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FG seeks repatriation of 8 condemned Nigerians from Indonesia As Libya deports 140

FG seeks repatriation of 8 condemned Nigerians from Indonesia As Libya deports 140 The Federal Government is making  effort to meet with the Indonesia Government on how to extradite about eight Nigerian citizens who are currently on death row in  that  country.

Ten Nigerians were arrested for drug related offences in Indonesia. Out of the number, about two were said to have died, while others remained  in prison custody.

This disclosure is coming on a day the government of Libya deported 140 Nigerians from the country.

The Director General and Secretary of the Board of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Otunba Lanre Ipinmisho, made the disclosure while presenting the Anti-drug Campaign Awareness Report to the chairman of the agency.

He revealed that two out of the ten Nigerians earlier sentenced to death by the Indonesian government for alleged drug related offences   died in prison custody.

He noted that the Federal Government had made series of attempt to meet with its Indonesian counterpart, and that the effort was still on.

He noted that the Federal Government may soon send another delegation to Indonesia on the same matter.

“I am aware that the Federal Government has proposed to the Indonesian Government on the need to extradite any Nigerian arrested for drug related offences so as to enable it mete out adequate punishment to the offenders. But in any case, if the move fails, I am aware that the Federal Government is also making case for the reversal of the death sentence to jail terms” he added.

The NDLEA boss also frowned as the increase in the number of drug traffickers, stating that the agency had decided to confiscate property belonging to convicted drug traffickers as part of its effort at the drug war.

Ontunba Ipinmisho revealed that the report indicated that a good number of those in the drug trafficking business were from the eastern part of the country, while those who cultivates cannabis are from the West.

“Kano state has the highest number of drug addicts, Anambra has the highest number of traffickers” he explained.

 The arrival of a large number of Nigerian deportees from Libya yesterday caused a stir at the Murtala Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the deportees, numbering about 140,  arrived a few days after some illegal immigrants, including Nigerians, allegedly drowned off the Libyan coast en-route Europe.

The deportees, mostly young females, were conveyed to the MMIA aboard a chartered aircraft.

Shortly after they were screened and released, many airport workers and motorists swarmed around them, asking questions about their fate in Libya.

As they trooped out of the Hajj and Cargo terminal, many of the deportees who were cash-strapped, sought assistance to get to their various destinations.

There was also traffic snarl around the airport as motorists slowed down to ascertain the identities of the large number of people they were seeing.

Seven ladies among the deportees, who spoke in Yoruba, claimed that they were deported after spending five months in detention camps in Libya.

“I Just thank God we are back to this country. Help us out,” one of the ladies told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Some others, who loitered around the airport for hours, said that they were trying to connect those who would help them out of their travail.

NAN reports that the deportees were sent packing for immigration offences.

The House of Representatives recently expressed concern at the large number of Nigerians in deportation camps in Libya, urging that steps should be taken to ensure that they returned home.

 

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