- FG has given fresh updates on the two Nigerians rescued from the Bosnian refugee camp
- Dabiri-Erewa said they went to Croatia alongside three other students of FUTO to attend international table tennis competition
- The government noted that the conditions attached to their release include usage of their return tickets from Zagreb, Croatia back to Nigeria
The federal government has said that the two Nigerians, Abia Alexandro Uchenna and Eboh Kenneth Chinedu, rescued from a refugee camp in Bosnia are in good health condition.
Legit.ng reports that the chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said on Friday, December 13, in a thread of tweets said the two Nigerians were expected to return to Croatia anytime from Friday, December 13, in preparation for their return back to Nigeria.
She said that this was sequel to series of diplomatic interventions from the Nigerian mission in Hungary and the minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, who directed for full investigations to be carried out.
It would be recalled that two students of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), Abia Alexandro Uchenna and Eboh Kenneth Chinedu, who attended an international table tennis competition in Croatia, ended up in a Bosnian refugee camp.
Dabiri-Erewa said arrangements have been concluded to send the two Nigerians back to Croatia anytime from Friday, adding that the Nigerian mission in Hungary has taken steps to ensure that the matter is resolved and the welfare of the two Nigerians protected.
She said that five of them went for the table tennis event without the knowledge of the Nigerian table tennis federation, two returned over two weeks ago, three of them stayed back while one already applied for asylum.
Dabiri-Erewa also noted that although the Croatia authorities through ambassador in Budapest denied the allegation involving maltreatment by the Croatian police, Onyeama has demanded a full investigation into the matter.
She said the conditions attached to their release include usage of their return tickets from Zagreb, Croatia back to Nigeria and must not seek Asylum in Croatia, just as one of them did already.
Dabiri-Erewa appealed to Nigerians to always inform relevant authorities whenever they go on such trips outside the country and be of good behaviour.
According to a report, Abia Alexandro Uchenna, Eboh Kenneth Chinedu, and three other students arrived in Zagreb, capital of Croatia, on November 12, for the fifth world inter-university championships held in the country.
They were allegedly arrested while taking a walk around the country’s capital on November 18, as they couldn’t produce relevant documents to the police.
The police officers were reported to have transferred the students to the country’s Bosnia-Herzegovina border, where Croatian authorities had gathered a group of illegal migrants attempting to cross into the country.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Dabiri-Erewa condemned the recent attacks on Nigerians traders in Ghana.
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