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Why We Arrested Chiwetalu Agu – Army

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Why We Arrested Chiwetalu Agu - Army

The Nigerian Army says its troops have arrested one Chiwetalu Agu while allegedly inciting members of the public and soliciting support for the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement on Thursday, said Agu, a Nollywood actor, was arrested while allegedly wearing a very well-known attire of the proscribed group.

Nwachukwu said that Agu attempted putting up some resistance when troops made effort to take him into custody, adding that he was neither assaulted nor brutalized.

READ ALSO: Soldiers Brutalise Actor Chinwetalu Agu For Wearing Biafran Outfit

According to him, the Nigerian army recognizes the inalienable rights of the citizenry to freedom of movement and expression as enshrined in the Constitution.

He however stressed that violation of the law by any individual or group to invite the public and cause mayhem will not be tolerated.

“It is, therefore, pertinent to state that while exercising such freedoms, it must be done within the confines of the law, bearing in mind the imperative for peace, and national security.

“For the avoidance of doubt and emphasis, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) remains proscribed.

“Therefore, any individual or group seen to be projecting and advancing the cause or activities of the group is viewed as brazenly challenging the constitutionality of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“More worrisome was the fact that considering the prevailing security situation of the region, coupled with the ongoing Exercise Golden Dawn, his action could be a tacit endorsement and support for the proscribed group.

“We have all witnessed how the activities of the group took a violent dimension in recent times,” he said.

Nwachukwu alleged that Chiwetalu Agu demonstrated an uncharitable disposition to negate peace and security in the region, hence the need to take him into custody for preliminary investigation.

According to him, it is important to once again place on record that the allegation that he was brutalized is false and should be disregarded accordingly.

He said that the army would not allow IPOB and its sponsors to hold the region captive or the security situation to degenerate.

He added that national interest supersedes any parochial consideration, as such individuals or groups who fanned the embers of violence should desist or face the consequences of their actions.

According to him, the ongoing Exercises to rid the region of all forms of criminality are on course.

“The peace loving and law-abiding people of the South East are enjoined to please go about their normal activities, as efforts are ongoing to bring perpetrators of violence to book.

“They are equally urged to continue to support the security agencies to restore normalcy to the region in furtherance of peace,” he said. 

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Navy Reveals Why Cute Abiola Was Arrested

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Navy Reveals Why Cute Abiola Was Arrested

The Nigerian Navy has placed one of its personnel, OSCOMP Abdulgafar Ahmad, otherwise known as Cute Abiola, on one-month ‘extra duty’ for wearing a police uniform in one of his skits and for ridiculing the Nigeria Police Force in the process.

The popular Instagram comedian was arrested on Monday, November 15, 2021, but has been released from detention to serve his ‘light corrective punishment’ in the cantonment.

Ahmad, 25, is expected to end his punishment by December 15, 2021, when he would be allowed to return home to his family.

Naval spokesperson, Commodore Suleman Dahun, confirmed the development, saying the comedian was given a light punishment of a ‘one-month extra duty’ after a military trial.

Dahun said, “Cute Abiola has been placed on one-month extra duty after he was tried. He will be in charge of cleanship; supervising painting, electricians, carpentry, cutting of grasses, and others. He will be supervising civilians.

He is no longer under detention. He has been released to move around to serve his punishment.

Because he was detained on November 15, that one month will start counting from then, which means he is going to be engaged till December 15. By then, he will be off the extra duty.

A military source, who spoke on the matter, explained that an extra duty means that the comedian is the “Minister of Works in the Barracks” for the period of the punishment.

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Spotify Launches Ad Studio In Nigeria, Others

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Spotify Launches Ad Studio In Nigeria, Others

Spotify, a music streaming service provider, has launched a self-serve advertising platform, Ad Studio, in Jamaica, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.

The innovative advertising medium has been made available to even more artists around the globe.

Christopher Li, Director of Digital Planning and Products at Live Nation and Spotify Ad Studio, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

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Li said Ad Studio is a tool on the Spotify platform that allows artists, brands, and businesses to easily run audio and video adverts.

He said advertisers can create a campaign within minutes, and the platform provides flexibility and control to set up and manage campaigns in real-time.

” Never made an audio ad? Spotify makes it easy, you can build a custom audio ad for free, right in Ad Studio, in as little as 24 hours,” he said.

Li said Spotify had already launched Ad Studio in other markets, including America and Europe, and looked forward to the impact this will have in emerging markets like Sub-Saharan Africa, where audio streaming is on the rise.

He noted that in order to advertise with this tool, advertisers needed to spend a minimum of N100,000.

According to him, Ad Studio provides advertisers with free audio creation tools including background music mixing, voiceover talent, audience targeting, and real-time reporting.

” Reaching audiences with Spotify Ad Studio is efficient and easy, you can decide to target listeners by genre preferences, interests, and context.

“It only takes us a few minutes to create a campaign, and the free voiceover service saves a lot of effort too,” he said.

As the world leader in audio streaming, Spotify brings music and podcasts to nearly 365 million users in 184 markets, across hundreds of devices.

This is where young people are — and where young people go, marketers follow, 71 percent of Spotify free listeners are under 35 and the median age of podcast listeners is 27.

In Nigeria alone, over 100 million citizens are active internet users. Of this number, 57.9 percent use music apps- up from 54 percent last year.

The median age in this market is 18, meaning that the majority of smartphone users are Gen-Z.

Similar to Ghana and Kenya, the Gen-Z market is increasing, and many young people are streaming audio.

The launch of Ad Studio is another way Spotify is leading the way in audio innovation globally and providing advertisers with the opportunity to grow their audiences in these emerging markets. 

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Wizkid Bags Two Grammy Nominations

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BREAKING: Wizkid Bags Two Grammy Nominations

Popular singer Ayodeji Balogun otherwise known as Wizkid, has bagged two nominations 2022 Grammy Awards nominations.

The music star was nominated in the Best Global Music Performance category for his hit single, Essence, in which he featured Tems.

Wizkid was also nominated in the Best Global Music Album for his fourth studio album, Made in Lagos.

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