Friday, 21 February 2014
Akolade appeared before trial judge Justice Lateefat Okunnu of the Ikeja High Court this morning Friday Feb. 21 and was found guilty on one-count of murder. The judge said the prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt that he killed his wife.
"I pronounce the defendant guilty and accordingly sentenced to death,” Justice Okunnu pronounced. Akolade burst into tears after the verdict was read.
Akolade and Titilayo had been married for only two years and had a young daughter when he brutally attacked her with a knife on his birthday after they argued. Arolowo claimed in court that Titi had attacked him with the knife and eventually turned the knife on herself. The court didn't buy his story.
Thursday, 13 February 2014
He tells Rolling Stone
"I was like, 'You won. Why are you posting your text message? Just chill. Take your W, and if you feel you didn't deserve it, go get better — make better music. It felt cheap. It didn't feel genuine. Why do that? Why feel guilt? You think those guys would pay homage to you if they won?"
"To name just Kendrick? That shit made me feel funny. No, in that case, you robbed everybody. We all need text messages!"
Three suspected criminals, who allegedly specialise in snatching bags from women in Calabar, Cross River State, were on Tuesday hacked with machetes till they were almost dead by residents of the area.
Punch reports that the suspected criminals had successfully snatched a bag containing money from a woman who had just stepped out of First Bank premises along Calabar Road and sped off. But unknown to the suspects, another unidentified lady in a car spotted what happened and gave chase with some other drivers. They intercepted the Volkswagen car at Goldie/Atu junction where an angry mob later took over.
According to an eyewitness and a newspaper vendor, identified simply as Asuquo:
“They snatched a bag from the woman on Calabar Road and drove through Target down to Goldie here, where they were accosted by the mob. A lady who saw them when the thieves snatched the bag raised the alarm as she was driving and those people joined her in the chase.Asuquo explained further that when the suspected thieves saw that they had been trapped, they wound up the side glasses of the vehicle and remained inside.
“When the men got to Goldie by Atu roundabout, they attempted to make a U-turn, but about three cars blocked them from all sides.”
“It was at that point that the lady in the first car came out of her car and raised the alarm, which attracted more people. Instantly, the thieves’ car glasses were broken and they were dragged out of the car. From nowhere, people brought out machetes.”He said the suspected thieves were inflicted with cuts before the arrival of policemen from the Atakpa Police Division, who rescued and took the suspects to the station. The Volkswagen Vento salon car which was allegedly used by the thieves for the operation was also set ablaze by the angry mob.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Hogan Bassey, said:
“The boys are with us and are being given medical attention. They will appear in court after investigations are completed.”Meanwhile, last Moday too, two robbers operating in a commercial tricycle around the Anantigha area of Calabar were killed on Monday, while their tricycle was set ablaze. Another suspected criminal was almost lynched along Uwanse Street, but was rescued by the police who whisked him away.
Former Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland turned 33 on Tuesday, 11 February, and she celebrated with her BFF Beyonce Knowles. The duo caught up for a birthday dinner with pals and sister Solange which they dubbed 'Kelly's liquid gold fondue party'.
Beyonce took to her Tumblr page to share the fun with the caption, “Happy Birthday Sis!”
In this issue of EM, Toke’s talking about her most talked about relationship with fitness trainer now husband Maje Ayida. She also shares her vlogs journey and her new TV show. All, on her own terms.
Exquisite Magazine is on sale from the 16th of Februar
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
Ms. Stella Oduah, Minister of Aviation replaced by Minister of State for Trade and Investments, Mr Samuel Ortom.
Godsday Orubebe, Minister of Niger Delta Affair replaced by Mr Darius Isiaku
Caleb Olubolade, Minister of Police Affairs replaced by The Minister of State for the FCT, Missus Olajumoke Akinjide.
The announcement was made this evening by Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, who said president Jonathan asked the ministers go after they had 'indicated their interest to pursue other goals in the country'
The gunmen arrived the village around 5:30pm yesterday and started shooting people. Several houses and a secondary school were burnt down according to security officials who visited the village after the attack. One security personnel said he counted at least 40 bodies following the unexpected attack.
The attackers met no resistance from security agencies as they carried out their deed. Military men reportedly arrived after the men had gone and have taken over the security situation in the area.
Tuesday, 11 February 2014
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has retaken the majority in the Federal House of Representatives with Tuesday’s defection of five members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the ruling party.
Today’s development may have crushed the APC’s big push and momentum to effectively take over the House of Reps following the crisis rocking the ruling party.
Those who defected from the APC to the PDP are: Honourables Ladan Shehu Bichi (Kano), Abdulsalam Adamu (Kano), Sani Umar Dangaladima (Zamfara), Shehu Gusau (Zamfara) and Umar Bature (Sokoto).
Hon. Isa Mohammed Bashiru however defected to the APC from PDP. With this development, the PDP now has majority with 178 members as against the APC’s 168.
According to reports coming from news agencies in Algeria, the Air Algerie plane, a Boeing 737, which is the country's national airline, crashed after one of its engines caught fire as it took off in the remote city of Tamanrasset in the Sahara Desert.
A spokesman for the airline told AFP that "There was a mechanical problem on take-off". This is the first major accident in the history of Algeria's national airline, set up in 1962.
Monday, 10 February 2014
Sad news - According to sources close to Nigerian Soul singer and funky guitarist Olufemi Sanyaolu a.k.a Keziah Jones and wife, Smooth FM On-Air Personality Hauwa Mukan, the much admired couple are no longer together. That they got separated December, 2013.
Even though there's no official statement from the couple, rumours were sparked last year when Hauwa began attending functions without her spouse. Then in a recent radio interview, when Keziah was asked about his wife, he simply chuckled. Even after being probed by the interviewer, he made no mention of his wife. This is in contrast with previous interviews where he spoke enthusiastically about his sweetheart.
There are no pictures of her either on his Instagram page since July 2013.
It is being speculated that the vast 18 year age difference between the couple – Keziah is 46 while Hauwa is
28 as well their long distance marriage might be the cause of the breakup. Keziah traveled a lot for shows, was based mostly in Paris while Hauwa lived at their Gbagada home in Lagos.
Jones, an internationally-acclaimed musician has, however, been married once before to an Anglo-Nigerian singer, Akure Wall, in 1994 but the couple separated two years later. And now his second marriage is over, at the same age.