63 Nigerians in Cote d’ Ivoire prisons, says Envoy
The Nigerian Ambassador to Cote d’ Ivoire, Mrs Ifeoma Akabogu has disclosed that only about 63 Nigerians are presently serving jail terms in the country’s prisons.
She spoke on the sidelines of the 44th Ordinary Summit of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government in Yamoussoukro, Cote d’ Ivoire.
Explaining that about two million Nigerian live in the country, she said that they are fairly well behaved and peaceful and law abiding.
She said that Nigerians in the country were largely into clean and legitimate business even though a few of them engage in child trafficking.
According to her, 80 percent of the two million Nigerians in the country are from Ejigbo town in Osun State.
She said: “The Nigerian community is very strong. It dates back to 50 to 60 years ago, some of them were born here. The population is about two million and its a sizable number.”
“The remarkable thing about them is that over 80 percent of them come from one community in Nigeria, Ejigbo in Osun State, ”
On the crime rate, she said : “The last time we visited the prisons in Yamoussoukro, Dimodi, and San Pedro, we discovered that there was no single Nigerian in the prison. So, we discovered about 63 in Abidjan Prisons.”
She however noted that child trafficking perpetrated by few Nigerians was still taking place despite efforts to completely stop the practice.
“The Nigerians here are fairly law abiding and they go about their business peacefully but some of our young girls from Nigeria are still being brought here forcefully,” she said.
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