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NIDCOM cautions against media blackmail

Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) Abike Dabiri-Erewa has advised Nigerians who illegally travelled to the UAE and are stranded not to make an already bad case worse by resorting to media blackmail.

NiDCOM’s Head of Media, Public Relations and Protocols, Abdur-Rahman Balogun said this in a statement responding to a post saying “300 Nigerians abandoned in Dubai as NIDCOM, NAPTIP, Foreign Affairs relax evacuation effort” on some social media blogs on Wednesday.

The NIDCOM boss said despite several warnings by the Federal Government through its relevant agencies on consequences of illegal migration to the UAE and other countries, it was regrettable that some Nigerians still found themselves as victims.

The government had approved the evacuation of over 300 Nigerians stranded in the UAE, regrettably, many of those affected have not been totally cooperative as they refused to follow the laid down procedures, Dabiri-Erewa explained.

The statement notes that Investigations also revealed that over 100 Nigerians who had served various jail sentences ranging from drugs to credit card frauds and robberies suddenly landed at the holding centers demanding the Nigerian consulate in Dubai to immediately return them.

The NIDCOM chairman further advises the affected Nigerians to comply with the laid down rules and regulations as stipulated by the UAE and the Nigeria Consulate in Dubai, and await further communication from officials of the mission who have constantly visited them at the holding center.

Reporting by Hamza Alkali: Editing By Marian Benjamin and Muzha Kucha