The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), has been commended for judicious use of funds in infrastructure development and provision of other services.
James said the committee was led its chairman, Rep. Nasir Zangon-Daura.
“We can now confidently say that we have seen how the appropriated money and donor funding for NIS is being utilised,’’ Zangon-Daura said.
According to him, the committee is convinced that the NIS is poised to deliver on its core mandate of border management, among other duties.
Responding, the Comptroller-General of NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede, described the committee’s visit as timely.
According to Babandede, more than 14 projects have been completed at the service’s headquarters.
The NIS boss said that other completed and ongoing projects in the service’s office across the country included Flag Houses, command office complexes, transit camps and forward operational bases.
He said that those facilities were being put in place to enable personnel perform their duties.
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The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) says it has the powers to restrict movement as a border management agency if there is need for that.
Mr Sunday James, the officer in charge of Press and Public Relations Unit of the service, stated this in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja.
According to James, rumours are making the rounds about restriction of movements in some part of the country especially at the border posts, adding that this has nothing to do with the EndSARS protest.
“As an enforcement agency in charge of border management, if there is an order restricting anybody from entry into the country, we enforce it without any prejudice.
“This doesn’t have anything to do with EndSARS protest or an individual, it is a routine assignment,” James said.
He appealed to Nigerians to maintain law and order at all times.
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The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and a service firm, Newworks Nigeria Limited, habe agreed to work together to deliver best services to Nigerians and Non-Nigerians.The Spokesman, NIS, Mr Sunday James, disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja.James said that the chairman of the firm, Mr Mahmood Ahmadu, had paid a courtesy visit to discuss how the two organisations would deliver effective service to Nigerians.
This he said, was in line with the existing partnership between the two bodies in facilitating payments for passport and visas.
Ahmadu commended the Comptroller General, NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede, for the giant strides and efforts put in place to ensure Nigeria issues Biometric Visa.
Ahamadu noted that the service’s effort was in line with International best practices citing the improved technology as the basis for the global rating of Nigerian Visa as the Number 3 in the world in security and other features.
Responding, The Comptroller General, NIS, Babandede thanked the management of Newworks Nigeria Limited for being support.
He commended the management for technologically advancing the services rendered by NIS in Visa issuance and payment platform for Visa and Passport.
This he said, if improved upon would further bring ease to doing businesses by Nigerians applying for the Passport and Foreigners applying for Visa to Nigeria.
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The Federal Government has approved implementation of the New Visa Policy (NVP) and New Visa Fees.
The Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Mr Muhammad Babandede disclosed this in a statement by the Service Spokesman, Mr Sunday James on Thursday in Abuja.
Babandede said that the implementation of the new visa fees and Nigeria Visa Policy (NVP) 2020 commenced on Thursday.
“The service wishes to inform the general public and the international community of the new visa fees approved by the Minister of Interior, Mr Ra’uf Aregbesola, which is based on the principles of reciprocity.
“The service is inviting stakeholders, concerned authorities and individuals to visit the official website of the Service via for full details of the new visa fees for all countries and category of applicants, ” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Federal Government launched a New Visa Policy (NVP) on Feb. 4.
This was launched to boost the nation’s economy and allow travellers to visit Nigeria without visas and only commence the process of obtaining visa upon arrival into the country.
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The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) says it has trained 320 tactical Operatives to support the military in the North-West.
Its spokesman, Mr Sunday James, disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja.
James said that the 320 trained operatives were made up of 70 officers and 250 other ranks to be deployed to the North-West.
The statement quoted the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, as urging the 320 operatives to do the nation proud in their assignment to the North-West.
Aregbeshola expressed optimistic that no unwanted element would enter the country with the intensive training the operatives were given.
According to him, the operatives should see their duty in the North-West as the highest national service to keep the border and the country safe and the country.
He urged them to justify same by being professional in all their actions so as to protect the country from influx and infiltration by irregular migrants and other unwanted elements while supporting the military in the North-West.
According to him, the contiguous and homogeneous nature of the border communities calls for order Community relationship.
“This is a way to safeguard the borders thereby guaranteeing a safe nation, which is the ultimate.
“This is done through intelligence gathered from community members who will only share information available to them when they have confidence in the operatives and accept them as part of the community, and not just as government officials,” he said.
The Comptroller General (CG), NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede, stressed the need for the officers to avoid compromise in the course of their duty.
Babandede reiterated that the service could not afford to go back to the era of non-challant and arbitrary abuse of their duty call, which demands commitment and bravery.
“The 320 operatives are hereby charged to put national interest before any other thing so as to succeed and deliver on the mandate of the service to the nation,” he said.
“They are expected to cover about 700 kilometres along the flanks of the neighbouring Cameroon, Niger, Chad, Benin Republic covering the North East and West of the country, ” he said.
Babandede appreciated the Minister of Interior for the support and executive approvals in getting the request of the contingents met.
He commended the ministry on the promise made concerning the welfare of the trained operatives, and appealed for further support toward the purchase of more patrol vehicles, uniform accoutrements, among others.
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The Federal Government has approved the deportation of 10 Egyptians and seven Sri-Lankans with immediate effect.
Mr Sunday James, Public Relations Officer, Nigeira Immigration Service (NIS), disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja.
James said that the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbeshola, had signed the deportation order in pursuant to section 45, subsection 2, section 46, subsection 1 and Section 47, subsection 1 of the Nigeria Immigration Act 2015.
He said that the 10 Egyptians had violated the conditions for their entry and the Minister had ordered their deportation with immediate effect.
“Seven Sri-Lankans that were jailed for petroleum product related offences after serving their jail terms were ordered by the court to be deported to their country as well.
“The minister also signed the deportation order of one Ali Mahamat Taher to France and one Kasinathan Ramasamy to India who were found to be involved in activities violating the conditions of their entry into Nigeria.
“Taher was found to be engaged in activities capable of undermining the security of a friendly neighbouring country to Nigeria in Maiduguri, Borno state.
“While Ramasamy was found working as a shop attendant in Kano,” he said.
NAN reports that the Comptroller General, NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede, had directed that all migrants in Nigeria should comply with the laws guiding their residence and entry following the resumption of international flight.
“The public are hereby advised to note that all special exemptions granted to migrants due to COVID-19 has elapsed,”he had said.
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Babandede gave the advisory in a statement through the Service Public Relations Officer (SPRO) Mr Sunday James on Friday in Abuja.
He said that the directives were necessary to enable passengers travelling to China, Europe and North America from Nigeria observe the required travel protocols as requested by the Chinese and French Embassies.
According to him, all intending passengers to China are required to obtain COVID-19 negative test certificate before departing Nigeria for China.
“This had taken effect from 1st September 2020. But we need to ensure that everyone was well informed of this new development.
“They are required to take a “Nucleic Acid Test” three days before departure. Chinese citizens are to apply for “Green Health Codes” with “HS” mark.
“Other foreign nationals including Nigerians are to complete “Health Declaration Forms”
“All the two categories of travellers; foreigners to China and Chinese citizens are to submit COVID-19 negative test certificate to the Chinese embassy or Consulate in Nigeria for issuance of required clearance for their journey to China.
“Non-resident Nigerians in Europe and North America are to avoid transiting France pending the lifting of travel restrictions due to COVID-19.
“Transit passengers to Europe and North America transiting through Paris, must endeavour to present a valid Permanent Resident Permit for their final destination and COVID-19 negative test certificate to enable them entry into France,” he said.
Babandede advised all China, Europe and North American bound passengers to strongly abide by these rules to avoid denial of departure from Nigeria and repatriation from the countries concerned due to non-compliance.
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The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has assured travelers of fair treatment under the new visa regime.
The Service Spokesman, NIS, Mr Sunday James, who disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja, also promised to respect the fundamental rights of every traveler to the country.
James said that the service would continue to practice citizens’ diplomacy with the new visa regime.
“As a committed service, we will continue to practice citizens’ diplomacy both towards Nigerians and foreigners regardless of passport but on merit and integrity.
“The quality of a national passport is not only in good finishing and look, but what determines its acceptance to the global communities is more on the integrity of the citizens which rubs on the integrity of the passport they are holding.
“Acceptance evaluation of Nigerian passport as a travel document and citizens integrity determines how many countries will allow a Nigerian citizen entry into their country under which condition and for how long,’’ he said.
He said that in light of this, Nigeria had been rated the 1st country in Africa and 54th in the world to automate its uploading system.
“To have uploaded such quantity is an indication that the NIS is not resting on its oars and the information 24/7 centre of the service is working around the clock accessing diffusions from the INTERPOL General Assembly.
“This is to analyse, interrogate and interpret for domestic consumption and international actions to be taken.
“The result of such analysis, interrogation and interpretation is the upload of the 150,000 Stolen and Lost Travel Documents which by implication puts Nigeria on ascension on global podium of integrity, secured economy and safe for investment.
“This is also an indication that the NIS system is working to detect, identify and classify the various passports that were invalidated, stolen, lost, fake and tampered with,’’ he said.
James said that the fight against identity theft was part of the reason for the change from the colonial passport, hand written, Machine Readable Passport (MRP) to the e-passport.
He said that the enhanced e-passport has over 25 security features among other factors.
According to him, this is to guarantee the safety of the holder and document in line with
The new visa regime aimed at creating new visa categories for Ease of Doing Business.
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The Vice Chancellor, University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) Prof. Abdulrasheed Na’Allah has expressed the university’s willingness to partner Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) in running a programme in Migration Studies.
The NIS Spokesman, Mr Sunday James disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja.
Na’Allah commended the Comptroller General, NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede for giving the service a place in history and a voice among security agencies in the country.
He applauded the management for teaming up with the CGI to bring a turn around in various departments of the service.
He however, noted that there was need to bring in the migration study into the university to enable students have more knowledge about migration.
According to him, universities, as centre of knowledge must champion the course of solving migration concerns if they have to remain relevant as they do in security studies, medical and healthcare.
“Migration studies should receive the attention it deserves through research and teaching in relevant areas of migration proceeding solutions.
“We hope to partner with the service to achieving this great innovation by the university and build the nation together in terms of security and other related issues,” he said.
In his response, Babandede thanked the vice chancellor for making time out of his busy schedule to visit the NIS headquarters, accompanied by his principal officers.
He said that migration was a major international issue of global concern that the world would keep battling with like security and health related issues.
He assured the VC and his team of the service’s maximum support towards ensuring the course was taken in the university.
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The Service spokesman, Mr Sunday James, disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja.
He said that the Comptroller General, NIS, Mr Muhammad Babandede was updated in a brief on the development by the team in view of the report received of the success so far.
“This is an effort put in place by the Service team to rid the world of attempts and deliberate acts leading to identity theft, frauds and other organised crimes perpetrated globally using SLTD.
“This success was achieved with the immense support of the Interpol Global System (IPSG) United States National Central Bureau (USNCB) Washington, National Central Bureau (NCB) Abuja and the NIS team.
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