Chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has dismissed the allegation that the commission is being used by the Federal government to forcefully deport “persecuted Biafrans” in the diaspora.
The leader of the proscribed Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Uchenna Madu, in a statement entitled “Security agents killing our members secretly”, had alleged that NIDCOM is being used to crack down its pro-Biafra groups’ leaders in the diaspora.
But a statement signed by the diaspora commission spokesman, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, on Friday, described the allegation as “mischievous” and “malicious”.
“These and other fabricated stories by this group is mischievous and is nothing but another deadly and attention seeking tales by moonlight,” the statement said.
“If however the writer of the story has any information on any Nigerian being unjustly treated and makes an official report, NIDCOM will look into it.
“In international Relations, the process of deportation is a country decision based on their foreign policy.
“It must be pointed out that most countries are clamping down on irregular immigrants and NIDCOM has consistently been appealing to Nigerians to obey laws of the countries they reside and be good Ambassadors of Nigeria.
“So, the allegation that the Federal Government is secretly working with some agents of foreign countries to arrest and deport some ‘Biafrans’ is a figment of the writer’s imagination.
“The Diaspora Commission is for all Nigerians irrespective of tribe or religious inclinations as enshrined in the Act of the Parliament setting up the Commission.
“NIDCOM will continue to demand justice for Nigerians anywhere in the world, while those who commit crime will have to face the laws of the country, as we continue to appeal to Nigerians to abide by laws of their country of residence.”