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Gareth Bale’s agent speaks about his loan transfer to Spurs.

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The megabucks transfer deals in the Premier League have been a welcome distraction to people amid the anxiety created by the coronavirus pandemic, according to Gareth Bale’s agent.

Clubs in England’s top flight spent a combined £1.24billion in the summer window according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr).

It is an astonishing amount against the backdrop of the global economic problems inflicted by the Covid-19 outbreak, and given the existential threat faced by a number of sports clubs and organisations due to the continued loss of matchday revenue.

Bale’s loan move from Real Madrid to Tottenham was one of the most talked-about deals of the summer, with the Spanish club said to be paying a large chunk of his reported £600,000-a-week-wages.

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His agent Jonathan Barnett, whose Stellar Group has been bought out by US-based entertainment agency ICM Partners, believes that rather than seeing the wheeling and dealing as distasteful, the window captured the public imagination.

“It excites the people who have enough problems at the moment – it excites the fans, people in this country need things to look at and be happy about, there’s enough sadness around and football brings that,” he told the PA news agency.

“The transfer market gave people something to talk about, to be happy about, to be sad about, it took their minds off what’s going on and I think that’s a great thing.

“First of all you have to look at football as a business, and in business if you stand still you go backwards. If you can viably afford it then you have to improve, and to improve you have to get new players.”

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Barnett’s comments follow those of Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano, who defended his club’s summer spending in an interview on Wednesday.

“Ultimately, if you believe like we believe that Covid is just a period of time, and that we have to carry on with our business, then we have to carry on with our business,” he said at LeadersWeek.direct.

“We believe that revenues will come back. The team is the engine of our business – if we don’t play good football, we have no business. We can’t negate that, we can’t avoid that.”

The spending comes against the backdrop of continued negotiations between the Premier League and the EFL over a financial rescue package.

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Mark Catlin, the chief executive of League One club Portsmouth, insisted transfer business helped sustain lower league clubs.

“(The Government) lay the blame at the Premier League for their spending on transfer fees and salaries, and say, ‘You’ve got all that swimming around, why are you not passing that money down?’” Catlin told the PA news agency.

“But the reality is it gets passed down anyway – it’s the ecosystem of football.

“If a player gets sold for £50million there is shock horror in the media – but what they don’t realise is that money then trickles down through the pyramid.”

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RIVERS CRISIS: Nnamdi kanu sends a strong message to Wike ”expect vengeance soon”

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Nnamdi Kanu the leader of the ingenious people of Biafra IPOB, on Monday sent a strong message to the Governor of Rivers State Nyesom Wike saying his state will not escape the wrath of God and the people over the killings in Obigbo.

Mazi Nnamdi kanu maintained that those that lost their families and lost ones are eager to wreck  vengeance of Wike. He said that wike gave the order to the Army to murder the citizens of Obigbo. he made this assertion in a statement that he signed.

“Everybody that has a hand in the ongoing Obigbo genocide must know that vengeance is coming, it’s not a matter of if but when. And when it does come, apologists of Wike and the army must remember what happened at Obigbo.

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“There were riots and disturbances all over Nigeria. Nigerian army and police have killed and continue to kill hundreds of young people and in retaliation young people attacked police stations. To single out the inhabitants of Obigbo for extermination is a vicious and evil undertaking and a calculated attempt by Wike to please his Fulani masters and Britain that tried but failed to exterminate the Igbo race between 1966-70. Obigbo will not die, it shall rise again because the blood of the innocent is crying out for revenge.

 “Vengeance is coming and with it the judgment of God. Those children in Obigbo murdered by Wike have nephews and cousins who are so embittered to the point that they can no longer be controlled. I feel sorry for Wike, his children and all collaborators in this brutal genocide.

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“As Nigeria have not mourned those being put to the sword by Wike and Nigerian army in Obigbo they must remember not to mourn Wike and his allies when the table inevitably turns.

“Twist the narrative all you like, nobody can stop the hand of time. When the rain begins to fall, remember I warned you. I will not write, neither will I comment on this issue again.”

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West African Examination Council To release results on monday

Benjamin Ukpabi

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West African Examination Council (WAEC) To release results on monday

The West African Examination Council WAEC has announced that they will be releasing their SSCE results on Monday the 2nd of November 2020

The examination board announced this on their Twitter account

Recall that the results were meant to be released last week but they announced that it was postponed to this week due to the security problems and riots in the country.

The West African Examination Council announced that the results will come out by 10:30 am

West African Examination Council (WAEC) To release results on Monday

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US Special military forces rescues an American citizen in Nigeria

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US military forces rescued an American citizen in Nigeria, the Pentagon said on Saturday, days after he was kidnapped by gunmen in the south of neighbouring Niger and apparently taken across the border.

The hostage, Philip Walton, was abducted Monday night on the outskirts of Massalata, a village about 10 kilometres (six miles) from the border with Nigeria.

Walton is safe and in the care of the US State Department, the Pentagon said in a statement. US forces did not suffer any casualties in the rescue operation, it added.

“The United States is committed to the safe return of all US citizens taken captive,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a separate statement.

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“We delivered on that commitment late last night in Nigeria, where some of our bravest and most skilled warriors rescued a US citizen,” he said.

President Donald Trump hailed the rescue operation.

“Big win for our very elite U.S. Special Forces today. Details to follow!,” he tweeted.

Niger’s Defence Minister Issoufou Katambe had earlier confirmed the hostage release to AFP without giving details about how he had been freed.

Local officials had said this week that the kidnappers had called the man’s father to demand a ransom, though the family did not confirm this.

Walton had been living in Massalata with his wife and child for two years, according to his father, who himself has been in Niger for nearly 30 years.

Niger lies in the heart of the vast Sahel region, which is struggling with a jihadist insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives and driven hundreds of thousands from their homes.

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US forces have two drone bases in Agadez and Dirkou, in northern Niger. Their aircraft provide significant support to the French anti-jihadist Barkhane force.

In October 2017, four American Special Forces soldiers and five Nigerien soldiers were killed in an ambush in Tongo Tongo, near Mali, in southwestern Niger.

The attack was claimed by the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara.

Several Westerners are currently being held hostage in the region, including American aid worker Jeffery Woodke, who was kidnapped in the central town of Abalak in 2016 and is believed to be in neighbouring Mali now.

Three Europeans, including 75-year-old French charity worker Sophie Petronin, were released by their captors in Mali earlier this month under a prisoner swap arranged by the Malian government.

In August, six French aid workers and two Niger citizens were killed in the Koure wildlife reserve west of Niamey, in an attack claimed by the so-called Islamic State group.ci

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