Nigerian national Nweze Raymond Chinenyeuba outside the Dimapur sub-jail in Nagaland on Saturday Credit: EastMojo image

Dimapur: Nweze Raymond Chinenyeuba, the Nigerian national who has been languishing in a sub-jail in Dimapur in Nagaland, finally walked out of confinement on Saturday. The move came after the Nagaland home department on November 16 received the Centre’s clearance to deport the Nigerian national who has already served a jail term of over two years.

Nweze is reportedly boarding a flight on his way to Lagos in Nigeria from the Dimapur airport on Tuesday . After the Centre’s clearance on his deportation on November 12, Nagaland home commissioner Ramaiah Ramakrishnan visited the Nigerian embassy on November 15 where Chris Eze, the Nigerian high commissioner, signed an emergency travelling certificate (ETC) for Nweze with a validity of 30 days.

The respite for the Nigerian national came following the Supreme Court’s direction on September 20 to the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) and the ministry of external affairs (MEA) to secure his release.

Earlier, EastMojo reported how Nweze and his friend were detained at the New Field Check Post in Dimapur on September 7, 2016 while travelling to Imphal from Guwahati. Nzewe’s friend was reportedly relieved of all charges after he produced his passport and visa.

However, Nweze could not produce his original passport as he was carrying a photocopy of the document. He was then prosecuted by the chief judicial magistrate of Dimapur and was sentenced to eight months and 17 days in jail under Section 14 of the Foreigners Act, 1946. His passport was reportedly stolen.

His term at the jail was over on March 25 last year. The local court then ordered his release from jail. However, Nweze did not get any respite.

Dimapur-based human rights activist S Solomon Shaikh first approached the MHA and MEA seeking Nweze’s release. He then approached the SC on September 6 this year.

The apex court directed Shaikh to move his petition to Gauhati High Court. On September 20, the bench headed by then Chief Justice Dipak Mishra ordered the ministry of home affairs (MHA) and the ministry of external affairs (MEA) to act within four weeks.

As per reports, Nzewe has sent a petition to the MEA seeking his deportation to his native country. In his petition, Nweze said, “On completion of my term, the CJM informed that my sentence term is over and said my case had been dismissed and I shall be deported to my native land, Nigeria. I was awaiting the news of my deportation but nothing has happened. Since May 25, 2017, I have been illegally detained in jail and it is almost 16 months now.”

Following the SC order, the central government reportedly dispatched the order on September 20.

Meanwhile, Nagaland home commissioner Ramakrishnan “contributed an amount of Rs 10,000 to purchase clothes for Raymond”. Tovihoto Ayemi, advisor power department, bore Nweze’s airfare from Dimapur to Lagos in Nigeria.

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