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Swiss police arrest Nigerian asylum seeker over murder


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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A 27-year-old Nigerian asylum seeker has been arrested by Swiss police in connection with the murder of a volunteer at the centre run by Catholic relief charity Caritas.

He was arrested on February 13th, 2017.

The Nigerian man is suspected to have stabbed the 22-year-old woman identified as Soopita P, on a street in the western town of Ahaus on Saturday morning, February 11th.

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She had been stabbed in her upper body and throat, and died in a hospital as a result of her wounds.

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“Extensive investigations resulted in the suspicion of the asylum seeker from Nigeria,” Chief Prosecutor Martin Botzenhardt, said.

“Evidence so far suggests that the 27-year-old made several attempts to establish contact with the victim in recent weeks.”

German prosecutors said they will pursue an extradition request of the detainee after he was arrested on a European warrant.

“Naturally this is a major turning point for our work,” said Hans-Peter Merzbach, who heads the Caritas mission in Ahaus.

Merzbach noted that the mission would be offering psychological counseling to the victim’s colleagues due to the nature of the case.

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“We must find out what kind of help the volunteers need,” he added.

A memorial service for Soopika is scheduled for Friday at St. Mary’s Ascension Church in Ahaus.

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The young woman, who had moved to Germany from Sri Lanka with her family, had lived in Ahaus for a number of years and had wanted to work with children after having had experience working in youth welfare.

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