Beni­noises tak­ing over Nige­rian oil-rich is­land – Im­mi­gra­tion

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The As­sis­tant Con­troller Gen­eral (ACG) of Im­mi­gra­tion in charge of Zone A, Mr Musa Maza has raised the alarm over an al­leged plan by the peo­ple of Benin Re­pub­lic to take over the oil-rich Tongeji Is­land in Ogun State, South West Nige­ria.

Maza dis­closed that some Beni­noises have started to en­croach on the is­land, stress­ing that if noth­ing was done im­me­di­ately, the bor­der is­land that is home to many Nige­ri­ans might even­tu­ally fall into the hands of Benin Re­pub­lic.

Maza, who is charge of Lagos and Ogun State Im­mi­gra­tion com­mands, stated this while on an of­fi­cial visit to Gover­nor Ibikunle Amo­sun of Ogun State.

He there­fore ad­vised both the fed­eral and Ogun State gov­ern­ments to act fast by es­tab­lish­ing a base for the Nige­rian Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vice (NIS) at Tongeji to avert a re­peat of what hap­pened to Bakassi penin­su­lar which had been of­fi­cially taken over by Cameroon.

He said at present, Nige­ri­ans who re­side in the oil rich is­land are con­stantly be­ing threat­ened by some cit­i­zens of the neigh­bor­ing Benin Re­pub­lic.

“The move to take over the oil rich Tongeji Is­land started af­ter crude oil was found there, as three oil ex­plo­ration sites were de­vel­oped by the Ogun State gov­ern­ment in 2008.

He added that “set­ting up a para­mil­i­tary or mil­i­tary base there would not only de­ter any en­croach­ment on the is­land by Beni­noises, but will also serve as se­cu­rity for the mil­lions of Nige­ri­ans who live on the is­land. Gov­ern­ment should act fast to avoid a re­peat of the Bakassi ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Re­spond­ing, Gover­nor Amo­sun said the state was do­ing all it could to cre­ate global aware­ness on the at­tempt by the Beni­nois to take over Tongeji.

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