Nigerian govt to conduct biometric registration of foreigners
22 June 2018 12:32 GMT

Nigeria's federal government has unfolded plans to carry out biometric registration of all foreigners who have overstayed their visas in Nigeria.

The Minister of Interior, Lt Gen AbdulRahman Danbazau, made this disclosure Thursday during a panel session at the opening ceremony of International Press Institute (IPI) Congress at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Danbazau, Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun; Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed; and Minister of Trade and Investment, Okey Enelamah, were on the panel hosted by John Momoh, the President of Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria ( BON) and CEO of Channels TV.

Danbazau said the biometrics gathered on the migrants, who are resident in the country will provide data and will enable authority to monitor the movement of such individuals.

His disclosure was in view of escalating communal clashes between herdsmen and farmers in some parts of the country.

He said the process was on going and hopefully, the authority will be able to conclude it as soon as possible, adding the Nigeria Immigration Service will also take charge of all data base of all Nigerians including green card holders.

"The Ministry of Interior has established a situation room that is connected to the border posts that will enable effective monitoring of what is happening at our borders. I will also be able to see what is happening from that situation room," Danbazau said.

He added that though Nigeria wanted to protect its vast borders against criminal elements, he said the ECOWAS protocol on free movement was in the interest of the country, as Nigerians constituted more than half of West African population.