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Reps lament killing of Nigerian in Poland

By Innocent Anaba & Tordue Salem
The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has lamented the killing of another Nigerian in Poland

Dabiri-Erewa, in a statement she signed on behalf of the committee on Tuesday, expressed deep regrets over the death of the unnamed Nigerian, who was shot dead by the Polish police in a market stampede on Sunday, 23 March  2010.

The Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs has since summoned Mr. Przemyslaw Niesiolowski, the Polish Ambassador to  Nigeria over the killing.

“This is another pathetic treatment. We need a wholistic look at these incessant cases. The last time it was in Switzerland. The ambassador apologised, and that was the end of it,” she said.

The Diaspora Committee Chairman maintained that though the ministry has summoned the Polish Ambassador, “we will see what next. We must, as a nation, demand better treatment. We demand full justice in this matter.”

According to her, “The committee reiterates its appeals to Nigerians living abroad to continue to be good ambassadors of the country and not indulge in any criminal activities capable of tarnishing the good image of the country and their family in other lands,’’ she said.

Relatedly, the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC,  has condemned the crackdown on Nigerians living in Poland, leading to the death of one and arrest of 32 others.

NHRC, in a statement by its Director, Public Affairs and  Communications Department, Mr. Nasir  Ladan, said: “we condemn in strong terms the brutal murder of the Nigerian and the continued harassment of other Nigerians in Poland.

“The action of the Polish security operatives suggests excessive use of force against defenceless foreign nationals. We consider such actions to be inhuman, degrading and contrary to the norms of international law.

Acording to the statement, “the commission’s Executive Secretary, Roland Ewubare, commends and applauds the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Odein Ajumogobia, SAN, and the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Martin Uhuomoibhi, for their quick and robust intervention and we are elated by the renewed vibrancy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the present leadership.”

The Commission called on the Ministry to urgently extract a commitment on the part of the Polish Government to guarantee the safety and fundamental human rights of Nigerians domiciled in Poland under the principle of reciprocity.

“We fully identify and support the request by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for an urgent and full inquiry into the brutal murder and harassment of Nigerians in Poland.  We also call for adequate compensation to the victims of the police brutality,” the statement added.


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