Fugitive Nigerian-American Jessica Tata turns self in; arrested and enroute back to Houston
By Chido Nwangwu
USAfrica Newsroom, March 19, 2011, Houston: USAfrica can confirm that the Houston-Texas-based Nigerian-American Jessica Tata, 22 years old, who fled to Nigeria, as was reported first on the internet by USAfricaonline.com, will soon be enroute back to to the United States, accompanied by the U.S Marshals. She was listed among its top 15 most wanted. http://www.usafricaonline.com/2011/03/01/usafrica-exclusive-day-care-operator-jessica-tata-who-fled-to-nigeria-could-be-in-port-harcourt/
Miss Tata turned herself in to the U.S. authorities inside Nigeria, USAfrica learned, after massive publicity and pressures on her family, from her family and close network of associates. Christy Ogbeide, one of the Nigerian pastors who made appeals for Tata to return to the U.S., in her reaction to the breaking news said to USAfrica “it’s a more realistic approach to handling the issues rather than running away.”
USAfrica called the Tatas’ residence this morning, Saturday March 19, 2011.
Nkoli Mkparu, the 2011 festival of arts organizer told USAfrica “we’re very delighted by this development. It’s a good way forward for all of us and our community, too.”
Tata is facing charges from the Texas law enforcement authorities over the deaths of very young children in her daycare for manslaughter, child abandonment (of seven kids), reckless injury to a child and other issues. The Nigerian community in Houston and other Africans in the area remained worried by the fact Ms. Tata ran away especially complicated by the fact that there were very young kids who apparently died from the negligence at her home day care facility.
Her father Godfrey Tata, owner of a healthcare business, has been a resident of Houston since the early 1980s, and until recently spends more time in Nigeria, and a few months in Houston.
USAfricaonline.com Publisher was reliably informed on February 25, 2011 that Jessica’s father was expected back to Houston last weekend of February but did not make it back. At the time of this report on March 1, 2011, he was still away. The same weekend of Saturday February 27, 2011, he was expected, her daughter Jessica, apparently fled from Houston, Texas.
Heath instigators and security officials in Houston are charging that Tata left the very young kids she was caring for without adult supervision, while a stovetop burner was on, before the fire started. Investigators believe that the stovetop burner was the source of the fire.
For further, inside reporting on this breaking news, log on to USAfricaonline.com.
Video of NBCNews Channel 2, KPRC Houston, interview wt USAfrica Publisher Chido Nwangwu on the Jessica Tata daycare fire issues n latest developments.
Jessica Tata’s family is from Nigeria. Members of the Nigerian community in Houston believe Tata’s actions are giving them a bad name. Nefertiti Jaquez reports.
•Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica and recipient of several journalism and public policy awards, was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news projects for Africans and Americans. http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn
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