in the country,” he said.

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NURSS Leaders Hail Sekibo Over Scholarship To AKULGA Students

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Chairman of Akuku-Toru LGA, Hon. Rowland Charles Sekibo has been commended for granting scholarship to 100 students of the area to study various courses in tertiary institutions in the state and across the country.
He received the commendation when he played host to a delegation of leaders of the National Union of Rivers State Students at the council secretariat, in Abonnema.
Making the commendation, National President of NURSS Worldwide, Comrade Zachariah George, noted that their solidarity visit was geared towards appreciating the numerous projects executed within the chairman’s 100 days in office, especially the award of N150,000.00 scholarship grant to each of over 100 AKULGA students.
He said that as a promise keeper, the student community was hopeful that soonest, the chairman would begin implementation of the N20,000.00 Annual Bursary Scheme for students from the area.
In his remarks, National President, Federated Union of Kalabari Students, Comrade Tamunoemi Georgewill, said the student community in the area was pleased with the chairman’s excellent performance, and stressed the need for others to emulate the kind gesture.
Also speaking, President, NURSS in Captain Elechi Amadi Polytechnic, Comrade Nemi Judith, extolled the chairman’s vision in revamping education in the local government and state at large.
“Students of my institution are beneficiaries of the scholarship you awarded and that has helped solve their immediate challenges in school.
“This is unprecedented and in the spirit of solidarity with the AKULGA students, we present to you this award of excellence in human capacity building”, she said.
The President, NURSS at Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Comrade Iyo said they were satisfied with the chairman’s education policy, adding, “We present to you this award of merit for your outstanding performance and sterling leadership prowess in driving a true democracy in AKULGA”.
In his response, AKULGA Chairman, Hon. Rowland Sekibo, thanked the student leaders for acknowledging his little efforts in delivering democratic dividends to his people.
He further noted that the students’ appreciation would continue to spur him to do more despite the 17th position of his LGA in the state in terms of statutory allocation.
Again, he promised to commence payment of bursary to students in tertiary institutions while carrying out meaningful and people-oriented projects in other communities that make up the LGA.

By: Nelson Chukwudi

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Wike Swears In Dame Barasua As Bonny LG Chairman

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Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike has sworn in Dame Anengi Barasua, as the chairman of Bonny Local Government Area of the State.
Barasua, who was the vice chairman of the council, was sworn in yesterday at the Government House, Port Harcourt following the death of the former council chairman, Mr. David Irimagha in September.
Governor Wike said he was shocked when he was informed of the abrupt death of Irimagha, whom he described as one of his staunchest supporters in Bonny and in the State.
He urged the newly sworn in council chairman to continue with the laudable projects aimed at improving the well-being of the people of Bonny that were initiated by her predecessor.
“Go ahead, continue with the projects he started and even initiate new ones.”
The governor urged Barasua to use the opportunity which providence has availed her, to showcase her true leadership mettle.
“It is an opportunity for you to showcase your leadership. There is nothing stopping a woman from ascending to the highest position. You never can tell what other opportunities will come if you perform better.”
Governor Wike advised the council chairman to work in unison with critical stakeholders in Bonny led by the Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Mr. Rodaford Long-John.
”I have never heard of political crisis in Bonny in terms of leadership, I don’t want to also hear of it. Keep the place together. Work with the leadership.”
Governor Wike cautioned the council chairman to refrain from engaging in divisive politics that could be detrimental to the peace and development of Bonny.
“I don’t want you to go there and divide Bonny or create new structure for yourself. It will not work. The leadership must be there. Keep Bonny united. Make sure that you work for the development of Bonny.”
The governor charged the council chairman to work assiduously for the growth and development of Bonny Local government area.
He disclosed that the State government will play active part in the burial ceremony of late Irimagha.
Dame Barasua told journalists after she was sworn in, that she will adhere to the vision of her predecessor. She also gave assurance to offer the council good governance.
“I will look up to God for wisdom and strength to carry Bonny forward . I will uphold the vision of my late boss and add mine. And by the grace of God, I am going to give Bonny people good governance.”

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