Support Olaolu Femi

By on November 20, 2012
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Discrimination & racism is still visible in Ukraine. Presently Nigerians, Africans and all foreigners living in Ukraine are protesting the arrest of a Nigerian student  for allegedly defending himself against six teenagers who attacked him at the entrance to his apartment block.

The student, Olaolu Sunkanmi Femi is currently languishing in jail and may be facing life imprisonment in Ukraine.   He was arrested after defending himself against his assailants with a glass from a broken bottle in front of his apartment block on November 5, last year in Lugansk, Ukraine. Witnesses at the scene told other students that one of his friends was physically attacked in front of his apartment by four Ukrainian young men and two women who pulled them to the ground while hurling racist slurs on them.   Sunkanmi was said to have managed to get up and defended himself against the assailants with a glass from a broken bottle.

“It was while he was defending himself that police arrived at the scene and the Nigerian was subsequently arrested and charged with attempted murder of five people” a Nigerian embassy staff who has knowledge of the case told African Outlook, adding that the victim thus became an accused in a case which has become a celebrated case in Ukraine.

What is noteworthy about his case is that Olasunkanmi has since been remanded in detention by the Ukrainian police who refused to take the case to court citing unavailability of the police to get an interpreter for him.

Let us all support Olaolu Sunkanmi Femi and make sure that trus justice is passed and freedom is granted.

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