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FG revokes visa, work permit of Seplat Energy boss, Roger Brown, gives reason



 FG revokes visa work permit of Seplat Energy boss Roger Brown gives reason

The Federal Government has revoked the visa, residence and working permit of Roger Brown, a British businessman and CEO of Seplat Energy Plc, an oil & gas exploration and production company based in Nigeria.

The government took the decision over alleged racism, favouring of foreign workers and discrimination against Nigerian employees.

Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, in a letter informed that the the Ministry was in receipt of a petition from the Solicitor to the concerned workers and stakeholders of Seplat Energy PLC accusing Brown, the CEO of the companies, of various allegations.

The government said these accusations included “racism, favouring foreign workers, and discriminating against Nigerian employees. Testimony was received from several witnesses, which supported the allegations.”

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According to the letter, the investigation and records in the Ministry also revealed that Brown was in possession of CERPAC that was not based on validly issued Expatriate Quota approved by the Ministry of Interior resulting to the violation of relevant immigration laws and regulations.

“As a result of these, the honorable minister has determined that Mr. Brown’s continued stay in Nigeria is contrary to national interest,” the letter said.

Aregbesola also noted that Brown declined to attend the two invitations from the ministry’s panel during the investigation, claiming “to be unavailable even though we learnt he was in Abuja for other purposes at the time.”



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