102-year-old WWII veteran Breaks Records at Great North Run
Bill Cooksey, who served in the RAF between 1941 and 1951, covered the 13.1-mile course from Newcastle to South Shields with the aid of walking companion Gavin Iceton in five hours and 41 minutes.
The centenarian had previously completed 10 miles a day for 10 days for his 100th birthday and cycled 1,000 miles for his 101st birthday, and took on the challenge to support the County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust.
“I’ve always wanted to do it,” MR Cooksey told ITV ahead of the event. “I’ve been up here 30 years and always walked, and when I heard about the Great North Run I thought ‘I’ll be able to do that surely,’ because there’s the additional impetus of the NHS.
“Actually I don’t think I would have done it if it wasn’t of benefit to the NHS.”
A true inspiration. 💙
At 102 years old, Bill Cooksey has crossed the AJ Bell #GreatNorthRun! 👏
Huge congratulations, Bill! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/Ssu1cShr6e
— Great Run (@Great_Run) September 10, 2023
The Great North run was hit by torrential downpours after a week of heat in the United Kingdom.
Some runners were forced to walk home after flash flooding hit roads and the Tyne and Wear Metro system.
Mr Cooksey, though, managed to survive the conditions to complete his challenge and raise more money for the NHS. “I am glad I have done it,” he said to the Daily Mail. “I wish we didn’t have to go through all that rain – but we did it.”
Pat Chambers, charity development manager at the trust, added: “What a hero Bill Cooksey is.
“He continued walking through a thunderstorm to become a record breaker completing it in just over five hours 40 minutes. We are so proud of him.”
Blame Judiciary for crime increase in Lagos – CP Idowu Owohunwa
Blame Judiciary for crime increase in Lagos – CP Idowu Owohunwa
By Ifeoma Ikem
Sahara Weekly Reports That The Lagos state Commissioner of Police, CP Idowu Owohunwa says the judiciary should be blamed for the increase of crime in the state.
The police boss made the disclosure at the State Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja while parading the three suspects arrested in connection with the killing of Adeniyi Sanni, an aide to the Senator representing Ogun West; Solomon Adeola (a.k.a. Yayi).
While briefing journalists on the painstaking efforts made by officers and men of the Lagos Command in tracking down the three men, Owohunwa bemoaned the emerging trend of giving light sentences or freeing such suspects arrested and prosecuted in the past by the judiciary.
“Through painstaking intelligence and investigative activities, we have succeeded in arresting the syndicate of the robbery and murder. The three suspects directly involved in the robbery and murder were arrested with three firearms including the killer’s weapon were recovered.”
The suspects Fred Azeez Okuno, 43-year-old Lagosian; Lucky Idudu Michael, 33-year-old from Delta State, and Adedigba Segun, 26-year-old from Oyo State.
Owohunwa said investigation so far revealed that the three suspects were directly involved in the robbery and murder of Sanni.
He said that on multiple occasions the security agencies have tried their possible best to reduce crime and the activity of criminals across the state metropolis but that after they had been processed through the judicial system and they always found a way to remain a menace to the society.
“As much as we are interested in advancing the process of justice, it is expedient that we also appeal for the process to strike a balance between Justice administration, criminal Justice delivery and overriding internet security situations across the country.
“It will lessen the load in terms of dealing with recycled criminals which is the major problem we’re facing in Lagos.
He noted that there have been instances where the judiciary neglected the gravity of the crime committed and chose to give soft landing to such criminal elements who in turn come back to perpetrate more vicious crimes like in the case of the three paraded suspects whom he described as “jail birds.”
“Investigations revealed that the three suspects had at one time or the other been arrested, tried and jailed over criminal offences and their years in correctional centres had only helped to harden them”.
In their confessions to journalists, the suspects who were masked by police to avoid being accused of human rights violation during the parade said they did not intend to kill Sanni whose identity they did not initially know.
They had stopped him presenting themselves as security agents wearing army uniforms with intention to rob him of his vehicle which had no plate number yet.
“It was a tokunbo Camry car, black in colour. We only rob tokunbo cars which we normally take to Alhaji in Republic Benin to sale,” said one of the suspects.
According to their confession, Sanni was shot when he raised alarm seeking help from people when he noticed that they might not be genuine military men after they had checked his vehicle documents and yet refused to free him.
After shooting him repeatedly with pistol, they dumped his body at the booth of the vehicle but when they noticed he was still alive, they stabbed him to death and subsequently dumped his corpse on the way. When they drove near Nigeria’s border with Republic of Benin, they called Alhaji to come and take delivery of the vehicle.
The police commissioner also bemoaned the lapses going on in Nigeria Correctional Service facilities as confessions made by the paraded suspects revealed that their gang was formed while they were serving jail sentences.
One of the suspects, Lucky Idubu told journalists that it was in the correctional centre (prison) that someone gave him the phone number of one Alhaji he could work with on completion of his earlier sentence.
The three of them meet in prison and built their network, they were connected to the Alhaji and up till now still have some elements in custody operating from the center.
He that the Alhaji was incidentally the one behind activities of the gang soon after they were released from their earlier sentences.
The Alhaji (name with-held) currently at large is said to be a Nigerian but resident in Republic of Benin from where he coordinated the car robbery and murder gang.
The suspects confessed that they negotiated with Alhaji to pay them N3million which he promised to remit soon after he must have sold the vehicle.
According to them, Alhaji had requested them to come with another vehicle when coming for their N3million, but they became unfortunate as police arrested them before they could embark on the second mission.
During their arrest, police recovered one brand new pistol with three live ammunition, one Baretta pistol with three live ammunition, one locally made pistol with six live cartridges, six expended cartridges, military gear comprising a military camouflage vest, jungle hat, pistol hose and a red Honda CRV from the suspects.
According to the police commissioner, investigation has revealed that the gang members were on narcotics as at the time they carried the act.
He has raised alarm on the growing trend of criminals impersonating military personnel wondering where they procure the uniforms and other accoutrements. “This portends great danger as members of the public might not easily know who is a genuine military personnel or not.”
At the parade were representatives of the Nigerian Army from 9th Brigade who were there to observe and listen to the confessions of the suspects and possibly fashion out how best to form synergy with the police in curbing crimes.
The CP said that the parade event has also established that the security agencies have in their hands a high notorious criminal international network and unfortunately most of their transporting equipment are transported from Nigeria to Cotonou.
“This is a very high possibility that they will be recycled back into the Nigerian market and buyer who fall victim of such purchase stand the risk of being brought to Justice
“We have activated our unique Interpol’s and network to break the trans border components of these crimes.
“I can assure you that in due course success will be achieved and the so called alhaji will be brought to Justice”.
The CP said that the component problems is the inpersonation of the military in order to perfect these crimes.
“when it first occurred there was a wild concern that military men are now involved but today through the painstaking intelligence activities of the police we’ve been able to prove that the brain behind these crimes only took advantage by acquiring the military kit in order to deceive members of the public and perfect their crimes.
The Senator’s aide Adeniyi Sanni was killed on August 5, 2023 when he was stopped by ‘fake security’ agents wearing Nigerian Army uniform at a checkpoint in Ojodu Berger area on his way to his home in Isheri, Lagos.
Favour Oladele: Prophet, Owolabi Sentenced To Death Over Murder Of LASU Student
Favour Oladele: Prophet, Owolabi Sentenced To Death Over Murder Of LASU Student
Mother jailed for eating human flesh
An Osun State High Court sitting in Ikire, headquarters of Irewole Local Government, on Monday, sentenced 42-year-old Prophet Philip Segun and Adeeko Owolabi (23) to death over the murder of a 400-level Sociology department student of Lagos State University (LASU), Favour Oladele.
The mother of Owolabi, Adeeko Bola (46), was also sentenced to two years imprisonment for eating human flesh cooked for her.
Prophet Segun was the owner of Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Solution Chapel, Ikoyi-Ile, where Owolabi and his mother went to seek wealth on 8th December 2019.
The convicts were arraigned on 15th November 2021 on two counts charge of conspiracy and murder contrary to sections 324 and 319(1) of the Criminal Code Cap. 34 Laws of Osun, 2002.
Led by the Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Adekemi Bello, the prosecution team from the state Ministry of Justice told the court that Owolabi lured the victim, killed her, while her heart was cooked and other parts of the victim were used to make ‘victory soap’ for Bola.
The prosecution called nine witnesses and tendered exhibits, while the convicts, who had no witnesses, testified before the court and Owolabi confessed that he used his girlfriend to prepare a ritual meal for money ritual.
The presiding Judge, Justice Christiana Obadina, agreed that prosecuting counsel has proven her case beyond a reasonable doubt and found the convicts guilty as charged.
Counsel to the convicts, Adeshina Olaniyan, urged the court to temper justice with mercy in passing her judgment.
The court, thereby, sentenced prophet Segun and Owolabi to death by hanging for murder and 14 years imprisonment for conspiracy.
Justice Obadina also sentenced Bola to two years imprisonment for eating human flesh.
Nigeria police arrest 2 for act of homos#xuality, declared Melvin Omokhafe Ogbedebi wanted
Two suspected homosexuals were arrested and the hotel has been cordoned off while investigation continues. They are in custody of the Lagos State Task Force and will be charged to court soon,” he said.
A resident of the area who identified himself as wala told the newspaper that the police nabbed the suspects around 3:30pm on the 8th June 2023.
He added that this is not the first time the hotel is harbouring homosexuals.
The suspects arrested are Mr Timothy Ebube age 25 years from owerri North local government area and Mr Amos Roxwell Ola age 29 years from Ikere local government area of Ekiti state.
One of the suspect in police custody Mr Timothy Ebube, when asked how he became gay make a confession to the lagos state police that he started affair with one Mr Melvin Omokhafe Ogbedebi, From Edo state who was the first to introduced him to act of homosexuality, when question how he met Mr Melvin Omokhafe Ogbedebi, he said that the first boyfriend Mr Melvin Omokhafe Ogbedebi a native of Edo state who he meet on dating App. (Grindr) in November 2018 and he approached him with chat message to be his partner.
In June 2019,the Edo State police command declared Mr Melvin Omokhafe Ogbedebi for act of homosexuality with one Late Musa Ibrahim, From Reno local government area of Kano state, in the scene of the incident Late Mr Musa Ibrahim was beaten by the community angry youth of Aiyegunle in Akoko Edo local government area of Edo state but before he was rush to undisclosed hospital he died, but the said Mr Melvin Omokhafe Ogbedebi escaped before the security personal get to the scene of the crime.
Mr Melvin Omokhafe Ogbedebi has been on police wanted listed in June 2019 when the Edo state police command declared him wanted for act of homosexuality, said the lagos state police spokesperson. Nigeria is one of the countries that prohibits homosexuality.
While speaking at a workshop in June, Garba Abari, director-general of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), had expressed sadness over the reported cases of homosexuality in the country.
“The wearing of tattoos, dreadlocks hairstyle, sagging trousers and the painting of hair have become a vogue among our young men and women,” he had said.
Under the Nigerian criminal code, individuals detained over accusations of being gay face potential imprisonment of up to 14 years. While LGBTQ+ Nigerians have historically been criminalized under colonial-era prohibitions of gay sex, the situation has grown more tenuous over the past several decades.
In 2013, Nigeria strenghtened its ban on homosexuality with the passage of the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act (SSMPA). While the law’s name suggests that it only relates to marriage equality, its scope is actually much more broad. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), the legislation bars gay couples from cohabitating and prohibits any kind of “public show of same sex amorous relationship.” It also forbids LGBTQ+ organizations from operating openly in the country.
Police violence directed at Nigeria’s LGBTQ+ community has dramatically increased in the 8 years since the law was enacted, according to reports.
In May 2023 , at least 47 people accused of being gay were arrested after police raided a birthday party and alleged that attendees had engaged in “homosexual initiation.” Although a judge ultimately released the men last year, their case was dropped due to a lack of responsiveness from the prosecution instead of a full acquittal. That means those charged could be rearrested at any time under the same allegations.
Persecution of LGBTQ+ Nigerians has particularly escalated under the presidency of anti-gay leader Ahmed Bola Tinubu, according to the Initiative for Equal Rights (TIER), a human rights group based in the country. According to a 2022 report, there had been a total of 643 human rights violations over the past year — despite low reporting rates among trans people, intersex individuals, and women.
The lagos state police command on briefing the media on 9th June 2023, in Ikeja Lagos State, the police spokesperson said that the two Suspects will be charged to court immediately for persecution which is punishable by Law, 14 years imprisonment according to Nigeria Law, the command Further states that Mr Melvin Omokhafe Ogbedebi, who has been on the run since June 2019, will be track and arrested to face the Law, the police said they are working with other assistant security Agency in the country to make sure their is no escape route for the fleeing suspect Mr Melvin Omokhafe Ogbedebi.
The Command also announced the arrest of a serial rapist, Onuorah Obi of No 1, Buari Oloto Street, Ago Okota on June 6th 2023
“The victim, ‘f’, 25, of Ago Okota reported that the suspect raped her and recorded her nude pictures and videos.
“The police swung into action and arrested the suspect. When a search was conducted,” the Command said.
The command appeals to well meaning Nigerians to report Mr Melvin Omokhafe Ogbedebi to the nearest police state anywhere he is find in the country.
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