The recent crackdown by Malaysian Immigration and Royal Malaysian Police on the Nigerians involved in online scams and other crimes committed by them which inadvertently also resulted in quite a number of Nigerian students hauled in together with the culprits!
This has resulted in an uproar by those who are genuine students writing to their country's newspaper The Nation to share their predicament in getting tarnished together with those fellow Nigerians who are the real crooks!
Here is the full report :
Recently an Australian TV station sent their team to Kuala Lumpur and together with the help of the Royal Malaysian Police set up a sting operation to nab a few Nigerians who scammed Australian women out of their entire life savings pretending to be white men on a dating site. Here are their photo:
I blogged about it here. Even a Ghanaian newspaper reported on it here.
The students complain to their newspaper that when they asked their Nigerian High Commission based here in Kuala Lumpur for help and assistance, their Nigerian High Commissioner refused to help them.
Here is an excerpt of one of the comments sent to the newspaper:
WITH GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT AND SHAME,I CALL ON THE MAIN THREE ARMS OF GOVERNMENT IN NIGERIA NAMELY,THE SENATE,PRESIDENCY AND HOUSE OF REPS TO ABOLISH,ERASE,DELETE AND WIPE OUT THE EMBASSY OF NIGERIA ESPECIALLY IN MALAYSIA AND THAILAND IN ORDER TO CUT DOWN EXPENDITURE ON THE PART OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SINCE THIS KIND OF INSTITUTIONS ARE ONLY MEANT FOR SIPHONING MONEY AND PLEASING SOME BASTARDS IN THE NAME OF DIPLOMATIC APPOINTMENTS.THESE EMBASSY OFFICIALS ARE THE MOST CORRUPT ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD,THEY PUSH FOR THE KILLING AND INCARCERATION OF THEIR OWN CITIZENS WHILE THEY CLUB AND GALLIVANT AROUND LIKE HE GOATS WITH DIFFERENT KIND OF WOMEN.THE AMBASSADOR AND CONSULAR IN MALAYSIA ARE THE WORST OF ALL AND MUST BE RECALLED OR FACE MASSIVE PROTEST WHICH MAY COST THEIR LIVES !
Here is a response from a Nigerian living in Malaysia to the comment above :
I agree with you,,i once meet the Nigerian Ambassador here in a night club..what he was doing there with his Philippinos girl friend is what i can't tell,,Though he was in a disguise but i knew him too well to be fooled.I have the name of the club and i managed to some pictures,,though it was dark but i still got them...he is a very big disappointment...
2 weeks ago in reply to Peteabraham73
Click here to read all the comments which tell us all about their frustrations.
All I can say is that as Malaysians, usually we do not discriminate against anyone as long as they do not give us problems.
There are in fact millions of foreigners living and studying or working in Malaysia as we speak.
Yet, the increasing number of cases where the Nigerians who are coming in to this country have been involved in scams and drug related crimes have forced our Malaysian authorities to take them into account and go after them.
Legitimate students or expats from Nigeria are inadvertently caught along in the dragnet for the scammers and crooks pretend to be the same and naturally how would the Malaysian police or immigration be able to differentiate between them?
Hence, the sad reality that those who are here in Malaysia purely to study are saddled with being exposed to such raids.
The Malaysian Police and Immigration have no choice but to catch the Nigerian scammers and drug dealers one way or another for we do not want to see our country be a base for such illegal activities.
We have enough problems of our own and do not wish to see these Nigerian criminals add to our nation's woes.
The Nigerian High Commission should work together with Malaysian authorities in stemming the influx of these crooks or the situation will definitely turn worse soon.
Both Malaysia and Nigeria must work harder to stop these crooks destroying lives worldwide!
At the same time, I do feel sorry and sympathize with the genuine Nigerian students who are caught in this sorry situation where because of a growing number of their countrymen making Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia their crime base, they are unfortunately dragged along into the repercussions of law enforcement by my nation's law and security agencies.
The sooner the Nigerian and Malaysian authorities get to arrest and take action against the scammers and drug dealers, the better it will be for those Nigerian bonafide students who have come here to study.
Till then, they just have to be careful not to get caught in between.