Ex-Super Eagles defender is now a professional hunter in Abia State

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Uche Okechukwu retired from football to become a professional hunter

Gabriel OkechukwuplayUche Okechukwu has been hailed as a remarkable hunter. (Sporting heroes)
Ex-Super Eagles defender Uche Okechukwu is now a professional hunter.

This was revealed by a journalist Enyinnay Apollos, who described the former Super Eagles defender as an expert hunter. He posted this on his Instagram page where he hailed him as a wonderful footballer who also has good hunting skills.

Enyinnaya’s message on the post reads “With Uche, the great Footballer and Hunter”

He then went on to describe Okechukwu as a great footballer who is also a Turkish Citizen,

On my way back to Aba this morning from Isiko, with my brothers, Bright Eze and Livinus Nwabughogu, we saw him…one of the greatest Ngwa sons, one of the greatest Blacks and Africans, one of the greatest Nigerian citizens, one of the greatest world footballers, the Gentle Giant, a Turkish citizen, Uche Okechukwu (Deniz Uygar) at his country home in Umuoria village, in Obingwa LGA…

The journalist then went on to explain how Okechukwu hunts with a long gun and has been successful in catching his prey.

Uche, former captain of the Nigerian Super Eagles and one of the ever best of Fenerbahçe SK if Turkey, is not only a great footballer, he is also a great hunter, yes he is a hunter…he goes into the bush with his long gun (egbe ntu) to hunt and kill animals.”

The former Super Eagles captain was also described as someone who likes to hut and does so in the next village, “hunting is my hobby, even in Europe, I go hunting. I love doing that. We are hunting in the next village (Itu) on Tuesday…” that is Uche for you.”

The African Cup of Nations winner was also described as an indigene of Abia State who resides in Aba and despite being a Turkish Citizen and eligible to live in Europe, he chose to stay in Aba.

“Uche is an Aba boy…in spite of the fact that he is a Turkish citizen, where he can choose to live for life, he is always at home with us in Aba and Umuoria…you will never notice him, always quiet.”

His wealth and fame will never push him for anything…a successful footballer of all times…He is a great man…

Okechukwu played for Iwuanyawu Nationale (Now Heartland FC)BrøndbyFenerbahçeIstanbulsporOcean Boys before he retired at Bayelsa United.

The gentle giant as he’s fondly called made 47 appearances for the Super Eagles between 1990 and 1998 and contributed 3 goals. He was part of the 1994 African Cup of Nations winning team and 1996 Olympic Games Gold winning team. He also made two FIFA World Cupappearances in 1994 and 1998.

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Syria’s Endgame Could “Get Ugly”: Washington’s Balkanization Plan. Turkey’s Military Presence in Northern Syria — peoples trust toronto

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While Syrian troops carry on their liberation of Damascus’ suburbs from radical militants with the support of Iranian troops and Shia militia detachments, the United States and Saudi Arabia are planning to take advantage of Ankara’s tacit consent and launch 

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28 soldiers handed life sentences in Turkey for participating in a failed military coup in Turkey

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A total of 28 soldiers were handed life sentences on Tuesday in three separate cases related to a failed military coup in 2016, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

The soldiers were charged with “violating and attempting to overthrow the constitution’’ in relation to incidents in Istanbul and the south-eastern towns of Mus and Sirnak during the failed putsch on July 15, 2016, according to Anadolu.

Turkey remains under a state of emergency, which was imposed after the coup attempt.

This week, the Turkish parliament will vote on extending the state of emergency by another three months, which – if completed – would mean the country has been under emergency rule for two years.

More than 50,000 people are under arrest in connection with the coup, and some 150,000 people have been purged from the civil service and the military.

(dpa/NAN)

US pastor on trial for alleged terror ties, spying in Turkey

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US pastor on trial for alleged terror ties, spying in Turkey by By ZEYNEP BILGINSOY, Associated Press

© The Associated Press FILE - In this undated file photo, Andrew Brunson, an American pastor, stands in Izmir, Turkey. The trial of an American pastor imprisoned in Turkey, whose case is part of the quagmire

© The Associated Press FILE – In this undated file photo, Andrew Brunson, an American pastor, stands in Izmir, Turkey. The trial of an American pastor imprisoned in Turkey, whose case is part of the quagmire

ISTANBUL — An American pastor imprisoned in Turkey is going on trial for alleged terror ties and spying in a case that has increased tensions between Washington and Ankara.

Andrew Craig Brunson, an evangelical pastor from North Carolina, is facing 35 years in prison on charges of “committing crimes on behalf of terror groups without being a member” and “espionage.” The trial begins Monday in western Izmir province.

He was arrested in December 2016 for alleged links to both an outlawed Kurdish insurgent group and the network of the U.S.-based Muslim cleric who Turkey blames for a masterminding a failed military coup that year. The cleric, Fethullah Gulen, denies the claim.

Brunson has denied all allegations and maintains that he solely worked as a pastor

American officials have repeatedly requested that Brunson be released. In a meeting last year with his Turkish counterpart, President Donald Trump asked that the government “expeditiously” return the pastor to the U.S. But the appeals have not made much headway.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan fired back at Washington in September, demanding that the U.S. first return Gulen.

“You give him to us and we’ll give you this one,” he said, referring to Brunson.

Turkey has submitted an extradition request to the U.S. for Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania, but so far it not been granted — a point that festers in the Turkish government, which has hunted down tens of thousands of alleged Gulen supporters and either imprisoned them or fired them from government jobs.

Brunson, 50, has been living in Turkey for 23 years and served as the pastor of Izmir Resurrection Church with a small Protestant congregation. The pastor was first detained in October 2016 with his wife, Norine Brunson, who was later released.

The Izmir prosecutor’s indictment against Brunson claims he was in contact with top-level executives of Gulen’s network and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. Both are designated terror groups in Turkey. Brunson is accused of acting in “parallel and coordinated fashion” with them, aiming to “divide” the country.

The prosecutor also accuses Brunson of espionage, saying Brunson acted “as an agent of unconventional warfare,” gathering intelligence with religious work as his cover. The indictment — based on the testimonies of witnesses, including three secret ones, and alleged digital evidence — claims the pastor worked to convert Kurds to Christianity to sow discord.

The American Center for Law and Justice, a conservative Christian group in the U.S. lobbying for Brunson’s release, has called him a “hostage of the Turkish government.” A petition has garnered more than half a million signatures, stating that the case was putting Christianity on trial.

AP