In another dent to Nigeria’s image, a dozen students arrested in the Benin Republic going to be put on trial for alleged cybercrime.
This was disclosed by Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the senior special assistant to the president on foreign affairs and diaspora, after a brief by the Nigerian ambassador to the Benin Republic, Kayode Oguntuase.
The students were arrested by the police without the knowledge of the Nigerian Embassy in the Benin Republic, TheCable writes.
According to Abdur-Rahman Balogun, the media aide of Dabiri-Erewa, Oguntuase claimed the Aglagandan commissioner of police had alleged that the students were placed on surveillance and were caught perpetrating cybercrime after due intelligence.
She however added that seven out of the 12 students detained on allegations of cybercrime had been released on bail.
The names of the suspects were given as Mathew Langgapp, Bayo Oyenuga, Tari Bori, Samuel Akinwande, Dunchi Dennis, Steven Porobunu, Chuckwudi Valentine, Peter Ochani, David Esu, Emmanuel Chukwuneke, Timi Ogunleye and Jacob Oluwatobi.
Oguntuase added that a meeting had been scheduled with the Porto Novo Tribunal Prosecutor to address the problems of indiscriminate arrest of Nigerians for alleged crimes in the country, while a fair trial would be demanded for the arrested party.