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Football Legend Roberto Baggio Assaulted and Robbed at Home During Euro 2024 Match

Italian football icon Roberto Baggio was hospitalized on Thursday following an attack by armed assailants who robbed him at his home.

The incident occurred while he was watching Italy’s one-nil loss to Spain in the Euro 2024 tournament with his family.

According to reports from Italian media, Baggio confronted the intruders at his villa near Vicenza in northern Italy around 10 pm local time.

During the confrontation, he was struck on the head with the butt of a gun. The attackers then locked Baggio, aged 57, and his family in a room while they stole jewelry, watches, and cash.

After the robbers fled, Baggio freed himself and alerted the authorities. He was subsequently taken to the hospital where he received stitches for his head injury.

Fortunately, his family members were unharmed during the ordeal.

Regarded as one of the greatest players of his era, Baggio notably missed a crucial penalty in the 1994 World Cup final against Brazil.

He also made history by playing and scoring in three World Cup tournaments, achieving the feat first for Italy during the 1998 competition in France.

US Bans Russia’s Kaspersky Antivirus Software

The United States has banned Russia-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky from providing its popular antivirus products in the country.

The US Commerce Department in a statement disclosed that Kaspersky will generally no longer be able to, among other activities, sell its software within the United States or provide updates to software already in use.

In a statement, US Commerce Secretary, Gina Raimondo emphasized that Russia has repeatedly demonstrated its capability and intention to utilize Russian entities, such as Kaspersky Lab, to gather and weaponize sensitive US information.

The commerce department emphasized its strong encouragement for users to transition to alternative vendors, clarifying that its decision does not prohibit the use of the software if individuals opt to continue using it.

It also stated that Kaspersky is permitted to maintain certain operations in the United States, such as issuing antivirus updates, until September 29 of this year.

The allowance according to the statement aims to mitigate disruption for US consumers and businesses, allowing them adequate time to locate suitable alternatives.

Abia Warriors to Clash with EL-Kanemi Warriors in President Federation Cup Final

Abia Warriors of Umuahia and El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri have secured their spots in the final of this year’s President Federation Cup in the men’s category.

Abia Warriors advanced to the final following a tense four- three penalty shootout victory over Kano Pillars at the Lafia City Stadium.

The match had remained goalless after 90 minutes of regulation play.

Former champions El-Kanemi Warriors also progressed to the final with a five-four victory on penalties against surprise semi-finalists Kebbi United. Like the first semi-final, their match also ended goalless after regular time.

The final showdown between Abia Warriors and El-Kanemi Warriors is scheduled to take place at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja on 29th June.

The winner will not only lift the prestigious trophy but also earn a spot in next season’s CAF Confederation Cup.

In the women’s competition, the semi-finals are set for Sunday, 23rd June. Remo Stars Ladies will face Naija Ratels in Enugu, while Delta Queens will take on Rivers Angels in Awka.

NFF Vows Equal Treatment for Supersand Eagles in Global Arena

President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau has promised that the NFF is committed to ensuring that the Beach Soccer National Team, otherwise known as Supersand Eagles, will enjoy the same attention as other National Teams when restored to international competitions.

Alhaji Gusau made this promise during the inauguration of the Federation’s Futsal and Beach Soccer Sub-Committee at the NFF Secretariat in Abuja.

He emphasized Nigeria’s significant stature in global football and highlighted the necessity of Nigeria’s active participation in various football activities across Africa.

Alhaji Gusau affirmed the NFF’s determination to take all required steps to reestablish Nigeria’s presence in futsal and beach soccer competitions.

The Supersand Eagles have previously brought glory to Nigeria, notably winning the Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations in 2007 and 2009.

They have also represented Africa in multiple FIFA Beach Soccer World Cups, reaching the quarter-finals in Italy in 2011.

Following the decision to withdraw the team from international competitions five years ago after challenging results at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Paraguay, the NFF is now poised to revitalize its involvement under the leadership of the newly appointed Futsal and Beach Soccer Sub-Committee.

Mr. Otuekong Nse Essien will head the committee, supported by seven other members.

Governor Fubara Refutes Claims of Police Siege in Rivers State

Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara has refuted allegations of a police siege, dismissing them as speculation from critics of his administration.

Governor Fubara made these remarks following his inspection of the Eberi-Omodu road in Omuma Local Government Area of Rivers State. He reiterated his commitment to peace and vowed to maintain the current peaceful atmosphere for the benefit of Rivers State residents.

Governor Fubara mentioned that the road project, originally planned to be 8 kilometers long, has been extended to 14.6 kilometers to connect with Abia state.

He noted that, although the road was intended to be commissioned during his administration’s one-year anniversary, it will now be completed within the next two months.

The Governor’s visit also aimed to reassure Nigerians that Rivers State remains peaceful, countering negative media reports suggesting otherwise regarding a purported police siege.

FG Begins Water Quality Analysis to Curtail Cholera Outbreak

Federal Ministry of Water Resources and Sanitation has launched a water quality analysis in response to a cholera outbreak that has claimed the lives of at least thirty people across multiple states.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Alhaji Aliyu Shinkafi, told newsmen the measure was necessary following continued reports of an outbreak in many parts of the country.

He emphasized the Ministry’s concern regarding the seriousness of the waterborne disease, urging Nigerians to safeguard themselves and their families by boiling or treating drinking water before consumption.

He also appealed to all Nigerians to maintain regular handwashing with soap under clean, running water, particularly before eating and after using the toilet as he assured that the Ministry, in collaboration with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), would continue to provide updates as the situation progresses.

The ten states that recorded 90 percent of the cases are Bayelsa with over 400 cases, Lagos, Abia, Cross River, Delta, and Imo.

Others are Katsina, Nasarawa, and Zamfara.

Deadly Protests Erupt in Kenya Over Proposed Tax Hikes

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In Kenya, statewide protests against the government’s proposal to impose an additional $2.7 billion in taxes resulted in one fatality and at least 200 injuries on Thursday, according to an alliance of human rights groups and the police watchdog.

Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters in Nairobi, where five rights groups, including Amnesty International and the Kenya Medical Association, reported seeing spent cartridges, suggesting the use of live rounds. Over 100 protesters were arrested across the country.

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) confirmed the death of a 29-year-old man, allegedly shot by police and several serious injuries among demonstrators and police officers. The man succumbed to a thigh wound during treatment on Thursday night. Nairobi County Police Commander Adamson Bungei was unavailable for comment.

“We commend the several thousands of protesters, many of whom are youthful, for picketing peacefully and exhibiting restraint and decorum despite provocation by police,” the rights groups said.

Protesters are demanding the government abandon its finance bill, arguing it will harm the economy and increase the cost of living for Kenyans already struggling financially. The International Monetary Fund, however, insists that the government needs to increase revenues to reduce the budget deficit and state borrowing.

President William Ruto recently endorsed recommendations to scrap some of the new levies, including those on car ownership, bread, cooking oil, and financial transactions. Despite widespread protests in 19 of Kenya’s 47 counties, lawmakers passed the finance bill in its second reading on Thursday, advancing the tax proposals to the next approval stage.

Lawmakers are expected to vote on the proposed changes to the bill on Tuesday. Parliament’s budget committee warns that rejecting the bill could create a 200 billion Kenyan shilling ($1.56 billion) deficit in the 2024/25 budget, forcing the government to cut spending.

 

President Bola Tinubu Approves N280 Billion for Completion of Bodo-Bonny Axis of East-West Road

Federal Government has approved N280 billion for the completion of the Bodo-Bonny Road Project with a December 2024 completion deadline to Julius Berger Nigeria Plc

The federal government also condemned the attitude of Reynolds Construction Company on the 15 km East-West Road Project for failing to complete even a kilometer of the project despite being mobilized with over N40 billion.

Minister of Works, Engineer David Umahi in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Uchenna Orji, ordered the contractor to resume work with an ultimatum or face the risk of the contract being terminated.

NDLEA Arrests Over 300 Drug Suspects Within Six Months in Akwa Ibom

National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says over 300 individuals suspected of involvement in drug trafficking and abuse have been arrested in Akwa Ibom State.

NDLEA Commander in Akwa Ibom, Mrs. Obot Bassey who gave the figure during Passion FM Morning Programme, “The Morning Flight”, stated that the agency within the period under review, secured 61 convictions, rehabilitated 24 persons, and counseled 94 addicted persons.

Mrs. Obot Bassey cautioned the public against stigmatization or discrimination of persons rehabilitated from drug addiction.

Leicester City Appoints Former Nottingham Forest Boss Steve Cooper as New Manager

English Premier League side, Leicester City, appointed former Nottingham Forest Manager, Steve Cooper as their new Head Coach on a three-year contract.

The 44-year-old Cooper, who has been without a club since departing from Forest in December 2023, steps into the role following the departure of Enzo Maresca to Chelsea earlier this month.

Cooper brings a wealth of coaching experience, notably leading England to victory at the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

His tenure at Swansea City saw him guide the team to the Championship play-off final in 2021, narrowly losing to Brentford.

His first official match in charge of Leicester City is scheduled for 19th August, when the Foxes will host Tottenham Hotspur in a highly anticipated Premier League clash.

Leicester City is also discussing with Super Eagles Midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi regarding a contract extension, highlighting the club’s ongoing efforts to strengthen their squad ahead of the upcoming season.