Nigeria, India to sign prisoners swap pact

Arrangements are on ground for Nigeria and India are to sign Prisoners Transfer Agreement to allow prisoners of the two countries to return to their home countries to serve their jail terms.

The Indian High Commissioner, Amb. Ajjampur Ghanashyam, who said this while featuring on a Forum on Sunday in Abuja, said no fewer than 1,100 Nigerians were serving various prison terms in India.

“When I came to Nigeria, there were about 1,800 Nigerians in our prisons and that was shocking for me and now I am told it is about 1,100.

“We are waiting for an agreement to be signed between India and Nigeria on transfer of sentenced persons.

“They need to be brought back and they can also be taken back to India before commencing their jail terms so that they can serve their sentences here.

“At this is at the moment, pending with the Nigerian government. I hope that we will be able to sign it”, he said.

The Indian envoy also said some Indians had been arrested as pirates, adding that the High Commission was engaging the Nigerian authorities to ensure that the innocent ones among them released.

Ghanashyam said Indians living in Nigeria were quite happy .

Source: NAN