NIDCOM (Nigerians in Diaspora Commission) has confirmed that eight Nigerians are still detained in Egypt for participating in the national ongoing #EndSARS protest.
The PUNCH had reported that some Nigerians protesting against police brutality in their home country were arrested in Cairo, Egypt on Sunday.
Nigerians in Diaspora Commission Chairman, Abike Dabiri, explained that they were arrested for breaching laws on public gathering in the country.
NIDCOM, giving an update on the arrest of the Nigerians on Monday, in a press statement, said they will be released after thorough investigation. The statement shared on Twitter, was titled, ‘Update on Nigerian protesters arrested in Cairo, Egypt’. The statement read in part,
“The Nigerian mission in Cairo has had extensive deliberations with the Cairo ministry of Foreign Affairs, Interior as well as the Diplomatic Police.
“The eight detained Nigerians – four men and four women – were assured Of decent treatment while in detention, they will be released after thorough investigations on why they flouted the laws of the land, check the status of their residence permits, and they will write an undertaking not to embark on any acts inimical to the Egyptian laws.
“The Nigerian mission will continue to engage with the Egyptian authorities to see to the release of the Nigerian protesters, while NiDCOM will monitor the situation and give an update.
“However, to the best of our knowledge, there is no record of any release yet as speculated on some social media handles.”