‘Your Prayers Are Helping Me Recover,’ Immigration CG Speaks On Battle With COVID-19

(FILE) Comptroller-General of NIS, Mr Muhammed Babandede, speaks during an interview with Channels Television.

 

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, has appreciated friends and families for their prayers since he got infected with the Coronavirus.

Babandede in a video, which he released on Wednesday night share an update on how he is recovering.

“Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I will like to thank all my friends, loved ones, officers and men, Muslims and Christians in Nigeria and abroad for the enormous prayers for my quick recovery.

“I am very grateful for your prayers. In reality, your prayers are helping me recover very quickly,” he said in the video which was shared on the NIS official Twitter handle.

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He added that being infected by the virus has humbled him and revealed that he is loved by a large number of people.

“Allah knows better but I thank Allah for giving me the opportunity to be sick because it gives me the opportunity to humble myself, to also know that I am loved by such a large number of people.

“Today, the 1st of April, I am sending this short video to you to tell you I’m doing well and recovering gradually.”

He advised Nigerians to take precautions by washing their hands and maintaining social distance.

“This disease is real but above all, continue to pray so that Nigeria will be safe from any disaster. The numbers are still small but continue to pray that it does not grow,” the Customs boss said.

Babandede disclosed on Sunday that he had tested positive for the disease and has adhered to instructions of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to self-isolate and undergo a test.

Immigration Boss Babandede Tests Positive For Coronavirus

NIS Comptroller-General, Mr Muhammad Babandede, speaks in Abuja on September 6, 2019.
A file photo of NIS Comptroller-General, Mr Muhammad Babandede.

 

 

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Service Public Relations Officer, Sunday James, revealed Babandede’s health status in a statement sent to Channels Television on Sunday.

He noted that the comptroller-general returned recently from the United Kingdom, although the purpose of the visit was not disclosed.

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As a top official of the government, James said Babandede adhered to the instructions of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to self-isolate and undergo a test.

“The result of the test came out positive, hence the need to make it public. He conveys his goodwill to all, and he is in stable condition responding to treatment,” the statement said.

According to the Service spokesman, the comptroller-general is active and directing as expected, the affairs of the service online.

He said the Deputy Comptroller-General overseeing the administration of the service has been in touch with Babandede online to keep the activities of the service running within the period.

“The Nigeria Immigration Service community will continue to deliver on its mandate for the nation, even in these trying times as we pray the whole world gets over it, Nigeria inclusive,” the statement added.

Immigration Boss, Officers To Undergo Drug Test

NIS Comptroller-General, Mr Muhammad Babandede, speaks in Abuja on September 6, 2019.

 

 

The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, and all officers of the service would undergo a drug test.

The Service Public Relations Officer, Sunday James, disclosed this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Saturday.

According to him, Babandede made the announcement at the third Conversion/Upgrading Course at the Premier Immigration Training School in Kano State, north-west Nigeria.

The immigration boss explained that the exercise, which would commence with him as the first to be tested, was aimed at ensuring that personnel discharge their duties professionally.

He stressed the need for personnel of the service to be cautious as they carry arms in line of duty, giving assurance that those who test positive at first would not be dismissed.

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“As armed services, we cannot afford to be careless with the weapon. Hence all officers of the Service will undergo drug test, beginning with me,” Babandede was quoted as saying in the statement.

He added, “We shall not dismiss anyone at first discovery, but try to rehabilitate. If the fellow continued unrepentant, administrative procedures will be followed and appropriate sanctions applied.”

The Immigration boss reiterated the need for the officers to put what they learned into action, noting that the Service has invested so much into training and capacity development.

He also encouraged the participants to maximise the knowledge of ICT gained to uplift the standard expected of the service among other sister agencies, without competing but complementing each other wherever and whenever the need arises.

Babandede described the ‘Visa on Arrival’ policy as a huge opportunity for Africans coming for legitimate businesses to thrive in countries other than their nations.

According to him, it is also a means of integration and cementing African brotherhood relationships, thereby breaking down the barriers to free movement among fellow Africans.

The comptroller general assured Nigerians that the policy would be handled professionally while adopting best known global practices to liberalise the ‘Visa on Arrival’ regime without compromising national security.

He recalled the presidential amnesty granted by President Muhammadu Buhari for non-Nigerians to register with the Federal Government, stressing that the six-month window would expire in January 2020.

Babandede, however, said registration would continue to enable every migrant get registered and remain in the country.

He warned that any defaulter who refuses to take advantage of the opportunity would be removed from the country.

Immigration To Capture Foreigners’ Data At Airports, Says Babandede

NIS Comptroller-General, Mr Muhammad Babandede, speaks in Abuja on September 6, 2019. Photo – Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) is giving a 90-day period for illegal migrants to register with the service or get sanctioned.

The Comptroller General of NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede, gave the warning on Friday at the Service’s headquarters in Abuja.

He asked those who are non-citizens in the country to take advantage of the amnesty programme and get captured in the e-Migrant Policy launched by President Muhammadu Buhari on July 12.

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Babandede disclosed that the NIS has put in place some measures to identify foreigners and tackle illegal immigration in the country.

He said airports would henceforth capture biometrics of foreigners in order to compile a comprehensive database of those who come in and out of the country.

According to the NIS boss, the free e-registration process is currently ongoing in five states of the Federation.

He added that the Immigration has successfully registered over 4,000 migrants between July and September 2019.

Babandede explained that the registration of foreigners was aimed at promoting security in the country while the 90-day amnesty programme would lapse on January 11, 2020.

On August 26, the NIS boss had said that the Federal Government would not hesitate to kick out anyone found culpable after the amnesty granted by the President ended.

He noted that President Buhari saw the significance of having correct data of citizens and visitors in the country, saying it would help the government make good policies to improve the nation’s economy and tackle its security challenges among others.

“After the amnesty programme, any person who enters this territory and stays for a period of 90 days, there is a penalty for him for not registering and there is a penalty for the person who provides accommodation for him.

“This amnesty, once it ends, we will remove and arrest any person who has not registered. So we are prepared to remove any person who has not registered from this country after the amnesty,” Babandede had said during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

Immigration Vows To Deport Unregistered Visitors From Nigeria After Amnesty

(FILE) Comptroller-General of NIS, Mr Muhammed Babandede, speaks during an interview with Channels Television.

 

 

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has warned visitors staying in the country to take advantage of the e-migrant policy to register their status.

According to it, the Federal Government will not hesitate to kick out anyone found culpable after the amnesty granted by the President ends in January 2020.

The Comptroller-General of NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede, stated this during an interview on Channels Television’s breakfast programme.

“Any person who is not a citizen of Nigeria must register under the amnesty programme,” he said on Monday via Skype on Sunrise Daily.

The Immigration boss warned, “After the amnesty programme, any person who enters this territory and stays for a period of 90 days, there is a penalty for him for not registering and there is a penalty for the person who provides accommodation for him.”

“Before you provide accommodation for a non-Nigerian, you must ensure he or she has registered.

“This amnesty, once it ends, will also remove and arrest any person who has not registered. So we are prepared to remove any person who has not registered from this country after the amnesty,” he added.

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According to him, President Muhammadu saw the significance of having correct data of citizens and visitors in the country.

He explained that having correct data and knowing those staying in Nigeria would help the government in making good policies to improve the nation’s economy and tackle its security challenges among others.

“That’s why he (Buhari) gave an amnesty when he launched the e-Migrant Policy on the 12th of July and will expire on the 11th of January, 2020,” the NIS Comptroller-General noted.

He added, “This registration has started and was flagged off in Abuja and surprisingly, almost 35% of those who registered were staying irregularly. So when they register, we direct them to become normal if they are qualified to become normalised.

“All persons are expected to register if they enter Nigeria and stay for a period exceeding 90 days. It is biometric and we are also capturing the picture of the said individual.

“We are linking the registration with NIMC gradually which means one identity for Nigerian, one identity for our visitors.”

The Immigration boss stated that the Service would partner with other law enforcement agencies to remove unregistered persons by the end of the programme next year.

According to him, what Nigerians are doing abroad is connected with identity issue and every person staying in Nigeria will have one identification number.

FG Orders Closure Of Borders Ahead Of Saturday’s Polls

File: Comptroller-General of NIS, Mr Muhammed Babandede.

 

The Federal Government has ordered the closure of borders ahead of the Presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday, February 23.

This is according to a statement by the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, Muhammad Babandede entitled ‘Federal Government of Nigeria Closes Border’

In his statement, Babandede said: “Further to the Presidential election taking place on February 23, 2019 (tomorrow), the Minister of Interior has directed the closure of all Nigeria land borders with effect from 12 noon on Friday, February 22, 2019 (today).

This is to restrict movements across the borders during the election days.”

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The NIS boss also revealed that the Federal Government has approved free visa waivers for accredited election observers and monitors, many of whose entry visas expired as a result of last weekend’s postponement of the earlier scheduled election.

“Sequel to the rescheduling of the 2019 general elections to February 23 and March 9, 2019 and considering the plight of accredited election observers and monitors who were caught up by the rescheduled elections, the Minister of Interior, Lt. General Abdulraman Dambazau (retd) has approved a visa waiver.

“All affected individuals and organisations wishing to extend their stay or travel back to their countries and return for the next election are advised to visit Nigeria Immigration visa desk at the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, headquarters.

The desk officers will attend to those requiring extension of their visa issued gratis (No fee charge).”

Boko Haram: Police To Provide Security In Liberated Towns

Police-Don-AwunahThe Acting Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris, says the police is already establishing civil authority in communities liberated from the Boko Haram terrorists in affected states.

The police chief told journalists in Maiduguri that the move is to relieve the military and to also enable displaced persons return home in the shortest possible time.

The IG was speaking during the launch of a Police Medical Outreach for the internally displaced living at the Muna Garage Camp in Maiduguri.

He said the initiative is in tandem with the Nigerian Air Force and military medical outreach among the displaced.

The IGP has also assured citizens of adequate security to communities liberated from the Boko Haram terrorists to enable Displaced Persons return home soonest.

Idris said the visit was aimed at synergising with the military on the process of returning civil authorities to liberated communities.

He has assured officers and men of the police force that their welfare would be adequately catered for.

The IGP also distributed food items and other relief materials to support the IDPs even as plans to fortify their hometowns and establish civil rule intensifies.

IGP Idris was accompanied by the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, Comptroller General of the Prison Service, Ahmed Ja’afar and Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu

Suspended Immigration Recruits Protest 

immigration, Immigration recruitsAbout 2,000 recruits into the Nigeria Immigration Service, who were disengaged after their training in 2015, protested their sack at the headquarters of the Ministry of Interior in Abuja on Tuesday.

The protesters stormed the ministry with various placards demanding their reinstatement into the service.

It will be recalled that the 2,000 applicants were recruited in 2015 following a presidential directive in the aftermath of Immigration recruitment stampede but were later disengaged after three months training.

One of the Immigration recruits,​ ​Solomon Ojigbe, said that they were at the ministry to protest their disengagement and press for immediate reinstatement.

The Comptroller-General of Immigration, Mr Muhammad Babandede, who later addressed the protesters pledged to look into the matter.

Mr. Babandede urged the protesters to be disciplined and conduct themselves peacefully while he meets with their leaders to find an amicable solution to the problem.