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BBNaija Khafi buries brother amid tears, renders heartfelt eulogy

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Ex-BBNaija housemate and policewoman, Khafi Kareem and her family members were heartbroken as they laid to rest the youngest member of the family, Alexander Kareem.

Alexander was shot dead in the street in Askew Road, Shepherd’s Bush, west London, on June 8.

Police said Mr Kareem, 20, was killed as he left a convenience store in a case of mistaken identity shortly after 12.30am.

At the funeral, the family of Alexander Kareem, begged the public not to view his death as “just another black boy who’s been shot.”

In a heartfelt eulogy to her brother, Khafi Kareem, 30, said she and her brothers “would have taken the bullet for him”.

Speaking after his funeral, Khafi said:

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 “To anybody who’s seen this (in the news) and is thinking this is just another black boy who’s been shot by violence, I want to tell you that is not the case.

“Alex’s life mattered, he had a future ahead of him, he’s not just another black boy. He had a family, he had friends, this is real.”

Khafi added:

“There are real lives that have been impacted, real people who are broken. There are so many people who have turned up today and we are here for justice.

“I am begging whoever knows anything please find it in your heart to come forward. I feel bad that we’ve had to bury Alex and his killers are still not found, can he really rest in peace when his killers are roaming around?”

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Around 30 people attended the funeral service at the Church of the Holy Ghost and St Stephen in Shepherd’s Bush on Wednesday, July 29, and dozens more paid their respects at the burial in Margravine Cemetery in Hammersmith.

Alexander Kareem was described as “brainy and intelligent”, and a computer whizz who enjoyed coding and playing the video game Fortnite.

He was about to embark on a new chapter of his life by starting university in September to study computer science.

Khafi, who came to the limelight as a housemate in the reality show Big Brother Naija Pepper Dem, said of her brother at the funeral:

 “My mum named him after Alexander the Great, because, even though he’s the youngest, my mum always knew this is where greatness was going to come from in our family.

“He’s really funny and always energetic, he was just becoming a man, looking after himself and giving back to us as a family.

“And most importantly he was innocent, he had nothing to do with the horrid, horrible lifestyle that took him away, he had nothing to do with that.”

 

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Below is a video of Khafi’s moving eulogy at her brother’s funeral;

 

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Delta relaxes curfew, reopens markets

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Delta has relaxed curfew imposed on the state following the COVID-19 pandemic.

It further ordered the reopening of all the markets in the state.

Secretary to Delta State Government (SSG), Chiedu Ebie in a statement on Thursday said:

“It is hereby announced for the information of the general public, particularly Deltans and residents in the State that Delta State Government has adjusted the curfew earlier imposed in the state due to the COVID-19 pandemic from the earlier period of 7:00 pm to 6:00 am to a new period of 10:00 pm to 5:30 am.

“Furthermore, government has approved the resumption of normal trading activities in all markets across the 25 Local Government Areas of the state.

“However, cinemas, bars in hotels and beer parlours remain closed while restaurants and eateries are to continue to serve their customers on take away basis, even as government would not hesitate to shut them down if they are observed to be in breach of the COVID-19 safety guidelines.”

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Osun-Osogbo festival cancelled by State govt

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Osun-Osogbo Festival for the year 2020 has been cancelled by the Osun state government.

According to Osun state government which however approved the observance of traditional rites and routines associated with the festival, only authorised persons and worshippers will be allowed into the grove.

The announcement was made by Osun state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Obawale Adebisi due to the increased cases of Coronavirus recorded in the state.

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He said:

“The state government is by this medium informing the public that this year’s celebration of Osun-Osogbo festival will be symbolic, as only the worshippers that will perform ritual activities will be allowed into the grove.

“These worshippers must however, comply with the state government’s COVID-19 protocols.

“To this effect, the government has banned all social activities associated with the celebration and prays that subsequent festivals will be better celebrated at the exit of the current pandemic.”

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Widow sues SARS for abducting son, demanding N500k for release

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A petty trader, Regina Stanley, who also happens to be a widow, has dragged the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) before the Federal High Court in Lagos for abducting and illegally detaining her son whom she had sent on an errand since March 28 2020.

She also accused SARS operatives of demanding N500, 000 for the release of her son, Sunday Stanley, which she did not have.

She told the court that she sent her son on an errand in the Morogbo area of Lagos State when she was informed by her fellow traders that he had been abducted and locked up in Black Maria van by SARS operatives raiding the area.

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In an affidavit attached to a fundamental rights suit, seeking an order for the release of her son, Regina said;

“I went to my place of trade together with my son who assists me in my trade. At about 11.30am, I sent my son on an errand only to be informed by my fellow traders that my son had been arrested and locked up inside the Black Maria by armed agents of the 3rd respondent.

“I hurriedly closed my trade and went to the place where my son and other persons had been arrested and locked up. Every effort made by me to secure the release of my son proved abortive.

“My son, together with other persons, was driven to SARS office at Ikeja police command. Agents of the respondents levied all sorts of trumped-up allegations against my son and told me to bring N500,000 to secure his release. Because of my inability to get the money my son has been detained since the 28th of March, 2020 till date. He is my only child and my husband has passed away since 2019.”

The lawyer of the widow, Olukoya Ogungbeje filed a suit in the name of the detained Sunday Stanley and urged the court to declare his arrest as unlawful, oppressive and a violation of his fundamental right to personal liberty and fair hearing provided for under sections 33, 35, 36 and 41 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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He also prayed the court to order the immediate release of the Widow’s son as well as order the Nigerian Police to issue a public apology in a national newspaper.

He also prayed the court to order an award of N50m in damages to the plaintiff for his unlawful arrest, detention and humiliation by SARS.

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