By Shola Akingboye – December 22, 2019
The two Nigerian students of the Federal University of Technology Owerri, Abia Uchenna and Eboh Chinedu, who were held hostage in Bosnia-Herzegovina Border Camp arrived Abuja, Nigeria on Saturday night.
Recalls that RegentAfrica Times had earlier report the arrest of the two students, couple with the relentless efforts of the Chairman/CEO of the Nigerian in Diaspora Commission, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa to secure their immediate release among other efforts.
Consequently, the Students were officially received by the Secretary, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission Engr. Dr. Sule Yakubu Bassi on behalf of the Chairman/CEO NIDCOM, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
While commends the Federal Government through the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Geofrey Onyeama, the Nigerian Ambassador to Hungary and all Mission Staff for the humane
and prompt response to the plight of the two Nigerians, Dr Bassi urged the students to always be of good behaviour wherever and whenever they find themselves by obeying the laws of their country of stay.
The NIDCOM Secretary furthermore hails the timely and untiring efforts and energy by the Chairman/CEO of NIDCOM, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa for ensuring their release and return home to Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Uchenna and Chinedu after narrating their ordeals which include: language barrier, harsh and hostile treatment and camp conditions as well as feeding. They said they are however overwhelmed with joy to be back home. Hear them:
“We are very very very happy to be back home to Nigeria. There is no country better than Nigeria especially the freedom we enjoy here.” We want to thank especially Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa. She is indeed a mother.
That woman is so so kind.” They contnued: “the way she spoke to us on telephone from Nigeria when were in camp in Bosnia was very encouraging, we can’t thank her enough, She put us in hotel and fed us very well here in Abuja.”
The two Nigerians were also appreciative of the quick intervention of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nigerian Ambassador to Hungary and all Embassy Staff in Budapest.
It would be recalled that the duo of Uchenna and Chinedu were in Croatia for the International University Table Tennis Tournament but arrested while on a walk out in the capital for their inability to present supporting documents (which they claimed were in their hotel rooms) and
were transferred to Bosnia-Herzegovina Border Camp where migrants are processed.
They were arrested on November 16, 2019, but released and back home December 21st, 2019.