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‘Your response to my IG post shows you’re jobless’ — Mompha hits back at EFCC

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Ismaila Mustapha, the Nigerian socialite better known as Mompha, has fired back at the EFCC for asking him to prove his corruption claims against the agency.

Last week, a witness revealed that the anti-graft agency discovered up to N35 billion in bank accounts traced back to the socialite.

Mompha, who is facing trial for alleged money laundering to the tune of N6 billion, had described the EFCC as the “most corrupt agency in Nigeria”.

Reacting to the claim, the EFCC dared the socialite to provide evidence of corruption against its operatives.

Tackling the EFCC in an Instagram post, Mompha argued that the commission’s response to his Instagram post shows they are “jobless”.

He claimed the charges against him were “cooked up by some corrupt officials for personal gains”.

“My attention has once again been drawn to the social media tantrum of the efcc demanding that I prove corruption allegation against them,” he wrote.

“The fact that the commission, particularly their chairman could stoop so low to respond to my post shows clearly how useless, jobless the efcc is and how they waste taxpayers money on exchanging banters on social media.

“Now, I won’t bother to dwell on the trumped-up charges that was cooked up against me for personal gains by some of their corrupt officials and mere media trial because the fact speaks for itself but will rather dwell on how useless this commission under the leadership of the Chairman.

“Because why will the efcc on Friday, 5th of July, 2024 step outside of their constitutional duty and litter armed men on the streets of Lagos and Abuja all in the name of preventing citizens from protesting against the corruption being displayed by the Efcc, thereby infringing on their fundamental right to lawfully protest and preventing innocent citizens from going about their lawful business.

“Another example is beating up innocent citizens during their illegal and night raids ( we all saw what happened in Ondo state and recently in Lagos which the commission reluctantly admitted on its social media platform).

‘Now back to my case, the efcc claimed they have “overwhelming evidence of my involvement in money laundering”, however the question is; who is this faceless person I laundered money for?; does the person not have a name?; did you mention the name of the person in the trumped-up charges before the court?

“Your commission is clearly the one drowning and clutching to any straw, when they quickly rushed to the media to post one side of the evidence of your witness in court when he was yet to be cross examined just to gain social media trend with my name, whereas all he said in court were lies with no evidential proof, which would all come to light on the next court date. To confirm how useless they are again they will reply me again and i will be waiting with more proof.”

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Simi makes U-turn, says she should not have said she doesn’t listen to music

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Following the backlash faced for saying that she does not really listen to music, and her angry reaction to it, Nigerian singer Simi has made a U-turn and acknowledged that her statement was “weird”.

Taking to X, she wrote on July 18, 2024, the singer acknowledged that her initial remarks might have been misunderstood and admitted that she should have approached the conversation more thoughtfully.

She clarified, “In hindsight, I should have had this conversation more carefully. I didn’t because I honestly didn’t consider that it could be something that some might consider as cocky. I’ve never been proud of it. I don’t even see how it’s something to be proud about.”

Simi went on to explain that her comment about not listening to anything was not meant to be taken literally.

“I do see how saying ‘I don’t listen to anything’ repeatedly can come off as weird, but it was not literal. I’m always tweeting about songs I like or sounds I discovered. I’m just terrible at keeping up with things that most other people know. Not just with music. I don’t remember names. I don’t know what charts or shows are trending, I’m always singing the wrong song on the wrong beat, so my friends dey always tell me ‘You no dey ever know anything,’ she explained.

Going on, she reflected on the context in which her comments were made during the show and attributed the misunderstanding to the casual nature of the interview. She also expressed her heartbreak over the way the viral video was circulated in an out-of-context manner.

“It was banter. In the wrong place. This is why I know I should have had this convo more carefully. It was a 2-hour interview with drinking and cussing, so I was chatting like I would with my friends. It does hurt that whoever cut that clip and wrote that headline did it with intention. It’s impossible to watch the entire interview and come away with the feeling that you would have watching the clip that everyone was sharing,” she said.

“It’s all good though. All is well. My friends did say to leave it alone, but things linger. And I really hate being called a liar. But e don finish now,” she concluded.

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Rema’s ‘HEIS’ sets record for biggest opening week on Spotify Nigeria in 2024

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In another milestone, Rema’s ‘HEIS’ has become the project with the biggest opening week streams on Spotify Nigeria after it garnered 12.3 million streams.

Rema’s sophomore album surpasses Olamide’s ‘Ikigai’ which tallied 7.92 million streams on Spotify Nigeria in its opening week.

The album released on July 10, 2024, becomes the second album with the most opening week streams on Spotify Nigeria only behind Davido’s record-breaking album ‘Timeless’ which totaled 14.4 million streams.

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Young Jonn reveals the hardest part about becoming a full-blown artiste

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Nigerian singer Young Jonn has confessed that the hardest part of transitioning from a producer to a full-blown performing artiste was convincing himself that he could do it.

In a recent interview with media personality Isi Ijewere on her Backstage Banter trivia YouTube segment, the singer was asked a series of questions after his performance in Canada.

Isi asked, “What has been the hardest part of transitioning from a producer to a full-blown performing artiste?”

After some thought, Young Jonn responded, “The hardest part was self-conviction, actually convincing myself that I could do it. That was the hardest part, where I was on stage asking myself if I really wanted to do this or not. It was really hard for me to convince myself that I got this.”

Next, Isi asked the singer, “When was the last time you cried?” to which he responded, “The last time I cried was when I lost my mum. I don’t think I have cried since then.”

She also asked, “Are you lying to yourself about anything?” and the singer acknowledged that people often lie to themselves.

In his words, “I think everyone lies to themselves about one thing or the other just to make themselves feel better.”

“What is your biggest ick?” Isi asked.

“I don’t like people who are not true to themselves. I detest them.” He continued, “Let me not say ‘detest’ because it’s probably not that serious. I feel like when you are true to yourself, that’s when you can be true to anybody else but if you’re not true to yourself, you’re living a lie.”

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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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