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Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, advised 300 Nigerians who illegally traveled to the UAE not to aggravate their cases by resorting to media blackmail.
Responding to a post that “300 Nigerians left behind in Dubai as NIDCOM, NAPTIP, Foreign Affairs relax evacuation efforts” on some social media blogs last Wednesday, the NIDCOM boss said despite several warnings from the Federal Government of Nigeria through its competent agencies on the consequences of illegal migration to the UAE and other countries, it is regrettable that some Nigerians still find themselves victims of this irregular act.
In line with its citizen diplomacy, the Federal Government has approved the evacuation of over 300 Nigerians stranded in the United Arab Emirates.
Unfortunately, many of those involved were not fully cooperative as they refused to follow established procedures.
In a statement made available to journalists yesterday and signed by the Head of Media, Public Relations and Protocols, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, explained that investigations also revealed that more than 100 Nigerians who had served various sentences jails (ranging from drugs to credit card scams, robberies etc.) suddenly landed in detention centers, demanding the Nigerian consulate in Dubai to “bring them back immediately.” Their voices were the loudest”.
Dabiri-Erewa said that rather than complying with directives from the Nigerian consulate in Dubai, some Nigerians were busy pursuing media blackmail from the federal government as well as the UAE government.
This media blackmail, she said, will make an already bad case worse, noting that the rules on such cases would not be circumvented.
Recalling several warnings to Nigerians including the UAE’s zero tolerance for the consequences of breaking their rules, she added that the allegation that Nigerians have been abandoned in Dubai is totally false and misleading as the ministry Foreign Affairs and the Nigerian Mission have been working diligently with the UAE authorities to assist over 300 Nigerians stranded in the country for various reasons ranging from overstay, lost passports, lack of documentation, especially in the case of infants, to ongoing cases with the Emirati police.
She advised the Nigerians concerned to abide by the rules and regulations stipulated by the UAE and the Nigerian Consulate in Dubai, and to await further communications from the mission officials who constantly visited them at the detention center.

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