8 December 2012

Zambia: Lafarge MD Deported

LAFARGE managing director Folayinka Esan has been flown back to his country of origin, Nigeria, for contravening the Immigration Act, Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu has said.

Mr Esan, 44, a Nigerian but a holder of a British passport, had his resident permit revoked on Wednesday this week for violating the Immigration and Deportation Act number 18 of 2010.

"Mr Esan had his resident permit revoked and consequently cancelled on Wednesday because his conduct was found to be a danger to the peace and good order of Zambia," the minister said in a statement.

Mr Esan was flown to Nigeria on Thursday this week aboard South African Airlink around 13:00 hours.

The minister said Mr Esan, who was out of the country at the time the resident permit was revoked, was intercepted at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport on Wednesday evening.

This was upon his return and was immediately booked on the South African Airlink which at the time was the only next flight available.

"As we have continued stating, Government will not take a softer line in dealing with all those who pose a threat to the security of our peace-loving nation or indeed those who mistreat Zambian workers.

"When permits are given, there are conditions which the holder is expected to abide by and strictly adhere to failure to which any violation of such conditions may attract punishment in accordance with the provisions of the Act," Mr Lungu said.

He assured workers at Lafarge that operations would continue normally.

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