FG revokes resident permits of expatriate Intels staff, five others

Ebun Francis || The Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS on Wednesday revoked the resident permit status of expatriate staff of Intels Nigeria Ltd and five other companies operating in Nigeria.

The other five companies are, Prodeco International Ltd., West Africa Machinery Services Ltd., Net Global System International Ltd., MGM Logistics Solutions Ltd., and Oriean Investment Ltd.

Intels Nigeria Ltd is co-founded by Nigeria’s former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and one of the front-runners in the 2019 Presidential election.

The comptroller of Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede announced the revocation order in a statement signed by Sunday James, the command’s spokesman in Abuja.

According to Babandede, the action was in exercise of the powers vested on the comptroller-general in section 39 subsection 1 of the Immigration Act 2015 and section 5, subsection 5 of the Immigration Regulation 2017.

The sections empower the NIS to revoke the resident permit of expatriate workers of companies whose operational licenses are withdrawn by the Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority.

“Consequently, Babandede has directed that the expatriate staff of the affected companies above leave Nigeria not later than November 30, 2017,” James said.

“They might be recommended to the Honourable Minister of Interior for deportation should they fail to leave the country as directed by the CGI.”