It’s been 20 years since Nigeria’s former Head of State, Sani Abacha, died in power but more bits of the loot he stashed overseas continue to find their way back to the Federal Government.
This time, the FG is in the process of concluding negotiations with the United States for the return of $500 million according to the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.
Interestingly, the money was reportedly first recovered in 2014 but domiciled with the US government with lawyers involved in that process getting 4% of the amount for their work – about $20 million.
The concluding process of returning the money will be on a government-to-government basis, however, with no further participation from previously used or another set of lawyers.
RUSSIA DEMOLISH SAUDI ARABIA IN WORLD CUP OPENER
Looks like friendly relationships will be on hold generally as the 2018 FIFA World Cup got off to a blistering start with host nation, Russia, handing Saudi Arabia a 5-0 thrashing in the opening match.
It took only 12 minutes for the first goal of the tournament to come through Yuri Gazinsky while Denis Cheryshev, who came on for injured Alan Dzagoev, showed stone cold composure in scoring Russia’s second – ask the two defenders he sent on errand with one move.
Ironically, Saudi Arabia dominated possession but the winning team is the one that scores and Russia looked the more likely of the two sides to score as the game progressed.
And so it was as Artem Dzyuba made it 3-0 after 71 minutes, Cheryshev got a second with a stunning volley, and Aleksandr Golovin capped a stellar individual display with a stoppage time freekick.
Group A’s other teams, Egypt and Uruguay will open their World Cup campaign on Friday afternoon followed by another African representative, Morocco, facing Iran before the game of the day between Spain and Portugal kicks off at 19:00 Nigerian time.
THIS MAN, BRIAN GITTA, JUST MADE MALARIA TESTING EASIER
A Ugandan inventor, Brian Gitta, has made a breakthrough in health care after creating a device capable of carrying out malaria tests without needing a patient’s blood.
Gitta’s invention, known as Matibabu, which is Swahili for “treatment”, only requires being clipped to a patient’s finger after which a red beam from the device detects changes in red blood cells’ colour, shape, and concentration in order to diagnose malaria.
The idea for the device came about after it once took four blood tests before Gitta could be diagnosed with suffering from a form of malaria.
Matibabu, which won Gitta the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize, will still have to go through regulatory bodies before being certified for availability in the market.
JEFF GOLDBLUM RECEIVES STAR ON HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
He’s had a long career in Hollywood and starred in major blockbusters so it’s fitting that the king of cool, Jeff Goldblum has (finally) been honoured with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Goldblum, who has featured in the Jurassic Park franchise, Independence Day, and Thor: Ragnarok, among other films, received his star on Thursday.
His is the 2,638th star given since the inception of the Walk of Fame in 1961.