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Husband ‘used hidden camera to watch wife and told her he had spiritual powers’, court hears

A husband convinced his wife he could watch her using ‘spiritual power’ – and made her sign a contract promising she’d never drink, smoke or lie – a court heard. Lukman Shonibare, 44, told wife Lyndsay his powers meant he’d seen her smoking at home, but actually he was watching her via a hidden camera, it is alleged. The trial at Manchester Crown Court heard Mr Shonibare, originally from Nigeria, frequently threatened to divorce his wife and made her sign and date a contract pledging never to ‘drink, smoke or lie’ in January 2020. Jurors were told Mrs Shonibare was not given a chance to name her first son because he told her in Nigeria women don’t decide what their children are called. In a statement read during day one of his trial, she alleged he pinched and slapped her, telling her he was the ‘boss’. Mr Shonibare, of Sale, Trafford, has pleaded not guilty to one count of coercive and controlling behaviour. READ MORE: ‘He showed absolutely no remorse for his actions’ Lyndsay told the jury her husband told her in 2020: “I’m spiritual and I can see these things. I know what you are doing.” In a statement read by Roger Brown, prosecuting, she said: “He threatens me with spiritual power and that he’s higher than another human being. It scares me because of spiritual powers in Africa.” She added he would ‘drink holy water from Nigeria, but he would always be angry’. Mr and Mrs Shonibare married in November 2015, and had her first son in 2016 and second in 2019. The court heard Mrs Shonibare was gradually isolated from her friends and family, at the request of her husband. She told the court she had gone for drinks with work colleagues in December 2014, before her husband reprimanded her for doing so. “He said to me that he wouldn’t marry someone like me if I didn’t change my behaviour and he didn’t want to marry someone who drinks or smokes”, she told the court from the witness box. “I just apologised and said I won’t do it again. “It was easier to obey what he said than to go against what he said,” she told the court. The court heard Mrs Shonibare was not given a chance to name her son when he was born in 2016 because in Nigeria, women don’t decide what their children are called. She said she paid for a baby-naming ceremony to take place in Nigeria, despite wanting to help choose a name for her son. The court heard Mr Shonibare frequently threatened to divorce his wife and would repeatedly pinch, slap and control her. In a statement she told the jury he once pinched her over 20 times before splashing her face with water so that she couldn’t speak and telling her that he was the ‘boss’. She added: “My body was really painful from being pushed and pinched. He said he was the boss of me and splashed water in my face.” “I was too scared of the consequences than following through with getting help.” Mr Shonibare also took his wife’s mobile phone and smashed it, the court heard. She lost more than 13,000 photos of her children growing up and her late grandparents, the jury were told. “I lost everything”, she said. “My phone was always monitored and he would take it out of the house and delete everything off it. I couldn’t use the phone for myself.” Mr Shonibare’s behaviour towards his wife became much worse after Mrs Shonibare’s grandfather, who lived with the couple, died in April 2020, the court heard. Speaking of her husband’s behaviour in June 2020, Mrs Shonibare said: “I just felt like I was in a torture chamber at that point.” “I was trying to be a mother and I just felt mentally tortured daily.” She was smoking on the balcony outside her apartment following her grandfather’s death in 2020 while her husband was out, the jury heard. And when he returned, he claimed he had seen her smoking with his spiritual powers, she said. She later discovered that he was watching her using a camera which he had hidden in a boxing glove, the court was told. Police became involved in April 2021, but Mrs Shonibare did not report anything to them until Mr Shonibare had left the home, the jury were told. In day two of the trial, Mrs Shonibare was cross examined. Defending, Steve Nikolich said: “He never stopped you from going to see any of your friends” to which she replied: “He said that they are all bad influences for me.” Mr Nikolich questioned Mrs Shonibare’s relationship with alcohol, asking her whether her grandfather’s death had any effect on her drinking, to which she replied that it had no effect. He said that ‘the altercation of pushing your head into pillow is a fabrication to cover your drunken state’. She replied this was untrue. Mr Nikolich also said Mr Shonibare did not have access to Mrs Shonibare’s phone to which she replied: “He would take it out with him”. Mr Nikolich showed Mrs Shonibare a series of photos in which they were on holiday at Disneyland Paris, and commented that it looked like a happy time. She replied that it was an ‘awful’ time. The trial, expected to last a total of three days, continues.

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I got sent home in my first week with England but now want to help them win Euro 2024

If things go to plan for Phil Foden over the next few months he could be adding to his growing trophy collection with both club and country. The Manchester City forward is in the form of his life and his sensational showings this season have propelled the 23-year-old to front and centre of Pep Guardiola’s XI. He has netted 19 goals this term and starred out wide and centrally for Treble-chasing City. It’s form that means he is almost certain to start this summer’s European Championship in the England team, despite the high-quality competition in forward areas. Foden completed 90 minutes just once at the World Cup in Qatar, when the Three Lions reached the quarter-finals but it’s impossible to envisage him not having a pivotal role at this major tournament. ALSO READ: FA Cup semi-final date confirmed for City vs Chelsea ALSO READ: Guardiola warning falls on deaf ears as Haaland starts for Norway The Euros offer Foden the chance to cement himself in a conversation on the continent’s very best and, to coin a cliche, arrive as a star. It’s a far cry from the opening weeks of his senior international career when days after his debut in September 2020 he was sent home from the England camp for what manager Gareth Southgate called a “very serious” breach of coronavirus regulations. Foden and Mason Greenwood breached the strict bio-bubble in Reykjavik amid allegations they had spent time with two girls during the trip. It led to the Football Association and City releasing statements and overshadowed Foden’s debut 48 hours earlier. Foden apologised and was forgiven, returning to the squad in November having sat out the October internationals. “I made sure we chatted on the first day and put that behind us immediately,” Southgate said. “It was done once we had made the decision on the October squad. That was it. From then on it was always going to be a judgment on football.” Foden returned with a bang, scoring twice in a win over Iceland in something of a redemption performance. And he admitted he felt he owed everyone, including his manager, a display. “It was one of the hardest moments of my life,” he said of being sent home from international duty. “And that’s when you need the trust of your managers. Gareth had a lot of respect for me to play me tonight and trust me. It means everything. I’m happy to repay him with the goals and to play well. “I was determined to get back and do the best I can. I was a little bit nervous at the start (of linking up with the squad) but I got used to it.” Since that two-goal showing he’s gone from strength to strength, becoming a key player for Guardiola’s City and now England. The Three Lions head to Germany this summer as one of the favourites for the European Championship and for Foden, that is the target. “My dream now is to win something with the national team,” he said. “Being so close when we got to the Euros finals, it was one of my hardest days in football but the lads now have got the belief that we can go far in tournaments, and we have the belief in the squad. “So, hopefully, next tournament we can repeat that and get the job done in the final.” It would be an extraordinary story if the City star followed up last season’s Treble with a 2024 repeat before leading England to Euro glory. But then Foden is anything but ordinary. For the latest Manchester City news and opinions from inside the Etihad Stadium subscribe to Talking City, the definitive Manchester City podcast from the Manchester Evening News featuring our Chief Manchester City writer Simon Bajkowski. https://bit.ly/MCFCPod

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Amazon ‘amazing’ hair oil that ‘doubles hair growth’ less than £10 and fans are rushing to buy

Amazon is selling a hugely popular hair oil for less than £10 as part of the Amazon Spring Deal Days. Mielle Rosemary Mint Scalp & Hair Oil is now £9.99 for 100ml, reduced from £11.25. While it might be a small discount, it’s worth mentioning that this is a vastly loved hair oil on the shopping site – with more than 1,500 top ratings. More than 10,000 purchases of the hair oil have been made in the past month alone. The oil, made by Mielle Organics, helps hair growth with some fans saying it ‘doubled’ the growth of their hair. It features more than 30 essential oils and is ideal for daily use. Read more: Amazon’s £20 ‘dentist approved’ teeth whitening powder customers say ‘is worth every penny’ One shopper said: “Smells like mint and tea trees. So fresh and clean. Easy to use, suitable for hair growth, hair growth has doubled since using. It used to take me a year to grow three inches; now, I get my hair trimmed at all my appointments. I bleached my hair, and it became damaged; I credit this with helping it feel soft and healthy again. I will purchase this again.” Another added: “To be honest I was reluctant to buy this product as I didn’t want my hair to get oily, but to be honest is absolutely amazing, not only I have healthy hair but is so soft, less hair falling off and only using once a week.” And a third said: “Of course after seeing all the tiktoks about rosemary oil and hair growth – I had to buy. This was the first brand I tried and I’ve tried multiple since then but have come back to this as my hair has gone back to being greasy since stopping it. Wish they did a larger bottle though.” However one buyer said: “I was very happy with my first bottle, it smelt minty and was a good, thick consistency. My scalp was tingly when I applied it, which suggested it might be doing something. The second time I purchased, it was a weaker consistency, didn’t smell of much at all and no reaction on my skin. I feel like the product has changed and it’s put me off ordering again.” Get the Mielle Rosemary Mint Scalp & Hair Oil for £9.99 from Amazon here. Alternatively Boots are selling the same product for £10.99 currently. And LookFantastic is also selling it for £10.99.

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Frank Skinner says ‘I won’t pretend’ as he makes shock career statement

Frank Skinner has made a shock statement to say he’ll be leaving Absolute Radio after spending 15 years at the station. The 67-year-old comedian and broadcaster, from West Bromwich, announced in a pre-recorded show that he’ll no longer be featuring on the radio station after receiving a call from his manager. He revealed his contract hasn’t been renewed and he’ll be leaving in May. Christopher Graham Collins MBE, who changed his name to Frank Skinner as his career began, said he ‘wasn’t going to pretend he took it well’ as he informed listeners of his upcoming exit, reports MirrorOnline. Since 2009, Frank has been on Absolute Radio and he was inducted in December 2015 he was inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame. He has hosted The Frank Skinner Show on a Saturday breakfast slot alongside Emily Dean and Pierre Novellie, his co-hosts. And Frank is also a host of Frank Skinner’s Poetry Podcast, which will still continue to run for two more series. READ MORE: Frank Skinner awarded MBE and says ‘I wouldn’t have deserved it if I didn’t make Anne laugh’ Get breaking news on BirminghamLive WhatsApp, click the link to join In a pre-recorded show, he revealed he will be leaving in May and said: “My manager (called)… you know every year, about this time, we’ve just celebrated our 15th anniversary on the show, so obviously that means the new contract is coming, and every year I do self-deprecating jokes about the fact that we probably won’t get it renewed.” “Guess what?! Yeah, we didn’t! So, um, we’re not just going now, I’m not going to say bye and that’s the end we’ve got, like, several other, we’ve got some notice to serve, but um yeah, but no that was um… that’s it!'” He added: “We had a good run but I realise that in recent times but I am ever more becoming Grandad from The Simpsons, but even so um, yes, I’m not going to pretend I took it… well. I took it well in that we’ve had 15 years and Absolute have actually been very, very good to us in those 15 years but I didn’t take it well, I took it well in the way David Tennant took it well as the tenth Doctor when he started to regenerate and said: ‘I don’t want to go!'” Paul Sylvester, Absolute Radio’s content director said: “Frank has been a huge part of the Absolute Radio story and after 15 years this is truly the end of an era. We are hugely grateful for the contribution he’s made to both Saturday mornings and our charity comedy nights at the London Palladium.” “We’ll share details of our future summer schedule in due course, but there’s still a few more weeks to enjoy Frank, Emily and Pierre on Saturday mornings.” Skinner whose real name is Christopher Graham Collins has been touring with his acclaimed show 30 Years of Dirt, heading to Milton Keynes, Brighton, Leeds and other venues in April, with more dates in May and June at other venues. In August the show will return to the West End for a limited three-week run, it was recently announced. Skinner was made an MBE in the 2022 New Year Honours list, where he was recognised for his services to entertainment. He began his live stand-up career in 1987 when he tried his hand as a comic at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He returned to the festival to scoop one of comedy’s most prestigious prizes the Perrier Award four years after his first performance. Alongside fellow comic and screenwriter David Baddiel, Skinner makes up one half of Baddiel and Skinner, the duo behind TV programmes Fantasy Football and Baddiel And Skinner Unplanned. Along with Liverpudlian rock band The Lightning Seeds, the football-fanatic pair wrote football anthem Three Lions, which was first released for the 1996 Euro tournament being held in England. They also performed a rousing rendition of the track ahead of England’s appearance in the Euro 2020 final, with World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst introducing the pair to the stage. Skinner has published a number of books, including two autobiographies and Dispatches From The Sofa: The Collected Wisdom Of Frank Skinner, which consists of a collection of his columns for The Times. His TV work includes creating and hosting three series of Frank Skinner’s Opinionated for BBC Two, presenting multiple series of BBC One’s Room 101 and Portrait/Landscape Artist of the Year for Sky Arts. He has also presented documentaries for the BBC on Muhammad Ali, Elvis Presley and the life of actor and musician George Formby.

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Russia Says Concert Hall Attackers “Had Contacts” In Ukraine: Report

Russia’s FSB security service on Saturday said that the perpetrators of a deadly attack on a Moscow concert hall had “contacts” in Ukraine and were trying to flee there, state news agencies reported. “After committing the terrorist attack, the criminals intended to cross the Russian-Ukrainian border, and had appropriate contacts on the Ukrainian side,” the state-run TASS news agency quoted the FSB as saying, after it announced 11 arrests over the attack. Russian investigators said “terrorists” set fire to the concert hall using a “flammable liquid” after they went on a shooting rampage that killed over 90 people. “The terrorists used a flammable liquid to set fire to the concert hall premises where there were spectators, including wounded,” Russia’s Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes, said about Friday’s attack. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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170 Gaza Gunmen Killed In Hospital Raid, Says Israel

Israeli forces fighting in Gaza have killed more than 170 gunmen during their days-long raid at the Palestinian enclave’s main hospital, the military said on Saturday. Israeli troops entered Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City in the early hours of Monday morning and have been combing through the sprawling complex, which the military says is connected to a tunnel network used as a base for Hamas and other Palestinian fighters. “Thus far, the forces eliminated more than 170 terrorists in the area of the hospital, questioned over 800 suspects, and located numerous weapons and terror infrastructure,” the military said. Al Shifa, the Gaza Strip’s biggest hospital before the war, is now one of the few healthcare facilities even partially operational in the north of the territory, and had also been housing displaced civilians. More than 350 Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants have so far been detained at the hospital, the largest number captured at the same time since the war began in October, the military said on Thursday. Hamas and medical staff deny that the hospital is used for military purposes or to shelter fighters. In recent days, Hamas spokespeople have said that the dead announced in previous Israeli statements were not fighters but patients and displaced people and have accused Israel of war crimes. The Israeli military, which has lost two soldiers in combat at the hospital, says it is preventing harm to civilians, patients and medical staff there. Reuters has been unable to access the hospital and verify either account. Israel faced heavy criticism last November when troops first raided the hospital. The troops uncovered tunnels there, which they said had been used as command and control centres by Hamas. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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I played against Kobbie Mainoo on his full Manchester United debut and one thing stood out

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford believes Manchester United midfielder Kobbie Mainoo’s maturity on the ball has stood out the most as he prepares to potentially make his England debut this week. Mainoo started the season heavily tipped to break into the United squad, particularly after his impressive performance against Arsenal in pre-season. However, a freak injury suffered against Real Madrid saw the youngster sidelined until the end of November when he was thrown in at the deep end to start at Goodison Park. The occasion did not overwhelm Mainoo though and he has since moved from strength to strength becoming an undroppable for Erik ten Hag in the process. Earlier this week, Gareth Southgate made the late decision to pick the 18-year-old for the upcoming friendlies against Brazil and Belgium. READ MORE: Maguire believes United have found the next Bellingham READ MORE: United are at last going to see their dream midfield in action Mainoo has since trained with his new teammates at St George’s Park, one of whom featured against him during his debut on Merseyside. Asked about his first thoughts on the new addition to the Three Lions, Pickford was full of praise for the youngster. He told talkSPORT: “I think he made his full debut against us at Goodison Park. I remember the manager mentioning that they had the young lad playing centre-mid. “I knew already that he was a top player, from what I had heard. He has shone for Man United this season and he has kept his spot. “I have only trained with him for a day but in his performances for Man United he looks so calm on the ball and he plays with such maturity.” Mainoo will be hoping he can impress Southgate enough in the next few days to earn a call-up to the England squad for this summer’s European Championships in Germany. Competition in midfield is at an all-time high with the likes of Jude Bellingham, Declan Rice, Conor Gallagher and Jordan Henderson all jostling for a position in the team.

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‘Let the results do the talking’ – Guyana Chronicle

President Ali says at launch of Guyana Coursera Platform; emphasises PPP/C government’s dedication to making first-class education accessible to all Guyanese SINCE education has been proven to be a catalyst in bringing forth socio-economic growth, President Dr Irfaan Ali on Friday proudly remarked that first-class education has been achieved and is now accessible to every single citizen in this country. During the official launch of the Guyana Coursera Platform, President Ali reflected on how far Guyana has come in developing its human resources. In his feature address, the President gave some insight into the type of system the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government met with when they assumed office in August, 2020. He said: “You’ve heard that we came into office at the onset, almost the onset of COVID. With nothing in place, not only was the health sector ill-prepared…to deal with COVID, we did not have a single bed prepared to deal with COVID… but the education sector was also not prepared in any way, shape or form to deal with the consequential effect of COVID.” Owing to “carefully articulated” policies crafted by the PPP/C administration, this allowed education to be delivered in every corner of the country. Moreover, according to him, Guyana stands out as one of the few countries globally, that did not have a structural regression in its education system during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As he pointed out that workers even put their health on the line to ensure that this goal was met, President Ali said: “…We as a caring government, as your government, spared no effort or resource to ensure the students of this country and the people of this country remain in a learning environment.” WORLD-CLASS EDUCATION President Ali continued to reflect on how the PPP/C administration has lifted Guyana off of its feet and placed it on the path to prosperity. He then said: “But let me make this very clear. Three years ago…Minister Manickchand will recall that we shared a forum, when I said that we will deliver first world, first-class education in this country. But that is not all that we said. We said we will deliver first-class, first-world education accessible to every citizen of this country.” “Today, we can celebrate the accomplishment of this vision.” Even with attempts by detractors of development to cast doubt on this goal, the Head of State said that his government stayed committed to the task. “I say every day, let our results do the talking, lock away the noise and let the results do the talking,” President Ali told the large crowd. As he expounded on the plans that will place Guyana on a renowned stage, Dr Ali further related: “We are now looking to position Guyana as the main hub for Latin America and the Caribbean, for Coursera and what we have to offer in this region, to do this. We have to work on building a diversified platform that will cater for all languages and all requirements of the region.” With an audience largely made up of young people, President Ali seized the opportunity to give them words of encouragement. “It is okay to dream but your dream can be stop dead or become unrealised [if] the system does not support the [attainment of the] dream. Today in Guyana every citizen can dream of being educated. Every citizen can dream of a second chance, every citizen that dream about empowerment of education and receive that empowerment because of the policy formulation of the government,” he told them. Putting things into perspective of how Guyana has transformed, he noted that 800 students are on the training assistant programme. While in many societies most of them, according to the President, would be written off because they did not possess five or more Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subjects, under the PPP/C government these persons are not being left behind. “…Today through our policies, through the partnership with Coursera, and other entities, they can now train as a nursing assistant, receive a stipend and be guaranteed a job with a good salary…” Dr Ali said. Moreover, the President urged the private sector to get on board with the Coursera platform and get all of their employees registered on a programme. The Head of State said: “Let us go on a national drive to flood the platform by next Friday…Push the government to do more for you.” Additionally, President Ali highlighted that when the PPP/C came into office, there was still a monopoly on telecommunications. According to him, in August 2020, Guyana was paying US$950 per megabit of data. However, now Guyana is paying less than US$50 per megabit. With detractors of development always finding fault, Dr Ali said, with no hesitation, that with Coursera, 72 per cent of the 69,000 persons on the platform study on their cellphone which uses data. Thus, the ordinary man benefits from the aforementioned initiatives within the telecommunication sector. TRANSFORMATION Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Coursera, Jeff Maggioncalda, said that he noticed Guyana during COVID, when country by country, campuses were closing and he commended President Ali for making a massive investment to develop the citizens. “It’s exciting for me to be here in Guyana, a country undergoing an incredible economic transformation under the energetic leadership of President Irfaan Ali. His administration is making a pivotal investment to ensure that the nation’s prosperity is shared by all of its citizens,” he said. The CEO added that this will be the kind of transformative effort that few countries in the world have ever experienced, where education and skill development are not just priorities, but the very foundation of the nation’s future. He stated that through their partnership with the Commonwealth of Learning and Guyana’s Ministry of Education, Guyana has set a record among all of the countries on Coursera. “We saw 15,000 enrollments from Guyanese learners, almost two per cent of the entire population of the country in the first 10 days. Over 46,000, Guyanese citizens have learned new skills through the programme, earning over 50,000 certificates in job-related fields including business, technology, and data science,” he stated. Moreover, United States Ambassador to Guyana, Nicole Theriot, commended the Government of Guyana for ensuring that every Guyanese has access to education. She said: “Guyana is transforming right before our eyes and in order to sustain this trajectory of growth and development, while ensuring inclusion, it’s critical that every Guyanese person is equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to take part in this incredible success story.” The Ambassador also noted: “Education has always been the cornerstone of progress and development in any society. It is the key that unlocks doors of opportunity and empowers individuals to pursue their dreams. However, in today’s rapidly evolving world, relying solely on traditional methods of education is no longer sufficient.”

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EFCC arrest 20 internet fraudsters in Ibadan

Twenty, 20, suspected internet fraudsters have been arrested by Operatives of the Ibadan Zonal Commander of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. The Commission said the alleged fraudsters were arrested on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, in the Akobo area of Ibadan. Their arrest followed actionable intelligence on their suspected fraudulent internet-related activities. Items recovered from them include ten exotic cars, twelve laptops, forty-one(41) mobile phones, one PlayStation 5, one television set and other incriminating documents among others. The anti-graft agency added that they would be charged to court upon conclusion of investigations.

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