- Some Nigerians and nationals of three other countries were badly treated by hoteliers in China over the weekend
- They were evicted from hotels located in Guangzhou, in the Guangdong Province of China
- The decision by the hoteliers was said to have emanated from a directive by the Chinese police
A report by Daily Sun indicates that some Nigerians and nationals of three other countries were, at the weekend, evicted from hotels located in Guangzhou, in the Guangdong Province of China.
The decision by the hoteliers was said to have emanated from a directive by the Chinese police.
The evicted foreigners were said to have travelled to Guangzhou for business.
A Nigerian who chose to be anonymous raised the alarm from Guangzhou, saying: “We’ve been stranded for almost 48hrs now. No one is explaining anything. I’m trying to change my flight ASAP (as soon as possible). We are in Guangzhou.
“I was in Tong Tong hotel when we were driven out. I was one of the fortunate ones to get a hotel yesterday afternoon at somewhere called 4th Building. The place is now full, while others are still loitering looking for shelter.
“I was thrown out of my hotel like a thief! Even though they had my money o! I’ve never been this embarrassed in my entire life.”
When contacted, the spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tope Adeleye Elias-Fatile, said the Nigerian Mission in Guangzhou confirmed the development. Elias-Fatile also said the Consulate General of Nigeria in Guangzhou is engaging the host authorities on the issue.
Meanwhile, the Nigerians that were ejected from the mentioned hotels have been accommodated elsewhere by the efforts of the mission.
“The mission has officially expressed disappointment on the action of the local security bureau. The provincial Foreign Office had intervened and normalcy has returned. A meeting is being scheduled for Monday (today) to resolve the issue once and for all,” she said.
Just recently, over 50 Nigerian students were wrongly detained in police stations in Cotonou, Benin Republic's commercial capital, their parents claimed on Monday, July 9.
They alleged that their children were unlawfully arrested by Béninoise police and kept in inhuman conditions – some since seven days ago – without being told their offences or charged to court.
According to them, 50 others were arrested, tried and jailed without their families’ knowledge.
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