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Funke Akindele, Husband Sentenced To 14-Day Community Service

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An Ogba Chief Magistrates’ Court on Monday found Nollywood superstar, Funke Akindele a.k.a. Jenifa, and her husband, a music crooner and producer, Abdul Rasheed Bello a.k.a. JJC Skillz, guilty of the offence of social distancing over the birthday party she held last Saturday for him.

The party at their Amen Estate, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos residence was in contravention of the lockdown order of President Muhammadu Buhari and Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu order on social distancing, which forbade a gathering of more than 20 people.

Chief Magistrate Yewande Aje-Afunwa, in her judgment, convicted the couple of a one-count charge brought against them by the Lagos State Government.

Chief Magistrate Aje-Afunwa sentenced Funke Akindele and husband, Abdul Rasheed Bello to 14- day community service each to start from 9.00 a.m. to 12 noon daily during which they are to sensitise the public on the pandemic COVID-19 in ten major areas of the state.

They are also to pay a fine of N100,000 each after which they would observe the period for isolation.

Funke and her husband were represented by their counsel, Abayomi Alagbada.

The Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyo Onigbanjo (SAN), who was the prosecutor, told the court that Funke and her husband Bello, flouted the directive of the Lagos Governor when they gathered more than 20 people at their Lekki home.

The charge dated April 6, 2020 number MIK/A/43/2020 was signed by the Director, Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) Yaquib Oshoala.

It stated: “That you (1) Funke Akindele (2) Abdul Rasheed Bello on the 4th day of April, 2020 at 9, Gbadamosi Close, Amen Estate, Ibeju Lekki in the Lagos Magisterial District gathered at the aforementioned address with over twenty persons contrary to the social distancing directives of Mr Governor of Lagos State made pursuant to Regulation 8(1)(a) & (b) and 17(1)“) of the Lagos State Infectious Disease(Emergency PreventionMegu/atian 2020 and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 58 Public Health Law Cap P16 Vol.9 Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

The law provided that “Where there is a violation of a close down or stay at home order, security Agencies shall have the power to arrest without warrant and may detain any person who violates the close down or stay at home order for at least 48 hours.

“Where the arrested person is found guilty, the person is liable to a fine of N100,000.00 or one-month imprisonment or three months Community service.”

Funke and her husband pleaded guilty.

Following their guilty plea, Onigbanjo urged the court to sentence the defendants as charged to serve as deterrence to others.

But defence counsel, Alagbada, in his allocutus, pleaded for leniency on behalf of Funke and her husband and urged the court to temper justice with mercy.

“I plead for leniency on the following grounds. Both of them are first time offenders. They are respectable members of the society and have two young children to cater for,” he pleaded.

After taking their plea, Magistrate Aje-Afunwa stood the matter down for over one hour 30 minutes and went into her Chamber to consider facts of the case and sentencing.

Among the celebrities that attended the party included Naira Marley; Rasheed Gbadamosi, a former Lagos state governorship aspirant among others.

The party, it was said, had in attendance more than the permissible number of people in contravention of the restriction order to contain COVID-19 pandemic.

The social media had been agog with a viral video of the party, which attracted star artistes.

Members of the public who watched the video had expressed condemnation over the party.

Funke Akindele had apologised to the public through her twitter handle following outrage by members of the public.

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“F*ck All Pastors & Imams And All So Called Men Of God” — 2Face Idibia

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Nigerian singer 2face Idibia has blasted Pastors and Imams, asking them to preach truth rather than asking for money or asking people to kill for God.

In a series of tweets, 2face Idibia advocated for a change in the education system in Africa which includes the religion and tribe.

He shared on his social media page;

we “AFRICA” Need 2 change our EDUCTION system. That includes religion and tribal nonsense.

My GOD no go tell me 2 collect money for am

My GOD no go tell me 2 fight or kill person for am

My GOD no weak like that.

My GOD don package everything keep, that’s why I get BRAIN, i no go turn the other chick again.

Fuck all PASTORS & IMAMS and all so called MEN of God!!

GOOD is GOOD and BAD is BAD

Preach TRUTH

Don’t be embarassing GOD everywhere

GOOD is GOOD BAD is BAD No ojoro. Use ya brain. ONE LOVE is the ONLY solution. There’s enough for everybody. Greed is the major problem.

Woke up 2 this sad news. Bless u MAJEK FASHEK. many of the new school artist might not grasp your importance but I appreciate what u represent in naija music history. RIP LION.

I know u and BABA FELA and RAS KIMONO…

GOOD is GOOD BAD/EVIL is BAD/EVIL CHOOSE which one u want. E no mean say make u mumu. GOD Give u brain. Use am.

I feel like wailing but my voice dey fail me. haba.

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Why I Didn’t Report My Rapist — Khafi Kareem

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BBNaija reality star, Khafi Kareem has joined the trending Twitter conversation about rape and sexual violence against women.

The reality star revealed that she was a victim but she never reported her rapist.

Explaining why she never reported her rapist, Khafi, who admitted that her rapist apologised right after the incident, said: ‘I made myself believe him being drunk was an excuse.’

Khafi also said that she opened up to someone about the rape incident, but the person ended up blaming her for getting raped.

According to the reality star, she decided to share her story to give hope to other victims to speak up about their own experiences.

She wrote: ‘#WhyIDidntReport – because he apologised right after. Because I made myself believe him being drunk was an excuse. Because the one person I did tell said I caused it. Because I felt dirty and ashamed. #WeAreTired.’

‘Yes, this did happen to me. I’m sharing in the hope that others will feel no shame in sharing what happened to them. Please don’t deflect or say it is not my story when it was already hard enough sharing it.’

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BREAKING: Music Legend, Majek Fashek Is Dead

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Legendary Nigerian singer, songwriter and guitarist, Majekodunmi Fasheke popularly known as Majek Fashek, has died.

According to reports, the “Send Down the Rain” crooner, aged 57 died in a hospital in New York on Monday June 1. Our sources are yet to confirm the cause of his death.

He was born in Benin City to an Edo mother and a Ijesha father, but identifies with his Benin roots.

In the early eighties Fashek, who at the time went by the stage name Rajesh Kanal, joined the group Jastix with McRoy Gregg, and Drummer Black ‘Rice. They were best known as the in-house band on the show Music Panorama on NTA Benin, and toured with fellow reggae group The Mandators.

In 1988, shortly after Jastix disbanded Fashek, who now used the name Majek Fashek, signed with Tabansi Records and began a solo career by releasing the album Prisoner of Conscience and quickly became Nigeria’s top reggae artist after the song “Send Down The Rain” became the most popular song of the year, and in 1989 he won six PMAN awards for “Song of the Year”, “Album of the Year”, and “Reggae Artist of the Year” among others.

Fashek was married to Rita Fashek who inspired the song “Without You”; the couple had four children together, but have since divorced. In 2015, it was revealed that Fashek was bankrupt and battling drug addiction. After admitting that he needed help, he was admitted into a drug rehabilitation centre in Abuja, but has since recovered, and returned to music.

Besides his struggle with drug addiction, other health conditions required his hospitalization on several occasions. He was rumored dead in September 2019 but his manager quelled the rumors, confirming that Majek had indeed been critically ill, hospitalized at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, England, and in dire need of financial assistance

The ‘rain maker’ as he his fondly called has has worked with various artists worldwide including Tracy Chapman, Jimmy Cliff, Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg, and Beyoncé.

Majek’s life and work are still prominently celebrated by Nigerian music fans and beyond. His legacy of excellence in music and worldwide impact through instrumentation will live imminently.

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