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Illegal migration: NiDCOM boss advises against ‘media blackmail’ on deportation

The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has advised Nigerians who illegally travelled to the United Raba Emirates (UAE) and got stranded to desist from resorting to media blackmail.

Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa gave the advice in a statement by the commission’s the Head of Media, Public Relations and Protocols yesterday in Abuja.

The NiDCOM boss said the stranded Nigerians who went to the UAE illegally, should not worsen an already bad case by resorting to media blackmail.

She said the commission was responding to a post on some social media blogs that “300 Nigerians abandoned in Dubai as NiDCOM, NAPTIP, Foreign Affairs relax evacuation effort”.

Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa noted that despite several warnings from the Federal Government, some Nigerians still found themselves as victims of this act.

“In line with its citizens’ diplomacy, government had approved the evacuation of over 300 Nigerians stranded in the UAE,” he said.

The NiDCOM boss regretted that many of those affected were not cooperative as they refused to follow the laid-down procedures.

“Investigations also revealed that over 100 Nigerians had served various jail sentences (ranging from drugs to credit card fraud, robberies, amongst others),” he said.

Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa said having landed at the holding centres, the affected citizens demanded that the Nigerian consulate in Dubai should immediately bring them back.

She added that rather than comply with the directives of the Nigerian consulate in Dubai, some of them engaged in media blackmail of the Nigerian and UAE governments.

The NiDCOM boss said media blackmail would make an already bad case worse, saying that rules on such cases would not be circumvented.