Dabiri-Erewa flays killing of Nige­rian teen in UK

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­dul­la­teef Salau

The Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the Pres­i­dent on For­eign Af­fairs and Di­as­pora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has con­demned the stab­bing to death of a 17-year old Nige­rian, Fola Ore­biyi, in London, de­scrib­ing it as “un­ac­cept­able”.

In a state­ment by her Spe­cial As­sis­tant on Me­dia, Ab­dur-Rahman Ba­lo­gun, Dabiri-Erewa said the killing of Ore­biyi and other ex­tra ju­di­cial killing of Nige­ria cit­i­zens in UK was be­com­ing wor­ri­some.

She there­fore called for full in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the in­ci­dent and urged the UK gov­ern­ment to en­sure that jus­tice pre­vails. The pres­i­den­tial aide said while Nige­ria would not con­done crime and crim­i­nal ten­den­cies, it took ex­cep­tion to the ha­rass­ment, un­jus­ti­fi­able killing and ex­e­cu­tion of its na­tion­als abroad.

Dabiri-Erewa urged Nige­ri­ans to sup­port Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari’s ad­min­is­tra­tion to make Nige­ria a bet­ter place. Fola Ore­biyi was re­port­edly stabbed to death in a street clash on Sun­day, July 3, in Not­ting Hill, London, by a gang of youths. He was re­port­edly in­volved in a fight on a nearby es­tate with a gang who chased him into the busy road where he was stabbed in the neck in front of passersby and tourists.

Fol­low­ing the stab­bing, he col­lapsed and bled to death and all ef­forts by the po­lice and paramedics to re­sus­ci­tate him proved abortive.

Ore­biyi, who com­pleted his Gen­eral Cer­tifi­cate of Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion (GCSE) at Hol­land Park in London, was study­ing for his “A” lev­els at the Chelsea Academy be­fore his death.

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