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Police recover weapon from student as management shut FUOYE indefinitely

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The Police in Ekiti State said on Tuesday night that they had recovered a weapon from one of the protesting students of Federal University, Oye Ekiti.

Police Public Relations Officer for the state command, Caleb Ikechukwu, stated that “a weapon has been recovered from the protesting student”.

This was as the management disclosed that three students were injured in the course of the protest, disclosing that the one with a serious injury was being hospitalised at Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti.

Ikechukwu stated in a statement that the university authorities had closed down the institution temporarily “for normalcy to return”.

The police spokesperson said,

“The Senate of the University have proscribed the Students’ Union Government of FUOYE and the students are to vacate the campus”.

Meanwhile, the university management, in a statement on Tuesday night, said,

“We hereby condemn the violence that has followed the protest by the students of FUOYE to register their pleasure on the epileptic power supply from BEDC to the communities of Oye and Ikole.

“Our findings revealed that the students gathered themselves and blocked the Abuja-Ado, and Ijan -Ikole High ways from the early hours of today, September 10, 2019 till about 2pm.

“Thereafter, after much persuasions by the University’s internal security personnel and the federal security agencies, they dispersed only for the news to get to the university authority thereafter that the students assaulted the convoy of the wife of the Governor of Ekiti State, Erelu Bisi Fayemi and vandalized some vehicles in the convoy.

“Sensing that her Excellency was under attack in view of the continued aggression of the students, the security personnel attached to her convoy had to repel the attack and some students were injured in the process.

“Similarly some policemen also sustained injuries and their rifles were also seized. As at this evening, three students were injured with two of them having minor injuries and one having a severe abdominal injury and is currently hospitalized at FETHI”.

Consequently, the management,

“at an emergency meeting discussed and reviewed the behaviour of the students which included the destruction of vehicles and burning of a police van as well as the threat to lives” and shut the university with immediate effect.

The management stated,

“Students are therefore ordered to vacate the university premises on or before, Wednesday, Sept 11, 2019.The students Union is hereby proscribed”.

However, the SUG, in a statement, made available by its President, Oluwaseun Awodola, said that the students’ protest had ended hours before the incident happened.

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The students’ body traced the incident to an alleged assault on the SUG President, by one of the aides of the governor’s wife.

The statement read,

“The Governor’s CSO came to address the issue and apologized, but the students insisted the security personnel that slapped the President should come out to apologise, but his refusal to apologise caused misunderstanding.

“During the process, the security personnel started shooting at the students and as well threw tear gas cannisters.

“When the Governor’s wife was about to leave, the policemen started shooting again and during the process, a student was killed and others are seriously injured.”

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UEFA Champions League: Barcelona player tests positive for Covid-19

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An unnamed Barcelona player has tested positive to COVID-19, though their upcoming Champions League clash with Bayern Munich is not in doubt.

According to the Spanish club, the player who tested positive was not included in Quique Setien’s final shortlist for Friday’s quarter-final tie against Bayern.

The statement released by Barcelona read;

“Following PCR tests conducted this Tuesday afternoon on the group of nine players due to begin the pre-season today, one of them has tested positive for Covid-19.

“The player has no symptoms, is in good health and has been quarantined at his home. The club has reported the matter to the relevant sporting and health authorities.

“All persons who have been in contact with the player have been tracked to perform the corresponding PCR tests.

“The player has not been in contact with any of the senior team players who are scheduled to travel to Lisbon this Thursday to compete in the Champions League.”

The statement also linked to a page confirming the nine players that had returned to pre-season training, including Pedri, Trincao, Matheus Fernandes, Jean-Clair Todibo, Moussa Wague, Carles Alena, Rafinha, Juan Miranda and Oriol Busquets.

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Valencia sell Coquelin to Villarreal

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Valencia have sold midfielder Francis Coquelin to La Liga rivals, Villarreal, a move that has heaped further criticism on owner Peter Lim over his management of the club.

Both teams announced on Wednesday that Coquelin, 29, has penned a four-year contract with Villarreal, who finished fifth last season to qualify for the Europa League and last month named former Arsenal manager Unai Emery as coach.

Coquelin joined Valencia in 2018 for 14 million euros after a 10-year stay at Arsenal. No financial details were given on his move to Villarreal but local media reported that the transfer fee was 8 million euros (7.23 million pounds).

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He made 36 appearances for Valencia in all competitions in a chaotic campaign for the club, who finished ninth and sacked manager Marcelino in September before dispensing with his successor Albert Celades in July.

Former Watford coach Javi Gracia was appointed as the club’s latest coach at the end of last month.

According to Spanish media reports, Valencia captain Dani Parejo is also set to join Villarreal, one of Valencia’s closest competitors, unleashing a new wave of criticism from supporters and former players against Singaporean billionaire Lim.

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Former Valencia goalkeeper Santi Canizares has led the criticism on social media, while supporters group Salvem Nostre Valencia (Let’s Save Our Valencia) has called for a protest later on Wednesday outside the club’s Mestalla stadium.

Lim, who bought the club in 2014, made the surprising decision to sack Marcelino last year soon after he led the club to Copa del Rey glory and qualification for the Champions League for a second consecutive season.

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Valencia also sold promising youngster Ferran Torres, believed to be one of the brightest hopes in Spanish football, to Manchester City earlier this month for 23 million euros.

Lim has also received criticism from the city’s vice mayor for failing to fund the construction of the club’s unfinished Nou Mestalla stadium where work began in 2007 but was halted in 2009 due to Spain’s economic crisis.

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Champions League: Mbappe ready for clash with Atalanta – Tuchel

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Kylian Mbappe is set for a sensational return to action for Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League quarter-final clash with Atalanta on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old had been expected to miss out after suffering an ankle injury in the Coupe de France final win over Saint-Etienne on July 24.

However, PSG boss Thomas Tuchel has now suggested Mbappe is ready to play a role from the bench.

“If he has a good training session today and nothing extraordinary happens, he will be with the team tomorrow,” Tuchel told his pre-match press conference.

“We are very happy that he is with the group and that we can have the possibility of finishing the match with him.”

If Mbappe does feature, even if only from the bench, it will represent a remarkable change of fortunes for PSG.

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Tuchel has previously said he thought it would take a “miracle” for Mbappe to be fit in time for the game, as the French champions look to stake their claim for the European crown.

Having Mbappe back eases some of the pressure on Neymar, although Tuchel feels the Brazilian has the mindset and ability to carry the PSG attacking threat if needed.

“I have the impression that there is always a lot of pressure on him, but he likes it,” said Tuchel of Neymar. “He is used to playing with this pressure.

“We are very happy that Kylian is also with the group and that we can have the possibility to finish the match with him, because the two like to play together.

“Neymar is decisive on the big matches and I am convinced that he can be the key man for us. He has the necessary quality for this kind of situation.”

Mbappe has scored 30 goals and registered 18 assists in 34 games in all competitions for PSG this season, their top scorer ahead of Mauro Icardi and Neymar.

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