In Summary

  • Interior and Foreign Affairs ministries high level committee on xenophobic attacks in South Africa confirmed the find, describing it as worrisome.
  • They will complete their jail terms in South Africa because there was no prisoner exchange arrangement between Nigeria and South Africa.

Nigeria’s bid to protect its nationals against xenophobic attacks, has led to the discovery of 400 of its citizens in South African prisons.

Interior and Foreign Affairs ministries high level committee on xenophobic attacks in South Africa confirmed the find, describing it as worrisome.

Interior minister Abdulrahman Dambazau and his Foreign Affairs counterpart Geoffrey Onyeama said at a meeting in Abuja on Friday night that they had visited South Africa in the wake of the recent attacks on foreigners.

The Nigerians in the south African jails were convicted for various offences, including prostitution and drug and human trafficking.

They will complete their jail terms in South Africa because there was no prisoner exchange arrangement between Nigeria and South Africa.

The two minister said they also discussed Nigerians' involvement in some criminal activities abroad.

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