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Drive-in music concert: Greeks dance, sing, from their cars as they maintain social distancing

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Drive-in music concert: Greeks dance, sing, from their cars as they maintain social distancing

Hundreds of Greeks danced and sang from their cars at a drive-in music concert, the first such event since the country banned mass gatherings to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Emerging from sunroofs or sitting on the hood of vehicles parked at designated slots in a soccer stadium in the Athens seaside suburb of Glyfada on Tuesday night, spectators enjoyed a free performance by popular Greek singer Natasa Theodoridou.

“I have never done something like this before, it’s a nice experience, a new experience,” spectator Zoe Georgiou told Reuters before the concert.

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The 300 car positions were raffled off from more than 7,000 applications in a lottery. The event was organised by the municipality of Glyfada and was aimed at bringing joy to residents after weeks in lockdown, the mayor said.

“This is an example to all of us that nothing stops, we can do everything if we have patience and positive thoughts,” said Theodoridou on stage.

Greece imposed the lockdown in March and started easing restrictions on May 4. Live concerts, popular during the summer season, are expected to resume from July 15.

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Federal Government set to end DSTV monopoly

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The Federal Government has revealed plans to end the monopoly enjoyed by cable television service providers, especially Digital Satellite Television, owned by a South Africa-based company, MultiChoice.

According to The PUNCH, it would include ending exclusive rights to sporting events.

Only DStv currently broadcasts major football competitions in Nigeria, especially the English Premier League.

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The government said it had amended Nigeria’s broadcasting code to prevent DStv and others from monopolising their channels and contents.

Recall that the House of Reps has been probing DStv for allegedly cheating its Nigerian subscribers by restricting them to prepaid plans and increasing its subscription rates on June 1, 2020, despite the economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic lockdown on the people.

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EFCC arraigns social media influencer for alleged possession of fraudulent documents

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arraigned social media influencer and comedian, Adedamola Adewale Rukayat (a.k.a Adeherself) before Justice Sherifat Solebo of the Special Offence Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on a one-count charge of possession of fraudulent documents.

The defendant was arrested last month following intelligence received by the Commission on the activities of some young men allegedly involved in internet fraud in the Lekki axis of Lagos State.

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During interrogation, Adewale AKA “Adeherself” reportedly confessed to being a picker” in cybercrimes.

The count read:

“That you, Adewale Adedamola Rukayat, on or about the 15th day of June 2020 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with intent to defraud, had in your possession documents titled “WhatsApp”, which representations you knew or ought to have known, was false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 6 (8) (b) and 1 (3) (d) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14 of 2006.

She pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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In view of her plea, prosecution counsel, S.O. Daji asked the court for a trial date and also prayed that she be remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service, NCS.

The defence counsel informed the court of a bail application for his client and also prayed for a short date to enable its hearing.

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Justice Solebo adjourned the matter to July 13, 2020, for the hearing of the bail application and also ordered the defendant to be remanded in the EFCC custody

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My story should be an inspiration to people, Hushpuppi says

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Suspected internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi, has told Nigerians to see his story as a source of hope and inspiration.

Hushpuppi made the comments in a video which surfaced on social media after he was arrested in Dubai and extradited to the United States.

“Una suppose use my story do documentary to give people hope,” the 37-year-old said in Pidgin English in the five-minute video.

“But una feel say people no deserve hope, na suffer they must dey use to. Una believe say na wetin I deserve na to suffer.”

The social media celebrity said bad government had deprived many, including his mother in the Niger Delta region, of a good life.

“What about people in Badagry, people in Agege, enjoyment reach their side? he asked.

“What about people wey dey Ebonyi state? Not for once, I don watch news, I don hearsay one development don reach Ebonyi. All those places dem no be Nigerians, dem no deserve enjoyment?”

Hushpuppi is believed to have recorded the video following questions about his source of money.

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Before his arrest, he flaunted his wealth on social media, posing in private jets, luxury cars and houses.

“Una come look say meat wey I dey chop for abroad na him dey affect Nigeria, na him make Nigeria no good, I no deserve to chop meat, I no deserve to wear better clothes, I no even deserve to look like human being,” he said.

The Nigerian is facing criminal charges in the US for defrauding and conspiring to steal millions of dollars from victims around the world.

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