A house purportedly belonging to the son of the immediate past National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, was today sealed by the EFCC.
Saturday, 16 January 2016
"Got to go with Kendrick. I'm just saying! I think Drake is an astounding entertainer but Kendrick, his lyrics...his last album was outstanding. Best album, I think...last year" Watch the video after the cut...
Taiwan’s ruling party has conceded defeat in the island's presidential elections as opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen has been elected the island’s first woman president. Ms Tsai, head of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) recorded more than 4,655,000 votes while Eric Chu of the ruling Nationalists or Kuomintang (KMT) had 2,614,000 votes.
Run DMC are headed for another first. Since becoming the first rap group to release a gold-certified album in the US – their eponymous 1984 debut – and the first to receive a multi-platinum album certification, for 1986’s Raising Hell, they are due to be the first rappers to earn the Recording Academy’s Grammy lifetime achievement award.
“I just got a call from the Grammys!!” Joseph Simmons AKA Rev Run tweeted on Wednesday. “They shocked me!! We’re the first rappers to get this award!! Shocked! Grateful! God is good!!! I’m so honored to be a #GRAMMYs Lifetime Achievement Award recipient this year. Thank you to the Recording Academy!” Simmons and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels are the two surviving members of the group, since Jason Mizell AKA Jam Master Jay was shot dead in 2002.
The rappers are due to be honoured along with late R&B singer Ruth Brown, jazz legend Herbie Hancock, R&B pioneers Earth, Wind & Fire, psych-rockers Jefferson Airplane, late Cuban salsa singer Celia Cruz, and 11-time Grammy award-winning folk and country musician Linda Ronstadt.
Notching up another first … Run-DMC in their prime at Montreux, May 1988, (l-r) The late Jam-Master Jay, Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels and Joseph ‘Rev Run’ Simmons. Photograph: Dave Hogan/Getty Images
The Recording Academy, the organisation behind the Grammys, honours performers who are seen to have made a notable contribution to recorded music with the annual lifetime achievement award.
“Each year, the Academy has the distinct privilege of honouring those who have greatly contributed to our industry and cultural heritage, and this year we have a gifted and brilliant group of honourees,” said Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy. “Their exceptional accomplishments, contributions, and artistry will continue to influence and inspire generations to come.”
Last year’s winners included late classical composer and visionary Pierre Boulez and the Bee Gees, while previous winners have ranged from Kraftwerk and Ella Fitzgerald to the Beach Boys, the Beatles, Louis Armstrong and Joni Mitchell.
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has taken to Instagram to share her plans for 2016 amid rumours that her marriage to Jean-Bernard is on the rocks. Posting a black-and-white selfie she wrote: "think its time for the.. Studio!!! It is 2016".
The sombre image, in which she peers somewhat sadly into the camera, is perhaps telling of her current state of mind, as the Crazy, Stupid, Love singer is rumoured to be coming to terms with the split from her husband of 19 months.
While JB was reported to be living it up in Miami over the festive period, Cheryl was believed to be holed up at the London home they once shared and has found comfort in the support of her close family, including her mum Joan Callaghan and her brother Garry Tweedy.
Cheryl has four siblings, but has a close relationship with Garry, 28, who is part of her entourage. In 2011 he made the move to the US with his famous sister when she relocated Stateside for the US X Factor.
A source told The Sun: "He and Cheryl are extremely close. He's part of her entourage and is by her side for practically all her work commitments. He needs to be in London for a base, and Cheryl has a big house that needs to be filled. It goes without saying that at a time like this she'll need his support."
Fuelling rumours that the marriage is over, Cheryl earlier posted another telling photo on Instagram which saw her kissing her middle finger. Bidding adieu to the year that was and perhaps, if the rumours are to be believed, her husband too, the revealing caption said: "Bye 2015.. you've been real!!!!! You have taught me a lot but I am happy to see the back of you !! ..
Cheryl and her husband
She also recently deleted a picture of her husband from her Instagram account. The image which was uploaded in August this year, showed the restaurateur lifting up his shirt to flaunt his impressive washboard stomach. She captioned the photo: "He tells me I'm almost there." Only one snap of her partner remains on the page, taken 78 weeks ago along with her picture of her wedding ring, which she used to announce her secret marriage.
It was first reported that Cheryl and the French restaurateur were having "serious problems" at the start of the month as cracks in the relationship seemed to show, with the pair rarely being seen in public together.
Cheryl was noticeably absent from the French businessman's birthday celebrations in August. As he turned 35, he celebrated with friends, but wife Cheryl was nowhere to be seen. The couple, who married in July 2014 after a whirlwind romance, were last seen together this October when they attended Ant and Dec's 40th birthday party as a couple.
Her increasingly slim frame also sparked concerns for her health, which the singer attributed to stress following the passing of her father-on-law, but its seems her marital troubles had also taken a toll. If the couple does indeed split, Cheryl faces losing half her £16m fortune since she allegedly did not sign a pre-nuptial agreement before marrying Jean-Bernard.
Just one day after the singer's husband René Angélil died at the age of 73 following a long battle with throat cancer, Celine's sister Claudette revealed their brother is dying of cancer.
She told TMZ that Daniel, 59, has been fighting "brain, tongue and throat cancer" and is currently surrounded by family, including their 89-year-old mother.
The Turkish driver of a smuggler boat which capsized killing three children has appeared before a prosecutor on the Greek island of Samos.Twenty-year-old Ak Oskart is currently in detention and faces charges of manslaughter, smuggling refugees and causing a shipwreck.
He was arrested after Sky News cameras captured distressing footage of migrants risking their lives in search of a better, safer life in Europe.
The boat capsized while crossing from Turkey to the Greek islands on Thursday night.
We watched Oskart as Greek police forced him to kneel before the bodybags of the children - a little girl aged four and two two-year-old boys - on the deck of a ship transferring him and the survivors to Samos.
iran has released Washington Post reporter
Jason Rezaian and three other Iranian-American prisoners as it anticipates the lifting of international sanctions.
Rezaian, 39, was convicted of espionage in Iran last year.
The US citizens are being flown to Switzerland and will be taken to a US base in Germany for medical treatment.
The US said it was offering clemency to seven Iranians being held in the United States.
The other three Americans were named as Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati and and Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari.
A US official said a diplomatic channel was established "with the focus of getting our detained US citizens home".
"Iran has also committed to continue co-operating with the United States to determine the whereabouts of Robert Levinson," the official said.
According to the Associated Press news agency, Mr Levinson is a former FBI agent who disappeared in Iran in 2007 while working for the CIA on an unapproved intelligence mission.
A further 14 Iranians sought by the US would be removed from an Interpol wanted list, the US and Iran said.
The Iranian state news agency listed the seven Iranian citizens being held in the US as Nader Modanlo, Bahram Mechanic, Khosrow Afghani, Arash Ghahreman, Tooraj Faridi, Nima Golestaneh and Ali Saboun.
News of the releases came after Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif predicted that international sanctions against his country would be lifted on Saturday.
He is in Vienna for talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry over Iran's nuclear deal.
The international nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, is expected to confirm that Iran has scaled back its atomic activities in line with the agreement.
Billions of dollars of frozen Iranian assets are expected to be released and the sale of Iranian oil on the world market will again be permitted.
Lifting sanctions would unfreeze billions of dollars of assets and allow Iranian oil to be sold internationally.
Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post's Tehran correspondent, had been detained in Iran for more than a year before his sentencing last November. The WP has dismissed the charges as absurd.
The other three freed on Saturday were: Saeed Abedini, 35, a Christian pastor who had been imprisoned since July 2012 for organising churches in people's houses; Amir Hekmati, 32, a former Marine who spent more than four years in prison on spying charges following his arrest in August 2011 during a visit to see his grandmother. The detention of Khosrawi-Roodsari had not been previously released.
For months after his arrest in 2014, there was uncertainty over what accusations Jason Rezaian was facing. He was held in the notorious Evin prison before finally being found guilty on charges that his lawyer said included espionage.
His newspaper vigorously denied this. President Barack Obama said he would not rest until he was freed. Now, his release has been announced in what Iran calls a prisoner swap - an indication he might have been used as a bargaining chip.
Coming just before sanctions are due to be lifted on Iran, his release removes a shadow that had lain over relations between Tehran and Washington even as they were thawing with the nuclear deal.
Jason Rezaian - Now a free man
John Terry scored a controversial equaliser in the 98th minute to rescue a point for Chelsea in a pulsating 3-3 draw with Everton.After a uninspiring goalless first half, Saturday's Premier League game at Stamford Bridge burst into life with all six goals coming in the second period.
Everton raced into a 2-0 lead after an own-goal from Terry and a wonderful Kevin Mirallas effort. Chelsea responded with two quick-fire goals from Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, but Toffees substitute Ramiro Funes Mori flicked home what looked like the winning goal on 90 minutes.
2 persons have been confirmed dead after a sewage truck rammed into a Mercedes SUV at Alausa, Ikeja in Lagos this morning. The corpses have been removed and normalcy has returned to the area. Continue...
Several Red Devils stars have promoted the Leonardo DiCaprio film on their Twitter pages ahead of its release on Thursday.
Chris Smalling, Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin, Matteo Darmian, Ashley Young and Juan Mata have all promoted the movie.
United did not formally announce the partnership, since the studio preferred the club's players - and ambassadors Bryan Robson and Andy Cole - to endorse the film on social media.
United's players were not paid to plug the film, reports the Manchester Evening News.
The irony is 20th Century Fox's chairman, Rupert Murdoch, attempted to take over United via British Sky Broadcasting in 1998, only for the Monopolies and Mergers Commission to block the deal in April 1999.
For 10-year-old Aman Vishwakarma from Uttar Pradesh, India, his terrifying brush with death could be described as nothing less than a miracle. The youngster cheated death when he fell off 12ft off a roof and got impaled by a 4ft metal rod. The rod entered his body at the thigh and exited through the back. Incredibly, it missed all vital organs and only grazed his spine. The pics might be a bit graphic for some so viewer discretion advised as you continue...
Doctors worked for four hours to remove the rod without causing permanent damage. It had torn a major blood vessel, pierced his bowel and diaphram, grazed his spine and possibly ruptured his lungs - causing two litres of blood to build up in his abdomen.
Recalling his death-defying fall, Aman told of how he was laying mud onto the roof of his family home when the structure collapsed. He screamed in agony as he fell on the exposed spike which was fixed to a concrete block – as neighbours rushed to help him to the nearby Narayan Swaroop Hospital.
His mother Kamla Devi, 30, collapsed when she saw him lying on the ground with the spike protruding from his body.
Kamla said: 'They took me to the hospital to see my son. I had completely given up on his chances of survival. So I couldn't believe when the doctor told me he was alive.'
She added: 'It's a miracle. It's no exaggeration to compare the doctors with gods. If not gods, they are god-sent to us.'
It took a team of six hospital staff to remove the rod from the small boy without permanently damaging major blood vessels and organs.
Dr Rajeev Singh, the 'hero' surgeon who operated on Aman, said he believed before the operation that saving him was 'practically impossible'.
'His condition was very critical,' Dr Singh said. 'His blood pressure was zero. If the patient was not operated within hours of accident, he could collapsed.'
Aman, who now uses a colostomy bag, has not been able play his beloved cricket or go to school since the accident in October.
According to a British doctor, the boy had been 'millimetres' from death – and now faces a lifetime of medical complications.
Dr Arun Ghosh said: 'I think it's pure luck that he survived.
'Obviously the doctor's did an excellent job but most of the time, when people are impaled, they will die instantly or soon after from bleeding. It would have taken major and complex surgery to save him. You'd have needed a vascular surgeon, a respiratory surgeon, a neurosurgeon, and they would have to be at the top of their game.
'I'm not sure we would be able to get such a major trauma team together on such short notice.
'The spinal damage could mean he suffers from erectile dysfunction, pins and needles in his hands and feet, a lack of coordination and possibly even loss of bladder function.
'Spinal damage - very close to the areas to the top of his spine - could cause feeling, erectile dysfunction, again bladder function, pins and needles in the hands and feet, lack of coordination.
'Because it entered near his anus, he's definitely not going to be able to go to the toilet normally for a very long time, and he'll probably need a colostomy bag to pee.
'Walking is going to be a problem in the short term and because of his damage lungs, he never going to be able to run a marathon.'He will have some life long problems but really, he survived something he should have died from.'
The event which had various celebrities in attendance heralded the cinema release which starts off on Friday, January 15, 2016. People who were at the premiere had a joint opinion – ‘Nigerian cinema has seen none like this yet’. You are therefore enjoined to storm all cinemas around you this weekend to be one of the first people to partake in this blockbuster as the cast tour all the cinemas in Lagos this weekend, and subsequently, other states in Nigeria. See who and who stunned on the green carpet yesterday.