Egypt denies arresting any Nigerian for organ trafficking
‘Over 1,000 Nigerians languish in Thailand prisons’
The Egyptian Embassy in Abuja has confirmed that no Nigerian is involved in organ trafficking in that country.
It said that the centres allegedly involved in medical malpractices had been closed a long time ago and their personnel prosecuted.
An official of the embassy told The Guardian yesterday that the steps taken so far by authorities of the North African country is evidence of strict medical oversight.
According to the source: “No Nigerian national was ever involved with those centres or filed any complaint against any of them. The Egyptian medical authorities and healthcare adhere to the best international accreditation procedures and practices, a fact well-known by Nigerian health officials and in which thousands of Nigerians and other brotherly people put their trust for many generations.
“In line with transparent, professional and constructive approach, the Egyptian side has maintained a list of certified medical centres and hospitals licensed in Egypt to perform kidney transplant operations submitted to it by relevant Nigerian authorities.”
In another development, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Thailand, Ahmed Nuhu Bamali, has said that over 1,000 Nigerians are serving various jail terms in that country.
Bamali, who stated this yesterday at the African Gemstones and Jewelries exhibition/seminar in Abuja, said their crimes bordered on exporting precious stones through dubious transactions and channels into Thailand.
The ambassador, therefore, asked Nigerians to always follow right procedures.
He, however, commended the organisers of the exhibition for their initiatives and creativity in showcasing African cum Nigerian arts.
According to him, this is key to grassroots development, which would help to diversify economy as well as bring income to Nigerians.
He used the occasion to invite people to come and invest in Thailand, because arts and crafts businesses are booming there.
“This is the beginning of good thing to come and we hope Nigerians would make use of openings to access investors,” he added.
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