See the new list of the top 10 highest-paid footballers in the world

 

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The list for the top 10 highest-paid footballers in the world has been revealed

In L’Equipe’s annual salary report, the French news outlet revealed who the 10 best-paid footballers in Europe are going by monthly wage before tax, with Barcelona striker Lionel Messi on top of the list with £7.3million beating long-term rival Cristiano Ronaldo in second who earns a staggering £4.1m a month before tax.

Coming in third is Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann who earns £2.9m (€3.3m).

Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar follows Griezmann with reported monthly earnings of £2.7m (€3.06m) while Luis Suarez completes the top five with a monthly wage of £2.5m (€2.9m).

See the full list below.

1. Lionel Messi – £7.3million

2. Cristiano Ronaldo – £4.1million

3. Antoine Griezmann – £2.9million

4. Neymar – £2.7million

5. Luis Suarez – £2.5million

6. Gareth Bale – £2.2million

7. Philippe Coutinho – £2million

8. Alexis Sanchez – £2million

9. Kylian Mbappe – £1.5million

10. Mesut Ozil – £1.4million

‘We can now mourn him’ – Emiliano Sala’s family says after recovery of his body

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The family of Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala say they can now begin mourning after his body was formally identified following its recovery from a crashed plane in the Channel.

 

“We can now begin to mourn our son and our brother. We would like to thank you for all of your signs of affection and support in the most painful time of our life. To see everyone doing everything possible to join us in the search has been a precious help to us” the Argentinian player’s family said in a statement, also thanking everyone involved in the effort to locate the submerged wreckage off Guernsey.

 

The family said their thoughts were also with the family of the 59-year-old pilot of the plane, David Ibbotson, whose body has not yet been found, saying “we hope the authorities do everything possible to find him”.

 

Sala had returned to France to say goodbye to his teammates at Ligue 1 club Nantes and was flying to Wales on January 21 to join up with his new club following his 17-million-euro ($19.3 million) transfer. The plane, a Piper PA-46 Malibu, vanished from radar around 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of Guernsey.

Alleged N4.7 billion fraud: Court declares former Oyo State governor, Rasheed Ladoja ‘Not Guilty’ of all 11 counts

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The Federal High Court in Lagos has declared former Governor of Oyo State, Rasheed Ladoja and a former Commissioner for Finance, Waheed Akanbi, not guilty of the N4.7 billion fraud allegations levelled against them by the EFCC.

 

At the hearing of the case on Friday February 8, Justice Mohammed Idris stated that the prosecution was not consistent with the amount of money missing from the sale of the Oyo State Government’s shares.

 

The court, thereafter, found them not guilty of all the 11 counts.

Olu Falae resigns as SDP chairman

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Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Olu Falae, has resigned from his position as the chairman of the Social Democartic Party SDP.

His resignation comes hours after the party leaders endorsed the candidacy of APC Presidential candidate, President Buhari, for next Saturday’s presidential election.

Falae stated in his resignation letter that is ailing health is part of the reasons for his resignation.

Police officer shot dead while chasing armed robbers in Ekiti State

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A police officer has been shot dead in Ado, the Ekiti State capital while chasing some armed robbers.

 

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, confirmed the news saying the armed men were said to have robbed a business outfit and while attempting to escape they were sighted and chased by the officer, who was driving in a white Hilux van.

 

The criminals, on the other hand, kept shooting at the vehicle and in the process, shot and killed the policeman after which they escaped. Other officers later visited the scene to evacuate the corpse which was, thereafter, taken to the morgue of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH).

Kendra Wilkinson reveals she has overcome depression and now ‘living a whole new life’

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American TV personality and former Playboy Bunny, Kendra Wilkinson who was left depressed after her divorce from Hank Baskett, the father of her two children in April 2018, has revealed that she’s now feeling better after suffering depression.

The 33-year-old mother of two shared a selfie on Instagram on Thursday and wrote in the caption: ‘The depression is gone finally. Back in the light and feels good.’

‘I’m living a whole new life, very different but the kids and I are bonding more than ever. Have had to work extra hard to find stable grounds but we did it and back enjoying life again. Sometimes things happen for a reason. Ya know… ‘
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Court adjourns Fayose’s alleged N2.22bn fraud trial to March 18th

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Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos has adjourned the trial of a former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, to March 18, 2019.

 

Fayose was arraigned alongside his company, Spotless Investment Limited, on October 22, 2018, on an 11-count charge bordering on fraud and money laundering to the tune of over N2.2 billion.

 

He is facing trial in connection with the sums of N1.299 billion and $5.3 million out of the N4.65 billion slush funds allegedly shared by the then National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd). The court had adjourned to February 7, 2019, for continuation of the cross-examination of a prosecution witness, Musiliu Obanikoro, a former Minister of State for Defence. However, the prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, told the court that he was informed earlier today that Obanikoro, who is the fifth prosecution witness, PW5, had been admitted to a hospital.

 

He said: “My lord, I called the witness yesterday to notify him about today’s proceedings, but he told me he thought he had been discharged by the court yesterday. “But this morning, I called his line, but could not reach him on the phone. “His Special Assistant told me in court today that he (Obanikoro) had been placed on a three-day bed rest.” When Justice Olatoregun asked about Obanikoro’s medical reports, the prosecution counsel said, “I don’t have any medical reports.” Counsel to the second defendant, Spotless Investment Limited, Olalekan Ojo, SAN, moved a motion seeking the court to accept the extra-judicial statement of Justin Eruka, a former aide to Obanikoro, as exhibit.

 

Moving the motion, Ojo urged the court to admit the certified copy of the statement. Ojo, who made reference to Sections 39 and 83 of the Evidence Act, further stated that the deceased’s statement was before the court as an exhibit, adding that it was relevant to the matter.

 

However, in his response, Jacobs objected to the admissibility of the document. He said: “Such a statement is not admissible in Law. “The maker is dead; so, he only wants to smuggle it to the court. “Such an extra-judicial statement cannot be tendered in court. “All the arguments of the defence counsel are not relevant.”

He, therefore, urged the court not to admit it as exhibit. Consequently, Justice Olatoregun adjourned the case to March 18, 19 and 20, 2019 for ruling on the motion and continuation of cross-examination of the witness

There is no plan to postpone the 2019 elections– INEC

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The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Yakubu Mahmood, has said that there are no plans by the commission to shift the dates of the 2019 elections.  Yakubu said this while reacting to claims that the elections might be postponed due to the several litigations arising from the primaries organised by political parties.

Speaking at a stakeholders meeting organised by INEC in Abuja Thursday February 7th, Mahmood said the commission has been dragged to court 640 times and received 540 applications for the certified true copy of documents arising from the various primaries but that none of these cases would warrant the elections to be postponed.

“Let me assure the nation and the stakeholders that smart card reader will be deployed in the 2019 elections. The next big issue for us is the voter register and the availability of the PVC” he said

Check out Bisi Alimi’s look to the Conduit’s LGBT history month event

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Bisi Alimi was the host for the Conduit’s LGBT history month event which held last night in London and he went as his alter ego, Ms Posh .

He wore two different outfits for his appearance, which was a success according to him.

He later took to Facebook to thank  everyone who contributed to making the night a success.

See below.

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Sanction El-Rufai for his body bag comment- Gov Wike tells International community

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has charged the European Union to take appropriate punitive measures against Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, over his body bag comment.

Speaking during a courtesy visit by the European Union Ambassador to Nigeria, Ketil Karlson, at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Thursday, Governor Wike said if El-Rufai escapes without sanctions , other perpetrators of violence would be encouraged to promote hate speech.

“With what is happening now, is it likely for them to hand over when they lose? The European Union should use El-Rufai as an example. That statement is worse than hate speech. If El-Rufai gets away with this hate speech, it will send the wrong signal. The President defended the hate speech as the defence of national interest. That is not true ” he said

He said beyond saying that the European Union will not be deterred by the threats of the APC Governor, concrete steps should be taken to wield the big stick against El-Rufai. He told the European Union Ambassador that the threat by El-Rufai to kill foreign observers is part of a plot by the ruling party to unleash mayhem on the opposition.

He said the opposition is not interested in violence during the elections because they are ready for victory. According to him, the ruling party is orchestrating violence because the signs of defeat are everywhere

“Those who will benefit from violence are the ones who are not on ground. They stand to benefit from electoral violence”, he said.

 

ACPN to Ezekwesili, ”Return our money or we will take you to court”

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The Allied Congress Party of Nigeria has asked its former presidential candidate, Oby Ezekwesili, to return all the money generated during her short stay in the party or be dragged to court. Ezekwesili withrew from the presidential race on January 24th and according to the party, she hasn’t refunded the money generated for her campaign.

The National Chairman of the party, Ganiyu Galadima, made this known at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday February 7th. The party chairman said that from all indications, Ezekwesili did not have capacity to contest a presidential election.

“We want to know all the contents of the accounts and see the accounts because at the end of the day, it is not the presidential candidate that the Independent National Electoral Commission will hold responsible, but the party, and whatever any candidate generated for his or her campaign belongs to the party. We are expecting that she will respond at the appropriate time but if she doesn’t, we may be compelled to go to court.” he said

Speaking further, Galadinma said

“For somebody who wants to contest for the presidency, all you could generate for period of three months was just N43m and she spent everything. She did not disclose the sources of the fund and how much she generated.

Look at Omoyele Sowore, he publicly disclosed on a national TV recently that his campaign and the party had been able to generate N99m. In addition, he also told the world how the money could be traced. So why is there no transparency in Madam Ezekwesili’s project? That is the bone of contention. We are expecting that she will respond at the appropriate time but if she doesn’t, we may be compelled to go to court to seek for order of Mandamus”.

25-year-old lady with extremely rare, genetic skin condition replies troll who said she should have been aborted

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Social media bullies just do not know when to stop harrasing people online and this time, one troll picked on a lady identified as Mui Thomas who suffers from a genetic skin condition.

Mui Thomas is a 25-year-old special needs teacher and rugby referee, with harlequin ichthyosis, an extremely rare, severe genetic disease that causes the skin to grow very thick, with deep, painful cracks.

A while ago,  Mui had shared photos of herself as a baby and adult on Instagram. Someone commented on the post saying that her parents should have aborted her.

‘Should have aborted that thing Jesus Christ’ the user wrote.

Thomas then shared a screenshot of the comment on her page and wrote “It’s nice of some to think I,  along with others with Ichthyosis should have been aborted”

 

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Mui Thomas is one of the oldest people in the world with harlequin ichthyosis and the only sufferer in Hong Kong. British woman Nusrit Shaheen is believed to have survived it the longest, at 31 years old. Until recently, Mui and her parents thought she was the only one in Asia; they have now heard of other sufferers in Southeast Asia.

The name of the disorder itself, “ichthyosis” – which comes from the Greek word for “fish” – refers to the “scales” that cover sufferers’ bodies.

 

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Babies born with the disorder often die in their early childhood without proper treatment. Fortunately, with medical advances – such as topical creams to keep the skin moisturised, and oral retinoids to slow down the growth of her skin cells – chances of survival have improved dramatically, and no one knows how long those with the ailment may live, or even if their lifespans are limited at all compared to the general population.

Sala confirmed dead

Local police confirmed that the body pulled from the English Channel this week is the former Nantes footballer

The body found in the wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson has been identified as the Cardiff City striker, it was confirmed on Thursday night.

The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) had confirmed on Wednesday that an unidentified body had been passed to the Dorset Coroner, having been recovered from the submerged plane.

The Piper Malibu aircraft disappeared with Sala and pilot David Ibbotson on board on January 21, with the 28-year-old en route to Cardiff after having completed a club-record transfer from Ligue 1 side Nantes.

A police statement issued late on Thursday read: “The body brought to Portland Port today, Thursday 7 February 2019, has been formally identified by HM Coroner for Dorset as that of professional footballer Emiliano Sala

“HM Coroner will continue to investigate the circumstances of this death supported by Dorset Police.”
An initial search and rescue effort was called off by Guernsey Police after three days on January 24.

Guernsey harbourmaster Captain David Barker said their chances of survival were “extremely remote”, but a number of high-profile football figures and members of the public answered the family’s calls to fund a private search operation.

The plane was located on the seabed off Guernsey on Sunday using a remotely operated vehicle, during which time a body was found amid what remained of the light aircraft.
A recovery operation was then launched following consultation with the families of Sala and Ibbotson, and the police.

The football world came together in grief and to pay its respects as the severity of the Sala story began to unfold, with floral tributes laid outside Cardiff City Stadium and vigils held in Nantes, where 42 goals in three-and-a-half seasons made him a fan favourite.

Following reports of a dispute between the two clubs this week, Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman confirmed the Premier League outfit was yet to pay the first instalment of Sala’s transfer fee.

“We must show respect to the family. There is a process for recovering the plane,” he said, prior to Sala’s body being identified.

“[We will pay] when we think it’s the right time to do it. I don’t think Cardiff said we were not going to pay.”

Graphic Photos: Man bathes wife with acid in Anambra, kills self, because she named their son as next of kin on her land and house

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The Anambra State Police Command have commenced investigation into the cause of the murder-suicide committed by a man identified as Daniel Okafor after bathing his wife, Pauline, with acid on Tuesday at Nsugbe, near Onitsha.

According to reports, the couple had been having disagreement concerning the choice of their son as the next of kin on a land and a house which was recently purchased by the wife.

Pauline, a nurse, bought the properties from her in-law and named their son as next of kin but this didn’t go well with her husband who then decided to punish her. Pauline was in her place of work, a drug store, when the husband came in through the fence to bathe her with acid. She then ran out for help.

 

Graphic Photos: Man bathes wife with acid in Anambra, kills self,  because she named their son as next of kin on her land and house.

 

The suspect reportedly drank some of the chemical he had poured on his wife minutes after committing the crime. He was taken to the hospital but died while receiving treatment.

It was gathered that the victim was also referred to the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Nnewi, from the Immaculate Heart Hospital, Onitsha, where she is currently responding to treatment.

 

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NEMA pilot arraigned for diverting over N91 million, money meant for taking care of the fleets, including Airbus and Air ambulance

 

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EFCC has arraigned one Mamman Ali Ibrahim before Justice A. I. Kutigi of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT High Court, sitting in Gwagwalada, on a two-count charge, bordering on criminal breach of trust.

 

Ibrahim, who served as a pilot in charge of Air Ambulance Aviation Unit and Helicopter Emergencies Service with the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, is alleged to have diverted over N91 million, money meant for taking care of the fleets, including Airbus, Air ambulance and the Helicopter.

 

His journey to the dock on February 7, 2019, followed a petition to the office of the Vice President, which was forwarded to the office of the acting EFCC Chairman, for investigation.

 

Investigations revealed that Ibrahim commercialised both the ambulance and the helicopter. He, however, claimed that the directive to commercialise them came from the office of a former vice president and a former Accountant General of the Federation, AGF.
Further investigations also revealed that the total sum of N285 million was realized from the commercialisation of the aircraft, while N63 million was paid to the AGF.

 

It was also gathered that N11 million was paid to NEMA, while the balance was yet to be accounted for.  According to the petition, over N4million was paid into the account of Aerocare West Africa Limited, a company belonging to the defendant, which he transferred to his family members.

One of the counts reads in part: “That you, Mamman Ali Ibrahim, whilst being employed in the public service and serving as a pilot in charge of Air Ambulance Aviation Unit and Helicopter Emergencies Services with the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, between 2014 and 2015, at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, while being entrusted with dominion over money, to wit, the sum of N64,550,810 (Sixty Four Million, Five Hundred and Fifty Thousand, Eight Hundred and Ten Naira) only, being part of the proceeds realized from the commercialization of the aircraft belonging to NEMA”.

He pleaded “not guilty” to the charges. In view of his plea, prosecuting counsel, Deborah Ademu-Eteh, asked the court for a trial date. Defence counsel, Aduojo Abah, however, moved the motion for the bail of his client.

 

Ademu-Eteh opposed the application, urging the court to “consider the severity of the punishment and the character of the evidence before the court”. After listening to all the arguments, Justice Kutigi granted him bail in the sum of N50 million with one surety in like sum.

The surety being a public servant not lower than level 14, must be a resident within the jurisdiction. The case has been adjourned to April 10, 2019, for trial.

Lupita Nyong’o steps out in sexy short dress at Saks Fifth Avenue gala in NYC (Photos)

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Oscar award-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o and singer Halsey commanded attention in sparkling outfits as they stepped out for the Saks Fifth Avenue Main Floor Opening on Thursday.

 

For the event, Lupita, 35, rocked a long-sleeve, striped dress complete with a tattered bottom and dark pumps designed with a silver strap.

 

While Halsey, 24, wore a tank top, shorts and a matching bedazzled set of boots and a jacket to the event.

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DSS arraigns two INEC staff in Rivers State for selling PVCs

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On Thursday, the Department of State Services (DSS) arraigned two Staff of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Monday Ifiesimama and Beesor Sorle before a Chief Magistrate Court in Port Harcourt for alleged electoral offences.

 

Another man identified as Darlington Ogolo was also arraigned alongside the INEC officials. Ifiesimama and Sorle were accused of attempting to steal 3,097 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and selling them to Ogolo, whose identity was still under investigation.

 

Ogolo, on his part, was accused of bribing Ifiesimama and Sorle with sum of N300,000 and N120,000 respectively as payment for the PVCs. The accused persons are facing eight counts charge of conspiracy, bribery, theft and fraud in suit number PHC/313C/19.

 

Mr Calistus Eze,the Prosecuting Counsel said the accused persons allegedly committed the offences between May and August 2018. He said their acts contravened Sections 98 (4) (1) and Section (A) (1) of the Criminal Code Law of Rivers state. He said that the offence also violated Section 120 (1) (d) and Section 117 (1) (e) of the Electoral Act 2010.

 

Chief Magistrate S.D. Andrew-Jaja, however, admitted the three accused persons to bail in the sum of N100, 000 each with a surety each in same amount.  Andrew-Jaja ordered that the sureties must be Civil Servants on not less than Grade Level 12 in Rivers State Civil Service. He thereafter adjoined the matter until Feb. 20, for hearing. In another development, the DSS arraigned one Philemon Lawrence, 25, who allegedly paraded himself as INEC official.

 

Lawrence was accused of defrauding unsuspecting members of the public after promising his victims jobs as INEC ad hoc staff. The DSS alleged that the accused person collected N3, 800 each from members of the public after advertising his bank account online. He was handed a three counts charge bordering on conspiracy, impersonation and fraud.  Andrew-Jaja also admitted him to bail in the sum of N300, 000 with surety in like sum. The chief magistrate adjourned the case until Feb. 19, for further hearing

Grammys 2019 Seating Revealed – See who’s seating close to your favourite celebrity (Photos)

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With the 61st Annual Grammy Awards set to take place on Sunday, February 10, 2019, at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, the seating chart has been revealed.

Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson and Katy Perry are up front, while Miley Cyrus and her idol, Dolly Parton, will be seating close to each other.

 

Kendrick Lamar and SZA who both collaborated on “Black Panther” track,  “All the Stars” will seat together.

 

The seating chart also revealed where Bad Bunny, Camila Cabello, Drake, J Lo and Cardi B will be seating during Sunday night’s ceremony.

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