HOUSE SUMMONS DIASPORA COMMISSION CHAIRPERSON. AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER

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The House of Representatives has directed its Committees on Diaspora and Foreign Affairs to summon Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar, and Chairman of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri. They are to provide an account of the measures in place to safeguard Nigerians and air travelers bound for Addis Ababa. This decision followed the adoption of a motion by Hon. Kingsley Chinda during the plenary session.

Co-sponsors of the motion include Hon. Abdussamad Dasukki, Hon. Laori Kwamoti Bittrus, Hon. Aliyu Madaki, Hon. Unyime Idem, Hon. Nkwonta Chris, Hon. Abbas Adogun, Hon. Kabiru Ahmadu, Hon. Ibe O. Osonwa, Hon. Ginger Onwusibe, and Hon. Kelechi Nwogu. Chinda, while presenting the motion, highlighted reports of victimisation, mistreatment, and unlawful detention of Nigerians, including those in transit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

He brought attention to Dr. Paul Ezike’s distress call, seeking assistance for a Nigerian allegedly apprehended and detained in Ethiopia. Chinda also noted that numerous Nigerians, primarily travelers using the Ethiopian Airport as a layover, were currently held in various prisons, including Chaota Maximum Security. They were reportedly subjected to involuntary medical procedures and subsequently detained.

Chinda emphasised the need to afford Nigerians in Addis Ababa and worldwide, as well as their air travelers, the same level of protection that Nigeria extends to foreign residents. He revealed that approximately 250 Nigerians were presently serving prison sentences in Ethiopia, at risk of dire consequences if immediate action was not taken to secure their release.

“These individuals face not only harsh treatment but also endure deplorable living conditions, inadequate sustenance, and lack of proper medical care,” he stated. Chinda underscored the significance of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) trade agreement and the contributions of Nigerian entrepreneurs and air travelers to Ethiopia’s economy.

He warned that without prompt diplomatic interventions by the Nigerian government to curb the recurring assaults on Nigerians in Addis Ababa, both residents and travelers would remain in jeopardy.

 

 

 

 

 

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