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Nigerians and drugs in Ireland, it wasn't born yesterday

TheOmbudsman

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In 2003 a quarter of all female inmates in Mountjoy were South africans, sent to Ireland as drug mules by Nigerians

'The Nigerians were telling us that when you get caught in Ireland you stay in prison for two years and when you go back the prison authorities send you home with £40 000. So it didn’t bother me - if I got caught, with that money I could do a lot in South Africa.'

'He said that when I got here I had to take a taxi to the Post Office - the General Post Office. And then I had to call a number in South Africa. From there, they’ll give me further instructions.
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Ironically, though, while many of the drug mules have lost years of their lives, many say they have gained from their time in the Irish prisons. They will go home with more skills than they arrived with.

Annemarie: 'I’ve got a whole new future. Things that I never knew I could do, I discovered here. When I think back on the life that I had with my husband and the life that I can give my children now, these are not tears of grief, they are tears of happiness.'

And, probably, tears of relief. Annemarie completed her jail term and was sent back to South Africa soon after we spoke to her. But she and the other drug mules will have to live with what they did for the rest of their lives.

Natasha: I feel pretty bad about what I did because since the moment I arrived here I’ve noticed even the police, they were very nice. The prison staff, they’re nice, the girls here, they’re nice.
Interesting. Seeing as how it costs the taxpayer €80,000 a year per prisoner, we really should design someway to make that money back: e.g. like how American prisoners manufacture car licence plates.
 

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Here'sa story dateline yesterday from the BBC on Nigerian drug mules entering the UK

Foreign women make up 18% of the female prison population and about 60% of them are held on drugs offences.

These include swallowing or "stuffing" packages of cocaine, and carrying drugs in luggage or concealed in clothing.

The apparent shift to Nigeria comes two years after an outcry over the number of Jamaican female drugs mules in British jails, which climbed to more than 440 in 2002.

That number has now fallen to 136 following changes to policy regarding the early release of foreign prisoners and Operation Airbridge, a joint UK and Jamaican scheme that saw people-scanners installed at airports in Jamaica.

The UK Foreign Office also backed an educational programme on the island, aimed at women who may be approached by drug traffickers.


However Olga Heaven, director of the foreign prisoner support charity Hibiscus which led the educational programme in Jamaica, says drugs barons have probably simply moved their trade to elsewhere in the Caribbean and west Africa.

"I believe since the campaign started in Jamaica there has been a direct shift to Trinidad and also Nigeria - Nigeria even more so," she said.
 

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that's an excellent idea, but what's in it for Nigeria or South Africa? Why would they agree? Its not as if half the female prisoners in Nigerian jails are Irish women, so its not like it'd be a prisoner transfer.

We'd have to pay them to take the prisoners. But that could still work: say it costs €15,000 to keep a prisoner in Nigeria for a year. We could pay them €20,000 per prisoner we send back, and still save €60,000 on each prisoner.
 

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Here'san international story from June this year about Nigerians operating a scam out of Ireland



New Nigerian Scam Targets Inventors

The e-mail is most often a "yahoo" free webmail services address, which is never used by any important business person, and which, in this case, traces back to Lagos, Nigeria, the place of the notorious internet trade frauders.

The trick is to convince the innocent inventor that the millions of dollars that were promised will be sent to him in cash by air charter from Tokyo to a European destination (Dublin, very exceptionally Madrid). There, the inventor will be dealing with a new contact, who is said to be a "diplomat" - sometimes this "diplomat" is said to be from Barbados or from Jamaica. Then the inventor is informed that his millions of dollars will be given to him only after he has paid himself from his own pocket (to the so-called "diplomat") the expenses involved in the transport and custom duties of the parcel containing the bank notes. The amount of this "advance fee" varies. It is no less than US $16 thousand, but several inventors have been asked much more (up to 32 thousand Euro, that is around US $38 thousand)4.

The inventor has to pay himself his travel ticket to Dublin, and his hotel accomodation. Once in Dublin, the inventor is in the hands of the so-called "diplomat". This "diplomat" (and his assistant) use different fake names, but we know for sure that these men have at least one thing in common: both are English speaking black Africans. The inventor gives them the agreed "advance fee", a copy of the main page(s) of his passport, and signs a paper which authorizes the "diplomat" to retrieve the famous parcel supposed to contain the tens of millions of US dollars promised to the inventor. Different scenarios are possible thereafter, one being that the inventor is informed that some unexpected "problem" came up... He is then asked suddenly to wait a few more days in Dublin, the time for the problem to be settled, and once again has to pay an important sum which is supposed to cover the new expenses… and the story goes on...
 

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Is'nt it time we agree that we are the one that introduce some nigerians into the business GIVEN THE FIGURE OF IRISH people arrested for DRUG dealing offence,BUT i do realise indeed that someone on this forum are out to run a HYPE on nigerians which is APPALLING for our (irish) people to start doing just at the eve of the an garda siochana recruitment.infact we should cover our heads in shames cos we are the GOD father that introduce them into the busness in our country,however we should try and locate the perpetrator among our people who introduced them into the business accordingly they should be jailed and deported with them end of story.
 

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Here'sa failed compo case by a Nigerian

In dismissing a case brought in the Circuit Court in Tralee by a Nigerian national last November, Judge Harvey Kenny said that "there were no grounds at all" for bringing the case. He awarded costs to the Aqua Dome and suggested that the gardaí should investigate the case.

On March 14, 2000, Sulaimon Awesu, a Nigerian national, took out a monthly membership of the Aqua Dome in Tralee. That same day he said that he cut his toe in the pool. The toe was dressed and he demanded not only his membership money back but also monetary compensation for his suffering. His membership money was returned to him and a taxi was provided to take him to the hospital, but he took the taxi to his residence instead. Later he called an ambulance to take him to casualty.

Next day he returned to the Aqua Dome and again demanded money for his suffering. The staff did not have the authority to pay out money in such circumstances, but the man was told that the Aqua Dome would get him whatever medical treatment he needed. Awesu then went to the gardaí, who told him that, as there was no criminal offence, he would have to speak to a solicitor.

After the case was thrown out of the Circuit Court, Awesu appealed to the High Court. Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman listened to the case made by the plaintiff's legal team last week and then unceremoniously dismissed the appeal on the grounds that there was no evidence of any negligence on the part of the Aqua Dome. He awarded court costs to the Aqua Dome and also commented that the case had "unfortunately occupied the time of two courts wholly without justification".

Mr Justice Hardiman was further critical of the calling of the ambulance. "By no stretch of the imagination could the injury described require an ambulance," the judge told the court.

"We are talking about an injury of the most inconsiderable kind."

At present the Aqua Dome estimates that this case will have cost it 10,000 euro in legal fees, not to mention the amount of time wasted by staff in the whole matter. Of course, it was awarded costs but the Manager, Kieran Ruttledge, estimates that the "chances of recovering any money from Mr Awesu are slim as we believe he is not in gainful employment".
 

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Nigerian arrested after airport drugs find

11:40:33 AM

Gardai have arrested a non-national after a drugs find. The Nigerian man was found with almost €40,000 worth of drugs at Dublin airport. The 15 kilos of herbal cannabis were found in the 50-year-olds luggage.

Gardai had been searching luggage following routine profiling. The Nigerian has been taken to Santry Garda station for questioning. He is been detained under section two of the drug trafficking act and can be held for up to seven days.
http://archives.tcm.ie/breakingnews/2002/06/29/story57625.asp
 

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angelcountry said:
Is'nt it time we agree that we are the one that introduce some nigerians into the business GIVEN THE FIGURE OF IRISH people arrested for DRUG dealing offence,BUT i do realise indeed that someone on this forum are out to run a HYPE on nigerians which is APPALLING for our (irish) people to start doing just at the eve of the an garda siochana recruitment.infact we should cover our heads in shames cos we are the GOD father that introduce them into the busness in our country,however we should try and locate the perpetrator among our people who introduced them into the business accordingly they should be jailed and deported with them end of story.
OMBUDSMAN,HOW MANY OF OUR PEOPLE THAT ARE DRUG LORD THAT MADE A FORTUNE FROM DRUGS TRADE ARE IN PRISONS RIGHT NOW :?: :D
 

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And then there was this chap

Gardaí hold Nigerian over sacrificial murder of boy


By Dan Collins
GARDAÍ in Dublin were last night questioning a 37-year-old Nigerian man who is wanted by both British and German police and who is a prime suspect in the sacrificial murder of a boy whose mutilated torso was found in the Thames River in London.


Sam Onogigovie, who lived in Tallaght with his partner and a number of children, will appear in the High Court this afternoon for extradition proceedings.

http://archives.tcm.ie/irishexaminer/2003/07/03/story544226681.asp

I suppose the state is looking after his partner and a number of children
 

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(Source:'With Ferrero, gardai really foiling drugs deception' : Irish Examiner, p. 3, 20 Mar 2004)

Gardai foiled an elaborate plan to import cocaine into Ireland using chocolate wrappers. Almost €50,000 worth of cocaine was wrapped in gold foil to resemble Ferrero Rocher chocolates. Gardai, acting on a tip-off, were altered to the existence of two boxes of ‘chocolates’, which were sent from Brazil to Germany, then to Dublin and finally to Lower Glanmire Road in Cork. Nigerian national Matthew Ilo, aged 30, was seen to visit the flat where the drugs were delivered and was arrested as he walked away with the package. He was sentenced to eight years in prison.
 

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ombudsman,stop crying wuffs infact come eighteen month we shall see your back you and your coholt without a doubt so by then you can seek a help from a specialist,cos you need help to be honest and let me help you out a bit you must have stole some monies and fell into some nigerians hand and they show you the hand of God to show you that it's indeed not good to steal peoples money,it's in the bible indeed thou shall not steal but you did and got screwed up,sorry love next time think twice. :lol:
 

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From the indo July 30 2004

A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD Nigerian girl was beaten with a leather belt by her stepfather, Waterford District Court was told yesterday.

The stepfather, Charles Eze, a Nigerian, with an address at Crobally House, Tramore, Co Waterford, pleaded guilty to assaulting the child, causing her harm on October 12, 2003.

The court heard that the child complained of a sore back at school and when Gardai spoke to her she alleged that her mother's partner hit her twice on the back with a leather belt. The girl had bruising on her back and was taken to hospital.

The man was arrested and admitted assaulting the girl because she was found eating crayons.
The girl's mother was married previously and it was a very violent relationship and she was forced to flee home in Nigeria and come to Ireland.
 

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Remember this?

Asylum-seeker jailed for five years


A Nigerian man who drove down Henry Street in Dublin at 60 mph knocking down shoppers like "skittles in a bowling alley" has been jailed for five years by Judge Elizabeth Dunne.

Jacob Odubajo sped down the crowded pedestrianised street without slowing or swerving to avoid people before ploughing into the back of a stationary construction van, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court was told .

The incident happened at lunch time and witnesses described a Ford Escort turning from O'Connell Street and the engine being revved. Horrified onlookers were thrown into the air before the final crash just outside Arnotts department store.

Sergeant Michael O'Sullivan said one witness described the scene as like a bowling alley with people being knocked over like skittles. Another said it looked like a bomb had gone off.
 

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And this, from last November
A NIGERIAN teenage asylum seeker, who was heavily involved in the sale of crack cocaine in inner city Dublin, has been released on a six-month suspended sentence.

The 17-year-old had pleaded guilty to trafficking €3,000 of crack cocaine and was believed to be linked to a major Nigerian drugs gang operating in the city centre, the Dublin Children's Court was told.

At the time of his arrest, following weeks of investigation, he had €2,600 in cash and crack worth €3,000.
 

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Four-year fraud sentence for Nigerian

25 June 2002 17:09
A Nigerian man has been sent to prison for four years for obtaining fraudulent loans and having false credit cards and bank accounts.

Andrew Tokumba Jacobs, aged 32, opened bank accounts with false documentation, obtained credit cards and then bought €24,000 worth of electrical goods, clothes and jewellery.

He also secured a further €14,000 in loans from Woodchester Bank.


Dr Jacobs had applied for asylum four times under four different names. He is now applying for residency on the basis that he has an Irish-born child.
 

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Woman crashed her uninsured car just after buying it
A Nigerian woman who drove out of a side road and crashed a car she had just bought into another car, was convicted of careless driving and not having insurance when she appeared before Galway District Court.

Sandra Oloye, 20 Cnoc an Oir, Rahoon, Galway, pleaded guilty to the charges following the collision which occurred on November 4 last at the junction of Bother Stiofain, with the Old Rahoon Road, at Mincloon.

Garda Peter Conlon said substantial damage was caused to both cars but there were no injuries. The female driver of the other car - a woman from Ballinasloe - had to claim on her own insurance because the accused was not insured, he added.

Judge Mary Fahy noted the Ballinasloe woman was at the loss of her car and her insurance premium would now be loaded because she had to claim on her own insurance.

Defence solicitor Adrian MacLynn said his client had just bought the car and was driving it home when the accident occurred. He said the accused had been in Ireland since 2002, and was awaiting the processing of her application for asylum.

Judge Fahy convicted and fined Oloye € 200 for careless driving, € 300 for not having insurance and € 50 for not having a driving licence. She also disqualified her from driving for 12 months.
 

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From the indo last june:

SOME of the scams used by bogus asylum seekers to claim refugee status were revealed last night, writes Tom Brady. The most blatant cases include:

* A Nigerian was detected at Belfast Airport en route to Dublin after travelling from Gatwick on a false Portuguese document.


* Immigration officers at Belfast stopped a Nigerian national without a valid passport or visa for the UK. He was fingerprinted and it was established he was known under a different identity and had been checked a year earlier at Holyhead.

His Holyhead asylum claim failed and he absconded to Ireland where he claimed status as the father of an Irish-born child.

* A Nigerian stopped at Belfast after flying in from Luton was found to have the same identity details as a person legally entitled to live here.

She was removed to Dundalk as an illegal entrant and was found a week later in Holyhead with a British passport and a substituted photo.

She was prosecuted and jailed for 3 months.

* A Nigerian man stopped at Dublin Airport presented a forged British passport and said he was born in Essex.

Further inquiries revealed he was Nigerian and was using the passport to get a job in Dublin.

He was later found to be living illegally here and was charged with an offence.
 

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Two Nigerian women in their late 20s, Mojisola Ibidokun and Modinat Hammad, were remanded in custody after they appeared in Dublin District Court on Saturday following the seizure of counterfeiting equipment and forged documents at a house Naas, Co. Kildare. Gardaí uncovered what they described as a sophisticated operation when they raided the house on Friday night. Among the items found were Irish, British, Dutch and Nigerian passports, Irish and Nigerian driving licences and Nigerian birth certificates
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http://www.irishemigrant.com/article.aspiCategoryID=177&iArticleID=25760
issue dated January 12, 2004
 


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