Xenophobia: 187 Nigerians Arrive Lagos From South Africa

Xenophobia: 187 Nigerians Arrive Lagos From South Africa


The returnee Nigerians departed their base in South Africa from OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, around 4:00 p.m aboard an Air Peace Boeing 777 aircraft, which landed in Lagos at 9:34 pm Wednesday night.

Those awaiting the arrival of these Nigerians caught up in the xenophobic crisis in South Africa have waited for the whole day of at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport until their flight landed in Lagos Wednesday night.

The Air Peace flight, a Boeing 777-200 plane transporting the Nigerians on their arrival at the airport were received by the Chairman, Diaspira Commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa and the Chairman of Air Peace airline, Mr. Allen Onyema.

Some of the returnees who spoke to journalists told stories of woes that bedeviled them in the hands of the hostile South Africans during the attacks.

The arrival of the flight which was earlier scheduled for 2:00 pm Nigeria local time was delayed for over eight hours following the uncooperative attitude of the South African immigration officials.

Despite three days of rigorous efforts put in by the Nigeria’s High Commission in South Africa in conjunction with the Nigeria’s Controller General of Immigrations to process emergency travel documents for the troubled Nigerians whose papers had expired to leave the hostile country aboard Air Peace airline special flight out of the African country, the South African authorities at the last minute came up with a fresh demand of another round of documentation of the Nigerians.

Out of the earlier number of 317 Nigerians already cleared for evacuation, while 182 was allowed to board the flight, the remaining 135 were at the point of boarding arrested by the South African officials who accused the Nigerians of entering their country illegally.

The activities of the South African authorities which led to the extra eight hours of delay also subjected scores of both foreign and local journalists to a whole day of endless waiting for the flight to arrive as they waited anxiously at the hajj/cargo axis of the Lagos international airport.

Source: Tribune

Police Arrest Man Who Burnt Son To Death For Stealing N500

Police Arrest Man Who Burnt Son To Death For Stealing N500

A 35-year-old man in Eket, Akwa Ibom State, Idorenyin Essien, has been arrested for burning his seven-year-old son to death for stealing a neighbour’s N500.

It was gathered that the incident occurred in a community of Afia Nsit two days ago.

Police command in the state, which confirmed the incident through its Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Odiko Mac-Don, yesterday, said Essien has been arrested.

Mac-Don said the incident happened at Afia Nsit community in Eket Local Government Area and added that Essien was arrested at his residence.

He said the case would be charged to court and if the alleged killer father is found guilty, he will face the wrath of the law.

A community leader in the area, Effiong Okon, who equally confirmed the incident, said Essien’s son stole N500 from a neighbour’s house to buy food to eat and when the father returned, the neighbour reported the matter to him.

Okon said even though the father refunded the money to the neighbour and scolded his son, he thereafter “sent the son to buy kerosene for him and the boy innocently ran to buy kerosene for his father not knowing it will be used to kill him,” Okon said.

He said the father called his son out of the house and tied his hands and legs and set him ablaze in front of his resident at Afia Nsit in Eket.

Okon said the boy was rushed to the hospital but later died, which forced the community to alert the police.

Source: Daily Sun

Missing Girl’s Father Sends SOS To Obaseki

Missing Girl’s Father Sends SOS To Obaseki

Fifteen months after Amanda was declared missing, her 28-year-old distraught father, Mr Edosa Osaruonamen, on Tuesday wrote a Save our Soul letter to the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and the state Commissioner of Police, Danmallam Abubakar, to help find his daughter.

Amanda and her sister, Christabel, were stolen from their father’s house at Utese village on June 4, 2018, allegedly by their tenants, Roseline and Mary.

Christabel was recovered in May this year in Enugu State from one Mrs Anioke Augustine, who bought her for N800,000.

Amanda was said to have been sold to one Uju (now deceased) in Asaba, Delta State, and later resold to a woman in Ogwashi-Ukwu.

In the letter to the governor, Edosa said he had spent all his life savings on searching for Amanda, who was four when she was stolen.

He commended the police for helping to return Christabel, but added that there was still a gap in his life.

“My family is now scattered. My wife left me because of the issue. We need your support to help mobilise the police to continue investigation into the whereabouts of Amanda,” he said.

Source: Punch

EFCC Arrests Two Suspects On FBI List

EFCC Arrests Two Suspects On FBI List

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested two of the 77 Nigerians wanted by the Federal Bureau of Intelligence for cyber crimes.

The Head, EFCC Abuja Zonal Office, Aminu Aliyu, said on Tuesday Chika Augustine and Godspower Nwachukwu were arrested in Abuja, adding that $35,000 was recovered from the former.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, Aliyu said they also arrested one other suspect for a different case in December last year in collaboration with the FBI.

He said, “Prior to the release of the FBI list, we had in collaboration with the FBI, cases under investigation in which two suspects indicted on the list released by the FBI are in our custody.

“On the other hand, another suspect on the list is being investigated independently on a different case and he will be arraigned.”

According to him, from January 2019 till date, the Abuja Zonal office has secured 33 convictions. The EFCC chief added that collaborative operations with other zones resulted to about 293 arrests and over 465 cases currently under investigations.

Aliyu said 90 arrests were made mostly through intelligence gathering, 21 convictions were secured by the Cyber Crime Unit and 110 cases were under investigations.

He said the commission recovered exotic cars and property suspected to have been acquired through the proceeds of crime which would be forfeited after convictions have been secured.

Aliyu said the laptops and handsets used by the suspects had also been confiscated and would be forfeited after conviction.

He said the zonal office recovered N423m, $39,253 and €2,330 between January and August from fraud suspects.

Source: Punch

Mob Burns MTN Office In Ibadan

Mob Burns MTN Office In Ibadan

The Bodija, Ibadan office of telecommunication company, MTN, has been set on fire by an irate mob.

The incident resulted in gridlock as vehicles passing through Agodi government secretariat road en route the University of Ibadan are having a hectic time, navigating the road.

The development made the state police command to deploy anti-riot policemen to other MTN outlets in the city.

A similar fire incident was aborted on Tuesday evening as youths attacked the MTN service centre located at Mobil Bus Stop on MKO Abiola Way.

Youths in their scores mobilised themselves and vandalised the frontage of the company around 6:00 p.m.

They were stopped from entering the multimillion-naira office by policemen who were deployed by the state police command.

An eyewitness, Omololu Adeeyo told The PUNCH that “but for the timely intervention of the policemen, the irate mob was set to vandalise the main hall of the business centre when policemen hurriedly cordoned off the premises.

“Many staffers of the company were in panic mood when the incident occurred,” he added.

DSS Arrests Prime Attacker Of Nasarawa Deputy Governor

DSS Arrests Prime Attacker Of Nasarawa Deputy Governor

The Department of State Services in Kano State has arrested a kidnap kingpin believed to have masterminded the recent attack on the Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State, Emmanuel Akagbe. The attack led to the death of three police officers and one civilian.

The suspect, Mohammed Akazakwai, was arrested in his mother’s residence in Kano, where he was being treated for gunshot injuries.

It was stated (a source), who spoke on condition of anonymity, disclosed that the suspect was arrested with his mother and an unidentified man.

About 50 AK 47 rifles, which the suspect claimed he inherited from his father, were recovered during a search of the premises where he was arrested.

Recall that suspected armed robbers recently attacked the convoy of the Nasarawa deputy governor, killing three policemen and a civilian.

Akagbe was on his way to Abuja on an official engagement when the convoy ran into the gunmen, who were operating a few meters away from Akwanga.