The chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abieke Dabiri-Erewa, has denied the allegation of federal government’s involvement in the arrest of Nigerians who participated in #ENDSARS protest in Egypt.
Dabiri-Erewa, noted that the Nigerians were not arrested at the Nigerian Embassy but at another location.
This was contained in a statement by Head, Media and Public Relations, Abdul-Rahma Balogun, on Tuesday, that gave update on the eight Nigerians detained in Cairo for protesting without permit.
“Egyptian authorities have said that seven out of the eight #ENDSARS Nigerians who protested in Egypt on October18, will be deported to Nigeria for lack of resident permits/ visas.
“The only Nigerian among them who has residency permit will get final clearance from the Egyptian Interior Minister, Mahmoud Tawfik after signing an undertaking not to be involved in any unauthorised activities while still in the country.
“The Nigerian mission in Cairo has had extensive deliberations with the Cairo Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Interior as well as the Diplomatic Police, adding that the eight detained Nigerians, four men and four women,were assured of decent treatment while in detention.
Dabiri-Erewa reiterated her appeal to Nigerians abroad to be good ambassadors of the country by being law abiding to the laws of their respective host countries.
She commended Nigerians in diaspora who have conducted themselves in a disciplined and peaceful manner during their protest for an end to police brutality in Nigeria, reiterating the President ’s commitment to implementing the five point demand,and urged Nigerian youths to embrace dialogue as their voices can definitely not be ignored.