As preparations are in top gear for the 80th birthday celebration of legendary Nigerian actor, Olu Jacobs, some Nollywood actors have started to pour encomiums on him.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the veteran actor will turn 80 on July 11.The actors, on Monday, took to their instagram pages to celebrate Olu Jacobs with the display of his recent picture.
Also, Olu Jacobs’ wife, Joke Silva, shared an epic throwback of the legendary actor with a cheery caption anticipating his 80th birthday.
She wrote: “Who has the foggiest idea who this handsome young man is…#80th Birthday loading….”
Femi Adebayo wrote, “I celebrate a living legend of arts and entertainment on his 80th birthday.
“Pa Olu Jacobs is a leading light for many of us thriving in the trade of creativity, it is our prayers that God continues to bless your household exceedingly.”
Also, veteran actor, Jide Kosoko, said, “Happy birthday sir Olu Jacobs.”Similarly, actor Uzee Uzman, wrote, “Old age is a blessing, grey hair is a rare privilege only few gets to enjoy.“Happy birthday to one of Nollywood finest, a living legend and an award winning actor, Daddy Olu Jacobs. May God continue to bless you with good health and wellness. I celebrate you Daddy.”Saheed Balogun said, “Happy birthday to our greatest legend, Daddy Olu Jacobs, we are really proud of you Daddy.”Actor Mustapha Sholagbade in his congratulatory message, wrote, “Happy 80th birthday sir, may God be pleased with your new age sir.“I wish you more strength, happiness and everlasting joy. Amen.”NAN reports that Oludotun Jacobs, known professionally as Olu Jacobs, was born July 11 1942. He is a Nigerian actor and film executive, who has starred in several British television series and international films.Jacobs has been hailed by many as one of the greatest and most widely respected African actors of his generation.Together with Pete Edochie, he is considered by several media, film commentators, critics, and other actors to be one of the most influential African actors of all time, and is widely regarded as a cultural icon.He is seen as the bridge between the old actors and the new ones.
Edo Acting Governor, Mr Philip Shaibu, on Monday said the government was strengthening its security architecture and reviewing strategies to guarantee the safety and security of residents across communities in the state.
Shaibu said this while addressing newsmen after an emergency State Security Council meeting at the Government House, Benin.
The emergency meeting followed the kidnap of two catholic priests on Benin-Auchi Road at the Ekpoma axis in the state.
The acting governor said, “We are working to secure our Churches and communities. We are looking beyond securing the churches alone but focusing on securing our communities and state.
“There is work in progress and we have discussed a whole lot of security issues and in the coming weeks, things will surely change in the state to ensure a secured environment for Edo people.”
On his part, the Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Abutu Yaro, said the security situation of the state had been reviewed at the Security Council meeting while measures had been adopted to secure and make the state safe for all.
He said: “We have just finished our emergency Security Council meeting and have reviewed the security situation at the moment and the overall security of the state and have adopted measures that are relevant to the needs of the moment and that of the future.
“We wish to inform you and all persons in the state and beyond that the Edo State Government is on top of the situation and people should be reassured that despite the situation at the moment, the state is stable and under control.”
The CP said security agencies in the state were working round the clock to secure the release of the kidnapped catholic priests.
The state Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bishop Oyenude Kure, called for prayers from Christians in the state, urging them to support government’s efforts at improving security across the state.(
Edo Government, on Monday in Benin, expressed support for Movement for the Propagation of Gender Equality in the state.
Mrs Barbara Osobajo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Social Development and Gender Issues (MSDGI), expressed the support while receiving the Edo Focal Person of UN Women’s HeForShe initiative, who was on a courtesy visit to her.
According to Osobajo, right from when female children are born, they already know themselves and their rights in the society, adding that there is nothing they cannot achieve.
“With the support of the male gender, women can achieve their potentials in every aspect of life,” she said.
The permanent secretary noted that if the struggle for gender equality was properly carried out, the result would outlive the present generation.
“I see a possibility where the younger generation will know that inclusivity is the name of the game.
“The most important thing is that it is good to know that we have this support for women in the state.
“We are delighted to see you supporting Edo movement for gender equality in all areas, including politics, economy, social development and others,” she said.
Osobajo further said that there could never be too many people pursuing the same thing, adding that the most important thing was to have result.
She expressed appreciation to the group for carrying the torch for gender equality in the state.
Earlier, the focal person, Mr Ehis Agugu, said that he and his team were in the ministry to fashion out ways and areas of collaboration, to achieve the group’s mandate.
He commended the present administration in the state for its relentless efforts at ensuring that the state remained uninhabitable for rapists and other perpetrators of criminal activities.
Agugu added that the HeForShe Champions in the state had resolved to act as volunteers to pursue justice for victims and survivors of gender-based violence (GBV).
Edo Police Command on Sunday said its men arrested seven suspected cult members in the state.This was contained in a statement signed by Deputy Public Relations Officer, ASP Jennifer Iwegbu, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin.NAN recalls that the police command on Friday arrested and presented seven cult members, allegedly members of Eiye and Aiye cults Iwegbu listed the suspects as Andrew Owhoyavwosa, 22, Joseph Meshak, 25, Osazee Solomon, 35, Godswill Obasohan, 25, Charles Odiase, 52, Okoh Peter, 68.They were arrested by Ekiadolor sector within Ekowe community, while the seventh one was arrested at Igbe road in Auchi Etsako west LGA of the state. According to her, the arrest is to check the menace and excesses of cultism in Edo State and unnecessary killings in the state.” On the 02072022, operatives of Edo state police Command, Ekiadolor sector while on routine township patrol within Ekowe community and environs, intercepted some suspected cultists at the community youth house.“The Suspects, on sighting the police operatives, took to their heels from the scene of their unlawful assembly.“This action attracted the attention of the operatives and they gave them a hot chase which led to the arrest of the six suspects.“On the spot search conducted at the scene led to the recovery of two locally made single barrel guns, one locally cut to size single barrel gun, 30 live cartridges, one first aid box, Kolanuts, eggs, cowries, one dead chicken, seven handsets and cash sum of thirty-seven thousand Naira,” sImageTitleSummaryCategoriesAuthorDatecategories_hfilterhe said.In a related development, “Operatives of the command in collaboration with local vigilantes on 03072022, while on routine patrol along Igbe road in Auchi Etsako West LGA of Edo, intercepted a motorcyclist who was acting suspiciously.“In an attempt to stop the rider by the operatives, he fired a gun shot in an attempt to scare the team of operatives to enable his escape but was subdued and arrested, ” she said.She added that on the spot search conducted on him led to the recovery of one locally-made cut-to-size single barrel gun, one live cartridge and other items.She, however, said during preliminary investigation, the suspect confessed to belong to the dreaded Vikings Confraternity.She added that after completion of Investigations, the seven suspects world be charged to Court.
Rams sellers in Benin City, Edo, on Sunday decried low patronage amidst the high cost of the sacrificial animal, less than a week to the celebration of Eid-el Kabir festival.
A Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria , who visited the 2+2 Cattle Market, Eyaen in the Edo capital, reports that rams were sold from N80,000 above.
Mallam Aliko Haruna, Chairman of the cattle market, told NAN that the soared cost was a direct reflection of the economic situation in the country.
The chairman said it might be incorrect to blame insecurity in the North for the situation.
“I don’t know if insecurity can be blamed for this, but what I know is that everything is costly now.
“Anything you go to market to buy now, is cost. It is not really the issue of insecurity.
“We only go to the North to buy at market; enter vehicle and bring it here.
“We don’t go to villages. It is only when you begin to go into those villages that you can talk of insecurity. Though attacks happen on road too, it is not always,” said Haruna.
The cattle market leader added that while one could get a ram for N80,000, the moderate size began from N100,000 above.
“People have not been really coming in number, but they will still come.
“It is hard to get a ram for N50,000. We don’t have rams of N60,000, but you can get like N80,000 to N100,000,” he said.
In the past, he said buyers would have been coming into the market to pick one or two rams, with a week into the festivities.
Corroborating the chairman’s view in a separate interview, Mallam Muazu Hassan, another ram seller, said he only made three sales in the last one week.
“Since last week, I only sold three. I sold one for N205,000; one for N120,000 and the third one, N170,000.
“It is grade by grade. We sell some N350,000; some N600,000. But I know, In Sha Allahu (by God’s grace), people will come to buy.
“Some may be thinking if the Sallah nears, the cost would come down.
“We can’t say the direction the price would go before Sallah day. It may come down and it may soar up.
“The situation at the market in the North will largely decide. We are waiting,” he said.
When asked if one could get a ram for between N35,000 and N50,000, he said it was only a small goat.
“For goats, you can get for N35,000; and from N40,00 to N50,000,” Hassan said.
The ram seller blamed the situation on high cost of transportation due to high diesel price.
‘Cost of transportation is another problem. We hire a vehicle (articulated) for N1.1 million now due to high cost of diesel.
“They say a litre is N850. When they sold a litre for N350, they hired for N450,000.
“The cost has really gone up and it is this diesel matter that is causing wahala,” he observed.