Seinye Lulu-Briggs Heads To Supreme Court As She Loses Appeal Over Release of Husband’s Body

The widow of late billionaire, High Chief O B Lulu-Briggs, Dr. Mrs. Seinye Lulu-Briggs has decided to head to the Supreme Court of Ghana after losing her appeal for Stay of Execution of Court Order by Ghana High Court asking her to release the mortal remains of her late husband to the family through the second oldest son Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs


A Ghanaian High Court presided over by Justice Eric Kyei Baffour, in December 2019 had ordered the release of the body of the late billionaire for burial.
The order follows months of legal battle between Seinye  and the three oldest sons of the deceased, led by Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs over who is the rightful person to recover the body of the Late High Chief from the Enterprise Funeral Services Ghana Limited at Lashibi near Tema where it had been deposited since he passed away over a year ago.
The court also took note of the widow’s claim that she would be subjected to cruel, inhumane or barbaric customary practices of the Kalabari people, if the body was sent to Nigeria for burial. Accordingly, the court ordered that the family of the deceased, led by Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, provide an undertaking that they would not allow or suffer the widow to undergo any such cruel, inhumane or barbaric custom, reports Graphic Online.
The supreme Court of Ghana is expected to hear the matter when it is finally brought before it by March 2020.
To further get clarity on the implications of the present dismissal , the lawyer representing the Oruwari Briggs Family asked the judge to further interpret the judgement which clearly stated as one of the preconditions that Dr. Mrs. Seinye Lulu-Briggs should appoint two representatives who will represent her at the planning of the burial after she has released the mortal remains to the family.
The judge in his words said; “the judgement of the Ghana High Court is self explicit and explanatory and ought to be complied with but Dr. Mrs. Seinye Lulu-Briggs having gone ahead to the Supreme Court to challenge the ruling, the Appeal court can no longer say anything on the judgement. On these grounds, I have no other choice but to dismiss the appeal of Dr. Mrs. Seinye Lulu-Briggs”
The second oldest son of the late High Chief , Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs in his reaction to the decision of the Appellate court, said , “Seinye has lost before and has lost this one too, she will definitely lose again by the grace of God who has been our strength and fortress through these harrowing times”.

Kobe Bryant: NTSB Details Final Moments of Helicopter Before It Crashed

In his final transmission, the pilot of a helicopter that crashed, killing nine people including NBA legend Kobe Bryant, told air traffic control he was climbing to avoid a cloud layer, the National Transportation Safety Board said Monday.

When air traffic control asked the pilot what he planned to do, there was no reply, NTSB board member Jennifer Homendy told reporters. The last radar contact was around 9:45 a.m. (12:45 p.m. ET) Sunday, she said.

Radar data indicated the helicopter climbed 2,300 feet and began a left descending turn, she said.

The NTSB, which is investigating the cause of the crash, detailed the helicopter’s final moments before it crashed into a hillsidein Calabasas, California, under foggy conditions. Visibility was so low Sunday morning that the Los Angeles Police Department grounded its helicopters, department spokesman Josh Rubenstein said.

The crash impact broke the helicopter into pieces, creating a debris field stretching about 500 to 600 feet, according to Homendy.

“There is (an) impact area on one of the hills and a piece of the tail is down the hill, on the left side of the hill,” she said. “The fuselage is over on the other side of that hill, and then the main rotor is about 100 yards beyond that.”

When asked about any chance for survival, Homendy said: “It was a pretty devastating accident scene.”

Bryant, 41, and the other passengers were headed to Thousand Oaks for a basketball game, where Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was expected to play and Bryant was expected to coach. Gianna and two teammates were among the victims.

The pilot’s final correspondence

Homendy said initial information indicates the helicopter was flying under visual flight rules from John Wayne Airport, in Orange County, to just southeast of Burbank Airport.

Around Burbank, the pilot requested to fly under special visual flight rules, Homendy said. An SVFR clearance allows a pilot to fly in weather conditions worse than those allowed for regular visual flight rules (VFR).

Pilots can request SVFR clearance before takeoff or during the flight, especially if conditions suddenly change, CNN transportation analyst Peter Goelz said.

While SVFR clearance is “pretty normal,” he said, “it’s not something that’s often recommended.”

If granted SVFR clearance, the pilot will typically keep tighter communication with air traffic control.

During the pilot’s conversation with air traffic control, they advised the pilot there was a delay due to traffic, Homendy said.

She said the helicopter circled for 12 minutes until air traffic control approved the special visual flight rules.

Homendy said the helicopter flew in the Burbank and Van Nuys airspace at 1,400 feet, heading south and then west.

The pilot requested flight following, which is radar assistance for a flight that helps the pilot avoid traffic, to continue to Camarillo, she said, But air traffic control said the helicopter was too low to provide flight following assistance, she said.

About four minutes later, the pilot said he was climbing to avoid the cloud layer, she said.

Homendy said the crash created a crater at 1,085 feet above sea level.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said there has been a lot of interest from the public trying to get to the crash site. An emergency ordinance was issued, making it a misdemeanor to unlawfully access the site, the sheriff said.

Deputies are patrolling the rugged terrain on horseback, Villanueva said. The terrain is so difficult to access that authorities bulldozed the road to get a car to the location.

NBA postpones Lakers game after crash

A day after the crash, the National Basketball Association said Tuesday night’s Los Angeles Lakers game versus the Los Angeles Clippers would be postponed. The decision “was made out of respect for the Lakers organization,” which is mourning the deaths of the nine victims, the league said.

The game was scheduled to take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be rescheduled, the league said.

Lagos Bans Okada, Tricycles

Lagos State government yesterday placed outright ban on commercial motorcyclists otherwise known as Okada and tricycle operators from plying routes in six local governments and nine local council development areas of the state to curtail increasing number of carnages daily recorded in the various axis.
The state’s commissioner for Information and Strategy Mr Gbenga Omotoso, who disclosed this to journalists at a press briefing in Lagos said the carnages daily recorded in the state from use of motorcycles and tricycles necessitated the ban in the affected areas.
Omotoso said, “After a robust assessment of the debate on what has been widely referred to as the Motorcycle (Okada) and Tricycle (Keke) Menace, the Lagos State Government and the State Security Council have decided that the security and safety of lives of Lagosians are paramount.
‘’The figures are scary.  From 2016 to 2019, there were over 10,000 accidents recorded at the General Hospitals alone.  This number excludes unreported cases and those recorded by other hospitals.  The total number of deaths from reported cases is over 600 as at date.

“The rate of crimes aided by Motorcycles (Okada) and Tricycles (Keke) keeps rising.  Motorcycles (Okada) and Tricycles (Keke) are also used as getaway means by criminals.
‘’Therefore, after consultations with stakeholders, the State Security Council, in compliance with the extant Transport Sector Reform Law 2018, has decided to commence enforcement of the law which bans the operation of Motorcycles (Okada) and Tricycles (Keke) in the following Local Governments (LGs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs).’’

The commissioner listed the affected areas to include ‘’Apapa LG and Apapa Iganmu LCDA;Lagos Mainland LG and Yaba LCDA; Surulere LG, Itire-Ikate and Coker-Aguda LCDAs; Ikeja LG, Onigbongbo and Ojodu LCDAs; Eti-Osa LG, Ikoyi-Obalende and Iru/Victoria Island LCDAs; Lagos Island LG and Lagos Island East LCDA.’’

Maryam Sanda Sentenced To Death For Murdering Husband

An FCT High Court on Monday convicted Maryam Sanda, the woman who allegedly stabbed her husband to death in Abuja.
Delivering judgment, Justice Yusuf Halilu, convicted her on circumstantial evidence.
Maryam Sanda was thereby sentenced to death by hanging until she breathes her last.
The judge held that she was convicted as charged by the police for killing her husband on the night of November 18, 2017, in their home at Wuse II in Abuja.
According to the judge, Sanda failed to explain the death of her husband being the last person seen with him.
The victim, Bilyaminu Bello, was the son of a former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Haliru Bello.
The killing was premeditated, the police earlier stated.
The police accused Sanda of stabbing her husband with a broken bottle at about 3:50 a.m. on Nov. 18, 2017.
The police also accused Maimuna Aliyu, Sanda’s mother; Aliyu, her brother, and Sadiya Aminu, her housemaid, of tampering with evidence by cleaning the blood and other proofs from the crime scene, but charges were later dropped.

Burna Boy Still A Champion – South African Rapper, AKA

South African rapper, Kiernan Jarryd Forbes widely known as A.K.A just responded to the Grammy Award loss of singer, Burna Boy, at the event which held on Sunday evening in Los Angeles, California.

The ‘Ye’ crooner lost in the class for Best World Music Album to the African vocalist and activist, Angelique Kidjo, with her collection Ceila.

Burna Boy and AKA locked horns over the xenophobic attacks incurred on Nigerians by South Africans in their nation.

After Burna Boy lost the prestigious award on Sunday night, AKA took to his social media to express his opinion about the award.

He tweeted, “I never hated Burna Boy. All I did was stand up for my country. I think it’s time to move past this narrative. It’s tired. Like I said, even a nomination is a huge achievement”.

“What you should have done is focus on the positive instead of thinking about me and my country. In any case, Burna is still a champion. We still consider him a winner,” he added

Canada Records Second Case of Coronavirus, 19 Suspects Flagged

The wife of Canada’s first confirmed patient with the fast-spreading Wuhan coronavirus also has tested positive for it at an Ontario laboratory.

Public health officials also said on Monday that 19 other suspected cases are under investigation.

Canada’s second patient with the novel coronavirus is in her 50s and currently showing no symptoms, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health David Williams said at a news conference. She has been in self-isolation and is being monitored by health officials.

“Given the fact that she has been in self-isolation, the risk to Ontarians remains low,” said Williams in a release earlier in the day.

Her husband had been confirmed to have the virus by a national laboratory in Winnipeg, according to the release. He is currently stable at a hospital in Toronto.

The man had mild symptoms while on a flight to Toronto from Guangzhou, China, Canada’s chief health officer Theresa Tam told reporters on Sunday.

The couple arrived in Toronto on Jan. 22 after visiting Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus outbreak. There are no other members of their household, said Toronto medical officer Eileen de Villa.

Williams said the couple were wearing masks on their flight from Guangzhou and had taken their own transportation home from the airport.

“From what we know, Wuhan novel coronavirus transmits through close contact – and there’s no closer contact than a husband and wife,” said Ontario’s health minister Christine Elliott in a tweet.

The new coronavirus has infected more than 2,800 people in China, with 81 dead, and has spread to several countries.

The flu-like symptoms include fever, cough and breathing difficulty.

Nigerian Man Weds Much Older Caucasian Fiancee

Angela Deem and Michael Ilesanmi, veteran stars of the TLC series 90 Day Fiancé, have gotten married months after they amused the world with their love story on the reality show.

Their wedding took place today, January 27, along Airport road in Lagos.

Micheal, a young Yoruba man, proposed to Angela, an older Caucasian woman and their love story saw Angela visit Nigeria to meet her in-laws in the village.

Their relationship had a lot of ups and downs including Michael’s K-1 visa, but both stars are fighting for their relationship and have no plans of splitting up anytime soon.

Michael had earlier received the results of the K-1 visa interview that the reality couple had been preparing for over the last few years of their relationship, and he was sadly denied.

However, Angela isn’t ready to give up her Nigerian beau of the last three years and is still trying to work out a way to get him to the U.S. so they can start their life together as a married couple.

The lovers allegedly decided to attempt to resolve Michael’s K-1 visa problems by getting married in Nigeria.

Grammy Awards: Burna Boy Loses To Angelique Kidjo

Beninese singer-songwriter, Angelique Kidjo, was announced the winner of the Best World Music Album at the 62nd Grammy Awards.

She beats Nigeria’s Burna Boy and three other nominees to win the Grammy on Sunday at the Staples Center, Los Angeles.

Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo, known as Angélique Kidjo, is a Beninese singer-songwriter, actress, and activist who is noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos. In 2007, Time magazine called her “Africa’s premier diva”.

The Grammy Award nominees are albums containing at least 51 per cent playing time of new vocal or instrumental World Music recordings.

Kidjo, 59, now with her fourth Grammy win overall in the category, is known for her hit songs “Agolo”, “We We”, “Adouma”, “Wombo Lombo”, “Afirika”, “Batonga” and “Celia”.

Others nominated in the category alongside Burna Boy are Altin Gun, “Gece”, Bokante & Metropole Orkest conducted by Jules Buckley, “What Heat”, Nathalie Joachim with Spektral Quartet, “Fanm D’Ayiti”, and Angelique Kidjo, “Celia”.

With his 2020 nomination, Burna Boy joins the likes of Seun Kuti, Femi Kuti and King Sunny Ade in getting listed in that category at the Grammy Awards.

Other Nigerian Grammy nominees include Babatune Olatunji, Wizkid, Timaya, and Kah Lo. Sikiru Adepoju won the Grammy Awards in 1991 and 2009.

Born Damini Ogulu, Burna Boy has had a remarkable career, especially in the past one year.

In 2019, the singer was the recipient of several coveted awards including Best International Act at the BET Awards

Meanwhile, Mitchell Obama can now add Grammy winner to her resume, after snagging the award on music’s biggest night for Best Spoken Word Album, for the audiobook of her memoir “Becoming.”

Her win on Sunday gives the Obama household its third Grammy: former president Barack Obama has already snagged two Grammys in the same category for his books.

She faced an eccentric group of rivals that include Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys for “Beastie Boys Book” and John Waters, the director-performer known for his transgressive cult films, for “Mr. Know-It-All.”

Early prizes handed out at the pre-gala event went to Lady Gaga, who won two for her soundtrack for the hit film “A Star Is Born,” and Beyonce, who nabbed the prize for best music film for “Homecoming.”

Access Bank Supporting Marathon To Boost Tourism, GDP

With the 2020 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon fast approaching, the headline sponsor and Africa’s largest Bankin terms of retail size, Access Bank Plc has reiterated that its sponsorship of the race is geared towards improving the economic and social outlook of the state.

While speaking about the marathon, the Group Managing Director of Access Bank Plc., Herbert Wigwe said, “As one of the leading banks in Nigeria and indeed Africa, it is imperative for us to support the economic and social development of the communities in which we operate. 

“Hence, we have sponsored the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon for five years to make Lagos State more attractive to tourists and foreign investors alike. We have also used this platform as an avenue to create more jobs and opportunities to thousands in the state,” he added. 

He went further to add that, “to ensure that the impact of the marathon, as felt in Lagos State, is duplicated and sustained, we have also begun sponsoring marathons and other sporting events across different states in Nigeria as highlighted by our sponsorship of the Abeokuta marathon.”

With over 100,000 participants recorded across the last two editions of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Wigwe said he expects the trend to continue as the marathon which has moved up from a Bronze Label marathon to a Silver Label, less than five years after its maiden edition, continues to garner the respect of top international and local athletes alike.

This year’s edition of the marathon billed for February 8 offers a cumulative prize of 500,000 USD to be won by contestants.

Kobe Bryant Update: 9 Persons Aboard Crashed Helicopter

Nine persons were aboard the crashed Sikorsky helicopter that killed NBA legend, Kobe Bryant and his 13 year-old daughter, Gianna.

The revised figure from initial five, was given at a press conference addressed by Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby and other authorities.

“All survivors were determined to have been perished,” Osby said, adding it took authorities eight minutes to get to the crash site.

Villanueva confirmed a total of nine victims, the pilot and eight others, died in the crash.

“Our firefighters on the scene indicated there was a debris-filled and steep terrain with quarter-acre brushfire,” Osby said.

“Our firefighters hiked into the accident site with medical equipment and hose lines to extinguish the stubborn fire, as it included the brushfire debris from the helicopter. The fire also included magnesium which is very hard for our firefighters to extinguish because magnesium reacts with oxygen and water.”

At the time of the press conference, Villanueva said authorities were awaiting the arrival of the coroner’s office to “assist in the recovery of the remains,” adding that it is “entirely inappropriate to identify anybody by name until the coroner has made the identifications.”

The Los Angeles County Sheriffs later tweeted condolences to the families of the ‘nine souls’ on board the helicopter.

“The #LA Sheriff’s department extends its deepest condolences to the families & friends of the 9 souls lost aboard this tragic helicopter crash in #Calabasas.