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Nigeria Immigration Service
Idris Jere Isah

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) is governmental organization responsible for border security and migration management in Nigeria. It was established by the Act of Parliament in 1963.[1][2] In 2015, the 1963 Act was repelled and replaced with the Immigration Act 2015 which positions the service with the legal instrument to combat Smuggling of Migrant(SOM) in Nigeria.[3]


The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) was extracted from the Nigeria Police (NP) in August 1958. It was at that time referred to as the Immigration Department and headed by the Chief Federal Immigration Officer (CFIO).

The Immigration Department was established by an Act of Parliament (Cap 171, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) on August 1, 1963, when Alhaji Shehu Shagari was the Minister of Internal Affairs (a position now referred to as Minister of Interior).

The initial Law regulating Immigration Duties was the Immigration Act of 1963 which was amended in 2014 and again in 2015 (Immigration Act, 2015).

The Service has from 1963 been restructured to manage modern migration in line with global, regional and sub-regional political alignments.

The NIS has leveraged the use of Information and Communication Technologies in its operations including:

As empowered by Section 2 the Immigration Act, 2015, the Service is responsible for:

Enabling Instruments

Lists of Leadership

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  1. ^ "Nigeria Immigration Service: From Kakawa in Lagos to Technology Building, Abuja". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 2021-09-16. Retrieved 2022-03-30.
  2. ^ "Nigeria Immigration Service: From Kakawa in Lagos to Technology Building, Abuja". The Nation Newspaper. 2021-09-16. Retrieved 2022-03-30.
  3. ^ "Immigration Act 2015". Law Nigeria. Retrieved 30 March 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ a b About the Nigeria Immigration Service
  5. ^ "Nigerian Immigration Act, 2015 is in line with international best practices". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 2021-03-23. Retrieved 2022-03-30.
  6. ^ "Berkeley Legal | Immigration Regulations 2017". Retrieved 2022-03-30.
  7. ^ (PDF) Retrieved 30 March 2022. ((cite web)): Missing or empty |title= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ Immigration Act, 2015
  9. ^ About the Nigeria Immigration Service
  10. ^ "Jere of NIS Pledges to Consolidates on Gain at Nigeria Immigration Service". 16 September 2021.