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

Nigerian-American Wally Adeyemo Appointed President Obama Foundation

The Obama Foundation has hired Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo, a former Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics and deputy director of the National Economic Council, to be its first-ever president, leading the implementation of the organization’s strategic plan and managing its organizational structures and functions.

“I am excited to be joining in the work of the Obama Foundation—inspiring, empowering, and connecting young leaders focused on changing the world,” Adeyemo said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the talented staff of the Foundation to build an organization devoted to supporting the work of changemakers — whether in Chicago or around the world.”

According to the Foundation’s release, Adeyemo will work under Chairman of the Board Martin Nesbitt and alongside CEO David Simas in Chicago, managing a staff that numbers close to 200.

“Wally is the ideal person to help lead the Foundation team as we continue to grow the impact of our global civic engagement programs and advance the Obama Presidential Center,” Nesbitt said in a statement. “Given his executive experience in both the public and private sectors and previous service with President Obama, Wally is well positioned to help us continue to translate our sky-high ambitions into operational reality through daily leadership of our talented staff.”

In addition to the OPC, the Foundation is growing civic engagement projects in its fellowship, scholarship and leadership programs from Chicago to Hartford, Connecticut, to Johannesburg, with further expansions this year and next.

Adeyemo has degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and Yale Law School. In 2011, he was named the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s first chief of staff. Former President Obama named him his senior international economics advisor in 2015. Adeyemo is currently a senior advisor to asset manager BlackRock and the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank.

He is also a member of the Aspen Strategy Group, and he is on the boards of New York think tank Demos, the Golden State Opportunity Foundation and Just Homes, a faith-based affordable housing initiative based in Washington, D.C.

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1m fraudsters who funded notorious Nigerian organised crime gang jailed for 16 years

Three siblings who were working directly for the leader of a notorious Nigerian crime gang have been jailed today for a total of 16 years after laundering nearly £1m for the Black Axe organised crime syndicate through UK bank accounts.

Okemiorukaye Nakpodia, 56, was found guilty of conspiracy to money launder at Woolwich Crown Court on 8 May. Esther Nakpodia, 35, Unuakpotovo Nakpodia, 46, both pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

They laundered the proceeds of hundreds of frauds between 2007 and 2015.

Police identified 174 suspicious transactions entering bank accounts. Money from a number of the victims of the original frauds ended up in the defendants’ bank accounts and was then laundered by the Nakpodias.

The leader of the Black Axe, Augustus Bemigho-Eyeoyibo, is the brother-in-law of the three defendants. Black Axe is a banned organisation in Nigeria and has been linked to decades of murders, rapes, extortion and drug dealing in Nigeria and across the world, with members allegedly swearing a ‘blood oath’ to join.

Philip Slough, for the CPS, said: “We were able to show the Nakpodias were talking to Augustus Bemigho-Eyeoyibo, the leader of Black Axe, based on conversations found on their devices. They talked about the amounts, and what to do with the funds after they arrived, including how much to keep for themselves.

“This strong evidence confirmed that the Nakpodias had been actively involved for a number of years in a conspiracy to launder money which had been stolen by others using phone and email scams.

“This prosecution will play a role in starving a dangerous criminal gang of funds and we will seek to recover their proceeds of crime at a later hearing.”

Today at Woolwich Crown Court Unuakpotovo Nakpodia has been jailed for seven years and seven months, Okemiorukaye Nakpodia has been jailed for six years and six months, while Esther Nakpodia has been sentenced to two years and six months in prison.

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Philip Slough, for the CPS, said: “Esther Nakpodia claimed to have never heard of Black Axe, denying links to the organisation – this despite the fact her sister has been married to the group’s leader for 14 years.

“She denied knowing that Augustus Bemigho-Eyeoyibo is involved in gang activity, and said she believed he was a reputable business man. She accepted being in possession of £28,000 when arrested – this was money withdrawn from her bank account and was taking it with her to Nigeria to give to her sister and brother-in-law in person. A number of incriminating text messages were found on her mobile phone seized from her upon arrest, revealing her deep involvement in the laundering of these funds.

“Unuakpotovo Nakpodia admitted opening and controlling numerous bank accounts – between January 2007 and February 2015, she received over £700,000 of suspicious payments from between 65 and 70 unconnected parties in 16 different countries. Unuakpotovo also denied being part of a conspiracy to money launder the proceeds of crime.

“Okemiorukaye Nakpodia accepted all transactions relating to the bank accounts attributed to him – he received nearly £50,000 of direct suspicious payments from eight unconnected third parties in three different countries. He claimed not know the source of these transfers.”

  • Esther and Unuakpotovo Nakpodia are also subject to extradition proceedings concerning advance fee frauds in Greece, to be held at Westminster Magistrates’ Court at a later date

Birmingham Mother Murdered Her 2 Daughters For Disturbing Her Sex Life

Mother who murdered her young daughters after they ‘got in way of her sex life’ has been jailed for life.

On 15th January, three-year-old Lexi was pronounced dead by paramedics at the family home in Beechwood Court, Rugby in the early hours of January 15, 2018. Porton called an ambulance saying she had found Lexi lifeless in her bed after going in to check on her.

Following Lexi’s death the Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy and Childhood procedures (SUDIC) were followed by professionals.

But a couple of weeks later, Pirtons other daughter Scarlett also suddenly died.

Porton claimed that on the evening of February 1 she had set out to take Scarlett to the hospital after she had fallen ill. On her way to the hospital she pulled over in the car park at Elliott’s Retail Park in Rugby to call an ambulance.

Scarlett was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Following Scarlett’s death, a Home Office pathologist and a paediatric pathologist worked together to complete a post mortem on both Scarlett and Lexi.

After extensive enquiries with specialist doctors, no natural cause of death was found for either child. It was established that both children had died as a result of deliberate airway obstruction.

Following Scarlett’s death Warwickshire Police launched a murder investigation into the deaths of both children.

Prosecutors said Louise Porton, 22, suffocated Lexi Draper, three, and then killed 17-month-old Scarlett Vaughan days later at their home in Rugby, Warwickshire.

One friend said the part-time model “would do whatever she could” to not have her daughters with her.

Louise Porton, who was carrying on a sex business in the days leading up to their deaths, met a string of men on dating sites and sent them “explicit” photos of herself in the lead-up to their deaths, jurors were told.

In text messages she also offered to meet for sex if they put money in her bank account to fund her “shopping.”

Warwickshire Police

Detective Superintendent Pete Hill said: “I will never be able to understand why Louise Porton murdered her children; Lexi and Scarlett.

“It is clear from the evidence that Porton tried to kill her daughter, Lexi, on at least two occasions prior to her death on January 15, 2018.

“Not content with killing one of her children she did exactly the same to her other daughter, Scarlett, on February 1, 2018.

“She has lied repeatedly to friends, family and professionals to cover her tracks. At no point throughout the whole investigation has she ever shown any real signs of emotion.

“Our thoughts are with the families of Lexi and Scarlett. I’m sure today’s outcome will do little to heal their pain, but I hope they can take some comfort.


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Prime Minister Boris Johnson appoints 39 Year Old Nigerian MP As Children And Families Minister

Kemi Badenoch has been appointed by Boris Johnson as the new children’s minister, replacing Nadhim Zahawi.

The MP for Saffron Waldren joins new education secretary Gavin Williamson, long-serving schools minister Nick Gibb and returning universities minister Jo Johnson in the refreshed ministerial team at the Department for Education. The government is yet to say who will take the skills brief previously held by Anne Milton.

A huge privilege to be able to serve and make a positive difference on a number of issues close to my heart

In a tweet sent at the weekend, Badenoch said she was “humbled to have been appointed a junior minister at the DfE”, adding it was a “huge privilege to be able to serve and make a positive difference on a number of issues close to my heart”.

The children’s minister’s role includes elements of schools policy including special educational needs and high needs funding, safeguarding in schools, disadvantaged pupils, school sport and healthy pupils and the social mobility opportunity areas.

Badenoch will immediately face pressure from the schools community to address a crisis in SEND funding. The think tank IPPR North recently found that the amount of funding available for pupils with the most complex needs has reduced by 17 per cent across England since 2015.

It follows repeated warnings from the schools community and SEND experts that demand for support is outstripping supply, prompted in part by a sharp rise in the number of pupils with education, health and care plans, which replaced statements in 2014.

Born in Wimbledon, Badenoch grew up in Nigeria and the US before moving back to the UK as a teenager. She studied computer systems engineering at the University of Sussex and worked in the IT sector before moving into a career in consultancy and financial services. She also served as head of digital at The Spectator, and has a law degree from Birkbeck, University of London.

Elected in 2017, Badenoch initially served on the justice select committee. She became a vice-chair of the Conservative Party in January last year, a role that put her in charge of candidates. Last April, she apologised to the Labour MP and former deputy leader Harriet Harman after admitting she once hacked into her website “to say nice things about the Tories”.

She also came under fire after she defended Toby Young, the former head of the New Schools Network and her former Spectator colleague, over his controversial tweets. Young resigned last March as a result of ongoing “media attention” about his past comments, many of which had been unearthed by journalists following his appointment to the board of the new universities regulator, the Office for Students.

Life Lessons Taught As Mayor Of Enfield Launches Autobiography

Patience, discipline, wisdom, determination, not worrying (calmness) and believing in yourself, were personal life lessons shared with the audience of close friends, family and associates present at the Council Chambers of the London Borough of Enfield as second time Mayor Cllr Chief Dr Kate Anolue launched a book detailing her life story.

The book, titled “Kate Anolue: The Autobiography” penned by ghost writer Felicity Okolo, detailed the amiable Mayor’s life history from her days as a young girl, the first and eldest of seven children of a close knit and loving family.

The Mayor popularly and fondly called “Aunty Kate” born in the North of Nigeria to Igbo parents, her mother a royal princess, spoke about her idyllic childhood and her special relationship with her father, her family’s flight to the East of Nigeria from Jos, Northern Nigeria where the family had settled at the outbreak of the Civil War in 1966, and her early Teachers’ Training before moving to the UK following her engagement to her late husband.

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Aunty Kate who recently celebrated her 70th birthday at an elaborate society dinner and dance event, also spoke about the pain and hardship of suddenly finding herself a single mother of four young children when her husband tragically died and how she had to rely on her self reliant, resilient spirit to push herself and keep going.

Mayor Kate had retrained and become a qualified nurse and subsequently, a midwife shortly after arriving in the United Kingdom so she juggled her demanding job with single-handedly raising her four children. However, not one to be held down by misfortune and wanting to improve and develop herself, her childhood desire to become a lawyer took hold and she enrolled in University for a full time degree course. This she combined with raising her kids as well as holding down a full time job as a midwife at North Middlesex Hospital, Enfield, a job she held for 40 years. With her Law degree under her belt, she entered into politics, was elected a councillor in the London Borough of Enfield in 2017 and became Mayor for the first time in 2013.

On retirement, from her nursing career she was honoured with a Long Service Award from North Middlesex Hospital, Enfield for her service to pregnant women and their families, as well as a Honorary Freeman of the London Borough of Enfield conferment in recognition of her long valuable service to the Enfield Community and outstanding Contribution to the voluntary sector.

A woman of staunch and strong faith in God, Cllr Kate also wrote about the immense pleasure, self fulfilment and satisfaction she derives from her numerous community and voluntary activities such as working with young people, victims of domestic violence, grass-root politics and mentorship.

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The event professionally moderated by world famous Trainer and Speaker, Dr Dayo Olomu, had childhood friends, fellow councillors, past colleagues, community leaders and her family members in attendance.

The book was reviewed by author and journalist Ayo Akinfe, Barrister Jenny Chika Okafor, the President of Nigerian Women In Diaspora Leadership Forum and Dr Dayo Olomu.

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Just under £5,000 was raised at the event attended by both past and present CANUK Chairmen, Chief Bimbo Roberts Folayan and Dr Boma Douglas with his wife June, Retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Iguh, CON, representatives of various Nigerian communities and associations from all over the UK and Europe.

The evening was chaired by Sir Ezinna Longenius Iwu, who with his wife Lady Edith were also chief launchers of the book.

Ever the generous humanitarian and philanthropist, all proceeds from the book launch were donated to the Mayor’s various charities.

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