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Woman Fakes Own Kidnap, Demands N10m from Employer

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The Lagos State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of an Ataghar Namdo, for allegedly conspiring with her lover, Emmanuel Idu, and a suspected military man, David Okpe, to fake her kidnap.

It was gathered that Namdo staged her abduction with her accomplices, who took her into a bush in the Sangotedo area of Ajah, where footage of her allegedly in the kidnappers’ den was recorded.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Bala Elkana, in a statement on Sunday, said the footage showed the 26-year-old blindfolded as the alleged kidnappers whisked her away in a truck, adding that the suspects demanded N10m from Namdo’s employer and threatened to kill her if the ransom was not paid.

He stated that the victim’s employer reported the case to the police, adding that investigation led to Namdo’s rescue and the arrest of one of the accomplices, Okpe, who recorded the footage.

Elkana said, “On Thursday, January 16, 2020, around 10 pm, operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit, Lagos State Police Command, arrested one Ataghar Namdo, 26, for faking her kidnap. On Thursday 9, 2020, around 6.30 pm, the suspect conspired with her boyfriend, Emmanuel Idu, and Okpe David, to produce a short video of herself blindfolded and driven into a bush in a truck.

“In the second video, the woman, a mother of one, was seen in a bush around the Sangotedo area of Ajah, being threatened by a man wearing a mask and holding a jackknife. The police later identified the masked man as Emmanuel Idu, who is the woman’s boyfriend.

“The abductors were demanding N10m as ransom in the video. The two videos were sent to the employer of the lady with a threat to kill her and to also go after the family of the employer if the ransom was not paid.

“Frightened by the threat contained in the videos and the follow-up calls, the said employer, who is into the vehicle fleet business, reported the case to the police. On the receipt of the information, the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, ordered the Anti-Kidnapping Unit to carry out an in-depth investigation into the case.

“The videos were thoroughly analysed alongside other vital leads. A well-coordinated operation was put in place, which led to the successful rescue of the self-arranged victim of the abduction and the arrest of one of the two suspects, David Okpe.”

Elkana stated that a manhunt had been launched for Namdo’s lover, Idu, who escaped during the rescue operation, adding that both the supposed victim and Okpe would be charged.

The PPRO stated, “The command has taken steps to verify the claim made by David Okpe that he is a soldier. The police have equally launched a manhunt for the second male suspect, Emmanuel Idu, who is on the run.

“Okpe David confessed to having provided the truck used in driving the woman to the bush. He inspired the car. He also did the video recordings sent to the lady’s employer. The three suspects all hail from Benue State. They have known each other for so many years.

“Both the lady and the man arrested confessed to the crime and said they aimed to extort money from the woman’s employer, which they intended to share among themselves. It is worthy to note that it is a criminal offence for anyone to fake their kidnap. Under the Lagos State laws, the offender, upon conviction, is liable to 14 years’ imprisonment. The suspects will be charged.”

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New Music-1People, words/melody by Emman I Agu-Maziyke

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yea, we are one people
we can live in peace and harmony
cos we are one people…
chorus
working together
living together
in peace and harmony 2ce

(rap) we're living through dangerous times
we're living through the age
when people have become very heartless
The times when people commit violence and atrocities
And just killing each other
The times when people got no conscience or empathy
and Just killing each other
The times when people take the laws into their hands
and just killing each other
Yea- are we going back to the dark era
to the stone age, have you forgotten

Chorus

stanza 2 (Rap)
when you wake up in the morning
and want to watch the news
You see people fighting and killing each other
when you go outside to catch some fun
You'll see people shooting and killing each other
when you look to the left and your right
you see people shooting and killing each other
are we going back
to the dark era
to the Stone Age
have you forgotten that we are one people
Chorus
Bridge
living9ce
living in peace and harmony
oh, we are one people
oh, one big family
Chorus
stanza3 rap

We are living through an era
when people are very mean
we're living through an era
when people are heartless
we are living through the times
when people want power,
at all cost and by all means
we're living through the age
when people don't like you
because of the color of your skin

Chorus

to all ware mongers
let me ask see questions
who are the real victims of war
the children are the real victims of war
innocent people getting killed every day
what you see is destruction & bloodshed,

maziyke
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Maziyke

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Music Review: The way I feel

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Artiste: Maziyke

After listening to “Let Dem Say”, you come off with the feeling, here finally is an artiste and track worth their salt.
In these days of declining musicianship and artistry, WOKOIKE’s return with this massive international track is a highly welcome development. The days of great , good music are back!

This smash hit is a brilliant assemblage of multiple genres: Afro-sounds, jazz, pop,rock, rhythm and blues, soul, Afro-soul , etc, into a truly seminal recording that is at once compelling,soulful and evocatively nostalgic. If great music is your thing, then, this is your track.
Being the veteran that he is, I couldn’t have expected lesser musicianship from the maestro, WOKOIKE; and he proved pointedly, that the long wait by his fans around the world was worth it. He rewarded them with this ingeniously crafted masterpiece of a track, Let Dem Say.
The song opens beautifully with a richly blended doowop style chorus that sweeps you up in a soothing musical high.
Scoring truly professional harmonies has been a recurrent weakness of many of today’s tracks. But WOKOIKE would have none of that! The choruses here are beautifully blended,soothing, soulful, bright, crisp and silky. He ensured that department was well taken care of.

And his own lead vocals are a master class in vocal delivery. Bristling with soul,style and experience, he effortlessly breathed them on the mic with the flair and expertise of a vocal guru. His velvety rich voice was in its A game. Every line is a masterstroke! Don’t take my word for it; go listen for yourself and come thank me later for this rec.
And a thing about veterans is their ucanny ability to craft their song on the appropriate sonic key that maximizes both their own lead voice and the other instruments and voices on the track. It’s a function of great song writing, and WOKOIKE had that crucial question sorted out in the writing of this scintillating track.
The songs’s mid tempoed rhythm makes it a soothing, delightful listening piece.

“Let Dem Say what they like
Let Dem do what they want
I’ll never give up on you
I’ll never stop loving you….”, he croons!

That’s a bold love declaration!
And appropriately titled, “Let Dem Say” is a bold love declaration. Lovers around the world and indeed those pledging their love in marital vows just received a big boost and a new love anthem in this classic track. This is your next big international song on the key of love.Trust me!
And the soulful, anthemic baseline of this track rumbles sonically and definitively underneath throughout this masterpiece, as if putting a stamp on it and augmenting its mellow mood.

Spicy, classic, jazz-influenced and Spanish styled guitar riffs, and disciplinedly strummed arpeggios help tell the song’s story at professionally interspersed intervals.
The soothing world class mix and professional mastering are the icing on the cake. The total effect on you is , you want to press replay after each listen.

Carefully measured arrangements of chorus-verse alternation hold your attention and interest on the song for the 3 minutes or therebouts from its intro to to its coda.
And here’s the caveat about this massive track! The chorus is very singable and highly addictive! You might find yourself whistling the melody in the bathroom. I warned you!

This is a viral song.All the marks are in place and on point. A certified hit amongst pop, rnb, soul, urban and adult contemporary audiences.
I gladly give this 5 full stars.

Franz Dickson

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Maziyke Bounces Back , Issues New Song “Testify”.

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Maziyke, Nigeria’s famed international singer, and award-winning record producer, formerly known as Allabama,  is back with a  sizzling, hot new gospel track titled  “Testify” !
This highly inspirational track opens gloriously with elegant guitars and soul-lifting choruses,  In it, WOKOIKE , appreciates, magnifies, thanks and praises God for His goodness.
He testifies of God’s mercies and faithfulness.

Those who know and follow the award-winning, diaspora-based music icon, have for long been wondering about the hitmaker’s long absence from the music scene.  

But he is  back with this mega-hit track which he says has a big story behind it.
The iconic singer and media tycoon opened up to Lagos-based writer, Franz Dickson in this rare chat. Hear him:
“This is the story behind ‘Testify’- a gospel track in my oncoming album release. 
“Many years ago, when I newly opened a recording studio in Castle Hill area of The Bronx, New York, I received a call from a ten-year-old kid who later introduced herself to me as Precious Ahunamba.

“The young kid told me she called me from Motifeire Hospital, East Gun Hill Road, Bronx, New York. I was startled on hearing she called me from her hospital bed. I never knew how she got my cellphone number. I had never met her family before.

” After listening to her soft voice, I realized that little Precious was a cancer patient who doctors told her  had a little time left in this world. But, she didn’t give up, and before anyone counted her out, her cancer went into remission. 

“So she told me about her dream to record a song she co-wrote  with her mother . Her dream was for me to put her out there and let the world hear her story.

“Back in the day when I was a teenager, I wrote songs for Nigeria’s singing kid prodigy, Tosin Jegede, so working with kids was part of me. It runs in me. 

“I listened to her song and wrote three more songs while she was still in  hospital. She was diagnosed with Leukemia, cancer of the bone and made it to my studio for weeks. 
Precious stood in my singing booth for hours throughout the recording sessions. It took us two months to complete the entire project. Her younger brother, who now attends one of the United States’ elite universities, also recorded a rap song I wrote during the project. 

“Precious came with her little friends, and when she went back to the hospital, we recorded in her absence.
 “The very morning of her album release and grand launching at the Holy Rosary hall, information got to me about what happened that morning at the hospital. Precious died hours before her album lunch. 
“In my state of shock and disbelief, I wept uncontrollably. That news changed my life and my career. We went ahead with the album lunch since it was her dying wish. We had a successful event albeit overshadowed by this little angel’s sudden departure. 

“Though I won the African music producer of the year for that album, I stopped producing and playing music. I was too heartbroken to play music. I saw life as a bitch and wondered why death would snatch such a little kid star away from this planet.

“My fans have all been wondering if I will ever play music again. I remember many upcoming musicians who wondered why I refused to work with them. I have not forgotten many clients who bad-mouthed me for refusing to play in their events. 
“I stopped headlining concerts and openly refused awards, including honorary doctorate awards for headling  President Obama’s African Inaugural ball in Washington DC in 2009.
“Close friends and family members had  all given up on me music-wise. So I took a long music break after headlining the Edmonton -African music festival in 2011.

“Like everyone close to me would say, I don’t usually talk much about my songs; I typically just allow the listeners to have the final say. So, there’s no age, color, religion, or race-based  stumbling block in my music. Instead, I hope to tell her story and make the world know who she was- little Precious Ahunamba.”


And that was the music maestro, WOKOIKE telling in his own words the  touching story behind the new  comeback song, “TESTIFY.”
Thankfully, WOKOIKE  has again found his voice and bounced back with this  epic track of testimonies.
He’s back to Testify  of God’s love, goodness and faithfulness. 
Testify is one of the singles from WOKOIKE’s  upcoming album.



Franz Dickson.
Lagos.


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OBAMA, fully vaccinated and boosted TESTS POSITIVE TO Covid-19

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The former President of the United States, Barack Obama said on Sunday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is “feeling fine” other than a scratchy throat.

Both the 60-year-old Obama and his wife Michelle Obama are fully vaccinated and boosted, the former president said. Michelle Obama has tested negative.

Obama said his diagnosis is “a reminder to get vaccinated if you haven’t already, even as cases go down.”

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