The House of Representatives Thursday urged the Federal Government to intervene and secure the release of 16,500 and other Nigerians wrongly detained in various prisons across the world.
This was a sequel to the adoption of a motion by Benson Idahosa.
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“Some of whom are being illegally detained, while some are exposed to labour exploitation, poor living conditions, discrimination, sexual exploitation and other forms of dehumanising treatments.
“From a 2019 survey report by the Legal Defence and Assistance Project, about 16,500 Nigerians in prisons outside the country were convicted without legal representation and not knowing why they are in jail,” he said.
He urged the government to use diplomatic means to assist Nigerians wrongly convicted and were being detained.
The house mandated Committees on Foreign Affairs, Justice and Inter-Parliamentary Relations to ensure compliance.