Breaking: FG gives illegal immigrants in Nigeria deadline to be duly registered

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Mohammed Babandede

The Presidential Amnesty given by President Muhammadu Buhari is set to expire in January 2020, according to the Controller General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mohammed Babandede.

Babandede, therefore, gave a 90-day ultimatum to immigrants who are yet to be duly registered.

“Migrants from the land and air borders residing in Nigeria must be registered within a period of 90 days,” Voice of Nigeria (VON) quotes Babandede as saying.

The NIS boss added: “Irregular migrants who have not committed or been convicted of any crimes must ensure they are registered and abide by the guidelines for staying in Nigeria.” 

President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier directed the NIS to give illegal migrants in the country a grace of six months to be registered and accredited as permitted residents.

President Buhari, represented by Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, gave the directive at the unveiling and commissioning of the Migrant ‘e-Registration and the Passport Data Processing Centres in Abuja on Friday, July 13.

President Buhari said that the registration process, which was being done without any sort of payment, was the federal government’s initiative targeted at capturing the data of citizens and migrants who reside in the country.