NPA MD pe­ti­tions IG over at­tack at NASS

The Punch - - SO­CIAL ME­DIA CELEBRITY - Anna Okon

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.

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