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‘Nobody should blame me’, Beautician, Nwala reacts to death of billionaire pastor, Keniebi Okoko


'Nobody should blame me', Beautician, Nwala reacts to death of billionaire pastor, Keniebi Okoko

Beautician and CEO of luxury hair brand Kukushair, Akunna Nwala, has released a statement distancing herself from the death of billionaire politician, businessman and pastor, Keniebi Okoko.

The pastor is said to have died on Tuesday, April 14 2020, after a botched liposuction surgery at a cosmetic clinic in Lekki, Lagos.

Pastor Okoko was also a governorship aspirant in the last gubernatorial elections in Bayelsa State.

Following Pastor Okoko’s death, there were several rumours making the rounds, suggesting that the beautician, Akunna Nwala took him to the cosmetic hospital to carry out the surgery without the consent of his wife.

According to Mrs Nwala, they all have been family friends and now that Pastor Okoko has been laid to rest, she has decided to open up and share her own side of the story.

Read Akunna Nwala’s statement below.

”My family and I have been aware of the manifestly contrived falsehood being peddled against me, Akunna Nwala, as playing a key role in the demise of our family friend, Pastor Keniebi Okoko. Nothing could be further from the truth. Ordinarily, I would not join issues with anyone or address any matter of this magnitude on a public domain.

”However, this concerns human life and also about a great loss to a woman like me. It is also a disappointing report of my person to the people who look up to me, what I stand for, to all my beautiful clients and fans.

I had kept silent for the better part of this whole charade, but since our dear family friend has been laid to rest (may his soul continue to rest in peace), I feel it is high time I speak out.

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”I, Akunna, grew up on the campus of the University of Nigeria Nsukka, and while we lived there, Mrs Ihuaku Okoko (Nee Eke) wife of Mr. Keniebi Okoko, was our next-door neighbour and we were family friends.

”I was good friends with her younger sister and Sis Ihuaku was a big sister/mother figure to me.
We reconnected again in Lagos, as old friends, business clients and later on our, husbands went on to build a beautiful friendship that extended to late Pastor Keniebi’s father and mother.

”While I was in the UK spending time with my family just before the lockdown, The late Pastor Kenebi Okoko and his wife had independently decided and agreed to have cosmetic surgery in Nigeria, and in the course of making enquiries regarding cosmetic surgeons in Nigeria, they decided to ask me, Akunna, knowing that I could be a good resource.

”I’ve been made aware of a few of such Physicians in Lagos on the basis of my respectable standing and good influence in the beauty industry in Lagos and in addition, owning a beauty Spa where non-evasive procedures are carried out.

”When Pastor Keniebi and Mrs Ihuaku reached out to me, Mrs Ihuaku expressed the fact that they were dissatisfied with their looks and wanted to perform cosmetic surgery for enhancement, and that most importantly they needed to do the procedure during the Covid-19 Pandemic lockdown to enable them to celebrate her 50th birthday in style like any other couple reaching a milestone age.

”Remember that with or without my input the couple would have still gone ahead with their intended surgery bearing the couple being much older than I am my opinion would make little or no difference . Prior to this they had reached out to a few others with regards to possible options in Lagos.

”I then went ahead and mentioned the names of 2 physicians I knew of and was aware of procedures they had successfully done in the past,( there was no part of these conversations or communications that my husband and I were not privy to).

”Again, husband and wife,- Mr and Mrs Okoko, based on their consultations with the physicians, and as adults, saw the conditions of each of their clinics, decided and agreed on which one of the two surgeons they were more comfortable with.

”On the morning of 14th of April 2020, Pastor Keniebi Okoko and Mrs Ihuaku Okoko called my husband and I to inform us that they were already at the hospital together where he was being prepared for the surgery.

”On the invitation of Mrs Okoko to keep her company I went in briefly by 10 am to say hello to the couple as the Surgi-center was in our neighbourhood. It is important to state here that as at 11 am that I left, he hadn’t gone in for surgery, I had to leave as some domestic matters needed urgent attention, I was grateful to be relived and allowed to leave when a Mrs. Chioma Ude, who Mrs. Ihuaku Okoko introduced to me as her cousin came in to keep Pastor and Mrs Keniebi Okoko company.

”At 9 pm that same day, My family and I were in our home when we heard the shocking news that our friend Pastor Keniebi had passed on from complications during his surgery.

”My heart goes out to Sis Ihuaku Okoko, understanding the shock and pain she must feel, in that she drove into that hospital with her husband and had to leave without him.

”To my shock and that of my husband, shortly afterwards, various versions of stories began to filter out that I was responsible for taking him without the knowledge and consent of his wife for the surgery and was, therefore, to blame for his death, to which his wife Mrs. Okoko called me to apologize and denied any involvement with these claims, all these are on record.
All these malicious claims, obviously, are completely false.

”The relationship between my family and that of Pastor Keniebi Okoko, until his unfortunate passing was cordial and was not one of a benefactor/ beneficiary relationship, which was proven times and again during his lifetime.

”As family friends, we have fellowshipped together at Pastor and Mrs Keniebi Okoko’s home on the invitation of Mrs Ihuaku Okoko and shared a bond that was altruistic and Christ-like.

”There was no aspect of the conversation between Pastor Keniebi, his wife and myself, concerning the surgery that my dear husband was never privy to.

”I have taken my time to express our relationship with this family and I am heavily burdened by not only the loss of a dear family friend but that people could use some one’s death and another’s loss to garner traffic, I start to wonder, ’where is the humanity in all of us’.

”Thinking out loud on behalf of the few enlightened ones, how would I have been involved in the death of a billionaire as alleged and I haven’t been called upon by any authority or the immediate family or questioned? Hopefully, the mischievous group would help us answer this!

”On the strength of the foregoing, I ask that all persons and media platforms peddling false narratives against me, kindly cease and desist from doing for forthwith, as further publications of these false stories that has brought both reputational and financial damage to me, may attract legal redress.

”Our family lost a good friend, it is a huge burden on its own .

”However, his wife and children lost a loving husband and father.

”We pray that they all be left alone in peace to mourn this irreparable loss.


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Abia: Woman, 70, kills husband by strangulating him



The Abia police command has arrested one Mrs Rose Uwaga for allegedly strangling her 83-year-old husband, Alhaji Isa Uwaga, in Umuahia, the state capital.

Police spokesman Geoffrey Ogbonnaya confirmed the arrest of the woman, who was said to be in her early 70s, in Umuahia on Wednesday.

Ogbonnaya said that one of Uwaga’s children, Ibeabuchi, reported the matter to the police on July 2.

He said that the case had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for proper investigation.

He also said that the remains of the deceased had been deposited at the morgue “for possible autopsy in order to ascertain what actually killed the man.”

The aged couple it was learnt, had a disagreement, which degenerated into fisticuffs at their residence at Ohobo-Afara Umuahia.

“During the fight, the man allegedly grabbed a machete to scare off the wife but the woman reportedly overpowered him.

“The machete fell off his hand and the woman, who is huge, pinned him down by the neck and strangled him to death,” a resident of the area said on condition of anonymity.

Another account had it that the deceased might have slumped and died “out of exhaustion after the quarrel with his wife”.

“It is not possible that a woman of about 73 years can muster the strength to strangulate a man,” a friend to the family said.

The relations of the deceased rallied round to bury him shortly after his death, according to Islamic rite,before Ibeabuchi reportedly alerted the police.

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The suspect, who was said to have immediately gone into hiding, was later arrested and detained by the police.

According to a police source, Ibeabuchi stated in his report that his parents were quarrelling at the time he left the house.

He further stated that by the time he returned, he saw the lifeless body of his father in a sitting position in their house,” the source further said.


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20-year-old student allegedly raped and murdered in Ilorin



The body of a 20-year-old student of Batholomew College of Health Technology, Shao, Kwara State (BCHT) has been found after she was allegedly raped and murdered in Ilorin.

Abdulrahman Safau Omowumi, a 20-year-old student of BCHT has allegedly been raped and macheted to death at Gerewu, Ilorin, Kwara State.

According to a family member of the deceased:

“Omowumi, until her death, was undergoing her internship at ABEBI Hospital, Gerewu, and temporarily living with her uncle at Gerewu, due to proximity to her place of attachment.

She left home on Saturday, 27th of June, 2020, around 4 pm and she did not return home till Sunday morning. The family reported to the police.

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The police later found her corpse beside a river at Oko-ọba, Gerewu, on Sunday, with matchet cuts on her head and she was suspected to have been raped.

Her corpse was deposited at the Ilorin General Hospital morgue before she was finally buried at the Muslim cemetery on Thursday 2nd of July, 2020.”

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Death of black teenager in US juvenile facility sparks outrage



As anti-racism protest continues in the United States , a video making rounds shows a black teen losing consciousness while being choked by staff members.

The boy identified as Cornelius Fredericks, 16, died May 1, two days after being pinned to the ground by staff at Lakeside Academy — a residential treatment for young adults in Kalamazoo, Michigan — for having thrown a sandwich at another boy in the cafeteria.

In the video, captured by surveillance cameras, Fredericks throws the sandwich and then is thrown to the ground by several men, who use their weight to subdue him.

After 10 minutes, Fredericks appears unconscious. Staff members attempted CPR before calling for medical help.

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His death recalls that of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed by a white Minneapolis police officer on May 25 during an arrest that was filmed and spread on social media.

Floyd’s death has unleashed a massive wave of anger and protests against systemic racism and police brutality.

The “horrific video” of Fredericks’s death reveals a “culture of fear and abuse” at Lakeside Academy, where “suffocation is a regular practice… as a form of discipline,” the lawyer for Fredericks’s family, Geoffrey Fieger, said Tuesday while making the video public.

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Fredericks “was executed on April 29 for the crime of throwing a sandwich,” Fieger said. The seven staff members who pinned him down “deprived him of oxygen and his brain suffered irreversible damage.”

Two of the instructors and one nurse were charged with involuntary manslaughter and child abuse.

In June, Fieger filed civil lawsuits against the involved staff members and the private company that runs the Lakeside facility, Sequel Youth and Family Services, which has a contract with the state of Michigan.

“Cornelius’s scream of ‘I can’t breathe’ was not enough to get the staff members to stop the excessive restraint,” Fieger wrote in the lawsuit.

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“The excessive use of restraints and the lack of concern for Cornelius’s life draw an eerily similar comparison to that of George Floyd’s death,” he added in the document.

Fieger said Tuesday that the operating company had proposed an out-of-court settlement of less than $1 million in compensation to Fredericks’s family.

Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer in June denounced Fredericks’s “senseless” and “intolerable” death and announced that she was stopping all contracts with Sequel Youth and Family Services in the state.

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