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Abike Dabiri Hails Abia For Being The First State To Have A Diaspora Commission
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Abike Dabiri Hails Abia For Being The First State To Have A Diaspora Commission

PRESS RELEASE DABIRI-EREWA HAILS ABIA FOR BEING THE FIRST STATE TO HAVE A DIASPORA COMMISSION ABUJA, MARCH 23, 2021: Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has congratulated Abia State for being the first state in Nigeria to have its own Diaspora Commission. In a statement in Abuja by the Head of Media and Public Relations of NIDCOM, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, the NIDCOM boss said Abians have made history with the passage of the bill by the Abia state House of Assembly, Dabiri-Erewa expressed her appreciation to the Abia Parliamentarians as well as the Diaspora friendly Governor of the state, Governor Ekezie Ikpeazu. She equally thanked Dr (Mrs) Ngozi Ogbonna-Erondu, Special Adviser to the Governor on Diaspora Matters and Special Duties fo...
Nigerian Lady Incacerated In Cote D’ivoire’s Prison: Facts Of The Matter – NIDCOM
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Nigerian Lady Incacerated In Cote D’ivoire’s Prison: Facts Of The Matter – NIDCOM

PRESS STATEMENT. NIGERIAN WRONGFULLY INCACERATED IN COTE D'IVOIRE'S PRISON, ITUNU BABALOLA: FACTS OF THE MATTER. ABUJA, MARCH 19, 2021. Following painstaking investigations by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission and the Nigeria Mission in Abidjan, Cote D'ivoire, It is now confirmed that Itunu Babalola, a Nigerian living in Abidjan was wrongfully charged and incarcerated for a crime she did not commit. According to the Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa the Charge D’Affaires of the Nigerian Mission in Côte D’Ivoire ,Mr Mohammed Gana , sent officials of the mission to Bondoukou, a city eight hours outside Abidjan when the case was brought to his attention .. Plans are underway to engage the services of a legal Luminary to prove the innoce...
300 Men, 83 Women, Child Evacuated From UAE Arrive Abuja
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300 Men, 83 Women, Child Evacuated From UAE Arrive Abuja

No fewer than 384 Nigerians have arrived Abuja following their evacuation from Saudi Arabia, the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) announced on Thursday. They arrived at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja via Saudi Air flight B773. “384 Returnees (300 Males, 83 Females and one Infant) of the 802 Stranded Nigerians in UEA just arrive at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja via Saudi Air flight B773 at about 1:10 pm local time today 28th January 2021,” the tweet read. The returnees will be quarantined at the Federal Capital Territory Hajj camp for 14 days in line with COVID-19 protocols, NIDCOM said. NIDCOM chairman/chief executive officer Abike Dabiri-Erewa had announced earlier in the week that the evacuation would be carried out.
600 Nigerians Stranded In Saudi Arabia Call For Help To Return
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600 Nigerians Stranded In Saudi Arabia Call For Help To Return

A video has gone viral on social media showing some Nigerians stranded in Saudi Arabia — some as long as seven months. In apparent reaction to the video, chair of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Friday said, “Nigerian irregular migrants in Saudi Arabia are due to be evacuated on the 28th and 29th of January, pending any unforeseen issues.” She appeared to refer to them as “irregular migrants in Saudi Arabia”, numbering as much as 600. “Their evacuation was delayed due to issues relating to COVID-19. We appeal to Nigerians to resist travelling abroad without proper documents,” she said. The evacuation is expected to be carried out in two batches of 400 and 200 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the NIDCOM chief said. The video shows ...
Over 27,000 passengers have arrived Nigeria from abroad since flights resumed —PTF
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Over 27,000 passengers have arrived Nigeria from abroad since flights resumed —PTF

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 said on Sunday over 27,000 passengers had arrived in the country from abroad since the resumption of international flight operations on September 5. The National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr. Sani Aliyu, who disclosed this at a town hall meeting organized by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) in Abuja, said 18,000 passengers came in through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and 9,000 through the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja. He said the task force came up with stringent procedures because that was required to limit the “importation of COVID-19 to Nigeria, prevent transmission during the flight and reduce the quarantine period.” He told the Nigerians in the Diaspora that public laboratories were not allowed to co...
408 Nigerians Evacuated From India and UAE Arrive Nigeria
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408 Nigerians Evacuated From India and UAE Arrive Nigeria

408 Nigerians who were stranded in India and the United Arab Emirates UAE have arrived the country. According to the Nigerian Diaspora Commission NIDCOM, 162 of them were evacuated from India while 246 were evacuated from the UAE. According to NIDCOM, all the evacuees tested negative for COVID-19 before boarding the flights. ''246 Evacuees arrive Murtala Muhammed Int’l Airport, Lagos at exactly 3:30 pm local time via Emirates from UAE today, Wednesday 8th of July, 2020. A big thank you to the Nigerian Mission in Dubai and the UAE government for paying for the flight Tickets and the cost of #COVID?19 test for 131 evacuees. All Evacuees tested Negative to #COVID19 and will now proceed on 14 days SELF-ISOLATION as mandated PTF on #COVID-19. Air Peace flight conveying 162 Ev...
COVID-19: Fresh set of 300 stranded Nigerians airlifted from Dubai
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COVID-19: Fresh set of 300 stranded Nigerians airlifted from Dubai

Three hundred more stranded Nigerians on Friday arrived in the country from Dubai. The Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NiDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa made this known on her official Twitter page. She disclosed that all the returnees upon arrival tested negative to Coronavirus. Abike-Dabiri added that they would, however, be tested again at NCDC facility and will proceed on a 14-day compulsory self-isolation. Her tweet read: “300 stranded Nigerian travellers arrive at Abuja Airport from Dubai. They all tested negative for COVID 19 before boarding. “They will be tested again at an @NCDCgov facility while on 14-days compulsory self-isolation as directed by the government.”
Don’t Judge Nigerians Succeeding Abroad – Abike Dabiri-Erewa Reacts to Hushpuppi’s Arrest
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Don’t Judge Nigerians Succeeding Abroad – Abike Dabiri-Erewa Reacts to Hushpuppi’s Arrest

Chairman of the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa has reacted to the arrest of Ramoni Igbalode a.k.a Ray Hushpuppi on charges bordering on internet fraud and other related activities. In a tweet she shared, the NIDCOM bs stated that the allegations against Hushpuppi is not a yardstick to judge Nigerians excelling abroad. Abike who urged Nigerians abroad to be law-abiding citizens, good ambassadors and not tarnish the mage of the country, also asked Nigerians to await EFCC's thorough investigation as well as further updates on the case. She tweeted;   RE- RAY HUSHPUPPI (Ramoni Igbalode) HAS A CASE TO ANSWER WITH EFCC. The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission notes with displeasure, the cyber crime and money laundering network/transaction running into...
Abike Dabiri Calls For Thorough Investigation Into Killing Of Toyin Salau In US
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Abike Dabiri Calls For Thorough Investigation Into Killing Of Toyin Salau In US

PRESS STATEMENT ALLEGED KILLING OF TOYIN SALAU IN THE US, DABIRI-EREWA CALLS FOR THOROUGH INVESTIGATION Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission has described the alleged murder of 19-year- old Nigerian-American Activist, Toyin Salau in the US as highly depressing and cruel. She therefore urged the US government to conduct a thorough investigation on the circumstances leading to Miss Salau's death. The NIDCOM boss condoled with the immediate family of Ms Salau who died while advocating against oppression and injustice. Toyin Salau, a 19-year-old lady of Nigerian origin, was found dead days after she was declared missing in the city of Tallahassee, Florida, the United States. According to the Tallahassee Police Department, Toyin, who sp...
Nigerian govt condemns George Floyd’s killing
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Nigerian govt condemns George Floyd’s killing

The Nigerian government has condemned George Floyd’s killing, and police brutality, and racial discrimination against Africans in the diaspora. Mr Floyd was an unarmed black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes as he told them “I can’t breathe”. Floyd’s death has sparked mass protests across the US, and in other countries across the globe. His death has led to calls for the end of systematic racism and police brutality. The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) and the National Council for Arts and Culture have now joined voices in condemning his killing. During a memorial service for Mr Floyd held on Wednesday in Abuja, the duo of NiDCOM Chairman, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, and the Director-General, NCAC, Olusegun ...
Nigerian woman delivers baby aboard Emirates airline
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Nigerian woman delivers baby aboard Emirates airline

A Nigerian lady Mrs. Kafayat Amusan. one of the stranded Nigerians travellers. returning from Dubai has been delivered of a baby. She delivered complications onboard, which resulted in the plane returning back to Dubai after take off . She is currently been admitted at a Hospital, in Dubai. According to the statement made Available by the Head, Media and Public Relations, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission Abdul-Rahman Balogun said that Mrs. Kafayat Amusan delivered a baby boy onboard Emirates airline departing to Lagos on Wednesday. PTF She is currently on admission at a Hospital, in Dubai. In her response, The Nigerian Ambassador in Dubai, Ambassador Rimi and staff of the Embassy are in touch with the mother and child who are in good condition. The Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Dia...
Oyo To Ensure Safe Return Of Nigerian Lady Put Up For Sale In Lebanon
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Oyo To Ensure Safe Return Of Nigerian Lady Put Up For Sale In Lebanon

The Oyo State Government has pledged to ensure the safe return of an indigene of the state identified as Peace Ufuoma Busari who was recently put up for sale on the internet in Lebanon for $1000. The government’s pledge was contained in a statement issued in Ibadan by Mrs Bolanle Sarumi-Aliyu, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Diaspora to Gov. Seyi Makinde. Sarumi-Aliyu said the state was liaising with the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) to facilitate the lady’s safe return home. The governor’s aide, who said that the victim was yet to be located, called on citizens of Oyo State who might know her, especially her family members, to call cell phone number 07025512891. Sarumi-Aliyu commended NIDCOM for the role it had been playing in the matter. “We will contin...
No N160,000 Demand From Nigerians In UK For COVID-19 Test – FG
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No N160,000 Demand From Nigerians In UK For COVID-19 Test – FG

NIGERIAN citizens in the United Kingdom (UK) have not been asked to pay for COVID-19 test as a precondition to be airlifted back home, the Federal Government said on Monday. According to the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Nigerians in the UK can either undergo COVID-19 test in either a public or private health facility. The commission said it did not order citizens to pay N160, 000 for test. It also explained said that a Nigerian, who was among the 24 cleared to return home tested positive in Togo. In a statement on Monday, NIDCOM said it is a global practice right that the returnee undergo COVID-19 test and on arrival, the returnee will also be quarantined in the home country for 14 days. It reads: “The attention of has been drawn to a story published by...
Names & Photos Of Nigerians Who Died Of Coronavirus In UK And USA Released By FG
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Names & Photos Of Nigerians Who Died Of Coronavirus In UK And USA Released By FG

FG has released names and photos of Nigerians in diaspora who died of coronavirus abroad. Abike Dabiri-Erewa who is the chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) made a list of Nigerians who died of coronavirus in a video she shared on her Twitter page in their honour. Dabiri-Erewa wrote: "May the souls of our brothers and sisters in Diaspora, who lost their lives to Covid 19, RIP. May the Lord heal the world" The list include: Alfa Sa’adu (United Kingdom) Carol Jamabo (United Kingdom) Kole Abayomi, SAN (United Kingdom) Bode Ajanlekoko (United Kingdom) Adeola Onasanya (United Kingdom) Ugochukwu Erondu (United Kingdom) Chidinma Olajide (United Kingdom) Bassey Offiong (USA) Caleb Anya (USA) Mmaete Greg (USA) Akeem Adagun (USA) Laila Abubakar Ali (USA...
Ogun State Tops List Of South African Returnees
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Ogun State Tops List Of South African Returnees

Ogun State has the highest number of the 187 returnees evacuated from South Africa last week. The Federal Government did a profile of the recent victims of xenophobic attacks in South Africa who had willingly accepted to return to the country. The profile showed that the first batch of the 187 returnees are from 16 states of the federation. Chairman of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, (NIDCOM) Abike Dabiri-Erewa, appealed to state governments to support then returnees. Already, letters of appeal have been sent to the states to solicit for their interventions. Bank of Industry (BOI) and some telecommunication companies have also provided some support. NIDCOM boss who gave an update on the returnees at a press conference on Tuesday said that among the returnees were ov...
Xenophobia: FG Gives Loan, 9GB Data, N40,000 Airtime To South African Returnees
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Xenophobia: FG Gives Loan, 9GB Data, N40,000 Airtime To South African Returnees

The Chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has said that the Nigerians returning from South Africa will receive sim cards with airtime worth N40,000 and 9GB of valid data for two months. Mrs Dabiri-Erewa disclosed this on Wednesday in a statement through Gabriel Odu for Media Unit of the Commission, when she received the first batch of 187 Nigerians on-board an Air Peace Flight at the Murtala Muhammed Airport. She also stated that returnees will receive transport stipend to convey them to their various destinations, as well as a soft loan from the Bank of Industry to support those interested in small trade and businesses. Mrs Dabiri-Erewa added that a program of reintegration will be put in place subsequently. Also officials of the Bank ...
South Africans Plan Ambush For Returning Nigerians
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South Africans Plan Ambush For Returning Nigerians

Some Nigerians in South Africa yesterday raised alarm that foreigners will be target of attacks today in different parts of the country. To avoid being caught in the web of the attacks, they have started sending text messages to other Nigerians resident in the country to be alert, saying the South Africans planned to even search cabs and buses for foreigners to be killed. The alarm came as President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday ordered evacuation of Nigerians resident in South Africa who are willing to return home from tomorrow. This is even as Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, told the Senate Committee on Diaspora and Non-Governmental Organizations yesterday that 640 Nigerians in South Africa have voluntarily registered to return home. ...
Abike Dabiri Seeks AU Intervention In Xenophobic Attacks On Nigerians
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Abike Dabiri Seeks AU Intervention In Xenophobic Attacks On Nigerians

hairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has said that the intervention of the African Union (AU) would be key in ending attacks on Nigerians in South Africa. Mrs Dabiri-Erewa said this on Twitter in reaction to the latest attacks on Nigerians in South Africa. She said that although she could not verify most of the videos of the attacks, whatever decisions needed to be taken could only be done at the ministerial level. “Sad, Reports from South Africa attacking foreigners. I can’t verify most of the videos. However, whatever decisions to be taken now can only be at the ministerial level. AU intervention may be crucial. This is not what we should be doing to ourselves as Africans,” she said on Monday. President of t...
FG Warns US Against Stereotyping Nigerians Over New Fraud List
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FG Warns US Against Stereotyping Nigerians Over New Fraud List

The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has warned the United States against the stereotyping of all Nigerians after a list of 77 Nigerians involved in fraud was released. A statement on Friday by the chairman/CEO of NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said the actions of a few Nigerians involved in criminal activities are not a representation of the majority. Days after the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) charged the founder of Invictus Group, Obinwanne Okeke, over conspiracy to commit fraud of about $11 million, a 252-count federal grand jury indictment unsealed Thursday charged 77 Nigerians for fraud-related offences. They are accused of participating in a massive conspiracy to steal millions of dollars through a variety of fraud schemes and launder the funds through...
‘You risk extradition’ — FG asks Nigerians indicted by FBI to surrender
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‘You risk extradition’ — FG asks Nigerians indicted by FBI to surrender

Nigerians indicted by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) probe have been asked to voluntarily surrender themselves or risk getting extradited if international treaties are invoked.   Recall LIB reported that 77 Nigerians were arrested by the FBI, following an investigation which uncovered how they conspired with federal and state agents to dupe unsuspecting American victims of their money.   The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) in a statement released by its chairman, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, admitted that an accusation does not mean guilt while also expressing hope of a fair and speedy trial.   Dabiri-Erewa also revealed that these Nigerians currently prosecuted by the FBI were linked to cases of massive email fraud and money laundering. &nb...
No IPOB Member Was Arrested By German Authorities – Nnamdi Kanu
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No IPOB Member Was Arrested By German Authorities – Nnamdi Kanu

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has said that no member of the group was arrested by German authorities, Igbere TV reports. Kanu stated this while addressing supporters of the group during a live broadcast on Radio Biafra monitored by Igbere TV, on Sunday. He was reacting to a statement credited to Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, who earlier made the allegations. Dabiri-Erewa claims comes on the heels of the attack on former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu by members of IPOB in Germany, on Saturday. But reacting in the broadcast monitored by Igbere TV, Kanu described the report as false, maintaining that no member of the group was ever arrested. The IPOB leader added that the Ge...
Police Arrest IPOB Members Who Attacked Ekweremadu In Germany
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Police Arrest IPOB Members Who Attacked Ekweremadu In Germany

The police in Germany have arrested some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who attacked Senator Ike Ekweremadu earlier today in the country. This was according to Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, who made the revelation in a tweet. “I condemn in its entirety the attack on former DSP Ike Ekeremadu at an event in Nuremberg, Germany, nobly put together by Ndi Igbo Germany, where he was attacked. “I hope the culprits, some of whom have been arrested, will face consequences for their shamefully pathetic actions,” she wrote. We had reported that Senator Ekweremadu, who currently represents Enugu West, was pelted with stones on Saturday, by members of the IPOB in far away Germany. The former Deputy Senate Presiden...
Nigerian Man In Ethiopian Prison Died Of AIDS – Diaspora Commission
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Nigerian Man In Ethiopian Prison Died Of AIDS – Diaspora Commission

The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has confirmed the death of a Nigerian, Odemu Efe, at the Kaliti Prisons in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The commission said Mr Efe died of HIV/AIDS according to the death certificate issued by Ethiopian health authorities. Reports had suggested that Efe, a native of Warri, Delta State, died of an undisclosed ailment. The commission said the Nigerian Embassy in Ethiopia revealed that “the former inmate had been seriously ill and taken to two different hospitals in Addis Ababa before he passed on”. It also said that contrary to a statement credited to a woman, Chika Nwachukwu, who accused Nigerian officials of neglecting their countrymen imprisoned in Ethiopia, the Nigerian High Commissioner to the country, Adeoye Bankole, visits inmate...
Abike Dabiri Visits Cotonou Prison To Check On Nigerian Inmates
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Abike Dabiri Visits Cotonou Prison To Check On Nigerian Inmates

Chairman/chief executive officer of Nigeria Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has visited a prison in Cotonou, Benin Republic, to check on Nigerian inmates. Mrs Dabiri-Erewa said in a tweet on Wednesday that she visited one of the prisons in the French-speaking country, Igbere TV reports. She was accompanied on the visit by the Nigerian Ambassador to Benin Republic, Kayode Oguntuase. “In Coronou, with the Nigerian Amb to Benin Republic, as we visited one of the prisons in Cotonou to check on Nigerians in prison. Some are there for minor offenses, some awaiting trial for years, Amb Oguntuase is already intervening in the minor cases and those awaiting trial,” she said. Dabiri-Erewa also said in response to a tweet that no prisoner agreement treaty was signed ...
Don’t Carry Drugs To The Holy Land, Dabiri Warns Pilgrims
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Don’t Carry Drugs To The Holy Land, Dabiri Warns Pilgrims

The Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has warned pilgrims to this year’s Hajj in Saudi Arabia to resist any temptation to carry hard drugs to the holy land. Speaking on the heels of the inaugural flight of intending pilgrims, Mrs Dabiri-Erewa reminded them that Saudi laws prescribe death penalty against such act. In a statement by the NIDCOM Head of Media, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, the commission chairman said it was disheartening that some Nigerians still ran foul of Saudi Arabia authorities’ law, despite repeated warnings and workshops for intending pilgrims. She recalled that some Nigerians caught with hard drugs in the last few years were still on death row in Saudi Arabia. The NIDCOM chairman pleaded with pilgrims to shun the shamef...

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