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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.

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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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19 Year Old Activist From Nigeria Honoured By The Queen In England

Kennedy Ekezie, an undergraduate from Calabar Nigeria was chosen as a Queen’s Young Leader in recognition of the work he is doing to promote women’s rights in Nigeria.

He is the founder of the Calabar Youth Council for Women’s Rights (CYCWR), which supports the rights of women in the areas of female genital mutilation (FGM), domestic abuse, forced child marriage and access to education for girls.

The CYCWR is a youth non-profit organisation which works with rural community members to educate them on the dangers of gender-based violence. CYCWR has worked with The Girl Generation to end the practice of FGM in over 200 communities, and has also worked with the government to run safe houses for victims of FGM.

The 19-year-old student is a youth activist from Nigeria. As a budding global leader, he constantly seeks to liberate disadvantaged individuals and groups through positive, empathic social activism.

A senior on the Department of Philosophy at University of Calabar, Nigeria, where he recently completed his research thesis that focused on building an axiological system for African Philosophy based on the principles implicit in Nelson Mandela’s Ubuntu Philosophy, Kennedy is also a member of the National Anti-FGM Network, supported by the Girl Generation and the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID).

In recognition of his work, the We Are Family Foundation (WAFF) selected him as a 2017 Global Teen Leader. He is a finalist for the Outstanding Youth Delegate Award at the Youth Assembly at the U.N. this summer.

His extra-curricular passion has been competitive debate. He was the Best Debater in Nigeria in 2015 and was the top-ranked African Speaker at the 2016 Harvard College Debate Championship in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His knowledge and interactions with diverse cultures and people will be crucial to contributing qualitatively to the assembly’s cross-cultural outlook. This is more appealing given h8s debate background. Kennedy’s participation in over 20 debate competitions across Africa, Asia and North America has bequeathed him with the capacity to think about the most complex issues and it has improved his ability to unite the diversity in spaces he occupies.

In his bio, he says he is driven by his passion to learn through his engagements in many debates and communications with different people, which he says have taught him to constantly re-evaluate his principles and convictions.

At the Youth Assembly at the U.N., says he specifically looks forward to connecting with youths from all over the world who share the similar passion to end world problems, and to sharing ideas concerning building a sustainable future for all of humanity.

In the long term, the bright young man aspires to be the youngest President of Nigeria, with a desire to strengthen Nigeria’s foreign policy and implement policies that will enable Nigeria to achieve its full potential in the coming years.

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.


Police Officer Seriously Injured Following Machete Attack In East London

An officer has sustained serious injuries after being attacked with a machete following a van stop in Leyton, east London.

Shortly after 1am on Thursday, 8 August, uniformed officers in a marked police car signalled for a van to stop in Coopers Lane at the junction with Leyton High Road, E10.

The vehicle failed to stop for police and made off. It was followed briefly by police on ‘blues and twos’ and stopped a short while later since it was being driven without insurance.

Response team officers from the North East Command Unit got out of the police car to speak to the driver, a 56-year-old man.

This man then attacked a uniformed police constable with a machete. The officer was stabbed a number of times but managed to draw his Taser and used it to subdue the suspect and protect himself from further harm. The suspect was then promptly arrested by the other officer in attendance, a female police constable.

The injured PC – aged in his 30s and with around ten years’ service as a Met officer – was taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service suffering stab injuries to his head and elsewhere on his body.

The officer remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery. His family have been informed.

The driver was arrested at the scene on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and was taken to an east London police station where he remains in custody. He did not require hospital treatment.

We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident and there are no other reported injuries.


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A crime scene remains in place.

Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Tucker, in charge of the North East Command Unit, said:

“This was a frenzied and brutal attack on a uniformed officer carrying out his duties. What began as a routine vehicle stop transformed very quickly and unexpectedly into an unprovoked attack with a weapon.

“Thankfully, the officer was carrying a Taser and managed to use it. This stopped the suspect from inflicting any further injury and allowed the other officer to detain him. I honestly believe that using that Taser may have saved his life.

“I would like to commend his bravery, resilience and determination. Despite being repeatedly stabbed, his first thought was to protect his colleague and members of the public.

“I would also like to take the opportunity to commend the members of the public who did not just stand there and watch but also stepped in to help.

“Our thoughts are with the officer and his family and we wish him a full recovery. Officers come to work every day to protect the public from harm, for an officer to be met with such violence in such a frenzied way is despicable.

“This case highlights the very real risks with which police officers are confronted with on a daily basis and the courage and professionalism officers demonstrate when doing their job.

“There is body-worn footage of this incident and we are aware there were a number of people who witnessed the attack and may have taken footage. If you have not already come forward we urge you to do so, to assist us with our enquires.”

Anyone who may be able to assist is asked to contact police via 101 quoting CAD3/8AUG or Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.