The Egyptian authorities have said that seven out of the eight Nigerians who took part in the #EndSARS in their capital city, Cairo on October 18, 2020 will be deported to Nigeria for lack of resident permits/visas.
The Chairman/CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who has been on the issue, confirmed the development this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.
Dabiri-Erewa said the only Nigerian among them who has residency permit will get final clearance from the Egyptian Interior Minister, Mahmoud Tawfik, after signing an undertaking not to be involved in any unauthorised ctivities while still in the country.
She explained that the Nigerian mission in Egypt was still pleading for leniency on behalf of the seven Nigerians slated for deportation.
The NIDCOM boss, however, denied the allegation that the Federal Government of Nigeria is involved in the Nigerians’ arrest.
She added that the Nigerians were not arrested at the Nigerian Embassy but another location.
Dabiri-Erewa said: “The Nigerian mission in Cairo has had extensive deliberations with the airo Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Interior as well as the Diplomatic Police, adding that the eight detained Nigerians, four men and four women,were assured of decent treatment while in detention.”
Dabiri-Erewa reiterated her appeals to Nigerians abroad to be good ambassadors of the country by being law abiding to the laws of their respective host countries.
She commended Nigerians in the diaspora who have conducted themselves in a disciplined and peaceful manner during their protest for an end to police brutality in Nigeria, reiterating President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to implementing the five point demand of the #EndSARS protesters.
She urged Nigerian youths to embrace dialogue as their voices can definitely not be ignored.