Day: June 13, 2017


Diane Abbott has revealed she has Type 2 diabetes and that the condition is what forced her to take a break from the election campaign.

The shadow home secretary told the Guardian she was diagnosed with the condition two years ago and it was “out of control” during the campaign, when she gave some faltering performances.

“During the election campaign, everything went crazy,” she said.

She said she was managing the condition and was ready to get back to work.

Type 2 diabetes is a long-term condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high.

It can be controlled by taking medication to reduce glucose to normal levels and also by making lifestyle and dietary changes.

Ms Abbott was criticised for her performance during the election campaign, in which she stumbled several times during interviews and appeared unable to give detailed answers to questions.

In one interview with LBC Radio, she mistakenly said plans to boost police numbers by 10,000 would cost £300,000. It led to a barrage of criticism from the Conservatives who said she could not “add up”.

She pulled out of an interview on BBC’s Woman’s Hour with just a few minutes’ notice amid unconfirmed reports that some within the party leadership had lost confidence in her.

Just 48 hours before polling day, Labour said Ms Abbott was taking a period of sick leave and would be replaced “indefinitely” by Lyn Brown.

Ms Abbott, a key ally and friend of Jeremy Corbyn, said she was badly affected after facing six or seven interviews in a row without eating enough food – vital to managing blood sugar levels.

“During the election campaign, everything went crazy – and the diabetes was out of control, the blood sugar was out of control,” she said.

Ms Abbott, who was re-elected as MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington with a majority of more than 30,000, accused her political opponents of mounting a “vicious” campaign against her.

She told the newspaper she was disappointed a female prime minister had singled her out as a national target.

The Guardian says a Conservative source “angrily rejected” Ms Abbott’s accusations and said it was “legitimate in a campaign to point out weaknesses in the opposition’s front bench”

The source wished Ms Abbott well with her health, adding: “No-one knows more about the difficulties of diabetes than the prime minister.”

Theresa May revealed in 2013 that she had type 1 diabetes. During the election campaign she said she managed it by injecting herself with insulin six times a day.

Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition that causes a person’s blood sugar to become too high.

  • Type 1 Diabetes can develop at any age, but often begins in childhood. It is not related to diet or lifestyle
  • Type 2 is far more common than type 1, but is still rare in childhood. It is usually seen in adults and is often associated with obesity
  • Type 2 diabetes can lead to serious complications, including kidney failure, blindness and heart disease
  • It’s the most common cause of vision loss and blindness in people of working age
  • Type 2 diabetes is also responsible for most cases of kidney failure and lower limb amputation, other than accidents
  • People with type 2 diabetes are up to five times more likely to have cardiovascular disease, such as a stroke, than those without diabetes
  • Symptoms of type 2 diabetes include feeling very thirsty; passing urine more often than usual, particularly at night; feeling very tired; weight loss and loss of muscle bulk

More than three million people suffer from type 1 and and type 2 diabetes in the UK.



Following the apprehension of  Chukwudubem Onwuamadike aka ‘Evans’ the leading Nigeria’s Billionaire Kidnapper few days ago, latest investigation has revealed that this notorious criminal bought expensive mansion in the Republic of South Africa for the sum of a whooping R50million, which was his proposed destination of hideout before he was eventually arrested.
Evans, a native of Umudim, Nnewi in Anambra state, was arrested in Lagos state by officers of Nigeria Police Force (NPF) for kidnapping, extorting wealthy Nigerians-killing some of his victims in the process. It is alleged that he purchased this luxury mansion two years ago in an area of Cape Town where only multi-millionaires are resident. Evans had used one of his surrogates to acquire the building along Camps Bay, Cape Town in South Africa.
The multi billionaire opted for a top-notch property as a hideaway and refuge home in case his criminal activities in Nigeria were uncovered.
Reports say he recently renewed his South African visas ready for a quick escape.
The new property features a Gymnasium, Squash court, Massage Room, Sauna for 12 people, Grand Lounge, Formal TV Lounge, Dinning Room, 25m (82ft) Swimming Pool, Full Size 5 top Elevator, CCTV and Biometric Access Control, Entire home-air conditioned and heated, 8 fireplaces among other features.
His car garage boasts of the following state-of-the-art automobile – a Lamborghini, Acura 2018, Rolls Royce, and other Expensive cars.
It is through that South Africa has no shortage of luxury homes for sale for multi-millionaires, but there are a select few which are even more exclusive, priced from R50million to over R100 million – and they’re all in Cape Town.
Further investigation showed that in 2015 home sales and transfers in the R10 million-plus saw the biggest increase than all other house markets during the year, though understandably off a lower base.
Same year, we discovered that 2,642 sales and transfers took place, up 2% from 2014 – including a home in Clifton which sold for R111 million, and the Enigma Mansion, which sold for R100 million.
Certainly, Cape Town’s Atlantic seaboard is a popular spot for wealthy individuals, and so it comes as no surprise that you can find some of the most expensive South Africa homes there.
It would be recalled that Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) led by ACP Abba Kyari on Saturday announced the arrest of the Anambra state indigene who is also a billionaire, at his Magodo residence in Lagos.
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“IRT headquarters in Abuja is celebrating the arrest of the most wanted brilliant and notorious high profile kidnapper in Nigeria. He has collected several billions of Naira as ransom in the last seven years as the kingpin of kidnappers. He was arrested at about 1.00p.m on Saturday in his residence in Magodo Estate, Lagos,” Kyari said.
This officer commended the Force Headquarters for mobilising the resources to go all out against the “richest and most notorious kidnapper” in the history of Nigeria. He eulogized Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police who directed that the suspect should be paraded before newsmen on Sunday in Lagos.
NPF states that Evans masterminded kidnapping operations in Anambra, Edo and Lagos, with Lagos placing a 30 Million Naira bounty on him. Though, the police had previously traced the wanted kidnapper to his hideout in the Igando area of Lagos but he escaped before they arrived, abandoning a catchment of arms.
The police recovered arms included four AK-47 riffles; two automatic pistols; four magazines loaded with 60 rounds of ammunitions each; 1,272 ammunition, 59 AK-47 ammunition; a police bullet-proof vest; a Toyota Hiace bus, suspected to be the gang’s operational vehicle, and a motorcycle.
Evans and his gang, most of whom are now in police custody, had kidnapped very many wealthy business men in Lagos, Abuja, Delta etc. The 36 years old Nigerian criminal is regarded in most security circle as the deadliest, craftiest and richest kidnapper in Nigeria’s history.
In May, Evans was declared wanted after one of his victims, a rich pharmacist, Mr Donatus Dunu, whom he kidnapped on February 14, 2017, escaped from captivity  in Igando. Dunu’s family was said to have paid the sum of N150million, but Evans still refused to release him, insisting he wanted one million euros.
Evans and his members were also behind the abduction of Sir James Uzochukwu Uduji, Chairman of Comet Star Manufacturing Company, before he was released. Some other victims are Elias Unachukwu, Ojukwu Cosmas, Fidel Umeh, Chief Raymond Okoye and Uche Okoroafor.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, while speaking on Evans after declaring him wanted in May, said: “We’re encouraging Nigerians to blow the whistle on this kidnapper. Whoever blows the whistle that will lead to his arrest, will get a N30 million reward, as stated by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.” But if Evans had escaped to South Africa, he would have gone into hiding and underground.
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Britain will be basking in tropical weather this weekend, with temperatures set to reach 30C (86F) in parts.

Warmer weather is set to arrive on Wednesday after making its way to the UK from the Azores.

Sky weather presenter Kirsty McCabe predicts the mercury will rise into the mid to high-20s for many areas and could top 30C in central and southern Britain by the weekend.

That would be nearly double the usual average of 17C for the time of year.

“Southern and central parts will have the highest temperatures but there is a risk of wind and rain further north,” she said.

“The hot spell will continue into next week, but later in the week it will become more unsettled.”

The best of the warm weather is unlikely to reach Scotland and the North from the weekend onwards.

London and the South will also have warm, sticky nights this week, with 13C (55F) predicted for Friday overnight and 18C (64F) overnight on Saturday.


Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has ​stated that electricity consumers ​that were ​not provided with prepaid meters ​as at​ March 1 to stop paying electricity bills presented by Distribution Companies (DISCOs) on the basis of estimated billing methodology.

The commission also ordered the DISCOs not to disconnect any such customer that refuses to pay the bills and further advised such customers to report to the commission if disconnected.


NERC ​in​ a statement on its website​ at the weekend​​, said​ in line with its mandate of protecting the rights of customers, NERC had in June 2016 after consultation with the operators, directed DISCOs to conclude metering of all customers before November 30, 2016.

​NERC added that the sanction was sequel to the expiration of the initial directives by NERC and the moratorium period given to DISCOs to meter consumers.

The statement reads in part:​ ​“A directive was issued to distribution companies by the Commission in June 2016 for all MD customers to be metered by 30 November 2016.

“The Commission received appeals on compliance deadline from distribution companies prior to the expiration of the 30 November 2016 deadline. The deadline was extended to 1 March 2017 after consideration of appeals received from distribution companies.

“Upon due consideration of facts above and the expiration of the compliance deadline granted to distribution companies on the metering of MD customers; the Commission hereby directs as follows;

“1. Any MD customer that was not metered by 1 March 2017 shall not pay any electricity bill presented by a distribution company on the basis of estimated billing methodology and these customers are advised to report this to the Commission.

“2. No distribution company shall disconnect any MD customer that was not metered by 1 March 2017 on the basis of the customer’s refusal to pay a bill issued after the compliance deadline on the basis of estimated billing methodology.

“3. Any MD customer that was not metered by 1 March 2017 should notify the Commission directly on:
Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission
Adamawa Plaza
Plot 1099 First Avenue
Off Shehu Shagari Way
Central Business District​, ​Abuja


The CEO of Purple Premium Limited and developer of Woodbury Estate in Lekki Lagos has won the 3rd City People Real Estate Player in the Diaspora Award.


Richard Obahor clinched the award at the star studded event organised by City People Magazine in Lagos last weekend.

This year, City People honoured more than 40 firms/personalities playing under real estate sector.

Awards were presented under different categories under real estate including real estate firm of the year, real estate person of the year, architect of the year, surveyor of the year, real estate woman of the  a year, real estate association of the year, local manufacturer firm of the year and a whole lot more


His mother is the world’s richest black woman so it’s little surprise that Folarin Alakija’s wedding was a lavish, no-expense spared, fairytale affair.

Folarin, who is one of 66-year-old oil tycoon Folorunsho Alakija’s four sons, married Iranian beauty Nazanin Jafarian Ghaissarifar in an extravagant bash at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire over the weekend, which is estimated to have cost around £5m (N2 billion).

The father-of-one, who is in his late 30s and lost his first wife to cancer, tied the knot to his stunning wife in front of friends, family and celebrities, including Victoria’s Secret Angel, Shanina Shaik.

While Folarin makes his money as an entrepreneur, investor and cinematographer, it’s his mother who has an estimated fortune of $2.1 billion. Forbes rank her as the 14th richest person in Africa but the richest woman in the country. She is number 80 on its global Power Women list and overtook Oprah Winfrey as the richest woman of African descent in the world in 2014.

It is thought the family flew hundreds of close friends and family members over from Nigeria, who were no doubt put up in the lavish hotel for the weekend.

The Woodstock venue, which is the ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill, was kitted out with one million white roses, a lavish cake decorated with hundreds of ornate white roses and even hosted pop star Robin Thicke at an estimated cost of £150,000.




Wedding planners believe the venue hire was exclusively hired at a cost of £150,000 with the bespoke marquee and bespoke marble floor with their initials etched in gold costing around £200,000 on top.

According to the venue’s website, the cost of hiring the whole venue is on application but hiring just the palace and state rooms costs £33,000.

Searcys are the approved caterer for the Orangery at Blenheim palace and three course meals start at £52 per head – excluding alcohol – but it’s believed they had a much more expensive bespoke package with catering company, rhubarb.

The breathtaking flowers were the work of Jeff Leatham, who is known for his elaborate decorating of the Kardashian’s homes.

Bringing over 30 staff members to the UK for the ceremony, Jeff adorned every inch of the venue with copious amounts of roses and white orchids.

The couple and friend
Photo: Mail Online

Jeff, who can command up to £250,000 for flowers, has worked for Madonna, Oprah and Tina Turner. He was also the man behind the flowers at Eva Longoria and Tony Parker’s wedding.

Guests were also treated to a surprise performance from Blurred Lines singer Robin Thicke, who reportedly costs around £150,000 to hire and would have been flown over from the US, as well as a magnificent firework display in the hotel grounds later in the evening.

Folarin’s new wife, who once dated Rob Kardashian, studied Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Manchester, has a graduate Diploma in Law and has also worked as a model and marketing consultant.

The stunning brunette is the daughter of businessman Mr. Khosro and Mrs Nooshin Ghaissarifar, who are from Iran. It is believed that Naz, as she is known among her circle, was born in Iran and lived in London in her youth before moving to Manchester to study.

She has also spent time in Los Angeles, where much of her modelling work was based, and regularly mingled with celebrities, including the Kardashians.

Folarin, who studied Geography at Imperial College, London, was previously married to a lady named Chena, with whom he had a daughter. She tragically lost her life to cancer six years ago. It is believed that Folarin met Naz through friends in London.

The new Mrs Alakija has previously featured in a campaign for Monkee Jeans, an organic denim brand, and dated Rob Kardashian in 2013.

She stunned in a traditional strapless white gown with lace embellishment as she was walked down the aisle by her father. She accessorised her look with a dazzling diamond necklace and white Manolo Blahniks.

She later changed into a racier, floor length white gown with sheer panelling. Beaming before her friends and family, she let her hair down as she danced the night away with her new husband and glamorous wedding guests.

The pair became engaged last year and had a traditional Nigerian wedding in Lagos in November.

The cake, which was adorned with hundreds of roses and ornate doves, was created by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium. Elizabeth’s clients include British, European and Middle Eastern Royalty, celebrities and high net worth individuals.

With eight tiers on their cake, topped with elaborate iced flowers and doves, it is estimated that their cake could have cost up to £10,000.

Elizabeth is also the only three times winner of The Great Cake Bake, a show which featured the best wedding cake makers in the country.

The event was planned by Sade Awe of The Bridal Circle. Sade’s impeccable taste and selective eye for the exquisite make her a trusted resource for an elite clientele and luxury partners alike so it was little surprise she was called upon.

Other famous faces at the event included Starboy Records artist Mr Eazi and Nigerian fashion blogger Temi Otedola, who were recently revealed to be dating.

Hamish Shepard of, said: ‘The preparations and construction of their custom clear marquee, including a bespoke marble floor with their gold initials, would have required up to a week of exclusive hire of the Palace, with the cost of the marquee on top.”
‘Venue hire would likely be up to £150,000 with the bespoke marquee with marble floor and production around £200,000 on top.

‘The spectacular endless flowers by Jeff Leatham are likely to have cost at least £200,000. With food and drink, Robin Thicke (at £150,000) and all the other items for the big day, including the dress, on top, the wedding will have no doubt cost more than £1 million and potentially several million more.’


Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet deserve to retain their positions, an influential backbencher has said, as he urged MPs who have previously been critical of the Labour leader to back the party’s top team.

Clive Efford, the chair of the Tribune Group, which numbered more than 75 MPs before the election, praised the shadow cabinet for sticking by the Labour leader throughout the general election campaign, after which the party outperformed expectations.

There had been mounting speculation that the Labour leader, buoyed by 30 Labour gains and Theresa May’s struggles to form a government, could strengthen his team with experienced former ministers. Several Labour MPs, including Yvette Cooper, Angela Eagle and Chuka Umunna, have said they would serve in the shadow cabinet despite past criticism of Corbyn’s leadership.

Efford told the Guardian: “Jeremy has got a shadow cabinet that remained loyal and allowed him to perform extremely well during the general election. He can’t sack those people. They deserve to be rewarded for what they have done. We need to get behind those people and give them all the support [we] can.”

On Tuesday morning the shadow cabinet is due to hold its first meeting since the election last Thursday. Some shadow ministers, including the shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, were criticised for their performances during the campaign.

Tribune relaunched in April with a new mission statement that was seen as a programme to win back traditional supporters while appealing to the centre ground. Those who signed up to the document included Cooper and the failed challenger to Corbyn in last year’s leadership contest, Owen Smith.

Efford said backbench MPs who once questioned whether Corbyn, the MP for Islington North, could gain support among traditional voters had been won over by his performance. “We questioned whether voters would be prepared to get behind Jeremy at a general election. The opinion polls suggested we were right about that. But it has to be said that Jeremy is a brilliant campaigner and did extraordinarily well. People have had a good look at him and found that they can get behind him. They see him as a credible leader.”




Efford said he would support any moves by Corbyn to reach out to new members if roles in his team became free. “I would like to see some new faces,” he added.

On Sunday, Corbyn said he was prepared to make overtures to MPs who had been critical of his leadership, hinting that he could broaden his shadow cabinet. But the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, appeared more resistant to changing personnel and inviting Corbyn’s former parliamentary critics back into the fold.

Shadow cabinet members are expected to demand clarification on Tuesday over Labour’s Brexit policy, particularly about whether the party would negotiate to remain in the single market. Apparently conflicting statements on membership have come from the shadow Brexit secretary, Sir Keir Starmer, and Corbyn.

Starmer told BBC Radio 4’s The World at One on Monday he would like to see a “different tone and approach” to talks with the EU, including not pre-emptively ruling out continued single market membership. “What David Davis said this morning is that it’s not that the government doesn’t want membership of the single market, it’s that they’ve been told that you can’t have that with freedom of movement. It seems to me that would be a good place to start discussions, start negotiations, rather than simply taking it off the table.”

Asked on Sunday whether he was clear that Brexit would mean an end to single market membership, Corbyn told BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show: “Absolutely.”

A senior Labour source said there was confusion over their position. “Given that the government is in a mess and there is a real possibility of another general election, there will be even more scrutiny of our policies, particularly over Brexit. We need to get a negotiating position sorted, and fast.”


Labour MPs continue to fret over Brexit because some, particularly in seats where Ukip did well in 2015, had told voters that the party would leave the single market. Others, particularly in metropolitan areas, had said they would continue to fight to remain.

Barry Gardiner, the shadow trade secretary, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “What we’ve said is that we need those benefits, and whether they’re achieved through reformed membership of the single market and the customs union, or through a new, bespoke trading arrangement, is actually secondary to achieving the benefits.

“It’s an open question as to what we can get. What we criticised [Theresa May] for doing is taking membership of the single market off the table right from the beginning.”