Citizens of Niger Republic have postponed a planned protest and press conference in Lagos, southwest Nigeria, a spokesperson said on Monday.
The citizens had planned to protest illegal arrests, harassments and deportation by the Nigerian authorities following accusations that some of them were Boko Haram bombers.
“After a wide consultation by the Niger Republic Embassy and the aggrieved citizens, it was resolved that the protest has been postponed as the Embassy has promised to wade into the matter,” said Comrade Declan Ihekaire, the National Coordinator Concerned Human Rights Nigeria.
Although the protest has been postponed, he said, his organisation will continue to highlight human rights abuses perpetrated by the Nigerian authorities.
“As much as we condemn terrorism and any form of criminality, we shall act to defend the rights of citizens of any nation that resident in Nigeria, bearing in mind that there are many Nigerians illegally outside the shores of our country.
“He who wants to come to equity must come with clean hands. Our hands are stained when it comes to the issue of illegal immigration,” he said.