– The federal government discloses that it will begin mass deportation of undocumented immigrants when the six-month grace for the appropriate documentation expires on January 12, 2020
– The supervising agency for the documentation of foreigners says there won’t be any extension once the grace period for documentation expires
– Officials of the agency note that Nigerians harbouring undocumented foreigners or having them in their employment will be jailed seven years or made to pay a fine of N1m
The federal government has disclosed that it will commence mass deportation of undocumented foreigners all over the country on January 13, 2020.
The supervising agency for the documentation of foreigners stated that the mass deportation exercise will begin immediately the six-month grace for the appropriate documentation given by the central government expires on January 12, 2020.
Top officials of the agency told the Tribune on Saturday, November 23, that there won’t be any extension once the grace period expires.
The officials noted that all undocumented foreigners above 18 years without evidence of proper documentation would be arrested after the grace period and promptly deported at the expiration of the grace period.
The agency warned that Nigerians harbouring undocumented foreigners or having them in their employment would be jailed seven years or made to pay a fine of N1m.
It said that Nigerians popularly known as agents, who usually facilitate the illegal movement of young girls and boys from neighbouring countries into Nigeria for the purpose of linking them up with those in need of domestic servants in homes across the country now stand the risk of a 10-year jail term or a fine of N1 million.
The spokesperson for the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Sunday James also explained that migrants not captured on the Migrant E-Registration database by January 12, 2020 would be arrested and prosecuted.
Meanwhile, the closure of Nigeria’s borders is really affecting Ghana, a parliamentarian from the country, Clement Humado, has lamented.
According to Humado, the closure of the Nigeria-Benin border is the most devastating to his country as several trucks from Ghana were stranded at Seme-Krake side of the border.
He disclosed this on Friday, November 22, while presenting the country report at the ongoing Second Ordinary Session of ECOWAS Parliament held in Abuja
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