Saturday, February 8, 2020

Late night fire razes funeral home in Lagos

A late night fire on Friday caused damage at a funeral home around Maryland area of Ikorodu road in Lagos state.

According to eyewitnesses, the inferno started at about 10pm, razing rooms on the first floor.

When the TVC news crew got to the site of the incident, smoke was already fading, a sign that the worst was over.

All of the office equipment went with the fire and the cars parked in the compound had scars on them left by the blaze.

UN seeks support for Nigerian security forces, IDPs

United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres has appealed to African Union member states to channel additional resources to support Nigerian security forces and displaced victims of Boko Haram violence.

Mr Guterres’ call came at a press briefing held at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa.

The UN chief has been meeting with African leaders as part of the ongoing African Union Summit in the Ethiopian capital.

Several countries have offered support to Nigeria since the country started appealing for international support to ameliorate the pains inflicted by Boko Haram on civilians.

Woman, 21, mauled to death by lions after entering enclosure at game reserve

A young woman working at a game reserve has been mauled to death by lions. Swans van Wyke, 21, was performing her daily duties in the enclosure when she was attacked by the animals.

She was found collapsed by the gate with devastating injuries after escaping from the cage and alerting staff by screaming. She was covered in blood with deep bite and claw wounds.

Paramedics rushed to the scene but despite their efforts, she was declared dead at the scene.

Police are investigating the game reserve at Bela-Bela in Limpopo, South Africa. An inquest has also been opened.

Obese couple shed eleven stone to renew vows after fearing they'd be dead by 50

Considering they were in their “happy place”, Mandy and Rob couldn’t have been more miserable.

Having climbed to the same olive tree on Crete they visited every year, they were out of breath, in pain and feeling significantly older than their years.

“I seriously had visions then that I’d never be physically able to come back, I was so unfit,” said Mandy Leamey.

Husband Rob, meanwhile, was secretly thinking he might have a heart attack.

Messi gives update on threat to leave Barcelona

Lionel Messi intends to stay at Barcelona despite this week’s public row with sporting director Eric Abidal. Sources close to the 32-year-old have told Sky Sports that he is not thinking of leaving the Nou Camp this summer and remains determined to see out his current contract at the very least.

Messi’s deal runs until 2021 and he is open to discussing an extension, although the forward is in no rush and would prefer to do so on a rolling year-by-year basis.

Barcelona, however, would want to talk about another multi-year deal and hope to sit down with Messi’s father and agent Jorge in the upcoming months.

Kenyan Athlete wins 2020 Lagos marathon

Athlete number 165, David Bamasai has emerged winner of the Lagos city marathon.

The Kenyan crossed the finish line in a record time of two hours, ten minutes and ten seconds.

The race started at the National stadium in Surulere, Lagos on Saturday morning at exactly 6.30 am.

The race is still in progress as others who are not as fast as the Bamasai are racing their way to the finish line.

Facebook and Twitter decline Pelosi's request to delete video of her tearing up Trump's speech

Social media giants Facebook and Twitter have declined US Speaker Nancy Pelosi's request to delete a video of her tearing up her copy of Trump's speech at the State of the Union Address on Tuesday.

The speaker's office demanded that Facebook remove the video posted online by President Donald Trump, which was edited to make it appear like she ripped the speech even as Trump saluted a Tuskegee airman in the audience.

The video, labeled "Powerful American stories ripped to shreds by Nancy Pelosi," was posted on both Trump's Facebook and Twitter before 6 p.m. Thursday.

Trump has more than 72 million followers.

Phillip Schofield's daughter breaks her silence after TV presenter comes out as gay

Phillip Schofield 's daughter Molly, 27, has broken her silence after her father came out as gay yesterday.

Phillip, 57, released a statement on Instagram yesterday where he came out as gay, and shortly afterwards he spoke to Holly Willoughby on This Morning about the revelation.

Phillip thanked his two daughters, Molly and Ruby, 24, as well as Phillips wife of 26 years, Stephanie Lowe, for their support.

And Molly has now released a touching tribute to her dad on Instagram, where she has 44,500 followers.

Kylie Jenner shares phenomenal Playboy behind-the-scenes shoot snaps

Kylie Jenner made waves with her Playboy shoot accompanied by her now-ex Travis Scott last year.

And the Keeping Up With The Kardashian toyed with her fans as she shared behind-the-scenes shots from the mesmerising photoshoot on Saturday.

In the fresh new snap, the mother-of-one oozed sexuality led on a bed with only a sheer turquoise wrap covering her n.a.k.e.d curves.

Kylie's luscious raven-coloured locks tumbled down her back while she shot a look over her shoulder towards the camera.

Regina Daniels dazzles in white (photos)

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Couple emerge first Nigerians to finish marathon race

Emmanuel Gyang and his wife, Deborah Pam, have emerged as the first Nigerians to complete the 42km race at the 2020 Lagos City Marathon.

The Punch reports that Gyang, who was the fist male Nigerian, finished 33rd overall with a time of 2:25.30secs.

Pam was the first female Nigerian to get to finish in her category, finishing 14th overall with a time of 2:45.17secs.

The couple had exactly three weeks after their wedding emerged the first Nigerian finishers in their respective categories at the seventh edition of the Okpekpe 10km International Road Race.

Man in court for allegedly stealing transformer, pumping machine

A 30-year-old man, Ibrahim Shina, who allegedly stole a transformer and one pumping machine, belonging to the Ekiti Ministry of Agriculture, on Friday appeared in a Magistrates’ Court in Ado-Ekiti.

Shina, whose address was not given, is charged with theft.

The prosecution counsel, Insp. Caleb Leranmo, told the Court that the defendant and others at large committed the offence on Jan.25 at about 9 p.m., at Emirin area in Ado-Ekiti.

He alleged that the defendant and others at large, stole one transformer and one pumping machine, property of the Ekiti State Ministry of Agriculture.

Fuel scarcity looms in Lagos as NUPENG suspends distribution to Badagry

Most of the petroleum stations in Badagry communities have closed as the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers of Nigeria suspended distribution of fuel to the city.

Chairman, South-West Chapter of the union, Mr Tayo Aboyeji, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Badagry that the suspension was due to harassment and molestation of its members by men of Customs and Army in the area.

According to him, NUPENG has directed its members to stop the distribution of petroleum to Badagry until justice is done.

He said NUPENG will be forced to extend the suspension to Lagos as a whole if nothing to correct the injustice was done to members.

APC loses key members to PDP in Zamfara

Eight Local Government Council chairmen elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State, have switched loyalty to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The Local Government Council chairmen who joined the ruling PDP in Zamfara State are; Alhaji Muhammadu Umar, Birnin Magaji LGA chairman, Alhaji Salisu Isah Dangulbi(Maru LG), Alhaji Nasiru Zarumi Masamar Mudi( Bukkuyum LG) and Alhaji Ahmed Balarabe Anka( Anka LG).

Others are Alhaji Lawali Abdullahi( Kaura Namoda LG), Alhaji Shehu Muhammad Faru (Maradun LG), Alh Abdulaziz Ahmed Nahuche(Bungudu LG), and Aminu Mudi Tsafe of Tsafe LG.

The council Chairmen announced their defection shortly after a meeting with Governor Bello Muhammad Matawallen Maradun in Sokoto on Saturday.

Woman, 25 in trouble for beating up, injuring her 24 year-old ex-boyfriend

A 25-year-old woman from Kilimani, Nairobi was on Friday, February 7, charged in court with physically assaulting her 42-year-old ex-boyfriend outside the Milimani Law Courts.

Mildred Aoko Okello is said to have beaten up Anti-Jussi Ahveninen on January 7, 2020, when the ex-couple had gone to court for a mention of their child custody case.

On December 13, 2019, the children’s court — through Senior Resident Magistrate G.M. Gitonga — had given Ahveninen temporary custodianship of their daughter as the custody case went on in court.

Aoko was only allowed restricted access to the child over the weekends. The court directed that Aoko could access the child from 10am Saturday to 5:30pm Sunday.

Obaseki orders arrest of ex-aide John Mayaki

Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has ordered the arrest of John Mayaki, his former chief press secretary.

Mayaki who is a Prince from Igarra royal family, was the first Acting Chief Press Secretary to Obaseki at the inception of his administration.He however left under unclear circumstances.

Special Adviser to Governor Obaseki on Media and Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie said “the Police in Edo state weekend contacted the family of John Mayaki in Akoko-Edo local government area, through High Chief J.M. Akpeji, the Otu of Igarra, to submit their son to the police custody failing which the nonagenarian would be arrested.

“The Otu told journalists that one police officer who identified himself as DSP Moses Nkombe, called my line to demand that I submit my son to their custody on the orders of the state Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki but unfortunately, I am unable to get hold of my son, as he was still out of the country in pursuit of education.”

Five UK citizens test positive for coronavirus in France

Five British nationals including a child have tested positive for the new coronavirus in France, the health minister said today, adding that they had all stayed at the same ski chalet.

France has now detected a total of 11 cases of the novel coronavirus, and the new “cluster” is centred on a Briton who had returned from Singapore and stayed in Contamines-Montjoie, near Mont Blanc in the French Alps, Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said.

“They show no serious signs” of a life-threatening infection added Buzyn, herself a doctor.

The Briton at the centre of the new cases is now in Britain and was not counted among the French tally, she told a press conference.

Trump fires officials who testified against him on impeachment in a 'revenge' move

Donald Trump exacted swift revenge on two government officials who gave evidence against him during his impeachment hearings.

Just days after his acquittal by the Senate the US President wielded the axe on national security aide Lt Col Alexander Vindman and EU ambassador Gordon Sondland.

The decorated soldier was escorted from the White House, with his lawyers later claiming he was being ousted for ‘telling the truth’.

David Pressman added in a statement: ‘The truth has cost Lt Col Alexander Vindman his job, his career, and his privacy.

100 Gunmen on motorbikes attack 3 Niger communities

Scores of gunmen suspected to be members of the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) have attacked Gurmana, old Gurmana, and Ashirika communities in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, in central Nigeria.

The armed men stormed the communities at about 10:00 am on Saturday, some on bikes and some on feet, shooting sporadically into the air, Channels TV reported.

Witnesses said the attack started in Gurmana where they reportedly killed two persons and injured four others before moving to old Gurmana where they rustled more than 200 cows.

The Senator representing Niger East, Sani Musa confirmed he had received reports of the attacks.

Over 17 killed as Thai soldier opens fire on citizens

A Thai soldier has killed at least 17 people and wounded more than 20 in a shooting rampage in the northeastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima, according to police.

The suspect of Saturday's attack, identified by police as Sergeant Major Jakrapanth Thomma, remains at large.

The suspect reportedly stole an army vehicle and posted photos and video of himself in full tactical gear as the attack was carried out.

He wrote on his Facebook page earlier in the day that "Death is inevitable for everyone". The suspect also posted a picture of what appeared to be his hand holding a gun.

Bomb explodes near Ekiti governor’s office

The residents of the Okesha area of Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, were embroiled in fear today as a bomb went off next door to the governor’s office.

The explosion brought down a building around the area and also affected a section of the state ministry of chieftaincy affairs.

The explosion also damaged parts of the ministry of finance and other buildings on the premises.

The Commissioner of Police, Amba Asuquo, who was at the scene of the blast said preliminary investigation revealed that the bomb might have gone off from the explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) office within the premises.

200 women groups protest police brutality in Abuja

A coalition of 200 women organisations on Thursday in Abuja took to the streets to protest against the brutalisation of a lawyer and gender activist, Goodness Ibangha, by the police in Enugu State.

The women under the aegis of the Women Aid Collective also took their protest to the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), and petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, demanding justice for the victim.

The protesters displayed placards with inscriptions such as ‘Justice for human rights defendant’, ‘Protect human rights defenders’, Justice for survivors of rape’ and ‘Urgent action now to end police brutality against women rights defenders.’

Serena Williams’ dad has dementia, brain damage as his wife tries to take over his property

Serena Williams’ father Richard is suffering from irreparable "brain damage" and "dementia", his doctor has revealed in public available court documents.

The court papers also reveal tennis ace and her sister Venus could become embroiled in a court battle with their stepmother.

The 77-year-old is "totally incapacitated to conduct any business", the documents, which include testimony from his own doctor, state.

The former tennis coach has barely been seen in public over the last few years, as he’s been fighting a messy divorce battle with Lakeisha Williams, 40.

Sisters separated during WWII reunited after 78 years

Two Russian sisters have been reunited 78 years after they were separated by the turmoil of World War II, thanks to a television show and a police search.

In footage of their meeting late last month provided by the interior ministry, Yulia and Rozalina Kharitonova, now 92 and 94, hugged and kissed as their family members watched in tears.

"I was searching for her, I was always searching for her," said Rozalina, holding her sister's hand.

As teenagers, the sisters lived with their parents in Stalingrad, the city now known as Volgograd that saw one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. They were separated in 1942 as civilians were being evacuated to escape Nazi encirclement.

Supreme Court affirms jail term for Taraba ex-governor

The Supreme court has affirmed the judgment of the Court of Appeal which reduced the jail term of former Taraba governor, Jolly Nyame, from 14 years to 12 years.

The Apex court also removed the N495 million imposed by the court.

The court of appeal in abuja had earlier ordered the former Taraba state governor to pay the fine for alleged misappropriation of funds while he was governor of taraba state from 1999 to 2007.

Baby narrowly escapes death as stray bullet is fired by 'police officer'

A baby has narrowly escaped death after a stray bullet was fired by a police office and hit him (slightly)

The incident reportedly happened at Mkpogu community of Trans Amadi, Port Harcourt.

According to Twitter user @chiukwujioke, the victim of the stray bullet is his colleague’s daughter and the incident occurred,  February 6.

One killed in failed attempt to kidnap Taraba college provost

One person has been confirmed dead in an attempt to kidnap the Provost of Taraba College of Education Zing, Dr Mike Dio-Jen, at his residence in Jalingo.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Friday at the Green Beach area of Kona ward, in Jalingo.

NAN reports that the kidnappers who came in their numbers fired several gunshots at the gate of the provost’s house and forced their way in.

They, however, met stiff resistance by security operatives, guarding the provost’s house and this led to the death of the gateman of the house, while the kidnappers fled the area through a nearby river.

Amotekun: Recruitment forms to be out next week

The Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has said the recruitment forms for the Operation Amotekun outfit will be ready next week.

The governor, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Security Matter, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, said the recruitment on the operation process had begun.

He said, “We are yet to issue out forms and if there is any form that is out now in Ondo State, it is illegal, we have drafted the forms but we have not issued them out.

“The forms would be out next week. What we want to do is to first recruit. after the recruitment, we will issue out the forms.

“All the traditional rulers and community leaders in the state would be made to sign as guarantors of whoever we want to recruit in their communities.”

Man O’War official kills colleague over N1,000 debt

Police have arrested a Man O’war volunteer, Toyeeb Daodu, for allegedly beating his colleague, Ibrahim Aliu, to death in Ope-Ilu, Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State.

City Round learnt that the incident happened around 7pm on Thursday following an altercation between the duo over N1,000.

Daodu, 19, had reportedly borrowed the sum from Aliu some days ago but failed to repay it promised, prompting Daodu to mount pressure on him.

Aliu was said to have asked for the money when he met Daodu at a bus stop in the area and he (Daodu) angrily settled the debt.

Fire destroys staff quarters in Niger school

Property worth millions of naira were burnt beyond recognition as fire razed the staff quarters of the Maryam Babangida Girls Science Secondary School.

Property burnt included a private car parked in one of the garages of the quarters, furniture and other household equipment as well as food items.

The fire was put out by the state fire service after raging for three hours.

Punch was at the scene of the incident on Thursday and saw neighbours teamed up with firefighters to control the inferno but they could not salvage their property.

The cause of the fire had yet to be known but some people suspected it could have been as a result of a power surge.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Nigeria Police force confirm death of two officers in raid on Ansaru terrorists

The police say they have lost two officers involved in a raid on a camp hosting members of the Ansaru terrorist group in Kaduna State.

The Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) in charge of Operations, Abdulmajid Ali, disclosed this on Friday two days after the security operatives battled the terrorists.

Ali, who revealed that 12 others suffered critical injuries, said they were already receiving treatment at different hospitals in the Kaduna State capital.

Speaking during a visit to one of the medical facilities, the DIG was pleased that the injured officers were stable and responding to treatment.

EFCC arrests seven suspected fraudsters for bitcoin

Seven suspected internet fraudsters were on Thursday arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Port Harcourt Zonal for bitcoin scam.

EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade, in a statement said the suspects were identified as Kufre Miller Okoh, Joshua Tom, Emmanuel Ekpuk Anderson, Pascal Alisiri, Chimezie Umungalaen, Clinton Alisiobi and Joshua Onuigbo.

The other suspects, Kufre Miller Okoh, Joshua Tom and Emmanuel Ekpuk Anderson were arrested during an early morning raid at 52/53 Azungu Street, Rumuigbo, Port Harcourt.
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EFCC also stated that four others, Pascal Alisiri, Chimeze Umungalaen, Clinton Alisiobi and Joshua Onuigbo were arrested at Intercontinental Hotel, Umuahia, Abia State.

It added that the suspects will soon be charged to court.

Man comes for Catholic priest with gun after alleging he caught him with his wife

A man in Kathonzweni, Makueni County, Kenya has been disarmed after he deflated a Catholic priest’s car tyres alleging that he caught the clergyman red-handed with his wife.

According to the police report, Thomas Kimeu Mulwa, a licensed firearm holder arrived at his house in Kathonzweni at 2 am on Thursday morning.

Mulwa said he found a strange vehicle parked in his compound and on inquiring about its ownership, one of his servants told him it belonged to Father Wesonga Maloba of Gatundu Parish.

“He knocked on the door but there was no response. He was told by his servant that the vehicle belonged to a Catholic priest…In the process, he fired four rounds of 9mm deflating the four tyres, alleging that the priest was sleeping with his wife,” said the police report.

Coronavirus: WHO warns the world is running out of masks, protective equipment

The world is running out of masks and other protective equipment against the novel coronavirus, the World Health Organization chief warned today.

“The world is facing a chronic shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE),” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the WHO’s executive board in Geneva.

WHO said prices for some items were up to 20 times higher than normal, and Tedros told reporters the problem was being made worse by “inappropriate use” of masks by people who were neither sick nor medical staff.

Pangolin identified as potential link for Coronavirus spread across china

The endangered pangolin may be the link that facilitated the spread of the novel coronavirus across China, Chinese scientists said Friday.

Researchers have long suspected that the virus, which has now killed more than 630 people and infected some 31,000, was passed from an animal to a human at a market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.

Researchers at the South China Agricultural University have identified the scaly mammal as a “potential intermediate host,” the university said in a statement, without providing further details.

R. Kelly’s trial in Brooklyn, New York delayed to July 7

A federal judge has delayed R. Kelly’s racketeering, s3xual abuse and bribery trial in Brooklyn, New York to July 7, so it would not conflict with the singer’s upcoming trial in a separate Chicago case.

U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly in Brooklyn federal court said the scheduled April 27 trial date in Chicago made the May 18 target to begin the Brooklyn trial “somewhat unrealistic.”

Kelly, who federal authorities have detained in Chicago, attended the Brooklyn hearing by video conference, wearing an orange, V-neck short-sleeve shirt over a white T-shirt.

His lawyer Douglas Anton supported the delay, citing “voluminous” evidence to review and that Kelly’s defense lawyers “don’t even know who two of the alleged victims are.”

2020 AMVCA: Check out the full nominees’ list

Africa Magic has unveiled their nominations for the seventh edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award (AMVCA). The nominations were unveiled in a live broadcast on all Africa Magic channels on MultiChoice’s DSTV and anchored by Nollywood couple Linda Ejiofor and Ibrahim Suleiman.

Awards will be presented in 28 categories, with seven categories open to public voting and 21 being categories to be decided by the AMVCA panel of judges. Check out the full list of nominees’ below..

Okada ban: People living with disabilities stage protest

Some residents of Lagos State who are physically challenged today occupied a section of Mobolaji Johnson Avenue, Alausa in Ikeja, the state capital in protest.

The protesters who are majorly commercial tricycle riders are protesting over the restriction of motorcycles and tricycles in some local government areas and expressways in the state by the Lagos State government.

Carrying various placards, the protesters lamented that the restriction will force them to return to the street as beggars and destitute.

Some of them lamented that driving motorcycle and tricycle has been their source of livelihood since they abandoned begging.

Coronavirus: US offers $100m to China, others

The United States today offered up to $100 million to China and other impacted countries to combat the fast-spreading coronavirus.

“This commitment along with the hundreds of millions generously donated by the American private sector demonstrates strong US leadership in response to the outbreak,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.

“We encourage the rest of the world to match our commitment. Working together, we can have a profound impact to contain this growing threat,” he said.

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Tanzanian upcoming musician receives backlash after faking his death

A young male musician from Tanzania has received backlash on social media after he asked his manager to lie that he was dead.

The manager of the up-and-coming artiste known as Meja Kunta on Sunday, February 2, announced Kunta’s death, saying the entertainer succumbed to his injuries after being involved in a grisly car crash while heading to Tanga.

Kunta, however, took to Instagram the following day to dismiss as fake reports which were suggesting he was dead.

Some of the singer’s followers accused the musician of engaging in “stupid publicity stunts” to promote his brand and music, then lashed out at him,

Supreme Court dismisses Abacha family’s bid to access ex-dictator’s foreign accounts

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed an appeal by the family of the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, who had prayed for an order unfreezing some bank accounts of the late dictator and other members of the family held in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Jersey, Liechenstein and Luxembourg.

The Punch reports that the accounts were frozen in the countries following mutual judicial assistance agreements entered with the countries by the Nigerian government during the administration of the then President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, in 1999.

Delivering judgement in the appeal filed by a son of the late dictator, Mohammed Abacha, a five-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, unanimously held that the suit, which was first initiated before the Federal High Court in Kano in January 2004, had become statute-barred.

How Kenyan man killed lover and travelled over 50km to commit suicide

Residents of Pakawa, Pipeline in Nakuru County, Kenya are in shock after a mutilated body of a young woman was found in her house on Wedneday.

Ms Agnes Muthoni, who is the caretaker of the plot where the deceased lived, said that the young woman, identified as Mebo Ayuma, cohabited with her boyfriend, Alex Likodo.

On Sunday, Ms Muthoni said the two lovers had quarreled on Sunday after Ayuma slept out. It was the last time the caretaker recalled seeing Ayuma.

Ayuma’s mother, Ruth Anyenda, said that she decided to travel from Molo to check on her daughter after several missed calls.

Princess Beatrice wedding date confirmed

The wedding date for Princess Beatrice  and her property developer fiancee Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi has been confirmed. The couple are set to have a springtime wedding in London on May 29.

The news was announced on the Royal Family’s official Twitter account , which revealed they would be tying the knot in the capital.

The statement read, “The wedding of HRH Princess Beatrice of York  and Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi will take place on Friday 29 May 2020 at The Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace.”

A longer statement was also released on the official royal website, which revealed Queen Elizabeth  had “kindly given permission for the ceremony to take place at The Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace .”
It also announced that the Queen would host a private wedding reception in the gardens of Buckingham Palace .

Vanessa Bryant announces Kobe Bryant memorial date

Details on the upcoming public memorial for Kobe Bryant are starting to come together -- and the date has a special significance for the late NBA superstar.

A source told ET on Thursday that Bryant's memorial ceremony will be held on Monday, Feb. 24, at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

"There was conversations about possibly having the ceremony at the LA Coliseum to fit more people, but ultimately the Staples Center made the most sense as it was such a big part of Kobe’s life," ET's source said. "The date being the 24th was a decision to coincide with his jersey number as well. The day will be a way for LA to celebrate a man that meant so much to the city."