Nigerian Community Congress marred by violence


The congress, which was held at the Reform Club, MDI, Road, did not end well as violence erupted, resulting in fighting with a delegate injured in the head.

A community member who spoke to The Point called the incident a disappointment and unprofessional.

Stephen Azubugwu Daraugonnaya, who was injured, told this reporter that he was beaten by a group of people. According to him, they hit him with an iron chair.

He said he was then taken out of the ward by police and later reported to Kanifing Police Station, where his statement was obtained.

Subsequently, I was referred to Serrekunda health center for treatment. “Although I didn’t expect to go to the Nigerian Community Congress to fight, what they did to me was public assault,” he said.

Community member Dr. Bishop Denis Elijah Ejila said it is very sad and disappointing to see such an act in the Nigerian Community, noting that he expected people to use this congress. to exchange ideas, learn how to protect peace and love among members and not to fight. “We should not accept any troublemakers in the community,” he advised.

Sam Ochulor, president of the Nigerian community in The Gambia, said he was elected to serve the people. “You know, in leadership you have to serve people. The Nigerian community is key and I appreciate the leadership of the community.

Timothy. B Martians, Nigerian Consular Officer in The Gambia, who spoke on behalf of the Nigerian High Commissioner in The Gambia, said the goal of the Community is to bring together all Nigerians residing in The Gambia and work for the well-being of every Nigerian in The Gambia.

He said that as the Nigerian Embassy in The Gambia, “it is our duty to represent all Nigerians in the best possible way, and the only way to do that is to continue working in peace and harmony”.

“We continue to act as one family, the High Commission is looking for anyone and anytime. This is your home, this is your home. All this fight for positions is useless, let’s do what the community is aiming for. “

Presenting the congress report, Great Akah Ottuduoma, Secretary General of the Nigerian Community in The Gambia, said that according to the Constitution of the Nigerian Community in The Gambia, the Nigerian Community Congress is held three (3) times per year.

According to him, the current administration of the Nigerian community has not been able to organize another congress after the one which took place in November 2019 at the premises of the Nigerian High Commission, adding that the fundamental importance of the Nigerian Community Congress is for the benefit of registered members of the Nigerian community. the possibility of receiving information from the executive bodies of the community elected for this purpose.

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