Egyptian authorities will deport seven Nigerians who participated in the #ENDSARS protests against police brutality in the country over illegal residency.
The Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, confirmed this in a series of tweets on Monday.
The seven Nigerians are part of the eight arrested during the #EndSARS protest in Cairo last month.
In the heat of the protests that rocked Nigeria last month, the arrest of eight Nigerian demonstrators in Egypt was heavily criticised by many who feared the clampdown was orchestrated by the Nigerian government.
“The Egyptian authorities have said that seven out of the eight #ENDSARS Nigerians who protested in Egypt on October 18, will be deported to Nigeria for lack of resident permits/visas,” Dabiri-Erewa tweeted.
She added that the “only Nigerian among them who has residency permit will get final clearance from the Egyptian Interior Minister, Mahmoud Tawfik after signing an undertaking not to be involved in any unauthorised activities while still in the country.”
The NIDCOM boss noted that the Nigerian mission in Egypt is still pleading for leniency on behalf of the seven Nigerians billed for deportation.
She also denied the involvement of the Nigerian government in the arrest.
The agency noted that the Nigerian Mission in Cairo has had extensive deliberations with the Cairo Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Interior and the Diplomatic Police, explaining further that the eight detained Nigerians – four men and four women – were assured of decent treatment while in detention.