Day: December 6, 2018

BREAKING NEWS: 22 Year Old From Ijebu Ode, Nigeria Becomes World’s Youngest Chartered Quantity Surveyor.

Lanre Onanuga has just passed his Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors examination, making him, at just over 22, the youngest Chartered Quantity surveyor.

The record holder before him was 23 years old.

The University of Reading, England graduate is from the well known Onanuga family in Ijebu Ode. His parents, Bode and Yemi are ex Osuites and owners of the Ijebu Ode Mr Biggs franchise, among other entrepreneurial holdings.

London born Lanre attended Atlantic Hall in Lagos before returning to the UK for his undergraduate education.

Lanre has dwarfed other RICS records today by passing his examination for acceptance as Member of the Royal Institute of Quantity Surveyors (MRICS) at 22 years.

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15 Years Jail Sentence For Sexual Predator Who Used Fake Social Media Profile To Seduce And Then Blackmail His Victims

A man who used fake social media profiles to convince young women to send compromising images of themselves before blackmailing and raping one of them has been jailed.

Rhys Miller-Offiong, 24 (17.05.94) of Muirkirk Road, SE6 was jailed for 15 years with an four-year extended licence at Woolwich Crown Court on Thursday, 6 December.

On his release, he will be made to sign the Sex Offenders Register for an indefinite period and will be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Miller-Offiong had pleaded guilty at the same court on 5 November to one count of rape, one count of blackmail, four counts of distributing indecent images of a child, three counts of disclosing private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress, and one count of committing an offence with intent to commit a sexual offence.

A further count of rape and attempted rape were ordered to lie on file.

An investigation was launched after Miller-Offiong raped a 19-year-old woman at an address in Catford on 24 August 2017.

Miller-Offiong had met the woman online using a fake profile. He had initially persuaded her to send intimate images to him and then set up a meeting with her. When the victim attended and realised Miller-Offiong was not the person she thought she had been engaging with online, he threatened to send the images to her friends and family if she refused to go with him. Under duress, the woman went with Miller-Offiong to an address in Catford where she was raped.

The offence was reported to police who managed to identify Miller-Offiong through his social media profiles. Further investigations established two other young women who had been snared online by Miller-Offiong and tricked into sending compromising images and videos of themselves to him.

He was arrested and subsequently charged.

Detective Constable Paul Harakis of the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command said:

“Miller-Offiong is a predatory sex offender who has drawn unsuspecting girls into his sexual trap via social media. The victims in this case have shown real strength of character and fortitude by both assisting our investigation and providing evidence to the court which left Miller-Offiong with little option than to plead guilty.

“I would like to praise their bravery and courage in coming forward and I hope it gives them some form of closure now that Miller-Offiong is behind bars.”

= Miller-Offiong was sentenced as follows:

– rape; 15 years’ imprisonment plus a four-year extended licence;
– blackmail; four years’ imprisonment to run concurrently;
– four counts of distributing indecent images of a child; ten months’ imprisonment for each offence to run concurrently;
– three counts of disclosing private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress; ten months’ imprisonment for each offence to run concurrently;
– commit an offence with intent to commit a sexual offence; two year’s imprisonment to run concurrently.

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Met Police Launch Domestic Violence Awareness Video Campaign

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has today Thursday, 6 December, launched a video campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse and encourage victims to seek help and support.

The campaign coincides with 16 days of focused activity around domestic abuse which commenced on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (Sunday, 25 November).

The two short videos feature scenarios which illustrate typical behaviours of both victims and abusers in relation to physical abuse and coercive control; the latter often being overlooked as a form of domestic abuse.

The purpose is to convey the message to victims that “you are not alone” and to encourage them to “tell someone.” They also highlight the other medical professionals and partner agencies who can offer support alongside the police.

The videos, which are supported by Women’s Aid, Refuge, NHS England and the London Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, will be played in GP surgeries across London.

Zena, who in 2016 was assaulted by her ex-husband and has watched the two videos, said: “It’s good to put out a message that domestic abuse is more than just physical abuse; in my experience the controlling and following was the worst. People may not realise that messaging and turning up unannounced is abuse so I think it’s great that the police are sending the message that abuse isn’t just physical.

“I think showing this in doctors’ surgeries is an especially great idea. Sometimes I sat there and wanted to cry and hoped that people would just ask the right questions. Seeing the woman in the video break down is what got me. Anything the police do to raise awareness is positive.

“I suffered domestic abuse for a long time and I only realised it through the experiences of others. The best thing I ever did was report it to police after I left an abusive relationship. It has taken me a long time to get back to a good place.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Vandenbergh, who came up with the idea to create the videos, said: “Domestic abuse is more than just violence. It is also the psychological and emotional abuse from a partner, which can traumatise the victim.

“These videos clearly show this and I hope give a rounded view of what a victim could be going through. I hope these videos strike a chord with those who might be experiencing domestic abuse, and encourage them to come forward and report it so they can be fully supported, not only by the police but by other charities and partner agencies.

“I also hope that these videos raise awareness amongst the public, so they are able to spot the signs in others going through it and help them.

“This is just a small part of what the MPS is doing to tackle domestic abuse and we continue to be fully committed to safeguarding victims and bringing perpetrators to justice.”

Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said: “From our work with survivors, we know that for many women their doctor’s surgery or hospital might be the only place where they are alone and feel safe enough to disclose their experience of domestic abuse, especially coercive and controlling behaviour. Health professionals, like GPs or nurses, can play a huge role in ensuring that survivors get the support they need to escape this form of abuse.

“This campaign by the MPS will help send out the powerful message to survivors that they are not alone and there is help out there for them – whether the abuse is physical or mental. By working together, the police, NHS and specialist agencies can give the right response to survivors of coercive and controlling behaviour to help them rebuild their life free from fear and abuse.”

During the 16 days of action, domestic abuse offenders have been targeted as part of the Met’s ongoing commitment to safeguard victims of domestic abuse and their families. The activity runs in addition to similar work carried out throughout the year under Operation Dauntless – the Met’s focus on and commitment to reducing violence against women and girls.