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Police recover N50m stolen from ailing Mr Ibu, arrest son, daughter




Detectives at the Force Criminal Investigation Department Annex, Alagbion, Ikoyi, Lagos have disclosed that they had recovered N50 million withdrawn from the hacked bank account of ailing Nollywood actor, Mr John Okafor, popularly called Mr Ibu.


Consequently, Ibu’s son, Onyebuchi Okafor and his lover, Jasmine Okekeagwu, were arrested and changed to court for conspiracy and stealing.


Their arrest, according to spokesperson for the FCID, ASP Mayegun Aminat, followed a petition received from Diamond Waves Law on behalf of Ibu’s wife, Stella Maris Okafor, in September 6, 2023, where Ibu’s sons, Daniel and Valentine Okafor and one of the son’s lover, Jasmine Okekeagwu were alleged to have conspired to defraud Ibu.


According to her, “Investigation into the case established that as part of efforts to fund his medical bills, Mr. Ibu launched a public fund-raising initiative and attracted donations from his fans, entertainment industry players, and other well-spirited members of the public into a bank account which he publicized and dedicated for the purpose.

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“Mr. Ibu’s wife, Mrs Stella Maris Chinyere Okafor was initially managing the funds to defray the medical bills of Mr. Ibu and sustain the family.


“However, along the line, the duo of Onyeabuchi Daniel Okafor and Jasmine Chioma Okekeagwu manipulated Mrs Stella Maris Okafor, took possession of Mr. Ibu’s phone and hacked into the banking details therein.


“They thereafter re-installed the mobile banking applications of Mr. Ibu on the phone of Onyeabuchi Daniel Okafor, preparatory to the perfection of their pre-conceived fraudulent plans and wiped off the banking applications originally installed on Mr. Ibu’s phone, thereby, taking direct and full charge of banking activities of Mr. Ibu in relation to the funds being donated by members of the public in support of his medicals.


“Through this fraudulent act, Onyeabuchi Okafor and Jasmine Okekeagwu started transferring funds from Mr. Ibu’s public fund raising account to Onyeabuchi Okafor’s personal bank with forensic analysis of their illicit financial dealing establishing that a total of N55 million has been successfully and criminally transferred prior to their arrest and investigation.

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“Investigation also unearthed text messages via WhatsApp between Jasmine Chioma and Daniel Okafor detailing stage-by-stage how they conspired and hatched their criminal plans.


“It was also established that the two suspects, Jasmine Okekeagwu and Onyeabuchi Okafor had a sham marriage at the Ikoyi Marriage Registry with plans to escape from the country to the United Kingdom, where they intended to settle with their proceeds of crime. They already applied for UK Visa in furtherance to this plan prior to their arrest.


“During investigation, the stolen N55 million was traced to the bank account of Onyeabuchi Okafor wherein it was discovered that they had squandered a total of N5 million on questionable transactions, while the balance of N50 million has been recovered from him.


“On the strength of evidence, Onyeabuchi Okafor, and Jasmine Okekeagwu have been charged to the Chief Magistrates Court 1, Yaba in Charge No. A/06/2024 for conspiracy and stealing. They were granted bail in the sum of N15 million with two sureties in like sum while case was adjourned to March 11,2024.

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“Meanwhile the casefile has been forwarded to the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice.”


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Academics, professionals, others storm Ibadan for Ayinde Barrister Festival





The Ilaji Hotel and Resorts, Akanran, Ibadan hosted a community of fans of the late fuji musician, Dr Sikiru Ayinde Balogun, popularly known as Barrister.


Between February 9 and 10, 2024, the fans converged on Barrister’s hometown where they celebrated his legacies in a colourful ceremony, featuring live performances by musicians. Jumat service was observed on Day One at the Mufutau Olanihun Mosque. Prayers were offered Barrister who clocked 76 years posthumously on the day.


That was followed by the unveiling of Barrister Cenotaph at the entrance of Ibadan on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. Two bossom friends of Barrister, Otunba Adisa Osiefa and Chief Kola Oyadeji jointly performed the unveiling ceremony.


Gala Night rounded off the day at the Ilaji Hotel and Resorts, Akanran where all fans groups mixed with one another in a convivial atmosphere and danced to different tracks of Barrister.


An Ibadan-based famous On Air Personality, Alhaji Gboyega Lawal joined the fans at the Gala Night and paid a glowing tribute to Barrister.

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He recalled an incident at a party where he would have died save for Barrister’s prompt intervention. “For this, I will never forget Alhaji,” he said.


The grand finale on Saturday also featured presentation of awards and premier of “Mr Fuji Barry Wonder”, a documentary produced by a US-based Professor Saheed Aderinto who thrilled the large audience with exclusive memorable images of Barrister, his band members, family and fans.


The Ibadan-born Aderinto revealed that he had commenced shootings of the documentary in 2021 at different locations in Nigeria and his US base where he is a lecturer.


He said the documentary was not made for commercial purpose but posterity to preserve the role Barrister played in carving out an unknown genre among Nigerian indigenous brands of music.
The scholar also said that the documentary was produced with a view to telling critical knowledge that is close to the heart of the people who use the medium of documentary filmmaking.

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“To preserve the legacies of Barrister through the medium of a film. To place Fuji at the center of global knowledge production. To increase the global attention on Fuji. To take the name of Fuji and Barrister into academic domains where they don’t exist for now,” he said.


In attendance at the ceremony was a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Barrister Mutalubi Adebayo who described Barrister as a superstar both in life and in death.


The former Oyo State Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, who received an award from the organiser of the BarryFest, exclaimed that he had never seen a late Nigerian musician as more blessed with dedicated fans as Barrister.

Vice-Chancellor of Ojaja University, Eyenkorin, Kwara State, Professor Jeleel Ojuade presented a paper which dug deep into Barrister evolution as a force to reckon with in Nigerian indigenous music industry.


Chairman and Secretary of the BarryFest Planning Committee, Alhaji Olaide Olawumi and Agba Akin Ademola Adesingbin expressed satisfaction at the outcome of the event, which they both described as an improvement over the maiden edition held at the same venue and Barrister’s Fuji Chamber residence, Isolo, Lagos.

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“All we need to say is to thank God for His grace over the planning committee. We faced few challenges along the line due to the state of the nation’s economy. But God helped us to overcome those challenges.


“We thank all our members for their enthusiasm towards the BarryFest. They are all wonderful. We also thank all our invited guests for honouring us with their presence and support. We shall continue to hold them in high esteem,” Adesingbin said.

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Controversial actress Nkechi Blessing gets N6m twin bracelet gift from boyfriend (Video)





Xxssive, the partner of Nollywood actress Nkechi Blessing, has invested N6 million in a set of matching bracelets for both of them.


The actress, originally from Delta State, was pleasantly surprised by the extravagant gift from her boyfriend as she marked her birthday today.


In a video shared online, Xxssive was seen presenting the luxurious bracelets to a delighted Nkechi, who couldn’t contain her happiness.

In his accompanying message, Xxssive explained how he didn’t give her any gifts on her birthday last year, citing the Urhobo cultural perspective that doesn’t prioritize extravagant gestures.


However, recognizing Nkechi’s worth, he arranged a last-minute birthday dinner to celebrate her.


“Like I said last year I didn’t get you any gift because we Urhobo men don’t see it as a big deal and to be honest @nkechiblessingsunday you deserve all the love
So I hit up @royalhugssurprises with very short notice and told her I needed a private dinner and she still delivered her pulling unit

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Then my guy @g.aboki1 wan b cut my neck with the price before but regardless she deserves it all
Had to bring @_mrstats all the way from the States I love you baba mi


Thank you so much @okopi_peterson for blessing us with your voice yesterday it means a lot
I will talk about this suit later I dey come suit of over half a million guess the designer”.


In an earlier birthday post, Xxssive had affectionately wished her a happy birthday, acknowledging her as the most stubborn person he knows, but emphasizing her amazing qualities nonetheless.

“Happy birthday big 35 Nkechi blessings Sunday.
May the good lord bless your new chapter and grant you your heart desires amen.
The most stubborn person have ever come across in my life, but it doesn’t take away how amazing you are HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND HAPPY VAL”.

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Alleged fake money transfer: Six Lagos traders arraigned for assaulting actress, Liz Anjorin





Six traders at the Oba Akintoye Market in Lagos Island have been arraigned before the Chief Magistrate Court in Lagos Island Local Government on Thursday for allegedly assaulting and blackmailing Nollywood actress, Lizzy Anjorin-Lawal.


The defendants—Qudus Jokogbola, Suru Olawale, Edu Shakirat, Fausat Mohammed, Kafayat Ahmed, and Opere Simiat Morenike—were charged while two other suspects are currently at large.


According to the prosecution, led by Sola Samuel, the six defendants and two others conspired to commit the offence by forcefully pushing and dragging Anjorin-Lawal, causing her grievous bodily harm around 1:30 p.m. on Monday inside Oba Akintoye Market in Lagos Island.


Samuel told the court that the defendants’ actions caused a breach of public peace.


He said the offences contravened Sections 411 and 413; 168(d) and 170(b) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria 2015, and are punishable under the same Act.


All defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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Defence lawyer, Ade Oshodi, urged the court to grant them bail in the most liberal terms, stating they were traders.


In his ruling, Magistrate A.A. Paul granted each defendant bail in the sum of N200,000 with one surety each.


The sureties must be Lagos residents with evidence of tax payment.


The defendants were remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services until they meet their bail terms.

The case was adjourned till March 11 for mention.

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