Nigerian Victim Of S’Africa Xenophobia Seeks Compensation

Mr. Chika Emehelu, a 36-year-old Nigerian businessman in South Africa, yesterday appealed to the federal government to persuade the South African government to pay him compensation for the losses he incurred during the wave of xenophobic attacks in the country in 2013.
Emehelu, a native of Udi in Enugu State, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Johannesburg that he lost more than R800,000 (N12 million) in the May 2013 xenophobic attacks in that country.
The businessman, who is married to a South African and has three children, said his three shops at Portnolloth, a community in Northern Cape Province of South Africa, were looted during the attack.
Emehelu also said local authorities in the province came and took an inventory of the items stolen and destroyed, promising to pay him compensation.
He however said nothing had been done since then, adding that his family members were going through hard times.
Emehelu also said he had submitted all relevant documents to the South African authorities after the incident, adding that he was running a duly registered business outfit.
He also said officers from the Nigerian Mission in South Africa had visited his shops to take inventory.
Emehelu appealed to the federal government to remind the South African government to pay compensation to Nigerians who suffered losses during the xenophobic attacks.
“As I speak, I lost everything to the mob attack and I need government’s assistance to revive my business,” he said.
Mr. Ikechukwu Anyene, President of Nigeria Union in South Africa, said the body had compiled a list of Nigerians affected in the attacks and submitted it to the federal government through Nigeria’s consul general in the country.
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Family Of Electrocuted UNILAG Student Gets N45m Compensation

The family of Oluchi Anekwe, a 300-level student of Accounting in the University of Lagos, who was electrocuted by a live wire on the school premises, has been paid N45m as compensation.

A source said that the money was paid after the Eko Electricity Distribution Company reached a non-disclosure agreement with the victim’s family.

Oluchi, a first class student of UNILAG, was electrocuted at about 7pm in September 2015, while returning from an evening mass with her younger sister.

Oluchi had reportedly entered the Eni Njoku Hall to buy an item and was walking out of the hostel when a high-tension wire fell on her.

The remains of the Igbo-Etiti, Enugu State indigene, were buried shortly after.

The Federal Government also set up a panel to investigate the death.

A Lagos-based human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, reportedly took up the case and wrote EKEDC, asking that the firm compensate the family or risk litigation.

It was gathered that after series of meetings, the power firm buckled and settled with the family.

A credible source told our correspondent that the firm paid N45m to the family.

He said, “They agreed and paid N45m in a non-disclosure agreement. This means the agreement is not to be disclosed to the public. It is supposed to be a private arrangement between the company and the girl’s family.

“The reasoning is that if it is publicised, it could encourage people who have similar grievances to insist on monetary settlements. That might not augur well for the company. The victim’s younger sister has also been flown abroad for treatment for the injuries she sustained in the incident.”

When contacted, Oluchi’s father, Chief Basil Anekwe, refused to confirm if any money was paid to his family, saying instead that the victim’s younger sister was abandoned in an American hospital.

He said, “Which money are you talking about? Where did you get the information? Well, I don’t have an idea of what you are talking about; I am in Enugu right now.”

When PUNCH Metro probed further if the family had received any payment, he said, “Do not ask me because I do not know you. You cannot hear anything from me. Go and confirm from the person that gave you the information. Write that I said I have nothing to say about it.

“I stopped the negotiation process because my daughter was abandoned in an American hospital and I had to go and get her.”

Falana, whose chamber reportedly mediated in the process, could not be reached for comment despite efforts by our correspondent.

But the General Manager, Corporate Communications, EKEDC, Idemudia Godwin, confirmed that there was a settlement, adding that it was not for the public.

He said, “We have settled out of court. We don’t have any issue with the family again.

“I think we want it private; we don’t want it publicised and the family also does not want it published.”

Godwin, however, expressed surprise at the allegation that the company abandoned Oluchi’s sister in an American hospital, saying he was not aware of such.

 

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Ese: Reps To Hear Petition On Victim’s Compensation, Family

The House of Representatives has admitted a petition seeking the payment of compensation for the 14-year-old Ese Oruru and her family over her abduction, conversion to another religion and forced marriage.

 

Ese was freed and re-united with her family last week after having been kidnapped from Bayelsa State in 2015 and held captive in Kano State for six months.

 

The abductor, one Yunusa, a.k.a. ‘Yellow’, is already in police custody.

Meanwhile, following the successful release of Ese Oruru, a human rights activist, Dr. Tunji Abayomi, has urged the Federal Government to effectively apply laws for the protection of children from exploiters hiding under religion.

 

The teenage girl, forced into converting to Islam and marriage to Yinusa, was released and reunited with her family last week after a massive media campaign.

 

According to a report by Punch, findings on Monday showed that the House Committee on Public Petitions would begin hearing on the petition “just days away.”

 

A National Assembly official also said that the Speaker of the House, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, had referred the petition to the committee last week Thursday.

 

The petition was written by the Bayelsa State chapter of the Civil Liberties Organisation in conjunction with the mother of the minor.

 

It was signed by the Chairman of the rights group, Chief Nengi James; the Legal Secretary, Mr. J.J. Mkbere; and Ese’s mother, Mrs. Rose Oruru.

It was gathered that a lawmaker from Bayelsa State, Mr. Duoye Diri, conveyed the petition to the speaker.

 

In addition, the petitioners called for a thorough investigation of Ese’s travails and the prosecution of the culprits to serve as a deterrent to to persons who might be planning such “criminal acts” in the future.

 

Part of the petition read, “In a country of plurality of ethnicities founded on secular tenets, the acts of certain adherents, no doubt, bespeak of reckless and crass invasion of other adherents’ rights to same, which in the instant saga, Ese Oruru’s own rights to movement, dignity of her human person, religion, education, family and private life, were subject of violations.

“Each of these entitles Ese and indeed, the Oruru family, to exemplary damages and the like on the one hand, while the investigation and prosecution of the culprits/masterminds of this obnoxious act will accord perfectly with the deterrent goal of the criminal justice system. “

The petitioners also demanded that a legal framework with stiffer penalties should be put in place by the Federal Government to penalise offenders.

“We trust that your handling of this subject matter will not betray people’s confidence in your (Reps’) legislative functions vis-a-vis the rights of Ese”, the document added.

Abayomi, also a lawyer, told our correspondent in an telephone interview that the restoration of Oruru’s mental health after eight months in captivity should be the priority of government and that Yinusa should be charged with kidnapping and sexual violation.

According to him, the act carried out by Yinusa should not be encouraged as the abduction violates the law, ethics and principles of human rights.

 

He added that the abductor should be punished according to his offence under the law.

 

“I think what the government needs to do is to have a standard, and apply the law effectively in order to protect children.

“Looking at some of the reports and the number of children essentially relating their experiences, it is clear that in many cases, these children have no choice and are forced into a condition they don’t want.”

 

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Nigeria Consumer Agency Moves Against Multichoice, Orders Compensation For Users

The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) on Monday ordered MultiChoice Nigeria to compensate its subscribers and henceforth provide them toll-free lines for their complaints.

MultiChoice Nigeria Limited is Nigeria‘s biggest provider of Digital Satellite Broadcast Television (DStv) service.

CPC’s Deputy Director of Public Relations, Abiodun Obimuyiwa, said in Abuja that the order followed an extensive investigation over alleged violation of consumers’ rights by the company.

Following CPC’s order in line with the Order of Council of February 16, 2016, MultiChoice Nigeria said it confirmed its commitment to continue its engagement with the CPC to resolve the matter in the best interests of DStv subscribers.

Mr. Obimuyiwa said the CPC had ordered MultiChoice to suspend its service when consumers were away, while releasing free-to-air channels even when subscription had expired and compensate consumers for lost viewing time.

The council also ordered the cable television company to introduce local toll-free lines and reasonable equitable spread of popular sports channels, among others.

In addition, the CPC said MultiChoice would, for 18 months from the date of the orders, subject its processes to the Council’s inspection to ensure compliance with the directives contained in the orders.

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Chinese Man Compensated With $200,000 After 11 Years For Wrongful Murder Conviction

A man four times wrongly convicted of murder received 200,000 dollars in compensation for his 11 years of imprisonment.

 

Prosecutor at the central court said Zeng Aiyun was freed in July on grounds of insufficient evidence, in spite of three death sentences he received between 2004 and 2010 for murdering a graduate school classmate.

 

He said all the three verdicts by the Xiangtan Intermediate People’s Court were rejected by the Supreme People’s Court in Beijing and a retrial ordered in 2010.

 

The prosecutor said in the retrial Zeng was found guilty again and sentenced to life imprisonment.

 

He said Zeng was ordered to pay 178,143 Yuan in compensation to the family of victim Zhou Yuheng.

 

The prosecutor said police later found the real killer, who had framed Zeng.

 

 

(dpa/NAN)

Breach Of Contract: Court Orders Stanbic IBTC Bank To Pay N4.5bn As Compensation

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc to pay a former Group Managing Director of Afribank Nigeria Plc, Patrick Olayele Akinkuotu and his company, Longterm Global Capital Limited, the sum of N4.5 billion for breach of contract.

 
The presiding judge, John Tsoho, also ordered Stanbic IBTC and the second defendant in the case, Starcomms Plc, to pay interest of 10 per cent on the judgement sum per annum until the date of final liquidation. The court also ordered that the 100 million units of Starcomm shares sold to the plaintiff through private placement in 2008 were improper, invalid, null and void and were thereby set aside.

 
The judgement of the court was sequel to a suit filed by Akinkuotu and his company against Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc and Starcomms before the court in 2012 alleging that the Stanbic IBTC deliberately misled them into buying shares of Starcom (the second defendant) by misrepresenting facts and issuing false documents.

 

Joined as co-plaintiffs in the suit are: Mrs. Oluyinka Akinkuotu and a limited liability company, Lakeside Mews Limited. ?According to the claim the plaintiff filed before the court through his counsel, Chief Felix Fagbohungbe (SAN), in April, 2008, the bank through one of its officers, Akintayo Mabeweji, proposed to sell shares of Starcomms to the plaintiffs by way of private placement. Thereafter, the bank gave the plaintiffs an Investment Letter dated April 24, 2008, bearing the names of Stanbic IBTC and another company, Chapel Hill Advisory Partners Limited as Joint Issuing Houses. The Investment Letter and the Form of Commitment were represented by the bank as the only placement documents which target prospective investors were expected to rely on before they made their unfettered independent investment decisions in respect of the placement.
Based on these documents , each of the plaintiffs was committed to purchase 25, 000, 000 units of Starcomms shares and promptly complied with the instructions of the bank.

 
However on July 24, 2012 the plaintiffs received two separate investigation letters from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) which raised several issues in respect of the private placement and upon inquires the plaintiffs discovered that the authentic and final document prepared and submitted to the SEC by the defendants was a Private Placement Memorandum dated May 5, 2008 and not the one given to them.

 
Consequently,the plaintiffs averred that they were induced and misled by the representation which were deliberately made by Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc which made them apply and pay for Starcomms shares.

 
In its defence, the bank challenged the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the suit and urged the court to dismiss it because it was frivolous and vexatious,while also claiming that the bank did not conceal any material information in order to induce the plaintiffs to offer or participate in the private placement.

 
However, Justice Tsoho, in his Judgement agreed with the plaintiffs that the defendants deliberately concealed useful information which may have assisted them to reach a more informed decision.

 
He therefore declared that the plaintiffs are legally entitled to rescind the four Forms of Commitment for 100 million units of Starcomms shares which were subsequently manipulated by Stanbic IBTC Bank and were improperly and unlawfully treated as three valid applications for subscriptions and purchases under the private placement exercise.

 
The court also ordered Starcomms the second defendant to cancel forthwith from its register of shareholders the names of the plaintiffs.

 

 

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Mourinho To Receive £10m In Compensation

Roman Abramovich could be forced to pay Mourinho up to £10million after the Portuguese manager signed a four-year deal this summer.

With that deal only a few months old, and no clause in Mourinho’s contract, Sportsmail understands that the sacked manager will be paid by Chelsea until he lands another job.

As part of the settlement to leave by ‘mutual consent’, he is being paid £250,000 a week up to a maximum of £10m.

If he were to take a job next week they would only pay him nominal compensation, but an extended break from football would see him earn the full £10m.

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Buhari Denies Receiving $300,000 Compensation From Jonathan For Boko Haram’s Attack On Convoy

President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to claims he received a compensation of $300,000 from former President Goodluck Jonathan after Boko Haram terrorists attacked his convoy in Kaduna last year.

In a statement by Femi Adesina, his special adviser on media and publicity, Mr. Buhari said he received “nothing untoward, illegal or tending to corruption” from Mr. Jonathan before or after the attack.

The statement reads, “Our attention has been drawn to reports making the rounds, especially on internet-based media, that President Muhammadu Buhari received $300,000.00 and up to five armoured SUVs from the Office of the National Security Adviser in the aftermath of the attack on his convoy in Kaduna last year.

“We unequivocally deny that President Buhari received $300,000.00 or any monetary compensation whatsoever from the Jonathan Presidency or any of its officials, in the aftermath of that attack, or at any other time since then.

“While it is true that one armoured SUV and one untreated SUV were sent to the President in the aftermath of the attack, the vehicles were in keeping with his entitlements as a former Head of State under the Remuneration of Former Presidents and Heads of State (And other Ancillary Matters) Decree of 1999.

“Section 3, Sub Section 1 of that Decree provides that three vehicles will be provided for former heads of state and replaced every four years.

“There was therefore nothing untoward, illegal or tending to corruption in former Head of State Buhari and Presidential aspirant, as he then was, receiving vehicles, to which he was statutorily entitled , from the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

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Saudi To Give Families Of Dead Pilgrims N70m Compensation Each & More

Families of the six Nigerian pilgrims who died in the last Friday’s crane collapse in Saudi Arabia’s grand Mosque will get N70 million each.

They will also be entitled to two Hajj slots each next year to be fully paid for by the Saudi government.

The custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on Tuesday ordered that top officials of the Saudi Bin Ladin Group be banned from traveling outside the kingdom after the probe of the incident partially blamed the construction company for the crane crash.

The Saudi authority announced that families of each of the 111 people who died in the accident will be paid a compensation of  one million Saudi Riyals.

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Collapsed Bridge: Firm Will Pay Compensation To Victims’ Families, Says Kwankwaso

Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State has vowed to ensure that the local construction firm handling the pedestrian bridge, which collapsed along Sheik Jafar road paid adequate compensation to families of the seven victims of Sunday evening incident at Dorayi suburb in the metropolis.

The state police command confirmed that no fewer than seven people were killed when the bridge collapsed, saying that ”Criminal investigation has commenced against the contractor and he would face charges if found wanting.” This was even as a man on tricycle escaped death by whiskers when the concrete slab on the collapsed foot bridge caved in and broke the rickshaw into two yesterday.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Magaji Majiya, spoke on the incident in an interview with newsmen in Kano. However, the governor’s position was contained in a statement signed by the Director of Press in the Government House, Halilu Dantiye. “Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso has vowed to ensure that the victims and their families are adequately compensated by the company,” Dantiye said adding that “doing so will avoid a lot of of unnecessary consequences.”

The statement further admonished citizens to be patient and continue to be law abiding. The statement further urged companies undertaking numerous construction work in the state to continue doing their work in a manner that would ensure minimum discomfort to road users. The governor, who condoled with the families of the victims also prayed for the quick recovery of the injured ones who are currently in the hospital.

Meanwhile, Majiya said the incident happened around 4:45 p.m. when the bridge, which was still under construction, caved in and collapsed on a car passing underneath it. “The workers at the site had warned motorists not to pass because they were working on the bridge but the driver of the taxi allegedly ignored the warning.

‘’So, the moment he moved; before he passed, the bridge caved in and collapsed on the vehicle, which led to the death of seven persons,” he said. According to him, the vehicle has since been evacuated from the scene while the corpses have been deposited at a hospital morgue.

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