Rising yoruba actress and filmmaker, Yetunde Akilapa, was today brought before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court charged with the break-in and stealing of valuables worth N7 million.
The actress, 32, who lives at No.7, Oladelola St., Ketu area of Lagos, is standing trial on a three-count bordering on burglary and stealing to which she pleaded not guilty.
Police Prosecutor Benson Emuerhi told the court that the accused committed the offences on June 27 at No. 14/16, Mutairu St., Shangisha, Ketu, a suburb of Lagos, at 2.10 p.m.
According to him, the accused was apprehended while trying to enter the apartment of the complainant, Mr Adeboye Lamidi.
Lamidi alleged that he was in his sitting room when he noticed someone was trying to open the door to his apartment with a key from outside. Akilapa used a different key to unlock the door of the complainant house but was caught in the act.
He said, “l peeped through the door hole and l saw the accused trying to open my door with a key.” The prosecutor also alleged that the accused on Nov. 16, 2015, at 3.00 p.m. broke into the residence of Oyinlola Tuga by unlocking the door with a master key.
Tuga, who lives at No. 39A, Ayodele Okeowo St., Gbagada Soluyi in Lagos, reported that the accused stole jewellery, bags and other valuables worth N7 million. “Tuga alleged that after raising an alarm that his house had been burgled, his neighbours told him that they saw the accused parked her car with registration no. MUS 689 CZ in front of the complainant’s house. “They challenged her and found the stolen items and a hundred bunch of keys on her. “The accused was apprehended and handed over to the police at Ifako Police Station,” he said.
Akilapa came into the film industry in 2013 and acted in a Yoruba film, “Ileri-Oluwa’’, which brought her to the limelight. The actress was earlier reported to be in the news for stealing and breaking into people’s homes years ago and has been on the police wanted list for the past three years.
Nigerian Journalist, Rita Okoye Wins ‘Entertainment Writer Of The Year ‘Award
Gifted journalist, Rita Okoye of The Sun Newspaper Nigeria emerged Entertainment Writer of the Year at the just concluded 13th edition of Nigeria Media Nite-Out Awards (NMNA).
The enterprising writer clinched the award alongside Ayo Alonge, and Funsho Arogundade of the aforementioned Newspaper who won the ‘Business writer and Society writer of the year’ awards respectively.
The event which was held at Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, on Sunday, and themed: “The Nigerian Economy and Political Development: Finding the Missing Piece,” had the keynote address delivered by a former presidential aspirant, John Onche Shaibu, with Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle, who was special guest of honour, recognized as the Most Security-Conscious Governor of the Year.
Rita Okoye popular for her weekly entertainment page, Inside Nollywood, is a seasoned entertainment and lifestyle writer who is has become one of the nation’s most sought after entertainment correspondents. Okoye’s knack for unique story angles makes her page a must-read.
The Anambra Stare born sought after media gal has worked and made a visible impact in reputable media houses in and out of Nigeria.
This includes the likes of Complete Fashion, Beauty Box, Hints, Nigeria Films, Entertainment Express, Kemi Filani News, Vanguard Allure Magazine, Dailypost, Al Jazeera, defunct National Life and more.
Rita Okoye also owns and manages her personal blog; pearlsnews.com
Expressing her excitement, Ms Okoye stated that her joy knows no bounds as she looks forward to bigger achievements.
“I’m happy to say that indeed hard work pays. I appreciate the organizers for putting this together to encourage all media practitioners out there. We need to celebrate ourselves, this job is not an easy one. I also hope and pray for more recognition home and abroad,” she said.
Over the last 13 years of its existence, the NMNA has been acknowledged as a platform which seeks to recognise the sterling performances of journalists and all media professionals across the country. Organisers, at the event, said all awardees deserved their respective laurels, as adjudged by the jury, having played their parts in the development of their careers and the profession of journalism in general.
One of the high points of the event was the posthumous recognition of Late Precious Owolabi, the corps member with Channels Television who was killed in Abuja, during the clash between the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, popularly known as Shiites, and the police.
Late Owolabi was honoured with the award of the Reporter of the Year. A property development agency, Revolution Plus, also gifted a plot of land in Lagos to his parents who could not hold their tears, while receiving both the plague and gift.
Olamide, Mayorkun, Rema, Others To Thrill Customers At Zenith Bank Aspire Music Festival 2019
Zenith Bank Plc is set to treat its loyal customers to good music and maximum entertainment at the forthcoming ‘Aspire Music Festival’ which will hold on the 21st of September, 2019.
A-list artistes Olamide, Flavor, Mayorkun, Phyno alongside energetic singer Niniola and fast-rising Mavin Records Artiste, Rema, will be dishing out good music at the Aspire Music Festival.
The event is strictly for Zenith Bank customers who have an active account with the bank.
Visit www.zenithbank.com/style to register your attendance
Xenophobia: Tiwa Savage Cancels Performance In South Africa At DSTV Festival
Popular Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage has canceled her performance at the upcoming DSTV festival in South Africa.
Tiwa Savage announced this on Tuesday following xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.
The mother of one lamenting about killings of Nigerians said her decision was in solidarity with victims of attacks in South Africa.
On her verified Twitter page, she wrote: “I refuse to watch the barbaric butchering of my people in SA. This is SICK.
“For this reason, I will NOT be performing at the upcoming DSTV delicious Festival in Johannesburg on the 21st of September. My prayers are with all the victims and families affected by this.”
Calling for an end to the killings, Tiwa added that the solution to fighting crime is not by killing one another.
“Killing anyone that is African is bad my people, whether they are Nigerians or not.
“I’m not in support of drug dealing nor am I in support of killing. The solution to fighting drug crime is not killing my dear brother,” she added.
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