Nigerian Businessman Killed In South Africa

 

A Nigerian businessman has been killed in South Africa’s eastern cape province.

The man was allegedly killed by a group of eight policemen who interrogated him at his home in the eastern cape province over the weekend.

The matter has been handed to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate which has confirmed it is looking into the incident.

Nigeria’s Consul-General to South Africa, Godwin Adama confirmed the incident, noting that the perpetrators will be brought to book.

Two Nigerian Sisters Rescued From Suspected Traffickers In Mali

Two Nigerian Sisters Rescued From Suspected Traffickers In Mali

 

Officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) have rescued two teenagers from a suspected human trafficking syndicate in Mali.

The Edo State Comptroller of Immigration, Mr Kayode Eniolorunda, confirmed this to Channels Television on Thursday in Benin City, the state capital.

He explained that the two sisters – Miriam and Vivian Jackson – were rescued following a complaint lodged by their mother, Mercy, about their disappearance on July 19, 2019.

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Eniolorunda said that the Command worked on a lead which came from interrogating one Lucky Otuba, a suspected member of the gang who accompanied the mother of the victims to report the case.

He added that they moved into action by contacting other anti-human trafficking agencies, including the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) which led to their rescue from the syndicate led by one Madam Taye based in Mali.

“Our efforts actually paid off as they were able to track them in Mali, identify them and hand over to our embassy and through the help of IOM, one of our principal partners, they were brought to Lagos and subsequently to us in Benin,” the Immigration Comptroller said.

Narrating her ordeal, Miriam told Channels Television that the whole incident has remained confusing as she cannot really tell how they agreed to go on the trip.

She said the person who recruited them for the journey, one Madam Blessing, had told them that they were going to work as hairdressers in Senegal before ending up in Mali where they were eventually rescued.

The victim said, “I cannot explain how we agreed to travel with her. it is as if we were not with our senses.”

Another Nigerian Killed In South Africa

Another Nigerian Killed In South Africa

 

Another Nigerian has yet again been killed in South Africa, adding to the over 100 Nigerians who have been murdered in the country since 2016.

The Nigerian Citizens Association South Africa confirmed the latest incident in a statement sent to Channels Television on Saturday.

According to the statement, the victim is identified as one 43-year-old Benjamin Simeon and a native of Okposi in Ebonyi State in South-east Nigeria.

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Mr Simeon was allegedly shot by yet to be unidentified gunmen in the early hours of Saturday in Johannesburg, a city in South Africa.

The spokesperson for the association, Mr Sunny-Wenike Douglas, explained that until his death, late Simeon was a Taxify driver.

The victim was said to have been killed almost immediately after dropping off his clients in a part of the city.

Douglas added that an investigating officer with the South Africa Police Service confirmed that a case of murder had been opened on the matter.

He vowed that his association would follow up with the case to ensure that the killers were arrested and brought to justice.

On June 12, a Nigerian insurance officer, Mrs Obianuju Ndubuisi-Chukwu, was murdered in South Africa while attending a conference there.

Her killing was followed shortly by the murder of a Nigerian teenager who was also shot dead in Johannesburg.

Read the full statement below:

NIGERIAN CITIZENS ASSOCIATION SOUTH AFRICA (NICASA)

DEATH NOTICE!!

The Nigerian Citizens Association South Africa received with sadness and regrettably announce the tragic death of a national Late Mr Benjamin Simeon, 43years old and a native of Okposi in Ebonyi State, who was allegedly shot by yet to be unidentified gunmen around the wee hours of today the 3/08/2019 at Verona and High Street in the south of Johannesburg.

Late Mr Benjamin Simeon until his death was a Taxify driver and survived by a pregnant wife, who also is from the same community with him and has two other children from the same wife.

At arrival at the deceased residence, the NICASA representative led by the PRO met with the inlaw of the deceased Mr Emeka Isaac, also from Okposi in Ebonyi State and other of his kinsmen from Ebonyi, friends and well-wishers.

It was learnt that the deceased transports workers who close late shifts at night, under a prearranged pick up plan and was just on one of such trips when he was shot twice almost immediately after dropping off his clients.

Mr Emeka Isaac who is married to the deceased’s sister said he had got a call at around 3:00am from an unknown office number which he didn’t pick, and thereafter a call from the wife of the deceased alerting him of her husband’s unanswered phone, which led to several calls been made.

Finally, someone who was earlier called by the police informed him of the deceased having some likely issues with the police, the phone number of the police was forwarded to him and he only got the sad news after calling the phone number of the police.

The remains of the deceased were taken by the paramedics that arrived the crime scene in company of the SAPS and has since been deposited at the Johannesburg mortuary after the deceased was confirmed dead.

The deceased’s vehicle and phone were recovered and handed over to Mr Emeka Isaac (the inlaw).

We got in contact with the detective in charge of the case who confirmed the case of murder was opened at the Moffatview SAPS and we have received the case number and direct contact of the investigating police officer.

We will furnish same to the appropriate authorities for further action.

We shall follow up with the case to ensure that the killers are arrested and justice is served.

We pray for God to grant the family, friends kinsmen comfort at this difficult time, and them the strength to bear the loss. while calling on all to remain vigilant in their dealings with one another.

Sunny-Wenike Douglas
PRO NICASA

Nigerian Peacekeeper Killed In Attack On UN

 

A Nigerian peacekeeper was killed Saturday in an attack on the United Nations’ stabilization mission in Mali, the UN said.

The victim “succumbed to his wounds following the armed attack by unidentified assailants” in Timbuktu, a statement said. A Nigerian peacekeeper was also injured.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was “deeply saddened” by the assault, which he said could amount to a war crime.

In a separate incident Saturday, three Chadian peacekeepers were wounded when their mine-protected vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in Tessalit, in Mali’s Kidal region.

The UN’s MINUSMA mission was established in Mali after radical Islamist militias seized the north of the country in 2012. They were pushed back by French troops in 2013.

A peace agreement signed in 2015 by the Bamako government and armed groups was aimed at restoring stability. But the accord has failed to stop the violence.

Since their deployment in 2013, more than 190 peacekeepers have died in Mali, including nearly 120 killed by hostile action – making MINUSMA the UN’s deadliest peacekeeping operation, accounting for more than half of blue helmets killed globally in the past five years.

Kajuru Attack: FG Sends Security Operatives After Killers Of Nigerian, Briton

Kajura Attack: FG Sends Security Operatives After Killers Of Nigerian, Briton
Mr Lai Mohammed addressing a press conference in Abuja in December 2018.

 

The Nigerian Government has vowed to ensure that the killers of a Nigerian and a British national during an attack in Kaduna State are brought to justice.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said this in a statement on Tuesday by his media adviser, Segun Adeyemi.

He gave assurance that the security agencies were doing everything possible to ensure that the three persons who were kidnapped in the attack were released unharmed.

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“We commiserate with the families and friends of Ms Faye Mooney and Mr Matthew Oguche, and wish to assure that the security agencies will leave no stone unturned in their efforts to apprehend the killers and bring them to justice,” the minister said.

Oguche and Mooney, an aid worker, were killed on Friday when some heavily armed men attacked the Kajuru Castle Resort, a popular resort in Kaduna State.

The assailants were said to have invaded the resort, shooting sporadically and kidnapped three other persons in the process.

Condemning the attack, Mr Mohammed described the dastardly act, which led to the death of the Nigerian and the Briton while visiting the popular resort, as a setback to efforts to promote tourism in the country.

He, however, noted that the Federal Government had recently stepped up efforts to stem the wave of violence and banditry in some parts of the country.

The minister revealed that one of the measures put in place was better intelligence gathering and increased collaboration by the security agencies.

He noted that the efforts have started paying off, as the level of violent attacks, banditry, and kidnappings, was being reduced nationwide.

”The government will not relent until all parts of the country are made safe for all, whether they are tourists, business people or ordinary Nigerians who just want to live their lives under an atmosphere of peace and security,” Mohammed said.

Earlier, a Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom, Harriett Baldwin, condoled with Mooney’s family in a tweet.

Baldwin, who is also the Minister of State at the Foreign Office and Department for International Development, said the UK government was working with the Nigerian authorities.

Read her tweet below:

Nigerian Ambassador, Abiodun Bashua Aboard Ill-Fated Ethiopian Plane

Kenya Airport Authority (KAA) Managing Director and CEO Jonny Andersen (R) and Kenya’s Transport Minister James Macharia give a press conference on Ethiopia airline’s crash in Ethiopia, at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 10, 2019. Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP

 

The Ethiopian Airlines management has confirmed that a retired Nigerian Ambassador, Abiodun Bashua, was among other nationalities aboard the ill-fated Ethiopian air which crashed shortly after taking off from the airport in Addis Ababa on Sunday, March 9, 2019.

He was a retired Ambassador and on contract with United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

Kenya’s Transport Secretary, James Macharia, said passengers from at least 35 nations were aboard the Ethiopian airlines’ flight 302.

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The Ethiopian airlines Boeing 737 passenger jet was en route to Nairobi, Kenya when it crashed, killing all passengers and eight crew on board. The plane is the latest version of the Max 8 B737, described as the world’s bestselling modern passenger aircraft and one of the industry’s most reliable.

Meanwhile, U.S. aerospace giant, Boeing, said on Sunday it was “deeply saddened” about the deaths of all 157 people aboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and would provide technical assistance to find out why its aircraft crashed.

The brand new Boeing 737 — which was delivered just last year — was heading from Addis Ababa to Nairobi when it crashed.

“Boeing is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the passengers and crew on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a 737 MAX 8 airplane,” the company said in a statement.

“We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew on board and stand ready to support the Ethiopian Airlines team,” it said.

The single-aisle Boeing 737 MAX is one of the world’s newest and most advanced commercial passenger jets. But the company has come under fire for possible glitches with the plane, which entered service in 2017.

AFP

My Presidential Ambition Is Not Worth Any Nigerian’s Blood – Atiku

My Presidential Ambition Is Not Worth Any Nigerian's Blood – Atiku
PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, speaks at the International Conference Centre in Abuja on February 13, 2019.

 

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has appealed to Nigerians, especially his supporters across the country to be peaceful.

He made the appeal at the second signing ceremony of the peace accord held at the International Conference Centre in Abuja on Wednesday, two days to the elections.

The former vice president noted that while he is running for the office of the president in the coming polls, his ambition does not worth the life of any Nigeria.

“As we prepare to sign off on this peace accord, as representatives of our party and people, may I freely quote the words of former President Goodluck Jonathan which remains a benchmark for me, taking into account the deep feelings that prevail as February 16 2019 approaches – ‘My ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian,” Atiku was quoted as saying in a statement by his media adviser, Paul Ibe.

Atiku added, “I appeal once again, to our citizens, to go out and cast their votes for the candidates of their choice, to be peaceful at all times, and confident in our democracy, its institutions and processes.”

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He noted that the gathering of presidential candidates, including President Muhammadu Buhari at the event demonstrated the importance of the coming polls.

The PDP candidate added that it was an indication of how the nation’s democracy has matured, not only to its people but also to the international community.

He, thereafter, appealed to the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Nigeria Police Force to be fair arbiters in the polls while letting neutrality prevail.

Atiku said, “For emphasis and in the spirit of fair play, I also urge our security agencies, not to embark on indiscriminate arrests of members of the opposition, 24 to 48 hours before elections, as has been the case in previous elections.”

“Hopefully, our democracy should emerge stronger from this process with the 2019 elections proving better managed than the 2015 process, which was adjudged free and fair with the then opposition’s victory unobstructed,” he added.

The former vice president asked President Muhammadu Buhari to use his good office to ensure that eligible people who cast their vote were confident in the process and in the belief that their votes would count.

He also advised other candidates to note that the election was about the future of Nigeria, stressing the need to abide by the will of the people as freely expressed through elections, under the terms of the nation’s constitution.

“Once again, despite concerns expressed by my party leaders concerning likely electoral malpractices and the intimidation of voters and observers, I trust that our election officials and security services will do their duty in accordance with their oath and obligations,” the PDP candidate said.

“So, please go out this Saturday to vote for your future and the future of our great nation.

Atiku thanked his party as well as former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, and members of the National Peace Committee among other stakeholders for their effort towards ensuring the success of the elections.

Nigerian Included Among Stranded Migrants Arrive Italy

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More than 100 migrants who were stranded in the central Mediterranean for three days during a diplomatic standoff between Rome and London after their rescue off the coast of Libya arrived in Italy on Thursday.

Rome decided this week to allow 105 people to land in Italy following a back-and-forth with British authorities over who should take them. Nearly 700,000 people have landed on Italian shores since 2013.

One of the groups to arrive at Sicilian city Catania on Thursday, which included six women, 32 teenagers and six children, was Vitoria, a 21-year-old Nigerian who told AFP that she had been in Libya for just over a year before setting off over the weekend.

She said that she had spent nearly six months in dreadful conditions in a Libyan prison after a failed first crossing last year. The country’s notorious detention centres have been blasted by human rights groups and the United Nations as “inhuman.”

“I was not afraid of the water, because God created the water. I’m not afraid of death. We all die one day. I’m more afraid if the Libyan police were to catch me again, because they are so wicked,” she said.

Vitoria was one of those who had been on the Aquarius rescue ship, chartered by SOS Méditerranee and Medecins Sans Frontieres, since Monday night, after being saved on Sunday by a smaller boat — the Astral — run by a Spanish NGO following a call from the Italian coastguard.

The crew on the first boat had been told that Libya was coordinating the rescue operation, meaning that the migrants were to be taken back to the North African country.

However, when the Astral met the migrants on Sunday the Libyan coast guard were nowhere to be found and didn’t respond to radio calls. At that point they decided to take them on board, and that’s where the standoff began.

As it was not officially coordinating the rescue, Rome asked London to deal with the migrants as the Astral bears the Union flag. On Sunday night London asked the Astral to transfer them to the Aquarius, which flies the flag of Gibraltar.

The two ships met Monday morning about 30 nautical miles off the coast of Tripoli, but waited all day for written confirmation of the transfer from either London or Rome.

In absence of a response from London — the British coast guard told AFP that the incident wasn’t their responsibility — Rome authorised the transfer on Monday night, but waited until Tuesday night to give the go ahead for them to travel to Catania.

AFP

Mob Burns Nigerian To Death In South Africa

Mob Burns Nigerian To Death In South Africa

 

Another Nigerian has been burnt to death in Rustenburg, South Africa after his vehicle was set ablaze by a mob in the country.

The President of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, Mr Adetola Olubajo, confirmed the attack to Channels Television in an interview on Sunday.

According to him, the incident is the latest onslaught on Nigerians living in the country, following a series of attacks on citizens of Africa’s most populous nation.

Meanwhile, the South African Police authorities have also confirmed the attack, saying there were two separate incidents where two vehicles were burnt by unknown suspects.

They noted in a statement that in one of the incidents, a man sustained serious injuries after being set ablaze but later died in hospital.

The killing of the Nigerian comes less than 10 days after another Nigerian, ThankGod Okoro, was murdered in Florida West Rand in Johannesburg.

Data revealed that no fewer than 117 Nigerians have been killed in South Africa since February 2016.

Libya Deports 140 Illegal Nigerian Migrants

Libyan authorities deported 140 illegal Nigerian migrants back home on Tuesday as part of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) voluntary return scheme.

The programme puts illegal migrants stranded in Libya on a one-way flight back to their home countries.

The migrants who are mainly from Africa, arrive in Libya as they attempt the voyage across the treacherous waters of the Mediterranean sea to European shores.

A detention centre official told Reuters 140 illegal migrants, including 28 children and 70 women, from Nigeria will be deported on Tuesday from Mitiga airport, east of the capital Tripoli.

Most migrants are placed in detention centres across Tripoli, with some requesting assistance to return to their home countries.

Some 600,000 migrants have reached Italy by sea from North Africa since 2014, most leaving from Libya’s western coast. More than 12,000 have died trying.

Reuters

UN To Help 40,000 Cameroonian Refugees In Nigeria

UN To Help 40,000 Cameroonian Refugees In Nigeria

Thousands of people have fled Cameroon’s violence-hit anglophone regions into neighbouring Nigeria in recent weeks, the UN said Tuesday, adding it was preparing to help 40,000 refugees from the unrest.

The UN refugee agency and Nigerian authorities have so far registered some 2,000 Cameroonians who have fled into southeastern Nigeria since October 1, while another 3,000 were awaiting registration.

Even more people are believed to be trapped in forests on the Cameroonian side.

“We are preparing to help up to 40,0000,” UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch told AFP, stressing though that the number of people fleeing into Nigeria could easily surpass that figure.

French-speaking Cameroon has a large anglophone minority which comprises around a fifth of its population of 22 million.

Gathered mainly in two regions, many English speakers say they suffer inequality and discrimination.

Resentment has fuelled a breakaway movement that on October 1 issued a symbolic declaration of independence for the putative state of Ambazonia, prompting a crackdown by President Paul Biya’s security forces that left dozens dead and many injured.

UNHCR said it was helping Nigerian aid workers distribute relief items in Nigeria’s Cross River State, including 40 tonnes of food, mattresses, blankets, mosquito nets and hygiene kits.

The agency warned that the new refugee crisis came at a time when Nigeria and Cameroon were already grappling with one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

Some 2.5 million people in the Lake Chad region have already been displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency, which has killed at least 20,000 people since 2009.

In the latest attack blamed on the Islamists, at least 20 people were killed in a series of attacks in Cameroon and Nigeria on Monday.

AFP

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.