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‘Former Arsenal player’ Films Jihad Video, Urging Others to Join Him in Syria

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A former Arsenal footballer who grew up with Cristiano Ronaldo is now fighting in Syria alongside extremists, it has been claimed.

The man, who is said to have turned his back on a moneyed lifestyle in Europe, was filmed in two videos posted on an extremist website in which he addresses people in Ukraine and calls on others to join the al-Qaida-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

He is seen wearing a black mask to cover the majority of his face and wields what appears to be an AK-47 as he talks to his audience in heavily accented English.

In the videos, which were posted on Russian website FiSyria.com with Cyrillic subtitles, he refers to the West as ‘animals’ and ‘dirty people’.

The text around the video on the site, which is viewed as one with close links to ISIS, claims that the man ‘grew up with Ronaldo, played for Arsenal and left football, money and European way of life in order to make the path of Allah’. It also says he was originally from Portugal and was radicalised two years ago.

During the first of two four-minute posts, he is introduced in the English subtitles as Abu Issa Andaluzi from Sham.

He then goes on to say: ‘My advice to you is that we are in need of all types of help from those who can help us in fighting the enemy.

‘Welcome, come and join us and from those who think that they cannot fight they should also come and join us because it maybe that they can help us in something else, for example help with medicine, help us financially, help us with with advice, help with any other qualities they may have and any other skills they might have, and they can give and pass on this knowledge, and we can take whatever is beneficial and that way they will participate in jihad.’

Arsenal are said to be investigating the claims that the man is a former player at the club but a spokesman told the Sun: ‘We do not recognise the individual from the published clips and we don’t have any record of a [person of this name] representing the club at any level.’

 

Source: METRO

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COVID-19 vaccine: US embassy celebrates Nigerian doctor Ogbuagu

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The United States Mission to Nigeria has celebrated Dr Onyema Ogbuagu, for his role in the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Ogbuagbu, who graduated from the University of Calabar in 2003, migrated to the US and rose to become an Associate Professor of Medicine and Infectious Disease Specialist at Yale University.

He was part of the team that helped pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.

In a Facebook message on Monday, the US mission wrote, “Nigerians contribute to the world in so many ways. Our hats off to Dr Onyema Ogbuagu at Yale who helped develop a COVID-19 vaccine.”

Ogbuagu is the son of a former Vice-Chancellor of Abia State University, Prof Stella Ogbuagu. He also has a twin brother who is an engineer.

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Elon Musk surpasses Bill Gates to become the world’s second-richest person as Tesla’s market cap inches closer to $500 billion

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After beating Mark Zuckerberg in world rich list ranking — the billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk has now leapfrogged Bill Gates to grab the world’s second-richest ranking.

Musk’s net worth rose more than $7.2 billion on November 23, driven by another surge in the Tesla share price, according to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index. The current net worth of Elon Musk stands at $127.9 billion.

This comes as one of the biggest gains in the ranking of the world’s 500 richest people — Musk has added over $100.3 billion to his net worth this year.

Elon Musk surpasses Bill Gates to become the world’s second-richest person as Tesla’s market cap inches closer to $500 billion

In January 2020, he ranked 35th, but the soaring Tesla share price has driven his ranking to surpass other billionaires in the world.

The jump in Musk’s fortune came as the shares of the electric car-maker Tesla soared as the electric car makers market cap neared $500 billion on Monday.

Gates would have been on the top, had it not been for his philanthropy.

~BusinessInsider~

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#EndSARS Protest: Those who have murdered Nigerians will not benefit from trade or travel to the UK – Lyn Brown

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British politician serving as Member of Parliament, Lyn Brown has called for sanctions against those involved in the shooting incident during the EndSARS protest in Lekki on October 20.

Speaking during a debate in the house on Monday November 23, Lyn stated that the least they can do is to make sure that those who have “murdered” Nigerians and deprived them of their human rights are not able to benefit from trade or travel to the UK.

She added that these include government officials and the Nigerian army who are stopping a “transparent investigation and effecting of justice.”

The lawmaker also averred that it was unfortunate that the Federal Government went ahead to not only accuse protesters of sponsoring terrorism and freeze their accounts, but also blamed them for the increase in food prices.

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