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Strictly Come Dancing 2018: Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman dazzle

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Strictly Come Dancing launch 2018: Tess Daly dazzled in a sparkling silver gown as she joined tuxedo-clad Claudia Winkleman at star-studded event on Monday

The season launch for Strictly Come Dancing 2018 kicked off on Monday night, with the stars of the show making a glamorous display at the extravagant event.

Not ones to fade into the background, co-hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman dazzled as they stepped out onto the stage at the BBC Broadcasting House, London.

The former model, 49, was sure to turn heads in a sparkling silver gown as she joined the television presenter, 46, who looked stylish in her androgynous tuxedo look.

Strictly Come Dancing launch 2018: Tess Daly dazzled in a sparkling silver gown as she joined tuxedo-clad Claudia Winkleman at star-studded event on Monday

Strictly Come Dancing launch 2018: Tess Daly dazzled in a sparkling silver gown as she joined tuxedo-clad Claudia Winkleman at star-studded event on Monday

The hosts looked every inch the show women as they put on a very animated display at the star-studded launch.

The dynamic duo added to their statuesque figures in a pair of matching black stiletto heels, and held hands as they stomped down the catwalk. 

Tess’ halterneck dress fit snugly on her trim frame, and she looked glamorous as she let her blonde locks cascade over her shoulders. 

Stylish: The dynamic duo added to their statuesque figures in a pair of matching black stiletto heels, and held hands as they stomped down the catwalk

Stunning: Tess' halterneck dress fit snugly on her trim frame, and she looked glamorous as she let her blonde locks cascade over her shoulders

Stylish: The dynamic duo added to their statuesque figures in a pair of matching black stiletto heels, and held hands as they stomped down the catwalk

Dream team: The hosts looked every inch the show women as they put on a very animated display at the star-studded event

Dream team: The hosts looked every inch the show women as they put on a very animated display at the star-studded event

The British rose brushed on a slick of nude lipstick, as well as dark mascara and eyeliner to complete her overall look for the night.

Claudia pulled her raven tresses into a stylish bun, while her fringe framed her petite face well which she accentuated with a glamorous palette of make-up. 

Both women looked incredibly pleased to be kicking off the show’s launch ahead of its return to the BBC, as they smiled and laughed their entire way through the event. 

Showing off their moves: The co-hosts couldn't help but dance as they stepped out on stage

Showing off their moves: The co-hosts couldn’t help but dance as they stepped out on stage

Sensational: The British rose brushed on a slick of nude lipstick, as well as dark mascara and eyeliner to complete her overall look for the night

Beaming: Tess had a bright smile on her face the whole time

Sensational: The British rose brushed on a slick of nude lipstick, as well as dark mascara and eyeliner to complete her overall look for the night

Yay! Both women looked incredible pleased to be kicking off the show's launch ahead of its return to the BBC as they smiled and laughed their entire way through the event

Yay! Both women looked incredible pleased to be kicking off the show’s launch ahead of its return to the BBC as they smiled and laughed their entire way through the event

Wow! Tess was sure to make heads turn in her glittering ensemble at the extravagant event

Wow! Tess was sure to make heads turn in her glittering ensemble at the extravagant event

Darcey Bussell led the glamour at the launch in a plunging fuchsia pink ballgown, which had a long train, as she joined her judging panel of Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli.

The former Royal Ballet principal ballerina and judge, 49, looked stunning in the bold ensemble as she styled her short brunette locks into a dramatic curled sweptback hairdo.

Darcey proved diamonds really are a girl’s best friend as she accessorised her look with a pair of jaw-dropping pendant earrings, bracelet and oversized tortoise shell sunglasses.  

Smile and wave: The co-hosts beamed as they walked down the catwalk and saw the adoring crowd ahead of them

Smile and wave: The co-hosts beamed as they walked down the catwalk and saw the adoring crowd ahead of them

Dazzling: Tess looked incredible in her sleek gown

Killer moves: The blonde beauty excitedly danced down the catwalk

Dazzling: Tess looked incredible in her sleek gown

Glamorous judging panel: Darcey Bussell led the glamour in a plunging fuchsia pink ballgown  as she joined her judging panel of Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli

Glamorous judging panel: Darcey Bussell led the glamour in a plunging fuchsia pink ballgown as she joined her judging panel of Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli

Sensational look: Ashley Roberts looked incredible as she stepped out in a blue sequinned outfit

Pretty in pink: Katie Piper put on a glamorous display in her gorgeous ensemble

Wow! Ashley Roberts (left) and Katie Piper (right) sparkled in their ballroom attire

Making an entrance: The co-hosts looked sensational as they arrived at the event

Making an entrance: The co-hosts looked sensational as they arrived at the event

Sparkle, sparkle: Tess glittered as she posed for photos at the ballroom extravaganza

Beaming: Tess couldn't help but smile at the launch event

Sparkle, sparkle: Tess glittered as she posed for photos at the ballroom extravaganza

Ta-da!: The dancers looked every inch the Strictly stars as they showed off their toned figures in black, red and silver sparkly sheer outfits

Ta-da!: The dancers looked every inch the Strictly stars as they showed off their toned figures in black, red and silver sparkly sheer outfits

She was joined by her co-star and head judge, Shirley Ballas, who oozed Hollywood glamour in a white halterneck midi dress, with a sheer and beaded chiffon cape over the top.

The Queen of Latin styled her raven locks into a voluminous tied back hairdo, with the front strands loose, she added a slick of glamorous make-up which included a dark red lipstick.

She accessorised her look with a set of red and pearl studded heels, as well as a pair of oversized black sunglasses. 

Meanwhile, the professional dancers made sure to put on a spectacle on the star-studded red carpet as Anton du Beke showed off his snake hips with flame-haired Dianne Buswell. 

The duo looked every inch the Strictly stars as they showed off their toned figures in black, red and silver sparkly sheer outfits.  

Showing their moves: The judging panel couldn't help but have a good time at the event

Showing their moves: The judging panel couldn’t help but have a good time at the event

Toned: Karen flaunted her washboard abs in her revealing top

Sizzling: Janette put on a very leggy display in her form-fitting outfit

Enviable figures: Karen Clifton and Janette Manrara wowed in their sparkling outfits

Defiant: Exs Karen and Kevin Clifton proved their split hasn't marred their professional relationship as they danced up a storm at the event

Defiant: Exs Karen and Kevin Clifton proved their split hasn’t marred their professional relationship as they danced up a storm at the event

Show-stoppers: The professional dancers made sure to put on a spectacle on the star-studded red carpet as Anton du Beke showed off his snake hips with flame-haired Dianne Buswell

They've got the moves: Anton du Beke and Dianne were in high spirits at the event

Show-stoppers: The professional dancers made sure to put on a spectacle on the star-studded red carpet as Anton du Beke showed off his snake hips with flame-haired Dianne Buswell

The launch show for Strictly Come Dancing will be filmed on August 31, with the celebrities pairing up with their professional dance partners.

The launch show will air on September 8.

Anticipation has been mounting for the new series ever since the lineup was officially confirmed, with names such as Lee Ryan, Ashley Roberts and Susannah Constantine set to take to the dancefloor.

It will be the first time viewers will see the celebs dance with their professions in a group dance.

The first show will feature special guests Nile Rodgers and Chic, Craig David and Stefflon Don. 

Glamorous duo: The former Royal Ballet principal ballerina and judge, 49, looked every inch the show woman in the bold ensemble as she styled her short brunette locks into a dramatic curled sweptback hairdo

Glamorous duo: The former Royal Ballet principal ballerina and judge, 49, looked every inch the show woman in the bold ensemble as she styled her short brunette locks into a dramatic curled sweptback hairdo

Wow factor: Shirley Ballas oozed Hollywood glamour in a white halterneck midi dress, with a sheer and beaded chiffon cape over the top 

Wow factor: Shirley Ballas oozed Hollywood glamour in a white halterneck midi dress, with a sheer and beaded chiffon cape over the top 

Pretty in pink: Darcey Bussell led the glamour in a plunging fuchsia pink ballgown with a long train at the Strictly Come Dancing launch in London on Monday night

Pretty in pink: Darcey Bussell led the glamour in a plunging fuchsia pink ballgown with a long train at the Strictly Come Dancing launch in London on Monday night

Doubling up: Ahead of the red carpet event, it seemed that host of the show Tess Daly and new contestant Faye Tozer had compared notes, both walking into the event in identical ensembles

Doubling up: Ahead of the red carpet event, it seemed that host of the show Tess Daly and new contestant Faye Tozer had compared notes, both walking into the event in identical ensembles

Doubling up: Ahead of the red carpet event, it seemed that host of the show Tess Daly and new contestant Faye Tozer had compared notes, both walking into the event in identical ensembles

Ahead of the red carpet event, it seemed that Tess and new contestant Faye Tozer had compared notes, both walking into the event in identical ensembles.

Before dolling themselves up for the glam debut show, each blonde strutted into the studios in London in matching khaki army jackets.

They both wore white tops underneath and black skinny leggings, and even their bags were matching, as each toted a small black leather shoulder purse.

Everything was identical between the two – down to their pink trainers, but the main difference was that Faye covered her blonde locks with a beige baseball cap, while Tess let her mane fall loosely around her shoulders. 

Gal pals: Tess strutted alongside head judge Shirley, who walked with her in a white blouse and black slacks 

Gal pals: Tess strutted alongside head judge Shirley, who walked with her in a white blouse and black slacks 

Difference: Faye covered her blonde locks with a beige baseball cap, while Tess let her mane fall loosely around her shoulders

Difference: Faye covered her blonde locks with a beige baseball cap, while Tess let her mane fall loosely around her shoulders

What a laugh: Shirley was seen on the arm of a tuxedo-clad Craig Revel Horwood at one point

What a laugh: Shirley was seen on the arm of a tuxedo-clad Craig Revel Horwood at one point

Tess strutted alongside head judge Shirley, who walked with her in a white blouse and black slacks.

She was seen on the arm of a tuxedo-clad Craig Revel Horwood at one point, looking to share a hysterical joke with one another.

Their fellow judge Bruno Tonioli turned up looking smart in a shirt and tie, followed by Tess’ co-host Claudia Winkleman.

Claudia wore a black casual ensemble, a warm coat and hauled a large bag with her.

Strutting her stuff: Darcey Bussell arrived at the BBC Studios in a chic denim number

Strutting her stuff: Darcey Bussell arrived at the BBC Studios in a chic denim number

Strutting her stuff: Darcey Bussell arrived at the BBC Studios in a chic denim number

Smiley: Tess' co-host Claudia looked stylish as she arrived in all black

Smiley: Tess’ co-host Claudia looked stylish as she arrived in all black

Sharp: Bruno Tonioli turned up looking smart in a shirt and tie

Sharp: Bruno Tonioli turned up looking smart in a shirt and tie

Excited: Also arriving was Katie Piper, in a white top and jeans

Excited: Also arriving was Katie Piper, in a white top and jeans

Excited: Also arriving was Katie Piper, in a white top and jeans

Not feeling Blue: Lee Ryan showed up clad in a black suit

Not feeling Blue: Lee Ryan showed up clad in a black suit

She showcased her newly dyed mane of blonde dip-dye highlights.

Also arriving was Katie Piper, in a white top and jeans, followed by Lee Ryan in a dark ensemble.

Darcey Bussell arrived at the BBC Studios in a chic denim number followed by casual clad Graeme Swann and Kate Silverton.

Friendly competition: Graeme Swann showed up equipped with a bag of sushi

Friendly competition: Graeme Swann showed up equipped with a bag of sushi

Friendly competition: Graeme Swann showed up equipped with a bag of sushi

Raring to go: Kate Silverton looked ready for her time in the spotlight

Raring to go: Kate Silverton looked ready for her time in the spotlight

STRICTLY COME DANCING 2018: THE FULL LINE-UP

The [Kim] joy of baking: Kim-Joy has an ‘open’ approach to cakes

Susannah Constantine 

Age: 56

Occupation: Fashion TV star 

Claim to fame: Susannah dated Princess Margaret’s son, David Linley  and is known for starring in What Not To Wear with Trinny Woodall, where they lauded Spanx

Boozy bakes: Londoner Ruby is partial to a Chambord Ganache

Charles Venn 

Age: 45

Occupation: EastEnders actor 

Claim to fame:  The handsome hunk has most famously starred as Ray Dixon in EastEnders, but has also starred in Casualty and Footballers’ Wives 

Flamboyant or flambé? Karen is looking to ‘have some fun’

Lauren Steadman 

Age: 25

Occupation: Paralympic silver medallist

Claim to fame: British Paralympic athlete is a double World Champion Paratriathlete and six-time European Champion, who was born missing her lower right arm

Blood, sweat and tears: Jon is a medical courier for a living

Lee Ryan 

Age: 35

Occupation: Blue singer and former CBB star 

Claim to fame:  Lee is a member of boy band Blue who sold over 14million records worldwide. He’s also starred in various pantomimes 

Mother knows best: Imelda learned to bake from her Irish mother

Seann Walsh 

Age: 32

Occupation: Comedian 

Claim to fame:  Seann is one of the UK’s most beloved comedians, and along with touring the country is a regular on shows Virtually Famous and Play To The Whistle. 

Paul Bollywood? Antony’s Indian father taught him how to bake

Kate Silverton 

Age: 48

Occupation: News broadcaster

Claim to fame: Kate has been a fixture of BBC’s news presenting team for many years. She has also hosted programmes Panorama, Big Cat Live and My Family at War

Getting technical: Terry is a self-confessed ‘edgy’ baker

Ashley Roberts  

Age: 36

Occupation:  Former Pussycat Dolls singer

Claim to fame:  Ashley soared to fame in the modern Burlesque group and dance troupe Pussycat Dolls. She left the group in 2010 and became a judge on Dancing On Ice

Party boy: Luke is trading his decks for a different type of mixer

Dr Ranj Singh 

Age: 38

Occupation: This Morning’s resident doctor 

Claim to fame:  Dr Ranj has garnered fame from his presenting on CBeebies’ shows Get Well Soon and Bedtime Stories, as well as being a regular on ITV’s This Morning 

Man of science: Rahul has an East-meets-West flair for baking

 Vick Hope 

Age:28

Occupation: DJ 

Claim to fame: Vick has garnered fame in her turn as a DJ on Capital FM opposite Roman Kemp on the weekday breakfast show from 6AM

Danny John-Jules 

Age: 57

Occupation: Actor

Claim to fame: Danny has played Cat in the sci-fi cult series Red Dwarf since 1988. He also played hero Lenny Bicknall in the CBBC spy series M.I. High.

Katie Piper 

Age: 34

Occupation: TV star

Claim to fame: Katie rose to prominence after she was the victim of a horrific acid attack in 2008. She went onto front the documentary Katie: My Beautiful Face as well as several other series. 

Self-taught: Briony credits YouTube for her skills in the kitchen

Stacey Dooley 

Age: 31

Occupation: Documentary maker 

Claim to fameStacey has presented investigative documentaries for the BBC, including the award-winning Stacey Dooley on The Frontline: Gun Girls and ISIS in 2016.

Bringing the boulangerie: Manon draws upon her French heritage 

Graeme Swann 

Age: 39

Occupation: Former cricketer

Claim to fame: Graeme is one of England’s greatest ever cricket stars, playing for the national team from 2008-13. He was also part of the historic winning 2009 Ashes team.

Growing up: Dan has honed his baking skills as a stay-at-home dad 

 Joe Sugg 

Age: 26

Occupation: YouTube star

Claim to fame: One of Britain’s most popular YouTube stars, with over 8m subscribers to his channel and 5.5 million Twitter followers. He is the brother of web guru Zoella.

Faye Tozer

 Age: 42

Occupation: Steps singer

Claim to fame: Faye was one of the stars of legendary 90s band Steps from 1997 to 2001. The group reunited in 2017 for an anniversary tour, with their comeback album

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EFCC Vows to arrest Innoson Motors Boss, Innocent Chukwuma …as Court Strikes Out Fraud Case Against Him The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has vowed to ensure that the Chairman, Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited, Innocent Chukwuma is arrested to face fraud charges in court. The Commission gave the assurance today, after Justice Olusola Williams of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, struck out the case of fraud it instituted against Chukwuma. The Judge struck out the case after the EFCC failed to produce Chukwuma in court to face trial. Chuwuma and his company, Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited, were to be arraigned on a four-count charge of conspiracy to obtain by false pretences, obtaining by false pretence, stealing and forgery. The defendants allegedly committed the offences between 2009 and July 2011 in Lagos. The defendants were alleged to have conspired to obtain, by false pretences, containers of motorcycles, spare parts and raw materials, property of Guaranty Trust Bank, from Mitsui OSK Lines Limited, Apapa, Lagos. They were also alleged to have fraudulently induced staff of Mitsui OSK and Maersk Line to deliver to them, via their clearing agents, the goods that were imported from China in the name of GTB by falsely pretending that they were authorized by the bank to clear the goods. The defendants were said to have forged a bill of lading numbered 598286020 of Maersk Line Limited and 11007950841 of Mussui O.S.K. Line by knowingly putting a false GTB stamp and signature of the bank staff. The alleged fraud was in order that the forged documents be used or acted upon as genuine to the prejudice of any person within Lagos or elsewhere. However, since the suit was instituted, first before Justice Mojisola Dada of the same court, the defendant has refused to appear in court to face his trial. In a short ruling today, Justice Williams held that it was the responsibility of the EFCC to produce him in court. “This court is not an investigator or a prosecutor. This court cannot waste precious judicial time prosecuting a matter that is going nowhere. “This is a criminal matter that can be instituted anytime the prosecution is ready. The court hereby strikes out the matter,” the Judge held. It will be recalled that Justice Dada had, on June 22, 2018, withdrawn from presiding over the matter on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC). All efforts by the EFCC to arraign the defendant before Justice Dada on five consecutive occasions failed despite being declared wanted on May 23, 2018 and also issuance of a bench warrant by the court.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has vowed to ensure that the Chairman, Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited, Innocent Chukwuma is arrested to face fraud charges in court. The Commission gave the assurance today, after Justice Olusola Williams of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, struck out the case of fraud it instituted against Chukwuma.

The Judge struck out the case after the EFCC failed to produce Chukwuma in court to face trial.

Chuwuma and his company, Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited, were to be arraigned on a four-count charge of conspiracy to obtain by false pretences, obtaining by false pretence, stealing and forgery.

The defendants allegedly committed the offences between 2009 and July 2011 in Lagos.

The defendants were alleged to have conspired to obtain, by false pretences, containers of motorcycles, spare parts and raw materials, property of Guaranty Trust Bank, from Mitsui OSK Lines Limited, Apapa, Lagos.

They were also alleged to have fraudulently induced staff of Mitsui OSK and Maersk Line to deliver to them, via their clearing agents, the goods that were imported from China in the name of GTB by falsely pretending that they were authorized by the bank to clear the goods.

The defendants were said to have forged a bill of lading numbered 598286020 of Maersk Line Limited and 11007950841 of Mussui O.S.K. Line by knowingly putting a false GTB stamp and signature of the bank staff.

The alleged fraud was in order that the forged documents be used or acted upon as genuine to the prejudice of any person within Lagos or elsewhere.

However, since the suit was instituted, first before Justice Mojisola Dada of the same court, the defendant has refused to appear in court to face his trial.

In a short ruling today, Justice Williams held that it was the responsibility of the EFCC to produce him in court.

“This court is not an investigator or a prosecutor. This court cannot waste precious judicial time prosecuting a matter that is going nowhere.

“This is a criminal matter that can be instituted anytime the prosecution is ready.  The court hereby strikes out the matter,” the Judge held.

It will be recalled that Justice Dada had, on June 22, 2018, withdrawn from presiding over the matter on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC).

All efforts by the EFCC to arraign the defendant before Justice Dada on five consecutive occasions failed despite being declared wanted on May 23, 2018 and also issuance of a bench warrant by the court.

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LASU dismisses 3 Randy Lecturers over ‘sex-for-marks’

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The Lagos State University (LASU) has sacked three of its senior lecturers over alleged sexual misconduct.

In a statement on Tuesday, Ademola Adekoya, the university’s spokesperson, said their dismissal was approved by the governing council of the university at its 119th statutory meeting on October 4.

The affected lecturers were identified as Ayoola Odubunmi, an associate professor of economics; Isiaka Ogunwande, an associate professor of chemistry and Emmanuel Gbeleyi, a lecturer in the department of anatomy.

Adekoya said the lecturers were queried after which a disciplinary committee constituted to look into the allegation passed its final findings to the governing council.

One of the victims was said have contacted a non-governmental organisation (NGO) to wade into the matter after one of the associate professors had made repeated overtures at her.

The NGO had planted a hidden camera on the lady who proceeded to meet the lecturer in his office on a Saturday after he invited her to rewrite a particular course she failed.

The lecturer was allegedly caught on camera molesting the female student while he gave her the examination paper to keep writing. The university security officials who were on standby were said to have swooped on them and arrested the randy lecturer.

Gbeleyi, on his part, was reported by two female students who he asked to buy an injection, which he was accused to have used to sedate them before having sex with them.

In June, the management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Osun state had fired Richard Akindele, a lecturer who allegedly demanded five sessions of sex from Monica Osagie, a postgraduate student of the institution, to award her a pass mark in a course she failed.

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Oil Tanker collides with Car, kills 50, 100 suffer severe burns

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At least 50 people have died after an oil tanker collided with a car on a major road in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The incident occurred near the city of Kisantu, between the capital Kinshasa and the port of Matadi. One hundred people suffered second-degree burns, Atou Matabuana, the governor of Kongo Central region said.

“The flames spread rapidly engulfing nearby houses,” the UN’s Okapi radio reported.

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