The Lagos Seaports and Marine Command of Nigeria Immigration Service has repatriated an Indian national Chatanveer Singh for not abiding by the Service’s extant rules on the employment of immigrants
the command investigations revealed that Mr Singh had been employed and engaged onboard the Nigerian vessel MT GRAND 1 by Africon Shipping Services Limited, which went moribond; thereby abandoning the crew at the mercy of Pak Marine & Shipping Services Limited as Managers without recourse to the Service’s extant rules on the employment of immigrants.
The Comptroller, Lagos Seaports and Marine Command, Olubusola Fashakin advised shipowners and other employers of labour to be mindful of the provisions of Section 38(1) of the Immigration Act 2015 regarding the employment of immigrants.
The stranded seafarer’s repatriation to India was facilitated through the collaborative efforts of the Nigeria Immigration Service and Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
This brings to limelight the existing synergy between the two agencies in ensuring that the country’s maritime corridors are secured against illegal incursions. Consistent with the Comptroller General’s resolve to rid the nation of irregular immigrants.