FROM THE PRESIDENT

Fellow Nigerians,

In view of recent developments and in line with our administration’s electioneering promise of keeping Nigerians in Spain updated at all times, it is my honour to inform you on the matters arrising.


It is no longer news that Nigerians in Spain are being deported in droves today. Upon our election, the issue of incessant deportation of Nigerians in Spain was a matter that was on the front burner for us. Consequently, we swung into action by visiting the Nigerian embassy on the issue. The embassy duly informed us that the problem is beyond them because it is a matter of bilateral agreement signed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo with Spain. In the agreement, Obasanjo signed that Spain should deport all undocumented Nigerians because there is work for them in Nigeria. Hence, the embassy has no choice than to obey the rules of the agreement. On our part as a union, we have raised a letter to the appropriate authorities on the matter. And in the near future, we intend to send a high powered delegation to the National Assembly on the issue.

While these negotiations are on-going, undocumented Nigerians are advised to be careful on their movements. Also Nigerians are advised to avoid arts of criminality that has often dragged the name of the country to the mud.

Meanwhile, we condemn in clear terms the increased art of police molestation of good Nigerians across the streets of Madrid. It is an act that clearly violates the fundamental laws guiding the rights of immigrants anywhere in the world. And it is a debate we are willing to take up. We are right now working out modalities to meet with Police chiefs and Alcades (Majors) in Parla, Fuenlabrada, Mostoles, Torrejon and Alcala as we expect the trend to wear a more respectable outlook in the near future.

KILLING OF MAUREEN ADA OTUYA IN BILBAO
A few days after our election, we were greeted with the news of a fellow Nigerian, Maureen Ada Otuya who was gruesomely beaten to coma and her eventual death by a Spanish shaolin master in Bilbao. While we had proposed a National protest and call for justice to complement the efforts of Nigerians in Bilbao, we were informed on the productive effort of the Nigerian Embassy. In our meeting with the Ambassador and the principal staff of the Nigerian embassy, we learnt that the embassy had sent some staff to Bilbao and had met with all relevant authorities and personnel. The embassy had also contacted its lawyers on the case and they had been talking with Ada’s parents and family. We also appreciated the fact that the embassy is working to grant the wishes of Ada’s family by sending her corpse home to Nigeria for burial. Meanwhle, some other details like compensation and justice are being followed up.

While we are monitoring the case with all sense of diligence, we as a Union condemn in clear terms the murder of Ada Maureen Otuya and all other Nigerians that have died in all unholy and untimely manners as this. We have started taking another look at some cases in the recent past and we are committed to ensuring uncompromised justice for all the victims.

POLICE CHARACTER REPORT
For the Police report exercise conducted recently, I wish to inform Nigerians that its processing in Nigeria has reached an advanced stage. Meanwhile, the union is discussing tenaciously with the Nigerian embassy which is liaising with the Spanish authorities on eradicating police report as a requirement for the processing of relevant documents. This argument is based on the reasoning that it is counter productive to ask someone who has lived in Spain for more than five years to bring a police report from Nigeria.

While these and some other measure are being looked into, we are hoping for a more easy and affordable approach in the near future.

CHARGES OF THE NIGERIAN EMBASSY
In response to the plight of Nigerians on the rates and charges for consular services at the embassy, the Union has been in constant liaison with the embassy on the issue. And I am pleased to announce that the embassy has begun to consider some of the points in line with the plight of Nigerians. Hence, some of the charges have been looked into. Passport re-issue is now 60 Euro as against 100 Euro. Declaration of Age is now free. The comprehensive price list is available online at http://nigerianembassyspain.org/prices.php

While some efforts have been made, the union shall continue its discussion the embassy on these issues until such a time when the plight of Nigerians would have been considerably met.

CONCLUSION
While I thank my executive and members of the Federation of Nigerians in Spain as well as all Nigerians for their co-operation, I wish to state that we all have a moral responsibility to contribute to the good image of our fatherland by being law abiding residents in the land of Spain. And as a union we shall continue to work in the most proactive manner on behalf of Nigerians. I therefore wish to extend my sincere gratitude to her Excellency, the Ambassador of Nigeria to Spain, Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu and the staff of the embassy for their co-operation and duty.

God Bless you all and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Comrade Lamptay Oriakhi
President.
FROM THE PRESIDENT Fellow Nigerians, In view of recent developments and in line with our administration’s electioneering promise of keeping Nigerians in Spain updated at all times, it is my honour to inform you on the matters arrising. DEPORTATION AND POLICE MOLESTATION OF NIGERIANS IN SPAIN It is no longer news that Nigerians in Spain are being deported in droves today. Upon our election, the issue of incessant deportation of Nigerians in Spain was a matter that was on the front burner for us. Consequently, we swung into action by visiting the Nigerian embassy on the issue. The embassy duly informed us that the problem is beyond them because it is a matter of bilateral agreement signed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo with Spain. In the agreement, Obasanjo signed that Spain should deport all undocumented Nigerians because there is work for them in Nigeria. Hence, the embassy has no choice than to obey the rules of the agreement. On our part as a union, we have raised a letter to the appropriate authorities on the matter. And in the near future, we intend to send a high powered delegation to the National Assembly on the issue. While these negotiations are on-going, undocumented Nigerians are advised to be careful on their movements. Also Nigerians are advised to avoid arts of criminality that has often dragged the name of the country to the mud. Meanwhile, we condemn in clear terms the increased art of police molestation of good Nigerians across the streets of Madrid. It is an act that clearly violates the fundamental laws guiding the rights of immigrants anywhere in the world. And it is a debate we are willing to take up. We are right now working out modalities to meet with Police chiefs and Alcades (Majors) in Parla, Fuenlabrada, Mostoles, Torrejon and Alcala as we expect the trend to wear a more respectable outlook in the near future. KILLING OF MAUREEN ADA OTUYA IN BILBAO A few days after our election, we were greeted with the news of a fellow Nigerian, Maureen Ada Otuya who was gruesomely beaten to coma and her eventual death by a Spanish shaolin master in Bilbao. While we had proposed a National protest and call for justice to complement the efforts of Nigerians in Bilbao, we were informed on the productive effort of the Nigerian Embassy. In our meeting with the Ambassador and the principal staff of the Nigerian embassy, we learnt that the embassy had sent some staff to Bilbao and had met with all relevant authorities and personnel. The embassy had also contacted its lawyers on the case and they had been talking with Ada’s parents and family. We also appreciated the fact that the embassy is working to grant the wishes of Ada’s family by sending her corpse home to Nigeria for burial. Meanwhle, some other details like compensation and justice are being followed up. While we are monitoring the case with all sense of diligence, we as a Union condemn in clear terms the murder of Ada Maureen Otuya and all other Nigerians that have died in all unholy and untimely manners as this. We have started taking another look at some cases in the recent past and we are committed to ensuring uncompromised justice for all the victims. POLICE CHARACTER REPORT For the Police report exercise conducted recently, I wish to inform Nigerians that its processing in Nigeria has reached an advanced stage. Meanwhile, the union is discussing tenaciously with the Nigerian embassy which is liaising with the Spanish authorities on eradicating police report as a requirement for the processing of relevant documents. This argument is based on the reasoning that it is counter productive to ask someone who has lived in Spain for more than five years to bring a police report from Nigeria. While these and some other measure are being looked into, we are hoping for a more easy and affordable approach in the near future. CHARGES OF THE NIGERIAN EMBASSY In response to the plight of Nigerians on the rates and charges for consular services at the embassy, the Union has been in constant liaison with the embassy on the issue. And I am pleased to announce that the embassy has begun to consider some of the points in line with the plight of Nigerians. Hence, some of the charges have been looked into. Passport re-issue is now 60 Euro as against 100 Euro. Declaration of Age is now free. The comprehensive price list is available online at <a href=http://nigerianembassyspain.org/prices.php While some efforts have been made, the union shall continue its discussion the embassy on these issues until such a time when the plight of Nigerians would have been considerably met. CONCLUSION While I thank my executive and members of the Federation of Nigerians in Spain as well as all Nigerians for their co-operation, I wish to state that we all have a moral responsibility to contribute to the good image of our fatherland by being law abiding residents in the land of Spain. And as a union we shall continue to work in the most proactive manner on behalf of Nigerians. I therefore wish to extend my sincere gratitude to her Excellency, the Ambassador of Nigeria to Spain, Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu and the staff of the embassy for their co-operation and duty. God Bless you all and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria Comrade Lamptay Oriakhi President." height="403" width="259"/>

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These anti-Edo political organizations you folks went to join are the most anti-African - and Africans - in the world.

They're worse than anything; we obviously can't stop you though, even Ewuare II's manifest destiny lies in our own regional party.

We have egba Omo Oduduwa and so on, NPC, AG, the forerunner of them all NCNC and then now these cancers of today.

Stay "with them", but register for your most important election first: your local election, register Edo Political Front, and if you don't, vote the front.

No self respecting Edo will - in the future - find themselves the flag bearers and cheerleaders of foreign parties with indirect rule political and economic mandates, it just doesn't work.

No sane Edo person lives to "have the ear" of someone who doesn't have Edo at their heart.

The Supreme Court is the place to remove the frustration of these lethargic and "periodic" additions to the voting rolls; here - where I live - you can fill in the forms regarding changing your voter registration at the post office and other easy access places.

At the rate things are going we're going to find ourselves truly in decline as our populations suffer from simple things like protein deficiencies in children

" - Reggie Akpata

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