By Dipo Olowookere
Data released on Friday by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed that the immigration statistics from 2013 to 2016 reflected that a total of 1,822,501 persons arriving Nigeria were processed by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) in 2016 as against 3,275,929 persons processed in 2015.
The agency disclosed that 1,209,897 of the person were Nigerian nationals while the remaining 612,604 were non-Nigerians.
Similarly, it said a total of 1,659,624 persons departing Nigeria were processed by the immigration in 2016 as against 3,600,934 persons processed in 2015.
Furthermore, 1,181,211 of the persons were Nigerian nationals while the remaining 478,413 were non-Nigerians.
In addition, a total of 449,818 persons moved through the 114 recognised land border control posts in 2016, while 3,031,862 moved through the airport control posts in 2016 as well.
According to the NBS, 197 arrests were made for various immigration offences during screening by nationality in 2016.
From the data, 15 and 3,065 foreigners were deported and repatriated in 2016 respectively, while 3,457 Nigerians were deported/repatriated from abroad in 2016.
The Mr Yemi Kale-led stats office said the NIS generated N36.2 billion revenue locally and $53.8 million as offshore revenue in 2016.
A breakdown of how the revenue was generated showed that passport issuance raked N13.4 billion, while N169.5 million was made from non-refundable revenue for operations.
Also, address verification generated N1.4 billion, combined expatriate residence permit and aliens card (CERPAC) raked N19.9 billion, revenue from emergency travel certificate (ETC) and Ecowas Residence Card (ERC) made N48.3 million, and Extension of Visitors’ Pass raked N1.3 billion.
Number of Meters Installed Under MAP Not Impressive—Jos DisCo
By Adedapo Adesanya
The Jos Electricity Distribution Plc (JED) has decried the slow pace of meter provision to customers and has craved for more efforts toward achieving the metering goals of the company.
The Managing Director of the Jos DisCo, Mr Abdu Mohammed, in a statement, said the slow adoption of the prepaid metering system was making things difficult for the organisation, which aims to bridge the metering gap.
Speaking during a meeting with vendors handling the company’s Meters Asset Providers (MAP) programme, the energy expert noted that the firm plans to provide 400,000 meters to its customers.
“If you look at the number of meters installed by MAP, it is not impressive. We still have a very long way to go.
“We will need to expeditiously bridge the metering gap to provide efficient and effective services and upscale our revenue
”It is our desire to provide 400,000 meters to our customers soon,” he said at the gathering.
The JED managing director asked the vendors to submit their meters deployment plans for 2023, maintaining that all plans must be strictly adhered to.
Mr Mohammed, who expressed optimism that most of the company’s customers would soon be metered, said MAP was introduced to ease access to meters and eradicate billing disputations.
In their separate responses, the representatives of Mojec, Triple Seven, Skyruns and Momas, all vendors with JED, promised to live up to their mandates of ensuring all customers were metered.
Aminu Adamu Lands in Prison for Insulting Aisha Buhari
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
A student of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, Mr Aminu Adamu, has been remanded in prison for allegedly ‘insulting’ the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Mrs Aisha Buhari.
A few days ago, news filtered in that Mr Adamu was kidnapped by some security officials to Aso Rock, Abuja, over his post on Twitter that the President’s wife was feeding fat on the taxes paid by the poor masses.
This did not go down well with the First Lady, and the student, who is reportedly due to write his final year exams next week, was taken away from his campus and allegedly tortured.
This action angered many Nigerians, who asked Mrs Buhari to release the man or charge him in court.
On Tuesday, the student was charged to court by the police, and he was remanded in the Suleja correctional facility in Niger State, pending when his bail application would be heard next Wednesday.
According to his lawyer, Mr C.K. Agu, the student was arraigned before a court sitting in Abuja, but he pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against him.
“Even in the court session yesterday, we notified the judge about the efforts made to have him released on bail, but we did not receive any reply from the police.
“We applied to the court to release the student on bail on health grounds and the fact that he will sit for the exam on December 5.
“The court has ordered the police to provide the bail application before it for consideration between Tuesday and Wednesday,” Mr Agu informed BBC Hausa Service.
On June 9, 2022, Mr Adamu posted a picture of Mrs Aisha Buhari at the presidential primary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja held two days earlier and wrote in the Hausa language, “Su mama anchi kudin talkawa ankoshi,” which loosely means “Mama is feeding fat on poor people’s money.”
House of Reps Probes Incessant Attacks on INEC Offices
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The House of Representatives has condemned the incessant attacks on the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
At the plenary on Wednesday, the green chamber of the National Assembly said the actions of the arsonists could put the nation’s democracy under threat.
On November 10, 2022, an INEC building in the Abeokuta South Local Government Area of Ogun State was burned, with over 65,000 uncollected PVCs destroyed by the arsonists. A similar incident happened in Osun State and a few days ago, the office of the electoral body was attacked in Ebonyi State.
It was gathered that since 2019, about 42 attacks have been carried out on INEC offices in 14 states and to the House of Reps, this is worrisome.
In order to curb this, the parliament has set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the incessant razing of the offices of INEC within three weeks and produce a report of its findings.
At the plenary presided over by the Speaker, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, the House urged the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and other security agencies to liaise with the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minster of Justice in bringing the perpetrators to book.
The decision to probe the matter followed a motion on notice moved by a lawmaker, Mr Olarewaju Ibrahim Kunle.
According to him, the attackers destroyed the main building of INEC in Ogun State earlier this month and other facilities such as 904 ballot boxes, 29 voting cubicles, 30 megaphones, 57 election bags, eight electric power generators and 65,699 uncollected Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs).
The lawmaker said on the same day, arsonists and thugs set ablaze the INEC building at Oke Iresi, Ede South Local Government of Osun State.
He warned that if these systematically orchestrated attacks on personnel and facilities of the agency are not checked, the 2023 general elections could be disrupted.
Mr Kunle appealed to his colleagues to take urgent action to protect democracy in Nigeria.
His appeal was welcomed, with the parliament calling on “politicians and stakeholders to admonish their supporters to refrain from attacks and violence before or during the 2023 elections.”
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