[Abuja]–The Nigerian Federal Government has said that about 400 of its citizens are currently experiencing jail terms for one crime or the other in South Africa prisons.
The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, disclosed this while addressing newsmen at a press briefing in Abuja in company with his foreign affairs counterpart, Geoffrey Onyeama, after their trip to South Africa to address the xenophobic attacks, on Friday, March 17, 2017.
He said, “Those convicted are in the minority because equally we have Nigerian professionals who are contributing positively to the development of the economy of South Africa.”
“However, that is not to say that they should fold their arms and not to do something about somebody involved in criminality, but in doing that, we emphasised that due process of the law should be followed in terms of presumption of innocence and in terms of fair hearing.”
“I understand that there are about 400 Nigerians who are in their prisons for various offences.”
“When we met with the Nigerian community, we also emphasised that those who are involved in criminal behaviour should not be allowed to spoil the good names of themselves and Nigeria,” he said.
According to the Minister, issues ranging from migration, passport challenge and other were discussed. He said that although there was no prisoner exchange arrangement between both countries, he added that efforts would be made to ensure that such arrangement was put in place in due course.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg