Saraki Appoints Omishore as Special Assistant on International Relations

Mr Bamikole Omishore has been appointed as Special Assistant on International Relations to the President of the Senate Dr. Bukola Saraki.
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Omishore who was formerly the Special Assistant, New Media, explained that his new job will involve engagements with ministry, agencies and missions; policy, Research and Liason; diaspora and international organisations.

He added that it was the aim of the President of the Senate to make trade and movement across Africa easier.

Through a series of tweets, he said: “My mandate with @bukolasaraki is now International Relations. Last 6 years doing New Media has been fantastic. Time to break new grounds.

“Even tho (sic) I will no longer be leading the new media team of @bukolasaraki the thing will still be inside me, so I will still be active lol.”

As hed of the new media team, Omishore started live streaming of the proceedings of the Nigerian senate on facebook through https://web.facebook.com/pg/NgrSenate/videos/ and spearheaded launch of the NASS TV.

Xenophobia: Nigerian Envoy Visits Affected Victims

Nigeria`s Consul General in South Africa, Amb. Uche Ajulu-Okeke while visiting Nigerian victims of Xenophobia, has described the recent xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and other foreigners in that country as unfortunate.

Ajulu-Okeke, who visited affected homes and businesses, told our correspondent on telephone from Johannesburg, South Africa, that Nigerians suffered heavy losses.

“ The Consulate General of Nigeria in South Africa went on a fact finding and direct field assessment of the xenophobic attack sites.

“ We visited seven locations in Pretoria West. At the first location, a garage, 29 cars, 80 Nigerian passports, welding and painting appliances and a restaurant were burnt while cash totalling R140, 000(N3.360m) were removed,” she said.

The envoy said 12 of the damaged cars belonged to South Africans while the rest were being repaired for sale.

“ The garage employed 26 Nigerians and six South Africans and was doing very well,” she said.
Ajulu-Okeke also said a Nigerian, whose home was attacked, threw his three children all aged below five years over the fence to save them.

“ In the process, one of the kids hit the skull on the floor and is now hospitalised.

“Also, the man disarmed an attacker with a machete but was arrested by the South African police for trying to defend himself,” she stated.

According to her, the assailants also attacked a church and stabbed a Nigerian pastor.

The pastor, he said, was also receiving treatment in an hospital.

Ajulu-Okeke said she received information that South Africans were planning to carry-out new attacks on Friday and had sent such messages to foreigners.

She said the information had been reported to the police.

“ I have made a contingency arrangement for Nigerian women and children to be evacuated to the High Commission in Pretoria and the Consulate in Johannesburg.

She said three Nigerians arrested during the attacks had been released following her intervention.

Dabiri-Erewa Calls for Justice On Killing of Nigerians In South Africa

Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora has described the latest extra-judicial killing of a Nigerian in South Africa as “worrying and condemnable.”

In a statement in Abuja, Dabiri-Erewa said the latest gruesome killing of Tochukwu Nnadi by Police in South Africa, is unacceptable to the people and government of Nigeria.

While reiterating President Muhammadu Buhari’s calls to Nigerians to avoid crimes like drug peddling which attracts stiff penalties, sometimes death, she however noted that the killing of Nnadi has brought to 20 Nigerians killed in South Africa through extrajudicial means in 2016 alone.

“The barbaric behavior of the perpetrators is not only unacceptable but also calls for urgent attention by diplomatic authorities in Nigeria and South Africa”, she said.

Dabiri-Erewa urged the South African government to ensure that justice prevails by carrying out investigation and bring the culprit to book.

She reiterated her calls to Nigerians living abroad to always respect the laws of their host countries and be good ambassadors of Nigeria.

“While appealing to Nigerians to avoid crimes, the extra judicious killing of Nigerians is condemnable and unacceptable” she added.

A Nigerian based in South Africa, Tochukwu Nnadi, was allegedly choked to death by Police in South Africa on Thursday, December 29th after he was arrested for allegedly selling drugs.

According to eyewitnesses, the man, popularly known as King Kingsley, was not struggling after he was arrested and handcuffed, but one of the officers held onto his neck and squeezed tightly until blood started gushing out.

“My heart goes out to the families of the deceased and prays God to grant the departed soul eternal rest”, the SSA prayed.

The Nigeria Union in Pretoria has confirmed the latest killing.

The Secretary of the union, Mr. Adetola Olubajo, told newsmen in Pretoria that “The Nigeria Union is calling on the Nigerian Mission to demand results of investigations of all murder cases involving Nigerian victims from the South African authority,’’ he pleaded.

Olubajo said that the union was not happy that all murder cases involving Nigerians in South Africa were never resolved.

In the year 2016 alone, it has brought to 20, the number of Nigerians killed in South Africa under such cruel circumstances.

Among such victims were Ikejiaku Chinedu, Monday Okorie, Gideon Ogalaonye, Nnamdi Michael, Adeniyi Olumoko, Christian Onwukaike and Tochukwu Nnadi.

Nigerians are perennial victims of the xenophobia in South Africa, with Nigerians losing more than 4.6 million Rand or N90 million during the last attacks.

About 150 South African business organizations are currently operating in Nigeria, despite the former’s allegedly restrictive policies, which have made it difficult for Nigerians to invest in the country.