Thursday, 21 February 2013
A Magistrate’s Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun state has sentenced a girl of 18 to six years imprisonment with hard labour for burying her only child alive.
In her verdict, presiding Magistrate, Mr Olusola Aluko, held that the convict, simply identified as Mrs Adeola Joseph does not deserve to be in the midst of human beings, as she looked untroubled for her criminal act. She said that “the convict is callous and may not change from her devilish act.”
Mrs Joseph was said to have buried her only child, Fatia Nafiu, alive in her residence located at Ijetu area of Osogbo.
According to the Police Prosecutor, Mr Solomon Oladele, the convict, Mrs Joseph, buried her child in the early hours of Monday, February 18, 2012 and the child was rescued after two days by a Good Samaritan, Prophetess Tunrayo Akinwande, who lives in the area.
He said the timely intervention of Prophetess Akinwande and other residents of the area, who exhumed Fatia from the grave and took her to the hospital, saved the two-year old innocent child who was still alive after two days in the grave.
Oladele maintained that the convict had, through her actions, committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Sections 320 (1) and 509 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, vol 11, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2003.
The convict, who was arraigned on a three-count charge of attempted murder, felony and breach of peace, pleaded the court for leniency.
The convict claimed that her parents were not favourably disposed to her marriage with the father of her child and had since been living alone without assistance from any individual, a development, which prompted her to terminate the life of the baby.
Also, the convict told the court that she decided to kill the baby due to her decision to relocate to Lagos in search of job and could not bear the responsibilities of nursing a child while trying to find her feet.
In what may very well be the first major copyright infringement lawsuit in modern time in Nigeria, pop singer Paul play Dairo has gone to court for redress over the unlawful use of hit song “Angel of My Life” on MTN sponsored Project Fame.
We gathered that Paul, through his lawyer, Festus Keyamo, is slamming a N500 million suit on telecoms giant MTN and Ultima Studios, the producer of the music talent hunt show, Project Fame.
According to the singer, he was out of the country and in the United States last year when the song was used without proper licensing. His Intellectual Property manager, Ayo Rotimi was also said not to have been contacted by the show producers before the song was used and broadcast.
Paul’s management, we learnt contacted the two organisations and their responses were “cold and uncooperative”. This makes them to contact Festus Keyamo Chambers who has filed a lawsuit against both organisations, and they are said to be determined to see the case to its logical conclusion.
The representatives of both MTN and Ultima Studios could not be contacted as at press time.
“It is very sad to notice that even international companies in the calibre of MTN who have benefited enormously in the Nigerian economy is found wanting in unlawful exploitation of intellectual property. This is inappropriate and should be addressed,” a concerned industry analyst said
The Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola blew a whooping $500,000 on “appearance fee” for a one time American porn-star cum reality television personality, Kim Kardashian.
Yemojanews learnt that the extra budgetary largesse excluded first class tickets for her and the crew, accommodation, logistics, security etc.
Despite staying less than a day in the city of Lagos the pregnant star was paid a reported $500,000 for her fleeting visit, angering some commentators and citizens of the state.
Kim’s visit to Nigeria, unfortunately coincided with the kidnapping of seven foreigners, including one Briton, by armed men in the northern part of the country. An Islamist group later claimed responsibility.
The mother-to-be, who is presently engaged to rapstar, Kanye West was in Lagos to ‘co-host’ the ‘Love Like A Movie’ event with African R’n’B crooner, Darey Art-Alade, for which tickets cost N100,000, or $640.
But according to local reports, Kim stayed at the event for 45 minutes, making a 45-second statement on the microphone.
Independent Nigerian TV station, Channels Television reported: ‘There were disappointments after Kim Kardashian came on stage for only 40 seconds.’
The channel posted pictures of the smiling star wearing a black leather dress, posing alongside the performers including 2Face, Waje, Banky W,Ice Prince, Mo’Eazy and Zaina.
Guardian blogger Jeremy Weate described how Kim’s visit was an example of the country’s economic elite ‘blowing its money on bling puffery while most of the country suffers’.
He wrote: ‘Ms Kardashian appeared, said, “Hey Naija” and vamoosed.
The rumour was that she’d been paid USD 500,000 for the honour of mixing with the petro- class.’ Commentators in the country made reference to Kim’s infamous sex tape as they queried why a woman of dubious ‘moral rating’ should be in the country at all.
This Day newspaper’s Eddy Odivwri wrote: ‘Many families are not exactly comfortable with her lifestyle, as she hardly cuts the image of a role model to a generation in need of a moral dress up.’
‘Kim was criticised for her brief marriage to Kris Humphries, with Charles Mgbolu for AllAfrica writing: ‘It is uncertain how much Kim is loved in Nigeria as she fell sour to a lot of her fans after her divorce with former hubby Kris Humphries in a marriage that lasted barely 72 days.’
And it wasn’t just in Nigeria that eyebrows were raised, with Ghana based site GhanaCelebrities.com writing: ‘My questions is; what is wrong with us Africans? ‘When did Kim Kardashian become so good at hosting that she has to be paid thousands of dollars and be brought to Nigeria to handle a concert?’ Kim seemed oblivious to the controversy, however, as she left on an Air France flight.
Looking tired she was later pictured arriving in Los Angeles, her bump hidden beneath a simple white shirt which she teamed with black trousers.
But she did manage a smile for the cameras, perhaps glad to be home.
The 32-year-old tweeted: ‘Just landed back home! 20 hrs of flying. No big deal.’
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Ja Rule ... aka inmate #07608730Q ... is finally out of prison, roughly 21 months after being locked up on gun charges ... but he's not exactly a free man yet. Rule had been locked up at the Mid-State Correctional Facility in New York since June 2011 -- where he was in protective custody due to his celebrity status. Rule was serving a 2-year sentence stemming from a gun conviction. But he's not out of the woods yet ... 'cause Rule still has time to serve on the 28-month sentence he was ordered to serve stemming from a federal tax evasion conviction.Officials say Rule was escorted out of the prison early Thursday morning by U.S. Marshals ... and is still in custody ... but it's unclear where he'll serve out the remainder of his time. Rule's lawyer says the rapper might have less than 6 months left on his sentence ... and could be eligible for a halfway house. There's also a chance he could land in federal prison ... but some of those are like country clubs. Either way ... probably better than the Mid-State Correctional Facility.