#Nigeria Protests Assault On Citizens In Togo

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THE Embassy of Nigeria in Lome, Togo, has registered its displeasure with the host country over the maltreatment of some Nigerians in transit from the United States, aboard Ethiopian Airlines through the Togolese capital to Nigeria.

The Nigerians were seen in a video being maltreated at the Gnassingbe Eyadema International Airport, Lome on Saturday.

The headlinenews learnt yesterday that the embassy has made it known to the host authorities that the manhandling of Nigerian travellers was totally unacceptable and not in accordance with international best practices.

However, in a statement yesterday, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Togo Debo Adesina stated that through concerted efforts by the mission in its engagement with relevant Togolese officials, the matter is being addressed.

When the incident occurred, the ambassador and his officials were at the airport on Saturday and took up the matter until it was resolved and all the passengers were successfully evacuated on two flights.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Esther Sunsuwa also confirmed to The Nation that the matter was resolved Saturday night and the passengers were conveyed to Nigeria same night.

Adesina said the embassy would continue to work towards preventing a recurrence of such treatment of Nigerians.

It was learnt that both the Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister, Geofrey Onyeama and Adesina immediately moved in on Saturday after getting wind of the incident where some of the Nigerian passengers were shown being assaulted by airport security operatives.

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