US embassy cable - 01ABUJA2187

REPATRIATION OF DETAINED ALIENS TO NIGERIA

Identifier: 01ABUJA2187
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Origin: Embassy Abuja
Created: 2001-09-04 09:55:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Tags: KCRM PREL CVIS CJAN SNAR NI
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UNCLAS ABUJA 002187 
 
SIPDIS 
 
 
SENSITIVE 
 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: KCRM, PREL, CVIS, CJAN, SNAR, NI 
SUBJECT: REPATRIATION OF DETAINED ALIENS TO NIGERIA 
 
REF: STATE 143469 
 
 
 SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED -- PLEASE HANDLE ACCORDINGLY 
 
 
1.  Mission shares the concern of Washington agencies that 
criminal aliens be repatriated without undue delay to their 
country of nationality.  We want to work jointly with all 
concerned agencies to facilitate and speed repatriation of 
Nigerian criminal aliens. 
 
 
2.  We would welcome the opportunity to demarche the GON on 
the issue of delayed repatriation of the 81 criminal aliens 
of immediate concern.  However, the Department needs first to 
obtain for us the case-by-case details that will allow us to 
address this issue effectively.  We need to know in each case 
whether the Department believes that the Nigerian Mission to 
the U.S. is merely dragging its feet or whether proof of 
nationality (i.e., passport) is not available.  At this 
point, we do not know why the Nigerian Mission has not 
documented these 81 persons.  If this information is known to 
Washington agencies, we, too, need to have it. 
 
 
3.  If the USG possesses proof of Nigerian nationality, our 
demarche would logically take a different form than if we 
lack such proof.  In cases where we have such proof, we 
should insist that the GON take responsibility for its 
nationals.  If we lack such proof in some cases, we may need 
to work cooperatively with the GON to locate evidence to 
substantiate Nigerian nationality.  We seriously doubt that 
in past years the GON filed passport applications in such a 
way that systematic retrieval would be possible.  While the 
advent of machine-readable passports several years ago may 
have improved file retrieval, it is likely that few (if any) 
of the 81 came to the U.S. with MRPs. 
 
 
4.  If we make our demarche at sufficiently high levels and 
with the right people, Mission believes that the GON will 
work with us.  However, GON law enforcement agencies are 
critically underfunded.  The USG may need to commit new 
resources to the effort, especially if visits to civil status 
registries in remote locations are required.  Our anti-fraud 
unit is insufficiently staffed to resolve the cases already 
before it and could not be tapped for this purpose. 
 
 
5.  Mission would also like to know what is being sought from 
the GON beyond acceptance of the 81 persons now at issue.  If 
there appear to be systemic problems, such as lack of 
communication between the Nigerian Mission to the U.S. and 
Immigration Headquarters in Abuja, we would be pleased to see 
if we could help facilitate improvement. 
 
 
6.  We believe the GON seeks information on convictions in 
order to avail itself of a Nigerian law that criminalizes 
conduct (such as smuggling drugs) that brings Nigeria into 
disrepute.  Post can provide further detail on this law if 
the Department requires it. 
Jeter 

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