Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) said on Friday that the commission was not made for the expulsion of Nigerians.
The CEO of the commission said this in an announcement by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, NIDCOM’s Head of Media and Public Relations Unit.
Dabiri-Erewa said the malignant reports regarding the commission were false.
“Our consideration has been attracted to a pernicious, naughty and breathtaking story where the pioneer of the banished Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Uchenna Madu, affirmed that NIDCOM is the medium utilized by the Federal Government to powerfully expel aggrieved Biafrans.
“In a statement entitled “security agents killing our members secretly,” the group had alleged that NIDCOM was being used to crack down on its pro-Biafra group’s leaders in the diaspora.
“These and other fabricated stories by the group are false, mischievous and at best another tale by moonlight narrative”.
NIDCOM, as we know has no such powers nor has such agents of harassment in Nigeria and in foreign lands.
“In international relations, the process of deportation is a country to country decision which lies with the country foreign policy within the purview of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs”.
“It must be pointed out that most countries are clamping down on irregular immigrants irrespective of their faith, ethnic affiliations,” Balogun said.
“So, the allegation that the Federal Government is secretly working with some agents of foreign countries to arrest members in diaspora and deport them to Nigeria for persecution and prosecution is a figment of the group’s imagination”.
“Dabiri-Erewa and her commission are for all Nigerians irrespective of their tribe or religious inclinations as enshrined in the Act of the parliament setting up the commission,” he said.