NIDCOM fights wave of killings of Nigerians abroad


In recent weeks, the ugly resurgence of killings against Nigerians in various countries has once again grabbed the headlines as the despicable acts amounted to nothing less than inexplicable brutality, hatred and intolerance.

On July 31, a 39-year-old Nigerian, Alika Ogorchukwu, was beaten to death by an Italian in the town of Civitanova Marche, Italy. Ogorchukwu was a physically disabled street vendor killed by a stupid Italian using his own claws for flimsy reasons.

According to a statement from the Nigerian Embassy in Italy, the incident happened on a busy street, in front of shocked onlookers, some of whom filmed the attack, with little or no attempt to prevent it.

Nigerians may have grown accustomed to their citizens being killed overseas in recent years, but the viral video of how Ogorchukwu was hacked, wrestled to the ground and strangled was so disgusting and horrifying and could melt even hearts of stone.

The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) led by its Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has risen to condemn the murder of the Nigerian and revealed that the murder suspect has been arrested by Italian police and was prosecuted.

The NiDCOM boss also confirmed that the Italian police are working and cooperating with the Nigerian Mission in Italy to ensure that justice is done and the culprit faces the consequences he deserves.

Just days before the murder of Ogorchukwu in Italy, reports surfaced of the gruesome murder of two young Nigerians, Tosin Amos Arowoshegbe and Chibueze Momoh, who were gunned down in a Canadian nightclub, while working as guards.

The NiDCOM president said Canadian authorities have identified a suspect and are working to find the cause of the unfortunate incident.

Then there was the case of Michael Chima Echefu, who was shot dead by unknown thieves in Johannesburg, South Africa, all within a month and things could get worse.

NIDCOM chairman urged South African authorities to ensure logical conclusion of case by tracking down those responsible for Mr Echefu’s murder, so as not to resemble unsolved cases of previous murders of Nigerians in South Africa .

Describing the sad incident, Kazeem Babatunde, Secretary General of the Nigerian Citizens Association in South Africa (NICASA), said Mr Echefu, a father of three and from Amaigbo, Imo State, was killed in his store.

“The unfortunate incident occurred on Monday, June 27, 2022. According to eyewitness accounts, the deceased was shot and killed by a South African gang of robbers who robbed him at gunpoint from his store located in Rissik and Jeppe Street, Johannesburg.

“During the robbery, the deceased was shot twice in the head by one of the robber gang members as he attempted to flee the scene of the robbery. An investigation into the incident is ongoing and no arrests are forthcoming. was carried out,” Babatunde said.

South Africa has been known for its attacks on Nigerians in recent times following relentless xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in the former apartheid enclave.

In 2019, Nigeria and South Africa came close to clashing diplomatically as Nigeria protested against reported attacks on Nigerians. This development led to retaliatory attacks on South African businesses, particularly in Abuja and Lagos, where they were destroyed and looted.

Although the Dabiri-Erewa has assured the families of the deceased Nigerians of a proper investigation into the matter in hopes of prosecuting those responsible for these despicable acts, Nigerian experts have instructed the Federal Government to take stronger measures to protect its citizens. abroad.

Speaking on this sad development, an expert on international constitutional law, Livingstone Wechie, said the continued killings of Nigerians abroad is an “embarrassment to the country”. He, however, blamed these developments on “Nigeria’s diminishing influence in the international arena, coupled with the fact that most countries now view Nigerians as economic migrants susceptible to attack by criminal gangs due to the conditions difficulties at home caused by successive years of poverty”. governance “.

He urged the Nigerian government not just to issue statements of condemnation but to rise to the occasion and ensure that justice is served and the perpetrators of these heinous crimes are punished accordingly.


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