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So far, we’ve registered 4,377 migrants in Nigeria – Babandede

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The Controller-General of Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, Muhammad Babandede, has said that about 4,377 migrants had been registered in the free e-registration exercise since inception in July.

The NIS boss, who made this known during a press briefing on Friday in Abuja, said the registration exercise would soon commence in others states across the country.

According to him, Ekiti, Ondo and Osun States are to flag-off the registration exercise next week.

“We are glad that migrants are turning out for the free e-registration exercise. We have so far recorded 2,175 in the Federal Capital and a total of 4,377 Nationwide.

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“We are however optimistic that, before the presidential amnesty on the registration runs out, we will record a significant number of the irregular and regular migrants registered,” Mr Babandede said.

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The immigration boss added that the management would meticulously work with robust institutions in the country to support the cause in meeting contemporary and global Immigration standards.

“We have a strategic plan of working with traditional and religious institutions, civil society groups and NGO’s to work with us to ensure continuous turnout in the registration exercise because the process will contribute to national development,” he noted.

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He also lamented that, most of the registered people are irregular migrants covering over two thousand in the FCT, urging migrants to register before the amnesty period elapses to avoid being penalized.

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“Based on our statistics, we have registered more irregular migrants; that is why we are capturing their biometrics because once your thumbs are captured, it cannot be changed.

“Any person who refused to register and wants to leave the country will be charged for over-stay as a penalty”.

Meanwhile, the coordinator of the e-registration exercise, Controller Aliyu Ahmad Bauchi explains that the initiative was designed to address minor violations of the Immigration Act by both regular and irregular migrants in the country.

The coordinator stressed that the initiative was part of the NIS institutional response to addressing so many issues tied to security, planning and other development processes and migrants have responded by coming out to register.

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