Thursday, 19 October 2017


At the 2017 Song Awards, the music industry and music fans will celebrate the song that infected Nigerians with a ‘virus’ that appeared to have no cure.

It did not matter where in the country you were, east, west, north or south, you were sure to catch the bug, a bug that made people gyrate uncontrollably on the dance floor, made DJs go crazy on radio and made Nigerians dance, dance, dance and forget their sorrows.

Probably no song in the history of Nigeria has caused more commotion on the dance floor than ‘Ijo Shina’, the iconic song that came with its own unique dance steps, got Nigerians rocking like mad and began the spread of the disease known as Shinamania.

On the stage of the COSON Song Awards on November 5, ‘Ijo Shina’, the song that changed the beat, the unstoppable and unforgettable song that gave music lovers many unstoppable and unforgettable moments of happiness will be celebrated alongside the unrivalled songwriter and performer behind the song, Sir Shina Peters.

On November 5 at the COSON Song Awards, the music industry and all lovers of music will stand up to celebrate the anthem of Lagos, ‘Eko Gbagbere’, the Evergreen Song of the 2017 COSON Song Awards, a song that will never die and the industry will also celebrate the creative genius behind the song, the octogenarian Chris Ajilo.

Also to be honoured with Posthumous Awards on November 5 are two of Nigeria’s most prolific songwriters of all times, the unbeatable king of Highlife, Osita Osadebe and the musical genius that thrilled the nation with his one string instrument, Dan Maraya Jos.

The COSON Song Awards, the show of all shows, will be the climax of the much talked about COSON Week. On Sunday, November 5, the nation’s glitterati and paparazzi will be on parade at the Balmoral Convention Centre, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island to celebrate the best of Nigerian music. The COSON Song Awards ‘Red Carpet Fantastico’ begins at 5.00 pm and is strictly, strictly and strictly, by invitation. The only way to describe it is ‘wow!’

Sunday, 15 October 2017

BREAKING: Gani Adams Is The 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland!

Nineteen years after the death of the 14th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Chief MKO Abiola, a successor may have emerged today, given a privileged information obtained this evening.

Otunba Ganiyu Adams, national coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), a Facebook post made this evening by his close aide revealed, is the 15th holder of the Yoruba Generalissimo title.

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, is entitled to install a candidate for the title. But no official statement has been made on this yet.

The possibility of Gani becoming Abiola’s successor emerged few months back when an Oyo high chief alluded to it at a programme organised by the Gani Adams faction of the OPC.

Kemi Akinyemi at 12:37

Thursday, 12 October 2017



The police have produced a witness in the ongoing trial of fraud cases levelled against a film promoter, Olajide Kareem, popularly called Seun Egbegbe, and five others.

This is in compliance with the order of the court. Egbegbe is being tried by the police before a judge, Oluremi Oguntoyinbo, at the Federal High Court, alongside Oyekan Ayomide, Lawal Kareem, Olalekan Yusuf and Muyideen Shoyombo.

The accused are being tried for allegedly defrauding over 30 Bureau de Change operators to the tune of N39,098,100 million: $90,000 and 12,550 pounds.

During the court proceedings on Wednesday, the judge had berated the police over the manner it handled the case.

She also ordered the police to produce its witness, Bello Abubakar, an inspector of police, who had testified before the court but never showed up for cross-examination.

However, despite the appearance of the police witness before the court on Wednesday, the judge declined to vacate her earlier order when requested by the prosecutor, Innocent Anyigor.

The judge also said the order will only be vacated when the ”police witness concludes his evidence.”

The case has been adjourned till October 17, for the continuation of cross-examination of the witness.

Egbegbe and his co-accused were re-arraigned by the police in a third amended charge marked FHC/L/40c/2017.

Their charges border on conspiracy, stealing, and fraud.

They were alleged to have defrauded over 30 BDC operators by falsely representing to them that they had foreign currencies to sell to or buy from the BDC operators.

The suspects were also alleged to have fraudulently obtained the sums of N2.450 million, and £3,000 from a certain Isa Adamu in Lagos on February 2, 2017.

The suspects are alleged to have committed the fraud under the guise that they wanted to see the naira and buy the pounds.

Some of the victims of the alleged fraud include Mohammed Sanni, who was allegedly defrauded of N2.46 million on January 1; Jubrila Ado who was allegedly defrauded of N1.257 million on September 9, 2016; Hassan Amodu, allegedly defrauded of N600,000 in January 2016; Sanni Hassan, defrauded off N1.43 million and £2,750 in August 2015.

Others are Saidi Abdullahi, defrauded of N700,000 on April 18, 2016; Atairu Abdullahi, defrauded of N1m on June 23, 2016; and Abdullahi Babadisa, defrauded of N650,000 in January 2016.

The police prosecutor, Mr. Anyigor, told the court that Egbegbe and his co-accused acted contrary to Section 8 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006 and are liable to be punished under Section 1(3) of the same.

The suspects have denied all the allegations and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

They are yet to meet the bail conditions granted them and are currently being remanded at the Ikoyi Prisons, Lagos.


…As Edgal verbally assaults reporter

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the Police Service Commission (PSC) have refuted reports that acting Lagos Commissioner Imohimi Edgal has been reverted to his Deputy Commissioner (DCP) rank.

Police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, a Chief Superintendent (CSP) told our Correspondent on telephone that the said demotion was a hoax.

He explained that the PSC had the power to appoint, promote and discipline officers from ranks of Assistant Superintendent (ASP) and above but that powers to promotion and discipline were subject to recommendations from the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

Moshood said: “I am not aware of any such letter. Besides, the IGP has been out of the country on official duties. Let me also state that the news is untrue.

“Yes the PSC has the power to appoint. Their power to promote and discipline is subject to recommendation from the IGP. So far, the IGP has not recommended the demotion of the affected officers.

“No compliant of indiscipline was made against them not was any panel constituted to probe them. I urge the public to disregard that report please.”

Similarly, a member of the panel, Dame Comfort Obi told The Nation to disregard the report as no such letter emanated from the commission.

She said: “It is untrue. Edgal remains acting CP Lagos. He was not removed. He’s a DCP but appointed as acting CP in charge of Lagos. Nothing has changed.”

Asked if the commission issued any such letter after its plenary, Obi declined to respond insisting that “nothing has changed.”

However, an obviously irritated Edgal verbally assaulted our Correspondent who sought his reaction on the news that went viral on social media.

He said: “Why not direct your questions to Okiro himself? Am I Okiro or a member of the Police Service Commission? Is it everything you see online that you believe?

“So, if I go to the Internet and abuse you, you will take it seriously? Why not do your job professionally? Do not ask me about that. Do your job and let me do mine.”

According to the letter dated October 8, allegedly signed by Permanent Secretary, M.F. Istifanus and titled “withdrawal of acting appointments AP.25095 Mohimi D. Edgal and AP.36665 Agi Ali Janga”, the commission at its plenary meeting of September 27 and 28 decided not to ratify the “anticipatory appointments” made by its Chairman, Mike Okiro on August 22.

It stated: “Our letter with referral number PS/1924/VOL.1x/ dated 22 August, 2017, conveying honourable chairman’s anticipatory approval for the placement of the above named officers as Acting Commissioners of Police refers please.

“The commission at its 24th plenary meeting of September 27 and 28, 2017, took a decision not to ratify the anticipatory appointments.

“The officers are therefore, reverted to their substantive rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP). Please accept the assurances of the commission’s high esteem.”


A village pub has been named the best restaurant in the world in an international poll based on customer reviews.

The Black Swan in Oldstead, North Yorkshire, beat Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck and Raymond Blanc's Le Manoir.

TripAdvisor said it was the first time a British restaurant had won the title since the awards began in 2012.

Blanc's Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons in Great Milton, Oxfordshire, came second.

The travel website said the winner was selected based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected on the site over a 12-month period.

Image copyrightTHE BLACK SWANImage captionTommy Banks became the UK's youngest chef to win a Michelin star at the age of 24

The Black Swan, which has a Michelin star and 4 AA Rosettes, is a family-owned pub on the edge of the North York Moors, near Thirsk.

It is run by the UK's youngest Michelin-starred chef Tommy Banks, who won the accolade four years ago at the age of 24, and his brother James.

Head chef Tommy said: "It's a huge honour to win this award, but what makes it really special is that it's been awarded because of feedback from our customers."

Martín Berasategui in Spain has held the title since 2015.

Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck came 12th in the website's Travellers' Choice Favourite Fine Dining Restaurants Worldwide poll.

TripAdvisor said the awards differed from others as they were based on feedback from guests and "not based on a small judging panel".

The worldwide poll

1. The Black Swan, Oldstead, North Yorkshire, UK

2. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Great Milton, Oxfordshire, UK

3. Maison Lameloise, Chagny, France

4. L'Auberge de l'Ill, Illhaeusern, France

5. Martin Berasategui, Lasarte, Spain

6. Daniel, New York City, United States

7. La Colombe, Constantia, South Africa

8. David's Kitchen, Chiang Mai, Thailand

9. Maido, Lima, Peru

10. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain