Six Illegal Migrants Arrested In Ogun

A photo combination of the Comptroller of Immigration, Ogun Command, Mrs Doris Braimah and the arrested suspects.

 

Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service on Tuesday arrested six illegal migrants who were being smuggled by some Nigerians through Idiroko borders.

The two suspects who smuggled the migrants are reported to have been on the watch list of security agencies in Ogun State for trafficking of migrants into the country.

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The comptroller of immigration, Mrs Doris Braimah who paraded the suspects at the office of the service in Abeokuta, the state capital, says the illegal migrants include four Mali indigenes and two Guineans.

“When you aid unknown people into your country, without even knowing their aim, it is a big risk. It is actually called security threat,” Braimah said while parading the suspected.

She explained that the two suspects would be arraigned, while the six foreign nationals would be repatriated to their countries.

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.

Immigration To Issue Adult Passports With 10-Year Validity

Immigration To Issue Adult Passports With 10-Year Validity

 

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has announced plans to increase the validity of passports issued to adults from five to 10 years.

Comptroller-General of NIS, Mr Mohammed Babandede, disclosed this to reporters on Thursday at the Passport Office in Ikoyi area of Lagos State.

“The idea is to reform the old passport booklet, the booklet will change. 10-year validity will reduce the burden on applicants and on the system,” he said.

Comptroller-General of NIS, Mr Muhammed Babandede, speaking to reporters at the Ikoyi Passport Office in Lagos on July 2

 

Babandede explained that this was part of reforms by the Service towards improving the process of issuing passports to Nigerians.

He was also confident that the issuance of the new passport, which would commence before the end of the year, would reduce the burden on Nigerians to acquire passports every five years.

“We strongly believe that this will help Nigeria, this will make our customers happy, and we will ensure it is done before the end of this year because the booklet has to change,” the Immigration boss said.

Anambra Trains 160 Immigration Officers In ICT

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One hundred and sixty officers of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Anambra State Command, have participated in a continuous Capacity Building Training on Information Communication Technology (ICT) organised by the command in Awka.

According to the State Immigration Comptroller, Mr Ekpedeme King, the programme became necessary after a careful evaluation of the urgency to cut into the Presidential Executive Order on the ease of doing business in Nigeria with a follow up order by the Comptroller General of Immigration that all officers must have the requisite competence to efficiently deliver services to end users of the Immigration facilities within the time frame as stipulated in the Presidential mandate.

He disclosed that ICT will play a vital role in data collection, storage, analysis and in control and monitoring of migrants but most importantly will eliminate bureaucratic delays that have been detrimental to prompt action and efficient service delivery in NIS.

“The Comptroller General has insisted that all officers must improve their ICT skills because it is with this competence that we can deliver service. With the administration of service, we have now in Abuja, we will definitely continue to see a difference in Immigration Service, a Service that is oriented, and a Service that is determined to meet the expectations of Nigerians.”

The Secretary to the State Government represented by the Permanent Secretary to the Office of the SSG, Mr Dan Ezeanwu, who flags off the training programme urges the participants to see the training as an overall strategic plan to completely overhaul the service and ensure institutional relevance and excellence.

Immigration Clamps Down On Illegal Settlers

Immigration Clamps Down On Illegal SettlersThe Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service says it is commencing raids on illegal immigrants across border towns in the state.

The State Area Controller of Immigration, Mr Ajibola Bayeroju, said the step becomes imperative in view of involvement of illegal immigrants in criminal activities across the state which has been on the increase in recent times.

He said activities of illegal immigrants were responsible for many armed robbery incidents experienced in the state in southwest Nigeria.

Mr Bayeroju made the remarks while parading three suspected illegal immigrants from Benin Republic arrested in Ayetoro area of the state for an alleged armed robbery.

He said permission for the raid on illegal immigrants has been obtained from the authorities of the Service.

“We are trying to raid them all over the state; that is what we are trying to do.

“A lot of them are here illegally. We are seriously working on that.

“They are all from the Republic of Benin, they are non-Nigerians, they come to Nigeria to rob.

“We are trying to make Nigeria a safe country because of the security situation in the country.

“I am now calling for more synergy with other sister security agencies.

“After leaving this place, they are going to be handed over to the police for prosecution,” he said.

Items recovered from the suspects include a cut to size short gun among others.

One of the suspects, who denied any wrongdoing, said the gun found on him was being used as a member of a vigilante group from the area.

Nigeria Eases Immigration Processes To Boost Economy

Lai Mohammed, Visa Processes, Immigration Processes, NigeriaThe Federal Government has reviewed the visa processes for foreigners who wish to visit Nigeria for business and tourism purposes.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, explained in a statement that the review was aimed at removing bureaucratic bottlenecks and encouraging business travellers and tourists.

He said the measures were part of the government’s action plan for the ease of doing business, and efforts to boost tourism and the economy.

“The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has reviewed the requirements for Nigerian visas to make them more customer friendly, and details of this review are available on the NIS official website, www.immigration.gov.ng.

“Types of visas currently reviewed include Visa on Arrival (VoA) processes, Business Visas, Tourist Visas and Transit Visas,” the minister said.

Mr Mohammed hinted that business visas are available for foreign travellers who wish to travel to Nigeria for meetings, conferences, seminars, contract negotiation, marketing, sales, purchase and distribution of Nigerian goods, trade fairs, job interviews, training of Nigerians, emergency/relief work, crew members, staff of NGOs, Staff of INGOs, researchers and musical concerts.

He added that tourist visas are also available to foreign travellers who wish to visit Nigeria for the purpose of tourism, or to visit family and friends while Nigeria Visa on Arrival is a class of short visit visa issued at the port of entry.

The minister noted that the visa is available to frequently-travelled High-Net-Worth Investors and intending visitors who may not be able to obtain visa at the Nigerian Missions/Embassies in their countries of residence, due to the absence of a Nigerian mission in those countries or exigencies of urgent business travels.

He noted that other actions taken by the Immigration Service include the harmonisation of multiplicity of Airport Arrival and Departure Form/Cards into a single form for all agencies of government to save foreign visitors from the current frustrating practice of filling three different forms or more, and the decentralisation of services to the State Commands.

“Reissuance of passports for change of names due to marital reasons or lost cases have been decentralised to all State Commands and Foreign Missions to save passport holders from additional costs and inconvenience of travelling to the Service Headquarters in Abuja.

“Additional 28 offices have been opened for issuance of Residence Permits in Nigeria, bringing the issuance of Combined Expatriate Residence Permit And Aliens Cards (CERPAC) closer to the doorstep of employers of expatriates at all 36 states and FCT,” the Information Minister said.

He stated that the measures taken by NIS fit perfectly into the 60-day national action plan for ease of doing business in Nigeria which he said was recently approved by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), as well as the Federal Government’s efforts to boost international tourism.

Senate Screens Ambassadorial Nominees

Senate Screens Ambassadorial Nominees The Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs has begun the screening of 46 non-career ambassadorial nominees presented by President Muhammadu Buhari.

This comes at a time when officials from government ministries, departments and agencies have also been visiting the parliament for meetings and budget defence.

The chairman of the Senate committee, Senator Monsurat Sumonu, said that the lawmakers would ensure that they properly screen the nominees to make sure that the best represent Nigeria in foreign missions.

Fielding questions from lawmakers, the nominee representing Zamfara state, Garba Muhammed, advocated a reform in the country’s foreign policy.

President Buhari on January 12 resubmitted a list of 46 non-career ambassadorial nominees to the Senate for confirmation.

Also, the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service was at the Senate on Tuesday to defend his agency’s 2017 budget.

But lawmakers raised several concerns in the Immigration budget.

A non-government organisation called Budgit has prepared a document for the National Assembly outlining 590 suspicious and frivolous line items in the 2017 budget.

The National Assembly committees are expected to scrutinize the allocations in the budget to ensure transparency in the appropriation of scarce funds to government agencies.

Immigration To Ensure Smooth Implementation Of International Passport Tax

Immigration RecruitsThe Nigeria Immigration Service is set to map out a strategy for the implementation of the proposed introduction of tax for the Nigerian international passport.

The Comptroller General of Immigration, Mohammed Babandede, made this known during a decoration ceremony of newly promoted officers in Abuja.

The tax according to him is not a punitive measure against Nigerians and there should be no objection to the introduction as the service would work closely with the tax authorities to make the system credible and free of forgery.

In the same vein, the immigration disclosed an increased revenue of 26 million Dollars in 2016 from the 23 million Dollars accrued in 2015 and has been remitted to the federal government.

Suspended Immigration Recruits Kick Against Re-screening

Immigration RecruitsImmigration recruits in Nigeria protesting against their suspension have kicked against an invitation for a re-screening.

They have resolved to continue their protest in the Federal Capital Territory.

They insist that they are bonafide staff of the Nigeria Immigration Service, having gone through what they describe as the most intensive recruitment exercise ever in the history of the service.

The Immigration Service said there were irregularities in their recruitment process that led to their suspension.

But the protesters also claimed that there was nothing irregular about their appointments.

Some suspended recruits of the Immigration Service had on Friday, staged a protest march at the presidency to complain about what they claimed was an attempt to rob them of their jobs.

They are asking the authorities of the agency to reinstate them in the spirit of justice.

Representatives of the 2,000 recruits suspended by the Nigeria Immigration Service had said that their patience was running out.

Suspended Immigration Recruits Take Protest To Aso Rock

Immigration recruits in NigeriaSome suspended recruits of the Nigeria Immigration Service on Friday staged a protest march at the presidency to complain about what they said was an attempt to rob them of their jobs.

They are asking the immigration service to reinstate them in the spirit of justice.

At the Aso Rock, the protesters, however, could not go beyond a barricade mounted by the Nigeria Police Force.

Representatives of the 2,000 recruits suspended by the Nigeria Immigration Service said that their patience was running out.

They alleged that the immigration authorities had since replaced their names with those of the children of the high and mighty in the society.

The spokesperson for the group, Aisha Yesufu, outlined their demands.

She said they had received three months training including handling of weapons and would rather serve their country than take to crime.

Authorities of the Nigeria Immigration Services said they suspended the employment of the recruits on grounds of irregularity.

To prevent the protesters from going into the Presidential Villa, the Nigerian Police came out in full force. The message was clear – cut short the protesters’ journey.

Officials of the police force said they had to barricade the entrance in the interest of law and order.

Couple Suspected To Be Child Traffickers Arrested In Cross River

Immigration, child smugglers, trafficking, funke adeuyi, nisCameroonian couple with a two-week-old baby boy suspected to have been stolen have been arrested by officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service in Cross River.

The Cross River State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) cautioned couples or singles planning on smuggling or trafficking babies to have a rethink.

It says monitoring had been stepped up to ensure further arrests.

The State Comptroller of Immigration, Mrs Funke Adeuyi, gave the caution in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital following an arrest of a Cameroonian couple with a two-week-old baby boy suspected to have been stolen.

Briefing reporters at the State Command, the immigration boss said, the suspects were arrested at the Nfum Control Post in Eteng Government Area of the State baba border patrol team.

According to her, the suspects were arrested after the first line of interrogation which proved that, their surnames and that of the baby didn’t match neither did the date and place of birth given by the supposed mother match.

The couple have been handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons for further investigation and prosecution.

Blame Parents For Child Beggars In Northern Nigeria – Gov. Bello

Child beggars, Almajiris, Northern NigeriaNiger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, has blamed parents for the influx and high rate of child beggars, otherwise known as Almajiris, on the streets of across major towns in the northern region of Nigeria.

He accused parents of abandoning their responsibilities of bringing up children under the guise of religion by sending their wards far away from home to seek Islamic knowledge without anything to support them.

The Governor made this observation when he paid host to the new State Comptroller of Immigration, Mrs. Tamuno Oyedeji in his office in Minna.

He stated that gone were the days when people go afar to seek Islamic knowledge stressing that there were enough Muslim Clerics spread across the region and it was callous and inhuman to send a child from far towns to Minna in other to acquire Islamic education.

Governor Sani Bello, who described the development as unacceptable, lamented that these children are left not catered for, stressing that the state government would do everything possible to protect such vulnerable children so that they don’t become menace to the society.

“We are also fine-tuning some laws in this regard with the hope that it would bring enduring solution to the problem. But in the main time, we have decided to send these child beggars on the street back to their parents”, the Governor added.

The Governor then pledged to sustain the joint patrol with the Immigration Service in the state in order to intensify patrol within the state and across its borders with Niger and Benin Republics to check irregular migrants.

He called on officers of the service to put an eagle eye and pay attention to entry flights into the country, especially those returning pilgrims, in other to apprehend those who might sneak in illegally.

Governor Sani Bello promised to assist the state command of the Immigration Service with logistics to boost its monitoring and surveillance across the state.

The new State Comptroller, Mrs. Tamuno Oyedeji acknowledged the continued support of the state government to the Immigration Service.

She gave the assurance that they would work with relevant stakeholders to ensure sustainable peace and stability in the state.