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Team Nigeria holding strong at World Scrabble Championship

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Members of Team Nigeria at the ongoing Scrabble World Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. are giving a good account of the country as the competition enters day three on Tuesday.

A member of the Team Nigeria, Wellington Jighere, with 14 wins, is running a neck and neck race with USA’s Will Anderson, who is topping the chart after day two for a higher cumulative.

Jighere, also a former World Champion, is occupying the second spot, while Nsikakabasi Etim, also a member of the Team Nigeria, recorded 11 wins in 16 games.

However, the duo, who are in the top ten are representing Nigeria which has less players, compared with the host, America.

Other plays include Alec Sjoholm of U.s.; England’s Harshan Lamabadusuriya; Thacha Koowirat from Thailand.

Nigeria born Samson Okosagah, playing for U.S., and Russell Honeybun of Australia are all on 12 wins each, but separated by cumulative points.

The second chasing pack has Canada’s Matthew Tunnicliffe; Conrad Bassett-Bouchard of the United States; Nigeria’s Nsikak Solomon Etim, Chris Lipe of United States.

Also, Andrew Fisher from Australia and Canada’s Joshua Castellano have 11 victories, each.

Other members of Team Nigeria include Emmanuel Ofidi, Olatunde Oduwole, Osahon Omosefe and Temituoyo Mayuku are closing down on the board leaders with 10 wins, respectively.

Olawale Fashina, Dipo Akanbi, Dennis Ikekeregor and Enoch Nwali are jamming back and hard on nine wins.

Current African Champion and King of Governor Diri National Championship, Enoch Nwali, who started day two at number 96 ended the day at 34th spot after recording six wins out of eight games played.

The Health Education Student of the University of Lagos is now on nine wins overall.

Olobatoke Aka, President of Nigeria Scrabble Federation (NSF), also the leader of Team Nigeria delegation said he was very confident that Day three of the Championship would push more Nigerians toward the top end.

“It’s tough out there, the positions at the end of today’s games will determine the outcome.

“We shall know if we will have a shot at the World Championship title,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that these are the Africa’s best individuals standing after day two.

 

134 players drawn from 29 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and North America are participating in the Championship.

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Breaking…Naira abuse: Court sentences Bobrisky to 6 months in custody

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Justice Abimbola Awogboro of a Federal High Court in Lagos, on Friday, sentenced popular cross-dresser, Idris Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky, to six months in custody over Naira abuse.

 

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Lagos Court Grants Emefiele N50m Bail

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The embattled former Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, has been granted bail in the sum of N50m after being charged with a 26-count bordering on alleged abuse of office and irregular allocation of $4.5 billion and N2.8 billion respectively.

 

Emefiele was admitted to bail with two sureties in like sum by Justice Rahmon Oshodi on Friday.

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