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Controversial cross-dresser, Idris Olanrewaju Okuneye, alias Bobrisky

Bobrisky challenges court conviction, seeks fine option

Controversial cross-dresser, Idris Olanrewaju Okuneye, alias Bobrisky, has appealed against the six months imprisonment imposed on him by the Federal High Court in Lagos which convicted him of charges of abuse of naira.

In the appeal lodged on his behalf by his lawyer, Bimbo Kusanu, Bobrisky wants the Court of Appeal to convert the six-month imprisonment to N50,000 fine on each of the four counts he was convicted of.

Justice Abimbola Awogboro had on April 12, 2024, sentenced Bobrisky, to six months imprisonment without an option fine for abusing the naira by spraying the currency at a party, leading to mutilation.

Bobrisky had on April 5, 2024, pleaded guilty to four counts of abuse of the naira preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The judge while sentencing the cross-dresser, said the judgment would serve as a deterrent to others who are fond of abusing and mutilating the naira.

However, in his Notice of Appeal filed before the Appeal Court, the cross-dresser urged the appellate court to consider the fact that he has no previous record of criminal conviction.

He averred that the sentence imposed by the trial court against him was punitive contrary to the mandatory provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law on sentencing.

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He stated that the trial court did not consider the positive antecedent of the appellant, who did not waste the precious judicial resources of the trial court, when he pleaded guilty to the charge.

He also noted that he honoured the invitation of the EFCC on the first invitation during the investigation leading to the charge.

“The sentence of the lower court that imposed the maximum penalty of six months imprisonment without option of fine on the appellant, who is a first-time convict without a previous record of criminal conviction, is harsh.

“The learned trial judge erred in law and facts by his imposition of the maximum sentence of six months imprisonment terms against the appellant without the option of fine contrary to the provisions of Section 416(2) (d) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act of 2015 that prescribed the mandatory guidelines on the trial court on imposition of sentencing after criminal conviction of a first time offender as the appellant.

“The trial court imposed the maximum sentence on the appellant, who has no previous record criminal of conviction, when there are options to impose a lesser sentence by the provisions of the ADCJA.

“The sentence imposed by the trial court against the appellant is punitive contrary to the mandatory provisions of the law on sentencing.

“The appellant has suffered a miscarriage of justice by the maximum sentence imposed by the learned trial court.

“The reasons adduced by the learned trial court for the imposition of maximum punishment on the appellant, which is essentially on what foreigners think of abuse of naira, is perverse and is out of tune with the reality of what the trial court should have been considered to impose maximum punishment on the appellant.

“The intendment of the provisions of the Central Bank Act 2007 that the appellant was charged with is for Nigerians not to tamper with naira and not what nationals of foreign countries view about tampering with naira.

“The trial court did not consider the positive antecedent of the appellant, who did not waste the precious judicial resources of the trial court when he pleaded guilty to the charge. The appellant honoured the invitation of the respondent, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on the first invitation during the investigation leading to the charge.

“The trial court failed to exercise his discretion judiciously and judicially in sentencing the appellant which has occasioned a miscarriage of justice against the appellant.”

Bobrisky challenges court conviction, seeks fine option

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FG bans money rituals, smoking in Nollywood movies, skits

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FG bans money rituals, smoking in Nollywood movies, skits

The Federal Government has prohibited of money rituals, smoking and the glamorization of other vices in Nigerian films and skits.

Executive Director/CEO of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Dr. Shaibu Husseini, announced this on Wednesday.

Husseini made this disclosure at a National Stakeholders Engagement on Smoke-Free Nollywood, held in Enugu.

The event was organised by the NFVCB and Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA).

The event brought together movie producers, directors, and actors from across the country, as well as leaders of various guilds and associations in the Nigerian film industry.

The new regulations aim to promote a more responsible and ethical film industry in Nigeria as well as prevent the promotion of harmful and illegal activities through film.

Husseini said that Nigeria was 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.

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

“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 glamorisation display in movies, musical videos and skits regulations 2024’.

“We have also forwarded the approved copy to the Federal Ministry of Justice for gazette,” he said.

Husseini said the sensitisation programme was to educate stakeholders on the danger inherent in smoking in Nigerian movies.

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

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

“As you all know, the film industry occupies a central position in the entertainment and creative sector, and it is imperative that we continue to place the highest premium on the progress of the film industry.

“The NFVCB supports smoke-free movies and smoke-free Nollywood. And we therefore seek your collaboration to develop creative content that discourages smoking and promotes positive health messages.

“After a series of engagements, the NFVCB in collaboration with the CAPPA decided to do a ‘subsidiary regulation’ to cater for smoking in movies since this aspect was not expressly spelt out in the extant law.

“The NFVCB is well prepared to take leadership in this regard and has planned and begun implementing innovative ways to achieve its mandate,” he said.

NAN reports that it is the duty of the Board to register all film and video outlets across the country and keep a register of such outlets among other functions.

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I’ll never marry a man who can’t afford a cook – BBNaija star Doyin

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I’ll never marry a man who can’t afford a cook – BBNaija star Doyin

BNaija star star Doyinsola Anuoluwapo David, popularly known as Doyin has caused a buzz online about her marital preferences, particularly concerning the affordability of hiring a cook.

The episode featured Twitter personality Daniel Regha as a guest, who shared his views on the matter.

During their conversation, Daniel Regha emphasized that cooking is an essential skill for everyone.

He argued that while both genders should know how to cook, it is particularly important for a wife to have these skills and pass them on to her children.

Doyin, in response, shared her perspective that she would prefer to have a cook once she gets married.

This prompted Daniel Regha to point out the possibility of marrying someone who might not be able to afford such a luxury.

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Doyin responded firmly, stating that she would not consider marrying a man who couldn’t afford a cook.

Netizens Reactions…

@DeewayBoy said: “This girl just dull anyhow”

@pabloLIGHT01 said: “That’s why you won’t marry , you would remain single”

@tinugrills said: “I believe they say these things on purpose”

@McBluetoothCCFR said: “I love how she has accepted that she will remain forever single
It’s so fascinating to watch”

@MissEllieTweets said: “Didn’t she just ask for catering schools in Lagos?
Smh”

@PACESETTER80674 said: “Chef and Cook Na two different profession, hope she knows??”

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In other news, Big Brother Naija star Doyinsola Anuoluwapo David, popularly known as Doyin, has expressed her disapproval of women relying solely on their spouses for financial stability.

In the latest episode of her podcast, “Doyin’s Corner,” she emphasized the risks of being a full-time housewife without financial autonomy.

Expressing her disapproval, she mentioned that she believes it is not wise for married women to solely rely on their spouses for financial support

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Drake loses $565k after betting on Tyson Fury against Usyk

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Drake loses $565k after betting on Tyson Fury against Usyk

Multi-Grammy-winning Canadian rapper Aubrey ‘Drake’ Graham has lost $565,000 after betting on Tyson Fury to beat Oleksandr Usyk.

It is yet another big-money gambling loss for the ‘First Person Shooter’ crooner.

Before the fight, Drake revealed on Instagram that he had gambled $565,000 on Fury to win.

If Fury had won, he would have collected just over $1million.

Oleksandr Usyk defeated Tyson Fury in a split decision to become the undisputed Heavyweight champion of the world.

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The fight was the first undisputed heavyweight fight in nearly 25 years in Saudi Arabia.

Two judges scored the fight in Usyk’s favour- 115-113 and 114-113 with the other giving it to Fury at 114-113.

The knockdown of Fury in the ninth round proved decisive. He is now a two-weight undisputed world champion.

In round nine, Fury was completely out off his feet and stumbled around the ring a Usyk went in search of the finishing shot.

The referee then called a knockdown, giving Fury a standing count with the Gypsy King slumped in the corner.

Usyk has now added Fury’s WBC title to his own WBA, IBF and WBO belts.

Drake previously lost a six-figure sum after Anthony Joshua’s knockout win over Francis Ngannou, and another $700,000 after Dricus Du Plessis beat Sean Strickland at UFC 297.

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