FG Condemns Killing Of Nigerian Pastor In China, Demands Investigation

 

Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has demanded for thorough investigation into the death of a Nigerian Pastor in China, Joseph Ogenna Nwajueze from the Chinese authorities.

In a statement issued in Abuja by the NIDCOM Head of Media, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, stated that the death of the Nigerian Pastor based in China was condemnable.

She said the killing of the Anambra -born pastor, who was living with his wife, Chinwe and four children in China, by the chinese security operatives must be thoroughly investigated and the culprit punished.

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Dabiri-Erewa said that reports had it that the late Pastor was doing his legitimate business in China and such, there was no reason for his unjustifiable killing.

She equally condemned the stigmatization of Nigerians living in China, saying those who were found guilty of the country’s law should be prosecuted.

While condoling the family of the diseased Pastor, she reiterated her resolve to ensure justice is done by fishing out those who were responsible for his death.

It was learnt that Pastor Joseph Nwajueze was chased to his death by Chinese security operatives over alleged immigration formalities.

Sources said the Chinese security personnel, in an attempt to capturing the fleeing Nigerian pastor, used a security gadget that illuminates light on him, in order to demobilse him.

It was gathered that the security gadget made the pastor numb, leading to his fall, which eventually led to his death.

Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa however appealed to angry Nigerians in China to be patient and not take the law into their hands as the Federal government will ensure that justice is done.

Xenophobic Attacks: We Are Reaching A Tipping Point – Dabiri-Erewa

 

The Chairman, National Diaspora Commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has again condemned the killing of Nigerians in South Africa.

At a meeting with officials of the National Association of Nigerian Students in Abuja, she said, “we are reaching a tipping point, we are getting to a point where Nigerians are getting really angry and they can’t take it anymore”.

Speaking further, Mrs Dabiri-Erewa, noted that there has to be a stronger policy decision.

“It’s going to be one of the priorities that the Minister of Foreign Affairs would meet again with his counterpart in South Africa and review the early warning signal that was put in place, that has to be done while diplomatic Channels are being explored,” she said.


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This comes in the wake of harassments as well as killings of Nigerians in South Africa, with the most recent being the killing of one 43-year-old Benjamin Simeon.

“One more death again in South Africa… it is becoming unbearable for Nigerians, you don’t go there and come back with body bags so we just have to do everything we have to do, to ensure that it does not escalate to that level where we start picketing and destroying property… that is not who we are,” Dabiri-Erewa stressed.

Also present at the meeting was former Big Brother Africa star, Tayo Faniran, who was recently assaulted by the South African police, and President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Daniel Akpan.

Akpan called on all Nigerians living in South Africa to return home to prevent further attacks, while also calling on South Africans in Nigeria to leave the country.

Ndubuisi-Chukwu’s Murder: South Africa High Commissioner Says Investigation Ongoing

 

The acting South African High Commissioner, Bobby Moroe, has condoled with the family of Mrs Elizabeth Ndubuisi-Chukwu who was recently killed in South Africa.

He also condoled with the Nigerian government, as well as Nigerians in general, saying the South African government is treating the situation with the highest priority and an investigation has commenced.

Moroe said this after a closed-door meeting with the Chairman Nigeria Diaspora Commission Abike Dabiri, as well as Mr Chidi Ndubuisi Chukwu, the brother of the deceased at the South Africa High Commission in Lagos.

He further stated that a video of the incident is being examined by the South African authorities and more information will be passed along as time goes on.


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In response, Mrs Dabiri said Nigerians are eager to see that justice is served in the matter for the sake of both countries and the family of the victim.

Prior to the closed-door session, protesters from the National of Nigerian Students (FCT) had stormed the South Africa High Commission, demanding justice.

Also on Monday, a group of lawyers had stormed the office, demanding that the issue is not swept under the carpet.

Xenophobic Attacks: Abike Dabiri Assures Nigerians Justice Will Be Served

Abike Dabiri addreses protesting students in Abuja

 

Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri, has assured Nigerians that the Xenophobic attacks being experienced in South Africa will be brought to an end.

She stated this on  Tuesday while addressing protesters from the National of Nigerian Students (FCT) who came to the South Africa High Commission in Abuja.

She assured the nation that adequate actions will be taken to ensure justice is served, thereby urging youths not to take matters into their hands.

Hon. Dabiri after addressing the protesters entered a closed door meeting with the South African high commissioner.

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The meeting comes barely 24-hours after Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, condemned the continuous killings of Nigerians in South Africa, warning that further attack on Nigerians would no longer be condoned.

He stated this while receiving the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria Mr. Bobby Moroe.

Mr Moroe visited the Senate President on Monday to unravel the causes of the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and steps being taken to curb it.

‘Drug Trafficking’: Buhari Directs AGF To Take Action Over Detained Student In Saudi Arabia

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, to swiftly intervene in the case of Zainab Aliyu, a student detained in Saudi Arabia for drug trafficking.

This was disclosed by Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the senior special assistant to the President on Diaspora Affairs.

In a statement made via her twitter handle, the president’s special aide said on Monday that Buhari has asked the AGF to secure the release of Zainab and some others in a similar situation.

She said, “We have been on this, in the last two weeks. has directed AGF to take necessary action. We are making good progress. She will be back, along with 2 others in the same situation”.

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Zainab who is a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, was arrested after a banned drug, tramadol, was found in her bag. She claimed it was planted in her luggage by unknown persons.

The student had reportedly travelled from Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in company with her mother, Mrs. Maryam Aliyu, and sister, Hajara Aliyu, but was arrested over allegations that a bag bearing her name tag contained the unlawful substance.

Reports suggest that it was later discovered that Zainab like some others, was a victim of a cartel that specialises in planting hard drugs and banned substances in travellers’ bags.

Some members of the cartel are said to already be in the custody of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NAFDAC).

FG To Engage Saudi Authorities Over Killing Of Nigerians For Drug Offences

 

Federal Government is to engage the Saudi authorities over the killing of Nigerians allegedly for drug offences in the Kingdom.

The Chairman, National Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri Erewa gave this indication when she spoke to State House correspondents in Abuja.

The chairman noted that the recent killing of a Nigerian brings to eight the number of Nigerians killed by the Saudi government in recent years.

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She expressed worry about the nature of the trials wondering if they were fair.

Dabiri stipulated that the number of Nigerians on trial for a similar offence at twenty.

Mrs. Dabiri also condemned the action of some Nigerians alleged to have raided a bureau the change in Dubai and were caught on camera.

I Wish Nigerians Know Buhari’s Softer Side – Dabiri

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The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Matters, Abike Dabiri said many Nigerians are not aware of President Muhammadu Buhari’s softer and accommodating side.

She said she wished many know that the president is not all about the firm approach but he is also a soft man who is jocular as well.

Dabiri said this in a documentary, “Buhari: Beyond the Iron and Steel” put together by the President’s media team.

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“How I wish Nigerians know his softer and accommodating side. Very jocular. But it is our duty to tell them,” she said.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina earlier today released teasers from the documentary on Buhari: Beyond the Iron and Steel saying the documentary is aimed to spice up the holiday season.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in the interview said, “He gives you things to do and leaves you strictly to do those things. No interference at all, once he has confidence in you… And he cracks those jokes and manages to still keep a straight face.”

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola said, “He gave me some priority projects: Mokwa/Jebba road, Lagos/Ibadan Expressway, and Second Niger Bridge… He never appends his signature to anything, unless you’ve explained, and he understands it.”

Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai said, “When we were in the opposition, you needed to see how we rolled on the floor in his living room, as we laughed. Of course, we can’t do that again now.”

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, “I wish I had his patience. He would listen to everybody and then take a decision. He is a reformed Democrat.”

The documentary will be aired at 8:00 p.m on December 24 and 25 on Channels Television and NTA to show the documentary on the unknown side of President Muhammadu Buhari.

FG Condemns Killing Of Another Nigerian In South Africa

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa has condemned in the latest extrajudicial killing of another Nigerian, Ibrahim Olamilekan Badmus, allegedly by South African Police.

The killing of 25-year-old Badmus is the third occurrence within a month.

Dabiri in a statement on Friday said “this latest incident is gradually eroding the confidence of Nigerians in South Africa on the determination and ability of the South African authorities to put a stop to further and deliberate killings of Nigerians in South Africa.”

She, however, said that, according to the Nigeria Consulate in South Africa, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) in South Africa has begun an investigation into the killing.

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“This is the first time an independent unit will be conducting such an investigation,” she said.

The Presidential aide also called on the South African authorities to ensure that the investigation is thorough and justice is done in the interest of the cordial relationship between the two countries.

Dabiri-Erewa in the statement commended the efforts of the Consulate General, H.E. Godwin Adama who immediately led a team to visit the scene of the incident and interfaced with angry Nigerians to douse tension.

The killing of Badmus is coming barely three weeks that another Nigerian, Kingsley Ikeri was killed through extra Judicial means by the South Africa Police.

 

 

FG Appeals To South African Govt. To Stop Killing Of Nigerians

Diamond BankThe Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri, has appealed to the South African government to stop the extra judicial killing of Nigerians in South Africa.

She made the appeal when she visited the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria in Abuja, Mr Lulu Louis.

According to her, over one hundred Nigerians have been executed by South African policemen in the last two years.

Mrs Dabiri further stated that majority of the executions were extrajudicial.

Meanwhile, Mr Louis has given an assurance of his government’s determination to ensure justice for the families of the victims.

Chibok Girls’ Rescue Is Priority For My Husband – Mrs. Buhari

Chibok The wife of Nigeria’s President-elect, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, has called for international assistance for Nigeria to enable the immediate release and rehabilitation of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls.

Mrs. Aisha Buhari made the call at the opening session of the Global Conference on Women and Social Inclusion, holding in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where women from around the world have gathered to mark the 20th anniversary of the Beijing action.

Addressing the congregation of women during one of the sessions, Mrs. Buhari revealed that the release of the Chibok schoolgirls and all the women seized by Boko Haram is one of the immediate priorities of her husband when he assumes office on May 29, 2015.

Mrs. Aisha Buhari who led the delegation of Nigerian women, including, Mrs. Mairo Al-makura, Nkechi Okorocha and Abike Dabiri, made a compelling case for international assistance for Nigeria to overcome Boko Haram.

She also spoke on the need to build confidence in both the parents and schoolgirls to ensure they continue their education.

Just as the violence against the Chibok schoolgirls attracted global attention, some of the participants at the conference also called for legislation that protect the working condition of women.

The gathering was also aimed at speeding up action on the 1995 Beijing resolution on gender equality for women and UNDP Representative, Helen Clark, said that although the level of women participation increased significantly to 22.1% in the last 20 years, more can still be done to attain the 35% affirmative action.

Top among those at the conference were the Director-General of the United Nations Women for Africa, Phumzile Miambo, former Malawian President, Mrs. Joyce Banda and right activists

The conference is providing Mrs. Aisha Buhari and the Nigerian delegation with gainful insight on how to address the challenges facing Nigerian women when her husband assume office later this month.

Lawmaker Says Immediate Actions Needed To Save Nigerians In South Africa

Abike dabiriA Nigerian lawmaker has stressed the need for the government to take an immediate decision about the recall of the Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa to hold discussions and take an action that will save Nigerians from xenophobic attacks.

Members of the House of Representatives had on Thursday condemned the attacks on foreigners in South Africa, demanding that the Presidency should recall the Ambassador.

On a Channels Television’s Programme, Sunrise Daily on Friday, The chairman of the House Committee on Diapora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said that the motion, which had been forwarded to the High Commissioner was advisory in the interest of human lives.

“The resolution to recall the High Commissioner has been forwarded to the South African ambassador. We will have a meeting with him next week.

“In the interest of the welfare and lives of Nigerians in SA. It has to be immediate and impromptu. The action must be taken immediately. We can’t afford to see Nigerians killed.

“Nigeria must put its feet down and be very decisive about it,” she said.

Mrs Dabiri-Erewa further condemned the treatments that Nigerians receive in South Africa, explaining that some Nigerians are in prisons even when they have no business being there.

According to her, a Nigerian defending himself when he was attacked by some South Africans was arrested charged to court for attempted murder.

On the issues of xenophobic attacks that has claimed more than five lives, she said: “It has been happening but not to this level. It is not something new. In the prisons we saw Nigerians who should not be in the prison. They can’t pretend that there is no discrimination against blacks in South Africa”.

Xenophobic attacks have increased in Kwazulu Natal province in South Africa, a situation that the South African High Commissioner in Nigeria, Lulu Mnguni, said was caused by the limited resources.

Locals are lamenting that foreigners have dominated the area, taking away their jobs and having so much access to the limited resources.

“Go foreigners, go,” the locals have continued to sing in protest.

20 Year Old Naizi Evah Found Stabbed To Death In South Africa

Naizi EvahThe family and friends of a Nigerian student are beginning to receive answers to the mystery surrounding her death at her school residence in South Africa, last Saturday.

20 year old Naizi Evah, a 3rd year Systems Engineering student of the Vaal University of Technology near Johannesburg was found stabbed to death in her room last Saturday.

A suspect, who was known to the deceased was arrested and granted bail pending the outcome of investigations.

As the school grappled with a murder that never should have happened, friends gathered in a memorial service to pay tribute to her, although most friends were too distraught to speak.

Her brother described her as a beautiful, intelligent and God-fearing and also appealed to the students to remain calm and focus on assisting the security agents with information to help solve the murder.

Describing the circumstances surrounding her death, the Acting Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Gordon Zide, said, “On Saturday 24th of May, we received a call from one of our Directors of Residences, informing us that there was a murder that has taken place at one of the hostels.

“The suspect is indeed our student, his origin is from Zimbabwe. They are conducting a DNA test for both the deceased and the suspect and currently they are awaiting the result which will come from Pretoria.”

The said suspect is her boyfriend of 3 years, whom friends allege was abusive to the deceased. One of Naizi’s female friends, Ripfumelo Mukhavele, said amid tears, “I know that she dumped Trevor because Trevor told me that he messed up and wanted to fix things. They always dumped each other and got back together…but I never took it serious.”

Naizi’s brother, Michael Evah, confirmed to Channels Television that the Police had indeed taken up the case but expressed their determination to see it concluded.

“We do not want a situation where the case would die without trace”, he said, even though the suspect has denied culpability.

While investigations continue in order to solve the case, Naizi Evah’s remains would be returned to Nigeria on Tuesday, June 3 for interment.

Spokesperson for the Vaal University of Technology, Michael Kuboni, said in his tribute speech, “The memories of Miss Naizi Evah stay in our hearts and may her soul rest in eternal peace.”