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NPFL League Opener: Rivers United holds Kano Pillars to a scoreless draw in Kano

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and played out an entertaining 0-0 draw on Sunday in Kano in one of the stand out fixtures of the opening day of the 2019-20 Nigeria Professional Football League ().

United started well with Ossy Martins coming close to opening the scoring in the third minute but his rasping drive just about flew off the target.

Pillars responded gamely four minutes later and were unfortunate not to take the lead with Nyima Nwagua shooting narrowly wide from close range.

Clear cut chances were few and far between in the game which was never lacking in intensity and on 53 minutes, Chijioke Alaekwe’s header just about failed to give Pillars the advantage as the United goalkeeper, Abiodu Akande gathered with ease.

Malachi Ohawume thought he had given United the lead just before the hour mark but his effort was chalked off for offside with the forward already wheeling away in celebration.

The lively Fortune Omoniwari caused the Pillars defence some problems upon his introduction late on but there was to be no scoring in a lively contest which saw both sides settle for a share of the spoils.

The Kano Pillars head coach, Ibrahim Musa was less than pleased with his side’s failure to score against the Port Harcourt club.

“I have to work on the finishing of my players,” he told the official Rivers United FC website, www.riversunitedfc.com.ng.

Technical manager of United, Stanley Eguma praised his lads for getting a point in Kano.

“It was a good game. Both teams played good football. We had a lot of chances which we couldn’t convert and next time we have to correct that especially when we play at home against Heartland in our next game,” Eguma said.

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Gunmen scatter scheduled COVID-19 meeting in Kogi, steal documents, destroy offices

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Unknown gunmen on Wednesday attacked staff of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja who were planning a press conference to pressure the Federal Government into establishing a COVID-19 screening centre in the state.

We gathered that the gunmen shot sporadically into the air to scare people away, then went to the records and admin department where they seized laptops and destroyed a few things. They ransacked the Medical Director’s office, too.

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Horror on the loose: kidnapper who kills and deposits bodies of victims in septic tank arrested in Rivers

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Horror on the loose: kidnapper who kills and kills and deposits bodies of victims arrested in Rivers

The Rivers State Police Command said its Anti-kidnapping Unit has arrested a notorious kidnapper and serial killer, Anthony Ndubuisi, during a sting operation. 

Ndubuisi, who hails from Imo State but resides in Umuebulu Etche Local Council Area of Rivers, has carried out several kidnappings and killings of victims including three foreign nationals and a Nigerian.

A statement by the command said, “Operatives of the Anti-kidnapping Unit in a sting operation yesterday 29/6/20202 at about 1330hrs, arrested a notorious kidnapper and serial killer, one Anthony Ndubuisi from Ngo-Okpala in Imo State but who resides at Umuebulu Etche LGA. 

“The suspect, who was arrested through intelligence, upon interrogation confessed to have carried out several kidnappings and killings of his victims including three foreign nationals and a Nigerian. The recent, being the kidnapping and killing of one Ajumiene Offor, who was lured from Aba to his house for a business transaction but kidnapped and killed on 9/6/2020.”

However, during the course of investigation, the suspect led policemen to his house at Umuebulu where he pointed to a septic tank that contained the bodies of his victims. 

“On exhumation, we recovered three human skulls and decomposing body of his recent victim. 

“They have been evacuated and taken to the mortuary for autopsy,” the police statement added.

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