Immigration service arrests Lebanese terrorist’s accomplices
The Nigeria Immigration Service has apprehended two accomplices of a Lebanese terrorist, Ahmed Al Assir, who obtained a Nigerian visa in Beruit, Lebanon, in August, 2015.
The Comptroller-General of Immigration, Martin Abeshi, said Assir’s accomplices were nabbed in Kano and had been handed over to the National Security Adviser for further investigation.
Assir, who had been on the wanted list of the Lebanese security forces, was arrested at the airport while attempting to visit Cairo, Egypt, enroute to Nigeria on a forged Palestinian passport.
The terrorist who was of Palestinian extraction, had undergone surgery to alter his appearance so as to evade arrest by security operatives for involvement in the death of 17 Lebanese solders.
Also, CG stated that over 200 individuals had returned their diplomatic passports, and called on former officials holding the document to return them forthwith.
He threatened to publish the names of those holding on to the passport illegally, if they did not voluntarily return them.
Abeshi said, “The Immigration service did not issue the visa to the Lebanese terrorist because we don’t have immigration officers at the embassy.
The NIS boss stated that he had prepared a document on border control and security management which would be presented to the Federal Government for approval and implementation.
He described the nation’s border control method as archaic, adding that he planned to deploy sensors and security cameras across Nigerian international borders.
According to him, walls may be erected at volatile border areas, but noted that building physical barriers along the nation’s expansive borders was not feasible.
Abeshi warned his men against passport racketeering, stressing that the new Immigration Act 2015 provides for penalties including prison terms for officers who abused the passport process.
He also said his administration would not condone extortion and other sharp practices, noting that the anti-corruption policy of the Federal Government would be fully adhered to by the service.