446 Nigerian in UAE prisons, Nigerian envoy reveals.
Nigerian Ambassador to United Arab Emirates, Mohammed Rimi, on Wednesday, said Nigerians numbering about 446 are serving different jail terms in UAE.
Their crimes, according to the envoy, range from robbery to possession of hard drugs.
The ambassador broke the news during president Muhammadu Buhari’s town-hall meeting with the Nigerian community in Emirates on Wednesday.
“Although there is no exact record of our 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 this number, about 2,017 are students in various universities.
“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,” he said.
Rimi, in his address, said in the spirit of forgiveness, tolerance and accommodation, the UAE government granted amnesty to all irregular residents in the country.
The president visited the country after five Nigerians were arrested for a case of robbery at a Bureau De Change center in UAE.
But that has not deterred Emirates from granting amnesty to over 5, 021 Nigerians to enable them live and work legitimately in their host country.