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The Super Falcons of Nigeria late Saturday won the 2018 edition of the Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) after defeating the Bayana Bayana of South Africa 4-3 (penalty shoot–out) in an epic battle that saw both teams end 120–minutes goalless at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Having previously beaten the the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroun in the Semi Finals to become the first African team to qualify for the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France, the Nigerian side holds the record of being the only team to have won the AWCON title 9 out of 11 times, the competition has been staged.

Imo Governor, Rochas Okorocha, on Saturday suspended the state’s Accountant-General, Stella Udogwu, and also ordered the arrest of the branch managers of Ecobank and Access Bank in the state over the non-payment of the November salary of local government workers.

Expressing disappointment that his directive that the October and November salaries of workers in the state be paid at the same time in October was not carried out, until he learnt same at the 40th anniversary ceremony of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) in Owerri on Friday, the governor noted that somebody must take responsibility for it and will be dealt with according to law, while directing that the November and December salaries of workers be paid on Monday.

“This is a criminal act aimed at disgracing this government; what they do is that they take the money and put in the bank and collect the interest.” “Your salary must be released and your December Salary shall be paid immediately. All the interests from the salary kept in the bank must be collected and shared to the Local Government workers who are the owners of the money,” the governor said.

The Police in Sokoto has denied claims that a suspected terror group had taken control of a local government in the state, as it said information available to it based on intelligence report, revealed that the situation was misreported, calling on people living in the areas to remain calm and go about their normal businesses.

Speaking to journalists on Saturday, Public Relations Officer of the command, Cordelia Nwawe, said the police have determined that the people seen in Sokoto were “Malian herders,” who reside in a forest in Niger Republic, sharing border with Gudu and Tangaza local government areas of the state, adding that they occasionally enter the villages in the said local governments to procure food and other essentials and retire back to the forest.

“The herdsmen are annual visitors to the nearby forest bordering the two local governments with their cattle and always stayed in the forest in Niger Republic. “Even though the number of their cattle increased exponentially this year to about 3,000 from the usual figures of less than 1000, it was discovered that they are not known to be violent,” she added.

Some religious leaders in Oyo have kicked against security levies imposed on churches and mosques by the state government, announced during a security summit held on Tuesday describing it as “unrealistic.”

As reported by The Gyardian, the Founder and Spiritual Head of Shafaudeen in Islam, Professor Sabit Ariyo Olagoke, described the levy as “ ill-timed, exploitative and ungodly,” while the state Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Benjamin Akanmu urged government to let the levies be minimal.

According to the Section 11(4) of the Security Trust Fund Law 2017 of the state, Churches and Mosques, will pay between N20,000 and N60,000 yearly, depending on the size of the religious centre, manufacturing companies would also pay between N80,000 and N100,000 depending on their sizes while agricultural companies would pay N50,000.

The Police in Delta, Saturday, paraded four suspects who are members of a 4-man ‘Yahoo Plus’ ritual gang in connection with the killing of a 300 level student of Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka, Elozino Joshualia Ogege.

As reported by Daily Trust, The victim fell into their hands after one of the suspects, a security guard in the university campus, identified only as Onos, offered to assist her to secure an accommodation.

“We took her to a bush where we first plucked out one of her eyes while she was still alive. She was even crying and begging us to forgive her and let her go, but we plucked the other eye, removed her breast and heart before she died,” one of the gang members said.

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