Review ECOWAS visa issuance to members, group tells FG

Chairman of Kano Concerned Youths Forum, Alhaji Shittu Sani Marshal, has called on the federal government to review the issuance of visas to members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to check the movement of persons into Nigeria.

Speaking to newsmen in Kano Tuesday, Marshal stated that the measure had become necessary in order to check the security challenges bedevilling the country.

He said there was need for the federal government to review the document in order to regulate the issuance of visas to persons from the member states.

“Any person coming into the country (Nigeria) from other member states has to give strong reasons as to why he or she is coming into Nigeria as obtained in other member states.

“Such persons coming into Nigeria have to also undergo serious screening to ensure that they are not security threat to the country and its citizens.

“So Nigeria as a country has to take stringent measures to prevent illegal aliens from coming into the country without any cogent reason,” he said.

He said it was only in Nigeria that you see illegal aliens such as cobblers, security guards and truck pushers among others living without resident permit.

 “It is alleged that there are over two million illegal aliens while over 100 illegal borders are operating in the country. So we need to take proactive measures to address the security challenges facing the country,” he said. 

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