The veteran Nollywood actor Prince Jide Kosoko has insisted that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the party’s presidential candidate for the 2023 elections, is their choice for the office.
The FidelinfoNews recalls that the actors, which also included Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello), Yinka Quadri and Funke Daramola-Salako, were subjected to derision and condemnation by many Nigerians on social media after a video of them endorsing Tinubu for president emerged.
Some aggrieved Nigerians on social media were of the opinion that celebrity should not use their influence and star power to propagate any politicians.
Speaking in an interview with Punch, Kosoko said that the support was a payback to Tinubu for what he had done for the movie industry.
He said, “Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is not just a leader of note, he is a father figure and benefactor.
“I have benefited from him and his wife. As a matter of fact, I have had a relationship with his family for a long time. He is a focused leader; a leader of all leaders.
“He has personally developed many people in our industry, especially those that had health challenges. For example, when actress, Moji Olaiya, died in Canada, he was responsible for everything that had to do with transporting her body back home.
“If you observe his wife, you will see that she is a very quiet woman that does a lot for people. I know the number of sick people (in the industry) that she has also sent money to.
“The film industry has enjoyed Tinubu, as he was the first person to give us several hectares of land in Badagry to construct a film village.
“The succeeding administration gave us reasons the place was not conducive enough, and immediately, an effort was made to give us another place in Epe.”
Kosoko also revealed that the former Lagos State Governor had always shown interest in the film industry by fostering unity in the leadership of associations in the industry.
Speaking on if practitioners in the film industry would be able to speak truth to power in the future, considering that they had publicly endorsed a particular candidate, he said, “If we ‘romance’ politicians as some people say and we are bold enough to tell them the truth through our productions, is there anything wrong with that?
Are celebrities the only ones that embrace politicians? Don’t we have engineers, lawyers and other professionals moving with them? Does being a celebrity mean one is no longer Nigerian and that one does not have the right to one’s opinions?”
Meanwhile, the thespian advised the Nigerian youths to participate in the upcoming elections by first getting their permanent voter’s card.
Just In: Visa flagged Naira Marley’s credit card for fraud – Expert tells court
The 10th prosecution witness, PW10, in the trial of Nigerian singer, Azeez Fashola popularly called Naira Marley, Dein Whyte, jas revealed to the trial court how Visa, a card payment platform, flagged one of the credit card details found on a device belonging to the singer, due to fraudulent transactions.
Whyte, an investigator with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Thursday, revealed this to Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos.
This was contained in a statement published on the Facebook timeline of the Commission.
Naira Marley is standing trial on 11-count charges bordering on conspiracy and credit card fraud brought against him by the EFCC.
Led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Bilikisu Buhari, the PW10 was quoted to have said: “As part of the findings from the investigation, forensic analysis revealed that malicious programmes that are being used to illegally obtain credit card information, which can be used for card non-present transactions, were found on the device that was recovered from the defendant upon his arrest.
“Also revealed were malicious tools used to disguise the active location of an internet user when his or her devices are connected to the internet.”
Whyte was also quotes to have disclosed that, “tools that are used to verify the validity, active state and accuracy of credit card credentials as well as the region of the issuer of that card were discovered on the defendant’s device.
“The analysis further revealed the website that had been accessed on the computer of the defendant through his browser history. The websites include sites where credit card information are illegally traded.”
He explained further that the phone and the laptop recovered from the defendant were both registered with his credentials, name and email address.
When asked by the prosecution counsel to state the result of his findings on the credit card details on the defendant’s device, Whyte responded, “With respect to the card details recovered from the device of the defendant, investigations revealed that he also exchanged those details with other persons.”
He further stated that one of the cards was reported to have been fraudulently used for a transaction by Visa.
According to him, the card details that were in possession of the defendant’s device neither belonged to him nor were issued to him by any financial institution.
Under cross-examination by the defendant’s counsel, Olalekan Ojo, SAN, Whyte informed the court that a letter of investigation was written to Visa and that it confirmed that the card had been flagged for fraudulent transactions.
He, however, said that Visa didn’t link the credit card fraud to the defendant’s device “because the investigation was on the card and not on the device being used for the fraud.”
He also stressed that Visa is a payment platform and not a telecommunication company.
Justice Oweibo adjourned the case to March 6 and 7, 2024 for continuation of trial
Thank God for strength – Actress Jumoke Odetola grateful as she bags masters degree
Nollywood actress Jumoke Odetola has bagged a masters degree in business administration.
The actress announced the good news via Instagram on Thursday with photos of herself in a graduation gown.
In her caption, she thanked God for giving her the strength to complete the degree despite persistently falling ill.
She also thanked her sister, @fatimoh.salami.33, for being supportive.
@josephmomodu: “And she did itttttt, it’s official, now u can finish us with more gangantua gaga 😂😂😂😂😂congratulations 🎊🍾🎉🎈”
Portable’s Actress Wife, Ashabi Dances Joyfully As She Graduates From School
Nollywood actress Akinyanju Omobolarinde, aka Ashabi Simple who is one of the baby mamas of singer Portable has successfully graduated from school.
She took to her social media page to share a video of herself dancing to celebrate the special day.
Ashabi and her son wore matching clothes as she carried him to take pictures.
She showed off the medium-sized cake and other gifts she was surprised with for her graduation.
In the clip, Portable who is out of the country, called his wife to greet her for her recent achievement and Ashabi blew him a kiss over the phone
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