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Murdered Clapham College Student Mide-Malcolm Madariola Was Killed Standing Up For His Friend

A teenager has been sentenced for murdering a student who was standing p for his friend outside Clapham South tube station last November.

Malcolm Mide-Madariola, 17, was fatally attacked following a confrontation with two males who were intent on fighting the group he was standing with after college.

Malcolm was standing up for a friend who the defendant had a grudge against when he was attacked.

A 17-year-old youth was found guilty of murder and possession of an offensive weapon at the Old Bailey on Friday, 24 May.

The Old Bailey was told Tammuz Brown, now 18, from the Abbey Wood area of Greenwich thought the boy had stared at him as they passed in the corridor at sixth form college a couple of days before.

Brown got his friend Treynae Campbell to bring a 12-inch knife and he lay in wait after college at about 4.30pm.

Prosecutor Zoe Johnson QC had told jurors that Malcolm was an innocent victim who “bravely sought to stand up to Brown, for which he paid with his life”.

Brown was sentenced at the same court on Friday, 6 September, to 16 years’ imprisonment.

Police were called at around 16:35hrs on Friday 2 November 2018 to reports of a stabbing in Balham Hill, outside Clapham South Underground station.

Officers and London Ambulance Service attended. Malcolm was found suffering from a stab wound.

Officers and paramedics gave the boy emergency first aid before he was taken to a south London hospital, where he died a short time later. His next of kin were informed.

A post-mortem examination at St George’s Hospital Mortuary gave the cause of death as multiple stab wounds.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command quickly launched a murder investigation led by Detective Chief Inspector John Massey. This included a review of local CCTV footage and forensic analysis.

The court heard how Malcolm, from Peckham, was stabbed three times, including once in the heart, during the attack on 2 November.

The weapon used was a hunting knife which police would later trace to Tammuz Brown.

Detective Chief Inspector John Massey, who led the investigation, said: “Malcolm was a student at a college in Clapham and had his whole future ahead of him.

“Brown had clearly come to cause trouble and did not hesitate to inflict fatal injuries following a minor dispute.

“The dangers of carrying a knife are clear to see. The fact that a specialist hunting knife was used and purchased in advance makes the attack all the more sickening.

“Nothing will bring Malcom back but I hope this sentencing goes some small way to helping the family move on from what has been a deeply traumatic phase in their lives.”

On Friday, Malcolm’s entrepreneur father Olumide Wole-Madariola described the devastating impact of losing his son, a top business studies student.

He said: “Malcolm thought big, dreamt big, believed big and worked big all to achieve big but unfortunately his life was taken and cut short.

“Malcolm the phenomenal giver. A young man driven by compassion, by faith, by a fierce sense of justice and a heart full of love.

“His action was not only phenomenal but noble. What a bravery? This heroism will be indelibly marked.

What he was known for as a child was what eventually took his life – peacemaking and standing up for others in need.
“He died for what he lived for. The price Malcolm paid is well worth holding on to our dignity as a family.”

Detaining Brown for a minimum of 16 years, Judge Wendy Joseph QC said the trigger for the dispute “could hardly have been more trivial”.

She told Brown: “You bore a grudge, you planned your revenge, you caused the knife to be taken.”

Judge Joseph said: “It is clear the harm done by the utterly senseless events of November 2 spread well beyond the irremedial loss of Malcolm’s life.”

The court heard Brown had a previous conviction dating back to August 2018 for possessing a zombie knife.

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Brother Of Fatal Shooting Victim Jailed For Carrying Gun For Protection

A brother of a murder victim who was known as the ‘King of Lee Bank’ has been jailed for six years after carrying a loaded gun for protection.

Andre Sargeant carried the weapon after the fatal shooting of his brother – father-of-eight Anthony – in August last year, Birmingham Crown Court heard.

The 21-year-old, of Rickman Drive, Lee Bank, dumped a bag containing a converted Italian self-loading pistol with a bullet in the breach as he was being chased by police officers on October 2.

Six more bullets were found in the bag, said Lynette McClemment, prosecuting.

Sargeant was arrested and later admitted possessing a firearm and possessing ammunition.

The court heard he carried the weapon for protection after 33-year-old Anthony suffered fatal injuries in a shooting outside his mother’s home in Rickman Drive on August 25.

Andre, who was wanted by police on a warrant, was spotted by officers sitting in a McDonalds restaurant with a friend in the city.

A dog handler and firearms officers were called but when Sargeant saw the dog, he ran off.

He was chased across Belgrave Middleway and waste ground and was seen throwing away a bag he had across his shoulder.

Officers later recovered it from beneath a car.

Graham Henson, defending, said in June last year someone had tried to murder Sargeant by stabbing him in his legs and stomach.

The following month a gun had been fired at the family home while on August 25 his brother was fatally shot.

He had later been issued with a threat to life notice by the police.

Mr Henson said: “He was carrying it to protect himself. On any view you take, his family have been through a tragic last 12 months.

“It is a tragedy he still cannot come to terms with.

“He may have dealt in drugs in the past but he has no gang involvement.”

Nigerians Urged To Cease Attacks On South African Businesses In The Country

Says Attack on South African Businesses in Nigeria Will Hurt Nigerians More

The Federal Government has appealed to Nigerians not to attack South African companies operating in Nigeria in retaliation for the ongoing xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, described as deeply disturbing the reports that some Nigerians, angered by the xenophobic attacks in South Africa, have started attacking South African companies in Nigeria.

He said that targetting South African companies in Nigeria for attack is, for Nigerians, a classic case of cutting off your nose to spite your face, because the investors in such companies, especially MTN and Shoprite, are Nigerians.

Alhaji Mohammed said the majority of the workers in the South African companies operating in Nigeria are also Nigerians, meaning that its Nigerian workers who will be hardest hit if such companies are forced to shut down for fear of attacks.

He assured Nigerians that the Federal Government is already taking decisive measures to put an end to the persistent xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa.

”President Muhammadu Buhari has dispatched a Special Envoy to convey to his South African counterpart, President Cyril Ramaphosa, his concerns and also interact with his South African counterpart on the situation.

”Also, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, acting on the instruction of Mr. President, has summoned the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria to get a brief on the situation; express Nigeria’s displeasure over the treatment of her citizens; and secure assurance of the safety of their lives and property,” the Minister said.

XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS: PRESIDENT BUHARI DESPATCHES SPECIAL ENVOY TO SOUTH AFRICA

President Muhammadu Buhari has noted with deep concern, reported attacks on Nigerian citizens and property in South Africa since August 29, 2019.

Consequently, the President has instructed the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, to summon the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria and get a brief on the situation; express Nigeria’s displeasure over the treatment of her citizens; and assurance of the safety of their lives and property.

President Buhari has also despatched a Special Envoy to convey to President Cyril Ramaphosa his concerns and also interact with his South African counterpart on the situation.

The Special Envoy is expected to arrive in Pretoria latest Thursday, September 5, 2019.

African DJs Call For Boycott Of South African Music

Afro beat DJs in Europe have placed a call on all Entertainers in Europe and all over the world to join in the action to shun all South African music and end all collaborations with South African artists, in view of the continuous xenophobic killings of Nigerians and other Africans resident in the country that has so far gone unabatted and unchecked by the South African authorities.

The statement released by African DJs (ADJS) said “We call on all deejays all over the world to boycot all music from South africa, they should stop playing or distributing them.

We cannot sit and watch while our brothers are beinh killed in South Africa. Enough is enough.

Nigerians and all other countries fought for the independence of South Africa.

We join to say No more killings”

The killings and lootings or burning of premises, residents and businesses of Nigerians in the country had been going on for years.

However, the recent upsurge in such gruesome atrocities which include setting people on fire in the streets and public shootings have attracted international attention.

A spate of violence that broke out in suburbs south of Johannesburg’s city centre on Sunday and spread to the central business district on Monday saw the destruction of more than 50 mainly foreign-owned shops and business premises.

Cars and properties were torched and widespread looting took place.

Millions have taken to social media, to comment on the ongoing evil and are calling for a mass boycott of all South African interests in Nigeria and in other parts of Africa.

Popular organisations in Nigeria such as telecommunications outfit MTN, media outfit DSTV and the Shoprite shopping malls are all owned by South Africans.

Nigerians worldwide have called on President Buhari to take action and treat the ongoing as a matter of great urgency.

There has also been a call to dismiss the South African ambassador in Nigeria and recall Nigeria’s consul from Pretoria, the nation’s capital city.

Meanwhile, the South African deputy minister of police Bongani Mkongi has been seen in a video saying ” how can a city be 80% dominated by foreign nationals? They fought for the land now it’s been taken over” giving greater support to the belief that the killings of Nigerians and other nationals in the former Apartheid colony is being supported by the authorities.

Nigerians worldwide are furious about the sad turn of treatment South Africans are metting out to Nigerians in their country particularly if one takes into acount, the great role played by Nigeria taking centre stage in the worldwide efforts to free the country from the shackles of white dominance in the 80s and early 90s.

Many exiled South Africans were given succour and asaylum in Nigeria and many suth African youths were educated and emlployed in Nigeria.

Ironically, South Africans nationals blame immigrants for high unemployment in cities across the contry particularly in manual labour.

South Africa is a major destination for economic migrants from the southern Africa region, with many moving from neighbouring Lesotho, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Nigeria in search of economic resettlement and work.

German Government Repatriates Nigerians Just Hours After Ekweremadu’s Attack

The German government has repirtedly deported a new batch of Nigerian migrants, less than 48 hours after the attack on former Deputy President of the Senate Ike Ekweremadu, by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

According to reports, the migrants left Frankfurt Airport at 8 a.m Monday morning, and were expected to land in Nigeria’s Murtala Mohammed International Airport between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The number of migrants deported was not ascertained as at the time of this report.

However, it was gathered that they were picked randomly from different accommodation centres in different regions and conveyed to a central place and finally to Frankfurt Airport,” the Co-ordination Activist for Network Refugees 4Refugees, a political platform for refugees and migrant self-organisation based in Stuttgart, Germany, Rex Osa, told The Nation.

Osa added, “When their asylum application is already expired, they are obligated to leave the country.

“For those who don’t leave voluntarily, they will be given a what is I can translate in English to mean toleration status. This status is not a resident title; it is to show that the person is still there because the deportation is hindered because of one reason or the other.

“These people are picked up early in the morning without expecting the police.

“Some would be picked up from work also. When the police arrive in their rooms, they would be allowed to pack things not more than say 64 kilos. The police will be standing to make sure the person does not escape.”

The activist urged the federal government to come to the aid of the victims as many of them are coming with a myriad of challenges.

“Among these people are many sick people. Nigeria should be expecting a lot of people who have psychological problems, and people with spinal cord problems leading to paralysis.”

Last month two batches of Nigerians were sent back home from the European country.

(NAN)

Attack On Ekweremadu An Embarrassment To The Nation – NIDCOM Chairman

The Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission has condemned in its entirety, the
attack on the former deputy senate president and current serving senator of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria, Senator Ike Ekweremadu at the 2nd Annual Igbo Cultural Festival held in Nuremberg, Germany.

Senator Ekweremadu who was attending as a speaker/special guest of honor at the event organized by the Ndi-igbo Germany community was reportedly beaten up and egged publicly.

In a press release, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa described the incident as an “embarrassment to the country”


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“According to reliable sources, some of the culprits who perpetrated the act have been
apprehended and we call on the German government and law enforcement agencies to ensure that there are consequences for their actions” the statement further said

Hon Dabiri continued “It is also shamefully pathetic that an event which was nobly put together by the Ndi-Igbo community in Germany whose members make up the majority of Nigerians living in Germany, to amongst other things, provide a forum for the Diasporans and various stakeholders to network and to facilitate a better cooperation between German and Nigerian businesses, ended up in such a disgraceful manner”

We appeal to Nigerians to be of good behavior wherever they find themselves because such incidents tarnish the image of the country.