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Mr Ibu’s Son, Daughter ‘Arrested’ Over N55m Donations To Ailing Actor

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The Nigerian Police, through its Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCID), Alagbon, in Ikoyi, Lagos State, has disclosed the arrest of Oyeabuchi Daniel Okafor and Jasmine Chioma Okekeagwu for conspiring and defrauding Mr John Ikechukwu Okafor, popularly known as Mr. Ibu of the sum of N55 million.

The FCID in a press release on Thursday, disclosed that the department acted on a petition received from Diamond Waves Law on behalf of the actor’s wife, Stella Maris Chinyere Okafor, alleging that two sons of Mr. Ibu conspired with his adopted daughter, Jasmine, to defraud their father.

“On 6th September, 2023, a petition was received from Diamond Waves Law on behalf of Stella Maris Chinyere Okafor wherein one Onyeabuchi Daniel Okafor, Valentine Okafor, both of whom are sons of Mr. John Ikechukwu Okafor (Alias Ibu) and Jasmine Chioma Okekeagwu were alleged to have conspired to defraud Mr. Ibu while being on sick bed.

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“Investigation into the case established that as part of efforts to fund his medical bills, Mr. Ibu launched a public fund-raising initiative and attracted donations from his fans, entertainment industry players, and other well-spirited members of the public into a bank account which he publicized and dedicated for the purpose. Mr. Ibu’s wife, Mrs Stella Maris Chinyere Okafor was initially managing the funds to defray the medical bills of Mr. Ibu and sustain the family. However, along the line, the duo of Onyeabuchi Daniel Okafor and Jasmine Chioma Okekeagwu manipulated Mrs Stella Maris Chinyere Okafor, took possession of Mr. Ibu’s phone, and hacked into the banking details therein,” the Police said.

Continuing, the FCID Spokesperson, ASP Mayegun Aminat, explained how the duo reinstalled the banking app on the phone belonging to Okafor and transferred the sum of N55m from the donations for the actor’s medical bill. According to the Police, the duo Okafor and Jasmine already had a sham marriage at Ikoyi registry, and had applied for visas to leave the country.

They thereafter re-installed the mobile banking applications of Mr. Ibu on the phone of Onyeabuchi Daniel Okafor preparatory to the perfection of their preconceived fraudulent plans and wiped off the banking applications originally installed on Mr. Ibu’s phone, thereby, taking direct and full charge of banking activities of Mr. Ibu in relation to the funds being donated by members of the public in support of his medicals.

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“Through this fraudulent act, Onyeabuchi Daniel Okafor and Jasmine Chioma Okekeagwu started transferring funds from Mr. Ibu’s public fundraising account to Onyeabuchi Daniel Okafor’s personal bank with forensic analysis of their illicit financial dealing establishing that a total of fifty five million naira (=N=55M) has been successfully and criminally transferred prior to their arrest and investigation.
“Investigation also unearthed text messages via WhatsApp between Jasmine Chioma and Daniel Okafor detailing in stage-by-stage how they conspired and hatched their criminal plans. It was also established that the two suspects, Jasmine Chioma Okekeagwu and Onyeabuchi Daniel Okafor had a sham marriage at the Ikoyi Marriage Registry with plans to escape from the country to UK where they intended to settle with their proceeds of crime. They already applied for a UK Visa in furtherance to this plan prior to their arrest,” the statement added.

The FCID, while stating that a sum of N50 million has been recovered from the suspects, added that they have both been charged at the Chief Magistrate Court 1, Yaba in Charge No. A/06/2024 for conspiracy and stealing.

The statement added, “During investigation, the stolen fifty-five million naira (=N=55M) was traced to the Bank Account of Onyeabuchi Daniel Okafor wherein it was discovered that they had squandered a total of five million naira (=N=5M) on questionable transactions, while the balance total of fifty million (=N=50M) has been recovered from him.

“On the strength of evidence, Onyeabuchi Daniel Okafor, and Jasmine Chioma Okekeagwu have been charged to the Chief Magistrate Court 1, Yaba in Charge No. A/06/2024 for conspiracy and stealing. They were granted bail in the sum of =N= 15m with two sureties in like sum while case was adjourned to 11th March, 2024. Meanwhile the casefile has been forwarded to the Office of Director of Public Prosecution for legal advice.

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Top 5 Music Albums Of All Time

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In this article, we go back in time to examine the top 5 music albums of all time on the metrics of how they sold in numbers

The distinction between merely liking a song by a certain artiste and being a fan of the artiste itself can be best exemplified in the popularity of music albums.

The greatest music artistes all sold millions of albums to their millions of fans worldwide. Best-selling music artistes tended to also produce best-selling albums.

In this article, we go back in time to examine the top 5 music albums of all time on the metrics of how they sold in numbers:

Here are top 5 music albums of all time:

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1. The Thriller

The album “Thriller” by Michael Jackson holds the record for most sales in the history of music. The smash album has been sold in around 67 million copies by Jackson, who is also the second best-selling solo music artist of all time.

The 1982 publication of “Thriller” was Michael Jackson’s sixth studio album overall. Hits like “Thriller” (the single), “Beat It,” “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin,” and “Billie Jean,” which became Jackson’s best-selling single overall, were among the album’s seven singles.

2. Back in Black

The second-best-selling album of all time is “Back in Black.” It was the Australian hard rock group AC/DC’s sixth album. After its July 1980 debut, the record was sold 51 million times worldwide. The album was the first to be released following the tragic death of lead singer Ronald Scott (also known as “Bon Scott”) in February 1980, when he drank himself to death from alcohol intoxication at the age of just 33.

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3. Dark Side of the Moon

“The Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd is ranked third among all-time best-selling albums. It was the English rock group’s most commercially successful album, and their ninth overall. Globally, it was sold almost 46 million times. The album’s famous cover is just as well-known as its sound. Even Nevertheless, the somewhat enigmatic artwork cover is among the most well-known album covers ever created.

4. The Bodyguard

The fourth best-selling album in history is the official soundtrack to the 1992 film “The Bodyguard.” As a result, the album becomes the best-selling soundtrack ever. The album, which mostly features American singer Whitney Houston, who also had a major role in the film, sold almost 45 million copies worldwide. However, a few other musicians, including English vocalists Joe Cocker and Lisa Stansfield, also made contributions to the record. The hit track “I Will Always Love You” is the album’s most well-known release, though. a song that was written by American country music artist Dolly Parton at first, and that was made famous by Whitney Houston.

5. Bad

Once more, there he is. The only musician to have released two albums that are still among the best-selling Top 10 albums in history is Michael Jackson, often known as “The King of Pop.” Jackson’s “Bad” album really reached the Top 5 after selling over 44 million copies globally. The eagerly awaited seventh album by Michael Jackson was finally released in 1987, just after Thriller. Jackson recorded the Bad album over the course of about three and a half years.

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How I Formed, Invited Eedris Abdulkareem To Join ‘The Remedies’ – Eddy Remedy

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Veteran singer and former member of The Remedies, Eddy Remedy, has stated, contrary to his ex-bandmate Eedris Abdulkareem’s assertion, that he was the sole founder of the now-disbanded group.

In a recent podcast interview, Eedris Abdulkareem asserted that he and Eddy were the founding members of The Remedies and that they reluctantly accepted Tony Tetuila into the group after meeting him at a show in Ilorin, Kwara State.

However, during a recent interview with Daddy Freeze, Eddy Remedy clarified that Tetuila did not join the group in Ilorin. Instead, Tetuilla was introduced to him in his Lagos apartment by Abdulkareem.

Eddy also revealed that Eedris Abdulkareem had collected money from Tetuila’s parents, debunking an age-old rumour that Tetuila’s parents had sponsored the group.

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His words: “That boy (Eedris Abdulkareem) is a greedy boy. He has always been greedy. I formed the group and invited him into the group. The day he was coming, he brought Tony [Tetuila]. I had never met Tony in my life. I just saw a guy limping behind him.

“When they got into my room, I asked him, ‘Who is this man?’ He now introduced Tony, saying that he had been with him all this time. That was when Eedris was supposed to tell me that Tony’s parents had given him some money, and he told them that he would take him wherever he was going.

“He didn’t tell me that. The rumours first started when we were on tour that Tony’s parents were sponsoring the group. No, they were not sponsoring the group. I had $5,000 that my parents sent to me from America in 1997. They sent me that money to come and meet them since I had graduated, but I insisted that I stay back in Nigeria to pursue my music.

“I used that money to sponsor the group throughout that period.”

 

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How Eedris Abdulkareem, Eddy Removed Me From The Remedies – Tony Tetuila

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Veteran singer, Tony Tetuila, who was once a member of The Remedies, asserts that despite his mother being the band’s original sponsor, Eddy Montana and Eedris Abdulkareem plotted against him.

Recall that Eedris Abdulkareem recently stated in a podcast interview that The Remedies broke up because Eddy became greedy and told him they should no longer split the revenue from their music equally with Tetuila.

He claimed to have visited Tetuila following the meeting and instructed him to prepare for a solo career.

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However, reacting via his social media page, Tony Tetuila said Abdulkareem and Eddy Remedy ganged up against him contrary to his claims.

He said he was “heartbroken and shattered” after he was kicked out of the band.

Tetuila said Daddy Showkey and Blackface’s encouragements and support helped him to build a solo career.

His words, “Eedris connived with Eddy and kicked me out of The Remedies despite the fact that it was my mum who brought the money that was used to sponsor the group in the beginning. I was so heartbroken and shattered. It was Daddy Showkey who encouraged me and told me that I could do it alone.

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“Blackface was another person who helped me. He brought me close and taught me how I could write my own songs. Blackface is a very great guy. I’d never forget the role he played in my career.

“It’s same Eedris that’s coming out to lie that he made sacrifices for the [Nigerian music] industry.”

Meanwhile, Eddy Remedy, a former member of The Remedies, claimed that the money Eedris Abdulkareem collected from Tony Tetuila’s mum wasn’t used in sponsoring the group.

He claimed that he wasn’t aware of the agreement until the rumour broke out.

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