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Court refuses to dismiss order stopping NBC from imposing fines on broadcast stations

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The federal high court in Abuja has dismissed the motion filed by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) seeking to set aside the verdict restraining the agency from imposing fines on broadcast stations.

James Omotosho, the presiding judge, on Thursday, dismissed the grounds presented by NBC.

On March 1, 2019, NBC sanctioned 45 broadcast stations over alleged ethical infractions during the general election.

Is’haq Kawu, then director-general of the commission, said the affected media houses were fined N500,000 each for flouting the provisions of the Nigerian broadcasting code.

Among the sanctioned stations were Channels Television, TVC, AIT, and NTA.

Displeased with the fines, the Media Rights Agenda (MRA), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), sued NBC.

The organisation said the action of the commission violated the right to a fair hearing under section 36 of the 1999 constitution (as amended) and article 7 of the African charter on human and peoples rights (ratification and enforcement) Act.

MRA had asked the court to declare the fines unconstitutional and null.

On May 10, a federal high court in Abuja ruled that NBC does not have the power to impose penalties on broadcast stations.

In July, NBC asked the court to dismiss the order, arguing that the high court reached its decision in “ignorance of relevant facts”.

Babatunde Ogala, NBC counsel, had told the court that MRA has “two unappealed, subsisting and binding decisions of the federal high court on the same issues and parties”.

Ogala added that the media group brought a fresh suit before the court, instead of appealing previous rulings.

NBC accused MRA of trying to set the court on a collision course with other courts, adding that the commission was not served with the processes leading to the verdict.

However, the media rights group disagreed with the arguments of the commission.

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In his judgment, Omotosho ruled that available evidence showed that the commission was served but failed to appear before the court.

The judge said NBC failed to present facts that the suit filed by the media group was an abuse of the court process.

“A party challenging the jurisdiction of the court must do that timeously,” the judge was quoted as saying by NAN.

“These are facts the respondent (NBC) ought to have brought before the court but did not avail itself of this opportunity.

“It is a futile attempt to get the court to set aside this judgment. The respondent should bear the consequences of its own indolence.

“In the final analysis, it is an afterthought and belated. The application to set aside the judgment is hereby refused.”

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Odumodublvck fumes as Jaywon says his music is subpar

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Odumodublvck, the Nigerian rapper, has fired back at Jaywon, the singer, over his recent statement about his music.

In an interview with Teju Babyface, Jaywon took a hit at Odumodublvck and Burna Boy for saying “no one paved the way” for them in the music industry.

He added that despite his love for the ‘Declan Rice’ singer, his “music is not all that”.

“I see people like Odumodu, I love Odumodu even though I know his music is not all that but I love the energy. I have watched Odumodu for a while before he even blew up, it was one of my young boy that was distributing his music,” he said.

“I like the guy because the energy, the hard work, it eventually pays off. Because Burna Boy said nobody opened the way for him, you too are coming out to say nobody open the way for you. Yeah you are big but you do not say that.”

Disgruntled by Jaywon’s remark, Odumodublvck took his X page to lambast the singer while writing off his music.

He argued that despite his colleague’s years in the music industry, he has “nothing to show for it”.

Odumodublvck also urged Jaywon to look for ways to make money instead of engaging in interviews.

“Na why Ayra no gree hold your hand, make you no go talk say you have the way for her, still hold am for hand carry am go promise land,” he wrote.

“Baba you no pave any way for me. Awon FERMA, road maintenance agency. No go hustle, chor chor chor, babu workings.

“You like me, but you say my music is not all. OG no be by age, na by doings and coordination. When they can not do what you did, they start to belittle it.

“Mr Jaywon if my music is not all that, then your music is nothing. Bros you no be my OG, na me OD talk am. N****s always trying to play God because they released a song during the time of Melchizedek of old.”

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Jaywon narrates how Eedris Abdulkareem once attacked him in a moving bus

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Jaywon, the Nigerian singer, has claimed that Eedris Abdulkareem assaulted him while they were both under the Kennis Music label.

In a recent interview with Teju Babyface, the comedian, Jaywon described Eedris as a “bully”.

He claimed that after a concert, Eedris sent his associates to attack him for stealing the spotlight.

He also alleged that the ace rapper threatened to harm the bus driver if he stopped driving while he was being beaten.

“A lot of people might know Eedris, but I know Eedris. I was on the same label with him. We were at Kennis Music together and we had a couple of issues,” he said.

“Eedris is a bully. Ask anybody who knows him. Eedris once attacked me with his boys. He attacked me on a bus after a show because he felt I stole his shine at the concert. They were kicking me. It was even in the news that I was in a coma. I tried to stand and they were kicking me down.

“When I finally got up, I confronted the driver. I was like, ‘How will something like this be going and you are still driving?’ Eedris threatened to kill the driver if he stopped driving.”

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Ini Edo and Chineye Nworah clash over ‘Shanty Town’ ownership rights

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Actress Ini Edo and filmmaker Chineye Nworah, who worked together on the Netflix series Shanty Town, are now fighting over who owns the movie.

News has come out that the Netflix team in Africa started discussions last year with Nworah and Giant Creative Media for a second season of Shanty Town because of the success of the first film.

But, on January 15, 2024, Edo sent a legal warning to Netflix, asking them to stop talking to Nworah and Giant Creative Media about making another season.

Ini Edo’s lawsuit provides specific details, arguing against Chineye Nworah’s exclusive rights to the series Shanty Town. Edo’s main points include:

  • Nworah should not be the only one in talks about continuing the series because he does not own it by himself.
  • The working relationship between Edo, Nworah, and another partner, Joy Odiete, began with an agreement on December 13, 2019. This agreement was to produce five movies over ten years.
  • In June 2021, a new deal was made involving Minini Empire Productions, Giant Creative Media (GCM), Nevada Bridge TV, and Champion One Entertainment. They all signed a “Shanty Town Investment Agreement.”
  • According to this investment agreement, the intellectual property (IP) rights are owned by both Minini Empire Productions and GCM. Additionally, they are entitled to 5% of the total profits from the project.

See a copy of Edo’s cease and desist below:

Legal documents of Ini Edo’s petition against Chineye Nworah

Nworah has fired back at the claim made by Edo’s lawyers with a press release stating that she is the sole initiator and sole copyright holder of Shanty Town and that the media should cease spreading false claims.

According to the release issued on February 22, 2024, GCM implored the audience to ignore Edo’s claim of being the owner of the intellectual property in the Netflix original movie. Further, stating that Nworah is the sole initiator and sole copyright holder of Shanty Town.

Here’s Nworah/GCM’s press release below:

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