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Arsenal have appointed former Paris St Germain coach Unai Emery as the new manager of the club, with the Spaniard succeeding the long-serving Arsene Wenger, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.

Emery, who joined PSG in June 2016, left the French club at the end of this season, having led them to a domestic treble.

The 46-year-old had previously guided Spanish side Sevilla to three Europa League titles.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said in a statement: “Unai has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career.

“He has also developed some of the best young talents in Europe and plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly.

“His hard work and passionate approach and his sense of value on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take us forward.”

Wenger departed the North London club at the end of last season after nearly 22 years at the helm, helping the team capture three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups.

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Islamic Dowry For Marriage Is Now N13,438 — Cleric Shuaib Agaka

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An Islamic cleric, Dr AbdulHameed Shuaib Agaka, has said that the current value of the dowry to be paid in lslamic marriage that was in consonance with Nigeria’s current economy is N13,438.

Speaking in his weekly Islamic radio programme monitored in Ilorin, Dr. Agaka said that the payment of dowry was the most important aspect of an Islamic marriage.

According to the cleric, a former Scholar with School for Arabic Studies and Bayero University Kano, the marriage would become invalid and illegal without the dowry being paid.

He said: “The dowry in Islam is paid by the man to his wife-to-be as an honour and respect given to her to show his sincerity and commitment to the marriage which also signifies sense of responsibility and obligation.”

According to him, the acceptable current dowry in any Islamic marriage in Nigeria’s local currency stands at N13,438, adding that it is however permissible for wealthy husbands to pay amounts higher than the official acceptable fee.

The former don said prospective husbands could use cows, parcels of land, gold and other valuables as payment of dowry for their intended wives.

He advised Muslims to always abide with the validities under the lslamic marriage to curb cases of unwanted children in the society.

Dr. Abdulhameed who is also the Chief Imam of Agaka in Ilorin Emirate of Kwara State, condemned what he described as ostentatious spending in Islamic marriages, saying that what was most significant in any Islamic marriage was payment of dowry to the bride and adequate care and protection after marriage.

“It is only the payment of dowry that guarantees legal access and full control of wife by the husband,” the cleric said. (PRNigeria)

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Ignore The Lies, We Didn’t Issue Any Certificate Of Return To Adeleke — INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it can issue a certificate of return to Sen Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) only if the embattled governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola fails to appeal the judgment of the tribunal that sacked him within 21 days.

Recalls that the Osun State governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja had last week Friday nullified the election of Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and declared Adeleke winner of the 2018 gubernatorial election.

Justice Peter Obiora who delivered the majority judgment of the tribunal ordered INEC to immediately issue a fresh certificate of return to Adeleke as the lawful and validly elected governor of Osun State, after declaring the September 27, 2018 re-run election as illegal.

However, rumours went round the social media with pictures suggesting INEC issued a certificate of return to Adeleke.

Reacting, INEC National Commissioner and chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Barr Festus Okoye debunked the rumours.

“The commission has not issued any new certificate in relation to Osun State.

“Section 143(1) of the Electoral Act gives a candidate whose election is set aside a period of 21days from the date of the decision to appeal against such a decision,” Okoye said while explaining why the commission can’t issue a certificate of return to Adeleke.

“The person is entitled to remain in office pending the determination of the appeal. The commission will only issue the certificate if appeal is not lodged within 21 days. The commission has not issued any new certificate in relation to Osun State,” Okoye told Leadership newspaper.

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32 Entities Stole Over N1.3Trillion Under Goodluck Jonathan — Magu

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Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says at least N1.3 trillion was stolen between 2011 and 2015.

Magu said the money stolen during those years — when former President Goodluck Jonathan was in power — was by 32 entities, including private individuals and organisations.

He said this during his keynote address at the 2019 first batch conversion graining programme to procurement cadre for federal parastatal and agencies organised by the Bureau of Public Procurement in Lagos on Monday.

In the address delivered by Ola Olukoyede, EFCC secretary, Magu lamented what the stolen funds could have been used to achieve in Nigeria.

He said: “One third of this money, using world bank rates and cost, could have comfortably been used to construct well over 500km of roads; build close to 200 schools; educate about 4000 children from primary to tertiary levels at N25million per child; build 20,000 units of two-bedroom houses across the country and do even more.

“The cost of this grand theft, therefore, is that these roads, schools and houses will never be built and these children will never have access to quality education because a few rapacious individuals had cornered for themselves what would have helped secure the lives of the future generations, thereby depriving them of quality education and healthcare, among others.”

He added that the poor state of procurement process in Nigeria was one of the major reasons why corruption has continued to thrive in government agencies and parastatals.

“I sincerely hope that at the end of this training, we will see a few cases of financial propriety in our procurement processes in government agencies and parastatal,” Magu said.

“Indeed, corruption could kill Nigeria, if we do not scale up our proficiency in contract and procurement management process.”

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