Nigeria match was a difficult game-Messi

Lionel Messi, the Argentine ace player, who scored the opening goal against Nigeria in the last group D match of the FIFA World Cup in Russia has referred to the encounter as `a difficult one’. Speaking at post match conference shortly after his team beat Nigeria 2-1 at St. Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday, Messi who agreed that the match was balanced praised the Eagles for their gallant showing. It was a very balanced game, we were able to control the first half, we had more possession, they tried to create chances around after the first goal. Argentina vs Croatia ‘ ‘We thought the second half would be similar but they scored a penalty and that made things more difficult, we got nervous, we had pressure as time goes faster,’’ he said. Messi, who became the third Argentine player to score in three World Cups, following Diego Maradona and Gabriel Batistuta accepted that his side had to battle hard against Nigeria. He, however, said that they were aware of the threat posed by France their next opponent, saying: ‘‘We know France is a good side and we will find solution to their antics,’’ he said

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Judge questions competence of Nigerian lawyer handling trial of Chinese crime suspects

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday ordered the Director of Legal Services, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), to appear before it in connection with the trial of two Chinese nationals, charged with importing substandard tyres into the country. The judge, Mojisola Olatoregun, handed down the order following a ruling that the prosecution of the defendants, arraigned on allegations of importation of fake tyres into the country, was incompetent. The accused — Tao Shen, 36, and Jing Yau, 22 — were charged alongside a Nigerian, Chinedu Madubuike, and two companies, Sino Nigeria Import and Export Ltd, and Nedeca International Ltd. At the resumed trial of the case on Wednesday, Babatunde Alajogun, appeared for the prosecution and began the examination-in-chief of the prosecutions’ third witness (PW3). The PW3, Sylvester Aigbe, told the court that he was the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) who recovered the substandard tyres and iron rods from the defendants’ warehouse. According to Mr Aigbe, the tyres which came in different sizes were tucked in bigger ones and in batches. Mr Alajogun sought to tender the tyres and the iron rod as exhibits, but when the court asked for the number of tyres recovered, he and the witness became embroiled in an argument. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the argument went on for about three minutes before the court interjected and delivered a short ruling. “It is obvious you are not capable of prosecuting this case, you are either incompetent or corrupt. “How can a prosecutor not (have) seen the exhibit in his case or met the witness before the case is called. “The Director of Legal Services of your organisation must appear before this court before this case can proceed,” Mr Olatoregun ruled. Consequently, she adjourned the case until September 26 for continuation of trial. The accused were alleged to have committed the offences sometime in February by conspiring to import tyres that did not meet the relevant Nigerian standards. They were also alleged[…]

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