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Tattoos on my body represent life desires — BBNaija winner



Mercy Eke, winner of the 2019 Big Brother Naija, says tattoos on her body were important as they were symbols of her desire to achieve her dreams.

She disclosed this while speaking with the Nigeria News Agency on the sidelines of her presentation to the newsmen, at the Multichoice office, Ilupeju, Lagos on Wednesday.

Mercy, who did not hide her passion for having tattoos, said she has lost count of the numbers of tattoo on her body, adding that she only has flowers and butterfly imprinted on her skin.

“I love tattoos and I have many of them. I can’t tell you the number till I count them; I only have flowers and butterfly tattoos on.

“The tattoos are indication that I can fly to a height without limit and also depict that everyone has wings to fly to any place that is right.

“I love fashion a lot and I make sure that I am comfortable with what I wear. I have different clothes for different occasions which determine what I wear.

“I have a fashion line and luxury line. I called it luxury not because they are that expensive but because it looks expensive. We can dress well and look luxurious without much money,” she said.

On the fight with her BBNaija housemate, Tacha, which led to the disqualification of the later, Mercy said she still maintain friendship with Tacha.

“I still maintain my friendship with Tacha whatever happens; she has reached out to me. People should know that friends do fight occasionally, so what happened in the house is a reflection of us.

“People will start seeing us together afterwards, we are still friends.

“All I want is the grace of God to continue. Every time, I wake up to pray to God for his grace upon me. With that, I will be fine,” she said. (NAN)


Edited by Dorcas Jonah/Ali Baba-Inuwa


Hepatitis: Medical expert cautions against careless body piercing for tattoos



Dr Adenike Enikuomehin, a consultant endocrinologist with the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, Akure Annex, has warned that careless body piercing for tattoos can  put users at  the risk of contracting Hepatitis.

Enikuomehin said  this on Tuesday at a free screening on Hepatitis held at the Mother and Child Hospital in Akure.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the screening was organised by the Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Ondo State chapter.

Enikuomehin expressed concerns  about the growing acceptability of tattoos by both the young and the  old.

She said that there must be more enlightenment on why people should be careful with  the kind of sharp objects they use for incisions.

“Sharing of sharp objects is now common these days with the advent and more acceptability of tattoos and scarification marks.

“People appear to be less bothered about whether the sharp objects are sterilised before being used on them which puts them at the  risks of contracting Hepatitis.

“One of the means of contracting Hepatitis, especially the chronic one,  is through sharing of unscreened blood from contact with sharp objects,”she said.

She,however, said that early diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis would help reduce increasing incidences of liver problems and deaths.

Enikuomehin called for more investments in diagnostic tests and medicines for treating hepatitis to save lives and reduce costs of long-term care of associated diseases such as liver cancer.

“We can invest in eliminating hepatitis by going for screening to know one’s status and vaccinating a child at birth which is free.

“Governments at all levels should also show more concerns and care for the campaign against hepatitis,”she said.

Also, Dr Folasade Akinwande, a dental surgeon, coroborated Enikuomehin by saying that there was  the need for more awareness  for regular screening for an early detection of  the viral disease.

Another member of the association,  Dr Patricia Eniowo, stressed the need for mothers to avail their children of  immunisation against Hepatitis at birth to prevent them from being infected as they grow.

NAN reports that no fewer than 400 people benefitted from the screening.

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Tattoos help Israelis scarred by attacks, war



A group of Israelis who were physically and mentally scarred in shootings, suicide bombings and military operations were given free tattoos by artists who hope body art can help their recovery.

The Healing Ink project brought artists from Israel, Europe and the United States to Jerusalem for the event, which took place at the city’s Israel Museum this week.

The 11 people receiving tattoos included a military veteran injured by an anti-tank missile on a battlefield and a woman caught in a bomb at a Tel Aviv nightspot.

“It makes me feel like I got something that I chose to put on myself, unlike my injury, which I didn’t choose to get,” said Ben Baker Morag, who was injured while serving as a soldier with the Israeli army.

“This gives me a very good feeling,” he said of his tattoo, a lion on his left shoulder.

Israelis have in recent decades contended with a Palestinian uprising in the occupied territories, wars against Islamist guerrillas in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon and occasional fire from Syria and an insurgency in the Egyptian Sinai.

Others being tattooed at the event chose designs of a medieval knight in armor, the Beatles lyric “all you need is love,” and three monster heads eating each other.

For the artists involved, the experience of working with the injured is a meaningful one.

“I am not a doctor, I cannot heal people,” said Wassim Razzouk, a Palestinian tattoo artist from Jerusalem’s Old City.

“But with my ink and with my art if that could help heal people, for me that is something so great.”

Edited by: Ekemini Ladejobi

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Dreadlocks, tattoos trending in contemporary artists’ circle, says artist village coordinator



“Contemporary artists are not identified with neither suits nor ties, they prefer striking appearances like wearing dreadlocks and earrings,’’ Tope Babayemi, a theatre professional has said.

Babayemi, the coordinator of Artist’s village, at the National Theatre, Iganmu, disclosed this to the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos.

“The business of contemporary entertainment does not deal with suits, official outfits, because times are changing, appearance of today’s artists is either with wearing a dreadlock, ear rings or tattoo.

“Most artists want striking appearances that will distinguish them out from the society; a Bob Marley Rastafarians is unique with the wearing of the dreadlocks just as the wearing of  multiple finger-rings  is to Charlie Boy,” he said.

Babayemi advised modern artists trying to emulate the veterans in the sector to understudy them properly.

“I know that appearance is very key in projecting an entertainer, but such appearance should tally with the professional skills of such an entertainer,” he said.

He said that some always regarded the wearing of dreadlocks as delinquent; whereas, to the industry, it is a global phenomenon and a brand.

Babayemi, who runs “The Little Theatre” and “Sounds like Lagos” every Friday, for budding artists to showcase their skills, advised young artists to take up a brand through adequate planning.

“The image of an entertainer is buttressed in the appearance before performance, but before upholding a brand, proper consideration of the style of music and the message should come first,” he said.

He said that he was worried over the trend or brands, which young artists believed would make them unique.

Anybody who composes one or two songs  should not begin to dress in crazy outfits, unique haircuts, earrings, tattoos, and lots more.


“They should not believe that was enough to turn them into stars overnight, there should be a balance,” he said.

Babayemi advised artists to play down such traits but give more attention to the contents of their music.

He advised promoters of up-and-coming artists to guide them in matching appearance with skills; context with content, and having consideration for cultural touch.

Edited by: Emmanuel Okara/ Peter Dada

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Tatoo doesn’t make people irresponsible, says Police



The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has said that Tatoo does not make people irresponsible in as much as they can express and explain themselves in a modest way.

Dolapo Badmus, a former Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Police Command, made this known while speaking at the ongoing Social Media Week 2020 (SMW) in Lagos on Wednesday.

She spoke at a session with the theme ‘Social Media Wars -Dreads, Tattoos and Password’.

Badmus said that whenever anyone was waved down by the police, “try to be friendly, identify yourself and be composed’’.

According to her, Police remains your friend; even when you have tatoo all over your body, that doesn’t make you a criminal.

She said all one needed to do was to express and explain oneself and you would be allowed to go.

Badmus also explained that no police officer had the authority or right to search people’s mobile devices.

”Police officers are only allowed to do so when there is a reason to carry out an investigation.

”The menace of officers of NPF stopping residents of Lagos and demanding to search their phones has become increasingly worrisome.

”Those officers demanding to search people’s mobile devices can be likened to walking up to a random man and asking him to pull off his boxers for the sake of a search operation.

According to her, the development is wrong as a phone is a private space.

Sighting herself as an example, Badmus noted that she could decide to keep vital information such as her bank account in her phone.

Badmus said that there were also people who stored their bank statements in their mobile phones and it would be completely wrong for a police officer to demand to go through such devices.

She, however, noted that such a search was only appropriate “when there is a reasonable ground for doing so’’.

Badmus emphasised that officers were only permitted to search mobile devices when there is a reason to carry out investigation.

She, however, said that there were so many credible people in the force.

She said that many police officers were doing amazing things.

“I must say this that in Nigeria, police is still a work-in-progress and we will get it right soonest,” Badmus said.

A Music Artist, Mr Micheal Ugochukwu popularly called Ruggedman, also said it was wrong for police officers to be searching people’s phones.

He said serious reforms needed to be carried out in the police community in Nigeria, so that they could become more efficient.

According to him, police are to serve the people and serve well.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the week-long Social Media Week which started on Feb. 24 to Feb. 28 is tagged `#Unboxing’.

SMW is one of the world’s foremost conferences and industry news platforms for marketers.

It provides brands, agencies and technology providers with the latest insights, trends and best practices together with access to a global community of marketing decision makers.

Edited By: Adeleye Ajayi

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Beauty pageant: 35 contestants billed for `Miss Orente’ maiden edition



The organisers of the Yoruba beauty pageant tagged: `Miss Orente’, say that 35 contestants have been selected to take part in the maiden edition scheduled for Sept. 1 in Lagos.


The cultural beauty pageant is meant to re- awaken the nation’s cultural consciousness among youths.


The Operations Director, Oluwatoyin Olaoye, made this known to the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Lagos.


Olaoye said that the 35 contestants were selected from among 200 contestants after their auditions in Ile Ife in Osun and Lagos respectively.


He said that the grand finale of the contest would hold at Oriental Hotel in Lekki, Lagos.


“It is to bring back into people’s memories the beautiful Yoruba traditional attires, mixed with the touch and glint of modern fashion styles.’’


According to him, the contest is opened to all Nigerians who understand and appreciate the Yoruba culture.


” `Orente’ Beauty Pageant is one of a kind that is rich in culture and a wake-up call to all who have neglected their ever-rich African roots. It is to save it from extinction.


“We must have love and passion for the promotion of Yoruba beauty, fashion and culture to the world.


“The pageant will bring out the embedded features and beauty of Yoruba tradition through beautifully organised catwalk on a runway.


“It is also to promote and show the leadership, integrity, character and confidence in today’s young girls in the country,” he said.


Olaoye listed some of the criteria used in selecting those that would be contesting in the grand finale.


He said that any aspiring contestant was expected to have a minimum of Senior Secondary School Certificate, be between 18 years and 28 years.


He said that each contestant was were expected to be of 5ft 2 inch minimum in  height, possesses good body shape and be of sound health.


Olaoye said, “others are that you must have good moral status, no trace of criminal record, single, with no body tattoos or extra piercings.’’


NAN reports that the Yoruba ethnic group is one of the most popular ethnic groups in West Africa.


They are predominantly found in Southwestern and North-Central regions of Nigeria and in some parts of the Republic of Benin and Togo.






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Police arrest 43 “no salary’’ gang members, recover arms



The Operation Crush of the Lagos State Police Command has arrested 43 suspected members of a notorious “No Salary’’ gang terrorising residents of Ikotun in Lagos.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, DSP Bala Elkana who disclosed this to the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday added that 9 locally made pistols were recovered from the suspects.

He assured that the raid will continue until the hoodlums were fully uprooted from the area and the state in general.

“Operation Crush has arrested 43 no salary boys over the last few days and have recovered 9 locally made pistols.

“The operations will continue until they are totally uprooted,” he said.

NAN reports that the no salary gang is a group of young men and women who usually gather at Council Bus-Stop, Ikotun where they terrorise pedestrians and motorists.

Some eye witnesses of the activities of the notorious gang members had narrated their ordeal to NAN.

Mr Olafemi Akinwale who witnessed one of their raids recently said: “These guys are called, “Kesari’’ “No Salary boys’’ and Council is their meeting point.

“They came from Ikotun, Egbe, Idimu, Egbeda and other places around council bus stop.

“One morning, I was going to work and they were raiding at council, holding sticks, machetes, bottles and other dangerous weapons.

“They were at the roundabout, which became a no go area, so, the bus had to turn back and take an alternative route.

“I got down, took a commercial motorcycle and I saw them looting shops and harassing passers-by.

“They were male and female, from various cult groups, as they had different tattoos on their bodies.

“They are between the ages of 15 years and 25 years. I heard they were on rampage because one of them was killed’’.

Another eye witness, Mr Henry Osuji told NAN that he would have been a victim of their operation a week ago if he had not aborted his journey to the council bus stop.

I saw them, holding dangerous weapons, at Idimu roundabout at about 9:30pm.

“I have to retreat immediately before they caught up with me. I narrowly escaped that day,’’ he said

Edited by Abiodun Esan, Rotimi Ijikanmi


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Constable recruitment: Applicants with tattoo, mentally unstable, stand disqualified – Command warns




The Police Command in Enugu State warns  that  shortlisted applicants wearing  tattoos and are mentally unstable stand to be automatically disqualified.

NAN reports that the week-long exercise backed by the Police Service Commission (PSC) started on Monday, July 1 and will end on Saturday, July 6.

It begins from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Command Headquarters, Enugu.

Amaraizu said that the exercise had been hitch-free as applicants from the 17 Local Government Areas had their various days of physical screening posted at the Police Headquarters and the Local Government headquarters.

The police spokesperson said that all applicants must first undergo physical appearance screening and certificate presentation.

According to him, shortlisted applicants will undergo extensive medical examination, body mass and height index measures as well as sight check.

“Team of police medical officers are examining if the applicant had tattoo or questionable mark on him or her and if that is spotted, it means automatic disqualification from the exercise.

“Our psychologists are also at the screening venue to examine the applicants psychologically to know their mental and emotional status.

“This is to ensure that they are psychologically balanced and mentally okay for the job,’’ he said.

NAN recalls that PSC had shortlisted 2,945 applicants in Enugu State for physical screening for police constable recruitment.

Shortlisted applicants must come to the screening venue with original and photocopies of their credentials as well as an office file, evidence of invitation letter from PSC, a duly signed guarantor’s form and two recent passport photographs.

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Unprofessional conduct will be punished – Lagos CP



The Commissioner of police in Lagos State, CP Zubairu Muazu, on Tuesday said that unprofessional conduct by officers and men in his command would not go unpunished.

Muazu reiterated this while reacting to issues raised during a stakeholders forum on Police accountability organised by the Human Rights and Civil Society groups in Lagos.

He said the force was doing everything possible to ensure that officers and men adhered to the ethics of the profession, stressing that anyone involved in misdemeanour would not be spared.

The commissioner said the challenges facing the force were enormous, and called on stakeholders to assist the police in tackling some of them.

Muazu cleared the air on the arrest of some people in Lagos wearing dreadlocks and tattoos for cultism, saying that not all persons wearing such belong to criminal gangs.

He said that most units, including the anti-cultism unit under his command, were undergoing reforms to ensure they carry out their duties diligently for better results.

The police boss, who expressed concern over increasing sexual abuse of children and teenagers in the state, called on members of the public for assistance in limiting the crime.

He assured the groups of regular meetings, with a view to updating them on issues raised.

The National Coordinator of Network on Police Reform in Nigeria (NOPRIN), Mr Chukwuma Nwanguma, said the forum was established to provide a platform for engagement with the police in Lagos State.

Nwanguma said the forum was also to understand the functioning of the various public complaints and discipline mechanisms and how civil society and other stakeholders could engage and strengthen them.

He said the forum, since inception, conducted public enlightenment through town hall meetings to create awareness of the accountability mechanisms.

“This meeting is therefore to seek your support for continued engagement and partnership with the Lagos State police command under your leadership.

“We want to promote police accountability, which enhances cordial police-citizen relations, and improve police image as well as identify, recognise and reward good conduct, “ he said.

A retired AIG, Mr Austin Iwar, who commended the forum, said the security of lives and property does not lie solely on the police, but everyone in the country.

Iwar said if there were crimes in any state, the government in power should be bothered, because that was its responsibility.

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Kim Kardashian, Kanye West help ex-convict remove face tattoo



American celebrity couple, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian has helped Paul Algarin, a North Carolina man recently released from prison remove his face tattoo.

This gesture came after it was revealed Kim Kardashian had reportedly helped free as many as 17 inmates by secretly funding a criminal justice campaign.

Algarin, a twin, was charged in 2013 with bringing guns to a Fayetteville high school.

The couple met Algarin and his family in Charlotte after his release from Central Prison in North Carolina where he served seven years, according to TMZ.

His twin sister Azaria revealed that the family had lunch with Kadashian and West before starting the procedure of removing her brother’s face tattoos.

Azaria said: “recently my twin was released from central prison where he served an accumulation of seven years.

“He asked me for Kim’s address so he could send her a letter and I rolled my eyes and never sent it.

Eventually, my mom sent it for him so he would stop harassing us.

“Never in a million years did I think Kim would write him back (or even read his letter), fly in right after they met gala (not to mention her 4th baby is due at any minute),

“They invest in our family, laugh and relate to us over the smallest things.

“Kim flew in to CLT with her doctor to have lunch with us and went to MedSpa nearby to start the procedure of removing my brothers face tattoos,’’ she said.

Kim, Kanye and Paul

Similarly, the ex-convicts mother who provided her son, Kim’s address that propelled him to write her said, “It was a great day and also a long day coming.

“My children and I had the awesome opportunity to meet @kimkardashian and her husband @kanyedoingthings.

“Kim was there to grant a request that my son asked her assistance with which was to remove a tattoo from his face. Thank God she received his letter and was happy to grant his request.

“Her work and dedication to helping others restart their lives and move forward with a more positive start is something that I am extremely grateful for and most appreciative.

“Kim and Kanye taking time out of their busy schedules to come meet and sit with us was amazing and an experience we will always remember,’’ she said.

The mother of three first began her social justice bids by petitioning President Donald Trump over the release of Tennessee grandmother Alice Marie Johnson in June last year.

The 63-year-old was pardoned by Trump after meeting Kim at the White House.

However, with her criminal justice campaign, it hoped that such efforts would go a long way to reducing criminality and putting the young ones on the paths to a crime-free life in the country.

Tattoo removal is a procedure done to remove an unwanted tattoo.

Common techniques used for tattoo removal include laser surgery, surgical removal and dermabrasion.

Tattoo ink is placed beneath the top layer of the skin.

That makes tattoo removal more complicated and expensive, but however specialist could remove it without causing skin irritation or reaction.

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