The Federal Government has reiterated that any illegal alien that does not take part in the ongoing e-registration with the Nigeria Immigration Service will be deported after the January 12, 2020 deadline.
The NIS spokesman, Sunday James, also stated that any Nigerian who employs undocumented migrants as security guards, nannies or housemaids could get a seven years sentence or a fine of N1m or both, by the court as from January 2020.
He said, “By the Nigeria Immigration Act, 2015, any Nigerian keeping irregular migrants who have not been documented in their house or in their business places would also partake in the punishment that would be meted out to the undocumented migrant.
“There is a fine of N1m or seven years imprisonment or both for the Nigerian host or employer of the irregular migrant. This would be prescribed by the court. For the migrant, he or she will be deported and would not be allowed to come back to Nigeria. We have given all undocumented foreigners till January next year to register on the e-migration portal.”
He further stated that, the aliens that would be deported from Nigeria as a result of not taking part in the E-registration exercise, may be barred from entering the country.
James therefore urged Nigerian employers of irregular migrants to encourage them to register with the NIS in order to avoid the stiff sanctions awaiting defaulters.
However, James revealed that over 30,000 migrants had registered in the Federal Capital Territory since the programme started in July.
He further stressed that the concerned foreigners, including ECOWAS nationals, have till January 12 to register on the NIS portal.
Meanwhile, the Republic of Benin will on Monday (today), begin the census of her nationals in Nigeria in compliance with the ECOWAS treaty to guarantee their security in the host country.
The Deputy General Secretary of Benin Government, Cyrille Govgbedji, told journalists that the census exercise which will last for three weeks, would begin simultaneously in Abuja and Saki in the Oke Ogun area of Oyo State.
Govgbedji said, “the exercise is to make sure that any Beninoise national resident in Nigeria has ECOWAS Identity Card to guarantee his or her stay in accordance with the existing statute.”