The Chinese government has constructed police stations in Nigeria and more than 20 other countries spanning Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa, in what appears to be a vast push to address the rising number of cases of fraud and other telecommunications crimes committed by Chinese people residing overseas.
This is stated in an investigative study titled “110 OVERSEAS: Chinese Transnational Policing Gone Wild.”
The ‘Service Station’ Chinese Police Station is located in Benin City, Nigeria, as well as Maseru, Lesotho, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Other nations with service stations include 35 in 16 European countries, 10 in six American countries, and 5 in five Asian countries.
Chinese Police Station In Nigeria
According to a Safeguard Defender investigative report, Chinese authorities alleged that from April 2021 to July 2022, 230,000 people were “persuaded to return” to face criminal proceedings in China.
According to the article, the Chinese government designed and established abroad Chinese police “service stations” and national police emergency phone numbers as part of a campaign that began in 2018.
According to the report, Li Riqin of the Minqing County Procuratorate in Fujian said, “The procuratorial work involving overseas Chinese is long-term.”
Prosecutors and overseas Chinese should work closely together to standardize methods such as information exchange, legal publicity, joint visits, and joint meetings.
“They should fully exercise the procuratorial organs’ ‘four major procuratorial’ functions in criminal, civil, administrative, and public interest litigation.”
“By establishing overseas service centers, Qingtian County Police has made significant progress in its overseas pursuit of fugitives.”
Since 2018, the Qingtian police have “discovered and solved six criminal cases involving overseas Chinese, successfully apprehended a red notice fugitive, and persuaded two suspects to surrender with the assistance of Overseas centers,” according to the report.
According to the investigation report, China has categorized nine nations as having major fraud, telecom fraud, and web crimes, and Chinese nationals are no longer permitted to reside in those countries unless they have a “good reason.”
The “Overseas Police Service Stations” are being used in these operations on five continents, with local “Chinese Overseas Home Associations” linked to the CCP’s United Front Work, and these operations eschew official bilateral police and judicial cooperation and violate international rule of law, as well as the territorial integrity of third countries involved in setting up a parallel policing mechanism using illegal methods, according to the report.