Over 1000 Nigerians in Chinese prisons over drug-related crimes, mostly Igbos

Over 1000 Nigerians in Chinese prisons over drug-related crimes, mostly Igbos

Over 1000 Nigerians in Chinese prisons over drug-related crimes, mostly Igbos

CHAIRMAN of Blue Diamond Logistics, China, Mr. Festus
Mbisiogu, has called on the Federal Government to urgently
look into the growing number of Nigerians detained in
Chinese prisons over allegations of drug trafficking, saying
that more than 1000 Nigerians are in Chinese prisons.

Speaking on the backdrop of a protest in Abuja, yesterday,
over the increasing number of Nigerian citizens in Chinese
jails, he urged state governors to embark on enlightenment
campaigns to discourage indigenes of their states against
drug trafficking. The Blue Diamond boss, who had been in
the forefront of the campaign against drug trafficking in
China, called on security agencies at international airports
in Nigeria to be very vigilant and thoroughly screen
intending Nigerian passengers to China.

Also, he cautioned Nigerians coming to China to be wary of
the parcels they collect to deliver in China, noting that
some detained Nigerians may not be guilty of the crimes
they were alleged to have committed.

His words: ‘’ There is no doubt that illicit drugs and
trafficking undermine state authority and the rule of law by
fuelling corruption, compromising elections, and hurting the
legitimate economy and significant impact on the
livelihoods and quality of life of citizens, most particularly
the poor, our women and children including all of us,
because one way or the other, we are involved. If Nigerians
are being deceived that there are jobs in China, they should
have a rethink. There are no jobs here except the person
wants to establish a business.

‘’This is the time for Nigerians to rise and say no to drugs
because drugs and crime undermine development by
eroding social and human capital. The direct impacts of
victimization, discrimination, image problem, as well as fear
of crime, impede the socio-economic development of all,
including genuine businessmen and women and others
sitting in this hall. It also leads to restriction of movements
as already highlighted by the position of Chinese
authorities on some of us.

It also impedes access to possible employment and
educational opportunities, and it discourages the
accumulation of assets. ‘’Nigerian citizens used to be
China’s favourite but these unlawful behaviors robbed the
average Nigerian immigrant and businessman in China that
privilege. The negative effects of drug trafficking and
unlawful behaviours go beyond the shores of China. I can’t
remember any former drug dealer who is at peace with the
proceeds made from drug trafficking whether for himself or
for his children. Therefore, why should you continue to plot
your own ruin in life?”

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