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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

January 27, 2021

Late Justice Itam's Brother, Ikoi Itam In Court For Stealing Late Brother's Land

Ikoi Ikpi Itam


Ikoi Ikpi Itam , brother of late Justice Okoi Ikpi Itam has been docked in Calabar for forgery, impersonation and criminal conversion of the property of the judge.

Ikoi was arraigned by Uyo Zonal Office of the EFCC on Tuesday, before Justice S. M. Shuaibu of the Federal High Court sitting in Calabar, Cross River State.

The property stolen, a plot of land was estimated at N12million.

According to court papers, One Iniobong Udoh had alleged in a petition, that the defendant fraudulently sold a plot of land at 1st Avenue, Lugbe Estate, Abuja belonging to Justice Okoi Ikpi Itam.

Investigations revealed that, while the late Justice Itam was on secondment to the Republic of Gambia, he purchased two plots of land in Abuja (Plot/Parcel J. 1st Avenue, Lugbe Estate Abuja and Plot No. 32 1(W) Road, 1st Avenue, Lugbe Estate, Abuja) through his brother (the defendant).

Upon the demise of the judge, the defendant, unsatisfied with the content of the last Will and Testaments of his late brother, transferred the title of the said properties to himself, forged Deed of Assignment of the said properties and sold one of them for N12m.

One of the counts reads: “That you Ikoi Ikpi Itam ‘M’ on or about the 3rd day of March, 2016 at Calabar within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did make a forged document to wit: DEED OF ASSIGNMENT in respect of a property situated at Plot 32, 1(W) Road, 1st Avenue, Lugbe Estate, Abuja bearing your name as the Assignee, knowing same to be false and with the intent that it may be acted upon as genuine and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (2) (c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M17 of the Revised Edition (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) 2007 and punishable under Section 1 (2) of the same Act”.

January 27, 2021

Popular Nollywood Actor, Ernest Asuzu Dies At 37


Popular Nollywood actor Ernest Asuzu is dead. He died at the age of 37 years. It was gathered that he slumped and died on Tuesday evening.

The president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Emeka Rollas, confirmed his death.

His wife, Jennifer Asuzu also confirmed the news of his death to the media.

His wife said the actor slumped on Tuesday evening and never woke up.

The actor came down with a stroke in 2015 which affected his speech. He was also bedridden for three years. This affected his acting career and he was off the screen for many years.

In his last interview published in December 2020, Asuzu said his problem was spiritual. He was also planning a return to Nollywood and music after an eight-year hiatus.

Asuzu began his acting career in the ’90s and rose to prominence after he starred in the 1997 Nollywood classic, ‘Rituals’

Apart from acting, he was also a musician with the name El Cream.

He is survived by his wife and two children.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

January 26, 2021

Italian Prime Minister, Conte Resigns


Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte handed in his resignation on Tuesday, in a tactical political maneuver that he hopes will allow him to build a new coalition.

Italy was thrown into a fresh political crisis last week when Conte faced two confidence votes. He survived but lost his governing majority in the Senate after his predecessor, Matteo Renzi, withdrew his small Italia Viva party from the ruling coalition, citing frustrations with the government's management of the pandemic and a recession.

Conte handed his resignation to President Sergio Mattarella, according to a presidential palace statement.

The President will begin consultations with the leaders of the country's main political parties on Wednesday afternoon, the statement said.

If Conte, who does not belong to a party, has enough support, Mattarella could ask him to form a new coalition.

Another option to break the impasse would be to call snap elections, two years early.

"The President of the Republic is reserving his decision and has asked the government to stay in office for the management of ordinary affairs," the statement said.

If Conte receives the mandate, he would likely look for a broader coalition and to add five more senators to the fold.

Without a Senate majority, Conte would struggle to pass effective legislation at a time of crisis for the European nation, which has suffered years of political instability in addition to new economic challenges amid the pandemic.

Italy has been through several political crises since the end of World War II and has held many snap elections before sitting governments have finished their electoral terms. Conte is the country's 66th leader in 75 years.

His coalition, which was formed in 2019, is led by the center-left Democratic Party (PD) and the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S). Despite vast political differences, the unusual alliance prevented snap elections which could have favored the far-right League Party.

Conte has enjoyed high approval ratings after Italy imposed Europe's first lockdown last spring, in response to spiraling number of Covid-19 cases and deaths. He remains Italy's most popular politician with an approval rating above 50%, Reuters reports.
January 26, 2021

BREAKING NEWS: President Buhari Sacks Service Chiefs, Announces Replacements

By Johnbosco Akpakwuru

President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina in Abuja Tuesday.

"The President congratulates the new Service Chiefs, and urges them to be loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities.” 
January 26, 2021

No Corps Member Tested Positive To Covid-19 In C'River - NYSC Counters C'River Health Commissioner



The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Cross River says no corps member has tested positive to COVID-19 in the state.

Mr Enuma Peter, NYSC’s Assistant Director, Press and Public Relations unit, stated this in his reaction to alleged reports that 13 corp members currently in the orientation camp in Calabar, tested positive.

In a statement, Peter said the trending story on social media was allegedly attributed to the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu, saying the incident in the NYSC camp had led to the increase of the spread COVID-19 cases in the state.

“Management wishes to assert that at present, no registered 2020 Batch B Stream II corps member in Cross River is COVID-19 positive.

“It is worthy to note that all prospective corps members for the ongoing programme underwent COVID-19 test conducted by the National Centre for Disease Control, which is a condition for admission into any of the 37 camps in the country.

“Prospective corps members who test positive are duly referred to NCDC for treatment and management. This has been the practice and NYSC in Cross River has adhered strictly to this standard.

“It is also pertinent to state here that the Cross River Commissioner for Health has not requested or received any brief from the NYSC on the ongoing test of corps members at the orientation camp in Obubra Local Government,” the statement said.

According to the statement, any information received outside the joint release from NYSC and NCDC from the ongoing orientation course may not have given the true picture of the state of affairs.

“At no time did any registered corps member tested positive as everyone was tested before admittance into the camp.

“As such, the Commissioner may not be aware that only prospective corps members that test negative to COVID-19 are allowed into the camp and qualified to be registered as corps members

“The management of NYSC in Cross River would like to use this opportunity to add that all orientation camp officials and visitors to the camp are also continuously tested by officials of NCDC while the entire camp community ensures strict compliance to all COVID-19 protocols.

“In the light of the above, NYSC in Cross River urges parents, collaborating agencies of the scheme and partners, the press and the general public to disregard the misleading news story.

“It is also misleading to blame the increased number of COVID-19 cases in Cross River to the activities of NYSC, considering that there is free movement of Nigerians across state’s boundaries which has nothing to do with the orientation course.

“Therefore, reporting that 13 corps members undergoing orientation course in Cross River tested positive to COVID-19 is misleading, baseless and unfounded, as there is no COVID-19 positive corps members in Cross River orientation camp,” it said.


Monday, January 25, 2021

January 25, 2021

EFCC Nabs 16 Alleged Internet Fraudsters in Lagos


The Lagos Zonal Office of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has effected the arrest of 16 young men in Lekki, a cosmopolitan area in the state, for allegedly engaging in internet fraud, popularly known as yahoo yahoo

The suspected internet fraudsters are: Habeeb Adebayo, Marcus Wisdom, Caleb Triumphant Ezikiel, Akinduro Henry, Osarobo Osasere, and Oyelami Olatunji.

Others are: Pelumi Glory, Ehibor Joseph, Emmanuel Timileyin, Jefta Akpan, Okirhie Rukewe, Oxford Robbinson, Onyeka Odika, Uzoma Gideon, Adebayo Oluwatobi, and Isreal Ugochukwu.

They were rounded-up on January 21, 2021 at the Ziroc Residence Hotel, Lekki, Lagos by operatives who have been tracking their activities. 

Upon interrogation, they all confessed to engaging in different forms of computer-related fraud, including romance and love scam.

A further analysis of their mobile devices and computers, also confirmed their involvement in internet fraud. 

They will soon be arraigned in court as investigations have already been concluded.

January 25, 2021

Biden Reverses Trump's Ban On Transgender Americans Joining US Military

President Joe Biden of the United States of America has lifted the ban on transgender Americans joining the military.

The ban was imposed by former president, Donald Trump.

The Oval Office during a meeting with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin,  immediately prohibits any service member from being forced out of the military on the basis of gender identity.

Biden’s order says that gender identity should not be a bar to military service.

“America is stronger, at home and around the world, when it is inclusive. The military is no exception,” the order says. “Allowing all qualified Americans to serve their country in uniform is better for the military and better for the country because an inclusive force is a more effective force. Simply put, it’s the right thing to do and is in our national interest.”

The order directs the departments of Defense and Homeland Security to take steps to implement the order for the military and the Coast Guard. And it says they must reexamine the records of service members who were discharged or denied reenlistment due to gender identity issues under the previous policy.

It requires the departments to submit a report to the president on their progress within 60 days.

Biden had been widely expected to quickly overturn the Trump policy. And the move also was backed by Biden’s newly confirmed defense secretary, retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, who spoke of the need to overturn it during his Senate confirmation hearing last week.

“I support the president’s plan or plan to overturn the ban,” Austin said. “If you’re fit and you’re qualified to serve and you can maintain the standards, you should be allowed to serve.”

Under Biden’s new policy, transgender servicemembers won’t be discharged based on gender identity, and they can serve in their preferred gender once their transition is complete and recorded in the defense reporting system.

The decision comes as Biden plans to turn his attention to equity issues that he believes continue to shadow nearly all aspects of American life. Ahead of his inauguration, Biden’s transition team circulated a memo from Ron Klain, now the White House chief of staff, that sketched out Biden’s plan to use his first full week as president “to advance equity and support communities of color and other underserved communities.”

The move to overturn the transgender ban is also the latest example of Biden using executive authority in his first days as president to dismantle Trump’s legacy. His early actions include orders to overturn a Trump administration ban on travelers from several predominantly Muslim countries, stop construction of the wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, and launch an initiative to advance racial equity.

Until a few years ago service members could be discharged from the military for being transgender, but that changed during the Obama administration. In 2016, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that transgender people already serving in the military would be allowed to serve openly. And the military set July 1, 2017, as the date when transgender individuals would be allowed to enlist.

After Trump took office, however, his administration delayed the enlistment date and called for additional study to determine if allowing transgender individuals to serve would affect military readiness or effectiveness.

A few weeks later, Trump caught military leaders by surprise, tweeting that the government wouldn’t accept or allow transgender individuals to serve “in any capacity” in the military. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,” he wrote.

After a lengthy and complicated legal battle and additional reviews, the Defense Department in April 2019 approved the new policy that fell short of an all-out ban but barred transgender troops and military recruits from transitioning to another sex and required most individuals to serve in their birth gender.

Under that policy, currently serving transgender troops and anyone who had signed an enlistment contract before the effective date could continue with plans for hormone treatments and gender transition if they had been diagnosed with gender dysphoria.

But after that date, no one with gender dysphoria who was taking hormones or has transitioned to another gender was allowed to enlist. Troops that were already serving and were diagnosed with gender dysphoria were required to serve in their birth gender and were barred from taking hormones or getting transition surgery.

As of 2019, an estimated 14,700 troops on active duty and in the Reserves identify as transgender, but not all seek treatment. Since July 2016, more than 1,500 service members were diagnosed with gender dysphoria; as of Feb. 1, 2019, there were 1,071 currently serving. According to the Pentagon, the department spent about $8 million on transgender care between 2016 and 2019. The military’s annual health care budget tops $50 billion.

All four service chiefs told Congress in 2018 that they had seen no discipline, morale or unit readiness problems with transgender troops serving openly in the military. But they also acknowledged that some commanders were spending a lot of time with transgender individuals who were working through medical requirements and other transition issues.
January 25, 2021

Wike’s Presidential Campaign Posters Surface In Abuja


Presidential campaign posters bearing the name and pictures of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, have surfaced in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Wike, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, is serving his second and final term of four years as the governor of the South-South state.

Our correspondent sighted the posters that are in two different types in Abuja on Monday morning.

They were posted in strategic locations on the popular Herbert Macaulay Way in the Central Business District of the FCT.

Some were seen pasted on the fence of a building that served as the Buhari/Osinbajo Presidential Campaign Office in 2015 and 2019.

Some others were seen posted close to the headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and also opposite the Nigeria Defence College popularly called War College.

According to the inscriptions on the posters titled “Rescue Nigeria 2023,” they were produced by the National President of Rescue Nigeria Movement, Jingiri Bala Mato.

The posters which bear the logo of PDP read, “Rescue Nigeria from insecurity, poverty, bandit killing. Support Chief Barr Nyesom Wike for President, Federal Republic of Nigeria 2023.”

Our correspondent noticed that the governor’s first name, Nyesom, was wrongly spelt as “Nyemsom” in the two different posters.

One of the posters bears the picture of the governor in the traditional South-South wear with a bowler hat to match, while he was dressed in a Northern outfit with a cap to match in the second poster.

There has been speculation that Wike may be considering a joint presidential ticket with his Sokoto State counterpart, Aminu Tambuwal, for the 2023 election.

Tambuwal, who is also serving his second and final term as the governor of the Northern state on the platform of the PDP was one of those invited by Wike to inaugurate some projects in his state recently.

He contested for the PDP’s presidential ticket for the 2019 general election and lost to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

Tambuwal enjoyed Wike’s support for that primary election held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.

Wike had also last week pledged a donation of N500m to victims of the market fire in Sokoto State.

The pledge attracted criticism to the governor from opposition political parties and others.

January 25, 2021

EU-ECOWAS Begins Destruction Of 260 Arms, 5510 Weapons In Calabar

The European Union, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and the Leadership Initiative for Transformation and Empowerment (LITE Africa) have begun the destruction of 260 arms and 5510 weapons in Calabar.

The arms and weapons were surrendered by ex Bakassi strike force militants and members of cult groups in the state.

Speaking on Monday in Calabar, Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River, said that the destruction of the arms and weapons would further give residents of the state the desire to work closely with the state government and security agencies.

Ayade, who said there were over 33 illegal routes in the state, lamented that suspected armed smugglers were proliferating the state with arms through the routes.

He commended security agencies in the state for working tirelessly to secure the state in collaboration with the Operation Akpakwu security outfit established by the state government to fight criminality.

“I want to appeal to the Federal Government to capture the ex Bakassi militants under the Federal Government Amnesty programme. These youths who have surrendered their arms deserve empowerment and better rehabilitation to keep them off the creeks,” he said.

Ayade, who carried out the symbolic destruction of the arms, urged those who were yet to surrender their arms to do and embrace peace for the growth of the state.

Mr Joel Bisina of LITE Africa, who spoke on behalf of EU-ECOWAS, said that one cannot underestimate the dangers of illicit proliferation of small arms and light weapons and the negative impact they have on peace and stability in various communities.

Bisina said that small arms and light weapons had continued to have devastating effects on the socio-economic situation in Nigeria and the West African subregion.

“In Nigeria, the commercial transaction in small arms and light weapons has been on the increase since the end of the Nigerian Civil War. The trend has continued despite the illegality of the trade.

“The wide availability, stockpile, and illicit flow of such weapons tend to escalate conflicts; undermine peace agreement, intensify violence and impact on crime, impede economic and social development, increase poverty and hinder democracy and good governance.

“In a bid to promote peace, reduce armed conflict and small arms proliferation in the region, LITE Africa and the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons, with support from the EU/ECOWAS are working to strengthen the efforts at preventing further proliferation and trafficking of illicit arms in Nigeria,” he said.

Mr Dickson Orji, a representative from the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons, said that the committee was set up in 2013 with a mandate to be the focal point in the efforts by Nigeria to stem the tide of the proliferation of illicit arms.

Orji said that the Nigerian component of the EU-ECOWAS small arms under the current pilot phase focuses on the seven states of Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Cross River, and Akwa Ibom.

Mr Austin Ibok, Special Adviser to Ayade on Amnesty and Rehabilitation, said that 150 ex-militants who have surrendered their weapons would undergo skills acquisition training under the EU-ECOWAS sponsorship.

Ibok said that the move was aimed at reducing youth restiveness through civic engagements and reducing the crime rate in the state to the barest minimum.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that heads of the Police, Navy, Air Force, Army, and Security Advisers in the state were present at the event.


Sunday, January 24, 2021

January 24, 2021

Buhari's Administration Is Very Disappointing - Former INEC Boss, Jega



Attahiru Jega, former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has described the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as “very disappointing.”

In an interview with Daily Trust, Jega said the current administration has performed below the expectations of “so many Nigerians”.

Jega served as Nigeria’s electoral umpire from 2010 to 2015, following his appointment by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He remains the only INEC chairman that has presided over two general elections in Nigeria — in 2011 and 2015, when Jonathan lost to Buhari, making him the first incumbent president to lose re-election.

Jega, who was once a vice-chancellor of Bayero University, Kano, said although Buhari enjoys goodwill from many Nigerians, citizens are worried “about the direction the country is taking.”

“He (Buhari) has disappointed so many people. He still has time to correct things if he has the capacity to do that. Frankly, his government has been very disappointing,” he was quoted to have said.

“Governance has been very poor at the federal level and many of the states, that is why we are seeing challenges everywhere; whether it is insurgency, banditry, armed robbery or other things.”

Jega’s comments re-echoed the concerns of prominent Nigerians including former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, who have been critical of this government.

January 24, 2021

FA Cup: Man Utd Defeats Liverpool To Advance To 5th Round

Bruno Fernandes' superb 78th-minute free-kick gave Manchester United victory in a thrilling FA Cup tie with old rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Liverpool led a fantastic contest through Mohamed Salah, who then equalised after Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford had struck for the hosts either side of the break.

But in a game which had everything last week's drab stalemate between this pair at Anfield lacked, Fernandes came off the bench to have the final word after Fabinho had fouled Edinson Cavani on the edge of the area.

Fernandes might have been slightly off the pace in recent games but when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needed his £47m inspiration to come up with another special moment, the Portuguese delivered, bending his shot round the wall and beyond Allison's reach.

The victory earns United a home meeting with an in-form West Ham side managed by former boss David Moyes in the fifth round.

But the search for form goes on for Liverpool, whose only win in seven games since that seven-goal hammering of Crystal Palace came against Aston Villa's kids in the last round, and who have a meeting with Jose Mourinho's Tottenham looming on Thursday.

January 24, 2021

Dangote Sues His American Mistress For Posting Videos Exposing His Buttocks On Social Media


Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote has filed a lawsuit to claim damages for his battered reputation after one of his American mistresses posted videos on social media that included the billionaires exposed buttocks earlier this month.

Mr. Dangote filed the charges in an American court in Miami, Florida.

He sought compensation for $30,000 in the civil lawsuit, which he appeared to have filed under a pseudonym John Doe. The name also has an alias that says ‘DA’, which appeared presumably as initials for Aliko Dangote.

The charges were filed against a woman who was identified as Autumn Spikes. She was on social media to expose the lawsuit and threaten Mr. Dangote that he had taken the wrong turn by making the case public, indicating that the billionaire risked having additional embarrassing information about him published on the Internet as part of the suit.

Already, the woman claimed Mr. Dangote had offered to pay her for her silence, an arrangement she rejected before the billionaire filed the suit.

She said the pair had been in a relationship for nine years without a non-disclosure agreement to gag her from publicly commenting on the affair.

A spokesman for Mr. Dangote did not immediately return a request seeking comments about the case on Sunday evening.

Using a handle, Allarounda1 on Instagram, the woman posted a video of herself and Mr. Dangote on a couch inside what appeared to be a luxury yacht on January 1. It was unclear in which country the yacht was sailing when the mistress shot the video, but it showed Mr. Dangote drap himself in an orange blanket while fiddling with his mobile phone amidst clearly exposed buttocks.

She also posted pictures of Mr. Dangote alighting from a luxury plane in a private hanger, describing herself repeatedly as a ‘ForbesListSugarBabe’ in apparent reference to her lover’s status amongst an elite list of world’s billionaires.

The raunchy images were later deleted by the woman, claiming she had been flooded with requests from bloggers to comment further on her affairs with Mr. Dangote. She also rejected claims that she took her affairs with Mr. Dangote to social media to chase undue fame.

In follow up updates, she said she was trying to clean Mr. Dangote’s name from the mess earlier created by Bea Lewis, who described herself as a restaurant operator in the United States.

Mr. Dangote’s lifestyle has been largely kept from the public until now. Little was known about him beyond his marriage and divorce in the past. Mr. Dangote’s media aides have yet to comment on the scandalous affairs that seemed to be pointing at the billionaire’s steep appetite for glowing American women.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

January 23, 2021

IGP Orders Arrest Of Sunday Igboho Over Eviction Notice To Herdsmen

Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police (IGP), has ordered the arrest of Sunday Adeyemo, youth leader better known as Sunday Igboho, over the quit notice he issued to herdsmen.

BBC Hausa quoted Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, as confirming the arrest order during its programme on Friday.

Shehu reportedly said the IGP informed him of his directive to Ngozi Onadeko, the Oyo commissioner of police, to arrest Igboho and transfer him to Abuja.

Frank Mba, police spokesman, did not immediately respond to TheCable’s inquiry on the order of the IGP.

Igboho had asked herdsmen in Igangan in Ibarapa north local government area of Oyo to leave within seven days following reports of the killing of some Oyo citizens.

He had blamed herders and Fulanis, including Saliu Kadri, the Seriki Fulani, of being behind the rising insecurity in the area.

The quit notice generated tension in parts of the state, prompting Seyi Makinde, the governor, to ask the IGP to arrest those fomenting trouble under the guise of protecting the interest of Yoruba people.

“For people stoking ethnic tension, they are criminals and once you get them, they should be arrested and treated like common criminals,” the governor had told the police commissioner.
January 23, 2021

CNN's Larry King Dies At 87


Larry King, the longtime CNN host who became an icon through his interviews with countless newsmakers and his sartorial sensibilities, has died. He was 87.

His son, Chance, confirmed King's death Saturday morning.

King hosted "Larry King Live" on CNN for over 25 years, interviewing presidential candidates, celebrities, athletes, movie stars and everyday people. He retired in 2010 after taping more than 6,000 episodes of the show.

A statement was posted on his verified Facebook announcing his passing.

"With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder, host and friend Larry King, who passed away this morning at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles," the statement said. "For 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television and digital media, Larry's many thousands of interviews, awards, and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster."

The statement did not give the cause of death.

King had been hospitalized with Covid-19 in early January at Cedars-Sinai, a source close to the family said at the time.

"We mourn the passing of our colleague Larry King," CNN President Jeff Zucker said in a statement.

"The scrappy young man from Brooklyn had a history-making career spanning radio and television. His curiosity about the world propelled his award-winning career in broadcasting, but it was his generosity of spirit that drew the world to him. We are so proud of the 25 years he spent with CNN, where his newsmaker interviews truly put the network on the international stage. From our CNN family to Larry's, we send our thoughts and prayers, and a promise to carry on his curiosity for the world in our work."

King battled a number of health problems, suffering several heart attacks. In 1987, he underwent quintuple bypass surgery, inspiring him to establish the Larry King Cardiac Foundation to provide assistance to those without insurance.

More recently, King revealed in 2017 that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer and successfully underwent surgery to treat it. He also underwent a procedure in 2019 to address angina.

Larry King Fast Facts

King also suffered personal loss last year when two of his adult children died within weeks of each other: Andy King, 65, suffered a heart attack and daughter Chaia King, 52, died after being diagnosed with lung cancer. King is survived by three sons.

In an era filled with star newsmen, King was a giant -- among the most prominent questioners on television and a host to presidents, movie stars and world class athletes.

With an affable, easygoing demeanor that distinguished him from more intense TV interviewers, King perfected a casual approach to the Q&A format, always leaning forward and listening intently to his guests, rarely interrupting.

"I've never learned anything," King was fond of saying, "while I was talking."

For 25 years, he hosted "Larry King Live" on CNN, a span that was highlighted by more than 30,000 interviews, including every sitting president from Gerald Ford to Barack Obama, and thousands of phone calls from viewers.

The show made King one of the faces of the network, and one of the most famous television journalists in the country. His column in USA Today, which ran for nearly 20 years until 2001, showcased King's distinct style in print, inviting readers down a trail of non-sequiturs that served as a window into his mind.

"The most underutilized player in the NFL this year was Washington's Desmond Howard...Despite what you think of Lawrence Walsh, we will always have the need for a special prosecutor because a government cannot investigate itself," King wrote in a 1992 column.

Those musings, combined with his unmistakable appearance -- oversized glasses, ever-present suspenders -- made King ripe for caricature. In the 1990s, he was portrayed on "Saturday Night Live" by Norm MacDonald, who channeled the USA Today column with a spot-on impersonation.

Jokes aside, King's influence is evident today in the generation of podcasters who have mimicked -- whether deliberate or not -- his conversational approach to interviews.

"A good interview — you know more than you do before you start. You should come away with maybe some of your opinions changed," King told the Los Angeles Times in 2018. "You should certainly come away entertained — an interviewer is also an entertainer."

Born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger on November 19, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York, King was raised by two Jewish immigrants. His mother, Jennie (Gitlitz) Zeiger, was from Lithuania, while his father, Edward Zeiger, hailed from Ukraine. Edward died of a heart attack when King was 10, a memory King said he mostly "blocked out."

Left to raise King and his younger brother Marty alone, Jennie Zeiger was forced to go on welfare to support her children. The death had a profound effect on King, and his mother.

"Prior to his death, I'd been a good student but afterwards, I just stopped being interested," King told The Guardian in a 2015 interview. "It was a real blow to me. But eventually I channeled that anger because I wanted to make him and my mother proud."

King said his father had enormous influence on him, instilling in his son a sense of humor and a love of sports. And no sport drew more of King's affection than baseball.

He grew up a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers, and continued to support the team after its move to Los Angeles. He was a fixture at the team's home games in Dodger Stadium, often spotted in the high-priced seats behind home plate. In 2004, King wrote a book aptly titled, "Why I Love Baseball."

King's career in media began in earnest in 1957, when he took a job as a disc jockey at WAHR-AM in Miami. It was then when he made the decision to drop his surname.

"You can't use Larry Zeiger," he recalled his boss at the station saying. "It's too ethnic. People won't be able to spell it or remember it. You need a better name."

"There was no time to think about whether this was good or bad or what my mother would say. I was going on the air in five minutes," King wrote in his 2009 autobiography.

"The Miami Herald was spread out on his desk. Face-up was a full-page ad for King's Wholesale Liquors. The general manager looked down and said, 'King! How about Larry King?'"

It was around this time that King entered what would become a string of failed marriages. His union with Frada Miller was annulled, and the dates of his second marriage with Annette Kaye are publicly unavailable.

From 1961-63, King was married to Alene Akins, whom he married again from 1967-71; before they re-married, King tied the knot with Mickey Sutphin in 1964 before they divorced in 1966.

He had two more divorces -- with Sharon Lepore, with whom he was married from 1976-82, and Julie Alexander, with whom he was married from 1989-92 -- before marrying his seventh wife, Shawn Southwick in 1997 at UCLA Medical Center, as he was about to undergo cardiac surgery. King filed for divorce from Southwick in 2019, citing irreconcilable differences.

Source: CNN

Friday, January 22, 2021

January 22, 2021

11 Yahoo Boys With Exotic Cars Arrested


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, on Friday, January 22, 2021 arrested eleven suspected fraudsters.

They were apprehended by operatives of the Commission who, acting on intelligence, swooped on their hideouts in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

The Commission recovered twelve cars which include three Toyota Highlander SUVs, one Mercedes Benz GLK 350 SUV, One Acura SUV, two Honda Crosstour, two Toyota Venza and three other Toyota brands.

Also recovered are phones, laptops and other devices.

The suspects, who variously claimed to be students, artisans, farmers and businessmen, are currently undergoing interrogation to ascertain their level of involvement in the alleged crime.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

January 22, 2021

Man Sentenced To Jail For Using Money Sent To His Account In Error


A 45-year-old driver, Adetunji Tunde Oluwasegun, has been sentenced to two years imprisonment for fraudulently converting to personal use a sum N2million that was erroneously transferred into his account.

The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had on Monday, January 18, 2021 arraigned Oluwasegun on one-count charge bordering on stealing before Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin.

The offence contravenes Section 286 and punishable under Section 287 of the Penal Code.

The charge reads: "That you, Adetunji Tunde Oluwasegun, sometime between the month of July,  2020 and 21st of August, 2020 at Ilorin, Kwara State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court dishonestly took the sum of N2,000,000.00 (Two Million Naira), property of Sherifat Omolara Sanni, which she erroneously transferred to your bank account 0008383333 domiciled with Guaranty Trust Bank plc, without her consent and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 286 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 287 of the same Penal Code"

The defendant pleaded ‘guilty’ to the charge when it was read to him.

Justice Oyinloye found Oluwasegun guilty of the offence and sentenced him to two years imprisonment with a fine of N200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira).  

The judge also ordered the convict to restitute his victim the sum of N2million before he finished serving his jail term.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

January 21, 2021

Youths Shut Down Marina Resort, Calabar, Accuses Management Of Corruption

The protesting youths


Youths from Bayside Community in Calabar South Local Government Area have accused the Managing Director, Tourism Bureau, Utsu John of diversion of revenues generated from the state owned tourism site into private pockets. The youths also accused him of negligence and mismanagement of the resort.

The resort which was built and commissioned for public use during the administration of former governor Donald Duke for many years served as an important tourism site for residents and visitors to Calabar. The story is however not the same today as the facility has become a ghost of its former self with many of the facilities broken down. 

Some leaders of Bayside Community which hosts the resort said the current sorry state of the resort is as a result of poor management by Managing Director of the State Tourism Bureau headed by Mr. Atsu John Utsu. 

"Nothing is working again at the resort, John Atsu is the one who collects all the monies generated from this resort from the gate fees to the monies paid by vendors. Some vendors pay as much as one hundred and fifty thousand naira every month. He comes here and collect the monies by hand, no money is paid into government account. 

"As we speak the club house, hotel, Cinema, are not working, everything is grounded. Last December he collected over 4million naira and traveled out. Monies collected at the resort is not injected into the resort how can the place function?" One of the protesting youths queried.

The youths alleged that the MD has the habit of travelling overseas once he has collected monies from the resort only to resurface when it is time for fresh payments. They called on the governor to relieve Mr. Utsu of the management of the resort and hand it over to the community to restore the dignify of the facility.

It would be recalled that during the #EndSars protest, the resort was about the only facility that was not vandalized. This according to the youths was as a result of the ownership mentality the youths employed to protect the facility. 

Eric Anderson, the state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism denied having knowledge of the allegations when contacted. Mr. Anderson said he only plays supervisory role at the resort as the Tourism Bureau MD does not report to his ministry.

Efforts to reach Mr. Utsu for comment proved abortive as his number did not go through as of the time of filing this report.

January 21, 2021

President Buhari Removes Akin Ricketts As NPA Board Chairman, Appoints Him As Member

Akin Ricketts


President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, replaced Chief Akin Ricketts as the Chairman of the Non-Executive Board of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA).

Chief Ricketts was replaced by Mr. Emmanuel Olajide Adesoye as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Ricketts, from Cross River State, South South Nigeria, was appointed as ordinary member of the Board by the President.

The President also approved the re-appointment of Hadiza Bala Usman as Managing Director of NPA for an additional five-year tenure.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina announced this in a statement.

Adesoye was the Chairman of the Board since 2015 until last year when he was replaced by Akinwunmi Ricketts.

Others appointed into the Board are Ekenyem Nwafor-Orizu, South-East zone, Ghazali Mohammed Mijinyawa, North-East zone, Mustapha Amin Dutse North-West zone, and Abdulwahab Adesina, North-Central zone.

January 21, 2021

Odukpani-born Ex-Super Eagles Goalkeeper And Assistant Coach, Joe Erico Is Dead


Nigerian football was again thrown into mourning on Thursday after news broke of the death of former Nigeria senior team goalkeeper and one-time assistant coach of the Super Eagles, Joe Erico.

Family sources said the flamboyant trainer of trainers and respected nurturer of talents complained of body pain and was treated for malaria, only to be found dead in his bed at dawn on Thursday.

Born Joseph Bassey Eric in the Odukpani local government area in what is today known as Cross River State, Erico belonged to the cast of the very best goalkeepers in the history of Nigeria’s senior team, and served at the same period as the revered Emmanuel Okala and Eyo Essien.

He made his debut for then Green Eagles in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Zambia in Lagos in July 1973 (which Nigeria won 3-2), and then kept goal in all of Nigeria’s six matches at the 1976 Africa Cup of Nations in Ethiopia, where the Eagles finished third – the first time Nigeria would win a medal at the AFCON. Erico was also in goal in all of Nigeria’s pre-tournament friendlies against Kenya, Zambia and Tanzania just before the team flew to Ethiopia.

“It is another sad day for Nigerian Football. Erico was among the very best of Nigeria’s international goalkeepers and also served the country with fervour and diligence as Assistant Coach of the Super Eagles between 2001 and 2002. He will be sorely missed. We pray that Almighty God grant him eternal rest and also grant his family and loved ones the fortitude to bear the big loss,” NFF General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, said in Abuja.

Nicknamed ‘Jogo Bonito’(Beautiful Game) for his preference for fluency and expression in the rhythm of play of his teams as a coach, Erico was part of the triumvirate (alongside late Amodu Shaibu and late Stephen Keshi) who were shooed in to do a rescue job for Nigeria as the ship to the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals tottered badly under Dutchman Johannes Bonfrere. With three matches left in the campaign and a must-win mandate for all, the trio got the job done and qualified Nigeria for Korea/Japan.

They also led the team to a bronze-medal finish at the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Mali early 2002.

With his death on Thursday morning, it means all members of that historic triumvirate have now passed on.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

January 20, 2021

FEC Approves New Retirement Age For Teachers


By Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a range of new incentives for Nigerian teachers, including an upwards retirement age review and special allowances for inconvenient posting.

This was disclosed to State House Correspondents on Wednesday after the FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in the Executive Council Chambers of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who joined three other colleagues of his, including the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to the media briefing, said the ultimate goal of the new incentives is attracting the best brains the teaching profession.

According to him, the bill tagged ‘Harmonized Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Bill (2021)’, would be transmitted to the National Assembly for required legislation and enactment into law.

Describing the approval as a giant step in the ministry’s reform race, Adamu said the ongoing process, which is aimed at giving works done so far a legal backing, is the biggest stage so far.

Speaking about the key item of the bill, the Minister said the proposed law would review teachers’ retirement age from the current 60 years mark to 65 years of age, while years of service will now be reviewed from 35 years to 40 years.

“This memo that was approved for education is a giant step towards what we set out to do towards the end of last year with the approval by Mr President of some special packages for teachers.

“So, at the meeting today, the council approved that bill, which will be called Harmonized Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Bill, 2021 to be sent to the National Assembly for enactment into law. So, all the promises the President made and all the approvals that he has given me will now begin to be put into effect because this is a legal backing that is required for it.

“I want to assure teachers that this government will do to them what has never been done. This is the first biggest step.

“The intention is to attract the best brains to the teaching profession. For that, the President approved the reintroduction of bursary awards, which I told you here last year, improving teacher quality, and funding teaching practice, now from TETFUND, he approved an enhanced entry point for teachers.

“Then, he approved that there should be some special allowances that will allow teachers to be posted to places you can consider ‘hardship postings’, rural posting allowance, science teacher allowance, and of course we have Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) under us that has professionalized the profession.

“Those are the highlights which you already know. But this is the biggest stage now. We are getting legal backing for all these things.

“The essence of the bill is to seek approval so that there is legal backing for the new retirement age of 65 years for teachers and the service period being extended to 40 years for teachers. This is the main issue while all other issues are ancillary to it,” he said

January 20, 2021

FG Approves N1.4 Billion For Upgrade Of Calabar Free Trade Zone

The Federal Executive Council, today approved the sum of N1.4 billion for the upgrading of electricity facilities at the Calabar Free Trade Zone Area in Cross River State.

 Minister of Industry Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo, disclosed this on Wednesday while briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting.

He said:
“One of our parastatals, the Nigeria Exports Processing Zones Authority, we brought a memo for the award of contract for the upgrade of the electricity component in the Calabar Free Trade Zone Area,” he said.

“The contracts were initially awarded in 2018 to upgrade the electrical facility in the Area but it was not completed so we brought a memo today and council approved the sum of N1,000,484,000 for the completion of electrical upgrading at the Calabar Free Trade Zone Area.”

January 20, 2021

Joe Biden Sworn-In As 46th American President


Joe Biden was sworn in Wednesday as the 46th president of the United States, in an ceremony administered by Chief Justice John Roberts.

Moments earlier, Kamala Harris was sworn in as vice president of the United States, becoming the first woman of colour to hold the office.

The ceremony on the West Front of the Capitol is taking place without Donald Trump, the outgoing president, who is in Florida.

Biden was sworn in at an unusual inauguration closed to public due to the still raging coronavirus pandemic.

Biden will now deliver his first speech as president.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has congratulated Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on being sworn in to their new roles.

“Congratulations to @JoeBiden on being sworn in as President of the United States and to @KamalaHarris on her historic inauguration,” he tweeted.

“America’s leadership is vital on the issues that matter to us all, from climate change to COVID, and I look forward to working with President Biden.”

January 20, 2021

FG To Pay 24.3m Nigerians N5,000 For Six Months


The Federal Government on Tuesday said about 24.3 million poor Nigerians would get N5,000 each for a period of six months.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, disclosed this at the inauguration of the Federal Government’s emergency intervention database for the urban poor.

A statement issued in Abuja by her aide, Nneka Anibeze, said the intervention would serve as cushion for those further impoverished by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The statement read in part, “According to records, about 24.3 million poor and vulnerable individuals were identified at the end of 2020 and registered into the National Social Register.

“Each beneficiary will receive N5,000 for a period of six months.”

Farouq said the intervention database was needed to develop the capacity for rapid response to any emergency including natural or man-made disasters.

The minister said the Rapid Response Register was designed to rapidly identify, register and provide succour to people who were not previously captured in the social register.

Speaking on the RRR, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, said the register deployed a wholly technology-based approach, adding that it was primed to achieve an end-to-end digital foot-print in cash transfers for the urban poor.

This, he said, would also help the government to achieve its financial inclusion policy under the Enhancing Financial Innovation and Access programme.

He said, “The groundbreaking success of the RRR now emboldens us to achieve our aspiration of a social security programme for a minimum of 20 million Nigerians in the next two years. This will be the largest of its kind on the continent.”

Osinbajo also hinted that the Federal Government would seek funding for the intervention programmes as the country deserved a social security scheme that would not only alleviate poverty but also create wealth for millions of those waiting for the opportunity

Saturday, January 9, 2021

January 09, 2021

Veteran Nollywood Actor, Jim Lawson Maduike Dies


Nollywood has lost yet another gem as a veteran actor, Jim Lawson Maduike is reportedly dead.

The Imo-born thespian died today, January 9 after reportedly complaining of body pains at around 12 pm.

Before his death, Maduike was a famous Nollywood actor, radio broadcaster, writer, voice-over artist, filmmaker and a television personality.

He joined the film industry in 2004 where he starred in several films.

Monday, January 4, 2021

January 04, 2021

C'River Govt To Install CCTV Cameras To Monitor Civil Servants, To Introduce Dress Code

Mrs. Geraldine Ekanem

As part of its new policy reform direction, Cross River State Government is set to introduce a new dress code and Close Circuit Televisions Cameras (CCTV) to monitor civil servants' compliance to work and assigned duties in the state as part of effort to reduce truancy, lateness to work and indecent dressing.

The state Acting Head of Service, Mrs. Geraldine Akpet- Ekanem dropped the hint  on Monday, during tour of Ministries, Departments and Agencies(MDAs) to assess the level of compliance of workers on their first day in office after the long Christmas and New Year holiday.

Geraldine who was visibly angry at the dressing of some staffers as well as low turnout  of workers in some of  the offices visited said, henceforth dress code will be introduced to all civil servants in Cross River State while cctv cameras  will be used to monitor their movements in and out of their respective offices.

The new Head of Service who was performing her first official assignment after her appointment, said technology will be introduced to checkmate the excesses of any civil servant who go against service rules.

She said rewards and sanctions system will be reintroduced as part of the new reform policy to spur workers in giving in their best, stressing that the state workforce should be more alive to their responsibilities in order to ensure quick service delivery to the people of Cross River State. 

"I am disappointed in what I saw today, that is why we need to introduce some of this new policies and it is doable. 

"In all the offices i have visited, only Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Ministry of Justice impressed me, others within the New Secretariat did not, I met a handful of workers today.

"The Christmas and New year break was long enough for all sundry activities, so workers  have no excuse not to resume on their duty post today being the first day in the office". She explained.

Some of the workers who spoke with our correspondent attributed the low turnout to the long holiday, even as those at the work place expresssd their readiness to put in their best for the new year work challenge ahead.

Governor Ben Ayade had penultimate week approved the appointment of Mrs. Geraldine Akpet-Ekanem as the new  Head of the Cross River State Civil Service.

The appointment  was contained in a press release signed by the Secretary to the State Government Barr. Tina Banku Agbor in Calabar.The release stated that the appointment is with effect from 1st January 2021.

Mrs. Ekanem hails from Ikom Local Government Area. She studied law at the University of Nigeria(UNN), Enugu Campus and graduated in 1984.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

December 30, 2020

Why My Administration Is Shifting From Big Big Dreams - Ayade

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has given reasons why his administration is shifting from big projects to projects that would put food on the table of the masses.

The governor said on Wednesday, December 30, during the signing of the 2021 budget of 'Blush and Bliss' into law, that the drastic reduction in the budget from what it used to be in previous years was because his administration has decided to move away from "big dreams" to ensuring that there is food on the table for the masses.

Shortly after he took over office in 2015, the governor announced his intention to construct a Super Highway, which according to him, would be the first to have wireless internet services and solar-powered street light at the cost of about N700 billion. He also announced other major projects to include: Bakassi Deep Sea Port (N776 billion), Spaghetti Flyover (N18 billion) and Obudu International Airport (About N20 billion).

Financial experts however faulted the governor for embarking on such projects when the state lacks the finances to handle them. 

Adducing reasons for his action, Governor Ayade, during the budget presentation today, said: "For the budget of 2021, the budget of "Blush and Bliss" the gross component is in the dramatic reduction of the budget size from over N1.01 trillion to 218 billion. One will ask what will then happen to that missing gap?

"We had explained this in the budget presentation that we are shifting from all the big big dreams to the basic, primordial things of survival and ensuring that there is food on the table.”

Continuing, the Cross River state number one citizen said: “We had planned in 2020 that by 2021, we are going to move away from food on the table to food on the table and hands on the plough but with Covid-19 and Endsars protest, we realized that we have to sustain the food on the table further.”

December 30, 2020

Governor Ayade Signs 2021 Budget Of 'Blush And Bliss' Into Law

Cross River state governor, Sir Ben Ayade Wednesday signed the state's 2021 budget into law.

Christened, budget of Blush and Bliss, the 2021 budget has a total sum of N281.9billion, a sharp reduction from the previous budget sizes of over 1.01trillion.

Speaking at the signing ceremony which held at the State Executive chambers of the Governor's office, Calabar, Ayade disclosed that the budget has made provisions for the establishment of a state polytechnic.

It also has provisions for social welfare schemes like grants and other financial benefits to help cushion the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on the people.

He disclosed that the size of the budget was smaller when compared with previous budgets that were in the region of over one trillion naira.

The governor attributed this to the fact that his administration has decided to reduce the financial commitments of the state in key projects such as the Bakassi Deep Seaport and the 275km superhighway to just five percent.

These projects, according to him, are now to be built on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.

"For the budget of 2021, the bugdet of "Blush and Bliss" the gross component is in the dramatic reduction of the budget size from over N1.01 trillion to 218 billion. One will ask what will then happen to that missing gap?

"We had explained this in the budget presentation that we are shifting from all the big big dreams to the basic, primordial things of survival and ensuring that there is food on the table.”

Continuing, the Cross River state number one citizen said: “We had planned in 2020 that by 2021, we are going to move away from food on the table to food on the table and hands on the plough but with Covid-19 and Endsars protest, we realized that we have to sustain the food on the table further.”

The governor maintained that the 2021 budget was streamlined in order to meet the intended focus, hence it provided only for 5 percent cost for such capital projects as the 275 kilometre Superhighway, the Bakassi Deep Sea port, Calas Vegas Island among others saying the state's privatization council in partnership with KPMG as their consultants will work to select the best Investors available who are able and willing to invest in the capital projects.

Ayade however, expressed optimism that with the plethora of industries he has so far established taking off fully in 2021, the economy of the state will get a huge boost.

He commended members of the state House of Assembly for sacrificing their comfort and personal pleasure  during the Christmas holidays to ensure that the 2021 budget was ready for signing.

Earlier, the Speaker, Hon. Eteng Jones Williams explained that the House made some adjustments in the appropriation bill the governor submitted to it in October to accommodate new realities that were captured in the bill such as the establishment of the Cross River state Polytechnic which bill the governor recently signed into law.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

December 29, 2020

Legendary French Fashion Designer, Pierre Cardin Dies At 98

Pierre Cardin

French fashion designer Pierre Cardin, hailed for his visionary creations but also for bringing stylish clothes to the masses, died Tuesday aged 98, his family told AFP.

Cardin, who was born to a low-income family in northern Italy but became a France-based fashion superstar, died in a hospital in Neuilly in the west of Paris, his family said.

“It is a day of great sadness for all our family. Pierre Cardin is no more,” the statement said.

It said after a lifetime spanning a century he had left France and the world a “great unique artistic heritage” and not only in fashion.

Born into poverty in 1922 near Venice in northern Italy, his family emigrated to France when he was a small child.

“Italian by birth, Pierre Cardin never forgot his origins while bringing unconditional love to France,” said his family.

– From apprentice to global empire –

He grew up in the French industrial town of Saint Etienne and was apprenticed to a tailor in Vichy at the age of 17, already specialising in women’s suits.

Moving to Paris, he designed the mesmerising sets and costumes for the film “Beauty and the Beast” with poet, artist and director Jean Cocteau in 1947.

After a stint with Christian Dior, he had already set up his own fashion label in 1950.

He quickly established a name as an innovator, creating the now legendary bubble dress in 1954.

He also broke new ground commercially, ruffling feathers in the fashion establishment for producing a ready-to-wear collection for the Paris department store Printemps.

His 1964 “Space Age” collection remains a landmark in fashion history with its cut-out dresses, knitted catsuits, tight leather pants, close-fitting helmets and batwing jumpers.

His global empire had a strong presence in Japan and also signed production deals with the Cold War-era Soviet Union in 1978. He also became the first French designer in 1979 to cement links with China.

He was also the first designer to hold a fashion show in Red Square in Moscow in 1991, drawing a crowd of 200,000.

His family praised how he had plunged “early on into the flow of globalisation”.

But the much-used and franchised Cardin brand later showed signs of wear and, in 2011, he put his fashion label up for sale although it failed to sell.

“We are all proud of his tenacious ambition and the daring he has shown throughout his life,” his family said.

December 29, 2020

Whatsapp To Stop Working On Millions Of Phones From Jan 1


A new WhatsApp update will prevent the popular messaging app from working on millions of phones from 1 January 2021.
Older Android and iPhone devices will no longer support the latest version of the app, forcing owners to either update their mobile operating system or buy a new smartphone.

A report by says any iPhone not running iOS 9 or newer, or any phone not running at least Android 4.0.3 – also known as Ice Cream Sandwich – will no longer be able to open or operate the Facebook-owned app.

This means all iPhone models up to the iPhone 4 will be unable to support WhatsApp, as these phones are not capable of updating to iOS 9.

The iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S were all released before iOS 9, however owners can still update to the operating system if they are yet to do so.

Android phones that will lose WhatsApp support include the Samsung Galaxy S2, HTC Desire and LG Optimus Black.

Phone owners can see what software their device is using by checking the settings section. For iPhone users, this can be found under Settings > General > Software update.

Most of the 2 billion WhatsApp users around the world will not be hit by the change, though the small fraction that are will likely comprise several million people worldwide.

A similar update at the start of 2020 saw WhatsApp make the “tough decision” of ending support for even older phones.

Phones set to lose WhatsApp support on 1 January 2021:
Apple iPhone 1-4
Samsung Galaxy S2
HTC Desire
LG Optimus Black
Motorola Droid Razr

Any Android released before 2010 

Phones that will need to update to at least iOS 9 or Android OS 4.0.3:
Apple iPhone 4S
iPhone 5
iPhone 5S
iPhone 6
iPhone 6S
Samsung Galaxy S3 and newer
Samsung Galaxy Note
HTC Sensation
HTC Thunderbolt
LG Lucid
Motorola Droid 4
Sony Xperia Pro and newer

The messaging giant will also be updating its Terms of Service next year, forcing users to agree to new privacy rules in order to keep using the app.

Earlier this month, WhatsApp confirmed to The Independent that all users “must agree" to the new terms by 8 February 2021 or else lose access to their chats.

Monday, December 28, 2020

December 28, 2020

Former C'River Assemby Member's Son, 5 Others In Police Net For Armed Robbery, Govt Vehicle Used For Operation

A son of a former member of the Cross River State House of Assembly was among a 6-member robbery gang nabbed by Operation Akpakwu (a special security outfit set up by Governor Ben Ayade) on Sunday night in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

A reliable source from Operation Akpakwu told George Odok, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent in Cross River, that the gang attacked a policeman Sunday night at gun point and luck ran out of them when Operation Akpakwu got the information and immediately chased after them.

"The robbers were chased from State Housing by Chief Obot Street, Calabar Municipality while they were shooting sporadically. During the process of chasing after them by the Operation Akpakwu team, the driver of the armed robbery vehicle lost control and ran into a deep gutter.

"Three of the armed robbers were arrested, the other three escaped, one of them had bullet wounds. The son to a former House of Assembly member was the person who drove the car the robbers used for the operation," the source said.

Interestingly, the car used for the operation is a Cross River State Government registered number plate.

The identity of the ex-lawmaker's son was yet to be ascertained as of the time of filing this report.