Renowned Mexican cartel boss La Kena apprehended

Jose Alberto Garcia Vilano, alias La Kena or Ciclon 19, leads the Los Ciclones. Image: MEXICAN GOVERNMENT Renowned Mexican cartel boss La Kena apprehended. According to local media, the head of a branch of the infamous Gulf Cartel in Mexico has been taken into custody. The aggressive Los Ciclones group is purportedly led by José Alberto García Vilano, sometimes referred to as La Kena or Ciclon 19. Two US citizens were killed in the alleged kidnapping of four by his organisation in March of last year. According to reports, Vilano was apprehended in a Monterrey retail centre after authorities were tipped off to his whereabouts. Social media posts with unverified evidence purport to show Vilano and his friends being led by armed police through a mall. The Texan town of Brownsville is located just across the border in the United States from the border city of Matamoros, where the four US citizens were abducted. Between rival Gulf Cartel sections fighting for control of the so-called plazas, which are the drug smuggling routes leading north into the US, lies Matamoros. According to family, the four Americans drove into the dangerous town seeking cosmetic surgery after crossing the border. Americans frequently travel to Mexico for medical care, where costs are significantly lower but occasionally higher. Although the attack’s motivation is unknown, Mexican officials are reportedly looking into the possibility that the group was mistaken for members of a rival cartel. The Scorpions Group, a different Gulf Cartel splinter cell, was reported to have apologised for the kidnapping shortly after it happened and turned over five men it believed to be in charge. The state government of Tamaulipas, the region that includes Matamoros, has offered a reward of 2,500,000 pesos ($145,000; £115,000) for information that results in Vilano’s capture since 2022. Additionally, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) apparently wanted him.

29-year-old Former World Champion in Pole Vaulting Dies

Shawn Barber’s personal best of 6.00m remains a Canadian record. Image: GETTY IMAGES   29-year-old former world champion in pole vaulting Dies. Shawn Barber, a Canadian who once won the world pole vault championship, passed away at the age of 29 from illnesses. Barber passed unexpectedly at home in Texas, according to his agent Paul Doyle, who spoke with the Reuters news agency. Barber won the Pan American Games in 2015, placed 10th in the Rio 2016 Olympics, and won gold at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing. His greatest leap, which still stands as a Canadian record at 6.00 metres, was recorded in January 2016. “More than just an incredible athlete, Shawn was such a good-hearted person that always put others ahead of himself,” Doyle stated on Thursday. “It’s tragic to lose such a good person at such a young age.” Barber, who was dual-citizen of Canada and the United States, defeated a field that included German champion Raphael Holzdeppe and Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie, who was holding the […]

UNILAG’s best PhD thesis awardee triumphs over challenges

By Akinsuroju Olubunmi UNILAG’s best PhD thesis awardee triumphs over challenges University of Lagos (UNILAG) celebrated its outstanding Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) student in Mathematics, Dr. Ige Aminat Olawunmi, during the 54th convocation ceremony. Dr. Ige shared the remarkable story of facing marital challenges, including divorce and remarriage, while diligently pursuing her academic dreams.   […]

Tinubu meets supreme council for sharia amidst criticisms

By Akinsuroju Olubunmi Tinubu meets supreme council for sharia amidst criticisms President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is currently in a meeting with members of the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria (SCSN) at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja. This gathering follows recent criticisms from the SCSN’s President, Sheikh AbdurRasheed Hadiyyatullah, who expressed regret for supporting […]