Chairman of Bakassi Local Government Area of Cross River State, Mr. Iyadim Amboni has called on the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to beware as there are fake certificates of origin of the local government in circulation.
Speaking when he visited the Comptroller of Immigration Service in Calabar, the State capital, Chris Baikie, Iyadim urged NIS passport officials to liaise with his Council in order to avoid fake certificates of origin from applicants.
He explained that many originals were carted away by hoodlums who hijacked the certificates during the #EndSARS protest in October 2020 and vandalized the Council secretariat.
He disclosed that the Nigerian Army has harkened to their call before they process documentations of recruits.
He narrated how he introduced what he called manifest in the Council to help checkmate movements of migrants in the environs.
Iyadim said his Council is ready to collaborate and extend available support to Immigration to consolidate their good relationship.
“We are ready to work with and encourage the Divisional Immigration Officer in Bakassi for greater success and a peaceful working atmosphere”, he assured.
Welcoming Iyadim and his entourage, CIS Baikie said he had plans to visit Bakassi soon.
“While we heartily commend the Bakassi leadership for a good relationship and support, we remind the State government of its promise to assist his command with a gunboat to patrol the maritime boundaries of the State.
“Without security, a business will not grow; peace will be elusive. We solicit help to enable us to fish out and register all ‘migrants’ to the local government and the State at large.”
He stressed that intelligence reports from patriotic citizens will safeguard Nigeria’s national security.
He disclosed that his Command was beefing up its database on all migrants and checking the possibility of any migrants that surreptitiously claimed citizenship and warming their way into political and other sensitive offices in the country.
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