Sierra Leone: Will President Bio Be Able Pass His Programme Through Parliament?

Julius Maada Bio of the opposition SLPP has been elected president,but was unable to win control of the country’s parliament – the legislature.

So how will he get his programmes and budgets approved, with the defeated APC having a majority, in parliament for the next five years?

What is certain is that the complexion of the new parliament will be a mosaic of party colours, dominated by four political parties: The main opposition All Peoples Congress party (APC), the Coalition for Change (C4C) led by Mr Samuel Sam Sumana, the National Grand Coalition (NGC) party lead by Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella, and the ruling SLPP.

On Thursday, 19th April 2018, the parliament of Sierra Leone will open its doors to old and new members of parliament. But they will need to elect a new Speaker of the House. How is this going to work, given the fact that the role of Speaker of Parliament is the most important source of power for a sitting government?

Theoretically, the Speaker could come from the opposition APC with their largest single majority in parliament. But the rules are much more complex.

According to Sheku Lamin Turay – the Senior Public Relations Officer of the Parliament of Sierra Leone, the current Speaker of Parliament – SBB Dumbuya, is still in post until a new Speaker is elected by MPs in the first sitting of Parliament, in accordance with Section 79 (5) of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone.

For a new Speaker to be elected, a vote of not less than two-thirds of all the duly elected MPs, of which there are 132, alongside a total of 14 Paramount Chiefs, will be required.

Sheku Lamin Turay says that, if any of the nominated candidates fails to secure 97 votes, which is two thirds of 146 MPs, after three successive casting of ballots, it will be settled by a fourth option – a simple majority of 50% plus 1 vote, as stated in Section 79 (2) of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone.

Voting for both the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House will be done by secret ballots.

Every MP will take and sign an oath of office which will be administered by the Clerk of the House, before they can participate in the election of the Speaker. The Clerk will preside over the election of the Speaker, and the Speaker will likewise preside over the election of the Deputy Speaker.

So how will SLPP get their programmes and budget through parliament?

The main opposition APC will have 68 seats; the ruling SLPP – 49 seats; the C4C – 8 seats; NGC – 4 seats. There will be 3 independent MPs, and 14 Paramount Chiefs, making a grand total of 146 seats in parliament.

The role of Dr Kandeh Yumkella and Sam Sumana’s C4C will be crucial in helping Bio achieve his economic strategy plans. This is what Dr Yumkella said yesterday:

In 2013 the Constitution of Sierra Leone which required those vying for the Speakership to have been retired Judges who had served in both the High and Supreme Courts of Sierra Leone, was amended by an Act of parliament.

The new constitutional requirement is that those seeking to become Speaker must be an MP of at least 40 years old, and had served as an MP for more than 5 years. This requirement applies to current and past MPs. The Deputy Speaker is also elected from among MPs for a period of five years.

But a huge dilemma for the ruling SLPP is that they do not have the majority that should guarantee the election of an SLPP MP as Speaker. According to Sheku Lamin Turay, the Office of the Speaker of the Parliament of Sierra Leone is an extension to the Presidency of Sierra Leone.

In situations where both the President and his Vice President are for any reason indisposed or unable to perform the functions of their offices, then the Speaker shall take the Presidential Oath of Office to be administered by the Chief Justice, and then act as the President of Sierra Leone.

Source:thesierraleonetelegraph
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Davido Won The “African Artiste of the Year” at The Ghana Music Awards Festival.

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he 2018 edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) held at the International Conference Centre in Accra, Ghana.

There were some obvious wins, some multiple grabs, and even a couple upsets, but all in all it was a memorable night for Ghanaian music, including one of Nigeria’s Favorites “Davido” taking home the “African Artiste of the Year” award.

Below is a complete list..

Highlife Song Of the Year

Dream – Kumi Guitar

Bronya – Wutah

Odo – KiDi – WINNER

Angela – Kuami Eugene

Over – R2bees

Hustle – Ebony

Gospel Song Of The Year

Bo Noo Ni – Joe Mettle ft Loigi Maclean – WINNER

Boot 4 Boot- Joyce Blessing

Obi Nyanime – Patience Nyarko

Efatawo – Nacee

Adom – Gifty Osei

Jehovah – Ceccy Twum

Hiplife Song of the Year

Total Cheat – Fancy Gadam ft Sarkodie – WINNER

Boys Boys – Nacee F. Guru

Obi Agyi Obi Girl – Captain Planet ft Kofi Kinataa

Ayoo – Shatta Wale

One Corner – Patapaa

Hip-Hop Song Of The Year

State Of The Art – Teephlow

Light It Up – Sarkodie

Grind Day (Remix) – Kwesi Arthur ft Sarkodie & Medikal – WINNER

Pen and Paper – Kojo-Cue & Shaker

Dear God – B4Bonah

Reggae/Dancehall Song Of The Year

Until The Dawn – Efya

My Own – Samini – WINNER

My Name – Stonebwoy

Faya Burn Dem – Article Wan

Rewind – Mzvee

Dem Confuse – Shatta Wale

Afro Pop Song Of The Year

Makoma – Adina

Oh Yeah – King Promise

Say You Love Me -KiDi

Sing My Name -MzVee

Jennifer Lomotey – Kurl Songz

Sponsor – Ebony – WINNER

My Baby – Magnom

Come From Afar – Stonebwoy

Gospel Artiste Of The Year

Joyce Blessing

Patience Nyarko

Joe Mettle – WINNER

Celestine Donkor

Nacee

Gifty Osei

HighLife Artiste Of The Year

Wutah

Kidi

Kuami Eugene – WINNER

Becca

Reggae/Dancehall Artiste Of The Year

Shatta Wale

Ebony

Stonebwoy – WINNER

Mzvee

Songwriter Of The Year

Kumi Guitar: Dream – Kumi Guitar

Joe Mettle: Bo Noo Ni – Joe Mettle

Bullet: Maame Hw3 – Ebony – WINNER

Kofi Kinaata: Last Show – Willis Beatz

Samini: My Own – Samini

Stonebwoy: My Name – Stonebwoy

Best Music Video Of The Year

Dream – Kumi Guitar – Abass

Selfish – King Promise – Vertex

My Girl – B4Bonah – David Nicol Sey

Wedding Car – Opanka – Bra Shizzle

Obi Agyi Obi Girl – Captain Planet – Gyo-Phamous Filmz – WINNER

Pen & Paper – Kojo Cue & Shaker – E Kumodzi

Record Of The Year

Dream – Kumi Guitar

My Own – Samini

Glory – Sarkodie

State Of The Art – Teephlow – WINNER

Hiplife/Hip-hop Artiste of the Year

Ponobiom

R2bees

Captain Planet

Kwesi Arthur

Sarkodie – WINNER

VVIP

Best Male Vocal Performance

Joe Mettle – Bo No Nii – WINNER

King Promise – Selfish

Kidi – Odo

Kuami Eugene – Angela

Mugeez – Over

Samini – My Own

Best Female Vocal Performance

Adina – Makoma – WINNER

Nana Yaa – Don’t Leave Me Alone

Efya – Love

Mzvee – Bright Lights

Becca – Summuy3

Best Group of the Year

VVIP

R2bees

Wutah – WINNER

Best Rapper of the Year

Eno Barony – Fear No Man

Teflon – Phlowducation

Sarkodie – Light It Up – WINNER

Shaker – Pen and Paper

Ko-jo Cue – Pen and Paper

Strongman – Transformer

Best Collaboration of the Year

Bo Noo Ni – Joe Mettle Ft Luigi Maclean

Sing My Name Remix— Mzvee Ft Patoranking

Jennifer Lomotey— Kurl Songs ft Sarkodie

Pain Killer— Sarkodie ft Runtown

Taking Over— Shatta Wale Ft S.M Militants – WINNER

Obi Agye Obi Girl— Captain Planet ft Kofi Kinata

Na Wash— Becca ft Patoranking

African Artiste of the Year

Davido – WINNER

Wizkid

Too Fan

Cassper Nyovest

Nasty C

Tiwa Savage

Olamide

Best New Artiste of the Year

King Promise

Kurl Songz

Kidi

Kuami Eugene – WINNER

Magnom

Kwesi Arthur

B4Bonah

Album of the Year

Epistles Of Mama – Stonebwoy

Highest – Sarkodie

Daavi – Mzvee

Bonyfied – Ebony – WINNER

Song of the Year

Joe Mettle – Bo No Nii

Shatta Wale – Ayoo

King Promise – Oh Yeah

Sarkodie ft Runtown -Painkiller

Patapaa – One Corner

Ebony – Sponsor

Kuami Eugene- Angela

KiDi – Odo

Shatta Wale ft S.M Militants – Taking Over

Fancy Gandam ft Sarkodie – Total Cheat – WINNER

Magnom-My Baby

Captain Planet ft Kofi Kinaata – Obi Agi Obi Girl

Wutah – Bronya

Artiste of the Year For VGMAs 2018

Joe Mettle

Ebony – WINNER

Shatta Wale

Sarkodie

Stonebwoy

UNSUNG Artiste Of The Year 2018

Kelvyn Boy – WINNER

Dope Nation

Dhat Gyal

OBK

Real MC

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Former FBI Director James Comey says “I don’t think Donald Trump is medically unfit to be President, I think he’s morally unfit” 

According to former FBI Director James Comey in an interview since his firing,he says “President Trump is morally unfit to be the President.”

“I don’t buy this stuff about him being mentally incompetent or early stages of dementia. He strikes me as a person of above average intelligence who’s tracking conversations and knows what’s going on,” Comey said.

Speaking in an interview with ABC, Comey described the first time he met President Trump .

“My impression was he looked exactly like he did on television, except he looked shorter to me than he did on television, but otherwise exactly the same. And the reason I say that is most people look slightly different in person. I don’t know whether that’s bad or good, but he looked the way I’d seen him look on television” Comey said.

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Saudi Arabia holds its first ever fashion week – ” no photographers and no men “

Saudi Arabia held its first ever fashion week last week. But photos of the latest fashion from the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom will not flood social media feeds because photograpers were not allowed. Men were also not allowed.

In spite of the absence of men and photographers, it was a noteworthy event, with designers Roberto Cavalli and Jena Paul Gaultier featuring alongside local designers. The inaugural Saudi episode of Arab Fashion Week ran from Apirl 10-14.

Men were allowed at the opening ceremony but the rest of the event was a female-only affair as models were not dressed in traditional abayas. The fashions that graced the runway were the type Saudi women might wear in private. In public they usually don a black, loose-fitting, floor-length cloak called an abaya.

There were restrictions on what types of clothes can be exhibited at the Riyadh show — no cleavage, nothing above the knee and nothing too transparent. Organizers were the only ones allowed to take pictures inside the tent and photos have to be cleared by government censors before publication.

The event is one of the new entertainment opportunities opening up recently in the ultra-conservative kingdom. It is one of a number of progressive moves made by Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, the kingdom’s de-facto leader, who is hoping to improve the country’s global image and attract foreign investors.

Layla Issa Abuzaid, country director for Saudi Arabia at the Arab Fashion Council, said when the project was announced: “The first Arab Fashion Week in Riyadh will be more than a world-class event. It is a catalyst through which we believe the fashion sector will lead other economic sectors such as tourism, hospitality, travel and trade.”

“We are so excited because this is the first fashion week in Saudi Arabia, so we are making history,” model Anita Dmycroska said.

Source:bloomberg

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Nigeria President, Buhari,To Visit The US…

Nigerian President Buhari will be the guest of US President Donald Trump on 30 April in Washington.

According to a statement by the White House, Trump will discuss issues such as promoting economic growth and fighting terrorism with Buhari. “The relationship of the United States with Nigeria is deep and strong, and Nigeria’s economic growth, security, and leadership in Africa will advance our mutual prosperity,” the statement said.

Nigeria has been combating the terrorist organization Boko Haram since 2009. The State Department under Trump approved the sale of 12 high-technology attack planes and equipment worth $600 million to Nigeria last year after the Obama administration halted the sale because of accusations that Nigeria’s air force was bombing civilians.

The scheduled meeting will be the second between the two leaders. Last year September, the two leaders met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, during a luncheon Trump held for a select group of African leaders.

The Nigerian leader who left Abuja for the U.K. On Monday, will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit which begins in London on 18 April and ends on 20 April.

Source:vanguardng
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Photos of A 3 year Old Girl worshipping God on Her Knees and In Tears During A Church Service Goes Viral

Photos of three-year-old Praise, the daughter of a Kenyan Gospel Artist, Israel Ezekiel are trending on the internet.

Sharing the photos, a witness wrote:

“She was filled with the Holy Spirit yesterday during a church service that was dubbed “The worship experience. At 3 years she worshipped in truth and spirit. I could literally hear her speak in tongues.Indeed GOD meets us at our level….HE understands us and ever ready to listen to us”,Said one christian who attended the service.

“Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger”-Psalms 8:2


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Tulisa Flaunts her Bronzed Legs in Denim Mini-dress

She has just won her legal battle against Britney Spears and Will.i.am after suing them for being left out of writing credits on their hit track Scream & Shout.

And Tulisa looked positively delighted as she stepped out for dinner at upscale eatery Nobu in Mayfair, London on Friday night.

The former X Factor judge, 29, put on one of her most stylish displays yet in a thigh-skimming denim dress which boasted gold detailing.

Unable to wipe the smile from her face, Tulisa commanded attention as she strutted along to the restaurant in a pair of towering nude-coloured heels.

Source:dailymail

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Tulisa Constostavlos Was Never Given Credit For One Of Britney Spears’ Hit Song

Back in 2012, singer-songwriter Tulisa Contostavlos co-wrote Britney Spears’ hit “Scream & Shout” with will.i.am. The futuristic electro-pop banger quickly went number 1 in the U.K., making it Spears’ first #1 there in a decade, Noisey writes. But while will.i.am. was featured on the track and credited as a writer, Contostavlos never received credit or monetary compensation.

The track, which was originally titled “I Don’t Give A F**k,” was reportedly meant to be released on Contostavlos’ album The Female Boss. Instead, it was given to Spears. Will.i.am, Jef Martens, and Jean Baptiste were listed as songwriters. It’s hard not to speculate on an alternative reality where Constostavlos was the face of such a massive hit. Would the song not have been as big? Or would she have been catapulted from relative obscurity into mega stardom and an eventual Vegas residency? Unfortunately for her and us, we can never know.

But now, after winning a law suit she started 5 years ago, Contostavlos is finally getting the recognition she deserves. The case found that her vocals were still on the track, and has awarded her credit and 10% of world wide publishing rights and income for the song.

Watch the video, below:

Source:thepaper

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APC Delegation Paid Courtesy Call To President Elect Julius Maada Bio

APC Delegation headed by Samura Kamara paid courtesy call visit to the President Elect Julius Maada Bio today Saturday 7th April.

Other members of the delegation included, Hon.Chernor Bah,Yvonne Aki Sawyerr(Freetown Mayor) and many other.

More updates to come with regards to the meeting.

Source: Mass

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Twitter Users goes Berserk after Reading an Article About Meghan Markle’s Single Strand Grey Hair

The article in question, was published on Thursday,and it pointed out the 36-year-old Meghan Markle has a ‘single gray hair’, suggesting that this makes her, ‘human.This quickly prompted fury online, with many readers bashing the publication for pointing out such a minor detail in the future royal’s appearance.

Many were quick to call out the magazine’s website on Twitter, with some users joking about their own gray hairs, while others lashed out in a much angrier way, with some going as far as to label the article ‘disgusting’ and ‘ridiculous’.

Check out some of the reactions below:

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Kim Kardashian West Continues to Share More Photos of her Adorable Family

The reality tv star, still continues to upload photos of her family taken during the Easter holiday.

She earlier released a family photo and revealed that was the only one they could all manage together before all the kids started crying and she joined in.

There are other beautiful photos from that day and she’s shared them on her website.

Check out some of the photos below.

Kim Kardashian releases more adorable photos of herself, Kanye, and their 3 kids

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Series Of Nigerian Men React After A Former Minister Advice Men To Compliment Their Wives

The Former Minister of Education Oby Ezekwesili,shared a tweet advising men to learn to compliment their wives especially after getting their hair done at the salon.Here’s what the men has to say:

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“I Think I Can Do A lot of Things,But Becoming a President is Not one of them” Michelle Obama

Michelle won a lot of hearts in America and all over the world with the way she carried herself as First Lady of the United States and a lot of people have wondered if she intends to run for President someday.

The former First Lady has said she has no intention of becoming president, then gave her reason for that.

Speaking at the 39th annual Simmons Leadership Conference, Mrs Obama said: “I don’t wanna be president, I don’t think i should be president.”

She added: “I think I can do a lot of things but that’s not one of them.”

She went on to say: “I know what I’m good at.”

She was also quoted as saying: “Just because I gave a good speech, I’m smart and intelligent doesn’t mean I should be the next president. That’s been our problem. We’re very shortsighted about how we think about selecting the commander-in-chief.”

Though she doesn’t intent to run for office, she however, called for the support of young women who have the capacity to fill that position.

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Iran’s Women Soccer Team,Turns Out To Be Comprising of 8 Men

It has been discovered that Iranian soccer officials filled the women’s soccer team with eight big, strong, fast men.
Iranian soccer officials are accused of taking advantage of a sports policy which allows biological men to play on women’s teams if they believe they are women trapped in men’s bodies.

This policy was announced by the International Olympic Committee and allows men to participate in Olympic events without undergoing sex change procedures.

When the policy was announced, people worried that some countries would take advantage of the policies and replace their female athletes with men and just as feared, it happened, starting with Iran.

Iranian official, Mojtabi Sharifi, admitted that the men were waiting for sex change operations.
Reacting to this, soccer authorities have ordered that all 8 men undergo gender testing to determine their levels of testosterone. This isn’t the first time the Iranian women’s team has fielded men. There were rumors that the players were men in 2011 and random gender checks in 2014 revealed some of the supposed women were men.
The problem is complicated by the Iranian culture which prohibits women from traveling unless they are given permission by their husbands or fathers. For example, Niloufar Ardalan who was recently prevented from accompanying the soccer team to a game in Malaysia because her husband would not allow her to travel.

Source:skypesports

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Rihanna Lunches Her “Fenty Beauty Collection ” In Milan

Rihanna turned heads as she attended the launch of her latest Fenty Beauty collection in Milan on Thursday.

The 30-year-old pop star flashed her ample cleavage and legs in a black strapless leather mini-dress as she celebrated the release of her latest beauty range in the Italian city.

Rihanna was joined at the launch by her 3-year-old niece Majesty.She paired her outfit with a large black belt and accessorized her look with gold bangles, rings, and chain-strap gold heels for the event which took place at The Armani Hotel.

Check out more photos below.

Source:e-entertainment

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Nigeria President Buhari, Congratulates President-elect Of Sierra Leone Julius Maada Bio

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday congratulated Julius Bio on his election as the new President of Sierra Leone after the presidential election run-off on March 31.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President commended the people of Sierra Leone on the successful conduct of the presidential election run-off as well as the parliamentary and local council elections held on March 7, 2018.

With the elections concluded and following the trend of peaceful elections in West Africa recently, Buhari urged all stakeholders in Sierra Leone to work together for the peace, security and development of the country.

He also enjoined all those with grievances over the outcome of the elections to seek constitutional means of resolving them.

The President stressed that nothing should be done to endanger the peace and stability of the country in particular and the sub-region in general.

The statement read, “The Nigerian leader salutes the resilient spirit of Sierra Leoneans, who have clearly demonstrated their ability to manage their own affairs and consolidate on the country’s progress after a post-conflict era.

“The President also commends the immediate past president, Ernest Bai Koroma, for his commitment to a credible electoral process and spirited efforts at bringing stability and positive changes to the nation during his presidency.

“President Buhari looks forward to working with President Bio for the growth, prosperity and stability of their nations, and West Africa.”

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Bollywood Star Salman Khan Sentenced to 5 Year Imprisonment For Poaching Blackbucks

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Bollywood star Salman Khan was on Thursday sentenced to five years in prison after Dabangg actor was convicted of killing two blackbucks in Rajasthan. Khan has been asked to pay a fine of Rs 10,000 in the 19-year-old case. However, Khan’s co-stars Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam who were also accused have been acquitted.
Blackbucks or the Indian antelope is a kind of endangered species that’s protected under the Wildlife Protection Act.

According to reports, Salman Khan and his co-stars went for an alleged hunting session during the shooting of the film and killed two blackbucks. The Bishnoi community, angered by this occurrence filed a complaint against the stars. Khan was also charged for keeping an arm under an expired arms licence but was later acquitted by a trial court.

Khan was also accused of allegedly killing two chinkaras or Indian gazelle in Bhawad and another in Mathania, both in Rajasthan, He was later acquitted by the Rajasthan High Court in 2016 for the poaching of chinkaras.

Last week, final arguments from both the parties were presented.

The court found sufficient evidence against Salman Khan. Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam were given the benefit of doubt.

Source: businesstoday

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Kim Kardashian West Shares Family Photo For the First time On social Media

Reality star, Kim Kardashian shared this beautiful photo of her family on her IG page which was taken during Easter celebrations. She captioned it;

I don’t think you really understand how hard it is to take a good family pic. This was all we got before all three kids started crying. I think I cried too

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Is Nicki Minaj Pregnant or what????Whatever it Is,She is Glowing!!

Nicki Minaj who has been noticeably absent from the public scene, including social media is rumored to be expecting her first child with her ex-rapper boyfriend,Nas.

The 35-year-old rapper was recently spotted as she arrived at LAX airport for a flight.

Nicki who appeared to have added weight following the pregnancy rumours was dressed in ripped black denim jeans, a black blouse over a black jacket, Gucci flip flops and a white designer bag.

Check out more photos and a video of her Below:

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Man Sentenced to death by hanging for Killing A Girl He met On Facebook

He murdered a 15-year-old two years ago in Malaysia, after meeting under the pretenses of making outfits together was sentenced to death by hanging on Tuesday, April 3.

Ng Yuk Tim was killed by 23-year-old Poon Wai Hong between October 21 and 22, 2013. The suspect admitted to police that the incident occurred after befriending her within Kuala Lumpur’s online cosplay community.

Although the accused attempted to claim the incident was an accident, the judge ordered a mandatory death penalty.

Poon had used Facebook to invite the teen to his home under the pretenses of working on their costumes together, but instead then tried to rape her when she arrived. She resisted, and he told investigators it was then that he struck her in the head with a dumbbell.

Unsure of what to do with her body, he then packed her up into a suitcase and dumped her body along the road-side at Jalan Kebun Nenas.

Ng’s mother and friends posted several Facebook pleas, asking for anyone with any information regarding her whereabouts to come forward.

However, her body was later found inside a green suitcase, in the fetal position, wearing only a t-shirt and panties.

The teen’s tragic death also shook the cosplay community, where members often build virtual relationships of trust with each other.

Source:theguardianNews

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