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Zambia/Nigeria: Super Eagles Qualify for 2018 World Cup

[Zambia Reports] Substitute Alexander Iwobi score a second half goal to book Nigeria a place at the Russia World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Zambia in Uyo. (AllAfrica)

South Africa/Burkina Faso: Bafana Bounce Back in Style to Thrash The Stallions

[SAFA] Bafana Bafana responded in gallant fashion to outclass Burkina Faso in this entertaining FIFA World Cup qualifier at FNB Stadium on drizzling Saturday afternoon. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Qatar Blockade 'Not the Way To Go' – Nigeria Foreign Minister Declares

[allAfrica] London -Nigeria wants to see an end to the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar, now entering its fourth month, according to Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Governors to Implement Compulsory Free Education

[This Day] Twenty four governors elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), have resolved to forward three executive bills to their respective State Houses of Assembly that would pave way for the creation of security trust funds in all the states, setting up of collection and administration of revenue boards, as well as implementation of free compulsory education for citizens, Governor Roachas Okoroacha of Imo State said in Abuja on Friday. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria/Zambia: Super Eagles Coach Rohr Optimistic of Chipolopolo's Fall

[This Day] Not many Nigerian soccer fans would have wagered that Nigeria will qualify for the 2018 World Cup when it was pitched against Africa's football power house -Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia in a group tagged, 'Group of Death'. However, after four matches the Super Eagles top Group B with 10 points and lead closest rival with three points. A win against boastful Zambia at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, today will qualify Nigeria for its sixth mundial, writes Kunle Adewale (AllAfrica)

South Africa/Burkina Faso: Baxter Makes Eight Changes for Burkina Faso Qualifier

[SAFA] 7 October 2017 - Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter has made eight changes to the team that lost 2-1 to Cape Verde in Durban last month. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Corruption Cases - High Court Judges Redeployed

[Premium Times] The acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Abuja, Abdul Kafarati, has redeployed 10 judges of the court to different divisions across Nigeria. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Monkey Pox Epidemic Cases Rise to 13

[This Day] At least 13 suspected cases of the new Monkey Pox viral disease were being treated at an isolation ward at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri, THISDAY learnt on Friday. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: President Receives Chief Justice, Supreme Court Judges

[This Day] President Muhammadu Buhari also yesterday met with justices of the Supreme Court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, in the Council Chamber of the State House. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: 200 Farmers Get U.S.$121 Million From Central Bank

[This Day] Over 200,000 small holding farmers in 29 states of the country, cultivating eight different commodities have gotten N43 billion so far disbursed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) under its Anchor Borrowers' Programme (ABP) which was launched in November 2015, Governor of CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has disclosed. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Benue Assembly Probe Non-Payment of Salaries

[This Day] Benue State House of Assembly has directed the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. David Olofu to forward all necessary documents relating to the payment of salaries and other financial transactions of the State to assist it dig into the salary challenge facing the State. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Youths Protest Against Special Anti-Robbery Squad Operations

[This Day] Hundreds of youths in Rivers State yesterday marched through major streets of Port Harcourt in protest against the activities of some operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the State Police Command. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: 'We'll Not Be Intimidated Into Negotiating With Criminals'

[This Day] Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has insisted that his government could not be intimidated into negotiating with criminals as a condition for hoodlums to stop their criminal activities in the state. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Monkeypox - the Suspected Cases Recorded in Rivers

[Premium Times] Three suspected cases of monkeypox disease have been reported in Rivers State, a neighbouring state of Bayelsa, where similar cases were first reported. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Ola Aina - Eye On Super Eagles Porous Left Back

[This Day] Super Eagles's weakest link is the left full back manned by Elderson Echiejile. However, Ola Aina, who recently switched allegiance to Nigeria after he had played for England at the age-grade level, may be the solution. Kunle Adewale writes (AllAfrica)

Nigeria/Zambia: The World Cup Beckons, Along With It the 'Patriots'

[This Day] In a few hours our dear country would almost certainly qualify for the 2018 World Cup after a showdown with Zambia in Uyo. The Super Eagles would secure the ticket to Russia, with a game to spare, if they manage a win over the plucky Chipolopolo who grabbed continental attention last month after a stunning double over star-studded Algeria. Despite the form of the Zambians however, many still expect the job done by the Super Eagles who themselves have had a near perfect campaign. Should we book our place at (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: President Buhari Orders Decongestion of Prisons

[Leadership] President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that a new approach be applied to hasten the decongestion of prisons in the country. (AllAfrica)

Liberia: Who Will Succeed President Sirleaf?

[Deutsche Welle] Liberia is heading to the polls on October 10 with twenty candidates on the ballot paper. The list includes a fashion model, a football icon, a warlord and a host of businessmen and career politicians. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Fear as Monkey Pox Cases Rise

[Leadership] Panic is gradually breaking loose in the health sector as the number of patients reported to be receiving treatment for the communicable Monkey Pox which broke out in Yenagoa, The Bayelsa State capital has increased from 11 to 13. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Army Transfers 760 Boko Haram Suspects to Borno Govt

[Leadership] The Nigerian Army Yesterday released 760 arrested Boko Haram suspects to the Borno State government for rehabilitation and reintegration. (AllAfrica)

Liberia: What Now For Liberians After Sirleaf?

[Deutsche Welle] After two terms in office, Liberia's president will step down in 2018. The race to succeed her is gaining momentum. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Coca-Cola Unveils U.S.$20 Million Safe Birth Initiative

[Leadership] The Coca-Cola Company is set to launch a new program tagged, 'The Safe Birth Initiative' aimed at supporting the ministries of Health in Nigeria and Ivory Coast to tackle the high incidence of maternal and newborn mortalities. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Date Set For Ruling On Akpobolokemi's U.S.$7.3 Million Fraud Case

[Leadership] Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Lagos will on October 16 deliver ruling on a no case submission filed by a former director general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Patrick Akpobolokemi, asking the court to discharge him of a N2.6 billion fraud allegation. (AllAfrica)

Cameroon: AU Silent Over Cameroon Separatist Crisis

[Deutsche Welle] Cameroon has disputed a report that said 100 people died in anti-government protests. The African Union has largely remained quiet as secession sentiments gather steam in the central African nation. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: U.S.$25 Billion Oil Contract - Kachikwu Keeps Mum After Villa Meeting

[Leadership] The Nigerian Army said yesterday that it decided to embark on Operations Python Dance 11 and Crocodile Smile 11 in the South East and South South geopolitical zones of the country in order to tackle the rising challenges of militancy, kidnapping and pipeline vandalism. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Greed, Selfishness Have Tarnished Party - Chairman George

[Leadership] The former deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode Ibiyinka George on Friday lamented the party loss of power to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), saying the party lost power because it lost faith in the goals and standards erected by its founding fathers. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Rights Group Raises the Alarm Over Arms Proliferation

[Leadership] The chairman of Anambra State Civil Society Network (ANSCONET), Mr Chris Azor has raised alarm that there large quantity of small arms and other dangerous weapon illegally being possessed by persons in the state, and, urged the security agencies to move fast and recover them so that those having them would not use them to cause violence during the forthcoming November 18 governorship poll in the state. (AllAfrica)

West Africa: Head Of Ecowas Election Observatory Mission Charges Liberians On Successful Poll

[Ecowas] The Head, ECOWAS 71-member Election Observation Mission to Liberia Mr. John Dramani Mahama has charged Liberians to ensure successful presidential and parliamentary elections slated for the 10th of October 2017. (AllAfrica)

Liberia: U.S. Calls for Peaceful and Democratic Elections

[U.S. Embassy Monrovia] On October 10, Liberians will vote for a new President and for Members of the House of Representatives. The ballot begins a historic process toward the first peaceful transfer of power in Liberia from one democratically elected head of state to another since 1944. The United States applauds Liberia's successes in holding electoral contests in 2005, 2011, and 2014, and trusts that Liberians will continue to build on that tradition by participating responsibly at campaign events, at polling places, and while (AllAfrica)

Liberia: Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Transition Act, Votes Rape Bailable By Law

[Observer] The plenary of the Senate through its Committee on Judiciary, chaired by Grand Cape Mount County Senator H. Varney Sherman, has developed it's own Presidential Transition Act (PTA) after a motion proffered by River Gee County Senator Conmany B. Wesseh. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Where is Biafran Leader Nnamdi Kanu?

[This Day] The sudden disappearance of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and members of his immediate family since the invasion of his home by soldiers has become a major talking point in the South-east of Nigeria, writes (AllAfrica)