About 40 Beninoise nationals who reside in different parts of Lagos have been arrested by the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) for being in possession of Nigerian Permanent Voters Cards (PVC).
This was disclosed yesterday, June 30, by the Assistant Comptroller General of Immigration (ACG) in charge of Lagos and Ogun States, Musa Maza, while being honored by the Chinese Youths Association (CYA).
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The ACG also gave statistics of the number of deportees and those arrested for various immigration offences in the month of May, adding that nationals who were arrested at the Seme border in Badagry area of Lagos be handed over to the Beninnois security for further investigation and prosecution. His words:
“The eagle-eyed immigration officers were able to apprehend 40 ECOWAS nationals who were mainly Beninoise and in possession of the Nigerian PVCs. The cards were seized from them.
“From the seaport, 1,171 foreign nationals arrived on our shores between May 5 and 11, 2016. While 941 foreigners departed from Nigeria to their countries.
“From the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, we recorded some deportees; 380 Nigerians were deported for immigration and other offences from various countries in the month of May 2016.
“Around 311 of them were deported on regular scheduled flights, while 69 were deported aboard a special flight.
“On normal arrival, a total of 97,133 passengers arrived during this period. They consist of 72,699 Nigerians and 24,434 other nationals.
While addressing the Chinese entourage, Maza told them that his office recognizes and appreciates each other’s contribution towards ensuring a free flow of business activities from both countries.
He reminded them that the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is serious about encouraging investments from abroad saying:
“Investors are being wooed to come over here to do business with us in order to improve the economy of this country. And it is in line with this principle that the NIS, Zone A, have continually demonstrated her resolve to assist genuine investors that come into our country to do business,” Maza concluded.