Saturday, May 21, 2022

Some Nigerians preferred prison in Poland than to return home: Abike Dabiri

Mrs Dabiri-Erewa mentioned that the students had been told of possible detention while the evacuation process was ongoing.

• April 9, 2022
Abike Dabiri, a former aide of President Buhari and Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission.
Abike Dabiri, Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission.

The Chairman and CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, while condemning Poland for detaining Nigerians and other African students fleeing Ukraine, has said Nigerians being detained in Poland were forewarned of the consequence.

Mrs Dabiri-Erewa mentioned that the students had been told of possible detention while the evacuation process was ongoing.

“There is no extra expenditure. With @MBuhari ‘s directive and a govt team led by @GeoffreyOnyeama, arrangements were made for ALL who wanted to return. Some stayed back and are now being kept in tortuous detention centres in Poland. They were warned,” Mrs Dabiri-Erewa tweeted.

On Thursday, Mrs Dabiri-Erewa called for those detained to be released. Her comments come after the federal government approved $8.5 million for the evacuation of at least 5,000 Nigerians.

In March, the Federal Government began evacuating Nigerians, especially students, who fled Ukraine to neighbouring countries like Poland because of the war.

On April 7, the Polish government disclosed that it had allowed over 2,000 Nigerians and millions of other refugees fleeing the Russia-Ukraine war.

The Polish government said it ensured that meals were distributed at border crossings, transport was provided and help was offered by local government authorities.

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Niger State Police commissioner


Police arrest two suspects for alleged culpable homicide in Niger

The suspects had abducted a four-year old boy, killed the child and removed his vital organs, including private parts.



PDP primaries start on Sunday, Senate scheduled for Monday

Those qualified to vote are three ad hoc delegates per ward, and one national delegate per local government.

Stranded Nigerians


NEMA receives 129 Nigerians stranded in Niger Republic

The returnees arrived in Kano in three luxury buses organised by the International Organisation on Migration.

Amaechi, Osinbajo, and Tinubu


2023: I’m more experienced than Osinbajo, Tinubu, others, says Amaechi

Mr Amaechi said he’s had the privilege of being a House of Assembly member, Speaker, Governor and now Minister.


Death toll from Lagos Island building collapse now two: LASEMA

LASEMA noted that the property before the collapse was in violation of building safety protocols.



Police arrest Ogun teacher for defiling 13-year-old pupil

The teacher was arrested on Thursday following a report lodged at the police station by the victim’s mother.