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Dabiri-Erewa urges S/A police to speed up trial of policemen linked to killing of Nigerian



Dabiri-Erewa urges S/A police to speed up trial of policemen linked to killing of Nigerian

The chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa,  has reiterated her call on the South African Police to speed up the trial of four policemen, linked to the death of Mr Pius Abiaziem.

Dabiri-Erewa, made the call in a statement issued by Gabriel Odu, the Media Assistant, NIDCOM, in Abuja on Friday.

In furtherance to the arrest and trial of the suspects, she urged the South African Police to expedite action in the matter and speed up their trial and of others being tried for offence committed against Nigerians.

Abiaziem was reportedly picked up by south African police officers in an eatery and taken to his home for a search and interrogation.

An argument between him and the South African police officers degenerated so fast that a gun shot was fired, leading to Abiaziem’s death in South Africa on Aug.23.

The deceased was married to a South African who was present at the scene of the incident.

He reportedly asked the policemen to kill him in his house as he would not follow them to where they wanted to take him to.

reports that  President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa,  on Wednesday, said his government is working to end killings of Nigerians in his country.

Ramaphosa said this in Japan, venue of the ongoing 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in Yokohama, after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

The South African leader said he feels pained by the situation, especially looking at the relationship between Nigeria and his country which has spanned many years. .

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Dabiri-Erewa tasks US govt on killing of Nigerian-American Salau



Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), on Monday called on the government of the United States to ensure a thorough investigation in the alleged killing of a Nigerian, Toyin Salau.

The NiDCOM chief described the alleged murder of the 19-year-old Nigerian-American Activist, Salau in the U.S as highly depressing and cruel.

This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Head of Media and Public Relations Unit of NiDCOM, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

Dabiri-Erewa said the U.S government must conduct a thorough investigation on the circumstances leading to Ms Salau’s death.

The NIDCOM boss condoled with the immediate family of Ms Salau who died while advocating against oppression and injustice.

NAN reports that Salau a 19-year-old lady of Nigerian origin, was found dead days after she was declared missing in the city of  Tallahassee, Florida, the United States.

According to the Tallahassee Police Department, Salau who spoke at Black Lives Matters protests in the city, was last seen on June 6, near Wahnish Way and Orange Avenue, Tallahassee.

Salau was declared missing hours after she tweeted she was sexually assaulted.

She tweeted that a man molested her that morning around Park Avenue and Richview Road, Tallahassee, Florida.

She said the man offered to give her a ride back to a church where she had sought “refuge” because of “unjust living conditions”.

“He came disguised as a man of God and ended up picking me up from nearby Saxon Street,” she tweeted. “I trusted the Holy Spirit to keep me safe.”

According to reports, the Tallahassee Community Action Agency conducted a search party on June 10 night, starting at Bethel AME Church.

The demonstrators searched for hours. They carried flashlights and asked for medics to join them in case she was hurt.

Salau on June 15, after a week of her abduction, was found dead.

Before her confirmed death, she was very passionate about government policies, fighting racism and other issues affecting the society.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Tinubu celebrates Dabiri-Erewa’s mother at 90



In a congratulatory message on Saturday, Tinubu saluted Erogbogbo, who is mother to the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

The APC National Leader commended the “kind teacher” for her devotion to Allah and life of service to humanity.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mama Erogbogbo was born in Kano in 1930, schooled in Lagos and later taught in Kano, Lagos and Jos, during which she earned the name, “Kind Teacher”.

The APC leader noted that Erogbogbo
continued to contribute significantly to the development and propagation of Islam in the country.

He added that she was still a committed member of Ansar-Ur-Deen Society even in her old age.

Fondly called “Kind teacher”, l recall that Mama positively impacted the lives of many students who passed through her and set them on good path in life,” he said.

I wish Mama continued vitality, sound mind and robust health to witness more years in life,” Tinubu said.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Dabiri-Erewa mourns late Sen. Oko, says her death painful



Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), has described the death of Sen. Rose Oko (PDP- Cross River) as painful and sad.

This was contained in a statement issued by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Head, Media and Public Relations Unit of NIDCOM and made available to Nigeria News Agency in Abuja on Tuesday.

Dabiri-Erewa described the late senator as an outstanding and dedicated parliamentarian.

She recalled how the late Oko sponsored the NIDCOM bill in the senate in 2016, leading to the passage of the bill and its eventual signing into law in 2017 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“As the Chairman, Senate Committee on Diaspora Affairs and Civil Societies in the Eight National Assembly, she was so passionate about Diaspora affairs and she dedicated her life and resources to ensuring that the welfare of Nigerians abroad was given top priority.

“No wonder, her people in the Cross River North senatorial district loved her so much because of her people-oriented legislative interventions that she was re-elected into the senate for another term in 2019,” she noted.

Dabiri-Erewa, who said that the Diaspora community would miss the late senator’s great contributions, prayed unto God to grant her eternal peace and console her immediate family, her constituents, the Cross River government and the senate.

NAN reports that the 63-year-old senator and Chairman, Senate Committee on Trade and Investment, died on Monday night in a UK hospital.

Oko was also a member of the House of Representatives under the platform of PDP, representing Yala/Ogoja Federal Constituency, in the Seventh National Assembly.

She was elected into office as the first female representative from her constituency in June 2011, where she was the Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Education.

The late lawmaker was also elected into the office as the first female representative from her senatorial district in June 2015.

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