COPA America update: Chile defeats Argentina as Messi retires from International Football

Chile’s Alexis Sánchez celebrates after winning the final.

Lionel Messi contemplates his missed penalty in the shoot-out

It was triumph, jubilation and sadness as Chile won the COPA America back to back for the first time ever, while Argentina lost out in a match that saw two red cards in the first half of the game for both sides.

Messi lost a penalty and not only that retired from international football; saying “For me the national team is over. I’ve done all I can. It hurts not to be a champion,”.

Messi, winner of four Champions League titles and eight Spanish La Liga crowns with Barcelona, was also a member of Argentina’s Copa America team that lost to Brazil in 2007.

Congrats to them



Breaking News : David Cameron Quits as British Prime Minister following referendum for BREXIT


David Cameron said he could not be the 'captain of the ship' while the UK negotiated its exit from the EU



David Cameron says he will quit as British PM following overwhelming results that saw the leave campaign win.

David Cameron flanked by wife Samantha, Mr Cameron said he had been ‘proud’ to serve as PM for the past six years.

But he said it would not be right for him to be the ‘captain of the ship’ while the UK negotiated its exit from the EU.

‘The will of the British people must be respected,’ he said.

Choking back emotion, Mr Cameron said he would not depart immediately and would seek to calm the markets over the coming ‘weeks and months’.

But he said a new Prime Minister should be in place for the Conservative Party conference in October.

Speaking at a jubilant Leave.EU rally in central London, Mr Farage said June 23 would go down in history as ‘our independence day’.

In a remark that could prove controversial after Labour MP Jo Cox was shot dead last week, Mr Farage said the country was separating from the EU ‘without a single bullet being fired’ .

 ‘Dare to dream that the dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom,’ he said.

‘This, if the predictions now are right, this will be a victory for real people, a victory for ordinary people, a victory for decent people.

‘We have fought against the multinationals, we have fought against the big merchant banks, we have fought against big politics, we have fought against lies, corruption and deceit.

Nigel Farage looked somber as he conceded defeat at around 11pm, admitting that Remain may edge the victory, but he looked overjoyed after a series of results that were better than expected for the campaign at 12.30am

EFCC blocks Governor Fayose’s bank account


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has blocked the account of Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, operated by Zenith Bank Plc.

The governor, who spoke to reporters in Ado-Ekiti on Monday at the premises of the bank, said he had information that the accounts of some of his associates were also affected.

According to a press release by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Idowu Adelusi, the governor accused some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a prominent lawyer from the state of being the brains behind the action.

While condemning the action, Mr. Fayose said under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, especially th‎e provisions contained in Section 308, he enjoyed immunity and wondered why his personal properties should become the targets of the Federal Government and its agencies under the guise of fighting corruption.

“Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution gives me immunity just like the President. I wouldn’t know why these people are intolerant of others and in a haste. Let them wait till 2018 when I will end my tenure for them to do their investigati‎on. The other time the EFCC accused me of embezzling N1.2 billion poultry project fund, I was the one who voluntarily reported myself to the EFCC.

“It was ‎when I got a hint of their move that I wrote a cheque to withdraw some money from the account and I came myself. I was denied access to the account as I was told the EFCC has placed restriction on it. That is executive rascality taken too far. Even when I had case with EFCC my properties were not affected.

“If they say they are investigating money spent on election, does it mean it is only Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that spent money on election? A lot of people and groups supported my campaign then. Where did APC and their leaders get the money they spent on 2015 general elections from? Now it is only in PDP that they find thieves, to them there are no thieves in the APC.

“A lot of petitions were written against former Governor Kayode Fayemi and the EFCC has not asked him a question up till now. The diversion of N850 million fund meant for Ekiti State Universal Basic Education Board is there and nobody is asking Fayemi questions.

“Even the President cannot claim to be an angel. The estate he built in Abuja is known to us. His wife was indicted over the Halliburton Scandal. When that American, Jefferson, was being sentenced, the President’s wife was mentioned as having wired $170,000 to Jefferson. Her name was on page 25 of the sentencing of Jefferson. We can
serialize the judgment for people to see and read.

“We will not allow this and we will defend our rights within the law of the land.

“Those who th‎ink they can silence me are mistaken. I am a person who is not perturbed by things like this. Let them wait till 2018 when I will finish my term and I will be the one to go and meet them. I won’t run away and let them investigate the whole world, I have nothing to hide or fear,” he said.

Mr. Fayose said he would challenge the action appropriately.

The spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, declined to comment for this story, saying he had not been briefed on the matter.