Reps ask FG to secure release of Nigerians illegally detained in prisons abroad
Members of the House of Representatives have raised an alarm over the trend of Nigerians being illegally detained in prisons in foreign lands, and asked the Federal Government to secure their release. This follows a motion raised by a lawmaker, Dennis Idahosa, on the need to ascertain the number of Nigerians detained in foreign prisons, during plenary on Thursday in the lower chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.
In their resolution, they urged the
Federal Government to intervene and secure the release of Nigerians being held
illegally in prisons abroad. The lawmakers also resolved to mandate the House
Committees on Foreign Affairs, Justice and Inter-Parliamentary Relations, to
ensure compliance with the resolution reach. Before the resolution, they noted
that Nigerians were in almost all countries of the world, making exploits in
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. In moving the motion,
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.
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