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A Well-To-Do Brooklyn-Based Nigerian Is A “Deadbeat” Father In Nigeria

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Nigeria — Brooklyn, New York, United States — Birmingham, England — This story connects three continents. A Brooklyn-based Nigerian is accused of abandoning his family 18 years ago. The mother of his child is now seekind support for their 18-year-old boy.

christopher_eribo_is_a_veteran_90_000-a-year_prosecutor_in_the_brooklyn_district_attorney_s_officeChristopher Eribo, 47, a $90,000-a-year prosecutor in the Brooklyn district attorney’s office, is also a runaway dad who left his son Afoke behind in Nigeria, the boy’s mom says.

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Afoke Chizea as a young child

“When my baby was 8 months, he said he was going on holiday to America for two weeks,” Ofunne Chizea, 45, narrates. “My whole world was turned upside down the day I realized he wasn’t coming back.”

Now the woman tries to get him to pay child support for the now 18-year-old boy.

“I’m speaking out now because I didn’t want to keep quiet any longer… I’ve reached the end of the road,” Chizea speaks from her home in Birmingham, England, where she and Afoke now live on government assistance.

“I’m begging him to take some responsibility now. I want Chris to be involved in Afoke’s life. I don’t hate him, but his rejection for his son — I just can’t comprehend it.”

Eribo, 47,now lives with his new wife in the two-story home in Valley Stream, L.I.

A spokeswoman for the Brooklyn D.A.’s office says the mom has it all wrong.

“This is a man who is anything but a deadbeat,” she said of Eribo. “He has been trying to be a father to the son, financially and in every other way.”

The mother has been keeping them apart, Goldberg said.

The story Chizea and Afoke tell is far, far different.

“There is a call I wait for every year on my birthday, and it doesn’t come,” Afoke said.

Chizea said she met Eribo in Lagos in 1994, when she was working as a receptionist, and he had a meeting with her boss. A stormy relationship followed, and Eribo was upset when he found out she was pregnant in 1995, the mom said.

Eribo “promised to look after” her and the baby, and, despite frequent arguments, he was with her at the hospital when she gave birth and paid the hospital bill.

After he left for the U.S., the woman “was devastated and a little bit scared.” She lost her job when she was pregnant, and didn’t think she could support her son by herself.

That August, Chizea said she got a letter from Eribo’s sister, telling her he wasn’t coming back and that she should sell his car and his belongings to help her make ends meet. The money ran out early in 1997.

Looking to provide a better life for her son, she moved to England in 2001. That same year, Eribo — who’d gotten his law degree in Nigeria — went to work in the Brooklyn DA’s office.

The prosecutor sent his ex an email in 2001, saying, “I am quite aware of my obligations as a father to Afoke, and I’m trying to meet those obligations. I crave only to be as good a father to my son as I can be, if you’ll let me.”

Eribo came to visit his son once in London in 2003, taking him to McDonald’s and buying him a Playstation 2, but he never returned. She said he called only once after that in 2005, to make sure Afoke was okay after bombings in July targeting the public transportation system in London.

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Home of Christopher Eribo in Valley Stream, Long Island

Eribo’s career, meanwhile, continued to soar. He handled successful high-profile prosecutions, including gun cases. He also tied the knot with a Nigerian woman in 2007 — and continued to ignore calls and emails asking for financial help from Chizea, the mom said.

Chizea said she spoke to lawyers in London about suing him for child support there, but she couldn’t afford their $650-an-hour rates.

A parent can seek child support until the child turns 21 — meaning Chizea still has three years to press a claim.

Experts said the mom wouldn’t even have to travel to the U.S. to start support proceedings in Brooklyn. She can testify by phone or video link. And she can seek child support and other expenses under New York state law until her son turns 21.

Chizea said she’s weighing her options.

Of his dad, the teen said flatly, “I’m disappointed in him.”

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  1. oluchi

    October 24, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    that’s what Igbo man always do, they make children all over the world and runaway from them, he will still runaway from that other woman in LI to be with another loose village DOG that’s is waiting for a man that comes abroad, even some of us Nigerian woman we r so useless and stupid, we cant even investigate people when they come from abroad, our eyes are always shining looking for money, and marriage in any GOAT that comes with HIV from abroad, SHAMELESS “IGBO WOMAN”
    mostly

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“From bum shorts to leggings” – BBNaija’s Ozo called out over his choice of outfits

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It is not new that ex-BBNaija housemate Ozoemena Chukwu likes to wear skimpy shorts – the kind of clothing items called bum shorts that are mostly worn by ladies.

Throughout the BBNaija show, Ozo was often seen wearing those kind of shorts, sometimes pulling them further up himself to reveal his light-skinned thighs.

Ozo’s choice of outfit lately makes him trend and at the same time, his getting backlash from his fans for what he is wearing.

The light skin big brother Naija ex housemate doesn’t look bothered, as he keeps wearing what he feels comfortable in.

The picture above was what Ozo was seen wearing that got him a lot of backlash as he decided to wear something more longer but still the trolling didn’t stop.

A Facebook user identified as Bright said “Ozo upgraded from bum short to leggings”

@enna said “if I catch my man wearing a leggings like that, we are done”

@alpha said “what is this guy wearing”

@enioluwa said “what kind of trouser is this guy always wearing”

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North Is The Worst Place To Live In Nigeria -Sultan of Sokoto

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The Sultan of Sokoto,Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, on Thursday lamented the high rate of insecurity in the North, saying it was the worst place in the country to live.

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The Sultan, who stated this at the fourth quarterly meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council in Abuja, said bandits were fast overrunning the North as residents slept with their eyes open.

While describing the North as the worst place to live, he said that bandits had become daring.

He said they moved from house to house, village to village, market to market, with AK-47 rifles openly, purchasing foodstuffs and other items and even collecting change without any challenge from the security agencies.

The foremost traditional ruler stated that the security system in the North had completely collapsed.

He said, “Security situation in Northern Nigeria has assumed a worrisome situation. Few weeks ago, over 76 persons were killed in a community in Sokoto in a day. I was there with the governor to commiserate with the affected community.

“Unfortunately, you don’t hear these stories in the media because it’s in the North. We have accepted the fact that the North does not have strong media to report the atrocities of these bandits.

“People think North is safe but that assumption is not true. In fact, it’s the worst place to be in this country because bandits go around in the villages, households and markets with their AK 47 and nobody is challenging them.

“They stop at the market, buy things, pay and collect change, with their weapons openly displayed. These are facts, I know because I am at the centre of it.

“I am not only a traditional ruler, I am also a religious leader. So, I am in a better place to tell the story. I can speak for the North in this regard because I am fully aware of the security challenges there. We have to sincerely and seriously find solutions to the problem, otherwise, we will find ourselves soon, in a situation where we would lose sleep because of insecurity.

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‘Stop Calling Friday ‘Black Friday’, Its A Holy Day For Muslims’ – Kano Hisbah Board Warns Radio Station

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The Kano Hisbah Board has reportedly warned a Nigerian radio station and it is about Black Friday.

Per the letter sent to the radio station, the group ordered the station to stop calling Friday ‘Black Friday’ ahead of a “Black Friday Sales” which is scheduled to take place today.

Per the letter from the Sharia Police, majority of the residents in Kano are Muslims and they consider Friday a holy day.

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