NiDCOM chief warns against ‘media blackmail’ on deportation

The Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has warned Nigerians who illegally traveled to the United Raba Emirates (UAE) and got stranded to desist from resorting to media blackmail.

Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa was advised by the Commission’s Head of Media, Public Relations, and Protocols yesterday in Abuja.

The NiDCOM boss said the stranded Nigerians who went to the UAE illegally, should not worsen an already bad case by resorting to media blackmail.

She said the commission was responding to a post on some social media blogs that “300 Nigerians abandoned in Dubai as NiDCOM, NAPTIP, Foreign Affairs relax evacuation effort”.

Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa noted that despite several warnings from the Federal Government, some Nigerians still found themselves as victims of this act.

“In line with its citizens’ diplomacy, the government has approved the evacuation of over 300 Nigerians stranded in the UAE,” he said.

The NiDCOM boss regretted that many of those affected were not cooperative as they refused to follow the laid-down procedures.



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