SOUTH AFRICAN POLICEMAN SENTENCED TO 32 YEARS IN PRISON FOR KILLING A NIGERIAN

Austin Reynold, a South African Police Constable who robbed and killed a Nigerian, Emeka Okoli, was on Monday sentenced to 32 years in prison by a Durban High Court. The court sentenced the policeman three days after he was found guilty of robbing and killing the late Okoli during an illegal raid in the community where the deceased resided. The court sentenced Reynold to seven years for counts of robbery and 25 years for the count of murder. Reacting to the judgment by Justice Shyam Gyanda, the Nigerian community in…

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SOUTH AFRICAN POLICEMAN FOUND GUILTY OF KILLING A NIGERIAN

A twenty-four year old South African police constable, Austin Luciano Reynold has been found guilty for the 2018 murder of a Nigerian Ebuka Okoli in Durban, Kwa Zulu Natal. Okoli was shot at close range during an unauthorised raid by the police officer, Reynold, on the community where he resides. He was reported handcuffed, robbed and shot at close range by the officer who was off duty at the time of the raid. Appearing before Judge Shyam Gyanda on Friday, on one charge of murder and three charges of robbery,…

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BURNA BOY’S SOUTH AFRICAN SHOW CANCELLED AMIDST PROTESTS

There are reports that Burna Boy’s planned show in South Africa has been canceled amid the controversies surrounding it. It would be recalled that gistcandy reported that South African artistes protested against Burna Boy performing at the show and also queried the exclusion of local artiste at the expense of Nigeria’s Burna Boy who they have accused of inciting hatred against South Africa, in the wake of the recent xenophobic attacks. According to South Africa’s media house, Timeslive, the organizers decided to cancel the show because of the outrage it…

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NIGERIA, SOUTH AFRICA TO ISSUE 10-YR VISAS TO ACADEMICS, BUSINESSMEN

Following successful conclusion of the 9th Bi-National Commission of South Africa and Nigeria meeting in Pretoria, South Africa, which was elevated to the level of heads of state, both countries have agreed on issuing 10-year visas to businessmen, academics and frequent travelers. The agreement was reached in a meeting co-chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari and President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, which was the first time both presidents will preside since the Bi-National Commission was elevated. The decision was taken to encourage more people-to-people contacts among citizens of both countries…

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XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS: SEE WHAT BUHARI TOLD SOUTH AFRICANS, NIGERIANS IN SOUTH AFRICA

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Pretoria, South Africa, called for more tolerance, vigilance and heightened security in countries to ensure safety of citizens, noting that competition heralded by globalization, especially with ease in migration, will only get more intense for businesses. Responding to questions during a press conference at the Union Building, alongside his host, President Cyril Ramaphosa, the President said authorities should be more pro-active in detecting early signals of violence between competitors, while migrants and companies should adhere to the local laws of countries. “Police must be on…

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SOUTH AFRICSN VISIT: WHAT BUHARI TOLD CYRIL RAMAPHOSA, SEE PICS

Brotherly handshake: Buhari and Ramaphosa after frank talk Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday began a visit to South Africa and minced no words when he condemned in the strongest terms the attack on Nigerians and other Africans in the country, and called for implementation of measures meant for the prevention of such incidents. He also called for the protection of foreigners. Buhari is visiting South Africa weeks after xenophobic attacks in Johannesburg stirred tension between Nigeria and South Africa, Africa’s leading economies. On Thursday, Buhari and his host Cyril…

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817 NIGERIANS AWAITING EVACUATION IN SOUTH AFRICA- FG

No fewer than 817 Nigerians had yet to be evacuated from South Africa as of Tuesday. The Federal Government had on Wednesday last week evacuated 187 Nigerians from South Africa following xenophobic attacks on them and other Africans. On Tuesday, the Consul-General, Nigerian High Commission in South Africa, Godwin Adama, in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents, said the number of those who had registered for evacuation had increased to 1,004. Last week, the Federal Government had said 604 registered for evacuation. No fewer than 320 were supposed…

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ANOTHER BATCH OF 319 NIGERIANS RETURN FROM SOUTH AFRICA

A second batch of 319 Nigerians returned from South Africa on Wednesday evening. The returnees arrived on an Air Peace flight at the Murtala Muhammed International airport, Lagos, at about 7:21 p.m. Details of the flight were contained in a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The latest returnees join the 178 Nigerians who also returned voluntarily from South Africa last week. They were also airlifted by Air Peace. Air Peace Commended Earlier on Wednesday, Allen Onyema, chairman of Air Peace, was commended by Nigerian lawmakers at their plenary.…

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XENOPHOBIA: EVACUATION FLIGHT FOR RETURNING NIGERIANS DELAYED

By Chinedu Eze It has been confirmed that the flight billed to airlift Nigerians from South Africa has been delayed because authorities at the OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg are yet to give permit to the airline for the flight. The flight was billed to take off at 1:00am early Tuesday and arrive Johannesburg at 7:00 am. The flight was also planned to leave the OR Tambo International Airport Johannesburg at 12:00 pm for Nigeria, to arrive the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos by 7:00 pm. But with this…

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XENOPHOBIA: OGUN, IMO TOP RETURNEES LIST

Second batch arrive Tuesday Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja The federal government on Monday revealed that Ogun and Imo States had the highest number of returnees who were evacuated from South Africa last week. It added that in the profiling of the 187 already in the country according to States, Ogun had the highest number with 30 followed by Imo with 28. The Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, disclosed this at a press conference while giving an update on the evacuation of Nigerians from South Africa. Air Peace…

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