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Newsline: Dozens of defrauded Nigerians descend on their embassy in Moscow

More than 70 Nigerian citizens gathered at their country’s embassy in Moscow on Friday to complain that they were deceived into attending the World Cup on the promise that they could work while in Russia. The leader of a volunteer group told the magazine RBC that the first Nigerian tourists started reporting scammers as early as two weeks ago. They were reportedly sold “fan IDs” for $300 and round-trip tickets, and told they could earn money while in Moscow. When they arrived in the Russian capital, however, they learned that their documents don’t allow them to work, and the scammers quickly canceled their return tickets. On Thursday, a false rumor started spreading among the Nigerians in Moscow that Turkish Airlines had arranged a flight to take them home, but they were turned away at Sheremetyevo Airport, and police vans delivered them to the Nigerian embassy. More than 70 stranded tourists gathered at the embassy on Friday, and another several hundred are spread across the country.

https://meduza.io/en/news/2018/07/13/dozens-of-defrauded-nigerians-descend-on-their-embassy-in-moscow-desperate-to-return-home

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Newsline: Nigerian diplomat killed in Sudanese capital Khartoum

A Nigerian diplomat was found dead in his home in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Thursday, two security sources said. They said police were investigating the incident but provided no details on how he died. Officials from the Nigerian Embassy in Khartoum were not immediately available to comment. Dubai-based al-Arabiya television identified the diplomat as the consul general and described his death as an “assassination”. Reports on social media suggested the killers used a knife in the attack.

https://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFKBN1IB1PD-OZATP

Newsline: Controversies Trail Sack Of Workers In Nigerian Embassy In Washington

Controversies are trailing the recent disengagement of workers by the Nigerian Embassy in Washington. The local staff accused the mission of retaining non-Nigerian employees at the expense of those who are of Nigerian Nationality. In the same vein, workers affected in the retrenchment are also alleging that the decision to lay them off was arbitrary, as the Embassy had no plans to pay their gratuity and other severance benefits. But speaking with journalists, senior officials of the Embassy said that the disengagement of workers followed due process as it was approved by Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja. The officials also pointed that the allegation that there was no prior notice to the disengaged workers was not true, saying they actually agreed to the arrangement since February 2017.

http://saharareporters.com/2018/04/04/controversies-trail-sack-workers-nigerian-embassy-washington

Newsline: Philippine ambassador to Nigeria faces corruption allegations

Diplomatic staff of the Philippine Embassy in Nigeria are seeking the recall and investigation of Manila’s ambassador to the African state for alleged corrupt and unethical practices, accusations the envoy has vehemently denied. Consular officer Elmor Maglunsod filed an official complaint against Ambassador Shirley Ho-Vicario for allegedly violating Republic Act No. 6713 or the Code of Conduct of Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employee, and Republic Act No. 3019 or Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. Some embassy staffers backed Maglunsod’s complaint, which they said was strongly denied by Vicario, who assumed her post in May 1, 2017 after being appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte. In Malacañang, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said Duterte was taking the matter “very seriously.” In his affidavit, Maglunsod also complained of “untoward practices” of the ambassador’s husband, Pascasio Vicario. “Throughout the consular mission, she claimed that she paid for lunch and dinner meetings with the Filipino community, bought gifts for certain groups, individuals, and companies. But the truth is, she never paid a single cent,” Maglunsod said. He claimed that Vicario “just collected all the receipts, certified it as however she sees fit, and reimbursed the receipts.” “It was actually the Filipino community who paid for the food during the meetings and gatherings and transportation of the ambassador during her tours,” he added. Maglunsod said Section 3(b) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, public officials and employees are “prohibited to solicit, accept, directly or indirectly request or receive any gift for himself or for any other person.” He also alleged that every time Vicario goes to other countries under her jurisdiction, “all the ambassador ever does aside from brief meetings with the Filipino community are shopping, collecting souvenirs, and taking advantage of people where they can gain profit and materialize their personal interest.” Embassy staffers also complained that Vicario is rarely at the embassy and would allegedly always overstay in certain countries during consular visits. They also complained of Vicario’s husband’s rude treatment of embassy staffers and his interference in embassy affairs. Based on her curriculum vitae, this is the second time that Vicario was appointed as political ambassador, having served during the term of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as envoy to Papua New Guinea in Feb. 15, 2007 until she was recalled by President Benigno Aquino III in Sept. 30, 2010.

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/644763/phl-ambassador-to-nigeria-faces-complaint-for-alleged-misconduct-corruption/story/

Newsline: Nigerian Official Issued with Wrong Visa By Turkish Consulate In Abuja Demands Compensation

A top official of Federal Capital Territory Administration, Dr. (Mrs.) Kehinde Catherine Ilupeju is demanding the sum of N50 million from the Embassy of Turkey in Nigeria for issuing her a wrong visa. Dr. Ilupeju, recalled that she had on 15 December 2017 applied for a visa at Turkish Embassy in Nigeria to visit her son who was studying at European University, Cyprus. She said she got the visa on December 20 2017 and thus, embarked on the trip to Turkey from Abuja on a few days later. However, she was arrested on arrival at Ercan International Airport by security operatives who alleged she did not have the necessary documents to enter that part of Cyprus. The civil servant lamented that she was treated as an illegal immigrant and subjected to the indignity of detention, harassment, untold embarrassment and eventual loss of huge financial resources despite the fact that she paid the sum of $400 in cash at the Turkish Embassy in Nigeria. The officials of Turkish Embassy were aware that our client was traveling to the European University of Cyprus for which she was charged $400 as processing fee which she paid in cash. “From the documents she submitted, the Embassy officials ought to have known they did not possess the authority to issue her a visa that would be respected in that part of Cyprus where the said university is located. This, our client considers as a serious breach of a duty of care owed to her by the Turkish Embassy in Nigeria,” solicitors to the FCTA official said in making the demand for the N50 million compensation. The petitioner’s lawyers threatened to take legal action against the Embassy if the demand of their client for compensation was not acceded to.

http://saharareporters.com/2018/02/17/nigerian-official-issued-wrong-visa-turkish-consulate-abuja-demands-n50-million

Newsline: Nigeria summons US ambassador over Trump’s ‘shithole’ remarks

The Federal Government has summoned the United States ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, over the derogatory remarks by President Donald Trump. Trump had in a fit lambasted immigrants, stating that they were coming from ‘shithole’ countries, a statement that annoyed many concerned nations and generated serious criticisms from the African Union and others. Symington is expected to meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama later today.

https://punchng.com/breaking-fg-summons-us-ambassador-over-trumps-shithole-remarks/

Newsline: Diplomats Seek Intensified Security in Lagos after German Embassy Breach

Following the recent breach at the German Embassy on Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, five diplomats from their respective embassies asked the police to intensify security. The diplomats were drawn from the British High Commission, United States (US), German, Italian and The Netherlands embassies, all in Lagos. Tabling their grouse to the Lagos Police Commissioner, Edgal Imohimi, at the command headquarters in Ikeja, they cited the popular Nigerian Army Mammy Market operated in the neighbourhood, as one of the security threats they face. According them, their worries were triggered by the recent security breach at the German Embassy, which almost went out of hand before it was contained.

https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2017/12/15/german-embassy-breach-diplomats-clamour-for-intensified-security-in-lagos/