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Met Police Officer Under Investigation For Having Sex On Big Brother Nigeria

A Met Police officer is being investigated after appearing on Nigeria’s Big Brother despite being refused permission by bosses.

Khafi Kareem, once a ‘poster girl’ for the promotion of female and black staff, is a contestant on the overseas version of the reality show.

She became the talk of the series after Nigerian news websites shared a video of her seemingly having sex on screen.

Scotland Yard said it had not granted Ms Kareem’s request to appear on the programme and that an internal investigation would be carried out.

Ms Kareem, 29, was pictured alongside Commissioner Cressida Dick as the Met celebrated 100 years of women in the force last November.

According to The Sun, she joined the force as a PC based at Lambeth station in 2015, having worked part-time as a special constable for four years.

An unnamed colleague told the newspaper: “She’s a serving British police officer – it’s outrageous.

“She asked permission to go on the show but, when her request was refused, she went anyway.”

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Ambassador Oguntade Encourages Nigerians To Be Steadfast In Serving God

This admonition was shared by Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Retd Justice Adesola Oguntade CFR, CON, with the members of the Goodnews Haven, RCCG UK parish at the church’s Annual Multicultural Day celebrations last Sunday.

The High Commissioner who attended the colourful event accompanied by his beautiful wife, Modupe, also told the members and their numerous invited guests that the call of God, is higher than the call of man which he exemplified by honouring the call of the church before any other official assignment of the day. His Excellency who also spoke to the congregation in 3 different Nigerian languages urged Nigerians to always remember home as the best place, pointing out that Nigerians in Diaspora do not go back “Home” as often as they should.

The Goodnews Haven Multicultural Day is an occasion by the church to celebrate the diversity of nations and cultures in Christianity. The  Pastor of the church based in Thamsmead, south east London, Godday Okosun, who expressed his privileged feelings of having so many dignitaries and important personalities at the event, said in his brief opening address, that the purpose of the event is using different cultures to glorify God.

The event featured presentations showcasing the Yoruba, Deltan, Igbo and Bini cultures of Nigeria. There were also presentations representing the Sierra Leone and Brit cultures.

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Also present at the event was both the present and past Mayors of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Cllr Mick Hayes and Cllr Gbenga Babatola as well as the former Mayor of Barking and Dagenham, Cllr Sade Bright a RCCG Pastor.

Cllr Mick Hayes complimented the church members on their wonderfully colourful attires. He expressed his regular pleasure as Mayor of Greenwich to go out to celebrate the rich diversity existing in the borough of culture and of different faith groups. He added how amazed he often feels at the works of faith groups in not only promoting cultural diversity, but also of promoting community cohesion.

He thanked all the members of Goodnews Haven on behalf of the Royal Borough of Greenwich for their wonderful works in this area.

 

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There were also drama presentations to highlight the need to appreciate and embrace other cultures as parts of the body of Christ, as well a a presentation by the Churches youths to showcase the different youth culture.

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Mr Culture Ayan de First, was also present to deliver some entertainment with his talking drum.

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Police Officer Seriously Injured Following Machete Attack In East London

An officer has sustained serious injuries after being attacked with a machete following a van stop in Leyton, east London.

Shortly after 1am on Thursday, 8 August, uniformed officers in a marked police car signalled for a van to stop in Coopers Lane at the junction with Leyton High Road, E10.

The vehicle failed to stop for police and made off. It was followed briefly by police on ‘blues and twos’ and stopped a short while later since it was being driven without insurance.

Response team officers from the North East Command Unit got out of the police car to speak to the driver, a 56-year-old man.

This man then attacked a uniformed police constable with a machete. The officer was stabbed a number of times but managed to draw his Taser and used it to subdue the suspect and protect himself from further harm. The suspect was then promptly arrested by the other officer in attendance, a female police constable.

The injured PC – aged in his 30s and with around ten years’ service as a Met officer – was taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service suffering stab injuries to his head and elsewhere on his body.

The officer remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery. His family have been informed.

The driver was arrested at the scene on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and was taken to an east London police station where he remains in custody. He did not require hospital treatment.

We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident and there are no other reported injuries.


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A crime scene remains in place.

Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Tucker, in charge of the North East Command Unit, said:

“This was a frenzied and brutal attack on a uniformed officer carrying out his duties. What began as a routine vehicle stop transformed very quickly and unexpectedly into an unprovoked attack with a weapon.

“Thankfully, the officer was carrying a Taser and managed to use it. This stopped the suspect from inflicting any further injury and allowed the other officer to detain him. I honestly believe that using that Taser may have saved his life.

“I would like to commend his bravery, resilience and determination. Despite being repeatedly stabbed, his first thought was to protect his colleague and members of the public.

“I would also like to take the opportunity to commend the members of the public who did not just stand there and watch but also stepped in to help.

“Our thoughts are with the officer and his family and we wish him a full recovery. Officers come to work every day to protect the public from harm, for an officer to be met with such violence in such a frenzied way is despicable.

“This case highlights the very real risks with which police officers are confronted with on a daily basis and the courage and professionalism officers demonstrate when doing their job.

“There is body-worn footage of this incident and we are aware there were a number of people who witnessed the attack and may have taken footage. If you have not already come forward we urge you to do so, to assist us with our enquires.”

Anyone who may be able to assist is asked to contact police via 101 quoting CAD3/8AUG or Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.

Bright Akinleye Murder: 2 Charged

Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of Bright Akinleye on Euston Street in Camden on Monday, 18 February have charged two men with murder.

[M] Abdoulie Ceesay, 28 (18.03.91) and [N] Oliver Petts, 29 (4.01.90) both of no fixed address, but from south east London, appeared in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 7 August charged with murder.

They will next appear at the Old Bailey on Friday, 9 August.

A 30-year-old man [L] has previously been charged with murder and his trial was scheduled to commence at the Old Bailey on Monday, 12 August.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or the events immediately following the attack, is asked to call the incident room on 020 8358 0400, on 101, Tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.

Joel Urhie Murder: Police Renew Appeal For Information 1 Year On

Police are renewing their appeals for information a year after the murder of a seven-year-old boy in an arson attack on his Lewisham home.
The appeal is supported by a reward made available by the charity Crimestoppers.
On 7 August 2018, emergency services were called to a fire at the house in Adolphus Street, SE8 where Joel Urhie lived with his family.
Joel’s body was found by emergency services in the upstairs bedroom he shared with his mother.
His mother and older sister, who were also upstairs at the property, managed to escape by jumping from first floor windows.
A post-mortem conducted at St Thomas’ hospital on 8 August 2018 found Joel’s injuries to have been consistent with fire and smoke inhalation.
A murder investigation was launched. Police believe the fire was started when a burning item was pushed through the letterbox.

The officer leading the investigation, DCI Mark Wrigley, said: “A thorough investigation has been ongoing for a year now, and this is continuing. I remain committed to finding the person or people responsible for killing Joel.
“The fire service report indicated that accelerant had been used at the front door of the house. We have completed extensive reviews of available CCTV, and this led to us identifying and eliminating a man buying petrol, about whom we issued a previous appeal.
“However, we are pursuing a number of other lines of enquiry, and we are unable to rule in or out any particular motive at this time.
“I do want to remind anyone with information that we are dealing with the death of an innocent seven-year-old child. He should have been able to sleep safely with his mother, but instead he died at a tragically young age due to a callous attack which was doubtless motivated by factors far behind the comprehension of any young child.
“There are people out there who know exactly what went on and who is responsible for Joel’s death. I need them to call me now.”
The little boy’s family have paid tribute to him.

Joel’s cousin Tega Majoroh said: “Joel brought so much light to the family without even knowing it. His death has been a tragedy to us all. His absence has caused a huge sense of loss.
“I would come to the house and he’d run to me with so much happiness. Joel was like the sunshine after rain. Coming home to him was like a breath of fresh air. He was always happy and always made others around him happy. There are so many memories that I will always treasure – and there will always be a hole in our hearts.”
Joel’s mother Efe said: “Joel was the sweetest most caring little boy you could ever meet. He was so intelligent and always curious to learn new things. He never complained about anything and loved going to church.
“Joel always wanted people around him – that was why we used to go to the park a lot so that he could make new friends. His smile and laugh would light up a room and he was so full of life and energy.”
The charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information they receive anonymously that leads to the arrest of the person or people responsible for the murder of Joel Urhie.
Call Crimestoppers’ UK contact centre on 0800 555 111 or visit Crimestoppers-uk.org.
The charity guarantees 100% anonymity to everyone who contacts them.
+ Two males, [A] aged 21 and [B] aged 29, were arrested on 11 August 2018 at residential addresses in south London, on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and arson with intent to endanger life. They were released under investigation pending further enquiries.
+ Anyone with information can also contact the dedicated incident room on 020 8345 3715.

Bright Akinleye Murder: 2 Charged

Train Delayed In London As Commuter’s Brazilian Hair Extensions Get Stuck In Door

Commuters on a train to London were held up when a passenger got their hair caught in a door.

The busy London Northwestern Railway service between Tring and London Euston was delayed for several minutes at Harrow & Wealdstone station shortly before 7.30am on Wednesday.

A member of the crew made a tannoy announcement explaining that the train was not moving because a passenger’s hair was caught in a door.

He asked the passenger in question to open the door, get their hair inside the train, and then close the door again.

The train continued on its journey shortly afterwards.

A spokesperson for London Northwestern Railway said: “Our 0634 service from Bletchley to London Euston was delayed for approximately two minutes at Harrow & Wealdstone station after vigilant train crew identified a female passenger’s hair extension had caught in the carriage door.

“The safety of our passengers is our top priority at all times and train crew delayed the departure of the service while the door was quickly cleared and offered the passenger some friendly words of advice.”

New Novel Launched By Nigerian Author In London

Nigerian author and playwright Sefi Atta launched her latest Novel ‘The Bead Collector’ in Camden, London.

Sefi is a prize-winning writer and novelist. A former chartered accountant and CPA, she is a graduate of the creative writing program at Antioch University, Los Angeles.

Her short stories have appeared in journals like Los Angeles Review and Mississipi Review and have won prizes from Zoetrope and Red Hen Press.

Her radio plays have been broadcast by the BBC. She is the winner of PEN International’s 2004/2005 David TK Wong Prize and in 2006, her debut novel Everything Good Will Come was awarded the inaugural Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa.

Her short story collection, Lawless, received the 2009 Noma Award For Publishing in Africa. Lawless is published in the US and UK as News From Home.

She lives in Mississippi with her husband Dr. Gboyega Ransome-Kuti, Fela’s nephew.

Synopsis of the ‘Bead Collector’

Lagos, January 1976, six years after the Nigerian Civil War. A new military regime has been in power for six months, but rumors are spreading that a countercoup is imminent. At an art exhibition in the affluent Ikoyi neighborhood, Remi Lawal, a Nigerian woman who runs her own greeting-card shop, meets Frances Cooke, who introduces herself as an American art dealer, in Nigeria to buy rare beads. They become friends and over the next few weeks confide in each other about their aspirations, loyalties, marriage, motherhood—and Nigeria itself, as hospitable Remi welcomes the enigmatic Frances into her world.
With her signature subtlety and wit, Sefi Atta examines a brief but profound friendship, and one Nigerian mother’s yearning—amid legacies of conflict and uncertainty—to help build her country from home.
‘Sefi Atta brings to exhilarating life the textures, rhythms and byzantine subtexts of this complex society. It’s been a long time since I felt so powerfully immersed in a novel.’—Claire Messud, author of The Woman Upstairs.

Contributed by Bimbola Babarinde