Seven out of the twelve Nigerian students detained on allegations of cybercrime have been released in Benin Republic.
Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa made this disclosure through a statement mailed to DAILY POST by her Media Aide, Abdur-Rahman Balogun on Sunday.
Dabiri-Erewa explained that the release was contained in a brief sent in by the Nigerian Ambassador in Benin Republic, Ambassador Kayode Oguntuase. She said the Consular Officer in Benin Republic, after series of negotiation and entreaties, was able to secure the release of seven students from Aglaganda Police Station on July 5, 2018 and that efforts were on to secure the release of the remaining five.
She said, “The Ambassador listed the names of the arrested Nigerian students as Mathew Langgapp, Bayo Rilwan Oyenuga, Tari Bori, Samuel Akinwande, Dunchi Daniel Dennis, Steven Porobunu, Chuckwudi Ezeungim Valentine, Peter Ochani, David Nicholas Esu, Emmanuel Chukwuneke, Timi Ogunleye and Jacob Oluwatobi.
“Mr Oguntuase in his brief said the Aglagandan Commissioner of Police, Mr Gaston, alleged that based on intelligence received, the students were placed on surveillance and they were allegedly caught perpetrating cybercrime.
“He added that a meeting had been scheduled with the Porto Novo Tribunal Prosecutor to address the problems of indiscriminate arrest of Nigerians for alleged crimes in the country and a fair trial for those arrested.”
Dabiri-Erewa appealed to Nigerians in the Diaspora to avoid crime and criminality and assured of prompt intervention of administration in matters involving Nigerians anywhere in the world.
She implored all Nigerians to be law abiding in their respective abode and shun any act capable of tarnishing the good image of Nigeria.