A Kenyan bodybuilder identified as Ronny Rono who reportedly suffered body disfigurement after a synthol injection has died.
Rono, whose story was published in a local newspaper on September 1, 2019, died on Tuesday while being rushed to a hospital in the East African country.
Family members said Rono died after developing a myriad health complications.
Hilda Chepkemoi, the family spokesperson, said her cousin had been in an out of hospital since his story was first published and scores of well-wishers came forward to assist him get medical attention.
“He was admitted to Green View Hospital for two weeks before being discharged. Until his demise, he was in an out of various hospitals and was also being attended to by a private doctor in Kericho,” she said.
Rono’s aunt, Mary Mabeche, a former Kericho nominated MCA, was devastated by the death. “We had hope that his condition could be reversed, it is unfortunate he had to die,” she said.
Before his death, Rono’s body was swollen and his arms were wasting away; he rarely got out of bed, and whenever he did, he could not look into the mirror without breaking down.
He was battling what doctors suggest was a case of synthol injection. The substance is injected deep into muscles to provide an immediate and temporary enlargement of the muscle body.
“Some bodybuilders favour a synthol injection over anabolic steroids because it does not come with the many side effects associated with steroids,” reads a medical document on the subject.
It warns that effects of synthol can have devastating long-term effects, including permanent muscle disfigurement, muscle fibrosis and development of muscle ulcers and wounds.
In previous interviews, Rono denied ever having used the injection, but admitted that he was an alcoholic during his life as a bodybuilder, and that someone could have injected him with the drugs.
“I do not have a memory of everything I might have done,” he said.
He said the condition began with a small swelling in his right arm before spreading to his left hand in April 2017.
An MRI chest analysis conducted by Dr W Otieno, a radiologist at Lakeside MRI indicated that Rono’s pectoris muscles were grossly enlarged and showed heterogeneous contrast.
Dr Philemon Letting of Kericho Fig Tree Hospital, upon reviewing the MRI also suggested that Rono’s condition was as a result of a suspected case of synthol injection.
Ms Chepkemoi said the bodybuilder’s funeral will be held on December 7 at Chemosot Village in Bureti Constituency.
“We are going to conduct a fundraising to offset the hospital bills and cater for the funeral on Wednesday,” she said.
Court Acquits 91 Shi’ites Detained In Prison Since 2015
Ninety-one members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shiites, many of whom have been detained in prison since 2015 have been acquitted after being arraigned before Justice Hajaratu Gwada of Kaduna High Court.
Justice Gwada who ruled on the case in which some of the IMN members were charged with culpable homicide punishable with death, criminal conspiracy and disturbance of peace on Friday February 21, said the Kaduna State Government failed to failed to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt.
Speaking to newsmen after the Kaduna High Court Judge granted a no- case submission, IMN’s counsel, Barrister Maxwell Kyon stated that some of his clients lost their children, wives, admission in tertiary institution while in custody. He averred that the state government must take care of their rehabilitation.
Kyon said; “The government should engage with us and come out with a figure as compensation for those whose four years in detention at the Correctional Centre has been wasted.
“The government made those people to be arrested and remanded in prison. We want government to take responsibility for the dislocation of these people for four years. Many lost their jobs, some lost admissions in tertiary institutions and I know of one whose wife left while he was in prison.
“Each has a different loss, the government should sit with us to look at the cases individually. We want to believe government will be responsible enough without been pushed by a court order.
“They knew these people were not guilty based on evidences yet they held them in detention. We will pursue whatever case our clients ask us to do.
“This is the last case pending. The court looked at all the 31 witnesses drawn from police and army, they tendered about 110 evidences. We were able to tell the court that there is nothing linking the suspects to the allegations against them. The court agreed with our no case submission.
“The court was told that the soldiers had already told the IPO that it was a friendly fire from them that killed the deceased, Dan Kaduna whose murder they were tried for.”
My Suspension Was Political, Audio — Oluwo
The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi has described his suspension from Osun State Traditional Council meeting held today in Osogbo, the state capital as political.
Describing the points given by the council as porous, lacking in logic and not portray the revered traditional council in good light, Oluwo stated that the council refused to address the allegation that he punched a monarch, the reason for the meeting.
Oba Akanbi said any suspension from the Osun State traditional council meeting is subject to the approval of the state government.
He described the suspension as audio, stating it is unprofessional of the respected Osun State traditional council meeting to make such pronouncement without the approval of the state government.
Reacting through a statement issued by his press secretary, Alli Ibraheem, Oluwo said the argument for the suspension was out of context, saying the reason the emergency meeting was summoned by the council was not addressed.
Oluwo said he was surprised to note that his purported suspension for his conduct against certain traditional rulers is strange to the traditional institution book of history and will never stand.
He expressed disappointment that traditional council could be turned to an avenue of playing politics.
He stated the highest level of injustice is for the council to say I was rude to the same Ooni who presided over a meeting where they said I was suspended.
“I was never suspended. The suspension reported by the media is just from the monthly Osun State Traditional Council meeting which is subject to the approval of the state government. It is sad to note that Osun State traditional council could be so political. They said I was rude to Alake, Ooni and Alaafin. And the same Ooni presided over the same meeting that purportedly pronounced my suspension from the Osun State traditional council meeting. If this should stand, many monarchs will not be encouraged to regard the council. It is just an audio pronouncement and an insult to the state government without consultation by the council”.
“We were invited to address the allegation that I punched another Oba. The AIG and the government officials presence came to the meeting as witnesses and gave account that I didn’t beat any Oba. May be because the truth from the witnesses didn’t go with their expectation, they hatched unfounded excuse to make an audio suspension”
“It is pure political and there are many things attached but we keep mute to see how far this will stand”
Ikokwu 5: Police Pressuring Us To Drop Demand For Justice — Late Chima’s Family
Members of family of the Late Chima Ikwunado, the Port Harcourt auto-mechanic allegedly tortured to death while in detention have raised alarm that authorities of Rivers Police Command are piling up pressure on them to drop their demand for justice.
Late Chima’s elder brother of the Anthony, told a Port Harcourt based Radio Station, Nigeriainfofm that as soon as the process of the suit which his family and the four Ikokwu Spare parts dealers instituted against the Police were served on the Command, the Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Dandaura, called on members of the family for a closed door meeting.
He added that the Commissioner of Police, at the meeting held on Wednesday, February 19, persuaded members of the family to “settle the matter” out of Court.
He said, “We were called and I met the CP Dandaura, yesterday (Wednesday) that we should settle this matter amicably without going to Court.
“Besides the Police, the General Overseer of a popular Church (name withheld), has called me over it. But the masses are still involved in this matter. It is not only us. Ohaneze Ndigbo and all the rest are involved in this matter. We want justice for Chima or nothing else, just justice. Those who killed my brother will go in for it.
The family of the late Chima and his colleagues had gone to Court to seek for justice.
Four colleagues of the deceased arrested and also tortured by officers of the E-crack Squad also known as the Commissioner’s squad, while in detention are also seeking justice in the suit.
The case, which is hinged on two fundamental rights matters were filed by the father of late Chima, Kelvin and the deceased’s wife, Adaugo.
They are asking for justice for the late Chima and four others allegedly tortured by the E-crack Squad of the Police while in custody.
They are also asking for the release of the remains of the late Chima.
However, when the matter came up in Court, the Inspector General of Police and the other officers listed in the charge were not present in court.
The presiding Judge, Justice James Kolawole Omotosho adjourned the case to February 27, 2020, after listening to the charges.
Meanwhile, the late Ikwunado’s family as well as members of Civil society and human rights groups waited endlessly on Thursday for the result of the autopsy conducted on the remains of late Chima.
The Police Pathologist, Dr. Stephen Musa had last week promised that the result of the autopsy will be ready in 10 days which elapsed on Thursday.
But despite waiting for many hours, no result was presented and there is no explanation for the delay.