Plans are underway for the release of 60 out of 73 Nigerians imprisoned in Tanzania on different charges.
The spokesman of the Nigeria in the Diaspora Commission, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, who announced this on behave of the federal government, said this was made possible by the Nigerian ambassador to Tanzania.
According to him, ever before COVID-19 pandemic, the Nigerian Mission had been working on repatriation of Nigerian prisoners in Tanzania.
The Ambassador, Dr Sahobi Gada, was in Nigeria in January 2020, specifically for this purpose after having successfully secured a release of 60 out of 73 Nigerians in various prisons in Tanzania. Arrangements were then being made by the Ambassador for their repatriation
He added that, most of the convicts were arrested for alleged drug-related offences, while a few of the offences bordered on immigration law violations.
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