MANILA, Philippines — A radio broadcaster from Albay was shot dead Friday morning by unidentified assailants.
According to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, Joey Llana, a blocktimer of radio station dwZR in Legazpi City, was killed as he was leaving his home in Brgy. Penafrancia, Daraga at around 4 a.m.
The victim was on his way to host his program, Metrobanat, when he was ambushed.
Identical triplet brothers have been arrested and charged in connection with operating a drug ring that is believed to have supplied altered Xanax bars containing the the highly deadly opioid, fentanyl, to area teenagers in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The 21-year-old Dossou brothers, named Atsou, Atsouste and Etse, were each arrested on May 31, and charged with vary degrees of offenses related to their alleged possession, manufacture, intent to sell, actual sale and trafficking of schedule IV drugs.
The arrests came after police used a confidential informant to contact Atsouste and arrange for the successful delivery of 1,000 manipulated Xanax bars, authorities said.
‘I didn’t expect that out of him,’ Victor Vinson, a long-time neighbor who knew Atsouste from around their luxury apartment building, told CBS. ‘He was a real good person.’
He added: ‘You never know who your neighbor is. We expect our neighbor to be a positive person, but you never know.’
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In August 2017, Raleigh policed learned through Garner Police that an informant had claimed the brothers would order as many as 10,000 fentanyl pills and 100,000 Xanax pills from the dark web at a time, warrants said.
The brother would have the drugs shipped to multiple locations ‘associated with Este Dossou and his criminal enterprise,’ and would then press their own bars. This would allow them to cut the Xanax bars with the much cheaper, and highly deadly, fentanyl, which is ’50 to 100 times more potent’ than morphine, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
‘I think it’s really this emergence of such a variety of synthetic opioids that is also leading to the rise in overdose deaths because the drug supply is unpredictable and individuals who are using drugs don’t particularly know exactly what they are using.’
It’s believed that Atsouste, Etse and Atsou were ‘major suppliers’of Xanax to Holly Springs High School students, the warrants said.
The arrests came after a police informant contacted Atsouste through a Facebook message in March, and arranged a successful delivery of 1,000 counterfeit Xanax bars, which the police took into evidence, according to warrants.
Police identified Atsouste, who was driving a red Porsche Cayenne, as the person who made the delivery, they said.
Also in March, an informed tried to arrange another delivery of 1,000 more counterfeit Xanax bars, to which Atsouste first implied he was ‘re-upping’ or replenishing his stock, before he could fulfill the request.
Police said later that day, they observed Atsouste traveling to a gas station off of Jones Sausage Road and switching vehicles, to return three hours later.
At that point, police said he contacted the informant and let that person know he could then make the sale.
According to warrants, Este lives at The Hue Apartments on Hargett Street, and Atsouste lives at the SkyHouse Apartments on S. Blount Street.
Police believe Atsouste received a pill press and supplies to make counterfeit pills through the mail at his SkyHouse residence, in part based on a clerk’s statement that he had received numerous packages at the address over the past several months.
‘It’s amazing, behind closed doors, what goes on that could be a major criminal enterprise, and what’s being checked in through the front door,’ Keith Allen, another area resident said. ‘It’s astounding really.’
Atsou Dossou Sr., the father of the men remained hopeful the for the future of his sons, who came to the US at the age of seven from West Africa.
‘You can have children who can grow up well, but who go stray a little bit. But we have hope that we will have them back,’ he said.
Atsouste has been charged with selling and delivering a schedule IV drug, and possession with the intent to manufacture, sell, and distribute a schedule IV drug.
Etse has been charged with conspiracy to sell and deliver a schedule IV drug, and conspiracy of possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and distribute a schedule IV drug.
Atsou has been charged with trafficking opium or heroin, and possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and distribute a schedule IV drug.
Fentanyl is a Schedule II drug, which means it’s consider to have ‘a high potential for abuse, with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence,’ according to the DEA.
Xanax is a Schedule IV drug, and it thought to have ‘a low potential for abuse and low risk of dependence.’
Heroin is a Schedule I drug, ‘with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.’
Atsouste will appear in court in July, while Atsou and Este have their next court appearances scheduled for September 11.
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The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called on the Plateau State government to prosecute journalists who publish fake news.
The Muslim Organization was reacting to the controversial publication on Miyeti-Allah’s involvement in the killings which occurred in Barkinladi, Riyom, and some parts of Jos South last week.
MURIC in a statement stated that they believe the news story which appeared in the Premium Times is incorrect. The offending story was about Danladi Ciroma, the North Central leader of the apex cattle breeders’ organization, whom they said admitted that the killings in Plateau state was retaliatory in nature.
MURIC blamed the journalists, calling them unprofessional and also claimed that many journalists are Islamophobes and religious extremists.
MURIC also claimed that these stories which they allege are false has also led to the victimization of Muslims. It insisted that many fake stories about herdsmen killings have been planted in the media just to cause crisis and further killings.
In an emailed statement, the organization’s director, Professor Ishaq Akintola said, “Some journalists are overstepping their bounds. They deliberately ignore the fact that writing and spreading fake news is an abuse of freedom of speech. The Author has violated Allah-given fundamental rights of Fulani citizens by deliberately writing and publishing fake news about Miyeti-Allah, knowing such to be false.
“He has committed a crime against humanity. He has exposed Fulanis to danger. Nay, he has equally subjected Fulanis in particular, Muslim travelers and other Muslims throughout Nigeria in general to untold hardship, tremendous trauma and immense psychological torment.
“He has also exposed many Muslims to ridicule and grievous physical harm, including death of many Muslim faithfuls. Our hearts bleed for hundreds of innocent Muslim travelers whose vehicles have been waylaid while hoodlums searched, identified and killed them in Jos and environs during crises. Hundreds of Muslim women have been widowed, their children orphaned on this particular road. Enough is enough.
Continuing, MURIC said, “Plateau State must follow the example of its Kaduna counterpart by taking the erring journalist to court. Kaduna government did not hesitate to prosecute Luka Binniyat who published a false report in the Vanguard newspaper of January 24, 2017 in which he falsely claimed that five students of a college of education were killed by Fulani herdsmen.”
MURIC also claimed that Nigerian Muslims had been complaining about victimization in the media for a long time now and they believe that now evidence is emerging on the bias of some Nigerian journalists and how they are flagrantly violating the ethics of their profession and abusing the constitutionally guaranteed right of a free press by telling lies, fabricating stories and manufacturing fictitious scenario. Their publications have created panic, divided the people and caused breakdowns of law and order.
MURIC called on the Plateau state government to prosecute journalists who publish fake news
“The ball is in the court of Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State. He must hand over the journalist to the police. The law must be allowed to take its due course. Governor El-Rufai of Kaduna State has set a precedent. Lalong has a duty to follow the Kaduna example. No state government in a genuine search for peace can afford to harbour those who spread the fire of hate, war and destruction.” the Organization said.
MURIC also cautioned Nigerians on the need to avoid spontaneous reactions. “Nigerians must learn a lesson from the Plateau progrom. We must investigate reports very well before jumping to conclusions particularly in these days of new media. Christians and Muslims must make good use of the teachings in their scriptures in real life.
“The tragedy of the Nigerian nation lies in the multiplication of an extremist religious population. No religion is excluded. Although churches and mosques increase in their hundreds, Nigerians take joy in acrobatic religiousity. Yet, when placed parri passu with our gymnastic criminality, our extreme religiousity is outrageously paradoxical. Our actions do not reflect our faith.
“Whereas the Qur’an warns Muslims to find out the truth ‘fatabayanuu’ whenever any rumour is brought to them (Qur’an 49:6) and the Bible also cautions Christians to “Test all things. Hold fast to what is good” (I Corinthians 5:21), Nigerians rush to kill and maim fellow compatriots at the first breaking news”
For allegedly killing an unspecified number of cows belonging to Fulani herdsmen, a community in Enugu State has been mandated to pay N2 million compensation.
According to Daily Sun, Ezi Nze community in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State is currently paying the compensation to avoid bloodbath.
Quoting newly-elected President of Ezi Nze Town Union, Kelvin Ochi, the paper reported that the community has so far paid N600,000 of the N2 million demanded by the herdsmen.
He decried how herdsmen had continuously injured residents, raped women and destroyed farms in the community in the last two years.
Ochi said, “Recently, they came and arrested our boys alleging that they killed their cows. They charged us N2 million and we have started to pay and I think so far, we’ve paid up to N600,000 to the Fulani people.
“When they arrested our boys, we had no option than to dance to their tune.”
He recounted how a 13-year-old boy was allegedly shot by Fulani herdsmen in the community recently, adding that the victim was still receiving treatment at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) Teaching Hospital.
Ochi lambasted the peace committee set up by the state government to resolve crises between Fulani herdsmen and host communities, stating that the committee had failed to listen to or act on their complaints.
The Nigerian Army has confirmed that 32 Boko Haram terrorists have willingly surrendered themselves to troops at different locations in Borno.
Army spokesman, Brig.-Gen Texas Chukwu, who confirmed this in a statement on Sunday, said that among them was one Ibrahim Lawal, who also surrendered one AK 47 rifle.
Chukwu added that Lawal also handed over two magazines containing 59 rounds of 7.62mm (special) ammunition. “The surrendered terrorists are currently undergoing interrogation and will be handed over to the appropriate authority on completion,” he said.
They are currently undergoing interrogation and will be handed over to the appropriate authority on completion.