Immigration Service Places 3,964 Nigerians On Watch List, Suspends Passports


Nigerian passportNigeria Immigration Service has revealed that at least 3,964 Nigerians are currently on their watch list.

The names of the affected individuals, according to ThePunch, have been placed with security agencies at the nation’s international airports where they will be arrested on sight.

According to 2020 NIS annual report suspect index, 308 persons were placed on the watch list in 2019, 166 in 2020, while 51 persons were stop-listed in two years.

Also, 3,438 passports are also being watch, while 23 are on the exemption list.

The report states;

Suspect index reviews and maintains the list of persons whose entry into Nigeria is prohibited or on whom special instructions are in place with respect to entry and departure from Nigeria. The travel documents are the instruments used to achieve this objective through synergy with other law enforcement agencies and court of competent jurisdiction.

In a related development, the NIS has revoked 149,875 stolen or lost passports and uploaded them to Interpol’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database via Web Services for Data Management platform.

Meanwhile, there are indications that the Federal Government may not meet its 2021 revenue projection from NIS services.

Findings show that there might be revenue shortfall from visa; e-PASS, ECOWAS Residence Card, Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Aliens Card and other documents issued by the NIS due to the reduced number of foreign visitors and expatriates in the country following COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Immigration sources said the number of Italians, Britons, South Africans, Chinese, Indians, and other Asians, who constitute a large percentage of expatriates in the country, had reduced on account of travel restrictions imposed by their respective countries.

The former Comptroller-General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede had said the service recorded a 40 per cent revenue shortfall in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

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