The Federal Government has finalized arrangement for the release of 60 out of the 73 Nigerians imprisoned in Tanzania.
Head, Media and Public Relations Unit, Nigeria in Diaspora Commission, Abdur-Rahman Balogun says these Nigerians were imprisoned on different charges.
According to the Commission’s spokesman, their repatriation was made possible by the Nigerian ambassador to Tanzania.
Balogun who said this through a statement in Abuja, noted that ever before COVID-19 pandemic, the Nigerian Mission had been working on repatriation of Nigerian prisoners in Tanzania.
He also noted that most of the convicts are arrested for alleged drug-related offences, while a few of the offences bordered on immigration law violations.
He explained that the mission had been visiting other custodial facilities in Tanzania to check other Nigerians who may be serving jail terms, adding that it had also canvassed for amnesty for the prisoners on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.