OrderPaperToday –  President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki has promised that the Senate will examine the case of 2000 Nigerian youths illegally dismissed by the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) five months ago.

Senator Saraki assured the aggrieved youths of his commitment to closely examine the matter and revert with a possible solution.

The Senate President made this declaration at 6.48am today in a tweet using his handle @bukolasaraki, in response to an alleged victim of the NIS2000 crisis, with the handle @AlhajiAnkat.

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This should come as a source of respite for the recruits of the NIS, who were trained and recruited back in May 2015 and disengaged three months later with a circular dated 20th August, 2015 which was signed by the Deputy Comptroller- General of the NIS, A.Y Malgwi.

It will be recalled that the Immigration Service has been at the center of several controversies since 2014; from its botched recruitment exercise that caused the stampede resulting in the death of 16 job seekers and bodily harm to countless others, to the services’ refusal to comply with former President Goodluck Jonathan’s directive to employ relatives of dead victims of the exercise and finally to illegally ‘dispersing’ 2000 fully trained operatives only 3 months into their assignments.

OrderPaper.ng learnt that all the suspended 2000 Nigerian youths affected successfully passed all the merit- based stages of recruitment- application, shortlisting, aptitude test, screening and interview. These recruits showed their commitment to serve as they aced the rigorous fitness test that is mandatory for recruitment into the Immigration Service. After their recruitment in May 2015, they immediately underwent three months intensive induction training without salary or allowance.

On December 8, 2015 in a series of tweets by a handle dedicated to championing the cause of the NIS 2000 dubbed @nig_immig2000, the plight of these Nigerians recruited and forced to leave were exposed.

The tweets read: “So far, these recruits have been well behaved, but how much longer can they hold on before they yield to frustration?
“On August 20, 2015, a circular was issued to disperse them ‘quietly’ pending further directives. Up till now, further directives have not arrived and 2000 well- trained youths roam the streets waiting to be recalled.”

According to @nig_immig2000’s tweets, “the Nigerian borders are 4477km long and is patrolled by less than 2000 (NIS) personnel. That is (an average of) one officer per 2.24km. These men are not sufficient to man our borders. We cannot depend on other countries to stop terrorists from crossing our borders. The body responsible for securing our borders is the NIS and its total manpower is less than 24,000. The fight against Boko Haram cannot be won until our borders are properly secure to prevent exit and re-entry.”

The Nigerian Immigration Service has been known to disregard directives from both the President and National Assembly. In December 2015, the House of Representatives decried the refusal of the NIS authorities to fully comply with a directive by former President Jonathan to employ relatives of victims of the recruitmen

directives from both the President and National Assembly. In December 2015, the House of Representatives decried the refusal of the NIS authorities to fully comply with a directive by former President Jonathan to employ relatives of victims of the recruitment exercise.

OrderPaper.ng could not get the reaction of the Comptroller- could not get the reaction of the Comptroller-

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