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Police are on the lookout for a large number of Africans alleged to be overstaying in Sri Lanka, following arrests made in the Katunayake, Negombo and Seeduwa areas recently.

Many Malians, Cameroonians and Nigerians are believed to be overstaying with invalid, outdated visas.

Police noted that these operations were vital to minimise the rising number of crimes committed by Africans as reported in recent times.
Some had been arrested for allegedly cheating local businessmen of millions of rupees on vague promises.

Investigators have identified Negombo as an area where a large number of Africans were staying, where there is also a training centre which provided language and vocational training for them.  

Police further stated that African nationals currently in custody had engaged in money-laundering, printing of counterfeit notes, swindling businessmen by telling them they had won lotteries and promising that they could double their money.

In the meantime steps have been taken to deport them back to their countries; currently the Africans in custody are at the detention camp for illegal immigrants at Mirihana.(Supun Dias)

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  • hari UK Thursday, 03 October 2013 12:05 AM

    This is pure racism, stating that you are looking for a prticular race, because some have broken the law!

    dIREsTRAITS Thursday, 03 October 2013 12:19 AM

    There is no end to stupidity and greed. Those who fall for these scams utterly deserve it. However it seems now anyone with an African appearance in SL is a suspected criminal? How stupid is that? Lets not try to imitate Hitler. Check every one and deport any visa over stayer regardless of their appearance. Dont forget, we are all over stayer pojjas in the eyes of weddahs.

    Sonali de Silva Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:06 AM

    Our immigration officers should get help from their counterparts in Australia and UK to help identify these type of criminals. Border Security on you tube will give them an idea on how its done but they need more training.

    Duminda N Jayatileke Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:38 AM

    Why would they want to stay in a third world country like SL where even bank executives are struggling to survive, then what about the poor people? Some countries in Africa live better lives than us.

    Cobra Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:50 AM

    That shouldn't be too difficult for our cops-just ask anyone with a rather dark complexion,with kinky hair, wearing shorts and Nike
    runners and a cell phone stuck in his ears and bingo!

    Concerned Citizen Thursday, 03 October 2013 02:07 AM

    We cant say all of them are criminals. Many Sri Lankans who go to UK/EU etc also overstay and end up getting permanent residency if not caught in time. I think many are economic migrants.

    sanu Thursday, 03 October 2013 02:20 AM

    Finally the police is taking charge, i was wondering when they will decide to take action against these africans staying in negombo residential areas. they are destroying negombo tourism too.

    public Thursday, 03 October 2013 02:31 AM

    is it soo difficult to identify an african national in SL......?????
    hehehehe.....

    TooToo Thursday, 03 October 2013 02:45 AM

    These are the friends of Sri Lanka. Please do not send them back. After all birds of a feather flock together.

    sach Thursday, 03 October 2013 03:10 AM

    May be you are wrong, thats y they are here

    lkboy Thursday, 03 October 2013 03:55 AM

    If they are not Africans, then what are they?? Indians?

    lkboy Thursday, 03 October 2013 03:56 AM

    that type is found in Bamba, around MC as well.

    Lannister Thursday, 03 October 2013 04:09 AM

    That sounds a lot like the ganja boys of mount lavinia/ dehiwala

    Sri Lankan Thursday, 03 October 2013 04:56 AM

    So are the Sri Lankan girls.

    ceylon Thursday, 03 October 2013 07:31 AM

    africans are no match with lankans,before africa was the most corrupt,now lanka taken their place,now africans are coming to lanka to learn how to do crimes without get court,sri lanka 95% of court casess criminals go home without any punishment.
    these africans are a good source of income for policemen,if africans send home,local people have to pay more to policemen.


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