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TAMPAN, Balogun, others mourn veteran Yoruba actor, ‘Dagunro’

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Veteran Nollywood actor, Fasasi Olabankewin better known as Dagunro, became the latest addition to the list of deceased Nollywood figures yesterday.
The actor’s death was announced by Ademola Adedokun, the Osun State Secretary of Theatre Arts and Motion Picture Producers Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN).
It was confirmed by actor, Adekola Tijani, in an Instagram post in which he wrote: “Gone too soon boss! May your soul rest in peace. Love you boss, but God loves you more. Dagunro Alajiga Ogun… RIP.”
Also, Nollywood actor, Saidi Balogun, took to social media to pay tribute to the passing of the Yoruba actor, who was hugely popular for his roles in the Yoruba TV soaps of the 80s and 90s.
“So sad! Good Night Dagunro. May your soul rest in perfect peace Dagunro Alakigaja Ogun, Ebora tin je latopa; Omo won l’Osogbo oroki asala,” the 52-year-old wrote in his post on Instagram.
According to sources close to the late thespian, the elderly actor had been battling with an unnamed illness for a while before succumbing to death.
Based on his announcement of Dagunro’s death, Adedokun said the actor breathed his last in Lagos, but sources said his burial was billed to take place in his hometown, Osogbo, later on yesterday.
Dagunro was best known for his roles as a traditional warrior and herbalist in Yoruba epic films. One of the most popular movies of the actor believed to be in his late 60s include ‘Iboji,’ ‘Akoni Mefa’ and ‘Omo Inu Oku.”

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Teacher docked for allegedly raping teenage student

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A 28-year-old teacher, Idowu Daniel, was on Monday remanded in prison by an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly raping a 17-year-old secondary school student.
The Chief Magistrate, Olufunke Sule-Amzat, who did not take the plea of the defendant, ordered that he should be remanded in Kirikiri Prisons.
Mrs Sule-Amzat ordered the police to send the case file to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice.
The defendant, who lives at Abule-Egba area of Lagos, is facing a charge of defilement.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Benson Emuerhi, told the court that the defendant on June 27 at 9.25 a.m. unlawfully had carnal knowledge of his student in the Biology Laboratory at Anastasia Comprehensive College, Abule-Egba, Ikeja.
“The teacher lured the student into the school’s Biology lab and forcefully had sexual intercourse with her, ‘’ the prosecutor said.
According to him, the offence contravenes the provisions of Section 137 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 137 prescribes 14 years imprisonment for rape if found guilty.
She adjourned the case until October 21.

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Gunmen abduct four Turkish expatriates in Kwara

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Gunmen have kidnapped four Turkish expatriates at a local drinking joint at Gbale village in Edu Local Government Area of Kwara State.

 

The incident, according to sources, occurred about 10p.m. on Saturday while the men were having fun at the joint.

 

The expatriates, identified as Yasin Colak (33), Senerapal (40), Ergun Yurdakul (35) and Seyit Keklik (25), are said to be working with Instabul Concrete Limited, Gbale.

 

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Ajayi Okasanmi, confirmed the abduction.

 

Okasanmi said the state Commissioner of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, had dispatched policemen attached to ‘Operation Puff Adder’ to the area to rescue the expatriates as well as arrest the hoodlums.

 

He added that the effort of the police was beginning to yield positive result.

 

However, the PPRO did not say if any arrest had been made.

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COZA: Our lives at risk, says Dakolo

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…warns against treating rape victims as criminals

 

Popular musician, Timi Dakolo and his wife, Busola, yesterday raised the alarm over threat to their lives the rape allegations levelled against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA).

 

 

The couple also condemned the way the police were handling case.

 

 

Timi, who addressed a press conference in Lagos, said he didn’t expect that his residential address would be released to the public.

 

The singer also called on Nigerians to stop treating rape victims like criminals for speaking the truth.

 

This came as former Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, condemned the invitation letter served on Timi and Busola, by the police.

 

 

The action by the police came a month after the singer’s wife made allegations that Fatoyinbo raped her twice as a teenager in Ilorin about 20 years ago.

 

 

At the conference held at Ikeja, Timi wondered why the police stormed his home to invite him and his wife to Abuja from Lagos State, while the police had allegedly refused to invite Fatoyinbo, who allegedly raped his wife 20 years ago.

 

 

He added that last month, he and his wife wrote a petition to the police, and they were questioned for six hours by the police. Timi said he didn’t understand why police were inviting them for another round of questioning.

 

 

He said: “On June 27, my wife, through her legal representative, wrote a petition on rape against Mr. Biodun Fatoyinbo. The petition was filed at the Office of the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Alagbon, Ikoyi. We had four meetings and about six hours at the police station. The IG personally assigned the file and immediately asked for an action on the case but we deliberately decided not to publicise it because we believed the law would be followed through.

 

 

“We had filed the petition before the release of the interview that had been recorded three weeks before. The interview was published on June 28. We have on several occasions met with the police in the course of investigation. We were therefore shocked by the invitation to Abuja when no visible action was taken to interview Mr. Fatoyinbo.”

 

According to him, since the entire saga began, his life as well as the lives of his wife, Busola, and his three children have been at risk.

 

 

The singer alleged that things got worse when the police made their residential address in Lagos public thereby making them susceptible to attacks.

 

 

He said: “I didn’t expect that our residential address, where my children live, would be released to the public and since then, we have noticed how my life, my wife’s life and the lives of my children have been put at risk to strange faces around the house. We have been followed home, people are watching our home; we have not been able to do our work. We now have to tell our children why they cannot step outside.”

 

 

Timi said his wife had informed him of the alleged rape since last year and it took a while before they both decided to make the matter public. Timi added that the allegation was not targeted at the church, but Fatoyinbo and the matter should thus be treated as a crime and not a campaign against the body of Christ.

 

 

He said: “I have never attended COZA in my life. I have never been in the same room with Fatoyinbo in my life, neither have I been a music director.”

 

Taking to Twitter, Ezekwesili said the operation by the police on the matter “appeared extremely intimidating,” urging the police hierarchy to offer an explanation.

 

 

She said: “Just catching up on this and seeing those pictures of the Dakolo’s report of your ‘invitation’ makes this your statement quite curious @PoliceNG. Did not seem your officers executed a regular police invitation.”

 

The former chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, mocked the police for summoning the Dakolos to answer to cases of criminal conspiracy, falsehood and mischief.

 

Odinkalu tweeted: “So all of a sudden @policeNG has case of “falsehood, mischief…” non-existent crimes, against @timidakolo?”

 

Timi had on Saturday revealed through Instagram that he and his wife had been summoned to Abuja by the police over rape allegations made against Fatoyinbo, who was forced to announce a leave of absence as a result of the outrage that greeted the allegations against him.

 

 

In an invitation letter dated Thursday, July 18 which the singer posted on Instagram, the police say they are investigating a case of criminal conspiracy, falsehood and mischief, prompting many Nigerians reacting on social media to sense an attempt to turn the case against them.

 

 

According to Timi, he and his family will not succumb to bullying on the issue no matter where it is coming from.

 

 

Earlier on Saturday, the Bayelsa State-born musician had claimed that some strange men who came in a van with registration number BR 932 KSF, attempted to invade his residence with guns before later assuring fans of the safety of his family members while revealing the police summon.

 

 

The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Frank Mba, said that the invitation was not synonymous with a ‘Warrant of Arrest’ and must not be misconstrued to be one.

 

He said: “Rather, it is a polite investigative tool used in eliciting information voluntarily from parties to aid police investigations.”

 

The letter of invitation said to have been released by Dakolo, showed that the couple were to report in Abuja tomorrow.

 

Also, a columnist with The PUNCH, Abimbola Adelakun, was on Sunday questioned by security men at COZA, in Abuja.

 

Adelakun, who said she was at the church on Sunday in furtherance of her research on Pentecostal churches, said she was pulled out of the church by the church’s security men, who recognised her, and made her to stay in “one place where they were keeping everybody that they suspected.”

 

The columnist said her demand to be allowed to leave was refused by the security men. She said the matter had been taken to a police station in Abuja.

 

 

On her Twitter handle, @Adunnibaby, the columnist wrote, “I’m aware of the info about my arrest at COZA today. I wasn’t arrested. Earlier, I sent out an image because I was concerned when pulled aside by the protocol department for questioning. Thanks to everyone who has been concerned about me. I am sorry for all the misinformation out there.”

 

 

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First Lady seeks justice for violated blind students

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Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, has called for justice for the female blind students alleged to have been sexually molested by their teachers.

 

The President’s wife, who described the action as sad and disheartening, also commended the Permanent Secretary, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Mr. Christian Ohaa, who had last week, swiftly stepped into the matter and indefinitely suspending the accused teachers.

 

Buhari, who tweeted through her official Twitter handle with hash-tag message “#Say No To Rape,” condemned the action in its totality.

 

She said: “This is disheartening. Justice must be served, thanks to Perm. Sec FCT for swinging into action; rape shouldn’t be taken lightly.”

 

The alleged sexual molestation of the female blind students of a special school for the blind in Abuja started trending on the social media after the permanent secretary, alongside other FCTA management staff, paid an unscheduled visit to the school last week.

 

Some of the blind female students alleged that the teachers were always fiddling their breasts and other sensitive private parts, as well as raping them.

 

The fact-finding mission resulted into immediate suspension for Mr. Ilo Chukwuma and Ebenezer Olateju, the accused teachers.

 

The Permanent Secretary, Ohaa, who noted that the suspension would last till when the investigation was concluded, also directed that Chukwuma, who was accommodated in the school residential quarters, vacate the school within the week, stressing that both teachers should stay clear of the school premises as investigations continue.

 

 

Ohaa also asked the Director of Department State Services (DSS) in the FCTA, Mr. Adamu Gwary, to ensure full compliance and implementation of the directive.

 

Had said: “While we are working round the clock to give every physically challenged student the best of education we cannot have incidents such as this to mar our progress and achievements.

 

 

“But let me assure parents that anyone found culpable in any of these incidences, not only in this school, will be dismissed and prosecuted. Our teachers, like Caesars’ wife must be above board.”

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Otedola: Why I took over Sadiq Daba’s medical bill

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Businessman and former chairman of Forte Oil PLC, Femi Otedola, has explained why he undertook to pay medical bill of veteran broadcaster and actor, Sadiq Daba.

 

Otedola said he heard about Daba’s health condition when it was brought to his attention through an online news story he read a few days ago.

 

The philanthropist said he was saddened to hear that Daba had taken ill again after overcoming his challenges from prostate cancer two years ago. 

 

He said: “From the news report, I gathered that he was rushed to the Emergency Unit of LUTH after being diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

 

“I must say that even though I don’t know Mr. Daba personally, he is a face I am familiar with through the old TV drama production ‘Cock Crow at Dawn’ which I used to watch while growing up.

 

“I was moved by a sense of nostalgia and concern when I read of his medical situation recently and decided to take over his medical bills. He has been visited and arrangements are being made to support him.”

 

Otedola said that in other climes, the likes of Daba and other such actors who more or less paved the way for the entertainment industry and the Nollywood industry in Nigeria, touted as the third largest movie industry in the world, would be celebrated as icons and due recognition would be accorded to them.

 

He added: “For me, taking care of Sadiq’s medical expenses is my little way of showing appreciation and gratitude for the good memories he created for me and others in the past.”

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Jonathan’s relations, in-laws held for N300m theft

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…suspects allegedly stole jewellery, custom-made walking stick, other valuables

 

Policemen attached to Operation Puff Adder, Bayelsa State Police Command, at the weekend arrested four relations of former President Goodluck Jonathan over alleged N300 million theft.

 

 

The four suspects, two brothers of the former First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, and two ladies believed to be the former President’s relatives, illegally entered Jonathan’s house at Otuoke community in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state, stole jewellery, custom-made walking stick and other valuables worth over N300 million.

 

A source claimed that a substantial sum of money was also stolen from the house.

 

The two brothers to former First Lady are identified as Mowsor Princewill Oba and Boma Rasheed Oba. The other two female suspects were yet to be identified at press time.

 

It was learnt that one of the suspects, said to be a senior official of the Aridolf Resort, Hotel and Spa owned by the former First Lady, had duplicated the keys to the rooms where the valuables were kept and looted the valuables.

 

A source said that when some domestic staff of the former President discovered, they informed him.

 

Jonathan was said to have invited the police to arrest the suspects and to recover the valuables.

 

A source close to the former first family said Mrs. Jonathan was also shocked by the theft.

 

The suspects were said to be showing signs of remorse and regretted their actions.

 

“They are already making useful confession to the police and some monies from the proceeds are being recovered,” a source said.

 

A police source said the suspects were the first family’s relations entrusted with the house but betrayed the trust and looted the home.

 

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Asinim Butswat, refused to comment on the arrest of the suspects.

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Woman battered by Inspector detained for lodging complaint

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A  woman, Abidemi, has accused a police inspector, Ijisakin Amos Temitope, of Adatan Police Station in Ogun State Police of battering her.

 

She said the inspector attacked and beat her after she asked him about her missing phone.

 

Abidemi explained that she forgot the phone by the window of Temitope, who happened to be her neighbour. She said that less than five minutes after she left the place, where she kept the phone, she rushed back, only to discovered it missing.

 

When she asked Temitope if he saw the phone, he got angry and pounced on her.

 

She said: “On July 12, 2019, morning, I was outside with my family, cutting freshly harvested coconut and placed my phone on his window frame. I entered my flat forgetting the phone there; within three minutes, I went out to pick the phone, but it was gone.

 

“At that time, there was nobody in the compound except me, my family, Inspector Ijisakin Amos Temitope and his girlfriend. I asked my sister to go and ask him about the phone, but he denied picking it. I told him it was less than five minutes that I left the scene and nobody has entered the compound. The phone was definitely within the premises. He went into a rage and descended on me.

 

“He beat me into stupor for daring to ask for a lost phone, which was forgotten on the outside of his window frame. He later brought out the phone and smashed it on the floor. I saw hell in his hands; I was mercilessly beaten.”

Abidemi and Temitope live on the ground floor.

 

She had to rush to hospital, to take care of herself, after which she went to Obantoko Police Station to make a formal report.

 

Abidemi said: “At the station, I met the shock of my life. I was threatened with arrest and detention for daring to come and report the assault and brutality of the policeman on my person. I was actually detained behind the counter for hours. It was my father, a retired police officer, who called the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), before I could be released! The matter could have ended on this note of injustice, but on getting home, Inspector Temitope promised to deal with me. Temitope has promised to kill me and my family members. He said ‘as a police officer, he was above the law.”

 

 

The PPRO, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed that the command was aware of the incident.

 

Oyeyemi added that the command had commenced investigation into the incident.

 

According to him, the Public Complaints Bureau of the command is handling the matter.

 

He said: “The case has come to the knowledge of the command and the Public Complaint Bureau of the command is investigating it.”

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Why I led men to recover Oyo govt vehicles – PDP chief

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A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State, Alhaji Adebisi Olopoeniyan Sunday admitted the allegation by officials of last administration of Senator Abiola Ajimobi, that he was the mastermind of last week’s recovery of missing government vehicles in Ibadan, saying those pointing fingers at him were shameless.

 

Aides of the former governor, Abiola Ajimobi, had on Friday, at a press conference, denied vehicles were missing, just as they fingered Olopoeniyan as the arrowhead of the people going about to forcefully hijack the alleged stolen vehicles from officials of the last administration.

 

Apparently miffed by the media reports over the development, Olopoeniyan, who disclosed that he led some people ‘to recover government vehicles from where they hid them’ by officials of the Ajimobi government, said those addressing the media over the matter were shameless. “They were in government from May 29, 2011 till May 29, 2019 and yet they were not satisfied with all the booties in their care and pecks they derived so far from holding positions of authority.

 

“I can’t deny that government stolen vehicles carted away by them are being recovered daily, let them keep quiet or we will be forced to expose the atrocities further.

 

“It is true I led people to recover the vehicles where they were hidden. We got information that if we didn’t arrive where the vehicles were packed, they could be moved away.

 

“We know the police may not act on it before they (vehicles) are relocated, because of official demands and other considerations, so I led people there; got their keys and I asked the drivers to take them to Government House,” he explained.

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Trump crashes wedding, prompting ‘USA’ chants

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US President Donald Trump made a guest appearance at a wedding at his Bedminster, NJ, golf resort on Saturday that left the bride and groom chanting “USA! USA!”

The president, who’s spending the weekend at the resort, walked into the wedding reception for Nicole Marie and PJ Mongelli, according to video of the event.

As the crowed roared and turned their phone’s cameras on the president, he motioned for the couple to come to him.

Trump, wearing a dark suit without a tie, put his arms around the two as they took part in the “USA” chants, thrusting their arms in the air.

Earlier, another video shows Trump being introduced to the couple.

“You’re a class act that you came in here,” a woman tells Trump.

The groom urges the president to stop in later for a couple of minutes.

“Please, please, it would mean so much to us,” another person said.

The couple got engaged at Bedminister in 2017.

Calls to the couple were not immediately returned.

* Courtesy: New York Post

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Police arrest Jonathan’s in-laws over theft of jewellery, valuables worth N.3bn

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Pauline Onyibe

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Operation Puff Adder of the Bayelsa State Police Command at the weekend arrested four in-laws of the former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan over alleged involvement in the illegal entry into his home in Otuoke community in Ogbia Local Government Area and carting away jewellery, custom made walking stick and other valuables worth over N.3billion.

But another source claimed that the some substantial sum of money was also carted away by the suspects.

The four persons, include two brothers to the former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, and two ladies suspected to be members of Jonathan’s family.

Mrs Jonathan’s two brothers were identified as Mowsor Princewill Oba and Boma Rasheed Oba.The other two female suspect are yet to be identified.

It was learnt that the one of the arrested suspects, who is a management staff of the Aridolf Resort, Hotel and Spa owned by the former First Lady, had duplicated the keys to the rooms where the valuables were kept and led the forceful entry and gradual looting of the valuables.

It was gathered that after some domestic staff discovered the theft, the former President was informed and he quickly called in men of the Bayelsa Police Command to effect their arrest and recover the looted valuables.

A source close to the former First Family, said that Mrs Jonathan was shocked and disgusted by the theft and wondered why the arrested management staff of her hotel did not steal her money instead of masterminding the looting of her husband’s valuables.

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