Over 15000 Nigerians Jailed In UK, Thailand, India & Hong Kong

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December 16, 2013 – Over 15000 Nigerians Jailed In UK, Thailand, India & Hong Kong

Over 15000 Nigerian citizens are currently imprisoned in various prisons overseas, with the largest number of 752 in the United Kingdom, Abdulazeez Dankano, the Director, Consular and Immigration Services, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has confirmed.

Dankano said many of the prisoners were in the Asian-pacific region for drug-trafficking related offences.

The revised figure is 6,000 more than the earlier figure published by the ministry in June this year.

“This figure cannot be exact because some countries’ laws do not allow them to reveal such information. Sometimes our missions go through serious challenges to get the information,’’ he said.

Dankano explained that Nigeria and Thailand were currently implementing a Prisoner Transfer Agreement (PTA), which has seen the repatriation of about 400 Nigerian prisoners since 2008. He stated that the PTA allows the return of a prisoner to serve out his sentence in his home country where both jurisdictions are in agreement.

Dankano listed the UK, Hong Kong and India as other countries with which Nigeria had concluded bilateral PTA but have yet to sign the agreements. “The three agreements are ready for signing and at a convenient time for the countries, they will be signed,’’ he said.

Dankano said the agreement with India was concluded last month following the visit of a high-level Nigerian delegation to New Delhi to negotiate some outstanding agreements with the country.

On UK, Dankano said that Nigeria had an existing PTA under the Commonwealth scheme that had facilitated the repatriation of only one prisoner. “Under that (commonwealth) agreement, the prisoner has to consent before repatriation as that is the practice in international human rights. The commonwealth scheme is still open and convicted prisoners can opt to come back through that scheme or through the bilateral PTA that will soon be signed,’’ he said.

He said that about 300 Nigerians in UK prisons are qualified for repatriation under the bilateral PTA, and that the UK government would defray the cost of bringing them home. Dankano said that 22 Nigerian prisoners in Hong Kong had indicated their willingness to return home to complete their terms. “I went to Hong Kong recently and met with each of the prisoners and they indicated their interest to come back home and complete their prisons terms.

“Hong Kong is a special administrative region under China, so we had to seek the Chinese government approval before going into the negotiations. We got the approval, did the negotiations and in the New Year we will find a convenient time to sign the agreement and bring back the 22 Nigerians.’’

He noted that under the transfer agreement “the consent of the convicted persons is required before repatriation, in addition to the consent of the authorities in both states’’.

The ministry official said that there are 665 Nigerian prisoners in various prisons in India and the ministry was yet to determine how many of them are qualified for transfer to Nigerian prisons.

He explained that Nigerians serving capital punishments cannot be transferred home even if they consent to return home. Dankano told NAN that repatriating prisoners back home was usually a hard bargain for the country as most airlines are cautious of transporting them.

“We have not recorded any incident yet and the Nigerian government does not pay for any prisoner to be transported home. We can only facilitate their return and when they come, government will shoulder the responsibility of maintaining them until they end their term; that is what is in the agreement,’’ he said.

[News Agency Report]

15 thoughts on “Over 15000 Nigerians Jailed In UK, Thailand, India & Hong Kong

  1. Why must it always be about Nigerians. Indians people hate us like hell
    that was why I left that boring country last year.
    Pls Nigerians should come back home to enrich their country

    • Point of correction. Indians do not hate only Nigerians.They hate everybody including themselves. Those people carry themselves like they are mother nature’s gift to the planet.They often look down on others. They are more corrupt than Nigerians but the only problem is that we Nigerians are just damn too lousy. A lot of Nigerians just need to shut their gobs,behave like civilized humans and just stop tainting our image.Can you blame them? I heard Nigerians run down there even for headache treatment. To those travelling there for medical treatment please be careful. I do not trust them.

  2. president they need your help because life has no duplicate and you can not buy or fined life in the market, please president and officials of nigerian government this young mens and womens in a prison around the world need your urgent assistant no matter what they are comitted. life is first.

  3. I’m appealing to the Immigrations to please give Nigerians the breakdown of the most culprit tribes in foreign prisons so that Nigerians will address their minds to specifics, rather than calling all Nigerians criminals cos for all you know the most notorious and recognised tribe in the act of crime will begin to throw records around in order to equalise the damage they do to this country Nigeria.

  4. I said this somewhere that the craze by our brothers from the East to drive a Jeep at any risk is what is fuelling their criminal activities around the world, they are in the largest number of all Nigerian prisioners in foreign countries, statistics in Thailand, China, Marlaysia, India, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Plilippines, Indonesia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Togo, Ivory Coast, etc. shows over 90% are Nigerians of South Eastern tribes. Just like someone suggested the Immigrations should furnish Nigerian public with the names of all the culprits and the states they come from, probably such humiliations to them and their families will deter others from engaging in such criminal acts that tends to destroy the good name Nigeria.
    This method of publishing names and pictures of drug courriers and other form of criminal activities was adopted in a West African country sometime past and it helped in abating such heineous crimes that labelled the country as a den for criminals.

  5. TEDDY WHO IS YOUR BROTHERS FROM THE EAST. F**K YOU AND YOUR ENTIRE GENERATION. ******** ANIMAL. WE WILL CONTINUE TO TARNISH THAT NAME NIGERIA UNTIL WE LET GO.

  6. They’re doing it for ladies, but when they’re finished and caught, those ladies vanish and claim not to know them

  7. Omfrewsih, is true what Teddy and abdulhammed said,they should write their names and states,you will see is your brother from the east are majority, truth is bitter,let us breake up and we see what parts have bad record in criminal in former nigeria is east, they can do anything to get rich build 4 flats in 1 months,natural in thier blood to get rich with all cost eastern nigeria,so continue to tarnish the nigeria names ,means you dont know you tarnish your tribes name also,so let them write their names,tribes and state of origin, not just nigerian,criminals, no writes names e.t.c. so know them by names, tribes and state cos some have english names you wont know they come from east.

    • wait wait make i let u kw..now who wear shoe no where he day pinch ni,if u hv tour round u will understand that ds niaja crime now every body involve Ibo,Yoruba Hausa this girlish contretemps will do no good ..our taught is suppose to be solution

  8. THESE PEOPLE ARE CAGING THEMSELVES ,JUST BECAUSE OF COPYCAT , OH MY SISTER AND BROTHERS ARE GOING TO DUBAI, SOMEONE HAS JUST COME BACK FROM INDIA , I MUST GO THERE MYSELF.

    DID YOU KNOW WHAT THEY ARE GOING THERE FOR? YOU DO NOT KNOW , SO MAY I KNOW WHY YOU WANT TO BE LIKE THEM?

    STOP BEING A FOOL TO YOURSELF , BE PLEASED WITH THE LITTLE YOU HAVE GOT AND BE HAPPY,

    IF YOU CAN NOT FEED YOUR FAMILY, TELL THEM, THAT YOU CAN HELP THEM , DO NOT BECAUSE YOU WANT TO FEED YOUR PAPA OR MAMA OR YOUR SISTER , AND SAY YOU MUST GO AND CARRY DRUG , AND GO ABROAD TO DIE.

  9. Lazy men are complaining, mulikat and teddy should go and hustle and forget free food from der mama…at una age una still dey complain about Nigerians abroad while una dey obj and goodluck with oda govt officials just dey buy private jet and new house…wetin u wan make we come back d do..fools stop making noise and keep praying for your brothers abroad fighting for survival. you think its easy abi…i pity the wife you guys will marry cos na suffer she wan come suffer for 2 lazy men like una hand.

    • If John is your name you are a real JonhBull, fortunately I am a family man living in Nigeria and self employed and doing very well in my business. I don’t have to depend on what any politician is riding to determine how I live my life cos millions of Nigerians like me don’t have to do drugs, 419 scam, armed robbery to survive.
      With the people of South Eastern Nigeria; crime has become a sub-culture in their society and has equally turned cancerous to the extent subdueing it will require a decimation of a whole generation.

      Other tribes no doubt equally have their share of crime records, particularly the 2 other big tribes but here we are talking about a group of people who will stop at nothing to acquire wealth or properties no matter how undinifying the route to getting it, we are talking about the mentality of the kind of John who sees nothing wrong in engaging in criminal activities and even solicit prayers to succeed because politicians are equally stealing public money.?
      These are the kind criminal orientations of the people of the South Eastern Nigeria, strongly built into their phsique that criminality thus pay and it’s legitimate to become rich with crime. I am advocating for the publications of the names, pictures, state of origin and even the local government each of these criminals serving terms in foreign prisons come from; so that Nigerians will know them by their tribes and family names.
      Why are all Nigerians described as crooks everywhere around the world while the rest of law abiding Nigerians share in the backlash of criminal activities of an individual few who don’t care or even sees nothing wrong with their criminal acts. It is no secrete Nigerians know these set of tribes even by their criminal records in Nigeria all through Lagos to South Eastern corridors of the country, it is true no society is completely free of crime but our South Eastern neighbour’s records are legendary and we can only call on the Almighty to intervine else there’s no longer any pride left of the I**o ethnic natinality.

  10. If John is your name you are a real JonhBull, fortunately I am a family man living in Nigeria and self employed and doing very well in my business. I don’t have to depend on what any politician is riding to determine how I live my life cos millions of Nigerians like me don’t have to do drugs, 419 scam, armed robbery to survive.
    With the people of South Eastern Nigeria; crime has become a sub-culture in their society and has equally turned cancerous to the extent subdueing it will require a decimation of a whole generation.

    Other tribes no doubt equally have their share of crime records, particularly the 2 other big tribes but here we are talking about a group of people who will stop at nothing to acquire wealth or properties no matter how undinifying the route to getting it, we are talking about the mentality of the kind of John who sees nothing wrong in engaging in criminal activities and even solicit prayers to succeed because politicians are equally stealing public money.?
    These are the kind criminal orientations of the people of the South Eastern Nigeria, strongly built into their phsique that criminality thus pay and it’s legitimate to become rich with crime. I am advocating for the publications of the names, pictures, state of origin and even the local government each of these criminals serving terms in foreign prisons come from; so that Nigerians will know them by their tribes and family names.
    Why are all Nigerians described as crooks everywhere around the world while the rest of law abiding Nigerians share in the backlash of criminal activities of an individual few who don’t care or even sees nothing wrong with their criminal acts. It is no secrete Nigerians know these set of tribes even by their criminal records in Nigeria all through Lagos to South Eastern corridors of the country, it is true no society is completely free of crime but our South Eastern neighbour’s records are legendary and we can only call on the Almighty to intervine else there’s no longer any pride left of the I**o ethnic natinality.

  11. There is a resurgence of greed worldwide. I was shocked by the number of Nigerians in Brazilian prisons for drug -related offences.

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