CHARLES MUSONDA writes
UNCERTAINTY hangs over the fate of a Nigerian national who has admitted concealing his true national identity, contrary to Section 52 (2) as read with Section 56 (1) of the Immigration and Deportation Act of 2010.
This came to light on Wednesday when the accused person Henry Eseimokumor Jacob appeared before Lusaka Magistrate Racheal Mwansa for facts and possible sentencing after he admitted the charge in his previous court appearance.
Facts before court are that Jacob entered Zambia through Nakonde on December 4, 2018 under the fake Zambian name Jacob Lungu.
After 10 days he attempted to leave Zambia but Immigration officers at the point of exit suspected him to be an East African and arrested him.
They later discovered that Jacob had a Lesotho passport which they suspected to be fake as the photo on it appeared to have been tampered with.
He confessed that he was a Nigerian national born from Nigerian parents and that he has a Lesotho passport because of business activities in that country.
Jacob accused further told immigration officers that he used an agent in Lesotho to obtain that country’s passport.
But when the passport was shown to Magistrate Rachael Mwansa, she observed that from visa endorsements in it, the accused person has been using it to travel between various countries.
She then ordered the prosecution to bring to court an expert who can confirm whether Jacob’s passport was tampered with and if he indeed concealed his true national identity.
The case has been adjourned to next Monday for fresh facts while the accused person has been remanded in custody.