By Emmanuel Onwusoro
The Federal High Court, Katsina, Katsina state, Nigeria, has sentenced twelve out of forty-two Nigerians arrested and sent to court for conviction for illegal entry into Niger Republic enroute Europe.
Justice Hadiza Shagari while ruling in the judgment said the accused should either pay #50,OOO fine or be remanded in prison for three months.
The National public relations officer of the Nigeria Immigration Service, James Sunday, in a news release, remarked that the Katsina state Command received the repatriation of Forty-two(42) Nigerians for illegal entry into Niger Republic and subsequently repatriated to Nigeria through Kongolam Control post.
‘The accused who are between 18-35 years evaded Immigration clearance and crossed the border to enter Niger Republic. The remaining Thirty(30) offenders will soon be arraigned in court upon completion of charges against them’.
He explained that the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, MFR, in a reaction to the development, directed that all the remaining thirty(30) persons be tried without further delay, advising travellers to always present themselves to Immigration officials for examination whenever they are traveling out or returning to the country in line with Section 15 subsection (1)a and b of the Immigration Act 2015.
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