A UK-based humanitarian researcher Nigel Dodds, has raised concern on the illegal detention of 27 Nigerians in Tanzania prisons since 2011 without trial. Dodds, who told the Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Hon. AbikeDabiri-Erewa in Abuja said there was the urgent need to mount pressure on the Tanzanian government to put them on trial or release them.He said his research work took him to Tanzania where he discovered that Nigerians allegedly held for drugs related matters had been languishing in jail without trial since 2011
Dodds, a retired lawyer and former chairman of Law Society Charity group in UK and Wales from 2000 to 2014, said the Nigerian prisoners include 3 females and 24 males.“On humanitarian ground, my concern is about non-trial of those arrested. My principle is to get them on trial as soon as possible’’, he said.He equally mentioned immigration and deportation issue saying the Nigeria High Commission will not want to interfere in the judicial process. Dodds also called on Nigerian government to work on correcting the negative stereotype against Nigerians abroad, adding that such tags were not helpful as all Nigerians are branded as bad people.
Upate: The New Nigerian Ambassador to Tanzania is very much aware of this situation and has been meeting with relevant Tanzanian authorities on the matter.