Delegation of Nigerian Embassy meets Meghalaya minister, seeks release of 12 Nigerians

Six Nigerian nationals including two females were locked in the Shillong District Jail while six males were sent to Jowai District Jail.
Delegation of Nigerian Embassy meets Meghalaya minister, seeks release of 12 Nigerians

SHILLONG:

A delegation of the Nigerian Embassy on Tuesday met Meghalaya Minister in-charge Home (Jails) Alexander Laloo, seeking answers on the delay to release the 12 Nigerian nationals from the Shillong and Jowai district jails even after finishing their six months jail term.

The All India Nigerian Students & Community Association (AINS&CA) Vice President, Betrand Tochukwu Ikwuka said they have been sent by the Nigeria Embassy in Delhi after receiving information about the 12 Nigerian nationals who are still serving jail time even after completing their terms in the two district jails since March 28, 2020.

According to him, six Nigerian nationals including two females were locked in the Shillong District Jail while six males were sent to Jowai District Jail.

The First Class Magistrate of East Jaintia Hills had written to Meghalaya Chief Secretary, M.S. Rao and Director General of Police, R. Chandranathan on February 13, to make necessary arrangements for deporting the Nigerian nationals since they will be soon completing their jail term, he narrated.

Stating that Nigeria and India share a very good relationship, Ikwuka said, "we expect the state to follow the order issued by the court and according to the international human right".

The AINS&CA vice president has sought reasons for locking them (Nigerian nationals) for another seven to eight months inside the jail, even after completion of the jail term.

Asserting that he is not trying to defend the Nigerian nationals, he said they deserve to serve jail term if they had attempted to enter India through Bangladesh, without a proper visa.

“All of them should have applied for a proper visa through the Nigerian Embassy if they had wanted to come to India,” he added.

The Minister-in-charge of Home (Jails) assured that he will take immediate steps to release the 12 Nigerian nationals if they have completed their jail terms.

(Edited by Laxmi Chyrmang)

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