The Federal Government has sounded the alarm over the blackmailing of more than 100 Nigerians released from prison in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa warned that those Nigerians who illegally traveled to the Middle Eastern country and are stranded there should not aggravate an already serious case by resorting to media blackmail.
Reacting to a blog post titled “300 Nigerians Abandoned in Dubai as NIDCOM, NAPTIP, Foreign Affairs Relax Evacuation Effort” via a statement released by NiDCOM Chairman Abdur-Rahman Balogun’s Spokesperson, Abike revealed that despite several warnings from the Federal Government of Nigeria through its relevant agencies on the consequences of illegal migration to the UAE and other countries, it is regrettable that some Nigerians still find themselves victimized by this act irregular.
“In line with its citizens’ diplomacy, the Federal Government has approved the evacuation of over 300 Nigerians stranded in the UAE. Unfortunately, many of those involved have not been fully cooperative as they have refused to follow procedures. established.
“Investigations also revealed that more than 100 Nigerians who had served various prison sentences (ranging from drugs, credit card fraud, robbery, etc.) suddenly landed in the detention centers, demanding the consulate Nigerian in Dubai to bring them back “immediately” Their voices were the loudest.
“Dabiri-Erewa said that rather than complying with directives from the Nigerian Consulate in Dubai, some Nigerians were busy pursuing media blackmail from the Federal Government as well as the UAE Government. This media blackmail, she said, will make an already bad case worse, noting that the rules on such cases would not be circumvented.
“Recalling several warnings to Nigerians, particularly on the UAE’s zero tolerance for the consequences of breaking their rules, she added that the allegation that Nigerians have been abandoned in Dubai is totally false and misleading because the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nigerian Mission have worked diligently with the UAE authorities to assist over 300 Nigerians stranded in the country for various reasons, ranging from overstay, lost passports, lack of documents, especially in the case of infants, to ongoing cases with the Emirati police.
“She advised the Nigerians thus affected to abide by the rules and regulations stipulated by the UAE and the Nigerian Consulate in Dubai, and to await further communications from the mission officials who constantly visited them at the center of detention”.