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Mindset, Culture Shock, Sharia Law And Execution Of Nigerians Abroad

The Oasis Reporters

April 4, 2019

Nigerian born robbers caught after robbing a bureau de change in UAE.

Whenever Nigerian citizens travel outside the country with the mindset of how deplorable social services work at home, what they face is a massive dose of culture shock and therefore many with the wrong family upbringing fall foul of foreign laws, and in Sharia law, get executed.

In an obvious angry reaction by UAE over the shocking Dubai robbery, the Emirate has suspended issuance of the 3-Month Tourist Visa to Nigerians.

Imagine a countryman with the mindset that the police hardly ever crack cases of robberies, carjackings, having bribe collecting officials, where votes are usually a waste because they may not count, etc, going to an oil producing country like Nigeria and operates sharia law like Zamfara state, the thinking would be that they may all be the same.
But they are not.

Most countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Arab world have Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Cameras everywhere. As one drives along all their expressways, there are hidden cameras picking and tracking every movement, including the display of car plate numbers, speed limits and time of movement. Every street, home, shop or office is closely monitored therefore a lot of criminal activities are duly monitored, watched, real time, online and police arrests are often swift and efficiently executed.

Take for instance, the entry of about five Nigerians into the UAE, who have been arrested for allegedly robbing a bureau de change in Sharjah of Dh2.3 million, according to the police on Sunday, March 31, 2019.

With the Nigerian mindset, hardly did they know that as they were smashing the glass door to break into the bureau de Change, Cameras had picked them up and the ongoing robbery was being observed, real-time.

According to the men barged into the exchange and smashed the glass barrier between the customers and the staff, stole the money in multiple currencies and fled.

Two employees at the exchange were injured as they resisted the robbers. One of them managed to notify the police.

The Sharjah Police coordinated with forces from Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah and Ajman to nab the suspects from four emirates within 48 hours after the robbery was committed.

The incident was reported at Al Ansari Exchange in Al Tawoon area. A top police official said the suspects came to the UAE on visit visas on March 18, 2019.

For two days, they studied the exchange office before deciding to commit the robbery around midnight – just before the shop was to close.

On March 20, 2019, four suspects stormed into the exchange office, while one waited in a car outside. After the four suspects rushed out with the money, they fled in a car.

Major-General Saif Al Zeri Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of the Sharjah Police, said the whole amount has been recovered.

“The police team reached the site within seven minutes after the robbery was reported. The injured staff members were rushed to the hospital, where they were discharged the next day,” the officer said

The resultant effect was to give an entire country a bad name. Because Nigeria’s use of digital technology to fight crime is almost nil, the robbers believed that every country must be like that.

A travels and tours firm, Afric Holidays, have announced in a terse statement through its Instagram page on Wednesday that “Nigerian Passport holders are no longer eligible to 3 months UAE Tourist Visa.

“Nigerian Passport holders are now restricted to 1 Month, 96 hrs & 48 hours UAE Tourist Visas till further notice.”

The notice is coming two days after five Nigerians were arrested for robbing a Bureau de Change operator of Dh2.3 million (app. N225.4 million) in Sharjai, Dubai.

The suspects were identified as Chimuanya Emmanuel Ozoh, Benjamin Nwachukwu Ajah, Kingsley Ikenna Ngoka, Tochukwu Leonard Alisi and Chile Micah Ndunagu.

Unfortunately for the robbers, the United Arab Emirates, UAE operates a strict sharia legal code and what awaits the five Nigerians is certain execution for such a terrible misadventure. If the Nigerian had agreed to deploy up to date technology in its electoral system, crime fighting methodologies and implemented modern methods of living, the five robbers would have been aware of such before venturing out to their misadventure and almost certain death with little or no delay in it’s criminal justice system.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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