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    Tofarati Ige

    Actress Wumi Toriola was in the eye of the storm recently when she uploaded a video online in which she attacked Toyin Abraham for saying that getting married and buying a car were not achievements. Recall that Toriola had recently got married and bought a car. However, she has since apologised to Abraham. In a chat with Sunday...

    Tofarati Ige

    Actress Wumi Toriola was in the eye of the storm recently when she uploaded a video online in which she attacked Toyin Abraham for saying that getting married and buying a car were not achievements. Recall that Toriola had recently got married and bought a car. However, she has since apologised to Abraham. In a chat with Sunday Scoop, Toriola revealed what initially led to a thaw in their once cosy relationship. She said, “After we shot Alakada Reloaded, we were in a hotel room and she slapped me. I was very angry and I would have hit her back if not that I loved her. After she slapped me, I walked out and went to another room. The following day, I expected her to apologise to me but she just told me to bring her belongings in my car. She was not apologetic at all.

    “Before I got home that day, she had also told other people that she slapped me and I was upset that she was even proud of what she did to me. Because of that, I made a video on Instagram and I told her never to repeat such act; I just wanted her to feel sorry about her action. She then called some elders in the industry and those ones prevailed on me to bury the hatchet. So, I deleted the post online.”

    Maintaining that she wasn’t taking sides with either Toyin or Mercy, Toriola said, “I wasn’t trying to take sides; both Mercy and Toyin are colleagues. I used to be close to Toyin but not anymore. Concerning my post, most of our followers are the ones who cause issues. Someone said marriage is not an achievement and it got on my wrong side. We come to life to have families and build a home to make them happy; I feel those are the priorities of life. So, I reacted to the fact that someone was trying to cheapen my efforts. That was what I reacted to but people thought I was taking sides with Mercy. The whole thing started when I congratulated Mercy on her new house. I feel there is too much hate and jealousy in our industry. The only thing I did wrong was allowing my emotions get the better of me. Sometimes, we forget out status in the society but that has been corrected. I have apologised for using derogatory words on Toyin and she accepted my apology. I feel from there, we can move on. I also urge our fans to take it easy on us.”

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    1.   24 June 2018
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    LEKE BAIYEWU

    a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume, has said that the Department of State Services arrested and detained Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe on Friday over alleged gunrunning and for aiding the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra.

    Abaribe’s lawyer, who briefed journalists in Abuja on Saturday, said the allegations were...

    LEKE BAIYEWU

    a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume, has said that the Department of State Services arrested and detained Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe on Friday over alleged gunrunning and for aiding the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra.

    Abaribe’s lawyer, who briefed journalists in Abuja on Saturday, said the allegations were contained in a search warrant dated June 22, 2018, and produced by the operatives who raided the lawmaker’s home in Apo Legislative Quarters in Abuja.

    Ume quoted the warrant as directing the operatives to “focus and search for arms and ammunition and any other incriminating document, while the alleged crime was aiding and supporting a proscribed body i.e. IPOB.”

    He said the operation lasted six hours, between 5pm and 11:15pm on Friday.

    Ume said, “Of all the 27 items seized and taken away, none could be all they wanted to see in terms of arms and ammunition or stored bags of ‘Ghana Must Go’ for sponsoring the said IPOB.

    “Unfortunately two of the 27 items include the two handsets of two USA citizens found in the home. One of the laptops taken included that of an educationist containing examination questions slated to be set for students on June 25, 2018.

    “All pleas for these questions to be copied were refused.”

    Ume stated that the turn of events had become worrisome especially when the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, was to appear in court in October 2017 but his house was raided earlier in September.

    Abaribe, the surety to Nnamdi Kanu, is to appear in court on June 26, 2018.

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    Olushola Ricketts

    Fuji singer, Alhaji Sulaimon Alao, aka Malaika, insists that he was not drunk when he had an accident last year. After it was reported that the Fuji singer and his associates were involved in an accident that totally damaged his car on Ikorodu Road in Lagos, certain people were quick to conclude that the driver and occupants...

    Olushola Ricketts

    Fuji singer, Alhaji Sulaimon Alao, aka Malaika, insists that he was not drunk when he had an accident last year. After it was reported that the Fuji singer and his associates were involved in an accident that totally damaged his car on Ikorodu Road in Lagos, certain people were quick to conclude that the driver and occupants must have taken too much of alcohol.

    Speaking with Sunday Scoop, Malaika said he was not the person driving on the day and there was no alcohol inside the car. He said, “Being a celebrity doesn’t mean you are an immortal being; I also go through trying periods. There was no alcohol inside the car and we were not drunk. It was a truck that hit my car from behind; it wasn’t only my car that got damaged. That day wasn’t a pleasant experience, but I thank God nobody died because the car was beyond repair. The driver of the truck later claimed that the brake failed.”

    Speaking about the first time he visited Mecca for Hajj in 1999, he said the place looked like a paradise on earth. He stated, “Before I had the opportunity to go to Mecca, my prayers had been answered but I felt I needed to thank God for the things he had done for me. If anyone questions why people go to Mecca every year, the person does not think well. I cannot describe the experience; one has to go there to understand the special feeling and atmosphere.”

    While admitting that rivalry is part of fuji music, he said he had tried to avoid it as much as he could. He added, “Rivalry is in every business, not just fuji music. Personally, I don’t believe in violence. Once I have issues with my colleagues, I try to settle things amicably. I am happy with the growth of fuji music. If fuji music has lost its relevance as some people say, I will not be going to shows on weekends and sometimes during the week.”

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    1.   24 June 2018
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    NIKE POPOOLA

    The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate in conjunction with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a federal auditor with the PTAD for extorting money from retirees.

    PTAD stated that the arrest of the auditor was a sign that its anti-corruption programme was beginning to yield results.

    The directorate...

    NIKE POPOOLA

    The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate in conjunction with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a federal auditor with the PTAD for extorting money from retirees.

    PTAD stated that the arrest of the auditor was a sign that its anti-corruption programme was beginning to yield results.

    The directorate had advised tfederal retirees to beware of fraudsters that might want to take advantage of them.

    PTAD explained that in conjunction with the EFCC, it planned and coordinated the apprehension of the auditor, who was calling pensioners and demanding that a percentage of their pensions be paid to him after they had received payments.

    According to the commission, the suspect claimed that the payments were tokens for helping to fast-track the processing of their payments.

    PTAD said, “His actions are completely against the arrangement of PTAD. Our policy of not accepting any gratification from pensioners means that any staff caught in such misdemeanor will be handed over to security operatives.”

    The agency added that the auditor had been released on bail pending the conclusion of the investigation against him.

    The directorate stated that its employees were also being trained on how to recognise and deal with bribery and corruption issues, as well as to understand their responsibilities, especially when faced with an ethical dilemma.

    PTAD added that it would continue to work with security operatives to track and monitor the activities of scammers and fraudsters.

    The directorate also disclosed that over 24,000 pensioners from the Civil Service Pension payroll were suspended in April because they were not available for verification.

    He added that it was now inevitable that pensioners would approach the directorate immediately as hundreds of genuine pensioners had been contacting the directorate weekly to be reinstated on the payroll.

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    Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja

    National Leader of the All Progressives Congress who was also a former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has accused the former ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party of planning to loot the nation’s treasury for 60 years.

    He stated this in a goodwill message at the national convention of the All...

    Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja

    National Leader of the All Progressives Congress who was also a former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has accused the former ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party of planning to loot the nation’s treasury for 60 years.

    He stated this in a goodwill message at the national convention of the All Progressives Congress in Abuja on Saturday night.

    A copy of the speech was released to journalists late on Saturday night.

    He said that many people had thought that the merger by different political parties that gave birth to the APC would be short-lived.

    He said many had also believed that the party would not survive when it was formed in 2014.

    Tinubu alleged that those against the formation of the ruling party employed many tactics to frustrate its emergence.

    He said, “The doubters who gave APC no chance of existence or of continued survival have gotten their reply in full. Their envious prayers and complaints have been answered in reverse.

    “They wanted to see the end of us and our pursuit of good governance for Nigeria. You should not forget, as I shall never forget, the strong efforts they made to stop us in the courts.

    “There were twelve cases brought trying to stop us from merging, from registering the new party, then attempting to bar our candidate from the election.

    “Lacking the courage to face the democratic will of the people, they tried to misuse the courts as a weapon against democracy.

    “We thank the judiciary for following the letter and spirit of the constitution by dismissing this dirty dozen of malicious cases filed against us.

    “With their schemes foiled, those who tried to destroy us must bear witness to the destruction of their edifice of corrupt governance and their dreams of unjust domination of our nation.

    “While they planned a lifetime of greedy enrichment by looting the people’s resources and the public treasury for 60 years, we moved to reform the economy to bring development and aid to the poor. ”

    Tinubu said that while some antagonists of the APC called for hate and division, members of the ruling party strove for compassion and unity.

    “When they hoisted the standard of bias, we raised the flag of justice and the chevron of fairness,” he added.

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