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FOREIGN TRAVELLERS AND DIASPORANS WARNED OF KIDNAPPING DANGERS AT NIGERIAN AIRPORTS

Anyone travelling to NIGERIA is being warned and advised to be vigilant and extra  careful at the airport.

Peiple are advised to make solid pick up arrangements before leaving London or anywhere you are travelling from and make sure you are kept informed of every detail of the plan or if any part of the plan is to change.

A lady who recently travelled from London to Lagos with her daughter came close to being abducted from the Murtala Mohammad Airport by a stranger who was waiting for them holding up a card bearing her name and all.

The guy practicality forced the lady to go with him insisting that her sister (whom she knew was on her way to pick her up and with whom she had just spoken with before disembarking from the plane) had sent him.

It took the intervention of strangers and the timely arrival of the sister, that unravelled and prevented a sinister kidnapping plot.

And do not rely on the intervention of the airport security personnel. When the incident was reported to them and even when the photograph of the would be abductor was shown to them, their attitude was “So what do you want us to do? Afterall, he didn’t succeed, did he?”
And they even told the woman off for taking the man’s picture!

Kidnapping is a major problem that are blighting the lives of many in the country and is proving a major headache for the authorities as some members of the police are sometimes found to be working with the kidnappers.

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Huge ransom demands of millions of naira are often made of family members who usually find themselves having to borrow or sell off properties in order to meet the ransom demands. In cases where the family is unable to meet the demands, the victims are simply kept indefinitely in captivity or in worst case scenarios, killed off. In other unfortunate circumstances, victims fall sick while in captivity which are usually in filthy, unhealthy and inhumane conditions and simply succumb to complications brought on by untreated illnesses.

Last week, a British optometrist and charity worker, Ian Squire died while being held in captivity.  Two other aid workers who were abducted with him were thankfully freed alive by authorities.

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UK: NIGERIAN TELEPHONE BANKING SCAMMERS JAILED

Inner London Crown Court heard how Victor Oke, 39, of Galleons Drive, Barking, used stolen data provided by Desmond Uyiosa Abifade, 25, of Henniker Road, Stratford, to falsely impersonate company directors via telephone banking.

Once Oke gained access, he diverted funds to ‘mule’ beneficiary accounts monitored by Moses Kuye, 28, of Connaught Road, Silvertown.

Melinda Mensah-Oke, 37, also of Galleons Drive, impersonated company directors when a female voice was necessary, while Arinola Kuye, 27, also of Connaught Road, acted as the group’s money launderer.

They were caught after being spotted by fraud investigators at HSBC, who passed the case to the dedicated card and payment crime unit (DCPCU) to investigate.

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The DCPCU is sponsored by the banking industry and made up of officers from the City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police Service, bank investigators and support staff from UK Finance.

Police were able to analyse when and where the calls were made to identify the phones used and from there, the perpetrators.

All five were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation, which they pleaded not guilty to.

On Wednesday, Oke was sentenced to four years in prison, while Moses Kuye was jailed for three years and three months.

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Mensah-Oke received a fourteen month suspended sentence and Abifade a two year suspended sentence.

 

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Arinola Kuye was given a 12 month community order and instructed to complete 50 hours of unpaid work.

DC Dave Cass, who investigated the case for the DCPCU said: “This was a concerted effort to commit fraud against two companies and profit from crime.

“The police take fraud very seriously and these sentences should send a message to fraudsters that you will be caught and punished.”

All losses were refunded to the genuine business account holders.

 

Culled from NewhamRecorder

 

 

NIGERIAN YOUTH STABBED TO DEATH IN EAST LONDON

A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a young man in Newham.

At around 20:10hrs on Wednesday, 8 November, police were called by London Ambulance Service to reports of a man stabbed in Pier Road. E16.

Police officers attended the scene and found a man suffering critical injuries. Officers administered first aid prior to the arrival of an ambulance.

The victim – a 21-year-old man named as Jordan Adejo- was taken to an East London hospital, where he was pronounced dead at around 21:30hrs.

Officers believe they know the identity of the man, but await formal identification and confirmation that next of kin have been informed.

A post-mortem examination will be arranged in due course.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating, alongside colleagues from Newham borough.

Local road closures are in place, and police cordons are also affecting pedestrian footways in the Pier Road area of North Woolwich.

Anyone with information that may assist the investigation should call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC.

To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.

 


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NEW BRITISH VOGUE EDITOR WANTS TO MAKE MAGAZINE MORE DIVERSE (VIDEO)

The new editor of British Vogue, Edward Enninful says he wants to protect young models and make the magazine more diverse.

The former British model whose debut edition hits the stands in December, took over as editor of the popular fashion magazine in August 2017.

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In an interview with the BBC, the Ghanaian born told of why the magazine must become more diverse. He said he will not just be making fashion statements in his Vogue, but also political ones. He said that Vogue has list touch with multicultural Britain.

He also acknowledged that young models are pretty exposed and he wants to try all he can protect them.

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Edwards’s december issue of the magazine features Ghanaian model Adwoa Aboah

 

UK: NIGERIAN CARER SENTENCED TO 21 YEARS IN JAIL FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER OF 91 YEAR OLD GRANDMOTHER

A woman who attempted to murder a 90-year-old grandmother has been sentenced to 21 years in prison.

Abosede Adeyinka, 52 a carer, of Hayman Crescent, Hayes, was sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court on Thursday, 2 November.

She had been found guilty of attempted murder following a trial on Wednesday, 1 November although she was found not guilty of a lesser second charge of possession of a bladed article.

The conviction follows the brutal attack of the elderly woman in her own home.

At about 20:20hrs on Thursday, 27 April police were called to reports of an elderly woman assaulted at an address in Lilac Place, West Drayton.

Officers attended and a 90-year-old woman was found with serious head injuries and a knife wound to her neck.

The victim was taken to hospital and was found to have sustained a skull fracture and a serious wound to her neck.

Thankfully she has since recovered from most of the physical effects of the attack.

Detectives from Hillingdon CID launched an investigation into the incident.

Their investigation uncovered how Adeyinka had managed to build a relationship with the victim over a period of time, after she previously provided private care at the address.

Adeyinka continued to visit the victim, occasionally even after her work at the address had finished, and was familiar with her weekly routine.

At about 19:30hrs on the evening of the assault, Adeyinka went to the elderly victim’s home.

Adeyinka knocked on the door and when she got no reply went to the key safe for the house.

However the victim was at home, having been recently dropped off by her son who had taken her shopping.

Because of her age she had not got to the door to answer the knock, but then opened it just as Adeyinka approached it.

Adeyinka had disguised herself with a face covering but the victim was still able to recognise her.

She asked Adeyinka what she wanted, but Adeyinka pushed her to the floor and entered the property.

She then pulled a medical call alert from the victim’s neck.

Adeyinka then took a hammer from her handbag and struck the victim at least twice over the head.

During the incident the victim also received a knife injury to the neck with the blade being lodged there.

With incredible courage the victim managed to pull the knife out of her neck and throw it back towards her attacker.

Thinking quickly, the victim told Adeyinka that her son was on his way and Adeyinka left the property.

The motive for her visiting the address was believed to be in order to steal property.

On Friday, 28 April Adeyinka was arrested by detectives on suspicion of attempted murder.

A coat recovered at Adeyinka’s home was found to have traces of the victim’s blood, as was a handbag Adeyinka had with her at the time of her arrest.

She was charged on Saturday, 29 April.

DC James Harbour, the investigating officer from Hillingdon CID, said: “This was a vile and disgusting crime on a defenceless grandmother in her own home. There are so many factors that make this a wicked attack, including a victim who was 90 and the level of violence used. In view of the age of the victim and brutality of the attack I am truly thankful that the victim has been able to recover.

“It is a credit to her that she was able to attend the trial in person and tell the court what had happened to her. I wish to pay tribute to her courage, resolve and integrity; a stark contrast to the behaviour of the defendant, who is now facing a lengthy term in prison.”

NIGERIAN MAN STABBED IN PARK ROYAL IDENTIFIED

The 29 year-old Nigerian found  stabbed to death last in his Park Royal apartment last week has been identified.

The victim has been named as Mayowa Ogunbayo a London based promoter.

Police are still trying to establish the full circumstances if how he died after a post mortem examination gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the heart.

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According to Scotland yard a 21 year old woman living with the victim at the £550,000 property in West London had been arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder in the early hours of Friday  but has since been released on bail.

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Ogunbayo also known as Johnny John is said to have proposed to his girlfriend last May and they both lived in Royal Waterside near Hanger Lane, London.

Mr Ogunbayo who is said to have been a friend of footballer Mario Balotelli, grew up in Osogbo, Nigeria before moving to London with his mother and three sisters.

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He set up his own entertainment company after working for five star hotels across central London while studying at University of Kent.

He reportedly led a luxurious lifestyle and often moved in company of music stars such as Wizkid and footballers such as Obafemi Martins.

According to his friends he was a young icon for Nigerians and was so hardworking.

“His death”, according to a friend Oyedokun Mosh, “is a great loss to the entertainment industry.  He was so humble.  Even though he hit successful he always kept his feet on the ground ”

The Met said his death is being treated as unexplained.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Read also: https://baronessj.com/nigerian-male-29-allegedly-killed-by-girlfriend-in-west-london-stabbing/

NIGERIAN SCIENTIST WHO MAKES DRONES FOR THE US ARMY BAGS 7TH MASTERS DEGREE

Dr Osato Osemwengie, the Nigerian man who makes drones for the United States army – was in Garland, Texas yesterday, June 23rd, 2017 for his 7th master degree graduation.

Dr. Osemwengie was joined for the graduation ceremony by his family as he revealed he has set his focus on his 4th PhD due to begin September 7th, 2017.

So far, Dr Osemwengie has bagged himself seven Masters degree and three PhD degrees

DrOsemwengie; Nigerian man who makes drones for US army

Dr. Osemwengie has been an integral member of the American armed forces, building drones for the United States Army. These drones are used for surveillance to gather important information, as well as take out terrorist camps.