Nigerians to testify against their embassy in London court
London, July 2, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A group of Nigerians resident in United Kingdom, UK, have begun a campaign to mobilize others to testify against the Nigeria High Commission in London court in the case involving an aggrieved Nigerian, Jeffery Apkovweta Ewohime who allegedly vandalized cars belonging to the Commission in June, 2019
The motive of members the group who have refused to identify themselves for now is to gather as many Nigerians as possible to be present in court on the day of hearing to tell the court their harrowing experiences in dealing with the High Commission to support Jeffery who could be standing trial for criminal damages
Alternativeafrica.com can reveal exclusively that text messages have been send to alot of Nigerians asking them to show solidarity and confirm if they will be available and ready to testify against commission and contribute any amount of their choice to assist Jeffery
The group is convinced that the uncontrolled anger that led to the action of Jeffery was as a result of frustration by the officials of the High Commission and that almost every Nigerian had one time or the other become a victim of inefficiency of the commission
Though it is not known how many people have responded positively to the group’s request, but one of the organisers who doesn’t wish to be identified for now told Alternativeafrica.com in London that about 100 people across UK are prepared to appear as witnesses and tell stories of how they have been maltreated by the commission in the past
No date has yet been fix for trial of Jeffery but the group is leaving no stone unturned and have been in constant torch with the police to ensure they get prepared for the trial
It is recalled an aggrieved Nigerian man identified as Jeffery Apkovweta Ewohime destroyed five cars belonging to the Nigerian High Commission in London June 17th 2019 over disagreement on passport collection and was later taken to custody by the British police
Since the incident, the Nigerian High Commission has overhauled its passport collection process and resort to sending passport by post rather than personal collection which has been strongly condemned by many Nigerians for decades
A statement on the High Commission’s website reads”This is to inform all Passport Applicants that with effect from 24th June, 2019 passport processed at the High Commission will be mailed directly to the home address of the applicants. Consequently, applicants are required to submit pre-paid self address special delivery envelop on completion of bio-metric capturing.
“Applicants are also reminded to use this official facility and desist from using a third party or touts to request for passport on their behalf. However, all applicants should allow ample time to process their passport whereby passport can be renew/reissue six(6) month before it expires.
“Consequently, all applicants are urged not to use the App (myVisit) for their appointment as its no longer valid for appointment booking. Applicants are also advised to come strictly on the interview date printed on passport payment slip. Thank you”