Bigwigs relocate families over fears of abduction

Things have fallen apart in the once-secure world of wealthy families. The centre can no longer hold as their hearts are gripped by fear at the exploits of daredevil kidnappers for whom barbed wire gates and sophisticated alarm systems have proved no deterrent. The conscienceless men of the underworld now have no regard for position or status in carrying out their horrendous and dastardly acts.

Consequent on the foregoing, political bigwigs and captains of industry as well as celebrities have begun to troop out of the country with their families in a bid to escape the evil clutches of the ransom traders. The troubled elites are also restricting the movements of their children and family members as they now hire well-trained security experts to tail them and their relatives.

Some of them have had to put their faith in imported state of the art monitoring and alarm systems installed in their palatial homes. But all these have not proved totally successful in checking the incursions of kidnappers who often lie in wait for these big men and their children like wolves patiently waiting for lambs.


VETERAN Juju singer, King Sunny Ade has granted talent agency and event firm, Temple Management Company (TMC) rights to organise a concert as the climax of his 70th birthday celebrations. The event is also to mark his 50th anniversary of his ‘coronation’ as the ‘King’ of juju music.

According to information, TMC is saddled with the task of putting together what is believed to be “a seminal moment” on the Nigerian event and showbiz circuit.

Assuring KSA of a flawless project delivery, TMC’s founder, Idris Olorunnimbe, stated that it was an honour to be considered by the legendary music genius to host such a historic concert.

“We do not take with levity the trust reposed in us at Temple Management Company by one of Nigeria’s biggest music colossus, King Sunny Ade. We take this assignment as a big endorsement on our competencies as an organisation,” he said.

Olorunnimbe added that his vibrant team has already started work on this project, working with both local and international partners to deliver something that fans of the legendary KSA will be very proud of.

Mark Redguard, Head of Entertainment at TMC, also promised a show to remember. “KSA at 70 will have the very best of local and international entertainers. He is a national treasure and he deserves an event that reflects his iconic status,” Redguard said.

Expressing satisfaction in TMC, the Juju music maestro scored the event company high and expressed confidence in their competence to deliver a world-class show. “I have been around the industry long enough to realise that the guys at Temple Management Company are very sharp and know what they are doing with their level of professionalism. I am very pleased to work with to put together a befitting 70th birthday concert for me,” he revealed.

KSAde turned 70 last September and has been feted by different associations and organisations in a long line of ceremonies. The celebrations will climax with a ground-breaking concert production.

Taiwo Lakanu proves mettle

The strongest man is he who stands most alone. And in the case of Taiwo Lakanu, Ibsen’s word rings true. At a time his fellow officers are losing credibility, sacrificing their integrity on the altar of mouth-watering inducements, the Imo State Commissioner of Police stands apart as a class act unmoved by the corrupting influence of high office.

An incurable hater of corruption and its sister vices, Lakanu, who is also the Akogun of Lagos State, has proved his mettle through the victorious wars he waged on crime in all the places he has been deployed as an officer of the Nigerian Police. A hard-boiled cop with uncommon passion and courage, the Onwa Na Etiri Oha (the moon that shines) of Imo State has been described by Governor Rochas Okorocha as the long-awaited divine messenger sent by providence to rid the state of criminals.

Wherever he finds himself, Lakanu has done his best to restore the battered image of the police force to its former glory. From the time he enlisted as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) in the Nigeria Police Force in 1986, he has risen through the ranks, holding positions in operations, investigation and administration until his relentless dedication to duty landed him the position of Ekiti State Commissioner of Police and Commissioner in charge of Airport Command before his recent deployment to Imo State.

A graduate of Philosophy and Law who was called to the bar in 2000, CP Lakanu was recently recognised for his stellar record in crime fighting at an award ceremony hosted by Security Watch Africa. At the ceremony in Houston, Texas, USA, Lakanu was named Most Outstanding Crime Fighter in West and Sub-Sahara Africa. Such recognition could only bolster his resolve to give his all.

Nigerian play, Maafa, on unity set for show in London

Lagos – Prof. Ahmed Yerima of the Department of Theatre Arts, Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun, says the play entitled Maafa will be shown in Broadway, London soon. Maafa, a Swahili word meaning disastrous, was written by Mr Segun Olujobi, expressing the essence of unity among Africans through the agony of the slave trade era. It was recently shown at the National Theatre, Lagos State. Yerima said he was impressed with the production, observing that such plays would “preserve history and educate our grandchildren about occurrences of the past. “I am thankful to God for this kind of production. It shows that playwrights are still relevant in passing useful information through the theatre arts. “This play should be neatly packaged and taken round the country starting from Abuja for all to see.’’ He commended the National Troupe of Nigeria on its supportive role in encouraging the development and production of the play. Mr Akin Adejuwon, Artistic Director, National Troupe of Nigeria, said that the play was wonderful and concise but needed sponsorship to be shown in other states and eventually, worldwide. “The play is relevant today because the trauma of slavery and slave trade is still on — the power tussle and the people that suffer from the outcome. “We still have them going on in Africa today that is why the play is relevant in educating the people on the importance of unity,’’ he said. Adejuwon said that the theatre industry had the potential to bring about innovation thereby creating jobs for thousands of youths and curbing unemployment if adequately invested in. Mr Makinde Adeniran, Director of Maafa, said that the play told Africans through the slavery story on how we had wronged ourselves and the essence of peace and unity in our continent. Adeniran said that the play was educational theatre and commended the playwright and the actors and actresses that participated, noting that they were diligent in bringing the play to fruition. Olujobi said that he was thankful to God for the success of the play and encouraged upcoming artists never to be discouraged in whatever venture they found themselves in. He said his inspiration came from trying to bring people of different tribes in unity to be able to speak with one voice for the progress of the country. “I thank everybody that contributed and encouraged the production of the play. Our driving force is to make a statement that art can contribute positively to the nation,’’ Olujobi said.

Kardashian flees to NY after $10 mln Paris robbery

Reality star Kim Kardashian jetted home to the United States on Monday to be comforted by husband Kanye West, after being tied up at gunpoint in Paris and robbed of jewelry worth $10 million. The multimillionaire mother of two and wife of the American rap superstar, was holed up at a luxury apartment in New York’s swish Tribeca neighborhood “badly shaken but physically unharmed” after the assault. Kardashian and her husband stepped out of the back seat of a car after a convoy bristling with bodyguards pulled up to the apartment block, as seen in a video posted on celebrity news website TMZ. Kardashian kept her head down and ignored questions from reporters about how she was doing, her long hair hiding her face. She wore baggy eggplant-colored pants, towering black stilettos and a plunging black top. West kept to his usual street cool of jogging bottoms, green anorak and a grey hoodie as he walked behind his wife into the building, where a five-bedroom penthouse was sold in August after being advertised for $24.5 million. Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner also arrived at the apartment building, an AFP photographer said, dressed in black and also ignoring questions from reporters about her and her daughter’s state of mind. Her daughter — a California-based TV and social media star who earned $51 million last year according to Forbes — has yet to comment publicly on the robbery. French police said the 35-year-old was “tied up and locked in the bathroom” of a residence in the chic Madeleine district of Paris, near the city’s main department stores. The crime occurred at 2:30 am (0030 GMT) on Monday. – Masked men dressed as cops – A police source said the robbers made off with a ring worth around four million euros ($4.5 million) and a case of jewelry with a value of five million euros ($5.6 million). Two mobile phones were also taken. Police said five men were involved and two of them entered Kardashian’s bedroom in the luxury residence where she has stayed before. Kardashian’s spokeswoman said “two armed masked men dressed as police officers” burst into her room. Another member of the gang restrained the building’s security guard during the robbery but he was unhurt, police said. Investigators believe the assailants may have fled on bicycles. The star’s bodyguard, Pascal Duvier, was absent at the time, providing security for Kardashian’s sister Kourtney at a Paris nightclub, an investigation source said. It is not known whether Kardashian’s two young children were with their mother at the time of the robbery. Upon hearing about the robbery, West cut short a performance at a music festival in New York, citing a “family emergency.” An hour into his set, the rapper said mid-song, “I’m sorry, show’s over,” and abruptly left the stage. His wife flew out of France on a private jet after being questioned by police about the robbery. She had been in the French capital attending Paris Fashion Week, including catwalk shows by Balenciaga and Givenchy. – Special snowflakes – Her jet touched down at the small Teterboro Airport in New Jersey where a motorcade of around a dozen black vehicles was seen driving away from the airstrip by an AFP reporter. Other celebrities leapt to her defense after she was mocked on social media following news of the ordeal. “People making jokes about @KimKardashian tonight would do well to remember that she’s a mother, a daughter, a wife, a friend. Be nice or shut up,” tweeted British comedian James Corden, host of CBS’s “The Late Late Show.” Model Chrissy Teigen wrote: “Please do not think that I think celebrities are special snowflakes. I just miss empathy, in general, for everyone.” Kardashian, one of the most recognizable US celebrities, has been a fixture of celebrity news for more than a decade after the leak of a sex tape and the success of reality show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” In Paris, tourism professionals said such a high-profile incident was disastrous in a city where tourist numbers have declined since jihadist attacks in November killed 130 people. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo sought to downplay the robbery, saying it was “a very rare act that happened in a private space.” Kardashian and West are frequent visitors to France. In 2014, they threw a lavish private party at the Versailles chateau near Paris during a no-expense-spared tour of Europe to celebrate their wedding.

Baba Suwe sick, health deteriorating, cries Yomi Fabiyi ON OOCTOBER 5th,2016.

Popular Nigerian actor, Babatunde Omidina, popularly known as “Baba Suwe”, is sick The health of “Baba Suwe’’ deteriorating, said Producer and Actor Yomi Fabiyi who tried to reach out for assistance. Fabiyi said on Wednesday in his Instagram page that since an encounter with officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), “Baba Suwe’s’’ sagged. Baba Suwe was arrested by NDLEA at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport on allegation of drug trafficking, but was later released after screening and was exonerated. He later approached the courts for the restoration of his fundamental human rights and was granted general damages of N25 million against NDLEA. Mr Babatunde Omidina, a.k.a. Baba Suwe The money has not been paid by the Agency, Fabiyi said. Fabiyi said accused NDLEA officials of torturing Baba Suwe in the encounter and had since then been sick. He appealed to stakeholders in the entertainment industry to rally round to rescue Baba Suwe from the undisclosed ailment. “On Baba Suwe, I am calling on all senior colleagues in the entertainment world especially those close to Baba Suwe because I don’t have everyone’s contact to please reachout to him ASAP (As Soon As Possible).’’ “The torture done on him by NDLEA is vastly damaging his health at an alarming rate. “He told me he no longer feel comfortable since that episode. Baba Suwe is a widower, he can hardly walk properly as I speak, let alone go to film. “How will he feed and take care of the children Aunty Moladun left behind? “This is an A-List Entertainer and this conspiracy of silence gives me MENTAL AGONY on my part, I don’t want to speak when it may be too late, I won’t forgive myself.’’ Fabiyi said Baba Suwe told him that NDLEA official inserted a long pipe was inserted through his anus and was detained for too long because he was randomly suspected like every normal person. “In my opinion, only lazy, ill-trained, unfit and uncivilised officers torture in the name of investigation. Torture is criminal and sinful. If this accusation is found to be true by independent investigators, it shouldn’t go unpunished.”

New Ben 10 debuts October 10 ahead of US

Nigerian Children will on October 10 have access to watch the all-new Ben 10 series ahead of their US counterpart which will wait till April 2017 to see it. It debuts on Cartoon Network, DStv Channel 301 on October 10, 2016 by 4:05pm.

The original Ben Tennyson first premiered on African screens in 2006 as kids saw him transform into their favourite alien. And building on the highly successful franchise about the kid hero, the new Ben 10 series will introduce a re-imagined Ben, his cousin Gwen, and Grandpa Max, as they travel the country during their summer vacation. When Ben finds the Omnitrix, a mysterious watch that transforms him into 10 different friendly aliens, a world of extra-terrestrial superpowers opens up to him.

The series is produced by Cartoon Network Studios and created and executively produced by Man of Action Entertainment (Big Hero 6, Generator Rex), with John Fang (Mixels, Generator Rex) on board as supervising producer.

“Ben will still transform into his signature mature aliens and fight all the villains that once plagued the city, but this time around he is more modern and relatable with younger fans, but also familiar to our die-hard fans!” says Tramm Wigzell, Vice-President, Multi-Platform at Cartoon Network.