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    You lack the power to extend tenure of immigration CG, lawyer writes Aregbesola

You lack the power to extend tenure of immigration CG, lawyer writes Aregbesola

D.D Makolo, a human rights lawyer, says Rauf Aregbesola, minister of interior, lacks the power to extend the tenure of Mohammed Babandede, comptroller-general of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS). NIS is under the supervision of interior ministry. In a letter addressed to the minister, Makolo said Babandede has spent a little over 35 years in service, and should have retired by now. He [...]

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    Agbakoba to FG: Merge customs, immigration to eliminate duplication of roles

Agbakoba to FG: Merge customs, immigration to eliminate duplication of roles

Olisa Agbakoba, former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), has suggested that the federal government merge the Nigeria Customs Service and the Nigerian Immigration Service to strengthen the country's trade policy. In an article titled 'Avoiding or mitigating recession in post-COVID Nigeria', Agbakoba suggested that the National Customs and Border Enforcement Services should be established to replace both agencies. He said [...]

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    COVID-19: Trump to suspend immigration into US

COVID-19: Trump to suspend immigration into US

US President Donald Trump says he will sign an executive order to temporarily suspend immigration into America. In a tweet on Tuesday, Trump said he would be taking the measure to protect the jobs of US citizens as the country fights to curb the spread of COVID-19. According to Worldometers, the US has recorded 972,938 cases of the disease and 42,518 deaths. [...]

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    Three weeks after, immigration CG recovers from COVID-19

Three weeks after, immigration CG recovers from COVID-19

Mohammed Babandede, comptroller-general of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), has tested negative for COVID-19. The comptroller-general had tested positive for the disease after he returned from the United Kingdom on March 22. He went into self-isolation afterwards. In a tweet on Tuesday, Babandede said he has tested negative twice for COVID-19. "I just receive my 2nd Negative report on COVID-19, I will like to [...]

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    Babandede, immigration CG, tests positive for coronavirus

Babandede, immigration CG, tests positive for coronavirus

Mohammed Babandede, comptroller-general of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), has tested positive for coronavirus. According to the Punch, Babandede disclosed his COVID-19 status on Sunday. The immigration chief reportedly said he has been in self-isolation since he returned from the United Kingdom on March 22. “Today, I tested positive for COVID-19. I have been on self-isolation since my return from UK on Sunday [...]

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    Gbaja on visa ban: US should not treat the giant of Africa this way

Gbaja on visa ban: US should not treat the giant of Africa this way

Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, has sought a review of the immigrant visa ban which the United States imposed on Nigeria. Speaking when he received Mary Leonard, US ambassador to Nigeria, in Abuja, the speaker said: "Nigeria being the giant of Africa should not be treated that way." The US had issued a proclamation imposing a ban on the issuance of [...]

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    US: Why we banned immigrants from Nigeria

US: Why we banned immigrants from Nigeria

The United States says it imposed an immigrant visa on Nigeria as a result of the country's failure to comply with its established identity-management and information-sharing criteria. In a statement, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said the restriction became necessary due to America's inability to verify a traveller's identity and "assess whether they pose a national security or public safety [...]

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    Applying for US immigrant visa? Trump says you now need medical insurance

Applying for US immigrant visa? Trump says you now need medical insurance

Intending immigrants to the United States will not be granted visas if they cannot show that they can afford to pay their medical bills. President Donald Trump signed the proclamation on Friday. The proclamation, which will be effective from November 3, states that immigrants will be barred from entering except they get health insurance within 30 days of arrival or show that [...]

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    Cut corners and be jailed — Hameed Ali warns customs officers

Cut corners and be jailed — Hameed Ali warns customs officers

Hameed Ali, comptroller-general of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), has warned personnel of the service against corruption. Ali gave the warning on Saturday when he visited border posts in Cross River state alongside Mohammed Babandede, comptroller-general of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS). Addressing officers of the two agencies after the visit, Ali warned against cutting corners, saying the days of illegality in [...]

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    Xenophobia: Over 400 Nigerians ready to leave S’Africa, says consul-general

Xenophobia: Over 400 Nigerians ready to leave S’Africa, says consul-general

The Nigerian mission in South Africa says at least 400 Nigerians have indicated interest to be evacuated from South Africa following xenophobic attacks. Foreign nationals in the country have been subjected to fresh attacks. This has led to a diplomatic row between Nigeria and South Africa. Speaking on Sunday, Godwin Adama, Nigeria's consul-general in Johannesburg, said the first batch of Nigerians who [...]

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    Immigration ‘gets access’ to Interpol database, vows to track fraudsters

Immigration ‘gets access’ to Interpol database, vows to track fraudsters

Muhammad Babandede, comptroller-general of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), says the agency has been granted access to the international police (INTERPOL) database. Speaking on Thursday at a seminar organised by the Bureau of Public Service Reforms in Abuja, Babandede said the move will curb the activities of fraudsters in the country. He said access to the information on interpol database will enable [...]

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    He was killed shortly after returning from Edo, says wife of Nigerian who died in Malaysian custody

He was killed shortly after returning from Edo, says wife of Nigerian who died in Malaysian custody

Blessing, wife of Thomas Ewansiha, a Nigerian student who died in custody of Malaysian immigration authorities, has alleged that her husband was murdered. Ewansiha, 34-year-old doctoral student of management at the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology in Selangor and father of two, was arrested by the immigration officials during a raid on foreigners on July 4. In a statement on Monday, [...]

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    Outrage as UK agency says Nigerians respect wealthy prostitutes

Outrage as UK agency says Nigerians respect wealthy prostitutes

Home Office, a UK ministerial department responsible for immigration, says trafficked women from Nigeria who get wealthy from prostitution are held in high esteem upon their return to the country. In the June edition of its country policy on the trafficking of women in Nigeria, it said: “Nigeria is a source, transit and destination country for the trafficking of women and [...]

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    Painfully slow: Immigration rated ‘F’ on speed of issuing passports

Painfully slow: Immigration rated ‘F’ on speed of issuing passports

BY OLUGBENGA OGUNBOWALE You may have read my story, how I prayed, fasted and ran a thread on twitter before I got my passport after 1 month of toiling and 24hrs from missing my VISA appointment. This traumatic experience showed me first-hand, just how severe the consequences of delayed issuance of passports can be. From missed opportunities and crashed dreams to emotional [...]

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    ‘Getting a visa is easier’ — Nigerians share bitter experiences getting passport

‘Getting a visa is easier’ — Nigerians share bitter experiences getting passport

"#GettingNigerianPassport is like getting honey from bees. Sounds good and adventurous until you try." Favour Olufunmilayo. Ogunbowale Olugbenga, a digital skills expert, had to pray, fast, wait a month, and run a thread on twitter before he could get his passport, 24 hours from missing his Visa appointment. If he decided to pay N40,000 to an immigration official, he could have got [...]

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    Survey: One in three Africans has considered migrating — and it is not to Europe or America

Survey: One in three Africans has considered migrating — and it is not to Europe or America

A recent survey by Afrobarometer, a pan-African research network, says more than one-third of the African population has considered migrating from the continent. The survey, published on Tuesday, drew data from 45,823 interviews across 34 African countries to arrive at its findings. According to the research, people preferred to migrate not to Europe or America, but to another African country. It listed economic [...]

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