Closing Nigeria’s land borders to restrict illegal goods is not enough so, government should deport all illegal aliens, members of the House of Representatives have told the Federal Government.
The federal lawmakers want the federal government to immediately review the immigration procedure at Nigeria’s borders with a view to restricting illegal immigration and ensuring the repatriation of all illegal aliens from Nigeria.
The resolution of the House was sequel to the passage of a motion by a member of the House , Rep. Rotimi Agunsoye with the title: “The closure of Nigerian territorial borders – not enough.”
While moving the motion, the lawmaker said: “aware about the continued closure of the Nigerian land border which has remained closed to passage of goods and persons as well as other economic activities for the past three months.
” Notes the various reactions from the Nigerian Public as well as the comments from border African border countries, neighbouring counties and other countries of the world consequent to the said closure of Nigerian border.
Cognizant of the monstrous challenges bedeviling the economy of the nation as a result of illicit and rampaging activities that have festered around the land borders all around the country.
“Observes that whereas the decision of this administration on the closure of the national land borders follows the global trend of an increased monitoring of international borders to check and ascertain, especially, the flow of goods and immigration of foreigners.”
Agunsoye said he was sure that Nigeria remains the giant of Africa and an unchallengeable influence in Africa .
He expressed worry about the continued influx of illegal immigrants mostly of African descent into the country who gained easy access through the various porous land borders.
He therefore called for stringent immigration policy and restriction of illegal movement along the country’s international border.
While passing the motion, the Green Chamber urged the Comptroller General of Immigration and of Customs to be committed to and exercise full control over the movement of persons and goods along the Nigerian international borders.