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Africa: Over 1,200 Nigerian Lives Lost in 2023 Over Risks Linked to Illegal Migration Abroad, NIS Raises Alarm

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The Nigerian Immigration Service is expressing concern over the avoidable loss of life and challenges that Nigerians encounter while trying to travel abroad using illegal methods.

According to signaturetv.org, The Comptroller, NIS, Ekiti State Command, Ademola Abdulrashed, who said that Nigerians could travel abroad for reasons best known to them, advised that such migration must be safe and orderly.

Abdulrashed, who spoke in Ado Ekiti on Friday during the grand finale of the three-day celebration of the 60th anniversary of NIS, with the theme, ‘Enhancing seamless regular migration’, said, “This Japa syndrome is a big challenge to those travelling illegal ports of exit in the quest for greener pasture”.

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He lamented that “many of our youths die in the Sahara Desert, Mediterranean Sea and so on which does not worth it. From available data from International Organisation for Migration, at least 1,200 Nigerians have died while trying to migrate through the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea in the year 2023 alone.

“For those who survive, the dream of reaching their desired destination quickly becomes a mirage. Some spend several months, even years in cells abroad for irregular migration, while some are taken hostage by pirates who rob, maim, and sometimes rape the female japaists.

“From the foregoing, Nigerians willing to Japa are advised to reach out to any of our offices nationwide for necessary information and guidelines to ensure safe, orderly, and regular migration.”

The Comptroller said that NIS had in the last 60 years gone through a series of transformations taking the country from the analogue years to the digital era.

Abdulrashed added that “NIS has achieved a lot within these years in different areas of operations ranging from issuance of travel documents such as (passport, visa and residence permit), border management, migration management, national security, and several others”.

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