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Sierra Jamison

Mum of one killed by boyfriend after speaking out against violence

Just a month after speaking out about violence against Black women, a Chicago mother was found dead after her boyfriend strangled her, police allege.

Sierra Jamison, who had just celebrated her 30th birthday, was found dead on Monday inside a garage near her home. Charging documents obtained by HuffPost allege that Lawrence Boyle, 63, killed her while she was moving her car.

According to the charging document, Jamison and Boyle had been friends for about 10 years until their relationship turned romantic a few weeks before her death. Boyle has been charged with murder and had his initial appearance in court on Friday.

Prosecutors said Jamison returned home on the evening of Sept. 18 and told her mother that she was going to park her Jeep in a garage located in an alley close to her home.

According to the charging document, it was there that Jamison was met by her boyfriend, who allegedly strangled her, took her phone and covered her body with a tarp.

According to the document, Jamison’s mother grew concerned when her daughter did not return home and did not respond to phone calls or messages, and Jamison’s brother went to check on her.

When her brother entered the alley, he saw Boyle closing the garage door and noticed that Boyle had his sister’s phone. Boyle said she had thrown it at him and left to go to the store, according to the document.

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Jamison’s mother then went to check the garage herself, where she found her daughter dead under the tarp.

According to the charging document, shortly after leaving the garage, Boyle called his ex-wife and admitted to strangling Jamison.

Boyle eventually turned himself in to the police on Wednesday and confessed to the killing, prosecutors said.

According to the document, Boyle told officers that he believed Jamison had a gun when he started strangling her, but continued even after realizing that she was not armed.

Just a month before her death, Jamison had been interviewed by CBS Chicago for a report on the high rates of violence that Black women face. She shared her experience as the victim of an attempted carjacking.

Jamison told the outlet that she was grateful she was saved when other women in the area took a stand against the suspect.

“They literally stepped in and helped me, it was a lot of Black empowerment, women empowerment that day,” Jamison said.

Jamison spoke passionately about protecting her Jeep Wrangler, which she said she bought for herself and felt like a symbol of the hard work and sacrifices she had made for herself and her son.

“My son had open heart surgery, he has a disability, so he means a lot to me,” she said. “And I’m not [going to] let this young man, with a knife at that, take anything I work hard [for] away from me.”

Jamison’s aunt, Sadina Jamison, told CBS Chicago that Boyle was “someone she was comfortable around. This is someone she trusted, so she had no reason to fear.”

Jamison’s mother described her daughter to ABC Chicago as an “ambitious” person who was working as a phlebotomist and planning to attend nursing school. She was renting her home from a former co-worker and was looking to move with her 6-year-old son.

Following Boyle’s arrest, Jamison’s aunt told CBS Chicago that the family felt relieved that Boyle had been arrested.

“We are honoring her legacy. We are honoring her life. But today, we have a victory, because this person has been caught,” she said on Wednesday. “He is currently in custody, so yes, we can celebrate with a little bit of peace.”

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Residents trapped as building collapses in Osun

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Residents trapped as building collapses in Osun

Fear gripped residents of Sabo area in Osogbo, Osun state, on Sunday as an abandoned building, reportedly frequented by hoodlums, collapsed.

According to The Nation, the collapse occurred around 7:30 am, trapping five individuals inside the building.

The structure, an unfinished and neglected storey building, had been used by various criminal elements as a hideout before its collapse.

A local resident, Tunde, described the building as a notorious spot for cultists and other miscreants, noting that it had been raided several times by security forces prior to the incident.

“As I speak, security operatives and rescue teams are on the scene. They have brought a crane to assist in the rescue efforts and have already rescued three individuals from the debris,” Tunde said.

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Kehinde Adeleke, the spokesperson for the Nigerian Security Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in Osun State, confirmed the incident.

“In a report dated June 10, 2024, we highlighted the dangers posed by this uncompleted building near AUD Primary School in Sabo Elegun, recommending immediate action by the task force and environmental authorities,” she stated. “This morning, the building collapsed at approximately 7:30 am, trapping five people inside.”

“Two individuals have been rescued so far, while the remaining three are still trapped under the debris, requiring a crane for their extraction. While we await the crane, efforts are being made by locals to break through the decking and connected rods. Present at the scene are the Local Government Area chairman, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), NSCDC, police, OSEMA, and other government officials,” Adeleke added.

Rescue operations continue as authorities strive to ensure the safety of those still trapped.

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Sanwo-Olu inaugurates monthly environmental sanitation, seeks residents cooperation

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Sanwo-Olu inaugurates monthly environmental sanitation, seeks residents cooperation

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Sunday inaugurated the reintroduction of the monthly environmental sanitation in the state.

The monthly environmental sanitation, previously a key practice in Lagos, aimed to promote a clean and healthy environment, encourage community participation in waste management, and reduce the risk of disease outbreaks.

Speaking at the launch held at Campus Square, Lagos Island on Sunday, Sanwo-Olu urged residents and stakeholders to cooperate in making the exercise a success.

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The monthly sanitation was discontinued in 2016. At that time, the then Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, announced the cancellation following a resolution adopted at the State Executive Council meeting.

“Lagos has grown exponentially, with the attendant environmental problems associated with managing 20 million people.

“The environmental laws and procedures being practised in the state have not been able to match the growth and the dream of a 24-hour economy,” Ayorinde had said.

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NDLEA seizes US, UK- bound cocaine, opioids concealed in shoe soles

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NDLEA seizes US, UK- bound cocaine, opioids concealed in shoe soles

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have intercepted significant quantities of cocaine and opioids concealed within shoe soles, clothing, and other items destined for the United States, United Kingdom, and Cyprus.

In a recent operation, NDLEA officers from the Directorate of Operations and General Investigations (DOGI) uncovered over 250 grams of cocaine hidden in custom-made shoe soles intended for Cyprus.

Additionally, more than five kilograms of opioids, including tramadol, pentazocine injection, morphine sulphate, and ketamine injection, were discovered concealed in clothes and household items meant for shipment to the US and UK through courier firms in Lagos.

Femi Babafemi, Director of Media & Advocacy at NDLEA, disclosed in a statement on Sunday that operatives also intercepted a consignment of 440 grams of Loud, a synthetic strain of cannabis, originating from Canada and destined for Lagos via a logistic company.

Furthermore, in separate operations, NDLEA operatives in Edo State intercepted a vehicle at Ewu junction, Esan Central LGA, on July 10th, 2024, based on credible intelligence. During a search of the vehicle, belonging to Aminu Abdullahi, aged 32, operatives discovered 3,000 pills of tramadol 225mg concealed in custard containers filled with powder. Abdullahi confessed that the drugs were purchased in Onitsha, Anambra State, and were intended for sale in Mararaba, Abuja.

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In another operation, NDLEA operatives raided the Ohen forest in Abudu, Edo State, on July 11th, where they destroyed 5,429.751kg of cannabis cultivated on 2.918 hectares of farmland. Four suspects were apprehended: Godday Ariye, aged 37; Friday Okafor, aged 59; Obinna Nwosu, aged 48; and Yusuf Adamu, aged 27.

Additionally, NDLEA officers recovered 300 kilograms of cannabis from the Uzzeba Obi camp in Owan West LGA during a raid on July 13th.

In Ogun State, operatives seized a total of 2,865 kilograms of cannabis at Afami Ibese on July 9th, while the alleged owner, Umar Ibese, remains at large.

Meanwhile, in Borno State, NDLEA operatives, in a joint operation with the Nigerian Army, recovered 2,455 kilograms of materials used for producing Akuskura, a new psychoactive substance (NPS), from a warehouse in Konduga town on July 9th. The following day, in Katsina State, operatives arrested a 54-year-old man named Sabo Sule with 47 kilograms of cannabis in Katsina town.

In Lagos, NDLEA operatives raided a warehouse in VGC, Lekki, on July 8th, where they seized 148 cartons of non-medical nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, along with 108 cartons of fast gas cylinders, 134 pieces of balloons, and 109 cartons of infusion chargers. Suliyat Abdulsalam, a female suspect, was arrested in connection with the seizure.

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