Reps seek deportation of illegal Chinese immigrants (Read Full Details)

The House of Representatives on Tuesday moved a motion seeking relevant government agencies to check the validity of immigration documents of Chinese nationals in Nigeria, to fish out illegal and undocumented immigrants and repatriate them to China.

The bill, titled Maltreatment and Institutional Acts of Racial Discrimination against Nigerians Living in China by the Government of China, was sponsored by Benjamin Okezie Kalu, Yusuf Buba, John Dyegh, Tunji Olawuyi, Zakari Galadima, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, Nnoli Nnaji, Dennis Idahosa, Tolu Shadipe and Babajimi Benson.

However, the prayers of the motion as unanimously adopted include; one, condemn, in its entirety, the maltreatment, discrimination and xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in the Peoples Republic of China; and two, they urge the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and all relevant agencies to ensure that all Nigerians who wish to return home, including Nigerians that only visited for business or Nigerians with any form of travel document and identification, Nigerians with passports but expired visas, and Nigerians with passports and valid visas who have been ejected by house owners, Nigerians who have tested negative for COVID-19, are evacuated from China and quarantined upon arrival.

They further added that; The bill also urges the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and all relevant agencies to provide all necessary financial and other assistance to affected Nigerian citizens in China who wish to seek redress in any local or international court for breach of fundamental rights, loss of property and any other actionable cause occasioned by their maltreatment or discrimination in China.

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