By Ajibola Abayomi,
Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa has cautioned Nigerians to abide by visa rules of countries they reside.
She made the comment while receiving , two Nigerians, Adams John and Victor Obialu, who were stranded in Kenya as a result of irregular migration and visa overstay in Abuja on Friday.
Their return was facilitated by Nigerians NIDCOM as contained in a statement issued by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Head, Media and Public Relations Unit NIDCOM
According to the release, Dabiri-Erewa stressed that irregular migration and improper documentation should be totally discouraged and avoided.
She urged Nigerians to be of good conduct whenever and wherever they find themselves, by obeying the laws of the country of stay and equally advised Nigerians to take visa guidelines and policies of other countries seriously, to avoid prosecution.
The NIDCOM boss offered a special appreciation to the government of Kaduna State for the swift response on the matter, as well as the Nigerian Mission in Kenya and restated the President’s order that the welfare of Nigerians wherever they are is paramount. “However, anyone who commits a crime will face the penalty” she said.
She appealed to Nigerians not to deliberately ignore laws as the consequences are not worth it.
Though the case of these two Nigerians is a case of visa and passport issues, which attracts a penalty of 6 months imprisonment in Kenya , the NIDCOM boss made further clarification that all issues pertaining to human trafficking were directly handled by National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), and NIDCOM refers all such cases to NAPTIP, which goes ahead to act and investigate further.
Meanwhile, Adams and Victor, after narrating their ordeals which include a six-month jail term, said they are just too very happy to be back home.
“All our prayers was that we came back home. The stress we went through is not worth it. My advice to all Nigerians is to be cautious of all the laws and order ”, they said.
They added further that no matter the circumstances, home is still the best place to be.
Mr John, had travelled to Kenya in 2017 and was arrested for visa overstay which earned him a six month imprisonment while
Obialu, from Imo state, was also imprisoned for passport and visa irregularities.