Abiodun Ayoyinka, the original actor for Wale Adenuga’s Papa Ajasco series, has cried out on social media after he was mistaken for a stand-in actor who has passed on.
Social media has been inundated with messages of condolence after the death of Femi Ogunrombi, who also played the role of Papa Ajasco, was announced.
Mr Ogunrombi was a stand-in for Papa Ajasco after the thespian pulled out of the movie some years ago.
Due to his resemblance with the original Papa Ajasco, Mr Ogunrombi started answering by the moniker.
This has created confusion as to which of the characters has passed on.
Mr Ayoyinka has brought some clarity to the matter in a short video that has found it’s way to the social media space.
The original Papa Ajasco, whom fans grew up watching is very alive and well, he said in the video.
He, however, expressed thanks to fans whom he said have bombarded his phone with calls to ascertain the news.
Watch video below:
Nollywood actress jailed 6 months for spraying, stepping on new naira notes
Her conviction and sentencing was reported by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a statement on Thursday.
The anti-graft agency said the actress was first arraigned on February 13, 2023, by its Lagos Zonal Command on two-count charges, to which she pleaded “not guilty”.
She was subsequently granted bail on February 15, 2023.
One of the court reads: “That you, Oluwadarasimi Omoseyin, on the 28th day of January 2023, at Monarch Event Centre, Lekki, Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, whilst dancing during a social occasion tampered with the sum of N100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria by spraying same in the said occasion and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 21(1) of the Central Bank Act, 2007.”
At the resumed hearing on Thursday, Omoseyin, however, changed her “not guilty” plea to “guilty”, in view of the overwhelming evidence against her.
Following her “guilty plea”, the prosecution counsel, Z.B. Atiku called Abubakar Mohammed Marafa, an operative of the EFCC to review the facts of the matter.
Marafa recalled that “the defendant was arrested by officers of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, on February 1, 2023, and was handed over to the Commission on February 2, 2023, for further investigation. “
According to him, the defendant’s statement was taken under caution, where she stated that she attended a friend’s wedding on January 28, 2023, and that she sprayed N200 and N100 Naira notes on the occasion.
“The defendant was processed and the videos of where she sprayed the money was found on her phone. Also, further investigations were carried out and the management of the event centre was invited. They also brought in the video footage of the said event.”
The prosecution counsel, thereafter, further applied to tender, in evidence, the letter from the ICPC and other accompanying documents, including the extra-judicial statement of the defendant, forensic report of her phone, a CD of videos showing her spraying the naira note, a flash drive from the event centre together with the statement of the representative of the centre.
Justice Aneke admitted them as exhibits and convicted the defendant, as charged. The defence counsel, Afuye Adegbola pleaded for leniency, saying, “She’s a first-time offender; she is a mother of one; she is remorseful and pleads for mercy.”
He further pleaded for a non-custodial sentence on behalf of the convict.
Delivering judgment, Justice Aneke sentenced the defendant to six months imprisonment, effective from Thursday, with an option of N300,000.00 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira only) fine to be paid into the consolidated revenue account of the federation.
Omoseyin bagged her imprisonment when she was arrested by operatives of the ICPC along Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, after the video of her spraying and stepping on the newly redesigned Naira notes at a party surfaced online.
In the viral video, she was also seen flaunting wads of the new Naira notes. In her statement to the Commission, she claimed that she received the new Naira notes from her fans at the party and that she did not know the persons who gave her the money.
Items recovered from her at the point of arrest include a Range Rover.
I’m in so much pain, I don’t want to die young, says Portable as he calls for prayers
Sharing images and messages with his fans in a recent Instagram post, the singer was captured lying on the hospital bed, accompanied by a brief note.
The note read: “Feeling so much pain right now, just need your prayers. I don’t want to die young.”
He continued: “Why do they want me to fall? If you spoil me for those who love me, you will die young. Surrounded by haters, with no one to cover me but God. SOS, save your soul.”
The post was followed by a video showing the bandaged leg of the singer, from an injury he allegedly sustained in a recent altercation.
The video was captioned: “Evil people want to see me fall, thank God, man is not God.”
Mr Ibu’s son, daughter arrested over N55m donations to ailing actor
The FCID in a press release on Thursday, disclosed that the department acted on a petition received from Diamond Waves Law on behalf of the actor’s wife, Stella Maris Chinyere Okafor, alleging that two sons of Mr. Ibu conspired with his adopted daughter, Jasmine, to defraud their father.
“On 6th September, 2023, a petition was received from Diamond Waves Law on behalf of Stella Maris Chinyere Okafor wherein one Onyeabuchi Daniel Okafor, Valentine Okafor, both of whom are sons of Mr. John Ikechukwu Okafor (Alias Ibu) and Jasmine Chioma Okekeagwu were alleged to have conspired to defraud Mr. Ibu while being on sick bed.
“Investigation into the case established that as part of efforts to fund his medical bills, Mr. Ibu launched a public fund-raising initiative and attracted donations from his fans, entertainment industry players, and other well-spirited members of the public into a bank account which he publicized and dedicated for the purpose. Mr. Ibu’s wife, Mrs Stella Maris Chinyere Okafor was initially managing the funds to defray the medical bills of Mr. Ibu and sustain the family. However, along the line, the duo of Onyeabuchi Daniel Okafor and Jasmine Chioma Okekeagwu manipulated Mrs Stella Maris Chinyere Okafor, took possession of Mr. Ibu’s phone, and hacked into the banking details therein,” the Police said.
Continuing, the FCID Spokesperson, ASP Mayegun Aminat, explained how the duo reinstalled the banking app on the phone belonging to Okafor and transferred the sum of N55m from the donations for the actor’s medical bill. According to the Police, the duo Okafor and Jasmine already had a sham marriage at Ikoyi registry, and had applied for visas to leave the country.
“They thereafter re-installed the mobile banking applications of Mr. Ibu on the phone of Onyeabuchi Daniel Okafor preparatory to the perfection of their preconceived fraudulent plans and wiped off the banking applications originally installed on Mr. Ibu’s phone, thereby, taking direct and full charge of banking activities of Mr. Ibu in relation to the funds being donated by members of the public in support of his medicals.
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