Immigration to issue resident permit to foreign citizens

The Comptroller General of Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babban Dede, has said issuance of resident permit to emigrants would soon commence.

Dede revealed that the new development would enable the Nigerian government to fish out illegal immigrants residing in the country, insisting whoever failed to conform to the directive risked deportation.

He said this during the graduation ceremony of 396 Immigration Officers that undertook the 44th Superintendent Basic Course at Kano Immigration Training School, adding that the renewed issuance became pertinent due to insecurity confronting the nation. 

The Immigration chief warned that at the expiration of the stipulated three months for the possession of permit, the Service would not hesitate to deport affected emigrant (s).

He said in the face of global reality, coupled with insurgency and other serious security threats, Nigeria must take necessary steps in protecting its sovereignty for citizens to go about their lawful business in peace. He said NIS had taken serious steps in ensuring that henceforth, borders were protected and Nigeria became safer for business.

He said the Federal Government has approved establishment of e-border with the upgrade of passenger clearance system, installation of MIDAS, establishment of border patrol to FOB and the ongoing Technology Building.