Nigerian Murdered in Spain

by Paul I. Adujie

Osamuyia Aikpitanhi, a 23 year Nigerian, on June 9, 2007, was murdered by Spaniards. They handcuffed him, chained his legs, gagged him with his mouth completely closed with industrial strength rubber or duck-tape and put a twine-bag or sack, over his head, once out of public view, they pummeled him, until he suffocated, or choked and asphyxiated! He drowned in his vomit, with excrements or feces all over him, all these, testament to the torture, directed at him by Spain!

Spaniards unconscionably, injected unidentified chemical substances into Mr. Osamuyia Aikpitanhi. This young man’s mis-step was that he did not possess a resident permit authorizing him to live and work in Spain. We know that such infraction does not carry the death penalty. We also know enforcement agents of Spain, who brutalized, the Nigerian, a uniquely Spanish barbaric and horrible treatment of the Inquisition type, did not have the right to take the Nigerian’s life. The Spaniards meted out such horrible and extremely inhuman treatment to Mr. Osamuyia Aikpitanhi. They unreasonably used deadly force.

Nigerians are tired of being treated inhumanely. Enough of these beastly treatments and unwarranted brutalities! Nigerians reject being treated like dogs all over the world Nigerians from now onwards, must make non-Nigerians do one of two things, respect us or fear the consequences of a lack!

According to published reports, an Iberia Airline pilot protested to the Spanish authorities regarding the violation of Mr. Osamuyia Aikpitanhi’s Human Rights and the Spaniards violations of international treaties and conventions, including IATA and ICAO; This was on the heels of sustained complaints by the other 96 Nigerian passengers that were aboard the same aircraft which was bound for Lagos, Nigeria. Multitude of Nigerians had witnessed the aggressions that were directed at Mr. Osamuyia Aikpitanhi

Sources revealed that the said pilot, even refused to continue with the journey the next day to protest the inhumanity that he had witnessed a day before.

Using industrial strength duck-tape or rubber tape to gag-choke, it a resort use of deadly force. They handcuffed him, chained his legs, gagged him and put a twine-bag over his head, once out of public view they pummeled him, until he suffocated, choked and asphyxiated!

Thankfully, as life throws oddballs at us, out of bad incidents of our everyday lives, sometimes, comes some good. Some of us Nigerians, as a benefit resulting from Internet rapid-fire world of advanced technology communications; Nigerians worldwide are able to communicate as a community and on a regular basis. We discuss Nigeria’s national issues and in rough and tumble tackles, dealing raw politics.

And through a Nigerian gentleman in Italy, Mr. Oguzie J.J., a regular contributor-participant, we learnt that a Nigerian, Mr. Osamuyia Aikpitanhi was killed! Murdered by members of Spain’s law enforcement agencies.

Today is the fourth day since the incident, the representatives of Nigeria in Madrid, Spain, are still making arrangements, efforts and contacts etc, before they make plans to make other plans to make a public statement eventually! As they are constrained by diplomatic and legal protocol. But, again, thankfully, the rest of us, do not have those constraints and we are speaking out and we want the world to know that a Nigerian’s life was illegally and violently ended agents of the government of Spain. A Nigerian here in America remarked yesterday, that the Philippines has a ministry or government department, responsible solely for Filipinos resident abroad.

Perhaps it is about time, that the Nigerian federal government establish a ministry, department or an agency, that monitors the affairs of the several hundred thousands of Nigerians who are now resident outside of the shores of Nigeria.

Nigerians outside these diplomatic or legal constraints, as our diplomats in Madrid appear to be under, cannot afford to dither or wait to finesse our reaction to obvious murder that was executed in the most brutal and horrible way. All this transpired inside an Iberia Airlines aircraft on its way to Lagos, Nigeria on June 9, 2007

Nigerians write to protest the brutal beating to death of Mr. Osamuyia Aikpitanhi a citizen of Nigeria, on June 9, 2007. This is as a result of the use of excessive and unreasonable deadly force, visited upon Mr. Osamuyia Aikpitanhi the Spanish security forces.

Information reaching us is such that it does appear, as if the Spanish law enforcement agencies has developed a pattern, in which Nigerians and other Africans are singled out and tortured, brutalized and frequently murdered. Nigeria has good diplomatic and trade relations with Spain. Spain has substantive business interests in Nigeria. Spain should never visit horror and brutality on Nigerian citizens, and for that matter, upon any person

The Spanish authorities, is within its right to guard its borders and to set its immigration rules. It any nation’s right to select who and what persons may be its guest.

Frequency of brutal and horrible treatments that are directed at Nigerians and other African citizens quite unacceptable. These brutalities and horrors directed only at Africans, are egregious and made even more so, by their regularity!

In September 1998, a Nigerian young lady was similarly murdered in Belgium; I refer to the brutal murder of Ms. Semira Adamu, a 20-year-old Nigerian woman by the Belgian authorities, who asphyxiated her with a pillow as they chatted and laughed, and all of it, were caught on tape for the world to see!

Nigeria inform Spain, impress it upon them and insist that there are more reasonable, humane and logical way, to handle the upsurge of immigrants into their country, it is rather disgusting that the Spanish security services, have often resorted to unreasonable, excessive brutal measures causing deaths. High influx of immigrants into Spain, does not give its government officials any justifications to engage and indulge themselves in unlawful and illegal behaviors. They treated our citizen without dignity and deprived him of his life. Would they do this to a European? Or to an American? It must be added that Nigerian authorities have never meted any unaccepted treatments to Spaniards in Nigeria

The people and government of Nigeria demand explanations for this wanton taking of the life of one of our nationals. Nigerians demand compensation be paid by the Spanish authorities to the next of kin or survivors of the deceased Mr. Osamuyia Aikpitanhi
Nigerians demand that an apology be tendered by the Spanish authorities to the next of kin, parents and or other survivors of Mr. Osamuyia Aikpitanhi and to Nigeria.

Nigerians are calling for the boycott of Iberia Airlines of Spain. Nigerians call for the immediate boycott of all products made in or originating from any entity in Spain. Nigerians demand the picketing of all installations in Nigeria, with any connections to the government of Spain and or companies in Spain or companies owned by Spaniards.

Nigerians should call these police telephone numbers in Spain, to register disgust and dismay, over the killing and brutal murder of a Nigerian citizen
Spanish National Police – 952 80 36 00 Spanish Civil Guard 952 89 00 55 Spanish Police Robbery Squad 902 102 112

I have a few questions for the government of Nigeria, and in particular, the Nigerian representatives in Madrid, Spain, diplomats and all. A Nigerian is murdered abroad, who speaks for him, considering that he was brutalized in a most repugnant and most reprehensible manner? Consider that he was choked, suffocated and asphyxiated, and at the end, he drowned in his own vomit and defecation, it left feces all over his body.
And I ask the multitudes and multiple multitudes of Nigerians now overseas, could this happen to you? Could this happen to me and nothing is done by other Nigerians or by our government, or our diplomats in the country in question?

Nigerians are tired of being treated inhumanely. Enough of these beastly treatments and unwarranted brutalities! Nigerians reject being treated like dogs all over the world Nigerians from now onwards, must make non-Nigerians do one of two things, respect us or fear the consequences of a lack!

Protection and preservation of Nigerian citizens is the primary duty of the government of Nigeria, and therefore, Nigerian diplomats worldwide. This duty is sacrosanct.

All Nigerians, diplomats, entire hierarchy and levels of government in Nigeria must ensure, that the killers of any Nigerian do not go unpunished. Nigerians and Nigeria must draw a line in the sand regarding the sanctity of the lives of Nigerian citizens.

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tommy March 1, 2010 - 11:36 am

the stories of muedering and molesting nigerians unduly must stop when we stand to fight it.

some persons are putting heads together to form an organisation that will look into the welfare and lives of nigerians abroad. surport it.


abi December 19, 2009 - 11:03 am

i hate to have a nigerian passport or to even call my self a nigerian. common malaysians i traveled to they also treat nigerians bad i am ashame when people ask me were are you from. i will be scared to talk becus it might scare them away from me. nigerian can not travel any were without passport. i came went there for touring and i could not go any were else apart from the cities. while my friends that came from the europe were all traveling around the asia without a visa. i hate nigerian government becus they are not helping.

HENRY LKP September 8, 2008 - 6:31 pm

Can Nigerians be Suffering from Resident permit in Spain? no it can be because different countries citizen came in here one year their stay is being given to them

KINGSLEY July 7, 2007 - 7:39 pm

Fellow Nigerians, i have lived in spain for 6yrs now and i want to cry out loud to the whole world and to Nigerians all over the world that the Nigerians are really suffering in the hands of the spanish police. The new spanish immigration law stipulates that all Nigerian citizen must go back to Nigeria to get the police clearance certificate before they can apply for the spanish resident permit without any arrangement for visa to re-enter spain again. this is just a strategy to send all Nigerians back home.while immigrants from other African and south american countries are requested to have their police clearance certificate posted to them from their various respective countries. I will like the whole Nigerians all over the world to also know that the Nigerian Embassy here in Madrid, Spain is just like a business centre where their primary objective is to extort money from innocent Nigerian citizen with the pretext of legalizing documents as the prize list pasted outside the embassy will testify to that. The Nigeria embassy here in madrid, spain do collect bribes from the spanish Government just for them to sign and issue a travel certificate to deport a Nigerian. I have ben personally harassed and detained by the spanish police on the excuse that i do not have their resident permit. May the soul of osamuyia rest in peace as we do not know who the next person will be (May God Judge the Spanish Authority for their inhuman treatment on Nigerians) AMEN

IKE JUSTICE ANI June 23, 2007 - 5:56 pm

Fellow NIGERIANS,keeping quiet to this news is the greatest empowerment for this fair colored bastards to carry out this barbaric act not only to Nigerians in Spain but to any of us in any country in the world.

The truth is that there are so many illegal people from SPAIN in different countries of the world and particularly in the U.S and they have not been slaughtered in this manner.

There are ways we must handle this:PAUL, thank you for this information and please send a copy of this letter to HUMAN RIGHT ACTIVISTS in Nigeria,Nigeria Bar Association and to International court at HAGUE and also to MEND in NIGERIA.

Start of a fund raising campagn for all NIGERIANS abroad particularly for this young man and for future NIGERIANS who might face such despicable act in the future.

I know this is the work of the Ambassador of Nigeria to SPAIN but since he is not doing his job,we should not allow this hate crime to continue in the name of illegal immigration because this 21st century.

Trina June 23, 2007 - 1:34 pm

The degree of anger i have is of the same level of comment#7. I'm sooo pissed off mentally thinking about what happend to him. It is something that happens all the time, just that this particular one was made public. The anger that i feel regarding this is unlike any other anger i've experienced before. There's so much more hate rather than help in this world. Yes Mr. Osamuyia Aikpitanhi didn't have a permit, but many others would have took a chance for better work as well. Justice needs to be served. That was truley uncalled for. It's time for African leaders to obtain justice and show the public that justice has been served!

Paul I. Adujie June 18, 2007 - 5:25 pm

Hamzat et al, Many thanks for your responses to this gravely sad event…. occassioned by the brutal murder of a Nigerian Mr. Osamuyia Aikpitanhi by Spain.

Here is the e-mail to ambassador to Spain

I thank you all for supporting the protest against Spain dastardly act. The killing of a Nigerian citizen.

Most sincerely,

Paul I. Adujie

New York, United States

Michael June 17, 2007 - 5:00 pm

I am so pissed at the killing of Mr. Osamuyia Aikpitan hence my second comment on this issue.

Where the f*ck are those 100 confused Nigerians on this issue? Where the f*ck is NIDO on this issue? Where the f*ck is Amnesty International on this issue? I guess we "freestyled" Nigerans are all on our own afterwards. Stop the madness…go back home and retool our land… this sh*t has to stop!!! This is what we get when we let illiterates, buffoons, petty thieves, idiots, bastards, etc rule us!!! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!! EIE!!!!

Hamzat June 16, 2007 - 12:31 pm

I read this article with sadness, bitterness and overwhelming pain in my heart.

First I hope that the soul of Mr. Osamuyia Aikpitanhi does rest in peace.

Simply put a murder has been committed, under Common law , Spanish law, and EU Law.

No where on this planet is murder tolerated or cordoned.

My plea to the Nigerian government and people is whatever it takes , no matter how long, these poeple must be brought to justice.

What makes a society, what makes this civilization work is the obedience of law and society rules.

I say the Nigerian Government revoke the landing rights of Iberia.

I also ask Nigerians to rally and protest when ever the crew of Iberia land in Nigeria.

One thing that makes me proud as a Nigerian -American is that should anything happen to me, Uncle Sam will come looking for me.

Does anyone know where (Mr. Osamuyia Aikpitanhi ) is from in Nigeria.

His State Senator, Congress man even local councilor should seek the auidence of the Spanish Ammbassador.

Political pressure must be brought to bear that whoever is reasonsible for this unspeakable act be brought to justice.

The Europeans are always preaching justice and equality no mans life has value than the other.

Does anyone know the email address of the Spanish Ambassador here in the US ?

Is anyone willing to start a petition to be sent over the the Spanish Embassy –

Never Again should this happen anything short of an arrest of conviction of the curlpits will not be acceptable.


Kenn June 16, 2007 - 7:58 am

Other Nigerians on board the airline should have fought back and ensure theY killed those officers responsible irrespective of if they had guns or not. Its high time we start thinking the American way, fight back if need be and let the case be judged later if need be. I AM A NIGERIAN AND I AM VERY PROUD…..WE ARE SMART AND THE WORLD CANT DO A THING ABOUT IT!!!

Julius June 15, 2007 - 1:15 pm

This is not the first time and it might not be the last unless something is done. I think it is high time we the citizens of nigeria take up action. I will suggest Paul, is there a way we Nigerians in America can sign a petition that can be forwarded to the Spanish embassy here in the US expressing our disgust at the way one of us was murdered. Please let me know, we need to mobilize our resources here in the US. If our govt fails to do something then we should do something. Osamuyia must not die in vain. That he was in spain illegally doesn't make him fit for death. Please lets arise and at least deliver a petition signed by all nigerians in america.

Michael June 15, 2007 - 1:01 pm

Re: "It must be added that Nigerian authorities have never meted any unaccepted treatments to Spaniards in Nigeria"

I hope the MEND brothers are reading this! Next time you kidnap a Spaniard, Filet the bastard!!!

It is time for the black man to start practicing an eye for an eye, rather than the washed out Biblical doctrine that the racist bastards have used to subdue us!!!

Brothers and Sisters, Heaven is right here, right Now, not the Heaven the racist pigs have promised.

May Osamuyia Aikpitanhi's soul rest in perfect peace.

CEO June 15, 2007 - 9:57 am

As a matter of fact, Nigeria has welfare departments at its foreign offices—embassies and high commissions. But you have raised very serious concern here; there needs to be renewed policy improvement or change in the way the government represents it citizens overseas.


immaculata osueke June 15, 2007 - 8:54 am

Hi Everyone,

This is an interesting news to hear early in the morning. Nigerian are regarded as "BAD BREED" or the worse race in the world therefore, they think that they have right to take away our life. Those that are not Nigerian reading this news, ARE THE NIGERIAN THE WORST GROUP OF PEOPLE IN THE WORLD? This is a question we need to ask ourselves. Every country in the world has their own problems as well as corrupt people but how many of them have they try to kill and disgrace publically but Nigerians because we are not "HUMAN BEINGS BUT ANIMALS! I am proud to be Nigerian and I don't think it is necessary to mistreat somebody because they are illegal immigrants. Every country has illegal immigrants so should we start killing them? I don't think it is fair to treat other human being like animals. Nigerian government should look into this case and don't take it lightly. One of us was harshly taken away from us becuase of hatred. It is time Nigerian sit up and fight for ourselves.

May God bless and protect us all.

Imma, Michigan


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