Nigeria Immigration Service says it is developing a robust and comprehensive database of foreign nationals to effectively tackle the menace of terrorism and other cross border crimes in parts of the country.
Borno State Controller of the Service Ismail Mohammed stated this during a visit to the Vice Chancellor University of Maiduguri at the council chambers in Maiduguri.
Mr Mohammed solicited the cooperation of the university in identifying foreign students to be registered under its Migrant e-Registration scheme.
He said the exercise is aimed at creating a conducive environment for migrants and facilitating the integration of migration management by registering non-citizens of Nigeria who have attended the age of 18 years and intend to stay in the country for a period exceeding 90 days.
The Controller said Borno state which borders three countries and confronted with Boko Haram insurgency, stressed the need to step up the exercise to avoid infiltration of foreign criminals.
Vice Chancellor, University of Maiduguri, Professor Aliyu Shugaba observed that admission of foreign students remains one of the major challenges the institution was battling with.
According to Professor Shugaba, over the years, some students from neighbouring countries claim dual citizenship, thereby making it difficult for the university to identify their true status.