400 Nigerians serving jail terms in South Africa — Minister

A prison cell used to illustrate the story
FILE PHOTO: A police cell used to illustrate the story

Nigeria’s Interior Minister, Abdulrahman Dambazau, on Friday said 400 Nigerians were saving jail terms for various offences in South Africa.

Mr. Dambazau made the disclosure at joint news conference in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the visit of Nigerian delegation to South Africa.

Mr. Dambazau and his Foreign Affairs counterpart, Geoffrey Onyeama, had on Monday led a delegation to South Africa over the incessant xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in that country.

He said he had a meeting with his counterpart, the Home Affairs Minister in South Africa and discussed general issues particularly on migration.

The minister said they also discussed Nigerians involved in some criminal activities.

“These are in the minority because equally we have Nigerian professionals who are contributing positively to development of the economy of South Africa.

“However, that is not to say that they should fold their arms and not to do something about somebody involved in criminality.

“But in doing that, we emphasised that due processes of the law should be taken in terms of the assumption of innocence, being proven guilty and in terms of fair hearing.

“I understand that there are about 400 Nigerians who are in their prison for various offences”, he said.

The minister said their offences included prostitution and drug, among others.

He said the offenders would finish their jail terms in South Africa because there was no prisoner exchange arrangement between Nigeria and South Africa as it were with some other countries.

He, however, said that efforts would be made to ensure that such arrangement was put in place in due course.

Dambazau said he also emphasised that due process of the law should be taken in dealing with suspected criminals.

“When we met with the Nigerian community, we also emphasised that those who are involved in criminal behaviour should not be allowed to spoil the good names of themselves and Nigeria.

“So they have that moral responsibility to report where necessary,” he said.

The minister said that the issue of passport challenge was also tabled at the meeting with the Nigerian community with a promise that it would be resolved.

“There were complaints that the passport machines were old and from our record we understand that they were supplied in 2007.

“I then promised them that arrangement must be made to ensure that all passport machines are changed to modern ones.

“We are going to streamline the issuance of passport,” he said.



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  • amazing2012

    400 Nigerians igbos prostitutes and drugs muguls in prison ?

    • Julius

      lolz, I’ll like to know the state by state of the prisoners…where they came from in Nigeria.

      • Izedomi Ohirein

        Where else, they alway come from that part of Nigeria who call it zoo

        • amazing2012

          Liar ! What could a Hausafulani man do in South Africa, selling drugs and prostitution ? They are all 100% Igbos !!

          • Izedomi Ohirein

            Please read again.

        • Julius

          You mean they are marginalized and hated because of their “hard work “in South Africa too ? Damn, na the Hausa and the Yoruba’s fault ,specifically Tinubu, Obj and Buhari. Separation is the answer ! Kanu should be sent to South Africa to demand their own country there as well.The republic of South biafraud !

          • Izedomi Ohirein

            God help them.

          • Julius

            Indeed !

      • amazing2012

        Igbo states

        • Julius

          lolz, I kinda tot so !

    • Höly Wähala

      Dirty Yoruba man, go and take a shower… it is better than trying to be funny. PIG!

      • amazing2012

        …at least in Nigeria and in my house not foreign prison !

        • Izedomi Ohirein

          You will not go to Prison even in South Africa, if you do not behave like those greedy animals, who sell their children to ritualist & grand parents to kidnappers.

          • amazing2012

            ..like igbos ?

        • Höly Wähala

          Who is sure… is that not what your mouth says? You could in jail somewhere for all I know, prove me wrong! ODE.

          • amazing2012

            Jail ! with internet and 24 hours light ? it is a good jail!!

          • Höly Wähala

            In Germany and Switzerland prison inmates wear wrist GPS trackers, go to normal work during the day and return to their cells in the evenings… He could be one of such prisoners, either way… He is a prisoner of conscience!

          • amazing2012

            Hahahahahah loser, you will only think of that if i am an igbo. My tribe and religion believed in where we will be treated good and believed in our homes.

          • Höly Wähala

            IGNOOORED… for attention-seeking! GET LOST!!

      • Julius

        Sharrrrrrrap dia ! Eating human meat or not taking shower…which one dey better ?

  • Alpha Dinni Thanni

    ,,,,,,,,, May we know how many SOUTH AFRICANS are in our prisons .

    • amazing2012


      • Otile

        God forbid evil. All along I have been thinking you are a Fulani not knowing that you are Yoruba Moslem man. No wonder you get your up-vote from Yoruba touts. Ole bururku.

      • Alpha Dinni Thanni

        ,, STRANGE ,,,,,,,,, and we ( Nigerians ) are NEGATIVELY decorating other countries prisons with our crimes ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, TOO PAINFUL.

  • Shahokaya

    Name them and their crimes.


    Rubbish tell us more about the killings of Nigerians in South Africa—Wwe want to know if they lynched because of of the countries that they hail from-?-How many Nigerians businesses were touched by the south Africans——————————————-Nigeria did not look into the History of blacks in White South African jails when we extended our hand of fellowship——to them——————–The entire story does not make sense one little bit——Rather it is an insult to Nigerians—-The government officials were sent to investigate why Nigeria are being killed in South African and their businesses seized–or destroyed———————Not to count the number of prostitutes and drug addicts——or barons—-in the south african jails—————————————

  • Tommy Soto

    How time flies!

    Remember the fictitious 9ja hooligans in the film District 9 (2009)?