Monday, 18 October 2021

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By Gbenga Bada/ THE NATION

BBNaija Shine Ya Eye Housemates have been gifted undisclosed sums of Abeg Naira by Biggie but not with cautions and warnings.

In his character, Biggie left the value picked by each housemate in an envelope a mystery as they can only open the envelope this night.

The housemates were asked to pick a stool from the 23 stools placed in front of them.

On each stool was a sealed envelope containing different values of Abeg Naira.

Biggie clearly told the housemates that the envelopes will remain sealed until they are told otherwise.

He also informed housemates that they do have complete freedom to swap or exchange envelopes with one another at any time before the big reveal tonight.

They’ve also been instructed to guard and protect the seal on their envelopes as any accidental opening or exposure of the contents of the envelopes will result in a stern punishment.

Biggie also gave a bonus envelope that contained a substantial amount of Abeg Naira.

With the envelope came a simple task for the House. They must all decide and gift the 23rd envelope to one deserving housemate.

The decision on whom the envelope is given cannot be made by the Head of House or Deputy. It is the responsibility of all the housemates.

The housemates have been given until tonight to make the decision and they are free to devise and use any means to determine the most deserving housemate to receive the envelope.

Biggie ended his instructions saying if the bonus envelope gets missing, the whole house will be in trouble.

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By Gbenga Bada/ THE NATION

Just when Emmanuel was said to be thinking of voluntarily exiting the BBNaija Shine Ya Eye house, he has been presented with the bonus envelope with the highest value of Abeg Naira.

After Biggie’s instruction to all housemates to arrive at which housemate is most deserving of the 23rd bonus envelope with the highest value of Abeg Naira, the housemates were soon engaged in a heated argument on how to award the bonus.

While some insisted on a game of skill to give who was most deserving, others suggested a game of chance because that will ensure fairness. In the end, they settled for a vote and a game of chance was the outcome.

After the game of chance, Emmanuel, who already has his envelope with an undisclosed value of Abeg Naira, became lucky when he emerged as the housemate to be bestowed with the 23rd bonus envelope. With this money, Emmanuel now has spending power.

Earlier on day five, Niyi said Emmanuel is considering a voluntary exit from the house because he is bored.

Interestingly, other housemates think Emmanuel is a bit quiet and with all that’s currently happening in the Shine Ya Eye house, Emmanuel doesn’t seem to find it entertaining.

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By Stephanie Busari and Nimi Princewill, CNN Updated 6:40 AM ET, Fri July 30, 2021

Abuja, Nigeria (CNN)A high-ranking Nigerian police officer is being investigated by the FBI for allegedly making an arrest at the request of Instagram influencer Ramon Abbas, who has pleaded guilty to money laundering, according to the US Justice Department.

Nigerian police spokesman Frank Mba sent a statement to CNN confirming that they received an indictment for Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari from the FBI and an internal investigation has been ordered.
"Sequel to the receipt of allegations and indictment processes from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) against one of the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, DCP Abba Kyari, the Inspector General of Police IGP Usman Alkali Baba ... has ordered an internal review of the allegations," the statement said.

'Arranged arrest'

Court documents cited by the Justice Department allege an undisclosed sum was paid to Kyari by Abbas, who pleaded guilty to charges of money laundering through cybercrime schemes on April 20, according to documents which were only unsealed Wednesday.
Abbas also admitted his involvement in a conspiracy to defraud a Qatari businessman of more than $1 million, the US Justice Department said in a Wednesday statement.
The alleged scam nearly fell apart after one of the group, Kelly Chibuzo Vincent, tried to tip-off their Qatari victim about the million-dollar fraud, the Justice Department said in the court papers.
Abbas is accused of arranging to have Vincent jailed in Nigeria by Kyari, "who is alleged to have arranged for Vincent to be arrested and jailed at Abbas' behest, and then sent Abbas photographs of Vincent after his arrest," according to the court documents.
Kyari, 46, is a highly-decorated officer, who was conferred with a Presidential medal for courage from Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari. The FBI alleges he sent Abbas bank details for an account where he could paid for agreeing to arrest Vincent.
They succeeded in defrauding the unnamed businessman of $1.1m and part of the stolen money was used to "purchase a Richard Mille RM11-03 watch, which was hand delivered to Abbas in Dubai and subsequently appeared in Hushpuppi's social media posts," prosecutors said.
Abbas also used part of the proceeds to allegedly acquire "St. Christopher and Nevis citizenship, as well as a passport for Abbas obtained by creating a false marriage certificate and then bribing a government official in St. Kitts," according to official documents.
The Los Angeles-based lawyer representing Abbas, Louis Shapiro, told CNN on Thursday that he did not advise Hushpuppi to plead guilty. Shapiro declined to comment further on the case, adding, "I don't comment on cases that I handle."

Police officer denies

Kyari denied the claims in a Facebook post on Thursday, saying Vincent's arrest was carried out based on Abbas' "distress call" following threats made to his family.
"Abbas who we later came to know as Hushpuppi called our office about 2 years ago that somebody in Nigeria seriously threatened to kill his family here in Nigeria and he sent the person's phone number and pleaded we take action before the person attacks his family," Kyari said on social media.
"Nobody demanded any money from Abbas Hushpuppi and nobody collected any money from him. We responded to a distress call he made on threat to his family and released the suspect when we discovered there was no life threat from the suspect. This is the true story. Vincent is alive, he can be contacted," he added.
Attempts to reach Vincent have been unsuccessful.
Abbas was a lavish spender who claimed to be a real estate developer and was famous for tossing wads of cash and flaunting his Rolls Royces, luxury watches, and designer clothing on Instagram where he has amassed more than two million followers.
He was arrested in the United Arab Emirates in June last year after local police raided his Dubai apartment.
Abbas was handed over to FBI agents to face trial in the US on charges of money laundering through cybercrime schemes..
Nearly $41 million in cash, 13 luxury cars valued at around $6.8 million, and phone and computer evidence containing more than 100,000 fraud files and the addresses of nearly two million possible victims were found during the raid, according to Dubai Police.

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By Gbade Ogunwale, Abuja/ THE NATION

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for full forensic investigation into reports the United States (US) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has linked the head of Inspector General of Police (IGP) Intelligence Response Team, DCP Abba Kyari, to international serial fraudster, Abbas Ramon, popularly known as Hushpuppi.

A court in the United States where Hushpuppi is standing trial for cybercrime and money laundering, had linked Kyari to some alleged unethical monetary dealings with Huspuppi and called for the police officer’s arrest and prosecution.

In a statement on Thursday by spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party described the allegation against Kyari as worrisome, disturbing and a stain on the integrity of the nation.

The statement said: “Our party demands that the APC administration should not sweep this matter under the carpet given the manifest rapport between Kyari and some top APC leaders.

“We urge President Buhari not to “ease out” this case of corruption but should immediately restore the integrity and image of our nation by allowing for a forensic investigation on the suspect.

“Moreover, if this Abba Kyari matter is not well handled, it will be a permanent stain on the reputation of our police, security system and our nation at large”.

The PDP charged President Buhari to direct the Inspector General of Police to “take in” Abba Kyari for questioning and if found culpable handed over to the FBI.

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By Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja/ THE NATION

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba has ordered an internal review of the allegations leveled against the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Abba Kyari.

The investigation follows Kyari’s alleged involvement in the $ 1.1 million loot bribe involving celebrity internet fraudster Ramon Olorunwa Abba, Alias Huspuppi.

The IGP vowed to inform the general public of the outcome of the internal investigation.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba said: “Sequel to the receipt of allegation and indictment processes from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) against one of the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, DCP Abba Kyari, the Inspector General of Police IGP Usman Alkali Baba psc (+), NPM, fdc has ordered an internal review of the allegations.

“The Nigeria Police Force reaffirms its commitment to the pursuit of justice and the strengthening of its professional relationship with the FBI and other international partners.

“Further developments on this case will be communicated to members of the public accordingly”.

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By Gbenga Bada/ THE NATION

BBNaija Shine Ya Eye housemate, Pere has stressed the need for housemates to eat healthily.

A concerned Pere made this known during an early morning discussion with Boma while Angel and Whitemoney were making breakfast for others.

Pere noted he was a nurse during his sojourn in the United States and understands the need to eat healthily.

He went further to say he has noticed many have been cooking lately aren’t cautious of the seasoning and salt that they add to their meals.

He complained that he eats healthy and rarely uses the quantity of seasoning and salt that the cooks have been using, which is why he hasn’t been a fan of the food in the house lately.

Pere also complained of how some of the housemates had not been frugal in cooking and making use of food.

He said the Housemates have been eating without care, stating this was why the reason foodstuff has drastically reduced.

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By Gbenga Bada/ THE NATION

It seems gossip moments have returned to BBNaija’s house after few days of no or little gossip.

On Thursday morning, Arin, Nini, Peace and Angel discussed their different encounters with Beatrice.

The housemates took turns to discuss Beatrice, who was having her workout session in the early hours of the day.

After the workout session in the arena and breakfast was served, Angel, who prepared the morning breakfast with Whitemoney, decided to join Arin, Nini and Boma in discussing Beatrice’s attitude.

The housemates took turns in discussing their encounters with Beatrice who Nini wondering what was wrong with her.

Nini said she had approached Beatrice to check up on her on Wednesday, July 27, only for her to be rebuffed and told off.

Boma also explained how Beatrice had been emotionally trying to play him.

Arin also wondered why Beatrice who said she’s divorced is acting all weird and moody in the House.

Beatrice had kept to herself after she had a mild faceoff with the Head of House Peace, on Wednesday evening during rehearsal ahead of the week’s task.

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By Gbenga Bada/ THE NATION

A game of charades descended into chaos on Wednesday night, July 28 after Liquorose and Angel got into a heated argument.

The housemates gathered to play a round of charades as they unwinded when things got heated between Liquorose and Angel.

Angel had to be restrained physically by Arin and Whitemoney at some point during the exchange as she attempted to have a go at Liquorose.

Liquorose did not take things lying down either and gave as much as she received from her fellow housemate.

Later, Maria and Liquorose went to the bedroom where Angel was, to try and squash the beef, but the move turned chaotic again. Another argument erupted, leaving Maria pleading with the two to not make the game personal.

While housemates were yet to get over Angel and Liquorose confrontation, an upset Arin expressed her feelings about Maria accusing her team of cheating.

“Maria is an instigator,” Arin said.

Arin and Head of House Peace then accompanied Liquorose to Angel’s room where the ladies hashed out their differences. After a brief chat, the two hugged it out and apologised to each other.

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By Samuel Oamen/ THE NATION

Big Brother Nigeria Season 6 ‘Shine Ya Eye’ Housemate Roseline Omokhoa Afije also known as Liquorose has attained 1million followers on her Instagram page.

The fast-rising video vixen, energetic dancer and creative director has set a new record by smashing Season 5 winner Laycon’s record for being the fastest contestant to hit the one million followers mark on Instagram.

While it took Laycon 63 days to get 1 million Instagram followers, Liquorose, in less than one week since 25 July has hit 1 million followers from her over 700k followers before she moved to the House.

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By Samuel Oamen/ THE NATION

Biggie has revealed the ‘wildcards’ in the BBNaija 2021 Shine Ya Eye Edition.

They are Maria and Pere.

During a special Diary Session with Housemates on Thursday, Biggie asked Maria and Pere how they feel knowing they are the ‘wildcards’.

Wildcards are fake housemates of the show whose only purpose is to provide entertainment and serve as pawns of Big Brother in the House.

During the second launch of the reality show on Sunday, the host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, announced two housemates from all the 22 contestants are actually ‘wildcards.’

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