Category Archives: African community

MONTREAL: Africans buy stolen bikes and sell them in Africa

These men buy bikes legally, and then sell them to their home countries in Africa for four times the price. (Radio-Canada)

Every year, about 20,000 bicycles are stolen in Montreal

CBC News Posted: Feb 26, 2014 7:11 PM ET Last Updated: Feb 26, 2014 7:11 PM ET

An investigation carried out by Radio-Canada’s Enquête program found that selling stolen bikes is big business in Montreal.

Every year about 20,000 bicycles are stolen on the island, but most victims never report the theft to police. For instance, in 2012, only 1,846 bike thefts were reported.

Philippe and Dominique, whose identity we are not revealing, track down bicycle thieves.

“There are thieves who prowl the night, searching in alleyways and backyards, and simply help themselves,” Philippe said.

It’s estimated that one of of two cyclists in Montreal has had his/her bike stolen at least once.

For sale

Re-selling bikes is big business in Montreal.

A number of unclaimed stolen bikes end up at municipal auctions.

Enquête spoke with a group of men who buy the bikes legally for a small price, and then sell them in their home country in Africa for four times as much.

“I’ve been doing this for 10 years,” one man told Enquête reporters.

The investigative program also found there were suspicious transactions taking place at L’Accueil Bonneau, a homeless shelter in Montreal, where one man bought several bikes last summer.

Similar situations are occurring in some parks or streets.

One Enquête employee was offered a bike for $40 — although it was worth $600.

The seller said he stole it about a month earlier near Cadillac metro station, in Montreal’s east end.

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Undeportable Michael Mvogo kept in jail for 8 years

Michael Mvogo, shown in an image taken from a photocopy, has been held without charge in a Canadian detention centre for eight years. He hasn't been deported because officials were unable for a long time to confirm his identity, and Cameroon, the country he revealed he is from, won't issue him documents.

 

Michael Mvogo, shown in an image taken from a photocopy, has been held without charge in a Canadian detention centre for eight years. He hasn’t been deported because officials were unable for a long time to confirm his identity, and Cameroon, the country he revealed he is from, won’t issue him documents.

By:  Immigration reporter, Published on Thu Jul 24 2014

Canada should immediately release a man who has been imprisoned for eight years over immigration violations, says a United Nations human rights monitoring body.

“The inability of a state party to carry out the expulsion of an individual does not justify detention beyond the shortest period of time or where there are alternatives to detention, and under no circumstances indefinite detention,” said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions. Continue reading

adopted South-African girl gets Canadian citizenship and apology from Canada

Six-year immigration battle gets 2nd look after CBC story

CBC News Posted: Jul 16, 2014 11:30 AM PT Last Updated: Jul 17, 2014 5:22 AM PT

A teenage girl’s six-year-long battle for Canadian citizenship is finally over after Immigration Canada admitted it made a mistake and lost her approval due to a technical error.

The error was uncovered after CBC News ran a story on the plight of the 19-year-old and her B.C. family.

In an email to the CBC, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) said Erica Dipuo Barnes’s citizenship was approved in 2013, but not entered into its global case management system due to a technical error.

Spokeswoman Nancy Caron said the error has been fixed and Barnes’s citizenship papers are now on their way.

“We recognize that this has caused undue frustration. We apologize for the error and delay.”

Barnes is both pleased and angry after the mistake made by Canadian officials in South Africa meant she could not work, study or even get medical care for the last year. Continue reading

CALGARY: Albert Onolunose and Abeba Girma charged in Nigerian scam

 

Albert Valentine Onolunose

Albert Valentine Onolunose
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Calgary boxer and woman charged in lottery scam

Suspects arrested after jumping from 2nd-floor balcony

CBC News Posted: Jun 11, 2014 9:59 AM MT Last Updated: Jun 11, 2014 8:34 PM MT

Calgary boxer Albert Onolunose is one of two people charged in connection with an alleged lottery scam.

Onolunose, 34, andAbeba Girma, 25, were arrested after police executed a search warrant at a residence on Glamis Drive S.W.

Onolunose won the Canadian middleweight championship on the professional boxing circuit in May of last year in Calgary.

Police say while officers were searching the premises, the two suspects tried to flee by jumping from a second-floor balcony. They were caught after a short foot chase.

Investigators believe the two were involved in a lottery scam in which victims received letters in the mail stating they had won a lottery.

“Prior to receiving the money they were asked to send percentages of that money, so varying percentages of that money based on taxes calculated and administrative fees, said Staff Sgt. Kristie Verheul.

Police found credit card information, mail with counterfeit postage and mailing lists inside the Calgary residence.

According to police, Canada Post located more than 5,000 letters with the same counterfeit postage which were addressed to people across Canada and the United States.

Onolunose is charged with five counts of possession of credit card data, one count of fraud over $5,000, using mail to defraud and counterfeiting stamps.

Abeba Girma is charged with one count of identity theft.

They will appear in court later this month.

In 2010 Onolunose was charged with numerous fraud and money-laundering offences, also in connection with a fake lotto scam.

 

Nigerian scam

BRAMPTON: Jan. 17 Lotto Max draw won by Hakeem Nosiru

Hakeem Nosiru had used duct tape to fasten winning ticket to inside of wife’s purse

The Canadian Press Posted: Jun 02, 2014 4:40 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 02, 2014 9:53 PM ET

A Toronto-area couple endured a roller-coaster ride of emotions when a lottery ticket worth $50 million went missing only to be found and returned by a person at their church.

Hakeem Nosiru won the Jan. 17 Lotto Max draw and was one day away from claiming the money when the ticket, which he duct-taped to the inside of his wife’s purse for safekeeping, was missing after they attended church. Continue reading

MONTREAL: Naima Rharouity died of severe brain injury

Severe brain trauma killed victim of Montreal escalator incident

Naima Rharoulty, 47, died at the Fabre metro ThursNaima Rharoulty, 47, died at the Fabre metro Thursday, Jan. 30. (Image: Facebook)

CTV Montreal 

Published Wednesday, February 5, 2014 10:54PM EST

The coroner’s office has informed the family of Naima Rharouity, killed last week in an incident at the Fabre metro station, that she died of severe brain trauma.

But they could shed no light how she suffered such a grievous injury, only saying it was an accident.

It has been a week of agony for her husband Cherkoui El Hanana, who has been struggling to understand what happened. (…) Continue reading

Humera Jabir: Quebec’s xenophobic moment

Quebec’s xenophobic moment

The public reaction to the death of a hijab-wearing Montreal woman has become one of the darkest chapters of xenophobia in Quebec’s charter of values saga.

By: Humera Jabir Published on Tue Feb 04 2014
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The death of a Montreal woman last Thursday after her clothing became entangled in a subway escalator should have been a moment of sombre reflection on the fragility of human life. Instead, sensationalist francophone media coverage and the comments it unleashed online turned this tragic death into one of the darkest moments of racism and xenophobia in Quebec’s charter of values saga.

Naima Rharouity, wife and mother of two, was wearing a hijab on the day of the incident. The Journal de Montréal, among others, capitalizing on heightened sensitivities towards the garb in the current charter debate reported with no verification that Naima had been strangled by her hijab. The Journal maintained the report even after police stated the cause of death was unknown. But wearing the hijab was all it took for Naima’s death to become fair game for online commentators who, fuelled by irresponsible media coverage, hurled statements such as “This is what you get for deciding to keep it on,” “Where was Allah?” and “One less terrorist in Montreal.” Continue reading

MONTREAL: Naima Rharouity was an extraordinary woman, widower El Hanana​ Cherkaoui says

“She was there to help people – she arrived here more than eight months ago and the first thing she wanted to do was help people,” Anie Samson told CBC News.

 

Fabre metro vigil recalls mother killed in escalator incident

“She was a noble woman,” says widower Cherkaoui El Hanana

CBC News Posted: Feb 03, 2014 7:54 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 03, 2014 10:51 AM ET

Hundreds of mourners gathered outside Fabre metro station Sunday to remember Naima Rharouity, who died there last week when her scarf became entangled in an escalator.

People lit candles and placed flowers around a photo of Rharouity outside the entrance to the metro station where she died just minutes after dropping off her son at daycare last Thursday. Continue reading

Former refugee returns to South Sudan as aid worker

The Kuol family (from left – daughter Nyel, mother Abeny, and daughters Yom and Naomi), fled the violence in Sudan, eventually finding their way to Canada in 1999. Now Abeny is returning to South Sudan as an aid worker. (CBC)

Former refugee returns to South Sudan as aid worker

Abeny Kuol is leaving the safety of Canada to offer help in South Sudan

CBC News Posted: Feb 02, 2014 6:00 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 02, 2014 6:00 AM ET

Abeny Kuol knows about danger.

As a very young mother in Sudan in 1984, she was desperate to flee the fighting around her. She carried three small daughters – in her arms and on her back – first across Sudan, then later through Ethiopia to Kenya. It was a journey that covered thousands of kilometres and took many months. Continue reading

MONTREAL, QC: Family shocked by ‘horrific’ death at Fabre metro; victim identified as Naima Rharouity

Naima Rharoulty, 47, died at the Fabre metro Thursday. (Image: Facebook) Read more: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/family-shocked-by-horrific-death-at-fabre-metro-1.1664751#ixzz2s7qYTHMu

Family shocked by ‘horrific’ death at Fabre metro
Read more: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/family-shocked-by-horrific-death-at-fabre-metro-1.1664751#ixzz2s7plekug

CTV Montreal
Published Friday, January 31, 2014 12:19PM EST
Last Updated Friday, January 31, 2014 9:40PM EST

The Quebec coroner’s officer is conducting an autopsy to retrace the events leading to the death of Naima Rharouity, the 47-year-old mother of two who died when a piece of her clothing became entangled in an escalator at the Fabre metro Thursday morning at about 9:15.

CTV Montreal spoke to a member of the victim’s family – a family whose name has also been spelled as Rhertouity – who acknowledged the loss of their loved one in what they called a “horrific accident.”

The family member said they are still waiting to learn more about the circumstances of the accident and still don’t know what happened. Continue reading