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Court adjourns Naira Marley’s case over alleged cyber crime

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A Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday further adjourned until November 13 and 30, continuation of trial of Nigerian singer Azeez Fashola a.k.a Naira Marley charged with cyber crime.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo adjourned the case following absence of the defendant from court. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting the defendant on charges bordering on cyber crime.

The anti-graft agency preferred the charges on May 14, 2019. Fashola, who sang the popular song: “Am I a yahoo boy”, was consequently, arraigned on May 20, 2019 before Justice Nicholas Oweibo, but he pleaded not guilty.

The court had accordingly, granted him bail in the sum of two million naira, with two sureties in like sum. Trial has since commenced in the case and still ongoing. On October 6, Justice Oweibo had issued a warrant for production of the defendant, following his absence from trial on the last date.

Oweibo’s order, followed an application for production warrant by the prosecution, Bilikisu Buhari. NAN recalls that the police in Lagos had detained Naira Marley and his associate, Sam Larry, in connection with death of Nigerian artiste, Oladimeji Aloba, popularly known as “Mohbad”.

When the case was called on Monday, Olalekan Ojo (SAN) informed the court that the defendant is still clearly absent from his trial, inspite of the court’s order for his production. In response, the prosecutor told the court that although she had prayed the court for a production warrant of the defendant, he is still absent .

“My lord, at the last adjourned date, we prayed for a production warrant and the court granted same, however, the defendant is still not produced.

“We pray for a further date in order to follow up with the police,” she said.

The court consequently, adjourned the case until November 13 and 30 for continuation of trial. According to the EFCC, the defendant committed the offences on different dates between November 26, 2018 and December 11, 2018, as well as May 10, 2019.

The commission alleged that Fashola and his accomplices conspired to use different Access Bank ATM cards to defraud their victims. It alleged that the defendant used a bank credit card issued to another person, in a bid to obtain fraudulent financial gains.

The EFCC also said that the defendant possessed counterfeit credit cards belonging to different people, with intent to defraud which amounted to theft. The alleged offences contravene the provisions of Sections 1 23 (1) (b), 27 (1) and 33(9) of Cyber Crime (Prohibition) Prevention Act, 2015.

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Oladips was dead for three days before coming back to life, says aide

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Abdulrasheed Opeyemi, the personal assistant of Nigerian rapper Oladipupo Oladimeji, aka Oladips, has disclosed that the rapper, who was recently declared dead by his management, actually died for three days before he came back to life.

News surfaced on November 14 that the ‘Chache’ crooner had died following an ailment he battled with for two years.

“We are saddened to inform the general public that Oladipupo Olabode Oladimeji, aka Oladips, passed away yesterday, November 14, Tuesday evening, at exactly 10:14 pm. We are still in shock as we speak!

“For over two years, he has kept his battles within himself; his body is now with his family. The family asked that we respect their privacy in this trying time. May God give us all the fortitude to bear this great loss. (amen),” read a statement from his management.

In an exclusive interview with PUNCH Online’s Tope Alabi on Monday, Abdulrasheed shed more light on the ‘management’ of Dipsciples Music, owned by the rapper, adding that Oladips was dead for three days before he came back to life.

He said, “I don’t know how to say this. It was a misinterpretation with the manager who has access to Oladips’ page. We all thought he was dead because he was not breathing until the third day when he was revived. By then, the manager had already shared the story.

“Even I could not reach him until the third day.”

Asked where the rapper was for the three days, Abdulrasheed responded, ”He was with his family.”

Abdulrasheed also revealed that the music outfit has since sacked the manager, whose identity he did not disclose.

“You are speaking with the right person in the label. The manager who shared the story has since been sacked. Oladips will soon address everyone on the issue,” Abdulrasheed added.

Oladips launched his label, Dipsciples Music, after his exit in 2019, from LRR/Edge Records, owned by Nigerian rapper Remilekun Safaru, aka Reminisce.

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Etim Effiong reveals why actresses in Nollywood don’t beg for money online

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Etim Effiong says his female colleagues in Nollywood do not publicly solicit financial assistance.

In a recent episode of the Bahd And Boujee Podcast, Effiong was asked why actors come online to seek aid.

In response, the actor said men are traditionally responsible for addressing women’s issues.

He highlighted society’s expectation for men to resolve their challenges independently.

Effiong added that when a man faces problems beyond his ability to solve, it forces him to turn to the world for aid.

“Traditionally, in society, women have been largely men’s responsibility,” the actor said.

“So whenever there is a problem with the woman, men are quick to rise to the occasion and meet that need.

“Whatever culture you come from in Nigeria, it would be taboo to the men when the women in that culture have a problem and the men are not solving it.

“So, if you flip that, the converse of that is when the men have issues, the men need to solve the issues. Women are not going to rise to solve the issues for men largely. Men have to sort themselves out.

“And when a man reaches a point where he can not solve his problems, he is not going to go to a woman, he is going to go to the world and be like, ‘Guys, I have reached my limit. I cannot help myself, come help me.’”

Etim Effiong, alongside Kenya’s Sarah Hassan and Catherine Kamau Karanja, showcased his talent in the 2019 film ‘Plan B’.

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Spotify sets to sack 17% staff members

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Music streaming giant Spotify said today it will reduce the number of its employees by around 17% in a bid to cut costs amid “dramatically” slower economic growth.

Spotify in October posted a rare quarterly operating profit of 32 million euros, compared to a loss of 228 million for the same period a year earlier, on the back of 26% growth in active users for the third quarter.

“I realise that for many, a reduction of this size will feel surprisingly large given the recent positive earnings report and our performance,” chief executive Daniel Ek wrote in a letter to employees, which was seen by AFP.

He said that in 2020 and 2021, the company “took advantage of the opportunity presented by lower-cost capital and invested significantly in team expansion, content enhancement, marketing and new verticals.”

“However, we now find ourselves in a very different environment. And despite our efforts to reduce costs this past year, our cost structure for where we need to be is still too big.”

Spotify has invested heavily since its launch to fuel growth with expansions into new markets and, in later years, exclusive content such as podcasts.

It has invested over one billion dollars into podcasts alone.

In 2017, the company had around 3,000 staff members, more than tripling the figure to around 9,800 at the end of 2022.

The company has never posted a full-year net profit and only occasionally quarterly profits despite its success in the online music market.

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Bodex F. Hungbo, SPMIIM is a multiple award-winning Nigerian Digital Media Practitioner, Digital Strategist, PR consultant, Brand and Event Expert, Tv Presenter, Tier-A Blogger/Influencer, and a top cobbler in Nigeria.

She has widespread experiences across different professions and skills, which includes experiences in; Marketing, Media, Broadcasting, Brand and Event Management, Administration and Management with prior stints at MTN, NAPIMS-NNPC, GLOBAL FLEET OIL AND GAS, LTV, Silverbird and a host of others

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