Many Nigerians, aside their penchant for adventure, have also been forced to live outside their country . While some are doing the country proud, others are involved in shady deals, which saw some being jailed in the year. Some, for reasons unknown, have also been killed abroad.
Obada Uzoma Simeon went to India in search of the golden fleece. But he met death instead and is today history. His murder triggered protests from Nigerians in the state and led to a diplomatic war between India and Nigeria.
Superintendent of Police (north Panaji) Priyanka Kashyap told journalists that Praveen Manohar Mandrekar, suspected of the murder, was arrested from Assagao village. Mandrekar, she said, surrendered himself before the police.
Simeon was murdered on October 31. Kashyap said Mandrekar was the leader of a group of eight people that had allegedly killed the Nigerian.
That was the second arrest in the murder case. Another accused, Surendra Pol, was arrested and remanded in judicial custody for 10 days.
Kashyap said the police were on the trail of the remaining six accused in the case. The post-mortem report has revealed that Simeon suffered 29 stab injuries which led into his death.
Five South African police officers beat a Nigerian, Onyechiabi Iwuaka, to death.
“I put it to you that you beat him, he fainted and you resuscitated him. He woke up and… you beat him again,” prosecutor Jacky Mabasa told the officers during cross-examination. “You also sprinkled water on him.”
The five, Boitumelo Ramahlala, Mashiba Mathata, Collins Sekoati, Thabo Mabotja and Clement Tsotsane, face murder and assault charges.
They beat Iwuaka to death on May 21 while he was visiting a friend. His friend escaped the assault. Iwuaka died on the way to the Polokwane police station in Limpopo.
The court was told the officers stopped on the way to the police station to buy water, as Iwuaka was bleeding from his ears. Mabasa said an ambulance was called for Iwuaka after he died.
“The reason you cannot tell me specifically what you did that day is because you assaulted him. That’s why you cannot tell what you did,” Mabasa said.
The court was told Iwuaka was merely in his friend’s home, and was the wrong person to be arrested.
The five evaded questions, and said they never accused or hurt anyone. This prompted magistrate Janine Ungerer to question if they shared the same holding cell. She suspected they had coached each other on how to respond to questions.
Last month, the body of 26 year old Adaobi Michaella Obih was found at an apartment at Riverstone Apartments in Columbus, Indiana. Her death is being investigated as a homicide.
A spokesman for the Columbus Police Department said her neighbour, 36 year old Ryan Allen Klug, is a person of interest in the case. Ryan also lived in the apartment complex but has gone missing since Adaobi’s body was found.
The Columbus Police have not revealed how and why Adaobi was killed but they’re currently seeking the public’s help in locating Ryan Klug.
Adaobi was the first of two children and was already pursuing her PHD in Electrical Engineering at just 26 years old, she is from Nigerian parents.
A Nigerian woman, Mrs Tolu Kalejaiye has been allegedly killed by her son, Oladotun Emmanuel in London.
The late Mrs Kalejaiye was stabbed to death at her £350,000 4-bedroom London residence in Wickford Essex on Thursday, September 26.
The 46-year-old Mrs Kalejaiye was found stabbed to dead.
However, her son, Oladotun Emmanuel Kalejaiye has been charged for murder.
Dotun was reportedly arrested by British Police few minutes after the discovery of his mother’s battered body in her bedroom.
The late Tolu Kalejaiye‘s Linkedin profile revealed she was an accountant at TAK Consulting Limited in the United Kingdom.
The Abeokuta-born woman studied Accounting & Finance at Middlesex University in Hendon, North London.
Nigerian people smuggler who used witchcraft rituals to force children to work as sex slaves was jailed for 20 years in June.
Osezua Osolase, 42, tricked poverty-stricken Nigerian orphans into travelling to the UK with the promise of a better life.
But the young victims were raped, sexually abused and subjected to voodoo-style rituals by a child trafficking ring.
Osolase, the linchpin of a multi-million pound global sex trafficking ring, used ‘juju’ magic to control his victims.
He told the teenage girls they would die or never bear children if they tried to escape or revealed what had happened to them.
Judge Adele Williams told Osolase: “You are arrogant and manipulative, you are devoid of conscience, devoid of any compassion to your victims. You were dealing in exploitation and misery and degradation. You have been convicted on clear and compelling evidence of trafficking two girls in and out of the UK.
“Once they arrived in the UK the reality was explained to them that they were going to have to work as prostitutes.
“They were petrified that if they spoke out they would be harmed and killed.”
During the trial it emerged that Osolase raped one of the young girls knowing he had HIV. Judge Williams described this as a ‘seriously aggravating’ feature to his crimes.
At Canterbury Crown Court in June, Osolase was convicted of five counts of trafficking for sexual exploitation, one of rape and one of sexual activity with a child.
Aderoju Bammeke and Jessica Ogunyemi young British couple were part of a global internet banking scam which could have netted a phenomenal £19million after hacking the accounts of nearly 2,500 people.
Aderoju Bammeke, 22, and his girlfriend Jessica Ogunyemi, 20, both of Manchester, were the UK ‘platform’ for a Nigerian ‘phishing’ scam that made £41,000 in just two months.
The plot, masterminded by a gang in the West African country, involved sending fake emails to customers of banks including Barclays and Halifax.
The emails told recipients that their accounts had been hacked and asked them to complete a form with their log-in details.
But when victims obliged, Bammeke stepped in and helped the gang log in to steal money. Fashion marketing student Ogunyemi, his girlfriend at the time, helped him launder the proceeds by putting funds in accounts, hiding cash and allowing him to buy her a £2,400 Vauxhall Corsa.
Bammeke has now been jailed for three-and-a-half years at Manchester Crown Court after admitting conspiracy to commit fraud and unauthorised computer use.
Ogunyemi admitted five counts of money laundering and was given a suspended prison sentence.
Michael Adebolajo and Micahel Adebowale
Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, two British-Nigerians, were found guilty of murdering Fusilier Rigby, 25. He was ‘mutilated, almost decapitated and murdered’ by Adebowale, 22, and Adebolajo who ambushed him outside his barracks in Woolwich, South East London on May 22.
During their trial Lee Rigby’s bereft family were forced to watch footage and hear gruesome accounts of the soldier being run down at 40mph and hacked to death in the street.
The jury took just 90 minutes to find the killers guilty of the Fusilier’s murder, but not guilty of the attempted murder of police.
Adebolajo admitted they executed the father-of-one but claimed they were not murderers because they are ‘soldiers of Allah’ at ‘war’ with Britain over its foreign policy.
Fusilier Rigby’s family broke down in tears as the verdicts were given and Aimee West, his fiancée, stood alongside his estranged wife Rebecca Rigby and sobbed outside the Old Bailey as a tribute to him was read.
Through Detective Inspector Pete Sparks, his loved ones said: ‘No one should have to go through what we have been through as a family.
‘We are satisfied that justice has been done, but unfortunately no amount of justice will bring Lee back.”
As a loving couple about to embark on married life, it helps if the bride-to-be knows her fiance’s name.
Unfortunately when Nigerian Chinedu Amadi turned up at a register office to book a wedding, his Hungarian ‘partner’ failed to get to grips with his.
Their fears were confirmed three months later when Amadi arrived for his wedding in January not only an hour late, but with a different woman.
Registrar Debra Webster, having noticed the mysterious change of bride, told them their ceremony would have to be postponed because of Amadi’s lateness.
And when the groom returned to the Leicester register office again – on Valentine’s Day – he was accompanied by a third woman, Hungarian Szilvia Basco-Porkolab, 38.
As waiting immigration officials swooped to arrest the pair, Amadi said she looked different because she had previously worn a wig.
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