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Timaya Denies Arrest As Vehicle Hits Lagos Woman

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A popular artiste, Timaya Odon, has been interrogated by the police in Lagos State over his role in an accident in which a woman sustained injuries.

The Ogologonma crooner was alleged to have hit the woman with his car on Wednesday.

Instead of taking her to a hospital, he was alleged to have fled the scene.

In a video that has since gone viral, our correspondent saw policemen leading Timaya away for questioning over the matter.

An Instagram user, Osinubi Omowunmi, using her handle @whyte_26, claimed that the victim was her relative, adding that the incident happened in the Ikate area of Lagos State.

She wrote, “These celebrities and how they behave. Timaya nearly killed my sister this morning. He hit her with his car and run at Ikate a few hours ago.

 “He hit my sister’s car and she came down to ask him to look at what he did. This heartless human was asking for a number and she told him he would block her. Instead of @timayatimaya to do the needful, he hit my sister with his car and ran away.

“She is at the hospital right now in serious pain and the funniest part is that I messaged him on Instagram to do the needful, but this wicked fellow blocked me after reading my message.”

A video posted by Omowunmi showed the victim in pain as medical personnel attended to her on the hospital bed.

Blood was also gushing out from the left side of her eyes; her left leg was bandaged. Timaya denied being arrested in an Interview.

He said, “I was invited to the station when I went to the lady’s house to commiserate with her over the incident. I was there as early as 7 am.

“It was when we stepped outside the house that we saw police officers. The reason I went to her house was to show my profound remorse.

“I would have been there yesterday (Wednesday), but I could not make it because I had to attend to something urgently at Ogun State. However, throughout the day, members of my team were with her at the hospital and home till midnight.

“I was never arrested by the police. I was only invited for questioning at the Maroko Police Station. From there, I went to the hospital to see the lady.”

The spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu, who confirmed the incident, said the musician was being interrogated over the incident.

He said, “He (Timaya) is being interrogated for a case of a serious motor accident.”

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Dapo Abiodun Appoints Tobi Amusan As Youth Ambassador, Gifts Her House, 5m Cash [PHOTOS]

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The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, on Tuesday, announced a cash reward of N5 million and a house to the World, Commonwealth, and African 100 meters hurdles, Oluwatobi Amusan.

The governor also named her the Ogun State Sports Ambassador.

Abiodun, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, hosted Amusan at his Oke Mosan Office, Abeokuta, the state capital.

The governor on April 26, 2021, adopted the star athlete, whose exploits were made known to the governor by the Minister of Youths and Sports, Sunday Dare.

Abiodun described Amusan as a role model to the girl-child and a practical example of a truism that what a man can do, a woman can even do better.

“So, you will be our Sports Ambassador; I am happy that you said you are not from any other state. You are from Ogun and not from Lagos and you want to come back home. We also want to ensure that you come back home.

“We want to assure you that as you come back home, you have a home here in the state. So, in view of that, we are also going to be presenting to you a home in Ijebu-Ode.

“On top of that, we will be giving you a small token, we will be donating to you a sum of five million naira,” he said.

Abiodun noted that his administration is on course to give the Ijebu-Ode Stadium the necessary facelift it needs.

He added that the call by the star athlete to use the stadium to train whenever she is in the country will further prompt his administration to fast-track the rehabilitation of the stadium.

“We are in the process of rehabilitating a few of our sports facilities, I have spoken to the Minister of Sports and a few other people, but, now that we have one of our own who is saying that I want to train in that stadium, that puts us under a lot of pressure to ensure we prioritise Ijebu-Ode stadium because we want you to come and be training in that stadium,” the governor added.

Abiodun also said his administration considers the role of women very important in all spheres of human endeavor.

According to him the passing of a law to ensure the full emancipation of women in the state is the beginning of an era where women get more responsibility.

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“Fake Love”; Soso Soberekon Slams N500m Defamation Suit On Harrysong

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Music executive, Soso Soberekon, has slammed a defamation suit on singer Harrysong, demanding N500 million for compensation.

Harrysong had earlier alleged that Soberekon had tried to kill him in the past, claiming that he had evidence to his allegations.

In a talk show published on Monday, Harrysong had tagged Soberekon as his enemy who attempted to assassinate him (Harrysong).

Reacting to the accusation, Soberekon, through his lawyers, sent a defamation notice to Harrysong.

In the notice, Soberekon asked for a retraction of the statement, an apology, and N500,000,000 for compensation.

The notice was titled, “Request For Immediate Retraction, An Apology, And Payment Of Damages In The Sum Of N500,000,000.00 (Five Hundred Million Naira) Only For The Libelous Publication Made Of And Concerning The Person Of Mr. Soso Soberekon On All Social Media Platforms.”

It partly read, “It is our client’s further briefing which we verily believed that on the 3rd day of October 2022 he started receiving strange calls and messages from his friends, family members and colleagues on how you falsely accused him of trying to kill you in all social media platforms.

“You went to a live Television program (Frankly Speaking) alleging that our client is not your friend that he tried killing you in Port Harcourt without any justification.”

It further directed Harrysong, “Our client has consequently directed us to request for a retraction of the said publication and an apology to be published in two newspapers and several online news millets not later than seven days of the delivery of this letter and also the payment of the sum of N500,000,000.00 (Five Hundred Million Naira) as damages and compensation for the malicious publications made against our client.

“TAKE NOTICE that if you fail to had the request dour Client within seven days of the receipt of this letter, we shall be constrained to proceed to the court of law against you for exemplary damages for injurious falsehood and malicious publication made of and concerning our client.”

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Choosing Chelsea Over United My Best Decision — Mikel Obi

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Former Nigeria captain Mikel Obi says picking Chelsea over Manchester United in a highly controversial transfer in 2006 was the “best decision” of his career.

The midfielder, who retired last week at the age of 35, was the subject of a bitter dispute between the Red Devils and the Blues in 2005, before signing for the latter the following year.

His decision to move to London, having initially signed for the Manchester side from Norwegian club Lyn Oslo, ultimately proved rewarding.

Mikel became one of the club’s most decorated players, winning the Champions League, Europa League, two Premier Leagues, two League Cups, and four FA Cups in an 11-year spell that ended when he left Stamford Bridge in 2017.

“I don’t regret any decision I made because I enjoyed everything I achieved at Chelsea – it’s the best decision I have ever made in my life,” Mikel told BBC Sport Africa.

“I signed a pre-contract for Manchester United when I was 17. If you are a kid and you see Sir Alex Ferguson right in front of you with the contract, of course, you will be tempted.”

Having made plenty of previous running, Chelsea were shocked when he signed for their rivals. His agent John Shittu immediately traveled to Oslo to take the player to London, while Lyn swiftly declared him missing.

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