Saturday, August 17, 2019

FBI arrests Forbes’ celebrated Nigerian, Obinwanne Okeke for $12m fraud

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has arrested Nigerian entrepreneur, Obinwanne Okeke of conspiracy to commit fraud running into the sum of $12m.

This was disclosed in an affidavit made available to the press on Friday, by Marshall Ward, a special agent employed by the United States Department of Justice.

According to the information disclosed, the investigation was premised on a complaint lodged by representatives of Unatrac Holdings Limited for being victimized in the fraud.

Woman fakes cancer to get £15,000 wedding ceremony

A woman has been described as the lowest of the low as notes emerged as she tried to trick a small charity into paying for the renewal of her vows.

Wish Upon a Wedding offered to organise a £15,000 ceremony for Carla Evans, 29, who pretended to have cancer. She claimed she had bladder and thyroid cancer, and liver and kidney failure. Evans wrote online that she was dying and needed help and her posts were seen by Karen Hobbs, a volunteer from the charity who was taken in by her lies.

All the charity wanted in return was £500 towards the cost and proof of her diagnosis. However, a forged NHS letter from a hospital consultant at the Royal Gwent Hospital raised alarm bells and Mrs Hobbs launched turned private detective before contacting police.

Timi Dakolo reacts to seeking asylum in UK

Oh dear! Timi Dakolo has reacted to the news that his bid to seek asylum in the UK has failed, and shortly after that, he was also denied a US visa. This was made via a twitter handle, which the singer promptly reacted to. The handle  had tweeted;

''COSA RAPE UPDATE: JUST IN: Timi Dakolo Denied US VISA After UK Asylum Bid Fails''. But the singer in a quick response, reacted saying;

''I swear i didnt know they denied me visa,Please let check my passport again whether my visas to the mentioned places have (link: http://expired.wow) expired.wow they are still valid.Maybe it is another timi Dakolo.Mad people everywhere.''

Cossy Ojiako's mom for August 23rd burial

Cossy Ojiako's mom will finally be laid to rest this month. Her family has revealed her burial plans, saying she will be laid to rest on the 23rd of August, 2019. Cossy had lost her mom in May, 2019.

Jeffrey Epstein’s autopsy confirms he hanged himself

An official autopsy shows that Jeffrey Epstein killed himself by hanging, authorities said Friday.

The 66-year-old pedophile died in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan last week, according to findings by the city Medical Examiner’s Office.

The multimillionaire was being held on federal sex-trafficking raps that could have sent him to prison for 45 years.

The autopsy and other evidence confirmed Epstein committed suicide, the ME’s office said without elaborating.

9 Chinese, 8 Ukrainian seamen kidnapped on water

The number and nationalities of the seamen kidnapped off-Cameroon on Thursday have now been revealed. They are nine Chinese and eight Ukrainians, all abducted when two merchant vessels came under attack, believed to be by Nigerian pirates, in Cameroonian waters.

“Seventeen Chinese and Ukrainians were kidnapped… (of whom) nine (are) Chinese who were abducted on one of the ships,” an official in the port of Douala told AFP.

A Cameroonian security official confirmed the account, adding that Cameroon’s security forces had launched a search for them.

The Gulf of Guinea, whose coastline stretches in a huge arc from Liberia to Gabon, is notorious for piracy as well as oil theft, illegal fishing and human and drugs trafficking.

Photos: Customs seizes N5b worth of banned tramadol

The Nigerian Customs Service has intercepted truck-loads of the banned drug, tramadol and others illicit drugs worth N5 billion in Lagos.

The spokesman for the service, Joseph Attah, an assistant comptroller confirmed this to journalists on Friday after conducting newsmen round a warehouse where the trucks of the intercepted items were parked at the Ikeja Training College of the service.

Attah said the Comptroller-General of Customs Strike Force in Zone ‘A’ stumbled on the contraband.

According to him, the smugglers believe that festive period is a time of merriment and less vigilance, “but our officers intercepted the illicit drugs as the smugglers attempted to move it from Lagos to other parts of the country’’.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Lovely! Toke Makinwa covers August issue of Genevieve Magazine

The media personality is the cover girl for Genevieve’s August issue. In it she talked about body enhancement, regret, forgiveness and more.

So sad! Woman strangled to death in Rivers hotel

A young woman identified as Jenifer Nwokocha, from Umuekenyike, Obirikom in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State was on Thursday strangled to death in a hotel room on Woji Road, GRA Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

The victim, who was in her mid-20s before she was murdered by her yet-to-be-identified assailant was discovered lying lifeless in a hotel room with a white piece of cloth around her neck.

It was learnt that the victim’s corpse was discovered on Thursday morning inside the hotel room after a staff tried to clean the room the deceased and her partner had used.

Hushpuppi flaunts his brand new Ferrari (photo)

Hushpuppi just got himself a brand new Ferrari making it his 4th expensive machine  in months. He showed off the red machine on his instagram page with the caption;

''It’s a Rarri baby 🐎 Limited Edition 1 out of 10 #MyNewBaby #Ferrari #Number4''

Samson Siasia speaks on FIFA ban

Former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia has reacted to the life ban and $50,000 fine slammed on him today by FIFA.

According to FIFA, he was banned for agreeing to ‘the manipulation of matches.’

FIFA did not state when he committed the infractions but said the ex-Nigeria international has been notified today.

Reacting to the ban, Siasia vowed to clear his name.

He categorically denied any wrongdoing, stating that he did nothing wrong and he has not received any letter from FIFA regarding the ban from football, Brila FM reports.

Victoria Beckham poses with her lookalike sister

She's been enjoying an Italian getaway with her family. And Victoria Beckham was joined by her younger sister, Louise Adams, and best friend, Maria-Louise, on Friday as they jetted out to join her in Italy.

The fashion designer, 45, took her to Instagram stories to share a sweet picture of herself with her lookalike sibling, 42, and pal as they enjoyed a cosy al fresco lunch.

She captioned the snap: 'Friends since we were four-years-old!' (sic), she went on to tag their social media handles and signed it off with her signature 'kisses x'.

Kris Jenner and younger lover loved up in Monaco

They are practically inseparable but seldom put on a soppy display.

Yet Kris Jenner and her beau Corey Gamble put on a very sweet display as they cosied up on a boat.

The Kardashian matriarch, 63, looked incredible in a Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress adorned with a newspaper print while Corey, 38, looked smart in white. More photos...

Is Nicki Minaj Married? Rapper hints she has tied the knot as she changes her Twitter name to Mrs. Petty

Nicki Minaj has sparked speculation she's married fiancé Kenneth Petty.

The rapper, 36, changed her Twitter bio to Mrs Petty on Friday, two weeks after obtaining a marriage licence at Beverly Hills courthouse.

It comes just days after Nicki revealed she was planning to marry ex-con Kenneth in just 80 days time, as she divulged details about her wedding on Queen Radio.

Nicki's new surname first appeared on her Twitter page just days after she revealed more details about her upcoming wedding.

Kate Middleton takes kids to London favourite hangout

Prince George and Princess Charlotte are enjoying a busy summer holiday with their parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

They've had a two-week holiday to the Caribbean , been on a fun boat trip to watch Kate and Wills in the King's Cup , and they will be heading up to Balmoral to spend time with their Gan Gan the Queen.

And the royal kids have also spent a lot of time at their London home, and their mum has been taking them to one of her favourite London hangouts.

According to insiders, Kate has been keeping George, Charlotte and Louis entertained by taking them to The Hurlingham Club, a private members club in Fulham, London.

Pep Guardiola claims Tottenham are the second best team in Europe

Pep Guardiola has hailed Tottenham as the second best team in Europe. Champions City host Spurs at the Etihad Stadium tomorrow, with boss Guardiola hailing Mauricio Pochettino's side after reaching last season's Champions League final.

Spurs ultimately lost 2-0 to Liverpool in Madrid, but Guardiola believes reaching the final showed Pochettino's side to up there with Europe's elite clubs - despite the London side finishing 27 points behind the Blues in the Premier League.

Asked to rate Spurs, who dumped City out in the quarter-finals en route to the final, Guardiola said: “How good they are? My words and my opinion on them is that they are the second best team in Europe. For me that's enough.

Royal baby Archie inherits dad's ginger hair colour

Meghan Markle  and  Prince Harry 's son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor has inherited his father's ginger hair colour, according to a source.

Baby Sussex is reportedly showing signs of 34-year-old Harry's most recognisable feature and has "tufts of reddish hair".

The "happy" three-month-old also "has lovely, puffy little legs" and is "really adorable," the source added to People magazine.

The colour of Archie's hair has been a hot topic among royal fans and every snap of the tot has been meticulously analysed.

FG explains why El-Zakzaky was returned to Nigeria

The Federal Government on Friday raised the alarm over alleged plans by the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, to seek asylum.

The government specifically said his actions in India demonstrated malicious intents that were capable of embarrassing the governments of Nigeria and India.

A statement issued in Abuja by the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Grace Isu Gekpe, entitled: “The repatriation of Ibraheem El-Zakzaky from India”, said the wife of the IMN leader also antagonised the Indian and Nigerian security agencies and accused them of killing her children to win international sympathy as well as disparage the Nigerian government.

Mum who drowned IVF twins 'to get back at husband' jailed for 10 years

A mum who drowned her "miracle" IVF twins on Boxing Day after her husband left her has been jailed for 10 years.

Samantha Ford killed her 23-month-old toddlers Jake and Chloe in the bath and then tried to die by suicide when she crashed her car into the back of a lorry at 100mph, later telling police: "I've killed my babies. Please let me die."

Her lawyer claims she was suffering from "a catastrophic level" of acute depression "leading her to believe that she and the children needed to die".

But prosecution psychiatrists believe she may have been exaggerating her illness, claiming she killed her twins in a fit of "narcissistic rage", had a "homicide/suicide fantasy" and carried it out in an act of "retaliation and punishment" against her estranged husband Steven.

Powede Awujo shows off two weeks post-baby body

Former beauty queen, Powede Awujo who welcomed her second son on August 4th has showed off her post-baby body. Sharing the above photo, Powede wrote;

''2 kings and 2 years later, making beautiful memories with you is still my favourite past time.😍

Ps- post partum waist snatched by @shreddergang .
#momanddad#10in1#twoweekspostpartum#thickmummysummer#eninelly17''

Ekiti begins naming, shaming of sexual offenders

The Ekiti State Government says it has commenced naming and shaming of individuals involved in sexual crimes.

According to Governor Kayode Fayemi, the state would regularly name and shame every person, who have been convicted for sexual crimes.

Fayemi, in a tweet on his Twitter handle @kfayemi, began the naming with one Rev. Asateru Gabriel, who is serving a five-year year jail term for sexually abusing a seven-year-old girl.

The image posted by the governor reads, “This person whose picture appears here is Rev. Asateru Gabriel, formerly of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Ifisin-Ekiti.

R Kelly misses court hearing after transport mix-up

Singer R. Kelly has missed a court hearing, with prosecutors claiming he "refused transport" from jail. The R&B star was due at a pre-trial hearing for his s-x abuse case in Chicago, Illinois, on Thursday.

Kelly's lawyer said it was "not 100% true" that the singer had refused transport, but explained that "moving Mr Kelly is a large undertaking".

The singer is currently facing several state and federal charges of s-xual abuse in the US.


The accusations include s-xual assault, abuse of a minor, making indecent images of minors, racketeering and obstruction of justice.

Varsity unions begin strike on Monday

Non teaching staff of Universities have threatened to embark on a strike on Monday. Already various branches of the Non Academic Staff Union of Universities and Educational institutions, NASU and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, are on stand to get directives from the Joint Action Committee, JAC, of the unions for the strike.

The strike according to the unions has become imperative following the alleged poor response from the Federal Government, to meet their demands after the expiration of the 14-day ultimatum to government.

Ex-Banker jailed for stealing depositors’ money

Justice Abiodun Adesodun of the Ekiti State High Court, has convicted a former cashier officer with Fidelity Bank, Ado branch, Ado Ekiti, Michael Adedayo Ihinolurinjon, and sentenced him to ten years in prison for stealing money from the bank’s vault and diverting customers’ deposits to personal use.

Ihinolurinjon was on Thursday, August 15, 2019, found guilty of a two-count charge of stealing in a criminal case filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office.

The offence, according to the charge sheet, was contrary to Section 390 (g) of the Criminal Code Laws Cap 16, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.

FIFA bans Samson Siasia for life over match fixing

Federation of International Football Association Friday said it has banned former Nigerian coach Samson Siasia for life on “all football-related activities” over allegations of match fixing.

FIFA also said Siasia, 51-year-old, has been fined CHF 50,000 ($51,051.66).

FIFA said in a statement that the adjudicatory chamber of their independent Ethics Committee found that Siasia was “guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics.”

He is the third African to be banned by Fifa for his links to Perumal after former Sierra Leone FA official Abu Bakarr Kabba and former Botswana FA official Mooketsi Kgotlele were suspended in July for five years and for life respectively.