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Security Chiefs Finger Criminals From Imo, Abia …For Kidnappings In Rivers

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It is now known that majority of the kidnappings that occurred in Rivers State were the handiwork of criminals from Abia and Imo states. The revelation was made by the duo of the Rivers State Director of State Security Services (SSS) and the Police Commissioner, Mr Bala Hassan while hosting Course 18 participants of the National Defense College in a course tour of Rivers State. Director of SSS, Mr Bassey Etteh declared that about three quarters of kidnappings in Rivers State have their traces from the South-Eastern states, mostly Abia and Imo. As a result of this development, he stated that, “ there is a strategic enforcement from corresponding states to curb the problem”. Mr Etteh noted that the lack of technical equipment make is more difficult to fully checkmate crimes from neighbouring states. He explained that the status of Port Harcourt as the hub of oil and gas activities creates varied security problems as people from all parts of the country are attracted to the state for economic reasons. Unfortunately, he said the situation has turned a security challenge as the authorities are battling to contain the swelling crime but said kidnappings have reduced in the last few months. In his presentation, Mr Hassan stated that as indication of declining kidnappings, the state recorded only 14 cases in September as compared to 16 in August. The Rivers State Police boss said the location of the state also contributes to the security challenges, “the boundary is not helping maters because we notice incursions once in a while. ‘Violent crimes like armed robbery, kidnappings continue to occur. However, on assuming office I identified black spots and introduced 24 hour patrol.” He cited the case of the Greater Bullion Van Recovery that was conducted by men of the police at a boundary town near Abia State as one of the examples, saying that the security agency has equally foiled kidnap attempts and criminal hideouts in boundary communities between Rivers and Abia states. On how the government was utilizing the youths to checkmate crime, the police chief said 2000 man Neigbourhood Watch, a security outfit has contributed immensely in using the youths to raise the security status of the state. He commended the Rivers State Government for floating the Neighbourhood Watch saying it has provided jobs for the teeming state youths by channeling their energies to useful activities.

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Coronavius Hits Totthenham

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Tottenham’s preparations for their pre-Christmas fixtures have been disrupted by a Coronavirus outbreak at the club.
It is understood that a number of players and club staff have returned positive Covid-19 tests.
More PCR testing is due to take place over the next 24 hours.
Spurs are due to face Rennes in a crucial Europa Conference League group game in London on Thursday before a Premier League trip to Brighton on Sunday.
Under UEFA regulations, if they have 13 available players, including a goalkeeper, from their 25-man A list, they must fulfil the Rennes fixture, which they need to win to stand a chance of qualifying for the final 32.
The game could be postponed if they do not have sufficient player numbers but all group matches must be completed by 31 December.
It is yet to be established whether the club will contact the Premier League about Sunday’s game at the Amex Stadium, but a decision to postpone league matches can only be made by the competition board.

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AFCON : ECA Expresses Concern Over Players’ Safety

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The European Club Association (ECA) has expressed its concerns over players’ health and welfare ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, which kicks off on January 9 in Cameroon.
In a press release made available to Tidesports sources said the organisation revealed its worry over players health, considering the issues that have happened this year.
Over 70 per cent of the players that will represent their nations in Cameroon play their football in Europe, which is why it is not a surprise to see the ECA concerned.
In the last six months, a couple of players have collapsed due to heart-related issues, and there have been suggestions that the high number of games might have contributed to it.
However, in a chat with Tidesports source one of Nigeria’s reputable sports medical doctors, Tunde Akinbinu, said there is no medical evidence that shows that the high number of games is the reason why some players have suffered cardiovascular issues.
But he did confirm that players are likely to have more injuries and suffer from fatigue from playing too many games.
“When a player has too many games with or without Coronavirus, there’s a possibility of increased injuries, fatigue and electrolyte imbalances,” Akinbinu said.
“But does it increase the risk of pulmonary cardiac accidents? Not really particular.”
“They are more likely to be affected by the muscles fatigue.”
“Players could also be jaded and sometimes gas out from too many games.”
“But usually, the high number of games may not be related to the increase cardiac arrest,” he added.
The ECA may also be worried about the little matter of Omicron- the new variant of Covid-19- but doctor Akinbinu believes there is no need to panic yet.
“The world will have a better view of the Omicron over the next few weeks,” he said.
“Viruses mutate generally and are usually less aggressive.”
“So we expect that Omicron may be easily transferrable but has less mortality rate than the earliest forms of coronavirus,” he concluded.

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Newcastle’s Co-Owner Denies Offering Emenalo Technical Director Job

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Mehrdad Ghodoussi, a co-owner at Newcastle, has denied a report that Michael Emenalo was offered a sporting director role at St James’ Park.
The former Super Eagles left-back had been tipped as the favourite to land the juicy role at the new mega-rich club after a successful seven-year spell in a similar role at Chelsea.
But many were caught by surprise when a few media publications quoting the Telegraph claimed that Emenalo had been offered the job, and he rejected the offer.
But co-owner Ghodoussi has taken to his Twitter account to rubbish the reports and made it clear that the club did not offer the former Monaco technical director the job.
“Contrary to a newspaper report, Michael Emenalo was never offered the job of Sporting Director or Director of Football at Newcastle United,”
Ghodoussi is a part-owner of PCP Capital Partners, which holds a minority stake in Newcastle and was part of the consortium – led by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund – that completed its £300m takeover of the club in October.
Emenalo has been without a job since leaving his position as Monaco’s technical director in 2019.
Before that, he enjoyed seven successful years at Chelsea, initially as an assistant manager before he was made the sporting director.
During his time with the Blues, the club won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the coveted UEFA Champions League, and the 2013 Europa League.

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