- About 446 Nigerians are currently serving different jail terms in United Arab Emirates (UAE) according to Mohammed Rimi, Nigeria’s ambassador to the country
- Those in prison are said to be in jail for possession of hard drug and engagement in robbery activities
- However, the ambassador said over 5000 Nigerians have been granted amnesty by the UAE government
Mohammed Rimi, Nigeria’s ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has revealed that about 446 Nigerians are currently serving different jail terms in the middle-east prison facilities.
The ambassador disclosed this at a town-hall meeting between President Buhari and Nigerians in the UAE.
According to him, those imprisoned are there for various crimes which include possession of hard drug and engagement in robbery activities, The Guardian reports.
“It is disheartening to state that 446 Nigerians are currently serving different terms in prisons across UAE on account of committing various crimes including possession and consumption of hard substance and engagement in armed robbery,” he said.
Going further, the ambassador also disclosed that over 5000 Nigerians were granted amnesty by the UAE government.
He added that the population of Nigerians in the UAE is estimated at 10,000: “The number of Nigerians resident in the country is estimated at about 10,000. Out of this number, about 2,017 are students in various universities.”
“In 2018, a total of 5,774 standard passports were issued by the embassy, out of which, 3,164 were specifically issued during the amnesty programme. Further 1,346 emergency travelling certificates were issued to Nigerians to facilitate their return home,” Rimi said.
Meanwhile, President Buhari at the occasion said that the Next Level agenda of his administration will be focused on consolidating on what thye administration had done in the last four years.
“I seize every available opportunity to explain to Nigerians our situation in 2015, when we came to office; where we are today; and what we have been able to do with the resources available to us. We will continue to administer the resources of Nigeria honestly and productively,” Buhari said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria have made a mutual promise to work with each other for their growth of their countries.
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