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Charles Oputa fondly referred to as Charly Boy is probably one of the most controversial and ‘ craziest ’ entertainers in the industry . Despite being above 60 , the singer has pulled some stunts younger artistes can only dream of doing . At a time , he posed nude even as a grandfather and he was unapologetic about his action .

For this reason , it came as a shock when the news went round that the singer had become ‘ born again. ’ In a chat with Saturday Beats , the singer who compared himself to Jesus Christ , said that he was shocked about the fuss especially online because he gave his life to Christ .

He was quick to add that he had always been a spiritual person who could have been a priest if he wanted to . “ God has been in my life ever since I was born and that is why I am alive till date . I have always gravitated towards spiritual things . It is not every time I go to church that it would be announced that I am born again; how many times would I be born again ? I have followed a very spiritual path as reflected in one of my articles titled , ‘ Like Jesus like Charly . ’

Jesus during his time was a revolutionary and most of his messages were not acceptable by all back then . Most of the people did not believe in him but he respected humanity. I have respected humanity as well especially in my generation through my consistency , tenacity and advocacy . There are a lot of young people that would have given up on life but because of me , they have stuck to their dreams and ambitions in life .

“ I was happy that I went to a place where I was not seen as Charly Boy but a human being and I was accepted for who I am . Although I have always tongue – lashed religious leaders because I feel that corruption has got into the church on a grand scale , I also know that there are a few that stand out .

 

The church where I re- dedicated my life to Christ is one of those churches because of their outreach programmes and the number of young people that they have empowered . These are the things that spoke to me and made me resolve to go to the church. The young people that I am looking for are all in the churches . ”

He was quick to add that being born again would not stop him from doing what he needs to do even if people see it as being ‘ crazy ’ . “What is wrong with being crazy ? If people cannot separate entertainment from spirituality , is it my fault ? Their opinions cannot guide me .

 

There are facts and truths ; the fact is that I have always been a spiritual person . The people who really know me are aware that the first 25 years of my life was dedicated to God; I went for morning mass every morning , I attended catechism classes, bible studies , I was an altar boy and I also spent a year in the seminary, so what is the fuss about me giving my life to Christ ?

 

People are confusing my publicity stunts with my spirituality and that ’ s their business . That shows where their head is but I am not worried. People also forget that my father was a knight in the church. I come from a very spiritually orientated family but it is people that do not know anything that would make a big fuss out of the news . ”

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CCTV Footage Exposes Policemen Who Raided Lagos Night Club, Robbed Customers, Beat Them With Axe; Stole Club Drinks And Money

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The management of Lakers County, a popular night club in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State, is seeking redress over an attack by men of the Anti-Cultism Unit of the Lagos State Police Command, who allegedly invaded its premises on Sunday and seized from its customers and workers valuables worth several millions of naira.

Closed-circuit television footage provided to PUNCH Metro by the club’s management revealed how the officers perpetuated the act that sent shivers down the spines of the customers and workers on duty at the club at that time.

Some of the customers and workers have yet to recover their belongings, which were seized by the officers during the raid.

A customer of the club, Hassan Adebowale, said he had gone to Lakers County to buy shawarma, when the policemen, who shot into the air, invaded the premises.

The University of Lagos undergraduate said, “My friend and I came to the club to buy shawarma; we were at the bar waiting for it to be ready when we suddenly heard gunshots. The policemen rushed upstairs, ordered everyone to lie down. We initially thought they were robbers, because not all of them were in police uniform; it was when we saw some of them in uniform that we realised that they were policemen.

“While we were on the floor, we were told to submit our phones; as we did that, they also collected chains, car keys, and went to the bar to pack drinks and money. Thereafter, they told us to stand up and tied our clothes together and marched us into the bus they brought for the operation. The police officers in uniform were about 20, while the ones without uniform were about 10, with three female officers leading the squad.”

Another customer, Nifemi Solipo, said one of the officers, who allegedly collected her phone during the assault had refused to release it when she visited the Anti-Cultism Unit in the Gbagada area of Lagos despite acknowledging that he collected it.

The make-up artist said, “The officer searched my purse and brought out my phone and kept it in his pocket. I bought that phone for around N350,000. I have been sleeping at the club for two days now because the phone means everything to me. I use the phone to work and to advertise my business, and I will not let go of it.

“I saw the officer at their station in Gbagada and he confirmed that he collected my phone, but could not provide it when they were told to release what they collected from customers. I know that phone is there but they don’t want to release it, and I won’t give up on it.”

The Lakers County’s barman, Samuel Edeh, who was on duty during the police invasion, said the sales proceeds were taken by one of the police officers who was in mufti.

The 22-year-old stated, “We had a lot of customers that day. But when the officers entered the premises and started shooting, I hid under the counter of the bar and hoped that none of the officers would find me, but when one of the officers came into the bar, I was very scared.

“I saw him packing drinks, phones and other valuables; he also collected the sales proceeds for the day. The CCTV captured everything.”

The Chief Executive Officer, Lakers County, Oladimeji Ogunfolaju, who said the raid had cast a dent on the image of the club, stated that he initially thought that the attack was carried out by armed robbers and he informed the officer in charge of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Ikorodu and the Divisional Police Officer, Ipakodo Police Station, who mobilised to engage the invaders before their identities were revealed.

He added that the inspector in charge of the case at the Anti-Cultism Unit in Gbagada was dumfounded when he presented footage of the assault that disrupted the activities of the club for the day and has also drastically affected activities there ever since.

Ogunfolaju said, “I was on the Island when I received a call that my club was being robbed and what I did immediately was to put a call through to the OC SARS, Mr Geoffrey, and the DPO, Ipakodo Police Station, Mr Salami, who both swung into action. They were prepared to have a gun battle with the invaders before signals were sent to them that they were men of the Anti-Cultism Unit of the Lagos State Police Command.

“But before the police officers from the Ipakodo Police Station got there, the supposed men from the Anti-Cultism Unit had assaulted and arrested my workers and customers, and marched them into four commercial buses that they brought for the operation. I have 40 CCTV cameras that record everything happening here, and it was through the recorded footage that I saw the whole drama that the officers acted out.

“It showed the way they assaulted my workers and customers; how one of them broke into my bar to steal almost N1m in sales proceeds; how they took my drinks and drank them while they were operating; how they broke my tables and collected customers’ valuables like chains and mobile phones; everything was recorded.

“I can’t imagine police officers using axes to beat customers, including pregnant women; I learnt that one of the pregnant women, who was there during the operation, lost her pregnancy.”

Ogunfolaju, who said a press briefing on Monday had prevented him for presenting the CCTV footage to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, urged the police to apologise to him and the people assaulted during the invasion.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent, said operatives of the Anti-Cultism Unit of the command were at the club to arrest a cultist.

Oti said, “There was information that a male cultist and his group were at the club at that particular time. The cultist was known for his violent activities in Ikorodu and its environs, and this prompted operatives of the Anti-Cultism Unit to go there for his arrest.

“However, while making attempts to arrest the cultist, the operatives were violently resisted by his gang members, and to avoid casualties, the policemen retreated.”

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American Singer, Bobby V, Arrives Nigeria For ‘Style By Zenith’ Fashion Fair

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Bobby Wilson, an American singer better known as Bobby V, is in Nigeria to perform at a fashion fair tagged ‘Style by Zenith’.

Bobby V arrived Lagos on Thursday alongside members of his crew ahead of the fair scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

The fair, which will take place at the Open Ground by Four Points Hotel, is a two-day lifestyle, beauty, fashion, accessories, and entertainment fair.

‘Style by Zenith’ is a collaboration between Virtual Xchange Limited and Zenith Bank Plc.

Speaking of the event, Kaycee Kennedy, CEO of Virtual Xchange Limited said: “The collaboration with Zenith Bank to develop the ‘Style by Zenith’ platform not only emphasizes our resolve to build and strengthen the fashion ecosystem but to drive the business of Fashion.

“We need to heed the call to focus on Fashion Trade, by making fashion Africa’s biggest export to the world.”

‘Style by Zenith’ will feature runway shows headlined by Nigerian and international models who will be accessorised by top designers and beauticians.

There will also be an exhibition of beauty and lifestyle products, food and confectioneries, as well as performances by top Nigerian artistes.

The Zenith model search, an initiative billed to unfurl in 2019, will also be launched at the fashion fair.

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Celebrities, Dignitaries To Storm Adron Homes Festival Of Lemon

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Nigeria’s leading homes merchant, Adron Homes and Properties is set to give its customers the best treatment this festive season with ‘ Festival of Lemon ‘, an ending of the year treat to loyal customers of the organisation which will be coming up on Sunday, 23rd Of December, 2018 at Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Festival of Lemon isn’t just another end of the year party but one which promises to put the attendants in an atmosphere that has never been experienced.

This event has been tagged as the biggest party of the year and of course, it’s definitely the biggest so far with the inclusion of Africa’s biggest musicians and comedians, The likes of Davido, D’Banj, CDQ Gordons, Slim case, Frank Edwards, Kenny Blaq, to mention a few

Apart from the celebrities, it will also be a gathering of royalties and distinguished guests like the Lagos state Governorship Candidate of the APC, Babajide Sanwoolu, the Akarigbo of Remo Land, His Royal Majesty, Oba Babatunde Adewale Ajayi, the Oluyomade Torungbuwa II, Ooni Of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, Senator Ben Murray Bruce, The Bruce brothers.

Furthermore, it will also be an avenue to raise home owners. Adron Homes has stated that Prospective clients who come to the concert will have the rare opportunity to get landed properties with a 30percent discount.

It will be recalled that Adron Homes has always given surprises to their customers every festive period. The Easter season is always for Adron Happy Hour, Children’s day isn’t always an exception, the Muslim festive period isn’t exempted too while December is always dedicated for Lemon Friday.

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