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Mercy Wins BBNaija Season 4

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Mercy has finally emerged as the winner of the Big Brother Naija reality show  2019 for season 4.

Host of the show, Ebuka-Obi Uchendu, announced the winner on Sunday evening to wild cheers from excited supporters.

Down from 26 housemates, the keenly contested competition tagged  #PepperDem race saw Mercy, Seyi, Omashola and Frodd reach the finals as they battled for the grand price of 60 million Naira.

It had been an intriguing and eventful 90 days as each housemate served their own dose of ‘pepper’.

From the occasional fights, drama and controversy, to the tasking arena games, Friday night parties, celebrity visits and surprise evictions, the show most definitely served up enough pepper and spice that constantly sparked conversations among Nigerians, especially on social media.

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Fadeyi Oloro survived life-threatening illness, attends EKIFEST

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Far famed Nollywood Icon, Ojo Arowosafe, generally addressed as ‘Fadeyi Oloro’ by his numerous fans has successfully cheated death as he narrowly escaped  a life-threatening illness. He’s back on his feet.

 

Fadeyi Oloro was terribly sick and his death rumour went viral but turned out to be alive and well.

According to Nationalinsightnews report, the Nollywood  star was sighted in Ado, the Ekiti State capital on Tuesday at Fountain Hotel interacting with other professional colleagues in the movie industry.

Reacting to his present health status, he said “I am back on my feet, though I am still on medication  but I have regained more strength and I can move round without any aide

“I am back to continue my business and engagement in the movie industry.   I promised my fans that once I am okay, I will start making them happy again and that is exactly what I have come here to do.

“I am in Ekiti for EKIFEST, the state cultural festival and to say thank you to Governor Kayode Fayemi for his support through the DG Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture, Ambassador Wale Ojo Lanre”.

Fadeyi Oloro continued,  ” I am here to tell the world especially my people in Ekiti that Fadeyi is not dead, I am alive better and stronger.

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Day  My  Fake Shirt Spoiled A Party Fun | By Olawale Sadare                    

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Ex-Oyo APC Spokesman, Sadare

What if I told you I was a social event and night party freak? I had a soldier uncle whose obsession for good music was second to none. With his four-legged Panasonic Record player which looked like a modern-day student fridge, my uncle would provide music entertainment to the neighborhood for 24 hours whenever he came home on a break as he was then being moved across all Army Barracks nationwide.

 

 

Ayinla Omowura, Ebenezer Obey, King Sunny Ade, Yusuf Olatunji among other evergreen musicians must have made fortunes from my uncle who had all their song released as albums in his kitty. Trust me, it was in the early 80s when power supply was relatively stable. There was even few appliances in our homes to consume electricity unlike in this modern era. Music was part of us and every musician was a Star.

 

Wakeel Adekunle Akanfe was my most beloved cousin who took me to live with him in Lagos in 1994. He was a hardworking tough guy who ‘ruled empires of socialites’ before he died at his prime in October, 2015. He took me to Apapa Quays where I was a dockworker for two years. Akanfe introduced me to the world of Fuji music and through him, I got familiar with music characters such as Lateef Ilori, Musibau Alani (Omokekere), Shaura, Dare Ayinde (Omo’ga, Mushin), Sir Shina Akanni (Fuji Scorpido), Toyin Adio (Mr. Performer) among others.

 

Inside Apapa Terminal, I was exposed to many bad ways but I chose only a few and these included; addiction to Fuji music (I was a regular face at Faslak Hotel Apapa where K1 used to perform every Thursday), night party, crazy haircuts, wearing of neck chains, purchase of expensive but inappropriate clothing materials, reckless spending on guests. I hated consumption of hard drugs before opening up containers for loading/offloading operations and I would not take any Wharf rat for a friend.

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Meanwhile, we had enough to rent a decent room apartment but preferred the shanties in the slums of Ijora-Badia. Life was fun from Ijora 7up to Gaskiya College Road to Amukoko Round About. Our ‘Abete’ was notorious for harboring all cadre of thieves, gamblers, drug addicts and sex workers who would offer their services to ‘trusted’ customers at different occasions only to come with records and claim their accumulated charges at the end of each month.

 

There were occasions when argument would ensue as a result of attempts by either of the customers to present correct account of number of times they both met before the pay day.

Whether you tagged them repugnant or found their activities repulsive, the characters in Ijora-Rail line and environs (Safejo Road, Matiminu Street, Sari-Iganmu Road, Brewery and Costain) at that time cared less. In their domain you would see giant rats that preferred to swim in the canal or stagnant waters as well as mosquitoes that were as big as mature cockroaches. Hausa traditional wrestling (Dambe) was a big attraction as you would not know whether it was a sporting activity or an exhibition of charms and magic.

 

I remember informing you that I was a party/freak and distance or paucity of fund was never a problem. I could borrow cash from anyone to attend social funds mainly because of music and dance. Then came a day I was to attend a ‘Freedom’ ceremony in Ibadan. A never-do-well tailor disappointed me as he ran away ostensibly because he did not complete my dress – a white guinea brocade fabric chosen as uniform for the event by the celebrant.

 

I put that disappointment behind me and hit the road for a trip to Ibadan at about 7pm. At Ojota Inter-State Terminus, I saw beautiful shirt made of flower design in the hand of a tall guy who hawked knitted fabric and I bought same for a ridiculous price. I found my new shirt so irresistible that I had to remove the one on me and put it on inside the commercial bus.

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With a sun glass put on the forehead, a gold chain dangling on my neck and my new colorful shirt on a straight black Wrangler Jean trousers which matched my pair of Reebok Snickers, I was sure of a ‘cynosure of all eyes’ status at the occasion. The Lagos-Ibadan Express Road was devoid of the ubiquity of Worship Centres-induced traffic snarl at that time and I got to my destination at about 10pm.

 

I arrived to the wargalore, ace of virtually everyone at the venue as most them adorned the white Guinea Brocade uniform and dancing to the energy-sapping lyrics of Obesere Omorapala… “Iwo oojo’gede Obesere Commander… Aijo’gede ti je, o je ma’jelo ko si nnkan… Omorapala gbaasi… O je ma’jelo ko si nnkan!”… And later the local DJ changed the music supply to Kwam 1’s Fuji Collection… “Olokun mu yenye, Orin mi Ayinde Ade… Ojo a da’joo’jo, t’afefe nse’gi oko weruuweru… Igi’nu oko n’leri… …n o ba toro’gun wa’ye o… Eeh eeh! N o ba toro’gun… Emi a joooooooooo!

 

Immediately people sighted me, I emerged the VIP they had been expecting and it became a hugging galore. We danced and hugged simultaneously until some of them began to notice a weird coloration of the white garments they were putting on. Who could have been splashed us with color paints? They wondered. Before we knew it, about ten people had been badly affected with ‘color transmission’.

 

We were all jolted by the development and the DJ had to put off the music supply to enable us unravel the mystery of magical Kampala on the people. Suddenly, one saucy lady came towards me and started shouting; “Wasiu, Iwo ni! Iwo ni joor! Aso buruku re lo ba gbogbo aso wa je!”. As a matter of fact, my new shirt was fake… It could have been that it was tied and dyed in an emulsion paint or something.

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The observation was true… I was the culprit! The dance floor was immediately vacated and began to seek solution to the broadening stains I had stamped on their individual white attires. It didn’t take long before most of them started heaping despicable hisses at me ceaselessly. I left the party unannounced and without taking any food or drinks. I removed the ‘shirt of shame’ immediately after my escape from possible mob action and threw it away into a nearby drainage.

 

I was later told the party could not continue. I didn’t come to Ibadan until about six months after the ugly incident.

 

 

 

Wasiu Olawale Sadare, Journalist and Media Consultant writes from Ibadan, Oyo state

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Forensic Expert Testifies Against Naira Marley, Says Stolen Credit Card Information Was Retrieved

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Trial of  the pioneer of AfroBashment, Azeez Fashola popularly known as Naira Marley, on an 11-count charge of conspiracy, possession of counterfeit cards and fraud, commenced on Wednesday at the Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos with the testimony of the first prosecution witness, Nuru Buhari.

Mr. Buhari  introduced himself as the Head of the Forensic Department at the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Buhari also informed that he had, on various occasions, trained and mentored with the South Korean police department and the FBI respectively.

In his testimony before Justice Nicholas Oweibo, the forensic expert testified that various stolen credit cards information was retrieved from the musicians’ laptop. Apart from the stolen credit cards information, website visit history recovered from the device showed that the top five most visited sites dealt with buying and selling stolen credit card information

According to him, “during analysis, the cache file and history file revealed that the most frequently visited sites by the user of the computer include arder007.org, Zuni.sa, nationwidecheckbalance.co.uk, ferunshop.net, and cocoa.co.uk.

“Analysis of the websites revealed that web 1 is where stolen card information is being sold to intending fraudsters, web 2 is for stolen credit cards specifically for the UK, web 3 is an online website designed for UK cardholders to check their balance wherever they are around the world, web 4 is a dark web meaning an underground tunnel in the internet where stolen credit card information is sold and traded, web 5 is an online shopping mall where members are given discounts for shopping from certain shops. ”

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In answer to questions from the EFCC Counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, the witness also told the court that stolen credit card information with a special status that allows transactions up-to $12,000 without a pin or physical card was found in a file named “select BIN 101.txt and .txt.”

“For the note file, two major files were discovered named .txt which contained about four credit card information belonging to four different personalities in the UK including one Nicole Louise. ”

“The second file is named selected BIN101.txt containing Bank Identification Number of European, American and Latin American banks.

“When we ran the BIN code search for the first six digits of the cards, it revealed they are Visa cards issued by Barclay’s bank, Sandander UK PLC.

“We identified that certain banks in the US, Europe, and Asia with certain peculiarities, these are banks that they issue credit cards without pins based on the high level of trust, they allow a transaction of up to $12,000 in a swipe on POS.

“Cards issued by those banks are card not required. All you need to execute a transaction is the card number and the CVV number. ”

Mr. Buhari further added that suspicious apps that are mostly used by people with shady deals on the internet were found on the laptop.

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“We analysed installed apps on the laptop and we found two apps that enable the owner of the computer to decide the server of a bank as to his identity and location, IP VANISH and TOR browser.

“The TOR browser is sometimes called the onion. Most of the criminals cover their tracks with various layers just like an onion using this app to make it near impossible for a tracker to track their location.

“The IP VANISH is a virtual private network (VPN) which provides that the actual computer and location of usage cannot be identified. It also gives the user the ability to change their location. ”

Mr. Buhari disclosed that an analysis of the administrator account on the laptop revealed that the admin is one Naira Marley and the account was connected to his iCloud account.

The EFCC counsel has tendered in evidence, the request made by the commission for the analysis of the apple laptop mac book pro and an iPhone allegedly confiscated from the defendant. The court admitted them in evidence along with the forensic laboratory report which was prepared by Mr. Buhari, the witness.

Counsel to the defendant, Olalekan Ojo (SAN) has however asked the court for an adjournment.

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The counsel told the court that most of the statements made by the witness was not contained in the witness statements made available to him by the prosecution and he was just hearing the evidence for the first time.

He, therefore, asked the court to grant the adjournment to enable him to closely review the testimony before cross-examining the witness.

Justice Oweibo has, however adjourned till tomorrow, 24th October for cross-examination of the witness.

 

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