- The federal government said it is looking into the arrest of Nigerian students in Benin Republic
- Over fifty Nigerian students studying in Benin have been reportedly locked up without legal representation
The federal government, on Tuesday, July 10, said it is investigating the arrest and imprisonment of about fifty Nigerian students in Cotonou, Benin Republic.
The students, according to their parents, were unlawfully arrested by Béninoise police and kept in inhuman conditions – some since seven days ago – without being told their offences or charged to court.
President Muhammadu Buhari's senior special assistant on foreign affairs and the diaspora, Abike Dabiri, said the Nigerian Embassy in Benin Republic is already looking into the issue.
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that the parents of the arrested students claimed that their children were unlawfully arrested by Béninoise police and kept in inhuman conditions – some since seven days ago – without being told their offences or charged to court.
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The parents' representative, Femi Akinwande, said the Béninoise police had been picking up any Nigerian student with a white person’s picture, a Google code, or any internet-related item on his phone.
Many of the students, he claimed, were being held at a police station in Gendarmerie Ablangadan, Cotonou.
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