Day: November 14, 2018

Nigerian Broadcaster Mo Abudu Awarded Honorary Doctorate Degree By Westminster University

Nigerian based British media mogul Mosunmola “Mo” Abudu has bagged a honorary doctorate degree.

The degree was bestowed upon the award winning media personality by the University of Westminster, London in recognition of her contributions to broadcasting and enterprise in Nigeria.

This will be Ms Abudu’s second honorary degree!

Expressing her delight on achieving this recognition, Mo who was once described by Forbes as “Africa’s Most Successful Woman”.said “It is really exciting to be recognised for doing what you love. I am so humbled and grateful.

Lord I remain Grateful and thankful in your presence always.

I thank the EbonyLife team, partners, friends and last but not the least my family who continue to give me all the moral support and prayers that continue to keep me going, even when things get tough.

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With Mo in this image are (from left to right): Dr Peter Bonfield OBE, Vice-Chancellor, University of Westminster, Lady Sorrell OBE, Chancellor, University of Westminster. (Picture by AdeAsiko)

In 2006, Abudu started her Media outfit EbonyLife TV, a network airing in more than 49 countries across Africa, as well as in the UK and the Caribbean. It is a subsidiary of Media and Entertainment City Africa

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Ms Abudu through Ebony Life produced the 2 blockbusters Fifty and The Wedding Party which became the highest-grossing title of all time in the Nigerian film industry.

In March 2018, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced that they had concluded a three-year deal with EbonyLife TV that would include co-production of The Dahomey Warriors, a series about the Amazons who took on French colonialists in a 19th century west African kingdom

6 Charged Over Fatal Newham Shooting Of Young RAF Cadet

Detectives investigating the murder of Royal Air Force cadet Abdul Mayanja in Well Street, Newham, on 25 August 2017 have charged a total of six people.

The 19-year-old had left home to attend a friend’s barbecue party when he was shot in the street yards from Maryland Station in Stratford. He died in hospital.

Mr Mayanja, a cadet flight sergeant, was scheduled to move to Los Angeles the week after his death to finish his training.

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Sean Obazee, 22, of North Pole Road, W10 and Braeden Henry, 23, of Evelyn Road, E16 were charged with murder on Wednesday, 14 November.

They are due to appear at the Central Criminal Court on Friday, 16 November.

Jade Thrower, 23 was charged by postal requisition on Tuesday, 13 November with perverting the course of justice and Kieron Aransibia, 23, was charged by postal requisition on Tuesday, 13 November with perverting the course of justice.

They are due to appear at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 10 December.

Alex Simos, 20, of St Winefrides Avenue, E12 and Marvin Simos, 22, of Claremont Close, E16 had previously been charged with the murder of Abdul Mayanja.

Read also Army Cadet Shot to death on way to BBQ 

Both appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 12 November and at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, 14 November. They will next appear at the Old Bailey on 25 January.

To other people arrested in connection with this fatal shooting have now been released with no further action.


 

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UK Border Officer Convicted Of Arms And Drugs Smuggling

A border officer who attempted to smuggle firearms and drugs into the UK via the Channel Tunnel train whilst on duty, has been convicted of multiple offences following a trial at Isleworth Crown Court.

37 year old Simon Pellett of Elms Vale Road, Dover was found guilty on Monday, 12 November of three counts of being knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of the prohibition on the importation of goods (smuggling of cocaine, heroin and firearms) and misconduct in a public office.

Two of Pellett’s accomplices from an Organised Crime Group were also convicted for their part in the crimes.

David Baker, 55, of Lions Close, Eltham was also found guilty of three counts of being knowingly concerned in smuggling cocaine, heroin and firearms.

Alex Howard, 35 of Station Road, Teynham, Kent was found guilty of two counts of being knowingly concerned in smuggling cocaine, heroin and firearms.

All three men will be sentenced at the same court on Friday, 16 November.

The arrests came as a result of a joint, intelligence-led operation between the Met’s Organised Crime Command, the National Crime Agency (NCA), and the Central Office for the Repression of Organised Crime of the French National Police (OCLCO), which led officers to identify members of an international criminal network who were importing firearms and Class A drugs via the Eurotunnel Shuttle.

Investigators believe the defendants played a key part in a wider organised criminal network responsible for smuggling drugs and firearms into the UK.

Pellett, Howard, and Baker were observed by police in both the UK and France. On Friday, 6 October 2017, Pellet went to his place of work and collected an official Border Force van. He then drove alone and took the channel tunnel to France. But he was unaware the NCA had placed a listening device in his van, and as he drove he was heard making arrangements to rendezvous with Howard and Baker in Loon Plage, between Calais and Dunkirk.

In an attempt to provide a cover story, Pellet went to a wine warehouse and purchased some wine, placing this on show in the front of the van. He then drove further into France and went to a pre-arranged meeting point, a supermarket car park in Loon Plage. Howard was waiting in the car park area whilst Baker placed three heavy holdalls into Pellet’s Border Force van. All three men were then arrested by French police.

The three holdalls were subsequently found to contain eight pistols, two revolvers, a large quantity of ammunition, 28 kgs of cocaine (with a street value of £2.8 million) and 6 kgs of heroin (with a street value of £600,000). The drugs had a total street value of £3.4 million.

The firearms included self-loading and machine pistols, revolvers, silencers and suitable ammunition. There was also ammunition suitable for a Scorpion sub-machine gun.

All three suspects were extradited from France to the UK on 11 May 2018. The trail commenced on 8 October.

Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Sam Cailes from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command said: “This has been a complex and highly-successful joint operation that has effectively removed a criminal network, which included a serving corrupt Border Force official. We are committed to reducing the number of firearms entering the UK and potentially ending up in the hands of violent criminals. The removal of these weapons and drugs has reduced a significant threat to London’s communities.

Detective Superintendent Neil Ballard from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command added: “Our continued work with other agencies – both domestic and international – to deter organised criminality is having a real impact on making London safer for those who live and work here. We will relentlessly pursue people who are involved in the supply and possession of firearms and drugs and bring them to justice.”

David Rock from the NCA’s Anti-Corruption Unit said: “As a border officer, Pellet’s job was to prevent the illegal importation of goods into the UK, including firearms and drugs. He had the power to arrest anyone suspected of being involved in this type of crime, yet his personal greed made him susceptible to corruption and allowed him to be exploited by a UK-based organised crime group.

“Corruption at the border threatens the safety and security of the UK, which is why tackling it is such a priority for the NCA and law enforcement partners. This operation involved close collaboration between the British and French authorities and is a prime example of our international efforts to tackle cross-border organised crime.”

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