Politicians preventing arrest of irregular immigrants - NIS reveals

Politicians preventing arrest of irregular immigrants - NIS reveals

- Illegal immigrants arrested at the airport are usually shielded by politicians

- This was disclosed by the controller of the Nigeria Immigration Service at the Abuja airport, Sadat Hassan

- The revelation is testament to how Nigerian politicians continue to abuse their privileges as public office holders

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The controller of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja command, Sadat Hassan, on Wednesday, June 17 accused some top politicians in the country and other individuals of preventing the arrest of irregular immigrants.

Hassan made the statement when members of the House of Representatives committee on diaspora visited the airport on assessment.

The NIS official alleged that such people always called her command to stop men of the NIS from arresting irregular immigrants.

Politicians preventing arrest of irregular immigrants - NIS reveals
Immigration officers say their work is being interfered with by politicians. Photo credit: NIS
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The allegation won't come as a surprise to many in Nigeria. Politicians have a way of obstructing justice in many instances.

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Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia could limit numbers at the annual hajj pilgrimage to prevent a further outbreak of coronavirus after cases in the country topped 100,000 recently.

Statistics available shows that some 2.5 million pilgrims visit the holiest sites of Islam in Mecca and Medina for the week-long hajj, from across the world including Nigeria.

Authorities in the country are now considering allowing "only symbolic numbers" this year, with restrictions including a ban on older pilgrims and additional health checks.

With strict procedures, Saudi authorities think it may be possible to allow in up to 20% of each country's regular quota of pilgrims.

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In a related development, the federal government on Wednesday, June 3, discharged 292 Nigerian returnees from Saudi Arabia who have been in isolation for about 15 days in an Abuja hotel.

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The isolation of the returnees from the Arab nation was a necessary precautionary procedure stipulated by the government.

However, after testing negative for the coronavirus upon expiration of their isolation, they were discharged from the hotel.

In another development, Nigeria's iconic musician, Chief Bongos Ikwue, has called on Nigerian and world leaders to find a way to appease the earth over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chief Ikwue gave the message at the weekend, to commemorate his 78th birthday anniversary, which was held at a low key ceremony in Otukpo, Benue state.

In an open letter titled 'COVID-19: Now the Earth is crying, we have to listen', the music legend stated that the only solution to the global scourge was for the government and privileged individuals to share what they have got with the less privileged in the society.

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