Bayelsa: NDLEA Partners NIS To Fight Drug Abuse



…Commences Operation Flush Out Irregular Migrants In Bayelsa State


Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Nigeria Immigration Service(NIS), Bayelsa State Command are to partner to fight the menace of drug abuse in the state.

This is just as the NIS commence Operation Flush out Irregular immigrant from the coaster state.

The Comptroller of NIS, Bayelsa State Command James Sunday, made this known when he received the State Commander of NDLEA, Barrister Mathew Ewa, who paid him a courtesy visit in his office at NIS Command, Bayelsa Palm, Yenagoa.

The Comptroller, NIS Bayelsa State said the visit was not only to cement the existing relationship but also for the NDLEA Boss in Bayelsa to familiarise with his NIS counterpart and forge a relationship to combat the menace of substance and drug abuse in the state.                 

During the visit, the NIS Comptroller briefed the NDLEA Commander on the plan to commence ‘Operation Flush Out Irregular Immigrants’ in Bayelsa to be carried out by the NIS Bayelsa State Command, an operation that has been approved by the Comptroller General of NIS, Isah Jere Idris.

The Operation, the NIS Comptroller informed also enjoys the blessing of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri and Chairman of the State Security Council.

The Comptroller also briefed other sister agencies in the state of the need to work together for the success of this operation that will rid the state of elements of foreign extraction residing in the state as ‘Irregular Migrants’ whose Immigration Residency and Work Status is questionable and demands regularisation , easing out through repatriation or prosecuted depending on the degree of infringement on extant Immigration Law and Regulation, constitutional provision and ECOWAS guidelines for Lawful Residence, Operation of Business or Employment as the case may be. 

He hinted that the exercise which will be spearheaded by NIS is part of the routine exercises of the Service mandate from time to time to enforce relevant laws on Residence, Employment or Operation of Business by Non Nigerians as stipulated by the Immigration law of Nigeria and the ECOWAS protocol on right to movement within the territory of member states, Residence and Establishment of Business as it affects citizens of ECOWAS member countries and by extension other foreign expatriates working under Expatriate Quota grant and Permission whose stay, residence and employment status is quota based.

He noted that anybody found wanting during the exercise will be equally apprehended and due process as provided for will be applied by the Service.

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