Nigerian Man Arrested in Phuket for Illegally Entering Thailand

Phuket –

A Nigerian man was arrested in Rawai for illegally entering the Kingdom of Thailand after he was deported for overstaying before.

The Phuket Immigration Office told the Phuket Express that on Wednesday (May 10th) they arrested a 40-year-old Nigerian man. His name was given as Harrison Shinonzo Onyema  and he had illegally entered the kingdom, presumed to be through land borders.

Harrison had been arrested five years prior in Thailand for cocaine possession and overstaying and he was eventually deported to Nigeria.

However, Harrison returned to Thailand via a natural porous border, said Immigration Police. Harrison was taken to the Chalong Police Station to face further charges, admitting he had no legal passport or visa stamp.

Immigration Police have also warned Thai women about continuing romance scams in Phuket and Thailand. Police are continuing to crackdown with foreigners especially Nigerian men involved in the scam, although it was not clear if Harrison was directly involved in such a situation and nothing illegal was found besides Harrison’s lack of a legal visa.

Immigration Police added, however, that Harrison appeared to flush something down his toilet when police arrived at his home and delayed giving access to his residence.

Four Nigerian men were arrested in Rawai and Chalong with more than 1,200 days of overstays each.

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Phuket Express, owned by our parent company TPN media.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.