Over 300 Nigerians Languishing In Italian Prisons-Osemwegie-Ero

A Former Edo State Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Osaze Osemwegie-Ero, has lamented that over 300 Nigerians are said to  be Languishing in  Italian prisons for alleged crimes with no evidence of proof of guilt.

Gabriel Odu of the Media and Public Relations unit of NIDCOM In a statement said Osemwegie-Ero disclosed this during a visit to the Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, (NiDCOM),  Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa at her office in Abuja. 

Ero  who spent 18 months in Italian prison for an offence he claimed not to have committed, says his case was as a result of  racial discrimination and manipulation of the Italian justice system, and not the offence that was alleged against him. 

” I was alleged a Mafia kingpin and on that course was detained, upon demand for an evidence, a manual called the ‘Green Bible’ was presented which was obviously forged”,  he said, adding that some Nigerians have been sentenced to 140 years imprisonment for the same Nigerian mafia accusation citing article 416b of Italian Mafia law.

The Former Commissioner, said he has structured out  plans to lead a peaceful protest for the release of other innocent Nigerians illegally detained in Italian prisons, seeking the Federal Government intervention. 

 Dabiri-Erewa empathized with Mr Osemwegie-Ero on his ordeal and assured that justice will be served for others who are wrongly accused. 

The NIDCOM CEO further gave assurances that no Nigerian will be punished for an unjust cause. 

She, however, stated that the Commission will take the case up to the office of the Attorney General, as the numbers are alarming, adding that the Attorney General has handled several cases of such with Nigerians in the Diaspora.

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