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Felicity Huffman, escorted by her husband William H Macy, arrives in court in Boston. Joseph Prezioso-AFP-Getty Images

US actress jailed for bribing to boost daughter’s exam score

The actor Felicity Huffman was sentenced on Friday to 14 days in prison for paying $15,000 (N5.4 million)) to rig her daughter’s SAT scores in the college admissions scandal that ensnared dozens of wealthy and well-connected parents.
“The Department of Justice has increased efforts in taking aggressive enforcement action against fraudsters who are targeting American citizens and their businesses in business email compromise schemes and other cyber-enabled financial crimes,” said Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen.

Operation Rewired: FBI announces arrest of 167 Nigerians

United States’ Federal authorities on Tuesday announced the arrest of 167 Nigerians in a wide scale effort to disrupt Business Email Compromise (BEC) schemes tagged used by fraudsters to intercept and hijack wire transfers from businesses and individuals, including many senior citizens through an investigation tagged ‘Operation reWired” conducted around the world.
Kevin Hart

Tiffany Haddish: Kevin Hart’s already walking

Kevin Hart is already walking after his car crash in Southern California last week, according to his friend, Tiffany Haddish.
Divers with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Dive Team prepare to search for missing people following a dive boat fire off Southern California's coast that killed dozens sleeping below deck, on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in Santa Barbara, Calif.

20 Bodies recovered from California dive boat fire, 14 more feared dead

Rescue workers said Tuesday they have recovered the bodies of 20 people killed in a middle-of-the-night fire aboard a dive boat off the coast of Southern California, while continuing to look for 14 more people feared dead.
A federal agent stands at the gate to a downtown Los Angeles parking lot after predawn raids in the L.A. area Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. U.S. authorities have unsealed a federal grand jury indictment charging dozens of people with participating in a conspiracy to steal millions of dollars through a range of fraud schemes and laundering the funds through a Los Angeles-based network. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Nigerians arrested in US for fraud

After search warrants were executed at multiple locations across L.A. County on Thursday morning, federal prosecutors announced a 252-count indictment that accuses 80 people in the U.S. and Nigeria of participating in a “massive conspiracy to steal millions of dollars through a variety of fraud schemes.”
On Saturday, hall of fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was banned from the track after a fourth horse from his stable died.

Trainer banned after horse deaths at racetrack

Around 25 trainers have lost horses at Santa Anita this season, which some are attributing to heavy rainfall on the dirt track and excessive use of medications.
Brie Larson and stunt doubles (L-R) Ingrid Kleinig and Joanna Bennett

‘Avengers’ dominates MTV awards as Larsen honours stunt doubles

Box office-busting “Avengers: Endgame” dominated the MTV Movie and TV Awards Monday, as “Captain Marvel” star Brie Larsen led tributes to real-life heroines by ceding the spotlight to her stunt doubles.
Donald Trump tours a neighbourhood destroyed by the wildfires in Paradise, California [Evan Vucci-AP]

North California fire: Death toll at 76, more than 1,000 missing

The death toll from wildfires in Northern California has risen to 76, with thousands left homeless from the deadliest blaze to hit the US state in a century.

Antonio Guterres, Donald Trump saddened by California wildfires

UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has expressed sadness at the wildfires in the State of California, which killed at least 31 people and burned a staggering 6,500 homes.
Andrew Urdiales

Two inmates found dead inside US cells

Andrew Urdiales, 54, and Virendra Govin, 51, were found unresponsive at the San Quentin State Prison on Friday and Sunday, respectively.
Burned out properties are seen near the Lake Keswick Estates area during the Carr fire in Redding, California on July 27, 2018.Two firefighters have died and more than 100 homes have burned as wind-whipped flames tore through the region. / AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON

Thousands flee new California blaze, governor asks aid

Thousands of people in Southern California had fled a deliberately set blaze southeast of Los Angeles by Saturday morning, after the state's governor requested federal aid to help battle a deadly fire elsewhere.

Jack Nicklaus: Tiger Woods can still beat my record

Jack Nicklaus said Monday he believes Tiger Woods can still overhaul his record of 18 Major Championship victories.

Ron Howard: ‘Star Wars’ as big as The Beatles

Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard said Saturday directing a movie in the “Star Wars” universe was as daunting as making his Beatles documentary thanks to the intense fan love.

California arrests ex-cop for serial killings 40 years after

A 72 year-old former policeman, Joseph James DeAngelo, has been arrested and charged with serial killings in California during the 1970s and 1980s. He will appear in court tomorrow.

Will Ferrell rushed to hospital after accident on California highway

Actor Will Ferrell was released from a hospital Friday morning after he was in a car accident the night before, his spokesperson told TMZ.

Coach: Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s MLS debut ‘possibly’ as soon as Saturday

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Major League Soccer debut for the Los Angeles Galaxy could come as soon as Saturday, said Galaxy manager Sigi Schmid who described the Swede as "not a normal, mortal human'.

Nollywood films break into Hollywood

Nollywood films – 93 DAYS, THE BRIDGE and ISOKEN, would showcase in Hollywood, California, starting on Friday, in what would be the first collaboration between Nollywood and Hollywood.

California wildfire evacuation orders lifted

Authorities have lifted evacuation orders imposed as the massive Thomas fire scorched swaths of southern California, they said on Thursday, as firefighters moved closer to victory over the destructive inferno.

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The Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) has disclaimed reports that it requested the bank account details of officers of the national assembly and the judiciary.

PSC charges security agencies to investigate leakage of NFIU letter to banks

The Presidential Support Committee (PSC) yesterday charged security agencies in the country to leave no stone unturned in investigating how a letter by the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) to commercial banks requesting the account details of principal government officers was leaked.

ANCOPSS hails FCT minister for promoting school principals

The All Nigeria Conference of Principal of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), has commended the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Malam Muhammad Musa Bello for approving the promotion of some school principals to directorate cadre.

Thabo Mbeki: US, UK asked South Africa for help to oust Robert Mugabe

Former president of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, has said that the United Kingdom and the United States of America, had sought the help of his country to remove the late President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe from office.

PDP chieftain charges members to be committed

Chairman of Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) ethnic community in Kuje area council, Hon. Yusuf Dabo, has called on members of the party to be prepared to erect political structures that would offer them the opportunity to occupy decision making position.
Kayode Fayemi

Ekiti farmers want financial support from governor

Some farmers in Ekiti North Senatorial District on Wednesday appealed to the state Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, ‎to provide loans for them to enhance their agricultural production.