A letter released by the National Association of Nigerians in Kenya show that the Wazobia people residing in the country may be living in fear. The letter outlines how the Kenyan police harass and intimidate Nigerians over nothing. The letter also details a few examples of victimization whereby refusing some Nigerian citizens Visa entry into the country. Read the piece below.
The harassment has taken a xenophobic dimension, Just 2 days ago a Nigerian with Valid passport and entry Visa to Kenya was stopped by plain clothes policemen, when they requested for his passport, he promptly presented it to them. The passport was immediately seized and he was asked to to leave Kenya, as Nigerians only come to Kenya to take their woman, he resisted and insisted that he committed no offense, he was immediately attacked and beaten to a pulp and he was bleeding profusely.
The took him to the station and the OCS was so alarmed that he almost got physical with the policemen and insisted the paid for the guys treatment. He has taken pictures and also copies of his statement and dropped at the embassy.
3 days ago, 27 Nigerians were refused entry without Valid reasons yet we have a protocol of giving Visa’s on entry by both countries Embassy officials who visited the Nigerians in jails broke down in
tears when the found out that they were not only innocent but that they were tortured and brutali
This case is only one of the many cases that is going on in Kenya.
We as an organization cannot afford to publish this letter on the pages of the Newspapers in Nigeria, but we are appealing and counting on your good graces to help us make our plight known.
National Association of Nigerians in Kenya