China Opens Police Stations in Nigeria and Other African Countries | Knowledge Trend Media

The government of China has opened police stations in Nigeria, Lesotho, and Tanzania.

Knowledge Trend Media learned that China's intention of operating overseas police stations is to handle criminal offenses associated with its citizens who are in those countries.

Besides the three African countries, China had already located its police stations in about 20 other countries across America, Europe, and Asia.

China Opens Police Station in Nigeria and Other African Countries | Knowledge Trend Media

A statement by the Safeguard Defenders as reported by the Vanguard affirms that the police stations are created to "bring down on all kinds of illegal and criminal activities involving overseas Chinese.

The investigative statement tagged '110 Overseas Chinese Transnational Policing Gone Wild,' states its objective is to set up alternative policing and judicial systems within third countries to handle criminals abroad.


“Rather than cooperating with local authorities in the 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’.”

It added that some countries were hosting Chinese citizens who engage in fraud and cyber crimes and that over 230 thousand Chinese nationals were involved in criminal cases that require that they return to China to face prosecution.

A statement attributed to the Chinese government also noted that most of the criminal offenses such as fraud committed by its citizens abroad were rampant in 9 countries.

The crimes committed by the Chinese in those countries include web crimes, telecom fraud, and related offenses, hence, the Chinese were not allowed to stay in those countries.

“While establishing these operations to hunt down those accused of fraud and telecommunications fraud, China identified nine countries particularly prone to hosting Chinese nationals engaging in such criminal activities, the ‘nine forbidden countries’,” the Safeguard Defenders stated.

the Chinese government aims to have police stations in different countries around the world, especially in Western countries. However, only Nigeria and the other two African countries have opened a new window for the Chinese dream to be realistic.

Meanwhile, the decision to open a Chinese police station in Nigeria had caused controversy among Nigerians on social media.

China has been accused of making moves to take over countries that borrow money from them without repayment at the set period, in what many refer to as loan traps. Many countries are said to have lost key infrastructures to the loan they took from China.

Nigeria owes China a loan of over $4 billion amounting to 3.94% of Nigeria's Total Public Debt. This makes Nigeria one of the highest debtors to China.

Many Nigerians on social media think that the opening of a Chines police station in the country is one of the first moves by the Chinese government to create its sphere of influence in the country because of the irredeemable loan. Nonetheless, it is not yet obvious if that China has more intentions of operating the police stations besides the stated aims.


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