Court remands pool clerk for killing his client

An Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, on Monday remanded a teenage pool betting agent, Oluwaseyi Ebenezer, in prison for allegedly stabbing his client to death.

Ebenezer, 18, whose address is not known is facing a three-count charge bordering on murder and stealing.

Magistrate Kofo Ariyo did not take the plea of the accused.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Kehinde Olatunde, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Jan. 24 at Ijegun Egba, Satellite Town, Lagos.

He said that the accused, a sports betting agent, stabbed Uyi Kennedy with a sharp knife on his thighs and abdomen, leading to his death.

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Baby needs N3.5m for open heart surgery

An eight-month-old baby, Mubarak Anuoluwapo Jayesimi, has been diagnosed with symptomatic congenital heart disease.

He requires N3.5 million to undergo an open heart surgery in India. All was well and rosy for Mubarak, who was born on May 25, 2016.

However, that changed two weeks after when his mother, Mrs. Monsurat Jolayemi, became disturbed about his breathing pattern. She said: “After two weeks, I noticed that he was breathing quite fast.

The breathing was not normal, it was too fast. So we took him to the nearest hospital to us in Ikorodu, Dele Hospital.”

Dele Hospital was the beginning of the journey for Mubarak’s parents. There, the doctors explained that their child’s condition was beyond their capacity.

Thus, they were referred to the General Hospital at Ikorodu. At the General Hospital, they were told there was no space and were further referred to Massy Children Hospital, Lagos Island. It was at Massy Children Hospital that they were told that baby Mubarak has a hole in his heart.

“It was when we got to Massy Children Hospital, Lagos Island that they told us that he would have to undergo surgery.

So they told us to go to Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) for echocardiography,” Jolayemi said.

Mubarak was admitted to LUTH, and after a series of tests and scans, a medical report signed by Professor C. A. N. Okoromah, a consultant paediatrician, says Mubarak has “symptomatic congenital heart disease, which was confirmed by echocardiography to consist of large perimembranous ventricular septal defect, paten ductus arteriosus, moderate pulmonary arterial hypertension with good biventricular function in Down’s Syndrome”.

Okoromah further explained that Mubarak would need to undergo cardiovascular evaluation and open heart surgery in order to correct his heart to forestall irreversible and life-threatening complications.

Jolayemi said: “She told us we would need N3.5 million as at October 28, 2016, to take him to India for the operation.

I am a caterer and my husband is a driver, we are left with no other option than to ask people to help us raise the money for the operation.”

Jolayemi can be reached on 08168415370. Money can be sent to Diamond Bank account number 0087458674 opened in the name of Mubarak Anuoluwapo Jayesimi.

Arsenal beat Sutton to reach FA Cup q’finals

Arsenal reached the FA Cup quarter-finals as goals from Lucas Perez and Theo Walcott ended non-league Sutton United’s run in the competition.

The Gunners, who are 105 league places above their opponents, opened the scoring when Perez’s cross evaded everyone in the area and found the net.

Walcott sealed victory after the break as he finished from close range for his 100th goal for the Premier League club.     Continue reading

‘It’s great Anthony Joshua hasn’t abused me like Tyson Fury’- Wladimir Klitschko says ahead of mega fight

Ahead of the mega boxing fight on April 29 between boxing veteran Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua, who has never lost a fight in his short career, Klitschko has admitted that Joshua is the best British boxer he’s faced in his career. He says he appreciates the fact the British boxer of Nigerian heritage has no interest in throwing abuses at him ahead of the fight.
The fight has attracted a post-war record crowd of 90,000 at Wembley to watch them battle for the IBF and WBA titles, and Klitschko feels he is respected by Joshua even though abuses were hurled towards him by David Haye, Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora in the past.

The Ukrainian said:

“It’s great for boxing that this event is going to be promoted the way it is, without any abuse — verbal, physical or any other shape of it. A lack of abuse is  something I haven’t experienced often.

“Not all of my previous opponents were bad but the majority were in  certain ways provocative.”

“I’ve heard the  suggestion many times that David Haye and Tyson Fury got under my skin.

“I just recently heard  it’s all about a mental game but I’m not playing games. I’m serious with what I’m doing.

“There are no mental games from me. Maybe it is something you can use in a way, but it is not going to work on my skin, it is too thick.

“That is why I don’t play games and  am straight forward.

“People trying to get under my skin are  concentrating on the wrong things and are getting themselves twisted — just look at what has happened to Fury.”

Fresh attack in Southern Kaduna claims 21

Fresh attacks were recorded in Southern Kaduna on Monday as heavily armed gunmen, killed at least 21 persons  in the area in a renewed onslaught  on four different locations. The herdsmen also engaged in fierce gun battles with soldiers and mobile policemen, who moved in to quell the attacks.

It was gathered that the killings took place in Bakin Kogi, Jema’a Local Government Area, Ashim and other villages in Kaura Local Government Area, where dozens of homes were also razed.A senior military officer at the    Continue reading

6-year-old girl reunites with her family two years after separation during rage in Damaturu, Yobe State

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has reunited six year-old Ameena, with her family two years after she was separated from them when violence broke in the town of Damaturu, Yobe State.

On that fateful day, Aisha was plaiting the hair of her first client of the day after a sleepless night because of the rumours that the fighting was getting nearer the town of Damaturu. The sound of bombs and gunfire was getting closer, Aisha and other residents of Bukka Bukway street, fled for their lives.
But just as Aisha is about to set off, she spots a small movement in the corner of her eye. It’s Ameena, the neighbours’ four year-old daughter. Aisha quickly looks around for the little girl’s parents. But they’re not there.
With fighting raging very close, Aisha cannot leave the girl behind, alone. She grabs little Ameena, wraps her around her waist and boards a bus. It takes them to where Aisha’s husband is staying, in Bajoga, Gombe state.
Meanwhile, Ameena’s parents, Amadou and Hansatu, are desperately searching their house for their daughter. She had left earlier that day to play with her friends. Now her parents are faced with one of the hardest decisions in their lives: fleeing Bukka Bukway with only three of their four children. With their three children on their backs, and without Ameena, they leave. After several kilometers they find a car and someone who is willing to take them to safety.

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Emily O'Reilly suffered horrific facial injuries and was left in a gutter to die

An autistic 16-year-old girl suffered horrific facial injuries and was left in a gutter to die after an unprovoked attack.

Emily O’Reilly had been walking to a friend’s house in Walsall on Monday evening when she was pulled to the ground.

She was then repeatedly punched, kicked and had her face stamped on by the attacker who stole her iPhone and bracelet.

The health and social care student then passed out and was left lying in the gutter for several minutes before she regained consciousness and staggering to a pub for help.

She was then taken to hospital where she required treatment to a fractured nose and cheek and stitches for a wound under her eye.      Continue reading

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