fewer than 70 Nigerians are currently facing trials in Abidjan for
different offences, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire, Ifeoma
Akabogu-Chinwuba has said.
Akabogu-Chinwuba told NAN in Abidjan on
Tuesday 15 July that an official list from the prison authorities
showed that there were 85 Nigerians in detention.
“But during our
last consular visit to the prison in Abidjan, we were able to see about
70 of them instead of the 85 on the list.
“Majority of those on
the list are awaiting trial, most of them are detained for charges
bothering on drug, money laundering and human trafficking,” she said.
ambassador said that the embassy was doing its part to provide legal
assistance for those still standing trial to enable them get fair
“Our duty as an embassy is to protect the rights of our citizens, so within the limits of the law, we are doing that,” she said.
called on Nigerians residing or doing business in Cote d’Ivoire, to
avoid being involved in acts to would ridicule Nigeria’s reputation.
is not a good testimony to hear that our citizens are either in prison
or detained for criminal acts; we need to be good ambassadors of our
“As Nigerians, we need to engage in legitimate businesses, we need to protect the image of our country,” she said.