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Two FUTO Students Detained In Bosnia To Return Home Soon, Says Dabiri-Erewa


Two Nigerians college students of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) held in an unlawful migrants centre in Bosnia and Herzegovina are anticipated again into the nation quickly.

This is in response to the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa who disclosed this in a press release.

She defined that their return is a sequel to a sequence of diplomatic interventions from the Nigerian Mission in Hungary and Mr. Geoffrey Onyema, Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs, who directed for full investigations to be carried out.

Five college students from the college, with out the information of the Nigerian Table Tennis Federation, attended a global desk tennis competitors in Croatia.

“According to a report, Abia Alexandro Uchenna, Eboh Kenneth Chinedu, and three other students arrived in Zagreb, capital of Croatia, on November 12, for the fifth world inter-university championships held in the country.

“They were allegedly arrested while taking a walk around the country’s capital on November 18 as they couldn’t produce relevant documents to the police.

“The police officers were reported to have transferred the students to
the country’s Bosnia-Herzegovina border, where Croatian authorities had gathered a group of illegal migrants attempting to cross into the

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While two of them returned over two weeks in the past, three of them stayed again, one had already utilized for asylum.

“Arrangements have been concluded to send the two Nigerians back to Croatia anytime from yesterday, Friday, December 13, 2019, adding that the Nigerian Mission in Hungary has taken steps to ensure that the matter is resolved and the welfare of the two Nigerians protected.

“Five of them went for the table tennis event without the knowledge of the Nigerian Table Tennis Federation, two returned over two weeks ago, three of them stayed back while one already applied for asylum.

“Although the Croatia Authorities through our Ambassador in Budapest denied the allegation involving maltreatment by the Croatian Police, the Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama has demanded a full investigation into the matter.”

She mentioned the situations connected to their launch embody the utilization of their return tickets from Zagreb, Croatia again to Nigeria and should not search Asylum in Croatia, simply as one in all them did already.

Dabiri-Erewa appealed to Nigerians to all the time inform related authorities every time they go on such journeys outdoors the nation and be of excellent behaviour.

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