The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) is to investigate the allegation of bribery against its personnel along the Nation’s borders.
The Public Relations Officer of NIS, Mr. Sunday James, made the denial in a statement on Friday in Abuja. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that an online media had alleged that “with just N200 bribe per immigration checkpoint, illegal Migrants were infiltrating Nigeria through Sokoto”. The report had alleged that NIS officials at patrol checkpoints on various Nigerian highways have indirectly ‘legalised’ illegal migration with their cash-for-pass attitudes.
James said that the Comptroller General of Immigration (CGI), Mr. Muhammad Babandede, had assured that the alleged acts would be investigated. “Considering the gravity of the accusation, the CGI has ordered that a comprehensive investigation into the allegation be carried out and the recommendations immediately forwarded to his office for immediate action,“ he said.
James said that the progress and continual giant strides being recorded daily by the service was worthy of commendation. “We are yet to attain the peak and standard we are projecting to take the service as an elite service serving the greater majority of the country’s elites and the international communities.
“It is pertinent to note that the NIS under the leadership of Muhammad Babandede is doing everything possible to rid the system of bad eggs who are giving the service bad name,” he said.
James said that the service would never join hands with perpetrators and allowed the good work of the service to be destroyed by some unscrupulous elements painting the service bad. He said that the service would not relent on its effort having recorded achievements on border control and migration management at various commands across the country.
“Conscious of the existence of irregular migrants in the country, the service commenced e-registration of migrants into the country after President Muhammadu Buhari had given a deadline of January 2020 in line with the six months.
“No fewer than 80,000 migrants have been registered in the migrants e-registration database since its inception in July. “
“45,000 were irregular migrants representing 66 per cent of the total number of migrants registered, adding that 35,000 representing 34 per cent were regular migrants. “The objective of the migrants’ e-registration was to afford the Nigerian government the opportunity to know precisely the total number of migrants’ residents in the country as well as their status.
Arrest Miyetti Allah Leaders, CAN Tells FG
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has advised the Federal Government to arrest the leaders of the Miyetti Allah for allegedly sponsoring crimes in the country.
CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, gave the advice in a chat with reporters in Abuja.
Ayokunle, who expressed sadness over the recent killings in the northern part of the country, especially that of the Adamawa State CAN chairman, said: “The Federal Government should order the arrest of the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Groups in who are sponsoring and perpertuating the crime of Nigeria and prosecute them for all the killings in Southern Kaduna, Benue, Plateau and Taraba states, among others”.
Facebook Shuts Down Nnamdi Kanu’s Page
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Thursday said the Facebook page of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has been shut down.
The group’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, in a statement, alleged that the action was taken by Facebook Nigeria who, it said viewed the page as a platform to exposing the ills in government.
It warned that Biafra had suffered greatly as a result of denial of media space in the late 60s, saying it could not afford to allow same to continue in the 21st century.
The statement reads in part: “We can confirm that Facebook Nigeria has shut down the page of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“This is not unconnected with the fact that our leader’s page has become a rich resource for those determined to expose the evil regime in Nigeria and enthrone a better life for the masses.