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Reps seek repair of Nigeria House in U.S..

THE House of Representatives has called on the Executive arm of government to make adequate provisions in the 2012 budget for urgent repairs of the Nigeria House in the United States (U.S.) in order to save the country from further embarrassment.

Adopting a motion introduced by Sokonte Davies, the lawmakers noted that the Nigeria House which was conceived to be the nation’s face in the United Nations has never undergone any meaningful repair work or renovation since its construction, leading to the non-functioning of its cooling and heating systems. “This situation has brought opprobrium to our image and shall make unrealistic our aspiration to occupy strategic position in the United Nations, and particularly our quest to be accorded a permanent non-vetoing sit in the UN Security Council,” Davies said.

He recalled that the allocation of the plot of land to Nigeria by the United States authorities on the same street where its mission to the United Nations is located is in recognition of Nigeria’s preeminent place “as the leading nation in Africa and one of its strategic partners.” The lawmaker however noted that in view of the negligent state of the building, the United States authorities once prevented all Nigerian Heads of Government, including our current President Goodluck Jonathan from entering the building due to safety and security concerns as the structure does not have any alternative route to make emergency evacuations.

Davies told the House that the 21-storey building could have been put to better use, especially revenue generation for the country, if it was well maintained. He lamented that the building has lost its attractiveness to the extent that the only tenant it has, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in New York, has issued a notice to terminate its tenancy. Davies further informed the House that “of the 21-floor of the building, only 12 are used and at that marginally. Though a diplomatic building, it could still be used for revenue generating activities.”

Abdulmutallab’s case heralds US terror shake-up

CHICAGO (AFP) – The sentencing this week of a Nigerian man dubbed the underwear bomber after he tried to blow up a transatlantic airliner could mark the end of international terror prosecutions in US civilian courts.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab pleaded guilty in October to eight terrorism charges in the botched Al-Qaeda Christmas Day 2009 plot and faces a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison on Thursday. But the next big terror case in the United States will likely be handled by a military tribunal due to a new law that will require those who plot or carry out attacks on American soil to be held in military custody. Civilian law enforcement had previously been charged with handling terror suspects arrested on US soil. President Barack Obama signed the bill reluctantly on December 31 to ensure the funding of US military operations abroad.

The bill’s provisions, however, were modified with the effect that civil law enforcement can take the reins of a terror case if a waiver is obtained. “This waiver requirement politicizes domestic terrorism investigations and could backfire,” said Dixon Osburn, director of law and security at Human Rights First. The bill also allows for the indefinite detention of terror suspects without trial — including US citizens — but critics believe it could jeopardize investigations by sidelining federal and local law enforcement and making it difficult to transfer suspects out of military detention. Civilian law enforcement has proven itself far more successful than the military at prosecuting terrorism cases despite a decade-long debate over the treatment of such suspects, Osburn said. The case of Abdulmutallab, who concealed explosives in his underwear which did not properly detonate, may be among the most high-profile, but it is not the only example of a successful terror prosecution in a civilian court.

“It’s one case out of more than 400 since (the terrorist attacks of) 9/11 where our federal courts have effectively brought individuals to justice following our rules,” Osburn told AFP. “That’s in sharp contrast to military tribunals where only six people have been convicted and there’s 171 men in Guantanamo still waiting for a court date.” The head of the FBI’s Detroit field office said the Abdulmutallab case showed civilian law enforcement is the best way to handle domestic terrorism. Speaking to reporters after the guilty plea, Andrew Arena noted there were no military officials among the hundreds of agents and officers who rushed to the airport after Abdulmutallab’s explosives failed to detonate aboard a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam as it made its descent into Detroit. “We did get actionable intelligence that day and in the days after that,” Arena said, noting that this information was obtained without resorting to any controversial ‘enhanced’ interrogation tactics.

Abdulmutallab’s high profile trial ended after his surprise guilty plea on the second day of his trial. Attorney General Eric Holder hailed the guilty plea for removing “any doubt that our courts are one of the most effective tools we have to fight terrorism and keep the American people safe.” Yet it had no impact on Republican lawmakers who insisted that the military is best suited to fighting the war on terror both at home and abroad. The shift to military prosecution could also restrict the amount of information available to the public, said Karen Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School.

“The incredibly important thing is for the American people to understand who wanted to harm them, why they wanted to hurt them and for the American narrative to come out as well,” she told AFP. Abdulmutallab’s guilty plea will not prevent prosecutors — or the 289 people he aimed to kill aboard that flight — weighing in on Thursday. Several victims are expected to testify at the sentencing hearing, where prosecutors will also make their case for the judge to impose the maximum sentence on each count.

Nigerians Are the Biggest Spenders In London According to London Evening Standard

According to London Evening Standard, Nigerians are one of the biggest spenders in London.

Here is their interesting report on the spending habits of Nigerians..........

Nigeria's oil industry is boosting the pockets of an affluent elite who are increasingly coming to London to spend that cash. In February last year, sales to Nigerians were up 50 per cent in London shops on a year earlier, while overall in 2011 Selfridges says their spending was up by over a quarter and that Nigerians have been among its top 10 overseas shoppers for the past five years.

On their shopping lists: Suits and formal wear but also jewellery, cosmetics and childrenswear. Labels include Paul Smith, Gucci, Prada, Chanel and Rolex while Vertu phones are a popular purchase. Although they trust established brands, they are also happy to buy across the price spectrum - hence Debenhams started putting signs up in Hausa, the language spoken by 45 million West Africans. Their top time to shop: all year round - a consistent presence in our stores. Average transaction in the West End: £1,648

Most of the Governor's children are in London, Former Governor Peter Odili is still in undergoing money laundry case after he was caught with over 60M Pounds in cash at the airport, former Bayelsa state governor (Alameisiga) has a pending case too, so no suprise Nigerians spend an average of 2k pounds on each transaction in London

US arraigns Nigerian nurse for fondling patient

A former Wishard nursing assistant accused of fondling a patient and videotaping it appeared in an Indianapolis court on Tuesday. The judge appointed a public defender and entered a “not guilty” plea on his behalf.

But police said the evidence against Folajuwani Ajayi pointed to guilt. His immigration status, though, could help him avoid jail term. Ajayi is scheduled to face trial for one felony and two misdemeanor charges on April 2. But court documents indicated while working at Wishard Memorial Hospital, the certified nursing assistant fondled an unconscious inmate being treated in the hospital’s detention area and videotaped it.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Ajayi’s cell phone video showed “a black male remove the clothing material around the female patient” and fondled her genital area.

Police said a fumbling Ajayi accidentally video-taped his Wishard-issued ID card that hung around his neck. The court document said the video showed Ajayi’s name and the title care tech. “It’s always disturbing when someone in a position of trust violates that trust,” said Eric Schmadeke, Marion County deputy prosecutor. Ajayi holds resident alien status. Police and prosecutors have alerted Immigration and Customs Enforcement leaders.

But Schmadeke said investigation was only beginning. There were 40,000 pictures and 17 videos on Ajayi’s cell phone. Investigators are trying to identify the women in every image, find them and interview them. If and when they do, Ajayi could face many more charges.

London court jails Arik Air hostess for smuggling N62million worth of cocaine

An Arik Air stewardess caught last December while attempting to smuggle a £250,000 (about N62.018million) worth of cocaine into the United Kingdom was Thursday slammed a five and a half year jail term for the offence.

An Isleworth Crown Court judge in West London said Chinwendu Ogbonnaya, 29, would, in addition, be facing deportation at the end of her sentence. Ms Ogbonnaya was caught on December 18, 2011 while on duty as a member of the crew on an Arik Air flight from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos enroute Heathrow Airport, London.

She was apprehended on arrival at Terminal 4 during a routine search conducted by UK Border Agency officers at the Heathrow airport crew clearance facility when it discovered that her luggage contained a rucksack with a false back. Curious about the finding, further searches by the officers were to reveal that packages of suspicious substances were hidden behind the false back. The UK Border Agency, which is responsible for securing the border and controlling migration in the UK, manages border control for the UK, enforcing immigration and customs regulations, including prevention of drugs, weapons, terrorists, criminals and would-be illegal immigrants reaching the United Kingdom. Forensic tests later showed that the packages contained approximately two kilogrammes of high purity Grade A cocaine, which would attract a UK open market value of about £250,000.

Ms Ogbonnaya, who claimed she was given the bag by an unnamed friend, said she was not aware it contained drugs. However, on further interrogation, she was to later own up and plead guilty for attempting to illegally import a class A drug to London, which made the judge at Isleworth Crown Court in West London to show leniency, sentencing her to five and a half years in prison. An assistant director of the UK Border Agency’s Criminal and Financial Investigation Team, Pete Avery, described the cocaine found on Ms Ogbonaya to be of a very high purity quality, adding that had she not been stopped, the cocaine would have ended up being cut and sold on the streets of London. “There is no doubt that Ogbonnaya sought to abuse her position as a crew member by bringing these drugs into London,” Mr. Avery said. “As a result she now faces a long time away from home and behind bars. UK Border Agency officers are on constant alert to keep Class A drugs and other banned substances out of the UK and take them out of the supply chain before they reach the streets.”

The management of Arik Air could not be reached for comments Friday as all 10 telephone lines advertised on its website were switched off when our reporter called.

Occupy Nigeria – Atlanta, Georgia USA

Nigerians, both at home and abroad seem to have found unison in decrying the lack of progress in the development of their country. Continuous corruption, a lack of leadership, lack of security, the menace of Boko Haram terrorism, unemployment, a disengagement between the rulers and ruled. Nigerians all over the world including in the United States of America have had enough. They are expressing solidarity with their country folks, from New York to Texas to California to the state of Georgia. Here today is a tip of the iceberg, at the recent “Occupy Nigeria, Atlanta.

Govs: Subsidy Removal’ll Create Jobs, Growth

For the first time since the federal government removed the petroleum subsidy, the 36 governors of the federation have thrown their weight behind the government’s decision.

They said the removal of the subsidy would help generate employment in the country and grow the economy.

After a three-hour meeting, the governors in a two-paragraph communiqué signed by the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum and Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, said the governors appreciated the decision to deregulate the oil sector.

“It is a sacrifice that we must make as a nation for the country to move forward. The forum reassures Nigerians that the proceeds from subsidy will be utilized to develop the nation and the different states, create employment and grow the economy in the areas of power, infrastructure, security, education and agriculture,” the forum said.

The governors appealed to Labour not to go on strike but to dialogue with government to find a lasting solution to this situation.

On security situation in the country, the governors said, “In view of the threat by some unpatriotic elements, we urge all Nigerians to remain in any part of the country and go about their legitimate business.

“We reassure Nigerians that the Federal Government of Nigeria and the different states have the capacity to protect all Nigerians. We condemn the current spate of bombings and shootings that paint the picture of secretarian violence and urge the Federal Government to prosecute all those who are perpetrating these heinous crimes”.

President Jonathan entered into the closed door meeting with the Governors at 9pm.

The meeting which had been slated for the morning hours was rescheduled for 8.30pm but did not start untill 9pm when about 16 governors or their deputies, Minister of Labour, Chief Emeka Wogu, and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Anyim Pius Anyim, arrived at the meeting.

President Goodluck Jonathan, however, said for any meaningful progress that will impact positively on the lives of the people to be made in the country, the subsidy on petrol would have to be removed.

Jonathan spoke at the Presidential Villa when Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, visited him to discuss issues of rural development under the Millennium Development Goals.

Jonathan said the burden of the subsidy was becoming unwieldy to the extent that the government had to fund the capital budget which was the equivalent of the money used to subsidise fuel with borrowed funds.

He told Sachs that “no meaningful infrastructural development is possible in such an environment” and restated the resolve of his administration to make enduring interventions in power generation and supply, roads, railways, capacity-building and health which have been opened to the private sector.

Sachs had earlier commended Jonathan's MDG drive as “one of the most innovative schemes of using national resources for local government development,” which every Nigerian should support since it will free more funds for critical areas of need.

While commending the fuel subsidy removal policy as “a bold and correct policy”, he described the government’s intervention programmes in rural development in the past 24 months as innovatively ingenious.

"The grant scheme for the local government areas has been in preparation for the past 18 to 24 months. It is a highly innovative programme. The question is how will a big country like Nigeria with 155 million people and a federal structure use resources like the debt relief gains that were achieved by this country to reach the local people in the local villages, that is a great effort.”

Meanwhile, later last night, President Jonathan and the govermors agreed to press ahead with the removal of fuel subsidy but empower private transporters to run intra and inter state mass transit scheme.

Briefing newsmen after the meeting, Amaechi said the policy of deregulation has come to stay but they would collectively work to cushion the effects and apply the proceeds in the interest of the people.

“The governors agreed with the president that we are going carry. On with the removal of subsidy and confirm yes there is crises and observe that people are demonstrating about it but this is a sacrifice we have to make as a country to ensure that the oil industry is deregulated so that we can save money for other development.

“If we need to create employment then you must be able to focus on agriculture, education and others. We are trying to save money in that regard. What we at the State level is that Nigeria s should be able to ask the States and federal government what is accrues and what they intend to with the savings from fuel subsidy.

“Well we looked at mass transit because that is the first place oil subsidy has affected tremendously because cost of transportation has sky rocketed and we are looking at the possibility of ensuring that both the federal and State government get private operators to operate. Mass transit vehicles not these small small buses that can move people from one place to the other, intra city and inter city.

“Government intervene with the cost but not in terms of subsidy but in terms of the fact that we can guarantee loans that th operators can take from the banks so they can provide transport for the people.”

Young Nigerian Students In Malaysia Arrested For Scamming Divorced Women -Video

This issue is gradually getting out of hand, Nigerians abroad giving our great nation a very bad name due to their evil activities abroad. This video reveals operations of some Nigerian scammers in Malaysia and how they tricked a 51 years old lady out of her life savings, promising her love.

Ex-Military Officer Kills Mother, Cuts Her Into Pieces, Dumps Her Remains In a Well

Both luck and the popular Yoruba saying that, ‘train your child to give you rest of mind’ worked against Mrs. Martina Usha, a 57-year- old resident of Maraban Rido, a suburb of Kaduna, as her son she laboured so hard to give the best of education butchered her like a cow and dumped her dismembered body in a well.

Although the incident occurred mid last month, but skeletal details were at the disposal of Crimewatch until recently, when our reporter succeeded in speaking with the 34 years old suspect, Emmanuel Usha, at the Kaduna Police Command Headquarters.
Crimewatch gathered that Martina was the first wife of Engineer Godwin Usha and a mother of three children. Her first child, a girl, was said to have died at the age of 15, leaving the woman with two boys, Emmanuel and his younger brother.

A source close to the Usha family disclosed how the suspect had been passionate about blood or had been using blood for something which is not yet known to people. According to him, Emmanuel had always loved draining blood from animals, right from his Secondary School days.”Emmanuel had at one time, killed a dog in their compound, drained its blood and kept it in his room for use which is best known to only him. He did the same thing to a cat which was even very friendly with both the young and old in the compound,” he recalled.

Though, the suspect had allegedly had series of quarrels with his late mother and even hit her with shovel, no one, including his parents suspected he could butcher his biological mother in such a dastardly manner. The recent problems which resulted in the death of Mrs. Martina, was said to have begun, after she relocated from Ungwan Television, where she lived with her husband, to her apartment in Sabo Tasha. Crimewatch gathered that it was at Sabon Tasha that Emmanuel made the first attempt to murder her. That was the time he allegedly used shovel to hit her on the hand.

According to the same source, there were several other unsuccessful attempts by the suspect to kill her, before the recent one, which led to death of the hapless woman. Investigation further revealed that the four bedroom flat, where deceased was eventually butchered was built by her, after her retirement as a senior staff of Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC). She was said to have moved into the house with Emmanuel and his sibling.
Report also had it that before she met her untimely death, there was a face-off between her and the suspect, immediately she returned from where her younger son was receiving medical treatment.

Another source, who lives close to late Martina’s house told our reporter how she was passing by that fateful Monday evening and heard a faint shout from someone, who was screaming for help, adding that nobody could enter into the compound because of the high fence. The source, who preferred anonymity added: “Small time, we no hear the noise again and we come think say, everything don dey okey.” She explained that the woman ceased screaming, adding that since they were sure that her son was inside the compound, they had no reason to be worried until they reported her missing the following day.

Another source disclosed that Emmanuel never reported his mother’s disappearance to anyone, including her church members and friends, until some concerned members of her church saw him outside and asked after her. He was said to have snubbed them and that was how people began to suspect foul play. The source further added: “Reaching Wednesday morning, Reverend Father Mark, the Priest of the Mission, became apprehensive and queried what must have gone wrong that made Mrs. Martina Usha, who never missed any morning devotion to be absent? The concern for Mrs. Martina’s wellbeing compelled her closest friend, Veronica Umah and Volunteered Catechist, Michael Iheoma, to immediately rush to her house, where they met Emmanuel, and asked after his mother.

They met her son, (Emmanuel), asked him after his mother and he was said to have responded in a very harsh tone, which gave them the impression that something must have gone wrong.“When we went to the house, I spoke with him and asked after his mother and he responded harshly, saying, ‘my mother has not come back’.” It was further gathered that shortly after that, some youths from the church also came to the house , where they saw him mopping the floor, a development which gave more room for suspicion. According to them, they knew the suspect was not known to be humble enough to get involved in domestic chores, such as mopping of the floor.

But out of annoyance, occasioned by the insistence of church members on knowing Mrs. Martina’s whereabouts, Emmanuel rushed to Ungwan Television to inform his father for the first time, about her mother’s disappearance.
And when Engineer Usha rushed to Maraban Rido and did not see his wife, he quickly reported the matter to the police. Crimewatch checks, however, revealed that the following day, a member of the Communication Committee of the St. Simon Catholic Church, Brother Godwin Boi, and the Chairman of the Committee, Brother David Adayi, came to the house and desperately carried out a search and suddenly concentration of houseflies at the back of the house where a well is situated.

The discovery was said to have compelled them to open the well and offensive orduor oozed out. It was the offensive odour that made them to order Emmanuel to fetch some water from the well for scrutiny. And when he fetched it, he testified by that it had a foul odour. And before they could ask further question, he had taken to his heels. But unfortunately for him, he ran into the waiting hands of some angry youths, who were desperately waiting outside the gate to be furnished with the latest information on the matter.
He was later handed over to the police, after parts of his late Martina’s body were recovered from the well by some experts.

Franklin Ikechukwu Amobi, Nigerian Rapper Shot Dead In Maryland, U.S

Franklin Ikechukwu Amobi, a 24-year-old Nigerian rapper popularly known as Frank Diggy was shot dead on Tuesday, December 27 shortly before 6.39 am near a bus stop in the White Oak neighborhood of Silver Spring, Montgomery County, Maryland, U.S. According to Montgomery County police, there was no immediate indication Franklin Ikechukwu Amobi, a resident of 11200 block of Columbia Pike in Silver Spring was waiting for a bus. Amobi was apparently targeted in the attack, police said. “The early indication is this is not a random shooting,” said Capt. Paul Starks.

Montgomery County Police received a call at 6:39 am of gunshots around Stewart Lane and April Lane, and shortly thereafter received a second call on a struck pedestrian in the 11400 block of Stewart Lane.

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When police got to the scene and found the victim, they realized he had not been hit by a car but shot dead. Amobi’s mother told police he was on his way to work when he was murdered. Police have sealed off the area where Amobi’s body was found and are examining the scene. They are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information about the incident to contact the Major Crimes Division at +1 240-773-5070.

More than a thousand Nigerians Rotting Away In China Jails

Anger, frustration, disillusionment, disenchantment and bitterness enveloped them. They look hapless, dejected and melancholic. They are crying for justice from far away china. They are friends and relations of Nigerians who are languishing in various prisons across the Asian country of China for offences ranging from illegal entry, expired travel documents to narcotics-related cases. Some of them don’t even know why they were arrested in the first instance.

They just found themselves in the prisons without anybody telling them what offences they committed.

There is little or nothing the victims could do to regain their freedom over there. Their friends and relations have equally done everything possible to ensure they regain their total freedom but all to no avail. Having made several unsuccessful attempts to secure freedom for their relations imprisoned in China, they formed a group back home in Nigeria to see how they could assist their loved ones who are languishing in the Asian prisons to secure their freedom once again.

Their worry is not just that their loved ones are in China prisons without, in most cases, having committed any serious offence. They are terribly worried by the recent news filtering from the Asian country that Nigerians in prisons they are being selectively and clandestinely wasted while their essential body parts, like kidneys and livers are sold to human parts dealers .

Alarmed by this revelation, they formed a group and approached a non-governmental organization, Patriotic Citizens Initiative, with the sole mission of rescuing stranded Nigerians who illegally migrate to Europe, America and Asian countries. The organization is set up to educate Nigerians on the dangers of trying to escape to the Europe through the desert and the kind of hardship they stand to face even if they eventually found themselves in these foreign lands, just as some of them have found themselves in prisons in China.

Determined to assist in the fight to save their lives and get them back home, the founder of the initiative, Mr Osita Osemene, who was once a victim of illegal migration took it upon himself to ensure that the federal government and all concerned come to the aid of these Nigerians in China prisons. If the figure released to Sunday Sun by Mr Iheme is anything to go by, as at the last count, about 1,200 Nigerians have been hauled into various prisons in China. At No 2, Beijing prisons alone, a total of 68 Nigerians are languishing there.

Nigerians are very enterprising and adventurous but the Nigerian economy is not conducive for survival. That’s why Nigerians troop to such foreign countries as China. Nigeria has become a Hobbesian state where life has become short, nasty and brutish, hence the survival of the fittest. The rich keep getting richer while the poor get poorer. The middle class has been completely destroyed. The situation has become so terrible that able-bodied men and women will do anything to get out of the country for greener pasture. The cliché that it is better to be a servant in heaven than to be a king in hell seems to have become a signature tune of an average Nigerian of working age . They are everywhere in Europe and America doing all sorts of menial jobs, ranging from cleaning gutters to working as mortuary attendants just to make ends meet.

The craze to get out of Nigeria has got to a point where most people brave all dangers inherent in the desert just to be in Europe because they cannot afford to pay for visa and air ticket. This tendency has got to point where China and other Asian countries are now the choice destination points. Asian authorities would not take lightly to this influx, hence the recent clamp down on Nigerians in countries like China and their eventual imprisonment without trial.

According to the legal adviser to the Patriotic Citizens Initiative, Mr G.U Iloka, some of the offences are immigration related, which ordinarily would only attract repatriation. But these people are hauled into the prison without good reasons most often. Friends and relatives of the victims in China poured out their hearts to Sunday Sun recently. They even threatened to clamp down on Chinese residents in Nigeria if their friends and relations in China prisons were not tried in the law court and either sentenced or released. The following are excerpts from reactions of concerned Nigerians during their encounter with our reporter.G.U Iloka

The person in prison there is my first cousin. His name is Ogochukwumalu. In 2008, he went to China on a business trip. He has an immigration problem because he travelled with a Guinean passport instead of the Nigerian passport. He impersonated a Guinean and that was the only offence he committed. In fact, he was never tried and from what I was told. He could stay there for even the next forty years just because of immigration problem. He was arrested and never tried and since then, he has been in prison.

I have written to the Nigerian embassy in China, first of all clarifying that he is a Nigerian. I have also called the embassy and they told me that they were compiling the names of Nigerians in prison. I have also written to the Foreign Affairs Ministry in this regard, demanding that he should be tried. If somebody commits immigration crime, I think it behoves on them to deport him. But in this case, they put him in prison there. My cousin calls me once every Saturday and we speak for about 10 minutes because they normally give them that privilege. But for the past three years, nobody has heard from him. He told me that sometimes, Chinese security men would just come into the prison and take somebody out and may never come back . But the information we got confidentially is that they normally kill these people and sell their body parts to foreigners. They butcher them, bring out their livers and sell them out. As I am speaking with you now, I don’t know the fate of my cousin. The last time I spoke with him was three weeks ago and since then, he has not called .Greg Achalugo

The person I have in China prison is my immediate younger brother. His name is Tobenna Achalugo. He is 38 years and not married. He went to China in 2006 and got arrested in 2007. He went there on a business trip. When we were speaking with him on phone, he said he was arrested for using fake travel documents. He had spent a year and six months before he contacted us to inform us of his predicament. I asked him to engage the services of a lawyer there and he told me that they were not allowed access to a legal counsel. For sometimes, he had stopped calling but has been calling once every month since 2009. The last time he called was in October, lamenting that their condition was very critical. When Ojo Maduekwe was the Foreign Affairs Minister, they were talking about prisoner transfer with the Chinese government but all of a sudden, that idea was jettisoned. Though we never complained to the federal government, we just saw the plan in the Punch Newspaper. Obinna Uba

His name is Ezekanne Michael. He is my younger cousin. He travelled in 2008 on a business trip. He was accused of drug related offence but I don’t think he is guilty of that. That was not his first time in China. Infact, he has been going there to buy goods and brings them to Nigeria. It was at the point of entry that he was arrested. He was not the only one. It was somebody who knows him that notified his friends before they traced his relations to Nigeria and informed us . That was almost six months after he was arrested. So, for six months, we didn’t hear from him and that means that he was detained and equally denied access to communicate with his people. It was after two years that we got a call from him. The last time I spoke with him was in October and he told me that his condition was very bad. He has emaciated and he doesn’t reason normally again as his stay in the prison has affected his mental health. He is 42, and married with two male children. He was selling textiles before he left. But since he had the problem, his shop in Lagos has not been functioning any longer. Meanwhile, his wife is contending with taking care of his two boys here in Lagos.Ugochukwu Chukwuma

They are two and both of them are my uncles. They are Osogwu Anthony aged 30 and Odo Okafor who is 37 years old. They went to China in 2009 for business. They had been going to China to do business; so, that was not the first time they were there for business. Anthony deals in phone handsets and textiles while Okafor deals in women’s hair attachment. They said they were arrested for drug related offences. The last time I spoke with them was last month and they told me that their health condition was terrible. Okafor is married with three children but Anthony is yet to marry. Okafor’s wife was barely one month pregnant with their last child when he left for China and ended-up in prison .Bunmi Dorisamu

He is my fiancé and he traveled on January 2008 and had a problem in June 2008. I don’t even know the kind of problem he had because it was just a friend who called to inform me about the problem he had with the police there. Ever since he left, there was no call or any kind of communication until June 2010 when the embassy over there called me and asked me to call him. The last time I spoke with him was in November 23 and he told me that many Nigerians were in the prison there and that they were suffering. So, right now, I don’t know his fate because he doesn’t have any legal assistance and that’s why we are crying out to our government to come to our aid.Adebayo Bello He is my son and his name is Inuwa Olatunji Bello, aged 32. He went to China in 2005 for business. He was dealing in computer accessories. He was supposed to come home in November 2010 but when he didn’t come, we became worried. It was his friend who informed us that he was in detention over there. He was first detained in Benjin but later transferred to Gwansol and I have not heard from him since that November.Williams Alufo

He is my elder brother and his name is Onyeka Alufo. He travelled to China in January and he was arrested in June. He was on a business trip. He used to go to China to buy clothes and brought them back to Nigeria to sell to make ends meet. But since that January, what he was doing before his arrest was to buy clothes and send to me here in Nigeria. I would sell them and remit the money to him over there for him to buy again and send to me. So, that was what we were doing until June when his phone could not be reached and he didn’t call. I don’t know what he did. So, it was through his friend that I learnt of what happened. I was told that one of the people that lived in the same compound with him had problem with the police and when they came, they whisked everybody, including my brother away and since then I have not heard from him.Chibuzo Mbachu

He is Chinonso Mbachu, my younger brother. He travelled to China in 2005 and we have been doing phone business since then. He would buy handsets and send to me and I would sell them off and remit the money to him for more purchases. We have been doing the business till 2008 when he was arrested. They said some group of boys were arrested including my brother but when he finally called me this year, he said he didn’t even know why he was arrested. They just arrested him along with other people and threw them into prison. He doesn’t know what his offence is because they didn’t tell him anything. They just kept him there. I travelled to China more than three times when I didn’t hear from him again. I even engaged a lawyer but we couldn’t do anything. I was not even allowed to see him even with the lawyer that I engaged to help me out. The Nigerian embassy in China is not doing anything to help these people at all.Mrs Dora Uzoma

The person I have in China prison is my husband, Dike Jonathan Uzoma. He travelled in 2006 on a business trip. He has been going to China before the incident. He goes there to buy T-Shirt and brings home to sell. He was arrested in 2006 and I didn’t hear from him till after two years of his arrest. So, since 2008, he has been calling once every month. I have four children for him but one is no more. Mrs Chukwuma Blessing

He’s my brother-in-law. His name is Emeka James Chukwuma. He travelled to China in 2008. He imports goods such as shoes, bags and other leather materials. He was arrested in 2009. He was arrested because his travel documents expired and since then, he has been there suffering in prison. The last time I spoke with him was in September. He is 24 and not married. Ngozi Eze Okoye

The person there is my cousin, Onyebuchi Okeke. He travelled in 2008, got arrested in 2009 and we have not heard from him since then. He called the morning he was arrested and that was the last time we heard from him. He said his arrest was a set-up by some people. The security agents came to search his house and they found narcotics. He is 30.Stanley Akubue

He is my immediate younger brother, Chidozie Pius Akubue. He travelled on May 19, 2007 and he was arrested the same day at the airport. He had been going there to do business but this time around they said he ingested some hard drugs in his system and that was why he was arrested. He is in his late 30s and married with children. I came back from Malaysia because of this meeting with the Patriotic Citizens’ Initiative. I have spoken with a woman official at the Nigeria embassy in China but she was not giving me any hope at all. She asked if I knew the kind of offence my brother committed but I told her that whatever offence he might have committed, we could still find a solution to that. I even tried to send money to my brother through her but she refused. I have been speaking with her but I don’t know her name. It was my brother who gave me her number and asked me to talk to her. Each time I called her, she would scare me away.Mrs Helen Akubue

He is my husband. He has been calling but he had spent a year and four months in detention before he started calling us. Initially, they were not allowed to call but after a year and four months he was given the opportunity to call. Each time he called, we only spend 10 minutes and some seconds. He was a business man at Balogun market in Lagos Island who sold provisions and Chinese tea before he travelled to China. He told me that Chinese authorities keep on promising him that he would soon be released but nothing has been done till now. I have a five-year-old child for him. It has not been easy coping with the child without him but I thank God for everything. As soon as he travelled, I took over his business and I have been sustaining myself and the child from the business proceeds. I pay her school fees, house rent and other expenses. We have been making efforts to get him off the hook there, especially his brother who came down from Malaysia because of that. He has written the embassy and even engaged a lawyer.Mrs Charity Okoro

My husband, Mr Benedict Okoro is being detained in China. He travelled on April 5, 2009, and he was arrested the same day. He had been going to China before that day on business . He went there to buy electronics but according to what he told me, he said they were five in number and one of them was caught with Indian hemp, and they were all arrested. It was over eight months after his arrest before I heard from him. From what he told me, no narcotics was found on him, but one of them was found with narcotics and that was how five of them were arrested at the airport and sent to prison straight. I gave birth to a set of twins two months after he left. When I didn’t hear from him, I even thought that he was dead until his call came after eight months that he left Nigeria. I cried so much. Since then, we have been speaking on phone every month. His condition there is very terrible and he told me that only people in Nigeria here could save them. There is little they could do on their own but, we in Nigeria here can help get them out. That’s what he told me the last time we spoke.

And that is why we are organizing this program . I have four children and since he left, relations, friends, church members and well-wishers have been sustaining us. I’m a housewife and I don’t do anything. So, we have been living at the mercy of church members, friends and relations. He sold all his goods and travelled with the money, which was over N2.5m, to buy more goods. When I asked him about the money, he said they stole it when they arrested him. I pray that God will touch the Chinese authorities to release them so they can come back to their families who are really suffering because of their absence. For instance, my son keeps asking me when his daddy would come back. Last week, he asked, “Mummy, when is daddy coming back? Is he coming back this Christmas to buy clothes for us?” I just told him that his daddy would soon come back. So, you can imagine what we are going through.The legal

adviser’s opinion When Sunday Sun spoke to the legal adviser of the Patriotic Citizens Initiative, G.U Iloka, who also has a relation languishing in prison in China, he was visibly bitter. Aside his opinion on what the Nigerian government should do in the prevailing circumstance he reiterated the people’s threat of possible “reprisal attack” on Chinese residents in Nigeria if the “detainees” were not tried and either sentenced or released. Excerpts:How do you feel about the plight of Nigerians in China?

Well, I feel so sad. I have acted for the organization for some time especially for the founder who has gone through the desert to go to Europe but at the end of the day, he came back and formed this group. It is very right for him to have formed this organization to save a lot of Nigerians, because for me, I don’t see what is not in Nigeria that people go out for. I feel so bad that Nigerians who ordinarily should be princes and princesses are trapped in prisons in foreign lands. There is nothing there; they are suffering out of ignorance. In fact, I feel so bad that my people are suffering like this. One of my brothers is in prison in China. I think because of Nigeria’s image abroad, if you travel with the Nigeria passport, you will be treated like a common criminal. So, you see Nigerians travelling with Ghanaian, Togolese and even Congolese passports. Imagine Congo having a better international image than Nigeria and we say we are the giant of Africa. I feel so bad about it.

What role do you think federal government can play in these matters?

When Prof Dora Akunyili was the minister of information, she tried this ‘good people, great nation’ image laundering campaign; but you see, if a child is bad, then the father is also bad because it is what you teach a child that he or she goes out to portray. If we treat our citizens well, why should they go out? If you teach a child how to fish, then he will almost live all his life eating but when you give him fish to eat, he will always come back to you when he is hungry. That is what is happening to us in this country. I think our government should go and rescue these people abroad. I understand that there is a provision for whosoever that travelled abroad and was deported. I think about $7,000 is to be given to such person(s) after proper psychological examination to determine the state of the person’s mind to have embarked on such risky venture. The money is for such person to be rehabilitated and reintegrated into the society but I don’t think this is the case. Niger Delta youths took up arms and at the end of the day, government granted them amnesty and sent some of them on training abroad so that when they come back, they will become better and responsible citizens. I think it is the responsibility of government to take over this situation. When a country’s image is at stake, it behoves on government to rise up to the challenge.

It’s not only in war because this is even more than a war situation. What I think government should do is to try and discourage people from travelling out of the country and then bring all these Nigerian citizens back, rehabilitate them, interview them and find out what their problems are and put them into the line so that they can fit into the society once more. What’s the point of travelling abroad? As a lawyer, I don’t even have an international passport and I don’t intend to have one unless there is a need because I have everything and I am comfortable here. I don’t even have time to say I am travelling abroad. If these Nigerians have the same training as I have; if they have been properly trained, they won’t do that. They are people who don’t know how to survive and they believe it is only by travelling abroad. Why are we even going to those countries? It is because they have reorgnized their societies. Our own is insecurity and hardship here and there and we say we are the giant of Africa. My question is: what is our height? Are we just the giant in size, population, money or in what? And people are suffering and dying? And they are killing Nigerians in Chinese prisons? They are taking their body parts like kidneys and livers and selling them. It’s barbaric; I can’t believe it. But Chinese citizens move freely on the streets of Lagos . Are we talking about the giant in the population? China has more population than we have. Why can’t we manage ourselves?

What message would you like to send to the Chinese embassy in Nigeria?

The Chinese embassy in Nigeria should know that some of our citizens are not happy the way Nigerians in Chinese prisons are being treated. I don’t know how many Chinese people in Nigerian prisons are being treated that way. Respect is reciprocal; they should respect our own citizens. We have our laws and under the international law, it is not just the laws of your own country that you consider, you have to also consider the laws from the country where the person is coming from. If he doesn’t fit into your system; it’s an excuse, you send him back to his government and let his government treat him. That’s the way it should be.

Zambia targets Nigerians for indiscriminate deportation

Nigerians in Zambia are being subjected to unpleasant treatment allegedly on the direct orders of the newly-inaugurated President Michael Sata.

Already, many Nigerians with genuine papers living and doing legitimate business in the southern African country have been deported for reasons ranging from the mundane to the incredulous.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Martin Uhuomoibhi, on Thursday said the Federal Government was aware of the situation and was using diplomatic channels to address the issue.

He said, "Nations respond in their own way to situations that confront them.

"We have very good bilateral relations with that country and we will do everything to keep it so.

"It is like business, there is always a risk in it. So, you take risks. We will normally not do anything that would hurt our diplomatic relations."

The situation came to light after a Zambian national daily, The Nation in its December 15 issue, exposed the systematic assault on Nigerians in that country.

A front page article with the caption, Sata Deports Nigerians, quoted government sources – including immigration officials – as saying they were acting on orders from above.

According to the newspaper, the president started deporting Nigerians, some simply for failing to support the Patriotic Front (Sata’s political party) in the run-up to the September 20, 2011 presidential and general elections.

The newspaper said, "Among the first to be deported is the Winners Chapel Pastor, Victor Adenedi (Adeniyi), who has received a letter directly from immigration authorities to that effect.

"Others include the manager of a bank that advanced for President Rupiah Banda (sic) $1m he used to construct the Mpundu Trust Fund, which police spokesperson Elizabeth Kanjela, claimed to be under investigation.

"Apparently working on instructions from the president, the immigration department has asked the duo to leave the country with immediate effect without giving proper reasons.

"According to information obtained by Daily Nation, government has asked Pastor Adenedi to leave the country with immediate effect for unexplained reasons or risk the closure of his church in spite of the fact that the clergyman has all appropriate documents to support his stay in the country.

"The manager of the bank has been told that the bank should be left in the hands of a Zambian or face the risk of the bank’s closure.

"The source told Daily Nation that this is as a result of lack of cooperation between the bank MD and the Patriotic Front during the election campaign.

"The source said President Sata wants a Zambian national to manage the top office of the bank.

"A senior manager of the bank confirmed the report, saying it was true that their MD had been asked to leave the country despite having a valid work permit and permission to stay in Zambia.

"Yes, I can confirm to you that there is a letter that was written asking the MD to leave the country or risk the bank’s closure."

The paper quoted the source as saying that the government needed to consult before embarking on decisions that might damage the country’s reputation.

The source was quoted as saying, "We are now going for a meeting to try and see what can be done. Maybe we can ask the government to provide a reason why they have decided to chase away our boss. We also don’t know but for them to state that they are likely to close the bank is unfair."

The paper quoted members of Winners’ Chapel in the country as complaining about the ruling party’s attempt to interfere in the running of the church.

It said, "Winners’ Chapel members complained that their pastor had been in the country for some years now and wondered why Sata’s administration wants to deport him; the congregation expressed unhappiness and said the issues had something to do with senior Patriotic Front members, who wanted to impose a Bemba pastor.

‘Our pastor has helped many Zambians and so far we have about 20 youths, who are on scholarship in various educational institutions because he has refused to give in to their demand for a Bemba pastor to take over, he faces deportation."

The paper said, "According to information obtained from the immigration department in Lusaka, the officers were just following orders from a higher authority.

"They said they were ordered to carry out instructions without fail. This was just an instruction that we had to carry out without asking questions."

Abdulmutallab Seeks New Legal Adviser

A Nigerian, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab,who attempted to bomb a Detroit-bound American aircraft in 2009, has requested for a new court-appointed legal adviser.

Abdulmutallab had been standing trial before a United States District Court and is due for sentencing on January 19, 2012 having entered a guilty plea in October.

The Nigerian, who faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, had in the course of his trial sacked his lawyers and opted to represent himself in court.

He however relunctantly accepted a court-appointed counsel, Anthony Chambers, mandated to stand in the gap for him by Judge Nancy Edmunds.

But in a motion on Monday before the US District Court in Detroit, Abdulmutallab, who accused his court-appointed counsel of lying and misleading him, and also treating him with contempt, is requesting for a new legal adviser that would brief him on the legal issues surrounding next month's sentencing.

In the motion, Abdulmutallab specifically requested for a male counsel, who is a muslim, and also suggested the name of Elsayed Mostafa, whom he met through the Federal Defender Office where the four-member defence team he sacked came from.

Describing his relationship with his court-appointed counsel as "strained", he argued that there would be more understanding when his counsel is of the same religion with him.

Judge Edmunds had already fixed hearing on the new request for January 6, few days to his sentencing.

The Nigerian, who, on Christmas day in 2009, attempted to detonate an underwear bomb on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 before he was overwhelmed by other passengers, is being detained at a Milan federal prison.

A Nigeria lady found dead in her apartment in India

A Nigerian lady was found dead in an apartment in India , her body was found decomposed . According to the president of Nigerian community in India mr Blessing Agwuocha foul smell was coming from Ms Alice Albert flat who lives alone in the flat they have to call in the city police who later forced the door open and found her dead body in a badly decomposed condition .Mr Agwuocha said her family in Nigeria has been informed . , According the police her post mortem is awaiting and Nigeria high commission has been informed about this development. It may be recalled that one Nigeria was also found dead in Juhu mumbia India in the month of October.

Olutosin Oyelowo, Missing Nigerian Pharmacist, Seen Jumping From Bridge

Reports say 25-year-old pharmacy resident left her purse, ID and car behind. The woman who reportedly jumped from the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge on Friday was a 25-year-old MUSC student, according to police reports and various online articles.

Olutosin “Tosin” Oyelowo, a Nigerian national with roots in Wake Forest, NC, was last seen by motorists and pedestrians leaping from the Bridge, a Mount Pleasant police report states.

Calls reporting the jumping were received around 3:30 p.m. on Friday, according to reports. Police found Oyelowo’s purse and driver’s license at the summit of the bridge in the area where callers reported seeing her jump.

Police located Oyelowo’s 2007 Toyota Yaris at a convenience store in Mount Pleasant where many pedestrians park to walk along the bridge’s pedestrian path.

Water searches for Oyelowo by Mount Pleasant and Charleston police, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard, have not been successful in the days since the jumping was reported.

Young Nigerian Pharmacist Tosin Oyelowo Missing in South Carolina

MUSC reported Oyelowo, a first-year pharmacy resident, missing when she did not report for work on Monday, said Heather Woolwine, university spokeswoman.

“We were concerned for her safety,” Woolwine said. “When we couldn’t reach her, we contacted police, and now it’s really more in their hands.”

Several websites list Oyelowo as being “missing” in South Carolina since Dec. 9. Though Mount Pleasant’s police report lists the identity, confirmed by the driver’s license in her purse and documents in her parked car, Charleston police have not released the jumper’s name.

“We won’t know the identity of the person who jumped until the body is recovered,” said Charles Francis, police spokesman.

South African Police Invade Nigerian Embassy

If necessary steps are not taken, a disagreement over visa refusal to some South Africans in Johannesburg during the week may develop into a major diplomatic row between Nigeria and South Africa.

According to a South African newspaper, Saturday Star, some members of a local church had accused the Nigerian Consulate staff of demanding bribes from them before they could be granted visa to the country.

Although the Nigerian Consulate, according to the visa denial victims, hinged the refusal on its inability to verify that the Twelve Apostles Church in Christ to which the 68 members belonged was duly registered in Nigeria, the South Africans insisted that they were treated so because they did not give bribe.

They were said to be travelling to Nigeria to attend an annual prayer meeting of the church in Nigeria and that they had booked for air tickets and accommodation with a sum of R500, 000. They also claimed that their passports were returned with cancelled visas on them.

According to Saturday Star, a member of the church delegation, Thami Khanyile, said they were bluntly asked to pay the bribe before their visas were issued. She said a consulate official told them that staff had been sweating over 68 visas "for nothing."

"When we stated that we were not willing to pay a bribe, the officials reacted angrily and proceeded to revoke the visas which had already been issued on our passports. They told us that the Nigerian church which we were visiting did not provide them with a genuine certificate that our church was registered. We saw this as a ploy to try and solicit bribe from us.

"We called the police to come to our rescue because they refused to hand our passports back.

"We wanted to open a case, but we were advised to take this through international relations," Khanyile was quoted to have said.

However, reports had it that the arrival of heavily armed policemen from Bramley police station was to aggravate the drama as upon being denied access by consular officials, they attempted force entry and tried to scale the electric fence. The local newspaper also published CCTV camera pictures of the policemen arguing with security staff and officials of the embassy in their bid to gain entry into the premises.

Sources at the consular were quoted to have said the church members had tried to stage an "illegal sit in" at the consulate after they were told to return the next day with additional documents.

"Police ordered the guard on duty to open the gate and when he refused, they threatened to gain entry by force," the source was quoted.

Another source was quoted: "They acted in violation of diplomatic protocols and will have to answer serious questions for invading Nigeria."

However, the local paper reported that the spokesman for the Department of International Relations, Clayson Monyela, commented that the department would raise the issues through diplomatic channels with its counterpart.

Also, the spokesperson of the South African Police (SAPS), Captain Dennis Adriao, was quoted as saying that the organisation would investigate, "once official complaint" was received, adding that "the SAPS respects international diplomatic protocols and any violation of these protocols will be seen in serious light."

Yasmine El-Rufai, Daughter Of Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Found Dead In London Apartment

Yasmine El-Rufai, eldest daughter of Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, former minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), passed away suddenly in her London apartment on Nov. 26, Sunday. Family sources said the 25 year old girl might have suffered a neurological attack while leaving her bathroom and was unable to reach life saving medicine on time.

The former minister was seen in Lagos yesterday apparently unaware that his daughter had died.

Yasmine held a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Bath, UK and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics (LSE). She also had a law degree from the University of London.

Her remains will be taken to Nigeria for burial by Jimi Lawal, a long time friend of Mr. El Rufai.

Akinola Olufemi, Nigerian student stabbed to death and body mutilated in Russia

A Nigerian student, Mr. Akinola Olufemi, was found stabbed to death in southern Moscow with his ears cut off in a grisly murder, investigators said on Tuesday. The body of the 28-year-old man was “found with numerous stab wounds and with his ears cut off,” lying close to rail tracks, the Investigative Committee wrote in a statement published on its website. The man had been stabbed at least eight times, a spokeswoman for the committee, Viktoria Tsyplenkova, told the Interfax news agency. Moskovsky Komsomolets daily reported that the victim was a student in the northern city of Arkhangelsk and that the crime appeared not to have been a robbery as his papers and wallet were left at the scene.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo an Igbo Social Cultural Group of Nigeria India Chapter

Will be celebrating their New Yam festival, according to Mr. Kingsley Chukwuma, Chairman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo India Chapter. The meaning of OHANAEZE NDIGBO is people and Kings of Igbo's in one Assemble of Unity , he said that they are the part of the Ohanaeze members residing in Mumbai and other part of India, on Sunday 16th October they will come together to celebrate their bigest event of New Yarm Festival and that Inauguration ceremony of India Chapter will also take on that day, several dignitaries have been invited for the occassion. The four Eastern Nigerian Governors are invited as a special guest. His Excellency Nigeria High Commission will also address the ocassion. According to Mr. Kingsley Chukwuma, the chairman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo India chapter, music will be supplied by a popular Igbo Musician Chief Ozoemene (No. 1 Igbo High Life Musician) and Mr. Flavoure (Ashawo remix) will also be playing on the ocassion as Music Host. According Mr. Kingsley Chukwuma elaborate security arrangements has made for the host and the invitees. Ohanaeze Ndigbo is an apex Igbo socio-cultural group in Nigeria. The group represents all Igbo communities within and outside Nigeria. Igbos by census, represent one of the three largest ethnic groups in Nigeria – others being the Hausa and the Yoruba.
Although the group is not a political party, part of its objectives of creation is to foster unity among its members in other to better allow them to be representative within the political scenario of Nigeria.

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