The House of Representatives has called on the federal government to begin the process to secure the release of Nigerians illegally detained abroad.
The resolution followed a motion put forward by Dennis Idahosa (APC, Edo) on Thursday in plenary.
Moving the motion, Idahosa said several Nigerians languished in detention centers around the world without adequate legal advice or intervention.
He advised the federal government to determine the number of Nigerians in foreign prisons, given contributions and remittances to the country by Nigerians in the diaspora.
“Many Nigerians languish in foreign prisons, some of whom are illegally detained, while others are exposed to labor exploitation, poor living conditions, discrimination, sexual exploitation and abuse. ‘other forms of dehumanizing treatment,’ he said.
He added that “around 16,500 Nigerians imprisoned outside the country have been sentenced without legal representation and without knowing why they are in prison”.
The committees responsible for the mandate of foreign affairs, justice and interparliamentary relations have been mandated to ensure compliance.