As part of Valentine’s Day celebrations, two nollywood films ‘Dear Affy’ and ‘Special Jollof’ have debuted in the cinemas.
According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the romantic comedies join a league of foreign films and crossover holiday films intended for the Valentine audience.
‘Dear Affy’ tells the story of a beautiful career lady who is about to get married to the man of her dream who is on the verge of sealing millions of naira worth of contract with a conglomerate in a construction industry.
However, he is faced with the devil and the deep blue sea as sealing the contract is hinged on him having an intimate affair with the female billionaire contractor by all means just few weeks to his wedding.
The film, directed by Samuel Olatunji and stars singer, Teniola Apata, BBNaija’s Sir Dee, Kehinde Bankole, Enyinna Nwigwe and Bimbo Ademoye among others.
Reports has it that ‘Special Jollof’, directed by Emem Isong follows Rachel Hudson who was living the life with a loving, successful and thriving journalist fiance.
Everything for her was just perfect until a shocking discovery sends her perfect life shattering before her eyes, giving rise to a grudge against immigrants who she holds responsible for her woes.
As her revenge, Rachel is determined to expose illegal immigrants and have them deported.
Isong took to Instagram to announce the film. She wrote @ememisong, “Our movie will be a great way to spend the Valentine weekend.”
Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on Feb. 14, as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of love in many regions around the world.
The leadership of Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) has come under attack for issuing a certificate of return to the new Bayelsa State governor-elect, Diri Duoye of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The Supreme Court had on Thursday ordered INEC to give Diri the certificate after it ruled that the candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC), David Lyon and his deputy Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo were no longer the winners of the election. The decision was based on the grounds that Lyon’s deputy presented fake information to contest for the election.
The INEC met on Friday after which it decided to issue the certificate of retun to the PDP candidate and declared him the governor-elect of Bayelsa State.
National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole faulted INEC for hurriedly issued the certificate of return to the PDP candidate, adding that by so doing, the INEC has assumed to itself the power to interprete the law, a contradiction of its statutory function as the election umpire.
“For us in APC, INEC erred in the law for issuing the certificate of return to the PDP candidate because the Supreme Court judgement is ambiguous on what next to do. But with the action of INEC, it has assumed the power of a law court and we view this action as a rape on our right as a party,” said Oshiomohle during a press conference at the APC secretariat in Abuja Friday’s evening.
“By its action, INEC assumed that the case of Bayelsa is the same thing that happened in Zamfara. Unfortunately, they are two different cases. Our position is that INEC can’t import or delete from the judgement and if it does, it has exceeded its power. This we won’t accept.
We hereby reject the action of INEC to declare PDP as the winner of Bayelsa’s gubernatorial election.
“We will explore all viable option we have under the law to pursue our case because we recognise the role and the power of the judiciary in any democratic dispensation. Our quarrel is with INEC for taking up the function of the court in this matter.
“While we will maintain peace, we will not relent in sustaining the tempo of fighting for our right in this matter. We believe INEC is in contempt of the decision of the Supreme Court and it has by its action trying to weaken the fabric of our democracy by imposing the decision of the few minorities on the majority of the people of Bayelsa who had voted massively for the choice in APC.
“We are going back to the court to seek legal redress on this matter. Our people should be law abiding and maintain peace. You don’t laugh at the crocodiles until you have crossed all the rivers,” the APC National Chairman said.
Source: PM Express
Police operatives in Lagos have arrested a 36-year old man, Olasehan Opeyemi, who reportedly derives satisfaction from inserting fingers into under aged girls’ private parts in order for him to explain what his other motives were.
According to P.M.EXPRESS, Opeyemi landed in trouble after many escapes as he tried out his neighbour’s 10-year girl and the girl informed her parents about what happened.
The incident happened at Ijora Badia area of Lagos where they reside.
The parents of the victim did not take the alleged assault on her lightly and went to the Police Station to report the matter. Opeyemi was subsequently arrested and later transferred to the Gender Section of the Police Command.
At the Command, he was said to have told the Police that he was not really putting his finger but was checking something in her private part which be failed to tell the Police.
Having been found culpable, the Police then charged him before the Ogba Magistrates Court for penetration with his finger which is statutory rape under the criminal code.
The alleged offence attracts several years of imprisonment if he is tried and found guilty before the Court.
The Court did not take his plea after the prosecutor asked the Court to refer the matter to the DPP because it was a case of penetration with the finger on a minor.
The Presiding Magistrate, Mrs. O. Sule-Amzat, ordered him to be remanded in prison custody without an option of bail pending the outcome of DPP’s advice.
The Court also directed the prosecutor to duplicate the file and send to the DPP for advice and adjourned the matter till 16th April, 2020.
A 35-year old man, Adeoyo Isiaka, has been arrested in Lagos for tricking a 17-year old girl into sex by fondling her breasts and getting her confused.
According to P.M.EXPRESS the incident happened at Greenland Estate, Isheri Olofin area of Lagos, where they reside.
It was alleged that the suspect, Isiaka, lured the victim into his apartment, used words of mouth to hold her, fondled her breasts and she became confused. He then reportedly lured her to the bed, removed her pant and penetrated her.
Thereafter, the victim regained her senses and protested that she was raped because she did not consent to the act.
The matter was reported to the Police in the area; Isiaka was arrested and later transferred to the Gender Section of the Police Command.
After interrogation, he was found culpable and later charged before the Ogba Magistrates Court.
He was remanded following a motion by the prosecutor, Supol Ezekiel Ayorinde, for the Court to refer the matter to the DPP for advice.
The Presiding Magistrate, Mrs. B.O. Osunsanmi, ordered the defendant, Isiaka, to be remanded in prison custody without an option of bail while she directed the prosecutor to duplicate the file and send to the DPP for advice.
The matter was adjourned till 26th March, 2020. The case may be transferred to the High Court for trial if the DPP finds him culpable and recommends his trial for the alleged offence over jurisdiction.
The curiosity of a 14-year old boy to experience sex has landed him in trouble after he was allegedly caught having sex with a 5-year old girl in their house in Lagos.
According to P.M.EXPRESS, the boy reportedly confessed to the Police that he had heard so much about sex and decided to taste it.
Consequently he was arrested and now facing a charge for defilement which attracts several years of imprisonment if he is charged before the Court and found guilty.
The incident happened at Rasheed Street, Coconut Bus Stop, Olodi Apapa area of Lagos, where they reside.
It was gathered that the boy lured the victim to an apartment, removed her pant and engaged her in sex before they were caught by their neighbours who informed the victim’s parents.
The matter was reported to the Police in the area and the boy was arrested. He was later transferred to the Gender Section of the Police Command for interrogation.
During interrogation, the boy reportedly confessed to the crime and was then charged before the Ogba Magistrates Court for the alleged offence.
He pleaded not guilty.
The prosecutor, Supol Ezekiel Ayorinde, mentioned to the Court that it was a case of defilement between two minors and that it should be referred to the DPP for advice.
Hence, the Presiding Magistrate, Mrs. B.O. Osunsanmi, ordered the defendant to be remanded in correctional centre and directed the prosecutor to duplicate the file and send to the DPP for advice.
The matter was adjourned till 26th March, 2020.
Nollywood actresses Mercy Aigbe, Ini Edo and Lilian Esoro are sharing beautiful photos from their different spaces.
The trio also wrote lovely valentine notes to accompany these pictures and we’ve culled them for you to enjoy.
Mercy Aigbe wrote:
Happy Val’s day to my over 7million followers …. I love each and everyone of you from the bottom of my heart ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Love is the greatest… Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Lilian also wrote:
If it matters to you, you’ll find a way.
Senator Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was on Friday sworn in as the 5th democratically elected Governor of Bayelsa State.
The governor was sworn in after the Supreme Court nullified the election of David Lyon of the APC.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in compliance with the Supreme Court’s judgment declared Diri winner of the poll and issued him with Certificate of Return.
This pave way for the swearing in of the Diri and his deputy at the Bayelsa Government House on Friday.
The governor was sworn at exactly 6:55pm on Friday.
The Bayelsa State Police Command on Friday imposed a three-day curfew in the state after series of violent protests erupt due to the Supreme Court’s declaration of Douye Diri as the governor-elect of Bayelsa and nullified the election of David Lyon of the APC.
The curfew was announced by the Commissioner of Police in the state, Uche Anozia, on Friday.
Anozia said the curfew would last from Friday to Sunday.
The commissioner disclosed that eight persons had been arrested so far for violent conduct following the protest rocking different parts of the state.
He warned residents to obey the curfew as violators would be arrested.
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole says the party is going to court to challenge the issuing of Certificate of Return to Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for having won the Bayelsa governorship election.
The Supreme Court had nullified the election of the APC governor-elect, David Lyon and declared Diri winner of the poll.
In line with this, INEC on Friday declared Diri winner of the poll, having polled overwhelming majority of votes.
Oshiomhole, at a news conference in Abuja said the APC would explore every available legal means to ensure that the will of the people of Bayelsa State was upheld.
According to him APC is going to court, saying that the PDP should not celebrate yet.
Actress Juliet Ibrahim has reclaimed her ‘single’ status, stating that ‘being single doesn’t mean not knowing anything about love’.
The 33-year-old single mother shared lovely photos of herself dressed in red. She went on to wish her followers a happy Valentine’s Day with a short message.
She wrote: “Happy Valentine’s Day! Being single doesn’t mean that you know nothing about LOVE. Sometimes being solo is wiser than being in a false relationship or bad relationship”.
“I love being single. It’s my choice, not a sentence. I’m loving myself in all the right ways until someone better comes along that I’ll spoil with all the love I’ve got to show and give them. I love my life.
“Happy Valentine’s Day to me and every one of you amazing single people out there that chose not to settle but wait for what you deserve. Tonight we PARTE the hardest!” she added.
Charly Boy aka area father returns to the music scene with a new video titled God Of Men (Fake Pastors) featuring Nigerian rapper Falz.
Osinachi Kalu popular as Sinach and her husband, Pastor Joseph Egbu announced the birth of their bundle of joy back in 2019 and the couple has shared pictures of their baby girl’s dedication in church.
The singer took to her timeline to pen the caption below: I think happiness can sometimes overflow and you can only be grateful forever and just say thank You Lord! #mypreciousgirl 💕💕💕 Thank you to our friends and family that came out to celebrate with us ❤️❤️ #Repost @joe_egbuView this post on Instagram
I think happiness can sometimes overflow and you can only be grateful forever and just say thank You Lord! #mypreciousgirl 💕💕💕 Thank you to our friends and family that came out to celebrate with us ❤️❤️ #Repost @joe_egbu ・・・ I wish I can increase the Paternity Leave 😁. Our baby was dedicated to JESUS CHRIST yesterday
Popular Yoruba actor, Yemi Solade has revealed why some of his colleagues do not like him in the industry.
The ace actor who recently celebrated his 60th birthday opens up about his experience in the industry in an interview with City People.
According to him, many people in the industry hated him for saying the truth to their faces that “lack of education, professional training, formal training is the problem of that sector.”
“I can remember when Mama Rainbow met me on the set of “Oju Inu”. She said “Doctor, if I invite you will you work for me? I played the role of Medical Doctor in the movie back then and everything was well structured. I began to point out certain things that I felt were missing such as calling someone Mrs. Tayo in a Corporate environment. Once you use the prefix, the surname has to follow.
“So they began to frown at my ideas, that Baba Ogunde already said it that some English people will come and hijack this theatre work. But despite everything I was focused because I already made up my mind to come and make impact. And don’t forget this is what I was trained to do. It is my job. It’s my life and I was not doing it for money. I was so excited that the Marketers who saw the flicks were interested in my job.
“I began to be their bride at that point. Many major roles were coming to me, and I was enjoying myself. I had clashes with a few of them who were not ready to embrace my style, and I was telling them I wasn’t shifting grounds.
“But I give it to them, they are a bunch of raw talents, that no one can take from them. If you see their crafts, you will fall in love with their skills, but the technical know-how and power of articulation we don’t have,” he added.
Speaking on how he adapted to the existing tradition in the Yoruba movie industry, Solade said; “I have had to adjust a bit. I met a lot of traditional ways they do their thing when I joined.
“There is this particular practice in the Yoruba movie industry, it is called: I do for you, you do for me. It works for some people but not for me because I didn’t run a clique. They will invite stars to location, and end up giving them money just for fuel, and end up running around society men and women for the bigger survival.
“So, I chose to remain the consummate actor that I am. Just be different, to do my craft and collect good fees and live a normal life.”
Solade also revealed that Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka influenced him into studying Theatre and becoming a drama student in his department at the University of Ife.
He said, “If you ask me who trained me, I will just tell you, Wole Soyinka. He was a lecturer in the University of Ife, a Civil Servant that was paid. He did not employ or write any Jamb for me. He only influenced my studying Theatre and becoming a drama student in his department.
“But in the Yoruba arm, you must have an Oga. They have master and apprenticeship schemes. Somebody must train you and you cannot erode that, it has come to stay. Here I was, coming from Wole Soyinka’s line, where things like that were not applicable.
I could give him all the respect that he taught me, but not to the extent of being subservient to him. That was the structure I met, and I was doing my thing differently and I had issues because they saw me like someone that was arrogant and doing something they were not used to. They concluded I was just one guy that just came to have a feel of the industry.
The actor disclosed that he was warned about voodoo in the industry. He said. “Also, the fear of Voodoo but I didn’t see all of that, I was cautioned to be extremely careful, but here I am today. I have contributed in my own little way and I’m still doing that now. And I think, we have more understanding now because those critics thought I was out to destroy the structure.”
Second runner-up in 2017 Big Brother Naija reality show and a proud mother, Tokunbo Ajayi, also known as T-boss has opened up about breastfeeding.
Taking to Instagram to share beautiful photos of herself breastfeeding her daughter, Tboss recalled how she almost got depressed when she couldn’t lactate for weeks until one ‘Beautiful Day’ she discovered she had milk.
The former reality star and brand ambassador had a mini celebration for her daughter’s 6th month on Tuesday.
According to Tboss, breastfeeding is now her ‘favorite Mommie and Baby time’ because it helps her ‘creates a form of bonding’ with her daughter.View this post on Instagram
Let’s talk Breastfeeding. When I was pregnant I read a lot. I was glued to Google & all the mommy blogs, pages, books. I even finally braved watching a couple of birthing clips. That was a hard one. But what Genuinely Freaked the heck outta me was Breastfeeding. The thought of it alone gave me sleepless nights. No Jokes. After having my daughter I didn’t lactate until a couple of weeks afterwards. I almost got depressed. I did EVERYTHING. I ate everything & drank everything they advised until one Beautiful Day I had milk. Words cannot explain how Happy I was & now! Well, Now my Mother calls me “Vacuta Vesela”🙈😆. I LOVE to Breastfeed my child, It’s my favorite Mommie & Baby time. It creates a form of Bonding that’s nothing short of Spiritually Magical if such a thing even exists. The way she holds unto me, looks into my eyes whilst she suckles & smiles at me ☺️. I feel the Most Powerful when I’m breastfeeding . I honestly dread the day that I would have to stop. @amaarray Thank you for the Pap you made for me to trigger my milk- it finally worked. @neccorh this story wouldn’t be complete without mentioning you & how you taught me how to boob my daughter & all the things you gave me to make Boobietime painless & comfortable for me. @simplysorrentino always encouraging me not to give up & just relaxxxx @fair_princess thank you for recommending them lactating cookies- I couldn’t stand the smell but they tasted good & they Worked. God bless you ladies💋 Mommies in the house: Please share your Boobie Time stories with us🙏🏽.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Slyva, said that about one billion Barrels of Crude oil have been discovered in Northeastern part of Nigeria.
Sylva made the disclosure at a news Conference to end the 2020 Nigeria International Petroleum Summit (NIPS), in Abuja on Wednesday.
“The figure we are getting, the jury is not totally out yet but from the evaluation results we are getting the reserve that has been discovered in the northeast is about a billion barrels.
“Those are the kind of figures we are seeing and we are beginning to understand the geological structure of the region,” he said.
According to him, a lot of oil is yet to be found in the country.
He added that there was need for more exploration in the country as more oil would be discovered.
Commenting on passing of the Petroleum Industry Bill ( PIB) by June, he said that he was confident that it would be passed based on cordial relationship between the legislature and the executive.
“We are banking on the fact today to make that promise on the fact that there is a very cordial relationship now between the legislature and executive.
” Today Nigerians all agree that there is a need for us to pass the PIB.
” For so long we have been quivering about the PIB, for more than 20 years. And for so long, we have not been able to attract a lot of investment into the oil sector.
” Let me give you an example, by the year 2002, our oil reserves stood at around 22 billion barrels. We were able to grow that reserve from 22 billion barrels to 37 billion barrels by 2007.
” From 2007 to now, we have only been able to grow our reserves from 37 billion barrels to 37.5 billion barrels, in more than 10 years. Why? Not much investment is coming into Nigeria,” he added.
He noted that investors could not invest in Nigeria if the fiscal framework was shaking or uncertain.
“If nobody knows when laws will be passed, nobody will want to invest new capital in Nigeria. And that is why you see that we have almost been stagnant in the Nigerian oil industry.
So, we believe today that there is a consensus among all of us – industry, Nigerians and government – that there is a need to stabilise the fiscal framework so that investors will be certain and move their money to Nigeria.
” There are very great opportunities in Nigeria, and I believe if we can only stabilise the fiscal framework and bring peace to Nigeria, investments will flow into Nigeria.
“That is really what gives me the confidence to say that there is a consensus now among all patriotic Nigerians that in six months the PIB will be passed,” he added.
On revamping of the refinery, he said that rehabilitation of Port Harcourt refinery would start in the first quarter of 2020.
We are going to start the rehabilitation of the port Harcourt refinery which is the biggest refinery in Nigeria, if we are able to finish the port Harcourt refinery we would have achieved a lot as a government. “
“Meanwhile we are also continuing with studies around Warri refinery, we are also continuing discussions around Kaduna refineries,” he said.(NAN)
Abuja hotel receives knocks from BBNaija's Tacha following alleged intrusion in her room by a stranger.
Former Big Brother Naija reality TV star, Tacha has called out an Abuja hotel over an alleged security breach.
The reality TV star made this known via her Instagram page during a live video recording. According to her, she was lying down inside the room when a stranger walked into her room.
Tacha revealed that the young man gained access to the hotel room with a master key. After gaining access into the room, the unidentified man walked towards her with a 'Schoolbag' and kept asking the reality TV star if she was the owner of the item.
Obviously worried about her safety, Tacha in the video called out the hotel which is located in the Wuse axis of Abuja for their incompetencies. According to her, she was no longer interested in staying in the accommodation facility.
Despite pleas from someone perceived to the manager in the video, it all failed to move the reality TV star as she revealed that she was moving out of the hotel facility.
Real Madrid’s 4-1 win over Osasuna on Sunday saw Zinedine Zidane further cement his legendary place in the club’s history.
The victory was his 88th in La Liga – taking him above Jose Mourinho into third all-time for the most wins in the Spanish top flight as Madrid boss.
Only Miguel Munoz, who managed the club for 14 years between 1960 and 1974, and Vicente del Bosque have won more league games as manager at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Things didn’t initially seem to be going to plan for Madrid at the Estadio El Sadar, as Unai Garcia put Osasuna into an unexpected early lead.
Goals from Isco and Sergio Ramos turned the game on its head before the interval, with late strikes from Lucas Vazquez and Luka Jovic making the game safe.
Ramos was making his 440th Madrid appearance in the league, moving into fifth place in the club’s all-time league appearance list surpassing Fernando Hierro.
The result sent Madrid six points clear at the top of La Liga, with second-placed Barcelona facing Real Betis on Sunday evening.
Jovic’s goal, a thumping finish on the half-volley, will have come as a relief to both Zidane and the Serbian forward.
It was just his second strike since joining Madrid from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer, and Zidane will be expecting him to kick on from it.
“I'd like him to score, but he'll get there if he keeps working,” he said recently.
“He's young, he's just arrived and the good thing is that he's in a team where there are a lot of big players and he has to adapt.
“The delicate moment will be good for him – when he finally scores, everything will change.”
Zidane’s record underlines the remarkable success he achieved in his first spell at the helm, which he will be hoping to replicate in his second.
His hat-trick of Champions League wins has already established him as one of the club’s most successful coaches in their history, though he will be keen to add to the solitary league title he won in 2016-17.
However, he has some way to go before catching the great Munoz. Though he only won two European Cups, Madrid won a record nine league titles under him in the 1960s and early 1970s.
Unai Emery felt Arsenal were "on a downward slope for two years" prior to his arrival and slammed the attitude of star men during his time with the Gunners.
Emery was sacked last November after just 18 months in charge at the Emirates Stadium following the London club's worst winless run since 1992.
The former Paris Saint-Germain boss insisted he stopped the rot after replacing Arsene Wenger, but believed the attitude of some key men left a lot to be desired.
Emery felt he would have made Arsenal a force if he was given more time in the role.
"Arsenal was a club on a downward slope for two years when I arrived," the Spaniard told France Football.
"We stopped that slide and even started to straighten the club out with a Europa League final and fifth place in the league, only one place behind Tottenham, even though we only took one point in the last five games.
"We had Champions League qualification in our hands and it went wrong at the end. But it was a good season and we had the idea to continue this progress.
"But we lost our four captains: [Laurent] Koscielny, [Petr] Cech, [Aaron] Ramsey and [Nacho] Monreal.
"We were missing personalities for this season to stay on track, and some stars did not have the right attitude and asked for more than they gave.
"Considering all that, it would have taken more time to transition successfully into the new Arsenal that I wanted."
Arsenal are unbeaten in seven matches under Emery's replacement Mikel Arteta, though four of those contests have been drawn.
Odion Ighalo will be in the Manchester United squad for the Premier League clash with Chelsea next Monday despite missing a training camp in Spain due to fears he could be denied re-entry into Britain if restrictions against the outbreak of Coronavirus are tightened.
The 30-year-old Nigerian international striker joined United on loan until the end of the season on deadline day last month from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.
The British government called the novel coronavirus a "serious and imminent threat", and said anyone with the disease can now be forcibly quarantined if they are deemed a threat to public health as the number of cases in Britain doubled to eight.
The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak surged past 1,000 on Tuesday.
Most cases overseas have involved people who had been in Wuhan, the quarantined central Chinese city where the virus emerged late last year, or people infected by others who had been at the epicentre.
United said Saturday in a statement that Ighalo had been left out of the Spain squad to avoid any potential problems related to the killer virus on re-entry to Britain.
However, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told the club's website Ighalo will be in the squad for a match that could have a crucial bearing on who finishes in the top four this term and qualifies for the Champions League next season.
"Yeah, he is going to travel with us," said Solskjaer.
"We want to integrate him as quickly as we can because, of course, he is desperate to play for us."
"We will just see his fitness work this week and I think we will get him sharp.
Former Super Eagles winger, Victor Moses, has been hailed by Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte following his performance during the Milan derby that ended in a 4-2 victory for the Nerrazurri.
Moses, who joined Inter during the January transfer window, played just 10 minutes of the game, but his input was commended by the Italian manager.
“Both Ashley Young and Victor Moses, because they are wing-backs, don’t need quite so much guidance in training.
“Plus Moses already played with me at Chelsea,” Conte told Sky Sport Italia.
Moses has played three games so far at Inter and his contributions to his team’s performance especially his assist in the Milan derby has attracted the headlines.
The former Nigeria international joined Inter from Fenerbahçe in January 2020 in a loan move which could see him being retained permanently.