The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has declared that 1,200 Nigerian Migrants who died in the dangerous trans-Sahara route and the Mediterranean Sea in the year 2023, in search of greener pastures in Europe, died for ‘no just cause’.
Kemi Nandap, the acting Deputy Comptroller-General of the NIS, dropped the hint during the 2023 Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Nationwide Sensitization and Enlightenment Campaign at the NIS headquarters in Abuja.
Nandap who relied on the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), data, advised Nigerians wishing to ‘Japa’ to reach out to the migration desk in all the NIS state commands for necessary information.
Nandap said: “We have a big problem in this Country and that is the issue of ‘Japa syndrome’. We have so many of our youths who are dying in the Sahara, dying in the Mediterranean Sea. They are dying for no cause”.
She also said: “We do not want to continue to lose youths to the dangerous trans-Sahara route and the treacherous Mediterranean Sea in their attempt to seek greener pastures”.
Daily Trust Newspaper said the event was held in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the NIS, which also visited Jabi Park, the Federal Government Boys College Apo, and Garki during the event.