By Francesca Iwambe
The Federal Government and the Nigerian Mission in Ethiopia will demand a full investigation into the circumstances that led to the death of a Nigerian, Chizoba Eze, in Ethiopian prison.
This was made known in a statement signed by the Spokesperson, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, on Wednesday.
Chizoba was said to have died in Kaliti prison, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on March 12, 2023, following alleged physical aggression.
Balogun said the NIDCOM Chairman, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, consoled the family of the late Eze and expressed concern over the reported conditions of some Nigerians, serving various jail terms in Ethiopia, most of whom were drug-related.
The statement read, “The Nigerian Mission in Ethiopia has proposed an MOU from the Nigerian Correctional Service on the transfer of sentenced persons to Nigeria with the Ethiopian authorities to complete their respective jail terms in Nigeria, and are awaiting a response from Ethiopia.
“Though Ethiopia had granted an amnesty to Nigerian Prisoners in 2019, a number of Nigerians still found their way back to the country and allegedly still committed the same drug-related crimes and were re-arrested.”