More Than 400 Nigerians in UAE Prisons At Present - Ambassador
About 446 Nigerians are serving different terms in prisons in UAE
At a town hall meeting in UAE, at which prominent Nigerians were present, including President Muhammadu Buhari, Mohammed Dansanta Rimi, Nigeria's Ambassador to the United Arab Emirate, revealed a startling secret: a total of 446 Nigerians are currently in UAE prisons.
Rimi said that there is no exact record of Nigerian citizens in the UAE, owing to the inability to register them on arrival, the number of Nigerians resident in the country is estimated at about 10,000. Out of which about 2,017 are students in various universities in that country.
According to Rimi, "It is disheartening to state that 446 Nigerians are currently serving different terms in prisons across UAE on account of committing various crimes including possession and consumption of hard drugs and engagement in armed robbery."
In the spirit of forgiveness, tolerance and accommodation, UAE government had granted amnesty to all irregular students in the counrty, Rimi said, also noting that in 2018, a total of 5,774 standard passports were issued by the embassy, out of which 3,164 were specifically issued during the amnesty programme.
Furthermore, he said 1,346 emergency travelling certificates were issued to Nigerians to facilitate their return home.