No less than 12 Nigerians were arrested in Malaysia by the operatives of the Immigration Department over an illegal online gambling operation in the Asian country.
According to the Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud, the Nigerians were arrested alongside two Chinese nationals in one of the units and seized six laptops, 18 mobile phones and 19 hard disk drives.
Khairul led the operation comprising the police, as well as officers from the Malaysia Civil Defence Force and the National Registration Department.
“One of the men was without any documents, while the other was found with an expired social visit pass,” he said after the operation conducted between 12.30am and 2.45am on Saturday (Oct 5).
Khairul said the team could not be certain as to how long the duo had been operating, as they conducted their activities in Chinese.
The case has been handed over to police for further investigations.
The two men were among 14 that were arrested during the raid, including 12 Nigerian nationals.
He added that during the raid, some Nigerian nationals tried to flee by jumping from windows while others remained quiet when they were asked questions.
All 14 will be brought to the Immigration detention depot in Bukit Jalil for further investigation under Section 6(1) and Section 15 of the Immigration Act 1959/63 for not possessing legal travel documents and overstaying.
Khairul said checks on a total of 23 foreigners at the condominium also found three Thai women who had been frequently entering Malaysia since last year.
“They have valid social visit passes but records show that they entered the country too frequently since 2018, and we suspect that they could be involved in immoral activities,” he said.