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Thursday, October 25, 2018

‘I did not murder my wife, I only slapped her’ Lekan Shonde tells court as Nanny narrates how she discovered the corpse of the 36-year-old mother of two

The trial of 53-year-old Lekan Shonde, who has been in prison custody since 2016 after his wife, Ronke Shonde died during a fight at their home in the Egbeda area of Lagos state, continued at the Ikeja Hiogh Court yesterday October 24th.

At the resumed hearing, Lekan, a dock worker, told the court that he never killed his wife but that he only slapped her during an argument.

While standing in the witness box, Shonde who was led in evidence by his counsel, Robert Clarke (SAN), told the court how the mother of his two kids, was having an extramarital affair with a certain Kayode and how he overhead her talking on the phone with hime on May 6th 2016.

“On the said day, I got into the compound, I climbed the staircase to my sitting room and I overheard Adunni speaking on phone, saying ‘Kayode you are sweet o, what did you use in sleeping with me?’ I slapped her from behind and she fell forward and hit her head on the wall, she later stood up and held me and she said she was sorry, she went to the room to change and went to have her bath.. Earlier, she had called me informing me that on my way home, I should buy moi-moi (steamed beans) and pap for our dinner. She told me that the nanny had prepared Indomie for the kids.

After she had her bath, she asked what I will eat with the moi-moi and I told her that I will have garri (dried cassava flakes) while she had her moi-moi with pap. Afterwards she told me she was going downstairs while I told her I was going to sleep, I later came out and saw her lying on the couch and she told me she will join me later in the bedroom,’’ he said.

According to him, the next day while on his way to work, he met Ronke on the couch witrh her phone beside her. He dropped some money beside her and left for work. It was while at work that one of his cousin's visited him and informed him of his wife's death.

“In my place of work we do not go in with our phones because it is a depot, we drop our phones with the security. Around 1 or 2pm, I went to check my phone my battery was dead because the previous night there was no light in the house. At 4pm, I saw my cousin, he came to the depot to see me and he informed me that my father sent him to me that Adunni is dead and I said which Adunni? “This was during the era when trailers blocked the roads to Apapa and I didn’t get to Oshodi until 9.30 pm that night and I went straight to see my father and some elders. When he informed me about my wife’s death, I could not believe it, I said it is a lie.’’ Shonde said

While being cross-examined by Mr Y. G Oshoala, the lead State Prosecutor, Shonde revealed that he was 51 years old at the time of his wife’s death while Ronke was 39 years old while their son and daughter were six and five years old respectively. He denied taking away his wife’s phone on the day of the incident and writing the police statement that was presented in court, adding that he could not read the statement aloud because he had bad eyesight. Oshoala said:

“This is not the first time you knew your wife was going out with Kayode, you put it in your statement that Kayode had been to your house. If you truly loved your wife, you would have left immediately for your home when you heard of her passing but you did not appear until days later. Would you be surprised that the autopsy reveals brain injuries, hemorrhage, damage to the neck and so many injuries? “I put it to you that your normal habit was to lock the door, beat your wife and hit her head on the wall, I also put it to you that she was going to divorce you. There must be a lot of force for a grown adult to fall down from a mere slap as you claimed, is that how you treat the woman you love? You didn’t go to the police on the second day after the incident as claimed, you went after the sixth day,’’

Responding to the claims by the lead defence counsel, Shonde said denied his deceased wife was seeking a divorce and ever physically abusing her. Asked why he did not go home immediately to see the corpse of his wife after hearing of her death, Shonde said

“I did not go to the house because my 88-year-old father said that from what he heard, people can do something unpalatable to me, so my family went to the house on my behalf. By the second or third day, I turned myself in to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS). Before God and man, Adunni had no plans to divorce me, I do not habitually beat her, I was furious when I heard her speaking to Kayode and I slapped her,’’.

Also led in as witness was Shola Adamolekun, the nanny to the Shonde family and sixth prosecution witness. During her cross examination, Adamolekun narrated how she found the corpse of the deceased.

“I resumed work in the morning at 6am, the gate to the house was usually left open for me by the defendant when he leaves for work early in the morning so that I don’t disturb the people living downstairs. On May 5, 2016, my salary was paid and on the next day (May 6) I went to work and I met the gate locked which was unusual; I knocked several times and got no response. I could not get the someone to open the gate and I went to the neighbour to alert her to open the gate and while talking to the neighbour, Temi (Ronke’s son) heard my voice and shouted ‘Grandma, Grandma’. “I heard him and said ‘Temi where are you?’ he said ‘see me I’m here’ I asked ‘where is your mummy?’ and he said his mummy is in the parlour and that he had been waking her up but she is not responding.’’

According to Adamolekun, she called Shonde when she suspected that Ronke had died. He promised to return home immediately but he never did.

“They told me that from what they could see, my boss could be dead, I called Daddy Temi (Shonde) to inform him that they could not gain access to the home; he said he was coming but he never came. There was a cousin of Mummy Temi (Ronke) who was there and he also assured me that the defendant will come. My boss was lying on her back on the floor, remembering how she looked that day does not give me joy, I did not have a key to the house and only my boss and her husband had keys to the house,’’ she said.

She added that when she spoke with the children, they told her they had no idea what happened to their mum as they were sleeping.

“I do not usually know what goes on in the house after I close from work and on that day, the children said they have been trying to wake their mummy but she was unresponsive,’’ she said.

Recall that last month, a pathologist with the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Dr S.S. Soyele, revealed that the deceased died from severe brain injury.

Justice Josephine Oyefeso adjourned the case until November 30th for submission of final written addresses.

Hip-hop trio Migos sued for allegedly stealing ‘Walk It Talk It’ song

American hip-hop trio Takeoff, Quavo and Offset of Migos are being sued by another rapper over their hit song “Walk It Talk It,” claiming they stole the song from him.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, rapper M.O.S. whose real name is Leander C. Pickett claims he recorded a song entitled “Walk It Like I Talk It” in 2007 and copyrighted the track in 2018.

Pickett says he released his song on a mixtape entitled “It’s Like a Movie,” with DJ Folk.

In January 2018, he says he learned about the Migos' song which was on their third album, “Culture II.”

He accused them of never having his permission to use his track and is demanding an injunction against Migos from continuing to profit off his work.

M.O.S. wants the band to turn over all money they made and is seeking unspecified damages.

Labour threatens to begin nationwide strike on November 6th if FG fails to adopt proposed N30k minimum wage

The last has definitely not been heard in the demand for a new mimunum wage for Nigerian workers as the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has served a formal notice to the Federal Government, of plans by its members to go on an indefinite strike from November 6th if the N30,000 new national minimum wage being proposed is not adopted.

Rising from its National Executive Council meeting in Abuja yesterday, the leadership of the Labor unions said the Federal government must adopt the new minimum wage, adding that workers would not be intimidated by any threat of “no work, no pay” policy by the Federal government. Minister of Employment, Chris Ngige had recently stated that the Federal government had proposed N24, 000 minimum wage which has been rejected by the unions.

The labour unions accused the Minister of Labour and Employment of putting up an anti-labour and anti-workers disposition. With reference to the recent policy of no work and no pay enacted by the Federal government, the NLC said the Federal government is gradually drawing Nigerians back to the Abacha days when workers were denied their rights to protest any inhumane action.

The communique signed by the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba and General Secretary, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, argued that fixing of tenure for workers holding union executive positions in contravention of the provisions of ILO Convention 87; and the prohibition or exclusion of non-card carrying members of trade unions from leading or being part of negotiation delegations of trade unions were reminiscent of the Abacha military era.

The labour leaders said as part of efforts to address these ''anormalies'' they would organise a national day of mobilisation and sensitisation rallies for workers to show their outrage and mourning in the 36 states of the federation and FCT on Tuesday November 6th.

The day, according to NLC NEC, will also be used to educate and sensitise Nigerians on the plight of workers and pensioners, the insensitivity and duplicity of government on labour issues, and to protest the proposed obnoxious policies of government against organised labour.

EFCC re-arraigns Ex-Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido and his sons over N1.35bn fraud

On Wednesday October 24, 2018, EFCC re-arraigned the former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, on a 43-count amended charge bordering on abuse of office and money laundering before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, sitting in Maitama, Abuja.

The case had previously been heard by Justices Adeniyi Ademola and Babatunde Quadri before its eventual transfer to Justice Ojukwu by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Kafarati. It would be recalled that, Lamido had earlier challenged the transfer of his case at the Federal High Court, Abuja from Justice Adeniyi Ademola (now retired) to Justice Babatunde Quadri for determination.

Lamido was arraigned alongside two of his sons - Aminu Sule Lamido and Mustapha Sule Lamido; Aminu Wada Abubakar, Bamaina Holdings Ltd and Speeds International Ltd for allegedly defrauding the state to the tune of N1.35billion. He allegedly abused his position as governor between 2007 and 2015 by awarding contracts to companies where he had interest, using his two sons as fronts.

The former governor was equally alleged to have collected kickbacks from contractors in the state, with the funds allegedly paid into accounts that were managed by his sons.

Particulars of count one of the new charge reads: ”That you, Alhaji Sule Lamido, while being the Governor of Jigawa State, Nigeria, on or about 15th of December, 2008 within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court in your account in the name of Bamaina Holdings (also referred to as Bamaina Holding Limited) domiciled at Unity Bank Plc, Kano, converted the sum of N14,850,000.00 (Fourteen Million Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) being the value of Intercontinental Bank Plc (now Access Bank Plc) cheque no;00000025 paid by Dantata & Sawoe Construction Company Limited which represented the proceeds of your illegal act to wit: using your position as a public officer for gratification by purportedly obtaining contracts for company in which you have interest from Dantata & Sawoe Construction Company Nigeria Limited which was awarded contracts by Jigawa Sate Government with the aim of concealing its illicit origin and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 14(1) (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2004, and punishable under Section 14(1) of the same Act”.

Count forty of the charge reads: “That you, Alhaji Sule Lamido, while being the Governor of Jigawa State, Nigeria, Aminu Sule Lamido, Mustapha Sule Lamido, and Speeds International Limited on or before 26th March, 2010 within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court retained in the account of Speeds Intl Ltd domiciled at Skye Bank Plc, Dutse the sum of N26,000,000.00 (Twenty Six Million) being the value of Skye Bank Plc cheque no.10000659 which funds you knew represented the proceeds of illegal act of Alhaji Sule Lamido who used his position as public officer for gratification by purportedly obtaining contracts for the said Speeds Intl Ltd, (a company in which he is a shareholder and director) from A.G Ferrero & Co Ltd which was awarded contracts by Jigawa State Government and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 16(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2004 and punishable under Section 16 of the same Act”.

Defendants pleaded not guilty to the counts. In view of the defendants’ plea, Chile Okoroma, counsel to EFCC, urged the court to fix a date for trial. However, counsel to the defendants, Joe Agi, SAN, informed the court of a pending application for the bail of the defendants. He added that the defendants were currently on bail for the same offence before another court. He further told the court that the defendants had also been granted administrative bail by the EFCC, and did not violate any of its terms.

Justice Ojukwu, thereafter, adjourned to November 22, 2018 for trial.

Gunmen kidnap 10 boat passengers including a community chief in Rivers State

Unknown gunmen have kidnapped 10 boat passengers, including a community leader in Abonema waterways, Akuku-Toru local government area of Rivers State.

The victims, including the Chief identified as Benibo, were said to be returning to Abonema from a neighboring community, Idama in the same LGA. They were said to be returning from a meeting called to resolve a leadership tussle in Idama community when the gunmen struck and whisked them to an unknown destination.

A relative of one of the occupants of the attacked boat told Dailypost that no contact had been established with the gunmen. He revealed that there had been tension in the community as other leaders of the community were currently in a meeting over the issue.

Efforts to reach the Chairman of Akuku Toru Local Government Area, Rowland Sekibo, has been difficult. However, when contacted, spokesman of the Rivers state Police Command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, said he is yet to be briefed about the incident.

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas to get married in India in December months after they began dating

It's been a whirlwind romance for Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas after they began dating in May and got engaged weeks after. Now, the couple are about to tie the knot.

An insider told US Weekly:

The wedding is happening in India in December.

Priyanka, 36, has reportedly been in the midst of planning her wedding to Nick, 26.

A source told US Weekly in September:

They really want to blend wedding traditions from both of their cultures that are important to them.

Priyanka is having a really good time planning the wedding because it’s a mix of Indian and American styles and customs, which she knows so much about.

Another insider told US Weekly earlier this month that the stars "keep talking about starting a family together.

The source added:

They have amazing chemistry and can’t wait to have kids. They are going to wait till after the wedding to start trying. But it’s definitely on the agenda.

Priyanka told E! News back in October:

I just have a few of my friends who are having babies right now and I’m like, 'God, I need to catch up!'

The couple got engaged in July and had a traditional Roka ceremony in Mumbai in Augu

Veteran actor Richard Gere and his pregnant wife Alejandra Silva step out in Madrid (Photos)

Veteran American actor and humanitarian activist, Richard Gere, 63 and his wife Alejandra Silva are expecting their first child together.

And on Wednesday, the pair who are currently in Spain stepped out in Madrid for some quality time together.

The duo cut casual figures for their outing, with his wife showing a hint of her baby bump in a stone-hued maxi dress and trainers.

Richard and Alejandra who tied the knot in April are already parents to a child each from previous relationships. Richard has an 18-year-old son called Homer with former wife Carey Lowell.

They married in 2002 and split 14 years later. The actor had previously been married to first wife Cindy Crawford for four years between 1991 and 1995.

See more photos below.

Two friends docked for conspiracy and N16.4million fraud

Two suspected fraudsters, Allen Ruskin and Prince Amakiri Geoffrey, were on October 22, 2018 arraigned before Justice A. B. Mohammed of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, sitting in Gudu, Abuja by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Ruskin and Amakiri were arraigned on a two count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N16.4million.

The long arm of the law caught the defendants following a petition by one Festus Nnamdi Chukwu alleging that they approached him for financial assistance to fix their vessel which was siezed by the EFCC and also to execute a contract they won from Symbol Regency Oil and Gas Limited. The contract according to them was for the shipment of crude oil allocation to Namibia, at the cost of $15.75 million.

The complainant allegedly gave the defendants the sum of N16,450,000 (sixteen million, four hundred and fifty thousand naira). Investigations into the matter revealed that there was no contract between the defendants and Symbol Regency Oil and Gas Limited and that the money was fraudulently collected by the defendants for personal use.

The offence is contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No 14, 2006.

One of the counts reads:

“Allen Ruskin and Prince Amakiri Geoffrey sometime between July 2017 and November 2017 at Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N16,450,000.00 (Sixteen Million, Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) from Festus Nnamdi Chukwu under the pretence that you own a shipping company named Decok Marine Nigeria Limited and the money is for fixing of your shipping vessel to execute a contract with Symbol Regency Oil and Gas Limited for the shipping of crude oil allocation to Namibia at the cost of US$15.75 million, which representation you knew to be false”.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge.

In view of their pleas, Elizabeth Alabi, counsel to EFCC, prayed the court for a trial date to enable the prosecution present its witnesses and prove its case. She also prayed the court to remand the defendants in prison custody.

In admitting the defendants to bail, Justice Mohammed said the first defendant (Ruskin), shall present two serving Directors with landed properties in Abuja Municipal Area. He shall also deposit his international passport with the court.

The second defendant (Amakiri), according to the judge shall be remanded in Kuje prison, until the next adjourned date, November 5, 2018, which is the date for hearing of his bail application.

Governor Amosun visits 67 years old woman who gave birth to a baby boy after 39 years of marriage

Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Wednesday, visited 67 years old Mrs. Ajibola Olutayo Otubose, wife of 72 year old Prof.Oluwatowoloju Otubose, who gave birth to a baby boy, after over 39 years of marriage.

Mrs Otubose has become the oldest Nigerian woman to give birth through IVF (in-vitro fertilization). She is also the oldest African in recorded history to give birth to a baby, and the 2nd oldest mum in the world.

More photos below..

Meghan Markle makes fashion faux pas as a return label is seen hanging from her dress as she touches down in Tonga with Prince Harry

Meghan Markle made a fashion faux pas when she and Prince Harry arrived in Tonga today.

The expectant mother had on a striking red dress that still had the return label hanging from it

In spite of the fashion mistake, Meghan looked radiant in the red dress as she walked beside her husband who held on tightly to her hand.

The royal couple were welcomed to the country by Her Royal Highness The Princess Angelika Latufuipeka, the only daughter and eldest child of King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau'u Tuku'ah.

More photos below.

XXXTentacion 'confessed' to beating his pregnant girlfriend, stabbing eight people in newly obtained secret recording (Audio)

Florida rapper, XXXTentacion, who was fatally shot and killed in June was awaiting trial for a 2016 domestic abuse case involving his pregnant girlfriend, Geneva Ayala before his death.

XXX whose real name was Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy, was charged by the Miami-Dade County state attorney’s office with aggravated battery of a pregnant victim, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness tampering, accusations the alleged victim detailed in a January 2017 deposition. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and maintained his innocence up until his death.

But in a new audio recording obtained by Pitchfork which was secretly recorded by an acquaintance shortly after the rapper's arrest in October 2016, XXXTentacion can be heard admiting to beating up his girlfriend, Geneva Ayala.

“I put my source of happiness in another person, which was a mistake initially, right? But she fell through on every occasion until now. Until I started fucking her up bruh. I started fucking her up because she made one mistake. And from there, the whole cycle went down. Now she’s scared. That girl is scared for her life. Which I understand.” He did not detail what he had done to the alleged victim. Earlier in the recording, he said, “I will kill that bitch if she play with me.”

He also talked about an incident in Deerfield, where they reported that three people were stabbed, but XXX admitted that it was actually 'eight people'.

Referencing his girlfriend, he says 'She's seen when I came back from stabbing [victim] in Orlando... no tears on my face, no remorse.'

'She know. So she's scared. She thinks I'm going to kill her.'

Listen to the audio recording below.

MFM founder Olukoya files fresh N2bn libel suit against Sahara Reporters Omoyele Sowore

The General Overseer of the Mountain of Fire & Miracles Ministries (MFM), Dr. D.K. Olukoya, has filed a N2 billion suit against Sahara Reporters Publisher Mr. Omoyele Sowore for defamation of character. In the suit filed before the High Court of Akwa Ibom State, Uyo, Sahara Reporters Incorporation and Objective Media Group Limited were listed as the 2nd and 3rd defendants.

The clergyman in the court papers, accused Sowore of consistently churning out publications that are defamatory to his person. Olukoya and his church are claiming N2 billion against the defendants for alleged aggravated libel and have asked the courty for order compelling Sowore and his media platforms to pull down and erase each of the offending posts from the internet forthwith.

They are also praying for an order directing the defendants to tender written apology and retraction in form and content acceptable to the claimants and published prominently in Sahara Reporters online news media, on Facebook and in at least three nationally circulating newspapers and two international magazines, including TIME International.

In addition, the clergyman is asking the court to issiue an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants by themselves, his agents, servants, privies or other persons howsoever called or described, from further making, publishing and/or disseminating libellous stories and statements against the claimants or any one of them.

In the court papers, the clergyman alleged that Sowore and Sahara Reporters on September 4th, 2018, made and posted a video recording of Sowore addressing a crowd of his purported political supporters on their respective Facebook pages under the heading “Breaking! Sowore Reveals Why MFM General Overseer Daniel Olukoya Is After Him, as He Arrives Lagos”. The video was published after the clergyman had filed a seperate suit against Sowore and Sahara reporters.

In the said video, Sowore was alleged to have falsely and maliciously said to have spoken and published against the the clergyman and his church the following words inter alia namely: “On Olukoya, very important because this is the latest that happened. I have done reporting on many cabals and you know in this country there are religious cabals, political cabals, traditional cabals and family cabals so I touched all of them not only Olukoya. Remember the one that was sleeping with a prostitute in Canada… It was then that he then went and looked for a Judge in Uyo. Imagine a man of God that is on Lagos – Ibadan Expressway now going to look for a judge in a case that doesn’t even involve them. My suspicion is that they found a judge who is probably a member of their Church who said that he will teach Sowore a lesson. That is not going to happen…”

Recall that in August, Olukoya had filed a N10 billion libel suit against the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, Sahara Reporters Incorporated and the Incorporated Trustees of Sahara Media Foundation, demanding N10bn in damages for their failure to desist from publishing false and malicious articles against him and his church, MFM, since 2013. The suit was filed before the Akwa Ibom state High court in Uyo. Read here.

No date has been fixed for hearing on the N2 billion libel suit.

Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams split with her fiancé Chad Johnson and 'questioned life' before July mental health stint

Destiny's Child singer, Michelle Williams, who checked herself into a mental health facility outside Los Angeles in July, had split with her fiancé Chad Johnson and "questioned life" before that.

The 38-year-old said during an interview with People:

I thought I was over depression. I thought, 'I'm good! I've got love, I'm working out.'

But I was so angry. The rage built up in me. I did not attempt suicide, but I was questioning [life].

Michelle, who is now a gospel singer, has suffered from depression since age 13. She admitted she'd fallen off the "therapy wagon" and "would've understood" if her 41-year-old pastor beau left.

She said:

He's been praying for a wife. He didn't pray for a depressed wife.

People fall off the fitness wagon, people fall of the wellness wagon, but I can’t fall off the [therapy] wagon. I have to get healed to live this happy life.

Chad Johnson, who got engaged to Michelle Williams on March 21 after meeting a year earlier during one of his Arizona spiritual retreats, said she uttered some hurtful words during her worst moment.

The Elevate International founder said of his bride-to-be.

Some of the things said and done were very hurtful.

But I was like, 'I don't even want to talk about what happened. Get well and we can work on us later.'

Michelle continued to undergo individual therapy and premarital counselling and it was mostly filmed for their Oprah Winfrey Network, OWN, reality show Chad Loves Michelle, which premieres November 3.

Michelle, who's also producing the show said:

It's not just about marrying Chad. I finally found someone to do life with.

The show documents Williams and the Johnson moving into a Los Angeles home where they'll maintain separate bedrooms until their chaste journey to the altar.
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