[ICYMI] VIBEZ EP 26: Dbanj Demands N100m For Rape Allegations, EFCC Trails Hushpuppi, Others + More

‘Fall In Love’ Crooner, D’banj, has finally reacted to the allegations of rape levelled against him after weeks of silence.

Meanwhile, there have been some other shocking new developments to the case.

Also, another Nigerian singer who is in the eye of the storm is Naira Marley who defied the COVID-19 to hold a concert in Abuja.

Catch all the juicy details of these stories and more on this episode of Vibez.

Vibez is your weekly recap of the top moment in the world of showbiz.

FG Suspends Airline For Flying Naira Marley To Abuja

A file photo of aviation minister, Hadi Sirika.
A file photo of aviation minister, Hadi Sirika.

 

The Federal Government has suspended the operations of a private jet charter and aircraft maintenance firm, Executive Jet Services, for flouting COVID-19 regulations by flying Musician, Azeez Fashola aka Naira Marley, to Abuja to attend a concert.

This was disclosed on Monday by Mr Hadi Sirika the Minister of Aviation, during the Presidential Task Force briefing in Abuja.

FG Shuts Jabi Mall Over Naira Marley’s Concert

Officials of the FCTA seal up the Jabi Mall in Abuja, the venue of Naira Marley’s concert on June 14, 2020.

 

The Federal Government has shut the Jabi Lake Mall indefinitely for violating the ban on public gathering.

The mall was closed by the Federal Capital Territory Ministerial Task Team on COVID-19.

In a tweet on its handle on Sunday, the closure is part of precautionary measures taken to curb the spread of the virus in the nation’s capital.

“The FCT Ministerial Task Team on #COVID19 seals up Jabi Lake Mall indefinitely for violating Presidential Task Force’s directives on the ban on public gatherings as part of measures to contain the spread of the dreaded pandemic in the territory,” FCTA said.

READ ALSO: 48 COVID-19 Patients Recover, Reunite With Families In Lagos

Channels Television learnt that the decision to close the mall for the next 2 weeks followed an order of a mobile court presided by Chief Magistrate Idayat Akanni.

It was gathered that hip-hop artiste, Azeez Fashola, alias Naira Marley, held a concert at the mall on Saturday in contravention of the directive of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 as part of measures to curb the spread of the virus.

Following the concert, most Nigerians took to social media to express worry over the concert held at the car park of the mall on Saturday, June 13.

Prosecutors filed a three-charge against the management of the mall.  The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges

Funke Akindele, Naira Marley Busted, M.I And Vector On Same Song + More

 

The government’s efforts to curb the spread of the COVID-19 took a dramatic twist this week with the arrest of popular actress, Funke Akindele Bello and her husband, JJC Skillz for defying the government’s social distancing directive by hosting a birthday party at her home in Lagos.

Others also caught in the web included popular singer Naira Marley, and former Lagos State Governorship candidate of the ADP, Babatunde Gbadamosi.

We bring you details of all that on this week’s episode of the Vibez, as well as M.I and Vector’s interesting collaboration on the remix of Mayorkun’s ‘Geng’ and much more.

We’re also enjoying some new music from Tekno while we anticipate something new from the movie world.

As the world struggles to survive through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we hope that you do your part as you #stayhome and #staysafe.

Vibez is your weekly recap of the top trends in the world of showbiz.

Naira Marley To Make Free Audio-Visual In Campaign Against COVID-19

Naira Marley Gets N2m Bail
A file photo of Naira Marley.

 

Popular artiste, Afeez Fashola also known as Naira Marley has given an undertaking that he will join the Lagos State government’s campaign against the spread of COVID-19 by making a free audio-visual publication.

He made the undertaking in a letter dated April 9, and addressed to the Governor of the State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The letter of undertaking was tendered at the Magistrate court today as part of the conditions for the government to withdraw a charge of breaching the social distancing directive made against him.

Chief Magistrate Yewande Aje-Afunwa subsequently approved the withdrawal of the charge against the musician.

READ ALSO: Lockdown: Gbadamosi, Naira Marley Tender Apology To Lagos Govt

She also approved the withdrawal of the charge against Marley’s co-defendants Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain Babatunde Gbadamosi and his wife, Folasade.

On Wednesday, the 8th of April, Magistrate Aje-Afunwa had ordered the three defendants’ to comply with the conditions set by the government and to come back to the court today to give a report of compliance.

The Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mr Yhaqub Oshoala told her that the Gbadamosis and Marley had accepted and undertaken to comply with all of the State’s conditions for the withdrawal.

He noted that they had “undertaken to work with the government to tackle the COVID 19 pandemic.”

The conditions are that the trio should individually offer a personal apology to the president and governor; give an undertaking to comply with the COVID-19 regulations, and go into self-isolation for the next 14 days.

Defence counsel, Mr Olawale Akoni (SAN) for Gbadamosi, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN) for Mrs Gbadamosi, and Miss Damilola Ayinde-Marshal for Marley corroborated his statement.

Aje-Afunwa ruled: “Upon the oral application made by the Director of Public Prosecutions on behalf of the Attorney-General of Lagos State pursuant to Sections 71 and 73 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State (ACJL) and pursuant to the fact that the three defendants have complied with conditions for the withdrawal of the charge, the unchallenged application for withdrawal of the charge, leave is hereby granted to the Attorney-General of Lagos to withdraw the charge.

“The three defendants are hereby discharged.”

She commended the defendants for “taking the path of honour by taking responsibility for their mistakes” which had made restorative justice possible.

Lockdown: Gbadamosi, Naira Marley Tender Apology To Lagos Govt

 

 

Former Lagos State governorship candidate of Action Democratic Party (ADP), Babatunde Gbadamosi, his wife Folasade, including popular singer, Naira Marley have written individual letters of apology and undertaking to support the Lagos State Government in all areas to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic.

Their lawyers confirmed this to Magistrate Yewande Aje-Afunwa at the resumed sitting of the Magistrate court in Ogba on Thursday.

Wale Akoni SAN, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, SAN and Damilola Ayinde-Marshal who represented the three defendants told the court that all the letters written by the defendants have been given to the police at SCID, Panti, for onward transmission to the Honourable Attorney-General of Lagos, Moyo Onigbanjo, SAN.

The State’s Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Yakub Oshoala who subsequently applied that the charge against them be struck out also confirmed that they will go into isolation for the next 14days.

READ ALSO: Comedian AY Apologises Over Tweet Regarding Funke Akindele’s Ordeal

In her ruling, Magistrate Aje-Afunwa held that “Upon the oral application of the DPP brought pursuant to section 71 & 73 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Laws of Lagos, and pursuant to the fact that the three defendants have complied with all the conditions, leave is hereby granted by the court to the Attorney-General to withdraw the charge against the three defendants.

“Accordingly, the three defendants are hereby discharged.”

She commended the competence of the AG, the members of the prosecution and the defence team, for the way they have handled this case, which is novel in this state.

She also commended the three defendants for taking responsibility for their errors.

Meanwhile, one of the defence lawyers, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa has made an appeal for state pardon for popular Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele and others.

Mr Adegboruwa, said since the State Government made the case in court, it was not out to persecute citizens, Akindele should be granted reprieve, especially as she has demonstrated remorse for her conduct.

He also added that since the Federal Government is granting amnesty to 2,600 prisoners, the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu should emulate this good gesture and show fatherly love to Akindele and her husband.

This gesture he believes should also be extended to all those arrested for jogging on the streets, as they could not have all set out deliberately to disobey the COVID-19 regulation.

Adegboruwa said since we are facing a novel situation at hand, government should show some magnanimity to its citizens, as it is being done all over the world.

“Nigerians have never been locked down for this long, without food or money and it is not proper to add to their woes with arrest and prosecution,” Adegboruwa said.

He commended the steps so far taken by the government and urged all Nigerians to continue to cooperate with the government to end the scourge.

Proceedings: How Lagos Govt Reached Agreement To Pardon Naira Marley, Gbadamosi

 

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday agreed to withdraw charges against former governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) in Lagos State, Babatunde Gbadamosi and his wife Folasade; and popular singer Naira Marley.

Below is the full proceedings and the conditions given to the defendants by the court.

Proceedings started at 11:20 a.m.

Naira Marley dressed in white shirt and black jeans was called into the dock.

Babatunde Gbadamosi dressed in brown native followed and third defendant, his wife, Folasade was dressed in blue top on black Jeans.

All three defendants had on facemasks.

The DPP Lagos, Yakub Oshoala led the Prosecution alongside Dr Babajide Martins a Director in the office of the DPP; Adetutu Osinusi, a Deputy Director in the office of the DPP; Jonathan Ogunsanya and Afolabi Solebo who are both assistant directors in the office of the DPP.

For the defence team, Olawale Akoni SAN alongside Dr Bayo Adaralegbe represented the second defendant, Babatunde Gbadamosi while Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa SAN alongside O. Awonuga represented the third defendant Folasade Gbadamosi.

Naira Marley was represented by Damilola Ayinde-Marshall alongside Afeez Olabisi.

After announcement of appearance, the DPP told the court that even though the state has filed a charge before the court, a few minutes before the court sat, the AG & Comm for Justice, Moyo Onigbanjo SAN forwarded a directive to him that having considered the remorsefulness of the three defendants, the AG has considered diverting the case out of court based on the defendants fulfilling three conditions.

(1) They have to write a formal apology to the Government of Lagos State which will solidify the remorsefulness shown by them.

(2) They have to give an undertaking in writing that they will continue to comply with the directives of Mr President (Muhammadu Buhari) and Mr Governor (Babajide Sanwo-Olu) which is the subject matter of the case before the court.

(3) In view of the danger which the state believes they’ve put themselves by attending a gathering exceeding 20 persons, they must agree to go on 14 days isolation to protect other members of the public from any likely danger.

Mr Oshoala also submitted that this is absolutely necessary “in view of the fact that some individuals who travelled from countries with huge COVID-19 cases were present at the party.

He stressed that the state is not a persecutor but it is always ready to enforce the laws that benefit the interest of the public.

“If they agree to these conditions, the four counts will be withdrawn and that will be the end of the matter. We will keep it in abeyance. That’s our submission,” Oshoala said.

Akoni: On behalf of the second defendant, we wish to express our appreciation to the state, the DPP and to confirm to the court that we accept the three conditions.

Adegboruwa: On behalf of the third defendant, we express our appreciation to his excellency, Mr President and the Governor, the AG, The DPP & his team, the Police and most of all the court.

The third defendant is a law-abiding citizen and accepts all that three conditions as stipulated by the DPP.

Ayinde-Marshall: On behalf of the first defendant, we say a big thank you to the police, the President, Mr Governor and the DPP.

My client is a law-abiding citizen too and a strict supporter of government policies.

We undertake that we will fulfil the three conditions given to them.

DPP: Having agreed to these conditions and having already dealt with the principal defendants, Funke Akindele and her husband, we hereby withdraw the charge before the court.

However, for the purpose of clarity, I request the defendant to put their phones numbers so that the personnel from the Ministry of Health can get in touch with them, having agreed to go into self-isolation.

Also within today and tomorrow morning latest, the undertakings must reach the AG through their lawyers and the OC Legal to show their sincerity.We are grateful to the court.

Magistrate Aje-Afunwa: This honourable court has listened to the request of the learned DPP indicating that the state requests to withdraw the charge on the condition that they fulfill all the conditions as stipulated by the prosecution.

Since the defendants have all agreed to comply with the conditions, I wish to state that the procedure for the withdrawal of a criminal charge is that before the charge is withdrawn, the conditions must be met or be seen to be met.

In the circumstances of this case, the court will adjourn to enable the defence put its house in order and the prosecution will address the court in how the defendants have complied. If all the parties agree, the court will adjourn till tomorrow.

DPP: No objections

Akoni: No objections

Adegboruwa: No objections to adjournment till tomorrow

Ayinde-Marshall: No objections.

Court: Since it was agreed on 24 hours for compliance with the conditions, the court believes 12noon tomorrow is appropriate for withdrawal of the charge.

Case is adjourned to April 9, at 12noon for withdrawal or for taking of plea if conditions fail to be complied with.

In line with the regulations of the government, we all must continue to ensure that the regulations are strictly complied with in our homes and in all public places.

Lagos State Govt Moves To Withdraw Charge Against Naira Marley, Gbadamosi, Others

 

The Lagos State government has agreed to withdraw charges against former governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) in Lagos State, Babatunde Gbadamosi, his wife Folasade, and popular singer Naira Marley.

This is as the defendants accepted to tender written apologies to the Lagos State Government, as well as to issue undertakings to comply with the directive on lockdown and social distancing, including a stay in isolation for the next 14 days.

The state government agreed to withdraw the charge against the three defendants based on the remorse they showed, however, this is still subsequent upon their fulfilling three conditions.

READ ALSO: Nigeria Records Another COVID-19 Death

They were therefore not arraigned before the Magistrate Court sitting in Ogba today, April 8.

The conditions for which their charge was dropped include:

1) They have to write a formal apology to the Government of Lagos State which will solidify the remorsefulness shown by them.

(2) They have to give an undertaking in writing that they will continue to comply with the directives of Mr President and Mr Governor which is the subject matter of the case before the court.

(3) In view of the danger which the state believes they’ve put themselves by attending a gathering exceeding 20 persons, they must agree to go on 14 days isolation to protect other members of the public from any likely danger.

The defendants through their counsel all agreed to the conditions and the court has adjourned till tomorrow for the prosecutor to brief the court on whether all the conditions have been met failing which they will be arraigned.

Gbadamosi and Naira Marley had earlier on Monday turned themselves in to the police after flouting the state government’s restriction order on social distancing.

This was after they attended a party organised by Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele Bello in celebration of her husband’s birthday, Abdulrasheed Bello popularly known as JJC Skillz.

The couple were arraigned on Monday and sentenced to one week of community service and asked to pay a fine of N100,000 each.

Gbadamosi, Naira Marley In Police Custody Over Funke Akindele’s Party

Babatunde Gbadamosi                                                                                                           Naira Marley

 

 

The former governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) in Lagos State, Babatunde Gbadamosi, as well as pop singer, Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, have been taken into custody by the police.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, who disclosed this in a statement, said both men turned themselves in after flouting the state government’s restriction order on social distancing.

He noted that they were among those who attended a party organised by Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele Bello.

“About seven persons among several others who flouted the stay at home order of the state government to attend a birthday party organised by Funke Akindele Bello and husband, Abdulrasheed Bello aka JJC Skillz, have reported to the police,” Elkana added.

The police spokesperson said other suspects who turned themselves in included members of JJC Skillz family who attended the party, and some boys who accompanied Naira Marley to the event.

According to him, the police are analysing the video which went viral, showing all faces of people at the party.

Elkana warned that those who refused to turn themselves in would be arrested.

Actress, Funke Akindele and her husband defied both the State and the Federal government orders on Saturday when they hosted a house party in celebration of JJC Skillz’s birthday.

On Monday, the couple were sentenced to one week of community service and asked to pay a fine of N100,000 each.

Lockdown Violation: Naira Marley In Police Custody Over Funke Akindele’s Party

 

Police in Lagos State say they have Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley in their custody. 

The singer was ordered to report to the State CID Yaba on Monday, following his participation in a party organised by famous actress, Funke Akindele and her husband AbdulRasheed Bello popularly known as JJC Skillz.

Akindele and her husband who were arraigned earlier today at the Chief Magistrate Court 1 Ogba, were charged to court for violating restriction orders in Lagos.

READ ALSO: Funke Akindele, Husband Sentenced To 14 Days Community Service, Fined N100,000 Each

The duo who were were brought to court by detectives from the State Criminal Investigation Department Yaba, are said to have held a party at their residence with over twenty persons in attendance contrary to the social distancing directives made in pursuant to Regulation 8(1)(a) and (b) & 17(1)(i) of the Lagos State Infectious Disease (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020.

It is in line with this violation that Naira Marley is in custody, because he attended the birthday party which held at an Estate, along Ajah, Ibeju-Lekki axis.

In its statement on the mater, the Lagos Police Command noted that Naira Marley will also be charged to Court for violating the restriction orders.

The communique added that the Command has launched a manhunt for the remaining persons who attended the party.

Lockdown: Police Arrest Funke Akindele, Ask Naira Marley To Report Self

A file photo of Mrs Funke Akindele Bello.

 

 

The police have arrested Nollywood actress and producer, Funke Akindele, in Lagos State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, Bala Elkana, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday.

He explained that the actress was arrested for violating the restriction orders in the state as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

READ ALSO10-Year-Old, Four Other COVID-19 Patients Discharged – Sanwo-Olu

The state government had restricted social gatherings in the state to not more than 20 people, as well as urged residents to maintain social distancing.

According to the government, the restriction order affects churches, mosques, weddings, and other forms of social function that can attract a large crowd of people.

In a bid to curtail the spread of coronavirus in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari declared a lockdown in Lagos and Ogun States, as well as the Federal Capital Territory.

The President had, however, exempted persons on essential service from the lockdown which would last 14 days.

In the statement on Sunday, Elkana said the Lagos State Police Command noted a viral video showing a large number of persons mainly in the entertainment industry.

He stated that the crowd was celebrating a birthday party organised by Funke Akindele and her husband, Abdul Rasheed Bello – popularly known as JJC Skillz, in an estate along Ajah in the Ibeju-Lekki area of the state.

The command’s spokesman revealed that police detectives from the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Yaba were promptly drafted to the location where the actress was arrested.

He noted that the police had commenced investigation while making efforts to arrest other persons identified in the video.

According to Elkana, singer Azeez Fashola, also known as Naira Marley and JJC Skillz were among those seen at the party.

He asked the duo to report at the State CID Yaba on Monday in their interest or risk being declared wanted.

Funke, who came under attack by some Twitter users for her action, has since tendered an apology in a video.

Despite the apology, the police confirmed her arrest hours after the state government revealed the details of the second person who died of coronavirus in the state.

The Commissioner for Health in Lagos, Professor Akin Abayomi, had disclosed in a tweet that the victim was a 36-year-old Nigerian male.

He said the man died in a private facility on Saturday, while six new cases of coronavirus were discovered recently, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Lagos to 115.

Second EFCC Witness Testifies Against Naira Marley In Cyber Fraud Case

Naira Marley Gets N2m Bail
A file photo of Naira Marley.

 

 

The trial of music artiste, Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, on 11 counts of conspiracy, possession of counterfeit cards and fraud, continued on Thursday with the testimony of the second prosecution witness, Anosike Augustine.

Mr Augustine, a mobile forensic expert with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) told Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court in Lagos how he analysed the contents of an iPhone 11 allegedly retrieved from Naira Marley during investigation.

He said after extracting and analysing the data on the phone, he produced a report of his findings.

The EFCC subsequently moved to tender in evidence the report which was said to be over 30 pages long.

Counsel to Naira Marley, Olalekan Ojo, however, objected to the tendering of the document.

Ojo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, argued that it was not part of the documents front-loaded to the defence team and he was unaware of its contents.

Following the EFCC’s insistence that the document had been front-loaded, Justice Oweibo adjourned until Friday to allow the parties sort out and reconcile whether the report was front-loaded or not.

Before the testimony of the second witness, the EFCC had called another of its forensic expert, Nuru Buhari.

Mr Buhari, who testified as the first prosecution witness told Justice Oweibo that various stolen credit card information were retrieved from the musician’s laptop.

Apart from the stolen credit card information, website visit history recovered from the device showed that the top five most visited sites dealt with buying and selling stolen credit card information.

The witness also informed the court that suspicious apps that were mostly used by people with shady deals on the internet were found on the laptop.

He said an analysis of the administrator account on the laptop revealed that the admin was one Naira Marley and the account was connected to his iCloud account.