Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS yesterday said it had concluded plans to deport six Britons arrested last Saturday for violating Nigerian Immigration Laws.
The NIS Comptroller-General, Martins Kure, disclosed this when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Interior.
It would be recalled that the service had arrested six Britons following an alleged breach of Nigeria laws, especially sections of the Immigration Act, 2015 regulating expatriate quota.
The expatriates were said to be working for GMT Energy Resources, contractors to EXXONMOBIL, a US International Oil Company, IOC in Nigeria with headquarters in Houston, Texas.
Kure informed members of the committee that the expatriates had breached Nigeria’s immigration laws and would therefore be deported.
The NIS boss hinted that the expatriates were said to have been engaged by GMT in a project for the IOC when they were arrested.
He explained that Part VIII, Sections 56 (1-7); 58; 59; and 60 (1–5) of the Immigration Act, 2015 which provides for the immigration offences and penalties, stipulates a term of imprisonment of 10 years or fine of N2 million.
According to the NIS boss, “I just arrived from abroad yesterday (Monday) and met this case. As I am talking, yesterday in the evening, the company that employed those expatriates, after my discussion with them they are to be responsible for their air ticket. As I am talking now, I am sure they have been flown out.”
“One company employed them. They were in the services of that company, but they travelled out, when they were coming back, another employer gave them visa to come, which is against immigration law, it is against the law of the land. So their first employer complained about these expatiates, so it is an offence they have committed and we have ordered their deportation.
“When we conduct our operation and discover that someone who is not a Nigerian is living in this country illegally, he will be repatriated. That is on our own part, they have to go.
“There is another angle to it. If he is a worker, working in a company and we discover that he does not have papers to stay in this country, he has committee an offense against the state, the company that the expatriate is working will give us money; buy ticket or whatever is their responsibility.
“Before anybody takes an appointment here as an expatriate, the organization will write to immigration that they are taking immigration responsibility for that expatriate.
“If that expatriate commits any offence against the company and they want to remove him, that company must provide ticket so that the person is removed from this country.”
In his remarks, Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Jagaba Adams Jagaba, told the NIS boss to work towards ensuring that people, who entered the country illegally, especially with the intent to commit crime, were apprehended and repatriated to their countries.