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Murderer who stabbed “loveable” dad-of-two to death fighting for life after being knifed in brutal prison attack.

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A knife murderer who stabbed his neighbour to death is fighting for his life after being attacked in prison.

John Blake, who is serving a life sentence for killing dad-of-two Sean Stark, was assaulted in Glenochil prison last weekend.

Blake, 30, is said to be in a serious condition after suffering a punctured lung.

Sean, 25, died after he tried to stop his neighbour in Fife, being beaten up.

He was left bleeding to death outside his home in Main Street on May 31, 2009.

Blake had only been out of prison for six weeks when he murdered the devoted family man, the reports.

Last night, a prison source said: “Blake was stabbed in his cell on Sunday. He’s in a bad way. He’s got a punctured lung.

“It’s ironic he’s fighting for his life after being stabbed considering he is in prison for stabbing an innocent man to death.”

The source said police are investigating the incident but nobody in prison is talking about it.

He added: “Someone clearly wants Blake dead.”

A spokesman for the Scottish Prison Service said: “We do not comment on individual prisoners.”

Blake, a dad-of-one, has been in and out of prison most of his life.

Before he murdered Sean, he had convictions for assault to injury, other assaults and possessing a knife.

Sean – described in court as a “loyal and lovable family man” – was living with his childhood sweetheart Melanie Stewart and their two daughters, aged three and one.

He had stepped in to to stop his neighbour being beaten up when Blake turned on him and stabbed him six times including in his lungs and heart.

After he was found guilty of murder at the High Court in Aberdeen, Blake was told he must serve at least 17 years before applying for parole.

Police said: “We are investigating following an attempted murder within HMP Glenochil on December 10 which resulted in a 30-year-old man sustaining serious injuries.

“He was taken to Forth Valley Royal Hospital where he continues to be treated. However, he is in a stable condition.

“Officers are currently following a positive line of inquiry.”

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Nigeria Football Federation boss Amaju Pinnick under fresh corruption probe

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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.

Source: BBC

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Rwanda ban Burundi,s music star ahead of annual festival

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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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