Immigration Dragged Mercilessly for Saying Nigerians Relocating Abroad could ‘End up in Modern Slavery’

Immigration Dragged Mercilessly for Saying Nigerians Relocating Abroad could ‘End up in Modern Slavery’

- Nigerians were recently given a piece of advice about relocating abroad for a better life

- The immigration service raised an alarm that not all that glitters is gold

- The move by the agency to caution Nigerians did not go down well with the people and soon become a source of condemnation

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The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) came under criticism after it shared a post advising Nigerians to "think deeply" before accepting offers to relocate abroad for a better life.

The short message which was shared on the agency's Twitter handle on Saturday, April 3, read:

“Hey Guys, you may need to think deeply over that bogus offer of a better life abroad. You may end up in modern day slavery. Not all that glitters is gold."

It appears the NIS was trying to caution Nigerians on some of the dangers associated with accepting bogus offers of a better life abroad, such as human trafficking.

Immigration Dragged Mercilessly for Saying Nigerians Relocating Abroad could ‘End up in Modern Slavery’
CGI Babandede MFR addressing Immigration personnel during the monthly Comptroller General's Parade for February held at the Service Headquarters. Photo credit: @nigimmigration
Source: Twitter

Nigerians react

Well, Nigerians were not having it and lashed out at the agency. While some complained about how the process of getting their passports has been a nightmare, others were more concerned about the quality of the flyer and criticised the agency. gathered some of the reactions below:

Adadioramma with the Twitter handle @Madonna_ChyNwa said:

"There's nothing more slavery, than the way you guys treat Nigerians before you issue them their passport. You should pay more attention to that, before tweeting this."

@Alexcious7 said the modern-day slavery in Nigeria is worse.

@ghostperson01 was also of the opinion that Nigerians are slaves in their own country.

@simmony10 who paid and has been captured since January wondered how long it would take for the agency to process a passport.

@thadefund asked the service to explain why there is no paper to produce passports.

"Can you explain to Nigerians why there is no paper to produce passport and when government can make papers available to Akure, NIS. My money is hanging in one company now because my passport is expired and can't have access till I bring a valid passport. Thank you."

@stomcrafts described the flyer design as eye-paining.

Nigeria lady trafficked to Mali

A number of Nigerians have fallen victim to human trafficking after being deceived that there are lucrative jobs awaiting them abroad.

This fate befell a young lady identified as Omolara Abioye, who was trafficked to Mali for prostitution.

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Abioye narrated her heart-wrenching experience of how a trafficker had deceived her and her parents into believing they had a lucrative business for her in Malaysia, but she ended up in Mali, via road.

She was, however, told that she would be engaged in prostitution. Omolara said she and other ladies were made to swear an oath that they would pay back all the funds that were spent on their trip.


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