Nigeria repatriates over 16,000 illegal immigrants in 2012

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) said it repatriated 16,738 illegal immigrants, mostly from ECOWAS countries, in 2012.

NIS Comptroller-General Rose Uzoma said at a media forum in the capital city of Abuja Sunday that the ECOWAS citizens who were affected were repatriated because they had no travel documents.

''Actually we repatriated 16, 738 illegal immigrants, mainly of ECOWAS sub-region and let me make this clear, we did not remove these people because they are ECOWAS nationals...Because of the security challenge, we removed only those that did not have travel documents, to even let us know of their nationality. Because it is the travel document of a holder that will determine his nationality,’’ she said.

She said the service was working in line within the ECOWAS Protocol on free movement of persons

“When you enter, you should register your presence with the local government office of the immigration service; and when you stay, you have the right to stay for nine months within which you will be able to look for employment.

“When you get this employment, you are supposed to regularise your stay; you have the right to establish a business, but you must follow due process and establish yourself,” she said.
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30 december 2012 20:00:57

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