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JUST IN: Cubana Chief Priest pleads not guilty to naira abuse charge

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Cubana Chief Priest, the nightlife promoter, has pleaded not guilty to the charges bordering on naira abuse.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) operatives on Tuesday filed a three-count charge against the social media celebrity.

Cubana, born Pascal Okechukwu, is accused of spraying and tampering with the naira at a social event — contrary to the provisions of the Central Bank Act of 2007.

He is currently being arraigned at the federal high court in Lagos.

The counts against the Instagram celebrity read: “that you, Okechukwu Pascal on 13th Feb. 2024, at Eko Hotel, within the jurisdiction of the court, while dancing during a social event, tampered with funds in the denomination of N500 (Five Hundred Naira) issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria by spraying same for two hours, and you thereby committed an offence, contrary to and punishable under Section 21(1) of the Central Bank Act 2007.

“That you Okechukwu Pascal sometime in 2020, in Lagos during a social event, tampered with funds in the denomination of N500 (Five Hundred Naira) issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria by spraying same for two hours, and you thereby committed an offence, contrary to and punishable under Section 21(1) of the Central Bank Act 2007.

“That you Okechukwu Pascal sometime in January 2024, in Lagos during a social event, tampered with funds in the denomination of N500 (Five Hundred Naira) issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria by spraying same and you thereby committed an offence, contrary to and punishable under Section 21(1) of the Central Bank Act 2007.”

When the charges were read during court sitting, the social media celebrity pleaded not guilty to them.

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Ex-beauty queen Tomi Salami to unveil environmental advocacy project in Lagos

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Tomi Lydia Salami, the Nigerian ex-beauty queen, is set to unveil an environmental advocacy project in Lagos.

The project, titled ‘Catch Them Young: Environmental Awareness Convention 2024′, is targeted at high school students in Lagos.

The convention will be held at the J.F Ade Ajayi Auditorium of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) on May 30.

In a statement on Saturday, the 2012 Miss Tourism Nigeria said the environmental advocacy project “aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Sanitation, Clean Energy, Climate Action and Environmental Protection”.

The project aimed to advocate for clean energy, climate action and environmental protection through Aurora International Charity Foundation, the ex-beauty queen’s not-for-profit organisation.

Tomi revealed that Lagos was selected for the project because it “maintains a strong position as one of Africa’s top destinations for business, culture, tourism, politics, entertainment, hospitality, sports and more”.

“It is imperative that we engage in activities that creatively and succinctly educate and inspire citizens to become environmentally conscious, thereby fostering a sense of responsibility to our planet,” she said.

“Our focus for the ‘Catch Them Young’ campaign is geared towards the highly impressionable younger generation as we strongly believe that pioneering an environmentally conscious foundation for children early in life will bring about far-reaching success that will spread further and last longer thus establishing children as young Environmental Ambassadors for their various communities.”

She added that the environmental convention will include interactive sessions by expert speakers and stakeholders in the industry. Other participants include environmental activists and celebrities in Nigeria.

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Sean Kingston, mum arrested on fraud, theft charges as SWAT raids home

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Sean Kingston, the Jamaican-American singer, was arrested in California on Thursday, a few hours after a SWAT team raided his rented South Florida mansion.

The rapper, 34, was apprehended alongside Janice Turner, his 62-year-old mother, on “fraud and theft charges”.

Authorities were seen loading goods into a van outside the mansion surrounded by expensive sports cars.

The arrests may be connected to a lawsuit filed by attorney Dennis Card, alleging fraud over a 232-inch television installation worth $150,000.

Card accused Kingston of defrauding Ver Ver Entertainment in February by failing to make promised payments and commercials. They are asking for $30,000 and attorney fees in a trial by jury.

“He basically has a sales pitch that he goes through to defraud people. He induces them into giving him really expensive things,” Card, who represents the company, said.

“We know that our property is inside this house right here, so as soon as the raid takes place we are going to have a crew of people in there to reassemble it and take it back to its rightful owner.”

In a statement, the Broward county sheriff’s office said Kingston was taken into custody in Fort Irwin, California, and will be booked in jail in San Bernardino.

The sheriff’s office disclosed that it served arrest and search warrants at the property near Fort Lauderdale where the singer resides.

“As a result of the investigation, an adult female, Janice Turner, 2/16/1963, was taken into custody on numerous fraud and theft charges,” the statement reads.

“This investigation is active and ongoing.”

In an earlier Instagram post, Kingston said his lawyers were “handling everything”.

“People love negative energy!” the rapper wrote in the post which was later taken down.

“I am good, and so is my mother! … My lawyers are handling everything as we speak.”

According to records at the Florida department of corrections, Kingston is currently on two years’ probation for trafficking stolen property.

His mother previously served time for bank fraud in 2006.

The rapper, born Kisean Anderson, will be held in California pending extradition to Florida.

Kingston is best known for his 2007 chat-topping song ‘Beautiful Girls’; another hit, ‘Take You There’; and his collaboration with Justin Bieber on the song ‘Eenie Meenie.’

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Tems reveals she signed an NDA before working with Beyoncé

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Nigerian superstar Tems shared the experience working with Beyoncé .

In an interview with New York Times, Tems shared her experience of working with global icon Beyoncé on her 2022 album ‘Renaissance’.

In the interview, Tems revealed she was sent an NDA by her team which she signed after she was invited to Los Angeles to work with Beyoncé.

“My team just messaged me like, ‘Yo, first of all, I have to send you something to sign. I was losing my mind. Like, What?!” she told New York Times’ Culture Reporter Reggie Ugwu.

The result of Tems’ studio time with Beyoncé is the single ‘Move’ which is one of the tracks on Beyoncé’s Grammy-nominated album ‘Renaissance’.

Aside from Beyoncé, Tems has worked with other global superstars including Drake, Rihanna, and Future who featured her and Drake on his Grammy-winning ‘Wait For U’.

In the interview, Tems talked about her upcoming debut LP ‘Born In The Wild’ which is expected to be released in June 2024. According to Tems, the album’s recently released lead single ‘Love Me Jeje’ started as a freestyle session with her friends.

“It was just a state of bliss. Those are the moments that I love,” she told the New York Times about making music with her friends.

Tems recently performed a medley of the single with the eponymously titled album opener on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

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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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