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USAfrica BrkNEWS: TRAGEDY! Houstonians DON OKORO and wife NKEM killed in Nigeria.
By Chido Nwangwu

Special to USAfricaonline.comCLASSmagazine,  and USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston. Follow USAfrica at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido and Twitter.com/Chido247

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USAfrica: The Nigerian community in the Houston, Texas area, and well-wishers are gripped with anguish and anger following another major tragedy. Mr. Don Okoro and his wife Nkem, well known members of the community and residents of Katy (near Houston), were dead from a fatal car accident while fleeing from armed robbers or as initial information indicated shot to death by armed robbers a few hours ago on Saturday, December 13, 2014. 
A 2-year old daughter of Nkem’s sister also died.
Sadly and painfully, it happened a few days after they left Houston and arrived Nigeria, USAfrica can confirm, for the burial of a much younger family member. And, possibly stay for Christmas.
 
The couple has five children, one of them Jennifer who 23rd-anniversary-Logo_USAfrica23was born in 1988 died of cancer-related issues on December 26, 2010.
 

Don, a businessman, hailed from Mbano while his wife was a nurse   from Umuahia.

USAfricaonline & CLASSmagazine (Houston)  have been reliably informed by a close family contact of the bereaved family that the killing occurred near Asaba in Delta State.
At the time of this USAfrica report on Sunday, December 14, arrests have not been made on the case by the Nigerian Police. 
 
The problems of insecurity and poor enforcement of public safety remain twin challenges for the federal government of President Goodluck Jonathan and most of the state governments. Several Nigerians returning from the U.S, the UK, Canada and other parts of the world have been killed by armed robbers.                                                                                                There has been a massive outpouring of condolences and remembrances about Don and Nkem; many on USAfricaonline.com and especially on Facebook.com/USAfricaChido                                                                          Dr. Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica, CLASSmagazine, and the first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com appears as an analyst on CNN, SkyNews, etc. Follow him on Twitter.com/Chido247
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Mandela-n-Achebe-by-Chido-book-frontcover-Lrs and friendship hold lessons for humanity and Africans, USAfrica Founder Chido Nwangwu takes a measure of their works and consequences to write that Mandela and Achebe have left “footprints of greatness.”
He chronicles, movingly, his 1998 reporting from the Robben Island jail room in South Africa where Mandela was held for decades through his 20 years of being close to Achebe. He moderated the 2012 Achebe Colloquium at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that historic Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief executive of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others) when President Bill Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and came to Robben Island. Come to this island of scourge and you will understand, in part, the simple greatness and towering grace of Nelson Mandela”, notes  Chido Nwangwu, award-winning writer, multimedia Chido_Nwangwu-speaking-jan11_2014specialist and founder of USAfricaonline.com, the first African-owned U.S-based newspaper published on the internet, in his first book; he writes movingly from his 1998 reporting from South Africa on Mandela. http://www.mandelaachebechido.com/

  Dr. Chido Nwangwu, moderator of the Achebe Colloquium (Governance, Security, and Peace in Africa) December 7-8, 2012 at Brown University in Rhode Island and former adviser on Africa business/issues to the Mayor of Houston, is the Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, AchebeBooks.com, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of AfricanChristians, Nigeria360 and the largest pictorial events megasite on the African diaspora www.PhotoWorks.TV . He was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans.      e-mail: Chido247@Gmail.com wireless 1-832-45-CHIDO (24436).

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197 Comments

  1. Angel Ogwuru

    January 8, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Awh! This is baaad! This is awful! My heart weeps for the family. And the children, sooo sorry please kids. God please deploy your angels to take over.

  2. Rob Luckett

    December 22, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    God has taken back two of his loving angels.

  3. LaTasha Michelle

    December 22, 2014 at 5:14 am

    RIP Mrs. Kim. I love you, and I thank you for believing in me and giving me a chance. You are irreplaceable.

  4. Kimberly Ogba

    December 21, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    May their souls find peace with lord. May God grant their kids the solace to mourn this irreparable loss. Let us keep the children in our prayers always. Chei

  5. Obiajulu Onwe

    December 21, 2014 at 2:06 am

    What a great loss!!! May your gentle souls rest in peace.

  6. Jane Ogbuehi

    December 18, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    What a horrible news, God please have Macy on us

  7. Lola Benson

    December 18, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Omg, did u see why am freaking scared to travel to nigeria.oh no. May there so rest in peace.

  8. Anuli Okafor

    December 18, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    What a shame and senseless loss of lives I bet u it might be those from the area that did it .I do not know how the politicians in power are all running to be elected when there is no simple security if all theGovernors will work together ask Gov Obiano how he did it .These wicked evil humans will not be found in Nigeria.May the gentle souls of the departed rest in perfect peace.

  9. Gina Ubani Onyeforo

    December 18, 2014 at 9:20 am

    I am in shock!!! Nkem and Don may your souls rest in perfect peace!!!!

  10. Nkem Ekeopara

    December 18, 2014 at 7:38 am

    “As John pressed the security button a voice queried to know who he was. He recognized the voice to be that of his older and only sister, Chimamaka. He was pleasantly surprised. Chimamaka, like his two older brothers was resident in the United States of America. Although he knew that she was supposed to be home this Christmas for her Ipa Nmii Ukwu, traditional wedding, he never expected her home at the beginning of November. He responded in an excited tone that it was he, Chimeremeze, using his Igbo name, as was their convention in the family. He could sense that Amaka, as they fondly called her in their home, could not contain her joy as she struggled with the series of corrugated security barricades that had become a feature of most homes in Nigeria. It struck Amaka that these obstacles were scantily there four years ago when she graduated and left for the States. Their reinforcement to serve as a form of protection must have been due to rising violent crimes they have read about in the US, in which on a number of occasions Nigerians visiting home from abroad had been victims.

    As she opened the second to the last protector, she prayed silently that this did not become her portion or that of her loved ones. She realized that in the absence of a social security scheme to ameliorate the pains of rising unemployment and mass poverty that she had noticed since arrival, coupled with a notoriously corrupt, ill-trained, poorly paid and poorly equipped police force, anyone could fall victim. She had seen newspaper banners screaming of banks being raided in broad daylight. It did seem to her that no one was safe anymore as such reports always indicated that police teams were usually outgunned during such incidents, if they responded to emergency calls at all. And she tried to cast the security concerns out of her mind and to focus on embracing his sibling whom she had not seen in the last four years. And that moment came. And she flew into the waiting broad arms of his brother. ‘Boy, you have grown so big,’ Amaka complimented him. ‘Thanks, I am surprised at your robust looks too, and you were the last person I expected to find here,’ John responded, with a broad smile playing on his face.” From Tears Of A Country – Nkem Ekeopara, 2002, Caine Prize Nominee, 2003. May the souls of Don Okoro and his wife, Nkem rest in the bosom of our Lord.

  11. Chinwe Stella Iloanusi Igbos

    December 18, 2014 at 6:44 am

    Oh my God. This is painful

  12. Onyii Nwosu-Igbo

    December 18, 2014 at 4:51 am

    Tragic and sad. A sad commentary on the state of affairs in Nigeria.May their souls rest in perfect peace.

  13. Nina Z Olugu Ekechukwu

    December 18, 2014 at 4:13 am

    Mehn life life life! I can’t bear this news. God

  14. Princess Glo

    December 18, 2014 at 1:49 am

    So sad!!!!! May their Soul rest in perfect peace!!!! Amen!

  15. Eme Akwari

    December 18, 2014 at 1:48 am

    Not acceptable. God will uphold their family. May their souls find rest in Him

  16. Adaobi Ibe

    December 18, 2014 at 12:55 am

    My goodness, this is painful…may they rest in peace…devil, you are a liar smh

  17. Gosife Godwin

    December 17, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Oh my God! So sad! May their gentle souls rest in the bosom of The Lord!

  18. Gladys Emekekwue

    December 17, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    This is sad may their soul rest in peace.

  19. Chizoba Uzokwe

    December 17, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Lord have mercy so sad to hear that

  20. Ukay Anyag

    December 17, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Chineke mere anyi ebere. Mmadu agaghi alazi be nna ya bikonu. May God grant them eternal rest, and console those they left behind especially their children!!

  21. Evelyn Aniekwena

    December 17, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    May their gentle
    Souls rest in peace.

  22. Lynda Ogbebor-Odaro

    December 17, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    This is so sad.

  23. Mary-Anne Ene

    December 17, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    May their souls rest in perfect peace. Amen

  24. Edgar Agu

    December 17, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    What a sad story.

  25. Okechukwu Asuquo-brown

    December 17, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    May God bless and grant them internal rest.

  26. Effie Nwokenna

    December 17, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Nkem and Don rest in peace . This is a huge tragedy. RIP dear ones .God knows best

  27. Chelsea Aeslehc

    December 17, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    This is the reason many don’t think of coming home supposed they are here would they have died. Africa if not evil way it will be of gunshot. Na wa. R l p

  28. Anderson Cuts

    December 17, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Nigeria is not a country

  29. Chinedu Chiboi David

    December 17, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Chai, what is this biko??? May their souls rest in peace, and may their killers know no peace even in death, Amen.

  30. Ify Emmanuella

    December 17, 2014 at 7:15 am

    What a horrible news.Can’t believe this.

  31. Scholastica Nnenna Onyedebelu

    December 17, 2014 at 4:19 am

    Unbelievable! wish i can just wake up from this nightmare.

  32. Gwen Britton-Bagley

    December 17, 2014 at 3:14 am

    May they R.I.P.

  33. Mawaram Bridglal

    December 17, 2014 at 1:59 am

    may tteeir souls rest in peace

  34. Vincent Egbuchulam

    December 17, 2014 at 12:01 am

    This is not only sad; it is heart-breaking to say the least. This was an amiable and lively couple. May their soul rest in peace.

  35. Lucky Nwadi

    December 16, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Here in Nigeria is the headquater of blackpower with highest ramote control.U must not be afraid of coming home but u must cloth itself with influence of the Holyspirit and with Blood Jesus Christ to able walk round save. I just want to bring to ur knowledge that only Jesus Christ can keep u save in Nigeria. Let their soul rest in peace

  36. Lucky Nwadi

    December 16, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Here in Nigeria is the headquater of blackpower with highest ramote control.U must not be afraid of coming home but u must cloth itself with influence of the Holyspirit and with Blood Jesus Christ to able walk round save. I just want to bring to ur knowledge that only Jesus Christ can keep u save in Nigeria. Let their soul rest in peace

  37. Lucky Nwadi

    December 16, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Here in Nigeria is the headquater of blackpower with highest ramote control

  38. Lucky Nwadi

    December 16, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Here in Nigeria is the headquater of blackpower with highest ramote control

  39. Ada Obodoakor

    December 16, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    May their souls rest in peace.

  40. Lilian Adams

    December 16, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    VERY SAD AND HEART BREAKING, MAY THEY REST IN PERFECT PEACE IN THE BOSOM OF THE ALMIGHTY. ETERNAL REST GRANT TO THEM O LORD AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM, MAY OUR GOOD LORD GRANT THE FAMILIES THE FORTITUDE TO BEAR THE IRREPLACEABLE LOSS.

  41. Ignatius Okeze Dtm

    December 16, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Sad story indeed. Beautiful innocent couple. Our memory of them lingers on. Keep their family and loved ones in prayer. May they rest in perfect peace, and rejoice in the presence of the Lord.

  42. Edwin Anaele

    December 16, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    This is very sad. May their souls rest in peace. Those who did this must receive their punishment even beg for death to take them.

  43. Mary Yellowe Akarue

    December 16, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    May their souls rest in peace, and May the good Lord comfort their families in Jesus name amen

  44. Ifeoma Chukwu Nevobasi

    December 16, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    May their soul RIP . But y wld this journalist prefer to give Naija a bad image by giving wrong info about armed robbers when they actually died in a RTA

  45. Taju Rosiji

    December 16, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Tragedy in the highest order, May their soul rest in perfect Peace.

  46. Eda Rita

    December 16, 2014 at 8:59 am

    God help us in Nigeria,very painful.

  47. Bunmi Daubry

    December 16, 2014 at 8:57 am

    R I P

  48. Emeka Mokeme

    December 16, 2014 at 7:52 am

    May their soul rest in peace

  49. Daferede Eve

    December 16, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Charlene Nwoke what happened? Do you know them? This is heartless

  50. Nonny Azike

    December 16, 2014 at 7:21 am

    May their souls rest in peace

  51. Doris Okekpe

    December 16, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Heow! So so sad! Does it mean that one should not visit home again? What a pity and may their souls find peace in thy lord! And may their families be able to keep strong with this unbelievable lost.

  52. Chima Eboh

    December 16, 2014 at 6:23 am

    This is tragedy. The entire family is wiped out. I used to know Don when he was young. Before he travelled to America in the seventies, quiet and unassuming. He came to bury his younger brother Emma only for him to meet his untimely death. God should give the family the fortitude to bear the loss

  53. Ruth Fraser Ako

    December 16, 2014 at 5:07 am

    May their souls rest in peace. What a tragedy…..

  54. Nnamdi Chijioke Johnson

    December 16, 2014 at 5:06 am

    May your souls rest in peace

  55. Elizabeth Izuegbu

    December 16, 2014 at 4:52 am

    My friend may your soul rest in peace

  56. George Dureke

    December 16, 2014 at 4:37 am

  57. Ihuoma Nnadi

    December 16, 2014 at 4:36 am

    Very very sad and unwarranted. What a waste! May their souls rest in peace.

  58. Emmanuel Duru

    December 16, 2014 at 4:06 am

    Sad and thought provoking. May their souls rest in peace.

  59. Ijeoma Ebo Ehieze

    December 16, 2014 at 3:53 am

    Probably won’t make any difference. Truth is we are going to be hurting for a long time for the death of our own very sweet couple – bro Don and wife Nkem. We are all heartbroken for this. I don’t care whether robbers or accident. We are truly hurting. May their soul rest with the Lord as they exit. Wao.

  60. Onyi Chibuzo Ohalete

    December 16, 2014 at 3:40 am

    Chido Nwagwu needs to set the records straight, please. He needs to investigate his story b4 going to the press. They were not shot by armed robbers. They died in a car accident. We are already hurting nd devastated by their tragic deaths, so Please do not add ur own twist to it. Nkem nd Don will be missed forever..Horrible, Horrible thing to have happened.

  61. Maureen Mcneil

    December 16, 2014 at 3:29 am

    May their souls rest in peace. …

  62. Charlene Nwoke

    December 16, 2014 at 3:24 am

    My dearest Aunt you watched me and my siblings many days and nights so my parents could work. Your home was my home during my childhood. My heart is shattered in a million pieces. Two angels called home to meet their angel Jennifer. I will always love you. And remember you. Rest in perfect peace

  63. Amaka Onianwa

    December 16, 2014 at 3:21 am

    May their souls rest in perfect peace!!

  64. Oby Ndukwe

    December 16, 2014 at 3:04 am

    Oh Lord! This is horrible! May God grant them eternal rest and please grant their children the fortitude to bear … Amen.

  65. Paulla Brown

    December 16, 2014 at 2:50 am

    This is so sad. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  66. Moji Okundaye

    December 16, 2014 at 2:48 am

    Nkem and Don, Continue to Rest in God’s perfect Peace. May God grant your family, especially the children you left behind, the fortitude to bear this Huge loss. Amen

  67. Helen Brooks Bankhead

    December 16, 2014 at 2:40 am

    I am so dismayed and saddened ..recently saw her at virtuous woman event with my friend Comfort Alinonu. This breaks my heart..Praying for family

  68. Petrine Mengot

    December 16, 2014 at 2:36 am

    RIP.

  69. Petrine Mengot

    December 16, 2014 at 2:36 am

    What a wicked world, why bring misery on these children, why is this happening. GOD alone is able to answer these questions. May the souls of the departed R

  70. Ndy Egbunike

    December 16, 2014 at 1:57 am

    Sad. Nkem Aguocha Okoro and Don united in life and death. High school sweethearts. Went thru trials together and now this. Rest in peace Don and my dormitory neighbor Nkem.

  71. Ijeoma Uzor-Adimibe

    December 16, 2014 at 1:52 am

    May their souls RIP. I remember sister Nkem Aguocha from Coltech……

  72. Chukwunedum Chinyelugo Jeff

    December 16, 2014 at 1:40 am

    The anger of GOD must search these individuals out and destroy them all before the end of this year. In the CHRIST JESUS name. Amen……

  73. Gibson Chigbu

    December 16, 2014 at 1:13 am

    This is horrible news. It does however happen almost every day in different parts of the country. It is not unique to returning persons. One of the model families in my hometown just had the 5th son snatched in the hands of armed robbers in Okada, Edo State. May their souls rest in peace.

  74. Lazarus Onunkwo

    December 16, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Terrible! May their souls R.I.P-Amen.

  75. Actress Bless Brown Vera

    December 16, 2014 at 1:03 am

    So so sad..devil at work.rip dears

  76. Frances Nkem Wachuku

    December 16, 2014 at 12:56 am

    Heartbreaking to say the least! May their souls rest in perfect peace n may God console n take care of their kids! I never even heard of them till now but I am sad at this kind of senseless loss that we are forced to bear in our country! What a shame!

  77. Chinedum Emenike

    December 15, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    So sad.I am speechless.

  78. Abraham Madu

    December 15, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Chudi Ugwu Why are people so stupid and callous? Why are humans idiots? Who the hell are these animals clicking the LIKE button on this kind of news?
    2 hrs · Unlike · 2 Chudi Ugwu,take it easy.

  79. Ike Onyia

    December 15, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Heart rending, shocking, and devastating. May God help us and our country.

  80. Taonga Nkhoma

    December 15, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    So sad. May God comfort their family. MTSRIP.

  81. Charles Maduka

    December 15, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Terribly shocking! Lord have mercy.

  82. Priscilla Sheila Isioma Odor

    December 15, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    RIP. This is hard to believe. Too sad.

  83. Bernardine Nworji

    December 15, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    May their souls rest in peace. Those hoodlums will be caught.

  84. Chioma Chelsea Oleka-Onyewuchi

    December 15, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    People traveling across the shores to Nigeria, have to be very careful. There’s a wrong perception that this hooligans have that international travelers carry dollars. Whereas a lot of individuals living in Nigerian are wealthier with more liquid cash at their disposal than Nigerian citizens resident in the US. It’s a distorted psyche for bandits in most 3rd world countries. We all have to be very careful when traveling. This is the truth.

  85. Oby Ifediotu Nriagu

    December 15, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    May God grant them eternal rest. Only God can console this poor children.

  86. Joy Osueke

    December 15, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Lord teach us to Know that life is uncertain .may their souls rest in perfect amen

  87. Emmanuel Esomonu

    December 15, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    This’s heartless. How can one begin to condole the family members? May God grant them eternal rest in the bossom of the Lord

  88. Chudi Ugwu

    December 15, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Why are people so stupid and callous? Why are humans idiots? Who the hell are these animals clicking the LIKE button on this kind of news?

  89. Onyedikanne Sybil Osuji

    December 15, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    May their souls rest in perfect peace,and may those who murdered them not see d end of this yr 2014 Amen,as they like cutting short lives,may their lives be taken from them within a twinkle of an eye,in Jesus mighty name I decree Amen

  90. Benson Onwuamaegbu

    December 15, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Bad people gets their reward from God is very very brutal my prayer to the family in Jesus Christ holly name Amen

  91. Asuquo Kibuka Ema

    December 15, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Unbelievable and a senseless tradegy!!!
    My heart goes out to the family and children left behind.

  92. Angela Ugochukwu Ejeckam

    December 15, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    It’s so sad. May their souls rest in perfect peace.

  93. Agnes Ekeya

    December 15, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    So sad. May their souls rest in peace.

  94. Portia Chima-Nwachukwu

    December 15, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Omg…is this true? Whatever happened to my auntie?? What a world!!! I’m so heartbroken..

  95. Ify Egbebike

    December 15, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    What a sad news!! That a couple went to bury a family member and met their own death? How can this be explained to their innocent children? That both of their parents got killed in their own country? This is really horrible… Lord please give their children and their entire family the courage to bear this great loss. May their gentle souls rest in perfect peace, amen.

  96. Oluwatoyin Oyetayo

    December 15, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    May their souls rest in peace. Amen

  97. Mac Okwah

    December 15, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    This is too much for anybody and any clan to bear. May their soul rest in perfect peace.

  98. Comfort Alinonu

    December 15, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Unfortunately and unbelievable. …..who would have thought going home to your motherland will be a death sentence. May the almighty God accept their souls. May the Lord continue to guide and protect the lovely children they left behind in this wicked world. Let’s rally around as a community to help, protect and be there for their children …..it’s like I’m dreaming and can’t wake up. Lord have mercy! !!!!

  99. Ijeoma Ebo Ehieze

    December 15, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    it hurts so so bad.

  100. Uju Jukinzoh

    December 15, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    A very sad news! May God accept their souls into his kingdom.

  101. Igbonekwu Ogazimorah

    December 15, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    God! Just too bad

  102. Ngozika Njoku-Igwe

    December 15, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Oh my God. So sad.

  103. Coco Fabin Nego

    December 15, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    More reason niaja sucks. Person go work hard finish come to his country to joli … stupid armed robbers go come or even hired robbers .. Rip . So sad. Take heart all family members

  104. Chukwuemeka C. Ekemezie

    December 15, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    This is so sad, so sad! What a tragic waste!

  105. Iyke Ezeobi

    December 15, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    May their soul rest in peace. Thats one of the problems we have in this country.

  106. Vivian N. Williams

    December 15, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Deeply sad & soooo heart broken, Don & Sister Nkem are gone just like that. Oh no! Fb friends & family we believe there’s more to this & we will continue searching for answers. It’s terrible that you are not safe in your mother land, then where else will you run to. Our thoughts & prayers goes to her children & siblings. It’s soooo painful.

  107. Patricia Onyeise

    December 15, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Very Sad News .My Loveable Sister May your gentle soul and your dear rest in peace. lady pat uzofine Onyeise.

  108. Josephine Nne Okoronkwo-Onor

    December 15, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    So very sad.

  109. Okeke Ijeoma Nkiruka

    December 15, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Soooo sad…May God Almighty rest their souls

  110. Daisy Omenma Uwaoma

    December 15, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Rip so sad

  111. Diana Ugo Emeh

    December 15, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    May their souls rest in peace.
    Terrible Acts like what has happened to this couple, lack of security, and state of lawlessness are the reasons Nigerians in Diaspora are afraid to travel home.

  112. Zika Anoka Moghalu

    December 15, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Oh my God very very sad

  113. Ada Eze

    December 15, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Ejituru Okorafor read this story. Very sad. Someone from your old neighbourhood.

  114. Peter Nwaigwe

    December 15, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    It’s a shame! My condolences.

  115. Claudia Farrell

    December 15, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    My prayers go out to the Family and the Nigerian Community.

  116. Uju Anubalu

    December 15, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    This is terrible and horrific, . Enough reason why we abroad never visit home. May their gentle souls RIP.

  117. Nonye Okoye

    December 15, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    This is so sad. May their souls rest in peace.

  118. Steve Oscar O

    December 15, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Too bad. God help us. May they rest in peace

  119. Nna Emeka

    December 15, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Sad and painful. May they both rest in peace.
    Nigerians everywhere must unite, in our collective grief, in demanding accountability from the government, at all levels, for security of lives and property. Why is there so much lawlessness, mindless banditry, and callous murders in Nigeria?
    It is pitiful that we are – at the dawn of the 21st century – trapped at the bottom of the “hierarchy of needs” as described by Maslow.
    A government that cannot and will not adequately provide for the (most basic) safety need of its citizens ceases to be legitimate.

  120. Chinenye Okoye

    December 15, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    It shall never be well for your killers, in Jesus name Amen, may your souls rest in peace.

  121. Emma Onuoha

    December 15, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Very very unfortunate.

  122. Martin Idunoba

    December 15, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    May their soul rest in perfect peace…….Amen.

  123. Prince Emeka Onyeneho

    December 15, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    :~ My condolences

  124. Sandra Okwumabua

    December 15, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Sad news may their soul rest in peace

  125. LadyofElegance Loretta Nky Akosa-Mbadugha

    December 15, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    I am still in awe! May their souls rest in peace. I feel for the children, Nkem ‘ s mum, sisters and brother. So sorry!

  126. Gerty Chidi-Okonkwo

    December 15, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Sad news

  127. Patricia Ngene

    December 15, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    I’m so sorry ;this is painful. Nigeria wastes people

  128. Oby Dike

    December 15, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    This so devastating, incomprehensible and unbelievable! My heart hurts, aches and bleeds for the families of Don Okoro and Nkem Aguocha-Okoro, especially the 4 immediate children left to mourn this terrible and senseless loss. RIP, For real already. I still this is another bad dream. May God accept Don and Nkem into his Kingdom in Jesus mighty name!!!

  129. Ijeoma Ebo Ehieze

    December 15, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Words cannot describe the pain we have for the loss of this fine couple. Wao. Bro Don and beautiful wife, Nkem. Wonderful people. The Mbano community is sooo devasted. We are dumbfounded. May there soul rest in peace.

  130. Kafomdi Anene

    December 15, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Unbelievable!

  131. Anthony Opo Okonkwo

    December 15, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    This is so painful. So sad.

  132. Gloria Orakpo

    December 15, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Just saw Nkem few weeks ago at a thanksgiving party, very vibrant and full of life, enjoying life. I will surely miss you. May your soul and Don’s rest in perfect peace, Amen

  133. Ezekiel Nwakwue

    December 15, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    This is unbelievable. What happened to Don Okoro and his wife? This is a sad news indeed. May the good Lord comfort everybody that is affected by this news in Jesus Name, Amen.

  134. Antonia Aniunoh

    December 15, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    RIP.may almighty God help Nigeria .

  135. Vicki Nma

    December 15, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Shocked! This is so sad. Terrible News.

  136. Vicki Nma

    December 15, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Shocked! This is so sad. Terrible News.

  137. Chichi Ekwuruke Nwachukwu

    December 15, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    May God receive their souls IJN, AMEN! This is so sad. Please God comfort their children and families, and please give them the strength to bear this senseless tragedy.

  138. Chichi Ekwuruke Nwachukwu

    December 15, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    May God receive their souls IJN, AMEN! This is so sad. Please God comfort their children and families, and please give them the strength to bear this senseless tragedy.

  139. Felix Oti

    December 15, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Must have been planned. This is just too coincidental!

  140. Felix Oti

    December 15, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Must have been planned. This is just too coincidental!

  141. GranDame Laurette Kiki

    December 15, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Must there be a killing? Take whatever u want and let them go!!.. Why the execution? Why? This is getting too much.. Just too much!. Armed robbers are armed for a reason. When they are caught, they should be sentenced to death, whether they killed their victims or not. If it serves as a detterent to even one robber, then it is worthwhie!. Gosh!!!….

  142. GranDame Laurette Kiki

    December 15, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Must there be a killing? Take whatever u want and let them go!!.. Why the execution? Why? This is getting too much.. Just too much!. Armed robbers are armed for a reason. When they are caught, they should be sentenced to death, whether they killed their victims or not. If it serves as a detterent to even one robber, then it is worthwhie!. Gosh!!!….

  143. Joann I. Azuike

    December 15, 2014 at 11:53 am

    My heart bleeds….

  144. Joann I. Azuike

    December 15, 2014 at 11:53 am

    My heart bleeds….

  145. GranDame Laurette Kiki

    December 15, 2014 at 11:49 am

    This is so so sad!!!…. Terrible terrible news. Unbelievable!.

  146. GranDame Laurette Kiki

    December 15, 2014 at 11:49 am

    This is so so sad!!!…. Terrible terrible news. Unbelievable!.

  147. Akpamgbo George

    December 15, 2014 at 11:29 am

    May their souls and the souls of all the faithfuls departed rest in peace.

  148. Akpamgbo George

    December 15, 2014 at 11:29 am

    May their souls and the souls of all the faithfuls departed rest in peace.

  149. Ije-Duru Okwuchi

    December 15, 2014 at 11:28 am

    What???

  150. Ije-Duru Okwuchi

    December 15, 2014 at 11:28 am

    What???

  151. Akpamgbo George

    December 15, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Very sad to say the least. Which way Nigeria?

  152. Akpamgbo George

    December 15, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Very sad to say the least. Which way Nigeria?

  153. Elsie Amatosero

    December 15, 2014 at 10:59 am

    My dear sister and brother,may ur lovely souls rest in the bosom of the lord. This is the greatest shock ever. I am lost of words ,this is devastating. God…………..

  154. Elsie Amatosero

    December 15, 2014 at 10:59 am

    My dear sister and brother,may ur lovely souls rest in the bosom of the lord. This is the greatest shock ever. I am lost of words ,this is devastating. God…………..

  155. Henry Ubi

    December 15, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Dear God, we don’t know why you called a husband and his wife home together in such a tragic way leaving their children without answers, May their soul rest in peace.

  156. Juliet Amadi Stephenson

    December 15, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Sad very sad. May their soul RIP.

  157. Chidubem Okeke Ogwulu

    December 15, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Very sad. May their souls RIP.

  158. Nneka Jacqueline Onyemeh Okoye

    December 15, 2014 at 9:05 am

    so sad!!

  159. Ụzọamaka Agbasi

    December 15, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Devastating news!
    They ought to investigate further.
    What’s happening at Asaba?
    May their souls rest in peace!
    #Sad

  160. Chika Okwuosa

    December 15, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Very sad,may d Lord rest their souls.

  161. Clementina Bestmann Jackson

    December 15, 2014 at 8:27 am

    So sad, I was gripped with fear, and the question why? May their soul rest in peace. My prayers for the family.

  162. Jay McDonald

    December 15, 2014 at 8:27 am

    This is horrible.

  163. Eme Bassey

    December 15, 2014 at 8:13 am

    May they rest in bosom of almighty God .

  164. Alozie Ugboaja

    December 15, 2014 at 8:10 am

    This is heart broken and sad may their souls rest in perfect peace Dr Alonzo&wife Stella

  165. Njideka Jinji Akubuilo

    December 15, 2014 at 7:47 am

    May they rest in peace, amen

  166. Njideka Jinji Akubuilo

    December 15, 2014 at 7:47 am

    May they rest in peace, amen

  167. Eucharia Oparaji

    December 15, 2014 at 7:03 am

    R.I.P

  168. Eucharia Oparaji

    December 15, 2014 at 7:03 am

    R.I.P

  169. Peggy Paul Madu

    December 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

    R.I.P, SO VERY SAD.

  170. Peggy Paul Madu

    December 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

    R.I.P, SO VERY SAD.

  171. Chinelo Chido Nwangwu

    December 15, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Good heavens!This is just heart-wrenching. How does this family begin to mourn the death of not one, but three family members? Why do things like this happen? God, please comfort their children and their entire family.

  172. Chikason Nwosu

    December 15, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Wow, this is so so sad, all these insecurities and killings calls for a change in leadership. May their soul rest in peace, and the Almighty father foster and comfort their children and family.

  173. Enyinnaya Alamba

    December 15, 2014 at 6:39 am

    What in this world are we going to do with this group of callous and wicked Nigerians?? This is not what homecoming should be….Nigerians in diaspora have always been targeted in a country we proudly call our own. MAY THEIR GENTLE SOULS REST IN PEACE.

  174. Malcolm Ikyegh

    December 15, 2014 at 6:39 am

    RIP Nkem, so sad!

  175. Rahanat Abubakar

    December 15, 2014 at 6:25 am

    So so sad! What an ill act! May their soul rest in perfect peace.

  176. Asanwa Ex-sono Queen

    December 15, 2014 at 6:23 am

    What a sad news
    We go home for closure not to be killed…………..
    Very sad

  177. Nnenna Unaka

    December 15, 2014 at 6:08 am

    Our nation continue to be wicked to her people. May their soul rest in peace

  178. Amaka Ilukwe

    December 15, 2014 at 5:49 am

    It’s a pity. What a wicked world we live in!

  179. Sandra Onyeagba-Gabriels

    December 15, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Oh my goodness. This is really sad. God, why? Chai aunty Nkem, may your soul rest in peace. Amen

  180. Grace Ilonuba

    December 15, 2014 at 5:23 am

    Sad

  181. AdaBeke Jay-Ifediatu Nweke-Ukawilu

    December 15, 2014 at 5:10 am

    Asstrey Pearl

  182. Abraham Madu

    December 15, 2014 at 5:08 am

    May their soul rest in peace.

  183. Felicia Patrick Veronika

    December 15, 2014 at 5:02 am

    So sad. I was heart broken for their daughter and now both parents……..may their soul rest in peace.

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World SOCCER SHOWDOWN: South Africa backs Morocco; U.S under pressure

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“It is an old myth that Africa doesn’t have the capacity, and naysayers should stop using the political argument. Africa hosted the best Fifa World Cup ever and with good support, Morocco can emulate South Africa,” said the SAFA president Jordaan.

Johannesburg – South Africa Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan has promised Morocco that South Africa will give its unqualified support to secure another World Cup on the African continent in 2026.

Morocco is vying to stage the world’s biggest football prize against a joint bid by Canada, Mexico and the U.S.

The Moroccan delegation comprises ex-Senegal and Liverpool striker El Hadji Diouf and former Cameroonian goalkeeper Joseph-Antoine Bell.

Jordaan said it would be great for Africa to have a second bite of the World Cup cherry, adding Morocco’s bid was Africa’s bid.

Jordaan assured Morocco that he would personally lobby for the Council for Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) and the rest of the continent to rally behind the Moroccans.

In his remarks, Antoine Bell said Morocco had all the ingredients to host another spectacular World Cup.

“South Africa showed the way and I am confident Morocco will follow suit. The country has international standards, from the stadiums to top infrastructure. Morocco can compete with the best in the world,” he said.

By giving Morocco its support, South Africa’s voice would make all the difference on the continent, Bell said.

“When South Africa talks on the continent, the rest of the continent listens hence it is vital for South Africa to support Morocco. South Africa has the experience and Morocco will use this experience to win the 2016 bid,” added Bell. African News Agency

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USAfrica: Catholic priest Etienne killed by militia in DR Congo, after a wedding mass

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Goma – A Catholic priest was found shot dead hours after he said mass in Democratic Republic of Congo’s restive North Kivu province, a member of the church told AFP.

“Father Etienne Sengiyumva was killed [on] Sunday by the Mai Mai Nyatura (militia) in Kyahemba where he had just celebrated a mass including a baptism and a wedding,” father Gonzague Nzabanita, head of the Goma diocese where the incident occurred, told AFP.

The Mai Mai Nyatura are an armed group operating in North Kivu, in eastern DRC.

Nzabanita said Sengiyumva, 38, had had lunch with local faithful before “we found him shot in the head”.

North and South Kivu provinces are in the grip of a wave of violence among militia groups, which often extort money from civilians or fight each other for control of mineral resources.

Last week unknown assailants kidnapped a Catholic priest in North Kivu, demanding $500 000 for his release.

Eastern DRC has been torn apart by more than 20 years of armed conflict, fuelled by ethnic and land disputes, competition for control of the region’s mineral resources, and rivalry between regional powers.

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USAfrica: Nigeria’s LOOTERS LIST and Buhari’s selective corruption targets. By Majeed Dahiru

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PDP vs APC Looters List and Buhari’s selective corruption targets

By Majeed Dahiru

Special to USAfrica {Houston] • USAfricaonline.com • @USAfricaLive

 

Timipriye Silva, a former governor and PDP chieftain, who became a founding member and financier of APC, had his corruption charges quashed by a federal high court and Buhari’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) failed to appeal the N19.5 billion fraud case.

More curious are the missing names of some accused looters with marital ties to Nigeria’s First and Second families. Gimba Yau Kumo, the PDP appointed former managing director of the Federal Mortgage Bank and now son-in-law of President Buhari, who was similarly accused of fraudulent activities amounting to about N3 billion and reportedly being investigated by EFCC, is missing from [Buhari’s Information Minister] Lai Mohammed’s list.

For a party that has been accused of destroying Nigeria by squandering accrued oil revenues estimated at over $500 billion in sixteen years, it is confounding that Lai’s list is not only exclusively comprised of PDP looters but also captures the last two years of PDP’s last lap in power and included just Goodluck Jonathan’s associates, who supported him against candidate Buhari, while also relating only to funds used in the last electioneering campaign of the PDP.

Whenever the obviously abysmal performance of the Muhammadu Buhari administration appears to be gaining sustained attention, and leading to murmuring within the rank and file of his supporters, a tale of humungous looting by opposition elements is usually spun and thrown into the public space to distract people away from the core issue of the failure of governance.

Like a fit of deja vu, the recently unveiled list of looters by Lai Mohammed, a fellow who comes across as more of President Muhammadu Buhari’s chief propagandist than a minister of the federal republic of Nigeria in charge of information and culture, didn’t come as a surprise. The list is all too familiar as the unveiling was a summarised rehash of politically exposed individuals who are members of the opposition party, close associates of former President Goodluck Jonathan, particularly his appointees in government, who have been named and shamed several times in well-coordinated media trials.

First on Lai’s list is Uche Secondus, the chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Lai had this to say of Secondus: “On the 19th of February 2015, he took N200 million only from the office of the NSA”. An unidentified former financial secretary of the PDP was similarly accused of “taking” N600 million from the same office of the National Security Adviser. Lai Mohammed also re-revealed that frontline member of PDP and media mogul, who deployed his media power to promote Goodluck Jonathan by de-marketing the Buhari candidacy in the run up to 2015 presidential election, Raymond Dokpesi, is on trial for “taking” N2.1 billion from the office of the then NSA. Lai also reminded Nigerians that his shouting match and former spokesman of the PDP, Olisa Metuh is on trial for “collecting” N1.4 billion from the same office of the NSA.

Lai Mohammed’s expanded follow up list included the usual suspects – former ministers, PDP state governors, service chiefs, presidential aides, associates and family members of former President Goodluck Jonathan, who were collectively accused of looting Nigeria of close to $2.1 billion through the office of the former NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.).

The choice of words like “took” and “collected” deployed by Lai to describe the manner in which those named received these monies was deliberate for the maximum effect of propaganda, portraying the accused persons as looters who broke into NSA vault and catered away boxes of cash at something akin to a gun point.

While the clamp down on PDP looters who supported Goodluck Jonathan and are still members of the former ruling party has been heavy handed, others who decamped from PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the eve of the 2015 elections and supported candidate Buhari’s campaign with their share of loot have been forgiven. For example, former NSA, Sambo Dasuki is being treated as an apostate for his role in the disbursement of funds that were used to oil Goodluck Jonathan’s electioneering effort. He has been kept in detention illegally and in defiance of several judicial rulings. Judging by the Buhari administration’s anti-corruption standard of an accusation being tantamount to guilt, in clear contempt of court proceedings by the resort to the naming and shaming suspects even before investigations and criminal prosecution are concluded and convictions obtained, it becomes curious that Lai’s list didn’t reveal any new name. Rather some names were either missing or omitted from what is a familiar list. This appears so because the bulk of PDP bigwigs who “destroyed” Nigeria in sixteen years of national rule are firmly in control of the APC, from its elected national executives to the National Assembly and appointed members of the federal executive council. The majority of APC-elected governors were also former members of the PDP. Even recently decamped PDP members to APC, such as Musiliu Obanikoro and Sulivan Chime, who have been prominently named and shamed in the recent past, were conspicuously missing from the released list of looters.

More curious are the missing names of some accused looters with marital ties to the first and second families. Gimba Yau Kumo, a former PDP appointed managing director of the Federal Mortgage Bank and now son-in-law of President Buhari, who was similarly accused of fraudulent activities amounting to about N3 billion and reportedly being investigated by EFCC, is missing from Lai’s list. Also missing on that list is Bola Shagaya.

Arguably one of Africa’s richest women, with a reputation for close business and political ties to all first families in the past two decades, Bola Shagaya was exceptionally close to the Goodluck Jonathan family. Often described as a bosom friend of former first lady Patience Jonathan, she has been accused, in numerous instances, allegedly, of acting as Patience Jonathan’s front for the laundering of illicit money estimated at over N13 billion, while engaging in other fraudulent activities involved in state capture. All that may be in the past now as she has found her way back to reckoning with the marriage of her son, Seun Bakare to Damilola, the daughter of Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo. Little wonder then, Bola Shagaya’s name is not on Lai’s looters list.

In a clear display of the arrogance of ignorance, the Buhari administration has narrowed its war on corruption to the hounding of members of the Jonathan administration, other individuals and organisations that were known to have worked against the emergence of the President [Buhari] in the 2015 presidential elections. This is clearly evident in the selective nature of the current anti-corruption effort.

The tone of generalisation of the PDP as the problem of Nigeria, as an indicator of corruption, should make all members of PDP (both former and present) and their collaborators in other parties guilty, hence qualifying them for naming and shaming, while being liable for criminal prosecution.

Therefore, Buhari’s list of looters is devoid of integrity, because his selective war on corruption is indicative of corruption in itself. All that is required of a former PDP looter is to get baptised into APC and profess Buhari as the saviour of Nigeria. This is precisely responsible for the failure and ineffectiveness of the war on corruption. Nothing has changed as the current APC looters continue to loot Nigeria, while the redeemed former PDP looters continue to enjoy their loot in hibernation under the abundant grace of the infallible Buhari.

• Dahiru is based in Abuja 

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