Immigration-Nigeria Gets Tough As Six Britons Are Deported For Illegal Living-The Nigeria Immigration Services claims it is getting tough against the abuse of Nigeria Immigration and will henceforth deport any foreigner who go through illegal activities in the country.
The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, Mr. Martins Kure-Abeshi during the week disclosed that recently, six British citizens have been deported from Nigeriafor engaging in illegal activities.
He did not however however explain if the NIS supervised the exit of the Britons. However, he assumes that the company with which the illegal immigrants work could have got rid of them by the time he was speaking
Immigration Boss, Abeshi was speaking to newsmen on Wednesday at the National Assembly as he attended a meeting with the House of Representatives Committee on Interior to defend the 2016 budget estimate for the agency.
According to him, those deported were discovered to have been living in Nigeria without valid papers. They were discovered to be working with various companies.
Kure explained how NIS carry out operations to rid the nation of illegal immigrants and how precisely those found culpable are dealt with to avoid escape from their discovered haven. He said reparation of those found culpable are carried out immediately after thorough investigation into their activities.
“I just arrived from abroad on Monday and met this case. As I am talking, the company that employed those expatriates, after my discussion with them, are to be responsible for their air tickets.
“If that expatriate commits any offence against the company and they want to remove him, that company must provide ticket so that the person is removed from this country.
“I am sure they have been flown out. It is against the law of the land. So their first employer complained about these expatriates, so it is an offence they have committed and we have ordered their deportation.
“There is another another angle to it. If he is a worker, working in a company and we discover that he does not have papers to stay in this country, he has committed an offence against the state, the company that the expatriate is working will give us money, buy ticket or whatever is their responsibility.
He further explained the procedures taken by Nigerian firms to employ foreigners: “Before anybody takes an appointment here as an expatriate, the organisation will write to immigration that they are taking immigration responsibility for that expatriate,” Abeshi noted. He said the immigration will then look at the conditions and their status in the country.
However, with the porosity of the Nigerian system, he did not stress if those found guilty are monitored to the exit point while leaving as the norms of many Immigration Departments across the World.
He claimed that the Immigration swoops into action when workers of an organisation complain against a foreigner working illegally and explained the procedure taken to deport them and giving the deportation responsibility to the firm in which they are discovered to be working.
No further explanation as to whether the Immigration go in search of illegal immigrants across the country or carrying out emergency search in borders and companies across the country.