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Drama as Portable jumps gate to evade arrest

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By Francesca Hangeior

Nigerian singer, Habeeb Okikiola, popularly known as Portable, in an attempt to evade arrest by operatives of the Lagos State Police Command on Tuesday, jumped a gate.

The singer was taken into custody following a complaint filed by a car dealer to whom he owed money.

Portable had initiated the purchase of a N27 million G-Wagon from the dealer, making an initial payment and promising to settle the remaining amount later.

In a video of his arrest that circulated on social media, the singer dressed in a white and black stripe shirt standing alongside eight other people, could be seen having a friendly conversation with the officers who came for him.

After he was shown a warrant of arrest by the officers, the singer responded, “No problem, no problem Oga mi,” while pacing around.

He then turned to a man, believed to be his friend assuring him. In a twinkle of an eye, the singer climbed over a gate close by, taking to his heels.

In another video, he was seen being bundled by four police operatives into a standby vehicle.

Confirming his arrest, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, said, “Yes, Portable has been arrested. He bought G-Wagon for N27m, paid N13m, and refused to pay the rest, claiming the vehicle was bad. We arrested him today.”

In 2023, the singer was on the wrong side of the law after he was arrested and arraigned over allegations of assault on an ex-signee.

The police had asked the ‘Zazoo Zehh’ crooner to turn himself in following allegations of assault but didn’t until he was picked up at his Ota residence.

Portable, notorious for his numerous controversies, hit stardom with his hit single, “Zazuu” which featured rapper, Olamide in 2021.

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Netizens slam Charly Boy over comment on Soyinka’s mental health

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By Francesca Hangeior

Veteran singer and social activist, Charles Oputa, aka Charly Boy, has come under fire following his comment questioning the mental health of Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka.

Charly Boy in a post on his X and Instagram handle on Monday advised Nigerians to approach the statements and actions of Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka with caution.

He said Soyinka might be experiencing brain deterioration due to his old age, noting that this could be influencing Soyinka’s recent rhetoric and behaviours.

He expressed his worries about the inability of Soyinka’s family and close associates to protect him from opportunistic politicians.

He also emphasised the importance of vigilance among concerned Nigerians to prevent the exploitation of Soyinka’s health condition for political purposes.

“Prof. Wole Soyinka is aged over 80yrs even tending towards 90yrs. For his age, some level of brain deterioration is not unexpected. His rhetorics and actions in recent times are suggestive of deteriorating brain disease, and as such he shouldn’t be taken too seriously.

“What we should be worried about as well-meaning Nigerians, is how his family and close friends can’t ward off agents of desperate politicians who are bent on exploiting his medical situation to their advantage, no matter how low it sinks the once respected Nobel laureate,” Charly Boy wrote.

This, however, did not sit well with netizens who felt the statement was insulting.
An Instagram user #Phorlarjuwon questioned Charly Boy’s contribution to the nation’s development.

Phorlarjuwon said, “As a lost man that you are, I think you can do better man than this…As a manwoman, what have you personally contributed to the betterment of the nation? I guess nothing. I didn’t think you have affected this nation in any positive way. Now we know who needs to visit a physician. How the opinion of another man became your problem because you don’t share the same perspective is what exposes how disordered your mental is. People who assume you will influence their life in a positive way need to see a physician as well.”

Another user, #Vesterz011 wrote, “I hope when you get to that age, you actually handle this kind of message, Bcus its definitely coming back.”

On X.com, #Quakes9ja, who tweets anonymously as Kweku Elenitoba-Johnson, wrote, “Address the man’s claims first before you rain abuse on him.”
Another follower said, “I think you could have made your point without insults, people look up to you. I believe we can de-escalate a volatile situation if we really want to keep our eyes on the ball, but to start speaking on people’s mental health with backhanded compliments isn’t savoury. Politics is planning and strategy, social media insults would achieve that. People listen to you, mobilise them in a way that works, and votes will not be counted based on social media insults and posts. Peace.”

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How I was prevented from performing in Nigeria due to indecent dressing – Tiwa Savage

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By Francesca Hangeior.

Popular singer Tiwa Savage recalled that when she returned to Nigeria from the United Kingdom to pursue her musical career, she was prevented from performing at concerts because her outfits were considered “too risqué.”

She revealed that some of her earlier music videos were not aired due to being deemed indecent.

The ‘Koroba’ hitmaker disclosed this in a recent interview with BET.

Savage said, “When I first moved back, I would turn up at a show and they would say I can’t perform because my outfit was too risqué.

“It was a cultural issue. Even some of my first music videos were not played on the television because they were considered indecent. I wasn’t even wearing bikinis.

“Despite the setbacks, I was still stubborn. My dresses were getting more revealing. It was just getting worse. They were bashing me online.

“It was funny because the females were secretly falling in love with me and my style. They couldn’t deny it. My fanbase, my followers, was growing. So they had to put me on shows and play my music because there was a demand for it.”

Tiwa Salvage recently revealed the inspiration behind her newly unveiled movie, “Water & Garri”.

Salvage said she got the movie idea while she was drunk.

She stated this during the pre-launch press conference at Livespot Entertainment.

The award-winning Afrobeat superstar Tiwa Savage said, “I said this before, this is an idea I had in my head when I was drunk in my room and when I brought the idea to my amazing team, they didn’t make me feel stupid. They just said this is a brilliant idea.”

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Actor Johnny Wactor shot dead in Los Angeles

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A long-time veteran of the TV soap, General Hospital, Johnny Wactor, has been shot dead in Los Angeles.

Wactor was killed on Saturday in a robbery that turned horribly wrong.

He died at age 37.

The actor reportedly mistook masked thieves stealing his car for tow truck drivers and intervened before they opened fire, Dailymail reports.

Wactor was said to be leaving his side job at a rooftop bar with a female colleague at around 3:25 am Saturday in the area of West Pico Boulevard and South Hope Street, when he saw the three men, believing he was being towed.

The Los Angeles police department said that one of the three men, all of whom were wearing masks, shot Wactor before fleeing in a separate vehicle.

Paramedics got to the scene shortly after and took him to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The masked suspects remain at large and have yet to be identified or described.

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