The Senate President, David Mark on Tuesday said Nigeria’s upper legislature will not intervene in cases of Nigerians found guilty of criminal activities in foreign countries. Mr Mark said this while responding to the concern expressed at the plenary session by the chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Mathew Ifeanyi Nwagwu (PDP, Imo) that 16 of the 300 Nigerians reportedly serving jail terms in Indonesia would soon be executed.
The Senate President however, said that the government would not allow any Nigerian to be unfairly treated in foreign nations.
“We will not defend any Nigerian who breaks the laws of foreign countries. If they break the laws there, they should face the consequences. This is a warning to other Nigerians abroad. They cannot continue to tarnish our image”.
The Senate President, however, did not expressly uphold Mr Nwagwu’s suggestion that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Olugbenga Ashiru be summoned over the issue.
“We may invite the minister if you want,” he said.
A Nigerian drug cartel responsible for smuggling of cocaine and other drugs into Spain and other European countries from the Latinos and Africa has reportedly been busted by Spanish police officials with 15 members arrested.
The group, based in the Madrid suburb of Alcala de Henares, use drug mules who injest pellets filled with drugs and avoid detection at airports, the police said in a statement.
Police seized about 18 pounds of cocaine and 17,000 euros in cash as part of their investigation, which began in September 2011.
The majority of those arrested were Nigerian citizens.
Police carried out their first arrest as part of the operation in October 2011 at the airport at Palma de Majorca of a man who had swallowed 77 pellets of cocaine.
Later that month police detained another man at the same airport who had swallowed 68 pellets of cocaine.
“These people had been sent by the organisation to Madrid to collect cocaine from other members of the ring which based in Alcala de Henares. From there they would also send mules to South America and Africa to collect the drug,” a police statement said.
Spain’s proximity to North Africa, a key source of hashish, and its close ties with its former colonies in Latin America, a major cocaine producing region, have made it a major gateway into Europe for drug traffickers.