Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Nigeria has rebutted allegations that its citizens were maltreated in Angola as a clip turning viral on the social media was giving the impression.
Nigeria’s foreign ministry spokesperson, Mr. George Edokpa in a statement on Friday, urged the public to ignore the clip, arguing that it was “false, baseless and untrue”.
”The Ministry is in contact with the Nigerian Embassy in Luanda, Angola, and wishes to categorically attest that the incidence under reference in the video did not occur in Angola,” Mr. Edokpa said.
He however noted that the Ministry was conducting a comprehensive investigation on the matter, in line with the mandate of the Ministry to protect Nigerians in any part of the world.”
The clip comes barely days after VOA Radio quoted the UN Human Rights chief, Ms Michele Bachelet, as calling on the Angolan government to halt the expulsions, while urging the DRC authorities to protect the returning migrants from exploitation and violence.
There have been reports of violent clashes in some areas of Angola, even as Luanda confirmed that about 380,000 illegal migrants, mostly from DRC, had left the country in less than a month during a massive operation targeting diamond smuggling.
© Bur-csa – N.A – A.H / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV)