The Katsina State Command of Nigeria Immigration Service(NIS), has received 42 Nigerians who were deported for illegally entering into the Republic of Niger en route Europe.
The NIS spokesman, Sunday James, revealed the number in a statement on Friday in Abuja. He said they were deported to Nigeria through the Kongolam Control Post.
He said that the affected Nigerians, who are between the ages of 18 and 35, skipped immigration clearance and crossed the border to enter into the Republic of Niger.
According to the spokesman, a Federal High Court in Katsina had sentenced 12 out of the 42 Nigerians for illegal entry into the Republic of Niger en route Europe.
“Justice Hadiza Shagari, while ruling in the judgment, 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, ” NIS Spokesman said.
The Comptroller-General, NIS, Muhammad Babandede, reacting to the development, directed that the rest 30 persons be tried without further delay.
Mr Babandede advised that travellers always present themselves to the immigration officials for examination whenever they travel out.
He advised that returnees to the country should also present themselves to be checked in line with Section 15 Subsection (1) a and b of Immigration Act 2015.