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Nigerian Man Convicted Of Killing 18-Year-Old Boy In London

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A man who killed 18-year-old Meschak dos Santos Cornelio in Enfield on New Year’s Eve, 2017 has today (21 November) been found guilty of manslaughter.Gaille Bola, 22, of Stonebridge Road, N15 was found guilty of Meschak’s manslaughter at Blackfriars Crown Court by a unanimous jury verdict.
The court heard how police were called by London Ambulance Service (LAS) at around 11:30hrs on Sunday, 31 December to an address in Larmans Road, Enfield to reports of a male stabbed.
Meschak was found injured and treated by LAS at the scene before being airlifted to an east London hospital – despite medical treatment he died at 20:28hrs.
When officers attended the scene they found Class A drugs and equipment often used with the cutting and bagging of drugs.
Intelligence also suggested that the victim had been running county lines for Bola, but had decided to set up his own line, which caused friction between the two men.
A witness who was in the property at the time of the arrest told officers that shortly before 11:30hrs, Meschak and a friend were present in the flat cutting and bagging drugs, when three suspects entered the address demanding the ‘drugs line’ phone from Meschak.
Meschak knew the males as he voluntarily buzzed them up via the flat intercom. An attack ensued resulting in him being punched in the head and stabbed in the chest. The suspects made off with the drugs phone, plus other phones, cash and drugs.
The witness recognised the ‘leader’ of this trio of suspects, and the male who punched the victim, to be the main drug dealer in the area named “G” (Gaille Bola).
Bola handed himself into police at Wood Green Police Station at 18:00hrs on Monday, 8 January.
He was charged on Tuesday, 9 January and appeared in custody at Highbury Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 10 January.
He was found not guilty of murder after a trial at the Old Bailey in July this year, but the jury could not reach a verdict on manslaughter. He was found guilty today, after re-trial, at Blackfriars Crown Court.

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Police arrest wanted Abuja kidnapper, Dahiru after Wike’s N20m Bounty

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Operatives of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command have arrested a wanted notorious kidnapper, Saidu Abdulkadir, popularly known as Dahiru Adamu.

This comes barely three days after the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike placed a N20m bounty on the suspect and one other wanted kidnapper, Abu Ibrahim.

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PHOTOS: FG welcomes Super Eagles with breakfast

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The Super Eagles have arrived in the Federal Capital Territory after their second-place finish at the just concluded African Cup of Nations final.

Players including Alex Iwobi, Ahmed Musa, Victor Osimhen, Ola Aina, Frank Onyeka, Calvin Bassey, Ademola Lookman, Kenneth Omeruo, Joe Aribo and Williams Troost-Ekong were at the welcome breakfast at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.

Members of the coaching crew are also at the breakfast.

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Hardship: We Plan To Establish A National Commodity Board To Crash Food Prices – VP Shettima

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Vice President, Kashim Shettima, disclosed this on Tuesday during a two-day high-level strategic meeting on climate change, food systems and resource mobilization held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

According to Shettima, the board’s mandate includes assessing and regulating food prices, as well as overseeing a strategic food reserve to stabilize prices of critical grains and other essential food items.

“Our solution to the potential food crisis has become immediate, medium, and long-term strategies. The short-term strategy entails revitalizing the food supply through specific interventions like the distribution of fertilizers and grains to farmers and households to counteract the effects of subsidy removal; fostering collaboration between the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Water Resources for efficient farmland irrigation, ensuring year-round food production, and addressing price volatility by establishing a National Commodity Board.
“This board will continually assess and regulate food prices, maintaining a strategic food reserve for stabilizing prices of crucial grains and other food items,” Shettima said.

On how the government is handling the security challenges that have prevented farmers from working on their farms, he said:

“I wish to assure you that we will engage our security architecture to protect the farms and the farmers so that farmers can return to the farmlands without fear of attacks.
“We won’t only make it safe for farmers to return to their farms, but we will also ensure the activation of land banks. There are currently 500,000 hectares of already mapped land that will be used to increase the availability of arable land for farming, which will immediately impact food output.”

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