Nigerian man dies in Ethiopian prison

By Rahila Lassa

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Late Mr Odemu Efe

The Nigerian Government has confirmed the death of its citizen Mr Odemu Efe, in an Ethiopian prison.

While commiserating with the family of the deceased, the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, says Mr Odemu Efe, died of HIV/AIDS, contrary to reports that he died of ill treatment and malnourishment.

NIDCOM said the Ethiopian Health Authorities issued a death certificate in that regard.

“the former inmate had been seriously ill and taken to two different hospitals in Addis Ababa before he passed on.” NIDCOM revealed.

The Diaspora Commission also refuted claims credited to one Miss Chika Nwachukwu in a statement accusing Nigerian officials of showing lack of concern about the welfare of Nigerians in prison in Ethiopia.

It noted with emphasis that the Nigerian High Commissioner to Ethiopia, Ambassador Adeoye Bankole, visits inmates regularly.

“Ambassador Bankole visited the Kality Prison in January 2019 and plans to visit Nigerian inmates again in August/September” they said.

Reacting to the sad event, Chairman/CEO of NIDCOM Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa condoled with the family of the late Mr Efe and prayed God to bless the family.

Late Mr Efe was serving a five-year prison sentence in an Ethiopian Penitentiary having been convicted for drug trafficking by an Ethiopian court.

He had only served a year before his demise due to complications from HIV/AIDS.

The burial of the late Nigerian would be undertaken soon through the assistance of Ethiopian Authorities and witnessed by the consular representative of the Nigerian Embassy.

Emmanuel Ukoh