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Something is Fishy! Fact Check: Does Mompha’s Lebanese Associate Pay $5m As Rent?

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There have been reports that the embattled Instagram big boy, Mompha and his Lebanese associate pay a whopping $5 million as rent. But is this true? 
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Claims by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission that a Lebanese national, Hamza Koudeih, pays $5m (N1.8bn) per year as rent for his apartment at Eko Pearl Towers, Victoria Island, Lagos, may not be true, investigations by The PUNCH have revealed.

Koudeih, an associate of alleged Internet fraudster and social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, popularly known as Mompha, was arrested earlier in the week by the EFCC.

At a press conference organised by the acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, the commission claimed that Koudeih, who laundered N19bn, lives in an apartment at Eko Pearl Towers where he pays $5m per year on rent.

Magu said, “Koudeih, also has two firms namely: THK Services Limited and CHK properties Limited with which he has allegedly laundered about N19bn.

“Koudeih lives in a $5m per annum suite at the Eko Atlantic Pearl Tower, Victoria Island Lagos.”

Our correspondent, who posed as a buyer, was, however, informed by the marketing department of Eko Pearl Towers that the most expensive apartment, which is the penthouse, cost between $2.4m and $2.7m to purchase.

PUNCH was informed that there are options for lease and rent but the most expensive option is purchase which is nothing close to $5m.

The Black Pearl Tower has 18 floors

The tower consists of 24 residential floors; there are four apartments per floor, two apartments on the royal penthouse floors, a technical floor, a ground floor, and a basement floor. In addition, the tower includes a private health club, meeting room, and lounge.

The information is contained on its website, www.ekopearltowers.com.

A marketer who spoke with PUNCH, said,“We have plans to have five towers but we have only two at the moment. Constructions are still ongoing. So we have two bedrooms, three bedrooms and penthouse style of house. The penthouse floor has the most expensive and it range from $2.4m to $2.7m.

“It is possible to get something at $2m if you are interested right now.”

The marketer stated that there were options for third party leases and rent.

The EFCC has been criticised in the past for exaggerating figures of its recovered loot or value of seized properties.

In November 2017, Magu had claimed that the agency recovered about N739bn within two years and in February 2018 he said as much as N500bn was recovered in 2017 alone.

However, the then Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, said her ministry was only able to account for N91.3bn recovered loot by the EFCC since May 2015.

In a letter, Adeosun said the total amount calculated by the Office of the Accountant-General, which is a department under the ministry of finance, is N91,383,370,501.73.

According to an updated table of the recoveries attached to the letter, the amount included assets under final and interim forfeitures and funds recovered in foreign currencies.

But in a letter dated February 9 and addressed to Magu, Adeosun asked for an explanation on why the figures computed by the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation did not correspond with the EFCC boss’ claims about recovered loot in the media.
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Source: The PUNCH

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Mr Eazi proposes to Temi Otedola!

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For what seemed like a long while, celebrity power couple—Mr Eazi and Temi Otedola—are finally engaged as Oluwatosin Ajibade better known as Mr Eazi pops the heartwarming “Will you be my wife?” question to his girlfriend of 2 years Temiloluwa Otedola and she responded favourably in the affirmative “Yes” tone.

Fashion mogul and Icon Temi Otedola began dating artiste and music label CEO Mr Eazi in the year 2020 and have been living together ever since in their London apartment, sharing intimate moments, even meeting respective family members. This they’ve both shared in detail on their How Far? With Mr Eazi And Temi Otedola podcast.

Temi announced her engagement by posting the sea-side proposal of Mr Eazi on one knee asking the important question. The video goes by the simple caption of the infinity logo connoting they’re both locked in for life.

Congratulations to Temi Otedola and Mr Eazi!

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Nicki Minaj agrees “Essence” should be song of the year at the Grammys

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American superstar rapper, Nicki Minaj, shares the same sentiments as myriads of Wizkid fans and well-wishers worldwide, in that she concurs to the argument the trendsetting crossover record-breaking single from Wizkid’s 2020 released “Made In Lagos” album, Essence should be in the conversation for the coveted “Record of the Year” plaque at this year’s Grammy Awards.

Although “Essence” did not receive the much desired nomination in the category for “Record of the Year” at the 2022 Grammy Awards, it did get a nod for Best Global Music Performance, the first of its kind.

Irrespective of the snub, Nicki whilie on Joe Budden TV (YouTube) as a guest on the special episode tagged A Conversation With Nicki Minaj & Joe Budden agreed with the host (Joe Budden) when he said “We need people on the Grammy board that know that “Essence” was song of the year” with an exclamatory “Right! Right!” response. She even proffered, “We should have our own Grammy Board“, in support of many and the popular believe that Black Americans or black artistes in general are always stereotyped to a particular category at the award show, if indeed they made it to the top categories, they barely win; Nicki Minaj does not have a Grammy Award herself and that is still a shock to many, especially when considering her refined catalogue of music.

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Pheelz & Buju (BNXN) live the carefree lifestyle on “Finesse”

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After much teasing, the anticipated Finesse by Pheelz and Buju (now BNXN) hit DSPs across the globe and just like the teaser gave off, Finesse is a banger! It is produced by young producer under Pheelz’s wing known as Miichkel.

On Finesse, Pheelz and Buju live their life to the fullest, the carefree lifestyle is what they desire and they are determined to stay on that track for the time being. “I’ve been living the fast life but I see it in slow mo / And you see my lifestyle, I got Gs in the turbo / . . . / Bad girl sey she want Netflix & Chill / So I ja ticket give her warning / If you fall in love, girls it’s certain / You go chop breakfast, I’m not capping“, Pheelz explains on the first verse, even saying love and relationship cannot stop him from living the ‘ballers’ lifestyle; “I’d be dammed if there’s anybody that could be like me / I be like Mo’ Salah, coming up the right wing / I cut through your defender, you no need to tell me / I must finesse / And you know sey me I must net“, Buju braggingly adds on the second verse, saying he can score any chick that catches his eye and dish her the next minute.

listen to the popular joyous chorus “Ah finesse / If I broke na my business / Ama shana e go bright o / Folake for the nighr ohere or on Apple Music.:

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