A staff of a mortgage bank in Lagos, southwest Nigeria, Folayemi Oluwayemisi Adedayo, 41, has been charged to court for illegally withdrawing N26 million from a customer’s account.
The banker was arrested by the police at Zone 2 Command, Onikan, Lagos.
She was arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court on an 18-count charge of felony to wit, forgery and stealing.
The police alleged in charge suit No. F/7/2013 that the accused was arrested following a complaint by a customer of the finance house, Reverend T.O. Mobolale that the accused forged his signature and withdrew N26.5m from his account, property of Light House International School, Ikorodu, Lagos.
He stated that the accused between 8 January and 15 August 2012 cleverly withdrew N1,525,000 twice, N1,550,000 twice N1,200,000, N1,650,000 thrice, among others, without his approval.
He further stated that she committed the offence at 54, Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The offence, said the police prosecutor, Inspector Marcus Okon, contravenes section 409, 285 (6) and 333 (2) (a) of the criminal laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges, and the presiding magistrate, Mrs. Omotosho admitted her on bail in the sum of N500,000 with one surety in like sum who must show proof of tax payment to the Lagos State government.
She adjourned the matter till 25 March 2013 for mention. The defendant was moved to Kirikiri Prison pending when she would fulfil the bail condition.
The remains of Nigeria’s veteran actor, Justus Esiri, who died on 19 February following complications from diabetes, will be buried in his home town, Oriaka Abraka, Delta State, in April.
Speaking with Reporters on phone this afternoon, a member of the deceased family, George Esiri, said the burial arrangement of the late thespian would have held in March, but was shifted to third week of April due to the Lent period currently being observed by Christians all over the world.
Christian wake-keep of the actor, who acquired national reputation when he acted in the long running series, Village Headmaster, will hold in Lagos, lying-in-state in Warri and burial in Abraka.
A statement jointly signed by Sidney Esiri and George Esiri on behalf of the family reads that: “While we mourn the loss of a great man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to the youth to work hard to achieve their dreams, and play their own part in building a greater nation.
“For those who may ask what they can do to honour Chief Justus Esiri, we simply request that you honour his example of service, accomplishment and modesty and the next time you turn on your television and see his face, we ask that you keep his memory alive.”
They therefore described the late thespian as a loving husband, father, grand-father, brother, uncle and friend.
An Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), the Otun Amuludun of the Source in Ile-Ife, Osun State, Justus Esiri is survived by wife, Mrs Omiete Esiri, Children; Mrs. Ophlia Edewor, Mrs. Ejiro Efijemueh, Mr. Justus Esiri Jnr., Dr Sidney Esiri (Dr Sid), Mr. Andrew Esiri, Miss Tobor Esiri and grand Children.
Family, friends and colleagues of Nigeria’s Afro pop singer, Oluwabimpe Susan Harvey, popularly known as Goldie Harvey, yesterday aid their last respect to the singer as she was buried at the Vaults and Gardens Cemetery, Ikoyi, Lagos.
The late singer, whose remains was placed in a brown MIC Casket, was brought into the premises in a R350 Mercedes Benz hearse at around 10:00am.
During the private funeral, Andrew Harvey, Goldie’s husband who surfaced few days after her death on 14 February, paid a moving tribute to his wife: “Susan you walked into my life, it was like God sent you as a fresh breath. I still remember your response to my first love message. You said ‘Love killed Romeo; sent Diana to an early grave and killed Jack on the Titanic. Forget about love, just have friendship and live long. Overtime our love grew to a depth I have never known. You were the best years of my life, your smile, your desire to live your dream.”
Her siblings read both the first and second Bible readings before she was interred in one of the private vaults at the cemetery.
In his moving tribute, Goldie’s close friend and Channel O presenter, Denrele Edun, who was a shadow of himself, described the deceased “just as gorgeous now as when last I saw her. Her slightly disappearing figure and total loss from my sight is in me, not in her.”
“The Goldie I knew despite the World recognition, I would move mountains, I would break ceilings sell your legacy and you are the best friend I forever had’, I can hear you say to me, do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep. Do not stand on my grave and cry. I am not there, I did not die,” teary-eyed Edun said.
Also paying tribute to one of his prized artiste, Keke Ogungbe, President, Kennis Music, stated: “Lovely and talented Oluwabimpe Goldie Susan, if I’m to start saying all I can’t finish. Though it’s painful, so lovely to have left on Valentine’s Day, May almighty God grant your soul eternal rest forever and ever in Jesus Name Amen.”
Others in attendance at the burial to pay their last respect to the singer are Chris Ubosi, Dele Momodu, Mayor Akinpelu, Kunle Bakare, Olisa Adibua, Jaywon, Eedris Abdulkareem, DJ Jimmy Jatt, KSB, Essence, Weird MC, ID Ogungbe, Gbenga Adeyinka 1st, eLDee the don, Julius Agwu, Freeze, Tiwa Savage and others.
Goldie died on the St. Valentine’s Day of Hypertensive heart disease some hours after returning from the 53th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, United States.
The autopsy carried out February 19 and signed by Dr. O.O Oyewole of the Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine said she suffered a terminal ‘hypertensive heart disease’ which resulted to’ intracerebellar haemorrhage.’
An argument between a middle aged Nigerian woman, Ndidi Emeka Mordi and her husband, Chukwudi Mordi has led to her death as her husband allegedly hacked with a machete.
Ndidi who lived with her husband in Egbudu-Aka town, Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State, allegedly had some disagreement with him the previous night.
Unknown to her however, death was lurking in the corner.
The following day, her husband dealt her severe machete cuts and then disappeared to avoid the wrath of the people.
The Public Relations Officer of the Delta State Police Command, ASP Famous Ajieh who confirmed the incident, added that one Sunday Ogbu of Ishiagu, reported the matter to the police.
Ajieh said the police have visited the scene of crime and that the corpse has been deposited at a mortuary for autopsy.
He also confirmed that the suspect was still on the run, and called on natives in the area to assist the command as it intensify efforts to track down the suspect.
In another development, a five-man inter-state car snatching syndicate, including two females, have been nabbed by the police in Asaba.
The two ladies who were earlier arrested by the police with another male member of the gang who drove the Toyota Yaris car with registration number Lagos, MUS 139 BC, led the police to a popular hotel in Asaba where the two kingpins of the gang, where they were waiting for a prospective buyer of the car.
The car was allegedly snatched at gunpoint from the owner at Enugu.
Delta State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Famous Ajieh who confirmed the incident, said nemesis caught up with the hoodlums when detectives tracked the car to its location through the tracking device installed in the car.
Governor Olusegun Mimiko of the western Nigerian state of Ondo was today sworn in for a second term of four years.
The event took place at the Democracy Park, Oja Oba, behind the Central Mosque, Oba Adesida Road, Akure, the capital.
First to be sworn in at 12.35 pm was Alhaji Ali Olanusi, the Deputy Governor, who appeared in white agabada. His two wives were also present to give him support.
I swear… Governor Mimiko takes the oath of office
After the session, there was a music interlude, with LKT (he sang the fuji track in Olu Maintain’s Yahuuze) and Tu Face entertaining the audience.
At 1.10 pm, Mimiko, wearing his trademark starched batik grey and blue striped buba and sokoto, with a black Pandit Nehru cap, was sworn in.
After a firm handshake with the Chief Judge, Justice Olasehinde Kumuyi who administered the oath of office, Mimiko did a thumbs-up to the audience and proceeded to the podium to deliver, extempore, his second inaugural speech, an address that was “interpreted”, to the deaf and dumb in the audience through gesticulation, by a lady.
Mimiko thanked God for making the event possible and the electorate who, as the agents of change, made it possible for him to be sworn in for a second term.
He appreciated President Goodluck Jonathan, for ensuring a free and fair election on 20 October 2012; Barrister Dan Iwuayanwu, the Labour Party Chairman for standing by him; the Afenifere, Yoruba Forum and others.
First, Mimiko reminded the people what his administration achieved in the past four years. In the realm of education, he was happy that his government put in place an education policy that could make Ondo indigenes compete at the global stage. In his words, “Without our kind of education policy, we might be multiplying the tribe of hooligans, bombers and kidnappers…” In the health sector, Mimiko reminded the people that his administration was able to declare and act on the concept that pregnancy “will no longer be death sentence in the state.” He was referring to his Abiye/Mother and Child Care programme.He talked on his agricultural policy, urban renewal, the 644 community nominated projects, the security measures in the state, Arigidi tomatoes factory and the Olokola Free Zone.
He particularly appreciated the presence of Alhaji Aliko Dangote and the “expected investments he will bring to the state”, where the second largest bitumen deposits in the world (after Venezuela) abounds.
Mimiko charted a path for the future by quoting Frantz Fanon: “Our generation must discover its mission, fulfill or betray it.”
The Governor decided that, for the second term, he would fulfill his own mission.Thus, Mimiko promised that in the next four years, he would bring government closer to the people. Apart from driving job creation, Mimiko vowed to complete the 30 megawatts power project in Ore, complete the international conference centre, distribute the Residency Card, otherwise known as Kaadi Igbe Ayo (a biometric card through which, apart from its demographic/census usage, will give carriers access to health and other welfare services) and others.
He told the people: “There is nowhere to go but forward. Forward ever, backward never”. He added that four years ago, he promised to work for the people, he fulfilled that promise. Mimiko maintained that his job would be unfinished until “every child has access to quality education, quality health, food security, villages are well organised, Ondo’s sandy shores become tourist centres and others.
Present at the occasion were a former General Abudusalami Abubakar; Governors Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State; Theodore Orji, Abia; Peter Obi, Anambra; former Governor Gbenga Daniel of Ogun; Dangote; Chief Ade Ojo of Elizade; Chief Olu Falae; Professor Dora Akunyili, a former Information Minister; Mrs Ganiat Fawehinmi, wife of the late human right lawyer, Gani Fawehinmi and others.
When he stood for election in April 2007, he was rigged out by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP after which Olusegun Agagu was declared governor. Mimiko challenged this in a long drawn court battle at the election petitions tribunal.In the end, Agagu lost office on 23 February 2009 after the verdict of the Appeal Court, based on irregularities in the 2007 election. He was replaced by Mimiko as governor on the platform of the Labour Party. In fact, he became the first and remains the only Labour Party governor.On his road to becoming the only governor in Ondo to rule for a second term, Mimiko contested election again in on 20 October 2012. When the results were released for all the 18 local government areas, Mimiko garnered 260, 199 votes, winning majority of the total valid votes in 13 local government areas of the state. Olusola Oke of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Barrister Rotimi Akeredolu of the Action Congress Party of Nigeria scored 155, 961 and 143,512 votes respectively.When he was sworn in on 24 January 2009,
Governor Rahman Olusegun Mimiko told the people of Ondo State: “I will strive at all times to make decisions that will benefit the greatest number of our people…At all times, in all seasons, I will work for you.”
Ultima Limited, producer of popular music talent hunt show, Project Fame, has denied the infringement claims levelled against the outfit by singer and producer, Paul Play Dairo.
In a statement, Ultima said the outfit is not owing Paul Play or any artiste royalties for the use of their musical works in its show.
It said Ultima, “as a law abiding corporate citizen, respecting the rights of all stakeholders in her conduct of business,” has duly paid Copyrights Society of Nigeria, COSON, which was the government approved collecting agency, for all musical works that they used.
“As is standard practice all over the world, rather than maintain individual agreements with each one of the hundreds of artistes whose songs we use, we have a single agreement with their collection body, COSON, who in turn is responsible for dealing with each individual artiste. They are responsible for collecting such payments on behalf of Nigerian artistes, and Ultima has duly paid COSON for use of such music,” stated the production outfit.
Explaining further, Ultima pointed out that for the past five seasons of Project Fame, it annually made the statutory payments due and required for the use of musical works for both local and international artistes used on the Project Fame show.
In the first two years, it claimed to have paid the Performing and Mechanical Rights Society Ltd/Gte (PMRS) – which was the government approved collecting agency at the time, for all musical works that they used. From the third year when PMRS became Copyrights Society of Nigeria, COSON, Ultima continued with the payment to COSON for all the songs used in those years. “…And as such if Paul Play has any issues with payment of royalties for the use of his musical works, it should be worked out with COSON and not Ultima nor MTN,” the outfit stated.
But in a swift reaction, Paul Play denied being a member of COSON and said he has never given the collecting body right to negotiate or receive any royalties on his behalf from any organisation.
“As much as I would not want to comment much on this matter as it is already in court, I will state categorically to you that I am not a member of COSON. I have never given any right to anyone except my intellectual property manager. This is a case of theft and everyone involve will have to provide the evidence that I release the right to my songs to them when we get to court,” Paul Play told P.M.NEWS this morning.
Also speaking on this matter, Tony Okoroji, COSON Chairman, expressed disappointment over the latest development. He admitted that Paul Play is not a registered member of the sole collecting management organisation, but in recent past, he has collected some royalties from COSON, and his due for this particular song is already paid to us by Ultima.
“Paul is not a registered member of COSON, notwithstanding we are bound to protect his copyright as expected of us. His royalties and that of others are with us and he can access his money whenever he’s ready as we’ve done to him in the past,” Okoroji said.
He added that we are in a democracy and everyone has right to approach court to seek redress, but in this case, Paul is fighting a wrong case.
“It is so strange that any artiste will want to take Ultima to court over copyright infringement. The company is one of the few who feel responsible to respect and reward the creative people in this country and Paul knew this. If he has any issue with the company, he should have explore all means to settle it amicably,” COSON boss said.
The music star, through his lawyer, Festus Keyamo, has gone to court for redress over the unlawful use of his hit song “Angel of My Life” on MTN-sponsored Project Fame. He is demanding N500million from MTN and Ultima Studios.
Source : Pm News Category : Entertainment news By Admin
Three Nigerians have been arrested in Mumbai, India by agents of the country’s Anti-Narcotic Cell (ANC), after they recovered 100gms of cocaine on one of the Nigerians. On the streets, the drug is worth about $11,000.
During interrogation, the men identified themselves as Okoye Chukwansonso Emmanuel (32), Oddile Ezike Syril (31) and Wisdom Nwankwo (32).
The three stocky Nigerians did not easily surrender themselves to the police outside the Reay Road Rail
Station, where they were arrested on suspicions of drug peddling.
The Nigerians resisted the arrest and tried to avoid the arrest.The times of India Online which reported the high drama said in the ensuing scuffle, one of the Nigerians bit a constable’s finger.
Constable M Tupe’s bleeding finger was treated at GT Hospital and he was later discharged.
According to the police, the ANC of Azad Maidan unit received a tip-off that a few Nigerian drug peddlers were likely to assemble near PD’Mello Road.
A six-member team, led by Sunil Kavlekar, went to the spot and noticed three Nigerian nationals moving about suspiciously.
On seeing the policemen, they hailed down a taxi and got in. When the policemen stopped the taxi for a check, the accused refused to get out of the vehicle.
“In a bid to flee, one of the men kicked the door so hard that it came off. The three men took up a fight with the policemen, but were proving to be difficult to overpower. The cops then signalled to a reserve team of four other policemen, who had spread out in the area suspecting mischief by the accused, for help,” said an officer.
In the melee, one of the accused bit constable Tupe’s finger on the right hand.
Even with the stand-by team and the public pitching in, the police reportedly found it difficult to overpower the three Nigerians. By then a passing patrol van of the Sewree police noticed the commotion and rushed to their counterparts’ aid. Finally, the three men were overpowered.
“We recovered 100 gm of cocaine worth Rs 6 lakh from them,” said deputy commissioner of police Kishore Jadhav.
You all remember the Nigerian girl that was left disfigured after acid was thrown on her face as she walked home on Sunday December 30th 2012? (read story HERE) Well, now the UK police are suggesting Naomi Oni may have thrown the burning liquid on herself. But for what purpose? Below is how the UK Daily Mail is reporting it...
Police are believed to have seized a computer belonging to a young woman who was badly scarred in an acid attack amid suspicions that she may have caused the injuries herself. But her family fear that detectives are not doing enough to catch the perpetrator of the attack and are focusing on a 'crazy' line of inquiry.
Naomi Oni, 20, was left with horrific injuries following the incident which happened as she left work at the end of last year and was in hospital for nearly a month receiving treatment.
Police are understood to have taken Miss Oni's laptop and are said to have discovered that she had searched the internet for websites about acid attacks before she received her injuries.
Searches are said to include material on Katie Piper, the former model who has campaigned for facial disfigurement victims since she was scarred in an acid attack in 2008, according to the Sunday Times.
Officers are said to have asked Miss Oni's relatives whether she may have inflicted the injuries on herself but her boyfriend Ato Owede, 23, has dismissed that line of inquiry as 'crazy'.
He told the Sunday Times: 'They (the police) need to keep investigating.
'They're concentrating on the wrong things at the moment in terms of (her) researching acid attacks and stuff like that. 'They are just coming to a silly conclusion.'
Naomi suffered horrific burns to her face, leg, arm and head and was left partially blind after a person dressed in a niqab threw acid over her as she returned to her home in Dagenham following a shift a the Victoria's Secret store in the Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford.
She also lost her hair and eyelashes in the incident and has undergone several operations since.
Doctors had initially feared that she would be permanently blinded, but following intensive treatment at a specialist burns unit she recovered sight in her left eye and partial sight in her right eye.
Miss Oni made an emotional appearance on ITV's This Morning.
It is understood that police sought to retrieve her laptop from her home on January 28, but were unable to find it. It was handed over to officers by Miss Oni's disabled mother Marian Yalekhue.
She is believed to have told detectives that she had searched websites relating to acid attacks but has dismissed that she injured herself.
A family friend, Sheila Maclean, described it as 'innocuous' that Miss Oni may have watched a Channel 4 documentary on Miss Piper on her computer.
She said that her interest in Miss Piper was fuelled by an interest in make up.
Miss Oni's case has attracted much sympathy and top American cosmetic surgeon Cap Lesesne has offered to operate on her injuries for free.
She is said to be due to meet Miss Piper soon.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said that officers are 'continuing to look at a number of articles of evidence'. No arrests have yet been made in the case.
Wonders shall never end, see what you see in the photos above is not fake but real and it has being confirmed by a friend who school at Houdegbe North America University, at about 3pm on 21st of February 2013, a Nigerian student who was sent by his parent to school in Houdegbe North American University Benin Republic(HNAUB) was arrested, due to his action of turning a fellow female student to a snake using supernatural powers.
The guys are said to be 100 Level Business Administration Students of the above named University, to cut the explanation short, they're freshers who wanted to make quick money,they wanted to drive exotic cars and oppress their fellow students who happened to struggle hard to complete their education. This culprit travelled down to Port-Novo for the rituals. Pictures of two girls were found in the box which contained the snake. The Snake in the box is actually one of the girls that was used,while the second girl's head had already been chopped off.
It was a girl that stays in the same compound with them that noticed their strange movements and she therefore reported them to the police. Some of their girlfriends have actually been declared missing for some days now but no one ever imagined that they could have been used for money rituals until the moment they were arrested. People thought the girls had done their "crayfish waka" as usual, not knowing that the girls have been used for rituals.
The last good glimpse Nigerians had of Goldie was of her photos on the red carpet of the 55th Grammy Awards, where she appeared as a woman full of life. Her death four days later on Valentine’s Day was one hell of a shock for her fans, friends and family. Her demise evoked a volcano of mixed feeling as many haters took to the social media to further hex the soul of the deceased. In the wake of the Valentine’s Day tragedy, damning reports began to emerge: drugs, hedonism, a little-known marriage, and husband-snatching allegations.
Goldie’s untimely death stirred a storm of controversies that cannot simply be wished away. The big question revolves around her marriage. Before her death, if you’d ask showbiz followers about Goldie’s marital status, two out of three responses would be “single.” The remaining would be “no idea.” It hardly occurred to anyone outside her close circle that the Harvey surname she was bearing was not a stage but her marriage name. Indeed, the Skibobo singer created a cloud of deceit around her marital status. During press conferences, questions about her marital status were curtly cut off. On Facebook, Goldie’s marital status was inconclusive. “Single” but not searching and an occasional vague affirmation that she was “in a relationship,” was all Goldie offered as explanation for her marital status.
Many did not know Goldie wedded let alone, married a white man. Now a certain Andrew Harvey, a Briton, has announced himself, by uploading photos of their wedding that proved beyond doubt the verity of their 2005 wedding. So Goldie was married? Really?
At the BBA Stargame, Goldie was viewed through the lens of a single girl. Against this new background, you begin to wonder, what the hell was a 30-year-old woman with a seven-year-old marriage doing in the wild, whimsical house of the Big Brother Africa, where sex can happen at a short notice? Then you begin to wonder, where was Mr. Andrew Harvey when Goldie was gallivanting with Prezzo? A married Goldie flirted and got cosy with Prezzo, going as far as kissing him. For a married woman, that was so un-African. Even outside the BBA, her love chess with Prezzo continued. There were strong indications that at the time of her death, the Nigerian pop diva and the Kenyan rapper were still love interests. One doesn’t have to be a Sherlock Holmes to deduce that the marriage was not the made-in-heaven picture Mr. Harvey is now painting. Now Harvey is not making Goldie a saint as much as he is further casting aspersion on her image as a married wife.
Toxic reports in the wake of her shocking departure insinuated that Goldie’s was into drugs. These allegation, debunked by close pals, are just mere conjectures. What is common knowledge was that her friendship with Denrele Edun, the eccentric Channel O presenter, who also happened to be her business partner and co-presenter of their impending reality show, was not ordinary.
Now talking about Denrele, the initial story was that Goldie died in Denrele’s arms. The question is: where, in the house, or on the way to the hospital, because the hospital declared the singer dead on arrival. There had been different accounts about Goldie’s last minutes. The stories, sketchy but riddled with inconsistencies.
So who is going to give us a blow-by-blow account of the last minute, including the names of people who were there? One report said her brother was in the house with her. When Entertainment Express visited her apartment at No 30B Ologun Kufere Street Parkview Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos, the following day, the apartment was deserted save for a weeping househelp who went in, packed her two suitcases and fled from the house.
Then you ask again a whole lot of questions: What is the police doing about it? Where are her family
The autopsy report indicated that Goldie died of hypertension. But the public needs to know the back story, particularly, the details of the last few minutes before her death. What, where, when, how, and who were the eye-witnesses?
Questions, questions, questions. It is better to let the dead to rest in peace. And in this clime, we do not speak ill of the dead. But this has to be said about the late entertainer: Goldie lied to us. It is no crime for a celebrity to keep her marital life out of the public radar - Onyeka Onwenu did it successfully. A stern I-am-married-but-my-marriage-is-not-a-matter-for-discussion response from Goldie would have been enough. Goldie misinformed us by her utterance, she misled us by her actions. She owed us an apology, even in death.
An insider, who spoke with us recently, said the family of Goldie wants the Police to invite Denrele, for questioning, since he claimed that their hale and hearty daughter died in his arms. “This I can tell you is the family’s position’s. They want Denrele to tell them and the world the circumstances that led to Goldie’s death”, disclosed this insider who does not want his name in print.
Nollywood actress Stella Damasus has extended her business to hair making.. Her hair product is known as Adiva Hair and its comes in different colours, lenght, volume, fitting...The wigs are easy to wear and remove....So go get yours...
Popular Ghanaian actress Juliet Ibrahim has added her voice to the chorus of those commenting on US TV reality star Kim Kardashian‘s recent trip to Nigeria…
She says she doesn’t see why top Nigerian R&B singer Darey would ‘pay so much money and fly Kim K down to Nigeria just for a 45 seconds intro’ on his Love Like a Movie concert, which held on Sunday, February 17, 2013.
Speaking (more like venting) on her Instagram page, the pretty actress said that Darey could have flown her in from Ghana and she would have ‘represented.’
‘Ok here’s my 2cents! Been reading comments about Darey’s concert and to be honest I don’t see why he will pay so much money and fly Kim k down to naija just for a 45sec intro on his show, like seriously! Bro, u could hv flown me from Gh and I would have represented! What did Kim k do for the 45 secs ? She stood and told a senseless story, I could have stood and told a sensible story about ghana on a Nigerian stage!‘, she wrote.
She also went on to say that African show promoters should shun foreign entertainers and focus on working with more African talents.
‘Lol no hard feelings but its about time we start appreciating our very own African talents then paying all these foreigners so much for 45seconds performances. Check me out, way hotter than some of them peeps una Dey pay big bucks for nothing better. #wordofadvice #momentoftruth‘ But those close to the organisers say Kim K’s visit actually went how it should. The reality TV star, according to the show’s producers, Soul Muzik, and a TV drop by Kim Kardashian herself, was to be special guest at a dinner with ‘platinum VIP guests’, co-host the LLAM red carpet session and open the show. We’re told she also did media rounds, sitting for at least two exclusive interviews, including this one with Beat FM’s Gbemi.
Despite all the drama, Darey’s ‘Love Like a Movie’ concert is being adjudged as one of Nigeria’s best events ever. And it doesn’t seem Darey and his label are considering responding to all the speculation about how much she was paid, or indeed, how much the big-budget concert gulped in total.
Former US president Bill Clinton, President Goodluck Jonathan, Governor Fashola, Bola Tinubu and many top dignitaries attended the opening ceremony of the first phase of the Eko Atlantic City which held in Lagos yesterday.
Eko Atlantic City is a new city born from the Atlantic Ocean in Lagos. The new 5-million-square-metre city, is to be the first modern smart city in Africa to be built on reclaimed land from the Atlantic Ocean.
A gang of unknown gunmen, Monday, killed two escort mobile policemen and adopted four other staff of Agip Oil Company in Okpai, Kwale in Delta State.
The gunmen, numbering about six, were reported to have accosted the coastal bus conveying the workers back home from work at the Agip Okpai/Beneku field operated by Agip and Sterling at about 4 p.m. and short dead the two mobile escort policemen before carefully selecting about four members of staff from the bus and taken to an unknown destination.
The identities of the two dead mobile policemen and the four abducted Agip staff could not be ascertained
Though no contact had been made at press time, no ransom had also been demanded by the abductors.
Delta Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, ASP Famous Ajieh could not be reached for confirmation but security sources and staff confirmed the abduction of some of their colleagues.
Lagos State Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo of the Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja, on February 19, 2013, sentenced a former banker, Vera Ogbonna Akanni to nine (9) years imprisonment for defrauding her bank customers various sums of money to the tune of N35,402,440.75 (Thirty-Five Million, Four Hundred and Two Thousand, Four Hundred and Forty Naira, Seventy Five kobo only). The convict was prosecuted on an eight (8) count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence and stealing by fraudulent conversion.
Prior to her sentencing, defence counsel, Yinka Oyeniji, drew the attention of the court to an affidavit of means placed before the court on February 17, 2013. Besides, Justice Onigbanjo asked the prosecution counsel, Oluwatoyin Owodunni, if the convict had any previous records of conviction. Owodunni confirmed to the court that the convict did not have any such record. However, the prosecution counsel further addressed the court on the convict’s sentencing, saying that the offence for which she was tried attracts a punishment of between seven (7) and twenty (20) years imprisonment.
"My lord, this is money entrusted to the convict as a banker and an account officer. Her criminal conduct is not only a breach of trust but a heinous crime. This money belongs to innocent and unsuspecting members of the public", Owodunni submitted. He, therefore, prayed the court that the convict be made to face the full wrath of the law. Justice Onigbanjo consequently sentenced the convict to 7 (seven) years imprisonment on two of the counts and 2 (two) years imprisonment on two other counts effective from December 2, 2009 when she was first arrested. The sentence is to run concurrently.
Also, Justice Onigbanjo ordered the convict to make full restitution of the stolen money to the owners.
According to what Saharareporters reported on its website, Philo Nkem Ajufo, the acting General Manager of Delta State Tourism Board, has been detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja over her role in a financial scheme.
Ms. Ajufo is reportedly being quizzed for conniving with her boss, Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD) to embezzle N50 million from the state Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Mr. Mofe Damijo, a well known Nollywood star, is the commissioner in charge of the ministry. Our EFCC said the commissioner was also being sought by the anti-corruption agency, but he has been elusive.
An EFCC source confirmed Ms. Ajufo’s arrest. “As we talk, the Delta State Tourism GM, one Mrs. Nkem Ajufo, is been held in our headquarters here in Abuja over her involvement in the N50 million fraud. Her boss, Mr. Richard Mofe Damijo, is not left out but as we speak he is still avoiding us,” said the source.
Two sources at the ministry told our reporter that the EFCC last week delivered a letter inviting Ms. Ajufo to appear at their headquarters. She was reportedly asked to bring along relevant documents concerning the N50 million that was meant for the purported 2007 Delta Expo event which never held.
The sources disclosed that Mr. Mofe Damijo went underground on learning about the current development.
One source told our reporter that the commissioner, who is reported to be building himself a massive underground edifice in Lagos, was trying to use political contacts in Delta and Abuja to scuttle the EFCC’s investigation and washed his hands off the scam.
SaharaReporters learnt that Mr. Mofe Damijo denied knowledge of the money during the budget defense exercise.
Several calls and sms texts sent to Mr. Damijo and Ms. Ajufo’s mobile lines were not answered. After a while, the commissioner switched off his mobile phone.
Late last year, Saharareporters had broken the news of the N50 million allegedly embezzled by the commissioner and the acting GM of the state’s tourism board.
Several sources in the commissioner’s office had confided that a former commissioner in the Ministry had applied for the N50 million to organize the “Delta State Expo 2007,” disclosing that the state could not release the funds then due to some financial challenges.
However, when the funds were released into the Tourism account in May, 2012, Mr. Mofe Damijo allegedly said that the ministry could no longer carry out the event since it had elapsed by six years and Deltans would have forgotten about the event.
But our reporter obtained “Forms of Advance Warrant” on release of funds from the Ministry of Finance indicating that the N50 million was supposed to be spent on the original event for which it was approved. The warrant order, numbered 00000117, 00000114 and 00000115, was signed by one Ms. P.O. Evuojapha for the Commissioner of Finance.
SaharaReporters learnt that N35 million of the N50 million was supposed to have gone to the tourism board.
A reporter for SaharaReporters learned that Mr. Mofe Damijo issued a check to the tourism board in the name of its acting GM, Ms. Ajufo.
She in turn reportedly deposited the sum into her First Bank private account with account number (3006131619) operated under her name, Nkem Philo Ajufo. Our sources said she and Mr. Mofe Damijo subsequently shared the money.