Daily Trust (Abuja)

23 May 2012

Nigeria: 45 Chinese Arrested Over Kano Market 'Domination'

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President Hu Jintao of China and Former President Obasanjo of Nigeria.

Kano — The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) yesterday arrested about 45 Chinese nationals at the Kantin Kwari textile market over what it described as an attempt by the foreigners to "take over and dominate business activities from the local people".

The Kano State Immigration Comptroller, Dr. Emmanuel Brasco, who briefed reporters on the arrests in Kano yesterday, said the action followed an order issued by the Comptroller General of the NIS, Mrs. Rose Chinyere Uzoma, to conduct the raid with immediate effect.

According to him, "It has been observed that foreign elements, especially Chinese have been taking advantage of Nigeria's liberal visa and export quota policy to occupy our economic space even if they lack the necessary expertise in what they do",

"Henceforth only those who add value to the economy would be allowed to operate in our economy and not economic scavengers who come here to exploit the system and prevent Nigeria from attaining economic growth", he said.

Brasco said the arrested Chinese nationals would be deported to their country, adding that the exercise would be a continuous one.

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