Joshua Joseph, a 7-year-old boy declared missing by his parents in Ijebu-Ode area of Ogun State in 2017, has been found with one Blessing Ozor who reportedly paid N1.05m for his ‘adoption’.
The adopted mother of the boy renamed Chisom, said she paid N1.05m to a level-13 civil servant in the Anambra State Ministry of Women Affairs identified as Ifeoma Joy. Speaking at the state police headquarters where the boy was handed over to his parents, Ogun State Commissioner of Police Bashir Makama said the boy was found after officers from the command carried out a painstaking investigation.
The staff of Anambra State Ministry of Women Affairs accused of collecting over N1m from the boy’s adopted mother and forging adoption documents from the Anambra State Ministry of Women Affairs, was linked to a three-member syndicate which specialised in stealing and selling children. Other members of the gang include Rita and Angela and it was learnt they are serving time in prisons at Edo and Ondo states.
“Joy is working at the Ministry of Women Affairs in Anambra State. She used the opportunity to arrange buyers for stolen children.
“In the cause of looking for her, she got transferred to four local government councils within one month in order to evade arrest.
“Our findings showed that eight children had been stolen by this syndicate from Ogun State and four had been recovered.
“One of the stolen children was found when the people, who adopted him, saw the boy’s picture on the pages of newspapers and returned him” Ogun state police PRO Abimbola Oyeyemi said.
However Joy on her own part insisted that she did nothing wrong but only helped out a sister in fellowship.
She said, “I never did such a thing. I know the woman, who brought this boy, as a worker at the Peace Sisters’ Home.
“So, when my sister in fellowship (Ozor) came up with the idea of adopting a child, I called the other woman to help us get a boy and I gave Rita my sister’s particulars. When she finished with the particulars, she now came with this boy. I never knew the boy was stolen.”
Recounting how she made the payment to alleged member of child-trafficking gang, Ozor said she paid N150,000 for processing of the adoption papers and additional N900,000 when the process was completed.
“I am just a victim of circumstances by my foolishness. I went to a sister in our fellowship, who had adopted a child before, because I have two daughters already but I had a feeling for a son; my last daughter is 24 years old.
“I went through Rita because she and her husband had adopted a child before and they led me to this woman, Joy. I believed that everything was okay because she made me believe that she runs the Peace Sisters Home” she said.
DJ and music producer, Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola popularly known as DJ Cuppy was born in Lagos to a business tycoon, Femi Otedola.
Here are ten things you might not have known about the cheerful disc jockey:
She began her career at the age of 16 as a DJ in London, playing in clubs using second hand equipment.
She was the resident DJ at the MTV Africa Music Awards in 2014. She also launched her music label, Red Velvet same year.
She was appointed as Nigerian tourism ambassador by the Minister of Tourism in 2014.
She won the best female DJ award at the 2015 Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA).
She grew up in Ilupeju, Lagos.
She chose the name ‘Cuppy’ out of her love for cupcakes.
She is the only African DJ to be featured on Forbes Magazine.
She was the official DJ for Buhari’s inauguration in 2015.
She interned at Jay-Z’s Roc Nation
Cuppy is worth over $200, 000
A simple and spontaneous light-hearted father-daughter banter between billionaire Femi Otedola and his entertainment-sensation daughter, DJ Cuppy, has spurned a social movement, an urban refrain and a song that is fast becoming a mainstream hit.
While on holiday last July, billionaire Otedola and daughters stopped by in Italy for some Gelato, the video of which DJ Cuppy excitedly posted online.
It went viral, spurning countless rehashes, memes and skits by established stars and social media influencers and users.
Weeks later, DJ Cuppy teamed up with rave-of-the-moment street hop star, Zlatan, of the Zanku fame, to collaborate on a new song fittingly titled ‘Gelato’.
Since its release, Gelato has become a bona fide fan favourite while enjoying intense streaming and downloads on music-streaming websites like Spotify, Tidal, Boomplay, Soundcloud and MTN Music among others.
Conversely, Gelato has become a daily trending topic on social media with many users commending the young lady for constantly reinventing herself and proving to critics that there is more to her and her artistry than her father’s billions.
Starting out as a Deejay, a female in a male-dominated sector where talents abound and the competition is cutthroat, DJ Cuppy, whose real name is Florence, has proven that the sun does not have to go down for her moon to shine.
While her stock keeps rising at home, Cuppy has been flown to every part of the world for performances.
Those who have seen the Law graduate of Kings College, London at work say her strength lies in her clinical understanding of her crowd and ability to play the music that suits them at every point in time.
With a slew of hits in her growing repertoire already, especially the monstrous hit, Green Light featuring Tekno, Gelato has thrown DJ Cuppy back into the cultural conversation.
It further earmarked her as one of the new generation singers whose songs always find their ways to the top of the chart without aggressive push, a fairly rare accomplishment in a constantly evolving industry. (NAN)
The highly anticipated Ghana Event Awards 2019 is set to come off on the 30th of August, 2019 at the Silverstar Tower, Airport City, Accra.
The award scheme which is aimed at rewarding event excellence has been running for the past three years and has carved a niche for itself in that regard.
The awards depends on the need to advance and feature organizations and individuals who make and effectively execute mind boggling events which meet international standards and have the possibilities of getting to be models for other future undertakings.
The awards will make a stage that will ultimately draw in pertinent consideration, sufficient assets and suitable venture towards occasions in Ghana and will fill in as a support for event coordinators to proceed with their patterns.
Top GH personalities KOD, Uncle Ebo Whyte and Santokh Singh who have helped in promoting, organizing & supporting events will be honored at this year’s GEA19 GhanaEventAwards, for their impacts on the entertainment industry and support to the event industry for more than a decade.
KOD – FASHION ICON OF THE YEAR
UNCLE EBO WHYTE – LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
SANTOKH SINGH – SPECIAL RECORNITION
American Boxing legend and cannabis fanatic, Mike Tyson has revealed he spends $40,000 on weed every month.
Speaking on the Hotboxin’ podcast, as reported by The Mirror, Iron Mike revealed just how much weed he smokes each month.
He said: ‘What do we smoke a month? Is it $40,000 (£33k) a month? It’s $40, yeah, $40,000 a month.’
Former NFL offensive tackle Eben Britton, Tyson’s co-host on the podcast, then revealed: ‘We smoke 10 tons of weed at the ranch a month.’
The former world heavyweight champion owns a 40-acre cannabis ranch close to California’s Death Valley, which he opened after the US state legalised weed.
The 53-year-old also has his own school for prospective weed growers at the ranch called ‘The Tyson Cultivation School’.
According to Wealthy Gorilla, Mike Tyson’s net worth is estimated to be only $3 million. Back in the day, he had accrued over $300 million dollar throughout his career, but ended up losing it all.
Children should not be prescribed antibiotics for coughs and colds because it increases their chance of becoming ill in the future, a study suggests.
Many of the antibiotic prescriptions given to children under five are unnecessary and they are frequently doled out for viral infections such as sore throats.The study, published Tuesday in the British Journal of General Practice, was based on National Health Service (NHS) data for 250,000 children aged one to five.
Those who had received two or more antibiotic prescriptions for coughs, colds and sore throats were 30 per cent more likely to be admitted to hospital or need other medical attention within the next year.
Doctors responded to the research by urging parents to ‘understand antibiotics do not work for every infection’ and to trust their GPs when they say the drugs are not necessary.
Study author Oliver van Hecke said: “When children receive more antibiotics their likelihood of re-consulting a health professional is affected and increases clinical workload, even though the majority of respiratory tract infections in children are viral, self-limiting and would not be expected to have benefited from antibiotic treatment.”
GPs have been repeatedly told to reduce the number of prescriptions they give out amid fears that overuse of antibiotics is fuelling a superbug crisis.
Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said: “GPs are acutely aware of the potential dangers of prescribing antibiotics when they are not absolutely necessary and how this can contribute to growing resistance to these important drugs, which is a global concern.
“This research drives home how important it is for patients – and particularly the parents of young children – to understand that antibiotics do not work for every infection and should not be prescribed for the most common childhood conditions such as colds, coughs, ear infections or sort throats, which are usually caused by viruses.”
She added: “There is a very difficult balance to be struck as antibiotics can be lifesaving drugs for severe infection-related conditions such as sepsis, but instances where children who have an infection really do need antibiotics should be relatively uncommon.
“We would certainly welcome more research into rapid, definitive tests to establish if an infection is viral or bacterial and for GPs to have easy access to them, which would certainly help in these situations.
“Ultimately, parents know their children better than anyone and if they are concerned about a persistent medical problem or illness, they should see their GP. But we would urge them to trust their GP if they advise that antibiotics are not necessary.”
A recent study found that almost 40 per cent of antibiotics prescriptions in England are given to patients who do not need them.Many drugs already useless against increasingly resistant germs and the more antibiotics are used, the stronger superbugs become.The drugs are effective only when used to treat bacterial, rather than viral, infections. (Guardian)
Superstar Disc-Jockey, DJ Cuppy, has just revealed on social media that 80% of Nigerians feel contempt for her.
Cuppy who is one of the daughters of famous billionaire business man, Femi Otedola, took to her Twitter just moments ago to make the revelation which is yet known as a fact or fiction.
Her declaration has actually caused an uproar on Twitter, with people making a lot of mixed reactions to it and making it look like it’s a really big deal.
It’s true that there is always a bias feeling towards rich kids or maybe privileged kids in this part of the world, but to say 80% of Nigerians hate you might actually not be accurate.
What do you think about this PALS?
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has lamented that Nigerian youths are making the fight against drug abuse increasingly difficult by continually improving otherwise harmless substances which they take in substitution of banned drugs to get intoxicated.
The Head of Drug Reduction of the NDLEA in Adamawa State, Shehu Dankolo, made the point during an interaction with DAILY POST in the state capital, Yola, stressing that drug abusers are constantly turning otherwise harmless consumer products as well as urine into substances of abuse to beat the banning of drugs they are known to abuse.
He explained, “There are certain controlled drugs, particularly codeine cough syrup. You know, federal government clamped seriously on them. Some of the companies closed down. So, the cough syrup that was initially N250 per bottle, but it is now sold for about N4,000. The same thing with tramadol which was N50 but is now about N500.
“Because these abused but banned drugs are so scarce and costly or entirely out of reach, people improvise other things. I won’t include so much detail so that people don’t read this and begin to experiment.
“There is a way they process urine. They take it and become intoxicated. There is a way they put maggi in some energy drinks and it gives them intoxication. There is a certain sweet they put in half bottle of water which they cover up and leave for some days. They form such other things. There are what we call new psychoactive substances. That is why drug abuse is difficult to tackle.”
He reiterated that despite the serious dangers of drug abuse and the best efforts of the NDLEA, drug abuse remained difficult to fight because of the foregoing ways and others that drug abusers continually invent ways to remain in the habit, but said some successes were being achieved in remedial efforts.
“Much awareness is being created through people like you (journalists). It would have been a lot worse if structures like the media, the NDLEA and others are not in place working hard,” he said.
It was a mixture of disbelief, jubilation, human interest experiences and deep gratitude as ten customers of the telecoms network, Globacom, emerged winners of ten tricycles, popularly called keke Marwa, in the raffle draw event of this year’s Ojude Oba festival, held in Ijebu Ode.
Globacom is major sponsor of the annual festival.
The ten lucky winners were picked at the draw conducted by the Awujale of Ijebu , Oba Sikiru Adetona at the end of the colourful and boisterous age-grade and family parades complete with a durbar, masquerades and gun displays that was the main event of the festival.
Over a hundred customers were given raffle tickets as they purchased items from any Gloworld in the environs if Ijebu Ode , weeks before and during the main event of the festival.
The winners who took away the three-wheeled vehicles include: Isaac Olawale, Johnson Olakitan, Michael Adeniyi, Henry. Olayemi , Julius Agofure and Daniel Adebambo. Others were Kazeem Mustapha, Shola Gbilesanmi , Monsurat Sebiotimo, and Mr. Asiwaju.
Speaking to journalists after they were informed of their winning , all the winners expressed joy and excitement , some of them jumping, dancing and reeling out their plans for the vehicle they won from Globacom.
While Sebiotimo, a petty trader, said she purchased a device worth N5,000 and recharge card worth N50,000 from Glo, Olawale said he simply bought a phone for N3200 and recharge cards worth N1,800 from Gloworld, the network’s sales and service outlet in Ijebu Ode.
Olawale , a secondary school biology teacher in Ijebu Ode said he will use the tricycle for transportation. Another winner , Gbilesanmi said she would use the vehicle to transport her goods.
On her part, Sebiotimo narrated how she almost missed her prize as she was about leaving the Awujale’s Palace square, venue of the Ojude Oba, before the raffle draw winners were announced. Globacom said only winners at the venue qualified for the prizes.
Winner Johnson Olakitan, a building materials seller, explained that he used his last N5,000 to buy the phone that qualified him for the raffle. While winner Adeniyi Michael who works with the Centre for Grassroots Economic Empowerment (CGEE ) got empowered himself when he purchased a techno phone with N3,000 and some recharge cards. The tricycles were provided by Globacom.
The event was generally characterized by excitement and jubilation in a carnival atmosphere. Gifts and mementoes went round and there was something for everyone.
BBNaija housemates, Tacha, Ike and Joe received strikes and warning for inappropriate behaviour displayed during the ongoing fourth season.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the surprise strikes were issued by Biggie, who echoed that he wanted housemates to realise the consequences for their actions.
Before issuing the strikes, he said, “judgement delayed is not judgement denied”, leaving shocked expressions on the faces of housemates.
Biggie gave Tacha a final warning for constantly being involved in fights in the House.
He warned that such hostility would only get her into more trouble as his House is not a fighting ring.
He also advised Tacha to take better control of her reactions when angry.
Mercy received a final warning for damaging Biggie’s property when she broke the Oppo Mobile phone at a Saturday Night Party.
Biggie warned Mercy to be in control of her temper and reaction regardless of other people’s actions towards her.
Meanwhile, Joe received his first Strike for provocation for making a volatile situation worse.
Joe got into a verbal argument with Tacha and left his couch to sit next to Tacha to provoke her.
He then removed her duvet agitating an already irritable Tacha.
Biggie asked Joe if agitating an already provoked person was a wise decision?
He cautioned him to promote peace, happiness and fun during his stay in the ‘Pepper Dem’ House.
After receiving a warning for other bursts of anger, Biggie issued Tacha her first Strike for serving it back to Joe when she hit him.
He advised that she should have handled herself better and diffused the situation by walking away.
He warned all the Housemates to control their temper or they will lose their place in his House.
NAN reports that if either Joe or Tacha receive two more Strikes they will be disqualified from Biggie’s House.
Ike, however, needs one more strike before he gets kicked out of the game as he was issued his second strike.
Ike received a strike for intent to attack a fellow Housemate (Seyi).
If he receives a third Strike he will be Disqualified from Big Brother Pepper Dem.
Biggie told Ike that he should use this opportunity to develop his self-control skills and cautioned all of the Housemates that in times of tension it is their responsibility to behave in a way that makes the House safe for all.
Meanwhile, ‘The Icons’ are up for eviction as they failed to pass the nomination challenge.
Voting has also commenced.