Coach of the Iranian national team, Carlos Queiroz wants Lionel Messi banned from football because he’s too good at it.


Queiroz insists the Argentine magician should be suspended by FIFA until he can prove he is not an extra-terrestrial!  The former Real Madrid coach remembers all too well how Messi broke Iranian hearts with a stunning stoppage time winner for argentina during the group stages of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.


And ahead of the 2018 World Cup where Iran have been drawn alongside heavyweights Spain and Portugal, Queiroz told  “I’ve always said that Messi is an extraordinary player. He’s out of this world. If he were human, he wouldn’t have had that magical moment in that match. I don’t usually like losing, but I didn’t come away from that defeat with a negative feeling.  It’s when something magical like that happens that you know that football is alive and kicking. And that’s why it’s one of the best sports in the world to watch.  “And it’s even more of a special moment when it comes from a player who shouldn’t be allowed to play by FIFA until it’s proven that he’s actually human!”

Over 600 shops at the old market in Bida in Niger state were destroyed by fire on Thursday night.  


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the fire, which started at about 8.30 p.m. destroyed goods and other property in the old market. Witnesses said firemen from the Bida Fire Service and Federal Polytechnic Fire Service could not access the burnt section of the market as some shops were still in flames.  


The cause of the fire could not be ascertained as at the time of this report.  Alhaji Mohammad Badugu, the Chairman, Bida Local Government said that the entire market was affected by the fire.  


“We are expecting more fire-fighting vehicles from Minna as our neighbouring local government’s fire-fighting engines are not in good condition,” Bagudu said. He confirmed that the Bida fire service and Federal Polytechnic fire service, the Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and good Samaritans rallied to extinguish the fire.


According to the chairman, all the 600 shops in the old market were completely burnt. He listed goods destroyed to include clothes, motorcycles, building materials, bags of maize, beans, rice, palm oil and poultry products.


He expressed shock at the development, promising that the council would try to rebuild the market without much delay. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Dibal Yakadi, confirmed the incidence.  “My Area Commander is leading police personnel deployed to maintain security of lives and property in the market,’’ Yakadi said. 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday, arraigned one Chimezie Chuta before Justice Mojisola Dada of the State High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos for stealing $56,000.00 (Fifty-six Thousand United States Dollars) from Nigeria's richest pastor and founder of the Living Faith Church aka Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo.

The defendant, a former employee in the  publishing unit of Dominion Book Stores, an online book store belonging to The Living Faith Church Worldwide, allegedly hacked into the company's mail and diverted payments for some goods bought by online customers to his personal account.

According to EFCC, Chimezie was an active member of the Living Faith Church Worldwide for six years, had sometime in 2013, proposed to the church to build an online digital media store that would showcase all of Bishop David Oyedepo’s books and audio messages online, to enable members of the church in the Diaspora to buy them and also receive digital copies. The project was approved by the Church absolutely free of charge on contract basis. It was further revealed that the defendant handed over all the relevant materials to the ICT department of the church.

However, the defendant was alleged to have later gone behind to hack into the computer server of the church to perpetrate the fraudulent act.

The suspect was arrested on grounds that he has committed an offence contrary to Section 285(7) of the Criminal Code Law of Lagos State No. 11 of 2011. When the charge was read to him, he pleaded not guilty. In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Gabriel Akaogu, asked the court for a trial date and prayed the court to remand the defendant in prison custody.

However, the defence counsel, R.E. Osige, urged the court to admit his client to bail.

Justice Dada adjourned the case to March 7, 2018 for hearing of bail application and commencement of the trial.