The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Federal Government is concerned about the welfare of Nigerians in Ethiopian Prisons and remains committed to all matters pertaining to welfare of Nigerians abroad.

This is contained in a statement by its Acting Spokesperson, Friday Akpan, in Abuja.

It stated that welfare of Nigerians abroad was of cardinal importance to the government.

Akpan refuted the insinuation in some quarters that Nigerians who had legal issues abroad were convicted due to lack of adequate legal representation.

The spokesperson also said that it was not true that “over 150 Nigerians languish in Ethiopian prison” as being insinuated in some quarters.

According to him, the Nigerian Embassy conducts regular consular visitations to Nigerians in various prisons in Ethiopia.

According to him, the issue at hand has been identified as a critical topic for the proposed Senior Officials Meeting of the Nigeria-Ethiopia Joint Ministerial Commission scheduled to hold in Addis Ababa in June.

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