Abuja - A Local organisation has appealed to the Federal
Government to intervene amid reports the Embassy in Iran was not to renewing
In a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ambassador
Aminu Wali, and the Chairperson, Diaspora Committee, Nigeria House of
Representatives Abike Dabiri, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability
Project (SERAP) expressed concern the development was having on the situation
of Nigerians living in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, signed the open
Several Nigerians living in Baku Azerbaijan have told SERAP
that they participated in an e-passport exercise conducted by two Nigerian
Immigration officers. This exercise took place between 31st August 2014 and 1st
September 2014 and was witnessed by the Ambassador of Nigeria to Iran, Alhaji
Tukur Mani, and an Embassy officer. Every adult participant paid $150 while
every child paid $120 but the Embassy has so far failed and/or refused to issue
the participants any passport, the organisation said.
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The group said president of Nigerians in Diaspora Azerbaijan
Chapter, Nick Nwolisa, was quoted as saying Nigerians residing in Azerbaijan
were left to their own fate and as such some of them are on the verge of losing
their jobs because without a valid passport, they could not acquire a residence
or working permit.
Most would be wandering the streets of Baku looking over
their back, because with an expired legal permit, you are a target of the
immigration officers who are so bent on deporting Nigerians. Some would be
expelled from school and can¹t continue with their studies. We have been
basically on our own here, and the situation we are in now is actually a matter
of urgency and desperation, he was quoted.
The organization added that refusal to speedily process the
renewal of passports for the Nigerians may put them in breach of immigration
laws in Azerbaijan and constitute arbitrary deprivation of nationality,
contrary to international standards, including the African Charter on Human and
Peoples¹ Rights, to which Nigeria is a state party.
It is absolutely important for the government of Nigeria to
recognise, guarantee and facilitate the effective enjoyment of the right to
nationality of every Nigerian wherever they may be, and to ensure that no
citizen is exposed to statelessness and other violations of human rights.
The Embassy or government officials could not be reached for
- CAJ News