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ICPC may arraign NFF’s Pinnick, Dikko over alleged fraud

first_imgRelatedPosts ICPC arrests, quizzes NDDC top shots ICPC arrests 25 VIO, FRSC, others for Drivers’ Licence fraud Licence: FRSC warns officials against extortion The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) may arraign the President, Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, and Shehu Dikko for alleged fraud.Pinnick and Dikko, 2nd Vice President of NFF, are presently being investigated by the commission over alleged FIFA grant misappropriation.ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Sunday.NAN reports that the commission had on its Twitter handle posted: “ICPC places under investigation, mansion belonging to Amaju Pinnick, President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) located in Park View Estate, Lagos.“The Commission has also placed a mansion in Maitama, belonging to Dikko under investigation.”Okoduwa explained that the commission so far has reasonable suspicion that the emoluments that have been earned by the NFF officials could not have bought those houses.“Investigating around assets probably acquired through proceeds of crime is one of the first steps in corruption investigation,” she said.While noting that the commission was proceeding with the investigation, Okoduwa said when completed, the press would be briefed on the details.She said: “Our official have proceeded with the investigation, when they are ready, they will let me know and I will tell you people.“We want to keep things under wraps for now so that we don’t expose too much information that will jeopardise the investigation.“There is something about investigation: when you let out information, if for example we say this is what we are investigating against some people, those people can go and tamper with documents relating to the matter.“In that case, the investigation will not be concluded or take much longer to be concluded.”On possible arraignment of the NFF officials, Okoduwa said: “They can only be arraigned after the investigation.“Arraignment is when we are ready to go to court and we have all the facts, and if the investigation points to the direction of arraignment and they are indicted, they are real suspects, then we take them for arraignment.“If after the investigation, they were able to prove to us that they got the houses legitimately and they are cleared of other allegations, then we don’t arraign.”NAN.Tags: ICPCRasheedat Okoduwalast_img read more

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Other Sports Trump pardons boxer Jack Johnson, first black heavyweight champ

first_imgWashington: US President Donald Trump issued a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion, who was sent to prison a century ago in a racially charged case.Trump on Thursday said Johnson, the “Galveston Giant,” was the victim of what “many viewed as a racially motivated injustice.”Johnson, who held the heavyweight title from 1908-15, was convicted by an all-white jury in 1913 of taking a woman across state lines for “immoral purposes.”Johnson, whose consensual relationship with a white woman was seen then by many as taboo, fled to Europe but returned in 1920 and spent a year in prison.Johnson died in a car crash in 1946 at the age of 68.Trump signed the pardon at a ceremony in the Oval Office attended by “Rocky” actor Sylvester Stallone, current WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and former champion Lennox Lewis.”Today as president, I’ve issued an executive grant of clemency, a full pardon, posthumously to John Arthur Jack Johnson,” Trump said.”The first African American heavyweight champion of the world, a truly great fighter.”  Trump said the conviction “occurred during a period of tremendous racial tension in the United States more than a century ago” and that Johnson had a “very tough life.”Senator John McCain and other members of Congress and celebrities such as Stallone, who portrayed Rocky Balboa in the movie “Rocky,” have long fought for a pardon for Johnson.”This was very important to Sylvester Stallone, my friend for a long time,” Trump said. Linda Haywood, a great-great niece of Johnson, also attended the White House pardon ceremony. McCain, who has been ailing as he battles brain cancer, welcomed the move.”This action finally rights a historical wrong, restores a great athlete’s legacy & closes a shameful chapter in our history,” McCain said in a tweet.During the ceremony, Trump could not resist taking a jab at former president Barack Obama, saying it was “very disappointing for a lot of people” that his predecessor had not pardoned Johnson.The pardon came just hours after Trump said American football players who refuse to stand for the national anthem “maybe shouldn’t be in the country.”Most of the National Football League players who have taken part in the kneeling protests against police brutality have been African Americans.Johnson was born March 31, 1878, in Galveston, Texas, and went 78-8 with 12 draws and 45 knockouts. He took the heavyweight title on December 26, 1908 in Sydney when police stopped his fight against Tommy Burns in the 14th round after Johnson had beaten the Canadian into submission.Johnson defended his crown nine times, notably in 1910 over former champion James J Jeffries, who came out of retirement as “The Great White Hope,” in what was billed as “The Fight of the Century.”Johnson beat Jim Flynn in 1912 in the first Las Vegas title fight, twice defended the crown in Paris, and then lost it at Havana in 1915 when Jess Willard knocked him out in the 26th round of the longest heavyweight title fight ever. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Volleyball: UW sweeps HotelRED tournament, remains undefeated

first_imgIt was another successful weekend for the University of Wisconsin volleyball team, as they clinched their seventh victory this season in the HotelRED tournament.The Badgers opened their doors to Lipscomb and Texas A&M Thursday, with three days of play allowing for each team to play each other at least once in the schedule. As the hosts, the Badgers took the first game Thursday night against Lipscomb.Wisconsin volleyball dominates at K-State invitationalThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team remains undefeated, moving to a 5-0 record off a very successful tournament at Read…UW’s success Thursday night can largely be attributed to Tionna Williams, who set several personal records after an outstanding performance. Williams tallied 11 blocks and 10 kills, earning her first career double-double.The Badgers managed to pull away from Lipscomb early in the first set, and that momentum allowed for an equally successful second set. It was in the third set that Lipscomb managed to fight back, keeping the game close in scoring between the two teams, but Wisconsin eventually managed to silence the Bison.Friday night was a night off for the Badger, as both visiting teams took on one another at the Fieldhouse. Texas A&M walked away Friday night with a win, defeating the Bison three sets to one.Volleyball: Team remains strong despite losing best players from previous yearThe University of Wisconsin volleyball team had been a dream team in the Big Ten, but when four key seniors Read…Saturday night’s final matchup pitted the Aggies and the Badgers against each other. Even though the Badgers were a little rusty from their day off, they still managed to outplay the Aggies from the beginning.Fans were also in for a surprise when Lauryn Gillis came back on the court to play with her teammates. Gillis has been out for a majority of this young season, still recovering from an ankle injury she acquired from last yearWhile Gillis might have only played a fraction of the game, it was a great look into just how dominant this team could be when they are all playing. Gillis and her fellow Badgers earned yet another three-set sweep, their seventh of the season. Wisconsin has performed outstandingly well this non-conference season, with the Badgers never giving a single set to any of their opponents. With as much success as they’ve had during non-conference play, good things are sure to come to the Badgers once they begin Big Ten play.The Badgers will wrap up their final non-conference game of the regular season next weekend when they host the Badger Classic tournament at the UW Fieldhouse. Wisconsin will welcome Marquette and Southern Mississippi to Madison in what is sure to be an exciting weekend tournament.last_img read more

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Bill Peters resigns as Calgary Flames head coach: Everything we now know

first_imgpic.twitter.com/F1JdMLbAt6— Akim Aliu (@Dreamer_Aliu78) November 28, 2019Peters issues letter of resignationOn Friday, Treliving announced that he accepted a letter of resignation from Peters as a result of the ongoing investigation into the racial slur and physical abuse allegations the now-former head coach was facing. He would not offer any insight into whether Peters would have been fired had the resignation not come — suggesting that it is not best to deal in hypotheticals.”Effective immediately, Bill Peters is no longer a member of the Calgary Flames organization.”This morning, #Flames GM Brad Treliving received and accepted a letter of resignation from Bill Peters: “Effective immediately, Bill Peters is no longer a member of the Calgary Flames organization.” pic.twitter.com/IImaQVaXml— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) November 29, 2019Geoff Ward was announced as interim head coach of the Flames. He coached the team in Wednesday’s overtime win against Buffalo and has been an associate for the Flames for just one full season. Flames head coach Bill Peters has resigned during an investigation after a former player accused him of using a racial slur during an interaction years ago.The player in question, Akim Aliu, played for Peters with the Rockford IceHogs — the Chicago Blackhawks’ minor league affiliate — during the 2009-10 season. Aliu wrote in a series of tweets Monday that recent criticism of former Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock did not surprise him and that “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” when it came to Peters, who he labeled as Babcock’s “protege.” The Flames head coach worked as an assistant under Babcock in junior hockey with the Spokane Chiefs from 1999 to 2002 and broke into the NHL coaching ranks as Babcock’s assistant with the Detroit Red Wings in 2011.MORE: Calgary Flames GM denies rumors of Bill Peters firingAliu alleged on Twitter that Peters “dropped the N bomb several times towards me in the dressing room” in his rookie year because he did not approve of Aliu playing hip-hop music in the locker room.On Tuedsay, Aliu gave a detailed account of the incident to TSN, which also independently corroborated his account with two of his then-teammates. Other players have since come forward with stories of their own unpleasant experiences with Peters, while Calgary general manager Brad Treliving promised a “thorough” investigation into the matter.Here everything we know so far about the Bill Peters situation.What is Bill Peters accused of saying?Former NHLer Akim Aliu accused Peters of repeatedly using racial slurs toward him in the IceHogs locker room before a morning skate during the 2009-10 season.The Nigerian-born Aliu, 20 at the time, told TSN on Tuesday that Peters said “Hey Akim, I’m sick of you playing that n— s—,” when he entered the room, referring to Aliu’s hip-hop music.“He said, ‘I’m sick of hearing this n— f—ing other n— in the ass stuff,'” Aliu told TSN. “He then walked out like nothing ever happened. You could hear a pin drop in the room, everything went dead silent. I just sat down in my stall, didn’t say a word.”TSN reached out to two of Aliu’s his former teammates — Simon Pepin and Peter MacArthur — on Tuesday to corroborate the story. Aliu said Peters never apologized for his comments and instead used a racial slur again when they had a one-on-one meeting.“You know, I’m just sick of this n— s—. It’s every day. From now on, we need to play different music,” Peters said, according to Aliu.Aliu tweeted that he rebelled against Peters in the incident’s aftermath and was sent down to the ECHL not long after as a result. He also said he never confronted the coach about the incident directly.”What am I going to say? I was 20 years old and a first-year pro. I was too scared to speak up,” Aliu told TSN. “I beat myself up every day over it.”Flames, NHL issue statements over allegationThe NHL called Peters’ alleged behavior “repugnant and unacceptable” in a statement Tuesday.Rumors swirled that Peters had been fired when he was not seen on the ice for the Flames’ practice in Buffalo on Tuesday, but Calgary GM Brad Treliving told reporters the coach has not yet been relieved of his duties. Treliving said he had alrady spoken to both Peters and Aliu, and while he could not speculate on what might happen, Treliving to the need for a “thorough” investigation into the matter.”We hope to have this completed quickly, but it’s got to be thorough,” Treliving told reporters. “It’s got to be thorough and it’s got to be done correctly and I’m not about to comment on anything halfway through or give tidbits or give soundbites at this point other than to say the serious nature of this is not lost on us. We take it with extreme seriousness and until such time as I personally can talk to all parties involved and everybody we want to as part of this, we’re not going to comment.”A statement from #Flames GM Brad Treliving in Buffalo. pic.twitter.com/qcvqZpnjkF— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) November 26, 2019ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski reported Tuesday that the only reason Peters has not yet been fired is that the team’s lawyers are working on a way to remove him without having to pay the rest of his contract. According to CapFriendly, Peters is signed through the 2020-21 season; financial details of the contract are unknown.Later Tuesday evening, Treliving issued a statement that Peters will not be coaching while the team’s investigation continues. “Bill Peters will not be behind the bench for the Flames game [Wednesday] night in Buffalo,” the statement read. “Associate coach Geoff Ward will handle head coaching duties.”Prior concerns were raised in CarolinaABC’s Mark Armstrong reported that a prior concern had been raised by players and staff members within the Hurricanes organization to Ron Francis regarding concerns about Peters. No change was made.Francis was the Hurricanes’ GM from 2014-18, the same exact time Peters was the head coach. Francis is now the first GM of the Seattle expansion team.”Close relationships spanning decades were ruined because of Francis’ decision not to fire Peters,” The Athletic’s Sara Civian added.How NHL players reacted to Akim Aliu’s claimAnother former IceHog, Sean McMorrow, tweeted on Tuesday that Peters was the “worst human being ever to coach me” and that he was treated “terrible” by the now 54-year-old head coach.Michal Jordan, who played for Peters during his time with the Hurricanes, accused Peters of physical abuse during an unspecified game.1) Never wish anything bad to the person but you get what you deserve Bill.After years making it to the NHL had experience with the worst coach ever by far.Kicking me and punching other player to the head during the game…— Michal Jordan (@TheBigCzech23) November 26, 20192) then pretending like nothing happened…couldnt believe my eyes what can happen in the best league.. happy that i dont have to go thrue that stuff on daily basics anymore.— Michal Jordan (@TheBigCzech23) November 26, 2019Current Hurricanes head coach Rob Brind’Amour — who served as Peters’ assistant — confirmed Jordan’s account on Wednesday and said the team’s upper management handled the situation correctly after players raised concerns about Peters.The Athletic’s Sara Civian reported Tuesday that one source within the Hurricanes organization simply said “Karma’s a b—” in response to the allegations against Peters.Peters issues apologyOn Wednesday, Peters wrote a letter of apology addressed to Treliving and sent to TSN’s Bob McKenzie and Sportnet’s Eric Francis along with the Flames GM.”I am aware that there is no excuse for language that is offensive,” the statement read. “I meant no disrespect in what I said, and it was not directed at anyone in particular. But that doesn’t matter, it was hurtful and demeaning. I am truly sorry.”A statement from Bill Peters, in the form of a letter to CGY GM Brad Treliving:: pic.twitter.com/YouP6ZABrm— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) November 28, 2019Later Wednesday, Treliving told reporters that the investigation was still ongoing, adding that the Flames have “tried to be as open as transparent as possible.””I know everybody wants everything done immediately [and] the world we live in is immediate,” Treliving told reporters. “We are not trying to stall or take time or drag our feet. It’s a serious matter.”Aliu called Peters’ apology “misleading, insincere and concerning” in a statement of his own Thursday morning.last_img read more

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