Nigerian arrested in Thailand for overstaying 60-day visa by 7 years

Onyebuchi Ezedinugwu arrested in Thailand

A 40-year-old Nigerian has been arrested by immigration officers in Thailand for allegedly overstaying his visa by 2,683 days.

It was discovered that Onyebuchi Ezedinugwu had entered Thailand in April 2014 on a 60-day tourist visa with permission to stay until June 25 of same year, Khaosod reports.

He was, however, arrested on Tuesday by immigration officers led by region one commander Pol Maj-Gen Piti Nitinonthaset at Soi Phetchaburi 35 in the Makkasan area of Bangkok.

Reports say illegal immigration is considered as a major factor of the second wave of COVID-19 after an outbreak at Samut Sakhon seafood market, affecting a large migrant population.

Region 1 Deputy Lt-Col Suriya Phuangsombat said the immigration were targeting Africans to check on their visa status as part of measures associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.