Historic Pilot, Sturridge, iPhone Cheat – Your Friday briefing

Friday 31st March 2017

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Good day, Here are yesterday’s top stories, and a look back – Click on any title to read more. of the story.


A Nigerian pilot who works for Air Djibouti has become the first African pilot in history to fly solo around the world.


Ademilola “Lola” Odujinrin completed the final leg of his historic journey Wednesday afternoon, landing safely at Washington Dulles International Airport.

The pilot has completed the entire circumnavigation in a Cirrus SR22, stopping in more than 15 countries on five continents, returning to Washington DC, where his journey began back in September.

The flight is part of Project Transcend, a foundation which aims to inspire young people to achieve their goals, regardless of their personal circumstances.

Ademilola says: “Ever since I was a child, I dreamed of one day flying around the world. We have a responsibility to lead by example and follow our dreams. I want African children to think: ‘I can do this too!’”


Liverpool have been given a pre-Merseyside derby boost with Daniel Sturridge’s return to training, but the chances of captain Jordan Henderson making the visit of Everton on Saturday are unlikely.

Daniel Sturridge

Sturridge has not featured since Feb. 4 because of a virus, which forced him to be sent home from a training camp in Spain last month, and then a hip injury, which meant he missed the club’s trip to Tenerife last week.

However, the England international was pictured taking part in an outdoor session at the club’s Melwood training ground on Thursday to raise hopes of him making the squad for the 228th Merseyside derby.

Henderson’s prospects are less encouraging, though. The Liverpool captain has not played since the Feb. 11 victory over Tottenham because of a foot problem.

Although he did travel to Tenerife with the squad, his involvement was limited and Press Association Sport reports he is highly unlikely to be ready to face Liverpool’s neighbours in the lunchtime kickoff.


Apple has issued an iPhone software update after reports of fake ransomware attacks where money was demanded in order to unlock the handset’s browser.


A pop-up screen accused the phone owner of accessing illegal pornography or pirating music and could not be removed.

However the ransomware was fake – and clearing the browser cache was actually enough to restore full access.

It ran on JavaScript, a code commonly employed by many websites.

The attackers demanded £100 in the form of an iTunes gift card with the code sent via text message to a designated mobile number, said security firm Lookout in a blog about the malware.

“…the attack doesn’t actually encrypt any data and hold it ransom,” wrote its security researchers.

“Its purpose is to scare the victim into paying to unlock the browser before he realizes he doesn’t have to pay the ransom to recover data or access the browser.”


It is fast approaching two years since President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as President of Nigeria. Precisely, May 29, 2015 was the day Nigerians thought they had voted for a messiah to rescue them from the abject poverty they witnessed during the last administration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. If Israelites had known they would be confronted with hunger, poverty, hardship and depression, they would not have followed Moses out of Egypt.

President Buhari recently held a closed-door meeting with Governor Nyesome of Rivers state as regards the recent activities of the Niger Delta Avengers

“If only we had died by the LORD’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death,” the Israelites said to Moses and Aaron. The same scenario is currently playing itself out where things have gone from better to worse under President Buhari. Those who do not have the opportunity to express what they are passing through publicly are now resorting to committing suicide or attempting to commit suicide, which ever way.

That said, I overheard some ‘cabals’ whispering to Nigerians that President Buhari would be the one taking Nigerians to the promised land. If I may ask, which promised land are they talking about? Is it the one in the bible? An adage says, “A ki i fini joye awodi ko ma le gbadiye,” meaning, “One cannot be given the title ‘eagle’ and yet be incapable of snatching chickens.”

It is a bitter truth that Nigerians can no longer wait for miracles to happen under this government after having waited for nearly two years without any positive results. If Mr. President seems to be doubting my write up, I will advise him to quickly fly over to Lagos and take a walk just to test his popularity. A good leader has no need of being feared by the people, they say.

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