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Just In : Nigerian Man Who Relocated To UK In 2022 Beat Wife To D£ath A Year Later With Skateboard Is Jailed For 17yrs

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

A jealous Nigerian man who beat his wife to death with their son’s skateboard in a ‘ruthless and cold-blooded’ attack has been jailed for at least 17 years.

A United Kingdom Court had remanded Olubunmi Abodunde, aged 48 for killing his wife after he suspected her of having extramarital affairs.

According to Mail Online, the remanded suspect beat his wife to death with his son’s skateboard while police waited outside for permission from their bosses to go in.

It was further reported that UK policemen heard ‘a number of bangs’ inside the house that Abodunde had entered, despite bail conditions imposed the day before that barred him from the residence due to his previous record of domestic violence.

When they arrived 25 minutes later, they discovered his wife, named Taiwo Abodunde and aged 41, with her skull bashed in’.

He reportedly wielded the toy with such force on his wife Taiwo that a pathologist was unable to establish how many blows she had sustained.

Mail Online reports that jailing the defendant for life with a minimum of 17 years behind bars, Judge Martyn Levett of Ipswich Crown Court told him he was ‘ferocious, ruthless, cold-blooded, callous and savage’.

Abodunde had said very little about what happened and gave ‘no comment’ responses during a police interview.

But the judge added: ‘The simple fact is that you strangled your wife and then beat her to death and used one of the children’s skateboards to batter her skull.’

Abodunde was jealous and suspicious throughout his marriage and accused his wife of having affairs.

During the hearing, the court heard the couple, who had three children, arrived in the UK from Nigeria in 2022.

The court heard that she suffered “catastrophic injuries” during the attack in Newmarket, Suffolk, on November 28, 2023.

A post-mortem examination later showed Taiwo had been throttled until she fell unconscious, then stamped on until her ribs were broken, before her husband used the skateboard to finish her off. The blows were so violent that the skateboard was damaged.

Prosecutor Simon Spence KC told the court the banging officers heard was likely to have been Abodunde continuing to attack his wife after she was unconscious or dead.

As well as clashes over the alleged affairs, there were also arguments about bills.

The suspect whom Suffolk Police had investigated for domestic abuse was supposed to stand murder trial but changed his plea to guilty after the jury was sworn in yesterday.

Judge Martyn Levett of Ipswich Crown Court informed him that the only possible penalty was life imprisonment.

Suffolk Constabulary presented themselves to the Independent Office of Police Conduct, which verified that three officers were under investigation.

Abiodun had a history of jealousy and suspicion and accused his wife of having affairs. He had been investigated by police several times over alleged domestic violence incidents before his wife’s death.

He was arrested on April 27 last year when police arrived at the couple’s home in Newmarket, Suffolk, and found Mrs Abodunde with a split lip.

Later that day he was freed on police bail with the condition that he stayed away from the marital home and didn’t approach his wife.

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ARISE NEWS MANAGING EDITOR’S DAUGHTER BAGS MASTERS FROM HARVARD UNIVERSITY

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

The daughter of Arise News Managing Editor, Christian Ogodo, was among graduands who bagged various degrees from the prestigious Havard University in the United States.

Oghenetega Steffi Eberechukwu Ogodo, was conferred with a masters degree in Urban Planning of the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University on 23rd May, 2024.

Tega was also a Bloemberg Leadership Fellow, who did her industrial training with the Rochester City Council in New York, while her field work had the theme: “People must feed,” postulating that there must be decent and nutritious food even for the downtrodden people in society.

Tega is a graduate of the University of Lagos with a Second Class Honours [Upper Division] from the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, majoring in Urban and Regional Planning.

She is the daughter of Nigeria’s foremost News Anchor on Arise News on WEEKEND NEWSNIGHT, Christian Ogodo, who is the Managing Editor of Arise News Media Group.

She is currently working with an engineering consulting firm in Chicago that specialises in logistics.

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National Anthem: Nigeria switches from fatherland to motherland

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By Francesca Hangeior

The Federal Republic of Nigeria, today, officially reverted to the National Anthem that heralded its independence as a sovereign Nation.

President Bola Tinubu, after he met a joint session of the National Assembly, signed into law, the adoption of the old National Anthem, “Nigeria, We Hail Thee.”

“Nigeria, We Hail Thee” was adopted as Nigeria’s first national anthem on October 1, 1960.

The anthem’s lyrics were written by Lillian Jean Williams, a British expatriate who lived in Nigeria when it achieved independence.

Frances Berda composed the music for “Nigeria, We Hail Thee.”

However, the second national anthem, “Arise, O Compatriots,” was adopted in 1978.

The lyrics of the now jettisoned anthem were a combination of words and phrases taken from five of the best entries in a national contest.

The words were put to music by the Nigerian Police Band under the directorship of Benedict P. Odiase (1934–2013).

The Nigerian national anthem lyrics were created by five people: P. O. Aderibigbe, John A. Ilechukwu, Dr. Sota Omoigui, Eme tim Akpan and B.A. Ogunnaike.

With the return to the old anthem, Nigeria officially switched from a ‘Fatherland’ to a ‘Motherland’.

Hereunder are the Three Stanzas of the old but now new National Anthem:

1. Nigeria we hail thee,
Our own dear native land,
Though tribe and tongue may differ,
In brotherhood we stand,
Nigerians all, and proud to serve
Our sovereign Motherland.

2. Our flag shall be a symbol
That truth and justice reign,
In peace or battle honour’d,
And this we count as gain,
To hand on to our children
A banner without stain.

3. O God of all creation,
Grant this our one request,
Help us to build a nation
Where no man is oppressed,
And so with peace and plenty
Nigeria may be blessed.

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BREAKING! Tinubu extends Abuja free train ride for six months

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President Bola Tinubu has approved the extension of free train rides on the Abuja Rail Mass Transit, also called the Metro Rail, for the next six months until the end of the year.

The FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, had announced free train rides for two months, to ease the burden of commuting for residents of the FCT.

Tinubu gave the approval during his address at the inauguration of the commencement of operations of the Abuja metro rail in Abuja on Wednesday, May 29.

The president appealed for the extension to offer hope to the people of the FCT and give them reasons to celebrate.

“Our dear landlord and his team, I heard you saying two months free ride. I appeal to you to make it till the end of the year. Since today you’re not going to charge me, that will give the people hope and reasons to celebrate,” Tinubu said.

Details shortly…

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