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Ramaphosa to look into the killing of Nigerians in south Africa

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South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa has given an assurance that the alleged killing of a Nigerian by security agents in the country will be looked into as a way of tackling it.

This is coming on the heels of the reported killing of a Nigerian by the country’s security personnel.

Ramaphosa stated this during a bilateral meeting with Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on the sidelines of the ongoing TICAD 7 in Yokohama, Japan.

He said he feels sad about the development especially with the long-standing relationship between South Africa and Nigeria.

While noting that he had a fruitful meeting with Buhari, the South Africa leader says he hopes for positive outcomes as soon as possible.

According to reports, Buhari also met with his counterpart from Benin Republic Patrice Talon.

At the meeting, the two leaders discussed the closure of the Benin- Nigeria border which Talon says is causing hardship for his country.

Responding, Buhari promised to convene a meeting to review the situation.

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South east governors,write Buhari demands ban on herdsmen, delay in Airport closure

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The South-East Governors’ Forum has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to pay heed to its earlier demand on the ban of herdsmen without cattle and those who move their cattle by foot in the zone.

The governors also pleaded with President Buhari to delay the government decision to close the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu for repair works.

The forum made these pleas in an open letter signed by its chairman and governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi on Tuesday.

The governors said they decided to make the letter an open one in order to assuage the people of the zone, who according to them, do not believe that they (South-East governors) are making efforts to check worsening insecurity in the region.

“We plead with Mr. President that we publish this letter to assuage our people’s feelings who erroneously think that no efforts are being made by the leaders of the South-East to tackle insecurity and economic challenges facing the zone and to let them know that her leaders before now have been working very hard without making noise as issues of security must not be discussed in the public.

On the call for criminal herdsmen to be banned, the governors said that doing such will help checkmate escalating cases of all manner of criminal activities against the people of the zone.

They said, “That Mr. President do approve the earlier resolution of the South-East governors banning herdsmen without cattle and movement of cattle by foot in the zone to eliminate increasing cases of killing, maiming, raping of our women, the kidnapping of our people and destruction of our farmlands mostly carried out by foreign herdsmen and in most cases with the backing of some compromised local herders.”

On the closure of Akanu Ibiam International Airport, the forum said that the announcement for the closure was prompt and would not allow them time to make security arrangement for the convenience of the people, and visitors to the region who would be travelling long distances to alternative airports where flights would be diverted to.

They therefore urged President Buhari to direct aviation authorities to make available urgent palliatives in form of transportation with armed escorts and helicopter services to prospective passengers from alternative airports that connect the zone.

“Your Excellency, in our letters to the respective ministries, we observed that the notification of the closure was prompt giving us no time to make adequate arrangement for the security and convenience of our people and visitors to the South East who will be travelling long instances to alternative airports where flights will be diverted to,” the governors wrote.

Recall that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) had on Saturday, announced that the airport’s runway would be closed for major repairs.

Sowore collaborating with foreign sponsors to overthrow Buhari-DSS

Sowore collaborating with foreign sponsors to overthrow Buhari-DSS

Department of State Services (DSS),   has revealed how Mr Sowere Omoyele, the convener of the #RevolutionNow protest received an undisclosed amount of Dollars from foreign sponsors, to overthrow the government of Muhammadu  Buhari and to set the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) or Shiites, Ibrahim El-Zazaky free.

The Service said that investigation it carried out, revealed that the #RevolutionNow campaign Sowore initiated  was a camouflage to actually overthrow President Buhari.

The DSS made this known in a fresh document it filed at the Federal High Court yesterday, August 19 in response to an application by Sowore, challenging the court’s order, granting the security agency 45 days to detain him pending investigation.

In the counter-affidavit deposed to by Godwin Agbadua, an official of the DSS, it was stated that Sowore was arrested on reasonable suspicion of having committed a capital offence, upon his alleged involvement in terrorists’ activities.

According to him, “the respondent/applicant (Sowore) planned to violently change the government through the hashtag RevolutionNow. The respondent/applicant hid under the cover of call for mass protest with the hashtag RevolutionNow, to mislead unsuspecting and innocent members of the public into joining him to topple the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”

Adding that, “In his plot to topple the government the respondent/applicant held series of meetings with members at a prescribed terrorist’s organization, Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) with a view to mobilizing strong forces to realize his agenda at changing the government”

Furthermore, Godwin said, “the respondent formed an alliance with a fugitive, Nnamdi Kanu, a self-acclaimed leader of the proscribed terrorists group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), to launch series of attacks on Nigeria with a view to violently removing the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”

“After series of closed-door meetings between the duo in the United States of America, they addressed a press conference wherein they both stated their resolve to form alliance against the Nigerian government, the duo stated that they have a well-planned out strategy to realize their objective, which is toppling the government, he said.

He further said that, “the applicant/respondent is investigating the activities of the respondent /applicant as it relates to a terrorists organisation, IPOB. The facts show a conjecture between the respondent/applicant and IPOB activities.

“There is the need for the applicant/respondent to investigate such reasonable suspicion of the relationship between the respondent/applicant and IPOB,” Godwin noted

“The respondent held series of meetings with some foreign collaborators outside Nigeria including Dubai where millions of dollars were given to him to sponsor a widespread attack on Nigeria with a view to violently removing the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and freeing Ibrahim Yaqub Elzakzaky (Shaikh).

“In furtherance to the plans to violently free Elzakzaky from lawful custody. The respondent held several meetings with a proscribed terrorist’s organisation. Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) where they strategized on how to carry out attacks to force the government to free Elzakzaky.

“The respondent stated in one of his videos that Shiite members, who are members of the proscribed terrorists group, IMN were going to join forces with him in bringing down the government. The statement and the meetings of the respondent/applicant raises issue of grave suspicion of supporting a proscribed terrorists’ organisation, IMN.

“The suspicions require diligent investigation by the applicant/respondent. The planned action constitutes a threat of violence to intimidate or cause panic in members of the public as a means of affecting political conduct

“The investigation is still ongoing. Upon the completion of investigation, the case file will be forwarded to the office of the Attorney General of the Federation for advice and possible prosecution.”

e DSS also said that it engaged in a painstaking investigation of Sowore’s activities in view of the quantum of evidence so far gathered and may return to court to seek an extension of the 45 days granted it by the Federal High Court, Abuja to detain him.

The DSS made this known in a fresh document it filed at the Federal High Court yesterday, August 19 in response to an application by Sowore, challenging the court’s order, granting the security agency 45 days to detain him pending investigation.

In the counter-affidavit deposed to by Godwin Agbadua, an official of the DSS, it was stated that Sowore was arrested on reasonable suspicion of having committed a capital offence, upon his alleged involvement in terrorists’ activities.

“The respondent/applicant (Sowore) planned to violently change the government through the hashtag RevolutionNow. The respondent/applicant hid under the cover of call for mass protest with the hashtag RevolutionNow to mislead unsuspecting and innocent members of the public into joining him to topple the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

“In his plot to topple the government the respondent/applicant held series of meetings with members at a prescribed terrorists‘organisation, Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) with a view to mobilizing strong forces to realize his agenda at changing the government

“The respondent formed an alliance with a fugitive, Nnamdi Kanu, a self-acclaimed leader of the proscribed terrorists group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), to launch series of attacks on Nigeria with a view to violently removing the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

“After series of closed-door meetings between the duo in the United States of America, they addressed a press conference wherein they both stated their resolve to form alliance against the Nigerian government, the duo stated that they have a well-planned out strategy to realize their objective, which is toppling the government.

“The applicant/respondent is investigating the activities of the respondent /applicant as it relates to a terrorists organisation, IPOB. The facts show a conjecture between the respondent/applicant and IPOB activities.

“There is the need for the applicant/respondent to investigate such reasonable suspicion of the relationship between the respondent/applicant and IPOB.

“The respondent held series of meetings with some foreign collaborators outside Nigeria including Dubai where millions of dollars were given to him to sponsor a widespread attack on Nigeria with a view to violently removing the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and freeing Ibrahim Yaqub Elzakzaky (Shaikh).

“In furtherance to the plans to violently free Elzakzaky from lawful custody. The respondent held several meetings with a proscribed terrorist’s organisation. Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) where they strategized on how to carry out attacks to force the government to free Elzakzaky.

“The respondent stated in one of his videos that Shiite members, who are members of the proscribed terrorists group, IMN were going to join forces with him in bringing down the government. The statement and the meetings of the respondent/applicant raises issue of grave suspicion of supporting a proscribed terrorists’ organisation, IMN.

“The suspicions require diligent investigation by the applicant/respondent. The planned action constitutes a threat of violence to intimidate or cause panic in members of the public as a means of affecting political conduct

“The investigation is still ongoing. Upon the completion of investigation, the case file will be forwarded to the office of the Attorney General of the Federation for advice and possible prosecution.”

Soweto looting have put 50 south African out of job

Oupa Ngake has called on government to do something about the looting.

A South African businessman has spoken out against the looting spree that Soweto residents took part in this week. Small businesses belonging to foreign nationals were broken into in Zola, Emdeni, Moletsane, White City, Zondi, and Rockville.

Epupeng Project Distributions director Oupa Ngake told The Citizen that the perception that foreign nationals only hired their own was wrong. He condemned the looting spree, saying not only did it put foreign nationals out of business, but also left South Africans without jobs.

“We want them to tell us exactly what they want. This thing of saying the foreigners don’t hire them, I have proof. I have 50 people who are hired and work with foreigners in their fully registered businesses in this country, through them.

“If it wasn’t for them [foreign nationals] we would have been able to hire 50 people without going to school. We are also not educated. We distribute different products to more than 12,600 tuck shops that belong to our foreign brothers in Soweto. We were affected by what happened yesterday, we saw it when it started happening.”

According to Ngake, the looting started at noon on Wednesday when a group of people attacked a Sasko delivery truck in Zondi. At the time, everyone thought it was robbery.

“We became aware at around 4 o’clock that this is not robbery, it’s something beyond that but we didn’t know what it was. We’re so stressed, we don’t know. As a small company, we have 50 people we hired who as we speak now, they’re not working, so it means 50 families were not making a living.”

Ngake said the hatred looters had was beyond xenophobia

“We want these people to tell us exactly what is going on. If they say these people don’t share with them, we can stand in front and say we’re sharing with these people, we’re doing business with these people that they don’t want.”

He further called on government to do something about the looting as it was affecting them.

“It’s getting worse. Nine months back, it happened and it’s happening again now. How do we stop this?”

 

Naledi pando-Dirco concerned about the safety of south Africans in Nigeria

Pandor warned that the protests would ruin the good bilateral relations shared by the countries.

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The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) has stated that it is concerned about statements made by a student organisation in Nigeria regarding an alleged plot to expel South Africans from the country.

According to Dirco Minister, Naledi Pandor, it is highly unfortunate that such threats are allowed to fester in society without recourse from the Nigerian government.

Anti-South Africa protests brewing in Nigeria

The minister raised this at a media briefing on the upcoming SADC Summit.

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“I wish to take this opportunity to express my — and my department’s — concern regarding statements said to emanate from a student organisation in Nigeria, calling for the expulsion of South Africans and protests at South African-owned businesses.

“The protests are said to be in response to alleged killings of Nigerians by South Africans. As you are aware, these allegations are devoid of truth, they are reckless and unwarranted,” Pandor said.

Protests linked to the death of Ndubuisi-Chukwu

She further revealed that the anti-South Africa rhetoric that is being propagated by the Nigerian student organisation is linked to the mysterious death of Elizabeth Ndubuisi-Chukwu, the Deputy Director-General of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria.

Ndubuisi-Chukwu was found dead in her room, at the Emperor’s Palace Casino Hotel and Convention Centre on Thursday, 13 June. Quoted in a Political Analysis report, the Nigerian Diaspora Commission (Nidcom) demanded full cooperation from the South African government “and expect nothing less.”

“We must know what happened. If it means getting a private investigator, we will; we should not be pushed to the edge. We have reached a tipping point,” Nidcom chairperson, Abike Dabiri-Erewa exclaimed.

Dirco sends warning to the highest order in Nigeria

Pandor noted that South African authorities are doing everything in their power to fast-track the investigation into the death of Ndubuisi-Chukwu. She stated that these outlandish statements do nothing but hurt the strong bilateral relations South Africa has shared with Nigeria for many years.

“We find these statements most unfortunate, as they don’t reflect the strong relations that exist between the people and the governments of South Africa and Nigeria…

“The acting High Commissioner to Nigeria, of South Africa, Mr Bobby Moroe, who is with us today, has had several meetings with the police an other senior government officials in Nigeria. We’ve also had contact from the highest level of the Nigerian government and have been assured that authorities in Nigeria are taking these calls for a protest campaign seriously,” Pandor added.

The minister called on South Africans in Nigeria to rest assured that they — as well as their property in Nigeria — will be protected.

“We believe no one should abuse this unfortunate tragedy to generate negative sentiments about South Africa and we express our condolences to Mrs Ndubuisi-Chukwu’s family, friends, and the people of Nigeria,” the minister said.

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