Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd) has revealed that about 400 Nigerians are serving prison terms in South Africa for various offences.
Dambazau made this in known in Abuja at the weekend during a joint press conference held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the visit of the Nigerian delegation to South Africa.
Dambazau and his Foreign Affairs counterpart, Geoffrey Onyeama, had last week led a delegation to South Africa over the incessant xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in the country.
He said he had a meeting with his counterpart, the Home Affairs Minister in South Africa and they discussed general issues, particularly on migration.
The minister said that they also discussed how some Nigerians get involved in criminal activities.
“I said that is possible, but I quickly pointed out that those are in the minority, because equally we have Nigerian professionals who are contributing positively to the development of the economy of South Africa. However, that is not to say that they should fold their arms and not to do something about somebody who is involved in criminality.”
“But in doing that, we emphasised that due process of the law should be taken in terms of the assumption of innocence before being proven guilty and in terms of fair hearing. I understand that there are about 400 Nigerians in prison for various offences right now,” he said.