- Immigration documents of Chinese in Nigeria are now being investigated
- The investigation is being conducted by the House of Reps
- Meanwhile, the lawmakers have registered their displeasure at the way Nigerians are being treated in China
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In retaliation of the treatment being meted to Nigerians in their country, the House of Representatives has begun an investigation into the immigration documents of Chinese immigrants living in Nigeria.
The investigation is being conducted by the joint house committees on interior, Nigeria content development and monitoring and commerce.
Going further, the House lamented what they described as xenophobic assaults, embarrassments, illegal detentions and forceful evictions of Nigerians and other Africans living in Guangzhou, China.
The House subsequently mandated committees to investigate the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board, and any other relevant ministry, department or agency to check the validity of all immigration documents of every Chinese person in Nigeria, Nigerian Tribune reports.
Also, the committee is to look into the expatriate quota of all the Chinese immigrants in Nigeria and to repatriate them to China to regularise.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Chinese embassy has described as shoddy and frivolous attempts by some Nigerians to sue China over the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.
The embassy made this known in a statement on Wednesday, July 8, via its page on Twitter, saying the lawsuit instituted against the country "has zero basis in fact, law or international precedence."
Legit.ng recalls that twenty-five Nigerians dragged China to court, seeking $200 billion in compensation over the outbreak and spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Piqued by the coronavirus crisis, the claimants in a suit filed on Monday, July 6, before the Abuja Federal High Court claimed China is culpable in the spread of the pandemic.
The Nigerian claimants, represented by eleven Senior Advocates of Nigeria ((SANs) led by Professor Epiphany Azinge (SAN), are suing the defendant, the Chinese governments, for negligence, nuisance, and breach of environmental and humanitarian rights.
The defendants are: Peoples’ Republic of China, Communist Party of China, Minister of Justice China, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan Institute of Virology and Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Minister in charge of the National Health Commission, National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China.
In a reaction, the Chinese embassy said China is also a victim in the crisis that has plunged the country into global unrest
“The attempt to file frivolous lawsuits is a shoddy one, as it has zero basis in fact, law or international precedence.
“The Embassy made its position on this issue very clearly in a statement issued on April 30 and here wishes to reiterate it: COVID-19 has caught the whole world by surprise.
“China, like other countries, is a victim. Confronted by an unknown virus, we have acted responsibly to protect people’s life and health and safeguard global public health," part of the statement read.
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