The House of Representatives Committee on Foreign
Affairs has summoned Nigerian Foreign Affairs
Minister, Gbenga Ashiru over poor services of
Nigerian embassies abroad.
Chairperson of the House Committee on Foreign
Affairs, Nnenna Ukeje, disclosed that the Minister is to
appear before the committee on Tuesday to clarify
some issues affecting Nigerians and its embassies
Elendu-Ukeje explained that the Committee will also
engage the Minister on other issues relating to the
circumstances surrounding the death of a
28-year-old Nigerian businessman, Elebechi
Celestine, who died in Police custody in the Southern
city of Guangzhou, China after fighting on Monday
with the driver of an electric bicycle over a disputed
Celestine died after being taken to the police station,
sparking a protest by over 100 foreign nationals,
identified as Africans, a day after the incident.
It was learnt that Celestine had been beaten by a
crowd of Chinese.
Despite Chinese authorities promised to investigate
the death, Elendu-Ukeje said the Committee still
wants to hear from the Minister, steps being taken on
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Monday, June 25, 2012
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The lawmaker said the committee would also want to know how far the ministry had gone on the
Bi-National Commission (BNC) agreement with the South Africa especially as it relates to the
illegal deportation of Nigerians by South Africa.
Ukeje said the outcome of the meeting would assist the Committee in knowing their next line of
action as a parliament in their foreign policy direction.