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Arteta vents frustration, anger after Arsenal stunned late by Leicester

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says he could not understand why officials ruled out Alexandre Lacazette’s first-half goal in the 1-0 defeat to Leicester.

Arteta was left bemused as to why Alexandre Lacazette’s early goal was disallowed in Arsenal’s defeat to Leicester.

The Gunners suffered their first home defeat to the Foxes in 47 years as Jamie Vardy came off the bench to seal a late 1-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal were left to rue the fourth-minute decision where Lacazette’s glancing header off the post was ruled out after Granit Xhaka was adjudged to have interfered with goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel from an offside position.

Arteta was angry that this goal from Lacazette was disallowed after Granit Xhaka was deemed to be interfering with play when in an offside position

Speaking after the game, Arteta told Sky Sports: “I’m really disappointed. We had it in our hands in the first half and I don’t know how the hell the goal was disallowed.

“To be fair I was really pleased with the first half and the way we pressed and the aggression we showed against a team that are very capable of breaking that pressure and creating chances against you.

“In the second half and it was about being patient and waiting for the right moment against a team that wanted to defend really deep.

“They didn’t have any shots on target and they were just waiting for a mistake to go on the break, and the moment we had a minimal mistake with no pressure on the ball, trying to step in, they caught us with the space at our back and we lost the game.”

Asked if he’d received an explanation from referee Craig Pawson why Lacazette’s goal was disallowed, Arteta added: “No, I asked them [the officials] and they didn’t say anything.

“At the end of the day, if you cannot win it for any reason, you don’t lose it. We still had some moments after the goal, but we gave too many free-kicks away, we didn’t put the ball in the box enough and it’s something we have to improve for the future.”

To make the evening worse, Arsenal lost both David Luiz and Bukayo Saka to injury during the second half.

“We have lost a few players in the last week or so,” Arteta said. “David had a muscular problem and couldn’t carry on so we will have to assess him in the next 48 hours.”

Rodgers hails ‘world-class’ Vardy

Brendan Rodgers says his Leicester side executed their game plan perfectly, as they secured a 1-0 win away at Arsenal

Rodgers hailed the impact of Jamie Vardy as he came off the bench claim to clinch the victory while continuing his fine form against the Gunners.

It was Vardy’s 11th Premier League goal against Arsenal – only Wayne Rooney can boast more – and gave Leicester a win in a game where they had to soak up plenty of pressure from the hosts.

“Everyone talks about the goals he scores against Arsenal and the big teams but that’s why he’s a big player,” Rodgers said.

“He makes that big contribution in the biggest games and that shows you the level that he’s at. He’s a world-class striker and I’m very lucky to have him here.”

On the victory, which confirmed Leicester’s best start to a league campaign since 2001, Rodgers added, “I thought we deserved it [to win].

“We’re playing against a really good side whose movement is good, the set-up slightly different tonight as well, but I know they’ve got quality and the players that can run in behind. To come and keep a clean sheet and play with that quality and also calmness was really good.

“The boys were outstanding. Our idea is that you’re playing against top-quality players and you’ve got to deny them space.

“A lot of my teams always deny it at the top of the pitch, but you play against that quality and that speed, you’re set up slightly different. I thought the concentration, the ideas in the game from the players was executed it really well.”

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Child abuse: Protesters storm Lagos gov’s office, accuser’s aides ‘arrested’

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Concerned parents, teachers and old students of Methodist Girls High School on Friday protested at the Lagos State Governor’s Office over an alleged sexual abuse case.

The PUNCH had reported that a teacher, Adewale Bakare, was remanded in Kirikiri prison for allegedly defiling a nine-year-old pupil.

The father of the pupil, Mr Adebisi Arewa, also complained that his domestic aides were arrested on Friday.

However, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, denied knowledge of the arrest.

“My security guards and housemaid have been arrested. The police escorted those that arrested them. This is illegal. It shows desperation,” he told our correspondent on the telephone.

The protesters complained about Bakare’s detention, saying that he should be freed.

There was also a protest at the Lagos State Police Command over the matter on Thursday.

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Among the inscriptions on the placards displayed by the protesters are ‘say no to weaponised rape accusations’, ‘Lagos State, we say no to statistics, yes to justice’, ‘False accusation is a crime’, ‘rape is not a joke, do not accuse people to score a point’, and ‘rescue the Arewa girl’.

The PUNCH gathered that Bakare had been remanded in Kirikiri prison pending Lagos State’s Directorate of Public Prosecutions’ advice.

It was learnt that while in prison, Bakare’s wife delivered a pre-matured baby who is currently in the incubator at a federal hospital in Lagos State.

48-year-old Bakare, who denied the allegations against him, had been a teacher for 21 years. He was a former principal of an international school where he worked for 10 years before joining Methodist Girls High School.

Counsellor for junior school, Methodist Girls High School, Adesoga Mary, said, “We want justice for Adewale. We appeal to the governor to ensure justice. The governor should intervene. We are here to support him as a colleague that we trust. Why was Bakare denied bail? What is special about the case?”

The lawyer of the protesters, Toyin Taiwo-Ojo, urged the Lagos State Government to execute a court order that Arewa’s children should be taken over from him.

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29, mostly children, drowned in Sokoto boat accident

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Twenty-nine persons including a bride-to-be have died in a boat mishap that occurred on Wednesday in Shagari River at Gidan Magana in Shagari…

The victims, mostly children between nine and 17 years old, were crossing the river to a nearby bush to fetch firewood which they sold in their community.
Findings revealed that there were 35 of them in the boat when it capsized around 8am.
The village head of Gidan Magana, Malam Muhammadu Auwal, who lost five of his children in the mishap, said the deceased were 23 females and six males.
He, however, said six of the passengers were rescued alive.
“You know the kind of situation we are in. There is a serious shortage of firewood which we use to cook our meals. The children used to go to the nearby bush across the river to fetch firewood for their parents while some of them sold it to get some money.
“The incident happened shortly after the boat took off. The sailor lost control because of strong water waves and the boat capsized,” Auwal said tears flowing down his face.
He explained that the tragedy occurred when many of the elderly people in the village were resting at home after the dawn prayer.
“I was already asleep when some youth came to my house to inform me about the accident. I mobilised the people of my community, including our local divers but before we got there, many of the children have died.
“I lost five of my children and two younger sisters of my wives. I also lost my niece whose wedding was fixed for one week after Sallah.
“This is the greatest tragedy that has ever happened in our community. We pray Allah to grant their souls eternal rest and give us the fortitude to bear the loss,” Auwal added.
Aliyu Muhammad who lost a 12-year-old daughter, Rufaida, in the accident said his child was healthy before she left for the bush.
“I was going to the farm when my wife told me that my daughter was going to fetch firewood for us.
“When I was coming back, I heard people shouting and screaming for help that a boat had capsized in our river.
“When I reached home my younger children told me that Rufaida was among those on board the canoe, so I rushed to the riverside only for me to meet her lifeless body lying by the river bank,” he said in an emotion-laden voice.
The Chairman of Shagari LGA, Aliyu Abubakar Dantani, said he heard about the accident from the councillor representing Dande Mahe and he immediately called the divisional police officer and they came to the village together.
“We counted 28 bodies at the scene of the incident and they are all from the same village,” he said.
According to him, this was not the first time such an accident was recorded in his area as around June last year, a total of 13 people, including women, were killed in a similar circumstance at Gangi village which is just five kilometres from this village.
The deceased were given a mass burial in accordance with Islamic rites around 4pm.
Condoling with the residents of the village, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, who was accompanied by his deputy, Manir Dan’iya; the state chairman of PDP, Bello Goronyo, and some commissioners, prayed Allah to grant the deceased Jannatul Firdaus.
Three victims of the boat mishap, Asma’u, Na’ima and Hadiza, 10, 9 and 8 years old, respectively, told Daily Trust how they survived the accident.
Asma’u, said after the boat capsized, she started swimming to the river bank before she was rescued by her elder brother.
While Na’ima and Hadiza, said they were rescued by local divers.
Asma’u however listed some of her friends who did not survive the mishap.

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We’re investigating cause of national grid collapse – FG

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The Federal Government says the cause of the collapse of the National grid is being investigated.

The grid collapsed on Friday, plunging the nation into darkness.

But in a statement, the Ministry of Power said efforts were in place to tackle the problem.

It said the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), the operator of the national grid, is in the process of restoring supply.

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“We wish to notify the general public of the incidence of a system collapse which occurred at 1830hrs on April 8th, 2022 resulting in power outages in many parts of the country. While a detailed investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the recurring grid failure is currently ongoing by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission and System Operator (the operator of the national grid), the process of restoring supply is ongoing with some sections of the national grid already energised and supply restored to consumers.”

“We wish to assure Nigerians that the Federal Government is working assiduously to deliver on the much-needed reforms and investments, including SCADA, that are critical to improving the capacity and reliability of the national grid. This is in line with the Mr. President’s directives on closing infrastructure deficits in critical sectors of the Nigerian economy.”

The collapse is the third in a month, but the Federal Government assured that it has taken steps to address the problem.

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