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“Ikoyi Whistle-Blower Will Be Paid This Month” – Adeosun

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The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, on Sunday said that the whistle-blower who informed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of the N13bn recovered from an Ikoyi apartment in Lagos would be paid this month.

Adeosun said this in a statement issued by her Special Adviser, Media and Communications, Mr Oluyinka Akintunde.

She denied claims that the government had withheld any fund due to any whistle-blower, adding that the delay was caused by the administrative procedures that must be fulfilled before such funds are released.

The statement read in part, “The attention of the Honourable Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has been drawn to media reports surrounding the payment to a whistleblower, who provided the tips that led to the recovery of funds stashed away in a property in Ikoyi, Lagos State.

“The Honourable Minister wishes to state unequivocally that the Federal Government has not withheld any fund due to any whistleblower.

“The ministry has in place detailed procedures for processing payments due under the whistleblower policy.

“The procedures were designed to prevent abuse and legal disputes and to ensure protection of the information providers.

“These procedures include an application by the agency who recovered the funds including evidence of the recovery, confirmation that there are no pending legal issues on the recovery, verification of the identity of the information provider, calculation of the amount payable and computation of relevant taxes.

“It must be stated also that payments are made in monthly batches to ensure control and to protect the identity of information providers.

“To date, over 20 of such persons have been paid. From available records, the payment due on Ikoyi is among those being processed in the November batch, which will be released within the current month.”

Adeosun restated that the whistleblowing policy of the Federal Government remains one of the current administration’s successful initiatives and that the government was fully committed to ensuring that all those who responded to the policy and partnered with it in the recovery effort are paid in full and most importantly have their identity protected.

The whistleblower policy was introduced in December 2016 by the Federal Government as part of the initiatives to wage war against corruption.

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Bobrisky To Spend 6 Months In Ikoyi Prison For Naira Abuse

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Popular Nigerian influencer Idris Okuneye, also known as Bobrisky, was recently sentenced to six months in jail without the option of a fine. The judge, Justice Abimbola Awogboro of the Federal High Court in Lagos, delivered the sentence on Friday, April 12, 2024.

Bobrisky’s arrest by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) last week stemmed from accusations of mutilating Nigerian Naira currency.

The EFCC at the time of the arrest said they had “commenced investigation into her for allegedly spraying naira notes.”

The EFCC investigation revealed that Bobrisky allegedly defaced Nigerian currency at other events in the past. Bobrisky cooperated with the EFCC by showing up for questioning on April 4th and providing statements. The EFCC also initially accused Bobrisky of money laundering, but these charges were dismissed by the court.

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Bobrisky’s sentence has sparked mixed reactions from Nigerians. Some believe the punishment is too severe for defacing money, which is sometimes done during celebrations in Nigeria.

“She was used as a scapegoat. Why no option of fine, please???? What point are they trying so hard to prove? I hope she learns to not always brag on social media that she is above the law when she gets out too,” someone said.

They just used her as a scapegoat and if we’re being fair, she doesn’t deserve it. 99% percent of people at events spray money exactly the way she sprayed money in that video. This isn’t fair,” another person said.

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Recent Deaths In Nollywood Rob Nigeria Of Legendary Filmmakers – NFC Boss, Ali Nuhu

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The Nigerian film industry is in mourning after the recent deaths of two respected figures. Ali Nuhu, the Managing Director of Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), expressed his deep sadness over the passing of two actors: Saratu Gidado (known as Daso) and John Odonwodo (known as Junior Pope). He has said that recent deaths in the movie industry have robbed the nation of legendary filmmakers.

He described their deaths as “heart-wrenching” for their colleagues and everyone involved in Nollywood.

“Their deaths, which occurred within the week has left Nigeria’s movie industry in a state of mourning.

“Stakeholders have been pained by the frequent recent losses robbing the country of legendary filmmakers, who have impacted and contributed greatly to the growth of Nigeria’s film industry.

Their footprints within the development of the Nigerian film industry will not be forgotten,” he said.

The NFC statement also paid tribute to actress Saratu Gidado. The statement highlighted her captivating presence on screen, particularly in leading roles for Kannywood films like “Linzami Da Wuta” and “Gidauniya.” These movies helped her win the hearts of many Nigerians.

“She was a Zuma Film Festival (ZUFF) 2023 Life Time Achievers Awardee but sadly succumbed to death in the early hours of Tuesday, April 9.

“Odonwodo’s role in showcasing the professional competencies and screen delivery by actors is remarkable, as can be found in Honey Money, Blood Affair and Wrong Initiation movies that the late actor acted.

“Mr Ibu evoked laughter and comic reliefs, leaving behind a gap to be filled, the refined gentlemen shall be greatly missed,” he added.

The NFC also acknowledged the importance of safety in the film industry moving forward. Nuhu pledged the NFC’s continued support for policies that create a safe working environment for actors and filmmakers. This includes advocating for health insurance, medical benefits, and life insurance for everyone involved.

Ali Nuhu offered his deepest condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of both Gidado and Junior Pope. He also extended his sympathies to the Actors Guild of Nigeria. He offered prayers for peace and comfort during this difficult time.

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Manchester City Defender, Manuel Akanji Wants To Help Nigerian Kids; Talks Afrobeats And Burna Boy

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Manchester City defender Manuel Akanji is back on social media and using his platform to connect with his Nigerian roots. The Nigerian-Swiss player recently spoke about his passion for helping Nigerian children.

Akanji had a stellar season with Manchester City last year, helping them achieve a historic treble: the Premier League trophy for the third year in a row, the FA Cup, and most importantly, their first-ever Champions League win.

Pep Guardiola, Manchester City’s manager, valued Akanji’s skills as a central defender who can also play the ball well. Akanji wasn’t afraid to take risks by pushing forward and joining the midfield when needed.

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Manuel Akanji wants to help Nigerian kids

Akanji’s off-field style is as progressive as his approach to the game, as evidenced by his recent collaboration with Hypebeast, a fashion trendsetter.

Since joining Manchester City, he’s been a rock star on the pitch, consistently delivering top performances.

Hypebeast recently interviewed Akanji at Manchester City’s training ground, where they discussed his life in Manchester, the influence of manager Pep Guardiola on the team’s fashion sense (they’re apparently known for being very stylish), the new Netflix documentary, “Together: Treble Winners,” and more.

One topic particularly close to Akanji’s heart is his Nigerian heritage. He spoke about his desire to help underprivileged children in Nigeria who weren’t as fortunate as him growing up in Switzerland.

He said,

 “In Nigeria, I like to help kids who didn’t have the same luck that I had with growing up in Switzerland.”

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Manuel Akanji on Burna Boy and Afrobeats

The conversation also touched on music. When asked about Afrobeats, Akanji said…

“My favourite artist is Burna Boy.

I spoke with him after the Champions League final. I love listening to Afrobeats.”

While Manuel Akanji has a strong connection to his Nigerian heritage, as evidenced by his desire to help children there, he ultimately chose to represent Switzerland on the international football stage.

This is likely due to growing up in Switzerland and potentially coming up through their youth development system.

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