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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Photos: Check Out How Team Nigeria rocked stylish green and white outfits for Olympic Opening Ceremony

The Olympics Opening Ceremony officially kicked off the Tokyo 2020 Games, which were initially delayed by a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

At the opening ceremony, Team Nigeria showed out in style in stylish green and white outfits and, were led out by flag bearer Odunayo Adekuoroye and captain Aruna Quadri.

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FG Asks Nigerian Governors to Sign Death Warrants of Over 3,000 Prisoners, Gives Reason for Demand

The federal government through the ministry of interior has said the signing of death warrants of condemned inmates on death row is one of the ways state governors can help reduce the population pressure on custodial facilities across the country.

The minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola, made the statement on Friday, July 23, in Osogbo, Osun state, when inaugurating the newly constructed headquarters of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS), Daily Trust reported.

He explained that condemned inmates who have exhausted their appeals and are not challenging the conviction could have their death warrant signed by state governors

Aregbesola pointed out that doing such would bring closure to their cases.

The minister disclosed that out of the 3,008 condemned criminals awaiting executions in Nigerian prisons, 2,952 were males and 56 females.

He also stated that governors could free some condemned convicts on compassionate grounds due to old age or illness.

According to Aregbesola, other inmates that have demonstrated exceptionally good behaviour could also be released or have their sentences commuted to life or specific terms in jail.

He explained that the current population of inmates has surpassed the maximum capacity of correctional facilities in the country, Vanguard reported.

The minister disclosed that 68,747 inmates, comprising of 67,422 males and 1,325 females, are now been detained in facilities meant for 57,278 detainees.

He also noted that 50,992 inmates, representing 74 % of the total population of inmates in the nation’s custodial centres were awaiting trial inmates while only 17,755 inmates which is a mere 26 % were the actual convicts.

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BBNaija’s Laycon And Erica Finally Settle Their Longtime ‘Fight’ [See Videos]

Controversial Big Brother Naija’s housemates, Erica and Laycon have finally settle their longtime fight as they reconciled to become good friends.

This is coming barely 24 hours before the commencement of the Big Brother Naija season 6 show which will begin July 24, 2021.

The both ex-housemates took to their Instagram story to share a video of themselves calling each others name and also captioned, “we are good”.

Recall that in the recently concluded BBNaija reunion show, Erica vowed not to reconcile with Laycon, stating that she regretted and felt stupid for associating with him.

Erica and Laycon used to be very close friends during their stay in Big Brother’s house until their relationship went sour.

Watch videos of the two best friends below:

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Nobody Should Question Obi Cubana’s Source Of Wealth — Emeka Ike says

A week after the elaborate burial of Obi Iyiegbu, alias Obi Cubana, the mother of nightclub owner and billionaire Obi Iyiegbu, actor Emeka Ike has declared that people who criticize the excessive display of wealth at the weeklong ceremony have no right to do so.

In an interview with Saturday Beats, Ike said, “We all mind one another’s business in this country because people are always looking for the negative things. As he (Iyiegbu) is spending, it shouldn’t be anybody’s problem. He is simply having fun. And if it is a way of honouring his late mother, what stops him from calling his friends to come around and celebrate her life? Maybe, that’s his way of doing it. He has also said that he has helped many people and many of them would want to repay the favour.”

Ike also disagreed with those who said that Nollywood painted most rich Igbo people as occultists. He said, “There are different ways people can show their affluence. Some might choose to ‘spray’ money and it could be a one-off thing. I don’t think I have heard Kanayo Kanayo spraying money anywhere before now.

“We are not going to carpet all that because of someone spraying money at a function. Maybe Cubana had been nice to them and they decided to spray that amount of money. However, it is left for the government to decide whether to ban spraying of money or not.”

The actor also maintained that Nollywood actors were not all about showing off. He said, “People can have whatever opinion they want about Nollywood. The industry is diverse and there are many people working in it. The fact that some actors sprayed money there does not mean we should carpet the whole Nollywood. Later this month, we (some actors) are going to commission a computer centre with over 20 computers, desks and accessories at Ejigbo Community High School, Lagos. It is also fitted with a projector screen. We would give awards to the best students in certain subjects, and outstanding teachers.”
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Igboho Seeks Asylum In Benin Republic, Sues DSS And Malami

FG delegation in court, wants agitator in custody until extradition
Desperately wanted by the Department of State Services in Nigeria, with an international arrest warrant hanging around his neck, and facing immigration-related offences in Cotonou, the embattled Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, is seeking asylum in the Republic of Benin, Saturday PUNCH has learnt.

It was gathered that the 48-year-old activist resorted to the option after he was arrested on Monday, July 19, 2021, by the International Criminal Police Organisation at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou, Republic of Benin.

Igboho was arrested with his Germany-based wife, Ropo, at the airport while they reportedly tried to catch a flight to Germany around 8 pm on Monday.

Although the Cour De’appal De Cotonou ruled on Thursday that Ropo should be released unconditionally as there were no charges against her, Igboho is spending his first weekend in a police cell in Cotonou.

He is being tried for migration-related issues after he was allegedly caught with a fake Beninese passport at the point of his departure to Germany through an Air France flight.

“He (Igboho) was already at the airport with a passport. The immigration officers suspected his passport to be fake and so they stopped him. A passport was allegedly forged for Igboho in the Benin Republic for the purpose of the Germany trip. At the airport, they discovered he was the one,” a source familiar with the matter told Saturday PUNCH.

The source, who craved anonymity, however, said although an application had been filed for Igboho as a political refugee in Germany, processes had also been completed to file another application for asylum for him in Benin Republic.

“Igboho has already applied for asylum in Germany and he hopes to file a similar application in Benin Republic in the coming days,” the source said.

The source also said that there was the possibility that the Beninese Government would drop the migration-related offences brought against Igboho over alleged forgery of passport.

The leader of Igboho’s legal team, Yomi Alliyu (SAN), had also in a statement noted that his client could not be extradited because the 1984 Extradition Treaty between Nigeria, Benin and two other countries excluded political refugees like Igboho.

Meanwhile, upon their arrest, Igboho and his wife were detained in police custody in Cotonou but the Cour De’appal De Cotonou ruled on Thursday that Ropo should be released unconditionally as there were no charges against her.

The court session lasted for about six hours with intermittent breaks.

The court, however, ruled that Igboho be remanded in police custody till the next date of adjournment which is likely to be next week.

Igboho spends weekend in Beninese cell, court resumes sitting next week
Although the Cour De’appal De Cotonou, adjourned the hearing of the case against Igboho, till Friday (yesterday), the hearing didn’t hold. The implication of this is that Igboho would spend the weekend in the Beninese cell.

Saturday PUNCH gathered that the hearing would hold next week while the umbrella body of Yoruba Self-Determination Groups, Ilana Omo Oodua, said it would hold on Monday. The group, led by ex-Senator Banji Akintoye, was in court to monitor Thursday’s hearing.

The group disclosed this in a statement signed by its Communications Manager, Maxwell Adeleye, and titled, ‘Update on Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho’s Case in the Republic of Benin.

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Toke Makinwa Reveals Her Plans For Breast Surgery, Says She Needs It Urgently

Controversial Media personality and vlogger, Toke Makinwa has revealed plans to undergo an urgent breast reduction.

This wouldn’t be Toke Makinwa’s first time going under the knife as a few years ago she had a Brazilian Butt Lift surgery which has given her body an hour glass figure and her bum enlarged.

In a new video sighted on Instagram, the once married socialite who marriage crashed about three years ago due to unsettled differences between her and her estranged hubby, Maye Ajida, a fitness coach was seen jamming to a popular song in her car.

Toke Makinwa displayed her succulent b00bs and said in the caption that she needs a b00bs reduction surgery.

Watch the video below;

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

Nigeria Police Uncover Baby Factory in Lagos State

A 60-year-old suspect has been arrested for allegedly running a baby factory in Isolo area of Lagos state. 

Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu who made the announcement on Wednesday July 14 during a parade of suspects at the Police Command Headquarters in Ikeja, said Augustina Onyenwe was arrested on July 1 at Lawson Road, Isolo, where she allegedly operated a baby factory.

Two pregnant women were reportedly rescued following the arrest which came from a tip-off. It was alleged that Mrs Onyenwe keeps young pregnant ladies at the location till they are put to bed.

Odumosu said;

“A police team acted on the information, raced to the address, and rescued two heavily pregnant girls. The suspect has made a confessional statement to that effect.

“The victims, ladies of ages 32 and 20 respectively, have been kept in protective custody while the suspect will be charged to court as soon as possible.”

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Toyosi & Daniel Etim-Effiong Are Expecting a New Baby Soon! (Photos)

Toyosi and Daniel Etim-Effiong have something very special to celebrate—they have a new baby on the way!

Toyosi shared the happy news of her family’s new blessing with two photos of her and her hubby on Instagram page. In the long caption, Toyosi opened up about her survival with an ovarian cyst. “GOD is good and kind to us. Baby 2 is en route but what is good news without a long testimony?” she captioned her first post.

“I’m still writing but it’s looking like a 4-5 part series just like how #NowYouKnowMeBetter started. It’s still available on Amazon! Please buy a copy today But I digress. This new series is titled “My Ovaries”. Enjoy!!”.

The couple welcomed their first child, a baby girl in 2019.

Check out the photos below + her story of how she survived an ovarian cyst.

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Tonto Dikeh’s Man, Prince Kpokpogri Takes Delivery of Car She Bought Him on His Birthday

Actress Tonto Dikeh’s man, Prince Kpokpogri has taken delivery of a truck she bought him on his birthday.

The actress shared a video of the truck on her Instastory with the caption “happy birthday again my husband”.

Prince Kpokpogri also took to Instagram to appreciate Tonto Dikeh. He shared a photo of her with the caption “Blessed art thou among women”.

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The First Teaser Poster for “King of Boys 2” is Here & Kemi Adetiba is Grateful

Finally! , The first teaser poster for “King of Boys 2” has been revealed, signalling that the highly anticipated sequel’s debut is fast approaching.

Kemi Adetiba, in response to the recently unveiled teaser poster, took to Instagram to write an emotional post about what she went through and endured throughout the film’s development. The director revealed she almost lost her life in 2020 after she fell ill for 7 months, and moved from the hospital straight to the set of ‘KOB 2’. All in all, she’s super grateful and proud of her team, herself and all the work that was put in to make the sequel a dream come true.

She wrote:

If I’ve ever shown bravado on this app, please ignore. I CRIED ugly, happy tears this morning. I’m talking snorting dripping, happy tears. I then got on a twenty minute video call with @solasobowale and we both cried together. This is what dreams are made off. A lot of work has gone into this.

After almost dying last year, and moving straight from the hospital (after being sick for almost 7 months) to the KOB 2 set only six weeks later… This moment feels like a dream that almost didn’t happen. That the devil tried to steal.
Filmmaking is one of the hardest occupations. Don’t let anyone tell you different. Even the guy wrangling cables on set sees PEPPER. But moments like this make it all worth it

I’m grateful to the ENTIRE KOB 2 production FAMILY. I love you guys more than you know. This is US!!
Thank you to the amazingly talented actors that gave us their talent to keep safe for them housed in a film. I pray we did you justice, and never let you down.

Our legal teams – @oalnigeria (Amaka Onyejianya) and @punukaattorneys (Isioma Idigbe-Agba)
And finally… Thank You, @naijaonnetflix @netflix for not only pushing us for greatness, but also teaching us so many things needed to elevate to the next level. Ben, Dorothy, Funmi, Sarah, Kirsty, Leo, Paul and so so many other members of the team that have dedicated all to make sure this title pushes out BIG.

Ladies and gentlemen… It’s officially the moment you’ve been waiting for… ARE YOU READY???? #LaburuIsComing
Activate your NETLFIX subscriptions NOW!!!!

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Ballot Snatching, Hate Speech, Soliciting Votes… A Breakdown of the Electoral Offences Commission Bill

The National Electoral Offences Commission Bill has been approved by the Senate, and if President Muhammadu Buhari signs it, the commission would be responsible for investigating and punishing electoral offences.

The Chairman, Secretary, and representatives from the Ministries of Justice, Interior, Defense, and Information make up the Commission’s membership.

The National Electoral Offences Commission, if created, will have the ability to hire and retain investigators, prosecutors, and specialists to prosecute electoral offenders, according to the law, which was introduced for a third reading during Tuesday’s plenary session.

According to This Day, here’s what the bill includes, as well as the penalties for breaking it:

At least five years jail term or at least N10m fine for party officials/executives who engage in electoral fraud

In Clause 12 of the bill, the Senate approved a sentence of at least five years in prison or a fine of at least N10 million naira, or both, for any officer or executive of any association or political party who engages in electoral fraud in violation of clauses 221, 225(1)(2)(3) and (4), and 227 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
Fifteen years imprisonment for any person involved in the selling of voter’s card

Any individual who sells a voter’s card, or is in possession of a voter’s card containing the name of another person, or produces and prints a document or paper purporting to be a voter’s register or a voter’s card, would face 10 years in jail, according to the Senate.

Any election official who deliberately hinders someone from voting will face at least ten years in prison

The Senate also agreed to a ten-year sentence for any election official who willfully prevents a person from voting at a polling station, willfully rejects or refuses to count any validly cast ballot paper, willfully counts any ballot paper not validly cast, gives false evidence or withholds evidence, and announces or declares a false election result.
At least fifteen years imprisonment for any judicial officer who corruptly perverts electoral justice

During or after an election, any judicial official or officer of a court or tribunal who corruptly perverts electoral justice will be sentenced to at least fifteen years in jail.
Fifteen years imprisonment for security personnel influencing the outcome of elections

Any security personnel or election official employed by the Independent National Electoral Commission or a State Electoral Commission who attempts to influence the outcome of an election faces at least fifteen years in prison or a fine of N30 million naira.
Six months imprisonment for disturbing the peace

Anyone detected disturbing the public peace on Election Day by playing musical instruments, singing, or convening an assembly near a voting station is guilty of violating electoral peace and faces a maximum penalty of six months in jail or a fine of N100,000, or both.
Ten years jail term for defaming candidates

Any person acting for himself or on behalf of any organization, political party, candidate, or his agent with the intent to influence the outcome of an election, damage or defame the character of any candidate in an election or his family member in any way by making, saying, printing, airing, or publishing in the print or electronic media false accusations on any matter shall be liable.
Soliciting votes attracts five years jail term or N10m fine

Anyone found soliciting or giving votes for or against any political party or candidate in an election, or affixing campaign materials on any private house, public building or structure, or printing posters and banners without the name and address of the political party to which the candidate or person belongs is guilty of an offence and liable to at least five years in prison.
Ten years or N20m fine for hate speech

Someone who uses hate speech to incite ethnic, religious, or racial hatred, social or political insecurity, or violence against anyone or a group of people will face at least 10 years in jail or a fine of at least twenty million naira, or both.
Twenty years jail term for snatching ballot boxes

Any candidate or agent who damages or steals ballot boxes, ballot papers, or election materials without the authorization of the election official in charge of the polling station faces a minimum of twenty years in jail or a fine of at least forty million naira.
Influencing voters’ choice attracts fifteen years jail term

Any individual who transports voters to and from the polls will face at least fifteen years in jail, while an employee who directly or indirectly exerts undue influence on a voter in his employ would face three years in prison.

Three years to five years in jail for providing false information

Anyone who provides false information in any material particular to a public servant will face three years to five years in prison, according to the upper chamber.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

"I Recently made N102m From Acting" – Nollywood Actor, Zubby Michael Claims

Popular Nollywood actor, Zubby Michael has declared himself the richest actor in the Nigerian movie industry.

The actor who made the claim during an interview on Broadway TV, said a check he conducted made him realize that he recently made N102m from acting.

According to Zubby Michael, he now has to give out N10.2m to people because he doesn’t pay tithes or go to church. He added;

“For now, I’m the richest actor and the last time I checked I make money more than other actors.

Honestly, I don’t think anyone is bigger than me for now and I’m not saying it from a place of pride, Zubby is the biggest actor in Africa for now.”

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UNILAG Senate Directs Students to Vacate Hostels Over COVID19 Third Wave

The Senate of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has directed all students residing in the hostels and halls of residence to vacate them immediately.

The decision was taken on Wednesday, July 14, after cases of the novel Coronavirus increased within the campus. It was however not disclosed by the school authorities if the variant reported in recent times was the Delta variant which is said to be virulent.

The school has also approved the commencement of virtual lectures from July 26, 2021.

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How Soldiers Stormed Ladipo Market & Killed People – Eyewitness Narrates (Video)

Clash on Tuesday between soldiers and ticket touts at the popular Ladipo auto spare parts market in Lagos has left a number of persons dead.

But the casualty figure is uncertain.

While some said three persons were killed by the soldiers, others put the figure at five.

A trader said, “Some soldiers came here and started shooting directly at us. They aimed at us, one of them even positioned well to get a good view of the target before shooting.”

Many were reported injured.

The Nation gathered that a fight ensued between soldiers of the Operation MESA and suspected area boys said to be in charge of ticketing which led to the soldiers shooting.

Another account said personnel of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) opened fire on traders following a disagreement over an article bought from a trader.

A fight ensued and the military man called for backup from his colleagues.

A mechanic said a military patrol vehicle was vandalised and set ablaze by a mob.

Another eyewitness told The Nation that a young boy was among those killed while four others sustained gunshot injuries and were rushed to hospital.

A man, who gave his name as Paul, said they scampered for safety when they started hearing gunshots.

“We were here at our shops when soldiers came and started shooting. We all ran for our lives but some of our brothers were killed, others got injured.

“What we heard was that one of the soldiers had tried to return an item he got from a shop and that was what led to the scuffle,” he said.

Another trader, Emeka who claimed his brother was among those killed, decried the unfair treatment meted to them by the operatives.

“My brother has been killed. The operatives intentionally shot at us instead of shooting towards the sky. I even saw one of the operatives who positioned himself in order to get a good view of his target before shooting.

“A young boy was also among those killed,” he lamented and declined further comments.

A beverage seller, Iya Rukaya, confirmed a young boy was killed but added that she did not know how many people died.

At the time our reporter visited, calm has been restored although broken bottles could still be seen on the ground.

Most shops were closed while traders still around were in clusters discussing the incident. Also, there was no presence of policemen or military operatives on sight.

The Air Force denied that its operatives killed anyone at the scene, insisting they acted professionally and in response to a distress call.

The Force one person died.

NAF spokesman Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet told The Nation that the service’s personnel attached to the Operation (OPs) MESA were in the market in response to a distress call.

He said a call was put across by traders about a fight going on between a soldier of the Nigerian Army (NA) and a civilian debtor.

Gabkwet said upon receipt of the call, the team moved to the market but were attacked by angry traders who pelted them with stones.

“Two of our operatives sustained injuries,” he said, adding, “We are going to investigate the incident to know what really happened.”

The spokesman for Nigerian Army’s 81 Division, Major Olaniyi Osoba also said the matter was being investigated.

Source: Thenationonlineng
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SAD! Nollywood Actress Adunni Ade Loses Her Younger Brother (Photos)

Nollywood actress, Adunni Ade has lost her younger brother to the cold hands of death.

The mother of two took to Instagram to share the sad news, writing: “No more in pain, sleep well lil bro. Know sissy loves you.”


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