Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, has revealed that he received a call about his father, Michael Obi’s kidnap just four hours before Nigeria’s final group match against Argentina at the ongoing World Cup in Russia.
However, Mikel Obi had to keep the issue from the team and anyone else after being threatened that his father would be shot if authorities were informed, going on to start in the game from which Nigeria came so close to earning a place in the knock-out stage only for Marcos Rojo to score the winner for Argentina with four minutes left to play.
Mikel Obi’s father had been kidnapped along the Makurdi-Enugu highway on his way to a burial from Plateau State capital, Jos, with the kidnappers reportedly demanding a ransom of ₦15 million before settling for ₦10 million.
It is the second time Mikel Obi’s father has been kidnapped after going through similar ordeal back in 2011.
NEW WHATSAPP FEATURE GIVES ADMIN MORE CONTROL OF GROUPS
Everyone with a smartphone and WhatsApp installed in it belongs to a group, whether by choice or not. As a result, basically everyone can relate to how some groups can get on your nerves because of certain unruly members or the hundreds of messages that drop there per hour, and whatnot.
Well, it appears WhatsApp found themselves on the end of such annoyances and decided to give group admins more control over their groups – say hello to groups where only admins can post messages.
A lot like how Telegram groups work, the new WhatsApp feature can be switched on by a group admin in the group settings to allow only admin(s) post messages in the group and therefore fulfill the true purpose of creating the group in the first place – passing on information relating to the purpose of the WhatsApp group.
You must be thinking about how this may be kinda dictatorial since some messages would need to be responded to. In that case, the group admin simply turns off the feature, everyone can comment, and when it looks like a satisfactory conclusion has been reached, the admin switches the feature back on.
The feature itself comes after a fake broadcast message spread in parts of India led to the deaths of three people who were attacked by mobs as a result of the message which claimed they were among a number of people posing as beggars but truly out to carry out criminal activities.
ENGLAND OVERCOME COLOMBIA ON PENALTIES TO REACH WORLD CUP QUARTER-FINAL
Having been just a minute away from winning 1-0 in regulation period, England endured 30 minutes of extra time after Yerry Mina’s 94th minute goal cancelled out Harry Kane’s 57th minute penalty in the final second round match at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia.
With no further goals scored, the penalty shoot-out followed with England’s Jordan Henderson the first to fail to score his spot kick, giving Colombia the chance to go 4-2 up during the shoot-out.
However, Mateus Uribe saw his penalty crash off the crossbar while substitute, Carlos Bacca’s penalty was saved by England ‘keeper, Jordan Pickford, allowing Eric Dier to send England through 4-3 on penalties.
It is the first time England have won a penalty shoot-out in the World Cup after losing on penalties on three previous occasions.
Earlier on Tuesday, Sweden reached the last eight after edging 10-man Switzerland by a lone goal scored in the second half by Emil Forsberg to set up a quarter-final date with England on Saturday.
MARIA SHARAPOVA, PETRA KVITOVA SUFFER SHOCK FIRST ROUND EXITS AT WIMBLEDON
2004 Wimbledon champion, Maria Sharapova, has failed to go past the first round of the grand slam tournament for the first time ever after falling 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 to Vitalia Diatchenko on Tuesday.
The Russian tennis star was making her first appearance at Wimbledon since 2015, missing the 2016 edition while serving a drugs ban and not taking part in last year’s edition.
Also out of the grass-court grand slam is Czech Republic player, Petra Kvitova, after the two-time winner lost 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 to another qualifier, Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Another shock result was world number six Caroline Garcia losing in straight sets to Belinda Bencic.
Meanwhile, the men’s and women’s world number one players, Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep, booked their places in the second round with respective straight sets wins on Tuesday.
The duo were joined by defending women’s champion, Garbine Muguruza, as well as former men’s number one player, Novak Djokovic, and men’s top seed at Wimbledon, Roger Federer who booked his place on Monday.
Also through to the second round are fourth seed Alexander Zverev, Kyle Edmund of Britain, Spain’s Juan Martin del Potro, Kei Nishikori of Japan, and Marcos Baghdatis who was two sets up against seventh seed, Dominic Thiem, and leading the third set 2-0 before Thiem retired from the match due to injury.