Following the recent killing of two Nigerians by the South African police for allegedly being in possession of drugs, the Nigerian mission in South Africa says it has protested the killing of the Nigerians to the government of that country.
On Aug. 30, Kingsley Ikeri, 27, a native of Mbaitolu Local Government Area of Imo, was allegedly killed by the police at Vryheid town, in KwaZulu Natal Province while being interrogated for being in possession of drugs.
Clement Ofomoa, 35-year-old businessman and native of Obosi, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra was allegedly killed by the police on Sept. 5 at Springs town, near Johannesburg.
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News Agency of Nigeria reports that Amb. Godwin Adama, Nigeria`s Consul-General in South Africa, said in Johannesburg on Thursday that the mission sent the letter through the department of International Relations to the government.
“The Nigerian government has been swift in handling these issues. Following the killing at Vryheid, a senior diplomat, the officer in charge of Consular and Immigration, was immediately sent for an assessment. The diplomat met with Nigerian community, police, and family of the deceased,” he said.
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Adama said that a report on the incident was sent to Abuja while the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria was summoned on the issues.
“The mission is on top of the situation and we are giving the welfare of Nigerians in South Africa priority,” he said.
The Consul-General, however, said that the present challenge was with the handling of suspects by the South African police.
“The issue we are having now is the police and the way they handle suspects. It is disturbing us.
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“The Nigerian government is against crime and will not support any Nigerian involved in crime. But if a suspect is arrested, the due process of the law should be followed,” he said.
According to Adama, Xenophobic attacks have been curtailed following the visit of two Nigerian ministers to South Africa.
“Since the visit of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Interior, we have not had any major issue on Xenophobic attacks. The two governments have been able to take measures to check it. The mission has been visiting areas with potential for conflict and things have been normal”.
Adama said the mission was working hard to ensure that welfare of Nigerians in South Africa was protected and expressed shock on the death of the Nigerians.
Soldiers Attempt Coup In Sudan, Prime Minister Missing
Some soldiers in Sunday have attempted to stage a coup to take over power in the country.
The coup attempt by soldiers in Sudan military’s armoured corps was unsuccessful, Al Jazeera report based on local media accounts.
The location of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok remains unknown after the attempt on Monday.
It was gathered that solidarity songs are now being played on radio stations in the country’s capital, Khartoum.
Sudan authorized have disclosed that some suspects have been arrested for taking part in the failed coup, but the leader of the soldiers who attempted the act still remains unknown.
Naija News reports that this development is coming two weeks after soldiers staged a successful coup in Guinea to topple the government of Alpha Conde.
Hotel Rwanda: Paul Rusesabagina Receives 25 Years In Prison For “Terrorism”
Paul Rusesabagina, the former director of the “Hotel Rwanda” was sentenced to 25 years on Monday, a court in Kigali found him guilty of “terrorism” for his association with the National Liberation Front (FLN), the armed wing of the Rwandan Movement for Democratic Change (MRCD).
The former director of the Hotel des Mille Collines in Kigali, known to have enabled the rescue of more than a thousand people during the genocide of 1994, was found guilty of having formed and financed the FLN, an accused rebel group for carrying out deadly attacks in Rwanda in 2018 and 2019.
An unsurprising verdict for the daughter of this longtime opponent of President Paul Kagame, while Belgium, of which he is a national, evokes an unfair trial.
“We already knew what the verdict was going to be… it was based on a trial that was not fair, no credible evidence was provided,” Carine Kanimba said in an interview in Brussels. “The judges decided what the dictator wanted them to decide. We expected exactly that.”
Made famous by the movie Hotel Rwanda, Paul Rusesabagina had lived in exile for 25 years. His arrest in August 2020 had sparked controversy, with his family claiming that he had been kidnapped when a plane got off to go to Burundi.
“My father was illegally detained before this verdict. He is illegally detained today, and tomorrow, after this verdict, he will be illegally detained again. So our campaign continues. We are not discouraged by this verdict, it does mean nothing for us “, Carine Kanimba stated.
According to one of the judges of the Kigali court, the reduction of 25 years in prison would be impossible because of the boycott of the hearings by the accused and his defence. “MRCD-FLN committed terrorist acts. MRCD cannot be separated from military acts” of the FLN, said judge Mukamurenzi.
The United States, which awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005, and the European Parliament had also expressed concerns about the conditions of his arrest and the fairness of the trial. In an interview in early September, Rwandan President Paul Kagame assured that Paul Rusesabagina would be “judged as fairly as possible”.
Trouble Looms For Nigerian Traders As Ghanaians Threaten Fresh ‘Attack’
Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) has appealed to the Committee on Foreign Retail Trade, to close down shops of undocumented foreign retailers.
It is understood that the Nigerian Union of Traders Association in Ghana (NUTAG) was ordered to collect all the business documents of members, including the tenancy agreements of the respective shops or stalls.
This is coming amid purported plans by NUTAG to reject the special dispensation granted them by the Government of Ghana despite a series of diplomatic efforts by both Ghana and Nigeria governments, Ghanaian Times reports.
A statement from Ghanaian Times reads, “This inappropriate attitude of the Nigerian traders in Ghana is not only an insult but also a well-orchestrated ploy to frustrate the committee, state, and people of Ghana. Therefore, we of the Ghana Union of the Traders’ Associations wish to appeal to the Committee on Foreign Retail Trade to, as a matter of urgency resume its operations without any delays as the behaviour of the Nigerian traders has seriously provoked Ghanaian traders and reigniting agitations in the markets.”
Meanwhile, NUTAG had been ordered to collect all the business documents of members, including the tenancy agreements of the respective shops or stalls.
According to the Nigerian union, GUTA’s failure to adhere to the review of the concession granted by the two co-chairmen of the Joint Implementation Taskforce (JIT), as well as its threat, is unfortunate.
“We are particularly concerned about this latest threat because GUTA has since 2007 been issuing and carrying out attacks against Nigerian traders in Ghana. The use of such violent measures has not ended for any of the traders from the two brotherly countries.
“We are appealing to the President not to succumb to people who want to railroad him into an exercise which is purely an eviction disguised as concession,” the statement said.
They said if GUTA acts on its threat, thousands of Nigerians will be made to suffer going back to Nigeria with little or nothing as many of them had their shops locked for almost two years.