1,200 Nigerians in Indian prisons

1,200 Nigerians in Indian prisons

Nigeria’s Acting High Commissioner to India, Ambassador Sola Enikanolaiye, says 1,200 Nigerians are serving various jail terms in the Asian country for offences ranging from Advance Fee Fraud to cultism.

Enikanolaiye disclosed this in an interview yesterday on the sideline of the 11th Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and Export Import Bank (EXIM) Conclave on India Africa Project Partnership in New Delhi. According to him, the high commission is working out bail procedures for the inmates and repatriation of ex-convicts.

“There are few (Nigerians) that are giving us a bad name in this country because of what they do. They are involved in crimes – 419 (fraudulent activities) in particular, drugs trafficking and now cultism, which is a new and very dangerous dimension, within the Nigerian community.

“They are always fighting, we have incidents of stabbing or beating and so on. That has been the major challenge in our consular relations; there are 1,200 Nigerians in prison here in India “Visit to prisons is a major aspect of our responsibility. Since I came here in May last year, we have taken more than 30 visits to prisons across the country.

Most of the prisoners are actually in New Delhi. “We go to them, counsel them and go with some supplies and advise them on how to arrange their bails.What we have done is to identify some credible lawyers to intervene, especially when cases come up for mention in various courts. And eventually when they are released from prison, we facilitate their return to Nigeria.” Read more

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