Alleged Arrest in Switzerland: NIDCOM Reveals Details

Following the alleged arrest of Nigerians at the embassy in Switzerland, the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission have released a statement addressing the arrest.

The commission revealed that out of the 64 Nigerians who besieged the embassy, only 10 were scheduled for an appointment and did not make the mandatory online payment.

But as the Nigerian Amb. Baba Madagu was addressing them, they barged into the hall which was supposed to accommodate 10 people which resulted to the embassy calling the Embassy Protection Unit.

Read the full press statement below;


Abuja, Sept. 23, 2020:

In view of the above video it is imperative to state the facts.

In line with Covid-19 protocols, the Embassy in Bern. Switzerland, Is only allowed to attend to 10 applicants, however, the Mission made it possible to attend to a maximum of 20 daily, spacing out the appointments.

But on this day, 64 Nigerians besieged the Nigerian mission in Bern. Only 10 of them were on scheduled appointment.

54 of them had no appointment for that day and had not made the mandatory online payment and majority of the applicants came from Italy and Spain .With no appointment with no online payment. While the Nigerian Amb. Baba Madagu was addressing them, they barged in through the front door and overcrowded a hall that was meant to receive only 10 people at a time.

The mission did not call the Police as erroneously stated in the video,
But invited the Embassy Protection Unit to bring calm and decorum back to the hall.
The men of the Embassy protection unit addressed them, And those on appointment as well as those who had made their online payments were attended to While others were advised to follow the due process, with an assurance that everyone will be attended to as long as the rules were followed.

We appeal to Nigerians abroad to be good ambassadors of Nigeria wherever they are and obey laws put in place.
The Nigerian mission in Bern is still attending to Nigerians who follow the process, pay on line and book their appointments as stipulated.

Abdurrahman Balogun
Head of Media, NiDCOM.

Watch the video here…

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