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Newsline: Nigerians Storm South Africa Embassy, Demand Suspension Of Ambassador

Nigerians, under the aegis of Advocates for Collective Transformation and Youth Empowerment Initiative, took the protest against attacks on Nigerians in South Africa to the country’s Embassy on Molade Okoya Thomas Street, Victoria Island, Lagos State. The protesters, who were mostly youths, occupied the frontage of the embassy, singing solidarity songs. Expressing their displeasure at the destruction and looting of business ventures owned by Nigerians in South Africa, they called on the Federal Government to shut down the South African high commission offices in the country. They also demanded that the government suspended the South African ambassador to Nigeria and other officials until the safety of Nigerians in South Africa could be guaranteed. Some persons, believed to be officials of the embassy, observed the protest from the barred gate of the embassy and took some photos.


Newsline: Nigeria to Summon South African Ambassador to Over Arms Deal

There are strong indications that the Federal Government may summon the South African Ambassador to Nigeria, Lulu Mnguni, over the botched arms deal which led to the seizure of millions of dollars meant for the purchase of military hardware. It was learnt that some senior officials met on Wednesday in Abuja where they decided that the time was ripe for Nigeria to address frontally the embarrassing blockage of the arms deal by South Africa. The South African authorities had confiscated $9.5m and $7.5m meant for purchase of arms by Nigeria in two separate incidents, on the guise that the deals did not conform to due process, according to its laws. It was decided that the Ambassador should be summoned to explain Pretoria’s rationale for its action against Nigeria, in view of the various political and economic benefits South Africa had enjoyed from her relationship with the Federal Government.


Newsline: UK diplomat dies after ‘heart attack’ in Lagos airport

The British Deputy High Commissioner in Lagos has died after a suspected heart attack in an airport in Nigeria. Peter Carter, who was 57, had just arrived in Lagos’s Murtala Muhammed International Airport from Houston, Texas, when he collapsed. The British High Commission in Lagos said he had made an “exceptional contribution” to UK-Nigeria relations. Mr Carter had served in India, Italy and Israel and was the British Ambassador to Estonia from 2007-12. In 2000, Mr Carter had also helped to set up diplomatic relations between the UK and North Korea for the first time. A statement from the British High Commission said: “Peter made an exceptional contribution to the UK’s relationship with Nigeria. Doctors treated him at the airport but were unable to save him.


Newsline: British diplomat dies at Lagos airport

A British diplomat on Tuesday slumped and died at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, security officials at the flagship airport said. The envoy, who was said to have arrived aboard a United Airlines flight, died at the arrival hall shortly after disembarking from the plane around 3pm. A top security operative at the airport said the diplomat might have died of heart-related complications. “He was shouting help! Help! and then slumped. People did not want to go near initially because of the Ebola scare that has been in town,” the official added. The spokesman for the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, Mr. Yakubu Dati, confirmed that somebody died at the airport but said the identity of the person had yet to be ascertained. Also, the Commissioner of Police, Airport Command, Mr. Wahab Salau, also confirmed that a foreigner had died at the airport on Tuesday afternoon. Airport officials confirmed that officials from the British embassy came to evacuate the corpse from the airport at about 7.45pm. When contacted last night, the British High Commission spokesman, Robert Fitzpatrick, in a text message said, he could not confirm the passage of the diplomat.


Newsline: How Nigerian Diplomat Secretly Exported Ebola

Facts have emerged on how a Nigerian diplomat infected a medical doctor with the deadly Ebola Virus just as health authorities announced that it had been effectively controlled in Lagos. Street Journal gathered that the diplomat had primary contact with Patrick Sawyer, the index case of the disease and after showing symptoms, he reportedly evaded health workers in Lagos and moved to Port Harcourt where he engaged the service of Dr. I. S. Enemuo of Sam Steel Clinic, East West Road, Rumuokoro who treated him secretly. Street Journal gathered that the diplomat, on being stabilized, flew back to Lagos. Findings also revealed that after he concluded the diplomat’s treatment, Dr. Enemuo was presenting ebola symptoms. He died on Friday. Meanwhile, the diplomat was said to have submitted himself for medical checks in order to he cleared to travel out of the country.


Newsline: Nigerian Diplomat in Namibia Denies Extrajudicial Killings

The Nigerian High Commissioner to Namibia, Biodun Olorunfemi, denied allegations by Amnesty International that the Nigerian military is committing extrajudicial killing of civilians in its troubled northern region and demanded an independent, impartial investigation into a video showing soldiers slaughtering civilians. Olorunfemi said the Nigerian military is well aware of the rules of engagement during a crisis, therefore, they should not be accused of committing extrajudicial killings. “They [military] know that extrajudicial killings are forbidden and they are very organized in this regard,” Olorunfemi said.


Newsline: Spanish Embassy Denies Nigerian Journalists Visa

The Spanish Consulate in Lagos has denied no fewer than five Nigerians including Online Editor from one of the national dailies and representatives from School of Media and Communication (SMC), the Pan-Atlantic University entry visa to participate in the World Cup of Newsroom Innovation termed Hackathon holding in Spain this week. With this development, 16 teams will participate in the global event but Nigeria’s Hackdays winners will not be attending as they have been denied entry visa. Despite interventions and referral from the Global Editors Network, Ministry of Communication of Catolonia Government and Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, effort to appeal to the Spanish Embassy to issue the entry visa that will enable Nigerian representatives to participate in the capacity building event failed as the Consular Officer, Carolina de Manueles Alvarez, refused to entertain their entreaties