Day: April 16, 2018

Police Renews Appeal For Information On Kevin Oduniyi’s Murder

Just over a month on from the murder of 19-year-old Kelvin Odunuyi in Wood Green, detectives are renewing appeals for information.

Police in Haringey were called to Hollywood Green, High Road, N22 at 00:32hrs on Thursday, 8 March following reports of a shooting.

Armed police attended along with London Ambulance Service (LAS) and found the victim suffering from a gun shot injury.

He was taken by LAS to a central London hospital where he sadly died a short while later.

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He was later identified as Kelvin Odunuyi, from the Barnet area.

A post mortem examination was held at Haringey Public Mortuary on Monday, 12 March and cause of death was given as a gunshot wound to the head.

A 21-year-old man [A] was arrested on suspicion of murder in the Archway area on Sunday, 11 March during an armed operation. He was later released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Officers from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command continue to investigate.

DCI Luke Marks of the Homicide and Major Crime Command leading the investigation, said: “Kelvin was a young man not yet out of his teens when he was ruthlessly gunned down, leaving his family utterly devastated and bereft.

“Enquiries have led us to believe that a pillion passenger on a moped that had mounted the pavement fired several shots in Kelvin’s direction before speeding off.

“It is vital that we identify the people behind this shooting, and would urge anyone with information about Kelvin’s murder to come forward.”

Anyone who has information concerning this case but has not yet come forward is asked to contact the Incident Room on 02083580200, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting CAD 124/08March.

 

MetPolice News Desk

 


 

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Polive Launch Murder Investigation Following Fatal Colindale Stabbing

A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a man in Colindale.

Police were called at 17:58hrs on Sunday, 15 April, to Zenith Close, Colindale, NW9 to reports of a stabbing.

Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance.

A 26-year-old man was found at the scene suffering stab injuries.

He was taken to a central London hospital by the London Ambulance Service, where he was pronounced dead later that evening.

Enquiries are underway to trace next of kin.

We await formal identification. A post-mortem will be scheduled in due course.

The victim and the suspect are known to each other.

Enquiries are ongoing.

A 34-year-old woman was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder. She was taken to a north London police station where she remains in custody at this time.

A crime scene is in place and enquiries continue.

Omo-Onile, Community Leaders & Local Traditional Rulers: The Real Reasons Many Nigerian Communities Are Underdeveloped

This morning, I stumbled across a thread discussing the reasons many areas and communities across Nigeria are suffering from a complete lack of infrastructural development. Many areas have terrible almost disintegrating roads,  inadequate or non existent electricity supply die to broken down transformers – that is on top of the nation’s epileptic power production, and a general semblance of neglect and abandonment.

But reading from the collective comments and opinions relayed on the thread, many of them from different areas of the country, one would be right in concluding that contrary to a commonly held belief that Nigerian authorities are un-interested in the development of their communities and local areas, the inhabitants of those areas are the real problem and the direct obstacles to the development of their communities.

The post on Lanre Odejinmi’s wall read:

I’m somewhere in Lagos, where one man built an hotel on the street and brought a new transformer for help the street and by extension his hotel business.
Youth in the area then demanded he must pay N100,000 before it will be installed. The man couldn’t understand why he has to pay to help the street. That was how the transformer got connected to just his hotel.
Another place I stayed last year had a terrible road.
I was surprised a Chinese construction company was dredging the water in the community and using the sands for their construction across the state.
Why will a construction company with heavy duty trucks the ply the road not construct the road as part of their social responsibility?

I learnt they wanted to,
Community refused. They want the money. 
They were paid. The money went to voicemail.
That is how the road has remained that way.

When we talk about under development in this country, often times we fail to see this side of it.
Community sabotaging any form of development just for selfish reasons”.

This scenario reads very eerily similar to a version of events given me by a former top official of  one of  Ogun State’s ministries.

We were talking about the administration of the current state governor Senator Amosun. I commented on the fact that the governor had chosen to neglect Ijebu Ode and left the major Ogun State town in a state of almost complete ruin and structural underdevelopment. In almost 8 years of Governors Amosun, Ijebu Ode seems to have enjoyed very little attention from the government and the roads in many areas of the town are almost unpassable.

But the response I was given was that the roads in Ijebu Ode have remained in the appalling state they are mainly because of the actions of  “community leaders” in the town. According to the source, partisan differences, placed many indigenes of the town at loggerheads with the governor who allegedly vowed to withhold all cooperation with the governor and his administration.

Strangely, though, this stance included the determination to thwart every of the governors move or efforts in the town. One of such examples is the consistent stand that no single construction machinery owned by firms contracted by Amosun’s government will set foot in the town if local contractors (???) were not used – or the community be paid huge sums of money in lieu before any work can be commenced. So rigid were the community leaders in their determination that allegedly, the Awujale of Ijebuland himself, Oba Sikiru Adetona,  tried in vain to convince the warring leaders to change their minds, reminding them that their decision was working against the good and benefit of the town.

Whether or not this account is based on facts or simple allegations, they couldn’t be any more similar to other accounts from other commentators on the thread from all over the country.
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One comment read ” Chevron wanted to fix Alpha Beach road, The Baale and his Omo’onile boys stopped the work that they will be given 40 million for a road being constructed for them. Chevron shelved the plan. The road is a sorry state till now”

Another comment read “Shell was to tar the major road from Oju-Ore down to the main town. The parasites from the town wanted the company to give them money. Shell have no option than to stop a few meters after their plant”

Still another comment in the same vein “Same in my Dad’s area in Badagry. Anybody that stands to repair the road, the community elders will fight the person until such person dies a strange death. Na so everybody wey rich go buy big jeep to waka on the road. I don buy big high jeep for my parents too. Lets the poor suffer it. Ko kan aye. (Now anyone that can afford to, simply buys a jeep to drive on the road. I too have bought a jeep for my parents. Let the poor continue to suffer. That is their business – not mine)

In another scenario, a commentator wrote ” When service providers dig the roads to lay their cables, the local government charges them  to fix the road after laying their cables… and they pay. Local government then refuses to fix the road and we all blame the network company for spoiling the road”

Which would lead one to question – do these saboteurs realise the impact of their actions on the community?

Are their motives borne out of ignorance, illiteracy, selfishness, povety or sheer wickedness? Because the few naira notes they will be given – if anyone does, will run out usually after a few weeks or months, after haven been spent on clothes, beer, cigarettes and drugs, but the new clean roads or transformer will serve the collective benefit of the community.

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It is a great shame and simply too bad that a nation such as Nigeria has produced citizens that prefer cash over infrastructural development. Many Nigerians complaining about the current administration, list the lack of cashflow as their number 1 reason. This is because as a nation under the highly corrupt administration of the last President Jonathan, Nigerians got accustomed to the free flow of cash from the stuffed pockets and “Ghana Must Go” bags of corrupt politicians and treasury looters. Under the last administration, cash was in abundance supply and the effect  trickled downwards from the loot masters down to family members, friends, staff, errand boys, and in turn, their their family. Everyone was happy  – even if because the cash that made them happy was looted or illegally acquired – no one cared.

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Just as loutish “omo-oniles” and selfish community leaders do not care about the ease of life or the elevation to the standard of living that good roads and other infrastructural developments can bring to the lives of their fellow residents. As long as they had their greedy mouths stuffed with illicit Naira notes, everyone else can go and hug a transformer – if they can find a working one.

And if a refusal to pay means that the construction of the new road was not going ahead – so be it.

 

 

The Shame Of Randy Nigerian Lecturers

A few weeks ago, a recording emerged of a Nigerian university student being propositioned by one of her lecturers to gave sex with him on an astonishing 5 sessions for a pass mark

The recording, featuring the shameful exchange with a man old enough to be the female student’s father, exposes what has become a scourge within the country’s education system particularly in higher institutions of learning whereby lecturers offer female students pass marks for sex and male students, large amounts of cash, was made by the student to expose the evil mindedness and exploitative nature of the lecturer Prof Rev Akindele Richard of the Obafemi Awolowo University’s Accounting Department

In 2010 Prof. Peter Otubu of the Engineering Faculty, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma offered to pass his 400 level student, Judith Okosun, if she agreed to sleep with him. She did and yet he failed her feigning not to have remembered her matriculation number. He unbelievably invited her for sex again promising to pass her this time.

She cleverly turned the tables on him by inviting him to her off campus apartment instead of meeting him at a hotel. As soon as he took his clothes off, she ripped them to shreds and got her neighbours to video his humiliation.

• Female voice: Judith
• Judith: Uhh
• Femaile Voice: I wan talk to you
• Lecturer: You don naked me now
• Judith: (apparently calling the man) Otubu
• Lecturer: Yes?
• Judith: Otubu?
• Lecturer: Yes?
• Judith: Oh. Sheybi you for don pass me (meaning she already got a passing grade from an earlier sexual encounter with the professor) , make I go. It is better than all this sweat.
• Lecturer: the other time I didn’t know your number then
• Judith: Ah, ahn, you didn’t know…you did it intentionally
• Lecturer: No, no, no no
• Judith: So that I will come and you’ll do it again , so that you will f**k
• Lecturer: Me!*

 

The fall out was Prof. Otubu lost his job, his wife died from depression and he is presently estranged from his kids. Amazingly, Judith Okosun was re-victimized by being rusticated from the University for 6 semesters despite previously complaining of her plight and being ignored until she took the law into her own hands.

It’s now Prof. Richard Akindele’s turn to bask in the spotlight of infamy.

One hopes these embarassing exposures will cause randy and grubby fingered Nigerian lecturers to desist from this most despicable of acts

University Authorities must also find a way to put a stop to lecturers exploiting their students by thoroughly investigating claims and accusations of sexual harassment made by students against their lecturers and carry out appropriate action to punish offenders rather than sweeping this serious academic problem under the rug leaving students to take the law into their own hands.