NIDCOM advises stranded Nigerians in UAE against media blackmail

The Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has advised Nigerians who have traveled illegally to the UAE and were stranded there not to make an already bad case worse by resorting to blackmail from the media.

Apparently, the NIDCOM chief responded on Wednesday to a report that “300 Nigerians have been abandoned in Dubai as NIDCOM, NAPTIP and Foreign Affairs ease evacuation efforts” on some social media blogs, despite several warnings from the Federal Government of Nigeria through its relevant agencies. Regarding the impact of illegal migration to the UAE and other countries, it was regrettable that some Nigerians continued to fall victim to this illegal act.

In line with its citizen’s diplomacy, the federal government authorized the evacuation of more than 300 Nigerians stranded in the UAE. Unfortunately, many of those affected did not cooperate fully because they refused to follow established procedures.

Investigations also found that more than 100 Nigerians who had served various prison terms (ranging from drugs to credit card fraud, robbery, etc.) suddenly ended up in the shelters and demanded the Nigerian consulate in Dubai to return them “immediately”. Their voices were the loudest.

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Dabiri-Erewa said that instead of complying with the guidelines of the Nigerian Consulate in Dubai, some Nigerians were busy pursuing media blackmail from both the federal and UAE governments. This blackmail by the media, she said, will make an already bad case worse, noting that the rules for such cases would not be circumvented.

Recalling several warnings to Nigerians, especially about the UAE’s zero tolerance for the consequences of violating their rules, she added that the claim that Nigerians have been left behind in Dubai is completely untrue and misleading, as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Affairs and the Nigerian Mission are diligently working with the UAE authorities to help more than 300 Nigerians who are stranded in the country for various reasons ranging from waiting too long, lost passports, lack of documentation, especially in the case of babies , to pending cases with the Emirati Police.

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She advised the affected Nigerians to abide by the established rules and regulations as set by the UAE and the Nigerian Consulate in Dubai and await further communication from officials of the mission who have been constantly visiting them at the shelter.

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