Drogba to leave Chelsea

Didier Drogba has announced Sunday’s clash with Sunderland will be his last as a Chelsea player as he will leave the club at the end of the season.

The Ivorian made a surprise return to Stamford Bridge last summer on a one-year contract and has chipped in with crucial goals against Manchester United, Tottenham and Leicester City to help Jose Mourinho’s men secure a first Premier League title since 2010 – and Drogba’s fourth of an illustrious career.

And while Drogba insists he is not yet ready to hang up his boots just yet, the 37-year-old has confirmed he is once again calling time on his Chelsea career – though he expects to return to the club in a non-playing capacity.


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Our son hacked to death for confronting herbalist —Bereaved family

Mama Imaobong Titus refused to be consoled. She asked hysterically: Why did my son have to die?

The  cause of her anguish  is the  hacking to death of her first son and the breadwinner of the family,   Itoro, allegedly by a herbalist, Ette Okon Friday, following a misunderstanding.

Rita Emmanuel,   a cousin of the   deceased, a commercial motor cyclist, told the story of the murder. According to her, Itoro  lived with his parents in their   grass house   in  Ikot Abasi Effiom, in Akpabuyo Local Government Area   of Cross River State until he  rented a room in a house nearly in order to have more space since his wife was about to give birth.


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Teenager arrested for kidnapping nine-month-old baby


A teenager, Racheal John, and Joy Atunramu, 9, have been arrested by the Ogun State Police Command for allegedly kidnapping their neighbour’s nine-month-old baby.

The suspects were arrested on Wednesday by detectives attached to the Ilese Police Division, Ijebu Ode.

The baby was said to have been taken from the mother’s shop at the Old Toll gate area of the town by Atunramu, allegedly acting on the instruction of John.


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Alfa runs mad, dies after drinking herbal mixture

An Islamic cleric, Taiye Bamidele, fondly called Alfa, has died after consuming herbal mixure in the FESTAC area of Lagos State.

The 24-year-old was said to have first acted strangely and behaved violently before dying on Saturday.

PUNCH Metro learnt that a day to the incident, he had complained to his friend, Akintunde Akinwunmi, that he was ill.

Akinwunmi was said to have gone to a herb vendor around the area, who sold the herbal mixture to him.


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Xavi announces Barcelona exit

Barcelona legend Xavi has announced his intention to leave the club at the end of the season to join Qatari club Al Sadd.

The midfielder has been with the Catalans for 24 years, since joining La Masia as an 11-year-old, and has made over 750 appearances for the first team during that time – more than any other player in the club’s history.

Although he has featured 41 times so far for Barca in their La Liga-winning campaign, he has been used as a substitute more often than a starter under Luis Enrique.


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Secondary school girl stabs undergraduate boyfriend to death

Tragedy struck yesterday in Ubomiri community of Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State after a 20-year-old secondary school girl allegedly stabbed her boyfriend to death with a kitchen knife.

It was gathered that the girl identified as Chisom Anyanwu, who hails from Umuawumi Ubomiri, murdered her 28-year-old lover simply identified as Abio, an undergraduate, in cold blood yesterday following an argument between the two.

Abio, a native of Egbeada in the same Mbaitoli Local Government Area, was said to have visited Chisom’s house late on Tuesday, and she became very angry as she had earlier cautioned the boy not to visit her at home, as she would not like her elder brothers and sisters to see him.


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Job seeker forges Okonjo-Iweala’s recommendation letter

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a job seeker, Azuka Obiejogo for allegedly forging a recommendation letter purportedly from Nigeria’s Finance Minister and the Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

It was gathered that Obiejogo, a Higher National Diploma holder from a polytechnic in Anambra State, allegedly forged a reference letter purportedly from Okonjo-Iweala and presented it to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Tertiary Education Trust Fund and the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company for employment.


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Arsenal frustrated by Sunderland

Arsenal and Sunderland played out a goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium, a point which was enough to secure Sunderland’s survival in the Premier League for next season.

A draw is a fair result considering both teams situation as it stands. For Sunderland, that meant securing their top-flight survival while for the Gunners, it effectively ensured Champions League football.

Arsene Wenger will be relieved to have reached that milestone, but he will be concerned about his team’s form ahead of the FA Cup Final.


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