Cardinal expects 'significant progress' at sex abuse summit

The U.S. archbishop helping to organize next week's summit of the world's bishops at the Vatican on sexual abuse by clergy said Thursday he expects to make "significant progress" in responding to the scandal that's riven the church, and that lay Catholics will help to hold the hierarchy accountable.

It's hard to play Sarriball, says Pedro

Chelsea star Pedro has admitted that sometimes his team struggles to put Maurizio Sarri's high-intensity tactics into practice, while affirming they are 100 per cent behind the under-fire boss.
After making a bright start at Stamford Bridge, the former Napoli coach has found life in the Premier League rather trickier in recent months.
Sunday's 6-0 humiliation at the hands of Manchester City showed how far the Blues trail the current reigning champions, while also heightening the pressure on Sarri's shoulders.

Shootout: Three IPOB members killed, four policemen hospitalised

Three members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were feared dead after Monday evening clash with policemen near Amawire, Orji in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State.
Police sources said the separatists had stormed the Okigwe Road and were brazenly destroying billboards and posters of candidates of political parties apparently to discourage participation in the forthcoming elections.
A police detachment was swiftly despatched to restrain the rampaging IPOB members but rather got into a brutal confrontation with the separatists.

16 injured as Buhari’s Minister’s convoy rams into travellers in Ebonyi

At least, 16 persons sustained serious injuries when the convoy of the Minister of Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, allegedly
rammed into a bus carrying passengers.

The incident occurred along the Military Cantonment axis of the Abakaliki/Afikpo highway.

Boko Haram attacks Governor Shettima’s convoy

Boko Haram fighters reportedly opened fire on Governor Kashim Shettima’s convoy, killing at least three persons.
The Borno state governor was on his way to a rally ahead of the presidential election, official sources said.
The identity of the gunmen was not immediately clear, but the sources said they suspected it must have been the Islamist group that carried out the attack.
They said that the gunmen opened fire at the motorcade transporting the governor on Tuesday on his way from state capital Maiduguri to the market town of Gamboru for a rally.

2019 polls: Court strikes out case against Zamfara APC candidates

The way appears to have been cleared for the participation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State in the forthcoming General Elections.
This follows the dismissal by the Court of Appeal, Sokoto Division, of the appeal challenging the qualification of candidates put forward by the APC for various offices in the state.

Buhari, Atiku, other presidential candidates sign Second Peace Accord

President Muhammadu Buhari; former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar; and other candidates have signed a second peace accord ahead of Saturday’s presidential election.
The presidential candidates signed the agreement on Wednesday at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

U-20 AFCON: Mali beat Nigeria’s Flying Eagles to final ticket

The Junior Eagles of Mali have qualified for the final of the 2019 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations taking place in the Niger Republic.

After playing 1-1 in regulation time, the Malians held their nerves to beat Nigeria 4-3 in the ensuing penalty kicks in the nervy semifinal match played Wednesday at the Stade General Seyni Kountche.

Wenger backs Solskjaer decision to leave out Alexis

.Says Martial is indispensable

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's decision to bench his former player Alexis Sanchez, with the Frenchman suggesting Anthony Martial has made the left-wing position his own at the club.
Martial has blossomed this season, scoring nine goals in 20 Premier League appearances so far, while he has managed to hit the net three times in all competitions since Solskjaer's appointment as interim boss.

Nigerian govt to jam telecoms on Saturday, equipment imported from Israel – Fayose

.Tested last week Thursday and Friday
By Valentine Amanze