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Uzodinma tasks NIS on strict migration guidelines



Uzodinma tasks NIS on strict migration guidelines

Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo has urged the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to commit to strict migration guidelines for intending entrants to the country.

Uzodinma made the call on the occasion of the 60th anniversary ceremony of the NIS organised by its Imo Command, in Owerri, on Tuesday.

The governor who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku, urged the service to be more proactive about issues of illegal migration with a view to preventing movement of unauthorized immigrants.

According to him, illegal migration, if left unchecked, could leave the country welcoming individuals whose motives for entering the country could be dangerous, thus contributing to insecurity.
“A lot of people who enter Nigeria through porous borders have no good intentions for the country and pose serious security threat.

“ You must therefore redouble your efforts in the area of border patrol and an insistence on strict immigration guidelines “, he said.

Delivering a lecturer, Chief Joachim Olumba, a retired Comptroller of Immigration, listed duties performed by the Service to include the attraction of foreign direct investments through the administration of the Nigerian Visa Policy as well as air border control among others.

He spoke on the theme: “ Migration Management in Nigeria, Its Essence and Implication

,for National Growth and Development “.
He congratulated the NIS on another successful anniversary adding that it has been a story of many breakthroughs despite challenges.

Earlier in an address, the command’s Comptroller, Mrs Nkechi Ezugwu, thanked the governor for providing the enabling environment for the activities of the Service in Imo and promised to work collaterally with relevant stakeholders in line with the mandate of the Service.

Also speaking, the Assistant Comptroller-General in charge of Zone “E”, Mrs Angela Okoye, commended men and officers of the Command for their patriotic sacrifices and assured them that the management of the Service will continue to restructure for improved services and welfare of officers.

A former Minister of Interior, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho, urged the NIS to continue to build on their successes with a renewed commitment to national security.

The event was attended by all Heads of military and paramilitary outfits in Imo as well as religious leaders and traditional rulers.

Aug. 1, 1963, Immigration Department came of age when it was formally established by an Act of Parliament, Cap I71, Laws of the Federation Nigeria.

The head of the department became known as the Director of Immigration.

The Immigration Department, as it was known then, was entrusted with the core immigration duties under the headship of the Chief Federal Immigration Officer (CFIO) and the first to sit on that chair was Mr E.H. Harrison.

The department in its emergent stages inherited the Immigration Ordinance of 1958 for its operation.

Following some structural reforms and Government white paper on Oct. 1, 1992, the designation of “Director of Immigration” was changed to “Comptroller General of Immigration Service”, thereby granting the Service a para-military status.

Thus the last Director of Immigration became the first Comptroller General of Immigration (CGI) in the person of CGI Garba Abbas.

Subsequently, the Service has come a long way in its march towards reformation and restructuring to be better positioned for the implementation of modern migration management.

This period saw changes in the organizational and operational structure of the Service and which were inevitable towards accommodating the added responsibilities as well as emerging regional and sub-regional political alignments.

These included the introduction of the ECOWAS and African Affairs division, Aliens Control and Border Patrol Management and such other added responsibilities for the Service.

Furthermore, in 1988, the Service was saddled with the responsibility for the issuance of all Nigerian travel documents which included the Nigeria Passports.


Navy disowns list of successful candidate for Batch 35 recruitment



The Nigerian Navy (NN) has disowned the purported list of successful candidate for its Basic Training School (NNBTS) Batch 35 Recruitment, saying it is fake.

Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, the Director of Naval Information, said this in a statement in Abuja.

Ayo-Vaughan said the exercise was conducted in three centres across the country, namely; Lagos, Rivers and Kaduna States.

He described the information, being circulated recently as fake, and handiwork of fraudulent miscreants who were trying to dupe some unsuspecting applicants.

He said the list of successful candidates had not been released and that no form of invitation for training, via text message had also been disseminated by the Nigerian Navy.

‘’The alarming rate of circulation of fake information by unscrupulous individuals, regarding enlistment or recruitment into Navy is quite worrisome.

‘’Efforts are on to track and arrest the miscreants.

“Members of the public especially prospecting applicants who participated in the said recruitment are strongly enjoined to always authenticate information from the NN official website,, and other official social media handles, as well as other credible mainstream media platforms.

“Similarly, miscreants and mischief makers are warned to desist from this unwholesome practice, otherwise they will face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

Ayo-Vaughan said the text message, had invited unsuspecting applicants to report for military training at NNBTS Onne, Rivers, following their purported selection.

He said the criminals further claimed in the text message that the exercise would commence on Oct. 6.

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Gov. Alia condemns kidnapping of commissioner, one other



Gov Alia Hyacinth Alia

Gov. Hyacinth Alia has strongly condemned the kidnaping of Mr. Matthew Abo, his Commissioner for Information, culture and Tourism, and former Chairman Ukum Local Government Area (LGA), Mr. Iorwashima Erukaa.

This is contained in a press statement on Monday, signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Sir Tersoo Kula, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi.

According to the statement, while Mr Abo was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in his Sankara home at about 8pm on Sunday, September 24, Mr. Erukaa was taken away by a yet-to-be identified gunmen on Saturday, September 23.

The Governor, who described the act as barbaric and unacceptable, has directed security agencies to immediately commence operations to ensure the safe release of the duo.

He called on the people of the State to remain calm, as his administration would do everything possible to make the State safe for all.

“The kidnappers have made contacts with the family of Mr Erukaa but are yet to contact Mr Abo’s family,” the statement stated

Several gunmen had stormed the the commissioner’s residence in Zaki-Biam, Ukum LGA and kidnapped him.

Eyewitnesses who spoke to NAN, said that the kidnappers who came on four motorcycles, ordered everyone in the house, including the his wife and children, to lie face down and took him away to an unknown destination.

The witnesses said the abductors compelled the commissioner at gun point to sit behind the rider of one of the motorcycles while a gunman sandwitched him.

Mr Abo was sworn in as a member of the Benue State Executive Council on August 29.

He hails from Ukum Local Government Area of Sankera axis, a major flashpoint of criminal activities with rampant killings and kidnappings for years now.

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