The Federal High court in Katsina has sentenced 12 out of 42 Nigerians after pleading guilty for illegal entry into Niger republic with the intention of traveling to Europe.
Justice Hadiza Shagari while delivering the judgment ruled that the accused should either pay N50, 000 fine or remand in prison for 3-months.
According to her, all the offenses are in contravention of the provisions of the Immigration Act 2015.
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Katsina command received the repatriation of 42 Nigerians for illegal entry into Niger Republic and subsequently repatriated back to Nigeria through Kongolom Control post
The accused who are between 18-35 years, southerners were arraigned by NIS Prosecutor for evading immigration clearance, crossing Nigeria illegally, and without holding the legal documents.
Speaking shortly after the judgment, the acting comptroller, NIS Katsina command, DCI Abdullahi Abba Dalhatu said, “The other 30 offenders will soon be arraigned upon completion of charges against them”.
He however implores Nigerians with the intention of traveling in or out of the country to present themselves at the recognized port of entry for NIS extermination.
“I want to express my appreciation to the administration of the amiable comptroller General of Immigration Muhammad Babandede whose main focus is on migration management”. He added