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Nigeria, China working on prisoners’ transfer deal

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Geoffrey Onyeama says the federal government is working out a prisoners’ transfer agreement with the Chinese government.

The minister made this disclosure on Thursday in Abuja at a news conference marking the two years anniversary of the president Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

Recall that report of thousands of Nigerians currently serving jail terms in China has consistently drawn the attention of human right groups who in turn have urged Nigeria’s government to proffer solution to the issue.

According to NAN report, a group, the Black African Re-orientation and Development Organisation had recently told the government to secure the release of no fewer than 6,000 Nigerians in Chinese prisons.

Onyeama said the prisoners could not be released for now because there was no prisoners’ transfer deal between Nigeria and China.

He explained further, “The issue of Nigerians in prisons in China is something we are dealing with and the prisoner transfer agreement is something we have to have an agreement on with China.

“We are working to have one in place. We have taken that on board and we are trying to get our prisoners to serve the rest of their terms here.”

“The Federal Government has on several occasions reiterated that it would be impossible to get Nigerians on death row in different countries repatriated.

“This is because they do not fall within the prisoner transfer or exchange agreements.’’


Solomon Obende
Solomon Obende is a graduate of Public Administration from the prestigious Ambrose Alli University who is passionate about communications for development. He is proficient in crafting effective social media strategies. He listens to Jimmy Cliff's songs daily.

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