The family of a former finance minister, Nenadi Usman, has sent a petition the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over what it alleges is the cold blood murder of 31-year-old Anita Akapson, the daughter of the former minister.

In a petition signed by the lawyer to the family, Kayode Ajulo, the Usmans allege that the Akapson “was trailed, targeted, intercepted, her vehicle brushed, blocked and shot at close range by a police officer at Katampe District, Abuja.”

The victim, who recently returned to the country after her university education in the United Kingdom, was driving out of her house at Katampe Extension by Gwarimpa Estate in a Honda Accord car when she was intercepted and shot dead by a Superintendent of Police around 11 pm on Saturday.

The officer, whose identity is being witheld by the police was said to have mistaken her for a suspected car thief.

The force spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, said in a statement in Abuja on Monday, that the IG had ordered that the policemen be detained and also asked the Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, to carry out a thorough investigation into the incident.

It is believed that the police team had earlier arrested two suspected car theives around the victim’s neighbourhood.

The thieves had allegedly successfully demobilised the car and were about driving away when policemen arrested them, but one of them reportedly scaled the fence into Akapson’s compound.

The policemen then surrounded the building and were lying in wait for the fleeing suspect when the woman unexpectedly drove out of the compound.

“The SP fired at the car thinking it was the suspect that was driving out and the woman was hit by bullets. She was rushed to Gwarimpa General Hospital where she died,” a senior police officer said.

But the family said Akapson was shot in the stomach after the police blocked her car and punctured the tyres with several bullets.
The lawyer to the family, Ajulo, in the petition demanded a thorough investigation into the killing, stating that Akapson’s murderers were being shielded by the police authorities.

Ajulo hinted that Usman believed that the murder might have been politically motivated because of her position as a member of the leading opposition party in the country.

An excerpt from the petition states, “The circumstances of the trailing, tracking and gruesome murder of the deceased who had a strong affinity with Senator Nenadi Usman, a member of the leading opposition political party in Nigeria, and who is presently facing continuous prosecutions from the state, calls for thorough and comprehensive investigation.”

Petitioned: Inspector General of Nigerian Police Service Ibrahim Idris

“Given the level of intimidation of opposition by the instrumentalities of the state, our clients are worried as to the intent or possible calculated assassination of the deceased to further cause anguish to the family.”


Woman Falls To Her Death While Taking Selfie

A mum-of-two was filmed falling to her death from a 27th floor balcony as she tried to take a selfie.

It is understood the woman, named locally as 44-year-old Sandra Manuela Da Costa Macedo, lost her balance while leaning on a railing as she took a photo of herself.

Nearby construction workers filmed as she took photographs in fear that she would fall, moments before she tragically plunged from the building.

She was still holding a selfie stick as she fell, according to witnesses.

Paramedics rushed to the Luxor Tower in a popular neighbourhood of Panama City called El Cangrejo just after 10am local time on Friday.

Police sources told local media they think she was knocked off balance by a high gust of wind after spending several minutes taking photos.

According to reports Sandra only moved to Panama recently from the northern Portuguese town of Vila das Aves.

She had taught in schools in the resort of Esposende near Braga in northern Portugal and the nearby historic city of Viana do Castelo.

Erick Alzate, a witness who lives in the block, confirmed her death had been a tragic accident.

He said: ‘I live here in the tower where she fell. She had been taking selfies for a couple of minutes and construction workers on a block opposite were shouting to her to be careful.

‘She decided to sit on the railing for the last selfie and that’s when she went over the edge.’

Well-wishers took to social media today to offer their condolences to her family.

One said: ‘Rest in peace. Such a stupid way to die.’

Jose Guillermo added: ‘Peace for her soul and strength for her family.’

Maria del Carmen wrote: ‘Such a tragedy that such a beautiful lady like you loses their life this way.

‘My sincere condolences for your loved ones.’

23 Year Old Disembowelled And Killed Just Yards Away From His Home On His Birthday

A man has died and another is seriously injured after a stabbing in north-east London on Friday night.

Scotland Yard were called to the scene on Manford Way in Hainault at about 10.20pm.

One man, believed to be 23, was pronounced dead at the scene, while a second, thought to be aged 22, was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

Hainault stabbing
People leave flowers at the scene (John Stillwell/PA)

The Metropolitan Police said a murder investigation had been launched and that no arrests had been made.

The victim named as Moses Mayele was found dead just 200 yards from his home on Friday evening. He had been celebrating his birthday.

He was reportedly disembowelled

Meanwhile, a man thought to be in his 20s suffered gunshot injuries in a separate incident in Hackney on Friday night.

It is believed the man was shot at by two people on a moped, police said.

Officers and paramedics were called to the scene on Amhurst Road, near the junction with Downs Passage, at about 9.30pm.

Hainault stabbing
The stabbing happened in Manford Way in Hainault at about 10.20pm on Friday night (John Stillwell/PA)

The victim was taken to an east London hospital, and his condition was not believed to be life-threatening.

The incidents come amid heightened concern about rising levels of violent crime in the capital.

The total the number of homicides in London so far this year reached 100 last month.

Anyone with information about the incidents should contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Nigerian Scientist Honoured By Japan’s Economy, Trade And Industry Minister

A Nigerian scientist was recently awarded the Japan Minister Of Economy, Trade and Industry 2018 Award for contributions to the industry in the area of standardization.

John Ologbosere is the Chairman, Committee of Testing Laboratories (CTL) an organisation responsble for achieving reproducibility of test results and to promote a close collaboration between testing laboratories.


The work of the CTL is carried out through the IECEE (International Electro-technical Commission System for Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electro-technical Equipment and Components).

IECEE is a multilateral certification system based on IEC International Standards. Its Members use the principle of mutual recognition (reciprocal acceptance) of test results to obtain certification or approval at national levels around the world.



The IECEE Schemes address the safety, quality, efficiency and overall performance of components, devices and equipment for homes, offices, workshops, health facilities among others. In all, IECEE covers 23 categories of electrical and electronic equipment and testing services.

The IECEE Schemes, based on IEC International Standards, are truly global in concept and in practice. They help reduce trade barriers caused by different certification criteria in different countries and help industry access new markets. They eliminate the delays and costs of multiple testing, thus allowing companies to market their products faster while reducing overall manufacturing costs.



In his acceptance speech, the Edo State, Nigeria indigene and University of Benin graduate said “My sincere gratitude goes to Japan IECEE Member Body, TUV Rheinland Group and the IECEE CTL community for the nomination and support. I couldn’t have done it without you.”

UK Doctors To Prescribe Cannabis To Patients From 1 November

Doctors will be able to prescribe cannabis products to patients as early as next month, Sajid Javid has announced.

The Home Secretary said they will start handing out the prescriptions from November 1.

The new rules apply to England, Wales and Scotland, and follow several high-profile cases, including that of young epilepsy sufferers Alfie Dingley and Billy Caldwell, whose conditions appeared to be helped by cannabis oil.

Doctors will be able to prescribe cannabis products to patients as early as next month, Sajid Javid has announced (Picture: Getty)

Setting out the new regulations regarding cannabis-based products for medicinal use, Mr Javid said: ‘This brings these products explicitly into the existing medicines framework.

‘These regulations are not an end in themselves. The ACMD (Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs) will be conducting a long-term review of cannabis and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has been commissioned to provide advice for clinicians by October next year.

‘The Government will monitor the impact of the policy closely as the evidence base develops and review when the ACMD provides its final advice.’

Vodafone Ad Banned For Misleading Customers

A Vodafone advert starring Martin Freeman has been banned for being misleading.
The television advert features the actor appearing to break up with a partner, before it is revealed he’s actually trying to leave his mobile phone provider.

The Advertising Standards Authority acted on complaints that the advert implied customers can leave a phone contract at any point, despite Vodafone’s service guarantee only applying to the first 30 days of a new deal.

ASA said the ad gave the impression that Freeman’s character wanted to leave a contract that had been in place for some time.

His character in the ad said: “I haven’t got the strength to keep arguing with you,” before a voice-over said: “Breaking up’s never easy but, unlike other networks, Vodafone has a 30-day service guarantee, so if you don’t love us, you can leave us.”

Eleven viewers complained to the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) that the wording was misleading because it did not make clear that customers could only cancel in the first 30 days of a new deal.

The ASA said the ad gave the impression that Freeman’s character was wanting to leave a contract that had been in place for some time, but the service guarantee acted as a 30-day cooling-off period.

The ASA said: “After that point, consumers would face those same difficulties in trying to leave their contract with Vodafone, and whilst we acknowledged Vodafone’s reference to the small print which referred to the terms and conditions on the website, we did not consider that this altered the impression presented by the ad.

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