VIDEO ON THE ALLEGED ARREST OF NIGERIANS AT THE EMBASSY IN
SWITZERLAND- THE FACTS
In view of the video circulating on social media alleging that the Nigerian mission in Switzerland invited police to arrest Nigerians who were at the Nigerian Embassy in Switzerland to procure their passports, it is imperative to state the facts of the matter.and put the incident into the proper and true perspective
In line with COVID-19 protocols, the Embassy in Bern. Switzerland, is only allowed to attend to 10 applicants, however , the Mission worked out a program that made it possible to attend to a maximum of 20 daily , spacing out the appointments.
But on this day, 64 Nigerians besieged the Nigerian mission in Bern, It turned out that only 10 of them were on scheduled appointment . So 54 of them had no appointment for that day.. That apart ,they had not made the
mandatory online payment And majority of the applicants came from Italy and Spain . Without any appointment whatsoever . And without any payments made on line
The Embassy only reopened after COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in July and
were restricted to attending to a limited number as stipulated by the
country’s COVID 19 protocol.
It is also instructive to note . as stated earlier that majority of the applicants came in from Italy and Spain without a prior appointment and without making the mandatory online payment .While the Nigerian Ambassador to Switzerland, Amb. Baba Madugu was addressing them and appealing to them to respect the COVID-19 rules in place and also
follow due process, they barged in through the front door and
overcrowded a hall that was meant to receive only 10 people at a time.
The mission did not call the Police as erroneously stated in the video
,but invited the Embassy Protection Unit to bring calm and decorum back to the hall.
The men of the Embassy protection unit addressed them, looked through
the appointment list and advised those not on appointment and those who had not made their payments on line to calm down, while they were given phone numbers and e- mail to access ,book an appointment and make their on line payments
Those on appointment and those who had made their online payments were
attended to, while others were advised to follow the due process, with
an assurance that everyone will be attended to.as long as the rules were
The affected Nigerians left the hall peacefully , only to the surprise
of Swiss officers of the Embassy protection unit and the mission, some
of them recorded a video which definitely misrepresented the true scenario.
The Covid-19 pandemic which has necessitated the introductions of strict
protocols in these unusual times is difficult for every one and every country .
We appeal to Nigerians abroad to be good ambassadors of Nigeria wherever
they are and obey laws put in place .
The Nigerian mission in Bern is still attending to Nigerians who follow
the process , pay on line and book their appointments as stipulated.
Head, Media and Public Relations Unit (NIDCOM) Abuja