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Nigerian, shot six times by armed robbers in Trinidad and Tobago, begs for repatriation

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A Nigerian living in Trinidad and Tobago, Saubana Bel­lo, has begged to be repatriated back to his country of birth after armed robbers shot him six times.

According to local media in the Caribbean country, Bel­lo en­tered Trinidad on 5th No­vem­ber 2005 il­le­gal­ly from Venezuela and in search of a better life.

He got a job but six days after he entered the country, armed robbers struck and shot him, ironically, six times with the bullets hitting him in the head, up­per and low­er back and the leg.

“I ar­rived on No­vem­ber 5th with a friend, we looked for work and we found work at a se­cu­ri­ty firm. I start­ed im­me­di­ate­ly how­ev­er on No­vem­ber 11th, I was sta­tioned alone at busi­ness in Mar­aval”, he said in a Trinidad and Tobago Guardian report.

“Whilst on du­ty there was a rob­bery at a build­ing to the front I hid but the ban­dits saw me and ran and they pur­sued me, they shot at me and I was hit six times”.

“I was drenched in blood, I re­alised my feet and arms could not move, the last thing I re­mem­ber was say­ing the word hos­pi­tal to the those who came to my as­sis­tance.”

Bel­lo woke up in the hos­pi­tal three days af­ter the in­ci­dent at the Port-of-Spain Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal.

“I was in ex­cru­ci­at­ing pain, the com­pa­ny I worked for came to vis­it me and when their in­sur­ance agent was in­formed I was an il­le­gal im­mi­grant, that was the last time,” he ex­plained.

“I was ly­ing there at the hos­pi­tal and my life was shat­tered when doc­tors told me that I am paral­ysed from the waist down.”

Trinidad and Tobago Guardian wrote,

Bel­lo spent two years at the hos­pi­tal when he was dis­charged he had nowhere to go and no one to re­ceive him.

He was then placed at the Se­nior Cit­i­zens home which was fund­ed by the Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment.

How­ev­er, this arrange­ment was can­celled in 2017 and now he owes the home in Ch­a­gu­nas mon­ey for the two years he spent in its care.

Bel­lo said he is grate­ful to Trinidad and To­ba­go for the help he has re­ceived thus far.

He added he re­ceived two life-threat­en­ing surg­eries cour­tesy the gov­ern­ment and Health Min­istry. Bel­lo thanked the church­es and many for as­sist­ing him dur­ing the dif­fi­cult time he spent here. But now Bel­lo said he wants to go home.

“My time here is done, I came to Trinidad in the search of a bet­ter life and with not be­ing able to walk, it is time for me to go home”, he lament­ed.

Bel­lo is a fa­ther of one.

“My son is now 17 years old and my wife is wait­ing on me to come home but ei­ther of us has the fund­ing to help me”, he said, “I have con­tact­ed friends and fam­i­ly home, it’s ex­treme­ly dif­fi­cult to raise the funds, life is hard in Nige­ria.”

Bel­lo has al­so reached out to the Niger­ian Em­bassy in Trinidad and To­ba­go.

“The em­bassy knows of my case, they say am not the on­ly one want­i­ng their as­sis­tance to re­turn home and they are faced with lim­it­ed fund­ing’, he not­ed.

With one of the six bul­lets lodged in Mr Bel­lo’s back, he hopes that he can see his fam­i­ly soon and con­tin­ue liv­ing his life in Nige­ria.

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Kashamu maneuvered law, politics to escape justice on alleged crimes but couldn’t beat death – Obasanjo

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Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo has reacted to the death of a popular Nigerian politician and Ogun state Senator, Buruji Kashamu.

According to reports, Kashamu passed away on Saturday, it was said that the 62-year-old Kashamu die of Covid-19 at Cardiology hospital, Lagos.

Obasanjo said despite his smartness against law, he was unable to escape death.

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Obasanjo in a condolence message addressed to the state governor, described the death as sad.

He said ” I received the sad news of the demise of Senator Esho Jinadu (Buruji Kashmu) a significant citizen of Ogun State. Please accept my condolence and that of my family on this irreparable loss.

“The life and history of the departed have lessons for those of all us on this side of the veil. Senator Esho Jinadu (Buruji Kashmu) in his lifetime used the maneuver of law and politics to escape from facing justice on the alleged criminal offense in Nigeria and outside Nigeria.

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” But no legal, political, cultural, social, or even medical maneuver could stop the cold hand of death when the Creator of all of us decides that the time is up.

“May Allah forgive his sin and accept his soul into Aljanah, and may God grant his family and friends fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”

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JUST IN: Buruji Kashamu dies of COVID-19

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A former Senator representing Ogun East, Senator Buruji Kashamu, is dead after suffering from COVID-19 complications, Senator Murray Bruce has disclosed

Ben Murray-Bruce who broke the news on Twitter on Saturday said Kashamu died at First Cardiologist Consultants in Lagos.

Kashamu represented Ogun east in the eighth senate.

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He had a brush with the law over allegations of drug dealing while he was in the US.

In 2015, there was a stand-off at his residence after operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) attempted to arrest him for extradition to the US.

He challenged the attempt to extradite until his death.

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He was 62 years old.

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Governor Bala defends appointment of SA on unmarried women

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Governor Mohammed Bala of Bauchi State has defended the appointment of Balaraba Ibrahim as a Special Assistant on unmarried women affairs.

Earlier, in a letter dated August 4, 2020, with reference number GO/SS/POL/S/83, the governor approved the appointment. Meanwhile, the new appointment caused a controversy in the media.

However, in a statement released by his senior special assistant on media Mukhtar Gidado on Saturday, Governor Bala said he appointed a special assistant on unmarried women affairs to address the needs of widows and divorcees in the state.

The Bauchi State Governor who noted that the widows and divorcees constitute a significant segment of the state’s population, said the unending petitions by representatives of this group led to the appointment.

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The statement read;

“The governor decided to establish a channel of communication whereby their plight can be addressed like those of other groups in the state.

“After due consideration and in keeping with his campaign pledge not to leave anybody behind, the governor graciously acceded to their request hence the appointment of a special assistant on women affairs, with the specific responsibility of handling matters related to widows and divorcees, not “unmarried” women.

“Unfortunately, while producing it, the word “unmarried” was inadvertently introduced into the letter. This is a clear mistake of the head; not of the heart which the Government sincerely regrets.

“Governor Bala Mohammed is sincerely pained that this error could have caused the women of Bauchi state and elsewhere, considerable distress and embarrassment.

“He has therefore directed that his personal apologies be conveyed to all women of Bauchi State, particularly the widows and divorcees whose interests he has vowed to protect and advance, always.

“Finally, governor Bala Mohammed enjoins the good people of Bauchi state to put this matter behind us so that, together, we can sustain the achievements that have been recorded, so far, in diverse areas such as youth empowerment, infrastructural development, rehabilitation of schools and primary healthcare centres, amelioration of the plight of senior citizens and retirees and the harmonious relationship between the executive and the legislature.”

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