The House of Representatives has moved a motion for illegal Chinese immigrants to be screened and deported.
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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, Babajimi Benson, Tunji Olawuyi, Zakari Galadima, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, Nnoli Nnaji, Dennis Idahosa and Tolu Shadipe.
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It proposed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs repatriates Nigerians willing to return to the country from China. It said this must include Nigerians with expired visas or with valid visas but have been ejected by house owners. It recommended that such returnees be quarantined upon arrival.
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“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 or any other actionable cause occasioned by their maltreatment or discrimination in China.
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“Four, it mandates the 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 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,” the reps said.