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Toke Makinwa responds to those criticizing people mourning Kobe Bryant who they've never met












A great number of people all over the world have put up posts to mourn NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and the other people who died in the helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.



However, some critics opposed the overwhelming show of pain, especially coming from those who never knew him personally and who didn't celebrate him while he was alive. They accused those mourning him of hypocrisy and trying to do things because it's trending.



Responding, Toke Makinwa, wrote: "Before you criticize people for mourning a legend they haven't met or paying their respect to Kobe, before you comment foolishly, think about your life, your work, your message to the world and hope that when it's your turn to go the world will feel your departure."



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Three herdsmen responsible for high profile kidnapping in Enugu, arrested by the police












Three herdsmen who are allegedly responsible for some high profile kidnapping in Enugu State have been arrested by the State's Police command.



The suspects identified as Adamu Mohammed (AKA suleiman) from Taraba state, 25 years; Musa Ibrahim from Katsina State , 28 years and Dauda Alhaji from Nasarrawa state, 31 years were arrested at their various hideouts in Ebonyi State on the 18th and 22nd of January.



The suspects who were paraded at the Enugu State Police headquarters, were accused of being responsible for the kidnap of Rev. Fr. Cyprian Ugwuanyi, the parish priest of St. Paul Catholic Church, Ogbosu Umulokpa in Uzo-Uwani LGA of Enugu State on January 10 along Ezeagu/Uzo-Uwani road in Olo Village at about 5:30PM, the kidnap of PDP women leader in Igbo-Etiti LGA, her son and her driver along Enugu/Ugwogo/Opi/Nsukka road on December 21, 2019 at about 7:30PM, the kidnap of Mr. Ejike Ugwuanyi on January 14, 2020 at Obollo Afor and one John Okoli, his mother and two sisters at the boundary between Umumba in Ezeagu LGA of Enugu State and Ebenebe village in Anambra State.



One AK47 riffles, eleven rounds of live ammunitions and three locally made long guns with eighteen live cartridges were recovered from the suspects.



Speaking to newsmen while parading the suspect, the Enugu State Police Commissioner Ahmed Abdurrahman said;




“The command pursued the suspects vigorously to one of their hideouts and recovered a GSM belonging to one of them. We trailed them and arrested them at their various hideouts in Ebonyi state.

“They will be charged to court immediately investigations are concluded by the command."
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Kobe Bryant's former coach and father's best friend tells how the NBA star's close-knit family are struggling to deal with the tragedy












Wayne Slappy, Kobe Bryant's former coach and best friend of his father has said his family is struggling to deal with the tragedy after the NBA legend and his daughter died in a helicopter crash that also killed seven others.


In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, the Bryant family friend revealed the moment he heard the Lakers legend had died in a helicopter crash north of Los Angeles on Sunday morning.







'I was just finishing training kids up in the Pacific Palisades,' Slappy said. 'When I got in the car I got the text message. Then I started getting phone call after phone call. I tried to call Jellybean [Kobe's father Joe Bryant], he didn't answer, and that doesn't happen.


'I just sat in the parking lot at Costco crying for an hour.'


Speaking just hours after the crash Slappy said he was struggling to keep his composure. 'I don't know how I'm going to get over this myself,' he said. 'I'm raw.'



The 67-year-old basketball coach, who has been close friends with Kobe's father for decades, added that the NBA legend's family have been left feeling empty.




'Can you imagine a black hole? It's empty, how do you fill it? They're a close-knit family. He was 41 years old, and then his daughter dies in an accident with him too,' he said. 'His family are going to miss him more than you can begin to imagine.




'I know NBA players whose kids can't stand them, they never spent any time with them. That ain't Kobe. He grew up with his family loving each other. He was doing the same thing his father did for him, for his daughters, to the best of his ability.


'Plus all the other things he was trying to do to occupy his great intelligence, his ability to speak and express himself and create images that were going to help people. His understanding of basketball's importance was bigger than just basketball.


'He was very intelligent, spoke Spanish and Italian. He could talk to you about any subject and have a conversation that was intelligent about it.'



The Los Angeles Lakers legend and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were flying to the Mamba Academy near Thousand Oaks, California when the chopper went down in Calabasas, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.






Alyssa Altobelli, a teammate of Gianna's, was also on the helicopter, along with her parents, Keri and John Altobelli, who was a baseball coach at Orange Coast College.


Christina Mauser, an assistant coach at Harbor Day School in Corona Del Mar, California, was also among the victims as well as Sarah Chester, her daughter, Payton Chester and Pilot Ara Zobayan.







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Kobe Bryant to be inducted into Hall Of Fame in 2020 Class












The Basketball Hall of Fame has announced that they will bypass the normal election process and induct NBA legend Kobe Bryant Into Hall Of Fame.



In a statement released by Shams Charania of The Athletic on Twitter, he said the Hall of Fame chairman, Jerry Colangelo has confirmed that Bryant will lead the 2020 class, which could also include Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett.



Kobe Bryant will be a first-ballot enshrinement into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2020.



"Expected to be arguably the most epic class ever with Kobe, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett," HOF chairman Jerry Colangelo says. "Kobe will be honored the way he should be."



Bryant will be part of standard Hall of Fame screening process on Wednesday, with finalists in February at All-Star break and formal inductees at the Final 4 in April.




Kobe Bryant will be a first-ballot enshrinement into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2020.

"Expected to be arguably the most epic class ever with Kobe, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett," HOF chairman Jerry Colangelo says. "Kobe will be honored the way he should be."— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 27, 2020


Bryant will be part of standard Hall of Fame screening process on Wednesday, with finalists in February at All-Star break and formal inductees at the Final 4 in April. https://t.co/OYFMwFIJxD— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 27, 2020



This comes a day after the LA Lakers legend died in a tragic helicopter crash with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others on Sunday.



During his career, Kobe Bryant won five NBA championships, had 18 All-Star appearances, and 15 selections to an All-NBA team. He currently ranks fourth all-time in points and owns every Lakers' scoring record.







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‘Hypocrites’- BBNaija star Khloe calls out Nigerians mourning Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna

















BBNaija star, Khloe, has criticised Nigerians who are mourning NBA legend, Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday January 26th.



Koko in a post shared on her Instastories, berated Nigerians for not showing the same empathy to fellow Nigerians when the need arises. See her post below

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Nicki Minaj's brother, Jelani Maraj sentenced to 25 years in prison for raping his stepdaughter















Nicki Minaj's brother, Jelani Maraj has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for repeatedly raping his 11-year-old stepdaughter.



Jelani who was handed his jail sentence by Judge Robert McDonald in a New York court on Monday January 25, was found guilty of predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child.



Though Nicki Minaj's brother repeatedly denied the allegations, claiming the story was concocted to extort his famous younger sister, his stepdaughter took the stand in a 2017 trial to narrate how he raped her in their Baldwin home while he was married to her mother.



He was sentenced to 25 years in prison, two years after a jury handed down the guilty verdict for the sexual abuse which began in 2015.

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29 dead, 195 infected as Lassa fever spreads to 11 states – NCDC












The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced the casualty figure in the recent Lassa fever outbreak across the country as it activated a National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to coordinate response activities on Saturday January 25.



NCDC DG, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu said 195 confirmed cases and 29 deaths were reported in 11 states as of January 24. Two Kano health workers were also confirmed dead in the recent outbreak in which 89% of the confirmed cases are from Ondo, Edo and Ebonyi.



Ihekweazu said;




“Over the last three weeks, NCDC has deployed Rapid Response Teams to support five of the affected states”, the agency said.

“The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire led a high-level delegation to Kano State on the 25th of January 2020, following the deaths of two health workers infected with Lassa fever.

“In addition, NCDC has rapidly increased risk communications and community engagement activities to ensure that Nigerians are aware of the risks of Lassa fever and measures to protect themselves.

“There has been a decline in the case fatality rate of reported Lassa fever cases from 23.4% in 2019 to 14.8% this year. NCDC continues to support treatment centres across states in the country to effectively manage Lassa fever cases.

“In addition, five laboratories in Nigeria have the capacity to diagnose Lassa fever in Nigeria. These laboratories are critical to reducing turnaround time between identifying a suspected case and confirmation.

“NCDC and the three main treatment centres in the country – Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Federal Medical Centre Owo and Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital Abakalilki – are set to commence Lassa fever epidemiological studies that will provide data to guide research and response activities.”



The National EOC includes representatives from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Environment, World Health Organization, UNICEF, US Centers for Disease Control, and other partners.

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