The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has said it nabbed 40 Beninese in Lagos who were in possession of the country’s Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC).
This is just as the service disclosed that 380 Nigerians were deported for immigration and other offences in May.
Assistant Comptroller General (ACG) in charge of Lagos and Ogun States, Musa Maza stated this on Wednesday during a visit of Chinese Youths Association (CYA) to his office in Alausa.
Maza who said the arrest was made in May at Seme Border, Badagry, added that the suspects resided in different areas of the state.
According to him, the suspects have been handed over to the Beninnese security forces for further investigation and prosecution.
“The eagle-eyed immigration officers were able to apprehend 40 ECOWAS nationals who were mainly Beninese and in possession of the Nigerian PVCs. These cards were seized from them.
Of the 380 Nigerians deported, Maza said 311 were repatriated through regular scheduled flights, when 69 were boarded on special flights.
“From the sea port, 1,171 foreign nationals arrived on our shores between 5 and 11 May, 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. 311 of them were deported on regular scheduled flights, while 69 were deported aboard a special flight.
“Normal arrival, a total of 97,133 passengers arrived during this period. They consist of 72,699 Nigerians and 24,434 other nationals. A breakdown of the arrivals showed that 14,043 visitors came into the country last month while 4,787 residents came back through the MMIA.
“The departed people were 77,090 passengers. While 57,979 of them were Nigerians, 19,111 were other nationals.
“Then, on the reports from our border patrols, a total of 91 irregular immigrants were refused entry into the country in the month of May, while 60 Nigerians who were in possession of valid travelling documents were refused departures,” he stated.
On the visit of the Chinese youths, Maza said it was to boost the business relationship between both nations.
He said: “The essence of this visit is to give recognition and to appreciate each other’s contributions towards ensuring a free flow of business activities. We all know that the government of the day is serious about encouraging investments from abroad. 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. We have actually been very friendly with the Chinese. We have created very conducive atmosphere for their businesses to flourish.
“I want to quickly add that we do this without compromising the extant laws and regulations of the NIS. In effect, we constantly and solidly emphasis on the need for maximum compliance, and to the best of our knowledge in our interactions with them, the Chinese have been very compliant, and that is why we identify with them.
In his remark, President, CYA , Isaac Zeng, said the Chinese were satisfied with the reception of Nigerians towards them and their businesses.
He said: “Any Nigerian who wants to do business in China should get the certificates and bring the FDI. I have been in Nigeria since 2003. We are supporting Nigeria in all its policies.”