Wednesday, March 20, 2013

24 Nigerians in Vietnam prisons

The Nigerian ambassador to Vietnam, Mazi Mathias Orji Okafor, disclosed yesterday that no fewer than 24 Nigerians were currently languishing in different prisons in Vietnam.

Okafor, who disclosed this during a Special Business Forum/Interactive Session between the Vietnamese business delegation and members of Enugu Business Community at the ongoing 24 Enugu International Trade Fair, said one of the Nigerian prisoners in Vietnam who was earlier sentenced to 25 years imprisonment, was later handed a life jail when the Nigerian Embassy in the country appealed the judgment.

He warned Nigerians who intended to do business with Vietnam to stay away from drugs.

He warned Nigerians who intended to do business with Vietnam that there was no room for drug peddling in the country and also advised Nigerians residing in the country to stay away from drugs.

The ambassador disclosed that anybody caught with drugs would either receive a death sentence or be given a long term imprisonment.

Vietnam, he further warned, had no mercy for drug peddlers, stressing that anyone indulging in such an illicit trade was doing so at the risk of his life.

Okafor recalled that when he assumed office in Vietnam, he visited all the prisons where Nigerians were incarcerated and gave them his moral support.

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