The Federal Government has announced the deportation of three South Koreans from the country over immigration related offences.
In a statement released on Tuesday by the spokesperson for the Nigeria Immigration Service, Ekpedeme King, the three persons were reportedly deported on July 20 and further issued a ten-year ban from stepping foot in Nigeria.
The statement which was signed by the Deputy Comptroller of Immigration read:
“The Federal Government of Nigeria had on the 20th of July, 2016 deported three (3) South Koreans namely Lee Yoo Song, Lee Byeung Woo and Moon Een Soo for Immigration related offences. The Hon. Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahaman Dambazau (Rtd) in the exercise of the powers conferred on him by sections 45(2) and (3) and 44( 1e) of the Immigration Act 2015 signed the Deportation Order.
“With the deportation order in force, the three (3) Koreans will not be eligible to enter Nigeria again through any port in the next ten years.
“Without prejudice to the Foreign Investment Drive of Government, the Comptroller – General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede, wishes to use this opportunity to caution all expatriates and their employers in Nigeria to respect the laws of the country as the Nigeria Immigration Service is determined to implement all aspect of immigration laws in the public interest.
“However expatriates resident in Nigeria with correct documentation are assured of the protection of their rights and dignity.”
Similarly, the NIS had in February deported 6 British citizens for violation of Nigerian immigration laws. The Niger State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service was reported to have deported about 500 persons this year alone, among the deported were nine Nigéríéns.