The Consul-General of Nigeria in Guangzhou, China, Wale Oloko, on Monday disclosed that many Nigerians were in various prisons in Guangdong Province for overstaying their visas.
Oloko told newsmen in Lagos that some other Nigerians were also held for engaging in drug trafficking and other criminal offences.
The ambassador said there are currently about 600 Nigerians arrested for overstaying their visas and in detention for other offences.
According to him, “There is no doubt that there are currently a number of Nigerians in various Chinese prisons, at least those under our consular jurisdiction in Guangzhou.
“These our nationals are in different Chinese prisons for various offences.
“There are those that were arrested for overstaying their visas, while others were convicted for drug trafficking and other offences.”
The envoy further disclosed that some of the Nigerian nationals currently in Chinese prisons were being prepared for deportation to Nigeria.
He added, “Any Nigerian wanting to visit any part of China must first know something about the country’s immigration requirements, and should be ready to obey laws in such places when they eventually arrive there.
“It is not advisable for any Nigerian to overstay his or her visa in any part of China or engage in any form of criminal act.” (Daily Post)