The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) says foreigners in the country are turning up en mass for registration in line with the six months amnesty granted to them by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The president had given a six-month amnesty to migrants who had stayed in Nigeria beyond 90 days without resident permit to register and obtain the document.
The amnesty will end on Jan. 11, 2020.
reports that the president on July 12 inaugurated the Migrant e-Registration and Data Processing Centre in Abuja.
James said: “It is a welcome idea and the six months amnesty given by Mr President is one of the best things that will happen to non-Nigerians.
“When a nation is saying that we pardon you for six months but within the six months make sure you correct the wrong you have done, it is a very good idea.
On border security, James said that through a presidential directive, the service and other sister agencies had beefed up security at the nation’s borders.
He said that the upscale in security was to ensure that only those with valid travel documents were allowed in or out through designated route.
“This assignment is being coordinated by the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) with the Army, Air Force, Police, DSS, Customs and Immigrations.
“These agencies are to ensure that movement across the border is done ‘regularly’, meaning that you must travel with a valid passport and through approved route.
“The lead agencies of this exercise are the Nigerian customs and immigrations and the spokesperson for this exercise is the customs PRO assisted by myself.
“All the six geo-political zones have been taken over by the operatives with enough human and vehicular assets deployed.’’
James said the mandate of immigration was to ensure that people were only allowed to come into the country through recognised entry point.
He stressed that Nigerians travelling out must carry a valid document while those coming in must be profiled before they enter.
James said that by the new directive, no foreigner would be allowed in without valid documents.
“For Nigerians, you are not allowed to travel without a valid travel document, but when you are coming back home, why not.
“The document you are bringing may not be of much necessity but we still profile you to know why you are coming back with an invalid document.
“For non-Nigerians, we do not allow them to come in without a valid travel document and they must come in through a recognised route.
“This exercise will continue as directed by the Federal Government,’’ he said.
Edited by Johnson Eyiangho/Ismail Abdulaziz
SERVICOM Week: Immigration boss tasks personnel on responsibility
According to him, negative issues relating to the service captures my name though I may not be the officer involve but I accept responsibility.
“However, henceforth, I am turning the table to the officers overseeing, and schedule officers that they will take responsibility for their individual and collective actions,” he said.
Babandede appreciated the SERVICOM focal person for been proactive, up and doing and very effective in following up with all the service windows for compliance and timely service delivery.
Mrs Nnena Akajemeli, the National Coordinator, SERVICOM rendered well deserved encomium on the CG for being a reform-minded public servant and Chief Executive.
Akajemeli noted that the Comptroller General had shown interest in transforming the service and leading by example, a feat seen in the various infrastructural, administrative, operating systems and developments in the service.
She observed that the near zero complaints recorded locally and globally on NIS facilitations and service deliveries was as a result of the zero tolerance the service had for corruption.
She added that the service also have zero tolerance for indolence and abuses related to official discharge of services by the officers.
The week ended with an award given to the Comptroller General, NIS, and other Schedule officers in the service in a virtual meeting.
Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
NAPTIP rescues 71 victims, arrests 3 suspected traffickers in Kano
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), said it has rescued 71 victims and arrested three suspected human traffickers in Kano State.
Mr Shehu Umar, the Zonal Commander in charge of Kano Zone, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , on Friday in Kano.
“On receiving information the agency conducted three operations between July 15 and 19, which led to the arrest of the suspects and rescued of the victims.
“We apprehended three suspects comprising one Nigerian and two Cameroonians who are between the age bracket of 21 and 36.
“The victims and suspects were apprehended enroute Algeria, Morocco and Libya.” he said.
Umar explained that 18 out of the 71 rescued victims were Cameroonian nationale, comprising 14 Males and 4 females, while19 Nigerians comprised of 11 males and 8 females.
He added that the Cameroonians would be handed over to the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) for further investigations and repatriation.
While 19 Nigerian rescued victims aged between 15 and 28-years-old hailed from Kano State.
The commander revealed that the Agency had on July 19, received transfer of 34 victims of human trafficking from the NIS, Katsina State Command, comprising of 24 females and 10 males.
“The victims think they can move out of the country freely without documents, without clear understanding of what they are going to do outside the country.
“The traffickers promised greener pasture to deceived the victims,” he added.
The Commander cautioned Nigerians against embarking on a overseas journey without specific reasons for doing so.
UNIMAID partners Immigration to checkmate activities of foreign students
Shugaba stated this on Friday when he received the Comptroller of NIS in Borno, Mr Ismaila Mohammed, who was on a familiarisation visit to the university.
He said that the move was imperative as the institution had been battling with some of the students who claimed to be foreign students but had certificate of origin from local governments in Nigeria.
He said: “The authentic foreign students association in the institution have always conducted themselves very well, while those with purported dual citizenship have always been a problem to the institution.
“Foreign students in the university are one of our most difficult problems here. JAMB will always insist that we admit a certain percentage of foreign students.
“To us , our doors are open to foreign students wherever they may come from in the entire world but the ones that we are constantly in touch with here are the Chadians, Nigeriens and Cameroonians.
“These are the ones closer to us. Sometimes we have had students from Mali, Senegal and Ghana.”
According to him, there are some coming from Niger that will tell you they are from Katsina, adding that the institution will relate with the immigration to solve some of these problems.
“As an institution of learning, our doors are always open to institutions and organisations that are interested in our activities.
“Immigration has been one of the government agencies that is very much interested in sending their staff for studies and a good number of your staff are studying in this institution.
“We encourage other forces like the Nigerian Army to also do same. The DSS are trying as well,” he said.
Earlier in his remarks, Mohammed appealed to the Vice Chancellor to continue to accord priority to his staff who apply for admission in the school.
Mohammed also promised to work closely with the vice chancellor to solve the problem of students claiming dual nationalities at the institution.
“By the laws of Nigeria, only the President and Commander in Chief can approve dual citizenship for an individual.
“People can’t just claim to have dual nationalities without undergoing the due process and approval. We will work closely with you to solve some of these problems,” he said.
Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
Immigration service launches 2020 sensitisation to improve service delivery
According to James, the agency prioritises service delivery to the general public, hence the need for such sensitisation to improve service delivery procedures and conducts for the benefits of the people.
“This is to receive all complaints forwarded by phone calls in person or other means of communication on service delivery, abuse, lack of satisfaction by NIS clients and customers with the aim of giving it quick attention.
He added that during the sensitisation, there would be an interface with the public for complaints towards ensuring compliance with service delivery and standard.
James said that the SERVICOM unit had delivered on its mandate by ensuring proper monitoring and reporting of progress and performance of all the service windows across the directorates and zones.
Edited By: Modupe Adeloye and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq