By Muhammad Nasir Bello
Sokoto – The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), on Tuesday inaugurated the e-registration of foreign nationals living in Sokoto State.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the exercise is in line with the directives of President Muhammadu Buhari that all foreign nationals living or transacting businesses in Nigeria beyond 90 days should be registered as part of the national security project.
The Comptroller General of NIS, Muhammad Babandede, who inaugurated the exercise on in Sokoto, said it was aimed at enhancing internal security in the face of the security situation in the country.
Babandede represented by NIS Controller Sokoto state Command, Mohammed Nasiru, expressed regret over the involvement of foreign nationals in crimes such as armed banditry, spread of extremists ideologies and terrorism among others.
“Some of these foreigners have entered our country with relative ease and chosen to abuse the brotherly privileges given to them.
“It is therefore, in order to safeguard and secure our internal security that the Federal government came up with the idea to register all foreigners nationwide to enable us monitor them properly,” he said.
The Comptroller General called on employers, landlords, hoteliers and other citizens to support the programme by ensuring foreigners under their employment or residing in their houses or hotels provide prove of registration before attended to.
On his part, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state, said the exercise will enhance government efforts in curbing the security threats to the country.
Tambuwal represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Saidu Umar, added that the exercise would be of great benefit to the country, especially states facing security challenges.