Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), has distanced itself from reports alleging that the Commission was deporting persecuted Biafrans.
The commission in a statement on Friday by its head of media relations, Abdulrahman Balogun said “the attention of and her Chairman/CEO, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has been drawn to a malicious, mischievous and fabulous story where the leader of the proscribed Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Uchenna Madu, falsely alleged that NIDCOM is the medium being used by the Federal government to forcefully deport persecuted Biafrans”.
NIDCOM said the group alleged that the Commission is being used to crack down its pro-Biafra groups leaders in the diaspora.
“These and other fabricated stories by this discredited group are false, mischievous and at best another tales by moonlight narrative.
” NIDCOM as we know has no such powers nor has such agents of harrasment both in Nigeria and in the foreign lands.
“In international Relations, the process of deportation is a country to country decision which lies with the country foreign policy within the purview of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
” It must be pointed out that most countries are clamping down on irregular immigrants irrespective of their faith, ethnic or nationalities.
The statement further noted that “Abike Dabiri-Erewa has consistently been appealing to Nigerians to obey laws of the countries they reside and be good Ambassadors of Nigeria” stressing that her Commission is for all Nigerians irrespective of their tribes or religious inclinations as enshrined in the Act of the Parliament setting up the Commission.