The Nigerian government says it has secured the release of 13 out of 19 Nigerians detained in various camps in Poland following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
Many Nigerians, mostly students, ended up being incarcerated in Poland while fleeing the war in Ukraine. Authorities in Poland had denied them shelter in the country despite complete documentation, saying only Ukrainians and other nationals of European countries will be granted refuge.
However, the detained persons have been released followed the intervention of the Nigeria Ambassador to Poland, Major General Christian Ugwu (rtd).
Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Head of Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, announced their release in a statement.
The statement said that among the remaining six persons in detention camps, one claimed to be a Cameroonian.
“Unfortunately, the remaining five, all applied for international protection (asylum) in Poland including Igwe Ikechukwu Christian, who had been interviewed by some foreign media.
“They can not be released until the Government of Poland takes a decision on their application or they decide to withdraw the application.”