A Nigerian citizen from Delta state who was an inmate at the Kaliti Prisons in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia has died after an ailment.
The deceased, identified as Odemu Efe, was reportedly among the about 150 Nigerian inmates at the prison in the country.
The Nigerian inmates are being detained on allegations of possession of hard drugs and money laundering, and many of them have fallen ill due to malnourishment.
There are allegations that the inmates are fed once a day with white rice, without sauce, all year round.
The deceased was said to have lacked proper medical care after he became ill and died on July 13 as a result.
According to a source, efforts to call Nigerian officials to his deteriorating condition failed.
One Miss Chika Nwachukwu also accused Nigerian officials of showing no concern to the welfare of the inmates in foreign lands.
She said, “As we speak, some inmates are very sick and they are not getting good medical attention. Nobody knows whether they will survive since Odemu died in similar condition.
“The Federal Government should please activate the relevant ministries and agencies to bring succour to these citizens languishing in a foreign land by bringing them back home.
“Most of them are willing to be responsible for any cost incurred in the process, and they are also ready to face trial at home for the alleged offences for which they are being detained,” she stated.
Nwachukwu appealed to the chairman of South-East Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi to mobilise stakeholders in the region to free the inmates, claiming that over eighty per cent of them are from the South East.
She revealed also that the governments of other African countries including Kenya, Sudan, Eritrea, whose citizens were in the Kaliti prisons, activated their foreign missions in Ethiopia to set their nationals free.