Singer, Timi Dakolo has expressed concerns over the safety of his family, after ‘strange men with guns’ visited their residence to serve him and his wife, Busola, a letter on Saturday.
He alleged that since the visit, the lives of his family have been put at risk by ‘strange faces’.
Mr Dakolo had on Saturday in a social media post, raised an alarm alleging that, the visit by the men was an act of “institutionalized intimidation.”
Meanwhile, the police in a statement stated that the men served official Invitation letters, and are not synonymous with a Warrant of Arrest, and must not be construed to be one.
However, the singer explained at a press briefing that his wife, Busola, a photographer, had filed a petition against the founder of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Pastor Abiodun Fatoyinbo, alleging him of raping her when she was a teenager.
“On the 27th of June, my wife, through her legal representative filed a petition at a police station about Mr Biodun Fatoyinbo of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, for raping a minor.
“The petition was filed at the office of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in Alagbon, Ikoyi. We had four meetings, over six hours at the police station, the day before and the day after.”
He added that the AIG asked for an expeditious action after assigning the file to an investigative team, and his family decided not to publicise the development because of their believe that the law will be followed duly.
“The AIG himself personally assigned the file and immediately asked for an expeditious action to investigate the case.
“We decided not to publicise the fact that we had our case filed as we believe the law will be followed duly.”
While narrating the incident that occurred on Saturday, Mr Dakolo alleged that the actions of the men showed that they wanted to abduct him or his wife.
“I never expected that our residential address where my children live will be released to the public. Since then, I have noticed how my life, my wife’s life, and my children have been put to risk by strange faces.
“The attempt on Saturday to abduct my wife or me because the people that came to drop a letter at my house came with guns and a tinted vehicle.
“When they followed my wife into the compound, someone said that his boss wanted to see her in the bus and she refused to go see the person.”
The latest development comes weeks after his wife; Busola Dakolo alleged that Pastor Abiodun Fatoyinbo, had raped her when she was a teenager.
Subsequently, the pastor stepped-down as calls for the case to be investigated mounted.
The Police have confirmed that it served official Invitation letters on Busola and Timi Dakolo on Saturday.
In a statement on Sunday, the police, however, stated that the letters are not synonymous with a Warrant of Arrest, and must not be construed to be one.
It explained that “rather, it is a polite investigative tool used in eliciting information voluntarily from parties to aid police investigations,” it said after the singer had alleged that “strange men with guns” stormed his home on Saturday – a move he described as an act of “institutionalized intimidation”.
The Police, however, urged members of the public to see it as a legitimate act in line with its constitutional mandate, which among other things include the investigation of all complaints brought before it.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP MA Adamu, also appealed for calm, reassuring Nigerians that the Police Force under his watch will remain professional, impartial and unreservedly committed to the pursuit of justice in this case and all other cases before it.
Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha, has demanded justice for rape victims.
In a tweet on Sunday, she called the attention of the Inspector of General, Mohammed Adamu, to ensure there is no intimidation of victims in the administration of justice.
This comes after Singer, Timi Dakolo said “strange men with guns” had stormed his home, and the police had served him letters instituting a “false investigation”.
According to him, the development was an act of “institutionalised intimidation” following allegations of rape by his wife, Busola, against the Founder of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Pastor Abiodun Fatoyinbo.
While the police confirmed in a statement on Sunday that they had served official invitation letters on Timi Dakolo and his wife Busola, they, however, said the letters were not synonymous with a Warrant of Arrest.
It further explained that “rather, it is a polite investigative tool used in eliciting information voluntarily from parties to aid police investigations”.
Singer, Timi Dakolo, has raised an alarm alleging that some police officers stormed his residence in Lekki, Lagos State.
He took to social media to state that “strange men with guns” had stormed his home – a move he described as an act of “institutionalized intimidation”.
This comes weeks after social media went abuzz following an interview by his wife, Busola, where she alleged that founder of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Pastor Abiodun Fatoyinbo, had raped her when she was a teenager.
Subsequently, the pastor stepped-down as calls for the case to be investigated mounted.
Protesters have stormed the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) in Abuja over the rape allegation against the Founder of the church, Biodun Fatoyinbo.
Bearing placards with inscriptions such as ‘Thou shall not rape’, and ‘Your pastor is not your God’, the protesters are calling on the pastor to step down, and be investigated, among other things.
The protesters had converged on an NNPC filling station close to the church in Guzape before proceeding to the church, which is holding its first Sunday service since Busola Dakolo, photographer and wife of musician Timi Dakolo accused the pastor of raping her, 20 years ago when she was 18.
The pastor has denied the allegation, but many including celebrities and leaders of civil society groups are demanding an investigation and have expressed support for Busola. Many others have also defended the pastor.
The latest scandal to involve the pastor has dominated social media discuss for days with the push for a protest gaining traction through Friday and Saturday.
In 2013, a member of the church, Ese Walters, had alleged that she and the pastor had an affair.
Ahead of the protest, security was tightened at the church with masked police officers, soldiers and members of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps stationed around it.
Fatoyinbo revealed that the cancellation followed consultation with his spiritual leaders and church elders who asked him not to put the special guests through the risk of protests amid allegations of rape against him.
He added that his “elders” were handling the situation and he expressed sadness at the huge deployment of security agents in the church.
Busola Dakolo, photographer and wife of musician Timi Dakolo had accused Pastor Abiodun Fatoyinbo, of rape in an interview with Y!Naija on Friday.
Mrs Dakolo said that Fatoyinbo did the act when she was 16 years old at her parents’ home.
The allegation sparked social media storm, with thousands sharing their views on the matter, while several celebrities expressed their support for her and called for an investigation into the matter.
The COZA senior pastor has denied the rape allegations.
Busola Dakolo, photographer and wife of musician Timi Dakolo has accused the Founder of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Pastor Abiodun Fatoyinbo, of rape.
In an interview with Y!Naija, the photographer alleged that the incident happened when she was 16 years old at her parents’ home, a duplex.
“My mum had traveled with my sister and it was just my other sister in the house. The house was so big that if you were upstairs, you would not know what is happening downstairs,” she said while sharing her story.
The allegation has sparked a social media storm, with thousands sharing their views on the matter.
Several celebrities have expressed support for her and called for an investigation into the matter.
Have you ever heard pastor Adeboye been accused of rape NO! Bishop Oyedepo? No! Pastor Adekoya? No But you so called Coza pastor as been accused Twice!! is he the only man of God? Rather than argue blindly sit your pastor down,ask for the truth #COZA#IstandwithBusolaDakolo
Sadly the rave will die down as usual, Biodun Fatonyibo will turn up in church next Sunday and members will turn up grinning from ear to ear like nothing happened. And the cycle continues.#IStandWithBusolaDakolo
I have seen Biodun Fatoyinbo’s statement. I look forward to him carrying out his threat to sue Busola Dakolo. As Mrs Dakolo doesn’t have a church that can fund her defence, I have set aside a little money to contribute to her defence. Please do so too. #IStandWithBusolaDakolo
Meanwhile, the pastor has also responded to the allegations, saying he has never raped anyone before even as an unbeliever in the past.
He described the claims as “all fallacious and non-existent” and only aimed at ruining his reputation and that of the church.
While the couple, Bukola and Timi appear willing to go to any length in fighting for the truth, with hashtag #SueUsIfYouDare, the pastor has also stated that his lawyers have been briefed and legal actions will commence soon.
See the full statement in his Instagram post below.
Five Presidential candidates were expected at the event while two were absent, they are President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The presidential candidates of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Alliance for New Democracy (ANN), and Young Progressives Party (YPP) have called for a paradigm change in the Nigerian political sector.
Obiageli Ezekwesili of ACPN, Fela Durtotoye of ANN, and Kingsley Moghalu of YPP, made this call at Saturday’s debate organised by the Nigerian Election Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON).
Though five candidates were selected by NEDG and BON, two were noticeably absent and these were the presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The absence of President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC and Atiku Abubakar of the PDP further strengthened the arguments of the other three candidates who blasted the flagbearers of the two major parties in the country, for shunning what many Nigerians consider the mother of all political debates.
No prior notice had been given to the organisers of the debate by the camp of the APC candidate, President Buhari regarding his absence at the debate.
On his part, Alhaji Abubakar arrived at the venue of the debate in Abuja, but just as the debate was about to start, he refused to join the other three candidates who had already been called to the rostrum by the moderator.
The Buhari campaign organization released a statement saying that the president was not at the debate because he had already attended a live town hall last Wednesday. On his part, Mr Abubakar, who was at the venue of the debate but refused to mount the podium, said there was no point participating in the debate if Mr Buhari will not be attending.
In their absence, Oby Ezekwesili; Fela Durotoye; Kingsley Moghalu, took to the stage to tell Nigerians of their plans for the country if elected president in the election in February.
The candidates, who are all political outsiders as this is the first time they are seeking elective positions, kicked-off the debate with gusto.
They told Nigerians why they were qualified to govern the country and what they were going to do differently if elected to lead Africa’s most populous nation.
Though the candidates agreed on the “need” for a political disruption, they had divergent plans for Nigerians as contained in their manifestoes.
We Must Disrupt Our Pattern Of Politics Or Continue To Fail – Ezekwesili
Ezekwesili said at the debate that the people must disrupt Nigeria’s pattern of politics in order to end what she described as a cycle of failure.
The former education minister said she believes that a major problem which the nation has witnessed over the years, is bad leadership which she says has increasingly led to poverty and lack of hope among citizens.
She said, “The problem with our country was identified by Chinua Achebe when he said the problem of Nigeria is simply and squarely a problem of leadership”.
“It is urgent for us to change the direction of our country,” she noted.
Durotoye explained that he got into the race because of his zeal to serve the people of the country, noting that he is a Leadership expert that has helped others to discover their potentials, a skill which he believes will help restore the hope of the Nigerian people.
He said his plan to grow the economy is centred on the improvement of agriculture, housing and road construction. He promised to increase the use of Nigeria arable land from 37 per cent to 50 per cent.
According to Durotoye, by fixing road agriculture and housing, he intends to create 30 million jobs.
Addressing security issues in Nigeria, Durotoye said, for security lapses to be fixed in Nigeria, then the leadership of the Armed Forces must not be based on nepotic biases.
He said the security agencies must be strengthened.
“First and foremost we must ensure that the institutions, the security agencies are strengthened,” Durotoye said, adding that to strengthen the institutions, “they must be properly led,” he said.
He also noted that, “You have to make sure that the leadership of the police, the civil defence corps, the leadership of the army, the navy and all of the armed forces are based not on nepotism, not on friend or man know man as we say sometimes in Nigeria”.
The ANN presidential hopeful said the leadership of the armed forces will be based “On performance and the brightest and the best will be selected amongst the people and promoted to lead the rest and provide for them, role model leadership”.
He further noted that investment in technology will also play a key role in ensuring that Nigeria is secured.
He said the armed forces must be motivated, noting that “Nothing demotivates the military or any of the security forces more than not having the proper equipment to be able to do the work that they have been trained to do”.
We Cannot Fix The Economy If We Don’t Fix Our Politics – Moghalu
Professor Kingsley Moghalu said Nigeria’s political system must be fixed before its economy can experience any significant improvement.
“Let’s first understand that we cannot fix the economy if we don’t fix our politics,” Moghalu said.
“Our economy can never grow for as long as we are led by the incompetent, visionless, and recycled and arrogant old politicians that have run this country’s economy into the ground and are seeking another four years of poverty for us,” he added.
The ex-deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said he joined the presidential race because he believes it is time for a different kind of leadership in the country.
He said his aim was to address the root causes of the problems that beleaguered the country.
“We will restructure the country to establish its potentials,” he said. “We would restore Nigeria position in the world. Nigeria’s position in the world has fallen.”
The YPP candidate stressed the need for Nigerians to elect a president who understands how to manage the economy.
He further highlighted some of the strategies he plans to use in fixing the nation’s economy to improve the standard of living of the people.
According to Moghalu, the problem the nation must solve is that it does not have an economic policy.
He said the nation has to realise that it needs to decide whether it is a capitalist or socialist country and the type of capitalism it is practicing if that is the case.
“My approach to the Nigerian economy is, first of all, to focus on reforming the educational system, to ensure that our young people have the skills that can make them competitive in the 21st century and the skills that can give them jobs or help them to set up their own jobs,” the YPP candidate stated.
He added that there are plans by his administration to ensure the youths have access to finance through “N1trillion venture capital fund” which would provide equity capital for them.
On fixing the economy, he said the country’s politics has to be first fixed. “The path to fixing Nigeria economy depends on who becomes the president of the country,” he said.
He promised to move Nigeria away from an oil economy by focusing on innovation and spreading ICT to rural areas by providing incentives for start-ups to move to the rural areas, vowing to curb corruption and tribalism and ethnic considerations in the appointments of military leaders.
Moghalu promised to increase the education budget to 20 per cent of the annual budget and will reform pedagogy.
He also promised to end the perennial strike of university lecturers, saying, “We will invest in how our children learn … then we will invest in educational infrastructure and finally, I will end ASUU strikes in Nigeria“.
“When I say that I will be the education President of Nigeria, the YPP is committed and my government will make secondary school education free in this country.”
United In Our Diversity
The debate came to a very beautiful end with all three contestants coming together, joining their hands in unity as the award-winning singer, Timi Dakolo crooned sonorously his patriotic song titled “Great Nation”.
The 2019 presidential debate put together by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) is underway.
Present at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja where the debate is taking place are Oby Ezekwesili (ACPN Presidential Candidate), Fela Durotoye (ANN presidential candidate), and Kingsley Moghalu (YPP presidential candidate).
Five candidates were expected but two are absent and they are Muhammadu Buhari (APC presidential candidate), and Atiku Abubakar (PDP presidential candidate).
Just like we witnessed at the vice presidential debate, the candidates are expected to reveal to Nigerians their plans for the country as the nation prepares for the general elections.
Organizers of the Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) have announced rapper Vector’s video for ‘King Kong Remix’ as the 2015 Video of the Year.
The awards ceremony was postponed indefinitely last year with the organizers citing logistic challenges for calling off an earlier announced date in 2015.
Although the ceremony never held, organizers have announced winners from the last year nominations including Mavin Records as the Record Label of the Year, Mattmaxx as the Best Director and Reekado Banks’ Katapot named for Best Use of Visual Effect in a Music Video.
See the full list of winners:
Best RnB Video – Timi Dakolo – Wish Me Well
Best Highlife Video – Harrysong – Raggae Blues
Best Soft Rock / Alternative Video – Adekunle Gold – Sade
Best Gospel Video – Humblesmith – Osinachi
Best Video By Minors – Young Bobby & Lexxy Eye – Famous
Best Afrobeat Video – Wizkid – Ojuelegba
Best Raggae/Dancehall Video – Sheyi Shay – Right Now
Best Afro Hip Hop Video – Falz – Karishika
Best Afro Pop Video – Oristefemi – Igbeyawo
Best Pop Extra Video – Tekno Miles – Duro
Best Video By A New Artiste – Kiss Daniel – Laye
Best Contemporary Afro Video – Korede Bello – Godwin
Mainstream Hip Hop Video – Vector – Kingkong Remix
Best Use Of Dance In A Video – May D – Ibadi
Best Use Of Costume In A Video – Tipsy – O Wunmi
Best Use Of Visual Effect In A Video – Reekado Banks – Katapot
Best Cinematography – Mr Moe Musa – Melo by Olamide
Music Producer, Joel Wilson is probably responsible for the production of some of Nigeria’s favorite music, as he has received production credits from big name artists within Nigeria and beyond.
The Producer has worked with several musical acts such as: Timi Dakolo, Praise, Onos, Glowreeyah Braimah and even South-African Singer Lulu Dikana.
Raised in a highly musical family, according to Wilson, he always had music around him.
His father was an Anglican choir director while his mom sang in the choir too. His siblings either went into singing, instrumentation or dancing.
Joel’s musical production skills were self-taught; as he developed himself on the job. His first professional work was in South-Africa, when he worked on the album of sonorous singer Lulu Dikana who unfortunately is now late.
Apart from music making, the producer also finds himself creating movie scores, an art he considers almost inevitable. His movie honors include Juliet Audu’s ‘Not Just Married’’
Sharing more on his music production career he said, “music scoring is very similar to film making; however, they are two different worlds”.
“As a movie score person, you are actually a film maker too. You have to know all the timings, bars and frames and know also how to sync”.
According to him, this, however, goes beyond music creation and transcends into art and film. But he says one can be a fantastic movie score person and not be a great music producer.