3rd October 2013
The Honorable Minister,
Ministry of External Affairs,
RE: REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ON THE SHOCKING AND UNACCEPTABLE INHUMAN TREATMENT ABOARD KLM FLIGHT NUMBER KL 0587 (13.25pm- 19.00pm) BY DUTCH AUTHORITIES ON THE 30TH OF SEPTEMBER 2013
The above subject matter refer
On Monday the 30thof September 2013, aboard a KLM aircraft with flight number KL 0587 going from to Nigeria from Amsterdam, some passengers in the said aircraft, noticed that a man in his middle age was horizontally chained across three seats at the rear cabin of the aircraft by three persons they later understood to be Dutch Security Agents. Consequently, they demanded to know who he was and the reason why he was chained to the seats like a beast prepared for the slaughter. The security agents in reply, lied to the passengers that the man, Phillipe Ella was a Nigerian.
At any rate, the passengers challenged this inhuman treatment and demanded from the Dutch officials reasons why a human being should be chained to his seat for any reason at all.
In response to the demands made by the passengers, the Dutch security agents stated that the said ‘chained man’ was being deported and was only chained because he was unstable. They further stated that because he was a Nigerian, he was being deported to Nigeria, but that however as soon as the plane took off, he would be unchained.
The passengers then wondered if the true reason for the chains on the man was not because he was a blackman, rather than because he was being deported. The passengers also doubted that the man was a Nigerian as his accent was clearly foreign. However this was quickly dispelled by the Dutch officials who stated that the Nigerian Embassy or whoever had the diplomatic responsibility for Netherlands had already confirmed that he was indeed a Nigerian.
Later, the passengers were told by a reliable source that the man was not a Nigerian and this purported deportation was the third time the Dutch authorities would attempt to deport him to Nigeria.
It is inconceivable to say the least, to think that the relevant Nigerian authority with the diplomatic responsibility for issues such as this, would fail to ascertain the correct nationality of a person purportedly being deported back into the country by foreign officials and even if the Nationality was confirmed as claimed in this case, how then can the chaining of a Nigerian in the plane ever be justified?
In the circumstances, and pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, 2011, I hereby demand that you make available answers to the following questions in your capacity as Minister for External Affairs:
a) Did the Nigerian Ambassador to Netherlands or the relevant Nigerian authority that has the diplomatic responsibility for that country confirm the Nationality of the ‘chained man’, known as Phillipe Ella on KLM Flight of 30th September 2013, with Flight Number KL 0587 before the Dutch authorities were allowed to put him aboard a plane heading to Nigeria?
b) How did the Nigerian Ambassador to Netherlands or the relevant Nigerian authority that has the diplomatic responsibility for the country arrive at the conclusion that the ‘chained passenger’ also known as Phillipe Ella is a Nigerian?
c) How many times has the chained man, Phillipe Ella been deported in the past?
d) If it is true that ‘Phillipe Ella’ had been deported thrice in the past, did the Nigerian Ambassador to Netherlands or the relevant Nigerian authority with diplomatic responsibility have this knowledge?
e) Where is the ‘Phillpe Ella’ ( the chained man aboard KLM Flight with number KL 0587) today? Has he been returned to the Netherlands?
TAKE NOTICE that if you fail to provide the above information within the next seven (7) days from the date of receipt of this letter, we shall have no option than to proceed against you in accordance with the provisions of the law.
We however have no doubt that you will accede to this very friendly request.
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