Alarmed Government official is ready to share names of hundreds of Africans landed here – as a precaution

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A high-ranking Government official is alarmed and disgusted by what he notes are security breaches — not lapses — that have allowed hundreds of so-called tourists from several African Nations to enter Antigua and Barbuda without the usual checks and immigration protocols being applied, and he is threatening to release their names to the public.

On Tuesday locals woke up to the news that more than 200 Africans had been landed overnight at the V.C. Bird International Airport, the third such arrival by chartered flight since November 1.

Reportedly, this batch of visitors was much like the two that preceded it in that the passengers – for whom visa requirements allegedly were waived – did not have confirmed accommodations and appeared not to have sufficient money to pay for traditional hotel rooms or even transportation.

And, as happened before, government-owned vehicles were deployed as part of the selected transportation brigade.

There has been no explanation from Prime Minister Gaston Browne – who had heralded the launch of direct flights from West Africa, bringing wealthy investors via a purported “Antigua Airways” – and no word from Foreign Affairs Minister E.P. Chet Greene, under whose portfolio Immigration falls, nor from Tourism Minister Charles “Max” Fernandez.

Accordingly, speculation is rife among residents and members of the Antigua and Barbuda Diaspora – especially since a Nigerian who resides here has claimed that many of the passengers employed deception in the booking of accommodation and appear not to have the financial means to support their stay here.

These are concerns shared by the Government official, who says he is willing to publish the names of the recently arrived Africans as a precaution and to heighten the awareness of residents and communities.

SOURCE: Real News

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14 COMMENTS

  1. Yeah one glance and could tell this was a UPP-aligned “REAL NEWS” article. Turks Lee and the RAG-TAG HYPOCRITE really trying

    • Lord have mercy upon us. I can’t see and understand why is the UPP trying their outmost best to loose that election because of their hatred for foreigners and more again people whom we called Africans. The entire story about that charter flight by members of the UPP or ANR is totally false. If they had listen to the interview on Twin Island Media with Dareen Matthew ward , Murdock and Olabanjo they would apologize to the people of Antigua. There was no problem with the landed passengers. They had their accommodation booked so immigration had to land them. The hotels that they booked online was only information they received from an agent and run with it. Some of them even had Jumby bay as their address which which they cannot afford. That was only discovered after they were landed by Olabanjo. Through the assistance of certain taxi drivers they manage to secure accommodation at a guest house at New winthropes they could afford. Most of them have onward bookings. They are not millioners. Just ordinary foreigners tourist from Africa. The government vehicle they saw is attached to Olabanjo an African who live and work for agriculture here. Oh my God. Why UPP hate foreigners so. Foreigners in this country will never forget that incident. Can a politician or politicians stoop so low. The 18th will tell

      • @Little Johnny Are you an idiot? Ordinary people booking at Jumby Bay? Elabanjo admitted that they presented false documents. What is it your are waiting to see Little Johnny?

      • You mean ALP supporters are so stupid that they are not concerned about the safety of their country? Anybody with sense should be concerned about hundreds of people coming into their country with no money and no booked accommodation. Never mind that some of these people could have health issues that can harm Antiguans. Little Johnny, is your brain as little as your Johnny?

  2. WHAT A THING!

    GASTON AND THE ABLP ALWAYS ENGAGE IN SHENANIGANS DURING ALL ELECTIONS TO WIN IT- IT IS OBVIOUS THEY REALISE THINGS ARE NOT GOING THEIR WAY, AND SINCE THE ‘BUYING OF VOTERS CARDS’ CANNOT BE USED THIS TIME AROUND AS EVERYONE IS AWARE, THEY HAVE NOW ‘IMPORTED’ VOTERS TO ADD TO THE ELECTORAL LIST AND HENCE THESE CHARTER FLIGHTS.
    PEOPLE AND UPP BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR THESE AFRICANS – SCRUTINEERS PAY CLEAN ATTENTION- GASTON CANNOT STEAL THIS ONE- THEY HAVE A SENSE OF CONFIDENCE BECAUSE THEY ARE UP TO NO GOOD!!!

  3. RELEASE THE LIST!!!!

    We need to Defend our Nation and Democracy from this Scandalous Scheme.

    Why have these mislead brothers been forced to wear ABLP red and augment ABLP campaigning?

    Why were government vehicles transporting them and their luggage from the airport?

    Are our African brothers and sisters to be used as padding voters?

    The wicked and failed Gaston Browne Administration has many questions to answer and we demand answers.

    Mark the faces and Guard the polls!

    VOTE DEM ALL OUT TO VOTE GASTON OUT!

  4. Where are the first and second set of (AA)African passengers that landed in Antigua — Did they return to Africa, or are they lost in Antigua?
    Was allowing Africans visa free access to Antigua part of a/the deal for having the plane named Antigua Airways? What is the ABLP benefitting from these shenanigans? Covering up misdeeds are now paramount; they’ll do whatever it takes to win.

    If Antiguans don’t get out in the streets and voice their displeasure about what’s taking place in this island, there will come a time when it will be illegal to do so. The making of an autocratic ruler has begun.Those blinded by red/blue will be blindsided.

    There is something nefarious happening here.

  5. I noticed that ALL of the Nigerians are men. Where are the women? How come they are no women ???? Strange

  6. I decided to Tod to the beach today to clear my mind and relax, it was a bit windy and seas where rough, I took note in my mind of my surroundings as I walked along the beach to find a spot and upon arrival I found one, so I drop my stuff and say down; glancing around I heard a voice of a different language, I just it was some raw back English then I listened closely and to my surprise, there were a few bunch of Africans having a good time, two minutes later or so a dingy came by with another one, I wondered to myself why is there so many Africans here. Not hating but something is very strange and the night before someone told me that alot of them where here; i was amazed.

    • Another good reason to kick Gaston Browne and the out of office on the 18th of January 2023.

      This development stinks to high heaven.

      I hope there will be cameras at at every voting both, and accents checked for any African dialect; and if so the Prime Minister is trying to rig the General Election.

      FELLOW ANTIGUANS, WE MUST PUT AN END TO BIRDISM AND BROWNEISM – OR WE DONE!

  7. This fiasco is the talk of the town! Walk on High St, Market St, all the streets and you will hear. Surrrreeeee only the Upp is making it an issue, sure. Even well known labourites have voiced their discomfort with this latest development. Whispers* “Does the alp know election day is Jan 18th? Cause this nuh look good tarl!

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