Reps Urges FG To Fight For The Release Of Nigerians Illegally Detained Abroad
The Nigerian House Of Representatives recently asked the Federal Government to swing into action and acquire the release of its citizens who has been Illegally Detained in other foreign countries.
During plenary on Thursday in the lower chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja, lawmaker Dennis Idahosa raised the motion on the need to ascertain the number of Nigerians detained in foreign prisons.
In their resolution, they urged the Federal Government to intervene and secure the release of Nigerians being held illegally in prisons
The lawmakers also mandated the House Committees on Foreign Affairs, Justice and Inter-Parliamentary Relations, to ensure compliance with the resolution.
They cited the fact that Nigerians were in almost all countries of the world, making exploits and waves in different social and other forms of actions such as sports, technology, business, education, and politics, and have been ranked as one of the highest educated immigrants in foreign countries.
They added that due to the large population of the Nigerian diaspora community, the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) was established to provide for the engagement and participation of such persons in the development of the country.
Idahosa drew the attention of his colleagues to the International Conventions and Treaties which prescribed that anyone charged with a criminal offence was entitled to a fair hearing, within a reasonable time by an independent and impartial tribunal established by law.
According to him, the World Bank estimated remittances of around 24.3 billion per year and six per cent of the country’s GDP, thereby making Nigeria one of the highest-ranking countries of the world in remittances inflow.
Cognisant that the remittances of Nigerians living abroad have been of significant impact in the development and economic growth of the country;
“Concerned about reports that many Nigerians are languishing in foreign prisons, some of whom are being illegally detained, while some are exposed to labour exploitation, poor living conditions, discrimination, sex exploitation and other forms of dehumanising treatments;