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Malaga dent Barcelona title hopes

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FC Barcelona failed to take advantage of the slip up from Real Madrid when the Galaticos did share the spoils against Athletico Madrid earlier in the day the ending the game 1-1.

However, a first-half strike from ex-FC Barcelona forward Sandro Ramirez and a late effort from Jony Rodriguez ended their hopes.

Forward Neymar, who has scored 15 goals for Barca this season in all competitions, was sent off in the 65th minute after receiving a second yellow card.

The red card was Neymar’s first of his FC Barcelona career for two bookable offences as the Catalans were left to rue letting Sandro Ramirez join Malaga for free last summer.

The Brazil international had brought down Diego Llorente with a late challenge, and then sarcastically applauded as he made his way off the pitch.

Malaga, who began the match in 15th spot, looked far more threatening, especially on the counter-attack.

Sandro exposed some awful defending from Jeremy Mathieu to sprint clear on goal and slot past Marc­Andre ter Stegen at his near post in the 32nd minute to give Malaga the lead.

In the second half they had a goal disallowed when Adalberto Penaranda was wrongly flagged offside before they finally scored their second.

Pablo Fornals’ square ball found Rodriguez, who slotted in from 10 yards out.

Barca barely troubled Malaga keeper Carlos Kameni, although the Cameroonian international did make two good saves to block two firm efforts from Luis Suarez.

The defeat means FC Barcelona remain on 69 points, three behind Real who have a game in hand.

Their next league game is against Real Sociedad on April 15, before what promises to be a season-defining El Clasico at the Bernabeu on April 23.

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Court To Begin Nnamdi Kanu’s ‘Treason’ Trial In Absentia

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Court To Begin Nnamdi Kanu’s ‘Treason’ Trial In Absentia

IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, is set to commence the trial of the leader of the Proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

The trial of the IPOB leader has been scheduled for November 26th and will see five prosecution witnesses lined up to testify against Kanu.

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This was disclosed in a hearing notice served on the prosecution team in the office of the attorney general and Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor.

Kanu is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony instituted against him in response to years of campaign for the independent Republic of Biafra through IPOB.

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Court Orders Reps Member To Produce Fleeing Maina’s Son Within Nine Days

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JUST IN: Court Orders Reps Member To Produce Fleeing Maina’s Son Within Nine Days

Abdulrasheed Maina’s son

House of Representatives member, Umar Sani Dan Galadima has been asked to produce Faisal, the son of Abdulrasheed Maina, who is believed to have jumped bail on or before December 4.

Faisal is being prosecuted before the court on money laundering related offences and was granted bail in 2019.

Honorable Galadima who is representing Kaura Namoda Federal Constituency of Zamfara State is standing surety for Faisal after signing a N60 million bond.

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Justice Okon Abang in a ruling on Wednesday ordered Dan Galadima, who was present in court, to show cause by December 4 why he should either not forfeit the N60 million he pledged while taking Faisal on bail, or be sent to prison until he is able to produce the defendant.

Recall that on Monday, Justice Abang sentenced Senator Ali Ndume who is a surety for the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team who has also jumped bail.

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Lawyer Dumps Maina, Applies To Quit Case

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Lawyer Dumps Abdulrasheed Maina, Applies To Quit Case

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Adeola Adedipe, a lawyer hired by Abulrasheed Maina, ex-Chairman of defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), in his ongoing trial for money laundering, has applied to quit the case.

Maina’s lawyer who is also representing the company of the former PRTT Chairman – Common Input Property and Investment Ltd, informed a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja at the resumption of proceedings in the case on Wednesday, that he has filed a notice, indicating his intention to withdraw from further representing his client.

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Adedipe revealed that his brief has not been perfected due to the failure of his client to pay.

He apologised to the federal court presided over Justice Okon Abang for being absent from proceedings during some of the recent adjournments.

 

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