The Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, Hon Abike
Dabiri-Erewa, has once again emphasized the need for an accurate and
comprehensive database of Nigerians incarcerated in various prisons globally.
NiDCOM in a statement issued on Tuesday by Gabriel Odu of its Media, Public Relations and Protocol said the NIDCOM Boss disclosed this at a closed door meeting with Members of the Counselling and Rehabilitation of Prisoners Initiative (CAROPI), a Non Governmental Organisation in Abuja.
Dabiri-Erewa explained that efforts are underway in compiling a detailed list of Nigerians wrongfully arrested and
incarcerated for crimes they did not commit.
Dabiri-Erewa further disclosed that the Commission has been to several
countries such as Brazil, South-Africa, Togo and Benin Republic to facilitate the release of some Nigerians wrongfully arrested and incarcerated. She highlighted a situation in Brazil where a 74 year old Woman was wrongfully arrested and the Commission was able to effect her release but she died afterwards.
The NIDCOM Boss stated that as Nigerians travel out of their home
country they should avoid committing crimes or participating in criminality.
She welcomed the CAROPI Team and assured them of collaborative partnerships with NIDCOM.
The President of the NGO, Dr Hajiya Rabia , Y.H.Cengis among other members
which include Mrs Victoria Kuwua Nor-Ugor (Head Medical Department),
Barr Justice C. Uhuegbu (Head Legal Department) and Mr Shiver Akuku
Hajiya Rabia explained that many Nigerians have been victims of
wrongful arrest and iincarceration in many of the countries she has travelled to, noting that this must be addressed forthwith.
Other members of the team expressed optimism for a robust working relationship
with NIDCOM in areas of legal assistance, reintegration and rehabilitation and a conducive environment for justice and equity for all.