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Nigeria Gets a Chinese Police Station—Is This A Good Idea?

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The Chinese government has opened police stations in Nigeria as well as more than 20 other nations in Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa in an effort to counteract the escalating criminal actions of its nationals abroad.

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This information was provided in a statement of inquiry titled “110 Overseas Chinese Transnational Policing Gone Wild.”

The police stations, according to widely circulated information, were established to “crack down on all kinds of illegal and criminal activity involving abroad Chinese.”

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Apart from Nigeria, the other two African nations with Chinese police stations are Lesotho and Tanzania.

“Rather than cooperating with local authorities in full respect of territorial sovereignty, it prefers…to cooperate with (United Front-linked) overseas “NGOs” or “civil society associations” across the five continents, setting up an alternative policing and judicial system within third countries, and directly implicating those organizations in the illegal methods employed to pursue “fugitives,” according to the Safeguard Defender report.

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In addition, it stated that Chinese officials claimed that from April 2021 to July 2022, 230,000 nationals had been “persuaded to return” to face criminal procedures in China as part of a large national drive to combat fraud and telecommunication fraud by Chinese individuals residing abroad.

In a full-fledged “guilt by association” campaign, China’s official pronouncements clarified the use of denying suspects’ children of the right to an education at home as well as other actions against relatives and family members.

According to the rights organization, China identified nine nations as having severe cases of fraud, telecom fraud, and web crimes, and Chinese nationals are no longer permitted to enter those nations without “good cause.”

China named nine nations the “nine banned countries” because they are disproportionately likely to house Chinese people involved in such illicit activities. These operations were established to find those accused of fraud and telecommunications fraud.

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