The Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, has on Saturday warned that there is a syndicate in Nigeria that recruits young Nigerians for the terrorist group, Islamic State of Iraq, Syria, ISIS.
According to NIS, the association process travelling documents and visas for those it had recruited for ISIS, as ISIS’s strategy was promising youth a way out of the unemployment in the country.
The NIS Public Relations Officer, Emeka Obua, reacted to the development by saying the service had started intense scrutiny of travellers to ensure radicalised citizens do not succeed in travelling out.
He said: “Nigeria is a catchment area for recruiters because of the high number of jobless people in the country.
“The terrorist group has a syndicate that arrange travel documents, visas, ticket and money for their recruits.
“To counter this, the NIS now engages in intense profiling of travellers. We have always had problems of Nigerians going abroad for greener pasture.
“We look at the age of the intending traveller and the person he is travelling with, put them by the side and profile them thoroughly.”
It would be recalled that two Nigerian youths from Kano (identified as Imran Kabeer and Sani Jamiliu) were apprehended and detained by the Punjab Police in India on suspicion of getting set to travel to Iraq to join ISIS.