Two FUTO students who traveled to represent Nigeria, land in refugee camp (Read More Details)


Two Nigerian students of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), who were allegedly at the 5th World Inter-universities Championships, have been wrongly deported to Bosnia by the Croatian police.

The intervarsity event took place between November 13 -17, 2019 in Croatia. According to Total Croatia News, the deportees are 18-year-old Abia Uchenna Alexandro and Eboh Kenneth Chinedu.

It was later said he after the competition, the group returned to Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, where they waited for their flight back to Lagos through Istanbul, Turkey.

However, at Zagreb, the young men decides to stroll around the city where they were arrested and wrongly profiled.

While narrating their story in a video that accompanied report made by Total Croatia News, Eboh revealed that l they explained to the policemen that they had never been to Bosnia but they were ignored.

We lost our direction while strolling around the town and a policeman came across us. He was asking us some questions but he does not understand English. We tried to introduce ourselves to them but they don’t gives us audience norther listening to us.

The policemen said they are taking us to their station and drag us into a vain, when we get there the vain stop and they pushed us out into the bushes. He said.

It was said that while getting to the police custody ‘Eboh’ refused to walk through the direction where police were directing them to, and one of the police officers told him that he will shoot him if he didn't start walking.

Some other migrants were being pushed back to Bosnia at the same spot by the Croatian police, and they helped the two Nigerians get to the camp in Velika Kladuša.

It was later reported that the organizers of the competition, the InterUniversities Sport Committee confirmed that they are aware of this case.

One of the competitions committee, named Alberto Tanghetti, confirmed that all five participants from Nigeria had valid visas and they also have return plane tickets to Istanbul and then Lagos in Nigerian.

He also disclosed that the organization will contact Croatian police and see if there's anything they can do to help the students. 📷: Anadolu Agency/GettyImages/Žurnal

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