The Federal Government has inaugurated a new immigration regulations 2017, which is aimed at curbing the influx of terrorists, killer herdsmen and other irregular immigrants.
The Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd.) who presented the document on Monday in Abuja, explained that it was also designed to enhance the protection of the country’s borders against trans-national crimes through collaboration with the Interpol.
The new regulations include temporary permit, visa on arrival, entry for business purposes and immigrants register among others.
Dambazau said that the regulations replaced the 1963 document based on the need to make the Nigeria Immigration Service responsive to global migration trends.
“It (the new regulations) will curtail trans-border movement.
There is absolutely no doubt that we have herdsmen who goes from Nigeria to other countries and we also have from other countries who come to Nigeria. “So, this regulation will be able to enhance the ECOWAS decision on trans-border movement which has been since 1998 but has not been implemented.”he said.
“As you know the issue of herdsmen and farmers clashes is not just a local issue, it is an issue that has wider regional implications because ECOWAS once recognised free movement across the borders.”he added.