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Today's Headlines: CAF Announces Date AFCON will Start, Miyetti Allah Blows Hot on Killing Fulanis

Africa Cup of Nations to kick off on January 9 in Cameroon, Fraud Case: Appeal Court grants CCC Genesis pastor post-conviction bail and Zangon-Kataf: We lost seven Fulani persons, 850 cattle in five days― Miyetti Allah


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Africa Cup of Nations to kick off on January 9 in Cameroon

The Africa Cup of Nations tournament will be staged in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6 next year, a Confederation of African Football (CAF) official confirmed on Thursday.

A virtual executive committee meeting chaired by recently elected president Patrice Motsepe from South Africa also decided that a draw to divide the 24 qualifiers into six groups will be held on June 25.

Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Comoros, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Tunisia and Zimbabwe have qualified.

The remaining place rests between Benin and Sierra Leone, whose fixture in Freetown this week did not take place because the visitors challenged Covid-19 results after five of their key players tested positive.

Zangon-Kataf: We lost seven Fulani persons, 850 cattle in five days― Miyetti Allah

Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Kaduna branch has said that it lost seven Fulani persons and 850 cattle within five days to a communal clash that occurred last month in the Zangon-Kataf local government area of Kaduna State.

They lamented that the killings came on the heels of several peace efforts initiated by concerned stakeholders of Fulani, Hausa and Atyap ethnic groups in Kataf (Atyap) Chiefdom and environs.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, the Director, Media and Publicity of the association, Ibrahim Bayero said there was renewed “wanton killings of innocent Fulani people in Zangon-Kataf LGA and destruction of their property.”

Fraud Case: Appeal Court grants CCC Genesis pastor post-conviction bail

The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos has upheld the application for post-conviction bail by the Head of Genesis Parish of Celestial Church of Christ, Evangelist Israel Ogundipe.

A three-man panel of the court granted Ogundipe bail on the ground of his “serious health conditions.”

The justices held the bail subsists pending the determination of Ogundipe’s appeal challenging his two-year jail term for defrauding a United Kingdom-based woman of N11 million.

A Lagos State High Court convicted and sentenced the televangelist last November, of defrauding Mrs. Olaide Williams-Oni, following a trial that began in 2011.

Justice Olabisi Akinlade found the clergyman guilty of two of the seven counts of obtaining by stealing, inducing delivery of money by false pretences, unlawful conversion of property, and forgery.

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