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Nigerian Mission, Unions in Italy vow to get justice for murdered lady



Nigerian Mission, Unions in Italy vow to get justice for murdered lady

By Lizzy Okoji

The Nigerian mission and unions in Italy have pledged to seek justice for the late Rita Amenze, the Nigerian lady who was allegedly killed by her Italian husband on September 10 in Italy.

Pastor Mike Oputteh, welfare officer of the National Union of Nigerian Associations in Italy (NUNAI) revealed this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency Sunday in Abuja.

Opputteh said the Nigerian Embassy in Italy, headed by Amb. Mfawa Abam and the unions have been very proactive on the issue that led to the arrest of the late Amenze’s Italian husband.

He said the swift action of the Nigerian mission and the leadership of the unions had made the Italian authority understand that Nigeria cares about its citizens.

“I am the social worker and when I heard the news for the first time I called the chief of this region, Noventa Vicentina, I told him to go and get a first hand report on the incident. , up to the police, which he did.

“We arrived on a Saturday because at the time the husband had not been arrested. The police said the person in charge of the case was not there and that’s when I got angry.

“When he saw my reaction, he realized the gravity. Because they had always seen Nigerians in this region as people the government doesn’t care about.

“I told them that my embassy knew about the matter and my ambassador sent me here to find out, that’s when they seized the opportunity. That’s when they said that was what happened, that the girl had filed for divorce.

“I said I don’t want to hear it, that I’m interested in the husband, let what happened, because there is no justification that will allow anyone to take anyone’s life. that is.

“It was then that the man was arrested the next day. The question is, does that mean they didn’t want to work before and wait for us to react before they work?

“So the embassy stood up, the unions also rose up and other Italian NGOs and civil societies came to say that they would not take it. The man was arrested the next day, even inside his house.

“I told the police that the next phase is that we will follow the case. This new NUNAI executive led by our president, Roland Ndukuba and our ambassador, we are sparing no effort in this particular case.

“We will also file a complaint against the Italian police because there are cases in weddings,

“When a woman says she is no longer interested, it is the responsibility of the police to separate them, take the woman to safety and issue a 1000 meter restriction directive to the woman.

“We have cases that we are going to use against the police and the man. The Nigerian government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has also provided support, ”Opputteh said.

Oputteh also said that Nigerian Ambassador Abam was also committed to ensuring that no Nigerian is treated unfairly or wrongly detained in Italy.

Opputteh noted that the Italian justice system was efficient and commendable, however, the unions would ensure justice for any Nigerian found illegally detained, mostly on the basis of false charges.

According to him, the ambassador will lead a team, including the unions, to tour Italian prisons to check if there are Nigerians illegally detained.

“In a situation where we find out that a Nigerian has been illegally detained, we sue for damages and in most cases we win such cases and damages are paid.

“I know one or two people, and the last person was paid 65,000 euros.

“On the illegal detention of Nigerians in Italian prisons, we went to three prisons. “

Oputteh said he had lived in Italy for years and that the police had never harassed him.

He said recently that the Italian authorities have carried out raids and that Nigerians have been apprehended for drugs and sects, and that someone, a Nigerian and an Italian police whistleblower, included my name.

“The police made their inquiries, listened to my conversations but found nothing on me, they did not arrest me but they arrested others. They can’t come and arrest you for nothing, they can’t.

“I have not seen any Nigerian illegally detained for whom we have not fought. And if there are, and we learn in the prisons we visit, we will fight for them, ”Opputteh said.

Source: NAN

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