NBA Wades Into Case Of Kano Musician Sentenced To Death For Blasphemy

NBA President, Olumide Akpata. Photo: [email protected] Akpata

 

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has waded into the reported case of a musician, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu who was sentenced to death in Kano State for blasphemy.

According to a statement issued on Thursday by the NBA National Publicity Secretary, Dr. Ernest Nduka, NBA President, Olumide Akpata, has set up a two-man Fact-Finding Committee.

The committee, comprising the association’s first Vice President, John Aikpokpo-Martins and the National Welfare Secretary, Mr Kunle Edun were mandated to visit the Federal Correctional Centre in Kano.

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According to the statement, the visit followed calls by well-meaning Nigerians to allow the convicted musician to have access to his lawyers.

 

SEE FULL STATEMENT HERE:

*NBA WADES INTO THE REPORTED CASE OF REFUSAL BY THE FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL CENTRE TO ALLOW LAWYERS ACCESS TO YAHAYA SHARIF-AMINU, WHO WAS SENTENCED TO DEATH BY THE KANO STATE UPPER SHARIA COURT. *

The President of the  Nigerian Bar Association – Mr. Olumide Akpata, in response to the allegations on the social media by Nigerians and calls by members of the Nigerian Bar Association on the Federal Correctional Centre, Kano to allow Yahaya Sharif-Aminu have access to his lawyers, set up a two-man Fact-Finding Committee made up of the NBA 1st Vice President – Mr. John Aikpokpo-Martins and the National Welfare Secretary – Mr. Kunle Edun. The committee was mandated to urgently embark on a fact-finding mission to the Federal Correctional Centre in Kano.

On the 2nd day of September 2020, the 1st Vice President and the National Welfare Secretary visited the said Correctional Centre and sought audience with the Controller of the Correctional Centre.

Recall that Yahaya Sharif-Aminu was recently sentenced to death by the Kano Upper  Sharia Court having been convicted for blasphemy. The Governor of Kano State has been reported to have promised to sign the execution warrant if Yahaya Sharif-Aminu fails to appeal the death sentence within the statutory time allowed by law.

At the Correctional Centre, the NBA National Officers were informed that the Controller of the Correctional Centre was not available.  They were granted an audience by the Second in command.

The NBA National Officers informed the said Second in Command about their mission at the Federal Correctional Centre, Kano. They requested to see Yahaya Sharif-Aminu in order to ascertain the veracity of the allegation that lawyers were not allowed to gain access to him. The said Second in Command informed the said National Officers that he does not have the authority to grant the access sought, but would seek the permission of his boss, the Controller (who was not available as at the time of the visit) before allowing the National Officers access to Yahaya Sharif-Aminu.

The afore-mentioned National officers were eventually denied access to Yahaya Sharif even after the said Second in Command made the call to his superior.

However, the said National Officers were able to confirm that Yahaya Sharif-Aminu has been denied access to any lawyer since his conviction. They were further informed that Yahaya Sharif-Aminu was not represented by a lawyer during the trial at the Upper Sharia Court.

The Nigerian Bar Association states that since the visit was a fact finding mission, the NBA shall take further steps in ensuring that Yahaya Sharif-Aminu is given the requisite opportunity to exercise his constitutional right of appeal and his right to be represented by a lawyer of his choice.  It is imperative that Yahaya is granted access to a lawyer of his choice.

 *Dr.  Rapuluchukwu Ernest Nduka*

National Publicity Secretary, Nigerian Bar Association

I’ve Been Vindicated Because Nigeria Is Still ‘Jaga Jaga’ – Eedris Abdulkareem

 

Nigerian musician, Eedris Abdulkareem, says he feels vindicated 18 years after he released his hit song, ‘Nigeria Jaga Jaga’.

The singer who made an appearance on Channels TV’s Rubbing Minds on Sunday, explained that while he had been openly criticised by some at the time he released the song, including the then-president of the country, now he feels vindicated because the country has remained the same.

“In 2002 I dropped Nigeria Jaga Jaga, and the ex-president came on the National TV and said that boy wey sing that song, na him papa and him family jaga jaga.

“I was very happy that my message got to the president. I was very happy that the president talked back at me because that means they were listening and today I’ve been vindicated again because Nigeria is still jaga jaga”.

‘Jaga Jaga’ is a term which has been used to describe something in a state of chaos or disarray.


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The singer also spoke about another one of his hit songs, Mr Lecturer, which sought to address issues such as ‘sex for grades’ which remains prominent in many Nigerian institutions.

According to him, he would continue to speak his truth through his music because that is the Legacy that would be left behind after he is long gone.

“For me, life is about choices and whatever you choose to stand for, you have people who want to live that life with you,” Eedris said.

Alleged Defamation: Court Grants Dammy Krane N50,000 Bail

 

Nigerian singer Johnson Oyindamola, popularly known as Dammy Krane, who was arraigned before a Magistrate’s Court sitting in Igbosere, Lagos State, has been granted bail in the sum of N50,000.

The singer was docked on three counts bordering on conspiracy, threat to life, defamation, and conduct likely to cause a breach of peace, proffered against him by the police.

He was said to have threatened the lives of staff members of betting company, Merrybet Gold Limited, on July 29, 2019, and also released a song in which he accused the firm of breach of contract.

According to the prosecutor, Inspector J.I Enang, the defendant (Dammy Krane) attended a game show sponsored by the betting company, but lost.

He was, however, said to have demanded some money for appearing on the show but the firm disagreed, insisting that the sum was only given to winners.

The embittered musician subsequently announced via radio that the betting firm owed him money and breached a contractual agreement.

“Oyindamola and others at large on July 29, 2019, at Cool FM in Lagos, conspired with others at large to commit felony to wit: Conduct likely to cause breach of peace and threat to life.

“Oyindamola and others at large on the same date, time and place, threatened the life of the staff of Merrybet Gold Limited,” the prosecutor said.

According to him, the offences committed are punishable under Sections 301, 411 and 168 (d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

However, the 27-year-old defendant pleaded not guilty to the three counts against him.

Thereafter, his counsel, Mr Adebayo Oniyelu, urged the court to grant him bail in liberal terms, saying that he is a first-time offender.

Oniyelu, also assured the court that he would be available whenever he is needed.

He said, “We humbly apply for the bail of the defendant, Section 35 (5), states that an accused person is still presumed innocent until proven guilty.”

“He is a well-known and a popular musician, if granted bail, he would be made available. He has been in police custody since Friday 13, September”.

In his response, Enang said he was going to oppose the bail, describing the offence as a national issue.

Meanwhile, one of the company’s representatives, Mr Otemu Anaonye, maintained that the company is not owing the defendant.

The company’s lawyer, Mr N. Anachebe, who was holding watching brief, said, “The defendant posted audio and video messages on his Instagram page claiming that the company was owing him, he was asked to pull it down, but he refused.”

After listening to parties in the matter, Magistrate Botoku asked, if the crux of the matter was defamation, she said if so, it should be a civil matter.

Anachebe in response said, “a case of defamation can be both criminal and civil”.

A lawyer in the court Mr Olumide Ajetunmobi, applied to be added as one of the sureties in the case.

“I humbly apply to stand as additional surety, for the defendant,” he said.

Consequently, Magistrate Botoku, granted the singer the bail in the sum of N50,000, with one surety in like sum and adjourned the case till October 11, for mention.

Dammy Krame who was previously signed to 2baba’s Hypertek Records is not a stranger to controversies.

On June 19, 2017, he was arrested in Miami, U.S for alleged credit card fraud.

His details were also updated onto the US jail base website.

According to a report published by Miami News Times at the time, he used a bogus card to book a private jet flight to Washington, D.C.

When authorities searched him, they found seven false credit cards in his wallet.

He was, however, released from jail in Miami after meeting the bail conditions, set at $7,500.

The 27-year-old pop star rose to prominence in 2012, when he released his single ‘My Darling’.

South African Singer Johnny Clegg Dies Aged 66

In this file photo taken on June 16, 2014, South African singer Johnny Clegg performs during the 20th edition of the World Sacred Music Festival in Fez, Morocco. Photo: Fadel SENNA / AFP

 

South African legendary singer Johnny Clegg, who blended Zulu rhythms with Western styles and defied apartheid segregation, died on Tuesday after a long battle with cancer, his manager said.

“Johnny passed away (with) his family this afternoon after a four and a half year battle with cancer,” manager Roddy Quinn told SABC news.

“It is with immense sadness that we confirm that Johnny Clegg… succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 66 on the afternoon of 16 July 2019 at his family home in Johannesburg,” Quinn added in a statement.

“Johnny leaves deep footprints in the hearts of every person that considers him/herself to be an African.

“He showed us what it was to assimilate to and embrace other cultures without losing your identity.

“With his unique style of music he traversed cultural barriers like few others. In many of us, he awakened awareness.”

Nicknamed the “White Zulu”, he mastered the language, culture and high kicks of Zulu dance, forming multi-racial bands in defiance of the segregationist laws of the apartheid-era government which censored his work.

Clegg was diagnosed with cancer in 2015 but continued to tour and perform around the world.

R. Kelly Released From Jail After Paying Child Support

FEBRUARY 22: R&B singer R. Kelly arrives at the 1st District-Central police station on February 22, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced today that Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of four victims, at least three between the ages of 13 and 17. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP
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Singer R. Kelly was released from jail Saturday after paying child support following a previous detention on sex abuse charges.

The R&B superstar was taken into custody Wednesday after failing to come up with the $161,000 he owed in payments to his ex-wife and their three children.

“I promise you we’re going to straighten all this stuff out,” Kelly, 52, told journalists as he left prison.

It was the second time Kelly was freed from the Cook County jail in his hometown Chicago.

He also exited the prison on February 25 after taking several days to arrange payment of a $100,000 bail for a separate case that saw him accused of sexually abusing four women, including three teenagers.

Kelly is due back in court in both cases later this month.

The abuse in the criminal case is alleged to have occurred between May 1998 and January 2010.

The details of the case echoed previous accusations of sexual misconduct that have dogged the artist for the last two decades.

In 2002, he was criminally charged for allegedly filming himself having sex with a 14-year-old girl. He was tried in that case and acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008.

A 2017 BuzzFeed report later alleged he had kept women as virtual sex slaves at homes he owns in Chicago and Atlanta.

And in January, a six-part documentary called “Surviving R. Kelly” was released. It said he had engaged in sexual, mental and physical abuse of girls and women.

Singer Babes Wodumo’s Boyfriend Charged After Live Instagram Assault

South African artist Babes Wodumo during the MAMA 2016, in Johannesburg, South Africa on October 22nd, 2016
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South African police said they had arrested and charged a musician on Tuesday after his pop-star lover Babes Wodumo broadcast live images on Instagram of him allegedly assaulting her.

After a public outcry, Mandla Maphumulo handed himself to the police in the Pinetown, a town on the outskirt of the southeastern city of Durban.

Maphumulo, whose stage name is “Mampintsha,” was charged with assault and taken to a magistrate’s court where he was granted 2,000 rand ($140) bail and ordered to return on May 15, police spokesman Vishnu Naidoo told AFP.

After his court appearance, Maphumulo told journalists that he was sorry for hitting Wodumo.

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But, he said, he had been acting in self-defence after she first assaulted him.

He said he had filed a counter-charge of assault against her.

“I have been enduring violence from her,” he said to reporters according to a clip on eNCA news channel.

The 24-year-old Wodumo, whose real name is Bongekile Simelane, is a celebrated performer of gqom music which blends traditional African sounds with house music.

Maphumolo is a kwaito musician — a South African genre that bears similarity to hip-hop.

South Africa has among the highest rates of gender-based violence globally and the 38-second clip sparked a backlash from authorities, politicians and on social media.

The clip was subsequently deleted from her Instagram profile.

Ex-Child Star Corey Feldman Unhurt After Road Rage Attack

In this file photo taken on July 15, 2008 actor Corey Feldman arrives for the premiere of “Step Brothers” in Westwood, California. AFP

 

Police said Wednesday they are investigating an alleged road rage attack on Corey Feldman after the former child star reported being confronted and stabbed — although he was uninjured.

The 46-year-old actor and musician — who appeared in cult 1980s movies including “Gremlins,” “The Goonies” and “The Lost Boys” — was given a check-up at hospital but no wound was found.

“I’m in the hospital! I was attacked 2nite! A man opened my car door & stabbed me w something! Please say prayers 4 us! ????????” Feldman tweeted.

“Thank God it was only myself & my security in the car, when 3 men approached! While security was distracted w a guy a car pulled & attacked! I’m OK!”

Feldman said the attack occurred around 10:45 pm (1745 GMT) on Tuesday as he was waiting at a red light, bodyguard in the passenger seat, in the Los Angeles suburb of Tarzana, the LAPD confirmed.

“My client’s paranoid because he’s got a lot of threats online, there’s a lot of haters out there,” his attorney Perry Wander was quoted as telling celebrity news website The Blast.

He said Feldman “filed a formal police report that three young Hispanic males jumped out of their vehicle and attempted to instigate a fight with Mr. Feldman’s security guard and… one of the males approached Corey Feldman’s side of the vehicle opened his door and attacked him with a sharp object.”

Feldman drove himself to a hospital, according to LAPD spokesman Drake Madison, who said there was “no laceration to Feldman’s abdomen.”

No stranger to controversy, Feldman announced in October he was planning a $10 million documentary to expose an alleged network of pedophiles working in Hollywood.

The entertainer has long claimed his career was destroyed for campaigning against what he describes as a Hollywood pedophile ring that abused him as a child.

The LAPD announced in November his allegations were beyond the statute of limitations and could not be investigated further.

Rapper, Craig Mack Dies At 46

 

New York rapper Craig Mack has died at the age of 46.

He was said to have died of heart failure in a hospital near his home in South Carolina on Monday.

Hailing from Brentwood, Long Island, he cut his first single while still a teenager, under the name MC EZ.

The hip-hop star later rose to fame in 1994 with the hit single Flava In Ya Ear.

He was also one of the first artists to release an album on Sean Combs (P Diddy’s) Bad Boy Records which quickly became one of the most significant in hip-hop history.

He later released a second album, ‘Operation: Get Down’, after splitting with Diddy but eventually left music and devoted his life to religion.

Diddy, DJ Scratch, LL Cool J, Funkmaster Flex are among those who have paid tributes to the star.

Rest In Peace! Good brother… #CraigMack …. Alvin Toney love my brother…

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Paul Simon Announces Farewell From Touring

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 17, 2016 US singer Paul Simon performs on stage at the Bilbao Exhibition Centre in the Spanish Basque city of Barakaldo on November 17, 2016. Folk rock legend Paul Simon on February 05, 2018, announced what he said would be his final tour, saying he had grown tired of traveling after 50 years as a performer.
ANDER GILLENEA / AFP

Folk rock legend Paul Simon announced Monday what he said would be his final tour, saying he had grown tired of travelling after 50 years as a performer.

The 76-year-old, who went from a conscience of the 1960s generation to a pioneer of world music fusion, will open the farewell tour of North America and Europe on May 16 in Vancouver.

Simon, a native New Yorker whose career first took off in Britain, will say goodbye on July 15 in London’s Hyde Park, where he played a career-spanning concert in 2012 that he turned into a live album.

Simon said he had been thinking more seriously about retirement after the death of his backup band’s longtime guitarist, Vincent N’guini, in December.

“Mostly, though, I feel the travel and time away from my wife and family takes a toll that detracts from the joy of playing,” said Simon, who is married to fellow folk singer Edie Brickell, his third wife, with whom he has three children.

“I’d like to leave with a big Thank You to the many folks around the world who’ve come out to watch me play over the last 50 years,” he said in a written message to fans.

Simon said he was still open to performing after his farewell tour but only occasional concerts to support causes dear to him, such as the environment.

– Decades of experimentation –
Simon, originally in a duo with Art Garfunkel, became one of the voices of the 1960s generation with his musically peaceful yet politically engaged songwriting.

Simon and Garfunkel released a string of classic hits, including “Bridge over Troubled Water” and “Mrs. Robinson.”

Later, as a solo artist, he helped shape the course of world music with “Graceland,” the 1986 album often regarded as his masterpiece.

“Graceland” took Simon to apartheid-era South Africa after he became fascinated by hearing a tape of “Township Jive” dance music, which he blended with zydeco rhythms from Louisiana and his own personal pop songwriting.

The album won the Grammy for Album of the Year and made stars out of choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, whose rich voices provided the harmonies.

Simon has not given up on experimentation. His last album, 2016’s “Stranger to Stranger,” incorporated the unique instruments of 20th century musicologist Harry Partch, who designed microtonal scales — meaning smaller intervals than those usually used in Western music.

Simon openly mulled retirement in 2016 before playing two shows at the Forest Hills stadium, near the area where he grew up in the New York borough of Queens.

“Showbiz doesn’t hold any interest for me,” Simon told The New York Times at the time, adding: “It’s an act of courage to let go.”

But he returned soon afterward, singing at the Democratic National Convention that nominated Hillary Clinton, touring Europe and later playing across the United States as part of an effort to promote education and research on preserving the biodiversity of life on Earth.

New York is noticeably absent among the announced dates on the farewell tour, which includes two dates at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

AFP

I Didn’t Stop The Protest I Only Stopped The Physical Convergence- Tu Face

I Didn’t Stop The Protest I Only Stopped The Physical Convergence- Tu FacePopular Musician, Innocent Idibia, a.k.a Tu-Face, has explained why he is not physically present in the protests taking place in Abuja and Lagos state.

In a phone interview with Channels Television on Monday, he insisted that he was still in support of the rally but had only backed out for security reasons.

“I don’t have the sole franchise to protest so I’m still in support of them, I think its within their rights.

“I can’t tell anybody not to stand for what they believe in. For me, there were a whole lot of things I put into consideration. I noticed a whole lot of people were trying to hijack the process.

“I only decided to back out of the physical protest due to security reasons but it’s not as if I’m not still standing by the things I said or the things I believe about governance in Nigeria for a long time now.

“I want to make it clear, I was not arrested by the DSS, I am free, I am good, nobody intimidated me, nobody harassed me, nobody paid me to start it in the first place and nobody paid me to stop it.

“I didn’t stop the protest I only stopped the physical convergence”.

The singer had started a movement “One Voice Nigeria”, and had planned to embark on the protest over what was termed “obnoxious policies” of the Federal Government, come February 6, 2017.

As at Sunday, he had denounced plans to go ahead with the protest after intense pressure was mounted on the group from the police as a result of security threats.

NEW MUSIC: ‘The Other Room’ – Cobhams Asuquo Ft Ugovinna

the-other-room-editedNigeria’s quintessential musician, producer, and songwriter, Cobhams Asuquo has added a tongue-in-cheek and humourous perspective to the controversial #TheOtherRoom comments made by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The producer has teamed up with Ugovinna to release a song titled, ‘The other room.’

According to Cohhams, “‘The other room’ song is not an attack on the President or the Presidency.

Rather, the song is a present day representation of the Nigeria we know and love, and are very much concerned about.”

He said the song is lighthearted and “guaranteed to put a smile on the faces of listeners while underscoring very serious social issues.”

The artistes added that the song is also “a humorous recap of recent events that have been woven into the fabric of our shared political history as a nation.”

“We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it,” they added.

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17 Years After Death, Fela Lives

felakutiAugust 2, 2014 makes it 17 years since the pioneer of Afro-beat music genre, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, passed away, however, his music continues to inspire millions across the world.

The prominent Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, died on August 2, 1997 at the age of 58.

Some of his hit songs include Open and Close, Sorrow Tears and Blood, Water No Get Enemy, Upside Down, Coffin for Head of State, International Thief Thief and Observation is no Crime.

Since his death, Fela’s music has influenced millions of fans both in Nigeria and all over the world.

Fela fearlessly criticised Nigeria’s government and religious elite over corruption, poverty, exploitation and social maladies. His struggle made him an icon of the black power movement. His songs repeatedly landed him in trouble with the authorities, including arrests and the allegedly burning of his compound, by soldiers.

Fela was married to 27 women on the same day, most of them his dancers.

In immortalising  his name, the Lagos State government provided the family with N40 million  (200,000 euros, $250,000) to set up a museum in Fela’s memory – which was opened in 2012, during “Felebration”, an annual series of events honouring Fela on his birthday

Fela’s nightclub in the Empire Hotel, first named the Afro-Spot and then the Afrika Shrine, where he both performed regularly, continues to be one of the major tourist attractions in Lagos.

His sons,Femi Kuti, who is the first son and Seun Kuti, the last son have followed in the foot-prints of the music legend. fela 2 fela 4
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