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Irregular migrants turn to Morocco–Spain route

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Thousands of irregular migrants from Africa are now considering the Moroccan to Spain route in an attempt to reach Europe by land, the Migrant Project, an anti-irregular migration campaign group, has said.

In a press statement, the group said that due to the unrest and clamp down in Libya, several migrants are avoiding the Libyan route which is deemed too risky, dangerous and stressful, thereby using the borders in Morocco as the connecting point into Europe.

Over 82,000 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea between January and September 2018, with over 36,600 entering Spain, making it the leading destination for irregular migration into Europe this year, the group added.

“In July, more than 700 migrants from sub-Sahara Africa stormed the border fence of the Spanish enclave Ceuta in Morocco with dozens injured and several dead,” Tayo Elegbede, the group’s media officer said.

Mr Elegbede noted that the realities of irregular migration in Nigeria and Africa continue to generate concerns for stakeholders due to the inherent dangers of the journey which entraps, enslaves and renders many migrants stranded, unsafe and even dead.

“Our observation of irregular migration trends in Nigeria has revealed quite a number of realities,” he said.

“While the journeys are a really hard move to track, it is worrisome to note that over 1,700 people have died this year in an attempt to cross the Mediterranean sea. Similarly, thousands have lost their lives in attempts to use the Moroccan-Spain route into Europe, This is outside of the cases of forced labour, slave trade, human trafficking, organ harvesting and detention, and other inhuman experiences.”

He urged traveling Nigerians to explore legal alternatives rather than irregular migration which is fraught with risks.

“Apparently, irregular migration could be really costly to individuals, families, communities, nations and the world at large,” he said.

“Hence, we advise people, particularly potential migrants, to know the risks and realities of irregular migration and count the cost before embarking on such journies.

“Therefore, it is safe to explore alternatives to irregular migration such as legal and proper migration, foreign studies and scholarships, family reunification, home-grown opportunities for business development, entrepreneurship, job placement, and skills development.”

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Court sentences kidnapper Evans’ 2 Gang Members to 41 years in prison

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Two former members of billionaire kidnapper, Evans’ gang have been sentenced to 41 years imprisonment by court.

During an Ikeja High court sitting in Lagos State on Monday, witnessed Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo sentenced the convicts, Kelvin Emenike Ukoh and Emeka Obasi for the abduction of one Ugoje Jude, a shipping agent, and his staff, Miss Piriye Gogo in August 3, 2012.

The convicts were members of the kidnapping gang headed by billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudimeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans. They were arraigned in 2013 alongside three others: Uche Igbani, 28, Chibuzor Osuagwu, 33 and a 36-year-old woman, Onowu Ngozi, on a 14 count-charge bothering on conspiracy, kidnapping, armed robbery and murder.

Ugoje and another staff, Piriye Gogo were kidnapped by the gang who and were later taken to an unknown destination by their leader, Evans.

Miss Ugoje narrated the entire ordeal before the court including how she almost got raped and how she was saved by the police patrol she saw and flagged after the three men took away Jude while holding rifles.

Jude also testified in court, he said his abductors initially ordered him to pay N10m for his release but after negotiations, they accepted N5m.

Justice Taiwo after listening to the testifiers convicted and sentenced Ukoh and Obasi to 5, 15 and 21 years for conspiracy, kidnapping and armed robbery respectively, while the other three; Igbani, Osuagwu and Ngozi were discharged and acquitted by court.

 

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N500 healed my friend of depression — Reno Omokri

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Reno Omokri on Twitter Saturday narrated how N500 healed his friend of depression.

He said this while trying to enlighten his followers on depression and how someone will know if he/she is depressed.

He said in series of tweets:

“Depression is REAL. But BEFORE you take anti depression drugs, try this. Stop thinking about YOU. Think about the less privileged. Take 24 hours to FORGET YOURSELF and do something for them. Then see if you are still depressed after the experience.

I met someone who thought he was depressed. I sent him money. He received the bank alert and got INSTANT HEALING. My point isn’t to trivialise depression. But before taking anti depression drugs, make sure you are really depressed and not just broke.

Many people are LONELY, HEARTBROKEN, BROKE, DISAPPOINTED, DISILLUSIONED, REJECTED & JILTED. But they have allowed MODERN SCIENCE to deceive them that they are DEPRESSED. Don’t allow a one time temporary EVENT become your life long permanent DESTINY.

When I was in university, a friend of mine was depressed. I traveled to Benin to tell his dad. His dad said there has NEVER been depression in their family, but I should take this ₦500 (it was 94). Behold, that ₦500 healed my friend of depression.”

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Taiwan legalises Same Sex Marriage, first in Asia

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In what has been touted as the first in Asia, Taiwan’s parliament legalised same-sex marriage on Friday as the government survived a last-minute attempt by conservatives to pass watered-down legislation.

Lawmakers comfortably passed a bill allowing same-sex couples to form “exclusive permanent unions” and another clause that would let them apply for a “marriage registration” with government agencies.

The vote — which took place on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia — is a major victory for the island’s LGBT community and it places the island at the vanguard of Asia’s burgeoning gay rights movement.

Thousands of gay rights supporters gathered outside parliament despite heavy downpours, waving rainbow flags, flashing victory signs and breaking into cheers as the news filtered out. In recent months conservatives had mobilised to rid the law of any reference to marriage, instead putting forward rival bills that offered something closer to limited same-sex unions.

But those bills struggled to receive enough votes. Gay rights groups hailed the vote on Friday, saying the ability to apply for a “marriage registration” — known as Clause Four — put their community much closer to parity with heterosexual couples.

“The passage of Clause Four ensures that two persons of the same-sex can register their marriage on May 24th and ensure that Taiwan becomes the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage and to successfully open a new page in history,” said the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights.

Two years ago Taiwan’s top court ruled that not allowing same-sex couples to marry violates the constitution with judges giving the government until May 24 to make the changes or see marriage equality enacted automatically.

The law does not bring full equality with heterosexual couples — it only allows for biological adoption, for example, and marriages with foreigners are not recognised.

 

 

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