Nigerian deportees escape after officer `buys drinks`

Two Nigerian nationals escaped deportation after an immigration officer made a pit-stop at a petrol station to "buy drinks", Malaysian authorities said.

Last Updated: Nov 11, 2010, 19:33 PM IST

Kuala Lumpur: Two Nigerian nationals escaped
deportation after an immigration officer made a pit-stop at a
petrol station to "buy drinks", Malaysian authorities said
on Thursday.

The men arrived early for their flight at KL
International airport, prompting the immigration official to
drive them to a petrol station "claiming that he wanted to buy
drinks," home ministry official Mohamed Asri Yusof said.

"On the way back to the terminal, the immigration officer
claimed that seven African men in two cars, stopped the van
and freed the Nigerians before handcuffing him to the steering
wheel," he added.

The immigration officer involved has been suspended
pending investigations.

Yusof appealed to the public to report anyone suspected
of being an illegal immigrant to the police.

Last month, authorities detained seven immigration
department officials under tough internal security laws, over
suspicions of involvement in human trafficking.

Immigration activists say Malaysia is often used as a
staging post for trafficking gangs.

In March, Malaysia announced plans to reduce the 1.9
million foreign workers in the country and last week unveiled
a national plan to combat human trafficking.

PTI