4 Nigerian Players jailed in Tanzania for Overstaying their Visa!

Nigerian football players in Africa
Is this what Nigeria has turned to,being jailed for over staying in Tanzania? And we have a high commision in that country that can't look into this?I thought if you over stay your visa,you get deported! So why the jail?It doesn't say these guys forged their papers or something similar,it says they over stayed..i think this is totally unnecessary and out of order! Those guys don't deserve this.And to make matters worse,they have been jailed because they could not pay a fine of something like 10,000 Naira!!! Gosh...this is serious..read more....
Four Nigerian football players were sentenced to six-months jail by Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s court after pleading guilty of illegal stay in the country. Kisutu is an administrative ward in the Ilala district of the Dar es Salaam Region of Tanzania.
Andrew Okoro and Chiku Odia appeared before Magistrate Frank Moshi and after pleading guilty they were each fined 100,000 Shillings or serve a six-month jail term. The duo opted to jail terms after failing to pay the stated fine.
Two other Nigerians Chikereke Messaiah and Onyekwu Daniel also had to serve six-month jail
after each failed to pay fine to the tune of 50,000 Shillings having pleaded guilty of illegal presence in the country. Magistrate Gabriel Mirumbe had no option other than to hand them the jail sentence.
The accused Okoro claimed that he came Tanzania for trials with relegated top flight side of Ashanti United but would not make a breakthrough.
Okoro claimed that he was supported to gain access into the country by his manager Aishi Shaban who took his passport and $500 before flying to South Africa.
Accused Odia who was a football player with Mwanza-based first division club of Toto Africa said he lost his passport and reported to the police station only to be advised to check with his embassy for assistance.
Reading the facts, prosecutor from immigration department Patrick Ngayomela told the court that the accused admitted after being arrested that they were to join Ashanti United but their bid failed to materialise.
He added that the accused Odia was in the country since 2012 and he had been playing for Toto Africa but since the team was relegated he has failed to secure another registration.
According to the charge sheet, the accused Okoro and Odia were arrested at Shayo Guest House in Tandika while Messaiah and Daniel were arrested at TIG Church in Chang’ombe surburb.

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