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409 Nigerians in South African prisons - Dabiri-Erewa

By The Citizen

The Chairman House Committee on Diaspora, Hon Abike Dabiri Erewa, has said that 409 Nigerians are currently serving different jail terms in South African prisons.

Dabiri Erewa said the committee discovered the situation during its visit to two prisons where Nigerians were being held for various offences.

She was accompanied on the visit by Hon. Ajibola Famurewa and Hon. Umaru Shidanfi both members of the committee, consular officers of the Nigerian Embassy and executives of the Nigerian Union in South Africa.

She explained that the committee interacted with some inmates and gathered that some of them have completed their prison terms, but were still kept in Jail.

Dabiri-Erewa said the inmates complained of extreme discrimination by the prison authorities in the former apartheid enclave, saying that as Nigerians, they got 'very bad deal.'