The Human Rights Writers’ Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) probes the government to show 60 Nigerian prisoners freed from Tanzanian prisons according to the government’s claim.
The assocciation accused Nigerian government of peddling what might turn out to be mere propaganda. It claimed it had access to an intelligence report from an official of the Nigerian community in Tanzania who has spent over 11 years and working in the East African nation. The source claimed that as Friday, there was no evidence that any of the Nigerians incarcerated in the Tanzanian prison has been freed.
The informed source pointed the association’s attention to publications in Nigerian, claiming that the Chairman of the National Commission in charge of Diaspora Affairs, Abike Dabiri-Erewa had secured through the Ambassador of Nigeria in Tanzania about 60 of the Nigerian prisoners in Tanzania.
Meanwhile, contrary reports indicate that it was only on Thursday that the Nigerian Embassy in Tanzania asked his officials to forward the names of Nigerians serving time in the Tanzanian prison.
There are about 73 Nigerians in prisons in Tanzania and the government had claimed it had secured the release of 60 of them.
The Head, Media and Public Relations Unit, Nigeria in Diaspora Commission, Mr. Abdur-Rahman Balogun said these Nigerians were imprisoned for varied charges.
It said the Commission’s spokesman stated that their repatriation was made possible by the Nigerian ambassador to Tanzania.
Balogun was quoted to have said: “The Ambassador, Dr. Sahobi Gada, was in Nigeria in January 2020, specifically for this purpose, after having successfully secured a release of 60 out of 73 Nigerians in various prisons in Tanzania. Arrangements were then being made by the Ambassador for their repatriation.
The whistleblower who preferred anonymity affirms that the news of the release of the Nigerian prisoners in Tanzania was not true, as nobody has been freed since the names were compiled.