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DPP cancels bail for Baba Ijesha, Police say case is sexual assault by penetration

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The Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), Lagos State Ministry of Justice, has ruled out any possibility of releasing Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James aka Baba Ijesha, on bail.

The DPP insists the thespian has a case to answer in his sexual assault case.

Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, spoke to newsmen at his office in Oduduwa, Ikeja GRA.

Baba Ijesha faces a possible life imprisonment. On April 22, Lagos State Police Command announced he was arrested for allegedly defiling a minor

On Friday, Adejobi said that the DPP advised the police to still detain Baba Ijesha, because the case against him “is sexual assault by penetration”.

“Invariably sexual assault is more like defilement too, considering the age of the victim.

“Baba Ijesha is being kept with the police not within our own power, but because of the legal advice from the DPP pending when Baba Ijesha’s case will be charged to court.

“If the DPP has advised us to release Baba Ijesha, we will have released him,” Adejobi added.

He added that Baba Ijesha’s case was initially bailable, based on the statement that his offense was based on indecent assault which was a bailable offense.

Adejobi disclosed after the DPP investigated the case file, the police was advised not to release Baba Ijesha on bail pending when he will be charged to court.

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FG bans money rituals, other vices in Nollywood movies

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The Federal Government has placed a ban on money rituals and glamourizing of vices in Nigerian movies.

The Executive Director/CEO of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Dr Shaibu Husseini, disclosed this at a National Stakeholders Engagement on Smoke-Free Nollywood in Enugu on Wednesday, May 22, 2024.

Movie producers, directors, and actors drawn from different parts of the country, as well as leaders of various guilds and associations in Nollywood were present at the event.

Husseini said: “We are facing an industry emergency requiring bold and ambitious actions from all parents, guardians and stakeholders.

“When my predecessor approached the former Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, on the need to make subsidiary legislation to curtail the display of smoking in Nigerian movies, he saw the need to include money rituals.

“Others included in the regulation are ritual killings and glamourizing other crimes in order to further sanitize the film industry.

Nigeria’s cinemas generate N2.25bn revenue in Q1 2024

“Today, I am delighted to announce to you that the Minister of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, Hannatu Musawa, pursuant to section 65 of the NFVCB Act 2004 has approved the regulation.

“The minister has approved the Prohibition of Money Ritual, Ritual Killing, Tobacco, Tobacco Products, Nicotine Product Promotion and Glamorization display in Movies, Musical Videos and Skits Regulations 2024.”

“We have also forwarded the approved copy to the Federal Ministry of Justice for Gazette.”

The NFVCB boss added that the sensitization programme was to educate stakeholders on the danger inherent in smoking in Nigerian movies.

According to him, besides the health implications, glamourizing smoking in films poses a negative influence on teens and young adults who constitute the largest segment of Nigerian movie viewers.

He noted that the board was set to undertake detailed enlightenment programmes in secondary schools, tertiary institutions, local communities, religious groups, and other institutions.

It is the duty of the NFVCB to register all film and video outlets across the country and to keep a register of such registered outlets among other functions.

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Davido, Chioma Welcome Twins

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It’s a double blessing for Afrobeat star Davido and his wife Chioma, who have welcomed a set of twins.

The couple, who lost their son Ifeanyi in a tragic accident last year, welcomed twins on Monday.

According to an inside source, the twins arrived at 9pm.

The news was further confirmed by Evangelist Gospel Agochukwu on Tuesday morning.

The cleric uploaded his chat with Davido on the official Facebook page of his church.

According to the chat, Davido confirmed to the cleric that the prophecy he made last year had come to pass.

Agochukwu had in November last year revealed that God told him that Davido and Chioma will welcome twins after the death of Ifeanyi.

Davido and Chioma haven’t announced the arrival on social media, but congratulatory messages have continued to pour.

 

 

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Ilebaye Crowned BBNaija All Stars Winner

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Ilebaye Odiniya is the winner of BBNaija All Stars, the eighth season of the reality television series.

She took the highly coveted top spot at Sunday’s finale, leaving 2019 winner Mercy Eke, 33, in the number two position.

Ilebaye goes home with a cash prize of N120 million, a weekend getaway for two, and an SUV, among other rewards.

The 22-year-old was evicted from 2022’s BBNaija Level Up season after only three weeks.

Cynthia Nwadiora aka CeeC, who was the runner-up of the third season Double Wahala in 2018,  came in at number three behind Ilebaye and Mercy Eke.

Adekunle Olopade, 28, was revealed by host Ebuka Obi-Uchendu as the third runner-up on Sunday.

Pere Egbi, 38, and Cross Okonkwo, 33, were named the fourth and fifth runners-up, respectively.

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