Day: September 12, 2019

South African Returnees To Receive N40,000 Airtime, 9GB Data For 2 Months – NIDCOM Boss

The Chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has said that the Nigerians returning from South Africa will receive sim cards with airtime worth N40,000 and 9GB of valid data for two months.

Mrs Dabiri-Erewa disclosed this on Wednesday in a statement through Gabriel Odu for Media Unit of the Commission, when she received the first batch of 187 Nigerians on-board an Air Peace Flight at the Murtala Muhammed Airport.

She also stated that returnees will receive transport stipend to convey them to their various destinations, as well as a soft loan from the Bank of Industry to support those interested in small trade and businesses.

Mrs Dabiri-Erewa added that a program of reintegration will be put in place subsequently. Also officials of the Bank of Industry were on hand to brief them.

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Commending the Management of Air Peace for the kind gesture, the Chairman Hon Dabiri-Erewa said a total of 187 Nigerians were evacuated, amongst whom over 30 were children.

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About 317 were initially billed to return on the flight which experienced over 15 hours delay by the South African authorities.

The development follows a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari to evacuate Nigerians in South Africa willing to return home due to renewed xenophobic uprisings.

The president gave the order after receiving the report of the special envoy whom he dispatched to South Africa over xenophobic attacks.

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The Nigerian Returnees with joy and excitement at the reception they received on their return home, all got up to render the National Anthem thanking President Buhari, the Chairman of Air Peace as well as the Consul General in South Africa and the High Commission in Pretoria for their efforts in ensuring a successful return home to Nigeria.

The Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa therefore urged other Nigerians in South Africa to remain peaceful and good Ambassadors as the Federal Government is making firmer strategies for their safety and security in that country.

Meanwhile, arrangements for airlift of Second Batch of Nigerians from South Africa are underway

Find Out How Dangerous Your Neighbourhood Is As Police Release Crime Figures For London

The  Metropolitan Police  has published the latest  crime  statistics for July 2019 which show the levels of crime in all London boroughs.  The data – which is available to freely view at met.police.uk  – gives details of how many crimes are reported in each borough per 1,000 people.

This allows for a level playing field when comparing boroughs with large populations such as Barnet (390,000 people) and low populated boroughs such as Kensington and Chelsea (156,000 people).  In total across the whole of London there were 74,642 crimes in July which means there is roughly 8.29 crimes per 1,000 people.

Theft is the highest reported crime with 20,089 instances recorded in July.   You can find the most dangerous boroughs and least dangerous below:

32) Richmond upon Thames – 4.99 crimes for every 1,000 people

There were a total of 998 crimes in Richmond Upon Thames in July.  Violence against a person was the highest reported crime with 273 reported cases.  Theft was second with 278 reported crimes.  In March 2019 Richmond South had the highest levels of crime overall in the borough.

31) Sutton – 5.21 crimes for every 1,000 people

There were a total of 1,079 crimes in Sutton in July.  Violence against a person was the highest reported crime with 350 acts recorded by police.  Theft was again second with 222 reported crimes.  In March 2019 Sutton Central and Town Centre had the highest levels of crime overall in the borough.

30) Bexley – 5.55 crimes for every 1,000 people

In total the borough of Bexley saw 1,385 reported crimes with violence against a person being the highest (423).  The second highest crime was vehicle offences with 246 and then theft at 255.  In June 2019 the ward of Erith was considered the place you were most likely to be a victim of crime.

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29) Harrow – 5.62 crimes for every 1,000 people

The total crime figure in Harrow was 1,431 in July. 415 cases of violence against a person and 300 incidents of theft. The third and fourth positions were taken by vehicle offences and burglary respectively. When looking at the year up to June 2018 to June 2019 the ward with the most crime was Greenhill.

38) Havering – 5.79 crimes for every 1,000 people. 

There were 1,502 instances of crime in Havering in July which equates to 5.79 crimes per 1,000 people.Violence against a person (484) and theft (296) took the top two positions.

27) Merton – 5.86 crimes for every 1,000 people  

1,234 crimes in Merton were reported to police in July 2019. Violence (364) and theft (272) were once again the highest recorded crimes. When looking at figures from police for the month of April 2019 Figge’s Marsh would be the ward you were most likely to be a victim of crime.  

26) Bromley – 5.91 crimes for every 1,000 people  

There were 1,975 crimes in the borough of Bromley in July.  There were 599 reported cases of violence and 415 for theft.  The next two highest were for burglary and vehicle offences. 

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25) Redbridge – 6.04 crimes for every 1,000 people.  

In total there were 1,863 crimes in Redbridge for July. Violence against the person was the highest with 554 instances.  Theft was second with 376 cases. 24) Kingston upon Thames – 6.09 crimes for every 1,000 people

26) There were 1,001 crimes in Kingston Upon Thames which is one of London’s least populated boroughs.  

Theft topped the list of the highest recorded crimes with 316 incidents. Grove is considered to be the most dangerous place in the borough according to figures from the police for May 2019. It is worth noting that this area is also the boroughs main shopping area.

27) Barnet – 6.47 crimes for every 1,000 people 

There were a total of 2,566 crimes in Barnet in July. Violence against a person was the highest reported crime with 686 reported cases.  Theft was second with 529 reported crimes.

22) Waltham Forest – 6.58 crimes for every 1,000 people. 

 There were 1,867 crimes in Waltham Forest in Jully.  The highest was for violence at 488 and then theft at 377.  Drug offences were fourth with 171 incidents.  

21) Wandsworth – 6.59 crimes for every 1,000 people.  

There were 2,125 incidents of crime in the Wandsworth during July 2019.  Violence against a person (578) leads the crime rate figures as with most boroughs. However theft was only just behind with 515 incidents. According to figures released in May 2019 Northcote is the most dangerous borough.  

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20) Hillingdon – 6.83 crimes for every 1,000 people. 

2,124 crimes in Hillingdon were reported to police in July 2019.  Violence (638) and theft (437) were once again the highest recorded crimes.  According to statistics released for June 2019 Yiewsley was the most dangerous area in the borough.  

19) Brent – 7.18 crimes for every 1,000 people.  

The total crime figure in Brent for July was 2,416.  761 cases of violence and 408 of theft were the highest recorded.  Drug offences (224) were the fourth highest after vehicle offences.  In figures released for May 2019 Harlesden was the ward with the most crime   

18) Enfield – 7.30 crimes for every 1,000 people.  

There were a total of 2,479 crimes in Enfield in July.  Violence against a person was the highest reported crime with 766 acts recorded by police.  Vehicle crime was the second highest with with 439 reported crimes, closely followed by theft with 420 instances.  In June 2019 Upper Edmonton had the highest levels of crime overall in the borough.  

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17) Ealing – 7.33 crimes for every 1,000 people 

There were 2,570 crimes in Ealing for July. Violence against a person topped the list of the highest recorded crimes with 735 incidents.  East Acton is considered to be the most dangerous place in the borough according to figures from the police for April 2019.  

16) Croydon -7.45 crimes for every 1,000 people  

There were a total of 2,909 crimes in Croydon in July.  Fairfield is recorded as the most dangerous ward for July 2019.  In terms of the type of crimes violence (975) tops the list and theft is second (273).  

15) Lewisham – 7.57 crimes for every 1,000 people  

There were a total of 2,350 crimes in Lewisham in July.  Violence against a person was the highest reported crime with 757 reported cases.  Theft was second with 439 reported crimes.  In July 2019 New Cross ward had the highest levels of crime overall in the borough  

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14) Barking and Dagenham – 7.82 crimes for every 1,000 people  

Violence against a person (607) was the highest crime in Barking and Dagenham with theft second (296).  Interestingly arson and criminal damage was the fourth highest crime with 123 reports.  In June 2019 Abbey was confirmed as the ward which you would be most likely to be a victim of crime.

13) Hounslow – 7.89 crimes for every 1,000 people

A total of 2,195 crimes were reported in Hounslow during July.  Public order offences was the fourth highest recorded crime with 183 reported crimes.  There were 783 recorded instances of violence against a person.  From June 2018 to June 2019 the ward of Syon saw the most crime in the borough.

12) Greenwich – 8.25 crimes for every 1,000 people

There were 2,359 crimes recorded in Greenwich for July.  The highest was violence against a person (731) followed by theft (464).  The fourth highest was arson and criminal damage with 171 instances.

11) Newham – 8.55 crimes for every 1,000 people

3,102 crimes were recorded in Newham in July 2019.  There were 344 reported instances of drug related crime.  Violence (800) and theft (693) were again the highest in the borough.

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10) Lambeth – 8.95 crimes for every 1,000 people

A total of 2,989 crimes were recorded in July in Lambeth.  Theft was the highest crime committed with 837 instances, then followed by violence against a person (791). Burglary was third with 291 crimes recorded.  In May 2019 Bishop’s ward was the most likely place to be a victim of crime.  This area includes some of the most popular tourist attractions in London and the busiest station in the country, Waterloo.

9) Tower Hamlets – 8.97 crimes for every 1,000 people

There were 2,837 crimes in July in Tower Hamlets. The top offence were violence against a person (779) and theft (700). Burglary was third and vehicle crime fourth.

8) Haringey – 9.66 crimes for every 1,000 people

There were 2,756 crimes recorded in Haringey for July.  The fourth highest crime committed was robbery where the police recorded 257 crimes.  Violence against a person was the highest crime with 682.

7) Southwark – 10.08 crimes for every 1,000 people

The total number of crimes reported in Southwark were 3,240 for the month of July.  With much of Southwark forming the central parts of London you would expect the levels of crime to be high.  Theft was the highest with 994 reported crimes followed by violence at 793.  In fourth place was drug offences with 253 instances.

6) Hackney – 10.94 crimes for every 1,000 people

There were 3,073 crimes in Hackney in July.  Theft is the number one crime with police recording 943 instances.  Violence against the person is second with 714 instances.

5) Hammersmith and Fulham – 11.06 crimes for every 1,000 people

2,031 crimes were committed in July in Hammersmith and Fulham.  Theft was the highest by a considerable margin with 658 reported cases.  Violence against a person was second with 467.  Public order offences were fourth with 148 instances.

4) Islington – 11.15 crimes for every 1,000 people

2,649 crimes were reported to the police in Islington during July.  Theft is by a long way the highest reported crime with 941 instances.  Violence against a person (575) is second but almost half the amount of crimes were recorded.  In data released by the police for May 2019 Finsbury Park was the area within Islington with the most crime.

3) Camden – 12.42 crimes for every 1,000 people

There were 3,137 crimes in Camden during July.  1,301 of the total figure were crimes of theft.  The next highest is violence against a person with a much lower 610 reported crimes.  In May 2019 police statistics reveal that Holborn and Covent Garden are the area that you will most likely be a victim of crime.

2) Kensington and Chelsea – 12.49 crimes for every 1,000 people

Whilst Kensington and Chelsea has a higher crime rate per person than Camden the total amount of crimes is much lower standing at 1,982 for July.  Theft again is extremely high (779) when compared against all other crimes in the borough.

Violence against a person, which is second, only had 380 recorded instances of the crime. In May 2019 Brompton and Hans Town was the area where you are most likely to be a victim of crime. This area includes some of London’s most famous attractions such as the Natural History Museum.

1. Westminster – 25.32 crimes for every 1,000 people – Most dangerous borough

There were 6,389 crimes reported by police in July 2019 in Westminster. Theft is by far the most prevalent crime with 3,420 instances. Violence against a person is second on 931 instances. Westminster of course is the main tourist centre of London with millions visiting each year so perhaps the figures are not as surprising as at first glance.

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Public Urged To Report Crimes To Police, Not Facebook

A police officer who urged the public to report crimes to the police instead of social media has revealed that they might not be investigated at all.

Chief Inspector Rob Huddleston of Essex Police revealed many crimes posted to the social media website pages are never reported to officers.

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But despite his plea he admitted some crime simply would not be investigated, with attention switching to ‘victim care’.

It is believed many crime victims have stopped reporting incidents to the police because they believe there is no point.

So instead, they take to social media in order to try to track down culprits.

Chief Inspector Huddleston said: ‘I need people to report the crime to us.

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‘I have had emails and messages from councillors criticising us for not investigating things they have seen on Facebook.

‘But when I have looked into it, the crimes have never been mentioned to us.

‘Don’t just put it on the Facebook group – pick up the phone and call 101 or report in our website which has been redesigned to make reporting simple.

‘If you have got time to report it on Facebook then there is time to report it to us.’

He told Colchester Council’s crime and disorder committee, police had to prioritise each case individually on whether anyone was in danger and whether a conviction was likely.

‘We do an assessment on threat, harm and risk – and if there is a threat to life or of serious violence then you will get a response.

‘For more minor crimes – for example a shed burglary – there is a further assessment done around investigative opportunities.

‘We have to ask ourselves -is there any way we can solve this crime? ‘If it is a shed in a field, no CCTV, no lights which was burgled and there are no forensic opportunities it will likely become a desk-based investigation.

‘Everyone taking those reports are trained crime investigators and if there are investigative opportunities it will be passed to an officer.

‘If there are no investigative opportunities the priority will change to victim care.

‘They will then be asked a number of questions to assess their vulnerability and if the person is not best equipped to deal with being a victim of crime then it will also be assigned to an officer.’

‘If there are a number of crimes in the same area there may be an opportunity to build a bigger picture.’

Crime in Colchester went up by 15 per cent in the last year with a 17 per cent jump across Essex.

In March Essex Police were slammed for dropping their investigation into a break-in just 30 minutes after it was reported.

Hannah Serghiou, 34, called police after the culprits broke into both of her cars, parked outside her home and her garage in Clacton.

The victim told a 101-operator her £200 Ray-Ban sunglasses were stolen with her 14-year-old daughter’s schoolbag.

But less than 30 minutes later, the mum-of-three received an email saying the case was going to be closed.

It meant the victim had spent longer reporting the raiders than officers spent looking into the crime.

Nigerian Man Walked Into Immigration Centre With A Knife And Demanded To Be Deported

An illegal immigrant walked into a London immigration centre with a knife because he wanted to be deported, a court has heard.

Oluwaleke Yisa, a 30-year-old from Nigeria, told an immigration officer ‘I want to leave this f*****g country’ during an appointment at the Home Office’s Becket House, Bermondsey, on 20 August.

A large kitchen knife was then found on him and he told an officer it was ‘to stab people’, Inner London Crown Court heard.

Lawyers have now claimed his alarming behaviour was a desperate attempt to be sent home after spending seven years in London and becoming homeless.

Yisa was today jailed for eight weeks and told to contact the Nigerian embassy while he is in prison.

Describing the events on last month, prosecutor Nicholas Mesure told the court: ‘Mr Yisa left his bag behind as he went through security… nobody bothered to make sure the bag was searched.

‘He went up to the counter and spoke to a member of staff. She asked him some of the standard questions, and he became very irritated and aggressive as the questions progressed.

‘He then said things like “I want to leave this f*****g country”.’

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