- The federal government through NIDCOM has said it is building a thorough list of Nigerians who were wrongly imprisoned abroad
- In a meeting with CAROPI, the commission's boss, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said recent efforts have facilitated the release of some Nigerians
- Abike also warned the nation's citizens to steer clear from activities that will make them face the wrath of the law in their residing countries
The federal government through the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has said that it will create a database of all its citizens jailed abroad.
NICOM boss, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, made this known during a meeting with members of the Counselling and Rehabilitation of Prisoners Initiative (CAROPI) in Abuja.
Abike said as part of the commission’s efforts to help Nigerians wrongfully detained in other countries, it has been to places like Brazil, Togo, and South Africa to secure the immediate release of some.
She implored Nigerians to avoid engaging in unlawful activities. Abike also recalled how the commission secured the release of a 74-year-old woman in Brazil.
CAROPI’s president, Hajiya Rabia, said she has witnessed the wrongful incarceration of many Nigerians in countries she has travelled to, as she asked the government to launch a proactive action against it.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the chairman of NIDCOM received two Nigerians with the names Adams John and Victor Obialu at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja on Friday, January 31.
The two Nigerians had before their arrival in the country spent six months in prison in Kenya after they overstayed their visas.
According to NIDCOM, its chairman appealed to all Nigerians to always obey the laws of whichever country they are residing as the consequences of doing otherwise could be dire.
In addition, she appreciated the effort of the governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai, and the Nigerian high commission in Kenya.