29 January, 2009

FG flays killing of Nigerian in Ukraine

FG flays killing of Nigerian in Ukraine

Published: Wednesday, 28 Jan 2009

The Federal Government has reacted to the recent killing of a Nigerian in Ukraine, saying that the country will no longer condone such attacks on its citizens abroad.

As a result, the Ukrainian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Oleg Skoropad, was summoned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday to answer questions on the matter.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Alhaji Jubril Maigari, who made the government's position known, expressed his sadness over the death of a Nigerian identified simply as Saludeen, killed in Ukraine, even though he had been residing in the country since 2001 and married to a Ukrainian woman.

In a statement made available to our correspondent on Tuesday, Maigari noted that in spite of the summons which was officially made since January 18, the Ukrainian authorities were yet to give satisfactory explanations for the death of the Nigerian.

The minister expressed the hope that Ukraine would put urgent measures to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians in that country.

The minister urged the Ambassador to convey his message to the home government, expecting that the culprits would be brought to book.

In his reaction, Skoropad lamented the incident and said his home government would fish out the culprits and punish them appropriately.

Skoropad suggested to the minister that both countries should have a Consular Framework, to help Nigeria and Ukraine strengthen their bilateral relations.

He reassured the minister that the unfortunate incident would not mar both countries' relations, pointing out that he was planning to send 1,000 student-visa to Nigerians this year.