The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has deported 6 British citizens who were arrested last Saturday for violation of Nigerian immigration laws.
Comptroller-General of Immigrations, Martins Kure Abeshi, made the revelation before the House of Representatives Committee on Interior, headed by Hon. Jagaba Adams Jagaba, to defend the agency’s 2016 budget.
In Abeshi’s words,
I just arrived from abroad yesterday (Monday) and met this case.
As I am talking, yesterday in the evening, the company that employed those expatriates, after my discussion with them, they are to be responsible for their air tickets.
As I am talking now, 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.
When we conduct our operation and discover that someone who is not a Nigerian is living in this country illegally, he will be repatriated. That is on our own part, they have to go.
Continuing, he said,
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.
Before anybody takes an appointment here as an expatriate, the organisation will write to immigration that they are taking immigration responsibility for that expatriate.
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.
Part VIII, Sections 56 (1-7); 58; 59; and 60 (1–5) of the Immigration Act, 2015 which provides for the immigration offences and penalties, stipulates a term of imprisonment of 10 years or fine of N2 million.
Similarly, the Niger State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service is reported to have deported about 500 persons this year which includes nine Nigéríéns.