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Murder Of 3 Innocent Nigerians: Guinea Bissau Tenders Apology, Suspects Arrested

guinea bissau killed nigeriansOne of the killed Nigerians

Oct 10, 2013 – Murder Of 3 Innocent Nigerians: Guinea Bissau Tenders Apology At The Nigerian Embassy In Bissau For Jungle Justice

Guinea-Bissau has tendered an apology to Nigeria over the murder of 3 Nigerian citizens by a crowd  in Bissau on Tuesday.

The apology tendered shortly after Nigerians protested the Tuesday incident to the Guinea-Bissau authorities.

Before this, President Goodluck Jonathan had during Wednesday’s  Federal Executive Council meeting directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to order the Nigerian Ambassador in Guinea- Bissau to take up the matter with the  authorities of that country.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, told our correspondent that her Guinea-Bissau counterpart, personally  visited the Nigerian embassy in Bissau where she tendered the apology.

The Agence France Presse  had reported that the three Nigerians were killed after the disappearance of a young boy on Tuesday morning in  Bissau.

Onwuliri said,  “The report we have is that aggrieved citizens attacked the Nigerian embassy with clubs, stones and other dangerous objects. We have protested to the government of Guinea-Bissau. Their (Guinea-Bissau) government has apologised.

“We have also asked for full scale investigation so that the perpetrators will be brought to book.

“Their foreign minister has visited our embassy to apologise. We believe the investigation will reveal the identity of the perpetrators and their motives. We have sent a strong message and I believe they will take it very strongly.”

She added that some suspects who are not Nigerians had been arrested in connection with the kidnapping.

The minister said, “They have arrested some suspects and they are not Nigerians. We feel sad that some of our nationals were killed in the imbroglio.”

Onwuliri, who prayed for the repose of  the  souls of the victims and commiserated with  their families, advised Nigerians “ to steer clear of problem areas wherever they are in foreign lands.”

“We feel sad because this shouldn’t be happening between African countries. This is a country (Guinea-Bissau) we have been helping to find its feet. I know the government of Guinea-Bissau is saddened by the development,”  she added.

The minister said since full-scale investigation into the incident had already commenced,   the remains of the victims would not be brought to Nigeria now.

She also said the embassy had started taking stock of its destroyed property.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati,  had  told   State House correspondents  that the “unfortunate incident”  was duly addressed at the FEC  meeting  in Abuja   presided over by Jonathan.

He stated the Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Alhaji Nurdeen Muhammed,  under whose purview issues relating to African countries fall,  briefed the FEC on the development and the action so far taken by the ministry.

Abati said, “The Minister of State, Foreign Affairs briefed the council on the unfortunate incident that led to the death of at least one Nigerian in Guinea-Bissau and said the situation is not acceptable. The government has protested the development.

“The ministry had already directed the Nigerian Ambassador in Bissau to take up the matter with the Foreign Ministry of that country. That is a further confirmation that this government react proactively wherever any Nigerian has any issue in any part of the world.

“It will interest you to know that Nigeria maintains a robust relationship with our neighbouring countries. That matter was addressed at the council today and Nigerians can be assured that the issue will be resolved quickly.”

The National Assembly and the Nigeria Labour Congress  advised the Federal Government to demand full explanation of the killing.

The  Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma – Egba,  said, “Extrajudicial killings must be condemned .This cannot be less so when Nigerians are killed extra-judicially in foreign lands.

“In this case, one of the victims was photographed as being in the custody of the Guinea Bissau Police. How did the mob get him if the police were not complicit?”

The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on the Foreign Affairs, Linda Ukeje,  said Nigeria would not gloss over the killing of her citizens in a bid to attack  its mission in  Bissau.

The lawmaker  said,”When people come and invade your mission then it is assumed that they have invaded Nigeria.

“We are going to look at it very, very, strenuously.  It is not going to be glossed over; we  are going to open up diplomatic conversation between the Nigerian government and the Guinea-Bissau government.

“We must find out why this happened and what are the consequences; steps must be taken to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to book.”

The  Nigeria Labour Congress which  also  condemned the  killings,  expressed disappointment at  the attitude of the Federal Government towards Nigerians living outside the country.

Acting General Secretary of the NLC, Mr. Chris Uyot, said  government needed to do a lot more than it was doing to secure Nigerians.

[Source: PUNCH Metro]



  1. Topaya

    October 10, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    This is sad africans killing africans
    west africa for that matter
    What a blood thirsty country! shame shame shame

  2. Austine J.

    October 10, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Vry sad in did.

  3. gabriel

    October 10, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Is a pity things like this happens to Nigerians all over world and all our govt could do is to speak useless grammer. While Nigerians a been killed on a daily basis. Is time for every country to know that Nigerians we not keep quite for long,cuz when ever Nigerians are killed in other countries, their citizens in Nigeria will pay with their own lives, expeciall Asian countries be warned.

  4. louis

    October 11, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    Nigerians ar know 4 evil act even when der ar innocent one tin I knw is dat God wil help dis grt nation amen

  5. kingsley

    October 11, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    all will need to do is continue praying for nation bcus Nigeria is great country

  6. kingsley

    October 11, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    all will need to do is to continue praying for our nation bcus Nigeria is a great country will should pray that God should send us our helper that can wipe all evil away from this country Nigeria

  7. obinna etieti

    October 11, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    this is sad and provocative. may their innocent souls rest in peace.also am appealing to naija govt to handle this matter with seriousness. i thank the govt of president jonathan alot for his concerns about nigerians in diaspora. the problem of nigerians is a tribal issue most our yoruba brothers. they ar soo primitive and timid. if this happen during obasanjo regime, he will not take it serious provided they ar igbos. why am i saying this? the sad news came up yesterday and no body knew whom they are.all we know is that they are nigerians. weither they were guilty ot not no one knows until the thruth came out. imagine, they are not nigerians talk of being am igbo boys. primitive yoruba people, hav already condermed that they were igbos. to God be the glory they ar not frm nigeria even. once again those that lost their lifes, may their souls rest in peace and shame to yoruba people.

  8. sharton

    October 11, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    in nigeria they are doing samething too so why blaming guinea bissau for killing 3 nigerians i know is painful that the innocent die for nothing that is jungle justice for u and it has to stop, any way if they want to pass any law at list they should start from naija bcos we are all sick and tired of killing here and there rest in peace guys.

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