Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration Rimbink Pato announced the deportation of Nigerian national Cedric Sedibe Nduduzie.
Cedric Nduduzie, also known as ‘Holy Moses’, was found to have recently travelled to PNG on a ‘fraudulently altered South African passport’ after being removed previously from the country.
“He was facing a number of charges under the Migration Act (unlawful presence in the country, escape from custody and possession of a false passport), the Passports Act (false statement in an application for a PNG passport), and several charges relating to the importation and export of drugs (methamphetamine),” Pato said in a statement.
Nduduzie had also been implicated in illegal firearm activities and counterfeit currency.
“He refused to cooperate with attempts to identify him and remove him even when he was taken into immigration detention. Months of detailed work by immigration, police, customs and international law enforcement counterparts eventually paid off and a legitimate travel document was obtained for him,” said Pato.
A joint decision by investigating agencies saw Nduduzie’s removal from the country yesterday for PNG’s best interests. Pato warned against foreign nationals engaging in criminal activity.
“We will continue to work across the whole government to protect our borders and will also actively share intelligence with international police and immigration partners to enforce our laws,” Pato added.