Nigerian Man Arrested for 276 Days of Overstay on Pha Ngan Island

Koh Phangan-

A Nigerian man was taken into custody on Pha Ngan Island for overstaying his visa by 276 days following allegations of intimidation to obtain free accommodation and meals.

The Pha Ngan Tourist Police reported to The Phuket Express that on Friday, May 31st, they apprehended a suspect identified only as Mr. Benjamin, a 35-year-old Nigerian, at a hotel room located in the Thong Sala sub-district. Displaying suspicious behavior upon the officers’ arrival, Mr. Benjamin was found to have significantly overstayed in Thailand when his passport was inspected.

Further investigations revealed that Mr. Benjamin had allegedly been threatening local hotel operators, claiming to be a Nigerian mafia member to coerce them into providing free rooms and food. However, his attempts were unsuccessful.

Mr. Benjamin was escorted to the Koh Pha Ngan Police Station, where he acknowledged the overstay violation and the related accusations. He is now facing charges for his immigration breach.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.