President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa today declared that the killing of Nigerians and other foreign nationals in the country was an act of criminality and not specifically targeted at Nigerians.
He gave the explanation while addressing state House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa Abuja. According to Ramaphosa, the killings are caused by high level of unemployment among the youth as well as other social factors emanating from long apartheid misrule while government is doing all best possible to bring it down.
“These are acts of criminality. When we were involved in our struggle we said the South Africa that we are fighting for is the South Africa which will regard everyone who lives in South Africa on the basis of equality, respect for human rights. And we said that South Africa belongs to all the people who live in it; so the Nigerians who are in South Africa are also part of our community.
They can never be targeted on intentional basis as people who must either be attacked or killed. When that happens I would like us to see that as acts of criminality which in the main affects many South Africans in various parts of our country. So see it in that regard and I would like that you should never think that it is being done against Nigerians intentionally.
It is an act of criminality and our government is determined to bring down the levels of criminality and also to go after those who perpetrate these acts of criminality so that anyone who attacks any person in South Africa will be pursued with the might of the law to make sure that they are brought to justice and to book.’’
The President acknowledged that there were quite a lot of incidents in his country where foreign nationals, some of whom are Nigerians had lost their lives and had been attacked. “And I will like to say here and now that that has been as a result of criminal activity amongst our own people, which we are focusing on from a criminal element point of view. I want to say it here right now that South Africans do not have any form of negative disposition or hatred toward Nigerians and the main, Nigerians and South Africans in a number of places of our country live side by side. They cooperate very well and some are in the corporate structures of our various countries and some are traders and some do a whole number of things. So I want to dispel this notion that when a Nigerian loses his or her live in South Africa it is as a result of an intentional sort of action by South Africans against Nigerians. That is simply not true,’ ’ he added.
2Baba Suing Me, Claiming I Didn’t
Blackface Naija has for years been claiming his former bandmate 2Baba stole the song “African Queen” from him after their band Plantashun Boiz disbanded.
Blackface Naija had also claimed his former bandmate stole from him the song “Let Somebody Love You.” 2Baba had in May 2017 threatened to sue Blackface Naija for defamation of character if the latter doesn’t apologize and withdraw the “false and defamatory statements.”
It seems more than a year later 2Baba is going forward with his threat.
Blackface on his Instagram shared a photo of a Writ of Summons asking him to appear in court. He wrote:
2face idibia @official2baba& his manager Efe Omorogbe @efeomorogbe Sued me for 50Million They claiming i didn’t write #letsomebodyloveyou & #africanqueen n what else?? Just about time me and my #legalteamfiled for #mydefence
After which I will release my album #risingsun (defendervol2)
2face idibia @official2baba & his manager Efe Omorogbe @efeomorogbe Sued me for 50Million They claiming i didnt write #letsomebodyloveyou & #africanqueen n what else?? Just about time me and my #legalteam filed for #mydefence After which I will release my album #risingsun (defendervol2) #BFNfans #BFNmovement #goodoverevil #lightoverdarkness 🙏
Ekiti Guber: Observers Raises Doubt On Credibility Of Election, Rejects Template For 2019 Poll
Accounts of a coalition of domestic and international election observers accredited to observe the July 14 governorship poll in Ekiti has added to insinuations that the election is marred with irregularities that raises questions on its credibility.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the poll but his closest rival, Olusola Eleka of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rejected the announced result.
Presenting their report on the election, the observers who comprised representatives from over 50 domestic organisations, human rights groups and international election observer bodies, concluded that the process was riddled with lapses which influenced the outcome of the poll.
From unwholesome vote buying to intimidation of oppositions, the observers noted that the election was far from free, fair and credible as expected.
The observers include Centre for Credible Leadership and Citizens Awareness, Nigeria; Justice and Equity Organisation, Nigeria; International Republican Institute, United States of America; and Patriotic Women Foundation, Abuja, as well as the other bodies from the African Unions, among others.
Though, it praised INEC for the proper conduct of the poll in line with global and constitutional dictates and standards, the observers faulted the excessive deployment of security operatives whose abuses impacted on the election.
It revealed how electorate traded their votes for money in open space as supervised by party agent, adding that ballot box snatching, sporadic shootings and driving away of some party agents as well as intimidation, oppression and forceful influence of electorate’s free will, among others, characterised the poll.
Apparently dissatisfied with the conduct of their election, the observers held that the July 14 poll could not be recommended as a template for the forthcoming 2019 general elections as it fell short of global standards and spelt doom.
Addressing newsmen on behalf of the domestic observers, Gabriel Nwambu, of the Centre for Credible Leadership and Citizens Awareness, Abuja, said, “The exercise witnessed a high level of unprecedented electoral related challenges and such abuse will remain contentious until justice prevails, especially in the areas of cash inducement, arrests of political stalwarts by security agents and snatching of electoral materials by political thugs, among other abuses.
“Party agents had huge cash and were close to voting points. Security agents were indifferent to cash inducement of voters. The whole process falls short of the compliance with international best standards.”
Corroborating Nwambu’s account, an the International observers, Mrs Virginia Marumoa-Gae, of the IRI, USA, said voters were publicly induced at voting point across all wards and polling units in the state while security operatives watched the other way.
“Voters showed their ballot papers to party agents to collect money, thugs disrupted the voting process by shooting, but the police and other attaching security agents did well by establishing their presence at the polling units as stipulated by the constitution. We also noted that the INEC has improved on card readers this time,” she submitted
Two Nigerian men sentenced to a total of 28 years for swindling over $130,000 from Vietnamese women they befriended online
Two Nigerian men were sentenced to 16 and 12 years in prison for swindling more than $130,000 from Vietnamese women they befriended online.
In the judgment delivered on Monday, July 16, Ihugba Augustine Chinonso, 32, was sentenced to 16 years in prison while Onu Chinonso Peter, 33, got 12 years for “appropriating property through swindling.”
The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court has also sentenced six of their Vietnamese accomplices to between eight and 20 years in jail on the same charges and for “forging seals and documents of agencies or organizations.”
In addition to the jail sentences, the defendants were required to return all the swindled money to their victims.
According to the indictment, the Nigerian men set up fake accounts on social networks, befriended Vietnamese women and promised to send them cash and expensive gifts.
Their Vietnamese accomplices then pretended to be employees from delivery companies, customs officers or police officers and demanded that the women transfer delivery fees, customs fees or fines to their bank accounts.
After each successful scam, the Vietnamese accomplices got to keep 15-25 percent of the money, while the rest was sent to Chinonso.
The gang was busted after one of their victims, Chau, reported her case to the police in February 2016.
Chau said she was befriended by a foreigner claiming to be British on Facebook in January. The man promised to send her $100,000 in cash and other expensive gifts a month later.
In early February, a woman claiming to be from a delivery company called Chau, asking her to pay a $1,200 delivery fee and a VND80 million ($3,500) customs fee for a gift from overseas, which she paid. The woman then claimed she had not received the money and had Chau send her another VND112 million.
When a man claiming to be an officer from Hanoi’s economic police told her to pay a VND200 million fine as her package contained a large amount of cash, Chau became suspicious and approached the municipal police for help.
The police quickly identified and arrested the fake police officer and his wife.
Following further investigations, police uncovered the entire gang and concluded that in addition to Chau, they had also scammed another 10 women out of nearly VND3 billion ($130,000).
At the trial on Monday, most of the defendants admitted to their crimes. Chinonso, however, claimed his confession as obtained under torture. The court dismissed the claim.
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