A top Chinese official has denied claims that the Asian country operates police stations in Nigeria.
According to an investigative story from a rights group, Safeguard Defenders, with the title ‘110 Overseas Chinese Transnational Policing Gone Wild’, China opened and operates police stations in Nigeria and other countries.
But a representative of China who spoke to the press on condition of anonymity denied the reports. He described the report by Safeguard Defenders as “fake news”.
While reacting to the report in an interview with Vanguard, the Chinese official on Wednesday said diplomatic relations cannot allow any country to open police posts in another sovereign country outside its territories.
“There is no such station in Nigeria or everywhere. This is because any sovereign country cannot allow other countries to set up their own (police) stations on their land. This is common sense, right?” the source said.
The Chinese official, however, stated that there are outreaches in the countries where Chinese citizens reside to help protect them from terrorism, abduction, and other crimes that may endanger their lives.