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Evacuation: Our Consulate In Saudi Arabia Helping Niger Republic Citizens, Ignored Us, Nigerian Returnees Allege

The newest set of Nigerian returnees from Saudi Arabia has alleged that the nation’s consulate in Saudi Arabia helps extra residents of the neighbouring Niger Republic than Nigerians, who’re caught in deportation camps within the Arabian nation.

The affected Nigerians, who served principally as home helps in Saudi Arabia, additionally accused their former bosses of sexually molesting and maltreating them whereas of their service.

“They are not Nigerians; they are Nigeriens. Nigerians are there and they are suffering. I was there for two months plus in the deportation camp,” a visibly indignant Nigerian informed journalists in Abuja.

Another returnee, who spoke within the Hausa language, lamented the dehumanising therapy they have been subjected to in Saudi Arabia.

She stated in a report by ChannelsTv, “My suffering started from my arrival in Saudi Arabia. I was sad because my education couldn’t help me in my country. I was in my master’s house doing my chores.”

The Nigerian authorities, via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, referred to as for calm whereas addressing the allegations.

The Consular-General within the Ministry, Ambassador Akinremi Bolaji, stated the Federal Government would launch a probe into the incident.

“I am telling you that with the permission of the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, what you have said here will not go uninvestigated,” he stated.

“Now I will meet with those who have said this and if you have names, let us know.”

Since January 2021, the Federal Government has evacuated over 3,000 individuals from Saudi Arabia, with final week witnessing the return of over 1,000 individuals.

Although among the returnees have examined constructive for COVID-19, they’ve acquired satisfactory therapy as a result of they’re asymptomatic.

Accusations of abuse and maltreatment of Nigerians in overseas international locations have been rife in recent times.

A viral video from India lately alleged {that a} Nigerian was killed in India, prompting protests and requires intervention from the Nigerian authorities.

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