Stop Blackmailing FG, UAE, NIDCOM Warns Stranded Nigerians

The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission chairman, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has advised Nigerians stranded in the United Arab Emirates to refrain from media blackmail.

She explained that the federal government had stepped in to ensure that stranded Nigerians in the UAE could be safely repatriated to the country.

She says resorting to media blackmail will make an already bad thing worse

“Despite several warnings from the Federal Government of Nigeria through its relevant agencies about the impact of illegal migration to the UAE and other countries, it was regrettable that some Nigerians continued to be victims of this illegal act,” a statement signed by the agency’s spokesperson. , Abdur-Rahman Balogun, quoted her.

The statement added: “In line with the diplomacy of its citizens, the federal government has approved 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.

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“Investigations also revealed 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.

“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.

She recalled several warnings to Nigerians, most notably about the UAE’s zero tolerance for the consequences of violating their rules, adding that the claim that Nigerians have been left in Dubai is completely untrue and misleading, as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nigerian Mission have done so. has worked diligently with UAE authorities to assist more than 300 Nigerians 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 at 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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