Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, has warned visitors staying in the country to take advantage of the e-migrant policy to register their status.
The e-migrant policy is an amnesty granted by the President.
Its scheduled to end January 2020.
Speaking on Channels TV Sunrise Daily., Babandede, said; “Any person who is not a citizen of Nigeria must register under the amnesty programme.”
He warned that, “After the amnesty programme, any person who enters this territory and stays for a period of 90 days, there is a penalty for him for not registering and there is a penalty for the person who provides accommodation for him.”
“Before you provide accommodation for a non-Nigerian, you must ensure he or she has registered.
“This amnesty, once it ends, will also remove and arrest any person who has not registered. So we are prepared to remove any person who has not registered from this country after the amnesty,” he added.
He explained that having correct data and knowing those staying in Nigeria would help the government in making good policies to improve the nation’s economy and tackle its security challenges among others.
“That’s why he (Buhari) gave an amnesty when he launched the e-Migrant Policy on the 12th of July and will expire on the 11th of January, 2020,” the NIS Comptroller-General noted.
He added, “This registration has started and was flagged off in Abuja and surprisingly, almost 35% of those who registered were staying irregularly. So when they register, we direct them to become normal if they are qualified to become normalised.
“All persons are expected to register if they enter Nigeria and stay for a period exceeding 90 days. It is biometric and we are also capturing the picture of the said individual.
“We are linking the registration with NIMC gradually which means one identity for Nigerian, one identity for our visitors.”
The Immigration boss stated that the Service would partner with other law enforcement agencies to remove unregistered persons by the end of the programme next year.