The Nigerian government has unveiled a new set immigration regulations aimed at enhancing the protection of Nigerian citizens against cross border crimes.The new regulations, which are the first since 1963, when the last Immigration Act was passed by Parliament, would beef up security in the country, which is battling insurgency in North East region.
Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Lt-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), who unveiled the new regulations on Monday in Abuja, explained that the new regulations would assist the Federal Government monitor and check the movement of terrorists through the borders.
The Minister said that the 80-section regulation would enhance protection against cross border crimes.
In his remarks at the event, the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, said that the new regulations would positively change the operations of NIS in line with international best practices.
He explained that the Immigration Regulation 2017 has been strategically positioned to combat all cases relating to transnational organised crimes and that the NIS will be working with other security agencies like the police, and INTERPOL to check trans-border crimes, human trafficking and arms smuggling into the country.
According to the new 2017 regulation, visa can now be issued on arrival in Nigeria, Immigration Register has to be enforced and as well as the temporary work permit.