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Actor, Gentle Jack tells an interesting story about the day his mother slapped his uncle because of him

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Nollywood actor, Gentle Jack, is popularly known for his roles in action movies. Jack, who came on the movie scene about two decades ago, described himself as an ‘action hero’.

With his macho body and outstanding physique, the veteran recently told Saturday Beats how his mother discouraged him from joining the military when he was a teenager.

“While I was a teenager, I wanted to join the military, but my mum warned me never to join the military. She was scared because I was growing up rapidly and she knew that with my good looks and physique, if I got into the military, they would send me to war. She was scared she was going to lose me. I have many uncles in the military, one of them loves me so much, and he made so much effort to ensure I got into the military.

“However, my mum swore that no matter what I tried to do in life, I should ensure that I never joined the military. She said if I tried it, then it would mean I was not hers. When she said that, I understood the power of the words of a mother over her child. She even went further to warn my uncle to his face. There was even a time she slapped him because of this issue as he was insisting I should join the military.

“Interestingly, any time military officers see me, they think I am an officer. There was a time I had to play the role of a military man in a movie that was shot in Sierra Leone. Some of the military men teased me that I was supposed to be a military man,” he said.

Jack also spoke about how bad he felt about the state of the movie industry in Nigeria, as he emphasized that cable stations had neglected action movies.

“Presently, there are many greenhorns in the industry, so I won’t settle for less. If a producer wants to feature Gentle Jack in their movie, they should have it in mind that they can’t pay me peanuts. This is 2018, so I have upgraded.

“I am an action hero, but they hardly air our action movies on cable stations these days. I am disappointed in the representatives we have at key positions. There should be a channel dedicated to Nigerian action movies; Nigerians love watching action movies. Most of the recent actors don’t have the passion, which is one major challenge we have in the industry these days.

“I can take any role because as an actor, I have to be flexible. For example, if I get roles that will require me to be romantic, I will embrace it. My fan base is very deep; anytime I step out of my house, it is always a scene to behold. They show me love everywhere I go,” he told Saturday Beats.

The actor, who is also a professional masseur, debunked the assertions that his marriage contributed to his absence in movies. He also spoke about how he had been able to maintain a scandal-free career, saying he had the secret.

“When I met my wife, we connected immediately; we met each other on the set of a movie she came to shoot in Nigeria. That was how everything started. When she saw me, she was amazed and told herself that I was a true African man, all natural, no additives or preservatives. Marriage did not affect my career in any way, it cannot stop me from my hustle, and it is a normal phase of life.

“I have the antidote; that is why I don’t have any scandal attached to my name. Life is how you treat it; it all depends on how you handle it. A lot of people put up a fake life in the entertainment industry, they deceive their fans but I am very down to earth. I like to be indoors; I hardly go out. Women love healthy looking men, it is natural but I never allow it get into my head. I was conscious of not allowing anything to mess up my career,” he said.

When asked to explain how he had been able to maintain his physique despite his age, he said, “People are always amazed at my physique, especially the fact that I look younger than my age; some of them even ask me if I am a vampire.”

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– Saturday Punch

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

Following the outbreak of violence in some quarters of the State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state starting on Saturday.

Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Friday night.

Recall that on Friday some residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens.

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The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.

Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.

“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.

“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”

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Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

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Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.

The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.

After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.

Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.

“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.

“Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we told the truth.”

Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.

He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.

“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.

“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”

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CCTV At Lekki Toll Gate Was Not Removed -Lekki Concession Company Says

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Lekki Concession Company in their press release has debunked the rumour that the Lekki Toll Gate CCTV camera was not removed.

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According to the press release by the company which condemns the unlawful killings of the peaceful protesters said no one gave the order for the removal of the Closed Circuit Television System as the CCTV is still intact as of the time of this report.

Speaking further, the concession company revealed that if the CCTV was to be removed, it would require the use of machinery to reach the heights that they have been installed.

Read the release report below;

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