Immigration de­nies is­su­ing Visa to ISIS chief

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Joshua Odeyemi

The Nige­ria Immigration Ser­vice (NIS) has de­nied play­ing any part in the process that led to the is­suance of the Nige­rian Visa to the wanted ISIS chief, Ahmed Al As­sir in Le­banon.

The Comptroller Gen­eral of the NIS Martin Kure Abeshi made the re­mark while speak­ing at the Ser­vice head­quar­ters in Abuja yesterday.

“From the record avail­able, the Immigration Ser­vice did not is­sue that visa. It might be the of­fi­cials of the for­eign af­fairs min­istry be­cause they also is­sue visa on our be­half,” the NIS boss said.

He how­ever said the NIS went into ac­tion to ar­rest those con­nected to Al As­sir im­me­di­ately it gath­ered an in­tel­li­gence that he was com­ing to Nige­ria.

“When we were told that the per­son [Al As­sir] was head­ing to Nige­ria, the peo­ple the man was com­ing to visit were iden­ti­fied by our men. Our of­fi­cers in Kano went into ac­tion and ar­rested the two of them im­me­di­ately and handed them over to the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser,” Abeshi main­tained.

Be­sides, he said the Ser­vice has threat­ened to pub­lish the names of for­mer min­is­ters, gover­nors and mem­bers of the na­tional and state as­sem­blies who are il­le­gally in pos­ses­sion of of­fi­cial and diplo­matic pass­ports soon.

It would be re­called that Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari on 7th Septem­ber, 2015 di­rected the NIS to re­trieve the doc­u­ments from all illegal hold­ers, mostly for­mer top public of­fice hold­ers but the Comptroller Gen­eral said most of them have not com­plied yet.

Abeshi noted that the pass­ports could also be sub­mit­ted to Comp­trol­lers of the State com­mands across the coun­try that has been man­dated to col­lect the doc­u­ments from the illegal hold­ers

He how­ever, re­vealed that over 200 pass­ports have been re­trieved since this di­rec­tive was given.

PHOTO: Bene­dict Uwalaka

Peo­ple mourn at the res­i­dence of late Ga­maliel Onosode, a fore­most tech­no­crat, in La­gos yesterday.

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