A young couple who were last seen going out to celebrate Halloween have been found dead.
Musicians Charlie Eccleston and his girlfriend Zaiga Gravenieks were last seen leaving a flat Charlie shared with friends in Borehamwood, last Tuesday evening.
Charlie, 19, and his 20-year-old girlfriend Zaiga, known as Ziggi, were reported missing two days later.
Volunteer and police search and rescue teams were scrambled after desperate pleas by friends and family.
The couple’s bodies were found in woodland, on the outskirts of Shenley, on Sunday.
A spokesman for Hertfordshire Police said the families of Zaiga, a musician studying at Bedford College, and band member Charlie, are being supported by specially trained officers.
“Charlie Eccleston and Zaiga Gravenieks, who were reported missing on Thursday, November 2, were sadly found deceased earlier today,” he said.
“They wish to extend their thanks to everyone that searched for Charlie and Zaiga and shared appeals for information on social media.
“The families now ask that they have the privacy to mourn the loss of Charlie and Zaiga.”
Charlie’s mum Jo Eccleston, of Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, urged people to look for the young couple, just days ago.
“The last phone signal was Ziggi’s (Zaiga) phone dying at 11am on Thursday in the London Colney/A414 area near Aylets,” she wrote.
“We would all be grateful if you could keep your wonderful support and help in keeping the search alive and in everyone’s minds.
“We would ask that you all keep on posting and reposting to EVERYONE AND ANYONE, even if it doesn’t seem relevant.
“Could you also please just remember that people like Kesari Gorin and Yaminah Nightshade (Chazz’s best friends) need your help and support too.
“This is really hitting them hard and I love them both. Again, a massive THANK YOU to everyone and keep searching xxxxxxx”
Zaiga’s sister Mara said: “They were last seen together leaving Chazz’s property in Borehamwood, Herts, (by flatmates) to go out on Tuesday 31st October 2017 to celebrate Halloween.
“They have not been seen since or had any contact with anyone that we know of. If anyone had any contact with them or knows any information please get in touch.”
Zaiga, who had several facial piercings and dyed black hair, described herself on her Facebook page as “A metal b****. Hard Rock, Xtreme Metal..aberrant to the depths.”
Charlie, also known as Chazz Fenrir, was a member of a band called Dessert Smoker which released an album at the end of September.
Nigeria Football Federation boss Amaju Pinnick under fresh corruption probe
Several properties belonging to top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), including its president Amaju Pinnick, have been seized in a fresh corruption probe.
The latest investigation and seizures are being carried out by the country’s Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission’s (ICPC).
The ICPC has published a newspaper advertisement about the properties seized – half of which belong to Pinnick.
According to the statement published in the Nigerian papers one of Pinnick’s properties is in London.
It comes amidst wide-ranging claims over how money meant for football development allegedly disappeared.
“We can’t go into further details beyond the fact that many officials of the NFF are under investigation,” ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa said.
“It’s basically because what they have is in excess of what they have earned.”
The ICPC has also taken control of properties belonging to the NFF second vice-president Shehu Dikko and the general secretary Muhamed Sanusi among others.
Rwanda ban Burundi,s music star ahead of annual festival
Burundian musician Jean Pierre Nimbona, popularly known as Kidum, has told the BBC he is confused by Rwanda’s decision to ban him from playing at the upcoming Kigali Jazz Fusion festival.
Kidum is one of Burundi’s biggest music stars and has performed in Rwanda for the past 16 years.
But a police official phoned the musician’s manager to warn that he would only be allowed to make private visits to Rwanda.
“[My manager was told] Kidum is not supposed to perform, tell him to leave. If he comes for private visits fine, but no performances,” the musician told BBC’s Focus on Africa radio programme.
The mayor of Rwanda’s capital said that in this instance permission had not been sought from the authorities for him to perform at the festival in Kigali.
Kidum was a leading peace activist during Burundi’s civil war between 1993 and 2003 and used his songs to call for reconciliation.
The 44-year-old musician said he had never had problems with Rwandan authorities until recently when three of his shows were cancelled at the last minute – including one in December 2018.
That month Burundi had banned Meddy, a musician who is half-Burundian, half-Rwandan, from performing in the main city of Bujumbura.
Kidum said he was unsure if the diplomatic tensions between Burundi and Rwanda had influenced his ban.
“I don’t know, I don’t have any evidence about that. And if there was politics, I’m not a player in politics, I’m just a freelance musician based in Nairobi,” he said.
He said he would not challenge the ban: “There’s nothing I can do, I just wait until maybe the decision is changed some day.
“It’s similar to a family house and you are denied entry… so you just have to wait maybe until the head of the family decides otherwise.”
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