Suspected human trafficker was intercepted with five female victims en route from Niger Republic to Europe on November 23rd 2019 says Nigeria Immigration Services NIS.
The Controller General of Immigration Muhammed Babandede in reaction to a media reports that the NIS officials at checkpoints had “indirectly legalized illegal migration with their cash-for-pass attitudes” said 37 underage children were also nabbed at Dankama on November 26, while 28 people being smuggled out of the country were arrested at Kongolam, Katsina State, on December 2 by NIS officers.
Babandede denied reports that immigration officers in Sokoto were collecting N200 bribes to allow illegal immigrants into the country.
Spokesman for the body, DCI Sunday James, in a statement on Friday said the CG had ordered an investigation into the allegation.
However, the Nigeria Immigration Service has hinted it has registered 80,000 migrants since the migrant e-registration began in July last year.
The Comptroller General of NIS, Muhammed Babandede, said 45,000 of them were irregular migrants, with 35,000 regular migrants.
He also revealed that NIS intercepted 70 human trafficked victims being taken out of the country from November to December last year.
He said, “The objective of the migrant e-registration is to afford the government the opportunity to know precisely the total number of migrant’s resident in the country as well as their status.
“The migrant data would also assist the government in sociopolitical and national demographic growth plans.
“So far, 80,000 migrants have been registered comprising 45,000 irregular migrants, representing 66 per cent of the total number of migrants registered, and 35,000 representing 34 per cent of regular migrants.”
The CG asked the public to report cases of extortion or any form of illegalities on the borders.