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Nigerian escapes from Mapusa detention centre



Aminu Kanu Mohammed, a Nigerian national, went ‘missing’ from the detention centre, Mapusa, on Friday, making the Foreigners Regional Registration Office  initiate an inquiry into  the escape.

FRRO officials said that foreigners  found staying illegally in the state are lodged at the detention centre, where their movements are restrained.

There is a guard posted at the detention centre, the FRRO officials said, adding that the inquiry has been initiated to ascertain how the Nigerian escaped.

Mapusa police on Friday evening booked the missing Nigerian.

Police sources disclosed that the Nigerian climbed onto the rooftop and then jumped over the compound wall of the facility.

In-charge of the detention centre  PSI Bharat Kharat lodged a complaint saying that the 28-year-old

Nigerian went missing from the detention centre between 8.30-8.45 am on Friday.

Police said the foreigner had been picked up from Arambol by the anti-narcotics cell of the Goa police for not possessing valid documents and lodged in the facility on January 17.

Mapusa police registered an offence under Section 14 of the Foreigner’s Act against the escaped Nigerian.

It is pertinent to note here that since May last year the FRRO-Goa detained and lodged over 52 foreigners  at the detention centre. Around 38 of them have been deported.

The FRRO begins blacklisting them once detainees are deported.

The foreigners detained are from countries such as Tanzania, Uganda, Nigerian, Russia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Brazil, Kenya, Nepal and Ivory Coast.

When a foreigner is found without valid travel documents to go back to his/her country, the concerned embassy is contacted for providing a transit permit for its national. Till the valid travel documents come from the embassy, the foreigner remains lodged in the detection centre.

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