Category: DIASPORA NEWS

Teenager Sentenced To 15 Years In Jail For Guns And Drugs Offences

A teenager has been jailed for firearms offences after shots were discharged in Leyton.

Daniel Fakoya, 18 of Priory Court, E17 was sentenced to 15 years in jail and a further three years on licence, following a hearing at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday, 11 October.
He must serve a minimum of 10 years of his sentence.

Fakoya was previously found guilty of the following offences on 10 September at the conclusion of a trial at the same court:

– conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life [17 December 2018]
– conspiracy to possess ammunition without a firearm certificate [17 Dec]
– conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm with indent [17 Dec]
– conspiracy to have an offensive weapon namely two bottles of ammonia [17 Dec]
– conspiracy to have an article with a blade of point [17 Dec]
– conspiracy to supply controlled drugs of class A [5 Oct – 14 Feb 2018]
– possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life; [5 Oct]
– possessing ammunition with intent to endanger life [5 Oct]

He also pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking.

The court heard how on 17 December 2018 at around 23:00hrs, Fakoya was one of three males who arrived in Leyton High Road in a Volvo car. They saw a group of males on the street and shots were fired from the car. The group scattered but Fakoya and his associates chased two males into an off licence. However, once inside they could not find them and left.

They jumped back into the car and sped away from the scene. However, within five minutes the car had crashed into a shop front in St James’ Street, E17. Fakoya and the other occupants fled the vehicle.

Officers arrived at the scene and searched the abandoned car – within it they found a handgun, ammunition and two bottles of ammonia. The handgun was located in the driver’s footwell.

A forensic examination of the car revealed Fakoya’s blood on the driver’s airbag and also just outside the car, indisputably linking him to the car and the items inside.
Further investigation established the car had been stolen ten days earlier during a burglary in Essex on 7 December.

Work began to track down Fakoya and he was subsequently arrested on 14 February – he was charged the following day for his role in the incident.

It transpired that Fakoya was already under investigation for a separate incident where another handgun and a quantity of class A drugs had been found at an address linked to him following a raid by officers from the North East Command Unit in October 2018. Fakoya was also charged with these offences.

Detective Sergeant John Macleod from Trident, part of the Specialist Crime Command, led the investigation and said: “Fakoya’s reckless actions on the night of 17 December in discharging a firearm in a public place could potentially have had fatal consequences and it is only by sheer luck that no one was seriously hurt.

“The motive for the events of that night appear to have been gang related – Fakoya and his associates looking to settle scores with their perceived rivals.

“Our work continues to trace the others who were in the car with Fakoya that night. His conviction should serve as a clear message to them that we will continue to track down dangerous individuals and put them behind bars where they belong.


Couple In Trouble For Selling Skin Bleaching Cream Online

A Nigerian couple have avoided jail after admitting selling illegal skin-whitening products online.

Jonathan and Holiness Ikpere are thought to have earned hundreds of thousands of pounds from selling banned bleaching concoctions from their home in Towpath Mead, Southsea.

The story reported by Sky News says they imported large quantities of cosmetics from countries in West Africa before selling them on and were caught in the UK’s first national investigation into the online sale of dangerous skin-whitening products.

Jonathan Ikpere, a PhD student studying at Portsmouth University, set up various PayPal accounts to collect orders for eBay purchases, which had a turnover of more than £100,000.

Southwark Trading Standards, who led the investigation, seized nearly 3,000 illegal and dangerous skin lightening products from their home.


Paul Gander, team leader of Southwark Trading Standards, said: “The Ikperes imported a large volume of cosmetics from Nigeria and made a small volume themselves on their premises. A lot of this stuff comes into this country from West Africa, Pakistan and even China.
When officers raided their home they discovered a mixing bowl in the kitchen, where the couple’s own brand of skin lighteners were being created. Holiness Ikpere even marketed the products with her own face on the labels.

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US: Nigerian Man In Serious Trouble After Driving A Van Into His Ex Wife’s Building

A Nigerian living in the USman identified as Anthony Imafidon has been arrested by the police after he intentionally drove a van into his ex-wife Bisi’s building at Staten Island, causing the vehicle to burst into flames.

The van which crashed into the building at 671 Bay St. in Staten Island just before 11 p.m. on Sunday September 22, was driven by the 42-year-old Nigerian national and it was captured on video.

Luckily Bisi and her children — a 15-year-old girl, a 13-year-old boy and an 11-year-old boy -— and others inside the building escaped unhurt after the fire which the police believe was caused an incendiary device in the van razed down the apartment.

It was brought under control at about 11:30 p.m.

Imafidon who holds a first degree in Economics from Bayero University in Kano and a second in Psychology from the Staten Island College, was the only one injured in the incident and he was taken to a local hospital before being released.

He is now in police custody and faces several charges, including four counts of attempted murder, four counts of attempted assault, two counts of arson, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, and — because there were children in the building — acting in a major injurious to a child.

Story & pictures by New York Metro

Focus On Eminent Nigerians In The Diaspora: Professor Dapo Akande

Dapo Akande is a Professor of Public International Law at the prestigious Oxford University.

Yesterday, history was made when he became the first Black Professor to be honoured with a portrait at St. Peter’s College, Oxford University.

Dapo is also a Fellow at Exeter College and Co-Director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC) & the Oxford Martin Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations. He has held visiting professorships at Yale Law School (where he was also Robinna Foundation International Fellow), the University of Miami School of Law and the Catolica Global Law School, Lisbon.

Before taking up his position in Oxford in 2004, the 47 year old luminary was Lecturer in Law at the University of Nottingham School of Law (1998-2000) and at the University of Durham (2000-2004). From 1994 to 1998, he taught international law (part-time) at the London School of Economics and at Christ’s College and Wolfson College, University of Cambridge.

His father is Emeritus Professor Ebenezer Oluwole Akande, who was the first Chief Medical Director of the University College of Hospital, Ibadan in 1978 to 1984 and former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ibadan.

Dapo has generalist interests in international law. He is one of the authors of Oppenheim’s International Law: The United Nations (2017, OUP), which was awarded the 2019 Certificate of Merit by the American Society of International Law. He is one of the editors of the Practitioners Guide to the Application of Human Rights Law in Armed Conflict (2016, OUP), and of Human Rights and 21st Century Challenges: Poverty, Conflict and the Environment (2020, OUP). He was a member of the International Group of Experts that prepared the Tallinn Manual 2.0 on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations (2017, CUP) which was commissioned by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. He was a member of the International Advisory Panel for the American Law Institute’s project on the Restatement Fourth, The Foreign Relations Law of the United States (2018). His articles have appeared in the leading international law journals.

Dapo is founding editor of EJIL:Talk! the widely read scholarly blog of the European Journal of International Law. He has served on the editorial or advisory boards of several leading international law journals, including the American Journal of International Law and the European Journal of International Law. He has also served in leadership or board positions of scholarly societies and civil society organizations, including as Counsellor on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law; Trustees of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law; on the Advisory Board of the International Centre for Transitional Justice; and as a member of the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability. From 2016 -2018, he was on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Human Rights.

He has acted as consultant, expert, or adviser on international law issues to United Nations bodies, the African Union Commission, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). He has provided advice to States and non-governmental organizations on matters of international law. He has acted as counsel, advocate, adviser or consultant in cases before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the European Court of Human Rights, international arbitral tribunals in mixed disputes, World Trade Organization and North American Free Trade Area Dispute Settlement panels. He has also acted as consultant/adviser in cases in national courts, including the UK Supreme Court. From 2017-2018 he is acted as legal adviser to the UK Parliament’s All Party Parliamentary Group on Drone’s Inquiry into the ways in which the UK works with partners on the use of drones.

This, is an example of eminent Nigerians you never see…or hear about.

The Portrait is by Catherine Goodman, Artistic Director of the Royal Drawing School.


10 Year Old Nigerian Pupil Hired To Teach Conventry After School Club

An after-school club at the Southfields Primary School, Coventry, England, has appointed a Nigerian pupil, Emmanuella Mayaki, to teach following the discovery of her rare talent.

The 10-year-old is reported to be have been proficient in all main Microsoft programs by the age of seven and has even launched a website of her own.

Martin Benbeidge, one of the instructors at the school, said Emmanuella is not only the school’s star, but has superior skill and passion for sharing knowledge, Vanguard reported.

Despite what she has been able to achieve at such tender age, the 10-year-old is not slowing down as she hopes to learn more programming languages like Prolong and Lisp as soon as possible.

Emmanuela Mayaki, 10

She has shown what is possible with the right education and guidance and her story is something she wishes other kids, especially in Nigeria, get to share.

The young girl said she wants the Nigerian government to put up infrastructure that would allow kids in the country to learn some computer skills and be able to code too.

“I want to become a machine learning engineer because I have experience in programming and my job is to program a machine to perform specific tasks,” she said when describing what she does.

“My knowledge of modern software such as Eclipse, which I use to program Java applications, is also part of the reasons I want to be a machine learning engineer,” she added.

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Ayan De First Holds African Cultural Night In London

The UK’s first ever African Cultural Gala Night (ACGN) is to hold in London on Saturday October 19th 2019.

Organised by African cultural icon and a celebrity talking drummer Ayan De First, the event will involve the playing of melodious and mesmerising rhythms associated with African dance and music which is fundamental to the African culture.

Put together to showcase African culture before a global audience, ACGN will be promoting the significance of the diverse and opulent African heritage through cultural dance and music. It will demonstrate the importance of dance and music as a medium for social engagement and communication to address key contemporary issues.

As a prelude to main event, a Cultural evening with Ayan De First will hold at the Nigerian High Commission on September 20.
Ayan De First is hosting the evening a to give fans a taster of what to expect at his forthcoming African Cultural Gala Night (ACGN) holding on October 19.

The ACGN takes place at the Palm Hotel, Hendon London

Ayan De First and his students will also be performing on the talking drums, while Nigerian-British children will also deliver renditions in the Igbo, Edo and Yoruba languages.

Akwa Ibom dancers will also be performing for an audience that will include His Excellency Ambassador George Oguntade, the Nigerian high commissioner to the UK.

Ayan de First said: “The purpose of it is to showcase our rich cultural heritage and to also remind Africans and especially Nigerians of where they come from.

Our culture night being planned for the high commission will be witnessed by our youth, media and other important stakeholders.

“Our colonial masters have taken the whole lot out of us be it religion, confidence about all that we have but could not take our culture from us. Ladies and gentlemen please let us wake up from our slumber and revive, sustain and keep it alive.”

He added that the event is being organised to promote and protect African culture, to pass on the baton to the next generation and to make the point that African culture is very prospective, educative and sustainable. According to Ayan de First, African culture is our identity and we must be proud of it.

Tickets for the event cost £40 and can be purchased by calling 07943823292 or 07931595287.

Alternatively guests can visit www.oduduwatalkingdrummers.com


For more information contact:
Ronke Udofia
07828 119278
ronkealliudofia@hotmail.com
Ayan De First
07956 482148
ayandefirst@icloud.com
Ayo Akinfe
07866 164300
ayoakinfe@gmail.com
Theodora Oyebade
07943 823292
theodoraibekwe@hotmail.com

Starting at 5pm, the event will feature a variety of dance troops and entertainers from across the African continent to entertain, educate and facilitate the appreciation of African people. It will also feature a gala dinner and is expected to attract about 400 people from across the UK, including members of the diplomatic corps, politicians, entertaines, community leaders and showbiz personalities.


South African Returnees To Receive N40,000 Airtime, 9GB Data For 2 Months – NIDCOM Boss

The Chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has said that the Nigerians returning from South Africa will receive sim cards with airtime worth N40,000 and 9GB of valid data for two months.

Mrs Dabiri-Erewa disclosed this on Wednesday in a statement through Gabriel Odu for Media Unit of the Commission, when she received the first batch of 187 Nigerians on-board an Air Peace Flight at the Murtala Muhammed Airport.

She also stated that returnees will receive transport stipend to convey them to their various destinations, as well as a soft loan from the Bank of Industry to support those interested in small trade and businesses.

Mrs Dabiri-Erewa added that a program of reintegration will be put in place subsequently. Also officials of the Bank of Industry were on hand to brief them.

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Commending the Management of Air Peace for the kind gesture, the Chairman Hon Dabiri-Erewa said a total of 187 Nigerians were evacuated, amongst whom over 30 were children.

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About 317 were initially billed to return on the flight which experienced over 15 hours delay by the South African authorities.

The development follows a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari to evacuate Nigerians in South Africa willing to return home due to renewed xenophobic uprisings.

The president gave the order after receiving the report of the special envoy whom he dispatched to South Africa over xenophobic attacks.

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The Nigerian Returnees with joy and excitement at the reception they received on their return home, all got up to render the National Anthem thanking President Buhari, the Chairman of Air Peace as well as the Consul General in South Africa and the High Commission in Pretoria for their efforts in ensuring a successful return home to Nigeria.

The Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa therefore urged other Nigerians in South Africa to remain peaceful and good Ambassadors as the Federal Government is making firmer strategies for their safety and security in that country.

Meanwhile, arrangements for airlift of Second Batch of Nigerians from South Africa are underway