- Two officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service and five civilians have been arrested over alleged illegal registration of foreigners
- The arrested officials reportedly opened a secret office in Lagos where they operate from
- The NIS officials were reportedly collecting not lesser than N60,000 per registration without remitting any money to the government
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has uncovered a secret office in Lagos where foreigners in the country are illegally registered.
The illegal registration is carried out by some officials of the service in collaboration with some civilians.
The NIS has, however, arrested two of the officials involved in the illegal act alongside five civilian collaborators, Vanguard reports.
The newspaper adds that the arrested officials used to visit companies owned by foreigners to register their staff, pretending to be on official duty from the NIS.
The fraudulent officials were reportedly collecting not lesser than N60,000 per registration without remitting any money to the government.
In a similar development, the NIS disclosed on Friday, January 10, that it would investigate a report that alleged that its officials were engaged in bribery along the nation’s borders.
Sunday James, the spokesperson for the NIS, in a statement, said the Comptroller General of Immigration (CGI), Muhammad Babandede, had assured the public that the alleged acts would be investigated.
The immigration service issued the statement in reaction to report by an online media which alleged that with just N200 bribe per immigration checkpoint, illegal migrants were infiltrating Nigeria through Sokoto.
The NIS officials at patrol checkpoints on various Nigerian highways have also been accused of indirectly legalising illegal migration with their cash-for-pass attitudes.
Also, the comptroller-general of the NIS has alerted the general public that fraudsters were using a fake NIS website to defraud Nigerians who were seeking employment.
A statement issued on Tuesday, January 14, by the NIS spokesman indicated that Babandede said the scammers opened a website where they are presently carrying out fake recruitment activities.
Legit.ng gathered that NIS boss, however, advised Nigerians against subscribing to the fake website, adding that no recruitment is ongoing in the service.
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