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Estonian officials apprehend four Nigerians attempting ‘escape’ from Russia

June 22
15:28 2018
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Four Nigerians have been apprehended by Estonian officials after attempting to “escape” into the eastern European country from Russia using fan IDs meant for World Cup matches.

According to Russian news agency, TASS, all four fans had tried to leave Russia without attending any of the matches since the World Cup started on June 14.

Andreas Kliimant, head of the border and migration supervision office in Estonia said while three Nigerians tried to enter the country by car, the fourth made an escape attempt by train.

One of the four “Nigerian tourists” he said, sought asylum status in Estonia, while the rest were sent back to Russia.

Solomon Dalung, minister of youths and sports had said the federal government had made plans to prevent Nigerians from “escaping” during or after the tournament in Russia.

“There are so many people who are not traveling to support the Super Eagles rather they have intention of embarrassing the country in Russia”, he said.

“What we have done is to ensure that every group traveling, the list must be submitted to NAPTIP (National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons) and you cannot travel without clearance.”

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