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10 Nigerian Celebrities Who have been in prison for what they did

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Prison is the last place anyone would imagine a celebrity to have been. With Nigerian celebrities, the common destination is always abroad but there have been some exceptions.

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Few Nigerian Celebrities have been to prison over the years. Some of these celebrities are people you are familiar with, others are those you don’t really know and may not be aware they have ever been to prison.

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1. Ibinabo Fiberesima

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Ex-beauty queen and current National Director Miss Earth Nigeria Ibinabo Fiberesima is a beautiful Nigerian actress and director. She is born to an Irish mother and a Nigerian father on 13th, January 1970. The actress who was the former president of Actors Guide Of Nigeria is one of the few Nigerian celebrities who have been to prison.


Fiberesima was arrested in 2006 and charged to court for manslaughter and reckless driving. The incident which led to her arrest happened on 26th, February 2016 while driving across Lekki – Ekpe expressway. She lost control and collided with a vehicle on the inbound lane leading to the death of the driver Dr. Suraj Giwa.


Certainly, the incident fostered the charges and in 2009, she was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison by Justice Deborah Oluwayemi of a Lagos State High court. She was granted bail after making an appeal but her appeal was dismissed on 11th, March 2016 and her five-year jail term upheld.


Furthermore, the actress spent 93 days in KiriKiri prison before she was granted bail with the sum of 2 million Naira. During this period of time, she lost her position as the president of AGN ( Actors Guild Of Nigeria) and also developed lumps in her breast.


In a series of Instagram posts made by the actress on 27th, April 2017 she narrated her ordeal after been called out by a reporter named Azuka for wanting to contest as a local government chairman in Okrika Rivers State. In her explanation of the incident, she narrated thus :


” I was driving along Lekki road, returning home after picking up a friend’s daughter from a church Fellowship. Suddenly, a red car overtook the SUV in front of me. The SUV was travelling slowly, so I shifted to its front, too. The red vehicle was being driven by a young man and had his friends with him…I drove past the red car. I think that might have angered the young chap because he swiftly sped from behind, drove past me and made a sudden stop in my front.


I tried to avoid hitting those boys in the red car. I swerved and lost control at that moment, the impact dived my vehicle into the inbound lane. Dr Giwa was inbound, thus he drove into my car and both cars collided. I collapsed and passed out. Three days later, I woke up in a hospital bed to learn what had happened. I was weak, sore and in pains. I could not move my legs. I had been sedated for three days. Doctors said they had to sedate me to numb my pain. Meanwhile, the police had been informed that I was in that hospital. The Lagos State Police came to the hospital to take my statement of what happened. After I gave them my statement, I was arrested at the hospital and charged to court.


She went on to apologise to the reporter Azuka by saying “Azuka, I am very sorry Dr Suraj Giwa died in that accident. Please, Nigeria, forgive me. I am suffering. I have contemplated suicide several times. Azuka, I am not a killer. The accident was not intentional. I have gone into deep depression and didn’t care about living since it happened. I am not a murderer. And I was not


drunk when the unfortunate accident happened.


I am forever very sorry this accident happened. I never planned for it. I plead with the family. I reached out to the GO of the church where the late doctor’s wife worships to beg him to join me plead with her. He was on a crusade in Benue and I went and met with him. I am very sorry it happened. I am not arrogant or careless. I have just been wrongly represented and maligned in the media. The story has several versions that make me a heartless beautiful beast and monster. I have not said much because the family is bereaved. It hurts. I need to respect their sorrows and what they are going through: trying to explain myself, I thought, would sound arrogant. So I kept quiet. I have been sorry from the moment I learnt the accident took a dear life.”


2. Sinzu


Able God (Zumix) crooner Sinzu who was formerly known as Sauce kid is one of the Nigerian celebrities who has been to prison. The musician who was born as Babalola Falemi started singing in 2005, with the hit single ” Omoge Wa Jo” . He ventured into music back in the days when present-day music crooners such as Wizkid, Davido and the likes of them have not been birthed musically.


Sinzu would have scaled greater height as at now but he relocated to the united state after his secondary education. After his relocation, he became sloppy in his musical career and went off music. It was during the time of his demise from music that the platinum boys (Donjazzy, Dbanj, and Wandecoal) started making waves in the music industry and thereafter the likes of Wizkid came forth.


In 2016, Sinzu was arrested in the united states for ground theft after he was caught with a card encoding device and $6,000 at the airport. Authorities acclaimed that he stole $15,388 from the unsuspecting victims by changing bank card pins and falsely withdrawing from their bank accounts.


He was found with over fifteen (15) fraudulent credit cards and sentenced to two years jail term in 2016. Similarly, he served his jail term and was released in 2018.


3. Naira Marley


Nigerian singer – Naira Marley brought the attention of security agencies in Nigeria upon himself after he took to Instagram to declare that Internet fraud is not a crime as it serves as a punishment to the whites for the ill-treatment they rendered to our fore-fathers.


The singer wasn’t willing to change his stance on internet fraud as he went on to attack everyone that had a contrary believe.


Shortly after publicly declaring his stance on internet fraud, Naira Marley teamed up with his music partner and friend – Zlatan on a song that still talks about internet fraud titled ‘Am I A Yahoo Boy’.


On the 10th of May, 2019, following a raid, Naira Marley was arrested at Gbangbola Street in Ikate, Lekki area, Lagos by the EFCC (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission) in connection with an alleged case of internet fraud and money laundering. Naira Marley was arrested alongside Zlatan, Rahman Jago, and two others. Five days after their arrest – Zlatan, Rahman Jago and the two others who were arrested gained their freedom but Naira Marley was still held in custody due to some incriminating items found in his laptop.


He was arraigned at the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos and he pleaded not guilty to the 11 counts leveled against him and the case was adjourned to the 30th of May, 2019 for bail application while he remained in prison.


The singer returned to court on the 30th of May and Justice Nicholas Oweibo granted him bail of the sum of 2 Million Naira while the case was adjourned till October 22 for the trial to commence.


4. Uche Odoputa


A lot of us know Mr. Uche by the various names he has answered in Nigerian home videos. We know him as a veteran actor but certainly may be unaware he has been to prison. Uche Odoputa is a talented Nigerian actor who came to light in 2000.


He was born 23rd, September 1969 and hails from Imo state. The actor was featured in various bestseller Nigerian home videos till 2007 when he was convicted for drug trafficking. Mr. Uche was sentenced to prison after his conviction and he served two years and three weeks.


In an interview with Vanguard, after the actor’s release from prison, he narrated his ordeal saying “I regret my


actions. I was a growing brand and a lot of people were angered by my action. I was disappointed in myself. I thank God I came out of prison a changed person.


It took away my career and the little fame I had at that time, gaining recognition in Nollywood and even among my colleagues has been a struggle since then. The late Amaka Igwe paid part of my legal fees, she was always in contact with me and never abandoned me. She took me under her tutelage after I was freed from prison and taught me directing.


While others paid to learn to direct, she taught me for free. I was to direct the job she was working on before she died. Up till now, I can’t bring myself to delete her telephone number. I still hear her voice sometimes. She was a good woman. John Okafor ( Mr Ibu ) used to send me recharge cards which I sold. That enabled me to take care of myself when I was imprisoned.”


Over the years after Uche Odoputa conviction and release from prison, the actor has grown his career, featured in best selling premiered Nigerian movies, directed great movies and traveled out of the country multiple times.


5. Zlatan Ibile


After assisting Naira Marley on the single ‘Am I A Yahoo Boy’, the Zanku crooner was arrested by the EFCC (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission) on Naira Marley’s birthday.


Zlatan, Naira Marley, Rahman Jago, and two others were arrested after a raid by the EFCC at 9, Gbangbola Street, Ikate, Lekki, Lagos.


Five days after the arrest, Zlatan and every other person who was arrested was set free excluding Naira Marley who was still detained in police custody. After the release, Zlatan linked up his usual music producer – Rexxie and went on to release a song titled ‘4 Nights In Ekohtiebo ‘ in which he shares his ordeal during his time in prison.


6. Fela Anikulapo Kuti


Almost every Nigerian knows legendary Afrobeat musician Fela Anikulapo-Kuti who was born on 15th, October 1939 went to prison but they are unaware of what took him to prison and how long he spent. Well, the multi-talented instrumentalist and Afrobeat musician who is renowned for his fearlessness was sentenced to prison in 1984 during the military rule Muhammadu Buhari.


Fela was arrested in Murtala Muhammed Airport on his way to a scheduled concert in Europe. Reason being that he was in possession of £ 1, 600 pounds. Prior to his arrest, the government had enacted a law to prosecute anyone found with money exceeding £500. Although the artist explained that the money was meant for the entire band of 26 persons, he was still arrested.


After trials in court, Fela was sentenced to ten years imprisonment which was to be served for five years. He spent twenty months (1 year and eight months) in prison before he was released after a new coup defeated Buhari.


On his return from prison, he granted an interview where he said “Prison didn’t change my life, it developed my way of thinking. I am very spiritually inclined. I am in prison, it gave me a lot of time to meditate and think about what this world is really about. It [gave] me knowledge about time. If anybody tells me 20 years is a long time, I will tell him no because prison has taught me that time is meaningless unless you want to understand what time is all about.


“I did not think about music in the prison but maybe a few times some sounds come into my head but I don’t write them down, maybe just hum them.


“What I did in prison was not to play games, I tried not to talk too much, I tried to remain by myself. I just tried to meditate. That’s all I did.


“You see, prison is supposed to get you bored. So when people go in there, they try not to get bored. So I tell myself, ‘okay, you want to make me bored. I am going to get myself bored so that I will not be afraid to go in next time.


“So I go in there to understand what boredom is about. So it gave knowledge about patience. Those are the kind of things prison has taught me. I am prepared to go back. I am really prepared.”


However, the legend lived on till 1997 when he allegedly died of aids but speculation still makes round that his death was


collateral damage. That he was inflicted in prison for his public criticism of the government in his songs. What do you believe?


7. Neyu Godwon Nyan


Rapper Godwon who was born as Neyu Godwin Nyan and hails from Kaduna state is a household name in the Rap community. He started in Houston Texas after he relocated with his family due to an assassination attempt on his father. The Rapper contested in an Eminem rap contest in Texas and won.


Winning the contest brought him to the limelight with various deals and signup. Godwon went on to release a hit single where he featured his then friend Sinzu and Ikechukwu. After the release of his single him and Sinzu both had an uproar.


Due to the uproar, Godwon revealed Sinzu’s mugshot and surveillance of his arrest on the grounds of ATM theft. Shortly after Godwon’s revelation of Sinzu’s shortcomings, he was arrested for burglary and theft.


Godwon conviction was that he broke into a lady’s house and stole some of her belongings and candy. The stolen items were found in his car. As a result of his offense, he was sentenced in 2009 and released in 2011 after serving three years in prison.


8. Dammy Krane


Dammy Krane’s arrest hit the Nigerian music industry with great surprise and disbelief. Many stipulated that his bid to live a trendy and expensive lifestyle led him into theft. Dammy’s whose birth name is Oyindamola Johnson Emmanuel was arrested on 2nd, June 2017 in the US for ATM theft and forgery.


The “Amen” singer was alleged to have used stolen credit card details to book a jet for a trip to Miami from a private jet leasing company. Dammy spent three days in prison awaiting trial because he pleaded not guilty of the charges.


Finally, after his trial, all charges against the singer were canceled and lifted and he was set free.


9. Lola Margaret


Less than a week after Sinzu was sentenced to two years jail term likewise Dammy Krane detention in a Miami prison, Yoruba actress Lola Magaret Oladipupo was arrested in the united states in 2017.


The actress was arrested for the withdrawal of huge sums of money deposited into her account. Prior to her arrest, she had been withdrawing a huge amount which was unaccountable. Her arrest surfaced with her mugshot online creating speculations that the actress was helping “yahoo boys” defraud foreigners abroad.


Lola spent weeks in prison before she was released and deported to Nigeria. The actress relocated to Ibadan immediately after her deportation. She has gotten her life together over the years since the incident.


10. Rabi Ismaila


Nigerian Kannywood actress Rabi Ismaila was the real celebrity who broke the law and went to prison. The actress was convicted and sentenced in 2005 for the murder of her boyfriend who was also an actor.


Rabi poisoned her boyfriend in 2002 with chocolate during a picnic and pushed him into a river where he drowned. Due to the murder, the court found her guilty and she was sentenced to death by hanging. She made appeals to the Supreme Court but it was denied, and her sentence to death upheld in 2011.


When she was still in prison awaiting her roll call, the actress escaped and was only caught six (6) years later in 2017. She was said to have committed the cross act of murder in other to take hold of the victim’s property.


It is most noteworthy that the dominant crime committed among Nigerian celebrities who have been to prison is that of ATM fraud. This act of crime was carried out by musicians for reason we cannot really foretell.


Consequently, the exceptional case of unaccountable money withdrawal has been the only recorded fraudulent act performed by a celebrity that led to detention in prison.


Although every case was pitiful, actress Rabi’s case certainly seems unbelievable and heartless considering the reasons for her actions. What do you think about these celebrities and how their cases where handle? I am grateful Rabi faced the law. What if she wasn’t caught after her escape?

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14 Warning Signs You Are Dealing with an Evil Person, Flee Immediately

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14 Warning Signs You Are Dealing with an Evil Person, Flee Immediately

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14 Warning Signs You Are Dealing with an Evil Person

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Life would be a lot simpler if the evil people dressed in full black attire and smiled creepily like the witches in the stories, and the good people would dress in bright colors with a cherubic smile on their face! But no, life is a synthesis of endless contradictions and people wear masks that are difficult to break.

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Evil exists and we don’t need theories to prove that, just a glance at the daily news is enough evidence. Murders, rapes, terrorism and what not! The common thing among all the criminals is their attitude – they do not care what happens to the world as long as their own needs are satisfied. This behavior may be a result of the environment they were brought up in, or as some theorists say the biological component does play a role. Experts reveal that the body releases oxytocin while reacting to something positive. While 95% of people conform to the norm, 5% do not feel the positive vibe.

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Some black hearted people seem to make this their life motto. It is difficult to distinguish evil because it looks “normal”; however, if you are associated with such people, you will eventually feel the toxicity and suffering rising. Be aware and let go.


1. They are manipulative maniacs

Black hearted people build their lives around one goal and they can go to any extent to achieve it. They do not care what others think or if they are hurting or deceiving someone. They will pursue the path if it suits them. They will manipulate others to get their work done.


2. They mislead you

They use gaslighting to sow seeds of doubt in a person’s mind, making them question their own reality. They not only lie but twist the tale to turn your judgment in favor of them. You will inevitably believe them and come to wrong conclusions.


3. They are not trustworthy

All their actions are a master scheme to drive you towards their self-centered agenda. You cannot trust someone who will manipulate and mislead you at every step of the way.


4. They cannot see the reality


Rather, they will not see the reality if it does not correspond with their needs. They will subtly make others believe in their warped vision of life too, to fulfill their demands.


5. They always think they are “owed”

Black hearted people believe they are special and that the world is a “wish granting factory.” They think that being themselves is enough and everyone will cater to their needs because they owe them.


6. They demand attention


They believe the world revolves around them and want to be treated differently because they are worth it. They will demand attention as they feel superior to others, without noticing their flaws.


7. They are liars

They are compulsive liars and simply cannot speak the truth as it will crack their mask of deceit. They will keep lying to cover up for their lies.


8. They live a double life


They lead a double life by wearing masks to fit their role. If you are beneficial to their being, they will treat you differently and if you are not, they will not bother about you. Their personality too is molded by their desires.


9. They will not apologize

If you believe you are superior to everyone else, that you are always right and that everyone owes you the best things possible, you cannot just be humble and accept your follies. Black hearted people never apologize because they do not care for other peoples’ feelings and they simply think they haven’t done anything wrong to apologize for.


10. They create their own facts

They will try to get the upper hand by making other see things through their perspectives, thus working for their welfare. They will alter facts and establish them as real.


11. They do not value your time

Black hearted people put themselves before others and do not care for other people’s’ time. They are just the means to the goal they want to achieve. They do not waste their time for others but demand the same from the later.


12. They don’t feel guilt or regret

They think they are above everything else and so nothing makes them feel bad. They do not feel guilty after using others because only the goal is of importance, not other people’s emotions.


13. They will often hide information

They will have to make others blindly believe them and to do this they hide information. They will protect their mask by tricking people.


14. They are irresponsible

Black hearted people do not think of the consequences or the long lasting impact of their action as it is all-important to them. They will be reckless and not care for the mess they create. Once the goal is achieved they go for another.

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Bandits Just Killed This Young Man

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6 Killed, Several Others Abducted As Bandits Attack Katsina Village (photos)

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Not less than six people have reportedly been killed while several others were abducted when bandits attacked Unguwar Samanja village in Faskari local government area of Katsina State, IgbereTV reports.

It was gathered that the bandits stormed the village at 5:49 p.m. on Sunday, October 24, when residents where preparing for prayer.

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Nasir Hassan, a resident of Daudawa, who spoke to newmen said the attackers rode into the village on motorcycles minutes before the dawn prayer and started shooting sporadically.

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“From what I gathered, five people were confirmed dead after the attack and they have been buried today (Monday) morning,” he said.

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Hassan, who is a student of a tertiary institution in Zamfara State, said the attackers also abducted several people but he had not ascertained their number.

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“They also burnt down houses and shops before leaving the village. I was told that they did not loot the shops, they only burnt them,” he said.

However, another resident of Daudawa, Auwal Liman, said the number of those killed had risen to six, including another person killed in the outskirts of the village, who was reportedly from Unguwar Labbo community.

Bahisulhaq Alhassan, a student in Faskari, confirmed that his friend was among those killed.

“His name is Jaafar Kabir and he was killed on his way to Daudawa from Unguwar Samanja.” Alhassan said.

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Throwback Photos Of Abacha’s First Son That Died With Dangote’s Brother On A Plane Crash In 1996

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Throwback Photos Of Abacha’s First Son That Died With Dangote’s Brother On A Plane Crash In 1996


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This year makes it about 24 years that Abacha lost his first, Ibrahim Sani who died on a plane crash in 1996 with other 13 friends of his including the younger brother to the richest man in Africa today, – Aliko Dangote.

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Ibrahim Sani was very wealthy just as a son of one of the top corrupt leaders then.

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Ibrahim who was just 28 years old was a lawyer as well a business man who was into a series of business deals.

The Tragic Death

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On that fateful day, 17th of January, 1996, Ibrahim and his friends were going on a jolly ride from Lagos to Kano for a party and family engagement.

He was travelling in the Nigerian Air Force presidential Falcon jet in the company of 13 other friends when just minutes to the landing at the Aminu Kano International Airport, the aircraft crashed and exploded mysteriously.

Ibrahim was with Funmi, his Yoruba girlfriend and a younger brother of Aliko Dangote named Bello, now the richest black in the world.

Bello Dangote’s death was described as a major shock and huge loss with Dangote describing him as the closest person to Dangote in the group and a ‘great thinker and visionary.’

The crash shook the country, and even the most avowed enemies of Abacha sympathized with him.

Little Throwback Photos Of Late Ibrahim Sani Abacha (Abacha’s First Son)



May their gentle souls continue to rest in peace 🙏

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