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Metropolitan police defend tactics used against Hungary fans at Wembley

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Metropolitan police defend tactics used against Hungary fans at Wembley

The Metropolitan police have defended their tactics in a violent confrontation with Hungary fans at Wembley on Tuesday night. Video footage showed police officers with batons being kicked and beaten as they retreated from the away section, after a steward had allegedly been racially abused by the travelling support.

Police say the retreat was tactical and followed the arrest of the suspect. They confirmed that six people were subsequently arrested, with three arrests coming inside the stadium: one for a racially aggravated offence and two on suspicion of affray.

The Met’s response came as Fifa announced it had opened disciplinary proceedings in relation to events at England’s World Cup qualifier and said it strongly condemned the violence.

A Met spokesperson said: “A proportionate policing plan was in place to deal with any arising incidents. In this instance, the imperative was to get the arrested suspect into custody. Once the suspect had been removed, police officers withdrew.

“The other suspects involved in the violence against the officers had been identified and were arrested when it was tactically suitable to do so. A post-event investigation has been launched.”

Hungary are currently serving a suspended stadium ban for the behaviour of their fans at the reverse fixture in Budapest last month. Fifa issued the Hungarian Football Association with the punishment after England players were racially abused during their 4-0 victory.

Questions are likely to be asked of the decision to allow Hungary fans to travel to Wembley, where there was also a banner hoisted criticising the taking of the knee.

The disturbances return the focus on to security at Wembley after the disturbances at Euro 2020 which saw thousands of ticketless fans gain access for the final and scenes of chaos outside the ground.

Uefa has confirmed that a disciplinary hearing into the events of 11 July will be held on Monday. The hearing, which could take two days, could result in the English FA also being subject to a stadium ban and forced to play at least one Uefa match behind closed doors.

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Osun LP Guber Candidate, Lasun Rejoins PDP

Yusuf Lasun, a former deputy speaker of the house of representatives, has rejoined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The governor of Osun, Ademola Adeleke made the announcement on Wednesday at the PDP presidential rally in Osogbo, the Osun capital.

“The former deputy speaker has joined the PDP family. He used to be in PDP, but today, he has decided to come and join the PDP family,” the governor said.

Lasun, who was present at the rally, hailed supporters after a terse remark.

Lasun had contested the 2022 governorship election in Osun on the platform of the Labour Party (LP).

Adeleke came first in the election; Gboyega Oyetola of the APC placed second; Kehinde Atanda of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) came third; while Lasun came a distant fourth.

He was a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) until February when he resigned from the party after losing the party’s governorship ticket.

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I Can’t Contest For President Again; It Will Diminish Me- Jonathan

Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s former president, has said he will never contest for the Presidency of the country again.

The Ex-president said it would amount to diminishing himself if he should decide to begin to lobby people and campaign for election again.

Jonathan said this in an interview published in a book, ‘My Time As Chaplain In Aso Rock,” presented to the public on Tuesday.

The book written by Nathaniel Bivan contains the accounts of the Chaplain of the Aso Rock Villa Chapel during the Jonathan administration, Obioma Onwuzurumba.

“If you wake up tomorrow and see that I am President again, that means there may have been circumstances beyond my control. But not to go and pick one form and go and start lobbying people and running for campaigns; I can’t do that again. If I do that, I will diminish myself,” the former President said.

Jonathan said he enjoyed the drama that characterised the rumour earlier in the year that he had purchased a nomination form of the All Progressives Congress to enable him to contest for the party’s presidential ticket.

Ahead of the June 2022 APC presidential primary, a group, Nomadic Pastoralists and Almajirai Community, led by Ibrahim Abdullahi, purchased the N100m nomination and expression of interest forms in Jonathan’s name.

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NMDPRA Assures Nigerians Of Steady Fuel Supply

The Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) says the queues at filling stations will soon disappear as marketers commence massive loading of petroleum products.

Mr Ahmed Farouk, Chief Executive of NMDPRA, gave the assurance during a stock monitoring exercise within depots in Lagos on Wednesday.

The NMDPRA boss led staff of the Authority to NIPCO, Total, Aiteo, OVH, Conoil, 11 Plc and HOGL depots in Apapa for on the spot assessment.

Farouk said the stock taking exercise was to ensure availability and effective distribution of petroleum products across the nation to reduce queues at filling stations.

“The essence of this exercise is to ensure that the entire states are wet with petroleum products to avoid scarcity and panic buying by commuters during this period.

“As an Authority, we are doing everything within our powers to make sure that there are enough petroleum products in the system to help alleviate the sufferings of commuters.

“With the issue of scarcity across the nation, l found it necessary that NMDPRA come and ensure that there is even distribution of petroleum products across the nation, especially petrol.

“I am comfortable with the the load-out of petrol across the depots.

“The current distribution of petrol across the nation will address the issue of tightness in the market,” he said.

The NMDPRA boss said all depots in Apapa had products and were loading massively to Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and other states.

He said three vessels were also discharging petrol at Apapa jetty to MOMAN, DAPPMAN and other depots.

Farouk urged Nigerians not to panic and avoid panic buying, while assuring of availability of sufficient products at filling stations across the country.

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