Why Reps want FG to repatriate illegal Chinese immigrants

The House of Representatives has mandated its Committees on Interior, Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring, and Commerce to investigate the Nigerian Immigration, Corporate Affairs Commission, Nigerian Content and Development Monitoring Board, and any other relevant Ministry, Department or Agency to commence processes that will lead to the repatriation of illegal Chinese immigrants in the country.

The directive is in light of viral reports of continuous maltreatment and racial abuse against Nigerians in China in the past two weeks.

Several videos showing Nigerians being sent out of restaurants and hotels have been circulating on social media in the last two weeks since China, the epicentre of COVID-19, relaxed its lockdown.

At its resumed plenary on Tuesday, Benjamin Okezie Kalu from Abia state and nine others sponsored a motion titled: "Maltreatment and Institutional Acts of Racial Discrimination against Nigerians Living in China by the Government of China".

The motion mandates the committees to check the validity of all immigration documents of every Chinese person in Nigeria and the expatriate quota of all the Chinese businesses in Nigeria to ascertain the number of illegal and undocumented Chinese immigrants in Nigeria and to repatriate them to China to regularise.





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