The oldest bank in the country, First Bank Football Club of Lagos at the weekend defeated Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Abuja 4-2 to win the 32nd edition of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) All Nigeria Financial Institutions Football competition.
For winning the final match played at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan, First Bank too the giant trophy and the N2 million star prize, while SEC Abuja got N1.5 million and the runners-up trophy.
The final match, watched by stakeholders in Nigerian football, including some former internationals led by former midfield maestro, Mutiu Adepoju, ended 1-1 at regulation time before a penalty shootout was used to separate the two teams.
Speaking at the occasion, CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele commended all the teams in this year’s exercise and stressed that the championship was one of the foremost and oldest corporate responsibility functions of the apex bank.
Emefiele, who was represented by the Controller of the CBN Ibadan branch, Mrs. Ajuwa Modojemu reiterated the apex bank’s commitment in making positive contributions towards the promotion and development of football in the country.
He lauded the increase in the number of financial institutions in this year’s competition and urged other institutions yet to register to do so immediately in order to be captured in next year’s edition of the championship.
Emefiele thanked the Oyo State government for making the Lekan Salami Stadium available for the final and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for mobilizing the teams and ensuring a hitch free exercise.
In the third place match, Azabe Zinariya MFB FC trashed Balogun Fulani MFB 6-2 to win the third place match and the N1 million third place prize, while Balogun Fulani got N500, 000 for finishing fourth.
Group Seeks Compensation For Building Collapse Victims In Lagos, Oyo
Advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, has called for investigation into circumstances surrounding buildings collapse incidents in Lagos and Oyo states last week.
SERAP said the two states should take immediate steps to investigate the latest incidents and bring to justice complicit developers and contractors.
SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oludare, says the group is ready to offer free legal services to affected families.
Building Collapse: Lagos Demolishes 13 Buildings
Five more buildings in Lagos Island have been brought down by the Lagos state government, bringing the number of demolished buildings to thirteen.
Lagos state building control agency embarked on this demolition on Friday to prevent another disaster after Wednesday’s collapsed building incident in Ita-Faji, Lagos Island.
Twenty persons were killed; forty-five others were injured when a four-storey building, housing a school at its top floor, collapsed. Most of the dead were children.
Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Rotimi Ogunleye described the exercise as a holistic response to the challenges posed by derelict structures and unapproved schools.
The government has taken over the site of the collapsed Massey street building.
Government officials say the ministry had identified 149 distressed and defective buildings, of which 40 have been demolished.
10 Killed In Attack On Kaduna Community
Ten persons have been killed in a fresh attack in Nandu community in Kaduna State.
Chairman Sanga local government council, Charles Danladi, says the attack happened in Nandu village in which eleven houses were burnt.
This is happening at a time when the state struggles to contain repeated attacks in Kajuru local government area of the state for two months now.
Dozens of civilians have been killed there in communal violence believed to be between the Adara people and their Fulani neighbours.
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