The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday re-arraigned a social media influencer and comedienne, Adedamola Adewale alias Adeherself, for alleged N7.9 million internet fraud.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Adewale was charged alongside two others at large, on a three-count of conspiracy to obtain money by false pretences, attempt to obtain money by false pretences and retention of proceeds of criminal conduct.
She, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The EFCC counsel, Mr Samuel Daji, informed the court that the case was re-assigned, and urged it to remand the defendant pending commencement of trial.
Daji argued that the case was new before the court and there was the need for proper bail application by the defence.
He said: “My lord, this case was heard before Justice Sherifat Solebo before she retired, and when it was transferred to this honourable court, I informed my learned friend that the case would be coming up on Jan. 25.
“He said he thought it was the day before.
“This is a matter that is starting afresh before your lordship, and we do not know if the sureties, who stood for her earlier, are dead or not.
“It is proper for defence to apply afresh for bail before your lordship.”
Defence counsel, Mr Kassim Molade, however, prayed the court to retain the bail granted by Solebo to the defendant, pending filing of a new bail application.
According to Molade, the defendant has not been absent from court and is ready to make herself available for trial.
“We passionately urge your lordship to allow the defendant to continue to enjoy the bail given to her by the sister court.
“The reason we were not here on Jan. 25 is that prosecution did not get back to me.
“I assure your lordship that before the close of today, I will rush to the sister court to get a copy of the ruling on the bail application,” he said.
Justice Mojisola Dada consequently retained the bail granted to the defendant by Solebo pending the filing of a new bail application by the defence counsel.
Dada also ordered the defendant to present her bank statement of account within three weeks.
She held that failure to do so would make the court order her remand.
The EFCC alleged that the defendant with two others, Lasisi Adeleke and Sodiq Adeleke, still at large, with intent to defraud, attempted to obtain $6, 000 from one Mr Joseph Rumoro on the pretext that the money was meant for procurement of his passport and visa as well as tax payment.
The commission also alleged that Adewale retained in her bank account, proceeds of cybercrime to the tune of N7.9 million.
The alleged offences contravene Sections 8(a) and 1(3), 8(b) and 1(3) and 17 (a) and (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences, 2006.
The case has been adjourned until April 18 for the commencement of trial.
Why I Stopped Going To Church -Daddy Freeze
I stopped attending church after my pastor suspended me from front row seat after my divorce
Popular media personality, Ifedayo Olarinde, popularly known as Daddy Freeze, has disclosed that he stopped attending church after his pastor expelled him from sitting in the front row following his divorce.
Speaking in the latest episode of the Teju Babyface Deep Dive podcast, Daddy Freeze said shortly after his divorce in 2014, the pastor of the church he was attending, asked him to start sitting at the back seat since he is a divorcee.
The OAP explained that before his divorce, he was a church worker and was very active in the organisation of the church’s programme but he was expelled immediately after his divorce.
He said he decided to stop going to church instead of “hiding” in the back seat.
He said he started studying and researching the scriptures on Sundays, which led him to discover that most of the things Nigerian churches preached were “flawed.”
Daddy Freeze said, “My marriage had always been troubled and in 2014 it came to an end. And I remember I used to do events in my church. The church minister used to pay me then to do events which I celebrated. At least, the pastor was not eating all the money, he was sharing with the people who were working.
“I was booked for an event that I used to do for the church, and I got a call that I should cancel it because of my divorce or pending divorce drama. And I was like, ‘Because I’m going through a divorce does that remove God from me?’ I questioned that too.
“Then the pastor came to my house and we had a conversation. He was like, ‘I’m not telling you not to come to the church but when you come to the church, sit at the back.’ And I was like what’s all this? So, that made me sit at home on Sundays. Instead of going to church and hiding, is it not better that I sit at home?
“So, sitting at home on Sundays now started feeding the holes in my brain.”
Bobi, The World’s Oldest Dog Ever, Dies Aged 31
His death at an animal hospital on Friday was initially announced by veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker.
She wrote on Facebook that “despite outliving every dog in history, his 11,478 days on earth would never be enough, for those who loved him.”
There were many secrets to Bobi’s extraordinary old age, his owner Leonel Costa told GWR in February. He always roamed freely, without a leash or chain, lived in a “calm, peaceful” environment and ate human food soaked in water to remove seasonings, Costa said.
He spent his whole life in Conqueiros, a small Portuguese village about 150 kilometers (93 miles) north of the capital Lisbon, often wandering around with cats.
Bobi was a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo – a breed of livestock guardian dog – according to his owner. Rafeiro do Alentejos have a life expectancy of about 12-14 years, according to the American Kennel Club.
But Bobi lived more than twice as long as that life expectancy, surpassing an almost century-old record to become the oldest living dog and the oldest dog ever – a title which had previously been held by Australian cattle-dog Bluey, who was born in 1910 and lived to be 29 years and five months old.
However, Bobi’s story almost had a different ending.
When he and his three siblings were born in the family’s woodshed, Costa’s father decided they already had too many animals at home.
Costa and his brothers thought their parents had taken all the puppies away to be destroyed. However, a few sad days later, they found Bobi alive, safely hidden in a pile of logs.
The children hid the puppy from their parents and, by the time Bobi’s existence became known, he was too old to be put down and went on to live his record-breaking life.
His 31st birthday party in May was attended by more than 100 people and a performing dance troupe, GWR said.
His eyesight deteriorated and walking became harder as Bobi grew older but he still spent time in the backyard with the cats, rested more and napped by the fire.
“Bobi is special because looking at him is like remembering the people who were part of our family and unfortunately are no longer here, like my father, my brother, or my grandparents who have already left this world,” Costa told GWR in May. “Bobi represents those generations.”
“You Have No Right As A Single Mother To Give Relationship Advice” – Influencer Tells Tonto Dikeh
Tonto Dikeh, has found herself in yet another controversy following some comments she made. This controversy centers around her stance on marriages and relationships, and it has drawn criticism from a man known as UncleNasco, who is a content creator and influencer.
Earlier today, Tonto Dikeh had made a rather bold statement regarding infidelity in relationships and marriages. She stated that cheating is not a mere mistake, but a conscious and deliberate process.
According to her, individuals who decide to cheat typically engage in a series of steps, including talking to the person they intend to cheat with, meeting up, and ultimately having a sexual encounter. Tonto Dikeh even went a step further by suggesting that women who are cheated on should respond by cheating on their partners with other men as a form of revenge.
Uncle Nasco took to social media to express his disapproval of Tonto Dikeh’s comments. He made it clear that, as a single mother, she had no right to offer relationship advice to married women and individuals in committed relationships.
He argued that her perspective was invalid, especially since she was not currently in a marital or committed relationship herself. Uncle Nasco suggested that if Tonto Dikeh was feeling depressed or dealing with any emotional struggles, she should openly express her emotions rather than providing unsolicited advice to others.
This is not the first time Tonto Dikeh has stirred controversy with her statements. In August 2023, she made a statement that garnered significant attention. She boldly claimed that there was no man born of a woman whom she feared. She even went on to list some of her perceived toxic traits and expressed her unwavering self-confidence, which she believed made her seem as though she owned the world.
Tonto Dikeh made it abundantly clear that she was not concerned about what others thought of her and that she prioritized her own happiness, sometimes appearing selfish in that regard. Moreover, she firmly believed in the principle of “an eye for an eye,” which influenced her perspective on infidelity, leading her to recommend that women should respond to cheating by cheating in return.