China to Support Nigeria in Fight Against Islamist Insurgents

China signed a memorandum of understanding with Nigeria Thursday, offering its support to the West African nation’s security forces as they battle an Islamist insurgency in the country’s northeast, the army said.
No details on the nature of the assistance were provided in the emailed statement, signed by defense spokesman Tukur Gusau.
Boko Haram, a faction of which is allied to Islamic State’s so-called West Africa Province, has waged a decade-long campaign of violence to impose its version of Shariah law on Africa’s most populous country. Its militants have stepped up attacks in recent months, including on army bases, ahead of February elections in which President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking a second term.

EXECUTED TEEN Boxing fan Jayden Moodie’s tragic path from innocent Anthony Joshua fan to gang victim at 14

A BOY of 14 executed in cold blood was revealed to have posed with boxing champ Anthony Joshua — as his family spoke of a life snuffed out too soon.

But the wide-eyed 14-year-old is barely recognisable in a snap taken just months later – photographed sitting on a moped and hiding his face behind a skull mask as he pulls a “gun sign”.

Jayden Moodie was pictured with Anthony Joshua, with the 14-year-old aspiring boxer killed on Tuesday night

The photos chart the tragic tale of a teen, the youngest victim of London’s horrific street crime in two years.

Just six months after moving to the capital, Jayden was mowed down by a group of three men who then pounced from the black Mercedes and stabbed him seven times in the back in Waltham Forest, North East London.

As the youngster lay dying in the streets on Tuesday night, the men sped off into the night – with police still scrambling to find those responsible for the “targeted” attack.

Pals said Jayden lived nearby on the Beaumont estate in Leyton, East London — home to the notorious Beaumont Crew gang.

Jayden makes apparent gang signs as he sits on a moped in a Facebook video made as a tribute to him

They have been battling the OC Crew, from the Oliver Close estate, since 2002, with at least nine murders attributed to the feud.

Police recovered the car they believe was used in the attack last night but are still searching for the suspects in London’s fifth killing so far in 2019.

But as authorities plead with anyone with information to come forward, the teen’s family have been left numb by the violence that claimed the schoolboy’s life.

Among those left grieving for Jayden – who idolised boxing champ Joshua Anthony – was his godmother, Zoe Grant.

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Waltham Forest stabbing: Met Police get extra stop-and-search powers after boy, 14, is stabbed to death

The Met have been granted extra stop-and-search powers in Waltham Forest after the killing of a 14-year-old schoolboy who was “stabbed up to seven times”.
Jayden Moodie, of Waltham Forest, was repeatedly stabbed, according to witnesses, on Bickley Road shortly before 6.30pm on Tuesday.
Following the youngster’s “particularly shocking” death, the Section 60 power will be deployed.
The tactic allows an officer to stop someone without needing “reasonable suspicion” that they are involved in crime.
Officers have called the attack on the young boy “cowardly” and believe it to be a targeted one.

Chief Superintendent Richard Tucker, the Commander of the North East Command Unit which covers the borough of Waltham Forest, said: “Everyone is shocked and appalled by this murder.
“The age of the victim, a boy aged 14, beggars belief and I completely understand the alarm and concern it has raised from those who live and work in the area.”
Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime team led by Detective Inspector Chris Soole investigate. DCI Soole said: “Any murder is appalling but the death of a 14-year-old boy is particularly shocking.
“Everything we know so far points to the fact that this appears to be a targeted attack and those who carried it out had only one objective which was to inflict fatal injuries on Jayden.
“We continue to investigate why Jayden was singled out and retain an open mind at this time.
“My team is working tirelessly to apprehend those responsible for this cowardly attack and I would appeal to anyone who has information that could assist this investigation to come forward and speak to police or Crimestoppers.”No arrest have been made yet, the Met said.
The murder – the fifth in London this year – is the first to be suspected to be linked to gangs.
Paramedics called to the scene in Bickley Road, Waltham Forest, battled to save the boy but he died in the street at about 7.10pm, 40 minutes after the attack.Witnesses said the boy was knifed in the back after a car “deliberately” drove into him, causing him to fall off the moped.
Police believe three males got out of the car and then stabbed Jayden before returning to the vehicle and driving off. Officers are trying to trace a black Mercedes B Class with extensive damage to the front.
Jayden’s uncle, Josh Grant, said the teen had moved to London recently, after living in Nottingham.
He described him as a “good kid” who was settling into London.
He told the Standard: “I’m in bits. It’s a sad time. He was a good kid. When he was young he looked up to me and I always gave him advice and tried to show him the right way in life.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8345 3734 or tweet information to @MetCC. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

This is the full story of how MC Oluomo was stabbed with a poisoned knife at Lagos APC campaign rally

The full story of how MC Oluomo was stabbed at Lagos APC campaign rally and the suspected men who did it.

MC Oluomo does the 4+4 sign for Buhari's re-election (Lailas Blog)MC Oluomo does the 4+4 sign for Buhari’s re-election (Lailas Blog)

It was billed as a Lagos APC campaign flag-off, with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode expected to reel out his achievements and state why he thinks Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos APC governorship flagbearer, is the best man to succeed him in May. 

But it turned out the day the infamous and ‘invincible’ MC Oluomo, got stabbed in the neck and was rushed to a hospital as he bled profusely, battling for his life.

This campaign rally was supposed to be a meeting point for APC faithful in an atmosphere of peace, conviviality, solidarity chants, chest thumping and galvanizing the base. 

However, midway into the campaign rally at the Skypower Grounds, beside the Archbishop Vining Church on Oba Akinjobi Way in GRA Ikeja, a melee ensued as Ambode addressed the audience and made a case for Sanwo-Olu. 

Ambode endorses Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat at the Lagos APC campaign rally on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 (Lagos APC) Ambode endorses Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat at the Lagos APC campaign rally on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 (Lagos APC) 

Ambode endorses Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat at the Lagos APC campaign rally on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 (Lagos APC) 

“People started running helter skelter and thugs armed with knives and cudgels began attacking themselves”, says Bayo, 31, who was right inside the venue when all hell broke loose.

A fight between NURTW factions

Video footage from the venue showed young men making a dash across the sandy ground with machetes and knives; and photo journalists lying on the deck as police pranced on the scene to fire live bullets into the dusty sky.

“What I seek from all of you is the continuous growth and continuity of this state”, Governor Ambode yelled through the public address system, as violence broke out before him and other dignitaries. “You guys should wait”, Ambode added, but no one was going to obey him at this point. The knives, cudgels and guns were well and truly out to halt his speech.

Pulse was told that factions of the Lagos State chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) were purveyors of the mayhem and that Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly referred to as MC Oluomo, was one of the fatally stabbed on the afternoon. 

The crowd at APC campaign ground in Ikeja screamed APC (APC Lagos)The crowd at APC campaign ground in Ikeja screamed APC (APC Lagos)

The crowd at APC campaign ground in Ikeja screamed APC (APC Lagos)

“MC Oluomo was stabbed twice with a poisonous knife called Makenje (which literally translates to don’t touch blood). All the VIPs were spirited out of the venue by security personnel. It was like a war zone with sophisticated guns and machetes on display”, one APC chieftain who was at the venue told Pulse on condition of anonymity.

A plot to settle political scores?

Another source told Pulse that the violence was orchestrated by persons who are still angry that Ambode was schemed out of the 2019 governorship race and disgraced, as Sanwo-Olu was settled for by the powers that be.

“It was well planned by top politicians. This was carried out by thugs loyal to Ambode’s camp. These thugs and the politicians who put them up to this are still angry that Ambode didn’t get a second term ticket. The plot was to disrupt the rally and turn attention away from the candidate Sanwo-Olu. And you have to say they succeeded to some degree”, says the source. 

The legend of MC Oluomo

MC Oluomo wasn’t supposed to be rushed to the hospital after being stabbed, because he supposedly wears a spiritual armour that shields him from gun, knife and other dangerous weapons. Which was why the knife used to stab him was a poisoned one, Pulse was told. But he was expected to be inured from the venom of a poisoned knife, no less.

In other words, MC Oluomo was supposed to be ‘unkillable’.

“The only way they could break through MC Oluomo’s skin was to poison the knife and as I speak with you now, native and medical doctors are battling to keep him alive by extracting the venom from his system. It’s 50:50 for him now”,another APC source shares. 

Another source tells Pulse that MC Oluomo is recovering in hospital after “doctors and two elderly jazzmen (native doctors) extracted the poison from his system.

Sanwo-Olu rides with Ambode through the campaign ground in Lagos (Lagos APC)Sanwo-Olu rides with Ambode through the campaign ground in Lagos (Lagos APC)

Sanwo-Olu rides with Ambode through the campaign ground in Lagos (Lagos APC)

“The man who stabbed MC Oluomo lives on Apapa Road in Ebute Metta. Forget what the Commissioner of Police is telling you”, the APC source offers.

Wanted for culpable homicide

The Lagos State Police Command has declared a chieftain of the NURTW, Mustapha Adekunle aka Seigo, wanted for the stabbing of MC Oluomo.

Lagos police spokesperson Chike Oti, says Seigo arrived the rally with a group of persons who went on to unleash mayhem as the rally progressed.

“However, at the tail end of the event, Seigo and his group, for a reason yet to be determined, violently engaged other supporters of the party. In the ensuing melee, one MC Oluomo, another NURTW chieftain, was stabbed and was rushed to Eko Hospital where he is currently recuperating, while two other victims of the attack were taken to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) for treatment. The crisis was quickly contained by policemen at the venue.” Oti stated.

The police has also declared Seigo a wanted man.

Lagos state police commissioner Imohimi Edgal held peace talk meetings with NURTW Lagos before the rally that turned violent (Punch)Lagos state police commissioner Imohimi Edgal held peace talk meetings with NURTW Lagos before the rally that turned violent (Punch)

Lagos state police commissioner Imohimi Edgal held peace talk meetings with NURTW Lagos before the rally that turned violent (Punch)

Oti says it is surprising that the thugs disrupted the rally even after Lagos Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal, held peace talks with various factions of NURTW before the event and extracted commitments from them to the effect that no one was going to disrupt the campaign rally.

“It was therefore surprising that a prominent member of NURTW would attempt to violently disrupt a peaceful political rally. In view of the development, the Command wishes to encourage members of the public with useful information on the whereabouts of Mustapha Adekunle popularly known as Seigo to report such at the nearest police station,” Oti added.

However, APC sources loyal to the Sanwo-Olu camp tell Pulse that the police is not pointing at the real culprits of the violence and stabbings.

Ambode  acknowledges cheers from APC faithful during flagoff of Lagos campaign rally on January 8, 2019. (Lagos APC)Ambode acknowledges cheers from APC faithful during flagoff of Lagos campaign rally on January 8, 2019. (Lagos APC)

Ambode acknowledges cheers from APC faithful during flagoff of Lagos campaign rally on January 8, 2019. (Lagos APC)

“The Seigo they are declaring wanted is a close ally of MC Oluomo. How will Seigo stab his own close friend? The police is deliberately chasing shadows here. They should ask Kunle Poly and Agbede about the violence and not try to rope in an innocent Seigo who has no reason to stab his friend MC Oluomo”, one APC source says. 

The reign of thugs

APC governed Lagos runs a patronage political system where motor park lords and street urchins extract rent from residents, political godfathers, motorists and the state government. 

These motor park lords have louts who answer to them and who they often command to wreak havoc on their behalf. 

2 soldiers killed and 8 arrested after failed coup attempt in Gabon, government says

(CNN)Two soldiers suspected of being part of an attempted coup in Gabon were killed and eight military officers were arrested, state media reported Tuesday.

The suspected coup plotters stormed the state radio and television headquarters around 4 a.m. Monday, allegedly taking journalists and staff hostage, while they read out a statement saying they had taken control of the Central African nation.

The officers declared their dissatisfaction with President Ali Bongo and said they had seized power to “restore democracy” in the country.

The two officers were killed when Gabonese defense and security forces moved in to stop the takeover and rescue the hostages, state-run Agence Gabonaise De Presse (AGP) reported on Tuesday.

Four soldiers were arrested a few hours after the coup attempt, government spokesman Guy-Bertrand Mapangou said.

A fifth officer, identified by Mapangou as Lt. Kelly Ondo Obiang, was captured hiding in a building beside the radio station, Mapangou told CNN.

On Monday, Mapangou told French news outlet RFI that defense forces have now taken back control of state TV and radio.

“It seems it was a group of troublemakers because military officials say they weren’t aware of this group,” Mapangou said.

The government in Gabon also said the “situation is under control” and peace had been restored to the capital.

What happened?

A video circulated on social media Monday showed several officers in a radio studio dressed in military fatigues. 

A man who described himself as commander of the Republican Guard and president of the Patriotic Movement of the young security forces of Gabon said in a lengthy statement that there has been a decline in the President’s health and in his presidential capacities. As two men dressed as officers stood behind him with guns, the man said that the Patriotic Movement would preserve the integrity of the nation.

The officer said they were disappointed by Bongo’s message on December 31 from Morocco, where he is recovering from a stroke.

Bongo has been battling ill health since October and acknowledged the speculation about his health during his New Year’s speech, but insisted he is recovering.

Monday’s incident sparked security concerns, prompting foreign offices to issue travel guidance in the Gabonese capital of Libreville.

In an alert issued Monday, the US State Department asked that “(US) Embassy personnel restrict their movements to the area north of Léon-Mba International Airport from dusk tonight until dawn tomorrow.”

The State Department said the US Embassy was monitoring the situation and advised embassy staff and their families to continue to avoid downtown Libreville and limit “unnecessary travel.”

Many foreign missions have condemned Monday’s coup attempt.

Stéphane Dujarric, a spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, called on all “actors to adhere to the constitutional means” in resolving the incident.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said in a statement on Tuesday that the “era of military coups and governments” were long gone in Africa.

Buhari, a former military general, urged the Garbonese army to embrace constitutional provisions and democracy.

Residents returned to work and students returned to school in Libreville on Tuesday, one day after the attempted coup, AGP reported.

Internet connection was also restored after a 24-hour shutdown, according to the report.Ali Bongo casts his vote at a polling station during the presidential election on August 27, 2016 in Libreville.

Longtime rule

Bongo was sworn in for his second seven-year term in 2016 after a disputed election followed by deadly protests. Bongo’s re-election extended his family’s half-century rule over the oil-rich nation of 2 million people.

Ali took over from his father, Omar Bongo, who died of cardiac arrest while receiving treatment for intestinal cancer in a Spanish clinic in 2009, following 42 years in office.

The elder Bongo came into power in 1967, seven years after the country’s independence from France.

He ruled over the small nation with an iron fist, imposing a one-party system for years and only allowing multi-party rule in 1991, though his party retained its grip on government.

The soldier behind the coup attempt in Gabon arrested

Gabon

Reports from Gabon indicate that the officers behind an apparent coup attempt on early Monday morning have been arrested. 

Minister of communication told French broadcaster, RFI that mutineers have been arrested by GIGN units (elite tactical units), the situation is under control and order was being reestablished.

Led by one Lieutenant Kelly Ondo Obiang who led a takeover of the national radio, the soldiers said they had taken over in order to restore democracy in the Central African nation.

The Gabon 5: How soldiers attempted to overthrow a government 

Under the banner of the Patriotic Movement of the Defense and Security Forces of Gabon, the leader said the most recent Bongo national address “reinforced doubts about the president’s ability to continue to carry out the responsibilities of his office.” 

An online freedom group, Internet Without Borders: which fights for digital rights, against digital repression and oppression, confirmed that there was an internet blackout in the wake of the move.

Reports also indicate that the signal for the national radio had been cut after the address. The military is also said to have fired tear gas at the premises to disperse people who apparently were in support of the attempted coup.

Reuters witness, however, reports that much of the capital, Libreville, remained calm.

Somalia military court executive two Al-Shabaab militants

Authorities in Somalia have executed two assassins associated with insurgent group, Al-Shabaab. The duo were convicted by a military court of murdering a traditional chief.

Hassan Ali Hassan, 25, and Abdirahman Isse Ali, 22, were executed in the capital Mogadishu, the military confirmed on Monday.

They were captured by the police in early November 2016 when they tried fleeing the scene of the murder of the traditional chief, Hilowle Heefow Hussein.

The latest execution comes two weeks after a military court executed via firing squad a serial Al-Shabaab bomber, Abdul Kadir Shaa’ir. The 41-year-old had been convicted of a series of bombings in 2017.

Somalia remains one of a handful of African countries that still apply the death penalty despite a hard fightback by activists. 

Most African countries have the measure on their law books but they are hardly enforced. Most death penalties are commuted to life imprisonment.

Investing Jammeh’s reign of terror: Gambia commissions kick off

Gambia

The Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) in Gambia started hearing testimonies from witnesses on Monday, as it set about investigating rights violations committed by the regime of Yahya Jammeh.

Modelled on South Africa’s investigation into its apartheid era, the commission will hold hearings into Jammeh’s 22-year era of oppression which ended in 2016 after he was forced from power.

President Adama Barrow has hailed the commission as a step towards national healing and a way to prosecute those responsible and offer some closure to victims and families.

Rights defenders accused the regime of systematic torture against opponents and journalists, extrajudicial executions, arbitrary detentions and disappearances in the English-speaking country.

First witness

The first witness on Monday, Ebrima Chongan, a police deputy inspector general before the 1994 coup which brought Jammeh to power, testified that he was tortured in a rat-infested prison outside the capital Banjul after the coup.

He said one government official put a gun in his mouth.

“They beat me and pulled me out and showed me some blood and one of the soldiers asked me to say my final prayers,” he said. “I am not embarrassed to say I was screaming. I thought I would die.”

Jammeh’s reign of terror

After Jammeh took over The Gambia, the smallest country on the African mainland, he installed a network of oppression, driven by the police, the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and a death squad called the Junglers.

Atrocities uncovered in the past two years include the execution in 2005 of 52 migrants from neighbouring Senegal whose bodies were dumped down a well.

His reign began to fall apart in 2016, when he suffered an electoral defeat at the hands of Barrow, then an opposition leader.

He refused to step down, but was forced out after other West African countries intervened militarily and diplomatically. He flew into self-imposed exile in Equatorial Guinea.

Hope for justice?

The Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) aims at using a court-like approach to investigate how abuse began and became systemic, as well as its impacts.

“The start of the TRRC hearings is an important initial step towards securing justice, truth and reparations in Gambia,” Amnesty International said in a statement.

At least 200 people crowded the exhibition hall of a Banjul hotel for the first day of hearings, with dozens more huddled outside within earshot while others tuned in across the country to live radio and television broadcasts.

“Today is the day, and we want to hear from every single witness and victim,” said Baba Jallow, the commission’s executive secretary, who as a journalist in 2000 was forced into exile by threats from Jammeh’s forces.

“I am just grateful that the process … is finally off the ground.”

The commission is empowered to advise prosecution of perpetrators and recommend financial compensation to victims.

Its board members are drawn from all the country’s major regions, its five main ethnic groups and two religions, led by a retired UN diplomat, Lamin Sise.

How DSS bust plot to print N20b fake naira notes, by investigator

Nigeria

THE Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday heard how the Department of State Services (DSS) uncovered a plot to print counterfeit naira notes worth N20 billion.
DSS Principal Officer in Charge of Investigation in Lagos Peter Uche said the agency acted on a tip off.
He was testifying in trial of Mr. John Elem, who was charged with attempting to print the fake notes.
Prosecuting counsel Mr. E.K. Ugwu told Justice Saliu Saidu that the defendant violated the Counterfeit Currency Offences Act, 2004.
Uche, the first prosecution witness, led in evidence by Ugwu, said the DSS received a petition against Edem signed by Mr. Francis Okowa.
He said the petition was delivered to him in his office on December 7, 2016 at about 4pm by “Mr. Grant” from the law firm of Mr. Rickey Tarfa (SAN).
He said Okowa, Tarfa’s client, alleged that Edem was plotting to print naira notes worth N20 billion.
Uche said: “Based on the petition, I went to my director and immediately a team was constituted to identify and arrest him.
“The following day, around 2pm, we were able to apprehend the suspect along Governor’s Drive, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi.
“The team was split into two: one to go and search his house while the other was to search his company.
“I led the team that went to his house on Banana Island in the evening of the same day.
“We met someone in his house. So, we tendered a search warrant and subjected ourselves to body search by the defendant and the person in his house.
“We went into the house and recovered items that we believe support the petition.
“Some of the items were 92 pieces of golden colour holograms, a textbook and handbooks on how to print currencies. We also recovered a manual numbering machine.”
He said he took two statements from Edem on December 9 and 11, 2016, adding that although the defendant denied the allegation, the items recovered from his house supported the charge.
Justice Saidu admitted in evidence the 92 pieces of golden colour holograms, which the witness said were recovered from the closet in Edem’s master bedroom.
The judge also admitted in evidence a textbook entitled: “Optical document on security”, the handbooks said to contain instructions on how to print currencies and the manual numbering machine.
The two statements by the defendant were also admitted as exhibits.
The trial continues today.

Father stabbed to death on train 'was knifed nine times'

A father fatally stabbed as he travelled on a train from Guildford to London with his teenage son was knifed nine times, a court heard today.

IT firm owner Lee Pomeroy, 51, had been taking his 14-year-old son for a day-trip ahead of his 52nd birthday when he was stabbed on the 12.58pm service from Guildford to Waterloo on Friday. 

Today Darren Shane Pencille appeared in court charged with his murder.

Pencille, 35, was also charged with possession of an offensive weapon.

The defendant appeared in the dock at Staines Magistrates’ Court today wearing glasses and a prison-issue grey tracksuit.

He stood in the dock to confirm his name, date of birth and that he was British, telling magistrates he had no address during a hearing lasting just over two minutes

Pencille then addressed magistrates from his seat, telling them: “Innocent until proven guilty.”

He said: “I’m paranoid. I’m hearing voices.”

According to witnesses the men were involved in a three to four minute row, moving through the carriage and into another before the attack. 

Pencille did not enter pleas and chair of the bench Helen Mattey remanded him in custody to appear at Guildford Crown Court later today.

Chelsea Mitchell, 27, of Willbury Road, Farnham, also appeared at the magistrates court charged with assisting an offender.

The court heard that she is the partner of Pencille.

The charge stated that the mother-of-one helped the alleged killer leave the scene and to change his appearance.

Prosector Sally Lakin said Mr Pomeroy had been stabbed nine times by Pencille after a row on the train.Mitchell was also was remanded in custody to appear alongside Pencille to Guildford Crown Court this afternoon. 

Police were called at 1.15pm to Horsley station on Friday and paramedics battled to save Mr Pomeroy, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Mr Pomeroy was described by his family as “an honourable man and would always help somebody who was in trouble”.

In a statement, the family said he was a cultured man, who loved his 50-year-old wife Svetlana Pomeroy.

The statement said: “He was an honest, bright person, who loved music very much, he knew history and art and he was a bachelor of science in Maths.

“He was devoted family man and did everything for his family. He was an honourable man and would always help somebody who was in trouble.

He was a loving husband, brother and father and will be deeply missed by his family.