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Hackney Man Pleads Guilty To Serious Sexual Assault

A man who was arrested and charged for a serious sexual assault has pleaded guilty just days after his attack.

34 ywar old Akin Akinniran, of Tresham Walk, E9, was charged on Monday, 22 October with sexual assault.

Police were called at approximately 02:20hrs on Sunday, 21 October to reports of a serious sexual assault on Lower Clapton Road, E5.

The victim, a 29-year-old woman, had exited a private hire vehicle and was walking along Lower Clapton Road. She was approached from behind before the suspect tried to speak to her.

The woman told the suspect to leave her alone and tried to walk away, however the suspect grabbed her and started kissing her neck. He then pulled the woman into an alleyway and continued to sexually assault her.

The woman was able to get away and ran to a man who was walking down the road. She asked him to call the police. As he was doing so, the suspect approached the victim and the witness and told him to hang up the phone and stop calling the police.

As the suspect was coming closer the woman screamed and the suspect ran off from the scene.

Officers arrived and collected CCTV footage from a fast food restaurant and took the woman to an east London police station.

On Monday, 22 October, Akinniran self-presented himself to an east London police station after seeing pictures of him circulating on social media which had been taken by a witness. He claimed that he was innocent and gave a different account of events from that night.

Officers searched the property where he was staying and found the identical items of clothing worn by the suspect in the photographs.

Later that day, he was charged with sexual assault and remanded in police custody to appear at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 23 October where he pleaded guilty.

Detective Constable Alex Heaton, from Central East CID, said: “Firstly, I would like to reassure the public that attacks of this nature are very rare and that we take reports of this nature very seriously.

“Within three days of the attack we have arrested, charged and secured a guilty verdict for a dangerous criminal who will not be able to harm anyone for quite a while. There may very well be other victims of Akinniran’s, who we would urge to contact police as soon as possible.”

Akinniran will be sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court on Tuesday, 20 November.

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2 Greenwich Men Convicted of South Pole Club Manslaughter

Two men who killed a defenceless man in a Greenwich street have been convicted at the Old Bailey of manslaughter.

On Thursday, 18 October, 21 year old Ibrahim James of Woolwich and 22 year old Andrew Adekoya, of Greenwich were found guilty of the manslaughter of Jozef Boci.

Three other men – Oluwatimilehin Oniyitan, 21 (10.03.97) of Eltham;  Dominic Brown, 30 (07.07.88) of Woolwich; and  Abaraye Campbell, 21 (20.11.96) of Woolwich – were all acquitted.

The court heard how 30-year-old Jozef was targeted by a group of men following an incident at the South Pole nightclub in Greenwich in the early hours of Saturday, 17 February.

Jozef was part of a group that had become involved in a minor dispute inside the nightclub at around 01:00hrs that morning with another group including James and Adekoya.

Security staff at the club intervened. Jozef’s group were allowed to remain in the club while the other group were ejected.

After remonstrating with security staff, the group got into two cars and drove away, returning to nearby Norman Road around five minutes later.

CCTV footage captured members of the group getting out of the cars. Adekoya had a metal object, perhaps a wrench, while James appeared to have a weapon concealed down his trouser leg.

The group approached the front of the club but were ushered away by door staff; however they continued to hang around in the vicinity of the club for the next hour or so, obviously waiting for someone to come out.

At around 02:10hrs, Jozef left the South Pole club and as soon as he stepped outside he was chased by the group, including James and Adekoya.

Jozef fled down Greenwich High Road but tripped over and was immediately set upon by his pursuers. Witnesses described how Jozef was attacked, including being struck with a baseball bat, as he lay prone and defenceless on the pavement.

Jozef was taken to hospital but never regained consciousness – he died six days after the attack on 23 February.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command launched an investigation and quickly identified the suspects from CCTV and forensic analysis.

James was arrested on 23 February and following a search of his address, a baseball bat was found hidden in his garden. Although no forensic link could be made to the bat used in the attack on Jozef, it was similar to remnants found at the scene of the attack.

On 25 February, Adekoya was arrested. He admitted being at the scene and in possession of a wrench but claimed he was trying to calm the situation.

Five men were subsequently charged for their involvement in Jozef’s killing, two of whom were convicted as above.

Detective Chief Inspector John Massey of the Homicide and Major Crime Command led the investigation. He said: “What started as essentially a trivial incident ended in the murder of an innocent man.

“Jozef Boci was pursued and subjected to a brutal assault as he lay defenceless in a Greenwich street.

“The ferocity of the attack was shocking and left Jozef with no chance of survival.”

James and Adekoya will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on a date to be confirmed.

 

Man Jailed For Fraudulently Claiming To Be A Grenfell Tower Fire Victim

A man has been sentenced to four years in jail after being convicted of fraud relating to the Grenfell Tower fire.

53 year old Koffi Kouakou,  born 25.11.64, of Westfield Close, SW10 appeared at Isleworth Crown Court today [Thursday 18 October].

He had pleaded guilty at the same court on Wednesday 17 October, to fraud by false representation.

Kouakou claimed that he had been living in a flat in Grenfell Tower and had been in a relationship with the occupant, who died in the fire.

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As a result of his claim, he was accommodated in a hotel for approximately two months before moving into a council funded flat.

The cost of the hotel accommodation and costs for the flat were just in excess of £30,000.

Detectives established that Kouakou had not lived in the tower. They also confirmed that he had not been in a relationship with the woman.

He was arrested on Thursday, 7 June and subsequently charged.

Nigerian Scientist Honoured By Japan’s Economy, Trade And Industry Minister

A Nigerian scientist was recently awarded the Japan Minister Of Economy, Trade and Industry 2018 Award for contributions to the industry in the area of standardization.

John Ologbosere is the Chairman, Committee of Testing Laboratories (CTL) an organisation responsble for achieving reproducibility of test results and to promote a close collaboration between testing laboratories.

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The work of the CTL is carried out through the IECEE (International Electro-technical Commission System for Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electro-technical Equipment and Components).

IECEE is a multilateral certification system based on IEC International Standards. Its Members use the principle of mutual recognition (reciprocal acceptance) of test results to obtain certification or approval at national levels around the world.

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The IECEE Schemes address the safety, quality, efficiency and overall performance of components, devices and equipment for homes, offices, workshops, health facilities among others. In all, IECEE covers 23 categories of electrical and electronic equipment and testing services.



The IECEE Schemes, based on IEC International Standards, are truly global in concept and in practice. They help reduce trade barriers caused by different certification criteria in different countries and help industry access new markets. They eliminate the delays and costs of multiple testing, thus allowing companies to market their products faster while reducing overall manufacturing costs.

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In his acceptance speech, the Edo State, Nigeria indigene and University of Benin Electrical Engineering graduate said “My sincere gratitude goes to Japan IECEE Member Body, TUV Rheinland Group and the IECEE CTL community for the nomination and support. I couldn’t have done it without you.”

Justice for Harry Uzoka As 3 Men Including Another Nigerian Are Jailed For His Murder

Three men including another Nigerian have been jailed for killing a Nigerian born British model in a row over his girlfriend.

Harry Uzoka, 25, was stabbed in the heart by fellow model George Koh in west London in January after he went to settle the dispute.

Koh, convicted of murder at the Old Bailey in August, was given a life sentence with a minimum of 25 years.

Merse Dikanda was also found guilty of murder and jailed for at least 22 years, and Jonathan Okigbo was given a 14-year sentence for manslaughter.

Although initially friendly, the relationship between Mr Uzoka and Koh deteriorated after Koh claimed to have had sex with Mr Uzoka’s girlfriend Ruby Campbell, who is also a model.

The pair then exchanged angry text messages and arranged to gather some friends and meet up in Shepherd’s Bush for a fight.

Image caption(L_R) George Koh, Merse Dikanda and Jonathan Okigbo were jailed at the Old Bailey

Koh, Dikanda and Okigbo, all 24, took at least three knives – including a machete – with them to the rendezvous.

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Mr Uzoka recruited his flatmate Adrian Harper and they armed themselves with dumbbell bars.

Mr Harper told the jury he was “expecting a fist fight”.

But he said when he saw his friend again Mr Uzoka said “I’ve been stabbed,” and collapsed in the road.

Read more at bbc.co.uk

Nigerian Pastor And His Wife Accused Of Allegedly Swindling Church Member Of £190,000

A church Pastor and his wife are facing serious allegations of conning their church member out of the proceeds of the sale of her London property after giving her a “prophecy” that God instructed her to sell her house.

Pastor Temitope Fasakin and his wife, Ibukun formerly of Christ Life church, in Thamesmead, South East London, are being  accused by a retired sick lady Joy Omisigho, of conning her out of funds totalling over £190,000.

Details of the allegations were spelt out via a viral post sent out by Ms Omisigho herself, and the matter is now that of public knowledge.

 

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The post:

My name is Ms Joy Omisigho I am a member of Christ life church (4 Princess Close, London, SE28 8SJ). I have resided in the UK for over 20 years. I have been a member of the church for over seven years. Around last year 2017 I became seriously sick, keeping up with work and everyday became a challenge. I worked for several years as a cleaner at King’s College Hospital, South London.
The pastor of the church, Mr Temitope Ibukun Fasakin of 27 Hind Crescent Erith, Kent, DA8 3BP. I have known the pastor same length of time I have been in the church.

Last year, the pastor and his wife told me that God has asked them to inform me that I should sell my property and move back to Nigeria if I want to be healed of my illness.

Given that I am a religious person, was very vulnerable and desperate to get well, I had no choice than to heed to their advice.
Soon as the sale of the property was completed – The pastor and his wife then coercively asked to submit all the dividends (£192,557- One hundred and ninety-two thousand, five hundred and fifty-seven pounds) from the property sales to them so that they can help me invest it. The Pastor and his wife then told me they were working with me based on God’s instructions. I had no reason not to trust my pastor and his wife. They warned me not to share the specifics of their dealings with me with anyone including my children. They said God wants me to keep it as a secret and that I must not disobey God.
They told me to go back to Nigeria. They collected £86,500 me claiming they were going to use it to buy a nice property in Lagos. When I arrived in Lagos only to find out that they paid £41,237 for the property even more so the property was fit for living as it was still being modernised.
The pastor then took £11,000 from me claiming that God has asked him to collect it from me. He said it was tithe – I later found out the money was not remitted to the church’s account.
The pastor and his wife then took another £65,000 from me saying that they were going to use it to buy a property in London for me. No property was bought, and the money was never refunded.
The pastor and his wife then asked me for another £10,000 saying they want to invest it on computer sales- I did not see any computer and the money still has not been refunded.
The pastor and his wife came back and demanded £13,000 from me stating that he was going to invest it on some business. Till date I did not get any dividends from the business and the money was not returned to me.
In total, the pastor and his wife defrauded me of £192,557.
I have been left with nothing, I can’t even afford food or rent. I can’t work at the moment because I am still feeling well.
The pastor and his wife have blocked off their phone and would take my calls.
They have threatened me and said I will be dying soon. I am appealing to the police and other agencies to help me. I have no money to pay a lawayer. The pastor and his wife have taken all I have worked for now the are threating every one trying to help me please help me share unroll it gets to the British government and EFCC in Nigeria.

Recently, another post has emerged allegedly from the senior leadership of the church in response to the allegations. Purportedly written by one Pastor Ayeni, the duo have left the Christ Light Church and now lead another church in Dartford.

 

 

The response:

“Dear Ms. Joy Omisigho, this is a very sad report concerning your relationship with Pastor Tope Fasakin & his wife and we really feel sorry for you.

To put record straight, Pastor Temitope Fasakin was a former Pastor at Christ Life Church, Charlton, U.K and he is now a General Overseer of LIGHT ASSEMBLY, 5 pier Road, DA8 1TA.

As at when he was Pastoring at Christ Life Church Carlton, the Church Council were not aware of your deals and it is very unfortunate that you have to commit such a huge amount of money to the hand of a Pastor without proper documentation and witnesses.

Now that the information has reached us at Christ Life Church, we assure you of investigating it to the root while we will not hesitate to hand over the matter to the appropriate quarters for justice.

At Christ Life Church, we are committed to the Word of GOD in total Obedience and soul wining leading people to a glorious eternity with Jesus at the end! We are not dubious, we are not 419, we are of godly characters throughout the world.

Once again, we feel sorry for you and we pray that the Lord will restore your health and everything back to you as soon as possible in Jesus name.

Pastor Adelani Ayeni
Christ Life Church
U.K.”

East London School Headed By Nigerian Principal Produces Best A” Level Students

Brampton Manor Academy School in East London produced the…… best A’level results this year with 100 of the Sixth form Students obtaining straight A* to A and gaining admissions to Top Rusell Group Universities: Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, ImperialCollege, UCL, Kings College, St Andrews ,Warwick, and Bristol Universities.

Brampton Manor Academy was deemed outstanding in every category in 2012, and has repeated this effort in its most recent Ofsted inspection.

The school was rated outstanding by Ofsted twice in the past five years, in both 2015 and 2018.

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The determined leadership of the principal was commended, as was the dedication of the staff and relationships between teachers and students.

What makes this big news is the fact that this is a State School and not the fee paying private School.

And more significantly, the school is run by executive principal Dr Dayo Olukoshi, who is a Nigerian.

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Dr Dayo Olukoshi

Dr Olukoshi was awarded an OBE in 2015 for his services to education.

Executive principal Dr Dayo Olukoshi said: “We’re delighted to receive this recognition for the second time for the hard work and the high standards achieved by our students and our staff.


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