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25 Suspected Chinese Illegal Immigrants in Lagos Arrested by the Nigerian Immigration Service



The Nigerian Immigration Service is making good its resolve to clamp down on illegal Chinese immigrants living in Nigeria.

Yesterday in Lagos, 25 suspected illegal Chinese immigrants were arrested during a routine raid by the Lagos State command of the Nigerian Immigration Service. This is following the arrest of 45 Chinese nationals comprising 34 male and 11 female by the Kano state command on Tuesday. They were arrested and detained for what it described as “economic scavenging” in the popular Kantin Kwari textile market in Kano.

The Chinese Nationals were arrested during routine raids around different parts of Lagos including China Town, Trade Fair Complex, Alaba International Market and some parts of Alausa.

According to the Zonal Controller of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Mr. Anthony Oklobia, those with genuine documents would be released after screening while others would be repatriated to China. “If we are able to remove as many as possible of those who have no business staying in this country, of course we are enhancing national security.”

He added that the raid was not only targeted at Chinese nationals. “The raid is not just targeted at Chinese. Surveillance reports tend to indicate that they are in the preponderance of non-Nigerians who come in with one kind of visa only to start doing another thing. Some of them even hawk on the streets in the market.”

What do you think about the arrests? Is it a step in the right direction?

Please share your thougths.

News Source: Channels TV

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Beebee

    May 25, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Good for you..good for us..

  2. XXX

    May 25, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    I have been laughing since I saw this article.

  3. chigal

    May 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    lets be truthful, as far as they are not causing trouble, they should be allowed to! LMAO!!

  4. yeahisaidit!

    May 25, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    “If we are able to remove as many as possible of those who have no business staying in this country, of course we are enhancing national security.” meanwhile boko haram is roaming freely! I wonder what threat to national security these Chinese migrant workers have posed.

  5. loretta

    May 25, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    if at all anyone needs to be repatraited it should be the boko harams

  6. LadyFab

    May 25, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Nigerian Goverment shpuld concentrate on removing all illegals in foreign country’s i beg! I am sure we have the highest number of illegal imigrants around the world! Get ya finger out and sort it!

  7. LadyFab

    May 25, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Nigerian Governent shold concentrate on removing all illegals in foreign country’s i beg! I am sure we have the highest number of illegal imigrants around the world! Get ya finger out and sort it!

  8. labby

    May 25, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    so funny……….Nigeria like Uk

  9. whizze

    May 25, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    to all of u saying they should be allowed to stay.listen ,in the long run (20 years upward) they will dominate u and u will become second class citizen in ur own native country.check philipines,canada,australia,mozambique,sechelles and very soon ghana.better now than latter pls……ship them back as soon as ossible without no hater of any human race but when u get dominated in ur own native country ,then u are doomed.

    • tellingitasis

      May 25, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      No leave them now. Let them keep talking rubbish. We are living in difficult times and the global recession has affected everyone around the world. Countries all around the globe are tighthening their borders and securing their resources whilst putting their citizens’ interest first over that of immigrants (legal and illegal). And we have gullible Nigerians who feel that chinese should be allowed to stay in our country and multiply like chicken. What for?

      As you have rightfully said, 20 years from now, they will want to control us and our children’s generation. This is how white people several decades ago where flocking to South Africa and the indigenes sat there and did nothing when they saw them coming in droves and not leaving. What ended up happening? The indigenes where oppressed by these europeans who flocked into their country and apartheid and immense racial oppression became the order of the day in South Africa for several decades until it was abolished less than 25 years ago.

      I don’t know why we Nigerians cannot learn from other people’s mistakes. If these Nigerians who approve of chinese coming to our country in droves illegally only knew the way we Africans are treated abroad by other racial groups, they will not be condoning the sudden large influx of chinese immigrants into Nigeria. Like you rightly said, it one thing to suffer racial discrimination and oppression in foreign land but when one has to suffer that in one’s indigenous home country, then that becomes a big problem. There is nothing worse than allowing foreigners into your country and on your own turf just to become a slave to them few decades later down the line. That will be a tragedy!

  10. whizze

    May 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    in short they will control ur economy ,decides who win elections,live better than u and turn u to second class citizen.pls people thinkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk for tomorrow.

  11. sabrina

    May 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    U pple re not serious.Do u know dat is what dey do to Nigerians in China.Y should someone stay in our country without the right documents?

  12. onenaijababe

    May 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Please this is a step forward because after all in other countries, if you have overstayed your welcome they sha dont waste time to send packing. Chinks sef are too much around the world. Hian!!!!

  13. person pikin

    May 25, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    So this dude could not make that simple speech without reading from a paper??

  14. Gimmer

    May 25, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    it’s a bad bad bad day when you get deported out of Nigeria. that’s a new low

  15. Proudly Naija

    May 26, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    You might need to stay in my office for just two days to understand the gravity of allowing this ” white monkeys’ stay in our country. Just today we have had more than 3 brawls that involve white guys (not even Europeans oooo) treating us like trash and the naija guys revolted with No way!no more slavery and this is my country for Christ sake!. These illegal people should be sent packing while genuine ones should be made to stay. We need to let them know that the new Nigeria generation will not condole such. To make matters worse, these guys are stack illiterates and you see then treating naija Graduates like piece of trash. No more to modern day slavery, no more illegal immigrants, Nigerian youth says Enough is Enough.

  16. Wink wink

    June 4, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    We have too many Chinko living in Nigeria legally so what are the illegal immigrants doing here? Let them be flushed out jo; as well as any illegal immigrant of various countries living in Nigeria. That is why we still have economic issues. Naija sef don chop belleful? Yeye!!!

  17. Amadi Godwin

    July 13, 2012 at 10:01 am

    The actual threat to security in nigeria is the illegal influx of immigrants from benin republic, mali, chad, togo etc. The black immigrants should be checked, and taken serious because that is the only way to security of lives, and properties in nigeria

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