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Nigerian held in Dubai for using friend’s passport

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A Nigerian, Obinna Chibuzor, is in police net in Dubai for allegedly trying to use his friend’s passport to return to Nigeria.

It was learnt that Obinna who is said to be having heart problem, took the decision because his own passport had expired.

Omokehinde, a tweeter user suspected to be Obinna’s friend disclosed this via his twitter handle @omokehinde.

According to him: “About 3 months ago, the Dubai police arrested Obinna Chibuzor after he tried to use his friend’s passport to return to Nigeria because his own passport had expired. Obinna has heart problems and he’s been in detention without medical care. Obinna is dying. #HelpObinna

“He’s committed a criminal offence and at such he should be punished. But, allow him to see a doctor and not just give him pain relieve drugs. This is a plea to the Dubai Police.”

After sometime, Omokehinde posted a tweet that suggested that a silver lining was appearing at the end of the tunnel for Obinna. “Special Thanks to everyone who helped to lend a voice to this matter. We have been able to get response from appropriate bodies and individuals who are ready to help.

“Presently, Obinna is at Al Gharb police station in Dubai. Obinna’s wife
@mummyJ53812086. appreciates everyone.”

Reacting to Omokehinde’s tweet, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), tweeted:
Dear @omokehinde, Thank you for your effort, Kindly note that we are communicating with his wife
@mummyJ53812086 and we have contacted our mission in Dubai and awaiting a response.

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Nigerians express divergent views over Obinna’s case

Omokehinde’s tweets about Obinna’s predicament, has continued to generate reactions among Nigerians on tweeter. While some showed concern about his plight and sought speedy help for him, others bluntly said he deserves to face the music for daring to commit criminal offence.
Valentine @valentino_14_02 said: “He’s probably on overstay, that’s why he gamble using someone else passport… They won’t release him but I’m sure they can let him see a doctor.

Ogunsanwo Babatunde @tundeoguns3124 said: “Obinna deserves medical attention but he needs to come out and say the truth. No right thinking person will use another person’s identity if he is not into crime. I believe there is more to this story and it will do Obinna good if he can tell the whole truth to Nigerians

A tweeter user, OLUOMO OF DERBY opined that
“Obinna can exit Dubai on an expired passport provided his Dubai Visa is still valid.With an expired passport you can travel to your country of origin only.

“The Nigerian government can’t do much apart from making sure he gets medical help in prison.”

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Ibrahim Giwa-Osagie. Esq. Notary Public: “Why do people endanger themselves knowingly ? Why use your friends passport when you can either renew your passport or apply for an emergency travelling Certificate to return back. I pray they show compassion in this case.”

Speaking on the issue, Ogunsanwo Babatunde@tundeoguns3124, tweeted: “Obinna committed a criminal offence and should face the full wrath of law. However, he must be allowed medical attention. I believe the guy is shady and must be a criminal because you can exit UAE with an expired passport.”

In his tweet: E .Row @Skillconcep, said:”He supposed go the Nigerian embassy and collect TC to avoid this, if he had visa .Maybe he overstays his visa for years. God will help him.”

EDEH @BOYNENCHE tweeted: “Fraudulent act…am sure the heart issue is just to gather sympathy from the general public. These are the people giving Nigerians a bad name. Hope he has learnt.”

FG to visit Obinna in Dubai prison – NIDCOM

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The Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) says the Federal Government, through the Nigerian Mission in Dubai, is set to visit Obinna  who reportedly requires urgent medical attention while in detention in Dubai.

In a response to Omokehinde’s tweet, NIDCOM, chaired by Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said:”This case has been confirmed. The said person is in detention at Al Gharb Police Station, Sharjah.

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“He was arrested on 23rd Jan 2020 for presenting fake documents and has been charged to court. He would be paid a Consular visit tomorrow.
“And arrangement has also been made to meet with the Prosecutor handling the case too.

“The police have however denied that he has been refused medical attention. But we will investigate further and give you feedback as soon as possible of developments.

“Thank you for always coming through for all our brothers and sisters in the Diaspora. Together we will #HelpObinna”

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IOM launches open South America portal

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Buenos Aires – IOM, the International Organization for Migration, this week launched the Open South America Portal, a web platform providing migrants and stakeholders in the region with access to reliable and timely information on human mobility restrictions and health and safety measures adopted by governments in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Open South America, available in SpanishEnglish and Portuguese, shares official information by country on the latest measures, including border restrictions, quarantine requirements and COVID-19 tests for migrants and travellers.

The portal also provides updated information on authorized entry points and key places for travellers and migrants, such as consulates, migrant care and health centres, airports, border crossings points and ports. This information can be explored through an interactive map.

The platform, funded by the IOM Development Fund, is also accessible to vulnerable migrants who may be stranded or are at risk of receiving misinformation on migration.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, South America has been one of the most impacted regions worldwide. According to the World Health Organization figures, as of 8 July 2021 there were 33,475,765 COVID-19 cumulative cases in the region, which represents 89 per cent of the total cases in Latin America, and 18 per cent of all infections recorded globally.

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Countries such as Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador all experienced severe outbreaks. For example, Brazil currently reports the third highest number of cumulative cases (18,855,015) and second highest death toll (526,892) globally.

“Open South America will facilitate orderly, regular and responsible migration in South America amid the uncertain times of COVID-19 and after the pandemic,” said Minister Ana Laura Cachaza, General Director of Consular Affairs of the Government of Argentina.

“Migrants’ access to up-to-date information through innovative online tools is essential considering the changing migration dynamic in the region due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Marcelo Pisani, IOM Regional Director for South America.

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29,000 Nigerians, Ghanaians, Somalians, other Africans migrated through the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in 2021 —IOM

The International Organisation for Migration has said that 29,000 individuals including Nigerians, Ghanaians, Somalians and other Africans have emigrated to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea this year.

About 13,000 were arrested by the coast guards and returned home while 761 migrants were said to have perished in the sea.

Disclosing this to journalists in Abuja on Friday, the Chief of Mission, IOM Nigeria, Mr Franz Celestin, said less than five per cent of migrants usually made it to Europe, adding that the vast majority stay in Africa.

He further said that a lot of migrants were trafficked within the Economic Community of West African States, adding that Mali was the number one destination point for trafficked Nigerian women.

Responding to questions on the number of people who have undertaken the perilous trip to Europe through the Mediterranean, the IOM Chief said, “A combination of unemployment and underemployment is pushing people to migrate.

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“In this year, 29,000 migrants from Sub-Sahara Africa have migrated to Europe through the Mediterranean. About 13,000 were intercepted by the coastguard while 761 died.”

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Celestin stressed the importance of tackling human trafficking which he said grossed about $150 billion annually.

“Traffickers make a lot of money and they would continue to do it until a coordinated response is evolved to stop them. We are collaborating with Interpol in this respect; we are connected to the Interpol i/247 database. We connected the MIDAS to the Interpol database where we pass the information on traffickers to the Interpol,” he stated.

Celestin explained that the IOM has been involved in the biometric registration of children in the North-East, noting that the agency has registered no fewer than 17,053 children in 18 different internally displaced person camps between 2019 and May 2021 in Borno State.

The agency chief also disclosed that IOM was involved in the G7 Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Compact for North-East.

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FG condemns killing of Nigerian footballer in UK

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The Federal government has condemned the alleged killing of a Nigerian Footballer, Kelvin Igweani, by the UK police.

Recall that Igweani, a Nigerian Footballer, was shot dead by officers, who attended a call out to a house, where a child was found with serious injuries.

Reacting, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), in Abuja on Wednesday described the incident as very unfortunate,and sad.

Dabiri-Erewa condoled with the family of the deceased and the Nigerian communities in the UK while praying that God grants rest to the soul of the departed.

“We call on the UK government for a thorough and proper investigation to be carried out on the incident,” the statement added.

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