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13 Nigerians detained in Poland released

The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission says a total of 13 out of 19 Nigerians detained in various camps in Poland have been released.

A statement by the commissions head of media and public relations, Abdurahman Balogun said the Nigerians were released following the intervention of the Nigerian Ambassador to Poland, Christian Ugwu.

According to Mr Ugwu, the remaining five all applied for international protection (asylum) in Poland, including Igwe Ikechukwu Christian, who had been interviewed by some foreign media.

He assured Nigerians that the Mission would continue to do its best to ensure that the interest of Nigerians was well taken care of, despite the fact that they had been adequately briefed on the likely consequences of remaining as undocumented immigrants in Poland.

President Muhammadu Buhari  had in March immediately approved the evacuation of Nigerians, mostly students trapped in the Russian- Ukrainian crisis, back home.

The directive was swiftly carried out by the inter-ministerial agencies coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with over 1,600 Nigerians brought back home.

However,  some of the Nigerians chose to remain behind and  were cramped into detention centres in Poland.

Speaking on the development,  Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa commended the successful intervention of the Nigerian mission in Poland , and reiterated the call for Nigerians to obey the laws of the countries in which they reside.

Reporting by Hamza Alkali; Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor