Lungu, said Esan’s residence permit has been revoked and consequently cancelled for violating the Immigration and Deportation Act of Zambia. He did not specify what exactly he did.
Lungiu issued a press statement Friday evening.
“Mr. Esan who is a Nigerian national but holder of a British Passport Number 099241429 had his resident permit revoked and consequently cancelled on Wednesday 5th December, 2012 by the Acting Director General for Immigration under section 34 (1) (E) of the Immigration and Deportation Act, No. 18 of 2010 because his conduct was found to be a danger to the peace and good order of Zambia.” Hon. Lungu said.
Lungu said the 44-yeaar old Esan was flown back to his country of origin, Nigeria, on Thursday, 6th December, 2012 aboard South African Airlink Flight 855 at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Airport around 13:00hrs as he no longer had status to allow him continue residing in the country.
“Mr. Esan, who was out of the country at the time the resident permit was revoked, was intercepted at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport on Wednesday 5th December 2012 around 20:30hrs upon entering the country and was immediately booked on the South African Airlink which was at that time the only next available flight,” Lungu said.
“When permits are given, there are conditions which the holder is expected to abide by and strictly adhere to, failure to which any violation of such conditions may attract punishment in accordance with the provisions of the Act,“ He said.
“Cases of this nature are investigated thoroughly and diligently, hence when a decision to revoke a permit is made, it is a well thought decision. Once again, we want to assure workers at the company that the operations of Lafarge Company will continue normally because the removal of a director does not mean the operations of the company should be put to a halt,’ said Lungu.
The Watchdog on Thursday revealed that Esan was deported for refusing to give contracts to PF cadres and minister especially defence ministers Geoffrey Mwamba.