Metro Thailand to Deport 70 Nigerian Prisoners

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No fewer than 70 Nigerians currently serving in various prisons across #Thailand, will soon be repatriated to the country to complete their prison terms, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Thailand, Mr Chudi Okafor, has said.

Okafor said talks on prisoners transfer between both countries were still ongoing in spite of military take over in Thailand in May.

Nigeria and Thailand were currently implementing a Prisoner Transfer Agreement (PTA) which has seen the repatriation of about 400 Nigerian prisoners since 2008.

"The last repatriation of convicted Nigeria prisoners was in October 1 and October 2, 2012 and now the process is still on and we are compiling the list with the state authorities here.

"We envisage that sooner than later the next batch of Nigerian prisoners would be sent home.’’

The envoy said there were still over 500 Nigerians in Thai prisons, many of them imprisoned on drug-related offences.

He advised intending Nigerian visitors to Thailand to ensure that they had genuine business to do in the East Asian country.

"Don’t jump into a plane because you have a ticket to come to Thailand and also our parents should ensure that their children don’t travel needlessly, particularly to countries in Asia,’’ he said.
 

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