Social Media Roundup: Korapay’s money-laundering case + others

Onyinye Okonkwo
Social Media Roundup: Korapay's money-laundering case + others

It’s another weekend and another time to give you the social media roundup, after a 3-day work week due to the Public holidays. How did it go for you?

As we always have it, the social space was filled with stories and conversations, and you cannot get enough of the trends. But one thing struck and warrants asking if Lagos is the only state that is somewhat liberal on women’s issues?

Well, there are others, and if we talk about women as running mates, we would be talking about Tonto Dikeh, who is the deputy governorship candidate under the African Democratic Congress in the 2023 Rivers gubernatorial election.

Our question was influenced by Funke Akindele’s emergence…

Lagos PDP Unveils Funke Akindele as the deputy governorship candidate

Funke Akindele was Wednesday, unveiled as the deputy governorship aspirant for PDP’s Dr Abdul Azeez Olajide Adediran popularly known as Jandor, who confirmed the development.

The party had an unveiling ceremony was held Thursday, at Funke’s hometown in Ikorodu.

Funke’s unveiling has been met with mixed reactions by social media users, below are a few.

Social Media Roundup: Korapay's money-laundering case + others
Women issues

Still on Lagos, we would want to know that the state now takes sexual assault more seriously.

Remember the case of the alleged sexual abuse of a minor by a Nollywood actor popularly known as Baba Ijesha? Well, the verdict is in as…

Baba Ijesha gets 16 years for sexual assault 

An Ikeja Special Offences Court Thursday convicted Nigerian actor, Olanrewaju James, alias Baba Ijesha, of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old minor, who is a colleague’s daughter, Princess.

Baba Ijesha’s rape trial lasted over 12 months since his arrest and arraignment in June 2021.

The judge, Oluwatoyin Taiwo, in a two-hour judgement on Thursday, convicted Baba Ijesha of indecent treatment of a child, sexual assault and attempted sexual assault.

He was found guilty of four charges out of six offences he was accused off; two of the charges attract five years while the remaining two attract three years.

His 16-year jail term will run concurrently meaning that the movie actor will spend just five years of the 16 years behind bars.

This is what social media users had to say about it:

Women's issues
Women issues

In a related event, it seems like R. Kelly is going to be in jail for a long time.

R. Kelly to face second criminal trial

Just two weeks after he was sentenced in New York to 30 years in prison for racketeering and sex trafficking, R. Kelly is back in a Chicago federal jail awaiting his second criminal trial next month.

R. Kelly

The 55-year-old R&B star was transferred Tuesday, from where he was being held in Brooklyn to Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center, the Chicago Tribune reported. 

In other news…

Ruger shades BNXN, gets dragged

Conversations, including harsh comments, began on Twitter when singer, Ruger, held a question and answer segment and was told that BNXN was better than him. This apparently triggered Ruger, who responded:

I love Buju, and he’s good, but not better than me. Everything I’ve done since the beginning was only RUGER. All my hits are JUST RUGER. I’m always proud going on stage around the world with my own hits, and everyone is singing along. You see the difference?

Ruger

The tweet was bait and Ruger fell for it and he’s getting dragged for claiming he is better than another artiste. 

This has also triggered a chain reaction of some sort with Omalay and victory dragged into the fray.

Here’s BNXN’s response:

Here’s what social media users had to say about it:

Meanwhile, June/July may not be the month for Nigeria’s tech industry. While we were still trying to understand Flutterwave’s travails, Korapay walked into the room.

Korapay was mentioned in money-laundering accusations

A report by Kenyan news outlet, The Standard stated that the High Court froze three bank accounts belonging to Korapay and Kandon Technologies Limited with sums totalling about Sh45 million ($381,065.29) over suspicion of foreign laundering by the Kenyan Asset Recovery Agency (ARA).

Lady Justice Esther Maina, the presiding judge, issued orders in two separate suits filed by the ARA.

In the first case, Korapay Technologies Ltd’s Equity Bank account was frozen for $249,990 (Sh29.5 million). In the second case against Kandon Technologies Ltd, Sh15 million was frozen in two UBA bank accounts.

Korapay has denied the accusations and in a statement to Technext, Korapay’s spokesperson and head of marketing, Gbenga Onalaja claimed that the accusations are absolutely untrue and that the company will release a statement to back up its claim.

Reactions on social media:

It’s a wrap for this week’s social media roundup. Hit us with your comments, reactions, and suggestions, and don’t forget to register for the Government and Tech Summit (GAT Summit) happening on July 23 in Lagos.


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