The Federal Government has assured that the Nigerian Mission in Ethiopia will demand a full investigation into the circumstances that led to the death of Chizoba Favor Eze in an Ethiopian prison.
The Chairman/CEO, of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, assured that the Commission is in contact with the Mission in Ethiopia and that the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident will be thoroughly looked into.
According to a statement issued by the Head of Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit NIDCOM, Abuja, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, the commission’s boss expressed concern over the reported conditions of some Nigerians, serving various jail terms in Ethiopia, most of whom were drug-related.
She also said the Nigerian Mission in Ethiopia has proposed an MOU from the Nigerian Correctional Service on the transfer of sentenced persons to Nigeria with the Ethiopian authorities to complete their respective jail terms in Nigeria, and are awaiting a response from Ethiopia, adding that though Ethiopia had granted an amnesty to Nigerian Prisoners in 2019, a number of them still found their way back to the country and allegedly still committed the same drug-related crimes and were re-arrested.
The NIDCOM boss sent her deepest condolences to the family of Chizoba, who was said to have died in Kaliti Prison, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday, March 12, following alleged physical aggression.