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London Youth Violent Crime Archive: Orphaned Nigerian Teenager Killed In 2008 By Gang of Other Nigerian Youths In Plumstead, South East London

Sunday Essiet was just 15 when he was chased into a park and stabbed to death in broad daylight in a deadly outbreak of gang violence in South London.

The orphan, known as ‘Baby’, had angered members of a local youth gang when he tried to threaten them with an imitation gun.

Gang members Sikuru Doherty, 19, Ifedotun Gbadebo-Araoye, Miles Maddy and Adeniyi Oloyede, all 18, took lethal revenge on the youngster.

Ignoring his desperate pleas for mercy, the four killers cornered Sunday in a fenced-off football pitch, where they stabbed him nine times in the back.

Sunday EssietThe victim (pictured, right) had arrived from Nigeria in 2000 with his mother and sister, having lost his father two years earlier.

He was orphaned when his mother fell seriously ill and died in 2003, leaving him to fend for himself.

Sunday stayed with family friends but when his sister moved in with her boyfriend, he ended up flitting between hostels.

On February 19, 2008, Sunday used an imitation gun to try and warn off the four killers, following a violent incident which led to the arrest of his cousin.

But when it became clear that the weapon was harmless, he fled with the gang in hot pursuit.

Sunday was eventually cornered in Invermore Place, off the  Glyndon Estate, in Plumstead.

Proecutor Ed Brown, QC, later told the Old Bailey: ‘He was killed despite his pleas to his killers to stop and some who saw the attack describe him as having no chance.

‘The reality of the events is that Sunday was hounded by the group around the park.

‘He managed to escape but only temporarily and he ran away but he was chased back and forth across the park and then to a wall where he had no escape and where he died.

‘Sunday was hounded by these four defendants, a number of whom were armed with knives.

‘Sunday’s friends called out to them not to kill him. Sunday himself called for help as he ran away and begged them not to attack him again but all this was to no avail.

‘He was stabbed in the back nine times – with one of the blades making a 10 cm wound into his chest.’

The gang fled leaving Sunday dying in a pool of blood. Paramedics were flown to the scene but could do nothing to save the teenager.

Apparently unaffected by his victim’s plight Gbadebo-Araoye robbed eye-witness Ibrahim Ajidagba as he left the scene – snapping off a gold chain from his neck after holding him at knifepoint.

Mr Ajidagba told the gangsters’ trial: ‘[Sunday] was on the floor. They were just kicking and stamping.

‘Someone was facing me, asking for my chain. Even when he asked for my chain I wasn’t thinking about my chain, I was thinking about someone dying on the floor.

‘A little kid is dead, a little boy.’

Oloyede and Gbadebo-Araoye fled the country immediately after the killing to Nigeria where they stayed with family, but they returned voluntarily and handed themselves in to police.

All four defendants were convicted of murder at the Old Bailey at the end of a two-month trial.
Ifedotun Gbadebo-Araoye, Miles Maddy and Adeniyi Oloyede

Killers: Above (left to right) Ifedotun Gbadebo-Araoye, Miles Maddy and Adeniyi Oloyede.

Doherty and Ifedotun Gbadebo-Araoye were jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 16 years, while Maddy and Adeniyi Oloyede, nicknamed ‘knifer’, were given life sentences and ordered to serve a minimum of 15 years and 13 years respectively.

The court heard a prosecution witness was left scarred when acid was thrown into his face after he had testified from behind a screen.

Jailing the gang, Judge Timothy Pontius QC said: ‘Whatever might be said about Sunday Essiet, the life that he led and the fact that at the age of 15 he was carrying a gun on the day that he met his death, nothing can possibly provide any justification for the way his was cut so brutally short.

‘The attack upon him in which you all joined in various ways and at various times, was savage, merciless and unrelenting, culminating in the use of three knives – one of which was used to cause the fatal wound.

‘Plainly the jury’s unanimous verdict reflects the active participation by each of you in the murder of Sunday Essiet in a group attack in a public place, during the day.’

In mitigation John Ryder QC, for Doherty, suggested the pattern of knife wounds were ‘consistent with a juking exercise’ – an attack to punish or humiliate a victim, often used by gangs.

He said the attackers had intended to cause really serious harm, rather than to kill, but this was dismissed by the judge.

‘The only realistic conclusion is that you had the intention to kill,’ he said.

‘Three knives, causing multiple wounds, admits no other sensible conclusion.’

Gbadebo-Aroaye was also convicted of robbery. He received a seven-year sentence to be served concurrently for the offence.




Real Madrid Player Ronaldo In 2 Year Jail Sentence For Tax Evasion

Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid superstar and member of Portugal’s World Cup team,  has accepted a two-year prison sentence and a fine of €18m after he was accused by Spanish authorities of tax fraud.

However the deal the Real Madrid man reached with the Spanish government to pay $21.7 million with a suspended sentence means he’ll avoid serving any jail time.

Ronaldo was accused of avoiding taxes in Spain between 2011 and 2014, specifically in relation to his image rights. Spain maintained that Ronaldo had defrauded their tax authority of nearly $18 million, as he had supposedly funneled money into Ireland, which is known as a tax haven. The amount Ronaldo is reportedly paying includes not just the amount he owes, but also various fees and fines associated with the case.

As part of the settlement, Ronaldo reportedly admitted to four counts of tax evasion. In court a year ago, Ronaldo denied any wrongdoing, but offered to pay the Spanish government about $17 million. That offer was rejected.

The leaked report of Ronaldo’s agreement with the Spanish government is only fueling speculation that he may leave Real Madrid after the World Cup. Ronaldo is reportedly unhappy with his club for several reasons, and its lack of action on his tax evasion accusations is just one. Ronaldo makes significantly less than fellow superstars Neymar and Lionel Messi (who has also had tax issues with the Spanish government).

The timing of this leaked agreement is also interesting — Ronaldo and Portugal are scheduled to face Spain on Friday, just a few hours after the agreement was made public. Was it a ploy to distract Ronaldo from the game? Who knows. Ronaldo is 33 and this is likely his last chance to win a World Cup, so it would probably take more than his tax evasion payment going public to distract him from his goal.

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Necromancy, Shinannigans And Betrayals, Toyin and Otunba Femi: A Critical Approach by Kemi Ajayi

Manchester, UK based social critic and social media commentator Kemi Ajayi wrote on the fast spreading Toyin, Otunba femi and Alhaja Sheri saga:

My final submission after listening to both sides of the story between Otunba Femi and his girlfriend Toyin on social media.

The current shenanigans between Toyin and Otunba Femi is a big lesson to everyone. We should be very careful of the people around us, especially people we have a close relationship with. This current drama involves 5 major actors with some similarities and my imaginative characteristics.

TOYIN: a selfish and self- centered woman with a very low self esteem whose ways of proving her self worthiness are through fame and wealth regardless of the source of wealth. She is a FETISH woman, whose desperation for wealth and fame led to the betrayal of her friend Sheri. Her life of dishonesty, deception, philandering and greed led her into having an affair with Otunba Femi. Her delusional belief and fixation on occultic and black magical power led her to Alfa Shehu who ultimately destroyed her. Toyin might look like a brave, elegant and flamboyant lady but i see her as an insecure lady with a very low self esteem. A desperado who will do anything to get what she wants. She was gullible enough to take nude photographs with Femi in an oath that they will be loyal to each other and as part of their money making rituals. The photographs that were eventually used as evidence by other actors to destroy her. She was destroyed by diabolism, greed, lies, deception and desperation for wealth. It is obvious that she has lost torch with reality possibly through an evil spell and she is emotionally unstable hence needs deliverance, Devine intervention and psychological help.

Otunba- he has similar chacteristics with Toyin. A selfish and self centred man who will do anything to get rich quick. A man who has been preying on women all his life. A very smart and cunny 419 man who carefully chooses his victims, most of whom are women. Men like him are popularly referred to as “”faworaja” or gigolo. This actor is FETISH, he is desperate for wealth and status in the society. His fake lifestyle, years of deception, lies, blackmail and desperation for wealth and status led him to betray his girlfriend Sheri and ultimately Toyin. He is the main actor, the mastermind in this ridiculous act of shame. He is a hater and an enemy of women. He uses women’s vulnerability and desperation for marriage in his 419 game of “come and marry” to deceive unsuspecting women. He is a suspicious and paranoid psychopath who is clearly unstable otherwise, he would not be recording videos of Toyin at the Alfa’s place from the onset, thereby gathering evidence for his criminal activities. He is a specialised blackmailer, a highly dangerous and diabolic man who might have used Sheri as a “black Catcher” in his 419 activities. He is the Master of the game.

Alfa Shehu- an opportunist with a very low self esteem, a man whose livelihood depends on lies and deceit. He has preyed on vulnerable people all his life in order to acquire wealth. His FETISH and diabolical lifestyle led him to meeting Toyin, Sheri and Otunba Femi. His years of deception, lies, betrayal, blackmail, selfishness, greed and desperation for wealth led to this allegation that he suggested money rituals to Toyin and Otunba Femi. His wickedness and criminal mind made him to ultimately join others to destroy Toyin.

Sheri- this actress no matter how innocent she looks might be the smoothest operator of them all. Her FETISH lifestyle led her to meeting Otunba Femi, Toyin and Alfa Shehu. She is a desperate woman with low self esteem who will do anything to get what she wants. Her years of lies, necromancy, deception, betrayal and her vindictive characteristics led to the exposure of the nude photographs.

Could she be the “black catcher” who has been planning this 419 activity with Otunba Femi until she was dumped by Otunba? is she innocent ? How can this FETISH actress be innocent when she has been patronising Alfa Shehu for black magic for a long time? Was she used to set Toyin up or is she also a victim? She claimed that she has been using “overdose” since Otunba left her……hmmm a perfect liar.

Toyin’s Husband – a victim of circumstances, who has bitten off more than he can chew. A man who is possibly in love with the wrong woman and who has been keeping up appearances all his life and covering up a lot of Toyin’s notorious activities. In the process, has allowed himself to engage in a FETISH lifestyle to protect his life and his home. Desperation for fame, love and money led him into this selective amnesia and lack of insight and being blind-folded into observing his wife’s notorious and criminal activities. Perhaps Toyin is the breadwinner of the family. His Greed and love of money made him to condone Toyin’s behaviour and put up deaf ears about his wife’s various extra marital affairs and illegal activities until the game was over.

If you carefully analyse the characters of these 5 players you will see that they have one or two things in common.

This is a lesson for all of us, especially women. We need to be careful of the people we associate with. According to the popular saying “show me your friend and I will tell you who you are” We must be very careful of the people we call our friends. We all have needs and sometimes seek help from people who we think are spiritually gifted than us but times have changed and we should know that these Alfa’s, babalawo, black magicians and fake Pastors are worthless people. Their ways of making ends meet are through lies and deceit and they do not care who suffers as long as they are not affected.

We are only speculating which is why I refer to the people involved as players and actors but these players are the only ones who know the truth.

All these people need psychological intervention. They are all suspicious and paranoid individuals who were out to outsmart one another until God destroyed and put an end to their evil activities.

Unfortunately, when two elephants fight, it is the ground that suffers. Toyin should now go back and review her life as well as seek advice regarding managing her family instead of keeping up appearances on Instagram.

The other players should review their lives too with the hope that the Lord awards punishments to them according to the numbers of lives that they have destroyed.


Have a fantastic day

Contributed by Kemi Ajayi

Nigerian Travellers Be Aware Of British Airways And Virgin’s New Fares Structure

I received several calls and messages following my post on Facebook last night about luggage allowances on flights to Nigeria from the UK.

It would seem that indeed VIRGIN now has 3 different tiers of economy flight fares to Nigeria

*Economy light*
*Premium Economy*
*Upper class economy*

*Economy light is for folks who only have the 10kg carry-on hand luggage.

*For premium you are entitled to 1; 10kg carry-on and 2; 23kg checked-in luggage. You pay an additional charge for extra luggage.

*Upper class entitles you to 1 carry-on and two checked-in luggage.

BA now has what it calls a hand luggage only booking with flights for passengers with checked in luggage attracting additional costs

More information can be found on their website

You would think that BA & VIRGIN would make these changes public rather than have people end up and be faced with the shocking news only when they arrive at the airport.

These changes also apply to other routes as well and not just Nigerian flights.

Travellers are advised to please check on the carrier’s website before you book your flight. Many agents don’t seem to yet be aware of the changes either.

Lagos Lagoon Suicide: Update

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has called on residents of the state with useful information concerning the alleged suicide that took place on the 3rd Mainland Bridge lagoon in Lagos over the weekend to please come forward with such information.

LASEMA General Manager, Adesina Tiamiyu, says the agency is yet to receive any concrete information regarding the incident making the round on social media.

Tiamiyu said that anybody with useful information of any missing person should report to the nearest police station or any office of the agency.

“We are still carrying out our search and rescue at the lagoon. Both the Marine Police and the Lagos State Waterway Authority are still there to see if there is any floating body,’’ Tiamiyu said.

He said the owner of the Ford Explorer Sports Utility Van (SUV) trending on the social media had nothing to do with the incident.


“He was only trying to help. He and his wife are okay,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, the Texas-based Nigerian woman, Toyin, whose photos have been going around as the person that committed suicide is fake.

Toyin is alive, another woman committed suicide but  is yet to be  been identified.

Five Youths Including Nigerian Teenager Face Life In Jail For Brutal Attack And Murder Of Kyle Yule

A gang of five youths have been convicted of the murder of another teenager last year.

Five teens including Victor Maibvisira, 19, Ephrain Akinwunmi-Streets, 17, Shezakia Daley, 17, Tyler Ralph, 17, and Jordan Dania, 16, were on Friday convicted of the murder of  Teen Kyle Yule after he was punched, kicked and stabbed in the horrific bashing in Gillingham, Kent, last year – the gang attacking him “like vultures” after falling out over a push bike.

 Kyle Yule, 17, was stabbed to death in October last year

Kyle Yule, 17, was stabbed to death in October last year

The defenceless young man was left screaming for help as he was stabbed on the front doorstep of his best friend’s home.

A witness told officers the group chasing him “were on him like vultures, kicking and punching him”.

Another said the group all had their hoods up, were stamping on him, and that they could hear him shouting “that’s enough V, V stop” and “help, help that’s enough V, leave V”.

The attack on the evening of October 6 last year was triggered by a stolen bike and followed several violent clashes between two gangs of teenage boys known as C4 and G10 in the Medway towns.

 Police released footage from convicted murderer Tyler Ralph's phone, showing the teen holding a blade, with other knives scattered nearby

KENT POLICE: Police released footage from convicted murderer Tyler Ralph’s phone, showing the teen holding a blade, with other knives scattered nearby

His mother Nikki Yule, who sat through the trial, today paid tribute to her son, remembering him as a “beautiful, kind hearted, funny boy”.

Speaking after the trial, the mum said: “Words cannot express the devastating loss of my precious son Kyle. His death has broken my heart.”

The cycle theft was said to be the “final insult” for 19-year-old Victor Maibvisira.

A court was told the 19-year-old “gathered his troops” and, having “tooled up”, attacked Kyle as “payback” for a split lip he had suffered in an earlier confrontation with one of the teen’s friends.

A jury at Maidstone Crown Court in Kent also heard from witnesses who described hearing Kyle screaming for help and for his mum as he was viciously attacked with a machete.

 Victor Maibvisira, 19, was today one of five found guilty of murdering Kyle
Victor Maibvisira, 19, was one of five found guilty of murdering Kyle
 This is the knife believed to have been used by Maibvisira in the attack
This is the knife believed to have been used by Maibvisira in the attack
 Convicted murderer Daley is believed to have used this knife in the stabbing horror
Convicted murderer Daley is believed to have used this knife in the stabbing horror

He was also heard shouting out to Maibvisira, referring to him by his tag name of Vee, that he had had “enough” and to stop the attack.

  • Kyle Yule, 17, was beaten and stabbed outside his best friend’s home in Kent
  • Five youths have been convicted of Kyle’s murder following an eight-week trial
  • One of the gang was filmed on an iPhone brandishing a range of knives
  • Killer Victor Maibvisira warned Kyle and his friend to ‘get his coffin ready’

The hooded and masked teenagers, who acted together in total silence, then fled on foot or bikes, leaving a stricken Kyle telling those trying to save his life that he knew he was dying.

He had been pounced upon by his killers, one aged just 15 at the time, as he sat in a Renault Clio in East Street at about 8pm. They smashed the windscreen and a side window and slashed a tyre, forcing Kyle to flee.

The gang, described by onlookers as acting as if they were “possessed”, gave chase and within seconds had punched him to the ground and knifed him five times.

His mum revealed her agony at the death of her 17-year-old son in a tribute:

Words cannot express the devastating loss of my precious son Kyle. His death has broken my heart and my children are broken without their big brother.

Kyle was a beautiful, kind hearted, funny boy. He was my best friend. He was extremely popular, brightening up people’s day, often the centre of attention and making everyone laugh. He was a fantastic big brother, grandson and son. He was very much loved and is so dearly missed.

Aside from losing Kyle, attending this trial is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to experience. I’ve had to listen to the awful detail of what they all did to my boy.

I want to say a particular thank you to the witnesses, many of them only teenagers, who have shown remarkable courage in standing up to these defendants and giving evidence. These young witnesses saw my son being murdered and now have that shocking memory that will live with them forever.

I hold my hands up to my family and friends that got me through this awful ordeal. To the girls that gave up their days to support me at court, to my sister-in-law and brother that were very close to Kyle who have had to relive this nightmare with me. To my mum and dad who literally held me together in those first few months. Without any of their help and support I wouldn’t have got through this nightmare.

I want to say thank you to the police who did an excellent job in identifying and finding these murderers so quickly and to Victim Support for all their help throughout this process.

Finally I want to say, I hope the outcome today will help send out a very strong message to all young people, that knife crime cannot and will not be tolerated in any way, shape or form. No one should feel the need to carry knives. People’s lives can be lost so quickly and needlessly, just look at what happened to my Kyle.

Quite simply knife crime destroys lives.

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London Clampdown On Youth Gangs: Drill Rap Gang Members Jailed For Planning Attack On Rival Gang

Five London gang members who made ‘drill music’, a niche form of hip-hop that glorifies violence and has been linked by police to a surge in knife crime, received jail sentences on Monday for planning an attack on a rival gang.

The young men from the Notting Hill area of west London, aged between 17 and 21, were arrested last November armed with machetes, baseball bats, masks, balaclavas and gloves.

They initially told police the items were props to make a drill music video, but later pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit violent disorder. They had been embroiled in a feud with a gang from nearby Shepherd’s Bush.


The court was shown seven drill music videos, which prosecutors said demonstrated how the group had been promoting violence.

One song called “No Hook” included sounds of gunshots and lyrics about shooting and stabbing such as “Ching (stab) Splash (stab) aim for his lungs,” police said.


The five received sentences ranging up to three-and-a-half years.

Prosecutors are also seeking criminal behavior orders that would ban the men from making drill music for three to five years. A hearing on that issue will be held on Friday.

An increase in knife crime pushed London’s murder rate over that of New York in February and March, for the first time in modern history. [nL5N1RG3LU]

Some social workers have disputed the link between drill music and gang violence, saying cuts in youth services due to fiscal austerity measures are likely to be a more direct cause.