The Katsina State Command of the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, has received 42 Nigerians deported for illegal entry into the Republic of Niger, enroute Europe, .
The NIS Spokesman, Sunday James, gave the number in a statement on Friday, in Abuja.
James said that they were deported to Nigeria, through the Kongolam Control Post.
He disclosed that the affected Nigerians, between 18 and 35 years old, evaded Immigration clearance, and crossed the border to enter into the Republic of Niger.
The Spokesman revealed that a Federal High Court in Katsina, had sentenced 12 out of the 42 Nigerians for illegal entry into the Republic of Niger enroute Europe.
“Justice Hadiza Shagari, while ruling in the judgement, directed that the suspects should either pay N50,000 fine, or be remanded in the Correctional Centre for three months.
“The remaining 30 offenders will soon be docked in court, on completion of charges against them”, the NIS Spokesman said.
The Comptroller-General, NIS, Muhammad Babandede, in reaction to the development, directed that the rest 30 persons be tried without further delay.
Mr. Babandede advised travellers to always present themselves to the Immigration Officials for examination, whenever they are travelling out.
He also advised that those returning to the country should present themselves for checks, in line with Section 15 Subsection (1) a and b of the Immigration Act 2015.