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Reps condemn death of another Nigerian in Switzerland

By  Tordue  SALEM
The House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs has expressed shock over another dead Nigerian in Zurich, Switzerland.

The Committee through is Chairman, Rep. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said though the Ambassador of the country where the Nigerian died has apologised, there must be a thorough investigation of the death by the Committee.

“Reports reaching the committee say the 29 year- old Nigerian about to be deported to Nigeria for alleged drug related offences, died at Zurich airport on Wednesday March 17, after collapsing in handcuffs as he was being placed on a special flight for deported drug suspects or unsuccessful asylum seekers.

“The Committee again condemn this inhuman treatment of Nigerian citizens and call for full scale investigation into the remote and immediate cause of the death of the unnamed Nigeria.

“While the Committee accept the apologies of Swiss Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Andreas Baurn on the incident, and his promised full, open and comprehensive investigation into the matter, the outcome of such findings will determine the committee’s next line of action”, she said.

The committee also said the Swiss government has decided to put on hold all deportation flights, until the death is fully investigated.

The committee “reiterate 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”.

The Police in Zurich alleged through a statement that the unnamed Nigerian caught dealing in drugs and would have been sent back to Nigeria with 15 others when he slumped to his death.

According to the report from the Swiss authorities, “the 29-year-old man, whose asylum application was not accepted by the Federal Migration Office, had refused food for several days, and was trying to resist arrest. He could only be handcuffed with use of force and suddenly developed health problems and died thereafter before he could be deported”.


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