Day: October 4, 2017


Lee Rigby’s killer is suing for £25,000 after claiming his treatment in prison was a “gross affront to his personal dignity”, court papers reveal.

Attention seeking murderer Michael Adebolajo, 32, is demanding compensation after he lost two teeth during a scuffle with guards in 2013.

He claims he was assaulted by warders at Belmarsh Prison in South East London and suffered “distress, loss and damage”

The officers were all cleared of any wrongdoing at a previous hearing.

Documents obtained by the Mirror say his “psychiatric injury” was made worse because officials “continue to fail to apologise”.

Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale

Islamist extremists Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, 28, ran Fusilier Lee over in their car near his barracks in Woolwich, South East London, in 2013.

The killer then tried to cut off 25-year-old Lee’s head with a knife.

Lee’s father, Phil McClure, 57, said: “He never apologised for what he did to my son and now he wants an apology from the Prison Service?”

He added that the “compo” bid was ‘scandalous’

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Families of murder victims can claim up to £11,000 compensation.

Mr McClure added: “He’s asking for more than twice that. It’s scandalous.”

This is the third time since the murderer’s incarceration that he would be attempting to lodge suits against government departments for so called injuries. He has unsuccessfully tried to sue the Ministry of Justice,  and the prison service for personal injury before this ridiculous suit for “affront to personal dignity. half of his problem was from getting any self respecting solicitors to represent him as no one has desired to be linked with the insane woolwich butcher.

Court papers say Adebolajo posed an “extreme risk” to prison officers and would become fixated on female staff. 
The case is expected to go to trial, costing £100,000.


A five-year-old boy has tragically died after accidentally shooting himself Tuesday afternoon, police say.

Judah Todman was ‘mortally wounded’ after suffering a gunshot wound that appeared to be self-inflicted inside a family member’s vehicle, WKMG reported.

The incident happened at 3.57pm in the parking lot of Neighborhood Kids Academy in the 200 block of Neighborhood Market Road.

The little boy was taken across the street to Florida Hospital East where he was pronounced dead.

This comes less than 24 hours after crazed stephen Paddock opened fire with an automatic machine gun on an open air Country Music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada, killing over 50 and seriously wounding almost 600 people

Judah Todman, aged 5, tragically died after accidentally shooting himself Tuesday afternoon  in the parking lot of Neighborhood Kids Academy (above) in Orange County, Florida

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office did not say if anyone was with the five-year-old boy in the vehicle at the time of the shooting.

Authorities believe that the shooting was accidental and the investigation is ongoing.

The state attorney’s office will review the case.

It’s unclear who the gun belonged to. Authorities have also not said if anyone will face charges.


 Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said that people need to make sure they keep their guns locked and away from children.

‘Adults need to make certain that they secure their firearms even when they are in a car because children are naturally curious,’ Demings told WFLA.



A man who mercilessly attacked a family who took him in and tried to help him has been sentenced to life in prison following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court.
Aaron  Barley was found and taken home by Tracey Wilkinson in 2016 after seeing him sleeping rough. The family befriended him and treated him as one of their own. Peter Wilkinson had even given him a job in one of his businesses but decided to repay the family’s kindness with his gruesome attack on them.


On the morning of March 30 this year, he went into the bedroom of the Tracey Wilkinson in their home in Stourbridge, West Midlands, and stabbed her for a total of 17 times while standing over her on the couple’s bed. Next he went into the family’s 13 year old son Pierce’s room and stabbed him 8 times.

Mr Wilkinson was attacked outside of the house as he returned from walking the family dog but he survived and called the police who apprehended the killer as he tried to flee in the family’s Range Rover.


The family’s 18-year-old daughter, Lydia, escaped the attack on March 30 because she was at Bristol University but she has suffered serious psychological damage and is “haunted” that she wasn’t there to protect her little brother.

The cold hearted murderer has shown no remorse for his actions. Only regret that he didn’t successfully kill Mr Wilkinson.

Sentencing him to a minimum life sentence of 30 years, Mrs Justice Carr described the attacks in the Wilkinson family home as “vicious and unprovoked” and she told Barley, 24: “You knew that you were destroying the family. It is what you intended.”

Mrs Justice Carr told the defendant he might never be released from prison and that she had only stopped short of giving him a whole-life tariff because of his youth. She told Birmingham Crown Court: “You abused your knowledge of the family home, which you had only gained through the Wilkinsons’ extraordinary kindness and generosity to you.

“Mrs Wilkinson and Pierce, only 13, were in bed at home, where they were entitled to feel and should have been safe. No remorse “You have shown no remorse”.

“Chilling” security camera footage, recovered from the family home, showing Barley “crawling” on all fours around the Wilkinsons’ back garden moments before attacking. The judge added: “The Wilkinson family, and in particular Mrs Wilkinson, had done nothing but their best to help you.
Barley had been taken in by the family, after 50-year-old Mrs Wilkinson spotted him sleeping rough at a supermarket in the spring of 2016.

“The family’s understandable anger and distress has been obvious to all. “Mr Wilkinson says that words cannot express the devastating and traumatic effect your action have had on his family. “They showed you love and respect which you had not enjoyed before. He has been left with a void in his life that is permanent.” The judge added: “The court has read and heard the victim personal statements of Mr Wilkinson and Lydia, who herself was only 18 years of age at the time of these offences. “He cannot understand how Pierce was taken at such a young age.

Mr Wilkinson carries not only the physical but also the emotional effects of your actions. “He has weekly counselling and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. He has only recently been able to return to what was a much-loved and happy family home. “His life has, in short, been shattered in a way that he cannot understand.”

Praising the courage and maturity of Ms Wilkinson, who read a victim impact statement in open court on Tuesday, the judge added: “Her mother was her closest confidante and Lydia would do anything for her little brother. “She is haunted by the fact that she was not there to protect him. She will never forget her traumatic return to Stourbridge.

“She is a shell of her former self, lacking concentration, having formerly being achieving at university, confident and enjoying life. “She has anxiety attacks and cannot be left alone. She too is receiving psychological treatment.”

The judge also told the killer, who admitted the murders: “You clearly represent a very significant risk of serious harm to members of the public. “No sentence, of course, will ever bring Mrs Wilkinson and Pierce back to their family and friends.”


The Akindolie family have awarded medical scholarships to two exceptional UK medical students from a minority ethnic background.

The Akindolie Medical Scholarship is now in its second year and was established by Funke Abimbola MBE (nee Akindolie), Dr Omowunmi Akindolie and Dr Femi Akindolie (junior) in 2016 in remembrance of their father, Dr Frank Olufemi Akindolie.

“Our father was a gifted, German-trained doctor who ran a successful medical practice in Lagos, Nigeria for many years. He tragically died of liver cancer in 2012. Dad had already set up a medical foundation in Nigeria and, as a follow on from this, I decided (with the support of 2 of my younger siblings, both of whom are doctors in the UK) to award medical scholarships to UK-based, minority ethnic medical students with strong leadership potential”, said Funke Abimbola, a lawyer and diversity leader in the UK.

Picture of Dr Frank Olufemi Akindolie

“The UK scholarship is privately funded by myself and my 2 younger siblings. This year, like last year, we received a high volume of truly outstanding applications, such that it was impossible to limit the scholarship to a single award as originally planned – there was notable competition for the 1 scholarship we were offering. In light of this, and also to mark the 30th anniversary of Black History Month in the UK, we decided to award 2 scholarships this year, recognising 2 exceptional medical students and their sustainable contributions to the wider community”.

The winners of the 2017 Akindolie Medical Scholarship are 24 year old Seun Olusanya, who is a 5th year medical student at Exeter Medical School and Ivan Beckley, 22, who recently graduated from University College London Medical School with a BSc in global health. Ivan is currently undertaking an MSc in Data Science (the first medical student to do so in UCL’s history) following which he will complete the remainder of his medical studies.

Confirming what made the successful candidates stand out from their peers, Funke Abimbola said:

“Seun’s resilience and tenacity is an inspiration to many. Together with her younger sister, she has experienced significant personal family loss whilst still maintaining her drive and focus. She has a keen interest in paediatrics, trauma and emergency medicine and is currently developing an interest in research with a plan to complete an MSc by research in Medical Science. What made Seun really stand out was her commitment to sport, in particular, rowing. Seun is currently part of the Team GB rowing development stream and has clear aspirations to compete at the 2020 Olympics. She is one of only a handful of black women rowing at this level. Her rowing has seen her medal at national events, coupled with which she was selected for the biennial World University Games and a GB elite development camp. In addition to this, Seun is President of the University of Exeter Rowing Club (comprising over 300 members), ensuring the welfare of the club’s members, the club’s longevity and its success within the university community.”

Picture of Miss Seun Olusanya

“Ivan is the eldest of three siblings, born and raised in South London to parents who moved to the UK following the 1991 Civil war in Sierra Leone. As well as being an outstanding medical student, Ivan has demonstrated sustainable leadership and selfless ‘giving back’. In August 2014, he founded Limitless Generation CIC, a social enterprise that has worked with 100s of young people, empowering them to be confident about being ambitious and securing early stage funding from the likes of UnLtd, NCVYS and TedxTeen. Ivan has received multiple awards for his contributions to society and to mark his academic achievements. He became the first Medical Director of the first Leadership and Management society (UCLU LMS) in the 100-year history of UCL. To date, UCLU LMS has over 200 paying members, close to 1,000 newsletter subscribers, was named the fastest growing society at UCL at the start of the 2016/17 academic year and, in June 2017, was named as the best new society at UCL (an award that any one society can only win once in its history)”.

Picture of Ivan Beckley

Seun and Ivan will each receive a cash bursary together with a year’s leadership mentoring. They will be presented with their awards at an upcoming ceremony taking place at the British Medical Association in the coming weeks.

For more information about the Akindolie Medical Scholarship, see:




The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), on Tuesday, held the inauguration ceremony of its Christ Against Drug Abuse Ministry (CADAM) Rehabilitation Centre at Araga-Epe in Lagos, Nigeria.

General Overseer of the RCCG, Pastor Adeboye, represented by his wife, Pastor Mrs Adeboye, said that the CADAM initiative was founded in 1991 by Pastor Ezekiel Odeyemi, a Special Assistant to the GO of RCCG.

He explained that the centre started as a department in the RCCG to visit addiction victims at home and at hospitals to pray and minister to their physical and emotional needs.

According to Pastor Mrs Adeboye, the name was changed in 1996 to enable a wider dimension as well as remove the negative stigma associated with addiction – stigma directed at the addicts and their families.

”Since inception, the centre has assisted more than 2, 000 beneficiaries, most of whom have become professionals and useful members of the society.

”Over N200 million has been spent so far to put up the facilities.

”The centre will soon commence full implementation of educational and skill acquisition programmes for empowerment, ” she said.


Speaking at the inauguration of the centre, Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Tuesday urged parents, guardians and caregivers to watch out for signs of drug addiction in their children and wards to tackle it fast.

Ambode said that drug abuse was harmful to its victims and threatens the peace of the society.

He said that it was important for parents to be vigilant as drug addicts could be easily lured into crime which would ultimately threaten the development of any society.

”Let me use this opportunity to implore parents, guardians and caregivers to be vigilant in order to detect early signs of drug addiction in their children and seek help from appropriate quarters before it gets complicated, he continued.

He added “On our part as a government, we shall continue to take preventive measures through public campaign programmes, especially among our youths so that they are adequately informed on the dangers of drug abuse, ”

Governor Ambode hailed the General Overseer of RCCG Worldwide, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, and his wife, Pastor Mrs Folu, for joining in the fight against the menace.

He promised that the state government would support the initiative to achieve the desired aims.

According to the Governor, “CADAM has, on its own, with it own resources, picked up, fed, sheltered, treated and rehabilitated many people who have been addicted to drugs, and given them a new life.

”I am optimistic that many lives that had been compromised as a result of drug addiction will be redeemed, stabilised and given a new hope for a better and meaningful future, ” he said.



As a strong fearless African woman born in the UK but raised in a remote part of Nigeria by a bold, fearless and totally devoted, loving, caring, humane and extraordinarily conscientious farmer grandmother “my indefatigable Amazon and philosopher” I returned to England in the late 80s very confident, brazen, defensive and sometimes totally loud and pugnacious.

I grew up through the civil war in Nigeria and served as a farm hand for gran,  helping to harvest melon seeds, cassava, yam and others plus helping to fry and sell garri in the market to earn our living.

Gran had no room for lazy people. If I said that I had headache or belly ache, she simply gave me salt in water for belly ache, warm therapy Apc, touched my head or belly and said “agu Nwanyi, you will be OK, now get on with your work”

Upon returning to the UK after higher education and a failed marriage blessed with three children,  at an age when many girls are still not sure what to do with their lives, it did not take time for me to learn that although my attitude was good enough to repel faint hearted friends and enemies, it was the deal breaker or barrier in my way to any successful career.

I took on anyone who I thought was prejudiced against me for whatever reason my mind told me. Many employers loved but loathed me. I just could not be bothered because I had been led to believe that everyone who is not the same colour as me is racist. I bought into that delusion and was always combat ready not realising that I had become very insecure to a pint of delusion judging anyone who tried to correct me as agent of my imaginary oppressors.

What I did not realise was that I was deeply loved and adored by a few people but they were afraid to get too close. I stupidly thought that I had street credibility and the fear I caused or (commanded in my delusion) was respect.

Well, it took an incident for me to learn that although I was good at my work, senior management feared that a promotion for me will be catastrophic. They were at the same time afraid of losing my talent and dedication. I had brilliant reports but was never shortlisted for promotion. As you can imagine, I would have none of it and waged war. I threatened to bring down the roof and everyone including Union reps were targets because in my mind they had all taken sides with my imaginary oppressor.

This then forced senior management friends to have series of meetings with me. I was told how much I was loved and respected for who I am and how my attitude was my biggest enemy.

That was a turning point. I began to watch how other people reacted or responded to issues and followed the advice a Caucasian boss I considered a father constantly rolled out with so much love. He took me to launch and walks in the park on several occasions. At those times we discussed my strengths and weaknesses and how to use or change them in order to fit in.

One thing he commended me on was my readiness to learn and on that note approved many personal development causes. They worked. Trust me they do!

Today, I am a better person who will always argue my case without losing it, pulling off my gloves, rolling up my sleeves and and asking others to bring it on.

Why am I writing this now? I called my GP surgery for an appointment after hours because I fell asleep early this morning. I was told that they could not make any appointment for me.

I was cool, calm and respectful knowing that the receptionist was only following their policy. In the past, I would have started jumping up and down, asking for the Practice manager. But I did not.

Guess what? It paid off. I got more than an appointment because I was not rude and aggressive.

So manners are key to advancement and success in life.

Many of us in our fifties and the younger ones must take critical looks at ourselves and see where we may be going wrong and why we are not likely reach the pinnacle of careers careers despite being admirably talented and holding tons of degrees. It’s not weakness to do so. It’s strength!

Ask your friends to assess you or take online attitude tests and seek help if you find yourself wanting.

Being rude, aggressive and non compromising even when you are at fault may give you street credibility among mannerless people like you, but will never move you up the ladder.

What is the point in bagging tons of degrees and doing nothing with them? That is a waste of talent , time and money.

You could do better if you accept that there may be need for improvements here and there.

I did and it worked for me. Don’t be a failure because of your attitude.



JCOJenny is a UK based Solicitor and Advocate. She is the Founder of Nigerian Women In Diaspora Leadership Forum and a member of several other professional and  community organisations. 

She is a socio-political activist and commentator; a passionate community leader, mentor, trainer and coach.

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