No fewer than 53 Nigerians have been killed in South Africa and 14 other countries within three years, data compiled by Daily Trust Saturday has shown.
The data showed that the 53 Nigerians were either shot, stabbed or burnt alive, some of them by the police and other security operatives.
According to the data, 11 people were stabbed to death, 19 gunned down, 2 burnt, 20 killed by the police, while another 2 died mysteriously.
Of the 53 people killed, 23 were in South Africa between 2018 and 2021; nine died during an airstrike at a camp in Libya in 2019, four each were killed in Ghana and the United Kingdom in 2018, two each killed in the United States and Malaysia.
The data also revealed that at least one Nigerian has been killed in Sudan, Kyrgyzstan, Cyprus, Mexico, Indonesia, Ukraine, Ireland and Italy.
The most recent incident was the murder of Rita Amenze, 31, who was allegedly killed by her 61-year-old Italian husband, Pierangelo Pellizzar, penultimate Friday.
According to reports, the estranged husband snuffed life out of Amenze after she filed for divorce.
Amenze arrived Italy through Libya in 2017 and got married to the Italian in 2018.
Pellizzar was alleged to have shot her four times in front of her colleagues at the parking lot of Mf Mushroom, a company where she worked, at 7:30am on Friday in Noventa Vicentina.
The Nigerian Ambassador to Italy, Mfawa Omini Abam; chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, and the Nigerian Community in Italy, have asked the Italian authorities to investigate the killing and ensure that justice is served.
In South Africa, where the highest number of Nigerians were killed, Pius Ezekwem, 46, who owned a chain of bed and breakfast guest houses in King William’s Town in Eastern Cape Province, was killed on August 23, 2019.
It was alleged that Ezekwem was picked up by a team of eight South African policemen from a restaurant where he was having his meal, led to his home and tortured to death in the presence of his South African wife and mother-in-law, in the guise of being interrogated.
According to the data, eight Nigerians were killed in South Africa in 2018, 14 in 2019 and one 1 in 2021.
The murder happened almost every month, and in some cases, more than one Nigerian was killed from gunshot or tortured by robbers. Some died during the xenophobic attack or by the country’s policemen.
Another incident was when a 17-year-old secondary school student, Chinonso Obiaju, was killed in a suspected xenophobic attack in Johannesburg on July 20, 2019.
Obiaju reportedly went to buy an item from a shop with his friend when a gunman opened fire on them, killing him and left his friend critically injured.
A week earlier, Martin Ebuzoeme was gruesomely murdered in Yeoville, Johannesburg about 7:30pm on July 12.
Before the July 12 killing, there was the assassination of Mr Ozumba Tochukwu-Lawrence by an unidentified gunman at 10 Koppe, Middleburg, Mpumalanga on July 6.
It is estimated that more than 800,000 Nigerians, mostly young people, are currently residing in South Africa.
The president of the Nigerian Citizens Association, South Africa (NICASA), Mr Benjamin Okoli, said they had adopted a strategy that drastically reduced the killing of Nigerians in that country.
“Violence against Nigerians by the South African police has drastically reduced. In the past, we used to have situations where the police were involved in the killing of our people, but such scenarios don’t play out now. We were able to change the narrative.
“Last year, we secured the conviction of a South African police who shot a Nigerian dead. He is currently serving his term in prison.
“Recently, we secured the conviction of another policeman as well. He was involved in the killing of a Nigerian in KwaZulu-Natal. A court of competent jurisdiction found the policeman guilty of murder and sentenced him. He is currently serving his term.
“This is part of what we are doing to stop the unlawful killing of Nigerians in South Africa. And with all fairness, the government of the host country now handles the matters of Nigerians with care,” Okoli said.
He also said they were engaging Nigerians in community meetings, where they discuss issues that affects their members and imbibe the culture of discipline and brotherhood.
“We change the narrative through town hall meetings and the media, especially the social media where Nigerians are very active.
“We always preach to them to keep away from any situation that will put them into trouble, death or anything that will harm them. With this, the involvement of Nigerians in crimes has also drastically reduced. The narrative has changed and Nigerians are going about their lawful businesses,” he added.
The head of media and public relations of the NIDCOM, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, said the circumstances that led to the killing the Nigerians abroad varied from country to country.
He said that in South Africa, the killing of Nigerians was mostly xenophobic or business-related, in Italy it is love, marriage and divorce, while it is related to drugs and cultism in Cyprus.
“Our advice for Nigerians wherever they find themselves is to be good ambassadors of Nigeria and respect the rule of law of their host countries,” he said.
On what effort the federal government is making to end the killings and secure justice for the families of the deceased, he said, “One good thing is that all these cases are being investigated.
“On the most recent one in Italy, the estranged husband has been arrested; and the attorney-general of Nigeria, Abubakar Malami, will take it up because it has judicial implications. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is also doing the needful,” he added.
‘Hatred against our people on the rise’
Some experts who spoke to Daily Trust Saturday expressed different views on why Nigerians are being attacked.
Muhsin Aliyu, a medical doctor in the UK said some of the attacks on Nigerians were self-induced.
“We have thousands of Nigerians who have no business going abroad but they would do everything to leave the country and by the time they get to their destination, they find it difficult to survive.
“Again, you discover that our people are being looked at with disdain…Those living well without any fear are the professionals,” he said.
Samuel Elu, who imports vehicles from Germany, said Nigerians are seen as suspects in many countries.
“And that is why citizens of those countries don’t really value our lives. They think nothing will happen even if they kill us.”
A diplomat, who does not want to be named, said Nigerians need more protection abroad and this can only be achieved through diplomatic means.
“What do you think will happen if miscreants kill an American or a Briton doing legal business in Nigeria? There would always be consequences.
“So, while it is important that we make life easy for our people to discourage them from going out in search of greener pasture, we should also put our act together in terms of the action we take against any country that treats our people with disdain,” he said.
Popular OAP Daddy Freeze has weighed in on the controversy surrounding the breakup of Tonto Dikeh and Prince Kpokpogri.
The messy breakup between the actress and her politician lover has seen a good number of social media users express diverse opinions on the subject matter as the latter continues to troll the former by putting out voice notes, chats and even live videos.
As a result, the duo has been trending on social media over the past few days.
Reacting to Kpokpogri’s latest live video, Daddy Freeze urged him to desist from dishing out information that would affect Tonto’s personality adversely if he ever felt love for her at any point.
According to the media personality, the Delta politician should not sabotage the chances of the next person that will date the movie star and by proxy, his too.
Daddy Freeze said: “Mr Kpokpo, can I call you Kpokpo for short? Cause I don’t know you. Prince Kpokpo, Please, this woman has been through a lot. If you ever loved her before, just let some things go.
“This one wey you don dey do live video, dey give us content steady. We no dey run out of content throughout this period. No dey give us too much content like that. Just let it slide. Because if I remember throughout the relationship, she kept your face hidden and now I understand.
“You are spoiling this market for the next person that will date Tonto. That person, 6 years, e no go smell Instagram. Anytime wey Tonto wan talk about am. E go just put shadow. So, don’t spoil the market for the next person that is coming along.
“And also, don’t spoil market for your own next babe. You think say babes no dey see you? Dem go dey fear.
“Tomorrow the babe will say you will break up with me and collect back the artificial nails you fixed for me in the salon.”
The Governor of Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has said any political party that fields a northern candidate for presidency in 2023 risks losing the support of southerners.
Akeredolu made this known on Friday in an interview on Channels Television monitored by TheCable.
While speaking on the resolutions of the Southern Governors’ Forum on the 2023 elections and the fact that the presidency must be zoned to the South, Akeredolu, who is the chairman of the forum, said this was for the sake of justice and fairness.
He argued that when the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), a northerner, completes his second term in 2023, the next president should come from the South.
Akeredolu said, “There are about three political parties that are in the Southern Governors’ Forum, we have the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress. All of us are unanimous in our position that the next president of this country must come from the South.
“For us, we are unanimous. It (the forum) is not a political platform. I believe that any party that picks somebody from the North would have to face the whole southern region because they will not support it.
It has to come from the South. We are saying that there must be what I will call rotation. The justice of it and the fairness in it are what we are preaching. If my president – President Buhari — has been in office for eight years, it can’t be from the North. The next president must come from the South.”
While replying to critics who said competence should override zoning for the 2023 election, Akeredolu said there were competent persons both in the northern and southern regions.
He stated, “There are many people that are competent. We have competent people in the North as we have competent people in the South, so the president can come from any part of the country.”
The Police Command in Delta has dismissed two of its officers, over assault on a civilian.
The spokesman of the command, DSP Bright Edafe, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday in Warri.
Edafe said the officers were
Sgt. Felix Ebikabowei and Sgt. Ndubuisi Abazie, adding that until their dismissal, they were attached to the ‘B’ Division, Warri.
According to him, the Commissioner of Police (CP) in the state, Mr Ari Ali had also ordered the dismissed policemen to remain in custody at the State Criminal Investigation Department.
He added that they would be charged to court as soon as investigation was concluded.
Edafe explained that the duo had on Aug. 12, assaulted one Mr Brodrick Omesan, a tricycle operator in Warri South Local Government Area of the state
“On Aug. 12, after close of work, the officers conspired and engaged in Illegal duty on the Estate Roundabout, Warri.
“They accosted a Tricycle rider, one Omesan. An argument ensued between the policemen and the victim and they allegedly pushed and beat him up which led to serious injuries on his head.
“The victim was rushed to the hospital where he is currently receiving treatment.
“The CP immediately ordered the case to be transferred to the State Criminal Investigative Department for discreet and unbiased investigation.
“Investigation later revealed that the two officers have a case to answer on the serious assault on the victim, who is still in critical condition.
“The CP again ordered that they should face the internal disciplinary action and the command provost was directed to try them for the offence of incivility to members of the public.
“Disobedience to lawful order contrary to paragraph E(iii) first schedule of the Police Act and Regulations 370, paragraph F of Police Act and Regulations CAP P.9 laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004.
“They were found guilty on both counts and have been dismissed from the force W.E.F Sept. 14, 2021,” he said.
Edafe said the CP condoled with the family of the victim and also assured the public of the command’s readiness to deal decisively with any erring officer.
He said the CP warned officers of the command against abuse of human rights, incivility to members of the public and unprofessional conduct in all areas.
Rising actress, Ekeanyanwu Elizabeth popularly known as Lizzy Eke is not one to mince words when it comes to holding onto her beliefs and not letting the circumstances around her cloud her sense of decency.
The actress proved this much while in a recent chat with NollyNow.
She revealed how she vowed when she made her acting debut that she would never sleep her way to the top despite the odds.
Making this revelation, the actress said being a beautiful woman, she has been tempted severally to sleep her way to the top, but she refused doing so.
“ Being a beautiful and attractive lady, you will always meet people who want to destroy you in the name of sleeping with me to make you famous. They will promise to feature you in their productions and once I decline such an immoral act, they will stop calling me for jobs.”
“I have faced a lot of challenges in my career such that I promised myself I will rather wait for God to announce me at His own time than to follow the easy way to fame,” the actress disclosed.
Following her high moral standards, Lizzy has enjoined her colleagues to always trust in God and ensure that each day counts in their lives.
She also advised them to be hard working, vision driven, creative and find great opportunities within and outside their comfort zone if they must succeed in life.
Lizzy, who won Upcoming Actress of the Year Award at the CMC Africa Awards 2018, believes that if a woman is hard working and vision-driven, she’s bound to do exploits as well as depend less on men.
Reno Omokri, a former aide of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, has said he will not join the Nigerian leader if he defects to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
There have been speculations that Jonathan is considering joining the ruling party.
Reacting to the defection rumour, which Jonathan debunked recently, John Akpanudoedehe, National Secretary of the APC caretaker committee, said the former president will be given the opportunity to contest the 2023 presidency if he joins APC.
However, he made it clear that Jonathan will not get an automatic presidential ticket.
While responding to a tweet of a popular Wazobia FM On-Air-Personality known as Yaw, Omokri ruled out APC as an option for him.
Responding, Omokri wrote, “Dear @yawazobiafm, I am not Femi Fani-Kayode. I urge you, your radio station, and the general Nigerian public not to be emotionally agitated. Don’t be excitable. Be rational. Put things into proper perspective. Study my past. Am I or am I not a stable person?
“You and the public should be able to gauge my future conduct from my past conduct. Let me make this clear: Former President Jonathan will not join the APC. And even if he does, I will NOT go with him. But he won’t.
“Fani-Kayode’s behaviour is not representative of my behaviour. My late father was an Appeal Court Justice. Investigate him. He was known for being an honest judge.
“I was a Presidential spokesman for four years. Nobody has even accused me of stealing a pin. Betrayal, grovelling and instability are not in my DNA. So what will make me vulnerable to APC? My pedigree is too important to me to soil. I must pass it unblemished to my children as it was passed on, unblemished, to me. My stomach does not control my mouth. What I say, and how I behave, are dictated by conscience, not by appetite!”
A lecturer at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Professor Abass Olajire is dead.
Our correspondent gathered that Olajire slumped during a Jummat service at a mosque in Ogbomoso.
It was gathered that the don slumped at Ansarudeen Mosque at Oke Ado area of Ogbomoso while observing Jummat prayer on Friday.
He was confirmed dead at the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso.
DAILY POST learnt that the don is one of the best professors in the university.
Olajire who joined Ladoke Akintola University of Technology in 1990 as an assistant lecturer is an alumnus of Obafemi Awolowo University and University of Ibadan.
Public Relations Officer of the institution, Lekan Fadeyi confirmed the death of the don.
Fadeyi noted that the professor was confirmed dead at LAUTECH teaching hospital.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has advised preachers in Nigeria to pay Pentecost Tax.
The book is a biography of Pastor Folorunsho Kumuyi, Founder and General Superintendent of Deeper Christian Life Ministry.
Osinbajo said persons who succeed in their endeavours owe the society three forms of taxes.
The VP explained that the first is income taxes (personal income tax), and corporation tax for company owners.
The second, he noted, is a social tax or philanthropy, which is the obligation of the wealthy to give back to society.
“The third tax is a civic tax; the obligation of the successful to write their stories, to share the histories of the phenomena they have become.
“But for the successful preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ, there is the fourth tax, this is the Pentecost Tax”, he said.
The Federal Government said it has commenced the final payment of the arrears on the outstanding allowances of some batches A and B N Power volunteers.
14,021 out of the 500,000 exited volunteers of the N Power scheme were owed five months stipends.
Their accounts were flagged in March 2020 by the Federal Government payment system, the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS).
The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development said their accounts were flagged because some of them had multiple accounts, while others received other payments such as salaries and allowances from multiple Federal Government Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) on permanent employment or for participating in other schemes.
The ministry explained that the acts violate the regulations guiding the N-Power volunteer programme and could amount to gross misconduct and corruption.
Stating efforts made to tackle the challenges associated with the outstanding payment, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq in a statement by the Permanent Secretary, Bashir Alkali said: “The Ministry carried out a detailed investigation in collaboration with relevant government MDAs and so far the accounts of 9,066 volunteers were cleared for final payment out of the 14,021 volunteers.
“Based on this reality, the five- month allowance arrears of these volunteers, totalling N150,000 00 each is currently being paid.
“The allowances of the remaining 4,955 are withheld pending the conclusion of further investigation.
“Where clear violations of the agreements are established, such violators will be subjected to appropriate sanctions as stipulated by the law.”
Stating why it embarked on the investigation, Farouq said: “Contrary to some insinuations in the public domain, this process is a clear demonstration of the Ministry’s resolve to address this unfortunate incidence transparently for accountability and to forestall its future occurrence.
“As it has consistently maintained, the investigation carried out by the Ministry is in the best interest of the Country and has the major goal of institutionalizing the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) and ensuring its efficient management in line with Mr President’s resolve to ensure transparency and accountability in its implementation at all times.
“The Ministry regrets the delays experienced in concluding this process but assures the public that transparency and accountability cannot be compromised in all its activities”.
Nigeria, Egypt, and Ghana have been said to have the highest weight at the emerging bond market index.
This was according to a new report titled ‘Investment Funds and Financial Stability: Policy Considerations’ by the International Monetary Fund published on Friday.
“In terms of the relative importance, Egypt, Nigeria and Ghana have the highest weights at 2.6, 1.5, and 1.5 per cent of EMBIG Global Diversified respectively,” the report stated.
According to Investopedia, “the emerging market bond index is a benchmark index for measuring the total return performance of international government and corporate bonds issued by emerging market countries that meet specific liquidity and structural requirements”.
Investopedia added that “despite their increased riskiness relative to developed markets, emerging market bonds offer several potential benefits such as portfolio diversity as their returns are not closely correlated to traditional asset classes.”
The IMF report stated that benchmark investors’ strategies drive more correlation in portfolio flows for emerging market recipients and across emerging market bond yields, adding that such flows are, however, more sensitive to common global risk factors.
“BDI strategies induce greater correlation in portfolio flows within the cross-section of EM recipients and across EM bond yields. Analysis shows flows driven by EM benchmarks to be about three-to-five times more sensitive to common global risk factors than the balance of payments measures of portfolio flows.
“Importantly, this sensitivity has been rising over time, reflecting the fact that BDIs tend to treat EMs as an asset class focusing on factors that affect them as a group rather than on country-specific developments,” the report stated.
In addition, it was stated that cross-border spillovers are affecting frontier markets like the Nigerian market.
“Cross-border spillovers are also affecting frontier markets. Frontier debt issuers have benefited from index inclusion and have become an important part of the EM debt asset class. Their share of international debt outstanding increased dramatically over the past decade; they now account for almost 20 per cent of the widely used the EMBIG-Diversified index, making them a large beneficiary of benchmark-driven flows,” the report added.
It was further stated that high foreign participation in the local bond market could lead to substantial volatility in the frontier markets.
“Foreign participation in the local bond markets is also broadly comparable across frontier and emerging markets. High foreign investor participation can induce significant volatility in frontier markets because they often lack financial depth and have a relatively shallow domestic investor base.
“Moreover, potential for contagion is now higher: given their sizable contribution to the overall performance of EM external sovereign debt, episodes of distress in frontier markets could lead to redemptions from BDI funds, resulting in outflows even from countries with strong fundamentals,” the report stated.
Despite having high weight in the emerging bond market index, Nigeria and other frontier markets were said to have shallow investor base and market debt, especially when compared to advanced economies.
“Frontier markets have a significantly shallower investor base and market depth compared to emerging and advanced economies,” it stated.
Nigeria was said to have a financial market depth and financial institution depth of less than 0.2 per cent.
The PUNCH had earlier reported that the Debt Management Office disclosed that Nigeria is back in the International Capital Market after about three years with a plan to raise at least $3bn from Eurobond issuance.