The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has issued a stern warning to Nigerian youths regarding the dangers associated with illegal migration and human trafficking, emphasizing that economic challenges are not unique to Nigeria but a global issue. The NIS highlighted the grave risks faced by many Nigerian youths, including organ harvesting and death, as they seek better prospects abroad.
Mrs. Kemi Nandap, the Deputy Comptroller General of Immigration in Charge of the Directorate of Migration, conveyed this message during sensitization visits to various locations in Gwagwalada, Abuja, as part of the 60th Anniversary commemoration of the NIS. The awareness campaign aimed to educate youths, parents, community leaders, and stakeholders about the perils of illegal migration and human trafficking, particularly through the Mediterranean and North African regions.
Nandap expressed concern over the rising “Japa Syndrome,” which refers to the trend of young people leaving the country for perceived better opportunities elsewhere. She disclosed that over 1,200 youths lost their lives in the Mediterranean Sea and deserts just last year. Many of those who managed to reach certain countries faced further dangers, with their organs being harvested by unscrupulous individuals they trusted.
She urged Nigerian youths not to be deceived by false promises, emphasizing that the global economic downturn affected multiple nations and the solution lies in working together to improve their country. Nandap cautioned against following individuals who encourage illegal migration, asking why these people themselves didn’t take the same path with their own family members.
She stressed that the dangers and tragedies associated with illegal migration are real and urged young Nigerians to stay in the country and contribute to its progress.
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