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Thursday, 30 October 2014


President Jonathan displays his PDP Nomination form for the 2015 Presidential Elections as Party Chair Muazu looks on. 



The family of Joy Williams who died while having cut-price plastic surgery in Thailand have revealed that they didn't know she had gone abroad.

Joy Williams, 23, from Thamesmead, was described as a 'caring and funny' girl who was 'loved by everybody.

She died on October 23 after travelling to Bangkok to have £2,000 buttock augmentation surgery.

Speaking yesterday from his home in Lagos, Nigeria, Miss Williams's older brother Anietie, 28, said he had been looking forward to her visiting him in Nigeria this Christmas.

He said: 'We don't really know what went wrong, we only know what is in reports in the media.

'She was a very nice and caring person.

'She brought joy to people's lives.

'She was a beautiful girl, loved by everybody. We will miss her so much.'

He added that the family were still making preparations to bring Miss Williams's body home and that his brother was planning to fly to Thailand and return to London with it.

Miss Williams, who was born in Lagos, settled in Thamesmead with her mother Christie in 2007 and had been to Thailand twice before choosing to visit for surgery.

She initially visited to the SP clinic, which she found on the internet, on October 14 to have the operation which she hoped would give her a bigger, fuller bottom.

A few days later her wounds became infected and she returned to have corrective surgery to remove the silicon implants.


Well, aroye okagbon.......................the picture speaks for itself!!



The three-year statutory tenure of all Local Government Chairmen and Councillors in Lagos State expires on Tuesday October 28, 2014.

Consequently, all affected officials, including Supervisors, Council Secretaries and other political appointees are legally required to vacate their offices by close of business on the same day.

Chairmen are hereby directed to co-ordinate the exercise and hand over to the Council Managers in their respective Local Governments who will take charge of the administration until further notice.

It is expected that newly elected officials will resume office after the next local government elections to be scheduled and conducted by the State Independent Electoral Commission upon completion of the continuous voter registration, ward re-delineation and polling booth re-distribution exercise embarked upon by the Independent National Electoral Commission.


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

How A British Citizen Can Bring Their Non EU Partner Thro EU Law- SinghCase!

There are different eligibility requirements for a person to obtain a residence card, for example, if a person has a 'retained right of residence' or is a 'Surinder Singh' case.

The Surinder Singh route is a method for British citizens to secure United Kingdom immigration rights for their non-European spouses who are unable to join their partners because of several changes in United Kingdom immigration law, which is aimed at reducing net migration.

Through EU Regulations on Free Movement of Peoples, it provides a window of opportunity to reunite United Kingdom citizens with their spouses in the increasing number of cases where the new rules on income and other additional measures mean that such spouses of United Kingdom citizens would otherwise be separated by the requirements of increasingly strict visa controls.

The Surinder Singh route involves living and working elsewhere in the European Economic Area (EEA) for a period of three or more months. It should be noted that there is no actual time period required by EU law, but instead, it is based on previous case law and its application. It asserts the rights associated with EEA citizenship and free movement to gain access to their own country while being covered by European law. In so doing, the Surinder Singh route triggers European rights of free movement that have otherwise been removed from United Kingdom citizens by United Kingdom legislation.

The Surinder Singh route applies to all European citizens - not just United Kingdom citizens. It also applies to qualifying dependent family members as well as spouses. For example, a French husband may bring his Mexican wife into France by exercising his treaty rights in Spain.

The case law that established this precedent was the European Court of Justice ruling in the case of R v Immigration Appeal Tribunal and Surinder Singh ex parte Secretary of State for the Home Department, [1992] 3 CMLR 358 ECJ.

A person may be able to apply for a residence card as a 'Surinder Singh' case.

To be eligible

To be eligible, he or she must be a citizen of a country outside the EEA and the married partner, civil partner, or child of a United Kingdom citizen; have lived with them in another EEA country where they worked or were self-employed before returning to the United Kingdom; and be able to show that his or her United Kingdom sponsor based their 'centre of life' in the EEA country in which you both were resident before returning to the United Kingdom.

An applicant should be able to prove his or her United Kingdom sponsor genuinely moved to another EEA country with: proof of their address, how long he or she lived, there and any other related information, for example, if a house was purchased.

Also, the applicant using this method may need to provide proof of their integration in the EEA country where they lived, for example, whether the applicant speaks the language, has any children born there, or was involved with the local community. I hope this helps.

John S. Bassie is a barrister/attorney-at-law who practises law in Jamaica. He is a justice of the peace, a Supreme Court-appointed mediator, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a chartered arbitrator and a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association (UK). Email:[email protected]