NPA MD petitions IG over attack at NASS
You have been doing comedy for some time, how did it start?
I started comedy in 2016 with my friend. We started by doing skits with a character called ‘Papa Boyo’. When I started, I was just doing it for fun. My friends later encouraged me to take it seriously and I agreed. I had no phone to shoot (the skits) at the time but my friend had a phone, so we used his phone to shoot and he edited the videos for me because I didn’t know anything about editing at the time.
I was inspired by other social media comedians such as Josh2funny and Crazeclown. Anytime I watched their skits, I always wished to be like them and do the same thing they did. So I started doing skits and posting them on social media. At first, the feedbacks weren’t encouraging but I didn’t let that stop me and I kept on working hard. I wasn’t making money from it but I wasn’t bothered about it because for me then, starting comedy was for fun. I didn’t have the mindset of making money from it.
In mid-2016, I decided to try a new character and I came up with Mrs Dikeh, which is a female character. In 2017, Josh2funny featured me in his TV series. That same period, Broda Shaggi did a challenge called ‘oyinbosaychallenge’. I took part in the challenge and by God’s grace, I came second. Broda Shaggi promoted my page and you know, followers are very important on social media. After the challenge, I came up with a new character called Mama Chinedu, which is the one I’m popularly known for. I brought in my younger brother who plays the role of Chinedu.
My first video with Chinedu went viral and was reposted by many people on social media.
The character became well-known and I decided to stick with that. I began creating contents for followers and by the grace of God; it has all been going fine. I really appreciate Josh2funny for being my backbone and supporter; he kept on pushing me to do more and he also promoted me on his platforms. Today, everybody knows Mama Chinedu and I thank God for the journey so far.
You have over 160,000 followers on Instagram, how were you able to have such a large following?
At the beginning, all I did was to follow people and they followed back. If anyone followed me, I would also follow back. I started this way because people hadn’t really recognised the brand yet. Gradually, the number of my followers began to increase when brands like Tunde Ednut, Krasktv, and Funny African Pictures, that found my contents interesting, began to repost my contents. Those platforms are really big with large followers and this made it easy for the number of my followers to increase. I became consistent with my skits and ensured that I was putting in my best. I started getting more followers.
Negative comments are inevitable, what are some of the negative comments you get from people?
Negative comments are essential, they could be negative, but you can learn from them. I play the character of a female despite being a man and some people tend to have a weird perception of me; some people tend to see me as gay. From the comments I get, some people accuse me of being gay. Some claim that I am not funny as my skits are boring to them, while some others claim that my skits depict violence because of how I get to beat Chinedu in the skits. But I am only trying to portray the nature of an African mother. It’s all for comedy.
How does this make you feel?
I do not feel in any sort of way; people are allowed to air their views, and I do not get bothered about
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The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala-usman has petitioned the Inspector General of Police following an attack at the National Assembly on Tuesday.
In the petition, which was also addressed to the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, and the Department of State Service, Bala-usman called for the investigation and prosecution of perpetrators of the harassment and humiliation, which she was allegedly subjected to, on the premises of the National Assembly.
In the petition, a copy which was made available to our correspondent on Friday, the NPA MD said she was at the Senate on the said date to honour the invitation of the Joint Committee on Navy, Marine Transport and Finance to its public hearing on the Safe Anchorage Area of the Lagos Ports.
She added that this followed a motion moved by Senator George Sekibo on the security activities of OMSL at the Safe Anchorage Area of Lagos Ports and the need to investigate their excesses.
In addition, she said the committee had invited other parties including the Nigerian Navy and the OMSL.
She stated that it took the efforts of her security personnel and the Executive Director, Marine and Operations, NPA, Dr Sekonte Davies, and other security officers deployed from the office of the Deputy Senate President for her and her entourage to leave the premises unhurt.
While calling for the full investigation into the incident with the intent of bringing the culprits to face the full wrath of the law, the NPA boss said she took the direct threats to her life by these hoodlums seriously.
“It is shocking to know that the attackers gained access into the premises of the National Assembly and had the audacity to attack a representative of the Federal Government who was at the NASS on invitation. This is the height of impunity and disrespect,” she said.
Human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), who leads Mr Omoyele Sowore’s defence team, has asked the Nigerian Bar Association to take disciplinary actions against lawyers in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet over what he described as desecration of the court with Sowore’s rearrest at the Federal High Court in Abuja, causing a disruption of court proceedings.
He said his legal team would meet on Saturday to determine the next line of action.
He said there were 10 lawyers with four of them Senior Advocates of Nigeria, who ought to live up to their oath to defend the Constitution and other laws of the country, by ensuring that the rule of law was observed by the government.
The SANS in the cabinet are Vice President Yemi Osinbajon (SAN), Attorney-general of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; Minister of State for Labour, Mr Festus Keyamo; and Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola.
He said, “Even though President Muhammadu Buhari has a duty to caution the Department of State Services, the blame of the desecration of the court today (Friday) rests squarely on lawyers in government, who are under a duty to ensure that the rule of law is observed.
“They have all taken the oath to respect the Constitution and other laws of the country. That Constitution guarantees the independence and impartiality of the courts.
“They therefore cannot sit in a cabinet under a regime that terrorises the courts and subverts the rule of law.
“It is a matter the Nigerian Bar Association should take up against the lawyers in the cabinet by instituting disciplinary proceedings against them.”
Faulting the arrest of his client, he described it as contemptuous.
He also noted that it was not backed by any arrest warrant or detention order of court.
The All Progressives Congress state chairmen have warned President Muhammadu Buhari to be wary of governors working against the interest of
He said, “There is no warrant of arrest, there is no detention order. What the DSS did today was the height of contempt of court.
“Nobody is above the law. You either abolish the courts or allow them to function effectively.
“This is a situation where the DSS operatives invaded the court and forced the judge to adjourn proceedings; they chased the judge out the party because of their 2023 presidential election.
They said the governors were behind the plot to remove the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, because they saw him as a threat to their presidential aspiration.
The chairmen expressed concerns that the concerned governors had been working day and night to get signatures for Oshiomhole’s removal.
The chairman of the Forum of APC State Chairmen, who is the party’s chairman in Zamfara State, Ali Bukar, said these at their meeting with the President at the Presidential Villa on Friday in company with Oshiomhole.
Our correspondent learnt that the President rebuffed attempts by two anti-oshiomhole chairmen to disrupt the meeting.
It was gathered that the President ordered the two chairmen from the Northwest to sit down and behave themselves, while they were trying to protest against the content of the speech by their chairman.
“One of the chairmen had tried to protest that Bukar did not reveal the speech to them before the meeting. But the President asked him to sit of her court, disrupted the proceedings and forced the judge to adjourn all cases.
“These are manifestations of fascism, which cannot be accepted in any civilised society. This has never happened in Nigeria where you take over a court forcefully in order to arrest an unarmed citizen.
“You remember that it was the illegal invasion of the National Assembly by down and remain quiet,” the source said.
In his speech, Bukar said, “Mr President, Sir, let me also express our recent worries regarding the activities of some of the governors who are undermining the efforts of the national chairman of our great party, Adams Oshiomhole, to reposition the party by plotting his removal.
“It is more worrisome knowing full well that they are not doing this because the national chairman is not performing his duties, according to the constitution, but they are fighting him due to their 2023 presidential ambitions when it is a notorious fact that Mr President had just commenced his second term in office a few months ago.”
Bukar said the governors in their desperation to nail Oshiomhole worked against APC candidates in the recent governorship elections won by the party in Kogi and Bayelsa states so they would latch on those losses to advocate his removal.
“It is really unfortunate, Your Excellency, that just after we won an additional state in the South-south, which is Bayelsa and consolidated on our hold on Kogi, these masked DSS men that led to the dismissal of the former DG, DSS, by this government.
“So for the same barbaric conduct to occur again is unacceptable. This is a regime that parades 10 senior lawyers, including four Senior Advocates of Nigeria.”
Asked if he had been informed of any reason why his client was rearrested or whether he was going to be freshly, he said “no”. governors have been busy collecting signatures, spending our hard-earned resources in both covert and overt campaigns for the removal of Adams Oshiomhole.
“We believe Sir that the affected governors don’t mean well for your administration because after Nigerians voted massively for Your Excellency, all hands should have been on the deck to give Nigerians the desired dividends of democracy and not create crisis where there is none.”
“We want to appeal to Your Excellency to use your good offices to caution these governors so they will not destabilise the party. We need stability at this point and not anything that will cause distraction. And we use this opportunity to reiterate the vote of confidence, which we earlier passed in our national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, and we appreciate Mr President for the cooperation that you have been giving to the NWC.”
Bukar appealed to the President to reward them with board appointments and to stop the trend of appointing members of the opposition in place of hard-working members.