The Nigerian government, through the intervention of Nigeria’s Ambassador to Poland, Maj Gen Christian Ugwu (retd.) has announced the release of 13 detained Nigerians. 

Current situation 
Polish authorities have released 13 out of the 19 Nigerians detained in the various campsites in the country. Of the remaining six detainees, five of them applied for asylum in Poland and would only be free on completion of the entire process. The remaining one claims to be a Cameroonian. 

Background to the story 
Few days back, reports said 19 Nigerians and other Africans who fled Ukraine due to Russia’s invasion were unjustly detained in Poland. The chairman of Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, speaking on behalf of the Nigerian government, condemned the actions calling on the Polish authorities to uphold the fundamental rights of Nigerians and other Africans. 

What they are saying 
Abdur-Rahman Balogun Head of Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission NiDCOM, Abuja, who announced the release of the detainees said they cannot release the remaining six Nigerians until the Polish authorities make a decision on their applications. 

  • Hon. (Dr) Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) praised the efforts of the federal government in freeing the detainees. She also called on Nigerians living abroad to obey and respect the laws of the country in which they reside. 
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