By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN CITYâ€” THE Comptroller in charge of Edo State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Mr. Henry Malgwi, has described as embarrassing and unacceptable growing incidents of human trafficking in the state and the cases of stranded Nigerians in Libya and Morroco, who attempted entering Europe with out genuine documents.
He said that the Service has taken the proactive step of embarking on sustained counseling and education of young Nigerians who approached the immigration office for the procurement of passports on the danger of such trips outside the country.
Malgwi declared this while speaking on the 100KVA generating set and ten units of split air conditioners donated to Edo State Immigration Service by the Believersâ€™ Love World Ministry also, known as Christ Embassy, in Benin at the weekend.
The items, according to him, were received from the Regional Pastor of the Church in Benin, Pastor Tom Amenkhina, who represented the Founder and General overseer, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, by the Zonal Comptroller General, Mr. E.C Udeh, an Assistant Comptroller General, who represented the Comptroller General, Mr. Joseph Udeh, at the event.
Malgwi said that a good number of the youths were still recalcitrant when being advised against their adventure into foreign countries because they had seen a few of their colleagues who traveled out and had succeeded in sending money in foreign currencies to their relations.
Commenting also on reported incidents of touting involving the procurement of the electronics passports among men of the Immigration Service in the zone, Malgwi stated that the command had a standard practice to dismiss any of its men caught in such a nefarious act.
He urged members of the public to deal directly with the Immigration in their procurement of the passport in order to avoid the extortionist activities of touts in the society, warning also that apprehended touts would be handed over to the police for prosecution.
He disclosed further that State Command of the Service was able to issue a total of 17,586 passports and raked in the sum of N153,877,500 into the Federation account between January and June 2009.
â€œSo you can see that we have been working seriously. All the money are paid into the account of the federal government, so you cannot witness any case of corruption and that is why we are advising our people to pay to the direct source, instead of paying to touts which will make it more expensive for themâ€ he stated.