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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Female student’s corpse found in UNIJOS hostel

The Plateau state police command have recovered the corpse of a student of the University of Jos (UNIJOS), Mercy Naan, who was declared missing on May 3rd.

A statement released by the command's spokesperson, Terna Tyopev, says Naan who is 2nd year student of the department of Marketing, was declared missing by her parents on Friday May 3rd after no one could reach her. Her parents alerted the school security who then alerted the police.

The statement in part reads

“The body was recovered on Sunday, May 5, after we received information of an unbearable odour from room 23 in Zion Hostel of the University. Yesterday, at about 3:30 p.m, our Angwan Rogo Division received a distress call from the the school’s security department, that on the same date, at about 3 p.m., some students raised an alarm over an unusual odour from room number 23, Zion Hostel, in Naraguta area of the school.

“Immediately we received the report, a combined team comprising of the Police, the University security and Medical personnel mobilised to the scene.

“On arrival, we forced the hostel door open and the motionless body of one Mercy Naan, a 23-year-old 200 level student of the Department of Marketing, was seen and recovered.” he said

Tyopev added that the victim was confirmed dead at University Clinic and her corpse had been deposited at UNIJOS’ mortuary for autopsy. He added that detectives had begun investigation on the incident, and asked the public to help with relevant information.

Police rescue toddler kidnapped from MFM church in Lagos(photo)

Men of the Lagos state police command have rescued a two-year-old child, Esther Ojo, abducted from the Mountain of Fire and Miracle Church (MFM) regional headquarters in Agege in March.

Baby Esther was in church with her parents when she was kidnapped by two men and held for over two months while they demanded a ransom. Read intial story here.

The spokesperson of the state police command, Bala Elkanah, says the police had in the last two months been on the trail of the abductors of the little girl. The abductors, Nwaigbo Magnus and Sixtus Osunwoke Egwim, were apprehended today Monday May 6th while waiting to collect the ransom demanded from her parents at the location they asked them to bring the money to.

Bala while speaking on the rescue operation, said

“The Commissioner of Police has commended the DPO Igando and his team for reining in on the gang. This operation to arrest the suspects today lasted over four hours. The police acted on credible intelligence and led plain cloth surveillance men on the trail of the suspected kidnappers.

“The kidnappers already demanded ransom of undisclosed amount from the parents of the baby and the church. They continued to change the venue for the collection of ransom within Igando axis for over four hours until they were rounded up by the police.

“This is in furtherance of the commitment of the Lagos State Police Command to ensure a crime free Lagos that will be safe for all,” he said.

Mr Ojo who could not hold back tears, said the rescue of his daughter has restored his faith in the Nigerian police.

'Nigerian artistes are incredible' - American R&B star, Donell Jones

Legendary American R&B star, Donell Jones was in Lagos, Nigeria over the weekend where he headlined the Classic FM Classic Concert to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Donell Jones in a backstage interview at the star studded event commended Classic FM for organizing the concert and also gave kudos to Nigerian artistes describing them as ‘incredible’.

In his words, “its amazing, the Nigerian artistes themselves are incredible, they brought out the best in Mya and Next and myself, I mean its beautiful and I appreciate the fact that Classic FM has been playing our music all these years, it feels great”!

Donell Jones added that “I love it! You know, they were singing our songs, you know, I’ve been here a few times though they were private parties, but its different when you have the chance to be around the fans and hear them sing your songs. You don’t really know how your music is perceived in other places so for me to come here and for them to pick my music up like that and be singing the songs with me like that men, it was blissful”.

Other artists who performed at the event include bob group Next, the ageless Mya, including Nigerian icons, Styl Plus and 9ice.

Two years after, Nollywood actress, Omoni Oboli wins legal battle over the movie, ‘Okafor’s Law’

After a two year legal battle, Nollywood actress Omoni Oboli has won the legal battle over the ownership of the script for ‘Okafor’s Law’ which was challenged by Jude Idada and Rancouteour Productions.

According to court documents, the Federal High Court, Lagos Division (Per Ibrahim Buba J.) on Thursday, 2nd May, 2019 delivered its Judgment in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/401/2017 - Raconteur Productions Limited v. Dioni Visions Entertainment Limited & 2 Ors, an action bordering on issues of alleged Intellectual Property theft and Copyright Infringement.

Judgment was delivered in favour of the Defendants and the claims sought by the Plaintiff against the Defendants were denied and the matter dismissed.

See the full judgement on the case below...

The above stated matter was instituted vide a Writ of Summons dated 16th March, 2017 and filed at the instance of Raconteur Productions Limited against the trio of Dioni Visions Entertainment Limited; Ms. Omoni Oboli and FilmOne Limited in respect of the Defendants’ alleged infringement of the Plaintiff’s Copyright in the script and/or screenplay of the feature film, Okafor’s Law.

The Plaintiff had claimed ownership of the screenplay and/or script of Okafor’s Law which said ownership was allegedly assigned to it by Mr. Jude Idada. The Plaintiff claimed that it had initiated talks with the 3rd Defendant [FilmOne] to produce the movie but FilmOne colluded with Ms. Omoni Oboli to infringe on its alleged Copyright by producing and distributing the movie, Okafor’s Law. Consequently, the Plaintiff sought Injunctive Reliefs and Damages of N900,000,000 (Nine Hundred Million Naira) against the Defendants.

Trial in this matter commenced on 4th April, 2017 and ended on 7th June, 2018. In the course of trail, the Plaintiff fielded 2 Witnesses whilst the 1st - 2nd Defendants and the 3rd Defendant fielded 1 Witness each. Parties thereafter adopted their Final Addresses on 30th January, 2019 and Judgment was reserved.

The Plaintiff’s Witnesses: Ms. Chioma Onyenwe and Jude Idada, during cross-examination admitted that Jude Idada first heard the story of the Okafor’s Law myth from Omoni Oboli sometime in November, 2014 when he was invited to the Home of Nnamdi and Omoni Oboli to discuss a preconceived idea for the adaptation of the social myth popularly known as “Okafor’s Law”. The Plaintiff’s Witnesses also admitted that Jude Idada was contracted by Omoni Oboli to prepare the draft screenplay for the movie for the sum of N750,000.00 (Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira). In his oral testimony, Jude Idada admitted that he did not forward any screenplay and/or script to Omoni Oboli for the movie, Okafor’s Law.

The Plaintiff in its case stated that it had approached FilmOne for a possible movie production deal in respect of the feature film, Okafor’s Law. However, the evidence before the Court showed that the Plaintiff’s proposed Movie Production arrangement did not materialize as the said arrangement was in fact cancelled by FilmOne due to the Plaintiff’s inability to comply with the conditions and production deadlines specified by FilmOne. The Court also noted that the Plaintiff failed to prove that it shared any script or screenplay for Okafor’s Law with FilmOne prior to the cancellation of the Movie production arrangement.


The Trial Judge, Honouarble Justice Buba, in a well-considered Judgment held that the Plaintiff, having failed to adduce sufficient and credible evidence to prove authorship and ownership of the screenplay and/or script of the feature film, Okafor’s Law, cannot be vested with Copyright in the feature film, Okafor’s Law directed and produced by the 1st – 2nd Defendants and distributed by the 3rd Defendants.

Consequently the Plaintiff’s claims for Injunctive Reliefs and Damages against the Defendants were denied and the instant suit dismissed.


The recent Judgment by the Federal High Court, Lagos Division in the above case demonstrates Our Court’s commitment to do Justice without fear or favour. It is also a testimony that Our Judiciary comprises of Judges of very high integrity, who possess the ability and intellect to assimilate, digest and patiently apply the facts and the relevant laws.

This Judgment has reinstated my implicit confidence in our judicial arm of government and reechoed the truism that the Judiciary remains the last hope of the common man.

I am extremely grateful to the Law Firm of Alegeh & Co. for their dexterity, professionalism and sound legal representation which culminated in our victory in Court.

I also wish to thank my Colleagues in Nollywood, Family, Friends and Fans who believed in our cause and remained steadfast in the face of the lies and untruths that were spoken against us. This legal victory is dedicated to you all.

May God bless us all abundantly, Amen.

Omoni Oboli

Actress/Scriptwriter/Movie Director/Director

Dioni Visions Entertainment Limited

Lagos, Nigeria.

Meghan Markle's estranged father speaks following the birth of the royal baby

Meghan Markle's father has granted an interview following the birth of his grandson.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their first child at 5:26 am today May 6th and the birth was announced hours later.

Shortly after the announcement, Thomas Markle sr, 74, said in a statement to The Sun:

"I'm delighted to hear that mother and child are doing well.

"I am proud that my new grandson is born into the British royal family and I am sure that he will grow up to serve the crown and the people of Britain with grace, dignity, and honor."

He continued, "God bless the child and I wish him health and happiness, and my congratulations to my lovely daughter Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry, and God save the Queen."

Baby Sussex is Thomas' sixth grandchild but he is the first grandchild for Meghan's mother Doria Ragland.

A royal expert previously speculated that Thomas Markle may never meet Prince Harry and Meghan's baby. Thomas is reportedly persona non grata at the Palace and he previously told the press he has no plans to travel abroad to visit his grandchild.

The royal expert said: "I can’t think for a moment that Thomas Markle will ever be able to meet his grandson or granddaughter."

Another said that Meghan "moved on" from her family drama and is focusing solely on motherhood.

Tonto Dikeh explains why she shamed Churchill with his alleged sexual deficiency after a fan berated her for it

A fan berated Tonto Dikeh for using her ex-husband, Churchill's alleged sexual deficiency to publicly shame him. And Tonto replied, explaining why she made the private matter public.

The actress granted an interview where she claimed the father of her son, Churchill Olakunle Oladunni suffers from premature ejaculation and only lasts for "40 seconds".

The interview went viral and a lot of people had differing opinions.

The actress then took to Instagram to reveal that after her interview went viral, she's got so many heartbreaking emails from women claiming they are victims of abuse too. She warned that it can happen to anyone and advised that others learn from her situation.

But a follower was not impressed with Tonto's sermon and she berated the actress for using a sensitive topic such as a man's sexual deficiency to try to shame him.

Replying to the follower, Tonto wrote: "So a man fucking man say I'm on drugs and I can't use his sexual disease against him?? Ooo pls honey I said more. For me I will drag your life from hell and back until i'm ok!! We all can't be the same you know."

President Trump calls Tiger Woods 'one of the greatest athletes' as he gives him the Medal of Freedom after his fifth Masters victory (Photos)

President Donald Trump on Monday evening awarded golfing legend Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor at the White House following his fifth Masters' victory last month

The president in his speech said that Woods, 43, is 'one of the greatest athletes in the history of sports' and has inspired people worldwide with his barrier-breaking victories.

'He's also a great person. He's a great guy,' Trump declared. 'He inspired millions of young Americans with his thrilling wire-to-wire victories. Tiger Woods is a global symbol of American excellence, devotion, and drive.'

Trump also pointed out that Woods' victory in April was 'record-setting ratings' for a Masters tournament.

'We are in the presence of a true legend, an extraordinary athlete who has transformed golf and achieved new levels of dominance,' he said.

The citation for the award said that Woods was being honored for the 5 Masters tournament's he's won, beginning in 1997 when he became the first black man and the youngest golfer ever to clinch the title. He won again in 2019, becoming the second-oldest champ.

After receiving the Medal of Freedom, an emotional Tiger said: 'You've seen the good and the bad, the highs and the lows, and I would not be in this position without all your help,' he told his family. 'I've battled, I try to hang in there, and I've tried to come back and play the great game of golf again.'

The ceremony was attended by Tiger's girlfriend Erica Herman, his mother, Kultida Woods, his daughter Sam, 11, and son Charlie 10.

Tiger, is the first African-American to win the Masters and the youngest golfer to take the title. The latest win was his first major tournament in 11 years in April after suffering severe injuries that threatened to end his career forever.
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