FG begins prisoners transfer arrangement with China
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama has revealed that Nigeria and China are working on prisoner exchange agreement.
If this agreement scales through, the over 600 Nigerians serving various jail terms in China would be brought back home to continue their jail terms.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama made the disclosure Thursday while briefing the journalists on the activities of the government in the last two years.
Onyeama said “Nigerians in prison in China is what we are dealing with right now. We are working on prisoner exchange system. It is a system we have to plan to have an agreement with China. The prisoners I think who are facing capital punishment on death row. We will reach out to the government commit the death sentences and those that are there we are making an effort to get them back home to serve their sentences.
“Prison exchange is a special agreement with China but we are working to have one in place. We have taken that on board and we are trying to see what we can do to have such a transfer arrangement and to get our prisoners back,” he said.
” There is also a mechanism for prisoner transfer for those that would serve their prison terms in Nigeria because some of them want to serve there prison term in Nigeria but yesterday the minister of interior presented during executive council a memo on reforming the whole prison system in Nigeria and he feel somehow on Nigeria prison.
He also narrated that a Nigerian who have served in Chinese prison wrote a book on his experiences offered to train Nigerians in prison.
“We got a letter of a Nigerian in Chinese prison who admitted that he was carrying drugs and he confessed and said he has served about 10 or 12years in Chinese prison. He has written about 4 or 5 books in prison and he is very much interested in using his experience to train and help others.”
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