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FG Places 3,964 Nigerians On Watch List, Suspends Passports



Nigerians On Watch List

No fewer than 3,964 Nigerians are at the moment on the watch listing of the Nigeria Immigration Service.

The names of the affected people, it was gathered, have been positioned with safety companies on the nation’s worldwide airports the place they are going to be arrested on sight.

In response to the 2020 NIS annual report suspect index, 308 individuals had been positioned on the watch listing in 2019, 166 in 2020, whereas 51 individuals had been stop-listed in two years.

No fewer than 3, 438 passports are additionally being watch, whereas 23 are on the exemption listing.

The report states, “Suspect index evaluations and maintains the listing of individuals whose entry into Nigeria is prohibited or on whom particular directions are in place with respect to entry and departure from Nigeria. The journey paperwork are the devices used to attain this goal by way of synergy with different regulation enforcement companies and court docket of competent jurisdiction.”

In a associated growth, the NIS has revoked 149, 875 stolen or misplaced passports and uploaded them to Interpol’s Stolen and Misplaced Journey Paperwork database by way of the Net Companies for Knowledge Administration platform.

In the meantime, there are indications that the FG might not meet its 2021 income projection from NIS providers.

Findings present that there is likely to be income shortfall from visa; e-PASS, ECOWAS Residence Card, the Mixed Expatriate Residence Allow and Aliens Card and different paperwork issued by the NIS because of the diminished variety of overseas guests and expatriates within the nation following COVID-19 journey restrictions.

Immigration sources mentioned the variety of Italians, Britons, South Africans, Chinese language, Indians, and different Asians, who represent a big proportion of expatriates within the nation, had diminished on account of journey restrictions imposed by their respective nations.

The erstwhile Comptroller-Basic of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede had mentioned the service recorded a 40 per cent income shortfall in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Figures from the NIS confirmed that in 2018, the immigration service generated N20.3bn from CERPAC; N40.7bn in 2019, and N16.7bn in 2020