Some Nigerians jailed in Tanzania has been freed and will soon be returned to their home country.
Niaja News learnt that sixty Nigerians regained their freedom and repatriation through the help of the Nigerian ambassador to Tanzania.
The Head, Media and Public Relations Unit, Nigeria in the Diaspora Commission, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, made this known through a statement in Abuja on Wednesday.
“Ever before COVID-19 pandemic, the Nigerian Mission had been working on repatriation of Nigerian prisoners in Tanzania.”The Ambassador, Dr Sahobi Gada, was in Nigeria in January 2020, specifically for this purpose after having successfully secured a release of 60 out of 73 Nigerians in various prisons in Tanzania. Arrangements were then being made by the Ambassador for their repatriation”, the statement read.
Balogun further stated that most of the convicts are arrested for alleged drug-related offences, while a few of the offences bordered on immigration law violations. He explained that the mission had been visiting other custodial facilities in Tanzania to check other Nigerians who may be serving jail terms, adding that it had also canvassed for amnesty for the prisoners on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.
here is the copy of the press release from the office of Nigeria in the Diaspora Commission below