On Friday, the Embassy of Nigeria in Chad revealed that no fewer than 102 Nigerians were in the country’s prisons, serving varying jail terms.
Charge d’Affaires in the embassy, Mr Nasiru Waje, has made this known in N’djamena to some Nigerian journalists on a working visit to Chad.
He said that the Nigerians were held for various offences, including smuggling and attempting to use routes in the country to enter Europe.
The envoy also said that 8, 000 persons who fled communities in the North-East due to persisting Boko Haram crises, were in Chad and had been registered as refugees.
He said that the two countries had five agreements, which are: Security Co-operation Agreement, Bilateral Trade Agreement, Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement, Bilateral Air Service Agreement and Waiver of Residence Permit Payment for their nationals.
“All the agreements have helped in stimulating development in both countries.
“For instance, Chad has granted permit to Nigeria, based on the security agreement, to pursue fleeing criminals from Nigeria into the country, and Nigeria has also granted same permit to the Chadian Government.
“It has helped to reduce or eliminated havens of criminals in both countries.
“The waiver on payment of residence permit has encouraged more Nigerians to come into Chad and it is also encouraging increased marriages between nationals of both countries,” he said.