Lawmaker raises concern over import of Chinese prisoners to work in Nigeria

Lawmaker raises concern over import of Chinese prisoners to work in Nigeria

- A federal lawmaker, Sani Zoro, says Chinese prisoners are being imported to work in foreign companies in Nigeria

- The lawmaker alleged that the Chinese prisoners were often conveyed into the country as expatriates

- He also blamed Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) of complexity in the matter

A house of Representatives member representing Gumel, Gagarawa, Maigateri and Sule Tankarkar federal constituency of Jigawa state, Sani Zoro, has raised the alarm of incessant importation of Chinese prisoners to work in foreign companies in Nigeria.

The lawmaker, who alleged that the Chinese prisoners were often conveyed into the country as expatriates, blamed Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) of complexity in the matter.

Zoro who is the chairman, House committee on Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs), made the allegations on Sunday, April 21 during a press briefing at his Bompai residence in Kano.

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He lamented the gradual invasion of Chinese companies in Jigawa state, alleging that a popular Lee Group of companies, owned by Chinese nationals, were importing serving inmates in China to work in their Kano textile and plastic factories without proper documentation.

He also blamed northern governments for the forceful grabbing of people’s lands without compensation commensurable to the value of their lands.

“My concern about the invasion of farmlands in my constituency by Chinese companies was basically due to continued non-chalant attitude of northern governments to take prompt action.

“About 20,000 hectares of land were unlawfully acquired without compensation to farmers,” he said.

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The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Oba Gani Adams, has urged the federal government to work on policy programmes that can alleviate the suffering of Nigerians at the grassroots.

Adams, who was a guest at the 2nd annual Public Lecture of Freedom Online in Ikeja, Lagos, said from all indications, the present situation in the country shows that majority of Nigerians are suffering, with little or no hope.

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