Category: DIASPORA NEWS

German Government Repatriates Nigerians Just Hours After Ekweremadu’s Attack

The German government has repirtedly deported a new batch of Nigerian migrants, less than 48 hours after the attack on former Deputy President of the Senate Ike Ekweremadu, by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

According to reports, the migrants left Frankfurt Airport at 8 a.m Monday morning, and were expected to land in Nigeria’s Murtala Mohammed International Airport between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The number of migrants deported was not ascertained as at the time of this report.

However, it was gathered that they were picked randomly from different accommodation centres in different regions and conveyed to a central place and finally to Frankfurt Airport,” the Co-ordination Activist for Network Refugees 4Refugees, a political platform for refugees and migrant self-organisation based in Stuttgart, Germany, Rex Osa, told The Nation.

Osa added, “When their asylum application is already expired, they are obligated to leave the country.

“For those who don’t leave voluntarily, they will be given a what is I can translate in English to mean toleration status. This status is not a resident title; it is to show that the person is still there because the deportation is hindered because of one reason or the other.

“These people are picked up early in the morning without expecting the police.

“Some would be picked up from work also. When the police arrive in their rooms, they would be allowed to pack things not more than say 64 kilos. The police will be standing to make sure the person does not escape.”

The activist urged the federal government to come to the aid of the victims as many of them are coming with a myriad of challenges.

“Among these people are many sick people. Nigeria should be expecting a lot of people who have psychological problems, and people with spinal cord problems leading to paralysis.”

Last month two batches of Nigerians were sent back home from the European country.

(NAN)

Attack On Ekweremadu An Embarrassment To The Nation – NIDCOM Chairman

The Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission has condemned in its entirety, the
attack on the former deputy senate president and current serving senator of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria, Senator Ike Ekweremadu at the 2nd Annual Igbo Cultural Festival held in Nuremberg, Germany.

Senator Ekweremadu who was attending as a speaker/special guest of honor at the event organized by the Ndi-igbo Germany community was reportedly beaten up and egged publicly.

In a press release, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa described the incident as an “embarrassment to the country”


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“According to reliable sources, some of the culprits who perpetrated the act have been
apprehended and we call on the German government and law enforcement agencies to ensure that there are consequences for their actions” the statement further said

Hon Dabiri continued “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”

We appeal to Nigerians to be of good behavior wherever they find themselves because such incidents tarnish the image of the country.


Met Police Officer Under Investigation For Having Sex On Big Brother Nigeria

A Met Police officer is being investigated after appearing on Nigeria’s Big Brother despite being refused permission by bosses.

Khafi Kareem, once a ‘poster girl’ for the promotion of female and black staff, is a contestant on the overseas version of the reality show.

She became the talk of the series after Nigerian news websites shared a video of her seemingly having sex on screen.

Scotland Yard said it had not granted Ms Kareem’s request to appear on the programme and that an internal investigation would be carried out.

Ms Kareem, 29, was pictured alongside Commissioner Cressida Dick as the Met celebrated 100 years of women in the force last November.

According to The Sun, she joined the force as a PC based at Lambeth station in 2015, having worked part-time as a special constable for four years.

An unnamed colleague told the newspaper: “She’s a serving British police officer – it’s outrageous.

“She asked permission to go on the show but, when her request was refused, she went anyway.”

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Ambassador Oguntade Encourages Nigerians To Be Steadfast In Serving God

This admonition was shared by Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Retd Justice Adesola Oguntade CFR, CON, with the members of the Goodnews Haven, RCCG UK parish at the church’s Annual Multicultural Day celebrations last Sunday.

The High Commissioner who attended the colourful event accompanied by his beautiful wife, Modupe, also told the members and their numerous invited guests that the call of God, is higher than the call of man which he exemplified by honouring the call of the church before any other official assignment of the day. His Excellency who also spoke to the congregation in 3 different Nigerian languages urged Nigerians to always remember home as the best place, pointing out that Nigerians in Diaspora do not go back “Home” as often as they should.

The Goodnews Haven Multicultural Day is an occasion by the church to celebrate the diversity of nations and cultures in Christianity. The  Pastor of the church based in Thamsmead, south east London, Godday Okosun, who expressed his privileged feelings of having so many dignitaries and important personalities at the event, said in his brief opening address, that the purpose of the event is using different cultures to glorify God.

The event featured presentations showcasing the Yoruba, Deltan, Igbo and Bini cultures of Nigeria. There were also presentations representing the Sierra Leone and Brit cultures.

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Also present at the event was both the present and past Mayors of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Cllr Mick Hayes and Cllr Gbenga Babatola as well as the former Mayor of Barking and Dagenham, Cllr Sade Bright a RCCG Pastor.

Cllr Mick Hayes complimented the church members on their wonderfully colourful attires. He expressed his regular pleasure as Mayor of Greenwich to go out to celebrate the rich diversity existing in the borough of culture and of different faith groups. He added how amazed he often feels at the works of faith groups in not only promoting cultural diversity, but also of promoting community cohesion.

He thanked all the members of Goodnews Haven on behalf of the Royal Borough of Greenwich for their wonderful works in this area.

 

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There were also drama presentations to highlight the need to appreciate and embrace other cultures as parts of the body of Christ, as well a a presentation by the Churches youths to showcase the different youth culture.

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Mr Culture Ayan de First, was also present to deliver some entertainment with his talking drum.

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Met Police Arrest Yoruba Supremacist Adeyinka Grandson On Suspicion Of Terrorism Offences

A man has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences, by detectives from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, as part of a pre-planned intelligence-led operation.

While official police reports did not release the identity of the arrested man, other news platforms have named him as Nigerian activist Adeyinka Grandson.

The reports allege Adeyinka Grandson was been arrested by the UK Scotland Yard Counter Terrorism Command for the offenses related to Terrorism and Public Order Acts. Grandson had been using social media to call for the killing of Igbos, a major tribal group in Nigeria, and invoking Yoruba Supremacist ideology.

Officers of the Metropolitan police carried out the arrest of the 43-year-old at an address in south-east London at approximately 06:00hrs on Tuesday, 6 August, on suspicion of encouraging terrorism; disseminating a terrorist publication; possession of a document likely to be useful to a person committing, preparing or instigating an act of terrorism; publishing or distributing written material intending to stir up racial hatred; and distributing, showing or playing a recording intending to stir up racial hatred.

The man, who has been arrested under PACE, has been taken into custody at a central London police station.

Officers are conducting searches at addresses in west London.

A social media analyst commented on the arrest earlier on Friday “For those of you in “the abroad” who mistake freedom of speech for freedom to be stupid, the UK government has rightly arrested Yoruba supremacist Adeyinka Grandson on terrorism related offences. I hope Met Police won’t drop the ball.

Grandson is a danger to himself and society.

Enquiries continue.


Bright Akinleye Murder: 2 Charged

Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of Bright Akinleye on Euston Street in Camden on Monday, 18 February have charged two men with murder.

[M] Abdoulie Ceesay, 28 (18.03.91) and [N] Oliver Petts, 29 (4.01.90) both of no fixed address, but from south east London, appeared in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 7 August charged with murder.

They will next appear at the Old Bailey on Friday, 9 August.

A 30-year-old man [L] has previously been charged with murder and his trial was scheduled to commence at the Old Bailey on Monday, 12 August.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or the events immediately following the attack, is asked to call the incident room on 020 8358 0400, on 101, Tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.

Joel Urhie Murder: Police Renew Appeal For Information 1 Year On

Police are renewing their appeals for information a year after the murder of a seven-year-old boy in an arson attack on his Lewisham home.
The appeal is supported by a reward made available by the charity Crimestoppers.
On 7 August 2018, emergency services were called to a fire at the house in Adolphus Street, SE8 where Joel Urhie lived with his family.
Joel’s body was found by emergency services in the upstairs bedroom he shared with his mother.
His mother and older sister, who were also upstairs at the property, managed to escape by jumping from first floor windows.
A post-mortem conducted at St Thomas’ hospital on 8 August 2018 found Joel’s injuries to have been consistent with fire and smoke inhalation.
A murder investigation was launched. Police believe the fire was started when a burning item was pushed through the letterbox.

The officer leading the investigation, DCI Mark Wrigley, said: “A thorough investigation has been ongoing for a year now, and this is continuing. I remain committed to finding the person or people responsible for killing Joel.
“The fire service report indicated that accelerant had been used at the front door of the house. We have completed extensive reviews of available CCTV, and this led to us identifying and eliminating a man buying petrol, about whom we issued a previous appeal.
“However, we are pursuing a number of other lines of enquiry, and we are unable to rule in or out any particular motive at this time.
“I do want to remind anyone with information that we are dealing with the death of an innocent seven-year-old child. He should have been able to sleep safely with his mother, but instead he died at a tragically young age due to a callous attack which was doubtless motivated by factors far behind the comprehension of any young child.
“There are people out there who know exactly what went on and who is responsible for Joel’s death. I need them to call me now.”
The little boy’s family have paid tribute to him.

Joel’s cousin Tega Majoroh said: “Joel brought so much light to the family without even knowing it. His death has been a tragedy to us all. His absence has caused a huge sense of loss.
“I would come to the house and he’d run to me with so much happiness. Joel was like the sunshine after rain. Coming home to him was like a breath of fresh air. He was always happy and always made others around him happy. There are so many memories that I will always treasure – and there will always be a hole in our hearts.”
Joel’s mother Efe said: “Joel was the sweetest most caring little boy you could ever meet. He was so intelligent and always curious to learn new things. He never complained about anything and loved going to church.
“Joel always wanted people around him – that was why we used to go to the park a lot so that he could make new friends. His smile and laugh would light up a room and he was so full of life and energy.”
The charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information they receive anonymously that leads to the arrest of the person or people responsible for the murder of Joel Urhie.
Call Crimestoppers’ UK contact centre on 0800 555 111 or visit Crimestoppers-uk.org.
The charity guarantees 100% anonymity to everyone who contacts them.
+ Two males, [A] aged 21 and [B] aged 29, were arrested on 11 August 2018 at residential addresses in south London, on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and arson with intent to endanger life. They were released under investigation pending further enquiries.
+ Anyone with information can also contact the dedicated incident room on 020 8345 3715.

Bright Akinleye Murder: 2 Charged