By Ebi Kesiena
Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM has disclosed that a total of 13 out of 19 Nigerians detained in various camps in Poland have been released.
The Nigerians were released with the intervention of the Nigeria Ambassador to Poland , His Excellency, Major General Christian Ugwu, Rtd.
According to Ugwu, among the six remaining in detention camps, one of them claimed that he is a Cameroonian because the mother is from Cameroon.
“Unfortunately, the remaining five, all applied for international protection, asylum in Poland including Igwe Ikechukwu Christian, who had been interviewed by some foreign media.
“They cannot be released until the Government of Poland takes a decision on their application or they decide to withdraw the application”, the Envoy added.
He assured Nigerians that the Mission will continue to do its best to ensure that the interest of Nigerians is well taken care of, despite the fact that they had been adequately briefed on the likely consequences of remaining as undocumented immigrants in Poland.
It would be recalled that President Muhammad Buhari had in March immediately approved the evacuation of Nigerians mostly students trapped in the Russian- Ukrainian crisis back home.
The directive was swiftly carried out by the inter-ministerial agencies coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with over 1600 Nigerians brought back home.
However, some of the Nigerians chose to remain behind and were clamped into detention centres in Poland.
Speaking on the development, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM commended the successful intervention of the Nigerian mission in Poland , and reiterated the call for Nigerians to obey the laws of the countries they reside.