World bank gets HIV/Aids specialist as new head

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Dr Jim Yong Kim, the US candidate for president of the World Bank has been named to the post. He is currently president of Dartmouth College in the US and is well-known for his role in fighting HIV/Aids in developing countries. He takes up the job 1 July, following the resignation of […]

Water cartons gave away CHF50.5m drug traffickers


17 people behind bars, 15kg cocaine and CHF80,000 seized Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Seventeen members of a Nigerian drug trafficking group have now been arrested, say canton Vaud police, who have been working with Lausanne-based border guards, and Dutch and French police. The leader of the group has been arrested at his base in The […]

Swiss government pays family of Nigerian asylum seeker who died

Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The Swiss federal Migration Office confirmed 1 June to public television TSR that it has paid a sum of money to the family of a 29-year-old Nigerian who died at Zurich airport 17 March, but it has not confirmed the amount of CHF50,000 reported by African Mirror, a Swiss-based Internet media. […]

Nigerians call for demonstration over death of countryman

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Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The Nigerian community in Bern is planning a peaceful demonstration on Bern to protest the death of an asylum seeker who died while being deported back to his country. “This is not a case of racism,” said Urs Von Arb head of return operations of the Swiss Federal Migration Office who […]

Nigerian prisoner’s death: autopsy provides few clues

Zurich, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Initial autopsy results for a 29-year-old Nigerian who died as he was about to be put on a plane to Lagos 17 March show no signs of either illness or mishandling, according to Zurich cantonal police. Further autopsy results will take several weeks. The man, who had been charged with drug […]

Nigerian’s death at Zurich airport: repatriation flights cancelled

Zurich, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – A Nigerian man who was being sent back to Nigeria on a special repatriation flight died at Zurich Airport Wednesday night 17 March, under circumstances that the police and federal authorities have not made clear. An investigation into his death has been opened and Bern announced Thursday that all such special […]

Canadians told no carry-on bags on US flights

Canadian holiday flights to the US have been chaotic thanks to the sudden implementation of stricter security measures after a Nigerian man was arrested for attempting to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit 25 December. No carry-on luggage is allowed on flights from Canada to the US, although the airlines are […]

Ayo, Nigerian singer in concert

Title: Ayo, Nigerian singer in concert Location: Montreux, Vaud Link out: Click here Description: Part of her “gravity at last” tour. Ayo will also perform in Zurich and Basel. Date: 28 Nov 2008