The Senate has called on the Federal Government to seek redress on behalf of 14 Nigerians deported from Spain recently.
It also urged the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Nigerian Embassies across the world to be more proactive on matters affecting Nigerians in such countries whenever they are in distress.
The Upper House however advised the relevant government agencies to step up enlightenment to educate Nigerians who must travel to do so properly and to conduct themselves orderly in such countries.
Senate’s resolution followed a motion brought by Senator Matthew Nwagwu, on Tuesday, detailing the unfair treatment and harassment of Nigerians in foreign countries.
Nwagwu, who in his motion, said many Nigerians were currently serving jail terms across the world, put the number of those in detention in Spain as at December 2012 at 395; Gabon 126; Cameroon 29; Thailand 91; Niger 30; Malaysia 43, and the United States at 62.
He expressed concerns over the continued harassment of Nigerians in foreign countries leading to intimidation, arrest, detention, torture, deportation and occasional deaths.
According to him, the harsh treatment meted out to Nigerians has gone on for too long and should no longer be tolerated.
He lamented that the neglect of the citizens whenever they got into trouble outside the shores of Nigeria, adding that it was not in all cases that they were guilty of offences leveled against them.
The Senate President, David Mark, warned that the cases be treated on their merit instead of branding every Nigerian as a criminal.
He said, “We are all on the same wavelength as far as this motion is concerned but I think our general point is let every case be treated on its own merit. We should not lump all Nigerians together as being criminals.
“Every case should be treated on its own merit. Where a Nigerian is wrong we should let the law of the land take its course.
“I remember the case of Indonesia where some people were tried and they were condemned to death and when we tried to intervene, the Embassy here told us that the visa given to them had clearly stated that drug trafficking was punishable by death and they still indulged in it.”