By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA—The Federal Government said, yesterday in Abuja, that its decision to unveil a new Immigration Regulations 2017 was to prevent the influx of terrorists, killer-herdsmen and other irregular immigrants into the country.
Presenting the regulations to the public, Minister of Interior, Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd.) said the new document replaced that of 1963, and would now address operational challenges aimed at making the Nigeria Immigration Service responsive to global migration trend.
He said: “The new regulations are also designed to enhance the protection of the country’s borders against trans-national crimes, particularly, movement of terrorists through fierce collaboration with the Interpol.”
According to him, the new regulations include temporary permit, Visa on arrival, entry for business purposes, immigrants register, among others.
Earlier, Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, Mohammed Babandede, said until May 21, 2015, when the revised Immigration Acts was enacted, his agency operated with the 1963 Act which was not only obsolete but also grossly inadequate to contain unfolding migratory realities.
According to Babandede, aside from providing legal framework for effective implementation, the revised document consolidates all existing immigration regulations.