…summon foreign affairs minister, NIDCOM boss, Dabiri
House of Representatives has summoned the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar, and the Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa over the incarceration of Nigerians in Ethiopian prisons.
The development followed a motion by the Minority Leader, Kingsley Chinda and others on Thursday.
While moving the motion, Chinda said 250 Nigerians are currently incarcerated in Ethiopia.
The lawmaker said some of the detainees were arrested while using Ethiopia as a transit point.
He said there is general victimization and maltreatment of Nigerians in the East African country.
He said, “Some Nigerians are currently serving at the Chaota Maximum Security and other prisons in Ethiopia. Most of them are travellers that use the Ethiopian Airport as a transit point.
“250 Nigerians are currently serving prison terms in Ethiopia and as a result of frequent attacks may die in prison if urgent steps are not taken to save them.”
The lawmaker warned that urgent intervention is needed to protect Nigerians in the country.
The House, therefore, resolved that Tuggar and Dabiri should appear before the committees on Foreign Affairs, Diaspora and Human Rights.
The two committees are to present reports within three weeks.