Saturday, 25 February 2017 08:17

MY DREAM HAS DIED, SACKED RANIERI LAMENTS

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Claudio Ranieri says his "dream died" when he was sacked as Leicester manager nine months after winning the Premier League.

Ranieri, 65, guided the Foxes to the title despite them being rated 5,000-1 shots at the start of the campaign.

Leicester are one point above the relegation zone with 13 matches left.  

"After the euphoria of last season and being crowned champions, all I dreamt of was staying with Leicester. Sadly this was not to be", Ranieri said.

"The adventure was amazing and will live with me forever. My heartfelt thanks to everybody at the club, everybody who was part of what we achieved, but mostly to the supporters. 

"You took me into your hearts from day one and loved me. I love you too.

"No-one can ever take away what we achieved together and I hope you think about it and smile every day the way I always will. 

"It was a time of wonderfulness and happiness that I will never forget. It's been a pleasure and an honour to be a champion with all of you."

Ranieri's departure came less than 24 hours after Wednesday's 2-1 defeat at Spanish side Sevilla in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. The second leg is on 14 March.

On Saturday, Leicester were knocked out of the FA Cup by League One Millwall.

In explaining the club's decision, vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said "long-term interests" had been put above "personal sentiment, no matter how strong that might be".

The Foxes took last season's Premier League title by 10 points but have won just five top-flight games this season, and could become the first defending champions since 1938 to be relegated.

They have lost their past five league matches and are the only side in the top four English divisions without a league goal in 2017.

'He had not lost the dressing room'

Speaking earlier on Friday, Leicester caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare denied a player revolt led to Ranieri's sacking. 

BBC Sport understands some players were summoned to meet the chairman after the defeat by Sevilla, and Ranieri's fate was sealed by the negative reaction.

"There was a lot of frustration because of the results, but he had not lost the dressing room," Shakespeare said.

"A lot of the talk of unrest has been speculation. I've not had one problem with the players.

"I always feel sorry when people lose their jobs. My relationship with Claudio has been fine all along.

"I spoke to him last night and he thanked me for my support throughout. It was not brief and we exchanged views. A lot of what we said will stay private."

Shakespeare and first-team coach Mike Stowell will take charge of the squad until a new manager is appointed.

Ranieri's compatriots Paolo Benetti and Andrea Azzalin, both key members of his coaching staff, have left the club.

Who might replace Ranieri?

Ex-Manchester City and Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini and Nigel Pearson, who Ranieri replaced in 2015, are the early bookmakers' favourites to take over at Leicester. 

Former Birmingham boss Gary Rowett - a one-time Foxes player who is around fifth favourite - told BBC Radio 5 live: "I'm sat at home waiting for the right opportunity to come along. Leicester would be an amazing one, but it's still raw for everyone."

Rowett, who played for Leicester between 2000 and 2002, was controversially sacked by Birmingham in December, and replaced by former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola.

"I played there for two years so I've had good experiences at Leicester and it's an excellent club. It would be a daunting one for anyone and a fantastic opportunity for someone," he added.

The contenders: Read more from Phil McNulty

Ranieri's statement in full

Yesterday my dream died.

After the euphoria of last season and being crowned Premier League champions, all I dreamt of was staying with Leicester City, the club I love, for always.

Sadly this was not to be. I wish to thank my wife Rosanna and all my family for their never-ending support during my time at Leicester. 

My thanks go to Paolo and Andrea, who accompanied me on this wonderful journey. To Steve Kutner [Ranieri's agent] and Franco Granello [his Italian agent] for bringing me the opportunity to become a champion.

Mostly I have to thank Leicester City Football Club. The adventure was amazing and will live with me forever. 

Thank you to all the journalists and the media who came with us and enjoyed reporting on the greatest story in football.

My heartfelt thanks to everybody at the club, all the players, the staff, everybody who was there and was part of what we achieved. But mostly to the supporters. You took me into your hearts from day one and loved me. I love you too. 

No-one can ever take away what we together have achieved, and I hope you think about it and smile every day the way I always will.

It was a time of wonderfulness and happiness that I will never forget. It's been a pleasure and an honour to be a champion with all of you.

Claudio Ranieri

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Saturday, 25 February 2017 08:12

PELE'S SON TO SERVE DRUG-RELATED PRISON SENTENCE, LAWYER SAYS

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Son of soccer great Pele turned himself in to police on Friday after a court ruled he must serve almost 13 years of a 33-year drug-trafficking sentence, his lawyer told Reuters.

A former goalkeeper at Pele's club Santos, Edinho was found guilty of drug trafficking and money laundering in 2005 but has been fighting the charges ever since.

A judge heard his appeal against the original 33-year sentence on Thursday and reduced it to 12 years and 10 months.

Edinho protested his innocence and expressed confidence that "things will work themselves out".

"I am very frustrated because I am being accused of money laundering and I never did that, there is no evidence of that," Edinho told reporters in Santos, the city where his father made his name.

"The argument is about my friendship with the other accused, and I never denied that, but I never laundered money."

Edinho, whose full name is Edson Cholbi do Nascimento, vowed to keep fighting the charges.

His father Pele, 76, is considered the greatest player of all time and helped Brazil to win three World Cup titles.

Reuters

 
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Saturday, 25 February 2017 08:05

THE SUBTLE TRAITS THAT PROVE YOUR PARTNER WILL CHEAT

Relationship expert Olga Levancuka believes adulterers posses certain traits

Once you know how to spot them, you can save yourself time and heartbreak

Includes being greedy, flirty and insecurities  

Anyone who has been cheated on knows only too well how heartwrenching it can be but many people are blind to the signs.

Relationship experts do, however, believe adulterers posses some very subtle personality traits - and once you know how to spot them, you can save yourself time and heartbreak.

Speaking to FEMAIL, Olga Levancuka, author of How To Be Selfish, said: 'Even though spotting the person who is more likely to cheat can be tricky, there are certain subtle traits that that set cheaters apart from loyal partners.

'The sooner you can identify these traits, the sooner you can take steps to move on and protect yourself from getting hurt.' Here, she and fellow expert Gary Amers share the signs to look out for.

1. They're self-absorbed: Most cheaters tend to be narcissists or at least share many similar qualities. If your other half is self-absorbed and lacks empathy, then he or she is more likely to cheat as the attention and admiration they will get from a new love interest will be more important than your feelings and needs.

2. They're insecure: Insecurity is also a common trait of cheaters. Unfortunately their need to feel loved and have their other half’s constant attention can be what leads them to cheat. They are scared that they are not good enough or that they will end up alone, which is why they will try and have a back-up plan.

3. They are greedy: People who are more likely to cheat always seem to think that the grass is greener on the other side, which is why they might end up exploring other options in their attempt to ‘strike a better deal’ for themselves.

4. They accuse you of cheating: Because they have the urge to cheat, they will think you are the same and will get paranoid whenever you look at someone else or give someone a compliment.

What your man sees in you, can only be a reflection of his own thoughts, behaviours and actions. Honest, reliable men never doubt you, because they do not doubt themselves. 

5. They are flirts: Cheaters often flirt with everyone, even when you are together. They get a buzz out of the flirtatious exchange and they perceive it as an invitation for more. This need for validation and feeling desired can eventually lead them to cheat on you.

6. They are deceptive: If you’ve caught them lying before, then you need to be careful as this indicates the extent of their moral code. Not all liars are cheaters but cheaters are always liars.

Mailonline

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Saturday, 25 February 2017 08:02

KIDNAPPERS DEMAND N60M FOR GERMAN SCIENTISTS

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Kidnappers are demanding a ransom of 60 million naira for a German archaeologist and his associate abducted this week from a northern Nigerian village, a worker at the excavation site said. Two villagers were shot and killed in the kidnapping, police confirmed Friday.

The worker said he heard a man make the demand in a telephone call Thursday to the site's supervisor. The caller warned him not to involve police or security forces, said the worker, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.

Police special forces and a special investigative team for kidnappings have been searching around the village of Jenjela in the state of Kaduna, where gunmen on Wednesday abducted Professor Peter Breunig and his associate, Johannes Behringer, and walked with them into the bush.

Breunig, 65, and Behringer, who is in his 20s, are part of a four-person team from Frankfurt's Goethe University collaborating with the Nigeria's National Commission for Museum and Monuments to recover relics of the Nok culture. The early Iron Age people are considered the earliest ancient civilization of the region that is now Nigeria, famous for their terracotta sculptures.

Two villagers accompanying the Germans were shot and killed in the kidnapping, police spokesman Aliyu Usman confirmed Friday, adding that police were not aware of any ransom demand.

The kidnappers told police to keep away from them or "they will kill the German archaeologists," said Shehu Musa Tafa, chairman of the Kagarko local government area.

Kidnappings for ransom are common in Nigeria, but victims usually are freed unharmed after a ransom is paid.

Nigeria's acting President Yemi Osinbajo summoned the federal police chief for a briefing Thursday on efforts to find the kidnap victims, the News Agency of Nigeria reported.

 

AP

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Saturday, 25 February 2017 07:48

7 SKILLS YOU CAN LEARN WITH NOTHING BUT YOUR SMARTPHONE -DAVID NIELD

Educate yourself, on the go

You've probably got dozens of apps set up on your phone but how many are educational? You might not like the sound of learning something on your mobile, but it really depends what you're learning - there are plenty of exciting skills you can hone on your phone.

From cooking to coding, drawing to piano playing, if you get your phone (or tablet) set up right then you can be expanding your skillset and impressing the family in no time at all. Here are seven tutorial-type apps that have caught our eye that are worth checking out.

1. Learn to draw with How To Draw

Interested in becoming a world-famous cartoonist or sketch artist? Using your phone? The suitably named How To Draw has you covered - it's an older app but the skill of drawing doesn't really change, and it remains one of the most popular apps for teaching you how to sketch all kinds of different subjects.

There are lots of different exercises to work through, from dragons to aeroplanes and other objects that don't fly through the air - note though that some of them are locked behind in-app purchases. You can draw right on the screen with a finger or stylus, or stick to standard pen and paper instead.

How To Draw (freemium) - Android, iOS

2. Learn a language with Duolingo

There's a plethora of apps out there to help you learn a language, and Duolingo is one of the best of the bunch (and completely free to use as well). The lessons are fun and engaging, the learning curve is nicely judged even for complete beginners, and there are plenty of languages to pick from.

The apps cover speaking, reading, listening and writing, and you can split your time between games and more formal lessons to keep everything interesting. Perhaps best of all, you can dip in and out of the Duolingo apps for a few minutes at a time, so it's perfect for standing at the bus stop.

Duolingo (free) - Android, iOS

3. Learn to code with Udacity

If you want to teach yourself to code apps rather than just learn from them, then you're probably going to need a proper computer and keyboard at some point, but that said there are still plenty of mobile apps out there that can help you get started with programming or brush up your skills.

One that we like is Udacity: the apps are actually just portals for video tutorials, but there's plenty of content here and it's all free to use (you can pay for extra support and guidance if you wish). There are also quizzes and games to work through. Learning to code isn't easy, but Udacity certainly helps.

Udacity (free) - Android, iOS

4. Learn to cook with SideChef

Let's be honest here - you can't learn to cook with just a smartphone and nothing else, because at some stage you're going to want to actually get some pots and pans out. But if you've got the equipment and the right ingredients then an app like SideChef can have you cooking up a storm in no time.

As well as giving you access to thousands of recipes, just like all the other cooking apps do, this one includes step-by-step instructions for a lot of cases - if you're a beginner, you can start with the basics of how to cook an egg and then move on from there. Everything in the app is free to view and access as well.

SideChef (free) - Android, iOS

5. Learn to meditate with Headspace

Rather than letting your phone constantly distract you and stress you out, why not have it teach you how to stay calm and tranquil instead? Enter Headspace, one of the leading apps for meditating - the app is free to download, and you can use the Take 10 (10 minutes a day) course free of charge too.

If you like Headspace then you can pay for some more comprehensive courses, touching on everything from sports performance to personal relationships. You can see just from the screenshots how carefully crafted the app is, and it's a great meditation aid for relaxers of all levels and experiences.

Headspace (freemium) - Android, iOS

6. Learn an instrument with Yousician

If you've determined to learn an instrument then give Yousician a go - it covers piano, guitar, bass and ukulele, and both electric and acoustic models, and you can play along with your real instrument while the app guides you. You can go at your own pace and there's a web interface too.

The app is free to download but you'll need to pay to use most of its features, an investment you might consider worth it if you end up mastering a few instruments. The content has been put together by expert tutors, and there's plenty of variety in the lessons and exercises you can play along with.

Yousician (freemium) - Android, iOS

7. Learn maths with Maths Everywhere

Maths might not be the most glamorous skill to learn but it's going to help you out in all kinds of ways in your day-to-day life - from making sure you've got the right change at the supermarket to totting up your quiz score every Thursday night at the pub. There are also lots of apps to lend a hand.

One of the best we've come across is Maths Everywhere, which has a friendly, accessible interface and plenty of useful short videos covering topics like shapes, fractions, decimals, measurements and so on - pretty much all the scenarios you might have to put your maths skills to use in in the near future.

Maths Everywhere (free) 

T3

 
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Saturday, 25 February 2017 07:48

7 SKILLS YOU CAN LEARN WITH NOTHING BUT YOUR SMARTPHONE -DAVID NIELD

Educate yourself, on the go

You've probably got dozens of apps set up on your phone but how many are educational? You might not like the sound of learning something on your mobile, but it really depends what you're learning - there are plenty of exciting skills you can hone on your phone.

From cooking to coding, drawing to piano playing, if you get your phone (or tablet) set up right then you can be expanding your skillset and impressing the family in no time at all. Here are seven tutorial-type apps that have caught our eye that are worth checking out.

1. Learn to draw with How To Draw

Interested in becoming a world-famous cartoonist or sketch artist? Using your phone? The suitably named How To Draw has you covered - it's an older app but the skill of drawing doesn't really change, and it remains one of the most popular apps for teaching you how to sketch all kinds of different subjects.

There are lots of different exercises to work through, from dragons to aeroplanes and other objects that don't fly through the air - note though that some of them are locked behind in-app purchases. You can draw right on the screen with a finger or stylus, or stick to standard pen and paper instead.

How To Draw (freemium) - Android, iOS

2. Learn a language with Duolingo

There's a plethora of apps out there to help you learn a language, and Duolingo is one of the best of the bunch (and completely free to use as well). The lessons are fun and engaging, the learning curve is nicely judged even for complete beginners, and there are plenty of languages to pick from.

The apps cover speaking, reading, listening and writing, and you can split your time between games and more formal lessons to keep everything interesting. Perhaps best of all, you can dip in and out of the Duolingo apps for a few minutes at a time, so it's perfect for standing at the bus stop.

Duolingo (free) - Android, iOS

3. Learn to code with Udacity

If you want to teach yourself to code apps rather than just learn from them, then you're probably going to need a proper computer and keyboard at some point, but that said there are still plenty of mobile apps out there that can help you get started with programming or brush up your skills.

One that we like is Udacity: the apps are actually just portals for video tutorials, but there's plenty of content here and it's all free to use (you can pay for extra support and guidance if you wish). There are also quizzes and games to work through. Learning to code isn't easy, but Udacity certainly helps.

Udacity (free) - Android, iOS

4. Learn to cook with SideChef

Let's be honest here - you can't learn to cook with just a smartphone and nothing else, because at some stage you're going to want to actually get some pots and pans out. But if you've got the equipment and the right ingredients then an app like SideChef can have you cooking up a storm in no time.

As well as giving you access to thousands of recipes, just like all the other cooking apps do, this one includes step-by-step instructions for a lot of cases - if you're a beginner, you can start with the basics of how to cook an egg and then move on from there. Everything in the app is free to view and access as well.

SideChef (free) - Android, iOS

5. Learn to meditate with Headspace

Rather than letting your phone constantly distract you and stress you out, why not have it teach you how to stay calm and tranquil instead? Enter Headspace, one of the leading apps for meditating - the app is free to download, and you can use the Take 10 (10 minutes a day) course free of charge too.

If you like Headspace then you can pay for some more comprehensive courses, touching on everything from sports performance to personal relationships. You can see just from the screenshots how carefully crafted the app is, and it's a great meditation aid for relaxers of all levels and experiences.

Headspace (freemium) - Android, iOS

6. Learn an instrument with Yousician

If you've determined to learn an instrument then give Yousician a go - it covers piano, guitar, bass and ukulele, and both electric and acoustic models, and you can play along with your real instrument while the app guides you. You can go at your own pace and there's a web interface too.

The app is free to download but you'll need to pay to use most of its features, an investment you might consider worth it if you end up mastering a few instruments. The content has been put together by expert tutors, and there's plenty of variety in the lessons and exercises you can play along with.

Yousician (freemium) - Android, iOS

7. Learn maths with Maths Everywhere

Maths might not be the most glamorous skill to learn but it's going to help you out in all kinds of ways in your day-to-day life - from making sure you've got the right change at the supermarket to totting up your quiz score every Thursday night at the pub. There are also lots of apps to lend a hand.

One of the best we've come across is Maths Everywhere, which has a friendly, accessible interface and plenty of useful short videos covering topics like shapes, fractions, decimals, measurements and so on - pretty much all the scenarios you might have to put your maths skills to use in in the near future.

Maths Everywhere (free) 

T3

 
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Saturday, 25 February 2017 07:45

EX-CUSTOMS BOSS FORFEITS 17 VEHICLES TO FG

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A Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna has ordered that the 17 vehicles seized from a former Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Abdullahi Dikko, be temporarily forfeited to the Federal Government.

Justice S. M. Shuaibu on Friday ordered that the vehicles be forfeited pending the outcome of investigations by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The order was sequel to an ex parte application by EFCC seeking, among others, forfeiture of the vehicles to the government.

In his ruling, Justice Shuaibu held that the “17 vehicles which are now in the custody of the applicant ( EFCC) and as properly described and listed in the schedule marked exhibit EFCC 2 attached to the affidavit in support of the application are hereby forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria in the interim pending conclusion of the investigation.”

Operatives of the commission had on February 20 stormed the warehouse of the former customs boss on Nnamdi Azikwe Street, Kaduna and discovered 17 exotic vehicles worth hundreds of millions of naira, suspected to be proceeds of crime.

The recovery, it was learnt, was part of investigations into an alleged N40bn fraud perpetrated by Dikko.

Dikko had returned N1bn to the EFCC last year while a house worth about N2bn allegedly belonging to him had also been seized by the commission.

Dikko, who served as the head of customs between August 2009 and August 2015, became subject of EFCC investigation last year when the commission established that about N40bn was diverted from the coffers of the NCS under his watch.

The funds were allegedly drawn from proceeds of the seven per cent cost of collection and one per cent comprehensive import supervision scheme.

He was subsequently arrested by EFCC in June 2016 but was released due to his poor health.

However, a reliable source within the EFCC told our correspondent that the suspect had been returning money to the government.

Our correspondent also gathered from sources in the commission that Dikko failed to disclose the existence of the 17 vehicles.

Punch

 
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Saturday, 25 February 2017 07:41

MAMMOTH CROWD WELCOME MIMIKO BACK TO HOMETOWN

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Former governor of Ondo state, Olusegun Mimiko was yesterday received in his home town with  pomp and peagantry. Mimiko who rode in a motorcade into his home town was received at the Bolorunduro, Ondo East local government boundary by his kinsmen. 

Cheering his people through the roof of his black SUV, motorcade of the former governor moved round the town as the people were in agog. Decked in his traditional native attire alongside his wife, Kemi Mimiko, the governor could not hide his joy as he danced to the local music played in his dialect.

Former political aides of the ex governor were among those who accompanied him to his residence in Ondo west local goverment. 

The people of Ondo lauded the former governor for bringing development into Ondo town within his eight years as the governor of the sunshine state. Appreciating the ex governor’s efforts, the people celebrated him for projects such as the mother and child hospital in Ondo, University of medical science among others. While addressing the people, Mimiko appreciated the people of Ondo for their support over the years.

He particularly thanked his former aides who are from Ondo town for their loyalty and support for his administration.

The Nation

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Saturday, 25 February 2017 07:37

FG PLANS URGENT RELIEF FOR POULTRY INDUSTRY, SAYS OSINBAJO

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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday promised that the Federal Government is planning urgent relief to poultry farmers in the country to save the industry from collapse.

He gave the indication during his second meeting in the week with representatives of the poultry industry at the Presidential Villa.

The intervention is part of an urgent effort by the federal government to address challenges in the agricultural sub-sector in line with its policy on self-sufficiency in food production.

The poultry industry has had to contend with a number of challenges including an outbreak of Avian Influenza which affected almost four million birds in 2015.

It also suffered non-allocation of Foreign Exchange for the importation of needed machinery and other critical inputs, and high production costs in the industry.

At the Friday meeting relevant ministers and agency heads came together to fashion out how to bail-out the ailing poultry industry.

“The poultry industry is a local industry that needs to be protected urgently", Osinbajo said at the meeting where specific measures were tabled and considered on how the federal government could be of help.

He said the industry should be a major plank of the agriculture sector and as such the Buhari administration would ensure that it got help regarding the challenges being faced by operators of the sub-sector.

He added that by supporting the local industry, poultry-related importation which was currently a drain on the country’s Foreign Exchange could be a thing of the past.

In his remarks, Dr Ayoola Oduntan, the President, Poultry Association of Nigeria, noted that poultry presently contributed 25 per cent of the Agricultural Gross Domestic Product of the Nigerian economy amounting to N1.6 trillion.

He added that Nigeria was rated as the number one egg-producing nation and number four in poultry meat in the continent. 

The poultry sub-sector is said to generate over 14 million direct and indirect jobs in the country.

Present at the meeting were Finance Minister, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, Agriculture and Rural Development Minister of State Heineken Lokpobiri. Others were Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (retired), and Central Bank Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele.

Lokpobiri later told State House correspondents that the ministry would embark on aggressive maize and soya bean cultivation to produce surplus of poultry feed input.

“What we have is that we are going to develop a programme that will deliberately grow more maize which will satisfy not only our local market but the international market. 

"We have a demand from Algeria and some other countries.

“They are saying that if we are able to grow two million metric tons and above for them they are going to construct a rail line to Kano to come and buy", the minister disclosed.

He also advised farmers hoarding maize with the intention of selling later to the federal government to desist as such produce would not be bought from them by the government.

“It is also an opportunity to also send this signal to those who are hording maize that anybody who is hording maize does so at his own peril. 

"Federal Government will not buy maize. 

"The federal government buys grains as the buyer of last resort", he said.

The minister also said that the government was also planning to address the loss suffered by poultry farmers during the outbreak of Avian Influenza. 

"We also discussed the issue of Avian influenza that led to the destruction of a lot of birds in the country.

“Some part of the money has been paid, but we still have an outstanding of N1.7 billion", he said.

The Guardian

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Saturday, 25 February 2017 07:34

DONORS PLEDGE N205BN TO TACKLE BOKO HARAM CRISIS

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The Oslo Conference on Boko Haram humanitarian crisis realised $672 million (N205 billion) in pledges from 14 donors, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said.

Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Mr Stephane Dujarric, at a press briefing on Friday, said Guterres welcomed the donors’ pledges.

He explained that the donors pledged $458 for 2017 and 214 million U.S. dollars for 2018.

“The Secretary-General welcomes donor pledges made today at the conclusion of the Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region.

“He stresses the need for sustained support to humanitarian, human rights, development and security needs in the region.

“Fourteen donors pledged 458 million U.S. dollars for 2017 and 214 million U.S. dollars for 2018 and beyond were announced.

“The conference also resulted in an agreement to address longer-term development needs and seek durable solutions to crises", he said.

He also said that the conference saw the UN and partners mobilising further scale up of emergency responses in the region.

“At the close of the conference, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, said that without our increased support, affected communities will face a life of hunger, disease, gender-based violence and continued displacement.

“But he said there is another future within grasp: as the international community scales up support, we can stop a further descent into an ever-deepening crisis with unimaginable consequences for millions of people.

“He added that the UN and our partners are ready and mobilised to further scale up our life-saving response,” he said.

Norway, which hosted the conference jointly with Germany, Nigeria and the UN, had announced a pledge of $192 million U.S. dollars multi-year pledge that includes both humanitarian and development aid for the region.

NAN

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