A Nigerian national who was slapped with an illegal entry charge was today ordered to leave the country within 24 hours by Chief magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
Dennis Emmanuel Derie 34, pleaded guilty to the charge, which stated that on March 27, 2016 at Lethem, he illegally entered Guyana by crossing a canal frontier and failed to present himself to an immigration officer.
The Prosecution stated that the defendant, who is a clothes trader, went to Brazil to trade clothes, and decided to come to Guyana.
On the day in question, the defendant entered Guyana via illegal means to ply his trade. Upon entry into the country, he failed to comply with the immigration laws of the state.
When given an opportunity to speak in court, the defendant explained that he arrived in a bus and paid a sum of $10,000 to the conductor, which he stated was more than the stipulated fare. He also made it known to the court that he was unaware of the immigration process.
Magistrate McLennan told the defendant that he needs to learn the immigration rules of a country before making entry; she then discharged the matter and ordered the defendant to leave the country within 24 hours.