In order to curb insecurity in Nigeria, some civil society organisations, Coalition of Civil Society and Media Executives for Policy Stability (COCMEP) and Citizens Watch Nigeria (CWN), have tasked Nigerians to join hands with Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to actualise the newly launched ‘Immigration Regulation 2017’ by reporting illegal or irregular migrants, organisations and persons including foreign terrorists and herdsmen who contravene Nigerian Immigration laws and engage in trans-border crimes to NIS and relevant law enforcement agencies.
The Executive Director of COCMEP, Innocent Ebirim Okadigbo, and Executive Secretary of CWN in a statement made available to THISDAY yesterday, gave this charge at a press briefing in Abuja.
The coalition commended the Minister of Interior, Abdurrahman Danbazau, and NIS authorities for the successful launch of the Immigration Regulations 2017, which the statement described as “a vital document that operationalise the Immigration Legal Act of 2015.”
The activists maintained that there is no way the implementation of the new immigration regulation would be effective without the public volunteering useful information to track foreign terrorists, herdsmen and trans border criminals to Nigerian law enforcement authorities particularly the NIS.
COCMEP and CWN remarked in the statement that the new immigration regulation is commendable because “it enhances the operations of Immigration Act 2015 which phases out the outdated immigration Act of 1963 and also gives NIS powers to register and monitor the entry and movement of foreigners, protection of Nigerian borders, attraction of foreign investors using modern technology, registration and monitoring of foreign terrorists and herdsmen, thereby preventing herdsmen and farmers clashes as well as enhancing of internal security.”