Category: DIASPORA NEWS

Body Of 16 Year Old Nigerian Youth Found In The Thames

The body of a Croydon teenager was tragically found in the River Thames last week, police have said.

Emergency services were called at 12:03pm on Tuesday, April 3, to Shadwell Pierhead, which is off Glamis Road, in Tower Hamlets, east London, to reports of a body seen in the River Thames.

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Metropolitan Police officers, London Ambulance Service (LAS) paramedics and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) all attended the location and discovered the body.

The body has since been identified as that of a 16-year-old boy from Croydon, the the son of Nigerian parents according to the Met

The boy’s parents had to identify the body.

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Latest London Stabbing Victim Is 18 Year Old Son Of A Celestial Church Pastor (updated)

Police are appealing for witnesses and information following two murders in Hackney.

Shortly before 20:00hrs on Wednesday, 4 April, officers on patrol in Morning Lane E9 were flagged down by the driver of an oncoming car who indicated there had been an altercation close by.

Officers arrived in Link Street, junction with Morning Lane, and found a man suffering stab wounds. They assisted an off-duty paramedic in providing emergency first aid until the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended.

Isreal Ogunshola, aged 18, was pronounced dead at the scene at 20:24hrs. His next of kin has been informed and a post-mortem examination will take place in due course.

Source close to the incident have identified the victim as the 18 year old second son of a Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) pastor Dele Ogunsola.

The Hackney teen was friends with the 17-year-old Tanesha Melbourne who was gunned down in Tottenham on Monday.

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This blogger has earlier today came into possession of a video clip claiming to show the victim being shielded by Tanesha from an attack by a number of youths (allegedly members of the NPK or Northumberland Park gang) – shortly before she was fatally shot the same evening.

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Israel died in the street 25 minutes after cops were flagged down to find the stabbed 18-year-old.

Two arrests were made late last night – [A] aged 17 and [B] also aged 17. They were both arrested on suspicion of murder.

The incident has been passed to homicide detectives.

Enquiries on ongoing to establish the exact circumstances of the incident and the possible motive.

Ch Supt Sue Williams, leading Hackney borough, said: “Sadly yesterday saw two people lose their lives in Hackney, a man aged 53 in Upper Clapton Road and an 18-year-old man in Link Street. Our thoughts are with the friends and families of both men at this awful time.

“My officers were flagged down to the Link Street incident and did all they could to try to save the life of the teenager, rendering emergency first aid and chest compressions with the help of an off-duty paramedic until the ambulance service and London’s Air Ambulance arrived. They are devastated they were unable to prevent yet another tragic death in the capital.

“I completely understand how alarmed and worried the local community will be at hearing the news this morning and we are working closely with the Homicide and Major Crime Command to solve these murders – two arrests have already been made in the Link Street incident.

“In Hackney we are working hard to prevent further violence and keep people safe – we have extra officers on the streets, both highly visible and in plain clothes carrying out a range of intelligence-led operations and patrols.

“We need to work together as a community to tackle violent crime – if you see or hear anything suspicious or have any information do not hesitate to call police on 101, via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or in an emergency by calling 999.”

CASSOGI UK Congratulates Boxing Champion Anthony Joshua

The members of the Central Association of Ogun State Indigenes in the UK, (CASSOGI UK) yesterday sent a congratulatory message to boxing champion, Anthony Joshua on the occasion of his latest victory.

The message on the association’s Facebook page read:

The entire membership of CASSOGI UK congratulates one of us, a son Of Ijebu, Ogun State on the occasion of his latest boxing match victory.

WE ARE PROUD OF YOU, AJ

 

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Joshua, an indigne by birth of Ogun State, Nigeria, effortlessly defeated his opponent Joseph Parker on 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109 points to win the world heavyweight championship unification  belt last Saturday  at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff  Wales

Anthony’s dad is from Ogun state and is an alumni of Ijebu Ode Gramar School in the state.

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The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun led delegation to Cardiff,  to watch & cheer Anthony Joshua on and posed for a picture with t he Champion and his dad after the fight.

 

 

Woman Who Hawked Pepper To Help Her Mum In Ibadan Earns A Phd From A Canadian University

 

A young Nigerian lady, Adeola Olubamiji who hawked pepper as a child to help her mum on the streets of Ibadan, has done herself proud by earning a PhD in Biomedical Engineering.

Her laudable achievement also makes her the first ever black person to earn a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, from the University of Saskatchewan Canada, which she got her laurels from.

No ordinary feat for the fifth of five children who always had to wait for her turn. She was the last, a girl child and raised by her mother who is a farmer and a father who has little.

Adeola went to public primary and secondary schools in Ibadan and later attended Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) in Ijebu, Ogun State where she studied Physics.

Adeola graduated from OOU with a 2.1 which opened the door for her to proceed to Finland for a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering. During this Master’s degree, she said, “I worked part-time as a cleaner and did this after my Master’s as well.

Out of sheer determination, she applied to over 100 schools for her PhD program and finally got a full three-year scholarship (later extended to four years) at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, to pursue a PhD in Biomedical Engineering.

While in that PhD programme, she worked part-time as a makeup artist, teaching assistant, braided hair and fixed weaves to make extra money.

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On her graduation day, Adeola in moving tribute, said:

“Today, I walked the stage as the first black person to bag a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada!

“I walked this stage for you Mama Africa and for my Motherland Nigeria! I walked the stage for all of you Black women disrespected and looked down on!

“I walked for all of you from my ghetto hood, Mokola, Ibadan. I walked for all OSU students and ex-students that got that look from people who think we are not brilliant!

“I walked for all of you Africans in Finland wondering what is next for you!!

“Specially, I walked for you my parents, siblings and extended family in fulfilment of your dreams!

“Specially, I walked the stage for you my late sister Omoleye Olubamiji; and my late mentor Ayodele Olatunbosun.

“Today, I walked for my future husband and my unborn children who patiently waited for me to fulfil my dreams so that he can have a wife he will be proud of and they can have a role model to look up to.

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“I walked for all immigrants and all young adults who strive everyday chasing their dreams!

“I walked in celebration of the unfailing love of my first and one truly true love, Jesus Christ, (in you I walk, in you I live, and in you I have had and will continue to have my being)!

“Be bold, be innovative, be different, be you, be everything you want to be; but remember to put God first!

“Let no man, upbringing, money, circumstance, colourism, past mistakes, institution, company, partner, background, let nothing tell you ‘you can’t do it.’

“Go smart! Go hard!! Go for Gold!!! Go with God!!! Just Get Going!!!!! #Grad2017 #PhDConvocation #UofS”

 

ON THE LONDON KNIFE CRIME EPIDEMIC AND AFRICAN YOUTHS

I am not an expert.

I don’t work with children.

I don’t live on the streets.

I cannot lay a claim to the full knowledge of street or gang culture.

But what I know is that I am an African mother who is tired of seeing a heartwrentching number of African kids being butchered on the streets of London, and I simply want it to stop.

The so called experts have been spewing their knowledge and “Operational Talks” and showing off their experiences for years. But they have not given us a solution to this epidemic. Where are all these experts when deaths by knife stabbings have increased by 23% in just 1 year and more African kids are not just victims but also perpetrators of knife killings!??

 

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And while we are at it, how many of these bereaved parents do these experts really know – or visit to console after or during the bleak and painful period after the untimely death of their child?

These experts will seat on their cushy backsides and blame single parents, absent fathers, the government, the police, local drug lords, video games, rap music and and even patents who smack or flog their kids…..

And taking the moral high ground, as these so called experts are so fond of doing, over the way some folks chose to train and instil discipline in their kids, is in the least arrogant as well as ignorant.

I am not an advocate for violence or corporal punishment but I was born (in the UK) and raised by African parents in an African setting, and I am well aware of the preferred African parent’s form of discipline developed and taken literally from the Biblical proverb which says “If you spare the rod, you spoil the child” . This might sound highly horrific in certain quaters and I can just about hear the shrieks emanating from some throats – but many successful and high performing African men will tell you it was their mum’s or dad’s flogging that saved them from going down the slippery slope they were headed for.

Fortunately, I never had any serious discipline or behavioural issues with any of my kids that a stern telling off, a gentle smack or a kneel down, hands up for 10 minutes did not address. But I never had to resort to violent corporal punishment.

I realise and recognise the fact that corporal punishment is not only frowned upon but more importantly illegal in this country. Therefore, I reiterate at this point that while I believe in justifiable corporal punishmentin in very limited and extreme cases, I am not advocating, advising or campaigning in support of it.

However, rather than demonizing it, why not admit and accept it as a way that might work in certain circumstances. Afterall, the “Lets not abuse our kids, let’s respect their rights, let’s be their best friends, mamby-pamby tread softly around them, don’t let’s hurt their feelings” approach has very obviously not worked – otherwise, deaths by knife stabbings will be an issue of the past and African parents will not be burying their baby boys….or seeing them thrown in jail for 20 years!

And do not let us forget that the kids that are being killed are not the problem – but those kids who are so unruly and so hardened to the point of believing that taking another kid’s life at the blade of a knife is the best way to score a point or settle an issue. I’m sure that behaviour or attitude did not start at the point where they picked up that knife and thrust it several times through another boy’s heart or abdomen.

It started from the point where the kid started to demonstrate aggressive and unruly behaviours at home or at school. Such behaviours will have been exhibited through bullying, shouting at the parent (s) or teachers, storming off and banging the door after him whilst being told off, squaring up to the parent or teacher and daring an action or reaction, unaccountable absences from the home or school and keeping late nights on school days or simply being reported of being seen with the wrong crown (gangs). These are all the types of serious behavioural traits that need nipping in the bud and can result in more violent actions if not dealt with sooner.

Kids from many African homes will tell you that the first time they shouted back or squared up to their dad – was the very last time they tried it with the parent or anyone else for that matter. The life LESSON they were dealt that day ensured that.

Whether or not we disagree with this form of discipline, many African parents albeit outside of the UK, believe in it – and many still dish it.

Unfortunately, many parents are either too strict or too soft on their kids and both of these each have their own downsides.

Parents that are simply too busy being their kids “”bessie mates” forget to set boundaries and lay down laws or parameters of discipline for their kids. Many adults are still so childish that they do not realise that they are not only older as the adult, but also wiser, more experienced and more knowledgeable. They allow themselves to be led, directed, dictated to, instructed and guided by the kid instead of the other way round.

Others are too strict that their kids are so fearful of them and cannot sit down to talk with them especially if they have issues worrying them. This unfortunately, is the trap that the “good kids” find themselves in and this painfully, is what lures them to seek inappropriate company outside of the home and inadvertently, into the path of danger or dangerous actions.

We can contradict each other, blame or point accusatory fingers at each other till the Rapture happens – but whilst we are doing that, what we must not lose sight of, is the fact that somewhere on a street in London – possibly just yards away from his home as I am typing, or as you are reading this, a kid is being stabbed to death by another kid.

All the legal and lawful approaches within the UK laws towards dealing with this matter are not working. Let the police stop and search all they like. Those smarts kids have devised another way round this. They simply don’t carry knives on them any more. They hide them in bushes and under park benches near their schools, public playgrounds and parks to be picked up at a moments notice if someones needs to be “sor’ed”

There is no scarcity of conferences, report, seminars and lectures about Gangs and Knife Cultures – but all these events have done successfully so far, has been TALK!

The time for talking is over. We need a different approach.
It is now the time to ACT.

My Baroness J’s Sistas and Divas (Fun & Fundraising) Evening comes up on the 24th of June 2018 with the theme: “African Mothers Against Youth Gangs And Knife Crime” and leading up to that date, we are fronting a campaign to resentisize parents about this painful issue – and take the “DROP THE KNIFE” message directly to our kids and.

We need to engage with the kids, talk with them and show them different ways. But first, we need to persuade them to down the knives and stop killing each other.

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Be a part of this campaign.
To find out how, please call 07946 126561.

BJ


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Nigerian Oil Tycoon Jailed For Fraud And Money Laundering At Leicester, UK

The Nigerian businessman, along with twelve other defendants, was convicted of conspiracy to launder money in an international fraud and money laundering investigation.

Walter Wagbatsoma was sentenced to 3 years and 6 months imprisonment for his part in the crime, following a trial at Leicester Crown Court

This investigation was conducted by Lincolnshire Police Economic Crime Unit under Operation Tarlac, in which over £12m was defrauded from public bodies including hospital trusts, housing associations and councils around the UK.

Nigerian born Wagbatsoma, 47, was originally detained on a European Arrest Warrant in June 2016 whilst travelling through Germany. He was extradited soon afterwards and charged with conspiring with others to launder the proceeds of fraud through his business interests in the UK.

He was also disqualified from being a company director for 6 years.

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Walter Wagbatsoma

Wagbatsoma and his co defendants fraudulently obtained funds in the UK that were laundered through an account in Dubai under the control of a co-conspirator Oluwatoyin Allison, a UK national who was convicted in his absence at an earlier trial in April 2017 and sentenced to seven years imprisonment.

The funds were then transferred to Wagbatsoma’s account in the UK.

Wagbatsoma, an oil and gas businessman, was on trial in Nigeria at the time of his arrest for his part in a £1.9 billion oil subsidy fraud for which he was convicted and sentenced in his absence to 10-years imprisonment in January last year.

This is the third criminal trial for this operation and follows the successful conviction of 12 other defendants in the investigation which began with a complaint of fraud from Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust in September 2011, in which £1.28m was fraudulently obtained by the gang. Subsequently, a further 20 linked offences was identified resulting in losses of £12.6m.

After a four-year investigation, those convicted have received prison sentences in excess of 50-years and proceedings are underway to recover the gains of the conspiracy under the Proceeds of Crime Act. This is to make sure that victims can in some way be recompensed for what the Judge described as a “sophisticated and widespread fraud in its conception and execution.”

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Deputy Chief Constable Craig Naylor said: “For a small force, this investigation shows that officers in our Economic Crime department have shown real endeavour and determination in investigating what is a huge money laundering and fraud offence.

“Operation Tarlac has now seen thirteen individuals given lengthy prison sentences for their part in an international offence, which has had a national impact on public bodies in the UK. As a force, we have achieved a significant impact against organised crime in this investigation and this shows the hard work by our officers.

“Proceedings are now underway to recover a large amount of money, and I want to personally thank partners for their support and co-operation with us in this investigation and congratulate my officers and staff on a job well done.”

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Former Model And Accomplice Charged With Murder of Harry Uzoka

Twenty-four-year-old model George Koh and his friend, Jonathan Okigbo, have been charged with the killing of Harry Uzoka, an up-and-coming star in the fashion world who was found dead of a single knife wound in west London on Thursday night.

The two men were arrested this weekend, and charged on Tuesday. Koh was also charged with possessing an offensive weapon. A 27-year-old man who was arrested on the day of the stabbing has been released under investigation.

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Uzoka, 25, was represented by Premier Model Management, and modeled for Dior, Everlane, and Mercedes, among others. One industry source who worked with Uzoka told the The Guardian he was a “wonderful model but, even more so, a good person and a pleasure to work with.”

Shortly after his death, model Jourdan Dunn tweeted “Rest in Paradise Young King.”

Koh’s fashion career was also on the rise. He modeled for brands like Kenzo and Paul Smith, and amassed over 12,000 followers on Instagram. He was previously represented by IMG models, but his page on their site is no longer active, and a company representative reportedly told the Daily Mail that Koh had not been on their books since March 2017.

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It remains unclear what led to the attack on Uzoka.

The killing brings the number of murders in London in the first two weeks of 2018 to five. Two of them are of Nigerian descent.

Police have confirmed four of the victims were stabbed to death