23 Nigerians deported over immigration offences in UK

The Government of the United Kingdom has deported 23 Nigerians for committing immigration-related offences in the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 23 Nigerians deported arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMlA) Lagos at about 6.a.m on Friday.

The deportees,who are all males, were brought back in a chartered aircraft.

DSP Joseph Alabi, the Spokesman of the Lagos Airport Police Command, confirmed the development to NAN.

The deportees were received by officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), and the Police.

Also on ground to receive them were officials  of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

NAN gathered that the deportees were profiled by immigration authorities and given stipends to facilitate their transportation to their respective states.

The Italian Government on March 8, deported 37 Nigerians from the country for similar reasons.

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Nigerian students in India cry out – “Help us, our lives are in danger” [Photos]

Following continuous attacks on Nigerian living in New Delhi, India, some Nigerian students in that country have cried out that their lives are in danger just as the Nigerian High Commission there has not done anything to protect them

This call is coming on the heel of recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other Africans living in the Asian country, India, following the death of a teenager identified as Manish Khari, who was found dead outside his house in NSG colony of Greater Noida.

The family members of the deceased alleged that five Nigerians had kidnapped him and drugged him, leading to his death.

Hindustan Times reports that the family members staged a protest on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Kasna police station demanding that the suspects be arrested immediately.

The injured Nigerian students

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On the evening of Monday, March 27, the family with the support from locals in the area, organized a candlelight march and when the crowd reached Pari Chowk in Greater Noida, few protestors attacked a car passing by with four African people.

That same Monday, four Nigerian students were reportedly mobbed by locals with some of them beaten with sticks and chairs till they became unconscious in the presence of security men who did not go to their aid.

Three Nigerian students, Endurance Amarawa, Ibgiya Malu Chukwuma and Precious Amalcima were seriously injured during the attack from the crowd.

With the seeming apathy of the Nigerian government and the reluctance of their High Commission to wade into the matter, the Nigerian students in the area have cried out that their lives are in danger.

One of such students shared details of the attack and what they are currently going through in the hands of the Indians:

“I am a student of Sharda University in Greater Noida, India. On Saturday, March 25th, 2017, an Indian teenager of class 12 was reported dead due to cardiac arrest caused by drug overdose.

An injured Nigerian student receiving treatment

Photo Credit: Indian Express

His parents began to suspect that his Nigerian friends were the people who supplied the drugs to him.

His family reported to the police officers about the current situation. The police later picked up the 5 Nigerian students for questioning.

After further investigations, no evidence was found to link the students to the incident, so they were released.

On Monday, 27th March 2017, in the evening, a Nigerian student from Benin went to Ansal plaza in Greater Noida, India, to purchase something. On getting there, he was attacked by over 200 Indians and was beaten seriously with all sorts of things.

And this happened in a mall! Was there no security? It was really BRUTAL! He was later rescued by the police and taken to the hospital.

Later that evening, a person from Eastern Nigeria (Igbo) was attacked in his car, by breaking of his car glass in order to penetrate and he was beaten seriously and injured.

Ever since this incident, the African Union of India has instructed all Africans to remain indoor till further notice.

1. We are unable to go to school for lectures.

2. We are unable to buy food stuff.

3. We have been indoors for the past 2 days with the fear of losing our lives. It’s totally unbearable. We are only hoping on GOD. Our lives are in danger.”

One of the injured Nigerian students

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The Indian police have, however, pleaded for calm, saying that five people have been arrested in connection with the attacks on the Nigerians.

A statement by the police reads:

‘Five people were picked up from the spot after the incident; besides that, we have registered FIR against 44 other people who we suspect were part of the group.

Further investigations are on, appropriate force is deployed in the area. All the four Nigeria nationals who are students at colleges in Noida are safe. FIR under section IPC 145, 148(rioting), 304, 332(causing hurt), 504, 307(attempt to murder) and 153A(causing hurt based on race) has been registered by the police.’

President of the Association of African Students in India, Samuel Jack has also condemned the attack in a press briefing by saying:

This is a hate crime on the African community in the country; locals in Greater Noida say that they do not want Africans in their country anymore.

Samuel Jack addressing a press conference

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These are actually hate crimes towards African community. Africans are not secure in this country.”

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Nigerian students attacked by Greater Noida natives in India [Photos]

Some Nigerian students on Monday sustained severe injuries after a group of locals attacked them in Pari Chowk, Noida. The incident occurred at 6 PM when a group, comprising hundreds of locals, held a protest demanding all Africans living in Greater Noida region vacate their rented houses immediately.



The protest was triggered by the death of a class 12 student, who reportedly died of drug overdose, and five Nigerian students from the same neighbourhood were detained in connection with the case.

The locals also claimed that the boy was seen spending time with these Nigerian students and accused them of cannibalism.However, the Nigerian students were released owing to the lack of evidence.

Police have registered a case under section 307 of the Indian Penal Code in relation to the incident and arrested five people.

The locals had permission to protest, but suddenly, the situation spiralled out of control. Foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj took cognisance of the matter and sought a report.

“I have asked for a report from Government of Uttar Pradesh about the reported attack on African students in Noida,” Sushma tweeted.

The Association of African Students in India claimed there had been multiple attacks on African students, and ten students so far had been targeted.

More photos below…

 

[Linda Ikeji]

 

Nigerians mock Dino Melaye over certificate scandal

By now, you all know the internet has no chill. And the on-going certificate scandal around Senator Dino Melaye’s graduation for ABU Zaria has become a butt of jokes on the internet. There’s a lot of distorted facts and unanswered questions. Twitter users are asking how it is possible for a man to graduate in 2000 but did NYSC in 1999. See tweets on the certificate scandal  after the cut..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Presidency warns Nigerians: Stop attacking Buhari

The Presidency has warned Nigerians to stop attacking Buhari. Issuing the warning, the Personal Assistant to the President on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie noted that those who were uncomfortable with Buhari’s anti-corruption fight were behind the unwarranted attacks against Buhari and his appointees.

Onochie, in a statement on her Facebook Wall stressed that despite the unwarranted attack, Buhari had the political will to tackle corruption that created insecurity and economic recession in the country.

Berating the Nigerian senate for subjecting Buhari’s appointees to redicule, Onochie maintained that the war against Buhari was bound to fail.

The statement titled “These Attacks On the President Must Stop” reads, “At the risk of Sounding like a broken record, I will continue to insist that there are people who are uncomfortable with a President Buhari-led Presidency in our nation.

“This is because he has shown that he has the political will to tackle, especially, the corruption that created insecurity and economic recession in our nation.

“Their tactics include, hurling mud at those he appointed to be part of his team. From the Vice President to the SGF, from the Minister of Finance to the “A” Chairman of EFCC, CG Customs to COAS. Those they cannot label Corrupt, they label inefficient, immature and arrogant.

“But are they acting in the overall interest of Nigerians? The facts point to a “No”.

“It’s a war against President Muhammadu Buhari and the war he is ably leading Nigerians to wage against Corruption. Where there are no issues, they manufacture one.

“DID THE SENATE SUMMON THE SGF?My answer would be, “No”! They invited him to an Open Hearing. It was the same invitation extended to members of the public. “ONCE MORE?”

“The first was a request for documents which were sent to them. This one is an invitation to a Public hearing. No mention was made in the letter, the reason why the SGF was invited to this hearing.

“Unless I do not understand English language, when you are invited to a Public hearing, it’s similar to being invited to a wedding or a Chieftaincy ceremony. You have a choice to attend, send a representative or not attend at all.

“If it was a SUMMON, it will say so, somewhere in the body of the letter. The content of the letter would be specifically tailored to ORDER or COMPEL the addressee to attend. He will be told what he was expected to do at the hearing.

“What I see in this letter is like inviting one to a hearing as an observer OR A VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTOR. This is what happens when you want to be the lawmaker and the law enforcer. They have stepped beyond themselves and they are struggling to wipe the mud they have on their faces.

“This is nothing but harassment and it’s great news the issue is now before a court of competent jurisdiction. And I hope Engr. Babachir Lawal is suing for serious damages and compensation too.

“The Senate is now falling into the habit of calling on the President to sack those he chose to work with him.

“The latest is Col. Hameed Ali, CG Custom. The President can sack anyone but it has to be his decision based on credible evidence of wrong-doing. He shouldn’t be hounded with “Sack this, sack that” because they want to give the impression that all the President’s men are corrupt.

“This war against the President’s war on corruption is bound to fail. It’s a war Nigerians elected President Muhammadu Buhari to wage and the war’s insecticides only kill insects! And there are a lot of insects in Nigeria, including the Senate.

“There’s no hiding place for those with a history of corruption or those who have criminality in their DNA. The war on corruption will continue to be waged for as long as some people continue to make corruption an enterprise.”

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Nigerians celebrate people with questionable wealth – Buhari

President Buhari yesterday said the decay in the value system in our society has led to celebration of some Nigerians with questionable wealth. President Buhari said this at the 65th Annual Council Meeting of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in Abuja.
President Buhari, who was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said public servants and many Nigerians in the private sectors who have questionable wealth are now being celebrated with alumni recognitions, honourary degrees, chieftaincy titles and sometimes higher religious titles in the country.

“Today the attainment of wealth, power or educational influence is the mark of success which is not necessarily a bad thing except we are no longer concerned with the process of attaining success. The end it appears today justifies the means which explains why cheating in exams and fake certificates simply do not generate the sort of outrage that such conduct would have generated years ago. Public servants and many in the private sectors who have unexplanable wealth are celebrated in one form or the other with alumni recognitions, honourary degrees, chieftaincy titles and even higher religious titles. Often, cheating is with the collusion of parents and teachers. This only reflects the failure of values in our larger society.”he said.

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Xenophobic Attacks: Why South Africans are targeting Nigerians – Dabiri-Erewa

The Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa has said that the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa was driven by hate speech and misinformation by South African politicians.

The President’s Special Assistant, who made this known during a television programme tagged: ‘The Osasu Show’, pointed out that politicians fueled the attack by telling their citizens that foreigners, including Nigerians, were taking their women and jobs.

The former lawmaker, who frowned at the attacks on Nigerians and the looting of their properties, in South Africa, admitted that though there were foreigners who commited crime in the rainbow country, and could be dealt with, it was not by discriminating against Nigerians or any other race or country.

Dabiri-Erewa said, “These attacks happened in the past and this is the seventh time. The last one was in 2015… the king of Zulu made some remarks that were inciting, that led to the last attack.

“This particular one, fine, there are economic issues everywhere in the world. Politicians are campaigning and telling their people, ‘you know what, drive these criminals away, they are taking your jobs, and they are taking your women too.”

She advised South African companies operating in Nigeria to do more to educate their people on the need to stop attacks on Nigerians.

She noted that MTN, DStv and other South African companies could initiate a campaign against xenophobia by educating citizens in the former apartheid enclave.

“Imagine MTN sending text messages to everyone in South Africa, saying Xenophobia is bad, don’t do this and that. They should embark on some corporate social responsibility.

“Those multinationals should get up and do something. DStv should be doing various jingles on why xenophobia is bad, they should take over the awareness campaign,” she stated.

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How Nigerians celebrated President Buhari’s return

Residents of Jos and Maiduguri yesterday trooped to the streets and celebrated the return of President Muhammad Buhari to Nigeria from London.

Men and women, boys and girls massed on Bauchi Road, Jos, singing and dancing.

The jubilation soon sparked a traffic jam.

Mr. Kwajafa Hassan, a resident, described the return of Buhari as the will of God.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that some residents of Gwange, New GRA, Damboa,Borno State, went into wild celebration following the news of the President’s return.

The President is held in very high esteem in the state following the return of peace to the area which had been largely under the control of Boko Haram insurgents before his assumption of office in May 2015.

Malam Isyaku Muhammad, said the prayers of Nigerians for President Buhari have not been in vain.

“The Borno people had embarked on fasting, prayers and supplication over the president’s health when he was announced to be sick in London.

“We believe that our prayers have been answered,” Muhammad said.

Ibrahim Bashir, who resides in Damboa road area of Maiduguri said the President’s home coming was a huge relief after the tension over his rumoured health.

“The return of President Buhari is worthy of celebration; as you know the President and the Vice President were already taking steps toward resuscitating our ailing economy.

“We need only Buhari and his VP to continue fighting corruption and recovering all the tax payers’ money stashed away by corrupt politicians.”

Malam Sale Bulkachuwa, another resident said “we must continue to pray for the President for sound health to enable him continue to fight insurgency in the country. We are so happy and our prayers remain with the president.”

Malam Audu Sokoto, said that President Buhari remained God chosen for the people of Nigeria.

“Today I am slaughtering a N50, 000 ram to celebrate Buhari’s return,’’ he said.

Kano residents also trooped into the streets to express their gratitude to God for the safe return of President Buhari.

Some of the residents said that they were happy that the President returned to the country safely and in good health.

“I heard the news of his return and since then I have been very happy, because Buhari means well for our country,” a resident, Lawal Garba said.

Another resident, Mukhtar Dahiru-Rigachikun, said he had no words to express his happiness on the safe return of President Buhari.

“I have no words to express my happiness and gratitude to God for bringing him back to the country safely and in good health.The only thing I want to add is that Nigerians should thank God for returning him safely and those wishing him dead should desist from such wishful thinking,” he said.

He urged Nigerians irrespective of religious and political inclination to continue to pray for the sustenance of peace and unity in the country.

“Even diehard cynics know that Buhari has done well in tackling the security challenges which bedeviled the country especially in the Northeast region,” he said.

Also commenting, Malam Bala expressed happiness on the safe return of the President and advised Nigerians not to relent in their prayers for Buhari and his administration.

Malam Jalaluddeen, a civil servant, expressed the hope that the President would continue with the good works he had started especially the fight against corruption and insurgency.

“Even though the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has done well in his absence, they will now put heads together to move the country forward,” he added.

The Yoruba community in Zaria, Kaduna State, comprising Muslims and Christians yesterday offered a special joint prayer to God for the President’s successful return.

The prayer session was organised by a traditional title holder, the Wakilin Yarbawan Zazzau, Alhaji Isyaku Bello.

Yoruba clerics from both faiths who converged on the residence of Wakilin Yarbawa since 7:00a.m prayed extensively for the President.

Leading the prayer session, the Imam, Zaria Muslim Council, Imam Alhaji Abdurrasaq Olayiwola and Prophet Abraham Ojo (JP), said prayers heal all worries.

The clergymen prayed God to bestow wisdom on President Buhari and Governor Nasiru El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State to enable them discharge their legitimate responsibilities effectively.

They also prayed for unity amongst Nigerians and prevailing peace in Kaduna State in particular and Nigeria at large.

The clerics also prayed God to heal the President, give him the wisdom, power and ability to deliver the goods successfully.

In his contribution, the President-General, Yoruba Community, Chief Isaac Otolorin lauded the efforts of the organiser of prayer for his foresight.

Otolorin stressed the need for all Nigerians irrespective of religious, tribal and political leaning to collectively pray for the President.

[Nigerian Eye]

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