The Federal Government has backed the Kenya Government on the arrest of twenty six Nigerians in Kenya on 22nd October 2016 for flouting visa laws and for not being in possession of valid documents for their stay in that country.
According to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs signed by the Acting Spokesperson, Jane Bassey Adams, the immigration authority of Kenya acted in accordance with their domestic laws regarding the apprehension, arrest and subsequent removal of illegal immigrants by cracking down on foreigners whose visas had elapsed but who had to remain in Kenya illegally.
The ministry said some of them has also been indicted for criminal activities, including advance fee fraud also known as “419”.
It also said it would not support any Nigeria who breaks the law of his or her host country.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to state that the government of Nigeria does not support, encourage or condone any form of illegal migration and condemns all acts of criminality in its entirety.”
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform the members of the public that the Nigeria High Commission in Nairobi has since sprang into action to ascertain the circumstances of the arrest,” it stated.
It called on Nigerians living abroad to abide by the laws of the country of their residence.
“Accordingly, Nigerian immigrants are encouraged to be law-abiding and desist from any action capable of tarnishing the image of our country or bring the country into disrepute.”