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Five killed in JTF, Boko Haram clash

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REIGN of terror continued in the northern part of the country on Monday night as suspected Boko Haram gunmen attacked a military patrol vehicle in Mubi town of Adamawa State, killing a soldier and a policem…

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REIGN of terror continued in the northern part of the country on Monday night as suspected Boko Haram gunmen attacked a military patrol vehicle in Mubi town of Adamawa State, killing a soldier and a policeman.      

It was learnt that three civilians were also killed by stray bullets, while three other soldiers who were in the patrol vehicle sustained serious injuries after sporadic shoot-outs with the armed Islamic sect members.      

Mubi is a border town with Cameroun and 230 kilometres south of Yola, the Adamawa State capital.       

Confirming the killings in an interview, the spokesperson of Adamawa State Police Command, Altine Daniel, said: “One of the military patrol vehicles was attacked yesterday (Monday evening) on one of the streets in Mubi.  Five people, including one police officer and a military officer, were killed. Besides, three civilians were killed by stray bullets.”     

She further disclosed that three soldiers sustained gun-shot wounds while the gunmen were being repelled from the attacks that lasted for about half an hour.

According to the police spokesperson, the ambushing of the military patrol vehicle was triggered by the arrest of six suspected Boko Haram gunmen on Sunday night at an undisclosed location in Mubi.

“The gunmen rode on motorcycles before opening fire atthe military patrol vehicle. We have beefed up security in the affected area by cordoning it off. People should go about their

normal businesses, the police are on top of the security situation in Adamawa State,” Altine said.        

Multiple explosions were also heard in different parts of Mubi, but the police spokesperson said  “no casualty was recorded as a result of the blast, and no arrest was made by the police over the attacks and bomb blasts.”

Also confirming the incident to newsmen yesterday in Yola, the Brigade Commander of 23 Armoured Brigade, Gen. John Nwaoga, said the military team was on its routine patrol in Mubi when the sad incident occurred.

He said that on Sunday night, the team raided the hide-out of the suspected Boko Haram members in Mubi town and killed six members of the gang in a cross-fire.

According to the army top officer, two rifles and a huge number of ammunition were recovered from the Boko Haram camp in Mubi during the midnight raid.

The brigade commander spoke as the Plateau State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Emmanuel Dipo Ayeni, lamented that the peace that was being enjoyed in the state for some time now was truncated by the bombing of the Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN) on Sunday, February 26, leading to loss of lives and property. Ayeni spoke yesterday at the joint security meeting of the Special Task Force (STF), police and the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 3 Armoured Division. Apart from Ayeni, STF Commander, Maj.-Gen. Mohammed Ibrahim Bala, was physically present with the representative of the GOC.

Ayeni said the situation in the state was very peculiar as Plateau has been having the sectarian crises for some years now, which he noted, resulted in wanton destruction of lives and property. He told the gathering that the security agencies had devised new strategies “to put a total full stop to the senseless killings, the mayhem, and the blood-birth on the Plateau. As we are having some respite, these enemies of peace, enemies of our nation struck and it was a very terrible one.”

In his remarks, the STF Commander said the soldiers were trained to detect any fake soldier in military uniform, pointing out that there were inherent things, which the real soldiers know to detect fake soldiers, which were not known to the civilians.

His words: “If you don’t know all those things, it is difficult. You believe everybody you see in uniform is a genuine person. My advice is this; if for any reason you suspect anybody, insist on seeing his identification card. The moment he refuses to bring out his identity card, then you will know something is wrong and you can now raise an alarm and people will come around. The STF uniform is specially ordered. We will start checking even ourselves as I come to Plateau.”

Jos, the capital of Plateau State, was a ghost city yesterday when Muslim youths emerged from nowhere around Old Bukuru Park and forced the shops and other business centres closed as the owners were being threatened with dangerous weapons with a view to stabbing them. Also, the Igbo traders mobilised themselves marching forward to take up the gauntlet when all of a sudden a Hilux van loaded with soldiers of the Special Task Force (STF) emerged. The soldiers were on their way to change their spare tyres that had punctured. They had to stop to quench the looming danger.

At Bauchi Road, the restive youths there allegedly mobilised themselves for the killing of non-Muslims. There action was informed by the protest of the students of the University of Jos who blocked the highway because one of them was allegedly stabbed to death on Monday evening. It was yesterday that the truth dawned to them that one of them was killed. The protest sparked off riot at the Bauchi Road during which injuries were inflicted on some passers-by. Yesterday, the city of Jos was deserted as all commercial vehicles, motorcycles as well as shop owners disappeared, leaving Jos as a ghost city.

A GANG of armed men suspected to be members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect yesterday ambushed members of the Joint Task Force (JTF) at the Gorondutse area of the Kano metropolis.

Two policemen were killed while a soldier was injured in the attack, which occurred at about 5.30p.m. as residents hurried home after the day’s work.

However, the JTF fought back and killed one of the gunmen.

Army Spokesman, Lt. Ikedichi Iweha, confirmed the attack and casualties.

Meanwhile, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt.-Gen. Onyeabo Azubuike Ihejirika, yesterday assured on the preparedness of the Army to wage the war against terror, stating that 2,000 soldiers were being trained in Jaji and Kachia on counter-terrorism operations in order to meet current security challenges in the country.       

The Army’s Anti-terrorism and Insurgency Centre is located at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry in Jaji, Kaduna State.       

Ihejirika, who spoke at the two-day stakeholders conference on Nigerian Army Transformation in Abuja, stressed that “the Army believes strongly that once human capacity is developed to the required level, every other thing will fall in place.”

And, the apex Islamic body in the north, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), has urged the Plateau State Government to prevent further reprisal attacks following last Sunday’s bombing of St. Finbarr’s Catholic Church, Rayfield, Jos.

In a statement yesterday in Kaduna, the JNI Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, wrote: “The JNI, on behalf of the President-General and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar and the entire Muslim Ummah in Nigeria, condemns the bombing in strong terms and also commiserate with those who lost their loved ones.”        

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The Contribution of Sports Betting to the Economy of Nigeria

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Most of us have grown up with gambling lore that left us petrified to our core. Gambling ruins lives, gives rise to financial and legal problems.

This is all that we have grown up learning. However, this is only partly true and must not be taken too seriously. Sure, gambling has its disadvantages and evils.

However, the activity, in its entirety, is not addictive. It is what humans make out of it. Human beings give up self-control and spiral into a bottomless pit of despair due to that.

Gambling, when indulged in appropriately, does no harm. In fact, it is one of the biggest industries and contributes significantly to the global economy.

The moot point of this article is to have a look at the betting industry of Nigeria. While we do that, we shall also examine how much the industry contributes to the economy of the nation.

Therefore, let us now have a look at the industry and venture a few important points throughout
the article.

How Does the Betting Industry of Nigeria Look Like?

The gambling industry of Nigeria resides in the areas of gray. One cannot look at it in either black or white.

Gambling activities are considered illegal in Nigeria, with the exception of a few. And betting on sports happens to be one of those exceptions.

Online gambling in Nigeria is allowed only on offshore-owned and operated casinos. Locally operated casinos are not allowed to function in the land.

Now speaking of betting, one must note that the betting industry happens to be a key player in Nigeria’s economy. There are over fifty functional and legal betting sites in Nigeria.

As we mentioned before, betting is entirely legal, unlike online gambling. All those who want to gamble on sites like Usafriendlypokersites.com can do so with the use of VPNs.

Nigerians are incredibly passionate as a people about their sports. That is why the idea of making money by betting on their favorite sports has a lot of appeal.

With about 200 million people in the country, the betting industry has found a solid footing in the market. It has been estimated that over the last few decades, Nigeria has grown to become the second-largest betting market in South Africa.

Over 60 million people find entertainment through online betting sites in South Africa. Therefore, one can understand, going by the statistics that Nigeria has evolved over the last few years when it comes to betting.

Reasons for this Massive Growth in the Popularity of Online Betting:

One of the primary reasons for this massive popularity in online betting is the increase in technological innovations.

Nigeria, over the past few years, has seen technological expansion and super-fast connectivity. Almost everyone has access to smartphones now.

This is what makes it so easy for people of every age group to bet online. The constraints that the nation had in technology and connectivity are no longer an issue.

It is estimated that in the next few years, the country shall see more such innovations and expansion. This will, therefore, act further as a catalyst to the growth of the online betting industry.

The Government is Now Tightening the Noose around Online Betting to Raise Revenue:

As we already mentioned a few times before that Nigeria had strict laws related to online gambling.

The government also did not pay much attention to the betting industry. However, things have changed now and shall change further down the line.

The Nigerian government is now formulating some strict laws so that it could pull the revenue from betting into the coffers.

This is also one of the most significant reasons for the growth in Nigeria’s economy. Online betting is a lucrative industry, and we can already deduce that from we discussed.

With the government paying more attention to the industry, crime rates can be reduced, and better revenue can be raised.

If anything, the involvement of the Nigerian government shall only serve as a fresh change. Plus, with a better structure in the betting industry, more people can find jobs and livelihood.

Wrapping It Up:

We can see how the online betting industry of Nigeria has become one of the chief contributors
to its economy.

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Sporty.com – The Ultimate App For Sports Fans!

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For all those sports fans out there who are tired of following sports news that you do not find relevant, Sporty Group has come out with the perfect solution to this problem – Sporty.com is the ultimate sports app for all sports fans! Sporty gives access to the world’s best sports content with zero cost and zero ads. The app is available on the Google Play Store for free. Fans around the world can access the latest sports news on their handheld devices anytime and get live updates on matches.

Sporty.com offers a lot of features that can be leveraged by those who are sports enthusiasts. Here are the standout features of the newly launched application that has access to the world’s best sports content. 

  • Latest Sports News (SportyNews)

Get access to all the hot articles and video news in the world of sport at the tip of your fingers through Sporty. This news can be completely customized as per one’s liking. Pick your favourite sports, leagues and teams, all in one place, to be the first to know everything or just pick the option of “Popular” news. 

  • Live Scores and Exclusive Videos (SportyTV)

Sporty.com provides live scores of all the sports around the world, including an additional choice where one can filter out scores of just their favourites, whether it would be league scores or team scores. 

  • Game Stats (SportyLive)

Analyze every game in detail through this feature on Sporty. Get the most comprehensive data on any match through the app with match facts, team line-ups, minute-by-minute analysis and tracking, competition trees, live league tables and formations.

  • Chat System (SportyChat)

Chat and share sports talk on Sporty with other users and friends! An incredibly unique feature on offer indeed, which can help you stay updated and also share banter with friends on the go.

Get Sporty, Live Sporty as you Follow, Like, Share, Watch & Chat on Sporty.com!

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What Is The Entourage Effect?

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The cannabis plant holds complexities beyond what we currently understand. Researchers know that the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In addition to THC, there are a myriad of other cannabinoids and terpenes that science has less of an understanding about. The entourage effect is a theory that the other compounds from cannabis, including cannabidiol (CBD) commonly found in hemp flower and a range of compounds that are not well-known to most consumers, alter the psychoactive effect of the plant. It’s this effect that many believe is the true reason CBD hemp flower in its raw form is such an effective therapy. Online companies such as Cannaflower exclusively sell only hemp flower for this very reason, it tends to be the most potent form of delivering CBD because of the entourage effect.

Why The Entourage Effect is Important

Here’s why the entourage effect is potentially important: CBD and other cannabis compounds could mitigate the psychotic effects of THC, reducing its negative impact on the body and making it more useful therapeutically. Conversely and complementing this, the micro doses of THC that are contained in hemp flower might be necessary to fully appreciate the benefits of the CBD. This means that THC, CBD and all of the other compounds in cannabis may have the greatest beneficial effects with the least side effects when used in combination.

Researchers have also found that there are a range of terpenes – or volatile oily compounds – in the hemp flower and other Cannabis sativa plant varieties. Many of them are reported to have specific therapeutic effects. Terpenes may actually be at least partially responsible for the overall mood of a specific cannabis flower. They have not all been studied for pharmacological effects, however.

Research On The Entourage Effect

Today’s uses of cannabis products for medical purposes, including CBD hemp flower products, may only be scratching the surface of the plant’s usefulness. Smoking or vaporizing the cannabis plant introduces hundreds of compounds into the body, many with specific effects and potential benefits that are not completely understood. It seems likely that these compounds may interact in ways that are not understood either.

Research has shown some allegorical evidence to indicate complex interactions. A 2010 study, for example, showed that when cancer patients were given a combination of THC and CBD, they had less pain than those who were given THC alone. This study and most others have not taken into consideration the many other cannabinoids that were present in the combined treatment, including CBC, CBN and aromatic terpenes.

The entourage effect theory has been described in a review of studies written by pharmacologist and neurologist Dr. Ethan Russo, a longtime researcher of cannabis compounds. He detailed the benefits of certain cannabis compounds and described potential complementary or synergistic effects of these compounds.

Russo found, for example, that CDG and CBD have been shown to inhibit MRSA staph infections, but questioned in his research how they might work even better when combined with pinene, a specific terpene. He also asked if certain terpenes could increase the ability of the other compounds to permeate the skin.

THC, CBD and these other terpenes in combination could work together to better help induce sleep or address inflammation and pain than THC alone or only THC and CBD with no other compounds.

Other potential synergies Russo noted in his research include these:

  • Pinene, a pine-scented terpene, could help prevent memory issues associated with THC.
  • Caryophyllene, a peppery terpene, could help treat addiction when used along with CBD.
  • Limonene, a citrusy compound, might work alongside CBD to help reduce anxiety.
  • The cannabinoid CBN could cause beneficial sedation when used with THC.

The entourage effect is a theory that’s only partially proven, but additional research is likely as consumers learn about the possibilities and become more interested in concrete evidence.

Not All Products Are Alike

Not all cannabis products on the market can provide the benefits of the entourage effect. That’s because synergistic compounds are often refined out of them as they are purified and prepared for consumers. This is intentional and often done for compliance purposes, but it may prove to be a bad idea for some therapeutic uses.

Hemp flower and other cannabis flower products contain the widest array of terpenes and cannabinoids because they are raw products. Still, some extracts also contain a variety of these compounds. Such products are called full-spectrum or broad-spectrum cannabis extracts and can include vape cartridges, ingestible capsules, dabs and more.

Refined cannabis products that don’t contain the full spectrum of compounds are called isolates and may contact only THC or CBD. These single-compound products still provide powerful medicinal benefits that shouldn’t be overlooked, but the greatest potential may lie with broad-spectrum products. Many isolates and broad spectrum products may simply fall short in providing the full benefits of therapy because components of the whole plant’s compounds have been removed.

While more research is needed, the implications of the entourage effect are clear: The cannabis plant holds many secrets that researchers have not yet uncovered.

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