Planned Evacuation Of Nigerians Will Begin This Week – Dabiri-Erewa

 

The Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has announced that the planned evacuation of Nigerians from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), United Kingdom, the United States of America (USA) amongst other countries will begin this week.

Mrs. Dabiri- Erewa made the disclosure on Monday through her Twitter handle.

She said, “Planned evacuation of Nigerians begins from this week. UAE. UK. USA etc.

“All applicants should please check with the various missions for updates and protocols to abide by. May the Lord heal the world”

NIDCOM also noted that those returning to the country will have 14 days of compulsory isolation upon arrival.

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The Nigerian Government had announced that it had concluded plans to evacuate about 270 Nigerians willing to go home from the United States.

This was disclosed in a statement dated May 3 from the Consulate General of Nigeria in New York.

The consulate explained that a one-way flight has been arranged for the evacuation of stranded Nigerians in the US and would take off on Sunday night.

It added that the flight operated by Ethiopian Airlines with a 270-passenger capacity would evacuate travellers at their expense and the returnees would fly economy class.

According to the statement, the flight will depart for Abuja from Newark (EWR) Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, United States, and is expected to arrive at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Monday next week.

It also revealed that over 700 citizens have registered with the Nigerian Missions in the US to be evacuated but only 270 people would be accommodated.

The consulate stressed that applications to be evacuated would be considered on a ‘first-come, first-served basis while the list of evacuees would be treated according to their immigration status.

It said those who have proofs of short-stay visas, the elderly, families with children, and returning students would also be given special attention.

Attack On Ekweremadu ‘An Embarrassment To The Country’, Says Dabiri-Erewa

 

The Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has condemned “in its entirety”, the attack on the former deputy senate president, Senator in Germany.

Her statement, late on Saturday, follows the emergence of a viral video of an attack on the 57-year-old who is a serving Senator.

Dabiri-Erewa said the Senator was attending the 2nd Annual Igbo Cultural Festival in Nuremberg as a speaker/special guest of honour when he was reportedly beaten up.

“The incident is an embarrassment to the country,” she said.

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Stating that reliable sources have said some of those who carried out the attack have been apprehended, Dabiri-Erewa demanded action.

“We call on the German government and law enforcement agencies to ensure that there are consequences for their actions,” she said.

“It is also shamefully pathetic that an event which was nobly put together by the Ndi-Igbo community in Germany, whose members make up the majority of Nigerians living in Germany, to amongst other things provide a forum for the Diasporans and various stakeholders to network and to facilitate a better cooperation between German and Nigerian businesses, ended up in such a disgraceful manner.”

She called on Nigerians to be of good behavior wherever they find themselves because such incidents tarnish the image of the country.

Xenophobic Attacks: We Need To Know The Outcome Of Investigations – Dabiri-Erewa

 

The Chairman, National Diaspora Commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, says it is high time the South African Authorities disclosed the outcome of their investigations into the killings of Nigerians in the country.

Speaking on Friday during her appearance on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily, she lamented over the murder of yet another Nigerian in South Africa, Joseph Ajouna on Thursday.

According to Mrs Dabiri-Erewa, the crime rate in the country is very high and as a result, there are about 20,000 murders every year and in “Cape town alone, there used to be about 50 deaths a day” until the Military was brought in to curb the menace.

She also noted that while there are cases of Nigerians killing fellow Nigerians in South Africa, all cases should be properly investigated and the perpetrators must be brought to book.

“(In the case of) this guy that was killed yesterday, according to our Consul General, they are looking at a case of armed robbery which is very high in South Africa. The case of the other guy is also being investigated but what we are demanding as a nation is, when will the investigations end?

“For the first time, South Africa actually charged eight policemen to court but we want to know the outcome of the investigations.

“Mrs Elizabeth-Chukwu’s case has been upgraded to a very high profile case and we have a Brigadier-General actually being the one investigating the matter so you’re telling us that you’re not attacking us and that crime rate is high in your country, but let us know the result of these investigations,” she said.

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Mrs Dabiri-Erewa had earlier stated at a press briefing that the matter was reaching a tipping point and Nigerians are very angry, even as the President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Daniel Akpan, had called for a clampdown on South African businesses in Nigeria.

She, however, reiterated on Friday that clamping down on South Africans or their businesses, was not a solution to the problem.

“It’s quite worrisome but the solution is not to close down their (South African) businesses here in Nigeria or go picketing and become violent”.

According to her, the first step would be to review the early warning signal that was put in place and also disclose the outcome of ongoing investigations.

She also noted that presidents of both countries would be meeting before the end of the year to discuss a decisive solution to the matter.

There Is No Unity List For APC National Convention, Says Dabiri-Erewa

The Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Foreign Relations and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, denied the existence of a unity list ahead of the June 23 National Convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

 

The Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Foreign Relations and the Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has denied the existence of a unity list for the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s national convention.

She stated this during an appearance on Politics Today, a political programme aired on Channels Television.

“There is no unity list. If you see any list on that day or before that day it is a fake list,” she said on Monday night.

Dabiri-Erewa’s comments come four days to the National Convention scheduled to hold in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

She believes that the ruling party is working assiduously to ensure that the convention holds successfully, despite some differences among some of its members.

Of the 65 positions to be filled, the Presidential aide explained that 23 are unopposed thereby leaving the contest for 42 aspirants.

“There are 65 positions out there. I think about 23 are unopposed, so 42 persons will be contesting. We have about 7,000 delegates and we are all set for the convention,” she said.

“We are working very hard to ensure a very successful convention and that is to ensure fairness, firmness, discipline and true democracy.”

Reacting to the APC’s internal disputes, Dabiri-Erewa explained that the party would resolve the issues among aggrieved member in time.

According to her, APC is still a party to beat as the reconciliatory moves are still ongoing, led by the national leader of the party and former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu.

She said, “Whatever issues arising will be dealt with in a fair and appropriate manner. Talks are going on and reconciliation is also ongoing, as Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is doing his reconciliation quietly, diligently and results are being achieved.

 

Cameroun’s Deportation Of Nigerian Refugees Worrisome – Dabiri-Erewa

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has described the alleged forceful deportation of over 100,000 Nigerian asylum seekers by Cameroonian military as worrisome and disturbing.

Dabiri-Erewa in a statement on Friday decried the inhuman treatment meted out to Nigerian asylum seekers who were affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.

She said despite the friendly disposition between the two countries, the alleged deportation of Nigerians was disturbing and calls for concern.

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The Presidential aide said Cameroon should heed the UN’s call on all countries to protect refugees fleeing the carnage in the North-East Nigeria and not to return them there.

“This unfriendly attitude of the Cameroonian soldiers to Nigerian asylum seekers is really worrisome,’’ Dabiri-Erewa said as she appealed to ECOWAS and other West African regional groups to prevail on Cameroon to be their brothers’ keeper in a situation like this.

The deportations, according to Human Rights Watch, defy the UN refugee agency’s plea not to return anyone to North-East Nigeria until the security and human rights situation has improved considerably.

Killing Of Nigerian In South Africa Is One Too Many – Dabiri-Erewa

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora Abike Dabiri-Erewa has expressed her displeasure over the incessant extra judicial killings of Nigerians living in South Africa.

In a statement by her Special Assistant on Media, Abdurrahman Balogun, the Presidential aide said ” this is one death, too many”

She said in spite of all diplomatic talks between Nigeria and South Africa to put an early warning signal in place,” it doesn’t seem to be working”.

The Nigeria Union in South Africa has confirmed the killing of another member, Kingsley Ikeri, at Vryheid town in Kwazulu Natal Province of South Africa on August 30.

Ikeri, 27, was a businessman and native of Mbaitolu in Imo State and the second Imo indigene to be so killed in the last two weeks.

Dabiri-Erewa described the latest extra judicial killing of another Nigerian in South Africa as “worrying and condemnable”.

She said that the latest gruesome killing of Ikeri by the Police in South Africa is “unacceptable to the people and government of Nigeria”.

While reiterating President Muhammadu Buhari’s calls to Nigerians to avoid crimes like drug peddling which attracts stiff penalties, sometimes death, she noted that the latest killing has increased the number of Nigerians killed in South Africa through extrajudicial means in the last one year.

“The barbaric behaviour of the perpetrators is not only unacceptable, but also calls for urgent attention by diplomatic authorities in Nigeria and South Africa”, she said.

Dabiri-Erewa urged the South African government to ensure that justice prevails by carrying out investigation and bring the culprit to book.

She reiterated her calls to Nigerians living abroad to always respect the laws of their host countries and be good ambassadors of Nigeria.

“My heart goes out to the families of the deceased and I pray God to grant the departed soul eternal rest”, the SSA stated.

Bartholomew Eziagulu, Chairman of the Nigerian Union in the province, disclosed that Mr. Ikeri was allegedly tortured to death by the police.

He said the union’s investigations revealed that the police arrested the deceased and a friend on suspicion that they were carrying hard drugs.

“While interrogating him, the police used plastic to cover his face to extort information from him.

“In the process, they suffocated the deceased. When the police took him to the hospital, he was confirmed dead,” he said.

The Secretary General of the union, Adetola Olubajo, noted that the national secretariat had been informed about the death of the Nigerian.

He said the body had informed the appropriate Nigerian authorities and the police in South Africa.

A report has it that a senior Diplomat from the Nigerian Consulate in Johannesburg had visited Vryheid on a fact-finding mission.

In February Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa met with the South Africa High Commissioner, Mr. Lulu Louis Mnguni in Abuja, where he said a total of 116 Nigerians have been killed in South Africa through extrajudicial means in the last two years.
Seven out of 10 of the killings were carried out by the South African Police.

Drug Trafficking: FG Seeks Change In Attitude By Nigerians

Drug Trafficking: Execution Of Nigerian In Singapore, Heartbreaking – Dabiri-ErewaAbout 118 Nigerians have been convicted of drug offences in various various parts of Asia.

This is according to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, while reacting to the execution of a Nigerian man, Chijioke Obioha, in Singapore on Friday after his conviction for drug crime.

In an interview with Channels Television, Mrs Dabiri-Erewa called for a change of attitude on the part of Nigerians, particularly those who travel to or live in those countries, with respect to drugs which attract death penalty in some countries.

“You know that most of these countries have death penalty for drug offences.

“All Nigeria can do is appeal, which Nigeria has done. But the reality is what has just happened in Singapore.

“The penalty for drugs is death and its not only for Nigerians. When you’re caught, you appeal to them and they say they will have to obey the laws of their land.

“What we need to do is not about government. It is about everyone of us (and) the media. Let there be more awareness about the dangers of being with drugs.

“I believe that if they are caught here before they get out of Nigeria, then they will be saving their lives.

“For you to carry the drugs having known the consequences, it means you are ready to face the consequences,” she said.

Nigerian Hanged In Singapore For Drug Trafficking

Nigerian Hanged In Singapore For Drug Trafficking, Clemency Appeal RejectedThe Singaporean government has executed a 38-year-old Nigerian man for drug trafficking after he was caught with 2.6kg of cannabis.

In a statement, the central narcotics bureau said Chijioke Stephen Obioha, had his death sentence carried out today at Changi prison complex.

Obioha, an Industrial Chemistry graduate from the University of Benin, had originally moved to Singapore in 2005 hoping to be a footballer.

He was arrested in 2007 by drug officers who found 14 blocks of cannabis in a bag he was carrying and another 14 blocks in the flat he was renting.

Under Singapore law, anyone caught with more than 500 grams of cannabis can be sentenced to death.

Obioha’s execution followed a lengthy legal process.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, had on Thursday described the sentencing to death of a Nigerian in Singapore for drug related offences as heartbreaking despite repeated calls for Nigerians to desist from criminal activities like drug peddling.

In a statement by her Special Assistant on Media, Abdur-Rahman Balogun in Abuja, she said that since Singapore is determined to enforce its laws as a deterrent to drug trafficking, which has reduced as a result of its stringent capital punishment, nothing much can be done except to continue to appeal.

She reiterated her appeal to Nigerians to avoid drug peddling in their host countries as laws of countries, whether acceptable or not, will be difficult to influence.

“While we regret the death sentence passed on the Nigerian, we once again appeal to Nigerians to avoid crimes like drug trafficking with most countries especially in Asia declaring zero tolerance for drug trafficking,” Dabiri-Erewa stated.

Execution Of Nigerian In Singapore, Heartbreaking – Dabiri-Erewa

Execution Of Nigerian In Singapore, Heartbreaking – Dabiri-ErewaThe Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has described the sentencing to death of a Nigerian in Singapore for drug related offences as heartbreaking despite repeated calls for Nigerians to desist from criminal activities like drug peddling.

In a statement by her Special Assistant on Media, Abdur-Rahman Balogun in Abuja, she said that since Singapore is determined to enforce its laws as a deterrent to drug trafficking, which has reduced as a result of its stringent capital punishment, nothing much can be done except to continue to appeal.

She reiterated her appeal to Nigerians to avoid drug peddling in their host countries as laws of countries, whether acceptable or not, will be difficult to influence.

“While we regret the death sentence passed on the Nigerian, we once again appeal to Nigerians to avoid crimes like drug trafficking with most countries especially in Asia declaring zero tolerance for drug trafficking,” Dabiri-Erewa stated.

A Nigerian, Chijoke Obioha was caught in Singapore trafficking in hard drugs on April 9, 2007, with his execution slated for Friday November 18.

Obioha was arrested with more than 2.6 kilograms of cannabis, surpassing the statutory amount of 500 grams presumed as drug trafficking in Singapore.

The Amnesty International (AI) had called on Singapore to immediately halt Friday’s planned execution of Chijoke Stephen Obioha, but Obioha’s family was informed that his appeal for clemency has been rejected.

Amnesty International’s Director for South-East Asia and the Pacific, Rafendi Djamin, said: “The Singapore government still has time to halt the execution of Chijoke Stephen Obioha.

“We are dismayed that clemency has not been granted in his case, but remain hopeful that they won’t carry out this cruel and irreversible punishment against a person sentenced to the mandatory death penalty for a crime that should not even be punished by death.

“The death penalty is never the solution. It will not rid Singapore of drugs. By executing people for drug-related offences, which do not meet the threshold of most serious crimes, Singapore is violating international law.”

Under Singaporean law, when there is a presumption of drug possession and trafficking, the burden of proof shifts from the prosecutor to the defendant.

Amnesty insists that this violates the right to a fair trial by turning the presumption of innocence on its head. Drug-related offences do not meet the threshold of the “most serious crimes” to which the use of the death penalty must be restricted under international law.

International law also prohibits the imposition of the death penalty as a mandatory punishment and Amnesty International opposes the use of the death penalty outright, regardless of the crime.